July 27, 2016

AV-RA Performance in Iceland

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I take packing very seriously.

I detest overpacking. What is the point in dragging around 40 lbs of extra crap in order to have wardrobe options?! Instead, I prefer to pack basic pieces that have styling flexibility. Lots of options with little bulk.

When A Ruby reached out to me about trying their activewear line, AV-RA Performance, I knew they would be perfect additions to my Iceland wardrobe. Each item is basic enough to be a building block, but has thoughtful details that keep it from being boring.

However, I would be remiss if I did not mention the impeccable fit of every piece. A Ruby was started by Club Monaco veteran Avra Myers. With a 30 year career behind her, her understanding of fit shines through in every item. 

I wore these pieces so many times through the course of the trip. I wore the moto leggings on the red-eye flight to Reykajvík, on a boat tour to see nesting puffins, on a helicopter flight to the geothermal area of the old Hengill volcano. The leggings went under a rain suit on an ATV tour of lava fields and a black sand beach, and were pulled on after a soak in a quiet geothermal spa tucked within the hills. The sweat-wicking properties kept me dry and comfortable. I’m also happy to report that they kept their shape despite the constant wear.

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I reached for the moto jacket just as many times. It was a great layer under sweaters or a rain jacket, but substantial enough on its own when the sun was out. My favorite feature of the jacket is the cuff thumbholes. The cuffs doubled as fingerless gloves when I needed a little extra warmth, and kept wind off my wrists when wearing a rain shell.

The yoga tank was the dark horse of my suitcase. It didn’t get the chance to shine on it’s own very much due to the weather, but it was an invaluable addition. It served as a great base layer, with thick yet breathable material.

I was consistently impressed with the items from the A Ruby AV-RA Performance line. Though form-fitting, they were comfortable and easy to move in. Their material and construction were top-notch. A Ruby is an online brand, but will be at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts for pop-up shop from now through the fall. The storefront is between lululemon and Legal C Bar. In addition to A Ruby’s “Quintessentials” and AV-RA Performance, the A Ruby Pop-Up Shop a will carry a selection of curated items to compliment their chic essentials.

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This post was in collaboration with A Ruby. I received free product, but – as always – all opinions and styling are my own.

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July 12, 2016

Easy on a Summer Morning: NYC High Line

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Dress: Zara / Bag: Chanel / shoes: Birkenstocks / Sunglasses: Drugstore

We bopped down to NYC for a quick mid-week getaway to see Hamilton last week. I won’t go into the mind-blowing experience of seeing the original cast performing such a revolutionary show because we will be here literally all day. But seriously, if you want to talk about it, come find me. 

Because I was so focused on seeing the show, I had no clue what we would do the next day before heading home. The High Line was an easy answer. We ate a delicious breakfast at Bubby’s and then walked the High Line, looking at art and people and plants and everything in between.

Despite having JUST had breakfast, when I saw People’s Pops, I had to have one. I cannot say no to a fancy pop. (Are these the next big dessert thing? Ponder it.) The strawberry mint was superb.

The weather was hothothot. A backless (read:braless – tiny tots for the win!) maxi dress and my trusty Birks were perfection. Backless pieces are tricky, and this Zara dress fit like a dream.

An ice pop is also a great hot weather accessory. It is a fact.

July 8, 2016

What The World Needs Now

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Dialogue.

Empathy.

Compassion.

Find the corruption and injustice. Call it out. Keep calling it out.

Put love and tolerance in the world, and look to leaders who do the same. Vote for these leaders.

Be these leaders.

June 27, 2016

Fringe Benefits

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Skirt: J.O.A. / Top: Express / Sandals: Steve Madden

Lately I’ve done a lot of thinking about fashion vs style and where I fall within it. While I love to follow trends, I’m more apt to spend my money on mainstay pieces. I’m not going to spend my hard-earned dollah dollah bills on a something purely because it’s the hot new thing. That’s not to say that I don’t like or buy trendier pieces. I’ll wait until I find something I won’t mind wearing regardless of what other people are wearing.

Fringe was a huge trend last summer, and frankly, I was a little overwhelmed (tired?) of the abundance of fringe-usage. I avoided all of it (except for an amazing vintage leather jacket I found at Brimfield). This spring, when I was looking for some new warm-weather pieces for ye olde closet, I came across this fringe skirt that I absolutely fell in love with despite my aforementioned disdain. I bought it out of curiosity, but knew it was a keeper once It arrived in the mail.

Add a crop top to the equation, and this is an outfit that I’ll be wearing over and over.

Side note: How gorgeous is this scenery? It’s Benzinger Family Winery in Sonoma. They’re a biodynamic winery, and I get all the Earth-lovin’ feels from the way they operate.

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June 16, 2016

PSA: Boston Gilt City Warehouse Sale

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I love Boston, but there are considerably fewer samples sales than in New York City. I’m definitely a girl who loves to get the most bang-for-her-buck, and I thrive on snagging a designer piece at a fraction of the cost.

If you like to shop like me, then you’re in luck. Grab your wallet and meet me at Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts on June 23rd and 24th for the Gilt City Warehouse Sale!

You’ll be able to shop apparel , shoes, handbags, accessories and more from top designers (ie Chloé, Lanvin, Maje, Sandro, Carolina Herrera) at a significant savings.

Pro tip 1: Leave your bag and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line and head straight through the FastPass entrance.

Pro tip 2: Wear shoes that you can slip on/off AND that you can hustle in.

Pro tip 3: Go with a plan and a friend. Keep each other honest with brand-blindness, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down.

Tickets on sale now at https://www.giltcity.com/boston/gcwarehousebosjune16

(And if you go, let me know what you snagged!)

 

Image courtesy of Gilt

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