November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

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I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.

I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.

Brick & Mortar

A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham

Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston

Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester

December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston

deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston

Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street

Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston

Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge

Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston

Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester

Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston

TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston

Online

Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats

Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best

Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk

Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products

Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out

Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear

If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.

Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).

Black Friday: All the Deals

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I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

If your screens look anything like mine, there are a million tabs open with endless blogs and emails promoting Black Friday deals. I’ve tried to put together a list of stores with deals that start today, along with whatever code you might need to unlock it.

These are all online deals, because the thought of Black Friday at a mall gives me hives. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’d much rather be in my pajamas with a slice of leftover pie getting the same deals with much less elbowing. I’m sure there are some big perks at the mall too, so may the force be with you if you’re venturing out today.

Anyway, you’re not here to listen to me yap. On to the deals…! They are just listed out alphabetically, rather than by category, because some stories have a foot in multiple categories…

And Other Stories // 50% off select items

Abercrombie & Fitch // Entire Store 50% Off plus free shipping on all orders 

AG Jeans // 30% Off Sitewide and In Store // CODE: BF16

Alice and Olivia // 25% off Sitewide // No code needed

All Sole // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACK30

All Saints // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: CYBER

American Eagle // 40% off

Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store // CODE: celebrate

Anthropologie // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: LETSGO

Ariel Gordon Jewelry // 30% off purchases over $150 // CODE: CHEERS30

ASOS // 30% off Sitewide and In Store // THANKFUL30

Bailey44 // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACKFRIYAY

Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide

BaubleBar // 30% off purchases // CODE: THANKS30

Bergdorf Goodman // 40% off Sitewide

BirchBox // Sales starting at 10% off

Bloomingdale’s // Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items

Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns

Calvin Klein // Extra 40% off Sitewide

Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide 

CHRLDR // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

Coach // 30% Off select styles // CODE: THANKS2016

East Dane // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off // CODE: GOBIG16

Francesca’s // 30% off Sitewide

French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping

Furbish Studio // 20% off Sitewide // CODE: HOLIDAY20

Gorjana // 30% off curated category // CODE: STUFFED 

INTERMIX  // $150 off every $750 spent with code PLUS extra 40% Off Sale // CODE: THANKS 

J.Crew // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: HOLIDAY

Jurlique // Up to 50% off selected items

LOFT // 40% off Sitwide // CODE: THANKS

Macy’s // 20% off Sitewide // CODE: FEAST

Madewell // 25% off Sitewide // CODE: THASALE

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday

Moda Operandi // Sale items up to 65% off // CODE: EXTRA30

ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+ // CODE: FRIDAY20, FRIDAY30, FRIDAY40

Molton Brown // 25% off Sitewide + Free shipping

Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

NYLON // 25% Off Sitewide // CODE: FRIDAY25

Otte NY // Extra 40% off all reduced-price merchandise // CODE: MORETURKEY

Parker NY // 30% Off Sitewide // CODE: CHIC30

Peach & Lily // 30% off Sitewide // No code needed

PhotoJojo // 20% off SItewide // CODE: BlackFriday20

Public Desire // 30% off everything Sitewide and In Store // CODE: CYBER30

Pura Vida // 50% Off Sitewide. Free shipping on US all orders

River Island // Up to 50% off online and in store

Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off

SaturdaysNYC // 25% off SaturdaysNYC Items + free domestic shipping on orders $100+ // CODE: FRIENDS25

Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off // CODE: GOBIG16

Show Me Your Mumu // 40% off dresses and rompers

SkinStore // 25% off Sitewide // CODE: CYBERWKND

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories

Tommy Hilfiger // 40% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping + Extra 20% off $100

TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel

Vince Camuto // 40% off sitewide // CODE: BLACK40

Wanderlust + Co // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: RSCYBER40

Zimmermann // All Summer Swim 2016 will be marked 30-50% off all styles

Because I like living vicariously through other people’s shopping, let me know if you scored anything major during your Black Friday adventures!

November 21, 2016

Denim Recycling: Do Well with Madewell

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Wearing Madewell, buying Madewell, and somehow I miraculously did not spill coffee all over myself once second after this was snapped.

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How awesome is this embroidery?!

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Ft. Lonesome hard at work

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My gal pals Bethany (left) and Gabby (right)

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Jordan, the awesome lady behind these great Madewell events

There are a lot of brands I like, but Madewell continues to knock it out of the park. Their chic and understated offerings are the backbone of my closet. They have killer designer collaborations. My local Madewell has killer pop-up events with amazing local brands.

They also hit a home run in one of my soft-spot categories: recycling. Do you know that you can insulate a house with denim? It takes 500 to 1,000 pairs of old jeans to insulate They’ve partnered with Blue Jeans Go Green™ to recycle your denim.

It’s super easy.

Step one: Find jeans your don’t wear/don’t want anymore.

Step two: Bring them to Madewell. They take care of sending them to Blue Jeans Go Green™.

Step three: Get $20 off the purchase of a new pair of jeans.

Win-win-win!

The hardest part is remembering to grab the old jeans as you leave your place. It took me a few trips out the door before I remembered my bag of denim, but I have faith in you. There isn’t an expiration date on this program, so don’t worry about missing it if you forget it the first time. (Read about the program and find a participating location here.)

These pictures are from Madewell’s fall denim tour, which featured custom embroidery by Fort Lonesome. Thank you to Gabby, for these awesome pictures!

November 15, 2016

Neutrals with A Ruby

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Sweater: A Ruby / Denim: Madewell / Tote: Similar / Booties: Aldo (similar here and here)

Neutrals are the backbone of my closet. I have a tendency to be attracted to louder pieces (hello sequins), but the neutrals balance them. The classics are the items I reach for time and time again, and this turtleneck is no exception.

Man Repeller recently published an essay about outfit templates. The article is here, but the CliffsNotes version is that people have a go-to clothing combo. I’m more adventurous in the warmer months, but as soon as temps begin to dip, I find myself in the outfit template seen here. I mean, can you really go wrong with jeans/sweater/booties? No, I didn’t think so. With the oversized cut of this sweater, there’s styling flexibility. Wear fully untucked (as I did here), do the “J.Crew half-tuck,” or tuck it fully into a skirt. Three looks, one sweater. I’m basically a magician here.

With A Ruby creating such well-made neutrals, it’s hard to go wrong. So whether I’m leaning toward my sequin pants or toward my denim, these classic pieces have equal hold on both sides of my crazy wardrobe.

Boston friends- if you like to shop IRL, you’re in luck. They just opened a pop up location in Copley Place (Level 2 near the central elevators). There’s a fun event tonight from 4-8. Stop by to have a glass of wine and preview the India Hicks holiday collection. You can even get styled by A Ruby’s own Avra Myers! I hope to see you there.

November 14, 2016

Transition Time

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Crop top: Express / Skirt: Asos (here or here) / Flats: Steve Madden (similar here and here)

Ah, the double-edge sword of being busy IRL. On the plus side, you’re doing fun things, seeing people, being social! You’re getting ideas and photos to use for blog content! On the down side, you’re busy doing things and not busy converting it to an actual post. Life is also accumulating, so then you have stuff to catch up on (laundry, dishes, vacuuming the endless supply of hairballs produced by your dog).

Boston has so many fun events, store pop-ups, and restaurant openings that my calendar has been full. I have LOTS to share with you, but for today, we’ll start with an outfit that I shot with Miranda on a day much warmer than today.

I love a pleated midi-skirt. Because of its length, it’s always appropriate for work. If you pair it with a tee or tank, it just as easily fits into a weekend wardrobe.

Ankle-strap flats and a crop top were on the docket for this weekend casual look. It was warm when we shot this, but imagine it paired with a long camel color coat. Add some black booties (heel or no heel, whichever works in this imagination of yours). If you’re feeling wild, throw a faux fur stole around your shoulders. Boom, we have magically transitioned this outfit for cold temps.

I’ve linked to some items below, in case you want to know exactly what I would pair with this to make it seasonally appropriate. Now if/when I reshoot this outfit with aforementioned items, pretend to be surprised.