As is customary on most Monday holidays, I spent the morning in my pajamas and played in my closet. It was the perfect day to assess what pieces will carry me into fall as the temperature drops without needing to completely re-up on stylish components.
Keep reading for five fall looks using things you loved to wear last season!
With September on the horizon, NYFW is rapidly approaching. In case you’re like me and don’t have front row seats to the Céline show, there are plenty of ways to get inspired and own the looks that will be taking over the runway this season.
Keep reading for seven trends that are going to be huge this season!
“When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.”
If you find yourself saying something along these lines, (or sounding like Carrie Bradshaw at all,) you probably need to scale back (and I don’t just mean that in regards to your SATC watching). Well lucky for you, I have some spending tips, tricks and treats for all of your city girl spending adventures.
EAT-Alcapulco’s: “Armed with the traditional recipes of Guadalajara, Mexico, owner David Brambila created a menu that preserves the genuine flavors of Mexican food. Start off with Chile Con Queso, taste the Arroz con Pollo, or feast on your choice of fajitas (steak, chicken, or shrimp); you’ll always find a variety of dishes to please your palate”. (Click here for a 50% off $25 deal from now until October 31, 2013)
SHOP–Lulu’s: From Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a 20% site-wide discount.
PAMPER–Group Beauté: “Grab your BFFs and learn how to make your pretty eyes more captivating than ever with this deal from Group Beauté”; $59 ($295 value, 80% off) for admission to a two-hour advanced makeup workshop, learn how to use your makeup, shape your brows, create special looks, and more. (Scheduling can be handled easily via email. PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON January 31, 2014.)
STYLE–GOjane: From Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, mention “PSWNOV20” over the phone or enter it at checkout for a 20% discount on full-price merchandise. (No price adjustments on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Not applicable for gift certificates.)
RELAX–Bikram Yoga: Instructors certified by Bikram Yoga College of India lead 90-minute Bikram-style yoga classes in heated studios. (Click here for a $25 deal. Expires 60 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. 10-visit punch card, 15-day unlimited, and $59 one-month unlimited options valid for new clients only.)
DRESS-UP–AMI Clubwear: From Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, enter “PSW30” at checkout for a 30% site-wide discount. (Excludes Pleaser shoes.)
TREAT YO’ SELF–Barre to Bar: This fall enjoy a work out at exhale spa at Battery Wharf and pair your Core Fusion® or Yoga class with, as a reward for your hard work, a visit to Aragosta Bar & Bistro. The special Barre to Bar promotion includes half price appetizers at Aragosta, Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., following any exhale class. Aragosta Bar & Bistro is located at Three Battery Wharf on the North End Waterfront at Fairmont Battery Wharf.
WEAR–Elie Tahari: From Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, enter “PSW25” at checkout for a 25% discount on full-price merchandise.
SNACK & SIP–The Four Seasons: If complimentary bar bites, burgers, burgundy or bubbly is your thing, consider playing at The Four Seasons. They have fancy specials almost every day. They’re basically just begging for you to visit.
STYLE–Foreign Exchange: From Oct. 18 to Nov. 22, enter “PSW20” at checkout for a 20% site-wide discount.
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Fall is, by far, one of the best times to be a city girl. Between tasty food, fall fairs and days that still remind me of the best parts of summer with the addition of cozy clothes, there is still a ton to see and do when its a bit chillier.
Fall is perfect for trying out new recipes for the holidays, coffee dates downtown and sampling some of the best pumpkin beers the area has to offer. And what better way to spend the upcoming Monday holidays than touring local breweries, ordering warm cocktails at venues like the Ritz or enjoying sports like Fall Ball. In case you’re fresh out of ideas to spice up your life, here is a list of a few of the things I have done, places I have been and other fall favorites!
When it comes to celebrating anything (a friend’s birthday, change in the weather or simply the fact that it’s Friday), heading into Boston is always a good idea. Fall is also an especially great time to rendezvous with friends who make the trip into the area for sports games and other cosmopolitan adventures while the weather is still mild. To kick off my list, here’s one of my most favorite places to meet for a cozy cup of coffee, chai, espresso or a smoothie: Zume’s!
My next favorite spot is up north in Salem, Mass. While this season makes Salem especially noteworthy for it’s wicked tourist attractions, make sure you add Milk & Honey Green Grocer to your travel itinerary, even if its just for one of their famous sandwiches! While this spot is “for people who care about the environment, community, and sustainability” its also a great spot to pick up yummy treats and housewarming gifts!
If you’re looking for a place to stay when you visit this season, look no further than the Omni Parker House downtown. The views are amazing, the location is perfect and rumor has it that the place is haunted! You’ll feel like a million bucks, waking up from a good night’s sleep here and the historic decor will have you feeling festive for fall in no time!
The ultimate romantic (and cheap) date idea is a stroll through the Boston Public Garden. Anyone who doesn’t agree clearly hasn’t seen the adorable Make Way For Ducklings statues that often dress-up for game days or had a picnic in the fallen leaves before the grounds are manicured. As America’s first public park, its more than just historic and scenic. A “must see” on your Boston bucket list if you haven’t already!
What are some of your favorite things to do in the city during the fall? Are there specific bars that serve up particularly toasty cocktails? Share your favorite places for sweets and treats below, on Facebook or with me via e-mail. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Like many Bostonians, I’m guilty of browsing Karmaloop on my commute and I find myself in Nordstrom when my errands were only supposed to lead me to stores on the other side of the mall (deliberately). As you may have noticed, I have an affinity for things like peacoats, sandals and turquoise jewelry which is, overall, a pretty expensive hobby. That being said, not all fashion needs to be pricey to be “stylish” and it has taken great self-control for me to round-up some of the best pieces you probably didn’t even know existed at stores you might not have even thought to shop in.
As the temperature changes, it’s becoming less excusable to squeeze every last drop out of your summer memories by wearing open-toed shoes. Luckily, you don’t have to give-up your surfer cool look along with your cut-offs and bandeau tops. With Vans, “the added benefit…is that the company lets you customize sneakers so they can be uniquely yours.*” So whether you like the traditional white or something with more street style credentials, Vans are soon to be at the top of your wish list.
Regardless of whether or not the season is summer, sun is always going to be a thing. It’s for this exact reason that God invented Wayfarers. (Right after he said, “Let there be light!” Amirite?!) Because of this, it is absolutely necessary that you have effective and stylish eye protection. Solar glare is just as dangerous when it is being cast off of a snowbank as it is at the beach and there’s no better way to look fashionable and practice safe sun than the ever-classic Wayfarers.
Footwear in the fall is one of my favorite excuses to go shopping and the ankle bootie is one of the main reasons for this. When people think of boots, they often think of rugged, heavy or clunky shoes that don’t necessarily lend themselves to enhancing your look. That is why I love ankle booties, the footwear that surpasses expectations, can be that little bit of edge you need under a feminine maxi skirt or the most perfect, simple reminder that one of these days these boots could walk all over you (you know who you are).
As you may have heard me say before, I strongly believe that belts are often the most underappreciated accessories. There’s nothing lazier than exposed belt loops without a belt or an oversized shirt without a belt to cinch it together. Considering that belts can make for such an easy remedy for so many fashion flops, there’s no reason not to splurge or save on the one item that can upgrade your look so quickly.
If there’s one item you invest (in finding) this season, let me beg that it be a camel coat. This is one of those pieces that, if selected properly, can truly make you look like a movie star. It is a “true classic coat that looks both elegant and expensive”* but can be paired with jeans, skinny black pants or an evening gown. I have had some unusual luck browsing Etsy and finding some truly excellent specimens that cost significantly less than the real deal.
Your perfect alternative to the little black coat. Shop here!
What are some of your fall favorites that you have found on a budget? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook.
*All quotes denoted with an asterisk can be found in Nina Garcia’s fashion guide, The One Hundred.
Summer might be associated with ice cream, frosty beer and fresh fruit but fall desserts are delicious too! Finally the time has come where I don’t need to worry about chocolate melting prematurely or my spontaneous cravings for pumpkin-flavored things…fall is here! Whether you look forward to stores filling their shelves with Halloween candy or you delight in picking your own apples, here are my favorite treats of the season:
One holiday tradition in my family is dessert. As the weather cools down my Mom makes some of the coziest treats; gingersnap cookies, cherry pies and squash souflees. Of all the recipes, her cheesecake is always so delicious and light. With a graham cracker crust and topped with seasonal fruit, I love to enjoy her desserts with a glass of wine, cup of tea or a nightcap.
For liquid treats, Kaitlyn and I enjoy heading to Marliave where the creative cocktail recipes are plentiful. What has become a tradition regardless of the season is always made better with great company. It certainly helps that their menu is diverse and traditional Boston staple but what I really love is its close proximity to downtown Boston. Stop by here if you’re looking for a new spot (I’d suggest after 5pm!)
Another thing I like to enjoy year-round are dollar (yes, just $1 a piece) oysters and Boston has plenty of places to find them! A treat that is equally sophisticated as it is delicious, you can learn to enjoy this delicacy on a budget, with tobasco sauce, lemon juice or cocktail sauce. Here are the best spots in Boston to sample some on the cheap:
–Barlow’s: 241 A St., Boston // WHEN: Mondays, 4pm-6pm.
–Dante: 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge // WHEN: Daily from 4pm-6pm.
–Les Zygomates: 129 South St., Boston // WHEN: Monday-Friday, 4pm-6pm
–Local 149: 149 P St., South Boston // WHEN: Monday through Friday-6 for $6 or 12 for $11
–Marliave: 10 Bosworth St., Boston // WHEN: Twice daily. (4pm-6pm and 9pm-10pm)
–McCormick & Schmick’s: 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl., Boston // WHEN: Tuesdays
–Orleans: 65 Holland St., Somerville // WHEN: Mondays-3pm-7pm
–Red House: 98 Winthrop St., Cambridge // WHEN: Tuesday through Sunday (50 cents for the first dozen.)
–Rialto: 1 Bennett St., Cambridge // WHEN: Mondays from 5:30pm-10pm
–Russell House Tavern: 14 JFK St., Cambridge // WHEN: Daily from 11pm to close. (1am on Sundays, 2 am Thursday-Saturday)
The summer girl in me always has room for ice cream. Whether it’s Ben & Jerry’s “Cherry Garcia” or Trader Joe’s Pumpkin, frozen treats have a special place my hart regardless of the season. Ice cream is also a great way to use any of the summer peaches you may have run out of uses for. And what’s a good fall pie without the accompanying scoop of ice cream to melt on top?!
Speaking of pies, ’tis the season for baked goods and few do it better than Nashoba Brook Bakery. Tucked away in the cozy town of Concord, my favorite treats can be enjoyed in the cafe (open from 7am until 5:30pm) with the soft aroma of freshly baked bread. I highly recommend the delicate pink eclairs I picked up the last time I was there!
What are your favorite fall treats and/ or space to enjoy them?! Send me a pic of you enjoying a sweet (or a treat) this fall for a chance to be “It Girl of the Week”!