bridal series: learn calligraphy!

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Happy Friday! I’m super excited to (finally) introduce a new bridal series on City Tonic! Over the next few months, I’ll be posting some wedding-related features as I plan my big day (and sharing any tips I learn in the process). Hopefully the series will be fun to read – whether you’re planning your own wedding, or just occasionally indulging in some wedding daydreaming via Pinterest (we’ve all been there).

Okay, to kick things off, today’s post is all about calligraphy! As soon as we decided on our wedding date (and knew we’d be fast-tracking the planning), I started designing our Save the Date cards since we’re inviting lots of out-of-town/international guests. I’m a bit of a DIY addict, so I thought I’d attempt to address my envelopes rather than hire a pro calligrapher. I’ve always admired beautiful hand-lettering and “modern” style calligraphy, but the task of actually learning how to do it felt pretty daunting. Then I found out about the insanely talented Ashley Lurcott and The Lettered Bride. The Lettered Bride offers a DIY calligraphy kit that sets you up to learn the technique without any of the guesswork. The calligraphy kits available at big art stores teach the old-fashioned, more traditional calligraphy style — but Ashley’s DIY kit comes with instructions for the playful and trendy calligraphy style you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest. The Lettered Bride’s guide booklet introduces the art of calligraphy in steps that are clear and digestible; the hand-drawn examples help you visualize how the direction and pressure of your strokes will end up forming those pretty little letters and swashes. Plus, the kit comes with the best pens and inks to get you started and tons of practice sheets on which you can perfect your lettering skills.

I actually ended up becoming obsessed with calligraphy, once I got past the first few unsuccessful (and hideous) attempts. It’s extremely relaxing and can deliver some really impressive results. Plus, the ink options are endless. Obviously I had to buy all the neons immediately. It was a little bittersweet dropping my Save the Dates at the post office after all the quality time I’d spent with them, but now I’m super excited to start designing my invitations and addressing the envelopes all over again. (I’m a crazy person.)

Feeling inspired? Ashley has generously offered to gift a DIY kit to one lucky reader! Even if you aren’t planning to address a massive amount of envelopes, calligraphy is an awesome skill to learn. So, enter now and cross your fingers!

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thinking bright

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Just a quick post today, wearing my brightest brights (and pretending I’m not cold in this ripped denim). To be honest, this “electric flame” cocoon coat has been working overtime recently – keeping me warm, and helping to dress up my admittedly drab daily “uniform” of late (snow boots, jeans and oversized sweaters). It packs a serious neon punch and has worked wonders for my morale during this endless winter. I paired it with a ribbed gray sweater, my favorite plaid scarf and peach pumps (a nod to warmer weather ahead). It’s an outfit that I hope will brighten your Wednesday just a little. P.S. Check back on Friday for a bridal-themed post and a super fun giveaway!

Outfit details:

Coat: J.Crew stadium-cloth cocoon coat in neon electric flame // Jeans: Dittos Selena skinny jeans // Sweater: J.Crew stretch ribbed merino sweater // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB pumps (similar color here) // Scarf: ASOS, similar here // Clutch: Proenza Schouler PS13 in python // 

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over-the-knee boots

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boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, piperlime, moments of chic

boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, piperlime, moments of chic

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boston fashion blog, boston fashion blogger, boston style, boston style blog, boston style blogger, piperlime, moments of chic

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If you live in Massachusetts, the only topic of conversation seems to be snow – and I’ve reached a point where I’m at peace with the fact I’ll be living in this arctic hellhole for the next few weeks, with Hunter boots as my only footwear option.

So, just a quick post today with plenty of neutrals and a killer pair of over-the-knee boots that I got for Christmas (and sadly have only been able to wear a handful of times, thanks to the snow). I love how OTN boots look on other people, but I’ve struggled to find a pair that works for me – since the calf area usually ends up looking baggy and strange. But I’ve always admired these classic 50/50 boots with a stretchy fabric back that keeps them from sagging – and they fit perfectly! Even though I doubt I’ll have many opportunities to break them out this season (I don’t want to ruin the suede!), they’re one of those investments I know I’ll be able to wear year after year. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Outfit details:

Coat: Zara camel coat (similar here and here) // Skirt: Zara mini skirt (also similar here and here) // Sweater: J.Crew oversized wool turtleneck (similar here and here) // Boots: Stuart Weitzman black suede stretch 50/50 boots // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel (medium) // Jewelry: J.Crew necklace (similar here)

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