brighten up for winter

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I’ve been obsessing over this coat since I first saw it glowing in a J.Crew store. And I was pretty lucky to score it on sale when doing some Christmas shopping with my mom last weekend (thanks for the early Christmas present, mom!). I’ve never been one to shy away from bright colors – and this neon red is no exception. But I’ve definitely gotten some shocked looks (slash temporarily blinded people) while wearing it in public. The wool seems to emit a fluorescent glow, I swear. But I plan to keep it in heavy rotation this winter – as an act of rebellion against the chilly gray Boston winter ahead. I wore a simple white and black combo under my vibrant cocoon, so the contrast would be even more intense. A pair of pointy snakeskin pumps (from one of Gilt’s in-house brands, Maiden Lane) adds a hint of neutral texture.

Outfit details:

Coat:J.Crew stadium cloth cocoon coat // Sweater: via Nordstrom Rack // Pants: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: c/o Gilt Maiden Lane pumps // Bag: 3.1 medium Pashli satchel // Jewelry: c/o Wye Road “The Valerie” necklace //

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win nutcracker tickets! [closed]

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The winner is Elizabeth Hausmann – congratulations!

A week ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Boston Ballet’s magical performance of The Nutcracker (check me out backstage here!). When I was little, my mom and I would go see the Nutcracker every year before Christmas – and just hearing the music brings back such happy memories. In 2012, the costumes and set were redesigned, so I was definitely excited to see the changes (especially when I heard over 200,000 jewels were hand sewn onto the dancers’ costumes…). And the show was seriously beautiful – so sparkly and inspiring. My boyfriend Kevin even enjoyed it – we were both so impressed by the unbelievable talent and athleticism of the dancers (insane). Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Ballet, I’m hosting a giveaway for two Nutcracker tickets! The show is at the Boston Opera House on Thursday, December 18th, 7:30pm (just a few days away!) and I’ll be contacting the winner on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience – enter below!

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flannel + sequins

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December is officially the busiest month of the year. I swear. Hope you’ve had a good week! Today’s outfit is kind of an experiment in holiday/winter layering (and of course, I took these photos on an unseasonably warm day a few weeks ago…). I wanted to play around with mixing unexpected textures: flannel, sequins, wool, haircalf leather – and I ended up really liking all the variations of this combo. I layered my sweater over this plaid flannel (a new favorite from J.Crew), draped it over my shoulders and tied it around my waist for a few shots, too. Since there are so many prints, textures and silhouettes happening here, I wanted to anchor the outfit with pieces in similar shades of gray and silver – from top to bottom (sweater + skirt + pumps). It helps balance the overall look and makes the contrasting colors even more vibrant. And personally, I love the unusual mix of a casual plaid flannel with a shiny disco ball mini. Possible contender for a holiday party outfit? We’ll see…

Have a happy weekend!

Outfit details:

Skirt: Sachin & Babi sequin mini // Sweater: Old Navy scoop neck sweater // Shirt: J.Crew buffalo check flannel // Shoes: Saint Laurent metallic snake-effect pumps // Pashmina: (unknown brand, similar color here) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard sunglasses // Bag: Clare V leopard flat clutch // 

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