effortless style with lou & grey

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Lou & Grey, created under the Ann Taylor LOFT umbrella, specializes in the kind of style that’s both enviable and approachable – it’s effortless, chic and (most importantly) super, super comfortable. If you’ve shopped at LOFT in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a little section of the store (or website) dedicated to a collection of texture-rich neutrals and stylish loungewear. Since its launch, that collection has burgeoned into a standalone brand – and brick and mortar stores are starting to open across the country. Last week, I got to check out the newest store (only the second location to open!) at the Natick Mall, just outside of Boston. After a long day at work, I was almost too tired to shop – but I forgot about my exhaustion pretty quickly once I walked in.  The store has a breezy, laid-back vibe (maybe even serene?) – with white-washed walls, marble tabletops and racks of dreamy knits. The store feels like a natural extension of Lou & Grey’s aesthetic: effortlessly cool, minimalist (in a non-obnoxious way) and really accessible. Plus, I couldn’t help but admire the lovely ampersand that decorates the space (it’s also printed on the shopping bags and tissue paper), being the typography nerd that I am.

Everything is laid out neatly – stacks of sweaters and denim, delicate jewelry, small home accessories and apothecaries – all artfully arranged on tables throughout the store. The clothes look so soft and inviting, it’s sort of expected that you’ll want to walk around and touch everything (I did) or try on about a million pieces (I did that too). The fabrics are out of this world (especially the signature tees) – you need to feel it to believe it. I ended up getting the textured jacket and silky light blue shirt I’m wearing in these photos, as well as this flattering and versatile dress that you’ll see in an upcoming outfit post, for sure.

I think it’s pretty great to see a brand championing this kind of uncomplicated, comfortable style while still managing to stay chic. And Lou & Grey does it in a refreshing, friendly way. I definitely recommend a visit to the Natick Mall store if you live in the area. If not, I pulled together a few of my favorite Lou & Grey pieces at the end of the post so you can shop online!

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Outfit details:

Jacket: c/o Lou & Grey peppered open jacket // Shirt: c/o Lou & Grey silky sweatshirt // Pants: Blank NYC vegan leather leggings // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar here and here) // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel (medium) // Sunglasses: Illesteva leonard sunglasses with pink lenses // Jewelry: J.Crew necklace, Banana Republic ring and bangle

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baublebar giveaway! [closed]

Lori Lorenzo is the winner – congrats!

Hope you’ve had a great weekend! I’m super excited to be hosting a little giveaway, thanks to BaubleBar (my go-to site for affordable on-trend jewelry). Enter below to win a pair of ear jackets (a.k.a earrings that hug the edge of your earlobe) and a statement necklace (like this, this, or this) to help dress up your fall wardrobe. Contest ends on Friday (10/24), so be sure to enter now! P.S. Share the referral link with your friends and gain a bonus entry!

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moments of chic with piperlime

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Over the long weekend, I teamed up with Piperlime to promote their #momentsofchic campaign and style some fall essentials (on a perfectly sunny fall day, too!). Piperlime has always been one of my favorite online shopping spots – the selection feels carefully curated and on-trend, with plenty of street style inspiration. Needless to say, I was excited to work with Piperlime and share an easygoing weekend look that’s perfect for any brunch date/shopping trip/exciting autumnal outing that comes your way.

In my mind, plaid is synonymous with fall in New England – and this sheer, gauzy Joie top is basically a dressed-up, chic version of the plaid flannels that keep me cozy on cold weekend mornings. It’s a shirt I see myself wearing again and again this season: paired with jeans and over-the-knee boots, or tucked into a leather pencil skirt…or peeking out from under the hem of a cashmere sweater. You know. For this post, I decided to go ultra slouchy and wear it with a pleated silk skirt (that felt equally weekend-friendly) and a textured moto jacket. To keep things casual, I wore a pair of Seychelles booties in a perfect sandy suede. I love the little details on these – leather straps, a slightly pointed toe – which make them feel stylishly neutral (instead of dull). Truth be told, I ended up rocking these booties all weekend (for all my exciting errands… like grocery shopping and going to the car dealership) and they’ve quickly become a new favorite.

Thanks to Piperlime for letting me share my little “moment of chic” with you – be sure to check out the hashtag on Instagram for more fall style inspiration.

P.S. If you hadn’t noticed, I gave citytonic.com a little design refresh this weekend. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Outfit details:

Shirt: (c/o Piperlime) Joie Nura plaid top // Skirt: Halston (similar here and here) // Jacket: Rebecca Taylor tweed moto (similar here and here) // Booties: c/o Piperlime Seychelles Take Notice booties in sand // Bag: YSL (pre-owned, new version here) // Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard tortoise // Jewelry: J.Crew necklace, Banana Republic crystal bangle and gilded band ring

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