live music + light layers

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Quick little Wednesday update (and an overdue one, at that). So… over Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to score media passes to Boston Calling — a three day music festival in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The spring lineup featured Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Modest Mouse (to name only a few) and the festival is well-repped by Boston favorites like Sam Adams and Tasty Burger (yesss thank you). I’m ashamed to admit it had been way too long since I’ve seen live music, so I’m very grateful to 44 Communications for generously gifting the tickets.

I dressed super casual in a floral and lace combo tank (which, unfortunately, you can’t really see in any of these photos…) layered under my trusty chambray shirt. And since it was Memorial Day weekend, I wore ankle length white jeans with a pair of embellished gladiator sandals that are super comfortable for walking around the city/standing for long periods of time/grooving. Lastly, this structured crossbody satchel (in a dreamy baby blue) was perfect for holding my camera and any other essentials.

If you like music festivals (who doesn’t?), you should definitely check out Boston Calling’s fall lineup (Lorde, Nas x The Roots, Girl Talk?!). And take a look at the festival’s Instagram for some great shots from the weekend.

Outfit details:

Top (underneath chambray shirt): French Connection floral print lace tank // Shirt: J.Crew keeper chambray // Denim: Forever 21 (old) // Sandals: Sam Edelman beaded gladiators // Bag: River Island (here and here) // Jewelry: J.Crew translucent stone necklace, EF Collection pavé zigzag ring, Madewell glider bangles

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warby parker’s new collection launches

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Photos 1, 2, 3 by Margaux Stunzi; photo 4 by Brian Annis.

Last week, I had a chance to preview Warby Parker’s newest collection of frames during an event at their Newbury St. store. We had a great time trying on tons of frame styles, drinking prosecco and eating mini Georgetown Cupcakes – plus, we got to meet some cool ladies from Warby Parker and fellow Boston bloggers/photographers. The new frames in the Meridian Collection are all titanium aviators, inspired by renegade travelers and summer adventurers. Even if most of your time is spent at a computer desk, you can at least feel like an urban maverick when wearing these. They’re lightweight (albeit made from sturdy titanium), come in Brushed Gold and Jet Silver, and they’re only $145 with polarized lenses. Done and done.

If you don’t know already, I’m a huge fan of Warby. Since its inception, the brand has stayed true to its roots and has continued to develop amazing products at a very affordable price point (generally $95 for prescription eyeglasses, and $95 for non-Rx polarized sunglasses). Other things I love: (1) the frames are vintage-inspired, and all designed in-house; (2) for every pair you buy, they give a pair to someone in need (win/win); (3) the name “Warby Parker” is a nod to Jack Kerouac, which of course appeals to us English major nerds; (4) the convenience factor of “home try ons” — where you select five frames and have them sent to you at home (for free, mind you). Then you can take selfies wearing each style and force your friends, boyfriend and mom to vote on which looks best (I mean, I’m not saying I do this or anything…).

In anticipation of July 4th, here’s what I’d wear with the new Raskin frames in Jet Silver. I call this a “casually patriotic” outfit. Isn’t that Clare Vivier striped clutch great?

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