Monday
Mar282011

Caped Crusader

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Featured above: Lindsey Thornburg cape, Lizzie Fortunato for Madewell necklace, 
DVF leather leggings, Frye boots, Alexander Wang bag and Celine sunnies

I have been a fan of Lindsey Thornburg's capes ever since first spying them this fall in Looc. Unfortunately, the number on the price tag kept me from acquiring any of her designs. Imagine my surprise at finding the same mini-cloak deeply discounted, for sale at Shopbop last week......add to bag, check out and in two days, at my doorstep.

You can probably tell from the photos that it instantly induces happiness upon wearing. Or maybe I was having a little too much fun with my guest photographer for the day (my mother!)?

Thornburg started creating her instantly recognizable cloaks in 2006 and expanded with a full ready to wear collection in 2010.  Now based of of NYC, Thornburg originally hails from Aspen, Colorado. Her western roots were on full display with her latest line of cloaks. I will be on the look out for more of her wares when I am in New York soon- on the short list, a stop at Maryam Nassir Zadeh which carries Thornburg among other faves of mine (Isabel Marant and Rachel Comey to name a few).

Mom and I had a delightful outing this weekend, grabbing a sushi lunch and hitting up our fave shopping spot, the T J Maxx at Freshpond (of course!). I am my mother's daughter and she passed on the bug for T J Maxx and Marshalls at a very young age. No purchases for me this weekend but I had a hard time passing on a bright yellow Fendi shoulder bag (click here for image)....swoonworthy! This lovely retailed for over $1200 last season and was hanging out at TJ Maxx well below its original price at $799. Chairs for the new driftwood table (posted here), slated for delivery this week, take precedence over a bag however.

Friday
Mar252011

Otto

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Part deux of my lazy Sunday post from earlier in the week.........where we went to eat (and why it was imperative that I don some jeans with a little stretch)!

I was first introduced to Otto while walking through Harvard Square a few weeks ago. Everywhere I turned, literally everywhere, were families, students, children walking with a slice of pizza in hand. Perplexing, but perhaps a give away of some kind? Then, I came upon the Otto store front itself and saw the line, spiraling down the block. Maybe a new spot participating in Harvard dining points? What else could explain the crowds, hullabaloo and lines?

I called husband on the rest of the walk home. Have you heard of this new place? Nope. Off the the computer I dashed for a little pizza research. Here are my findings: Otto is new to Harvard Square, but has two locations (with a loyal following) in Portland Maine. The new Cambridge location has the same pricing as its neighbors to the North too, 3 bucks a slice, across the board. Is it any wonder everyone has a piece of pie in the Square?

Husband and I went to check it out and do a little taste testing ourselves last weekend. We indulged in a slice of the mango with pulled pork, along with the spinach, chicken and asiago. We ate both slices so quickly we quickly re-joined the line and stepped right up to sample a third flavor,  mushroom and cauliflower.  It's not rocket science people, it's just fresh ingredients, quality prep, and great pricing baked together to perfection.

Wednesday
Mar232011

Jennifer Chun




I love to be the first person to discover something.  But I have a problem, I can't keep my mouth shut! It would probably serve my selfish, only child tendencies better if I could do that, but I feel an unrelenting and inexplicable need to share fabulous sales, places, and designers with others.  So much conflict between the giver and the taker in me. Years of therapy to realize these basic tenants between my inner ying and yang.  Luckily, I am in a sharing mood today.

I had the good fortune to be invited to an intimate trunk show last weekend for the talented, and stunning, Jennifer Chun. Fate was not entirely on my side, as I had other commitments for the day (one does not skip out on dinner with the in-laws in a Greek family), but I won't be kept away from emerging designers and gorgeous clothing for very long. A quick perusal of her eponymous site and I knew she was on my wave length, color wise, aesthetically, and price wise (even more important at the end of the day, no?). I have never had a problem knowing what I like and her latest collection hit the nail on the proverbial head.

Jennifer first honed her skills at the Pratt Institute and later polished them to a fine luster at the hallowed halls of Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and Bryan Reyes, to name drop a few designers you may have heard of. Shortly after her time at Reyes as Senior Director, Jennifer left to start her own line, and the rest is history. Her calling card? Sixties tomboy preppiness with a feminine edge. Polish mixed with ease, in luxe fabrics and a modern palette. Pretty much what I hope my wardrobe personifies.

These are  a few of my favourite designs from Jennifer's latest collection, which I hope to see in person in a few weeks in NYC (and install IN MY CLOSET stat!).

Monday
Mar212011

Georgia Jeans

Now, I feel a bit old admitting to this, but my 7 for all Mankind Georgia jeans are not new. Anything but. I have, in fact owned them for so long that the flare is back in! Imagine my surprise when I saw them featured in one of my recent Us Weekly's (my weekly guilty pleasure- cut me some slack) as a celeb fave.  All fashion truly does come full circle if you wait long enough.


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Clearly time to dig these babies out of the back of my closet. Cheapest foray into a Spring trend yet this season. Net expense, $0.00. 

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I love high waisted jeans. These 7's have long been a wardrobe staple for me, combining great style with just the right amount of stretch. Is it any wonder I never got rid of these? I took a cue from my celeb pals and opted to wear these on another casual Sunday.

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Featured above: 7 for all Mankind Georgia jeans, J Crew belt, vintage Gucci tote, Asos clogs, 
Ray bans, Anthropologie button down

The stretch was especially important given that we jaunted on a pizza outing to try Otto, a new spot in Harvard Square (more on than in my next post). Always best to enter these situations prepared with a little extra room in the waistline!

Friday
Mar182011

Coral Fanatacism

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Featured Above: Dior polish in Psychedelic Orange, Earrings from Patch NYC (scarab), Earrings Forever 21 (round), Nars lip pencil in Happy Days, Holga camera, Ion Chocolates.

If I had to wear my winter coat one more time this season I would have resorted to burning it. Thank goodness mother nature had the sense to intervene in my attempted coatracide.

Just when I was on the verge of lighting the match and dowsing the fabric in kerosene, what did my weary eye spy? A much needed dose of color blocking and neon brights, amped up and ready for the wearing. My new years resolution to buy quality over quantity was shelved in a New York minute when I saw all the vibrant colors Zara was stocking (and don't think husband hasn't noticed all the new bright acquisitions as well, something about bright colors that does NOT work in my favor!).

Dior polish in Psychedelic Orange was the gift that started the downward spiral. I quickly snowballed into a state of full on coral fanaticism. Here are a few of my newest and brightest purchases for Spring. As you can see the shade has not been relegated to merely clothing or nails but has spread to accessories and house ware. I even purchased a few shades of neon orange lipstick that have yet to make their debut. I can't wait to shock some co-workers with my new shade!

What are your obsessions this Spring?