Man Crush Monday: Tropical Punch

Monday, June 29, 2015

Photo // Men In This Town
Happy Monday, fashionistas! And fashionist-o’s, I should say. I’m launching a new column on the blog to explore waters previously uncharted on New England Romance: men’s fashion. About this time last year, I noticed a ton of guys rocking thrifted Hawaiian shirts, and my first reaction—admittedly—was, "Why?" But a new take on this fad is decidedly more put together, and a lot less cheesy...And I'm sort of digging it, a lot. Palms, hibiscus, pineapple: Tropical-inspired patterns (on black or in neutral color palettes with subtle shots of color) can be surprisingly cool. Fashion beans lists bucket hats on its controversial trends for summer, and I think it goes with the whole drifter vibe, especially emblazoned with palms. Patterned sneakers are also huge right now, and what better than palm trees? The key is to chose one statement piece and keep the rest of the look neutral. I'm also loving how the gents in these street style shots sported an open button-down over a plain tee. Bottom line: It's summer and time to let loose. Put a little vacation in your life, Hawaii Five-O style. 
Tropical Punch

Photo // The Sartorialist

Hump Day Favorites: Très Chic

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hey there, fashionistas! I know, I know, long time no talk...But after the winter we had in this neck of the woods, I think everyone deserves as much outside (i.e. not in front of the computer) time as they can muster. I've been filling my weekends with outdoor markets and nights with friends, and squeezing in walks with Monti to the beach after work. 

For me, summertime is about being gloriously underdone. My style usually errs more to the side of boho in warmer months, but now that I'm getting older, I'm craving a more put-together version of laid back. Enter: French style. Neutral colors, flat shoes and minimal accessories form this effortlessly chic aesthetic. In the following links, Who What Wear lists some secrets to French dressing and style mistakes to avoid. And All Women Stalk has a seriously covetable gallery of street style examples. 

I styled some looks involving horizontal stripes, flowy skirts and loafers with a mix of affordable and splurge-worthy items. Nails should be neutral and hair is natural. And the ultimate accessory? A box of macarons. Swoon. 
Parisian Chic

Parisian Accessories

Photos via Street Style

Sartorial Sunday: Yes Way Rosé

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Head to Toe: Blouse, Marshall's // Blazer, Zara // Jeans, J. Brand // Heels, Payless // Bag, Steve Madden

I had to get at least one more round of shots on my office's boardwalk before we move spaces in a few weeks. You've probably gathered from my past Sartorial Sunday's that this is a summer of black for me. No, I'm not having an emo existential crisis—it's just chic and slimming and flattering with or sans a tan. But I was craving a little color this week. Everything is blooming, and I couldn't help but celebrate by piling on shades of my all-time favorite color, pink...paired with black. I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

#TGIF: Off to the Races

Friday, June 5, 2015

Off to the races

Happy Friday, fashionistas! This weekend, I'll be attending the Belmont Stakes for my first time ever, so I thought it only fitting to create an outfit inspired by the event. The fun part is, you can totally rock this look to a bar that's playing the race or throw a party of your own. Southern Living has a great write-up of the best Race Day Cocktails (a mint julep is a key accessory in my look), along with a fashion guide and race-day checklist. 

For the outfit above, I didn't give myself a spending limit, but for my actual ensemble, I grabbed a funky hat at Burlington Coat Factory and am wearing a dress and shoes I already have. Keep an eye on my Instagram for a snap. Now, only time will tell if American Pharaoh can make history and become the first horse to snag the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. 
Until then, I leave you with my favorite scene from Audrey Hepburn classic, My Fair Lady:

Sartorial Sunday: Black Out

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Head to Toe: Romper, Marshall's // Sandals and hat, Burlington Coat Factory // Bag, Steve Madden // Necklace, Laila Rowe // Jacket, Target.

In the summer, there's nothing more chic and versatile than a good romper. They can be dressed up or even worn to work (given that they're a few inches longer than this one), or styled casually for the beach. This one's my go-to weekender since it can transition from day to night so easily. Paired with black and neutral accessories, it works from city to suburbs. Have a great Monday, fashionistas! 

Hump Day Favorites: Summer Office Essentials

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

First off, I want to say how thrilled I am to be writing "Hump Day Favorites" already. I mean, today was basically Monday! I hope you all had a lovely long weekend celebrating the unofficial kick-off to summer. And of course, my thoughts to anyone who has lost a loved one who served in the military and my thanks to all of those currently serving. 

My weekend involved everything a MDW should, i.e., the three B's—beach, brunch and barbecue. But let's face it, when you have a nine-to-five, the word summer doesn't mean quite what it used to. Instead of three months, break is two days a week, and lazy beach days are traded for air-conditioned cubicles. I rely on a few key things to enjoy my office during the summer, and to still be inspired by the season.

Remember those big blanket scarves from winter? Don't pack them away. A big scarf is my number one necessity (like this boho one from Zumiez). Worn as a scarf or wrapped like a shawl, it comes in handy when the a/c kicks in and can be thrown over pretty much anything. It can even come in clutch in the event of an impromptu lunch-break picnic. 
Next, dress up your desk! A fun mug is important no matter the season, and it holds the best creation invented—coffee. I like these from Etsy and Kate Spade. Then add a frame containing a fun vacation photo to remind you that the beach isn't so out of reach. 
A little greenery does the mind and body good, and succulents are the hardiest in fickle office environments, plus they don't require much care. Adventures in Cooking has a good DIY terrarium tutorial, or you can get them for $10–$20 in Whole Foods. 
Last, fresh flowers always perk me up. Peonies are in season right now and I can't even look at them without smiling, but really any will do. A one-off rose from your local flower shop will run you about $3. So worth it!
Photo sources (clockwise from top): Proflowers // The Every Girl // Lovelyish
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