Coffee Talk: Life Lately

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long time no see, fashionistas! I'm sharing some snaps from my Insta since we're due for a good 'ol catchup. I know, I know. It's not you, it's me. Me, and the fact that I had to watch The Bachelorette finale last night instead of blogging. (Who else was rooting for Shawn, amiright?) Then, of course, there are the usual excuses—work really has been super busy and I've been going into the city a ton. But it hit me yesterday that next week is August. August! Summer is already on the downside. How did that happen? I really have been trying to maximize the season by getting to the water often (Full disclosure: the lobster roll in the shot below was for my coworker. I don't even eat fish, but it was too pretty not to snap) and by hitting up fun things like Stamford's Alive at Five concert series. But I have to admit, I've gotten into a business-induced rut. Since I've returned from my trip to the mountains, I haven't blogged or gone to yoga, and have barely dressed for work...I mean, I have be putting on clothes, albeit not creatively styled ones. Plus, I've been struggling with crazy dreams and nightmares. So it's time for a summer reset. I found the mountain necklace pictured below in Greenwich village this past weekend, and it's a little reminder to find my zen and breathe in a little fresh mountain air among the day-to-day craziness. That, along with a little red lipstick, a good outfit, and a visit to yoga tonight should do the trick. Namasté.

Sartorial Sunday: Free Bird

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Head to Toe: Blouse, jeans & boots; thrifted // Flash-tat, LuLu DK

Looking back at these shots, I can smell the mountain air and feel it's dampness on my bare shoulders. My Grandmom and I had some fun thrifting adventures during the trip and got a ton of scores at Salvation Army. Among my finds were the contents of this outfit, which was perfect for the neighborhood pot-luck hosted at our cabin. I especially love how it's a timeless look for a timeless place. Xoxo

Hump Day Favorites: American Pie

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Head to Toe: Flannel, thrifted // Sneakers, Keds // Jeans, Gap
I just got back from the most deliciously relaxing Fourth of July vacation at my family's cabin in the Central-Pennsylvania mountains.  My heart is heavy to get back to work and reality tomorrow, but at least it's hump day and I'm full of fresh memories of family time, poker nights, nature, Jeep rides, and—still literally full of decadent food. One of my favorite slices of said decadence is my Grandmom's Shoo-Fly Pie, a Pennsylvania Dutch staple. The molasses-y, crumbly goodness takes me right back to those mountains. Consider yourself special, because I'm sharing her family recipe below. As for the rest of the trip, I'll let the pictures do the talking. XOXO
Shoo-Fly Pie

1) Bottom layer: 
3/4 C molasses
3/4 C boiling water
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dissolve soda in water; add molasses
2) Top layer:
1-1/2 C flour
1/4 C shortening
1/2 C brown sugar
Mix together
3) Pour about one-third of the liquid into an unbaked pie shell. Add one-third of crumbs. Alternate layers ending with the crumbs on top.

4) Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes

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
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