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*sartorial regrets?*

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, high low skirt, crop knit turtleneck, shoemint sandals

just as i was about to post today, i read the latest ifb article talking about sartorial regrets…ironically, as i’m wearing a galaxy print, high-low skirt, hahaha!  so, forgive my longer post as i get a little more “op ed” instead of the typical short little quips about my OOTD.

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, crop knit turtleneck, wicked peacock bracelet

in a word, no, i don’t have any sartorial regrets (well, very few anyway, hahaha).  personal style blogging is tough.  you see what every other little chickadee out there is wearing & you want it for yourself.  i think the key though is you just have to stick with what your style is & not be swayed by everything else, otherwise you will end up with a lot of regrets in your closet.  for example, what i’m wearing today screams short-lived trends…both galaxy print & the high-low skirt style, however still works in *my* daily life.  i looove the high-low silhouette as i feel it flatters my short stature & body type which was why i always favored it, even before the trend blew up a couple years ago.  that’s also why i never bought that origami zara skort.  i would never wear such a supershort mini or shorts (outside of a beach or pool setting), so why would i get one just because everyone else was obsessed with it?  know what i mean?

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, high low skirt, crop knit turtleneck, shoemint sandals

so, i think the main point, is (as always) if you stay true to your own personal style & not succumb to buying every popular article of clothing on the fashion blogs, then the less closet disappointments you will have.  kind of a more serious tone for a mid-week post, but that’s what i love about being an ifb member…fashion is supposed to be fun, easy & breezy, but it’s still good to think seriously once in a while :)

wearing:  express cropped turtleneck knit top (old, like high school old) || romwe galaxy print high-low skirt || wicked peacock cuff bracelet || shoemint espadrilles

boston fashion blogger, shoemint sandals

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*white on palm print*

boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, tropical print, palm print

decided to take two of my new summer favorites…all white & tropical print…and combine them into one ensemble that’s even better :)  it’s the perfect outfit to segue into the weekend…easy, breezy :)

boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, vintage necklace

boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, tropical print, palm print

wearing: white high low tunic (via LF harvard square) || versace x h&m palm print leggings || vintage green gem & brass necklace || shoemint white leather wedges

boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, tropical print, palm print

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*the future is grey*

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness, prada shoes

three things influenced my outfit for today:

1.  the fact it’s torrentially pouring rain & looks like no signs of stopping, so feeling in a drab mood already. plus it’s unseasonably cold & my legs were too chilly to go bare all day

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness

2.  if mr. bill cunningham says grey is the new black, then grey is the new black ^_^ 

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness, prada shoes

3.  finally, i was watching the latest episode of project runway (yes, i still watch it!) & it had to do with how we think people will be dressing in the future.  i do picture a more utilitarian, kind of more technology & industrial driven society, hence the grey type of uniform - a more *efficient* way of dressing if you will.  plus, the white harness - a harness always feels futuristic to me ^_^  well, maybe for a future student crossing guard at least, hahaha :)

wearing:  old navy grey shirtdress (really old) || simply vera wang grey leggings (via kohls) || BCBG faux leather white harness || prada loafers (super old)

boston fashion blogger, prada shoes, prada loafers

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*hawaiian girl*

boston fashion blogger, hawaiian dress, orchid in hair

it wasn’t intentional at first, so it’s funny when you unconsciously do things in response to what is happening around you.  my example.  i was trying to figure out what to wear to my husband’s cousin’s wedding.  they wanted to keep it casual…since it was outdoors & on the family farm.  i didn’t have this dress in mind at all.

boston fashion blogger, hawaiian dress, orchid in hair, blonde curls

still, i ended up pulling this dress from the rack & putting the other potential outfits back.  it beckoned to me for some reason.  then it dawned on me, with the news of 2 hurricanes about to pummel my home state of hawaii, i realized hawaii, especially my family & friends had been on my mind a lot.

boston fashion blogger, hawaiian dress, shoemint sandals

so, then it became clear.  i was going to go full-blown into hawaiian girl mode for this wedding.  wore most of my hawaiian gold jewelry; meant to go for beachy wavy hair, but overdid it a bit with the flat iron, so more like full on curls & of course, nothing says hawaii like a big ass orchid tucked behind your ear!  hahaha ^_^  as of the writing of this post, glad to report that my immediate family are fine as the hurricanes caused limited damage, mostly downed trees & power outages.  thankfully not too serious.  hopefully, i won’t have to worry about hawaii again for a long time :)

boston fashion blogger, hawaiian dress, orchid in hair, blonde curls

wearing: black & floral dress with sheer side panels (via LF harvard square) || hawaiian gold bracelets & rings || faux orchid (via hot topic clearance bin) || shoemint sandals

boston fashion blogger, hawaiian dress, orchid in hair

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*scenes from the h&m newbury grand reopening event!*

boston fashion blogger, hm newbury street grand reopening, blogger event

hi everyone!  i had a great weekend away for yet *another* family reunion…this time my husband’s mother’s side.  as usual, PLENTY of relatives, drink, food & good times!

boston fashion blogger, hm newbury street grand reopening, blogger event

before i left boston, i was fortunate to have been invited to the grand reopening of the h&m on newbury street along with several of my blogger friends :)  the redesigned store is amazing!!!  sleeker, brighter, i barely recognized it from the previous store layout!

boston fashion blogger, hm newbury street grand reopening, blogger event

the home section is as incredible as i thought!  everything you need from bath to kitchen to bedroom & all the little things in between.  i had so much fun running up the 2 floors several times & shopping to my heart’s content!  i picked up a fun new duvet set as well as an outfit that i’m sure will pop up in a future blog post ^_^

boston fashion blogger, hm newbury street grand reopening, blogger event

since this was only a preview, i was there until the store finally opened up to the general public & let me tell you, it was CHAOS!  some people had been lining up since about 5 in the morning!  crazy right?  with the music blaring & the h&m associates cheering in the crowd, that corner of newbury street became quite the fun block party!  can’t wait to come back & do more shopping…once things have calmed down…hahaha!!!

boston fashion blogger, hm newbury street grand reopening, blogger event

disclaimer: i was compensated by h&m with clothing & home items, but opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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*tropical print plus black & white stripes*

boston fashion blogger, tropical print, palm print, black white stripes

i’ve seen this variation of the palm print plus black/white stripes pattern mixing before all over the interwebs, so decided to try my version of it :)  nice change from my usual go-to of floral & stripes, hahaha!

boston fashion blogger, tropical print, palm print, green gem necklace

it’s also what i wore to the grand reopening of the h&m on newbury street with it’s newly expanded home collection.  the preview of the bright redesigned store was fun to attend!  i barely even recognized it!  i’ll detail more of the fun in my next write up :) 

boston fashion blogger, tropical print, palm print, black white stripes

wearing: michael kors resort palm print blouse (c/o net-a-porter) || thrifted black/white striped skirt || vintage green gem & brass necklace || shoemint white leather wedges

boston fashion blogger, tropical print, palm print, black white stripes

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*summer neon*

boston fashion blogger, neon yellow, mint floral

who knew that my screaming neon yellow, neoprene skater skirt would be the most versatile clothing item in my closet???  i wear this skirt all.the.time.  from the fall & winter season to the dog days of summer…it just always seems the perfect pick-me-up when i have trouble picking out my daily outfit :)

boston fashion blogger, neon yellow, mint floral

wearing: express mint floral top (super old) || asos yellow neoprene skirt || DIY chain/silk thread bracelet || candie’s sunglasses (via kohls) || shoemint leather espadrilles

boston fashion blogger, shoemint sandals, shoemint wedges

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*you’re invited! h&m newbury grand reopening*

boston fashion blogger, h&m newbury, military green, yellow, large font necklace

what does H&M stand for?  today for me, it means H = happy & M = major ^_^  do you know it also means hennes & mauritz?  i actually had to google that. i never knew, all this time, what H&M, one of my beloved shopping sites, is known for…hahaha! 

boston fashion blogger, h&m newbury, military green, yellow, large font necklace

speaking of being majorly happy,..when one of my BBBs (best blogger buds) invited me to the H&M grand reopening on newbury street this thursday, august 7th 10 am-12 noon, *of course* i said heck yeah :)  in honor of the exciting event & the expansion of the only H&M in new england with the extensive home collection, H&M is giving away free home items, gift cards & many more!  to win:

  • selfie to win:  the first 15 customers in line to tweet/instagram a selfie with the hashtag #bostonlovesHMhome at @bosfashionista will win a free outfit and one free H&M home item, as well as early access to the store the morning of the event*. 
  • secret password:  tell the cashier the secret password (bostonlovesHMhome) for 20% off one home item*.
  • global garment recycling:  help H&M kick off their global garment recycling program by donating unwanted pieces of clothing (from any brand) while in the store. customers will receive a voucher for 15% off one item on their next purchase for each bag of donated clothing. even better, customers who bring garments before the store opens at 10am will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards, valued between $50 and $100*.

* reopening event on august 7th only - 100 newbury street location only

i really love the home collection.  for example, as part of my spring cleaning earlier this year, instead of spending a lot on redecorating, i just bought new throw pillows that emphasized the green in my living room & easy peasy, a fresh look for not a lot of money.  so, i really can’t wait to peruse the home section IRL instead of online :)

hope to see you there!

boston fashion blogger, yellow strappy wedges

wearing:  h&m military green shirt dress || large font gold necklaces (via ebay) || steve madden sunglasses || cynthia vincent x target yellow gladiator wedges

home accessories:  h&m scarab & plant digital print cushion covers 

h&m home, digital print pillows

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*crop top & skirt set*

boston fashion blogger, grey abstract print, crop top skirt set

i’m baaaaack!  i had a family reunion last weekend & my family from florida had stayed with me for a whole week.  it was a lot of fun having my family up, but it was a lot of early mornings making breakfast for everyone & then a lot of walking around sightseeing & finally, late nights watching movies & just hanging out.  i’m still barely recovered, whew! 

boston fashion blogger, gold hawaiian necklace, plumeria necklace

my family is back home now & i miss my adorable nieces terribly, but i’m also glad to be back to a normal working and outfit posting schedule :)  

boston fashion blogger, grey abstract print, crop top skirt set

i’ve had this cute crop top & skirt combo for 2 summers now & it’s the greatest!  i like wearing it together to make one seamless dress or to break up into separates….wearing the top with white jeans or the skirt with a simple graphic T-shirt. it’s quite functionally brilliant.  i wish i could find more matchy-matchy sets like this.  maybe next summer…since it’s already august & this season is just flying by :(

wearing;  target grey abstract print crop top & skirt (on clearance) || hawaiian plumeria pendant (from hawaii) || target sunglasses || shoemint white leather sandals

boston fashion blogger, shoemint white leather sandal

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*asian print & stripes*

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

i’ve been wanting to use this pretty asian print top ever since the days have become more humid & thought the stripes in this skirt perfectly resonated with the stripes in the swirly print.  today while running errands in harvard square, 2 girls totally noticed i did that & complimented me on my print mixing :)  always nice when someone else appreciates your attention to detail ^_^

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

wearing:  millau racerback blouse (LF harvard square) || urban outfitters stars & stripes skirt || skeleton cameo pendant (via ebay) || jewelmint earrings || melissa rubber wedges

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

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