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Summer Style in the City


It has been a beautiful summer in Boston!  I was born and raised along the shores of Lake Michigan (which is hard to beat) and I’m thrilled to be living on the East Coast where Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the Cape are right at my fingertips.  I can’t  imagine living in a place where I didn’t have water all around me; it’s my source of inspiration, peace, and is perfect for my morning meditation.  

Boston is also known for its beautiful neighborhoods, lush parks, lovely architecture and rich history, so my summer has been filled with exploring and photographing the beauty around me.  Although I haven’t made it to the beach yet, I’ve enjoyed many days in Boston Common, along the Charles River and strolling through the Seaport District.


I spent the past three summers in New York City, where humidity is much more fierce than here in New England.  My go-to ensemble– the little black dress and oversized sunglasses- still suits me well for any occasion; work, play or for a night out.

Some may say to avoid black in the summer due to the heat, but I highly disagree.  There’s nothing chicer and easier than throwing on a black sundress, bangles and shades, complete with a bright bag and lipstick.

What’s your summer style?

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Minimal Winter Style

It has been a rainy, chilly weekend in Boston- not exactly the white Christmas I had hoped for. Nevertheless, the sun came out on Saturday afternoon and has been beautiful ever since. To survive the rain, I grabbed my umbrella, put on bright coral lipstick and hit the road in a warm coat and floppy hat. Rain (and gloom)-proof.

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I ventured to Somerville to do some shopping on Assembly Row on Saturday. Although it was raining when I left the house, it had stopped just in time for my arrival! Magic.

Assembly Row has a huge variety of outlet shopping… everything from a pretzel place to Saks Off Fifth. The good news was that I didn’t have to venture far to find everything I was looking for (including a snack).

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I set my sights on a pair of oversized black sunglasses at LOFT, a fun keychain and knick-knack tray… all 40% off, too! I had attached my keys to the zipper on my wallet a few days ago and didn’t have an organization method for my small jewelry (OCD in effect), so I felt these purchases were necessary.

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All three for under $20 at LOFT!

Buying “stuff” and having “stuff” all over my personal space has become a huge pet-peeve of mine, so I suppose my 2016 New Year’s Resolution of becoming more minimal has held true. I’ve been absolutely loving knowing where everything is, knowing what I own, and being conscious of what I actually need.

Leaving NYC was a big lesson; packing took days. I was only renting a small room in Astoria, yet I had years of memories stacked in the closet, under the bed, in drawers and hidden in bags. It was unmanagable and out of control. Who needs so much stuff?! Needless to say, I trashed and gave away half of everything I own. In the Great Purge of 2016 I also threw away a lot of my winter clothes- including salt-stained boots.

It was time for a new pair.

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I had been eyeing the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots for years now, but I found this pair on sale for $45 (less than online!)! The Kenneth Cole store on Assembly Row is closing, so everything is a steal. If you’re in Boston, I highly suggest you head over there for this great sale.

Overall, my Christmas weekend of shopping was a success! Aside from a chic black outfit, a bright bag and a pair of oversized sunglasses, what does a woman really need?

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Fur scarf: ALDO, last season / Sweater: Primark / Leggings: Primark / Bag: Henri Bendel / Boots: Kenneth Cole / Sunglasses: LOFT, similar