Refinery29: What I Wore When My Life Fell Apart


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For my latest Refinery29 piece I wrote about a very difficult period in my life last year, when I ended a long relationship, left my longtime home, and recovered from a longtime illness. All serious things, no doubt, but an unexpected, sometimes comical, sometimes terrifying result to the whole situation was that I realized read more…

The Summer Jacket: Because Mother Nature is a Tricky Bitch

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This weekend I was in Southie visiting my brother and his family. Naturally we grilled a variety of proteins in the backyard (and lemons, he grills lemons, basically grills everything edible on the table, and I highly recommend it). Although it was Memorial Day weekend, and it’s supposed to be the official start of Summer or something, it was read more…

Prada Perfume Goes B’grl

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Anyone can look b’grl (if you haven’t figured it out yet, this is what I call dressing kinda like a girl and kinda like a boy), but how about SMELLING b’grl? Prada just debuted 3 new fragrances (they had 3 existing already) called Les Infusions de Prada, that are for men and women alike. Score. I’m a sucker for packaging, and these bottles are a mix of masculine and feminine, designed from the original 1913 Prada logo. Vintage, score. The colored glass bottles are so pretty (but not too pretty) that if you catch one out of the corner of your eye you may mistake it for a giant glistening gummy bear. But then why do you have over-sized gummy bears on your dresser? Is this a regular thing for you? Do we need to talk sugar detox? I have so many questions.

Prada is also bucking the norms of marketing perfume by forgoing famous names and instead doing in-store displays featuring original artwork by Marcel Christ. They are selling the fragrances in Prada boutiques and high-end department stores, so no luck finding these online my friends. Below are a summaries of the scents. Sorry, no essence of gummy bear this round. Maybe next time.

Infusion d’Iris contains accords of iris, Italian mandarin, Tunisian neroli, cedar and benzoin from Laos. It’s my favorite because I adore neroli.

Infusion d’Iris Cedre contains notes of iris, cedar, Tunisian neroli, benzoin from Laos and Somali incense.

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger is composed of Tunisian neroli, orange blossom from Morocco and from Tunisia, Indian tuberose and Indian Sambac jasmine.

Infusion d’Amande consists of bitter almond, heliotrope, tonka beans, musk and essence of anise.

Infusion d’Oeillet contains carnation, Australian sandalwood, styrax, Indonesian patchouli and mandarin essence.

Infusion de Vetiver contains accords of Haitian vetiver, purple ginger, Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot and Turkish rose. ALSO contains neroli. Close second for me.

You do you. Boy, girl, or b’grl.


Photos courtesy of WWD and Prada.

Neck Wrinkle Prevention via Your Fashion


Let’s just start out agreeing that Giovanna Battaglia has amazing style. While cruising through her Instagram this morning I also noted that she’s very adept at something I’m quite passionate about: wrinkle prevention. Specifically neck wrinkle prevention. Specifically neck wrinkle prevention through fashion.

I’m obsessed with neck wrinkles. Avoiding them, noticing them, watching for them. They’re always on my mind, and they’re also

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Spring Who? Trench Coat Season is HERE

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You know I really don’t like talking about the weather. In casual conversation it seems like such a cop-out. In writing, it feels illegal. But there are a few people who absolutely must talk about the weather, and they are listed below:

1. Actual meteorologists

2. Co-workers stuck on elevators, who like each other well enough to say hello but not well enough to have a drink together

3. Fashion bloggers

I’ve never been number 1, but there is always time and I like jobs. Sometimes I’m number 2. Clearly, I’m number 3.

People in the North East justify/are in denial about living here, especially after our most recent Winter Crushfest. We always gush that we love read more…

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