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VV Holiday Guide

The Vineyard Vines Holiday line is always one of my favorites, I can never resist. I’m ready to jump right into my holiday wardrobe! My picks from this year’s holiday line:

1.Blackwatch Dress: a classic! Perfect for all your holiday parties. 2Q000069_002_ED_F.jpg

2. Fairisle Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater: I love the colors in this one and you can wear it all winter long on the ski slopes!2E1032_976_OF_F-1.jpg

3. Party Pocket Button Down: A classic preppy piece with a holiday twist. A fun casual button down to wear while holiday shopping or rolling up your sleeves and decorating the house.  2W2347_974_OF_F-1.jpg

4. Jolly Plaid Pants: I will be in plaid pants from now until further notice. 2P000012_002_OF_F.jpg

5. Ponte Flounce Nautical Skirt: Vineyard Vines did several pieces that are great for the holidays but can still be worn after them and I for one am loving it!2R0665_002_OF_F.jpg

6. Jolly Plaid Flannel Lounge Shirtdress: Nothing is cozier than flannel, and in adorable plaid too! 2L0299_107_OF_F.jpg

7. Jolly Plaid Wine Tote: Never show up to a party empty handed! A bottle of wine is the perfect hostess gift and putting it in an adorable holiday tote is even better! 5A000234_634_LD_F.jpg

I can’t wait for all the holiday outfits to come! I love Christmas, I have already started pulling out the Christmas decorations. Where are you getting your holiday wear this year?

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#BeanBootsandBrews

Last week I headed up to Portland to celebrate the launch of L.L. Bean’s small batch Bean Boots! The event was held at the O’Maine Studio a fabulous event space right in downtown Portland. The L.L. Bean team did an amazing job, walking in was like being transported to a Fall wonderland! Along with checking out the new small batch Bean Boots, we sampled beer from localPortland breweries. I tend to favor wine but I was super impressed by some of the beers!

My favorite was the Orono Brewing CO’s IPA. The Fog Town Pale Ale was also nice and refreshing. There were lobster rolls, my personal favorite, tacos, and s’mores! Portland has an amazing food scene and tons of fantastic microbreweries! Mike and I were in Portland last month for a friends wedding and I was so excited to get back there to explore more.

L.L. Bean has always been one of my favorite brands. Every time Mike and I are driving up to his cabin in Maine we stop at the Freeport flagship store and I can never resist buying something new! L.L. Bean is my go to place for outdoor gear and their signature line has adorable sweaters for fall. My Bean Boots have been a wardrobe staple for years, last year I got a pair of blue ones and I was excited to get a pair of the new plaid shearling lined small batch boots. Be sure to get a pair of small batch Bean Boots before they’re gone, thank you so much to L.L.Bean for having me!

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HOCR x Brooks Brothers

This weekend was the Head of The Charles Regatta. It has always been one of my favorite fall traditions. Every year I always plan to go for just an hour or two and end up spending the entire day because it is such a great event. This year was especially fun! I spent the day hanging with the Brooks Brothers team. It was such a great group, we checked out the limited edition HOCR merchandise, grabbed Lobster rolls, and watched the races!

Photo Credit: Brooks Brothers

Today is the last day of Head of The Charles Regatta, it is definitely worth swinging by if you have time. Fall is in the air and so is the excitement! There is so much to do and see, big bonus there tends to be a ton of cute dogs. Thank you so much to the Brooks Brothers team for having me, it was so amazing to spend the day with you!

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Lavender Days

I love visiting all the beautiful farms all over New England. Each one has something unique to offer. Last weekend my friend Elyssa and I visited The Farm At SummitWynds for Lavender Day, about an hour from Boston it was a beautiful drive. All the leaves along Route 2 were changing and we really got to see some amazing foliage. SummitWynds was beautiful, gorgeous views of foliage, a barn straight out of a fairytale, farm animals, and a vintage Chevy truck! One woman we talked to told us she had gotten married at the farm. I love going to events at local farms, it is so important to shop local and support small family owned agriculture. Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-01IMG_4622Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-51Facetune_06-10-2018-15-51-56Facetune_06-10-2018-15-47-00

I am wearing a wool skirt from J.Crew, I love the color it is perfect for fall. Along with with one of my favorite vineyard vines button downs, and my Tory Burch boots. These are all items I have had for a few years but had never paired them together. Spending a little time to get creative with your wardrobe is a great way to avoid buying new items each season! At the end of ever boots season I take mine to a cobbler to have any scratches of scuffs buffed out and last year I had the zipper on one repaired. Now they’re good as new and still my go to fall boots!

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Tweed in Autumn

A Tweed blazer is a wardrobe staple. Last year I picked up this perfect school-boy tweed blazer from J.Crew. I love J.Crew for wardrobe staples, if you need a button down, a classic blazer, a pair of slacks J.Crew is the place to go. I love having the basics always ready to go in my closet. It makes getting dressed everyday so simple. By sticking to the staples I have been able to reign in the size of my closet (which if you didn’t know Beacon Hill closets are notoriously small).

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I have also diminished the amount of textile waste I create every year. Instead of buying a new fall wardrobe every year I keep returning to the same items. This is the third fall I have had this blazer and I love it just as much now as I did 3 years ago when I bought it. Investing in quality items that will last season after season is the easiest way to create a more sustainable wardrobe. J.Crew is pricey, but they have fantastic end of season sales, use those sales as an opportunity to stock a few wardrobe staples for next year.

J.Crew is my favorite go-to place for wardrobe staples but some other great places are Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers (I prefer their red fleece line), and Ralph Lauren Polo. Yes these brands are more expensive but the items you buy will last year after year. This isn’t dropping 100 dollars on a sweater you are going to have to replace every winter!

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Under my blazer I am wearing a Ralph Lauren classic white button down, I am wearing a vineyard vines skirt from last fall, my black Nordstrom loafers that I have had for 3 years and, my Madewell sunglasses. Madewell is another great brand to shop for basics they also have an amazing denim recycling program.

What is your favorite brand to shop for high-quality wardrobe staples?