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Style Dtour: Boston

     As I've mentioned before, I like to souvenir shop at secondhand clothing stores when I am traveling in a new city. This time it was Boston and I was pretty pleased with what I found. I was also incredibly pleased with the Boston museums. I had a chance to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Museum of Fine Arts and highly recommend both of them. At the MFA, your ticket allows you to go back to the museum within 10 days, and I wish I'd had time to squeeze in another visit. It is a really large museum and I made the mistake of going there the first time around dinner, so my stomach eventually won out over my desire to stay longer and see the whole collection.
Diane Von Furstenberg 
     I could only visit one consignment or thrift store and used Yelp to narrow it down to somewhere close by with good reviews. I ended up picking Castanet, a consignment store located on the second story of a very cute building (image below). The women working there (I think the owners?) were very friendly and told me to make myself at home. I ended up getting one dress, one top, and one pair of jeans.  
     The dress is, obviously, above. It is a DvF wrap dress with a pleated skirt. The best part is absolutely the fact that the pleated skirt has a different color underneath, and that the skirt lining is also a different contrasting color. It is a little big, so I will probably get the top tailored slightly, and can already think of three places I am going to wear this soon, including an upcoming summer wedding. (Before then though, definitely to work, and also with a sweater over it so it just looks like a fun skirt.)
     The other two items are both new-to-my-wardrobe brands. The top is Akris Punto, and I was initially skeptical about it, because it is polo-y and I don't look great in polo shirts. But, it was on sale so I tried it, and ended up loving it. The jeans are Frame, and I only grabbed them to try on tops with. However, I ended up being persuaded to keep them based on how very soft they were. I don't really need any more jeans, but I only have one other pair of black jeans, and these are so soft. Those are just rationalizations, but still. 
Thankfully, I was able to fit all three items into my carry-on. Have you found any recent secondhand scores?
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Conference Me In

    I flew to a conference last week (and forgot to remove my name-tag in some of the photos) so I was forced to plan my outfits out ahead of time. It was in Boston and I basically under-packed for the weather. I wish I had brought one extra layer to put over a sweater/ underneath my coat. I wish even more that I had brought a hat. Next time.
     First up, my solution to standing out in a sea of black suiting:
Linen Pants
Sweater | 360 Cashmere
Pants | Halogen
Shoes | Coclico Arya

Don't Worry, Be Yonce

Dress | Thakoon    ||    Jacket | BlankNYC
                                                                             Top | Banana Republic (secondhand)
                                                                     Jeans | Rag and Bone (secondhand)
     I fell out of the planned outfit rhythm last week, and so there isn't much to write about. (Maybe just asking why I felt it was necessary to wear such a skinny belt with those jeans? Especially because they didn't do a lot to hold them up.) There were some unexpected meetings and then weather issues, so I mostly just went jeans and a sweater. 
     As such, I decided to do a Monday night link list, because why not? I'm back at it this week though, dressing for a conference.

For your start-of-week perusal:
1. It might not be my personal home decor taste, but I loved this: These Maximalist Sisters Live Together in a Color Explosion (A Cup of Jo).

Almost 2015

Blazer | Theory
Shirt | Madewell
Skirt | See by Chloe
       I was trying to figure out if there is a common thread (chuckle) that runs through these three outfits, and it came so close to being 2015. The jacket below: purchased in 2015. The dress at the bottom: purchased in 2015. Unfortunately, this first outfit thwarts us, because that blazer? 2014, baby. Honestly, I feel like the overarching themes of this blog are 1. sarcasm, 2. navy and 3. never get rid of any clothing - just keep them until you run out of closet space and then try to think of other creative places in your apartment to put them. I mean, what else are you really doing with the space under the bed?

New Heights

Outfits clockwise from top left:
1. Top: Banana Republic | Skirt: Uniqlo x Lemaire | Shoes: Coclico
2. Blazer: J. Crew | Top: Champion | Jeans: AG | Shoes: Asics 
3. Top: Lanston | Skirt: Kate Spade 
4. Top: 360 Cashmere | Pants: Rag and Bone | Belt: Talbots
   
     Week #2 of my pre-planned outfit experiment was a sartorial journey through a warming climate. #4 is basically just a cashmere tank-top, which is a totally unnecessary but awesome garment that I'm glad someone decided to make. Monday was the coldest, and will also be the focus outfit of the week, although you'll have to excuse the fact that my skin appears to be jaundice in these photos. As far as I can tell it was a weird side effect of the background wall color, and frankly I don't have the photoshop skills to fix it. 

Sequin Truths

Outfits, clockwise from the top left:
     1. Sweater: J. Crew | Skirt: Sally LaPointe
2. Dress: Theory
3. Top: Grana | Cardigan: Rag & Bone | Jeans: DL1961
4. Sweater: Clover Canyon | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
     Well, my first week of outfit planning is off to an alright start. I think it was the most useful on Monday, making the transition from the weekend to the workweek a little easier. I scrapped one planned outfit for logistical reasons, and then downgraded another from a fussy jacket to a warm cardigan, on account of heavy wind and rain. In doing these recaps, I'll probably just focus on my favorite outfit of the bunch, in order to keep these posts to a manageable length. I'll give you two guesses to figure out which outfit that was this week, but suspect you'll only need one.