For about a year now I’ve been putting together roundups for the Sunday Boston Globe spread called “The Enthusiast.” I alternate every other week between fashion and home decor items. This season has been particularly fun. While I’m not a huge fan of spring fashions for myself (much prefer to wear gray and black styles topped off with a beanie, but when it comes to pulling together stories, florals and brights are much more fun.
This week I’ve been working on sourcing digital prints. (It’s not always that easy to find the more interesting looks around here; everything I use must be available in and around Boston.) Getting into the spirit, I pulled a bunch of street style images of digital prints, from landscapes to florals to psychedelic blurriness. If you love them, make sure to check back tomorrow for an online shopping guide for digital print dresses.
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Shop on trend spring fashions at Need Supply Co. >
As usual, seeing how I live in Boston, I was unable to attend the press preview of the Madewell Fall 2014 collection. However, my darling friend Meredith was up for the schlepp downtown, and snapped these photos for me. I know it’s barely even spring here, but who doesn’t appreciate a sneak peek? Although many of the items were scattered with French phrases, and had a bit of a French hippie grunge flavor, the official Madewell Fall 2014 theme is actually more along the lines of easy living in urban America.
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Shop Madewell for denim. (I do.) >
For a few years now, bloggers have been writing about how fashion editors don’t exactly wear their coats; rather, these slaves to fashion drape said coat over their shoulders. This may well be the influence of Jenna Lyons (see last Friday’s post: “Jenna Lyons’ Signature Over the Shoulders Look“). I wonder if these ladies find it annoying (though at least not painful like heels). Can one make decent progress on a city street wearing a coat as a cape? Or is the coat constantly sliding off? I may just try it out, but not until (if) the weather gets warmer. I’m thinking a full-length Patagonia puffer isn’t exactly the look we’re trying to achieve.
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Shop classic looks at Need Supply Co. >
When I was in high school, I had to, had to, have a Kelly green overcoat. I went to multiple stores to find the perfect one. I think someone once told me I looked like an old lady. Yes, that was the style. It was the 1980s. That’s all I need to say, right? I’m sure I must have spotted jewel tone overcoats in Vogue. While my friends were being all sporty Connecticut, I was wishing I lived in New York. If you spend the time scrolling through these overcoats in hues that range from cotton candy to robin’s egg blue, you will be treated with a photo I plucked out of a box last night.
These days, I don’t even wear an overcoat. Sure, I have the luscious camel one I purchased in Florence years ago, still pristine, and a black Max Mara oversize cocoon from, hell, I don’t remember. As a work-from-home writer who lives in Boston, I’m way more partial to my ankle length gray Patagonia. But if I did have reason to dress well again, and I lived somewhere a tad less chilly, I might be tempted to dip back into a pastel, neon, or candy colored overcoat. These women wear them well. Here are 22 colorful coats, street style.
Blake Lively, who goes bare under hers.
And, for comedic value, this is me in high school,
doing street style, or rather, backyard style, before it was a thing.
I loved that green overcoat. Yikes. Let’s not discuss the Angora beret.
It was the mid ’80s. That’s all I can say.
As I mentioned last Monday, StyleCarrot has partnered with Finnish design house Marimekko with a series of holiday gift guides, among other projects. (Tomorrow evening I’ll be live blogging from the Marimekko flagship on Newbury Street in Boston—please stop by if you’re around.)
Las Monday’s gift guide, Marimekko for the Host, focused on tabletop and kitchen items. For our second installment, we bring you Marimekko fashions for your best friend, cousins, etc.— Marimekko clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids.
S H O P P I N G for H E R
1 Lumimarja Scarf
2 Purkkis Necklace
3 Keinu Bangle
4 Soiree Keilat Clutch
5 Räsymatto iPhone Case
6 Soma Dress
7 Ihvi Dress
8 Mini-Unikko Kinto Make-up Bag
9 Paakkelsi Tote
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S H O P P I N G for H I M
1 Kolja Socks
2 Kieppi Scarf
3 Erkki Silk Pocket Square
4 Reipas Scarf
5 Rainer Tie
6 Tensori Sweater
7 Aikapoika Weekender
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S H O P P I N G for K I D S
1 Rekkomekko 2 Tunic
2 Uniasu Pyjamas
3 Nakke Coverall
4 Rakki 2 Shirt
5 Maalari Shirt
6 Pohjantähti 1 Tunic
Raising the bar a few dollars. . . Last Wednesday it was Gifts for Her Under $25. Do I see see $50? Splurge a little on your sister or your BFF. These presents under $50 are all seriously cute. I’d love the earrings. The tape holder is tres chic, but not sure my desk is glam enough. The note blocks are cool though. And if you’re not totally into camo fashion, but want a taste of the trend, the cosmetic pouch is perfect.
S H O P P I N G
1 Camo Printed Cosmetic Case
2 Lucite Tape Dispenser
3 Cable Beanie with Fur Pom Pom
4 Painted iPhone 5 Case
5 Hay & Scholten & Baijings Tower Blocks Paper Notes
6 Tassel Necklace
7 Wishbone Jewelry Holder
8 Bamboo Mortar & Pestle
9 Turkish Bath Towel
10 Evil Eye Bangle
11 LaVanilla Laboratories Candle Tin
12 Elizabeth Cole Chinese Turquoise Earrings
Here’s a compilation of lovely presents for a friend or sister, all under $25. A few are from online boutiques you may not have heard of, , sites that are worth exploring whether you’re buying for yourself or choosing holiday gifts.
ModCloth has really cute clothing at great prices (I just bought this adorable camera tee). Furbish Studio, a boutique in Raleigh owned by designer Jamie Meares, has fun home furnishings, as well as gifty gems. And, I just discovered including Waiting on Martha, an e-boutique and blog by Mandy Kellogg Rye, who plans to open a brick and mortar outpost in Atlanta next year.
S H O P P I N G
1 Chevron Cocktail Napkin Set
2 Tapas Tools
3 Ceramic Jewelry Tray
4 Across the Universe Nail Polish
5 Matte Mint Bud Vase
6 Hunter Gems
7 Turkish Hand Towel
8 Chanel Noir Perfume Print
9 Fawn Cosmetics Case
10 Colorblock Key Fob