Holiday Shopping at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

The holidays are well under way (Hanukkah started last night, and Christmas is in a mere eight days...eek!) and your list is no where near checked-off. Unless your a fan of schlepping across town and mall crowds, head to Wrentham Premium Outlets for a final one-and-done shopping trip to end all shopping trips. (And yes, it's ok if you just end up buying stuff for yourself like I did...you deserve it!)

I headed to the 'Village last weekend with a few of Boston's most beautiful bloggers - The Bostonista, Style-Wire, and Literally Everything - to take on our shopping lists. Here are my must-visits for your most stylish giftees:


image via Wrentham Village Premium Outlets / Simon

VINCE: Hello, cashmere. Stock up on super-soft sweaters, colorblocked blouses, and leather-accented tops from this normcore mecca.

MICHAEL KORS: Just in the nick of time! Kors opened its doors for the first time a few days ago, so be sure to stop by for giftables like monogrammed bags and zippered wallets that double as clutches.

KATE SPADE: Walk in with wide eyes, walk out with arms full of beautiful, structured handbags and stocking stuffers like wallets, key chains, and passport covers in every color of the rainbow.

TORY BURCH: Bags and wallets greet you as soon as you enter the store, and as you follow the siren call of the shoe corner toward the back, stop to check out sumptuous jewel-toned wool separates and dresses in store.

ELIE TAHARI: This is always among my first Wrentham stops. The flowy, silky dresses and blouses get me every time, and I always make sure to slip into a leather jacket or two while I'm browsing. Bonus points for oversized, plush dressing rooms and good lighting.


SAKS: You'll be greeted by racks of BCBG and Vince when you walk in, and just past that say hello to jeans, workout wear and homegoods. Everything you need for formal events this season is in the middle of the store, and as you make your way to the dressing rooms in the back, check out the shoe sales.

BLOOMINGDALES: An exceptional shopping experience. Spacious and well-lit, the store is clearly organized and has lots of attentive staff on hand. This is particularly a great stop for workwear for the men in your life. (Hint: Hugo. Boss. Everywhere.) The women's shoe selection is not to be missed, as well. Need a stocking stuffer? Head to the sunglasses - Prada, Ray-Ban, and Burberry do not disappoint.

BARNEYS WAREHOUSE: Want to win the Holidays? Snap up some Proenza Schouler accoutrements at Barneys. Small pouches started in the $100's, all the way up to the line's trademark bags. Also in store: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone, and a delicious L'wren Scott fragrance that stuck with me all day.


J.CREW MEN: Another newbie that just opened at Wrentham Village. Everything you need, for brother, boyfriend, boss, or dad. Winter is really when the layer-loving brand shines, with accessories, vests and sweaters that beg to be piled on, so you'll have no shortage of inspo.

BROOKSTONE: If you're not sure about sizing, Brookstone is a safe and sure bet. On my wish list: Pedicure spas, chair massagers, and portable phone chargers for when you're away from a power strip.


Of course, I snagged a little something something for myself while I was there. Check out the delicious Charles David over-the-knee boots I picked up at Bloomies below or here in a previous post:

Updo by Drybar. Blazer, Trouve; Dress, Theory;
Boots: Charles David at Bloomingdales Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (c/o)


For Your Gal Pals: Holiday Gift Ideas from Intimacy


This Holiday Season is all about gifting experiences rather than stuff. That said, Pretty Lacy Things never hurt, either. For the most memorable present for your leading lady, best gal pal, sister, or newly-engaged girl friend, how about a gift card to Intimacy? They will not only walk away with a set of beautiful lingerie, but they'll also have the luxury of a one-on-one style consultation and fitting that will make any woman feel like Marie Antoinette. (You can read my post from last year about the fitting experience here.)

This time, my fit specialist pulled up my purchase history from last year, where my size and style preferences were also stored, and recommended similar silhouettes from the same designer, which made the shopping process all the more streamlined - and all the more like having a personal stylist. I snagged a matching set (is there anything more feminine that a matching lingerie set?) in rich amethyst lace from Simone Perele. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon lounging in bed with a few good books.
Simone Perele "Celeste" bra ($94) and panties ($57), C/O Intimacy

Cheers,
Renata


Winter Flowers

Sam & Lavi "Libby Dress",  Anthropologie (on sale!);

Just how amazing is this dress? Let me count the ways: 

1.) It's floral. 2.) It's digitally printed. 3.) It's soft, stretchy jersey. 4.) And the back? I'm loving the low-ish scoop neckline: Perfect for a little zhuzh, but just high enough to still accommodate most of the bras I have - no tape, no strapless lingerie shenanigans necessary. 

I first spotted this dress while I was in Anthropologie on a pull for a photoshoot (see it here) and have been coveting one for myself since hearing the model gush about how comfortable it was. I'm always thankful for an easy way to incorporate color into my winter wardrobe, and to prove that florals aren't just for warmer weather. As Miranda Priestly once said, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking."



MAKEUP LOOK:
Makeup: Clarins Brow Pencil; Rimmel London Liquid Eyeliner

Cheers,
Renata

#RueHoliday Boston Blogger Party - Oh What Fun!

Rue La La hosted a group of Boston fashion bloggers for a tres chic party earlier this week, and as you would expect from Rue, it was nothing short of amazing - and 100% instagrammable. Not only did we get to hang out in one of the on-site photo studios, where most of the looks on RueLaLa.com are shot on models daily, but we also got to play dress up and star in our own mini photoshoots, complete with styling and makeup. 





Some of the super-stylish guests included : LoSoFancy, Style Tab, City Tonic, Mass Musings, La Mariposa, Trendy On A Budget, Of Vice and Men, The Boston Day Book, Belle of the Bean, Boss and Tonic, and Vitamin D Blog.

Wanna dress like a blogger? Rue La La made us a special boutique to share with our readers (how sweet is that?) so check it out, shop looks from the party, and score amazing deals, like the $495 Rachel Zoe jumpsuit for $99 that I immediately reached for. 

A gold David Meister dress ($99), a lace BCBG top ($130) with the faintest hint of a tail, a quilted Adriana Papel jacket ($60), and an office party-ready Susana Monaco sweater dress ($60) also make a pretty good case for themselves:




Happy Shopping!
Renata
All images c/o Rue La La




Ain't Laurent

It Ain't Laurent, but this outfit is definitely inspired by Yves - or more specifically, by early collections of the newly-christened Saint Laurent. 

Black and white? Check. Leather (faux)? Check. Silk? Skinny tie? Check and check. 

Last month, I posted my three favorite stops in NYC, presented by UK e-tailer BooHoo. This outfit is inspired by my list, and is exactly what I'd wear for a day of urban exploration; right down to the Boohoo fringed kimono that makes it perfect for Spanish tapas at Alta or vintage shopping at Devorado. 




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