Boston Holiday Look #2

 Dress, Emerson ($415). Necklace, Laura Passenti ($180) at Artistry. Bracelets, Sophie Hughes ($140-220 each) at Artistry. Ring, Seven Halos, Clutch, Reiss ($155). Shoes, Manolo Blahnik.

This is fast becoming my uniform for the Holiday Party Circuit this season!

A leather-effect maxi tee shirt dress may not sound - at first - like the obvious choice for a season of family holiday parties, but this one by Emerson is just the right amounts elegant, playful, and effortless, so in my book, it works!! To take it from sexily fierce to festive I paired it with sophisticated (and low) pointy slingbacks by Manolo Blahnik and some au naturel jewelry from Sophie Hughes, Seven Halos, and Laura Passenti to round it out.

My number one tip for dressing up is - stay away from looking too costumey. Dressing up doesn't have to mean looking like an extra in The Nutcracker. A close second Rule of Thumb: Stay true to your own style! If you don't feel like yourself (well, a slightly more elegant and drunk-on-eggnog version of yourself), you're not going to feel comfortable. I'm all about experimentation, but moments before a party isn't the time to try something that's too much of a departure from your usual style, no matter what the lady at the boutique, the steeply discounted sale price, or the hair stylist says. 

Lastly - walking in the door looking like a million bucks is one thing, but to keep that up past cocktail hour, you'll need to be comfortable. You'll be doing a lot of mingling and hanging out under the mistletoe, so invest in something you won't need a team of elves to help you squeeze into or something that you can't sit in a standard chair in. I'm not talking sweat pants and fur-lined moccasins (My nearly-everyday winter wardrobe) but you do need to make sure you are wearing the clothes and the clothes aren't wearing you. That's why I chose this familiar, comfortable silhouette - what's more cozy than a T-shirt? - but in an updated, upgrade material like microsuede. 

Instagram Moment: Me with my party-pal, Kristen U. of The Boston Fashionista. Follow us at @scorpiondisco and @tbosfashionista. 

Use #bostonholiday on Twitter and Instagram to see more pics from the other bloggers, and stay tuned for a final post with looks from the rest of the gang!

Cheers,
Renata

Boston Bloggers Holiday Shoot

Last week, five of us Boston-based bloggers got together with Jeffrey Lyle Salon, Lauren G of Sarra and photographer Sarah Winchester for a Holiday Style Shoot at Marc Hall Design Studios.

I'll keep photos coming throughout the week, but wanted to post one of my outfits, centered on a jumpsuit ($500) from one of my fave international brands, Reiss.


I love the polished, structural silhouette of the jumpsuit, and to make it more my own I paired it with some gypset accessories - an armful of faintly musical bangles from Sophie Hughes ($140-$220 each, at Artistry) and an amazing ring from Seven Halos, because rings should be unmistakably three dimensional. 

This little satin metal frame box clutch, ($155) also from Reiss, is the perfect size for stashing lipstick, cellphone, business cards and a few macaroons. The basics.

I was really inspired by the 70's, Bianca Jagger, a tiny bit of Rick Owen's muse Michelle Lamy, and the Chanel SS11 runway, which featured models wearing necklaces woven into their hair. 

It was risky but I decided to give the Lagerfeld-approved hairstyle a try - The one I chose is a vintage piece from my grandmother, and I think it offered a nice, global contrast to the sharp n' chic jumpsuit.

You can see some looks from the other bloggers, too - 
Sean from Boston Mo
Amanda Knorr from Spreedia

Stay tuned for more, and follow all of the blogger looks on twitter and instagram with the hashtag #bostonholiday.

Cheers,
Renata

Behind the Scenes at the Holiday Style Shoot

Earlier this week, a few blogger buddies and I shot for our 1st annual Boston-based Holiday Style and Shopping Guide. I'll be posting that on Monday, November 19th, so be sure to check back! 

In the meantime, here are some backstage pics:

AT JEFFREY LYLE PRE-SHOOT:
Getting zhuzhed by the stylists at Jeffrey Lyle salon.
 Blogger Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou in a NASCAR-like situation as every stylist at Jeffrey Lyle worked on her French twist updo. 
Makeup under sunglasses. Hair in curlers. Check, Check.

ON LOCATION:
 Blogger Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou getting touched up by Tim and Cameron of Jeffrey Lyle Salon
Me and The Boston Fashionista between shooting

The Boston Fashionista getting ready to break Street Style Photographer's hearts.
You know the shoot is going to be great when the photographer (Sarah Winchester) looks like a model and dresses like an editor. 
More tugging and teasing to get my hair big and beautiful! Thanks Tim :)
Photo via @sarrastudios on Instagram
Image via @cameronryan923 on Instagram
Image via @cameronryan923 on Instagram

Still rocking my photoshoot hair later that night at an event here in Boston.

Check back on Monday for the finished pictures and some tips and guidelines from us bloggers, stylists, and fashionistas/fashionistos

Ciao,
Renata

Fall Weather is the #1 Cause of Intentional Clashing

Jacket, Bershka. Top, Kenneth Cole. Pants, Urban Outfitters. Bag, Prima Donna (Italy). Boots: Lucky. Headband: BCBG

What better way to give the finger to Hurricane Sandy than a lovely post-superstorm stroll through wet leaves on Commonwealth Avenue?

Yes, paisley and snakeprint clash, but haven't you heard - clashing is the new matching! 

Plus, did you ever notice how fall kind of clashes with itself? It's impossible to keep up with all the beautiful autumn colors, so why bother trying?


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