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1-P2850583 2011 was a magical year for libraries, because I saw both the Boston Public Library and the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin for the first time. It's always a pleasure to return to the former, and this time it was with my best friend as we showed her around Back Bay, including Newbury Street, the Boston Public Garden and Common, and - this is key! - the OAK Long Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Did you know that they have tiny little bucket martinis? True, and delicious.

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It's an incredibly beautiful library, and houses a significant amount of artwork by John Singer Sargent in the aptly named Sargent Hall. It's no secret that I love his work, but I also just love to wander through the whole library. Between the two buildings of the library is the courtyard, a thing of remarkable beauty, and I've read that their afternoon tea is really lovely. (I need to make sure I make my way to one sooner rather than later.) The Abbey Room is another very special place, and you'll get a closer look at the Cheverus Room below.

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I learned another thing - it's just 34 years older than our Victorian, a fact that is kind of shocking and wonderful all at once. I don't want to ever become immune to the spell that New England's history - tactile and otherwise - has to offer. It's a fantastic magic.

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In these photos I'm wearing an easy dress from J. Crew (they still have it in large and XL in the black and cream stripe), a pair of nude patent mini-wedge sandals by Me Too and my Kate Spade bag. The raffia necklace is from Anthropologie and I've got on my Bulova watch with a mess of mix-and-match bracelets. We walked three or four miles that day and the shoes remained comfy and easy to wear all day! My clients love them, and the selection is usually great and affordable at Nordstrom, FYI.

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Goofin' around with a cherub and goose statue.

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M looking out at the courtyard from the Cheverus Room, which houses the dazzling Joan of Arc collection (see below).

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Now tell me you don't want to visit!

So much good stuff in the pipes, y'all - I'll be posting the second part of my hair series at Qwear this week (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SONNY), serving up some femme fall fashion realness at Autostraddle in September (freshly included in Refinery 29's "24 Best Websites for Women"), and have wonderfully summery posts from Cape Cod, Plymouth, the Charles River and Arnold Arboretum coming soon. 26 days left of summer, my friends!

Make 'em count. I sure will.

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SWAN BOATS!

XOXO, FFAF