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01-DSC03934 Back from an unintentional two-week break with some news: First, we celebrated my birthday this weekend! It was wonderful. Second - and this explains my extended absence - I did the unthinkable and got a perm.

Or more accurately a body wave, but in case you were wondering neither the process nor the chemicals have changed (much) since the perm heyday of the 1980s; what differentiates one from the other is simply the size of the rods your salon uses. Mine alternated between the biggest and second-biggest, and the results are pure beachy wave goodness.


I'll talk about it more in-depth soon over at Qwear for the Path to Perfect Tresses series finale, but in the meantime you should head over there to check out the Sunday style inspiration post I put together for them last weekend. Lots of excellent spring fever vibes! Speaking of, check out the tomboy's dapper outfit - perfect for a blustery early spring day in New England. We took these photos on the steps outside of Trinity Church. Details below:

Pinstripe 'Producer' Suit Pant - Men's Express | Striped Sweater - Gant (similar here) | Contrast Trim Blazer – H&M (similar here, here and here - the Ted Baker blue is my favorite!) | Wingtips (not pictured) - John Varvatos Star USA


Let's get on with this outfit! I love this sheer, almost neon blue skirt, I love my new minty fresh faux-leather biker jacket, and I love my perfect anytime, anywhere Everlane cashmere. I would say the jacket tones down the femininity of the bright floral skirt, but it's a pastel mint and who are we kidding? We'll say it gives it a little edge instead.

Not that it needs it. The simplicity (and practicality - it ain't that warm here yet) of the sweater is precisely why they make staples. It could be a tank or a t-shirt and it would have the same effect.


I liked the warm tomato red nail polish against the cooler tones.


Isn't this pattern killer? I wrestle with the miniskirt fit of the 'modesty' layer, but that's such an easy fix at the tailor.



I wore this necklace because it felt simple and sweet with the rest of the get-up, and I swept my hair back into a messy twist for the same reason. (And when we stepped out into the Back Bay wind on our way to brunch, I thanked myself for doing so!) Updos seem 100x easier now that my hair has all this texture to it! Now to brunch...




This is the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen at the Fairmont. It's a gorgeous, over-the-top space in an old world sort of way, the food and cocktails are consistently well-made and often subtly inventive, and the service is great. That pile of happiness up there is chocolate hazelnut french toast with berries and vanilla custard. FYI, their peach bellinis are a mile high and full of rum. YUM.



Everyone loves these shoes! I guess there's something a little risque about them - I like that they kind of swaddle the foot, have a tiny hidden platform wedge, and zip up the back like a corset. About corsets...



The next stop was Agent Provocateur, and as luck would have it we had the place all to ourselves - including poured champagne and decadent truffles. So much fun! I fell in love with the springy embroidered tulle of the Petunia range from their Spring Summer 2014 Collection, and what's a trip to a lingerie shop without seamed stockings, hm?

You might notice there was a little wardrobe change - I slipped out of the floral skirt and into this insanely dramatic midi ball skirt from H&M to fend off the chill outside.


That's better! And so on and so forth went the entire lovely weekend, full of sweet surprises and lots of love from family and friends near and far. We wrapped things up by pairing a bottle of Moët with a JP Licks ice cream cake last night, and it was a splendid way to kick off my 34th year.

Blue Skirt - Topshop (similar here and here) | Cashmere Sweater - Everlane | Faux Leather Moto Jacket – BCBGeneration | Suede Wedge Sandals - B. Makowsky | Bow Necklace - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Rose Gold Mixed Metal Watch - Bulova | Nail Polish - Ciate 'Encore'

Hope you enjoyed the post!


Basic Black

1-P3000342 Some days in the snow you just have to go back to basics: a good pair of jeans, a heavy knit sweater, and an anorak. Another snowstorm arrives tomorrow, ho-hum. I haven't been riding in a month because the conditions are terrible. My group lessons keep getting canceled because the weather will not cooperate. Oh, to be independently wealthy and able to migrate south to Florida with the horses every winter! Yes, Florida. 


Pencey 'Ringo' boots, I love them. They've gone from black to black-brownish, which I love. I think snatching up a pair of these to go with all my spring pastels will cheer me up, what do you think? You agree, I can tell.



Paige denim, Zara cop sweater, Laundry by Shelli Segal anorak, Asos men's beanie in wool, and a pair of Cole Haan sunnies that are a good enough dupe for my beloved and very lost Ray-Ban Clubmasters, which I cannot purchase two of every year because I lose them. Religiously. Usually while on a horse or near/in bodies of water. The beanie is M's, but I do enjoy stealing it from her! I recently snagged a pair of Erin Fetherston for JewelMint bow bangles in rose gold.


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Do you need some inspiration for a lovefest-lovenest-lovepalooza-lovegasm this Valentine's Day weekend? Head over to Autostraddle where I yank on some rainbow heart tights and a minidress for Valentine’s Day cuteness. Here's a preview:

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I'll post some additional shots not seen at the post here soon!

Cheers, FFAF

Boots with the Fir

4-P2910197 Before Allandale Farm there was Half Moon Bay and our beloved Delancey Street lots. Part of the fun of a big move is starting traditions anew, and heading to the farm on Thanksgiving weekend is definitely one of ours. They have a fantastic crew, awesome selection of trees and holiday swag (including tons of actual swags), delicious hot cider and a fire pit to warm up beside with the fam. We didn't quite have to bundle up as much as last year, though.


Look at this impressive damn winter wonderland! And yes, it smells like heaven. I just did laps inside of this greenhouse, huffing the air like a deranged person. And now our house smells just like it, thanks to the tree, a few wreaths and a centerpiece for the nutcracker buffet.


This super comfy outfit = Asos denim, a Vince sweater coat, my old H&M L.O.G.G. scarf and Juicy Couture weatherproof boots. You'll get to see the super cute cheetah blouse underneath some other time. M's got her Dockers Slim Fit Alpha khakis on with a few layers of sweaters under a corduroy barn coat she found new at Crossroads in Rockridge on our trip back home, J.D. Fisk boots and a Goorin Bros. cadet.

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We picked out these baby trees to flank our front door while we waited for our big fir tree to get all wrapped up and strapped in for the ride home. They're so wee and adorable! We almost bought one of those massive wreaths to decorate and hang from the Juliet balcony, but after I almost broke my neck and actually broke a six-foot antique balcony window hanging lights from it last year, M put her foot down. And she's scared of heights, so there's no way she's doing and there's no way I'm letting the petite get involved, so…bah humbug!

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Speaking of home stuff, it looks like we'll be moving into our own guest room for a little while in 2014!

When we started house hunting last year, one thing that became obvious right away was that the grandiose en suite master baths we were used to in California were NOT A THING here. A lot of Cape Cods, Colonials and Victorians had a single full bath, powder rooms off the kitchen on the first floor and quite often really useless full baths down in the basements, even when the basements weren't entirely finished! Though we lucked out with two full baths at our house, we knew we'd have to factor in the cost of creating an en suite bath that met our (admittedly spoiled Californian) needs.

This morning we officially kicked off the project with our contractor during a three-hour meeting and the handing over of a big fat check. It's exciting and a little terrifying, but we're thrilled to finally get it off the ground since putting it off way back in April. We've watched enough HGTV to know that an 1882 New England Victorian might have its own plans for our budget and we may not get everything on our wish list, but it's off to a good start and we're taking the lead on nearly everything that comes after the rough finishing. (Translation: A LOT of shopping and deal-hunting, and probably a decent amount of hands-on work.) By mid-January we should be done with the design process, and construction can begin as soon as February!

We've never done anything like this before, so it'll be an adventure, I'm sure. Wish us luck!


Head of the Charles

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A dear friend recently posted a dreamy photograph of a nice canoe jaunt along the Russian River, which served as a steady backdrop to my more carefree and wild childhood summers. (So did Mt. Shasta and the Trinity River, but we didn't have any family friends with vineyards that far north so it was never quite the same.) To borrow a line from Neko Case, just the sight of it yanked my neck on the chain. (Do rivers do that to anyone else? If so, which ones and why?) Here in Boston, the Charles River is a totally different beast. Beautiful and unapproachable (you can't swim in it, but sporting of all sorts is plentiful), but boy does it know how to throw a party. If the 4th of July hasn't convinced you, the Head of the Charles Regatta sure can.



Non-locals who are out there scratching your heads, the Head of the Charles is the world's largest 2-day regatta. The course on the Charles is three miles, which has six bridges for crews, rowers and coxswains to negotiate, and some 9,000 athletes and 1,900 boats compete over the weekend from all over - including, to my utter delight, several crews from Oakland, CA.

It is VERY thrilling to watch, and yet somehow also surprisingly laid back as a New England sporting event.

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Since one of the most exciting spots to watch was only four stunning miles of riverside bike path from our house, we hopped on our bikes and rode over to the riverbank near Harvard's athletic fields, within stone-throwing distance of Eliot Bridge. Eliot Bridge is a hairy spot in the course, right at the tail end of an aggressive U-shaped bend in the river, and just as soon as the rowers are out of it they have a really sharp right turn that straightens out into the finish. So collisions run high, the margin for error skyrockets, and it's the home stretch. Phew!

It's just lovely to park your bikes, stretch out in the grass with a snack, take in the foliage and cheer on the teams all at once.



A fellow spectator was kind enough to snap this pic of M & I!


Checking out the goods at the Kiel James Patrick x Brooks Brothers tent.



Speaking of bike riding, I've been awful and haven't really taken my Roadster 26 out since bringing it home last year! Even though we took our bikes out in the snow a few times and then for a while M was commuting 14 miles daily to work in Kendall Square through spring and summer, I guess I've been too preoccupied with riding horses to bother with poor old Pash. It's silly, because I love to ride horses alone but feel a little lonesome riding a bike by myself. That's weird, isn't it?

Maybe it's because riding a bike in Boston amid godawful Boston drivers is kind of terrifying - the horror stories I've heard and some I've seen myself - but I think I'll try going it alone on the Charles River bike paths and Minuteman Bikeway sometime soon.


It's curious and kind of incredible how 8 miles on a 40 lb. bike can work an entirely different set of muscles than an hour or two atop a 1,000 lb. horse, but they absolutely do. To borrow the term from equestrians (or derby girls, whichever), "on the flat" I can pick up quite a good bit of steam on my Roadster, but hills here are brutal and to even think of having this bike back home is hilarious. You might as well just push a giant boulder up Potrero Hill in that case!

I'm almost mad that Pashley came out with the Aurora last month, with its lighter weight and mixte frame, but the price tag is nearly twice that of the Roadster and even more so if you consider what it would cost to customize it with a Buckingham Black paint job and all the Mad Max fixins' of the 26. Still...perhaps I'll save my pennies and trade up down the road. It's healthier than constantly resenting the fact that I can practically throw M's Yves Gomez over my own head if I felt like it. When we ride together she forgets that she's in a zippy little sports car and I'm in a massive Cadillac.

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Quick and dirty outfit details for us both:

Femme Neoprene skirt from Asos Suede mini-wedges from Aldo Heart-dot Peter Pan blouse from H&M Vintage fur collar w/ pin from Lou Lou's Betsey Johnson enamel heart-dot cuff Gold cuff and purse from Madewell Tiny anchor pendant from LF

Tomboy Cardigan by Harley of Scotland Shirt by Jack Wills Dockers Slim Fit Alpha khakis Sebago boots Vintage belt from Bobby From Boston

Well, that sure was a chatty post. Hope you enjoyed it, and prepare yourselves for some femme equestrian realness in the next day or so - it's coming up!