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!