South End Summer Day

DSC01266 One of my favorite things to do in Boston is to just plunk down in a favorite neighborhood with no plan except to wander and explore. The South End is always a really good place for that, and especially in the summer or fall when you can savor the architecture and bustling streets without much weather-related discomfort. Tons of independent places to eat, drink and window (or really) shop, notoriously queer but far less boisterous than the Castro. Sedate without being dull.

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On this day we started at one of our favorite boutiques for home, Hudson, and ended up at Uniform, a well-curated men's shop for the casually urbane and in between we stopped for brunch and ice cream.

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This was just a simple sunny day outfit I threw on for aimless roaming, and when we stopped at this little plaza on Tremont by the theaters with its cheerful flowers bursting higher than our heads it was an easy backdrop choice, bumblebees and all.

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On an unrelated note, I desperately need motivation to finish the slew of books I'm currently reading. That they are not motivation enough saddens me. I am spreading myself far too thin between at least a half dozen; Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington, Speedboat by Renata Adler, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and an equestrian book as well as one or two style books.

They are nearly all worthy reads but to be honest, all I want to do is sink back into an old and beloved Salter or reread Hemingway's The Garden of Eden. Do I just hide the others while I power through one, make M take the whole stack away save one, and only release another if I surrender it finished? I need some sort of strategy because the stack has gotten out of hand, though perhaps the coming change of season will spur me on.

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Brunch was at Aquitane, a place most people recommended but that we just hadn't quite made it to yet. The cocktails were very well done and the croque-madame and croque-monsieur we ordered were fantastic.

I'm also excited to try Petit Robert after seeing my traditional favorites on the menu - I'm a sucker for a good coq au vin or beef bourguignon and my attempts to make them at home have failed miserably. Until the temps come down from the 90s, though, I'm touching neither with a ten-foot pole!

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Striped Shorts – J. Crew | The Drape Tank in Cream – Everlane x Langley | Galia Sandal - Kensie | Canvas Tote - Hipp & Kirk | Raffia Necklace - Anthropologie | Dean Sunglasses in English Oak - Warby Parker | Bracelets (left to right) - Madewell, J. Crew, Brandy Melville | Druzy Claw Ring - Lauren Wolf

Full disclaimer: I was lucky enough to win the Hipp & Kirk tote from a giveaway they did earlier this summer. It has since become my everyday bag! I love it and have found it so useful and versatile for slinging around town, to the beach or running errands. It's surprised me how often I use it, but it's a true story and as a company who makes their products in California, they're a brand close to my heart. Check them out!

XOXO, FFAF