These photos are from a week ago when we were showing Nick's parents around town. We were blessed with a mild day, and took advantage by packing up some baskets of goodies for a fall picnic! Picnics are usually better in my head than in reality - there's nothing like enjoying treats while swatting creepy crawlies and shooing away wild animals, accidentally setting your cute blanket down on duck poop, or having to pop a squat in the woods after sipping too much wine. Having an actual elevated table and weather too cool for bugs to thrive in was key, and made all the difference for a scrumptious and peaceful picnic! If you live in the Boston area, I love that Castle island park has picnic tables galore and restrooms, which are always a plus.
This cardigan is oversized in fit so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved the slouchier, cocoon-style cut. The cable knit is not as thick as I was hoping for, but is still comfortable and fairly warm. I think petite ladies can definitely pull off the oversized cardigan look if you balance it out with slim bottoms and a tucked-in top. Please note the sleeves on this were pretty long on me, so I have them rolled up. They're having one of those buy one, get one at a discount promos, so perhaps go in on an order with a friend!
There are always new trends to dabble in each season, but sometimes you just want to reach for timeless pieces in classic color combinations! Banana Republic has been one of my go-to stores for such looks, so I’m excited to partner with them for their Fall “Turn It Up” campaign. Turning it up doesn’t have to mean loud and bold. It can mean letting confidence come through as your best accessory. For me, something as simple as figure-flattering clothes can make a huge difference in feeling confident, which is why I dedicate so much of this blog towards fit and proportions.
This Melton wool trench (currently on sale!) comes in both regular and petites, and is one of those pieces that just flatter the right places and won't go out of style anytime soon. The collar has good structure for standing up to create a lengthened neckline, and the belt and double back vents create a slightly hourglass silhouette. A higher-waisted, belted short jacket is great for pairing with trousers or jeans to maintain a long and lean leg line.
It's been a rainy few days in Boston, but weather hasn't put a damper on those out enjoying Fall activities! We strolled down one of my favorite walking paths (the Commonwealth Ave "mall," which is not at all a shopping mall ; ) and spent time with old friends visiting from out of town.
If you missed my last sale post, Cole Haan's Fall event is wrapping up, and my narrow-calved Marina boots (now have these in both black and gray) are still fully in stock at sizable discount! Ann Taylor is also having an event with 50% off (ends Monday night) including newest arrivals, such as my olive skirt worn here. This piece is nice quality with a thicker twill material, full lining, pockets and cute tortoise buttons. Size down if you want it to sit higher at your waist like I'm wearing it here - I had to take it in about 2." Although there's a lot more options these days for petite-friendly clothing, finding bottoms (aside from denim) that fit at the waist without alterations is sadly still a rarity.
Just a quick post to share that Cole Haan's semi-annual event is going on now (use code FALLEVENT), with 30% off site-wide and free shipping and returns! They make some beautiful shoes that are also comfortable, which is always a bonus. Below are my top suggestions, and I'd love to hear your favorites too!