A Flair for Fuchsia (at Boston’s Artists for Humanity)

{student artwork on display at AFH}

Today’s post with ASOS features a vibrant dress from their petites line, which comes in a few other colors and also regular sizing. In my experience, ASOS petites runs smaller than American brands and the proportions usually fit me well. It’s designed for women 5’3” and under, so fellow sub-5 footers may still need a hem (here I took the bottom up 2” by hand). Shipping and return shipping are free for all orders, making the shopping experience super convenient. I was drawn to the traditional pencil shape of this dress but with contemporary updates, like dolman sleeves and a draped open back. I styled it simply with neutral heels and a dual-textured clutch (smooth leather on one side, faux-pony hair on the other) in the same color family. Asos artists for humanity2As the backdrop for this post, I was asked to share one of my favorite places in the city. Boston is full of serene nature and beautiful historical sites – which I try to show every so often – so today I wanted to take you guys somewhere different. The Fort Point area is one of Boston’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. Many old industrial spaces have been converted into loft apartments and waterfront restaurants. But in addition to dining and real estate, a lot of these spaces have been used to foster innovation and the arts. Asos artists for humanity4One building that has sprung up in Fort Point is the Artists for Humanity (AFH) EpiCenter, where these photos were taken. AFH is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide underserved youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through the arts. Teens in their after-school or summer programs receive mentorship plus training, and earn hourly wages working on actual client projects. It’s a rare opportunity to hone business and creative skills at the same time. And the impact is evident in the numbers – although the vast majority of kids at AFH come from low-income households and under-performing schools, 90% earn their high school diploma on time, all of them plan to attend college, and over a third use wages earned through the program to support their families.
afh portraitsA self-portrait is the first creative assignment for students entering the program, and the above wall of paintings was my favorite section of the EpiCenter. The building itself bodes a commitment to environmental sustainability, and is the first Platinum LEED-certified structure in Boston. Huge windows let natural light flood all three floors – perfect since the space functions as part studio, classroom, gallery and special events venue (which helps sustain the non-profit). Asos artists for humanity5The studio floor is splashed with color and character, and student artwork for sale hangs along most walls. All week, this room is filled with rows of easels and creative minds abuzz. Asos artists for humanity3A note on this dress – I like the peekaboo triangular opening for special occasions, but it can be covered up with an undertank for work. Here I have an un-clasped bra secured via safety pins, but a few of my friends rave about the adhesive NuBra for garments like this (I tried a “for less” version on e Bay which unfortunately plopped right off like chicken cutlets!). The fit of this dress is snug at the waist, flowy up top, and not too fitted throughout the skirt. Material is 97% poly / 3% elastane, back center zipper, unlined and with a little stretch. For fit reference, measurements of a size 00P are: 12” across the waist, 16.5” across the hips, 39.5” original length (midi-style).

This post is sponsored by ASOS and ShopStyle. I hope you guys enjoyed the mini-tour at AFH!

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    What other necklace would work with this?

    Posted 1.1.14 Reply
  2. Jean wrote:

    Thank you! The nail polish is Essie Hot Coco, which sounds like it'd be brown but it's actually a very nice dark taupe.

    Posted 11.17.13 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hmm…I haven't changed that in ages (rather behind in the times : ) – thank you for the great suggestion!

    Posted 11.17.13 Reply

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