Weekend Escape: The Breakers

by Gabi Anderson

One of my favorite aspects of living in New England is the ease in which I can escape and explore a variety of beautiful places. A few weekends ago Alex and I headed out to Newport for a little excursion. One of the few things we did while there was hit up one of the famous Newport mansions-The Breakers.

The Breakers is considered the grandest of the Newport mansions. Once considered a mere summer cottage that belonged to the Vanderbilts, it is now a historic landmark and museum.

Visiting on the beautiful sunny day it was easy to daydream about living a life of grandeur in the early 1900s. I felt as if I had been transported from my small Brookline apartment into the world of The Great Gatsby. Needless to say it was the perfect spot to do a little impromptu shoot.

Outfit details: Ann Taylor shirt, Moon Collection skirt (from one of my favorite Providence based boutiques, Nava), herringbone JCrew jacket, brown tassel loafers, and a Brooks Brothers canvas tote.  

Thanks to Alex for taking the lovely photos! 


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Shop the Look: Women's Fall/Winter 2013

by Gabi Anderson

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Curious how we styled the new illustrations for Fall / Winter 2013? You can find the Paul and Joe Sister coat at ASOS. The button up is from JCrew in the color Pinot Noir. Cozy up in a classic cable knit from H&M. Lastly, find the perfect fall scarf at ModCloth

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Lower Allston

by Gabi Anderson


Allston is a vibrant and somewhat grungy area of Boston filled with a mixture of hipsters, college students, and quirky locals. This area of the city has some of my favorite places to hang out at (Paradise, Deep Ellum, and the Silhouette to name a few). Needless to say it inspires me to do some different things with my style. Recently I had the urge to make a DIY fringe tee from an old Queen t-shirt. Here I paired it with a high waisted pencil skirt from Ann Taylor, Joan and David heels, earrings from a street vendor in India, and sunglasses from Lookmatic.

Photos by Lorna Stell




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Color and Lace on the Charles

by Gabi Anderson


These days everyone seems to be gabbing on about the end of summer. For me, it's a sign that I need to soak up as much sun as possible before the leaves start falling. A few weekends ago, inspired by the beautiful day, my friend Lisa and I took a stroll along the Boston Esplanade. On a nice day in the summer the Esplanade is full of activity and beautiful scenery. Every weekend the parks along the Esplanade are swarmed by runners, kids playing, and even tight-rope walkers. On this sun-filled Sunday afternoon Lisa was wearing a great painted shirt from Kate Spade that matched the colors of the Esplanade beautifully, so we decided to take some photographs. One of my favorite aspects of Lisa's outfit was the pairing of the bright painterly shirt with the soft textured lace shorts. I also loved the subtle metallic detail on Lisa's sunglasses that took on some of the vivid colors surrounding us. Her outfit was effortless yet interesting and was perfect for exploring on the hot summer day.



Shirt and clutch - Kate Spade NY, shorts and sunglasses - Zara, necklace - Silpada

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by Gabi Anderson


Bold stripes are among one of this season’s biggest trends. Last year when Marc Jacobs and Moschino unveiled their bold Spring/Summer 2013 collections they created a stripe frenzy. The runways were filled with elegant clothing adorned with the bold pattern. Needless to say, I’m slightly obsessed. The pattern has been worn throughout history by classic beauties such as Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn and was also a favorite of the artist Pablo Picasso. There are not many other patterns that have remained as elegant and timeless. 

There is a wide variety of ways to work stripes into your wardrobe—compatible with any style from punk to prep. Since I moved to Boston almost two years ago I have noticed an overwhelming amount of nautical stripes. While I love the preppy nautical look, this season my favorite is bold black and white stripes. The high contrast pattern is an easy way to add a sleek and graphic punch to an outfit. Pair it with some simple basics or mix the the stripes with a soft floral pattern.

If you don’t have any black and white stripes in your closet, now is the perfect time to scour stores for the perfect piece. Some of my favorite finds of the season include this ASOS mini dress, this Marc Jacobs purse, and this Express blouse. This trend will carry over into the Fall season so consider getting a stripped blazer for slightly colder weather.

In the pictures below Lorna Stell models her favorite stripped piece. Illustrations by me (Gabi Anderson). 




Brimfield Antique Market

by Gabi Anderson


Three times a year the small town of Brimfield, MA is swarmed with visitors scouring for unique and inexpensive items for their home, wardrobe, or shop. Many retailers from the likes of Kate Spade NY to Ralph Lauren have been known to attend, hoping to find unique pieces for their stores. I’ve been hearing about this famous antique show since moving to Boston, so this past weekend I decided to go check it out. 

Even on its last day the show went on for what seemed like miles and was slightly overwhelming to take in all at once. Most of the great stuff gets scooped up on the first days so if you decide to go I would suggest taking the time to head there early on the first day. If you are coming from far away, the show’s website provides information for accommodations. 

There was an interesting mix of weird, creepy items (doll heads) and beautiful, rustic pieces. Because of the sheer variety and scale of the show there is something for everyone. Some of my favorite pieces included a crystal leopard bangle, a dresser with an Audrey Hepburn illustration, and a large 48 star American flag. 

The Brimfield antique show is only scheduled to run twice more in 2013: July 9-14 and Sept 3-8. Stop by and check it out!