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Halloween 2018

Flamingo Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween loves!

In all the craziness this year, I wasn’t able to create a “costume ideas” blog post as I normally do - which I apologize for, since I know you guys have really liked that in the past. I promise I’ll try to bring it back next year!

Although it seemed difficult to top my SUN costume from last year, this year I landed on a costume idea that seemed pretty perfect: a flamingo. It’s tall. It’s pink. It’s me.

Unfortunately, flamingo costumes don’t really exist (and when they do, they aren’t very cute), so I didn’t have much to base my costume around. Keep scrolling to read all about the final look and the inspiration behind it!

I wasn’t sure if my costume was going to work until I found this dress.

Since I love Halloween so much, I actually started planning my costume about a month in advance - and a quick “pink feather dress” Google search brought me to this under-$100 blush pink feather number that was just too perfect.

I really like that the dress is a blush pink instead of a magenta, and the feather skirt is really cute (although can be difficult to zip).


Pink Fabric Angel Wings

The next challenge: wings.

Turns out that it’s super hard to find pink feather wings. There are a ton of butterfly or fairy options online, but I needed these to be bird wings. I considered making my own (or even buying white angel wings and dying them pink somehow), but a part of me wanted something that went down my arms (and wasn’t just sitting on my back). I ended up finding these children’s costume fabric wings at the very last minute. I ordered them and ended up fixing the elastic ties so that they would fit around my arms.

And finally: the makeup.

I love a costume that allows me to play around with makeup, so this was really fun for me. I based my makeup around a few images I found on Pinterest and Instagram (this bright pink Fenty Beauty highlighter was an excellent purchase for this look) and used the Kristen Ess Rose Tint to temporarily dye my hair pink to match the rest of the look.

And with that… I’m off to go plan for next year!

(Kidding! Kind of)

Happy Halloween!

Instagram Decides My Day

Flowers & Floral Prints | @maevestier

A few weeks ago, I let Instagram decide my day.

I posted several polls on my Instagram Stories and had YOU vote on what I should do with my day. I would post two options on a poll, give about 10-20 minutes for people to vote, and then do whatever the winning option (at the time) was. As someone who loves to plan, it was a little bizarre for me to not know where I was going for breakfast or what my coffee order would be - but it ended up being a really fun morning (and something that I might do again). 
Scroll down to follow along with my day!

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WHAT TO WEAR: Top & Pants or Dress?

Top & Pants
This Or That?
Patterned Dress

YOU CHOSE: Top & Pants
For an 85-degree day in Boston, I gave you two easy & lightweight outfit options that have never been on the blog before. Thanks to your votes, I ended up getting compliments on my pants for the rest of the day.
(Shop my pants here & top here)

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WHERE TO GO FOR BREAKFAST: Tatte or Mother Juice?

Mother Juice Boston | @maevestier

YOU CHOSE: Mother Juice
Next up: breakfast! I gave you the choice between two local Back Bay spots: Tatte (bakery/cafe + coffee) or Mother Juice (Smoothie/juice spot). After 20 minutes, the votes were in Mother Juice's favor, so I headed over to to grab a smoothie bowl. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, the votes have flipped to Tatte's favor - but I wasn't going to wait too long to eat breakfast!

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COFFEE ORDER: Iced Vanilla Latte or Iced Chai Latte?

Pavement Coffee Newbury | @maevestier

YOU CHOSE: Iced Vanilla Latte (my fave!)
I need my caffeine in the morning, so after breakfast I went in search of coffee. My go-to order tends to be an iced vanilla latte, but I have a newfound appreciation for iced chai lattes, so I made that an option as well.

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WHERE TO SHOP: Reformation or TJMaxx?

Reformation Boston | @maevestier

YOU CHOSE: Reformation
Back Bay is filled with retail stores, so next up I wanted to go do a little shopping. There's a gorgeous new Reformation store that just opened a few months ago (so my style), and down the street there's also a large TJMaxx where I usually pick up some pretty great finds. I told you that I'd put together a few looks at whichever spot you chose. Thanks to you, I ended up finding some really cute new arrivals at Reformation (which you may end up seeing in upcoming posts!).

Reformation Boston | @maevestier
Reformation Boston | @maevestier
Reformation Boston | @maevestier

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WHERE TO TAKE A PHOTO: Umbrella Patio or Flowerpot Steps?

Newbury Street, Boston | @maevestier
Newbury Street Boston | @maevestier

YOU CHOSE: Flowerpot steps
I spent the morning with my friend and photographer, Nicollette, who shot photos along the way during the day. For an outfit shot, I found two great locations - a storefront patio with the cutest striped umbrella and a set of residential stairs that were filled with flowerpots (which seriously matched my pants). If you've been keeping up with me on Instagram, you will have seen the resulting photo photo in my feed!

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In case you missed it: you can still watch my IG stories from my "Instagram Decides My Day" on my highlights here!

Most photos by Nicollette Petersen.

 

Apartment Tour

Studio Apartment | @maevestier

My updated apartment tour is finally here!

You might remember my first Boston apartment feature on Apartment Therapy back in December (check it out here). Since then, I've made a few changes to my space - and Apartment Therapy sent their lovely writer and photographer, Anna Spaller, to do a full feature on my studio (including the bathroom and kitchen, which were not included in the first post).
I'm so happy with how the House Tour turned out. These photos are just a small preview - head on over to Apartment Therapy to see the full article (featuring my newest obsession: my emerald velvet couch).

Blogger House Tour | @maevestier

Photos via Apartment Therapy by Anna Spaller

How To Hide That You Overslept

How To Hide That You Overslept | @maevestier

Sweater (similar) | Denim | Earrings c/o Baublebar (similar) | Lipstick

Today I'm letting you in on one of my biggest style hacks: how to look chic & put-together when you've overslept.

It happens to the best of us: we forget to set the alarm or maybe we think we pressed "snooze" when we've really turned our phone alarm OFF. We've all been there - and today I wanted to walk you through my go-to's for those mornings when I have barely any time to get ready.

Step 1: Opt for an all-black ensemble

Don't waste time trying to figure out if this top goes with these pants - go for an entirely black look. Time after time, all black outfits are the easiest way to look good with minimal effort. Black top/pants/skirt/dress, shoes, and bag. Done.

Secerts to Getting Ready Quickly | @maevestier
Look Put Together With Minimal Effort | @maevestier

STEP 2: Quick Hairstyle

On those days when I don't have time to do anything with my hair, I opt for a sleek chignon. It's ridiculously simple, but manages to make you look put-together and like you mean business. No muss, no fuss hairstyle in 10 seconds.

Low Chignon | @maevestier
How To Get Ready Quickly | @maevestier

Step 3: a statement earring

Statement earrings have this magical effect that makes it seem like some effort went into your look. They're eye-catching and pair really well with a pulled-back hairstyle like the low chignon.

Add A Red Lip | @maevestier

Step 4: Add a Lip

We're running late, so no time for your usual makeup routine. Apply quick and very minimal makeup (maybe concealer and a swipe of mascara if you want), then reach for a red lip (or bold lip color of your choice).

How To Hide That You Overslept | @maevestier

Voila - you're done!

These four steps let me rush out the door in total confidence. Will anyone be able to tell that you were asleep less than ten minutes ago? Nope.
Next time you need to catch some extra ZZZs, give it a try.

Shop my oops-I-overslept vibes:

My Everyday Jewelry

Delicate Little Gold Rings

When it comes to jewelry, things can get pretty personal.

I'm someone who likes to mix it up depending on what I'm wearing (and I'm having a moment with statement earrings right now), but I also have my "everyday" jewelry that you'll catch me wearing time and time again. On a normal day, I'm reaching for a handful of pretty pieces that reflect my personal style and often hold some story or sentimental value.

Delicate Ear Climbers | @maevestier

My all-time favorite, wear-them-to-death earrings are these ear climbers from Gorjana (style is called "Amara"). I actually originally had this pair, but after losing one of them I ended up getting the Amara style and loving them even more. They're simple but really special, and I'm always getting compliments on them.

Delicate Jewelry | @maevestier

99% of the time, you'll catch me wearing three particular rings. The first is a rectangular baguette ring that I picked up walking around a street market in Brooklyn after attending my first fashion week as a blogger (similar here). The second is a pear-shaped ruby my parents brought me as a gift after visiting family in Dubai (similar here). The last is a marquise style that I bought right after I moved to Boston, almost a year ago (similar here). All three are fairly different, but they pair well together and I love that they all represent little pieces of my life.

Delicate Rings

Shop my favorite everyday jewelry pieces:

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