Romper Roundup

Summer Style Solution: Rompers | Frock Files

Rompers have never been my thing, simply because I don’t like the bathroom logistics of wearing them. But over the past month I’ve been searching for shorts and I just can’t find any that are dressy and comfortable. All of a sudden, rompers seemed like the solution, rather than a problem. Dressy enough to wear to, say, a 4th of July party. Comfortable enough to hang out in all day. You know how I love problem-solving pretty things.

After a lot of searching, here are my top contenders, covering a range of price points. Do you wear rompers? Are they your fave?

Splendid Short Women’s Romper | Forever 21 Sweet Tie Front Romper | Lulu’s Roxy Tainted Love Romper | LOFT Linen Romper

The Perfect Work Bag

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

One of my favorite things about working in a space with other creative people is having the opportunity to flex my fashion muscle on a regular basis. Soon after getting hired, I realized that I just didn’t have a bag that would fit all of the things I needed for work and look appropriate for general running around. My friend PJ introduced me to a line called MZ Wallace, and after watching a video in which a woman packed so many things into one of their bags that I began thinking of her as Mary (as in Poppins), I knew I had to have one.

http://www.mzwallace.com/studio/videos

More to Love

I bought the Belle and fell in love with it instantly. It’s the perfect commuter bag, with so many pockets that I could easily carry everything I needed — laptop, notebook, thermos, lip balm, tissues, phone, charger, a ridiculous number of pens, my lunch, and headphones — and still have plenty of room for more. Since I tend to be that girl who dumps out the contents of her bag to find her keys, I appreciate the front pockets the most, which make it easy for me to put my keys in the same place every time. How many minutes of my life did I just get back by not having to do that any more?

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

And you know nothing tickles my fancy more than beautiful things that are made with function in mind. Aside from the space and the aesthetics of the bags, I love love love the signature nylon that the company uses. While the trim, handles, and accessories are made with high-quality leather, the nylon is used for most of the structure of the bags, and that makes them super lightweight and durable. On top of that, the fabric has proven to be stain resistant, so even though I’ve used mine through the winter and I’m hard on my stuff, it still looks as new as the day it arrived. Oh, and the zippers? Like buttah.

Spring/Summer 2014

When MZ Wallace sent me the Tri Color Bedford Fiona bag from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I fell in love all over again. This is seriously the most ladylike bag I’ve ever owned. The proportions are just lovely — the straps are a good length, the bit of chain is just chunky enough without being burdensome, and the flat bottom leaves plenty of room for everything I need to carry. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments on a bag before! It goes everywhere with me these days. I just love not having to transfer bags every time I get home from work. This bag will be available soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

What are your work bag necessities? And for you mamas out there, what essentials do you keep handy? I know PJ, who just had her second little boy (congrats, friend!), has used an MZ Wallace as a diaper bag and just got another for the new baby because it’s so roomy and easy to organize. I love that idea!

P.S. More office fun here!

This post was sponsored by MZ Wallace but all opinions are very much my own. (I’m seriously, seriously a die hard fan.) Thank you for supporting brands that keep Frock Files going.

A Little French

French Connection USA | Frock Files

The first thing you’ll ask when you see these pictures is, “Weren’t you cold?” And the answer would be yes. I’d intended to take these pictures in the woods, but once we got there we found all the dead trees and dirty snow too depressing. So we flew over to this cute little square while we still had light, and once we got there we realized I’d forgotten the faux fur stole I’d planned on wearing. So I took a deep breath, and we shot quickly!

French Connection USA | Frock Files

French Connection
sent me this frock to wear to the Green Party at Alt Summit, but since I left a day early to beat the snow storm, the dress and I crossed paths. A total bummer, since the it’s gorgeous and totally fit for a fancy party. Luckily, it’s a classic staple piece that I’ll be able to keep in my wardrobe for years and years, and will be excited to wear every time the opportunity arises.

French Connection USA | Frock Files

With their new US collection, French Connection is all about clean lines and contemporary chicness. Their dresses, in particular, are at the crossroads of classic and modern, which makes them easy to dress up or down. As I work on building up my wardrobe now that I actually work outside my home, I’m turning to French Connection for the effortlessly cool undertones their collection brings.

Now I’m daydreaming about throwing a fancy tea party just so all of us can break out our fanciest frocks! Or maybe, just maybe, Valentine’s weekend will bring about an occasion worthy of this number.

Dress: French Connection // Earrings: J.Crew (similar) // Shoes: Me Too (past season) // Clutch: Macy’s

This post was sponsored by French Connection. All opinions are my own.

Featured on The Chic Site!

The Chic Site: November Fashion

Over the summer, I was thrilled that The Chic Site featured my little “One Dress, Three Ways” video on their site. So when they asked me to contribute a style post about what November fashion looks like in Boston, I said yes right away!

From November through April, my fashion choices revolve around accessories, since most of the time people only ever see the coat part of my outfit. Since moving here seven years ago, my purse collection has expanded healthily (!) and I’ve begun splurging on brightly colored shoes. These bright pink pumps seem to make people around me smile, which is the best part.

The Chic Site wanted a realistic version of what we would be wearing this month, so I got dressed the way I do when I head into the city, with a mix of old and new things. This coat from Gap is the first one I bought here, and it’s still my favorite because it fits nicely — a rarity when you’re petite!

Head on over to The Chic Site to see what seven other lovely ladies from around the globe are donning this month. It’s so fun to see how different the styles are based on location! Oh, to be sleeveless in Monterrey…

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Coat: Gap (past season) | Shoes: Kate Spade (similar) | Purse: Kate Spade (past season) | Earrings: Vanilla Moon (custom) | Headband: Nordstrom

Photo by Stephanie Rita Photography

A Fall Wardrobe Renovation

Comfy Cozy Style | Autumn 2013

Raise your hand if you unpacked your chilly weather clothes, only to discover that you don’t like them! To be fair, I haven’t done much clothes shopping in the past couple of years, so the sweaters and other cozy clothes in my collection really are ready to be replaced. The weather here is getting downright chilly, so I’m on the hunt for a few staple pieces that are cozy, elegant, and easy.

Most days, you’ll find me in a long cardigan with leggings or skinny jeans, but lately I’ve found that I just don’t have the right shoes for this weather. Ugg Australia makes great flats that are lined with their signature sheepskin. For those of us who suffer from perpetually icy toes, that extra bit of fuzzy warmth makes all the difference. And since fall always makes me feel more bookish, I’ve got my eye on these frames from Rivet & Sway.

What are you hoping to add to your wardrobe this autumn?

P.S. Speaking of bookish — and to follow up to my books post from earlier this year –I just received The Lowland last week and it’s every bit as lovely as Jhumpa Lahiri’s other works.

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Jeans / Bag / Glasses / Cardigan / Shoes / Earrings

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