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A pre Memorial Day rule breaker but when you love something there are no rules!

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Beacon Hill Garden Tour

Hitting the streets with my gal pal to explore the hidden gems of Beacon Hill. Going bright with a crisp full leg cord trouser paired with a playful navy sweater from Comme des Garcons (a year round piece). Nike Air Max sneakers because who doesn’t wear sneakers these days but also perfect for marching the streets and climbing stairs to view the lovely gardens.  Also CPW is looking pretty good.  I love to be hands free so my Bottega Veneta is really in the mix these days.  Casual afternoon attire with no fuss to enjoy a happy spring day with a friend!

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Part 2: With a small window of time to freshen up my look before heading out for an evening with some sweet mamas from my son’s school.  I swapped out the sweater but kept the navy look because I was digging the blue and white combo.  A quick change into a short sleeve solid navy t-shirt and an oversized navy blazer with white dots from Maison Kitsune.  Added a pink lippy for a pop of color to my face.

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Marni Marni Marni! A forever piece that will be on repeat.

Mama’s new Marni bag from Mother’s Day.  This clutch was made for me!  When your boys know your style you just get giddy with excitement especially when it is totally unexpected with NO HINTS!  Ready for the night with the just the essentials.  xo

FYI I am a big believer in wearing pieces over and over again.  I love occasionally adding a new piece into the mix.  Life is busy enough and getting dressed should be fun, easy, and no stress!

 

Simple Saturday Style

I’m coming at you today while chillin at home with my simple go to uniform on this rainy Saturday.  A style that is also ready for an outing by just sliding into a pair of kicks.  Keeping it low-key just like a Saturday should be with just three basic pieces.  EFFORTLESS!  What is your go to look?

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Casual
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Relaxed

Men’s Lacoste cardigan (men’s for a bit more oversized fit), white tee from Everlane (super soft and moves with you), Simon Miller denim (go to denim)

Stepping Into Spring OOTD

City living and keeping the look fresh and light is the goal.  Who doesn’t love the sweet spot before the summer temps strike?!  Yesterday’s look was all about being able to properly chill in the park.  Spring and all its glory is giving everyone a reason to dress with pops of color.  Darker tones can have a much deserved timeout.

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Spring Vibe
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Easy & Effortless
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Crossover bag for hands free action
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Stylish kicks for walking the city
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Light weight knit so no need for a jacket
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Fresh new phone cover for spring is an easy spring accessory

OOTD: Nike Airmax (walking on clouds), Frame Denim (all about the slit), A Detacher sweater (from Covet & Lou is getting lots of wear so CPW is coming down!), Bottega Veneta bag (an oldie but goodie gift from my husband is a timeless piece), iDeal of Sweden phone cover, watch borrowed from my husband, OTIS sunglasses

Trending At Vince

Vince is all about the traditional tones of spring with their newest collection.  They are known for their casual and effortless look with basics that are not boring.  This season it is all about soft tones in lovely lightweight fabrics.  Pops of nautical throughout the line. Vince is one of those lines that will compliment any piece in your closet.  I appreciate this brand for consistently focusing on classic pieces that reflect an easy-going aesthetic.

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I am ready for summer! How about you? Vince has me excited for sunshine and carefree days.  Always keep an eye open for friends and family discount offerings!

Go Bold With Timeless Pieces From Marimekko

Anything that hints of spring is welcomed with open arms.  The Finnish textile company, Marimekko is known and respected for their bold colorful prints.  There is nothing shy about their brand.  Marimekko has a long history of offering unconventional designs for your wardrobe and home.  You can’t help but appreciate their knack for offering season after season a timeless and unique aesthetic.  Spring is the perfect time to embrace change and perhaps reach outside your style comfort zone.  This season is about patterns, prints, and colors.  I spent some time in both the Cambridge and Boston Marimekko stores .  The stores are full of bright and lively pieces for your wardrobe and your home.  Time to be bold!

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A spring setting that says host a lady’s coffee morning!
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Sweet flower vases in light creamy tones are perfect for a powder room or small side table.
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Fresh, light, and neutral tones with quiet patterns could be perfect for a bedroom.
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Prints and boldness playing off each other with a pop of yellow.
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Vibrant pinks and reds to give you a splash of color for a guest bathroom seems right.
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These black and white patterns create an interesting story on these simple plates. The small two-tone plate with a pop of pink compliments the playfulness of all these prints. Easy additions to your spring and summer tables.  A common circle design connecting them all together.
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Patterns and colors to inspire a few changes this season. The pink, red, and yellow flower power says spring!  I’m also thinking a wrap skirt would also be fun in this fabric!!  The cars and animals are perfect for a child’s space.

Marimekko has so many pieces to freshen up your space.  You may feel inspired to recover a few cushions or pillows with some bold and playful fabrics or maybe it’s a sweet tray for your drinks.  A small bud vase with fresh flowers makes for a perfect host gift!

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You always seem to need a small catch-all purse.
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A great city bag for errands to tucking it in your suitcase for an extra tote.  Functional and stylish!
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Green print or black print? Both sides are fab but would remove the label.
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Pop of sunshine
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Classic stripes should be a basic in your wardrobe.
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The stripes go back to Marimekko’s to commitment to equality for everyone since 1968.
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Bold Flower Power
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An alternative to the classic blue strip
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A bold wide leg poplin cotton pant in the Tasaraita pattern for any summer occasion like cafe sitting to a summer holiday!
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The Pollina Nurma ankle boot!  But are they comfortable? I’m told yes.  The fabric and pattern on these open toe booties are beautiful in a cotton canvas.  The heel is wearable and street worthy.  Summer perfection!
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More cloth bags!

 

Check out isostilo’s picks off the Marimekko website.  Go big this summer!!

 

 

Like A New Bag Is Necessary?!

Maybe…  I really don’t need one but why not take a peek.  Basket bags, net bags, and fancy bags are all catching everyone’s eye.  Handbags are a great way to add that one piece to freshen up your style especially with spring on the horizon.  You want to feel lighter and carefree.  For me, I want to carry my essentials: sunnies, iPhone, wallet, lippie, keys, sunblock, and my small note pad (yes, I know I can take notes on my iPhone).  Shedding layers is a gal’s spring goal so why not begin with an accessory that we don’t leave home without.  I am a bit of a bag lady and have collected some classic style handbags over the years.  But now I am hunting for a minimal, nondescript, and fuss free handle carrying accessory that is not a luxury piece.  It needs to fold into my lifestyle without defining my look.   A fun bag that has me swinging with a smile on a sunny day.  So I hit the shops for some inspiration.  Check out these beauties that are currently trending.  For now I will be toting around my recycled cotton patterned bags from cool shops that I have visited during my travels.  Stayed tuned for what isostilo ends up sporting for spring and summer if at all anything!

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Small but packs a punch
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Stunning, effortless, and perfect paired with a simple outfit
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Heading to lunch with a pop
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An Ikea upgrade but pay a fortune for it
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Nothing but net baby
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Day to evening
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A color for every mood and just for my essentials
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Have some fun with your style
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Just when you need that little something to swing and check out the neck candy

Peanuts For Spring!

Walked into Essentiel Antwerp, a men’s and women’s clothing store from Antwerp (not that the name doesn’t give it away).  At the moment they are having some fun with a Peanuts collaboration.  One can swing a snoopy bag to bring a basic outfit to life or flirt in a Peanuts inspired skirt.  I am always delighted to see a fun side of fashion.  The store is full of bright and colorful pieces.  Spring is knocking on the door in this store.  It is so refreshing to experience something different but wearable at the same time.  Essentiel Antwerp will bring out your inner playfulness!  I Love It!!

 

A few pics for the men.  But you get a sense of their style.  I’m digging the plaid pants.  Here’s a peek!

Essentiel Antwerp for your online browsing pleasure if you wish!