Coat: Michael Kors (thrifted), similar here // Sweater: Target // Monogram necklace: Etsy // Leggings: Abercrombie (so stretchy and only $12.50) // Rainboots: Joules (see my review on them here)
If you’re in Boston, you have to go visit the little community garden in the Fens. And by “have to visit,” I mean you have to visit right now. Because in a few days or weeks, this quaint little spot will be knee deep in snow and there will be no more vines or vegetable patches to be seen.
So what does one wear for an evening walk outside, to enjoy the nature scenes before winter hits and the mass dying begins? This warm toggle coat + wellies combo proved perfect for an evening walk through the muddy fields. I saw a few people working in their patchwork gardens and even took some pictures in front of a beautiful array of foliage. I only regret not discovering this spot earlier—before it’s gone until next year!
Sweater: Abercrombie (old), similar here from sister store Hollister (50% off sale going on right now) // Bag: F21, here’s a similar F21 one // Boots: Forever21 // Peacoat: Am. Eagle (thrifted), similar here ($64)
I didn’t get the over-the-knee boot obsession until I moved to Mass. When the temps first hit 30 and windy, I finally realized “I want as much of my legs to be covered too!” I mean, we layer up on jackets and sweaters, so OTK boots are like a double insurance against the wind and snow.
Since I crave color in my wardrobe (what is up with everyone in the Northeast only wearing black winter clothes?), I bought these burgundy/plum OTK boots from F21 and I love the quality and the berry shade. It also doesn’t hurt that they look like a dupe for Stuart Weitzman’s famous “Lowland” boots—but my version doesn’t cost a month’s rent!
P.S. To show you where I take my pics: this couple was sitting about 9 feet away from me at the local park. They didn’t even notice me snapping away behind them! I often take my pictures in close proximity to other people, even though it looks like I’m alone.
I felt really creepy snapping this shot, haha, but if you’re the couple here and you want a little memento of a date that was so entrancing that you didn’t notice the photographer behind you taking 60 pictures of her clothes, email me!
Sweater: Marshall’s, red version here // Vest: TJMaxx ($29.99) // Boots: bought from classmate, similar here from ASOS // Lip and cheek color: YSL “Pink Hedoniste” // Glasses: Firmoo (they sponsored me two years ago and I’ve had the same glasses since!)
In the midst of all the consumerist Black Friday blog posts, I just wanted to give a genuine thanks to everyone that reads my blog. I started this blog a few years ago as a way to get better at photography and feel better about myself, and it’s been a source of joy ever since. Frankly, I’m a little spoiled to be able to count “shopping and taking pictures in the woods” as some of my hobbies, and I’m always overjoyed to message and network with women who actually care about my trivial life anecdotes!
This Thanksgiving, I got to spend time with my family and a family friend who came all the way to the US from China. I used to be a little bitter that I never got to see my extended family during Thanksgiving (they’re still in China); like many immigrant families, our visits back home are far and few in between.
But as we gorged ourselves on my mom’s great cooking (I ate an entire pig’s worth of five-layer fatty pork), I realized that my little family was in great health, that we had fun activities planned for Christmas, and that I was actually more fortunate than most. If you’re also a second-generation immigrant like me, I welcome you to my “extended family” this holiday season. Thank you dear readers for following along, and many blessings to you.