So what does one wear in single digit temperature? Asks this Georgia girl.  Turns out New Englanders (at least Bostonians) are just as trumped as I am.  I see people walking around the city in nothing but a hoodie sweat shirt with hands in their pockets.  What?!?!  Silly college kids.  Add to the conundrum, being pregnant and wanting some sort of style.  Plus getting a toddler ready for school when she would much rather stay snuggled in our bed.  I can’t blame her but it feel like each morning I have to make about 400 decisions before 8:30 am.  Ugh.  So I am spent some time snooping around Pinterest in the hopes of compiling an inspiration board of winter style.

Throw on an extra coat layer, gloves, hat, and scarf and most of these looks could translate to this new ice age.  (Oh and minus all the cute heals.  Heals, ice and pregnant ladies are not a good combo.  I promised the hubby.)  I also noticed a theme in my picks: black, white, camel, gray and stripes.  How Parisian, simple of me…or so I like to think.

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Lost in Photo Shoot Land

January 20, 2012

Holy cow!  I blinked and it has been over a weeks since I posted an entry.  Don’t worry, no baby yet.  I am just trying to cram in a million different things before this baby decides to arrive.  Photo shoots, meetings, finishing up projects, organizing, you name it I am trying to do it all. But enough about babies and going into labor…

This week I shot some gorgeous spring looks for the luxury clothing store LouisBoston, located on the beautiful Boston waterfront.  Despite temperatures dipping into the teens, we had a great time photographing early Spring looks and dreaming of green grass and warm sunshine. Marni, Roland Mouret, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, you name it, they have got it.  When I wasn’t busy photographing, and trying to stay warm, I was drooling over everything in the store.  Here is a little Instragram behind the scene look at our day of shooting.

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Think Spring, our models were such troopers.

Photo by Lauren Fredette

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Props and accessories galore

Photo by me

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Cool street style backdrop.

Photo by Lauren Fredette

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Spring sandals

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Take off those boots and put on some strappy sandals.

Photo by Lauren Fredette

Can’t wait for spring styles.

Crazy for Accessories

January 8, 2012

Accessories have become even more important to my fashion sanity as I approach my due date and basically wear the same 4 or 5 things everyday.  I am definitely ready to get my body back and have my entire wardrobe in which to choose my looks, but for now, here are some fun and brave accessory combinations that have been catching my eye and inspiring me to shake things up a bit.

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Black, gold, white and lots of rings.

Photo: http://jakandjil.com/

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Gray and silver

Photo: http://kara414.tumblr.com/post/13774196465

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Big glass gem stones and ribbon

Photo: nymag.com

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Bright colors in winter

Photo: http://jakandjil.com/

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Not your college guy’s Boston Red Sox hat

Photo: http://jakandjil.com/

On this day of the Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year, I am reminded of the strange cold beauty that can be winter.  Although we have yet to see real amounts of snow here in Boston (of which I am TOTALLY okay with) the long shadows that start early in the afternoon, bare trees, and lichen colored grass have a bare beauty of their own.

My friend Jessica Sutton totally exudes that white blonde, winter chic, Scandinavian style.  Here she is from a quick photo shoot we did yesterday.

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P.S. Also thinking of my friend Gabrielle who is back in her home country of Sweden for the first time in 3 years this Christmas.  Merry Christmas girl!

Vitamin Chic!

June 15, 2011

I have had the awesome opportunity to collaborate my photography with the talented stylist, Janine Stafford, on a couple of style pages for Stuff Magazine.  Our first feature hit news stands Tuesday.  Vitamin Chic (such a cute and clever name Janine), went hand in hand with Stuff’s food issue, and what a better way to spruce up your wardrobe for summer with some pops of citrus color.

The other week I had the pleasure of photographing the Tibi outlet store. Located on the barrier island of St. Simons, GA, the Tibi outlet is tucked away among the live oaks and Spanish moss of the south Georgia coastline.  Tibi owner and designer, Amy Smilovic, originally hails from the island, making it the perfect location for the Tibi outlet.   Tibi’s look has always been one of graphic prints, saturated color and classic design.  One glance around the island and it is easy to see where Amy got her inspiration for Tibi.

Fortunately for me, I have been going to the beach in this area for years and there is nothing better than throwing on a Tibi dress for a night out, after a day in the sun.  Especially when that Tibi dress can be had for a steal from the Tibi outlet.  Along with in season and post season Tibi collections, the outlet offers one of a kind sample pieces.  With its newly renovated and expanded digs, the Tibi shop on St. Simons Island is hardly an “outlet” style shopping experience.  It is modeled after their chic New York locations, but exudes all the charm and warmth of the island.

The TIBI Outlet

 

 

Tibi sales girl, Hays

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I scored the coveted utility belt from the previous season…often seen on Olivia Palermo

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Tibi girl key chain and Tibi girl Caroline

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My awesome sample sale score and the sweet and fun Judy who runs the outlet.

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The island, the girls and the shop are so wonderful.  I had a blast photographing them.  I can’t wait to come back with my family at Easter and stock up on some great summer dresses.

Till then Tibi girls…

Tibi Outlet
217 Redfern Village
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-1221

 

Fashion Rules Party

March 7, 2011

 

Last Thursday night I had the fun opportunity to attend the Fashion Rules Party at the Boston Neiman Marcus.  The clever PR people at Neiman Marcus brought together some fashionable Boston biased bloggers and asked them each to curate their dream closet.  I purposely did not bring my camera, as I wanted it to be a night of fun and no work, but I immediately regretted it.  Each vignette/dream closet was so artistically thought out and beautifully displayed.  The bloggers incorporated personal items, inspiration boards and interior design.  The displays were fabulous, so I attempted to capture the night in iPhone photos.

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Elements of Style

Of course the über chic Erin Gates of Elements of Style was at the top of their list.  Erin’s picks, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Christian Louboutin…dream closet indeed!

 

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Beyond Boston Chic

I had met Martini of Beyond Boston Chic once before and have followed her blog for ages now.  It was great to see her lovely smiling face again, and her dream closet was gorgeous.

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The evening also introduced me to some bloggers in which I have not been following.  It is definitely a sign of a good night when you get to meet great new people and find new blogs!

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Om Gal

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Pacheco of Om Gal.  Her blog makes me want to run to the nearest yoga class.  The poses she can do are ridiculous!

Gucci and the Boston Marathon, this yogi is such an inspirational rock star.

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Other beautiful vignettes

I think this was Alli Achtmeyer of Style Alli, but I am not sure…I loved it none the less.

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Sequins and breton stripes, two of my most favorite things!  Oh and in the background, some of the remnants of the delicious (but VERY strong) martinis they were serving up.

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Love the old photos.  Moms are such style icons.

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Eric Levin — founder of Elevin Studios

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I don’t know if other Neiman Marcus store did this but, hurrah for the Boston store for highlighting the creative talent of Boston bloggers and creating a fun night around them.  How can you beat, martinis, luxury designers and blogging.  I know I can’t think of better evening.

Fashion Photogs Infinity

March 2, 2011

It seems that along with the latest smart phone and Celine bag, a Canon SLR (or street style photographer following you with one) is the must have accessory of the New York, London, Milan, Paris fashion shows this season.  Street style photographers have been exploding en masse over the past few years, with The Sartorialist basically inventing the concept more than 5 years ago (a life time in internet years).  Favorite subjects include models rushing between shows, New York socialites and those fabulous European magazine editors.  Although lately I have noticed another favorite subject, the photographer snapping other photographers.  Kind of an infinity mirror into all the fashion show madness.  I love it!

Tommy Ton, of Jak and Jil blog

This shot is perfection, the floppy hat, the bus in the background, the awesome Canon, everything.  I want to be her.

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Scott Schuman, of The Sartorialist.

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Seriously, Canon should start sponsoring photographers to shoot outside fashion shows…hey, why not start with me! :)

Vetted – Atlanta

October 28, 2010

During my work trip to Atlanta this week, I made a point to stop by the newly opened boutique, Vetted on E. Paces Ferry in Buckhead.  My favorite blogger and friend, Elements of Style, wrote about this new shop a few weeks ago, while they were still under construction and I have been dying to check it out.

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I popped in after a very long day of work, simply planning on perusing the racks…what happened about 15 minutes later included a dressing room full of clothes and a glass of wine in my hand.  I love this place!  (Don’t worry my darling husband.  I only left with a pair of very reasonably priced ($145) but AMAZING wide leg pants. :) )

My dressing room

 

Also loved the two tone ebony and ivory looking hooks.

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The crisp white space with black molding and cool accents created a fabulous show room in this darling 1930’s Atlanta style bungalow.  (Makes me miss my little Virginia-Highlands home just a bit.)

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A rack of gorgeous neutrals.

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To die for necklace featured right at the entry.

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April, the extremely friendly and fun owner, explained she tries to carry new, hard to find designers like Thread Social, Myne, and Geren Ford, with no item costing more than $500.  She also carries only a few of each item, ensuring you won’t have the same dress as everyone else at the Christmas party.

So if you are in Atlanta, I definitely recommend swinging by Vetted, let April pour you a glass of wine and have fun!

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P.S. They have vintage clothing selection coming soon.  I can’t wait.

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San Francisco, oh my heart…I just love that city.

My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding in San Francisco last weekend.  I am just so in love with the vibe, the creativity, the people and the overall feel of that city.  There are so many different neighborhoods and areas, each with a unique personality, while permeating that California cool/San Francisco sophistication.  The only downside was that due to work schedules we had to make it a whirlwind two day trip.  Although I did have all day on Saturday to wander the city with one of my dearest friends, who now lives right in the middle of wonderful San Francisco.  I posted photos of her May wedding here.

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Although first off, thank goodness Steve and I had plans to hang out with separate friends that day, because look at this nerd alert.  Who decides to pack and wear the same shoes let alone both own them?  This nerdy, nerd couple.

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Here is a little photo diary of what we did one Saturday in San Francisco.  If you find yourself in the city wondering what to do, feel free to copy out little itinerary.  It was such fun, but wear your walking shoes, for those hills are deadly, but they will tone your butt!

Sarah & Alexandra’s day in San Francisco!

We started our morning at The Ferry Building, with coffee and breakfast, at Il Cane Rosso.  This is not your typical breakfast/sandwich/walk-up and order place.  The food is spectacular.

 

Now I am very particular about my scrambled eggs.  I can truly taste a difference between organic, cage free eggs and the normal big white ones found at most large chain grocery stores.  On top of that, most places cook their eggs so quickly and at such a high heat that they become a rubbery, yellow frisbee.  Yuck, yuck and yuck!  These eggs, however, were perfect!  Slow cooked with yummy cheese and pancetta.

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Olive oil fried egg sandwich with bacon and aged provolone.

Aside from the cool walk-up atmosphere and kraft paper/butcher shop feel,  they use the freshest, high quality ingredients.  I actually found this to be true of much of San Francisco.  They take pride in their food and from where the ingredients come.  It seemed like such a foodie city, and I was sad I didn’t have more time to eat my way through it. :)

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After breakfast we wandered about the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where I saw shades of peppers and apples in colors I didn’t know existed,  flowers to die for, and vegetables I had never even heard of.  Words can’t even begin to do this market justice so I will let the photos do the talking.

Bok Choy

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Bitter melon

 

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Eggplants galore

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Apples of every kind – even perfect little “Twilight apples”

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I had never seen an apple like this before…it is called a Pink Pearl apple. The inside of the apple is bright pink and tastes extremely tart.  Practically like a sour patch kid candy!  I couldn’t even finish it, but the colors were gorgeous.  Although it kind of looks like a Vampire apple.  I think that is what I will call it, because Vampires are so hot right now. :)

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Oh, and seas of flowers.

 

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I love how this one vendor mixed edible leafy greens with flowers all in rustic galvanized buckets.  The kale looked like it could be for lunch or a center piece.

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I could have shopped and shot photographs all day long.

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Wishing I looked a chic as this couple with matching baskets…I’m off to market!

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Chinatown/Japantown

Alexandra and I were determined to get a little consignment/vintage shopping in as well, so we headed towards Nob Hill/Russian Hill, where there were a few on our recommendation list…meandering through Chinatown on our way, or perhaps it was more of the Japantown of the Chinatown district…I have no education on Chinese or Japanese characters, but these seem more Japanese to me….can anyone help me?  Sorry to be so ignorant of this.

I am drawn to the brightly colored Hello Kitty candy like a moth to a flame…or a 5 year old girl to pink Hello Kitty anything…

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At $78 a pound, the root must be some type of miracle cure all or potent aphrodisiac, that or it cleans your house and makes you dinner.  Can anyone ready these characters?

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More amazing fruits.  The colors on this one fruit is like a cartoon, but yet it is real!

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Even regular old Dole bananas hang differently in here.

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Consignment Shopping

So we had planned to scour the city for consignment shop finds and treasures but one step into Cris located at 2056 Polk St (between Pacific Ave & Broadway St), and well we really didn’t need to go anywhere else.  In hindsight I desperately wish I had taken more photos of the store, but I was too busy rifling through rack after rack and filling up my dressing room.  We are talking, Hermès trench coats, Lavin jackets and Valentino handbags.

These shoe were a work of art

 

Unfortunately, even at consignment shop prices many of these were still just a dream, but Alexandra found a super interesting hooded trench coat and I scored this dress/tunic piece from a New Zeland designer named Zambesi. The garment is a little wrinkled from travel, but I’ll show you how I style it once I get it back from the cleaners.

They even packaged our purchases with fresh flowers and ribbon.  The pies de la resistance!

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The super stylish Ms. Alexandra!

 

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As we wandered around Nob Hill and Russian Hill making our was towards the Marina District we stopped in an interior design shop called Fl!pp.  Fl!pp is an acronym for Fashionable Living in Petite Places.  Sounds like we could use a store like this for all the tiny apartments in Boston.  The store had tons of cool antique and vintage finds mixed with new pieces.  Out back was a tranquil little garden and outdoor seating area offering an oasis from the busy San Fran streets.    The store front is basically a showroom for their interior design services.

This wall of gold tone starburst and bleach wood mirrors has me wanting to add that feel to my more dark wood/silver toned home.  So warm and inviting.

 

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Tripod lamp in red with vintage base.

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I love this Rhino head wall mount made from pages of a book.

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Map valet trays


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After walking for hours we treated our selves to a late lunch at Chilyo Mexicano, like everywhere in San Francisco (it seems) the food was amazing.  They only use the freshest local, ingredients many of which come from their own farm in the Sonoma Vally.  I think San Francisco has made me quite the food snob.  I definitely let my heart and stomach in San Francisco.  I can not wait to go back and spend more time there.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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