Love for Humanity

Last week, I visited one of my favorite hidden gems: Humanity Boutique in Lowell. My friend (and, you’ll notice, occasional photographer) Katie grew up in the next town over, so she knew about the cute shop long before I did. She brought me with her to scope it out one day, and I immediately loved the owner, Ani.

Ani is an adorable, welcoming presence with the perfect balance of kindness and quirk. She has worked tirelessly over the years to make her dream of owning her own store come true, and she never hesitates to offer words of encouragement for those following their own.

“I am inspired by the beauty of everyday life, places I travel, and people I meet. [I choose] style over fashion. I love celebrating womanhood and our own individuality. Being able to help others build confidence and be comfortable in their own skin is why Humanity Boutique exists. This is why I exist; I do what I love and I love what I do.” – AV

After months of struggling to get our schedules to match up, Ani and I finally got together at Humanity to play dress up! She was my photographer for the afternoon while I modeled some of my favorite merchandise in the store. Needless to say, it was my dream afternoon. At one point I said, “I wish I could do this every day.” Ani replied, “Don’t you?” Good point, Ani!

After managing the store since 2012 and taking ownership of the boutique in May 2014, Ani gave the store a facelift last spring. She added so many unique touches in every nook and cranny – there’s always a different detail to notice! Plus, Humanity Boutique has some great initials! 😉 In the photos above, you can see some of my favorite sections of the store – including the plush dressing room area where your fashion wing-woman can wait for you and give her opinions. Or, you can grab a seat and chat it up with Ani herself, who is always eager to learn about every new customer. By the end of your visit, you’ll have a new friend – and will probably end up with a new contact in your phone!






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Thank you to Ani for letting me play dress up with all of these fabulous clothes. They are all available at Humanity on Merrimack Street in Lowell – and they are all affordable! Yes, even that amazing red bag is for sale. (The shoes are my own though. Back off.)

Next time you need a cute outfit on a budget, want to get out of your usual shopping routine, or just want to gab with an inspiring fashionista, head into Humanity – and tell Ani I sent you! ❤

For more photos from our fun shoot, follow Humanity (@humanitystyle) and visit!

Colorfully Yours,



Hamburgers and Heels

IMG_7339Back in September, I bought two faux-leather jackets in the span of two days. While this sounds a little excessive, the two were vastly different. One was a black jacket with silver hardware and a detachable faux fur hood by Steve Madden. Although it was at Marshall’s and therefore very reasonably priced for the item, I spent a good two hours poring over the decision. As usual, I was running low on funds. I ultimately decided that I couldn’t live without it, and that I would just curb my spending for a while.

Then my coworker alerted me to a pale pink leather jacket in the window of our local consignment shop, Chic Consignment. I figured it couldn’t hurt to just take a peek. Well, it did hurt – my wallet, that is. In less than twenty-four hours I had not only broken my spending promise to myself, but I’d broken it on another leather jacket. But it was pink! I couldn’t pass it up.

Fast forward and I finally posed for some photos in the infamous pink jacket over Thanksgiving break… and I’m finally posting them now. Good thing pink is always in season! I decided to go for a ‘girly glam with edge’ look. I wore a black tulle dress that’s been in my closet for years and strapped on my favorite studded heels.

As I was brainstorming locations for the photos, I realized I wanted to show the same contrast in the venue as I did in my outfit. I guess it was my obsession with food that led me to this, but I thought it would be fun to be eating some greasy fast food while I posed in this glam outfit. McDonald’s to the rescue! Am I artsy or what?

Colorfully Yours,



The Colorful Details:

Jacket Chic Consignment // Dress H&M (old) // Heels Bobbles and Lace // Photography by Katie McLean

Fierce in Flannel

I’ve been a loyal Old Navy shopper since I was a little kid. My mom would take my brothers and I back-to-school shopping there every year, and I’d find everything a girl could need to romp around school in style. Just like every other American family, we’d get those annual Fourth of July tees there, too. Come middle school, Old Navy and I were both going through a huge graphic tee phase. While none of the other kids in my grade seemed to appreciate the sarcastic sayings plastered across my body, my teachers thought I was a riot. What can I say? I’ve always been an old (and cheeky) soul.


I’ve long since been paying for my own clothes, so I’ve come to appreciate the amazing deals the store has all year round. Last winter I got almost $400 worth of loot for under $200, and the pieces are still some of my most-worn. The week before Thanksgiving this year, Old Navy started their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals a week in advance for cardholders. Everything was 50% off. So yes, I filled my online shopping cart to the brim.

I scored a comfy flannel, a turtleneck that’s perfect for layering, a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, a new nightgown (you know my thing with pajamas) and a super cool jumpsuit that I just realized I have yet to debut. I wore the flannel and jeans with a faux fur vest and heeled suede booties for my Thanksgiving Eve night out… but my friends and I didn’t take any pictures. I swear it’s a conspiracy – the times I do happen to go out, there is absolutely no evidence of it. I couldn’t waste the outfit, so I turned it into a blog post. And here we are, my friends.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big makeup person. Some concealer and bronzer from CVS and I call it a day. I’ve been getting sort of into lipstick lately, though. I bought Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick and couldn’t wait to debut it. I almost didn’t wear it on Thanksgiving Eve because I didn’t know if it was too ‘bold’ for the old high school crowd. But then my friend reminded me that I am cool and bold and also who the f cares? So I wore it. My dad said I looked like I was en route to a Dracula convention, so I guess mission accomplished.

Check out more of the look below!

Colorfully Yours,



The Colorful Details:

Flannel Old Navy // Vest Michael Kors (old) // Jeans Old Navy // Booties Guess via DSW // Lip Color Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Vamp // Photography by Katie McLean

Deck the Halls (in Plaid!)


While my original photog, Katie, was home for Thanksgiving, we reserved a day for photoshoots. It just so happens that I had purchased a few new items recently! Ok, so that’s the case any given week, but still.

The weather in New England has been unusually mild lately, which gave me the perfect opportunity to wear my new plaid skirt! I got this cutie at Bobbles & Lace in Andover. I had actually had my eye on a more expensive plaid skirt for a few weeks beforehand, but the price tag ($39!) of this one combined with the precious rolled-sleeve detail sold me. That and the elastic waist band – it is holiday season, after all.

I added a seasonal touch by wearing my favorite over-the-knee boots – purchased on Cyber Monday last year! I layered a classic light-blue oxford shirt under a white knit crewneck sweater. Of course I couldn’t leave the house without a statement necklace peeking out from beneath my collar!

Katie and I visited a Christmas tree farm in Dracut for a little holiday inspo. Christmas music + warm sunshine? The best of both worlds. My parents said it was too early to get our actual tree, though, so I just browsed. Plus, my Dad and I have a tradition of supporting Andover Youth Services at their annual tree sale. Gotta support the community!

What have you been wearing during this unseasonably warm weather? Share your current go-to outfit in the comments!

Colorfully Yours,



The Colorful Details:

Skirt Bobbles & Lace // Sweater Lacoste (old) // Oxford Shirt Vineyard Vines // Boots Nordstrom Rack (old) // Photography by Katie McLean

Cyber Monday

online-shopping-girl.jpgHappy Cyber Monday, everyone! This is the one day a year I give myself free reign (within reason, of course) to fill those online carts and ACTUALLY go through with submitting my credit card info.

Did I say the one day? Maybe I meant one of many days. Whatever. 😉

Since I’m getting a later start on my Cyber Monday shenanigans than I had hoped, I’m not going to round up the best sales for you all. Sorry, but it’s every woman for herself today!

I willlll, however, share a blog post I wrote last year that divulges my online shopping secrets: Secrets of a Serial Spender.

The post will help you far beyond Cyber Monday – we’re talking tips and tricks to use all year long!

Happy shopping, ladies and gents! Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Colorfully Yours,


Pajama Party

Wearing bright colors isn’t the only thing I’m known for in the clothing department. In fact, this other “thing” is more of a hot topic.

It’s true: I wear matching pajama sets. Every night.

I’m not sure when it started, but I’ve been obsessed with coordinating PJs for a looong time now. My mom and grandmother started buying them for me for holidays and birthdays, so my collection is quite extensive by now. I have everything from fleece to jersey, nightgowns to button downs, cheetah print to catchphrases.


One of my most recent pajama set purchases. Fleece, covered in pandas, with “I Love Naps” written across the front. The trifecta.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my pajama-set-wearing has been the butt of jokes among my friends and family, but what I can tell you is that there is no shame in my pajama game. The cornier and fuzzier the ensemble, the better.

My brother, Colin, constantly refers to my sleepwear as my “onesies.” None of them are actually one piece, but since they all match, it apparently looks like it. When he’s home, I am greeted every morning by “Nice onesie!” Siblings.

I didn’t know this wardrobe choice of mine was unusual until I got to college. Communal quarters reveal a lot about how the other half lives. I, apparently, am the matching-pajama-wearing minority. But I know that every time someone pokes fun at my grandma sleepwear, they’re secretly jealous…right?

As my annual pajama receiving time of year approaches, I thought I’d round up some of my budget-friendly favorites. Some of these are on sale, so don’t waste time! You don’t want to be stuck wearing a ratty t-shirt and threadbare bottoms to bed, do you?

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, take my advice – buy some cute, dorky pajamas. Give the gift of a cozy sleep and macaron-filled dreams (you’ll see what I mean). You never know who you’re going to meet in your dreams, after all.

Here’s hoping whoever I meet in mine appreciates my quirky sleepwear. But if they don’t, I probably don’t want to meet them, anyway.

Sweet dreams, readers!


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Every time I babysit, I find myself getting jealous of the kids’ fluffy bathrobes with animal ears. I’ve always wanted one in adult size. Well, my wish has been granted! Stay cozy with these fuzzy ensembles inspired by the animal kingdom.

Left to Right: Plush Polar Bear Hooded Nightdress, $24.90, Forever 21; Cozy Zoe Animal Ear Hooded Robe, $48.00, Nordstrom; Faux Sherpa Top and Jogger Sleep Set, $24.99, Target; Plush Panda PJ Set, $29.90, Forever 21


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You cannot go wrong with a classic two-piece flannel number. It’s the quintessential pajama set. If you don’t have at least one set of these in your pajama drawer, you are doing it wrong.

Clockwise from Left: Daizie Polka Dot Flannel PJ Set, $24.99, Target; Flannel Pajama Set, $44.00, J.Crew Factory; Striped PJ Set, $29.94, Old Navy; PJ Couture Velour Pajama Set, $29.99, JCPenney


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I live for a sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek saying. Plaster it on a nightgown and it is quite literally a dream come true. Oh, and there are those macarons I mentioned! ‘Sweet dreams’ is right.

Left to Right: Hibernate Graphic Nightdress, $12.90, Forever 21; New Look Hangover Pajama Set, $27.00, ASOS; Topshop Brunch Club Long Tee, $38.00, Nordstrom; BP Undercover Thermal Sleep Set, $14.97, Nordstrom Rack; Adolescent Clothing Designer Bags Nightshirt, $38.00, ASOS

10 Under 10: Winter Hats

Last week, I witnessed a woman pay $89 for a simple winter hat. It was knit, black, and had a pom-pom on it – that’s it. While it was very cute, it would have been just as cute with a $10 price tag. I wanted to yell out to the woman that she could find a hat just like that one for 1/8 of the cost! But I kept my mouth shut.

I can’t let my readers make that same mistake, though. That’s why I’ve compiled a selection of ten cute winter hats UNDER $10. That’s right – not $89, not $50, not even $25. TEN. DOLLARS. You’re welcome. Oh, and by the way? Most of them are significantly under ten. Call me a magician.

And since you’ve realized by now that I have several personalities when it comes to my outfits, I’ve separated my finds into categories. You’ve got classic, cute, and cool hats to keep you warm and trendy this winter. Take your pick! Just click the text of each hat and you can purchase straight from there. Could I have made it any easier? Gosh, I should be getting paid for this.

Happy hat hunting, ladies!

classic hats

Left to right: H&M Knit Hat, $5.99; Forever 21 Fuzzy Pom Pom Beanie, $9.90; Steve Madden Polar Vortex Knit Beanie, $9.97


cute hats

Left to right: Forever 21 Felt Wool-Blend Beret, $9.90; BCBGeneration Colorful and Cozy Pom Beanie, $6.30; Lands’ End Dot Hat, $5.99


cool hats

Clockwise from left: Boohoo Cara Bad Hair Day Slogan Beanie, $7.00; H&M Hat with Ears, $9.99; 14th & Union Waffle Slouchy Beanie, $9.97; Betsey Johnson Jeweled Beanie, $9.97