Happy Birthday to My Main Man

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After dealing with me for over 20 years, my dad definitely deserves a blog post celebrating his birthday. He’s the only one who knows exactly how to make me smile after a tough day, lets me be myself, and encourages me to reach new heights.

My dad was known as “Mr. Mom” all through grade school and high school. Between coaching my volleyball team, proctoring lunch duty, driving me to swim and cheer practice, and being the “cool dad” among all my friends, you could say he was a super-parent. Everyone in my hometown knows him, and whenever I come back to visit, they know me as “Henry’s daughter,” a title I could not be more proud of.

He’s also my best friend. In high school, since he was the one driving me to and from SI, he was the first to hear all the drama and gossip. And living in a household of women, he binge-watched shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Project Runway, and Pretty Little Liars. Whether he liked it or not, he kept up with the Kardashians.

Today, my dad is still one of the first people I call, and the first person I run to at the airport when I’m home. From tea parties to ziplining, he entertains all of my ideas and lets my dreams run wild.

To my favorite man since day one, Happy Birthday!

xo, FMB

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Citron + Snow

IMG_4341 (1)Sweater: Gap | Skirt and Earrings: J.Crew | Tights: Hue | Booties: DSW | Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Connecticut

March is officially here which means spring is on its way! …Unfortunately, that’s not the case for New England. After a long month that dumped 100 inches of snow and long days of moping over the cold, I wanted to simulate a little sunshine. This bright citron skirt was the perfect pick me up on a gloomy, snowy day. I’m normally not a huge fan of bright colors, but I love the hue of this skirt, the fit is perfect, and I snagged it on sale!

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xoxo, FMB

Back with the Crew

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Working in retail is a challenge, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences. Knowing that you can make someone’s day with a simple styling session or amazing customer service, retail really taught me not only the value of a dollar, but more importantly, the value of small acts of kindness. Not to mention, my first retail job gave me some of my best friends.

Almost one year ago, I started working at J.Crew (note: none of my opinions represent those of the company, and the company does not give me any compensation to feature their products). In celebration of my one-year work anniversary (Woohoo, first full year at the same job! I’m becoming a grown-up), here’s some of my favorite J. Crew-inspired looks.

IMG_7781Tank top: Zara | Pants: H&M | Jacket: Nordstrom B.P. | Sandals: DSW | Necklace: J.Crew

This necklace has to be one of my favorite statement necklaces. Not only does it go with everything I wear, but it was also a gift from my (sorority) Big Sister, Emilie. She gave it to me during big little week on the same day that I got the job offer from J.Crew.

IMG_9255Blouse: Marshall’s | Pants and Scarf: J.Crew | Jacket: Nordstrom B.P. | Shoes: DSW | Bag: Kate Spade

I wear a lot of black and white, which made me fall in love with this black and white scarf. It’s made of merino wool so it keeps me warm enough, but it was woven in a way that makes it lightweight enough for me to wear during work. I am also obsessed with these black pixie pants. The high rise and super stretch makes them so flattering, but the super stretch also makes them oh-so comfy.

IMG_0664Tee: Banana Republic | Jeans, Necklace, Jacket: J.Crew | Belt: Fossil | Boots: Ugg | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

This quilted puffer jacket is one of my favorite purchases from my time at J.Crew. It may have been a little bit of an impulse buy (I may or may not have texted my parents after buying it saying, “Don’t ask. It was an emergency” in case they checked my bank statement later that afternoon), but I’m so glad I bought it. The quilts make it the perfect transition piece from fall to winter.

Sorority Life: Bid Day!

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Hey everyone! I think I’m slowly going to transition this blog into a lifestyle blog, and a huge part of my life is sorority life. Growing up in a huge city, I never thought much of sororities, and going to a city school didn’t help that cause either. However, I took a leap of faith and signed up for sorority recruitment my freshman year and never looked back. I can honestly say that joining Greek life has given me endless opportunities, a second family and home away from home, and values that have shaped who I am today.

One of the most exciting times in sorority life is bid day! This is when we celebrate all the fabulous new members we got through formal recruitment. Last year, the first time I connected with KD during recruitment was when one of the sisters and I talked about how much we love Beyoncé. As it turns out, so does majority of our chapter…so this year, we had a Beyoncé themed bid day!

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Are You Furreal?

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Blouse: Nordstrom B.P. // Vest: Mom’s closet (Anne Taylor Loft circa 2007?) // Jeans: Abercrombie // Wellies: Hunter // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Necklace and Bracelets: Banana Republic // Watch: Michael Kors

Copley Square has been one of my favorite spots in Boston from the moment I stepped foot in the city. That statement still holds true today. In fact, at some points last semester, I was in Copley Square more often than my apartment! It’s at the center of many of my frequented places — work at J.Crew in Copley Mall, shopping, brunch and coffee dates on Newbury St., and studying in the Boston Public Library.

Now, let’s get down to fashion. This fur vest has to be one of my favorite pieces in my (or my mom’s) closet. My mom bought it back when I was in grade school and never let go of it…Boy, am I glad she held on! Who knew fur vests would make a huge comeback so soon? This one layers with everything perfectly, which makes it a great transition piece from fall to winter. Not to mention, the shade of gray makes it easy to match with virtually anything.

(disclaimer: If you haven’t seen the news, Boston is buried in snow. These photos were taken in November and I have a lot of blogging to catch up on.)

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Have a lovely week, friends! Be kind and love yourself. XOXO -FMB

Is Spring Yet?

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Top: Target // Pants: Gap // Sandals: Audrey Burke via DSW // Belt: Banana Republic // Sunglasses: H&M // Necklace: Gift // Bag: Longchamp

Boston weather truly is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, especially now that spring is around the corner (ahem, it’s supposed to be here by now). One day it’s 73 and sunny, the next it’s 37 and windy. On this day, the weather happened to be a perfect reminder of home: 65, sunny and mild. It was glorious. Because of the beautiful weather, I went out on an adventure to Porter’s Square to visit my local Michaels.For of you that don’t know me personally or don’t follow me on other social media, I am in a sorority: Kappa Delta. I have the best Big in the entire world, so I’m making her a Greek paddle and went to Michael’s to pick up supplies. As I was shopping, my friend noticed that I was basically a walking Kappa Delta: green pants (Green is one of our colors), white shirt (pearl white is our other color), and a statement necklace given to me from my grandbig. Funny coincidence considering that I was out shopping for Kappa Delta things!

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Denim + Leather

ImageShirt: Nordstrom B.P. // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Booties: Abound via Nordstrom Rack // Necklace: Express // Hat: Zara

We’re finally getting some spring weather in Boston! And by spring, I mean high 30s. Hah, remember when I thought that 50 was cold? I spent last week in California for spring break and got a nice taste of warm, sunny 80 degree weather and a good dose of torn jeans — two things that I miss dearly in the Northeast. With the spring like weather and bright sun shining down on Boston, I decided to break out a pair of California classics, but accustom it to the east coast by adding a leather baseball cap, statement necklace, and stacked booties.

P.S. Sorry about the ugly background! This is a little glimpse into my office at the radio station. I quickly snapped these pictures in between our pitch meeting and my next class.

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