East Coast Prep

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Madewell Reversible Vest, Madewell Chambray Button-Up (on sale!), Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sam Edelman Boots, Longchamp Le Pliage Tote Bag

The other day I had the awesome opportunity of getting to meet The College Prepster, a blogger that I have followed for about a year now. I attended Carly’s meet and greet in the Tucker Blair showroom, which was absolutely gorgeous! The Beacon Street room looks out over the public gardens and has the perfect amount of old Boston charm. I had such a fun time talking to fellow readers/bloggers and learning from some of Carly’s advice and experience. The blogging community is really an expansive one that I am always proud of and inspired by.

I also was able to use the meet and greet as an excuse to get off campus and explore downtown and the Beacon Hill area. Beacon Hill is a must visit if you’re in the Boston area! Charles Street is the best stretch of delicious bakeries and boutiques. If you take a turn off of Charles Street, you’ll find yourself strolling in front of the most beautiful ivy covered townhouses with varying door colors (this red one with the pumpkins was my favorite)! It happened to be a beautiful, sunny day in Boston so I was able to get away with a thin vest instead of my typical heavy fall coat. This black and white vest from Madewell is one of my new favorites because wait for it, it’s reversible! The other side is a quilted, neutral black that is perfect for throwing over sweatshirts on my casual days. As you can tell, my Longchamp bag is stuffed with my computer, notebook, and books as I had left for the meet and greet from class. It may be a complete East Coast thing, but Longchamps are the go-to over here as a replacement for backpacks. Mine is a hand-me-down from after Ally graduated college (thanks Al!) and it has still held up after daily use! I will always recommend a Longchamp for those working girls/students out there who need a sturdy and roomy tote.

XO Emma

 

Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014 #werunsf

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This past weekend, Emma and I ran the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco. It was such a perfect race experience, from the expo on Saturday to the Tiffany’s necklaces waiting for us at the finish line. The expo was filled with amazing Nike product, video screens displaying the course, a killer DJ, a hair braiding station, and pointers from some of the most elite runners in the world. We left super pumped for race day! We had some time on Saturday to walk around and take pictures of one of our favorite cities. I rocked my rose gold Nike sneakers around town in honor of the race. By the time Sunday morning rolled around we were so excited to start! Em ran her first half-marathon like a champ and I was so excited to check my fourth half-marathon off the bucket list. We were so proud and excited to grab those beautiful blue boxes at the finish! Can’t wait for our next trip to SF and our next half-marathon together!

XO Ally

 

Fall in New England

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Forever 21 Hat (no longer available-similar here), Forever 21 Poncho, Zara Plaid Blanket Scarf, Madewell Black Skinny Jeans, Frye Boots, Zara Bag

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons – the weather, the food, the approaching holiday season, and of course, the clothing! I am such a sucker for sweaters and boots. Throw in a scarf and hat and I am one happy girl! This outfit was built around the plaid scarf. This maroon hat and black poncho were both great finds at Forever 21 – one of my favorite places for true style steals! Never take for granted the opportunity to find simple basics at affordable prices. Use your more expensive pieces to take your outfit up a notch! Hopefully this outfit will inspire you to pick apples and carve pumpkins! Don’t forget the apple cider!

XO Ally

Shopbop Friends and Family Sale

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Shopbop is one of our favorite online shopping sites, with such a wide range of designers and prices, they pretty much always have what we’re looking for and more! From now until this Thursday the 16th (yes, only 3 days!) you can take 25% off your order with the code “FAMILY25″. For a little bit of shopping inspiration, we linked a couple of our favorites from the sale above. Our wardrobes are completely headed into fall and winter with warm knits and cold weather accessories like these adorable Kate Spade Bow Gloves. As tempting as it can be to stick with neutrals in the winter, a pop of light color like this BB Dakota Coat is essential during dark snowy days.

XO Ally & Emma

LIKEtoKNOW.it

Today Ally and I are really excited to share one of our favorite online shopping programs with you! For those that don’t know, LIKEtoKNOW.it is an Instagram tool that enables you to receive shoppable product links straight to your inbox! It’s the perfect way to keep up with your favorite bloggers and their #ootds (including @happilygrey, @juliahengel, @rachparcell, and of course @northwesttonewbury to name a few of my favs)! Follow the simple steps below to sign up and start shopping!

LIKEtoKNOW.it homepage

1. Register your email address at LIKEtoKNOW.it!

 

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2. Keep liking your favorite Instagram photos from your favorite bloggers! Anytime you like a photo with a http://www.liketk.it link in the caption, you will receive an email with exact or similar product links! Tip: You can search LIKEtoKNOW.it enabled posts by following the #liketkit hashtag!

 

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3. Shop your finds straight from your email! Tip: You can control how often you receive your emails! Simply go to settings on your LIKEtoKNOW.it profile and choose one of three options; ASAP, Daily, or Weekly!

If you have any questions about how to register, please comment and we’re happy to help! Happy shopping!

XO Ally & Emma

Fall Faux Fur

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Zara Fur Vest (also love this black option), Madewell Camel Sweater, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sam Edelman Booties, Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody (similar here), Marc Jacobs Rose Gold “Baker” Watch

Hello Boston! Hello Fall! And hello again to NwN! Life has been crazy the past couple of weeks with Ally’s wedding (don’t worry “The Bride Guide” post will be up within the next couple of days) and moving back to Boston to start the school year. As sad as it was to leave Portland and summer behind, fall in Boston is my absolute favorite time of year. For me, fall is characterized by apple-picking, and there is no better place to apple pick than Massachusetts!

Earlier this month, Ally and her husband spent the weekend here on the East Coast. When planning the trip, we prioritized a whole afternoon for our favorite childhood apple orchard, Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA. We indulged in all things fall – hot cider, cider donuts, and I finally got to pull out one of my fall favorites, a (faux) fur vest. I had purchased mine just the day before at the Zara on Newbury Street and obviously could not wait for the opportunity to wear it. I kept it subtle and simple with a thin camel (a staple color for this season) sweater and a classic pair of lighter wash denim skinny jeans. I love how the rose gold touches on my Marc Jacobs watch and Rebecca Minkoff crossbody enhance the warm tones of this outfit. I also think that because of the slightly grey undertones, this vest can go a much sleeker direction paired with crisp white, leather leggings, and black heeled booties. Definitely a versatile, neutral, layering essential as we move into the colder months!

XO Emma

The Bride Guide: The Guest

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Anthropologie Dress (no longer available-love this dramatic tea-length dress, this pretty floral one (under $100!), and this on sale floral mini), BCBG Wedges (no longer available-similar here and here on sale at J.Crew!)

Welcome to “Wedding Week” on Northwest to Newbury! Ally and I figured “The Bride Guide” wouldn’t be complete without an outfit for the guest! This dress is one of my absolute favorites, I’ll find any excuse to wear it and a wedding is the perfect occasion. The pink floral pattern keeps it casual enough for a daytime garden event while the longer length, higher neckline, and sheen beneath the lace make it formal enough for an evening wedding. With tea-length it’s best to opt for a pair of nude wedges that elongate the leg. These nude wedges have embellishment on the toe and wrap around the ankle which calls back to the 1950’s silhouette of this dress. Loose glamorous waves round out the look (p.s. what do we think of the shorter do?! I’m loving the shorter hair – so easy, healthy, and fresh!). We can’t wait to share the rest of “The Bride Guide” with you this week as we lead up to Ally’s wedding on Sunday (Yes, this Sunday! It’s like Christmas in August over here – we are all so excited!).

XO Emma

 

 

Lately on Instagram…

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Similar Forever21 Dress, Madewell Chambray Shirt, similar Jeffrey Campbell Booties, Tory Burch Leopard Print Bag

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Nike Rose Gold Fuelband, Nike+ Sportwatch

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Similar Distressed American Eagle Jeans, Madewell Chambray Top, DV by Dolce Vita Sandals, Anthropologie Polka-Dot Tote

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Desk set-up with fresh market blooms and a Kate Spade Agenda.

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Beautiful home inspiration in Dowtown Portland!

Ally and I have been extremely busy lately enjoying our last days of summer/prepping for her wedding but we wanted to share a couple of our favorite recent snaps from our Instagram! We love to capture beautiful places and spaces around Portland along with inside peaks at our outfits and recent purchases! Follow along at @northwesttonewbury to see more from NwN!

XO Ally & Emma

Summer Day Wear

Summer Day Wear
Ally and I put together our ideal “Summer Day Wear” outfits from some of our favorite online picks! My look is comprised of this light J.Crew Floral Tee and Topshop Boyfriend Jeans (these are the exact ones Ally already owns). Ally tends to go for a more dressed up look with a structured Madewell top and a tailored pair of shorts (similar Topshop Scallop Shorts). We both love the pop of color and embellishment in these Miss KG orange and gold sandals. Madewell is one of our go-tos for quality and affordable accessories like these gold stud earrings and stacking rings. We’ve been eyeing these orange mirrored Ray-Bans all summer (they come in blue and green too!).
We believe in retail therapy as much as the next girl, but if we splurged every bad hair day our wallets would hate us! That’s where online window shopping comes in. The outfit opportunities are endless when surfing the web. It can be so fun and inspiring to put together outfits without the pressure and commitment of bringing it home to your closet! However, if you do happen to fall in love with an item online, we recommend bookmarking the page and coming back the next day. If you are just as excited about it 24 hours later then you know you’d still love it day-after-day in your wardrobe!

XO Ally & Emma

Boho Flow

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Jenny Han Dress (old-love this similar flowy option and this pleated shift dress), Dolce Vita Lace Shorts (no longer available-similar here and here), Anthropologie Clutch, DV by Dolce Vita Sandals, Anthropologie Sunglasses

Friday is date night for me and my fiancé and I always try to step up my game! This little number makes me feel really feminine and pretty. Believe it or not, this is a tunic and lace short combo – not a dress! The tunic is a tad too short so I throw my scalloped lace shorts underneath to transform it! This is such a great trick for many tunics and it really makes lace shorts worth the investment. The clutch was a bridal shower gift from my sister, Emma, to be worn on my honeymoon but I couldn’t resist pulling it out a little early! It is too adorable and goes with so many outfits. As far as my hair goes, pulling it half up in this wrapped fashion is a go-to look of mine. It is really simple. You start by pulling only the back portion of your hair into a half-up style. Then, proceed to wrap small pieces of hair from each side across the center point, pinning as you go! It looks so fancy and it literally take 5 minutes to get this date ready style.

XO Ally