MFA

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As I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week, the Museum of Fine Arts is my absolute favorite museum in Boston.  As a self-taught artist with a penchant for American Art, the MFA is naturally one of my favorite attractions in the city.  Housed inside a gorgeous Neoclassical building is one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in the Americas.  The exterior (where I took my outfit photos) is majestic and stately; like a castle dropped in the middle of Huntington Avenue.  Their sprawling Art of the Americas wing is absolutely transcendent, and features everything from the gorgeous portraits of John Singer Sargent to the New England landscapes of Fitz Henry Lane and Thomas Sully’s Passage of the Delaware (you really cannot escape Colonial History in this city, no matter how hard you may try).  The Contemporary Art Collection is another can’t miss, showcasing neon lights, Andy Warhol, and modernist sculpture alike.  By far my favorite room in the MFA is the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Gallery.  Impressionism is one of my personal favorite art movements and the MFA has a spectacular collection of some of my favorite artists (Van Gogh, Degas), and one of the largest collections of Monet outside of France, which is pretty rad, especially for a Monet aficionado like myself (isn’t everyone a Monet aficionado at heart?).  With such an enormous and extensive collection of art that transcends time and geography, I’m constantly finding paintings I had never seen before and falling in love with recent acquisitions.  This time I happened to see Expulsion from the Garden of Eden for the first time ever and it totally took my breath away.  I stood in front of it in awe for a good five minutes before I could even begin to go further in depth into its beauty (and then later went back for another look after we had already left the wing… Sorry, Mac).

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“I am not what I am”

The MFA also has a constant rotation of fun, relevant, and important Exhibitions come through.  Two of my past favorites were Hippie Chic and Hollywood Glamour– both fashion exhibits that showed fashion of a particular era as a crucial element of art.  Naturally, I was in heaven at both of them.  Until August 9th, the museum is home to an extensive collection of works by Hokusai, the internationally renowned Japanese artist.  Almost everyone will recognize Under the Wave off Kanagawa, his most famous piece.  I was so excited to view his extensive works that spread over his lengthy career, and the exhibit most certainly did not disappoint.

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“Doesn’t that ceiling ever just make you want to cry?”

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“I don’t think she knows how to knock”IMG_7774 IMG_7802

The other girl in the pictures is my sister/best friend Michaela, frequently referred to as ‘Mac’.  We do pretty much everything together (within reason, as she actually lives on the North Shore), including museum trips.  Sisters make for perfect traveling companions, as you’ll always have someone who is down to talk pretentiously about paintings and then turn around and take artsy instagrams on the staircase.  It’s also pretty sweet to have someone snap a candid of you across the room or not judge you when you want to go back to your hotel and change outfits in the middle of the day.  She’s also my number one photographer and a pretty great person in general, so since she’s such a major part of my life she’ll probably make quite a few appearances around here in the future!

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I shared this skirt a couple months ago in this post, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  I love the shape, detail, color, and versatility of it.  It can easily be taken from day to night, or from work to weekend.  I also love how a change in top can totally change the vibe of the outfit.  I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the fact that this bucket bag is in approximately 75% of my outfits.  It’s just so great that I use it all the time.  I love that its so on trend, but the nude color goes with almost every outfit.  It’s a great every day bag- I throw all of my stuff in without it bulging at all or losing its shape with use!

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Outfit Details – Skirt: LOFT (sold out, similar herehere and here) | Top: Express | Necklace: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Gladiator Sandals: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Banana Republic | Ring: Charming Charlie | Earrings: kate spade new york | Watch: Fossil | Bucket Bag: Urban Outfitters 

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!
xo, C

Checkmate

I have been loving all of the gingham prints hitting stores for spring this month!  This classic black and white skirt is the perfect piece for early spring, since it’s not too aggressively “spring” while we still have snow on the ground, and goes with absolutely anything!  Stay tuned to see how I style it in the future, I’m sure it will make quite a few more appearances here!IMG_4050 IMG_4058 IMG_4062 IMG_4068 IMG_4072 IMG_4081 IMG_4085 IMG_4090 IMG_4097

Outfit Details – Blouse: Talbots (similar here) | Skirt: The Limited (now on sale!) (similar here) | Mules: Express (sold out online, similar here) | Earrings: Bauble Bar

Thanks for reading!

xo, Caitlin