Monday, October 26, 2015

New England Chic // Guest Post

Happy Monday y'all! Today on the blog I am so excited to be sharing a guest post by my friend Mikayla talking all about New England Style. Mikayla runs a fabulous blog called The Taste Tracker which is all things style/travel/food and will leave you with a serious case of wanderlust.

Today we are getting together to share both our regional and personal styles - so without further ado lets jump right in.

How would you describe your personal style? 
I would describe my style as classic with rustic/bohemian touches; I never like to look too put together. One of my favorite outfits to wear is a plain white tank top tucked into my black skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters. But my look never ends there; I’ll through on a skinny belt with metal details, a thick, embroidered scarf and some delicate gold chains. I love embellishing classic silhouettes with different kinds of jewelry, scarves and shoes. 

How would you describe the style of New England?
There are a couple different kinds of styles that float around New England. In boating/yacht capitals like Newport, Rhode Island, brands like Lily Pulitzer, Jack Rogers and Vera Bradley are on every corner. Needless to say, people in these towns are incredibly preppy. However, New England has a lot of rustic parts to it where people are much more laid back in the ways they dress. Brands like L.L. Bean are super popular in these areas, as are styles similar to those from Patagonia. 

How does your style compare to your regional style?
I would say my style differs greatly from my regional style. My particular area—a small town in Rhode Island—tended to air more on the preppier side of fashion, favoring Tory Burch, Sperrys and Ralph Lauren Polo. There wasn’t much branching out from fashion conventions and popular clothing stores like Brandy Melville or Forever 21. I like to think I try out trends that are a little more similar to what you’d see on the streets on New York City or London, because that’s where I belong. 

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
My favorite piece in my wardrobe would have to be my long, camel-colored overcoat from Forever 21. It’s so versatile and makes any and every outfit look so chic

What brands do you find build the New England style?
As I stated earlier, there are some staple brands up here in New England that truly build its style. In more preppier regions like eastern Massachusetts and southern Rhode Island, the staple brands are Sperrys, Vineyard Vines, Tory Burch (because looking like you’re from the West Coast is always cool), Alex and Ani and Lily Pulitzer. More rural regions like Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire all tend to favor L.L. Bean and your traditional flannels, beanies and winter boots.

Has your style changed through your recent move?
I style has definitely evolved throughout my traveling. I moved down to the DC area for college and my style morphed into a little more “hipster” than it previously was—I was, and still am, a big fan of halter crop tops with high-waisted jeans and a denim jacket. Urban Outfitters became my second home. Now, I still maintain those “hipster” elements through staple pieces like denim jackets and circle lens, but I like to add classic pieces—like a tailored coat or polished booties— to every outfit that I wear. 

Where do you find your biggest style inspiration?
My style inspiration comes from SO many places. I am an avid fashion magazine reader, so I tend to pull a lot of inspiration from those pages. Tumblr is also a great place for fashion inspo; I’ll just search for a particularly fashionable person and a ton of street style photos will usually pop up. Right now, I’m super into Kendall Jenner’s style.    

What do you love most about your look?
A lot of friends have called my look “cool,” which is a really big compliment. I never like to look too overdone and try to just go with my instincts on what pieces look good together and what colors look nice combined. I like to think my overall look is very sophisticated—that’s definitely a characteristic I strive for on a daily basis!

Don't forget to head over to Mikayla's blog to see more of her style and my southern inspired look. You can also check her out on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Seriously though don't blame me if you get the travel bug, you definitely will. Have a great week y'all!



  1. I actually love her style -- it's a lot different than my own but that makes me enjoy it even more.
    She seems awesome and I will have to check out her blog.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. loving the simple jacket paired with the black slacks!

  3. Love this post and the street style chic look!

  4. This post made me smile- I'm definitely from one of the more "rustic" New England areas, and L.L. Bean's headquarters is under an hour from where I'm from!! Haha!! Fun to hear from another New England blogger!

    xoxo A

  5. I love these type of takeover post .. any chance to learn more about others in this blogging community is great!

    How 2 Wear It []

  6. I love it when she wrote "I like to think I try out trends that are a little more similar to what you’d see on the streets on New York City or London, because that’s where I belong." I too feel like I belong in NYC or London (even Milan). I am such a fashion lover, so I love wearing and trying different styles and trends. I really enjoyed ready this post. I find it fascinating how different regions tend to cling and wear certain brands and styles.

    xoxo, Danielle

  7. I can definitely see the NY and London influence on this New England girl. It's crazy how different each region's styles are.

  8. It's always so fun to see other people's style and to hear how people dress in their area! I love how she separated the boating crowd from the rest haha so true!

    Sara Kate Styling

  9. I love that she gets a lot of her fashion inspo from Tumblr! If I'm ever feeling a little bored of my outfits, that's the first place I go to :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  10. Love this outfit so much! I love seeing other people's styles. :) Love meeting new bloggers!

  11. I love this series. It's so interesting to learn what inspires people's sense of style. I also am really liking Kendall Jenner right now!

  12. She look so beyond chic. I absolutely love the whole vibe of her outfit! I love her blog!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  13. Great post! Obsessed with this outfit, so I will definitely be checking out her blog! Thanks for sharing!!!

    xo Ashley

  14. Thanks for tipping me off for a new blogger to check out. Love her "cool" style! x Nicole |

  15. I definitely am a fan of her classic style with hints of "hipster". I'm going to check out her blog!

  16. I love Mikayla's style! I also love the look you shared on her blog :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  17. Her style is so different! I feel like she is 80's meets John Lennon-chic!

  18. Love that style! I might have to start incorporating this into my wardrobe!