Ropes Mansion, aka Allison’s house in Hocus Pocus

Quite possibly my favorite building in the whole city! It’s directly across the street from The House of the Seven Gables.

All the decorations in Salem are so adorable! Love this color combo.

Another one of the many gorgeous federal style mansions Salem has to offer

My BFF and college roommate Rachel and I just returned from our second annual trip to Salem, Massachusetts. We started this tradition last year on a whim as a way to celebrate her birthday (and Halloween!), and we instantly fell in love. Now, we see ourselves returning to Witch City this same time every year.

Because it was our second time, we definitely knew which spots we had to hit. There is so much to do in this small city, so our weekend was totally packed–but it is so worth it!

Between historic landmarks and a number of museums (and all the amazing places there are to eat and shop), there are so many fun little things to visit in Salem. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that everything is so adorably festive (and photogenic).

Apple of my Chai is the perfect fall drink; it’s a dry, spiced cider.

Ectoplasm is such a unique concoction! So happy I had the chance to try it while in town.

The freshest oysters at Turner’s on Church Street

Cute sites (and yummy smells!) at the Derby Street Carnival

On our first day there we grabbed oysters at Turner’s, a restaurant at Lyceum Hall. Salem’s seafood really cannot be beat, and we had been craving Turner’s since our visit last year–it was our fav by far!

Then, we took a quick walk to Essex Street, one of the main roads in Salem, which is great because it’s closed off to vehicles. The shopping is the best in the entire city, and the people watching is truly one-of-a-kind.

After that we made our way over to the cemetery and Witch Trials Memorial by way of the Derby Street Carnival. We’re so thankful we did a couple walking tours last year because we were able to navigate the city ourselves and know the history behind everything we looked at.

The Witch Trials Memorial is one of our favorite spots in Salem. In addition to the meaning behind it, it is a really cool spot to relax even though it’s in the city’s center. Plus, there is always a ton going on at the Carnival.

We ended the day at Far From The Tree, a hard cider tap room we discovered last year. I was so happy to enjoy Apple of my Chai again, as well as their new limited edition flavor Ectoplasm.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Pumpkin and apple ice cream (and Rachel) at Maria’s Sweet Somethings

Outdoor decoration inspo!

On Saturday we woke up early to get caffeine at Jaho Coffee, another one of our favs from last year. Because it is so closed to the Derby Wharf, we stayed in that area for a bit. It is arguably the cutest area in town (and the seafood doesn’t get any fresher!).

After visiting The House of the Seven Gables, we stopped at the nearby Ye Olde Pepper Companie, an old-fashioned candy shop. Rumor has it that this place is home of the first commercially made candies in the U.S., dating back to the 1800s. I stocked up on *all* the licorice 😉

Windswept at the Witch Trials Memorial

On our way to Salem Witch Museum

At Old Town Hall, which you may recognize it from the “I Put A Spell On You” scene in Hocus Pocus. (It’s a museum IRL.)

Although it was a little warmer than last year, temperatures were still pretty low–especially in the a.m. So, I packed warm layers and a ton of knitwear.

The pullover turtleneck (pictured above) from Free People was soooOoOoOo cozy, and it paired perfectly with the plaid trousers I wore. I love, love, looove menswear-inspired looks durning the fall, but to keep this outfit slightly femme, I chose a go-to pair of heeled booties.

Then, I tied everything together with a thick black belt and a matte lip in Bunny by Kylie Cosmetics. I also added a pair of gold hoops and my Camera Bag from Pop & Suki.

We had so much fun exploring this quaint little city–with a rich history!–for the second time. Now, we’re definitely in the Halloween mood (and already planning next year’s weekend getaway to Salem)!

The cutest home near Derby Wharf!

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Last year my friend Rachel and I started a new Halloween tradition: a girls’ weekend in Salem, Massachusetts.

Salem can’t be beat this time of year (I promise a travel diary detailing everything as soon as we get back!). And now that it’s our second time, I for sure have a better idea in terms of what to pack. (I did not not pack enough warm layers last year, so I definitely learned my lesson.)

There is so much to do in this little gem of a city! We spend about half our time exploring the sites and shops downtown and half our time learning about the city’s history at museums and through walking tours (and another half drinking pumpkin beer and trying local cuisine). So, I like to pack casual, relatively polished clothes that are warm and comfortable, yet still reflect my personal style.

Thankfully, fall fashion is my favorite (#basic). Layering gives a girl a ton of options, and mixing different prints, textures and silhouettes is the perfect way to liven up what could otherwise be a frumpy outfit.

Beauty:

Salem’s vibe is super cool, so it is the perfect place to experiment with a new and/or bold beauty look. For the most part last year, I kept things fairly neutral, and I plan on doing pretty much the same this year. But, I’ll definitely be throwing a few fun accents in my bag.

In addition to the usual suspects (like Boy Brow, Balm Dotcom, a good primer, my must-have BB Cream and a trustworthy mascara), I added some extras to my makeup bag for this trip.

I’ve always loved a bold lip for fall, so I am bringing both Bunny by Kylie Cosmetics and LBB by Colourpop. Bunny is a cool mauve and LBB is rich berry that gives the perfect wine-stained pout; both are festive fall hues.

And, I cannot get enough of my new Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Mocha and Chili Mango, so of course I have to have them with me, too. Mocha makes contouring a breeze (plus, it looks much more natural than a powder contour in my opinion), while Chili Mango is a spicy, sparkly orange that draws attention to the eyes in one easy swipe across each lid.

A nude, dusty rose blush is the way to go in my opinion, so I’ll be bringing my go-to Amazonian Clay Blush in Seduce by Tarte.

To amp up the eyes for a night out, I packed an eyeshadow primer from Urban Decay, as well as their Naked Heat palette (which quickly became my favorite eyeshadow palette ever when it launched a few months ago) and Marc Jacob’s Matte Gel Eye Crayon eyeliner in (Earth)quake 41, a rich, deep brown.

No look is complete with a killer highlight, so I’m bringing Glossier‘s Haloscope in Moonstone for daytime and Milk Makeup’s Mars (the powder version) for an evening glow.

I also packed a few of my favorite on-the-go skincare products. Simple’s micellar makeup remover wipes (available at drugstores) are a must-have, and so is Glossier‘s Invisible Shield SPF 35+. And the Tea Tree Water spray by Lush is perfect for cleansing, toning and keeping oils at bay while on the go; it’s the ultimate skin refresher.

Clothes + accessories:

There’s no better place to rock your favorite fall pieces than in Salem! So, I packed quite a few fall staples to layer throughout the weekend. I cannot wait to show Haute Mess readers these gorgeous fall looks I put together while in Salem. Stay tuned! 😉

  • A versatile cardigan from Rat & Boa
  • A neutral pullover sweater from Free People
  • Plaid trousers from Topshop
  • A warm knit scarf from Free People
  • (Vegan) leather moto jacket by Blank NYC
  • My go-to winter coat in blush
  • A pair of clogs for daytime from Free People
  • A pair of heeled booties in black for a night out
  • Sneakers by APL
  • Statement earrings
  • My custom Pop & Suki Camera Bag (so I can be hands-free while touring the city)
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How killer are these vegan leather pants from I.AM.GIA? I’ve had my eye on them for so long, and I am super excited to finally be able to style them for myself (instead of just staring at them via the label’s website).

My wardrobe is definitely in need of some alternatives to vintage jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, loooove denim (especially worn in, torn up denim), but I am really in need of more variety–at least that is how I justified this purchase 😉

Anyway…

I am loving red this season, and the football-inspired lace-up detail on this pair of vegan leather pants gives me aaaall the fall vibes.

These pants themselves are extremely flattering. They have a leg-lengthening high-rise fit, and they are tight throughout the waist, hip and leg. They also have a skinny, slightly tapered fit on the ankle, making them perfect to pair with nearly any shoe.

Silver hardware adds even more edgy vibes to the already statement-making slacks. On each hip and ankle there is a silver zipper; the lace-up closure on the crotch has silver grommet details, as well.

To dress down these statements slacks, I paired them with this t-shirt-corset hybrid in white, one of my all-time favorite colors to wear no matter the season. Despite being bold and edgy, these pants are surprisingly easy to style. They look awesome with just about any t-shirt or tank I throw on.

For even more fall vibes I added this vintage hat; I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. And lately this style hat has become so popular among bloggers that I felt inspired to break mine out.

I definitely wanted the pants to be the focus of this ensemble; that’s why I polished off the look with a pair of go-to Chelsea boots in black. They have a chunky block heel, so they added height and made the entire outfit appear a little more sleek without overpowering it in any way.

Less is definitely more when styling these bad boys (and in life in general), so I will be pairing these pants with plain, neutral-hued shirts and knit sweaters throughout fall and into winter. But, I am dying to dress them up a little for a night out. Drinks, anyone?

Shop my look:

Top, Free People, $58

Pants, I.AM.GIA, $78

Boots, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Hat, thrifted (similar here)

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Summer just isn’t long enough for all the cute ‘kinis I want to wear–at least not where I am currently living in Northern New Jersey. Don’t get me wrong: experiencing all four seasons is great, but I am definitely a warm weather type of gal who prefers wearing swimsuits and loves soaking up the sun over cozying up fireside in a sweater.

Colder weather may be on its way, but MINIMALE ANIMALE is helping me end summer on a hot note. Not only does this brand of killer swimsuits make me feel like I live in and endless summer (at least while I’m wearing their pieces), they design and manufacture their goods in the U.S.A. What could be better than that?

On a couple of the last warm, sunny days summer had to offer, I opted for these two one-pieces by MA: one in black, and one in a classic red.

The Lucid Onezie is easily one of the hottest swimsuits I’ve ever seen; at a glance it looks like a typical string ‘kini, but, like all MA suits, the devil is definitely in the details.

Crisscross details on each side connect the top portion of the suit to the bottom portion, turning it into a skimpy one-piece number. Ultimately, the straps meet across the back, and we all know I am a total sucker for interesting back details.

Like I said, this suit is ultra-skimpy, so there’s minimal front and back coverage in terms of the bottom portion of the suit. This piece is definitely not for the faint of heart.

The Daiquiri Suit is just as sexy, but with a little more coverage. It is low-cut on the chest and high-cut on the hips with a gorgeous ribbed texture. This suit’s strings can be tied multiple ways; personally I love wrapping them all the way around, from front to back. It creates a belt-like effect that draws attention to the waist, while offering a little depth to the not-so-basic one-piece.

Because The Daiquiri is from the label’s M I N I M A L E collection, it’s not quite as revealing as The Lucid Onezie. Instead of a cheeky, booty-hugging fit, this suit is mostly backless with a more modest bum.

Like many other MA pieces, I love, love, love these suits because they’re fully equipped with adjustable straps. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a gorgeous suit that just doesn’t perfectly fit your curves.

Most importantly, both these pieces are comfortable! With swimsuits, you definitely get what you pay for, so I don’t mind spending a little extra for a quality suit with an excellent fit that will hold up for seasons to come.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for Danielle Guizio’s new Footwear collection in New York City.

Earlier this year, when I first fell in love with the up-and-coming streetwear designer, I never imagined I’d be a guest at the launch of her footwear line, so I was super excited when I received an invitation to this exclusive event.

The celebration was held in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District at the High Line Hotel in The Refectory–known as one of the most beautiful rooms in New York City–and it definitely delivered. (Seriously, can I have my wedding reception there?)

Front and center were some of the new GUIZIO footwear designs: five pairs of spiky-heeled booties.

In white, red and black, these shoes definitely make a statement–even when worn with the designer’s signature sweatsuits and track pants. Unique textures like patent leather and python, along with details like crisscross laces, o-ring pulls, zippers, grommets, buckles and straps, truly add to this footwear collection’s one-of-a-kind steez.

Still, they’re versatile. They look effortlessly fab with anything from denim to leather to knitwear. And, they can easily be dressed up or down; they’re stilettos, but like I said, they pair perfectly with athletic-inspired pieces like Guizio’s.

Guizio’s footwear designers [source: Coveteur.com]

For the event celebrating these babies, I sported all black with pops of pink. Of course, I just *had* to wear my DG fishnet bodysuit 😉

Underneath I layered a strapless balconette-style bra for a feminine touch, then paired it with Adidas Originals track pants to play up GUIZIO’s athleisure vibes.

For a little height I sported a pair of black heeled booties (although they aren’t from Guizio’s namesake line) for my night out in the City, along with a customized coordinating bag from Pop & Suki.

And to polish everything off, I added my (vegan) leather jacket with pale pink and baby blue embroidered flowers. This jacket is absolutely gorgeous, and definitely one of my main go-to’s for a night out. I love how its long fit brings some structure to my otherwise relaxed look.

I also went for a bold makeup look to match the flashy getup, so I went a very minimal route in terms of other embellishments–just my rose gold nameplate necklace for a subtle sparkle, as well as undone hair with a middle part. (More on all that in a future post.)

Shop my look:

Jacket, Blank NYC, $168

Bodysuit, Danielle Guizio, $63

Bra, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Track pants, Adidas, $70

Booties, Free People, no longer available (similar here)

Bag, Pop & Suki, $195

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