Archive | January, 2011

Great Grommet

30 Jan

There is a wonderful site that I want to introduce you to. It’s called Daily Grommet.

Daily Grommet, a Massachusetts-based company, is a very cool and innovative online marketplace. What’s a grommet? According to them:

  • It’s a wonderful product still waiting in the wings, just ripe for discovery.
  • It has great utility, or style, or invention. Or, very often it has all three.
  • It comes from a designer, or inventor, or artist, or manufacturer who is clearly passionate about what they create. Someone who loves to share their creations and talk to people about why they do.
  • Daily Grommet is the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. This has resulted in pages and pages of interesting, well-priced, original products for consumers to enjoy. The combination of Daily Grommet’s committment to community and appreciation for creativity makes it an online gem. After perusing the site for a while, I found a few things that I just love:

    Super cool swaddling blankie for bebe

    A mod/punky cuff that’ll look great with a white button-down or a black dress

    Whoopie platter – perfect for parties!

    Bright, attractive yoga mats and slings – so difficult to find!

    Hammocks rock – especially this portable one

    Taza makes some of the best chocolate around – trust me!

    These garden bon-bons are the perfect gift for those with (or without) a green thumb

    I am in love with these placemats. Perfect for summer entertaining.

    So take a look at Daily Grommet. I bet you’ll find something special!


    Style Girl

    Store of the Week: Good

    28 Jan

    Maybe the name says it all. Beacon Hill’s gem, Good, is the epitome of boutique. Celebrating its 10th year, Good carries an eclectic mix of artistic gifts for home and self. The clean, small, bright space on Charles Street is warm and welcoming and the staff is always geared up to tell a good story about the range of designers they carry.

    From leather bags, wallets, and cufflinks to gorgeous necklaces and dainty decor, Good is simply…good. You will leave finding something unique and special every time. Their semi-annual sale is going on now, so pop in! While you’re there, feel free to pick up a John Derian plate or a necklace from one of my favorite designers, Melissa Joy Manning.

    Located at 88 Charles Street.


    Style Girl

    Nosh at Noche

    27 Jan

    I don’t usually do restaurant write-ups but I thought it was worth sharing that I had a great meal at this new(er) restaurant in the South End. Noche (meaning “night” in Spanish) is a fun, hip spot tucked away on quaint Appleton Street. A rarity in Boston, it serves food until 1:30 in the morning. The vibe is funky and modern with a muted palette, metal artwork, white leather chairs, Moby-inspired tracks, intricate lighting and a lot of cozy banquet seating. We went on a Tuesday night so the scene was quite mellow but I’ve been told that this changes dramatically as of Thursdays and that the weekends are near club-like.  By the looks of the bartenders, I wouldn’t doubt it.

    So, Noche gets an “A” for style and uniqueness. What about the food? Delish. You can view their menu online. We dove in with Arugula salad and Tuna Tartare – both were perfectly garnished. For entrees, I enjoyed the pulled pork dish (so tender!) while my friend had a beautiful Chilean SeaBass that sat in a bed of tiny mushrooms. Dessert? Definitely…do not leave the restaurant without trying the warm french toast cake. Heaven.

    Located at 3 Appleton Street.


    Style Girl

    My Love Affair with Orange

    25 Jan

    Shades of orange and coral are coming in full force this spring. I love both wearing and decorating with these shades. They are bright, warm and cheerful – so very opposite of this dreary January we’re all dealing with.

    I have been looking in magazines and online for weeks in search of my favorite orange things. From bags to lamps, here’s a shortlist:

    It’s been profiled before, but this DVF  dress rocks

    These Tory Burch flip flops make me dream of beachy days

    This Prada bag is fantastic. I love the size

    Sweet pillow – so springy!

    I have a purple wrap dress that would look great with these shoes

    This luxe candle smells amazing and the jar is so pretty

    This table lamp from Ikea would look great on my brown bookshelf

    My blue chair needs this modern throw

    Nars lip gloss in “babe” is a gorgeous orangey/red pick for spring

    I profiled a similar table to this one week when I talked about decorating with white but this just works in so many ways

    Another tribute to Kate Spade…I have this bag in eggplant and it is a perfect work bag

    I am excited to dive into some of this brightness. Spring isn’t too far away! (Right???)


    Style Girl

    Crazy Sale At Flat of the Hill

    22 Jan

    Some of you may know about this sale but just in case you don’t, I feel it is my duty to tell you about it. About twice a year, Flat of the Hill in Beacon Hill offers a crazy sale on luxe handbags. Why? To clear out inventory and gain some creative advertising. It’s a sale that is NOT to be missed. It includes brands like Botkier, Kooba, MZ Wallace and Lauren Merkin.

    Let me give you an example of how fabulous this sale is. I purchased this Botkier bag at Flat of the Hill yesterday. It retails for $595. I got it for $135. Crazy!

    Merchandise is limited and it changes daily. The sale will last until the inventory is gone, but that usually only takes a few days. Do you need a better reason to head over to Beacon Hill today? I think not!

    Please comment if you find a great bag. I would love to see it!


    Style Girl

    Store of the Week: Twelve Chairs

    21 Jan

    I’m always happy to hear of new ventures.  I wish I had the gusto to do something entrepreneurial but I guess I’ll leave that to the entrepreneurs. Enter Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese – proud co-founders and creative directors of Twelve Chairs. This shop opened last fall in a fab space in Fort Point Channel. Acting as both a retail store front and an interior design studio, Twelve Chairs carries pretty, unique things including funky prints, high-end stationery, beautiful furniture, perfect pottery and much more. What are some of my favorite products at the moment? Here’s a quick list…

    Beekman soaps – $8 – smell sooo good

    in2Green eco blankets – $130 – soft, great design and machine washable

    Jonathan’s wild cherry wooden spoons – $35 – such a pretty wood tone

    Cool tee towels and napkins – $15-$50 – unique designs that are très français

    Magento ceramic mini-creamers – $12 – these would be perfect alongside mini S&P shakers

    Edible: A Celebration of local food cookbook – $30 – great cookbook that focuses on fresh fare and eco-friendly agriculture

    The BEST dog photography book – $50 – if you love dogs, you’ll fall in love with this book

    If you’re looking for a  gift, personal treasure or some design inspiration, pop over to Twelve Chairs. It is worth a visit! Located at 319 A St in Fort Point Channel (South Boston).


    Style Girl

    Kate’s So Cute

    19 Jan

    I’m a big Kate Spade fan. I love her girly, bright take on everything. From shoes to dinnerware, you can count on her for colorful, fun design. A friend of mine sent me a link to this necklace and I just had to share it. Could it be more perfect for me?! Well, I’ll just have to get it.

    In addition to this whimsical necklace, there are quite a few other things that I love at Kate Spade. Here are a few of my favorite things:

    Lola skirt – great winter to spring transition piece

    Patent beauty – what a great, go-with-everything bag

    Crossbody basic – this leather bag is great. So practical and on trend too!

    Fab heel – this is just such a great shoe. The colorful heel is such a surprise!

    Day/night – this is a great shoe that will look great with dress pants, jeans or a mini. Fantastic.

    iPhone glam – if even possible, this makes the iPhone even more fab

    Cutest notecards – witty and bright

    Color burst – these earrings make me so happy. These would look great with a black dress.

    Brighten your winter days and pop into Kate Spade at  117 Newbury Street.


    Style Girl

    Decorating with White

    18 Jan

    I love decorating with white. It brightens and lightens any space and adds a twist of modern to most decor. I’m clearly not the only one in love with it. Look around the stores…white is everywhere. Curious about how to fold this crisp color into your current decor? Do it with accents and textiles. Curtains, pillows, throws, lamps, frames…you get the idea. Looking for some fun ideas? Here are a few of my favorites…

    White owl lamp from West Elm – a cool and funky piece

    White leather chair– looks great in so many spaces

    Classic napkins for everyday or special days

    White milk glass lamps can work with most decor

    Mix and match vases that you can use anywhere

    Distressed, white washed wood frames

    White tray table – so 60s and perfect for the make shift bar or useful side table (stacked books look great on top!)

    White and warm blankets make any room prettier

    Faux fur rugs make bedrooms cozy

    Use white orchids, white tulips and white birch logs/sticks for your floral accents – so pretty!


    Style Girl

    Cozy Blankets for Cold Days

    17 Jan

    It is cold out. I mean, really cold. Today’s forecast is calling for 18 degrees as a HIGH temp. I’m taking up permanent residence on my couch with my blankets and my dogs. It’s time for coziness. Truth be told, a girl only needs so many blankets but they are oh so comfy and I’m tempted to buy dozens.

    Here are some of my coveted blankies for the season:

    Eco-friendly Damask from in 2 Green

    Chenille weaved from Restoration Hardware

    Scottish wool from Lekker

    Light-weight down from Garnet Hill

    Luxe cashmere from Calvin Klein

    “Budget” cashmere in bright colors from Williams-Sonoma Home

    Colorful pompom from BlissLiving Home

    Perfect plush from L.L.Bean

    Cozy up!


    Style Girl

    Top 10 Online Shopping Sites

    13 Jan

    I love to shop online. It’s easy (maybe too easy), there’s always a good selection and I don’t have to stand under scary lights to try things on. I’ve also found that returns and exchanges have become much more simple than they were in the past. I’ve gotten several emails from readers asking where I shop. Well here’s my go-to list of favorite websites that never seem to fail. – great deals, packaging and returns – great sales and very good return/exchange policy – fancy brands and the children’s department is insane – you can get almost anything on Amazon…it’s amazing – love this online boutique! Easy to get in touch with too re: questions on merchandise – better selection than the store and quick shipping – the best online sales and good customer coupons – I love that I can use gift certificates from Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy on this site. They also have a Rachel Zoe pick’s feature! – I was an early adopter but love the site even more today with its wide-range of products. The online help feature is great too – it’s amazing what you can find here. I have bought everything from a jewelry box to sheets on Overstock and the quality has been great.  Shipping costs are also really low

    What’s your favorite site?


    Style Girl

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