Archive | February, 2011

Oh the Glamour!

28 Feb

I love watching the Oscar’s. Although the program can be a bit long, it’s generally a glamorous, old-fashioned good time. This year I cringed far too much (clunky opening by our two too-young co-hosts, F-bomb dropped by newcomer Melissa Leo, awkward moments with Kirk Douglas…there were quite a few “Oh my” moments) but watching the red carpet and (some) of the acceptance speeches made it worth my time.

What were some of my favorite looks on the red carpet?

I was head-over-heels in love with Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy dress

Mila Kunis rocked her lavender, lacy Elie Saab dress

Gwenyth Paltrow shined in her metallic Calvin Klein number

Halle Berry looked stunning in her Marchesa crystal gown

Aside from some boob spillage, Jennifer Hudson wins for best color – loved how vibrant she looked!

Who was I disappointed in? Reese Witherspoon looked dull and a bit 90s, Penelope Cruz wore an ill-fitting dress (I know she just had a kid a few weeks ago but come on…), Amy Adams sported a near mock turtleneck neckline with large jewels and Nicole Kidman looked like she was wearing a shiny curtain from the 80s. Some people were just plain dowdy too such as Florence Welch who looked like she was going on a 19th century picnic. What a waste…

Missed the Oscars? CNN has a great round-up of the event. Really only curious about the fashion? View the Fashion Police slideshow on E!  for all of the best (and some of the worst) red carpet looks.  Glamour has a nice feature on the best hair and make-up.

Dying to buy a look-a-like of one of the dresses you saw on Oscar night? Keep your eye on ABS who often debuts a line of like-style dresses in the Spring – just in time for prom.


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Store of the Week: American Provisions

26 Feb

I just ate a yummy brownie. It may have been the best brownie I have ever had. I bet you want one now. Well, if you head over to American Provisions gourmet food shop in South Boston you can have one for yourself.

This new foodie haven opened up on the corner of East Broadway and I Street in December. It’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood full of quickie marts (see great write up on here). The airy, farm-style shop aims to offer a variety of locally sourced items (following along with the very on trend “farm to table” concept) and carries droves of gourmet cheeses, quality meats, baked goods and additional shelves and coolers full of goodies – many of which are organic.  I don’t live in the neighborhood but I have heard great things about this little spot so I stopped over today while running errands and picked up some treats since my sister is coming into town this weekend (as though I needed an excuse). What was in my shopping bag?

Tate’s Macadamia Nut cookies, Taza Dark chocolate rounds, fresh Italian fusilli, Scarpetta Pink Pesto sauce, Batch ice cream (salted caramel and vanilla bean), Pemberton’s Death by Chocolate sauce,  Boursin cheese, cherry tomatoes, a fresh baguette and that yummy brownie. Can we say mid-afternoon cravings? I didn’t even hit the gourmet cheeses and meats – you can only imagine.

So pop over to American Provisions and pick up some treats for your next social gathering (or for your own enjoyment). Warning: Don’t go hungry.

Located at 613 East Broadway, South Boston


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Go Nude

24 Feb

It’s all the rage. Wearing neutral colors that is. This Winter color trend has trickled over to Spring.

I love seeing all the bright punchy colors complimented by neutral shades (is there a better combo than coral with beige???). Beige bags, camel-colored coats and nude patent peep toe heels are dancing in my dreams. Before you ditch your color and dive into a neutral binge, a few warnings…

Light colors are high maintenance and Spring can be dirty so be sure to consider the weather when stepping out the door in those new beige suede boots

Although we’ve seen it on the runway, an outfit in full-on beige is not realway. This is one color that shouldn’t be left alone in your outfit.

Wearing these neutral tones near your face can be tough if you’re fair-skinned so if you do don the beige dress or scarf, be sure to ramp up the color on your makeup and in your other accessories.  For example, this Fresh blush in “Nectar” will help to brighten you up.

 Here are some things that I have my eye on…

Croc Embossed Stilettos at Intermix

Weston Jacket at Elie Tahari

Classic Q Shop Girl bag at Marc Jacobs

This leather dress at Ted Baker

“Executive” suit from Nanette Lepore

Carrie crochet sweater from  J. Crew

Colors in the “French Affair” collection by Essie (“Topless and Barefoot” looks perfect!)

So go nude this Spring. I know I will!


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President’s Day = Sales

21 Feb

Hello shoppers!

Not only is President’s Day a great holiday to break-up the winter doldrums, but it’s also a fantastic day for sales.

Looking for a car or new appliances? Today is the day. What about electronics? A new TV, perhaps? What about a new couch? Today’s a good day for all of that too. Don’t forget about fashion and accessories. While department stores are best known for their holiday sales, plenty of smaller stores will take this holiday (and this common school vacation week) to so a little Spring cleaning of their own. What that means for consumers is 25-50% off retail prices.  It’s February’s own mini-Black Friday.

Here are some of the sales that I will be watching today…

Gap – up to 44% off select items

Banana Republic – up to 25% off already-reduced items

Bluefly – up to 75% off sale merchandise

Best Buy – crazy sale on most merchandise for two days only (Sunday/Monday)

 Wrentham outlets – if you can get down there, you should… great sales at all stores

Lord & Taylor – an extra 10, 20, 30% off today! For other great dept. store savings, check out Macy’s and Kohl’s

Bloomies – one of their biggest sales of the year. Loving this JC jacket

Reiss – their winter sale is fantastic. I’ll be grabbing a few things, for sure!

Enjoy the sales.


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20 Feb

I’m slowly coming into the modern age. For those of you who are tweet-savvy, you can now follow me on Twitter!

I’ll be focusing my tweets on new blog posts and articles/news of interest. Check in daily.


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Store of the Week: Sweet

19 Feb

Oh how sweet it is. Although Sweet bakery has been open in Boston for over two years, I continue to have the same adoration for the place as the first day I first walked through its doors. The bright, clean, pretty shop is beyond welcoming. If anything, it makes me want to move in. Now with three locations, Sweet continues to bake some of the best cupcakes (and cakes) in the city. Although a bit pricey, they use the very best ingredients and everything is made with sweet love and care in their kitchens. In addition to their more standard flavors  (“the sweet cake” is my favorite, btw), they also make super creative seasonal and holiday items. For example, in the Spring they have a fantastic cupcake with a blue bunny peep on top.  Now I don’t usually eat Peeps but it’s somehow more appealing when it’s popped on top of a cupcake. Need a quick pick me up but can’t handle the guilt of a full-sized cupcake? Try one of their mini-cupcakes OR a shot of frosting. Oh yes…really. Not sure what you’ll like? You can check out a sampling on their menu online.

If you need something sweet, you’ve found the place.

Located at: 225 Newbury Street – 49 Massachusetts Avenue – Harvard Square


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Tasty Event

17 Feb

The arrival of Spring means that our social calendars will soon start to fill up again with parties, fundraisers and long, warm weekend trips. Ahh…I just can’t wait.

One event to put in your calendar is the Taste of the South End. This fantastic food and wine event cannot be missed. It’s a fun munch and sip event that highlights some of the best spots in Boston and includes cooking demonstrations as well. This year the event will take place on Tuesday, March 8 at the Boston Center for the Arts. So far, the participating restaurant list is impressive:

28 Degrees
Aquitaine Bar à Vin Bistrot
Coda Kitchen & Bar
DaVinci Ristorante
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Flour Bakery + Cafe
Haley House
Hamersley’s Bistro
House of Siam
Metropolis Café
Myers + Chang
Sibling Rivalry
South End Buttery
South End Formaggio
Stephi’s on Tremont
The Beehive
Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel
Turner Fisheries
Union Bar and Grill
Whole Foods Market

To learn more about the event, visit the event website. Tickets sell out fast so get yours today!


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Meet JHill Design

15 Feb

Boston has so many gifted artists. I’m always amazed by the people I meet at different galleries, exhibits and markets. I’ve recently learned of a great Boston-based graphic designer who specializes in very modern, bright prints. Meet Jennifer Hill of JHill Design. You’ve probably seen her work out and about (see print at the right). Her prints are fantastic and her interests varied. Not only does she produce a wide range of “Map prints” but she also has a very cool line of animal prints and stationery.

Although Jennifer keeps a South Boston studio and works local stomping grounds like the SOWA market, her work is sold in boutiques around the country. Most recently, she was commissioned to do a piece for Oopsy Daisy – the wildly popular children’s decor site. What about her other lines? A friend of mine is looking at JHill for her mod wedding invitations while I just ordered a 39 x 39 canvas print of  “E is for the Elephant” which will be the central design element in my new nursery.

If you haven’t had a chance to get to know her work, stop by her website – you can even shop online! If you like color and modern design, she is sure to become one of your local favorites.


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Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! The 14th of February has finally come. If you love February 14th, than welcome to the festivity. If you do not, well…at least winter is on its way out the door – that’s still a reason to celebrate.

Earlier today I was thinking about who I love. My family, friends, my husband…my dogs. I feel lucky to have so much love in my life. As I was thinking about this, I stumbled across this heartwarming blog entry that talks about charitable ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The author writes of giving instead of receiving and offers quite a few easy ways to give back. I suppose we should all think so charitably. This entry motivated me. Instead of buying myself a little Valentine’s Day treat (as I normally do – goodbye Red Roses scent from Jo Malone…), I just made a donation to the MSPCA.

What can you do this Valentine’s Day to show love and appreciation? Whatever you do, make sure it’s done with a side of chocolate.


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Store of the Week: Gourmet Boutique

11 Feb

You’ve walked by this store a hundred times. You may, or may not, have walked in. Nestled in the Westin Copley Hotel shops, Gourmet Boutique is a haven for treat lovers. The assortment of international goodies tucked away in this tiny shop far outweighs its less than creative name. From Milka chocolates, Barnier Lollipops and Harvey and Sons tea to Maxim’s biscuits, specialty caviar and chilled truffles, you are bound to find something special in this shop. They even carry “hot” new items such as Vosges chocolate (Bacon bar, anyone?). With the weekend here and Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to pop into the Gourmet Boutique for a little something special (and yummy).


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