Archive | January, 2012

Welcoming New Neighbors

27 Jan

I am so pleased that I am not writing about great stores closing their doors but rather about new stores opening up! It seems that Back Bay is getting a little more energized with the addition of some new neighbors.

Rag & Bone is opening a storefront at 115 Newbury (next to Alex and Ani). I love the hip clothes here. From sweet blouses to comfy tees, Rag & Bone is a great stop for cute, edgy clothes. You’ll find something for the Wednesday noon meeting and the Saturday night out

Room & Board, the fantastic modern furniture outpost is rumored to be taking up space at the top of Newbury in the current Sleeparama location. Boston is in desperate need of another cool furniture store downtown so this is just great news

Restoration Hardware who last lived on the corner of Boylston and Exter is coming back to Boston. They are currently renovating the Landmark building where LouisBoston last lived. This is a great space for the chain that carries massive furniture and other homegoods. I must say that I adore RH textiles so I am eagerly awaiting the opening

L.A. Burdick is about to open its new location at 220 Clarendon Street in the little shop that used to house Frank Stella Clothiers. This will be the fourth location for this fantastic shop. If you haven’t had chocolate from L.A. Burdick (like their signature chocolate mice or famous drinking chocolate) then you have not had chocolate! YUM

Crush Boutique is a great spot on Charles Street to find both adorable and cutting edge designers. They are about to open a second location at 264 Newbury. According to Boston.com, ” The new boutique, which focuses on casual and cocktail attire, will carry some clothing lines found in the Beacon Hill shop, including Alice + Olivia, Whitney Eve, Wink NYC, Shoshanna, Madison Marcus, Dolce Vita, Romygold and Rory Beca, but will offer different styles and items at each location. The shop will also carry some new-to-Boston brands at its Newbury Street location, including Boulee, House of Harlow 1960 Handbags, Brandy Melville, and Sam & Lavi.”

All of these new neighbors will surely receive a warm welcome as Newbury Street (and the whole of Back Bay) has seen its fair share of vacancies in the last few years. Want to see these stores thrive? Sad to see empty store fronts? Then shop local and often! Your neighborhoods need you.

Wink,

Style Girl

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It’s January 25

25 Jan

Welcome 2012! I know I’m over three weeks late with this sentiment but it’s purposeful. I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. I don’t believe that just because the calendar strikes January 1 that you have to drop all bad habits and enter some course of redemption. For many years I would write out a list on January 1st of all of the things I wanted to change, you know, all the ways I would improve myself. Here’s what happened: I’m write it down, I’d try it and then I’d either fail (which made me feel worse) or forget about it (which means it was just an exercise in writing something down). So, I decided that January is really just a time for bad weather, comfort food, after Christmas sales and a new calendar.

Here’s what I do believe: every day when you wake up you can decide you want to change something. It doesn’t matter what day it is on the calendar. The 25th of the month is just as good as the 1st of the month. I’d be a liar if I didn’t say there are things I want to do better. There are a lot of things that I need to work on but that’s kind of the point of everything, right? We all need something to work towards. Having that “something” gives purpose and structure. That being said, I have decided to focus less on the things I want to improve upon and more upon the things I want to try or learn. That, to me, is constructive. That, to me, is improvement.

So what am I going to try this year? Well, here’s a start:

  • In 2010 I flew in a hot air balloon. In 2011 I went parasailing. In 2012 I will skydive
  • I want to visit a few new states. I’m not picky, but there are quite a few I haven’t been to and it’s time that I explore a little bit between the coasts
  • I want to learn how to cook something really, really well. I can’t really cook so I’m interested to see how this goal plays out
  • I want to find the perfect black bag. I still haven’t found it
  • I want to go see live music once a month
  • I want to continue my quest to learn some French. Pourquoi? We are heading to France in August for vacation and I want to order off a menu in a cafe with confidence. I have a few great scarfs to choose from for the occasion
  • I want to be a fun, creative mom. I’m young and I have energy and my health. Life is too short to sit around so I plan to have a lot of fun with my son
  • I want to find a pair of riding boots that make my calves look skinny. Maybe they should be called “miracle boots” but still…they must exist
  • I want to try, try, and try again to find some kind of balance between work, home and me. There is no perfect equation but I’m confident that there is time for all of these things
  • I want to try reiki and learn how to meditate (for those of you who know me, you know I will fail at this…it’s ok)

So, I’ll get started on some of these things and if life works the way it is supposed to, I’ll have an even better list in a few months. One that is filled with a bunch of things I hadn’t thought about learning yet. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Here’s to a great year.

Wink,

Style Girl

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