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Rock the Vote

6 Nov

Hello all.

I have been a bit MIA  lately. I have been quite busy doing a lot of things but there are only three things exciting enough to report on – 1) I got a new DVF dress for my birthday, 2) I am eyeball deep in a living room redesign and 3) I voted this morning.

I rarely talk politics and I certainly don’t use this forum to discuss political position but I do feel a responsiblity to wave the flag today. We all have a voice and we all have the right and privilege to use it on election day. I don’t care who you vote for but I do hope that you take the time to rock the vote. Be the change you want to see and fulfill your civic duty – voting is the most stylish thing you can do today.


Style Girl

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My Top 10 Shopping Sites

16 Oct

Well, you’ve asked and I have delivered. After much debate amongst my friends and colleagues, I have finally finished my updated list of top shopping sites. Here is my go-to list (in no particular order):

Site: Piperlime
Best for: “Girl on a Budget”, trend watch and shoes! 

Site: Zappos
Best for: The fastest shipping ever, great shoes and their bag selection is great

Site: Bluefly
Best for: Luxe brands, cashmere and wonderful packaging

Best for: Life supplies – seriously, what isn’t on Amazon? Shipping is cheap and fast (especially if you’re a prime member)

Site: YoYo
Best for: Quality selection of toys – the best brands!

Site: One Kings Lane (Daily sale site)
Best for: Textiles, glassware, small furniture items

Site: Gilt (Daily sale site)
Best for: Luxury brands at good prices

Site: Allmodern
Best for: Contemporary home goods

Site: Rue La La (Daily sale site)
Best for: Popular brands and local deals

Site: Groupon, Bloomspot, Living Social  – TIE (Daily sale sites)
Best for: These can be overwhelming, but if you set your interests and location correctly, you should find fantastic deals in your backyard, especially as they relate to dining, beauty treatments and travel

What are your favorite sites? Weigh-in!


Style Girl

Boston Fashion Week Kicks Off Tonight

27 Sep

Boston may be small but we have our very own fashion week – did you know that? Well, now you do. The official Boston Fashion Week kicks off tonight with multiple events around town. The opening gala being held at the Mandarin hotel is sure to be the swankiest spot. Want tickets? You can still get them. Want to participate in Fashion Week but hoping to not spend $250 a ticket? There are still plenty of other events taking place over the next week, many of which have a low-cost of entry. Highlights include: The Lights, Camera, Fashion event at the Revere on Friday night, the tent events on Saturday afternoon, the  Copley Catwalk fashion shows highlighting emerging talent and the Fashion Forward event next Friday evening at the ICA. Visit the official website for a full listing of events and ticketing information.


Style Girl

Tory Burch Coming to Copley Mall

14 Sep

Hello readers! Happy Friday!

Out with the old and in with the new. Karen Millen closed her Boston outpost in Copley Mall a few weeks ago. What’s taking her place? Tory Burch. I saw the signs going up this morning at 6:30 when walking to the gym. Yay for new stores and yay for a proper Tory Burch shop in Boston – it’s long overdue.


Style Girl

FNO 2012 Boston

6 Sep

I have a hair appointment tonight. It’s a very, very necessary hair appointment. How necessary? Well it’s taking me away from the Fashion’s Night Out activities in Boston so that should tell you something.

If you follow fashion then you know that tonight is the 4th Annual Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). Oh what I would give to be in NYC tonight! It’s a crying shame. That said, Boston did a great job presenting its own FNO  last year and this year it’s bound to be an even bigger crowd pleaser. This after-hours shopping event will feature live music, munchies, cocktails, treats, discounts and so much more! Newbury Street will be closed to traffic, Copley will host a live fashion show, and stores around the city will be celebrating. Unless you have an important hair appointment, I expect you to partake. There is really no other excuse that would take me away from great sales, goodie bags, champagne and the opportunity to dance in the street.

For a full listing of events, participating stores and other FNO Boston activity, check out the event website or their Facebook page which has been streaming updates all day. Kick off fall the right way and enjoy Fashion’s Night Out!


Style Girl


My Top 10 Picks for Nantucket Shopping

10 Aug

Check out my latest MissA write-up on my favorite places to shop in Nantucket!

My Top 10 Picks for Nantucket Shopping

Nantucket Island sits thirty miles south of Cape Cod. This small island (less than 50 square miles) is a haven for the wealthy and the beautiful. But while it welcomes small leer jets, it also serves as a dynamic artist community and a perfect spot for weekend getaway, even for those of us who travel by boat. It’s a faraway place that is as special as it sounds – the history is rich, the beaches are beautiful, the scenery is quaint, the restaurants are amazing and the shopping can’t be beat. If you have a chance to visit Nantucket, be sure to hit some of these top spots!


Style Girl

An Evening at Ann Taylor

8 Aug

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of serving as the emcee for a corporate fashion show at Ann Taylor’s flagship store on Newbury Street. My company has a great professional women’s group and this event was one in a long series of programs that focuses on professional and personal development. You can guess the theme – dressing for work. We had a lot of fun putting looks together and I was reminded of some great lessons:


You have to have a classic, neutral suit in your closet. A basic black can’t be beat or one in another neutral color

A soft colored tweed suit jacket work great with pants, jeans, skirts or over a dress!

A simple sheath dress compliments most figures – aim for a simple color so you can change up the look with accessories and sweaters/blazers – this is also a great day/night transition piece!

In the same category as sheath is the shirt-style dress – they tend to work on most body types and the asymmetrical hem and bright color make it trendy.

Be sure your closet has a few blouses (button-down and shell) and cardigans so you can mix and match easily!

Trends worth trying!

Don’t be afraid of color – vibrant is in and IS office appropriate!

Go with the feminine – pleats are so pretty

Prints are fun – be sure to have a few in your closet

Need something casual, say for “Jeans Friday” but don’t really want to wear jeans? Try a denim trouser


Larger, vibrant pieces look great over solids or with a classic white button down

Don’t forget a scarf or sash to add color. They look especially great with a cardigan

Want to make a neutral outfit a little more exciting? Add a fun shoe to the mix

If you haven’t stopped by Ann Taylor lately to take advantage of their summer sale, at least pop by in the next few weeks to check out their fall line. Great pieces at great prices!


Style Girl

Tonight: Shop Local in the South End

25 Jul

The weather outside could not be more perfect.  So, what are you doing tonight? Well if you don’t have plans, or if you plan on going out for dinner and drinks in the city, add shopping in the South End to your list.

The last Wednesday of every month is the South End’s Shop Local event. So tonight, neighborhood merchants will be providing a little some extra to all Boston shoppers who pop into their stores. Discounts, giveaways and munchies will lure shoppers in from around the city. I know that some of my South End favorites – Hudson, FlockPolka Dog Bakery, and Lekker – will be participating. So head on over to the South End tonight to support our local businesses  and pop into The Butcher Shop or Coppa for some vino while you’re at it.


Style Girl

The Improper Bostonian Lists “Boston’s Best”

16 Jul

It hit newsstands last week. The “Boston’s Best” issue of The Improper Bostonian. I take these listings with a grain of salt since I often wonder if the list is a bit rigged (you know, those places that advertise get higher ratings, etc.). That being said, this list can serve as a great guide to some of the must-hit spots in Boston. This is especially helpful to me since my life has become a bit busier since the wee one came to town. I don’t have the time luxury of hanging out in B-rate (or worse…) places and I certainly love knowing that I’m trying out some of the best spas and salons (an investment always worth making!)

So, who made the list? Click here to read up on the winners. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of creativity on the Improper’s part, as much of the list is quite predictable, but c’est la vie. A shout out to some of my favorites that made the list:

Burrito – Anna’s Taqueria
Why do I love it? The salsa is awesome and I love the cheese
Locations in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline

Coffee ShopSouth End Buttery
Why do I love it? I love the ambiance of the shop, I love the friendly staff, I love the peanut butter cookies and I love my fancy latte
314 Shawmut Avenue – South End

Cupcake – Kickass Cupcakes
Why do I love it? The variety of flavors is awesome, the size is perfect and they deliver
378 Highland Avenue – Cambridge

Deli – Sam La Grassa’s
Why do I love it? Because a good tuna melt is hard to find and this is the best tuna melt I have ever had
44 Province Street – DT Crossing

New RestaurantTrade
Why do I love it? The ambiance is amazing, the bar is perfect and so are the flatbreads
540 Atlantic Avenue – Financial District/Waterfront

Sushi – Douzo
Why do I love it? The spicy tuna roll is fantastic oh and the shumai is good too. This place also has a lively bar scene
131 Dartmouth Street – Back Bay

Dorchester hot spot – Tavolo
Why do I love it? I love having great places in my back yard. This place is friendly, bright and the food is awesome. The price is right too
1918 Dorchester Avenue – Ashmont/DOT

Local TV ShowChronicle
Why do I love it? I know I’m not 60 years old, ok? That being said, I am in love with this regional show that highlights all the lovely places I should go to on weekends and all the local mom and pop places I should visit

FurnitureMitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Why do I love it? I love almost everything in this store. They do a great job of mixing classic and modern designs and the scale is generally perfect for city living. Coveting a pair of white chairs in the window now…
142 Berkeley Street – Back Bay

GiftsFlat of the Hill
Why do I love it? My readers know that I think this is one of the best gift shops in Boston. Housewarming? Birthday? Wedding? Shower? They have you covered. There is something for everyone here and I love the product mix. I’m also always impressed with how much they are able to keep in their very small space
60 Charles Street – Beacon Hill

Home BoutiqueHudson
Why do I love it? Because it’s beautiful. Everything in this shop is beautiful. Owner Jill Goldberg (who is a designer by trade) does a great job mixing neutrals with color. She also isn’t afraid of “going big” – gusto that I personally admire
12 Union Park Street – South End

Parenting StoreISIS
Why do I love it? ISIS has been a great resource for me since I found out I was pregnant. Knowledgeable staff, a shop full of the best in toys and gear, helpful classes and a welcoming environment has made this an invaluable spot
Locations in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline

Children’s ClothingMulberry Road
Why do I love it? This is a great shop that’s been around for a few years. Their product mix is perfect – colorful, high-quality and creative. I always find something perfect when I pop in
128 Newbury Street – Back Bay

Jewelry (Statement making)Good
Why do I love it? Another favorite of mine for sure. Talk about interesting jewelry! I get more compliments on the pieces I get here then I do on anything else I wear. I also love the idea of supporting artists who are high quality but a bit off the main line
88 Charles Street – Beacon Hill

Women’s Clothing (Moderate)Flock
Why do I love it? This is a very cool shop that offers bo-ho chic wear at good prices. Read my earlier feature on this little gem
274 Shawmut Avenue – South End

Women’s ShoesMoxie
Why do I love it? I love Moxie because I can go in and find a pretty pair of shoes that I can beat to hell and say “it was worth the money” – some of the best brands and some of the prettiest styles – yes, please
51 Charles Street – Beacon Hill (new location in Wellesley too!)

Day SpaEmerge
Why do I love it? Emerge is a little oasis in the city. I have always loved my treatments here and I leave truly refreshed. For anyone that knows me, you know that’s something that doesn’t happen too often!
275 Newbury Street – Back Bay

SalonSalon Marc Harris
Why do I love it? I get a lot of compliments on my color and I usually get my hair done at Salon Marc Harris so there you go. Proof is in the pudding
115 Newbury Street – Back Bay

Invitations (modern) – JHill Design
Why do I love it? In full disclosure, I haven’t ordered wedding invitations from Jennifer but I did base my nursery design off her graphic designs. She is a wonder and I am 300% sure her invites are too. She is also very in tune with custom work – a real plus for any bride-to-be

What are some of my other favorites that were missed? Look for my own personal Boston’s Best list coming out next month.


Style Girl

Sugar Glow Tan = Healthy Tanning

9 Jul

The world of beauty treatments makes me a bit skeptical – What’s worth spending money on? What’s really safe? What’s too high maintenance? This is especially true in the world tanning and skin care.

My tanning history

When I was in college, I went tanning almost every week. Just enough to give myself a good dose of vitamin D and some pink cheeks (but still awful, I know). Since college, I’ve toned it down, only going for special events and to get a “base tan” before big beachy vacations. Well times have changed and I have wised up. Tanning beds are worth avoiding. The statistics on skin cancer are frightening and the long-term effects of sun damage are downright depressing. I tried spray tanning a few times for special events but every time I did it I felt that the color was too unnatural (Hello Muppet!) and it wore off horribly, leaving me spotty and dry. The only sustaining solution I’ve been able to find has been to slather Jergen’s body lotion over my pale skin and hope that it left a glimmer.

Well spray tanning has evolved. I am now a believer. A friend of mine recently started a mobile spray tan business, Sugar Glow Tan. She is literally mobile. She will bring all of her materials to you, wherever you are. She asked me to try it out and I am in love! She came and went in 45 minutes, the spray tan dried in 10 minutes, it lasted for 4-5 days and wore off perfectly – hardly any spots at all! If you are looking for a glow and don’t want to roast in the sun, this is the way to do it. Learn more online.

Happy Summer!


Style Girl

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