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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.

Wink,

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.

Wink,

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
www.jhilldesign.com

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

Wink,

Style Girl

My New Adventure in Blogging

20 Apr

I’ve recently discovered a great blog that touches upon all the things I love – fashion, food, decor, events, Boston and charity. I’m excited to say that not only have I become a devout reader but I have also just signed on to be a contributor! Miss A is one of the largest and fastest growing online destinations for women. Miss A covers the intersection of charity and style in 21 major U.S. cities and offers informative content on a woman’s well-rounded lifestyle and interests. With a team of more than 30 editors and hundreds of writers, Miss A includes the latest and most relevant information on fashion, beauty, entertainment, food, family, city events and exclusive advice and recommendations for nearly one million unique visitors each year. Through authentic, informative, and witty editorial voices of writers in-the-know across the United States, Miss A informs, inspires, and entertains an audience of more than 95,000 unique visitors monthly. Miss A continues to grow organically by building a powerful online network of women.

 To follow my posts and those of my peers, please “like” our Miss A (Boston) page on Facebook. I’d also love for you to “like” the main Miss A page and follow us on Twitter @AskMissA.

Check out my first feature here!

Wink,

Style Girl

Beyond Fenway Franks

24 Feb

My friend Julie is a bit of a foodie. I asked her about what’s hot in town and she offered to write up a little number on one of her fave new dining locations – Fenway. Here’s her take on where to nosh

Eating My Way Through Fenway

I love to eat and I take great pleasure in trying new restaurants and genres of food.  So, when Style Girl asked that I write a feature about dining, I most happily obliged! 

Since I work in the Fenway area, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to brag about the wonderful variety of provisions found in this neighborhood.  What?  Great dining near Fenway Park?  I know – it hasn’t always been the case.  But it’s certainly the case now.

The Fenway dining movement started with the opening of the Hotel Commonwealth.  The heart of the hotel is Eastern Standard and it’s certainly “the heart that keeps Kenmore Square pumping.”  This establishment does everything right – both food and drink. Nationally-recognized for its award-winning cocktails, the dining options are just as impressive and run the gamut of everything from a burger to the daily offal. Yes, that’s right – offal (sounds like “awful”) which according to Wikipedia, refers to the internal organs and entrails of a butchered animal.  Doesn’t sound appetizing to you?  Well, people who enjoy delicacies like foie gras, pate, and sweetbreads would beg to differ.

Steps down from Eastern Standard is the popular Island Creek Oyster Bar.  Seafood lovers unite!  There is an extensive list of 12-18 oysters on the daily menu, as well as other cooked and raw bar necessities like lobsters, clams, and shrimp. Meat-eaters, do not fear!  The “from the land” section of the menu offers selections like organic chicken breast, sirloin and an Angus burger with house-cured maple bacon.  If you can’t decide between the land or the sea, toss a couple of fried oysters on your burger for just a few dollars more.

And although the historical establishments like Pizzeria Uno, Bertucci’s and Cornwalls Pub remain, we’ve seen some newcomers in the likes of Fin’s Sushi and Grill, UBurger, and Boca Grande.  Petit Robert Bistro, approaching its seven year anniversary in April, offers a mix of French cuisine where the most expensive dinner entrée is under $25 and the frites are untouchable.

Just up Brookline Avenue towards Fenway Park  you’ll hit the typical sports bars like Cask ‘n Flagon (in business for over 35 years) and Game On. Just across the street is the brand new Fenway Café, which offers a variety of coffee (try the Fenway Blend), breakfast pastries (the pumpkin muffin is a must-try) and ice cream. A bit further down the road you’ll notice a new spot about to open, Yard House, a restaurant that offers pub fare and a massive selection of beers on tap. On the next block sits a Chipotle and Starbucks, with a LongHorn Steakhouse, UFood Grill (formerly known as KnowFat Low Fat) and the delicious sweet scents of Panera Bread beckoning from across the street – all perfect spots for quick bite.

 Boylston Street is also hopping.  My old lunch standby, Burton’s Grill, has recently closed its doors (sniff, sniff) but the current window display is for “Happy’s Bar & Kitchen.”  According to eater.com, Chef Michael Schlow (of Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada and Tico fame – not a bad resume) is turning this space into a rock ‘n roll diner slated to open in April.

Just next door is Sweet Cheeks Q.  How can you go wrong with a name like that?!  Chef/Owner Tiffani Faison, known for her stint on Season 1 of Top Chef (she finished in 2nd place) and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Raia, have created a delicious menu of down home southern BBQ.  My recent dinner at Sweet Cheeks consisted of the Berkshire pork ribs and a beef short rib, both of which melt in your mouth. I have a soft spot for mac and cheese, so of course, I had to make it my side order (and was not disappointed), along with the collard greens and fried green tomatoes.  The “GIANT nutter butter” dessert was the perfect way to end the meal. See a picture of my yummy meal to the right.

 Some of the other recent additions to Boylston Street include Jerry Remy’s, Tasty Burger, Basho (sister restaurant to Douzo in the South End), Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar (where you can order a whole roasted suckling pig serving 10 people), and Sweet Caroline’s. The list goes on!

So, next time you’re contemplating where to eat out, why not suggest Fenway?  There’s something here for everyone.  Bon Appetit!

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