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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

Site: Amazon.com
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!


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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Flock Boutique Feature on Miss A

11 Jun

I recently had a chance to catch up with one of the co-owners of Flock boutique. This really is one of my favorite boutiques in Boston – so chic and unexpected. The feature was written up for Miss A. I thought some of my readers would be interested – check it out!


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SoWa is Here!

7 May

You know winter is finally over when the markets come alive. Well, good news. SoWa Market is back and spring has officially begun.

SoWa Market opened yesterday to near record-setting crowds. With over 130 craft vendors, a farmer’s market, an indoor vintage fair and well over a dozen food trucks, SoWa certainly came in with a punch.

I’ve found my fair share of treasures at SoWa over the last few years. From handmade hats, to triple chocolate brownies, there is something for everyone at this delightful spot. If you’re in town this Sunday, come on down to one of the best markets in town. I’ll be there!


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Today’s Sale – Starting at Noon!

29 Mar

Sale starts at 11:00! Sale starts at 12:00! Evening sale! Oh these daily sales! Even though I try not to, I really do love them. Most offer great deals and many offer good customer loyalty programs. A few even have apps for your phone (danger! danger!). These sales make me crazy and they make me poor but they certainly break up the day.

There are so many options out there now. One could argue there are too many. So what sites are worth following?  Which are worth your time? Here is a list of sites that I religiously follow and a note about recent finds I’ve scored on each of them.

Gilt – one of the “original” high-end daily sale spots is still going strong. They expanded their shops so you can shop for everything from bedding to Delman’s. They feature a really good kids shop so I tend to pop in there once a week. They also have a great app – making it very easy to buy things at 11:30 at night while in bed…hmm…
Recent find? Earrings from NYC designer KEP for $100 and a Rock-A-Bye monkey for $79

Rue La La – this site does a great job mixing up inventory. A lot of their women’s apparel sells for under $200 and they are great about featuring all sorts of essentials like good boots, coats, pretty lingerie and great dresses
Recent find? Pretty pink Vince Camuto trench for $79

One Kings Lane – this site features beautiful home goods and accessories. Everything from stools and chairs to towels and leather trays. This is one of my favorite sale sites
Recent find? Ikat blue and white pouf for my son’s nursery – $100

Joss & Main – a runner-up for great housewares. Like Rue La La, Joss & Main carries a more broad array of merchandise offering up things at all prices for all types of buyers. It also features a good home style blog
Recent find? Beautiful bright pillows from Company C to punch up the color in my living room – $50 each

Groupon – one of the originals and still one of the best. You can buy classes, car service, skydiving lessons, dinners, trips and a million more things on Groupon. I personally hit up Groupon for the dining deals. I don’t think they can be beat. You can also purchase deals for a friend (as gifts) and have it emailed to them
Recent find? Three course dinner at Sel de la Terre for two for $40

Bloomspot – this site does a great job at conjuring up local deals – especially those at salons and local boutiques. I also like the navigation – it’s clean and not too overwhelming
Recent find? $175 Gretta Cole gift card for $100

Zulilly – this is one of the best sites for kid gear. They have a lot of sales going on at any one time and they carry everything from clothes to toys to room decor
Recent find? Hunter boots for $35

There are other sites that I keep my eye on: MyHabit (relatively new launch from Amazon.com), Local Amazon (it works like an aggregator), Townpool (deals get better the more that people “jump in”), Living Social (share the deals with friends and the deal gets sweeter!) and Woot (one amazing deal a day). What are a few of your faves?

Happy clicking.


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My List Goes On and On…

19 Mar

I have a lot of favorites. I actually keep a running list. Check out my “Daily Faves” feature to see what I’m in love with! While you’re at it, tell me – what are some of your favorites?  


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