Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Want: Tulle

With Spring saying hello this week, I decided it was finally okay to pack up the sweaters I've been hiding under and bust out the amex for some skirts, short sleeves, dresses - you get the picture. One of the items I've wanted all winter was a tulle skirt, a la Carrie Bradshaw, but I didn't have an excuse to wear one, until now! Here are some of my fave options for spring, pair with a cami/blazer and stripy sandals or a light cashmere sweater and chunky necklace.

Twirl in Tulle

LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Maxi Skirt - $62, now $19! 
Topshop Ballerina Midi Skirt - $100

Comme des Garçons Skirt Girl Tulle Skirt With Velvet Stripes - $398, now $278 

Valentino R.E.D. Dotted Tulle Pleated Skirt - $555


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wish List: Sisoo Earrings

Sisoo Ear Candy

A little eye candy for the ear? I think yes! I'm newly introduced to the Sisoo brand and could honestly just sit and stare at the website all afternoon in a lustful daze.  For the scoop on Sisoo and more of my favorites head on over to Cupcakes & Couture and see my guest post for Amy!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gal's Guide: Highball Lounge

Highball Lounge Boston
Photo cred: @HighballLounge
Noticing an uptick in little rubber ducky photos on Instagram and Twitter? That’s because Highball Lounge just opened at 90 Tremont Street, on the second floor of Hotel Nine Zero. Highball is the newest upgrade to Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood that has been undergoing a major transformation as of late.
The space brings us back in time, as if we were exploring an old homes’ attic, minus the dust. There’s dark wood and an eclectic mix of furniture, antique glassware, walls of books and albums, board games and view finders to view the menu with. Yes, the old children’s toy. Click, click, click it until you find a drink that suits your mood.
The social media buzz that’s drumming up is thanks to a signature drink, #DuckieRose, a blend of aromatized wine, topped with, yep – a rubber duck.

Highball Lounge Boston
Photo Cred: @OhJulieeee
Famed Ken Oringer and resident Chef de Cuisine, Peter Hagerty, combine talents to produce a menu with flavors from southern and soul to Asian. Bites like the Aloha Dog, Korean Fried Chicken Nuggets and Grilled Oysters, anyone? We also heard there’s a ‘secret’ hamburger with spicy sauce and onion marmalade that’s not on the menu, but don’t tell Chef Peter we told you.
Nestled in one of the busiest and diverse parts of the city, Highball brings a vintage lounge to an area that touches so many  types of people on different points in their daily journeys, to meet up, kick back and relax and escape the hustle and bustle.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Gal's Guide: Covet South Boston

One of my newest favorites to the South Boston shopping scene is Covet, an eco-friendly consignment shop on West Broadway. Covet is filled with gently used, and some brand new with tags, but always new to you goodies. From shoes and bags to formal and outerwear, Covet has a wide selection of brand name styles always in stock.

Hanadi, the gal behind Covet, started her career in something completely different, think MGH, while selling clothing in an eBay store on the side until the online store gee to become her full time gig. After much success online, a brick and mortar location was born. Hanadi and Olive (the store's stylish pooch) keep the treasure hunt going by taking in new items every day. The details:

395 West Broadway
South Boston, MA
Store Hours: Monday 12-5, Tuesday through Friday 12-7, Saturday 11-6

Covet South Boston

Covet South Boston louboutin

Covet Shoes

And a few of my favorite items from my latest trip to Covet: leather skirt, a bright Ali Ro dress, vintage long sleeve sequin cover up and gold Chanel earrings. 

Covet South Boston faux leather

Covet South Boston Vintage

Covet South Boston Chanel

Have you been in yet? What did you score?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wish List: Stocking Stuffers & Giveaway!

Stockings are my favorite part of gift giving (and unwrapping!). I'm a big fan of putting some not so small (in price) items inside of the stocking for an unexpected surprise. Here's a little bit of what I'm wanting this XMas!

Stocking Stuffers 2013

BeStyled Blow Outs - $35 to $45 depending on style
Essie Nail Polish and Manicures at MiniLuxe - 3 mani's for $51 
Merona Leopard Trimmed Gloves - Now $16.50 (was $22) 
Capwell + Co Turquoise Flowerbomb Necklace - $32

And, because Capwell + Co is so wonderful, I am giving one lucky reader the above necklace! I recently was introduced to the company and fell in love with their designs. The Turquoise Flowerbomb necklace caught my eye for everyday wear (selfie below!) and for an unexpected touch of color during the holiday party season.

Capwell + Co Turquoise Flowerbomb Necklace

Capwell + Co. believes that jewelry should be an accessible luxury. Their collection is playful and on trend without loosing sophistication.  Capwell + Co updates their selection frequently so make sure to pop over to their site and check out the new goodies often. The necklace up for grabs has genuine stones, glass and silver ox plating. Get entering!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gal's Guide: Neatly Nested Design & Decor

Neatly Nested Design and Decor South Boston

For all my South Boston girls you've probably noticed (and adored) the bright yellow and white striped awning that recently popped up on West Broadway. Danielle Platzer, previously a 9 to 5 financial gal, who had an epiphany and chased after it, opened Neatly Nested Design & Decor earlier this fall. Danielle swapped the corporate ladder climb for classes in design and a gig at Joss & Main learning all about textiles and painting and refurbishing furniture in her spare time. After a few very successful events showcasing her work at SOWA and to Southie's delight, she took a leap and opened the store.

Neatly Nested Design and Decor

I got a chance to catch up with Danielle to learn more about her and her new shop. According to the owner, Neatly Nested "is a mix of new and old, melding carefully hand painted antiques with gorgeous throw pillows. Or Beautiful stationary with vintage milk glass. Or wonderfully patina'd trophies with blooming faux florals." Neatly Nested supports local companies like Seawicks Candle Co (Maine), Dash & Albert (Berkshires), The Pillow Collection (Woburn) and tiny antique shops all over New England.

 Neatly Nested Danielle Platzer

Danielle keeps a storage unit where she stockpiles "worthy" items before they are brought into the shop, collecting items that catch her eye at estate sales and auctions. Items like the above pictured piece of furniture that have multiple functions, in this case a desk and storage, are the most popular especially for city girls with not a lot of space. Danielle also customizes pieces, so if you have something in mind, drop by and ask her about it! New items arrive daily, so check in often. Neatly Nested is closed on Mondays so Danielle can work her refurbishing and styling magic on items to bring into the store. Here are a few things that caught my eye during my visit:

Customized headboard and zebra upholstered chair:

 Neatly Nested Decor Headboard

Pug book ends, puppy love anyone?

Neatly Nested Decor Pug Book End

Customized lighting, check out the two smaller rounded pieces, adorable!

Neatly Nested Decor Lighting

For more updates on shopping in South Boston and Neatly Nested check out my feature on GM's Drive the District!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

#MStBeautyCrawl with Be Styled & Mini Luxe

Last week I was invited to the new Market Street Shops in Lynnfield for a Beauty Crawl hosted by Be Styled and MiniLuxe.  Anyone that knows me, knows I am a sucker for outdoor shopping, who wants to be confined to a stuffy mall anyway?! The new shops in Lynnfield are home to restaurants, women's and men's clothing retailers and select beauty destinations.

My first stop on the pampering train was Be Styled, a blow dry bar, with locations in Chestnut Hill and Wellesley.  According to Nicholas Penna, the Creative Director and Founding Partner, this concept is new to Lynnfield and neighboring communities. North Shore gals, get ready for perfect locks!

Be Styled has a beautiful space with lots of blue and white for an instant calm feeling. My stylist greeted me with a huge smile and an iPad with photos of each of the styles offered, from sleek and straight to loose waves. I chose a look called "Swanky" that reminded me of old Hollywood and some of the side swept red carpet hair that has been more and more frequently used by celebrities. Each style is moderately priced at $35, with up do styles at $50.

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Like So Pretty

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty

My stylist carefully set every single strand of hair until I looked like George Washington. The process took about 45 mins, but it was easy to sit still with an iPad, drinks and movies to keep you occupied.

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty
Ta da!
Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty

Be Styled Blow Dry Bar Lynnfield Swanky Do Like So Pretty

After a touch up makeup application by a Be Styled makeup artist using Too Faced products, I was out the door and off to MiniLuxe for a quick manicure. The gals at MiniLuxe always do such a wonderful job. In fact, the last time I was in I had gels put on and they lasted 3 weeks!

Next time you are in the area be sure to carve out some time for pampering at Market Street Shops, 415 Market Street, Lynnfield.