Monday
Jan122015

Sweater Season & Boston Weekly Events

 

Above: Isabel Marant Samuel sweater (scored at full on clearance at Net-a-porter), Frame Forever Karlie flares, Manolo Blahnik heels (similar version from Manolo here), Free People vegan clutch, Celine sunglasses

 

 

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. Sylvan Esso, another fabulous album from 2014.

What: As in, what went down this week/end. Basement runner, basement floor, new mantle, refinished stairs. Home stretch people! Basement reno is almost done!

It's too cold to dress at all put together. My clothing diet has consisted of sweaters, on sweaters. I finally scored this pretty number on clearance at Net-a-Porter. Which is still going strong with some great finds. 

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Louis Boston dropped sale news (currently 60% off), and then immediately dropped the bomb that they are CLOSING. While I have to admit, shopping there was at times cost prohibitive, they will leave a huge void in the local fashion scene. Was it the move to Seaport? That's what everyone is positing. My guess, just time to shutter and move on to bigger and better for owner Debi Greenberg. If you're going to go out, do it at top, with a bang. Sad to see an institution like this come to an end, whatever the back story. Sad for shoppers. Sad for people who appreciated the groundbreaking fashion. Sad for Boston, really. From my first pair of clearance designer jeans post college (I can't even remember what they were now, but man did I feel cool in them) to trips out to the waterfront for Jennifer Chun and brunch at Sam's, you will be missed Louis. You can read Debi's farewell here.

I am excited to be involved with the local chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) and even more excited that the first event is happening this month (with none other than Luke Aaron, might ring a bell from this recent interview). Promises to be a great evening, please brave the cold and join us. And check out FGI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all our amazing programming. 2015 is going to be a good one.

 

Last but certainly not least, sale season continues with another local fave, Mint Julep, who kicked off their gigantic end of season sale on January 9th. 25-75% off fall and winter items. Support local folks! 

 

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Friday
Jan092015

Friday Cocktail Series: Cranberry Mezcal-Rita Recipe

 

Born out of leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving, this recipe has seen me through the winter and then some. The smoky layers of Mezcal combined with the sweet tart cranberry and lime? Heaven.

 

Have you tied Mezcal? Hubs thinks, oh, same diff as tequila. Wrong. Oh so wrong. It is tequila's smokey, exotic cousin. Earthy, crisp, it smacks you in the back of the throat with flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

 

The cranberry simple syrup is a little more involved than my usual fare, but worth it. And hey, make a big batch and bring some to friends while you watch the game this weekend. Now you know our plans;)

 

Cheers!

Cranberry Mezcal-Rita

 

Makes 2

 

Ingredients

 

6 oz Mezcal
3 oz cranberry simple syrup (I like this recipe)
3-4 oz fresh lime juice* may need to adjust depending on limes, we usually do about two juicy limes
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (optional

 

Directions

 

Pour all into a shaker, shake her up, and pour over ice. Garnish with cranberries. 

 

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Monday
Jan052015

The Five Albums of 2014 You Need to Know



Might as well start with the best and this has to be it for me. Solid from start to finish. Pretty much the way rock should be, from one of the most tried and true bands out there. Spoon took a little break after 2010's Transference (which felt a little disjointed and was a wee bit of a downer) to pursue side projects (see, Divine Fits) and came back supercharged and refreshed. And it shows. So many good tracks I have a hard time levelling it down. But Do You always rises to the top. As does Inside Out. And Rent I Pay. You get the drift.

 



Rock God. Strange + quirky + moody + kind of melodramatic + keeps you guessing = 100% rock god. The title track, Lazaretto is a dark anthem that you must tap your toes to. And yes, I had to look up what the heck a Lazaretto is and why they quarantined people on the Isle of Man.

 



Those Swedes get it right again (Acne, Alexander Skarsgard, need I go on?). Purveyors of cool, the Swedish duo behind First Aid Kit crafted a sort of seventies folk country tribute that totally hit a sweet spot with me. Harmonies, strings, and just the right amount of guitar twang. Definitely give a listen to My Silver Lining and Stay Gold.

 



Lyrics that make you go hmmmm, might even make you feel like you wasted your college education....and start googling (what did that word mean?!) all at the same time. The kind of song writing that makes me wonder how people manage to string together such random thoughts, events, and story lines and churn out cohesive, beautiful, pop anthems. Just give Step a listen and try to sort all that out. Faves....Step & Ya Hey.

 


Autobiographical in all the best ways. Lewis dishes on relationships gone south, depression, cheating, death, complicated relationships, wanting to become a mother, and vacations gone to hell. Her lyricism is craftful and approachable, maybe in a way that a woman of a similar age can really identify with? Or maybe I just still have a mad girl crush on Jenny Lewis stretching back from Troop Beverly Hills. Fave tracks, She's Not Me (cheating, punching through dry wall, being called that crazy chick) and Head Underwater (staring depression down and making it out the other side). Yup and yup.
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