Bake Up a Star Wars Party

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by Noelani at Mode


Whether you grew up on the original Star Wars (I did, self professed, major geek here), or are just getting introduced to the latest batch of Lucas' films, there is no time like the present to get (re) acquainted with the series.

I'll be kicking things off with a pre-movie viewing party in advance of the latest release, complete with all kinds of Star Wars baked goods, for kids old and young. Specifically my husband and kids, to make sure they love the series as much as I do. I am not above a little bribery to get husband to the theatres.

Think Star Wars cookies, cakes, baking accessories, and of course, the Star Wars cookbook, a must for the proper chef in your life. Tell me you don't want a Wookiee cookie.

May the force be with you.


Who, What & Where: Update & Boston Events




Who: As in, who am I listening to.

So much in the last few months! But right now, especially, what I have dubbed my postpartum depression soundtrack (though I am 100% a-okay), Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell. It's heartbreakingly good. Reminiscent of some Elliot Smith moodiness with all the classic elements of Sufjan Stevens you know and love.


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Sorry, still no motivation for an outfit photo, though I promise to be back in action soon. I imagine if I even attempted one now it would involve frazzled mom, spit up, and toddler tears = a damn fine, hot mess.

Until then, this snippet of life will have to do. It's a shot of what I look at every day on my desk, an image of Daphne captured by the talented Katie Kaizer. Hanging from it? My Alexis Kletjian initial charms. I wear these daily. Yellow gold for Niko and rose gold for Daphne. But they also sum up what I have been doing these days....tending to the family, home, and hearth.

Posting outfits has been the last thing on my mind. But fashion sh*t is ever present and always on the brain, so they will return someday, better than ever, and I will keep collecting finds during 3 AM feedings for posts until then.


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

Avra Myers A Ruby pops up this week at Moxie on Charles Street (peep our quick interview here), just in time for you to check out the latest additions to the super chic collection, fall ponchos and warm weather gear that is perfectly pitched for this season. Meet Avra Thursday November 5 from 6-8 and shop the collection all weekend (and online). Additional details below.

Cos, the slightly more mature, simpler, sibling line to H&M, graced us with a shop on Newbury Street last week. Every basic your closet ever needed does live in one place, with great quality and price. I got a sneak peek and yes, you want to get over there.

Remodelista will be making their first New England Market debut at Lekker Home, November 14 & 15. Think every sort of candle, home, floral, kitchen, and kiddos item you didnt know you neede from local crafters and creators. Also, think, hey this is the perfect way to get my holiday shopping done in one spot.

Primark opened in Boston's fresh and clean Downtown Crossing a few weeks ago with a bash that had people lining around the block for some fast fashion. No seriously, this is over 70,000 sq feet of fashion. On my short list of places to get to STAT.

Fashion Group International, Boston hosts Firas Yousif and Christofle, for a designer meet and greet + introduction to the brand's luxurious bridal registry. Think of it as a one stop shop for all your wedding needs: Wednesday, November 4, from 6-8. Tickets and additional information here (and below). 

Neiman Marcus teams up with Artists for Humanity next week, hosting a holiday shop with proceeds benefiting Artists for Humanity.  Stop in Thursday November 5th, from 5:30-7:30 on level one at the Copley location . This special event and champagne reception are one night only, but you can shop the collection through December 24th.

Mass College of Art and Design teams with Eileen Fisher for Future Designers: Eco Remix, giving sustaianble fashion students from MassArt gently used garments from Green Eileen as part of their coursework. See the results during a reception at the Eileen Fisher store in Chestnut Hill, Wednesday November 4 at 6:30. Yes, going green can be stylish.




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Beauty Rx for New Moms


New mom for the win when someone actually comment show pulled together you look. No really, this did happen to me recently. I swear. And no, Niko isn't sleeping through the night. Though I did get a 4 hour chunk last week that was a little slice of heaven.

The secret to looking even a smidge pulled together when every other aspect of your life is spiralling totally out of control?

Moisturize the sh*t out of your skin. And then conceal those dark circles. Spray g*d's gift to humankind, dry shampoo liberally, and then slather on some bright lipstick. Even if all you manage is some concealer and lipstick, you'll feel better, I promise. Bonus points if you get to brows and mascara.

So all this begs the question, what products am I loathe to part with this hot second? Lemme break it down folks:

First things first, moisterize your skin. It's parched. You're likely parched too, and really need to stay hydrated if nursing. So drink the H20 and slather on skin quenching lotion. I am currently hearting Clarins Nuit * and Day Multi-Active Restorative formulas. Both are instantly absorbed by my skin. Which thanks me every time I put it on.

Second, conceal those dark circles and any pimples caused by your raging hormones. My tried and true concealer is Cle de Peau's wonder stick. It's expensive. And worth every stinking penny when it comes to magical, long-wear, coverage.

Then finish things off with a bright lipstick, either my NARS matte lip pencil in Red Square, or this Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick. Bonus points if you slather a little highlighter on those eyes, or anywhere else that needs it. Check out RMS for this. And everything else they make. Oh and I mustn't forget the magic that is Surratt's brow pen. I never filled my brows on the regular until this guy came into my life. It's stupid easy. And yields maximum results.

Last but not least, get thee an order of Living proof's PhD, Perfect Hair Day (get it), dry shampoo, NOW. I have tried a lot, and I mean, a lot, of dry shampoos out there. And this one lives up to the hype. It de-greases without residue and gives me volume, glorious volume!! Buy two. Or a case.

Oh and wash it all off with Eve Lom's cleanser. Again, be forewarned, this pixie dust is expensive....because it's magic people. I'll never stray again. It is simply that good and getting everything off. Even that liner and mascara that you caked on for a party when you thought you could rock your own "smoke" look. 


*Clarins provided product for this post.


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