Lani Loves: Patch NYC X West Elm



What I am loving this week.

Or what I just bought.

More often than not, both.


Local obsession/shop Patch NYC has teamed up with West Elm to bring us the perfect carpet.
Jute. Swallows. Printastic. 

Caped, Fringed, Ready for Fall

Above: Zara fringed cape (old) (check out this luxe Thakoon cape or this bargain version by BP at Nordstrom), Mother Looker jeans, Isabel Marant top, Isabel Marant Crisi boots, Chanel Boy bag, Celine sunglasses


My favorite trend this fall? Well, two favorite trends? Capes and fringe. Luckily this oldy but goody cape from Zara (one of the first things I ever bought when the chain opened its shop in Boston eons ago) hits the mark on both counts. Proof positive that clothes hoarding is a good thing? Maybe?


Who: As in, who am I listening to. The Both, Volunteers of America (peep the video here, with cameos from none other than Susannah Hoffs- yes, of the Bangles. The Bangles Everything, seminal album of my preteen years......but that's not why we're here). Back to The Both, really a lovely collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Quirky, but it works. Neither ringing any bells for you? Take it back, way back to Til' Tuesday. 

What: As in, what went down this week/end. Got to dress up and play fancy at the Boston Common X Saks fall fashion show. Debuted this Isabel Marant tunic (score from my NYC trips) with some blue suede shoes. I missed the bodycon memo and might as well have worn a potato sack for all the good this lovely boho number did me. Am I the only one who isn't on board with this bodycon bull? I like my jeans skinny, my dresses flowy and comfortable.

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

Vince came to the Wrentham Outlets this weekend, opening a new space on Saturday. Spreading sleek basics and leather leggings to the masses in the burbs. And everyone lived happily ever after. 

Prepare yourself! Boston Fashion Week launches this Sunday, October 5th, with The Launch. The Fashion Group International and W Boston will introduce five new designers Jeffrey Dickerson, Maryanne Meservey, Chynna Pope, Dominique Quinque, and Ty Sinnett. Limited tickets available to the public. Each designer selected is a recent graduate from a local fashion design program and will showcase a capsule collection as part of the group presentation. 

Boston Fashion Week runs October 5-11th. Full program details and dates here.


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Drink it! Heat & Honey Margarita 


Looks like the weather is going to be sunny and gorgeous here in Boston- one last hurruh for summer.

Maybe time for one last batch of margaritas too?  Who am I kidding, I need no excuse to whip up a batch of margs.

You could take the time to make your own simple syrup for this cocktail- boil up some honey, sugar, water, and spicy peppers. But why do the work when you can just as simply throw in some Mike's Hot Honey? Made in Brooklyn and sold locally at Olives and Grace (remember Sofi and this shop from my interview last week?). You won't be able to stop using it. From cocktails to bruschetta (which I used it on last night). It's amazing. I think I've finally found a condiment that will give sriracha a run for its money.

But you came here for a cocktail!


Heat and Honey Margarita

Makes 2



3 limes, juiced

Mike's hot honey to taste (use it in place of simple syrup or add with- it's hot!! Be sure to taste it!)

6 jiggers tequila

1.5 jigger cointreau



Combine all in shaker, shaker her up, and pour! Sante!



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Build a Better Bar Cart: Brewing Bitters

Build a Better Bar Cart: Lavender Honey Simple Syrup

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Drink it! Black Rose

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Drink it! Cranberry Ginger Margaritas

Drink it! Lavender Bees Knees

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Drink it! Strawberry Peach and Basil Whiskey Smash

Drink it! Indian Summer Crush


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