Tuesday
Jun032014

Beauty Reboot for Summer with Saks Beauty Week

 

Saks Beauty Week was perfectly timed. The fates aligned, I was able to get my mother in law to watch the baby, clean out all the old make up, and head downtown for a summer beauty reboot.

Take advantage of this- beauty week runs Thursday May 29 - Saturday June 7. Get a cute colorful make up pouch (which I would personally use as a summer clutch, right?) with purchase of $75, though many counters have their own promotions going on as well, so be sure to ask. Freshly picked skin care and colors for summer, along with juice from Pressed Juicery, offerings from HelloFresh, KIND, and even barre demos in store. Huh, like they know I still need to shed the last few baby pounds too.

I took advantage of the event by stocking up on summer essentials. Bronzer, sun block, and bright lip and nail color. Specifically, lavender shades of lipstick and gloss from NARS, along with lavender mascara from Dior, balanced with some sunny polish and gloss. The Chantecialle SPF is not only SPF 50, but quite possibly the sheerest, lightest, dreamiest SPF I have ever tried. Something you don't mind putting all over your face multiple times a day. I predict completely gone within a month.

The most exciting beauty news however, was the debut of Saks Boston's latest addition, the brand spanking new Tom Ford Beauty boutique. I was quite literally the first customer to have make up done and to make a purchase. I have been a solid fan of Mr. Ford's colors since the beginning and took the chance to stock up on a few new ones. Including this ultra shine gloss- which is mana from heaven. Like if I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring two things, one would be this gloss and one would be their illuminating primer, the #1 seller for the line. For good reason. I hate foundation in the summer, but this, I can get down with. 

Run, don't walk to check it all out. Trust me, the Tom Ford goodness is going to be flying.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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Monday
Jun022014

Cropping it

Photos: Jessica Delaney Photography

Above: Ace and Jig Patio crop via Covet and Lou, Madewell latticework skirt, Erotokritos eros sandals, Target Mossimo purse, Lizzie Fortunato for Madewell necklace

 

Hello crop, round two (catch my previous post here). Told you I'd eventually go without a tank underneath! Though I still need to get some shots with the fabulous high waisted jeans from Frame. Convinced you could try a crop too? I know, it sounds crazy, but I swear, totally do-able. Still likewise obsessed with Ace and Jig- it's such a great, mom friendly line. I need to pick some more items to add to the closet.

I've officially gone off the deep end and started planning Daphne's first birthday party (for the end of August, ahem). Trying to keep the ideas in check but hey, your first birthday only comes around once right? Lots of fun ideas in mind, but I think the food may guide things. Anyone been to a solid kids party they just loved? Have some tips for me? Invites? Cake?

It's also sale season, a most wonderful time of year. Net-a-porter kicked things off and everyone else followed suit. I took the opportunity to snag some new Acne sunglasses, an Etoile tunic I've been eyeing, and some cute clothes for bebe as well (the only time I can justify buying Petit Bateau, so damn cute!). 

 

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Thursday
May292014

Garden Tea Party: Recipe Collection

 

Looking for a fun twist on your every day, ho-hum, outdoor party? Why not take high tea to the great outdoors?

Set the scene with your prettiest fine china tea pots, not filled with hot chai, but instead serving an assortment of spiked tea infused cocktails: bourbon and sweet tea with blood orange, iced tea margaritas, or lavender iced tea to name a few. Frilly tables adorned with delicious finger-food, and assorted sandwiches, almost too pretty to eat. A tiered cake stand filled with pastry and sweets as centerpiece. And best of all, an excuse to get some of your best girl friends together and enjoy catching up in high style. 

Every recipe is likewise picnic basket perfect. Sweet and savory scones travel exceedingly well, especially when paired with jars of jam and clotted cream. 

Pack up your blanket or pull out your fine china, whip up some of these delicious dishes, and of course, brew the tea of your choice (I'll take mine iced & spiked!).


This post was sponsored by Foodie.com.

Tuesday
May272014

On the Fringe

Above: J Crew denim short, Club Monaco t-shirt, Chapala poncho via Anthropologie, Isabel Marant Krisi boot, Rayban sunglasses

 

We hosted our first bbq in about a year this weekend, that darn adorable baby, really gets in the way of big social plans;) It was so lovely to finally have lots of new friends over the house, grill up a lot of carne, and enjoy all the hard work we've been putting into the yard. Check out my handy dandy bbq pinboard for all the recipes. The red and green chimichurris were a smash (on both flank steak and shrimp), as was the tres leches cake- my first attempt at this sticky/sweet/milk tour de force. I used a paper cut-out and some powdered sugar for an improv design. With a little more work round two, I think the design could be a lot of fun.

I have to say, my favorite drink of the summer thus far is the Nacho Vidale. While googling for the party, I cross referenced with some other posts for a different Nacho Vidale. One of the porn star variety (and perhaps the namesake of the beverage?). Either way, I still love the tart, spicy, shrub based drink. It's the delicious love-child of a negroni and margarita. Note, use care when searching for the recipe online, however.

This outfit was from Sunday. Post bbq recovery mode. It was a long slow recovery. Made for lounging in a comfy tee, shorts and this poncho.

 

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Friday
May232014

Who's That Girl? Women You Need to Know: Elisha Daniels

 

Welcome to 'Who's That Girl? Women You Need to Know'. A semi regular (as in, when I manage to pull myself together and wipe the spit-up off my clothes) series profiling women doing fantastically cool things, sharing cool ideas, inspiration, and looking pretty damn cool, doing it all. 

You know these women. They are not mythical creatures, they are real people, running life like a boss. The pal who has a retail site, a day job, travels to exotic locales, writes a blog, and plans parties on the side. Or the lawyer, who is designing a house, attending fashion shows, and launching a second career as a stylist......with twins riding shotgun. I swear, they exist. Here. In this very city, no less.

Maybe we just glean a few pearls of wisdom on how they manage the juggling act....career, family, and day to day life. Perhaps one of them will be the catalyst, inspiring you to try that {insert your lifelong goal, new passion, or latest obsession here} you've always wanted to do. Or maybe you come away with a new trend to try for spring, simple as that. 

This installment of Who's That Girl, Women You Need to Know, brings us someone I have always wanted to learn more about. Despite having sipped wine {or pink water, as she colorfully dubs Rose}, shopped, chatted, laughed, crossed at events, all many times over, I have never had a good dish session with the one and only Elisha Daniels. 

Neiman Marcus personal stylist, philanthropist, breast cancer survivor and author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style (with Kelley Tuthill and Anne Partridge) and the soon-to-be-released Remaining a Lady…While Being a Dame. Many stylish hats, all worn by Daniels with humor, grace, and whimsical commentary.

Ms. Daniels originally hails from the Massachusetts' burb Milton (score Milton!) and currently splits her time between the South End and South Boston, darting between the two 'hoods on her Vespa.

Boston has her heart, but travel is in her DNA, engrained at a young age by her mother. Mother and daughter started taking trips to Paris when Elisha was just a wee babe, a tradition that continues today- when she swaps out the South End for the left bank of Paris, annually. ALWAYS staying in the 6th. Like as in, she has never stayed on the right bank. Ever. Her little black book of Parisian recommendations and dining destinations includes Cafe de Flore, Fouquet's, La Coupole, Bar des Theatres, Les Bouquinistes, all proof positive you don't need to 'dine fancy to dine well in Paris'. She hopes to one day call Paris home for a spell, crossing it off the bucket list because, well, 'nothing bad happens in Paris'. From one die hard Francophile to another, the god honest verite! 

Paris aside, she has racked up beaucoup frequent flyer miles in 2014, jetting to Florence, New York, Palm Beach, Puerto Rico and Nantucket thus far. An impressive line up consisting of work, play, and a little R&R.

 

Her Boston black book is just as eclectic, impressive, and time tested as her guide to Paris. It includes Mistral, Sorellina, Miel (a total hidden gem in the Intercontinental) and Prezza. She is eagerly awaiting the latest outpost from Barcelona, slated to open in the now defunct Sibling Rivalry space.

 

And what was I most eager to find out? Where this self proclaimed girlie-girl who 'likes pretty things', does her shopping (Neiman Marcus aside, of course!). The answer is clearly..........everywhere. Here, there, London, Paris, vintage and new, all fair game. What I love most about her style, daily Hermes scarf and Chanel flats aside, is her ability to move between high and low fashion with ease- something she accomplishes with ease. A recent outfit worn while lecturing at MassArt included a Chanel dress, Zara jacket and Vince leather leggings. Proof positive that she wears her fashion as fearlessly as she lives her life. 

 

If you get a chance to stop in at Neiman Marcus, spy the streak of pink on a Vespa, or cross paths at one of her many events for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, be sure to say hi! You will be glad you did. 

 

 

Five Questions with MPCC. Rapid fire and irreverent.


Last item of clothing you purchased?

Last item of clothing I purchased was a navy & white spring runway Chanel dress.

Heels or flats?

Heels for sure!!! Although, I had a weakness for a Chanel ballet flat.

What do you most value in your friends?

In my friends, I most value Loyalty!

What's your own definition of happiness?

My own definition of happiness is most importantly good health & a new handbag!!!

If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

If you can to my home & looked in my refrigerator, you'd find Perrier & Pink Water (also known as Rose wine).

 

 

Check out more Who's That Girl? here:

Brittney Rothweiler

Hannah Blount

Marla Malcolm Beck

 

 

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