Monday
May232011

Dots & Leopard

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Above: Kookai shorts, J Crew top, necklace, and bracelets. Zara shoes, Top Shop bag.

Finally, some warm weather here, perfect for breaking out summer dresses and shorts, not seen since last year. Sigh. I have a whole new wardrobe to work with.

I dug out these suede Kookai shorts for an event at the Tannery a few weeks ago and haven't stopped wearing them since. I love the look of the polka dots and leopard loafers. It's a little bit prep, some mixed up prints, and soooooo comfortable. I wish I could live in suede everything, though I suppose that would be difficult and pricey to clean.

Husband and I also recently discovered this fun space  in our backyard, a huge, sprawling patio. I am embarrassed to admit, we have lived here for 3 years and never checked it out, assuming incorrectly that it belonged to the rear house.

To new outfits, remixing in our closet and new spaces!

Friday
May202011

Banana Republic After 5 Recap

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New goodies just in!
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Me and my new VA pals, Christina and Julie. Pretty awesome ladies.

Myself, Jen (from JenLovesKev) and Kinsey (from KinseyMichaels) aided and abetted in all things shopping and sale related at the Banana Republic After 5 event in Copley last night. Banana Republic definitely rolled out the red carpet on discounts (25% off sale AND 25% off purchase of $100) and made merry with wine and nibblies. Nothing like a few glasses of vino to induce a shopping binge and fight the rainy day blues!

I had such a lovely time with my fellow bloggers and my new friends from Banana and Virgin America. It's a miracle I didn't walk out with half the store....but I left that to husband who made an appearance to take advantage of the deals and buy a new suit.

One lucky winner was chosen that evening for gratis roundtrip airfare and a stay at The Mondrian in LA. Our fortunate gal was in the store at the time of the drawing and there were lots of squeals and clapping by all (and I confess, maybe a tinge of jealousy that I didn't win!).

The BR staff were welcoming, the Virgin America girls were just a delight, hanging with Kinsey and Jen, and all the people (and local bloggers!) who came out in the storms to say hi made the evening so over the top wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us!

Doing events like this reminds me how many wonderful people I have in my life, how many fabulous people I have met through blogging and how good it is to get out of my homebody ways from time to time and meet even more new people. We continued the fun post event, with a gaggle of bloggers, Banana staffers, and Virgin America representatives and friends. Seriously, soul warming stuff, great new friends and a wonderful way to cap a fabulous event.

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New summer wares, Lissy (from A Girl in Boston) and her new chic skirt, vino.

Wednesday
May182011

Brimfield Spoils

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Goodies. And Mariah, taking in the goodies. Glad we brought the 
extra large Land's End tote for the day.

My Brimfield adventures and spoils in action!

I had the supreme delight of hosting Mademoiselle Mariah, from Quite Continental in Boston last weekend. We had a jam packed weekend of festivities, heading out first and foremost to Brimfield (click here for Mariah's lovely recap and some pictures of moi, in my Brimfield fatigues.) Antiquing is a battle my friends. And I am a 5 star general.

Believe it or not, the weather out west was stunning. Made for a picturesque day of haggling, viewing, and toting goodies home. My wandering eye was caught by a plethora of vintage goods. Colored glass, cast iron, vintage shoes, and the elephant accent table that got away. It was divine. Totally over the top with no place in my living room what-so-ever, but I am still thinking about it and whether it found a happy home. Perhaps it is the Tuft's Jumbo in me?

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What did make a happy home with me in Cambridge?

For starters, this so ugly, you can't help but love it bottle opener that bears an uncanny resemblance to my bullmastiff Kiki.

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And my dream of dreams has finally come true, I am the proud owner of a lucite bar. I am now fully equipped to be the hostess with the mostess. Below, are some photos of my plastic beauty already installed in the living room (allowing access to cocktails at the speed of light). Thank goodness we found a porter to wheel this bad boy back to the car. I'm sure hijinks's would have otherwise ensued.

Even husband had to concede that this was a purchase well made- and trust me, it takes a lot for him to say that something was a good use of money!  I can't wait to put this to further use when we have a larger space and actually hang our poster of the Cotes de Beaune AOC's over it, rather than behind it.

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Sunday
May152011

Banana Republic After 5 Event

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Featured above: floral maxi, vest and necklace courtesy of Banana Republic
Vintage Gucci clutch, Jimmy Choo wedges.

How tickled am I to be co-hosting the Banana Republic After 5 Shopping Event in Boston?! Tickled pink I must admit....

Do please mark your calendars for this Thursday 5/19, from 5-7, and be sure to stop by the Copley Banana Republic to get your shop on with moi and some fabulous local blogeuses.

Pondered how to style a maxi dress? Perplexed by how to mix in sequins for a daytime look? Apoplectic over how to translate statement jewelry into your work wardrobe? Answers to these age old questions and more can all be yours. I will personally be on hand to help you do what I know best- shop, drink cocktails, and style up some fun ensembles. Fun to be had by all.

I typically require little incentive to swing by the Copley mall, but yes, there is even more: score 25% off purchases of $100 or more for the evening AND enter to win roundtrip airfare and a 4 day/3 night, stay at The Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles (courtesy of Banana Republic and Virgin America). Additional details and minimal small print below. One winner will be announced that night from each participating location!

A bientot! Hope to see you there!

PS: Just discovered that Kate Middleton is also a huge fan of this dress, via Kirsten at the totally awesome Triple Max Tons. I feel so chic knowing Kate is wearing the same ensemble in the Seychelles...perfect for a little jet-setting (or perhaps lounging in France for my upcoming trip). Nothing says comfort like a maxi dress and nothing says chic like a safari vest. Perhaps a safari is in order for the next trip?!

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Wednesday
May112011

Louis Afternoon Part II

Part duex of my fashion extravaganza: Afternoon with Louis Boston.  I know it's hard to believe the fun didn't end with the delicious chartreuse Roland Mouret dress (and all that I posted previously), but to my delight, continue it did.....

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All Photos: Adam DeTour

Pam Gechijian deftly guided be through my three looks (above, from left): cocktails with the ladies, dramatic night on the town, and finally, the casual yet appropriately, fashion forward look. I was allowed to played dress up with all the greats, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Alessandra Rich, and a few new friends, Of Two Minds and Lindsey Thornburg, as seen in this new casual offering.

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How did you know I love Lindsey Thornburg? So fun styled with this Marni bag, Balenciaga sandals 
and Of Two Minds harem capris.

This Lindsey Thornburg cape is PERFECT for Spring. It features her signature style, but updated with a fresh pattern on linen. I usually wear my heavier Thornburg cape in cooler weather, wrapped around my neck like a scarf, but Pam had the oh so clever idea of wrapping it under the arms to give it more shape. Genius.

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Post styling session I wandered around the store and was of course sucked in immediately by the shoe and purse selection. I went in thinking I'd indulge in some Jason Wu heels, left carrying the PS1 bag- go figure.  Louis Boston has a little bit of everything you could ever want and exactly what you didn't even know you needed.

Be sure to come down to Louis in late June for Jennifer Chun's Louis Exposure event. Louis will feature Jennifer's stunning designs in a special pop-up, your first chance to get some of her gorgeous line into your own closet. More details on this to come. Suffice it to say it will be my special version of fashion heaven, one of my favourite new designers with Louis Boston. Wouldn't dream of missing this!

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