Monday
Aug222011

Fall Wish List: The Basics



If only funds were limitless!
PS, I do already own one of these items, can you guess which?



From Top Left:


1. TopShop Cable Jumper
7. Chanel's FNO Denim Colors
8. Isabel Marant Dicker Boot



Friday
Aug192011

Getting Ready for Fall with the Tannery


Above: Under.Ligne dress, cut down to there, Etten Eller jewelry, buttery Vena Cava leather jacket.


Above: Sea jumpsuit (which needs to get into my closet ASAP!) and Jimmy Choo 
heels, which I swear are totally comfortable.


If you can't find everything you need for fall in this monolithic space, you may have a problem.


Etten Eller necklaces. File under architecturally stunning.


Above: Vena Cava dress that hugs in all the right places paired with some classic YSL patent pumps.


These Jimmy Choos are like lingerie for your feet. You instantly feel sexier when you put them on.

All images courtesy of Katie Noble Photo.

The Tannery has quickly become one of my go to shopping destinations for all that is hip....be that shoes, clothing, or accessories for myself and my husband. If you haven't been by recently, it is time to reacquaint yourself this fall.

Having been a loyal patron of the Harvard Square shops for years I was literally blown away by their newest, grandest and most ambitious undertaking to date, a flagship space on Boylston Street. From classic Frye boots and Hunter wellies to new luxe labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, and Giuseppe Zanotti, they have bases covered in the shoe department of this mega store. Head up to second floor of this massive, contemporary space and you will happen upon Sea, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang and Rag and Bone to name a few. I won't even begin to touch upon, or do justice to the massive denim selection. You would be hard pressed to come away from this store without a pair of the latest must have jean from the denim wall.

I teamed up with the tastemakers at the Boylston locale to preview (for my own closet) as well as bring to you readers, some of the gorgeous new pieces they have lined up for fall. Brittney Rothweiler, buyer for the downtown shop, was my arbiter of cool for the morning. She plucked selections from my go-to labels: Sea, Vena Cava, Jimmy Choo and introduced me to a few, new to me, brands: Mackage, Etten Eller and Under.Ligne by Doo Ri.

I am hardly the first, nor the only one noticing the expansion, fine attention to detail, and killer aesthetic the Tannery is bringing to Boston. Be on the look out for none other than Ms. Britney Spears in the very same Jimmy Choo I am wearing above (see: bodacious Sea jumpsuit). Word is she picked up the same pair when she was in town a few weeks ago.

When offered the best of a store like this......I take full advantage of the opportunity. Stay tuned for more looks,  details on the shop and more styles from our exclusive fall preview next week. And be sure to check out the official blog of the Tannery, Curated by the Tannery for up to the minute updates on what you should be buying this season.

Wednesday
Aug172011

Currently Obsessing: Muah!

Currently obsessing over........

The juxtoposition of classy and gritty. Sassy and sweet. Edgy and refined.

I love looking back at the photos of my quick trip to NYC with my blogger pals Naina, of Style'N and Lissy of A Girl in Boston. We ate some fabulous food, picked up some even better fall pieces at my all time fave Milly and stayed at the lovely Mondrian Soho. NYC is for me, the ultimate cross-roads of class and sass. We shopped uptown, stayed downtown, and walked everywhere else in between.

Tanks with sweet florals in the front and some surprisingly see through black lace on the reverse. Buttoned up and proper at first glance, with a party in the back (or front depending on how you want to wear it!).  I don't know much about the designer, Magda Berliner, but I want to find out more.

Still can't get enough of those perfect clutches with a pop of bright color. This Lauren Merkin purse was a sweet deal from Daily Candy. The sharp geometric pattern literally cuts up the color, making it anything but plain.

The scent of my dreams, Bond No. 9 Nuits to Noho. The bottle is just down right glamorous, and pretty on my dresser, might I add. The scent is everything I associate with my escapes to NYC, delicious, musky, and slightly mysterious.  Can't wait for my next trip this fall!

Monday
Aug152011

Barn Burner


Above: J Crew denim top, TopShop necklace, Forever 21 skirt, Isabel Marant heels, and vintage Gucci clutch

I took advantage of a day off to load the kids into the car and drive up to New Hampshire for my mother's birthday two weeks ago. I didn't technically wear the heels up there.....but I thought the heels and clutch were a fun way to dress up the outfit (full disclosure, I actually wore gladiator sandals for the drive and walking around as heels do not generally make sensible farm attire).

The dogs just love running around up at the farm. So much for the pooches to explore between the fields, barns, orchard, you get the idea. A perfect opportunity for some gratuitous Kiki shots. Though, I was a concerned mama when we were warned about the fisher cat that has taken up in the blackberry bushes. Dangerous for the dogs and double whammy, preventing us from picking any of the delicious fruit! Trust me, you don't want to tango with a fisher cat my friends. They will win.

PS, husband contributed the name for this post. Yes, my backdrop is a barn but the term has another financial related meaning, as one hell of a week (chaotic highs and lows), applied in this case to the stock market . My new word of the week = barn burner. I see future potential use for applying this term to extreme sample sales or markdown situations.

Friday
Aug122011

Thyme Onion Tart

This dish was first made........born of a mistake.  I purchased puff pastry in a rush at the super market when I really need phyllo for spanikopita. I made the best of this costly error (puff pastry is not cheap my friends- though it is worth it for the ease of picking it up in the freezer) and turned it into a delicious tart for a family get together. My father in-law loves caramelized onions so any dish working them is automatically well received. I have made it no less than 3 times since. It is simple and you got it, utterly delicious.

I took some liberties with the recipe I used here, and instead of roasting the onions in the oven, I caramelized them on the stove top, and sweetened them up a bit by adding some fig preserves. Alright, alright, I may have added some more bacon too.

It is a delight of an appetizer but would make a delicious, quick dinner, during the week too.