Friday
Dec212012

Holiday Decor: White Birch DIY

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The DIY title is probably misleading. This is about as simple a home grown project as you can find- hence why I was inspired to actually take it on....when I normally leave the DIY projects to the more skilled (cooking aside)!

Enter, Restoration Hardware site, and their version of this birch holiday decor (here). I loved it, outdoorsy and modern. I said, self, you can do this.

As luck would have it, my father in law sourced some branches from his property. I bought some LED strands from Amazon, et voila! I love them so much I can't decide whether I keep them inside or share and put them outside. 

Do you usually make your holiday decorations? Or leave it to others?

PS, if you are in search of a fun holiday playlist, I am loving the eclectic choices via InStyle (here) on Spotify. 

Tuesday
Dec182012

MPCC Gift Guide: The Person Who Has it All!

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The outrageous. The whimsical. The thoughtful. The laugh out loud funny.

Interesting, luxe, off the beaten path gifts for that friend who simply already, has it all....from the crazy expensive, to the budget friendly and everything in between.

Still time for rush shipping!!

 

1. Leica X Hermes M9-P

2. St. Germain Whimsical Wheels

3. Smythson Best of Everything Notebook

4. Alvin Valley Pants

5. Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger Bird on a Rock

6. Charlotte Olympia Christmas Pudding Clutch

7. Mungo & Maud Pod Bag

8. Baking for Good Snapshot Cookies

9. Equipment Silk Robe

10. Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape

 

Monday
Dec172012

The Eyes Have it: Vizio Optic

Above: Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent maxi via TJ Maxx (similar here), Jennifer Chun top, Zara jacket, Amy O necklace (c/o), Chanel flats, Jerome Dreyfuss tote, Oliver Goldsmith Kolus sunglasses via Vizio Optic, Vue DC Roy frames via Vizio Optic and J Crew/Hermes bangles

 

Welcome new sponsor Vizio Optic! I have long been a fan of the shop, so I am beyond ecstatic to be partnering with them and featuring a few of my favorite frames and sunglasses from the boutique.

Day job had me situated not far from Vizio Optic in Brookline Village and I often pondered buying these very same Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses many a day. Oliver Goldsmith glasses are made in Notting Hill, under the radar, but up an up and coming brand you need to know about. The type of brand and frame you buy when you want a crisp, fabulous look, that no one else has. I opted for some Celine sunglasses last year and sad to say, wish I had gone with these, something I still find totally unique.

I also wear glasses. Often. When I wear them out and about (and I genuinely do require glasses or contacts, I am blind as can be), they must be stylish. This pair by Vue DC are parfait on both fronts- utterly in vogue, well suited to my face shape, and they appeal to my Francophile sensibilities with 100% French chic design. Another brand that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere, that makes a wonderfully on trend, quality product.

Hard to find designer frames, in limited quanities and ever expanding, it should come as no surprise that Vizio Optic won best of Boston last year (or that they have won the title 5 times in the last 6 years?!).  Dr. Rabkin and her staff are knowledgeable and a delight to work with. They deftly guided me through the shop, steering me towards designers I might be interested in, and most importantly, in finding frames that properly fit my round face! Knowing me, they also guided me towards bold colors and print, which they have in spades. 

I had an easy time wearing both frames with my new favourite maxi skirt and an old favourite, this striped Jennifer Chun top. I had a harder time, however, not keeping either of these beauties for myself. Santa, if you are listening......