Last weekend we had one of those tastes of Spring- sunny, crisp, green, tad cool.
Husband and I took advantage of the weather for a walk to Harvard Square. Since we were heading to the square for my Sunday indulgence of burgers and shakes (at Flat Patty's which has a new location), I opted for my baggy captain trousers. I may have been a little premature with my choice in sandals but Spring is really about optimism for warmer weather (right?) so I toughed it out even though my toes were a wee bit cold.
Flat Patty's did not disappoint. I indulged in the Sunday Morning (burger, ham, egg, cheese) and a coffee shake. And then proceeded to waddle my way over to Forty Winks to check out Maison Close lingerie, as recommended by my pal at Style on the Couch. She was not wrong in her assessment of the brand, citing Maison Close as a brand known for "price, quality and sensuality". Lingerie shopping post massive burger however, was wrong. Should you seek to replicate such an outing, I would highly suggest you reverse the order, which sadly was not possible with my famished husband in tow.
Louis Boston recently held a lovely event for some local bloggers- to preview the Spring collections, new designers, and of course the gorgeous space on the waterfront. I confess, this evening was hardly my first time at Louis Boston, it was however only the second time I had been out to the new location. Quelle horreur. I left awestruck, sadly empty handed and in need of more.
I was so overwhelmed by the beautiful pieces, setting, and by meeting Debi Greenberg that I had to come back to take everything in and focus (while perhaps shopping a wee bit!). I met up with Pamela Gechijian, wardrobe consultant extraordinaire, last week for some expert guidance in all things stylish. Pamela also gave me a thorough background in all things Louis Boston. For example, did you know Debi Greenberg still does all the buying (ALL the buying) for the store, with the minor exception of houseware and gifts? It is Debbi's singular vision, her encyclopedic knowledge of designers, and careful selection of well edited pieces that Louis is world renowned for. Also fresh for Spring? A totally new and revamped website, well worth a look. One last interesting tidbit, Louis just recently celebrated its first anniversary in the space at Fan Pier.
The new location is open and light, modern with clean lines, and perfectly suits the clothing that fills the racks. Some called the move from the traditional brick fortress on Newbury Street to the waterfront a leap of faith, but the final product has proven well worth it. The location provides a new accessibility to Louis' loyal customers and allows the store to expand their line up of fashion heavy hitters- Marni, Balenciaga, and Proenza Schouler by addng new emerging lines, like Lindsey Thornburg (one of my personal faves who has made an appearance on the blog before), Opening Ceremony, L'Agence and Graham and Spencer.
This my friends, is what a shopping experience should be. The staff at Louis encourage you to make appointments, build relationships, and rely upon their expertise to help you build a better wardrobe. Already possessing a rather sizable wardrobe, I went into this session with an open mind and the goal of picking out perhaps one key investment piece for Spring. Pamela picked three looks for me, a dressy look for cocktails with the ladies (above), a dramatic look for a big night on the town (below), and finally a more casual, everyday outfit (yes......more to come).
Special thanks to Adam DeTour for the photos!
TJ Maxx was so inspired by some of my recent Maxxinista finds that they have partnered with Mon Petit Chou Chou to sponsor a giveaway!
What has been your best TJ Maxx or Marshall's find? Share your ultimate Maxxinista purchase by leaving a comment on this post with the details....inquiring minds want to know! In your comment, please note the item you purchased and make sure to leave your email if your comment does not link back with a way to contact you! The lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card for use at TJ Maxx or Marshalls and will be announced two weeks from today on 5/11/11.
To kick things off, I want to report my latest fab find at the TJ Maxx Freshpond: a lovely Versace cocktail dress. Yes people, Versace at TJ Maxx. Originally $399, on clearance for $119. Proof positive I just killed it shopping? A quick Google search revealed that the very same dress was available a few seasons ago at the now defunct eLuxury for $1,395. Is there anything so satisfying as getting the max for the minimum?
Sorry, I am a bit tardy in reporting part two of my battle for the trendy desserts: Macaron vs Whoopie Pie. I have an excuse though, and it's a good one- macarons require commitment to bake and see through perfectly. But the rewards, oh the rewards are sweet indeed and well worth the culinary effort.
As I posted two weeks ago, I was inspired to embark on a mission to replicate the recipes listed in a recent Bon Appetit article which dared to ask the question: which pastry would be the next cupcake in terms of trendiness? Starbuck's threw in their two cents by beginning to carry mini red velvet whoopie pies in branches across the country. I personally feel like macarons are suddenly everywhere (the French were shocked when McDo's in Paris started to carry macarons- why won't they do that here?!).
I instantly answered the question with macaron while reading the article, but in the name of science and unbiased reporting I decided to test both recipes in my home kitchen before declaring a final verdict. My devoted tasting team (at husband's office) joined forces with me to sample both and report on the results.
I have exciting news to report. Drumroll please.......the winner is: the macaron.
Why? It is literally a work of edible art- light, beautiful and delicious. My tasters were unanimous in their choice, all preferred the macaron to the whoopie pie. I have also found my new go to macaron recipe with this feature. It is straightforward, clear, and produced beautiful macarons. I have had a hard time with other macaron recipes in the past, so I encourage you to give this a go if you have as well (see the BA cheat sheet below). I will definitely be making these again, and soon. I decided to give the burnt caramel macaron recipe a test drive for my initial recipe run and rest assured I will be trying the raspberry buttercream VERY soon as well.
What do you think readers? Team macaron or whoopie pie? Have you tried any versions recently you liked? If you try the recipe let me know- I'd love to hear your results!