Friday
May062011

Steven Alan at The Tannery

Last night I had the supreme delight of attending an event at The Tannery, for Steven Alan.

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Mr. Alan and the lovely Brittney (girl works that orange blazer!) from The Tannery.

Special cocktails, special items from the line in store, special discounts and the piece de la resistance, Steven Alan himself. Mr. Alan is delightfully unassuming and was very game to talk shop, Boston vs NYC, and of course, clothing.

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Steven Alan, whose eponymous line is perhaps best known for his "perfect shirts", seems to moving in a new, retro, sixties inspired direction for fall. Perhaps something to do with the recent minority stake sold in the company?  I am buzzing to see what is in store for the brand's growth and continued expansion, which begs the question when will there be a Boston outpost?

Back to the Fall 2011 collection: think leopard, gloves, menswear inspired cuts on the shirts and pants and lots of mod-minis and dresses (Lou Dillon crossed with Annie Hall). Menswear reflected Alan's signature, unrelentingly hip aesthetic, with a more outdoorsy, west coast vibe.


The Tannery had items from the Fall 2011 collection in house- by far my favourites. Please note the flowered pants. I am obsessed with them. I want to swaddle my children in this print. I pre-ordered them on the spot and need to be the first person The Tannery calls when they come in (hint, hint). Wide leg, loud print, cornflower blue and turquoise hues, I am head over heels. It was nice having husband join me for the outing but I can't help but think of all the items I would have purchased had he not been there;)


Images from Steven Alan




Be sure to check out my Tumblr for more looks from the Fall 2011 collection- well worth paying attention to! You'll be sure to see much more of it here.

Thursday
May052011

Blood Orange Margs and Guacamole

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Husband and I recently got our fill of small Mexican plates and cocktails last week at Tico (sure to be packed today). While I was quite taken with the blood orange margarita, I happen to know where a better one can be found. Mi Casa! My husband, trader by day, personal bartender by night. He hath perfected the blood orange margarita and I am willing to share his secrets in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

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Perfect dish to nosh along with a cocktail? Fresh guacamole, obviously. I had no idea how simple it was to make until a few years ago, and now, I can't imagine a summer week with out it, or my margaritas for that matter- the madame likes her Patron. Here is a quick, delicious recipe for guacamole. Feel free to take liberties with this basic version- add garlic, corn, hot or chipotle peppers for heat, maybe some cumin, hard to go wrong and easy to make your own! And here, is the link from my previous St. Germain infused margarita recipe post from last summer, just add the juice of one fresh blood orange for a fresh and tasty update.

What are your plans to celebrate this festive holiday?

Wednesday
May042011

Currently Obsessing

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Currently obsessing over:

All things neon, bright, and black, all worn together! Spring has finally sprung.

Pretty Spring Chanel polish colors, Mimosa and Beige Petale.

Elastic Prada slingbacks. Shockingly comfortable and very, very fun.

H&M belts in loud shades with gold detailing. Perfect to cinch a sweater or blazer with some panache.

Proenza Schouler PS1. My camera, travel, clutch, cross-body, bag that goes with everything.

Monday
May022011

Ahoy Captain!

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Above: Current Elliot Captain Trouser, J Crew sandals, J Crew belt, Club Monaco tee, 
Proenza Schouler bag, Aqua blazer, H and M bangles

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.

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Warning: Do not attempt before shopping.

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Friday
Apr292011

Afternoon with Louis Boston

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All photos by Adam DeTour

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Pamela, guiding me through the styling process. 
Please ignore the Foo-dog tattoo, peeking out from chic bustier.

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Yes funny you should ask Pam, I very much like the 
Roland Mouret bustier, Balenciaga pants, Marni heels, and Proenza Schouler jacket.

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.

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The before. Not very thrilling, but at least the red jeans are Isabel Marant.


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The after. I think the pictures sum everything up rather well?

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!

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My new beau. He likes my Roland Mouret dress, Balenciaga heels, and Alessandra Rich topper.