Winter white is and always will be a closet staple between November to March. I’ve found a handful of favorites that have an extra element of emotion from fringe, to marled detail, and better yet – they are all under $50. Shop til you drop.
An Evening of Raw Chocolate Making
Wednesday, February 10th
Marlo Marketing: 38 Chancy Street, Boston (3rd Floor)
$30/person, including handcrafted raw chocolate truffles to take home
Ditch the Russell Stover this Valentine’s Day and learn how to make your significant other a gift that not only tastes great, but comes guilt-free. Jody Grimm, one of New England’s finest raw chocolatiers, and founder of Jo Jo’s Raw Chocolates, teaches us why raw chocolate is such a hot topic and how you can make chocolate a guilt-free part of your life, every day! Visit: www.marlomarketing.com/wellness to reserve your spot.
Have A Heart Handmade: A Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, February 13th
11AM – 4PM
Old Meeting House, 617 Main St, Lynnfield
Shop local & small. 10+ local artists and makers will have their pottery, home goods, jewelry, paper goods, florals, sweets and more available to shop, with all proceeds going to The Northeast Animal Shelter. Hosted by Tori Kendrew of kitchen + kraft, featuring raffle prizes from hauswitch, centre yoga & whole foods Lynnfield.
Let the Love Flow Partner Workshop
Sunday, February 14th
11:45 AM -1:45PM
Winthrop Yoga Lounge: 526 Shirley Street, Winthrop
$60/couple, bring your own mat, water & towel
This two hour class will touch on both the emotional and physical elements of your practice and draw many parallels between our relationships in life and our time on our mat. Chris and Stef will help you bring these two precious gems (our yoga and our lover) together. Learn ways how to hold each other up in class, how to work through the physical struggles we face in our yoga practice, how to build strength together and how to decompress together. This class will have elements of vinyasa, partner yoga, thai massage and meditation.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen Lynzarium’s beautiful instagram shots of cacti and succulents living inside of the most unique planters (think shiny copper cups to colorful fisherman mugs) floating around the internet. My favorite succulent (and only one I’ve kept alive longer than a year!) sits inside a vessel from Becky of Pop & Circumstance that I scooped up during their collab at the Plant Shack, Lynzarium’s brick and mortar store in Gloucester. Founder Lyndsay Maver is celebrating the Plant Shack’s first birthday this Saturday and I had the chance to catch up with the plant guru herself:
+ You work at South End fave, Hudson…tell us a little bit about the Shack in relation to your day job and how you balance the two?
i majored in studio art major in college. i have had a lot of jobs, from rolling sushi in burlington vt, to painting the interior of homes in essex to working as a barista in santa cruz to organizing peoples home offices in hawaii to being in charge of dethroning roses at a flower store in san francisco. most recently i have worked for hudson in the south end of boston, working the side of retail at the store all the way to being the project manager of the interior design firm. i can take something that i have learned from all of these jobs, even though they may be mismatched, and put it into running the plant shack. (ps. i find my balance through drinking a lot of wine, i work seven days a week, but i’m having fun!)
+Your sis is also an entrepreneur with a shop in Cali, does this spirit run in your family?
my sister erica has a store in san fran called establish, establishsf.com. she has been my number one fan and supporter. it’s great to have a sister to run things by because she is always open and honest. its also fun because we get to fill each other in what’s hot on the west coast vs the east coast, keepin everything fresh and new. my brother is a sous chef at a top restaurant in boston, my dad recently started his own t-shirt line to promote gloucester and my mom makes wreaths in the wintertime and tends to her lush gardens in the summertime, guess you could say it’s in the blood.
+ Why choose Gloucester as the location for the Shack, especially when you work in the city?
my parents met in gloucester in the seventies and i grew up on the shores of good harbor beach. i have lived many places, from vermont to hawaii and have traveled to lots of different countries around the world, but there is something about gloucester that always brings me back. the natural beauty of the island, the casual lifestyle, the good friends i have met and continue to meet up here who have an appreciation of what gloucester has to offer, make it a really special and obvious place for me to express my plant shack vibe.
+ You’ve had some awesome partnerships/pop-ups at the Shack this year. Why has supporting other makers been so important to you? Do you have a fave collab?
my passion is art (and don’t forget that art comes in all forms) and i love being able to introduce different artists to gloucester and to introduce gloucester to different artists. from each collaboration i have learned about each maker and there is nothing better that seeing someone express themselves through their art/skills/creativity. honestly all of my collaborations have been such a success, and it is so fun to have the plant shack be something completely different each time someone walks in.
+ You always have such unique, interesting vessels. Where do you source these? What do you look for when collecting these items for the shop?
i source from everywhere, i just look around. from flea markets, to garage sales, to retail stores, to grocery stores. i’m looking for whatever speaks to me, whatever looks right to me. my motto, let’s make it fun.
+ Any tips tricks for keeping your succulents/plants alive through a Boston winter?
winter in new england is very dry, so make sure they find some light and don’t over water!
You’re invited to help Lyndsay celebrate one year! Local makers Wild Folk Studio and Mayflour Confections will be poppin’ up with florals and bites: 186 east main street, Gloucester. Party starts at 11AM.
Preppy lovers alert! Vineyard Vines, is now open at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets! The locally-founded (Martha’s Vineyard!) brand opened it’s outlet doors, offering colorful, whimsy-patterned preppy gear for men, women and children.
Vineyard Vines is located in Suite 235, next to Theory. While you’re checking out the new store don’t forget to stop by some of my faves: Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Barney’s New York, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, and VINCE! The center is located off of 1-495 and Route 1A in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
Photo credit: @VineyardVines
The Third Piece, a luxury knitwear line owned by two trendsetting Boston women, is taking over The Pop-Up at The Street until this Wednesday!
Carina Donoso and Kristen Lambert, recently named “Best Up and Comer” by The Improper Bostonian, typically operate out of a studio in South Boston. The pop up shop debuts their first retail operation, featuring exclusive handcrafted, American-made knitwear made by a community of “piece-makers”, using only the softest and finest yarns.
In addition to being able to shop their knits, The Third Piece Pop-Up will host a Knit Bar with a variety of daily workshops. Sign up to receive on the spot guidance from expert piece-makers, or ease into the activity with a Knitting 101 workshop. Workshops come with yarn, needles, and a tote gift bag. Prices range from $48-75. Full schedule here.
The Pop-Up at The Street is located at 7 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill, MA.
I’ve got a little secret and I can’t keep it any longer. Shopping online can be overwhelming, with so many ways to comparison shop and save – which offers to use and what sites to buy from? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve abandoned my cart because I’d drummed up enough anxiety in a five minute search, I just had to shut my laptop lid and walk away. But my little secret can help.
Groupon Coupons is here. Yes, Groupon.. but not like you’ve heard it or used it before. This time, no logging in, no spending anything up front. Just major savings form your favorite retailers, curated in one easy destination. There’s more than 70,000 coupons from almost 10,000 stores, from beauty faves Sephora and ULTA to your fave designers, hi Kate Spade, and your trusty go-to’s: LOFT and Nordstrom.
I may or may not have just taken advantage of this Neiman Marcus, $300 gift card offer (good through, tomorrow 1/5 on qualifying regular price purchases).
If you’re old fashioned and still shop in-stores, you can even print offers to redeem at your fave brick and mortar locations.
New Balance 88v1 Trainer – $84.99 Amped-up comfort and serious support for your workouts and cute enough to wear day to day! The secret lies in the dual-density midsole featuring Cush+ technology paired with a stretch mesh upper.
lululemon All Sport Support Tank – $64 (Shop locally at The Street Chestnut Hill) A little birdy told me that Posh and Prep will be there this saturday from 12:30-2:30 customizing yoga mats – so, so cute!
Paridaez Holiday Kit – $95 Includes one garmet, signature french lavender mist, tote and locally-made Taza chocolate. Allison, the founder of the Boston-based yogi company will even hand deliver orders between the 20th and 24th, the same day!
Mira Wellness & Activity Tracker – $165 Removable Mira tracker can be worn in bracelet or clipped to clothing or kept discreetly in your pocket. Track your activity through the Mira app for health and wellness suggestions.
OneOEight – $14/month. Om on the go! Yoga videos by any device with a wifi connection. Move. Calm. Nourish and explore, from wherever you are.
Equinox Membership – $170 per month (join by 12/22 with no initiation fee) with unlimited access to robust class offerings from ‘ropes and rowers’ and ‘best butt ever’ to power yoga. I recently visited the Dartmouth Street location for OM Gal, Rebecca Pacheo’s class and was immediately enthralled with the studio’s peaceful vibe, totally forgetting about the bustling weight room right outside. The locker rooms were more like a hotel spa’s than your typical gyms’. You’ll want to come back, every day.
Skoah Big Kahuna – $2,500 for a year of unlimited facials and 10% off products during your visits into my favorite skin gym. If you visit their location in Chestnut Hill (The Street) or South End more than once per month, this more than pays for itself!
The Bouqs Company – $75 (join now and get 1 bouquet complimentary) for hand-selected florals based on your subscription preferences. The more deliveries, the more you save. What’s better than blooms to brighten your day and your home?
Drybar – $75 for a house call by their stylist, complete with tip. Don’t have time to run out? Create your own in-home beauty experience and get a blow out at home. Now, if you could get a mani, while the blow out was happening…
Andres Sarda Louise Set from Rigby & Peller – $196 (bra) & $93 (panty). Rigby & Peller have been shaping bodies since 1939. Curating only the best brands in lingerie, make an appointment at their Copley location to find your perfect fit.
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Turning 30 this year made me put an extra focus on everything I was putting on my face and neck. From years of tanning (I wish I could go back in my time machine and un-do all of those tanner-than-humanly-possible days) I have sun spots underneath my eyes, high up on my cheekbones. I needed something that would help dull these down and help even out my complexion. I also wanted something that would help keep everything firm, from my neck up.
My daily beauty routine starts with Smart™ Custom-Repair Eye Treatment and Sculptwear™ Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck, using these two together has left my skin feeling the best yet. After using in the morning and night, for a full month now, my skin feels youthful and sunspots are dull!
After treating, I’m using Beyond Perfecting Foundation Concealer to set a base for color. I wasn’t a liquid kind of concealer type of gal (I was using Bare Minerals powder) and this changed the game for me. Next, I highlight and contour with chubby sticks, that are easily customizable for more drama (read: looking like a Kardashian) depending on the occasion. After that, a little Chubby Lash goes a long way. I’ve been using black and then a coat of portly plum, which really brings out the green in my hazel eyes. I finish my makeup off with some color on my lips, right now I am OBSESSED with berry pop.
And a little extra something, something because I love the idea of a colorful pout for everyday of the week. Seven limited-edition shades, from Take-On Tuesday, a bright pretty coral, to Sassy Saturday, a rich red, there’s a custom-colour for every mood and occasion.