Work out for a cause. Equinox has teamed up with Maria Shriver to present Move for Minds, a one-of-a-kind event where attendees participate in a 45 minute yoga class, 45 minute all-levels cardio class, followed by a guided meditation. Along with with physical and mental health, some of the biggest names in food, science and well-being will be on hand to educate and show you what’s new. The event will happen simultaneously across the country in six major cities.
Boston – step up. It’s not too late to help, register to participate or donate here and 100% of the money raced will support gender-based research at the partner organizations of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge.
TOMORROW, Saturday May 21st
4 Avery Street, Boston MA 02111
A few weekends ago I made the (well worth it) drive to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets for some spring and summer shopping, and boy have things changed since I worked here in high school. Yes, I worked at Off Fifth in high school and yes, I spent my whole check on deeply discounted Chanel mules and Splendid tops that you know, every 17 year old really needs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have been back to Wrentham many a times between then and now, but this visit was different. The selection of stores seemed more elevated, the product was new and right on trend, and the prices were spot on. This trip we happened to be dog sitting our little pal Barkley, and we took him shopping with us, to the delight of many dog-friendly store associates and shoppers! (I think John actually got to shop more, because I was holding Barkley and became the center of attention.)
We made our way around the premium outlets starting at Vineyard Vines. John scored four summery, yet work appropriate button ups, all on an extra percentage off the marked down price. I was eyeing the white jeans with blue floral pattern (how cute are you?) and pops of neon and texture throughout the store. My new oversized clutch epitomizes both of these things and I can’t wait to sport it all summer long.
After that we paroozed through Off Fifth, specifically loving the selection of designer footwear. The three Kate Spade pairs above and the post card flats by Alice + Olivia were just too adorable to pass up. Of course, we wandered across the hall to Salvatore Ferragamo and I fell in love with the perfect-for-summer perforated version of their famous flats.
J.Crew was up next, and I picked up a few pieces that could be mixed and matched in a few ways (I’m actually wearing one of the tops I bought, as I type this blog post!). I was able to use my savings passport (more about that below) because my purchase met the spending threshold, so I scored even more savings!
John picked up a few more things, including a gorgeous pair of navy blue with white sole Lunar Grands from Cole Haan at a very, very deep discount.
All in all, our trip was a success, even Barkley had a wonderful time!
Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale (Friday, May 27th – Monday, May 30th)
July 4th Weekend Sidewalk Sale (Friday, July 1st – Monday, July 4th)
Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale (Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th)
For even grater savings, I highly recommend you sign up to be a member of their complemenatary VIP Club. Upon joining you’ll have access to their digital VIP Lounge for exclusive coupons, emails about the latest events and savings and in-person you’ll receive the savings passport. I can’t even tell you how much more I’ved saved by utilizing the passport – it’s like the cherry on top!
Don’t forget about Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, one of my faves and Restoration Hardware, who’s stores are not connected to the shopping mall, but are located in the front of the compound when you drive in.
It’s FINALLY warm enough for sandals in Boston, yay, yay, yay! I got a chance to test run some summer outfits last week in California, just in time for the weather to get warmer back here on the east coast. One of the basic rules for the first few warm days that turn into cooler nights is to go long on the top or bottom, and I am a huge fan of shorts and long sleeves.
I love the idea of color blocking but mixing in new, unexpected texture and patterns. Cue tassels, faux alligator, stripes and mirrored blue for an easy-to-wear, from day-to-night look. Extra special shout out on these earrings, they are just big enough to make a statement but not be in your way all night. Next time, I’ll wear them with my hair pulled back for more drama.
Rayban Aviator Flash in Blue -$175
Bliss Bold Over Liquified Gloss in Gauvavoom – $21
Capwell + Co Ouvea Fringe Drops – $48
J.Crew Factory Boatneck Long-Sleeve Striped Tee – $29
Joe’s Jeans The Rolled Short – $138
Mystique Hartford Sandals – $155
It’s FINALLY reached temperatures OK enough to pack away my fall and winter boots in Boston. Each year, I delicately pack these away for that day in October when it gets just crisp enough and you have been wearing sandals and flats so much that you’ll be so excited to see them again.
What you’ll need:
- 4 magazines (the thicker, the better, however September issues are typically too thick)
- 2 towels
- Leather cleaner & moisturizer (I used this Coach version I’ve had forever)
- Shoe box or any sealed plastic box
Start by assessing your boots. Are the heels in-tact or worn? Are there any major scuffs that have been eroded from street salt? If so, I would visit George first to help get your boots back to a good place, and then follow the instructions below for storage. George has actually re-healed my Tory Burch riding boots, in a very quick turnaround time, and for very short cash. His ‘shop’ (I’m quoting here and once you visit you’ll know why) is in the South End and is cash only.
After that, start by cleaning the leather of each boot with your one of your spare towels. Make sure the boots are authentic leather, you’ll know right away if they aren’t, because the cleaner may strip the color from your boots. After cleaning, let them dry for about 10 mins, and then apply a layer of moisturizer with your other spare towel. Repeat on each boot.
Once cleaned and moisturized roll a magazine into a tube, and place inside the shaft of the boot. Depending on how tall the boot is, do this twice and stack the magazines on top of each other. For booties, I cut my magazines in half and place one half in each shoe.
After this, place inside your shoe box. I like to save my tissue and re-wrap the boots each season while packing them up. If you didn’t save any, it’s worth buying some tissue to wrap these babies in.
Last step, kiss them goodbye for the spring and summer season. When you open them up again on that brisk day in October, they will look like new!
I’m so excited about the Juice Press, opening at The Street! In fact, I wish this was opening in my own backyard. Not only does the Juice Press serve fresh-pressed juice, they have everything from acai bowls and avocado toast to infused waters and vegan desserts.
For the first two days, this Saturday and Sunday, enjoy 50% off 5 items to celebrate! Visit between 8AM & 8PM.
Boston Marathon runners who show their official medal will receive one free juice or smoothie between Monday April 18th and Wednesday April 20th (one per runner).
33 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Now through April 18th, visit Neiman Marcus, for a pop-up featuring hats from designers like Marzi, Helen Kaminsky, Eric Javits and Angiolo Frasconi. From wide-brimmed hats to fascinators, the pop-up is just in time for your Derby parties and Party in the Park on May 11th!
Monday – Saturday: 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00p.m.
Accessories and Handbags, Second Floor
5 Copley Pl, Boston
Happy hats shopping!
Photo cred: Lisa Richov
MiniLuxe has opened it’s newest location, at The Street, in Chestnut Hill, spanning two floors and nearly two thousand square feet. The new location debuts The Color Runway (above), from which guests can select seasonal polish hues in a variety of formulations, including wet polish, a new long-lasting gel alternative called hybrid polish (I got this one my toes!), and long-lasting gel.
MiniLuxe is known for it’s cleanliness and innovation in products, including it’s own line of polishes that are “five free,” as they do not contain the most notorious chemicals commonly used in nail polish: dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. All tools are either gifted to guests after use, or made of surgical steel and undergo a three-step sterilization process in the Clean Lab: hand-scrubbing, ultrasonic debris removal, and hospital-grade autoclaving.
I went in for a pedicure on opening weekend and tried the hybrid polish. The pedicure was 35 minutes of pure relaxation. I opted for the hybrid polish, that goes on in just two coats and almost instantly dries. I was very impressed with the time saving, but a little bummed that it wasn’t as shiny as I hoped. A week later, it’s still going strong though!
MiniLuxe at The Street is located at 23 Boylston Street, Newton, MA. It’s open seven days a week: Monday-Saturday: 8am-9pm and on Sunday from 9am-8pm. Appointments are recommended and may be booked online at www.MiniLuxe.com or by phone at 617-379-0270.
If you try out the hybrid polish, let me know what you think!
You know when people say life is, “crazy”? Well, life is crazy. I just transitioned to a new job, thats way out of my comfort zone and an array of personal things have happened over the last few weeks that has made time fly by during the day but hours drag, wide-eyed at night. I swear, my shoulders are permanently turned inward from carrying stress and the bags under eye eyes could be designer.
That said, I’ve been in major need of some R&R and help from the pros. I enlisted Pyara Spa and Salon in Cambridge to take my mind off things for a full morning of tranquility. This was my second time to the salon, and first time enjoying spa services. The atmosphere, since my first visit, was completely upgraded and new. The lobby was fresh and modern, mostly crisp white with splashes of color at the beauty stations and product walls. Downstairs, where the spa services are held, was tranquil. Just light enough to get around from locker room to your services, but dark enough to put you in s state of almost-sleepy-zen.
My morning at Pyara started with a master-facial with a super sweet and perfectly skinned esthetician named Kristen. I’ve never used the word, “dewey” in relation to someone’s skin, but Kristen’s face was just that, really glowing. Really. As I entered the room, tensely bundled in a plush robe, her smile was so welcoming and her skin made me so excited. If hers looked like that, imagine what she could do to my tired/stressed skin?! The facial started in an interesting way, with a foot scrub/wash. I’ve never experienced this before, but it was an amazing way to kick off the few hours of ‘me time’. After a little scrub and better-than-a-pedicure foot and calf massage, the facial started. We chatted about my stresses, skin history and I got to pick out what scent I wanted to be prominent during the service.
After that, I basically fell asleep as Kristen cleansed, extracted and exfoliated my skin into a state of bliss. We talked a bit about my skincare regimen and I noted my years of tanning (gross) that left me with sun spots. She enhanced the facial, using enbrightenment™ brightening correcting serum on my spots. It smelt so dreamy and felt so great, that I ended up purchasing a tube of this at the end of my morning.
After my facial (mind you, this was with a heavenly face and neck massage), I was walked to my next service, an hour Stress Fix massage with Dominique. Again, I was able to choose my aromatherapy, and how loud I wanted the music to be played. Dominique used Swedish and deep tissue techniques to relive stress and again I could feel myself falling asleep. Upon learning of a previous injury, she made me feel even more comfortable, not by ignoring it and skipping over it, but by paying more close attention to my right ankle and giving it some TLC. No other massage therapist I’ve ever had, as taken that approach.
Upon resurfacing to the main lobby, I felt fresh and renewed, completely at ease. My skin felt dewey and my body felt relaxed. As I was checking out, the receptionist even asked if I’d like a complimentary makeup application, just in case I was off to somewhere special post appointment. I was going to a yoga class, so I declined, but I would have loved to stay and continued the pampering.
If you haven’t been in for a treat, you need to go. PRONTO.
If you haven’t met Kendra Phillip yet, you’re missing out. The 100% USA-made brand (designed in Manhattan, and made in Rhode Island) is sleek and modern, in an understated yet confident way. Think glamour with minimalist inspiration. Golds and silvers with simple, yet impactful details like hammered metal and tiny etching on pendant necklaces make these pieces stand out.
What’s even better? The socially conscious Kendra Phillip Designs donates a portion of profits each month to different charities, this month, ExpandEDSchools, a nonprofit organization determined to bridge the education gap between low income students and the world.
The jewels are available locally at one of my faves, Ku De Ta in Chestnut Hill!
So for my new fave spin on Valentine’s Day, head over to my instagram to win you and your GALentine a gold and silver mini cuff worth $54 each and a gold Love bar pendant necklace valued at $75!
PS – now through 2/14 enjoy 25% off your order with code LOVE!
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.