Spring is almost in the air with Pantone’s new colors. From earthy tones to bolder shades, Pantone’s Spring 2017 swatches can be worn as neutrals or a statement color all year round. Even though we’re already thinking/wishing ahead. We’re loving the earthy swatch Kale, superfood and super color.This hue easily transitions from winter to spring. Think swapping dark denim and booties for white jeans and embellished gladiators. If you’re in need of a late-winter wardrobe refresh, be sure to add this inspired-by-nature hue. Matcha green tea run? Throw on this faux leather jacket over a v-neck tee. So simple, yet so on trend. Go from the 9-5 grind to happy hour cocktails in this green ruffle-trim blouse, half tucked into your favorite skinny jeans with heels. This GAP piece is two trends in one: a midi silhouette + a kale-inspired hue. Consider this flowy skirt a go-to for weekend gatherings that’ll easily transition to spring. The lightweight and sweat-wicking fabric on these high-waisted crop leggings is breathable enough for that Saturday spin class and running errands around town after! Wrap on a printed scarf, the perfect accessory to help seamlessly transition your wardrobe from chunky knits to light layers. Plus, the tassel details are adorable. Add a pop of (nature-inspired) color with Banana Republic’s leather tote. This carry-all does double duty: work and weekend bag.
1. BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket – $59.50 (Was $98!)
2. J.Crew Drapey Ruffle-trim Top – $69.50
3. GAP A-line Midi Skirt – $59.95 (40% off with code TODAY)
5. Madewell Zigzag Tassel Scarf – $65
Shoulder and sleeve details are so hot right now and this chunky knit has the perfect ruffle shoulder detail, in the girliest shade of pink. I snagged this easy-to-wear Willow and Paige sweater for just $31, on ASOS.com and have been wearing it all season long. ASOS has an awesome selection of unique sweaters that are perfect for when your not feeling your tried and true basics from J.Crew. A little pop of color is the perfect way to brighten up a winter day.
I also can’t get enough of these Dogeared gold-dipped necklaces, worn together for a little extra something something.
Willow and Paige Ribbed Sweater with Shoulder Ruffle Sweater – $31 (from $53)
Joe’s Jeans The Twiggy – $189
Tory Burch Junction High Heel Booties – $237 (from $395)
A few more pink, sleeve detail sweaters:
Need a last minute dinner recommendation for you and your sweetheart or you and your squad for this weekend? We’ve got some ideas for you!
Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner menu for just $69 per person, but why limit the love to one day? The luxe Valentine’s Day menu will be served as a la carte specials through Sunday, February 19th, 2017. The Beehive will also be serving a lover’s weekend brunch on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, the 19th from 10AM to 3PM. The Beehive is located at 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Reservations: 617-423-0069.
Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner menu and live music for $58 per person. The luxe Valentine’s Day menu featuring à la carte specials will be served in addition to the regular menu through Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Beat Brassiere will also be serving a lover’s weekend brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM. All week long guests can spice things up with Valentine’s Day drink specials and a selection of 36 small-crafted, high-quality American artisanal wines on tap that The Beat is known for. Reservations: 617-499-000, 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Heat things up at the table by choosing Rack of Lamb Lollipops with Framboise raspberry sauce and rosemary roasted potatoes or Baked Stuffed Lobster, a 3-pound lobster, scallops, spinach, bread crumbs, and a side of truffle mac n’ cheese. To end the night on a sweet note, seal the deal with the dessert known as Frozen in Time. Reservations: 617-337-0054. Pier 6 is located at One 8th Street, Charlestown, MA.
The following specials are available on Tuesday, from 5 to 10PM, in addition to their full menus.
Enjoy a la carte specials prepared by Chef de Cuisine Bob Krajewski including first course options like Parmentier of Jonah Crab with avocado, sesame tuile, baby radish and upland cress salad, and main course options that include Merlu Poele, pan roasted cod, basted with lemon and thyme, confit aux legumes de terre and sauce romesco. To view the full menu, click here. Reservations: 617-424-8577. Aquitaine is located at 569 Tremont Street, Boston MA, 02118.
A la carte selections for the first course include Alaskan Side-Striped Shrimp, lightly poached with Saffron aioli, grapefruit and celery, and entrées like Merluzzo Arrosto, roasted cod, celeriac puree, poached artichokes, new potatoes and garlic glassa. To view the full menu, click here. Reservations: 617-338-9500. Cinquecento is located at 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118.
Chef de Cuisine Curtis Healy prepares first course options that include Pan Seared Foie Gras with Seville orange, hazelnuts, sauternes honey and house made brioche, as well as main course selections like Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Brussel sprouts, cippolini onions, red kuri squash and foie gras emulsion. Reservations: 617-422-0224. To view the full menu, click here. Gaslight is located at 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118.
Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters presents an impressive menu that includes Roasted Clams, pan roasted Manilla clams, crispy pancetta and cured radish, as well as entrée selections that include Monkfish, white asparagus, caper berries and crispy speck. Click here to view the full menu. Reservations: 617-338-5300. La Motta’s is located at 1357 Washington Street, Boston MA, 02118.
Valentine’s day is right around the corner, like, literally, a few days away. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items for your Valentine or Galentine (bestie) gifts, all under $100.
Traveling? On the go? This Kate Spade mini speaker is perfect to take with you. It’s pink, so it naturally made it into our valentine’s day gift guide.
The Paper Store has tons of goodies, including these Dogeared necklaces that are so dainty and feminine, we love them in layered in gold. We’re also digging the mantras on each, making them extra special, so you gift necklaces that are near and dear to her heart.
Valentine’s day wouldn’t be complete with out some sort of sweets. Ditch the traditional chocolate and get her something unexpected. Champagne gummy bears and olive (you!) almonds, both under $10, for the win.
This Shop Ban.do reusable tote is so cheery, it’s the perfect size for your lunch or to put your produce in during your weekly trip to the market. Check your local stores for this one, or parooze the other super cute options.
This Smashbox gift set is just perfect for someone to try out the matte trend, with a few staple colors: Bing Matte (classic red), First Time Matte (neutral coral) and Publicist Matte (vibrant fuchsia), that will never go out of style. The trio is paraben and sulfate free.
Diptyque’s new limited edition floral candles smell like absolute heaven. After burning, the jar makes for a beautiful catch-all or vase for short stemmed blooms.
1. Kate Spade Music to My Ears Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $59.99 via The Paper Store
2. Dogeared Balance Necklace – $48 via The Paper Store
3. Dogeared Love Knot Necklace – $58 via The Paper Store
4. Sugarfina “Cheers to us” Champagne Gummy Bears – $8.50
5. Shop Ban.do heart tote – $25 via The Paper Store
6. Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Minis – $22 ($50 value)
8. Sugarfina Olive You Martini Almonds – $7.50
9. Fujifilm Instax 8 Mini Camera – $69 (Normally $99)
10. Diptyque Rosa Mondi Limited Edition Candle – $68
A few too many warm bowls full of carbs and eating dinner on the couch, under blankets has had me feeling pretty lethargic. My seasonal depression has been creeping in, but here’s how I battle those winter blues.
Brighten up your space with a new print. Gray Malin’s colorful perspective captures summer from the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Prints are a bit pricey, so check out etsy for some more affordable options, this way you can make a whole feel-good gallery wall.
This cool mist diffuser has become a staple in my house. I started with using one in the bedroom while sleeping, then added one to our living room and now I’m trying to figure out how to get one approved for my office. Picking out essential oils depending on what I am in the mood for has also turned me into a mixologist of sorts (ha!).
Jennifer Sowle of Saratoga Aromatherapy suggests her Relax Blend, a truly uplifting and mood enhancing blend of bergamot, Ylang Lang, rosewood and lemon. Reach out to Jennifer for a personalized complimentary consultation and recommendation, she’s amazing and totally got me during our consult, she knew things about me – without me even telling her first! Spend $50 and receive $10 off your order with code “winterblues10”.
My new Sunday night ritual includes a ginger detox bath. I’m not a huge fan of baths (something about sitting in a tub doesn’t scream “clean” to me) but this is different. You’re doing this to sweat out toxins and refresh, and then you’ll need to shower after to get clean.
Ginger Detox Bath
- 1/2 cup freshly ground ginger
- 1 cup epsom salt (I really love Dr. Teals, and recommend the Relax & Relief version with eucalyptus)
- Stir the mix into the tub, with the warmest water you can stand
2. Grab your fave book or magazine and chill out for 20 mins while you relax
A few things to keep in mind before you try this: you should test ginger on your skin before you hop into the tub. You’ll sweat in the bath and after you get out for about an hour, give yourself some time to release the toxins and wear something you don’t mind sweating in. Make sure you drink plenty of water post-bath to stay hydrated.
Grab your girlfriends and do a think-spring activity, a floral arrangement class with Table & Tulip in the south end is the perfect two hour escape. Classes range from succulents and terrariums to “not your grandma’s flower class”. Check out their current schedule here.
- Gray Malin Bondi Beach Print – $299
2. The Essential Wellness Cool Mist Diffuser – $39 (From $59) PLUS extra 20% off with code “20PRETTY”
3. Dr. Teals Epsom Salt in Relax and Relief – $4.89
4. Table & Tulip Floral Arrangement Class – $60 (now on Gilt City Boston!)
Winter can be harsh in many ways: shoveling, freezing temps, salt ruining your favorite new boots, and it can be especially rough on your skin. Thankfully for us, I got to catch up with Pete Dziedzic, owner of skoah, South End and Chestnut Hill. skoah is known for its skin training philosophy, think of it as a spa turned gym, with personal trainers to bring out the best in your skin, using only natural, high-performance products. Don’t let the “gym” fool you, skoah’s Boston locations are absolutely stress (and sweat!) free.
First steps first. You’ve got to tweak your at-home routine to add more hydration. Cold air can wreak havoc on our skin (think about how chapped your hands get when you forget your gloves!). This also means go easy on the hot showers. As amazing as they feel, hot water can break down the lipid barrier of the skin, causing more moisture loss. Lukewarm water is best!
Exfoliating is equally as important. Make sure to exfoliate a few times a week (2-3x is optimal) to get rid of dead skin. Not only will this help skin in looking brighter, products will be more effective, working on live skin. Exfoliation can mean different things for different skin types. For example, my skin trainer recommended peel type exfoliants vs. scrubs for my skin type.
For an at home pick-me-up, try this do it yourself treatment. What you’ll need:
- An hour long episode of your fave show (we’re thinking Scandal)
- Exfoliation/chemical peel mask
- Treatment/hydration mask
Step 1: cleanse your face
Step 2: apply chemical peel mask
Step 3: pour a tall glass of wine
Step 4: at the second commercial break, wash off the first mask and apply your hydration mask
Step 5: pour another glass of wine
Step 6: remove the second mask, or leave it on overnight for maximum hydration
Add some new tools to your winter skin survival kit:
skoah Face Balm is a winter miracle worker! Use it over your moisturizer during the day to help create a protective barrier from wind and cold. At night, the shea butter, highly refined olive oil and rice bran wax soothes and softens dry skin.
The skoah AHA mask is one of their most popular products and uses alpha hydroxy acids derived from grape and apple seeds to gently remove dead skin while sea kelp algae helps to hydrate the skin. I bought this last year, and just ran out!
The hydradew mask is another tried and true most-popular product, not only does it smell heavenly, the moisture instantly brings your skin back to life. I especially like sleeping in this, as it’s not super sticky and doesn’t rub off on your bedding.
Of course, it always helps to treat yourself to some time with a pro. I highly recommend the kick starter membership to get you started. The $180 membership includes your choice of 3 fitskin facials, 3 power facials or 2 facialsicious facials. It’s the perfect way to get your skin (and body!) feeling wonderful again.
Call for your appointment:
Shops at The Street
33 Boylston Street
641A Tremont Street
I can’t believe it’s late-January! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Hope your 2017 is off to an amazing start. Let’s play a little game of catch up below, with a new series for the year, a weekly round up of what we’re up to, what we want, what we’ve got (and you have to get!).
The newest Juice Press is officially in town, at 500 Boylston Street, with a new location at 109 Seaport Boulevard, opening early this year. Try the “Souped Greens” soup, (I got to put together my own at their grand opening celebration’s soup bar, above) it’s so delicious, perfect for a winter night.
I’ve been getting major compliments on my new locks, painted by Laura Mazzaferro. Check out her work on instagram and go see her for a color consultation. (Don’t mind the iPhone before pic, it’s there to appreciate the brunette balayage that’s so hard to get right!)
Tash just ordered these J.Crew black distressed skinny jeans and she’s been living in the high-rise pair styled with a front tucked oversized tee and chunky cardigan. Lookout high-rise jean in true black was $125, now $115 plus 40% off, bam: $69 jeans. (Use code: GETSHOPPING)
S & Tash
These gifts are perfect for the beauty lover in your life, or even to pamper yourself with. Pro tip: don’t be afraid to break up the gift sets and give them out to more than a few friends.
Hair stylist Laura Mazzaferro (the only person I trust with my locks) recommends Olaplaex Hair Perfector #3 take home treatment, perfect for those with dry, color treated or damaged hair, making color last longer, while rebonding broken strands. Redken’s WindBlown50 adds just the right amount of texture and volume without weighing down you mane. Perfect stocking stuffers!
Younger looking skin will you sleep? Sign me up. The illuminage Skin Rejuvenation Pillowcase does just that! The pillowcase fibers are carefully embedded with Cupron® Copper Oxide technology, it’s clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks with a continuing effect over time.
One of the only bummers about traveling are hotel blowdryers. Don’t fret about that again, take Drybar’s Ultimate Travel Set with you. A little birdy also told me Boston is getting a new Drybar location, in downtown crossing!
2. Sephora Holy Sheet! Sheet Set – $48.00 ($100 value)
3. illuminage Rejuvenating Pillow Case – $60
4. Redken Windblown 05 – $19
5. Drybar Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit – $134
6. Fresh Sugar Lip Seduction Set – $50
Pineapples are everywhere, and we have a serious obsession. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pineapple lovers gift ideas, all under $75.
Succulents need a planter as cute as they are. Look no further, this pineapple vase and planter does just the trick.
Pillows are an easy and interchangeable way to switch things up in your living room. We’ve got our eyes on this gold watercolor print cover.
Brush up on your bartending skills with this gold pineapple cocktail shaker and serve in gold (or copper) tumblers. A shaker with this much style is sure to steal the show (or maybe it’s your fruity drinks).
Which is more real – the cheese obsession or the pineapple craze? Check both loves off the list with this marble pineapple cheese board.
Tall candles can create major romance, the more candles the merrier. These taper holders are especially after our hearts.
1. CB2 Colada pineapple vase & planter – $5.95
2. Williams-Sonoma Gold Pineapple Cocktail Shaker – $79.95 (15% off when you sign up for email)
3. Society6 Golden Pineapple Throw Pillow Cover – $18
4. Anthropologie Marble & Acacia Cheese Board – $68
5. Bloomingdales Pineapple Tumbler – $35 (Now 25% off!)
6. Anthropologie Pineapple Taper Holder – $36
These gifts are sure to be the pineapple of their eye.
S & Tasha
While you’re out there buying gifts for everyone on your list, don’t forget about yourself. 40% off everything, for the first time in this retailer’s history is just one more reason to treat yourself! Our top J.Crew faves:
My favorite combination: camel + cozy wool. This sweater is the perfect fit for winter and a half tuck into skirts for holiday dressing.
2. Ruffle-Sleeve Top in Merlot – $78
I can’t get enough of this button-down: Tartan plaid is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.
3. Perfect Shirt in Steward Plaid – $78
Calling all wanderlusting daydreamers, this graphic print tee is so casual cool. (New York, Rome & Paris available, too!)
4. London Destination T-Shirt – $39.50
Baby it’s cold outside, snuggle up in this adorable boyfriend inspired nightgown.
5. Striped Nightshirt – $68
Who says bundling up can’t be cute as a button?
6. Pom-Pom Hat – $39.50
Pair a fun tee with a simple cards and hi-rise jeans for an easy casual look. These striped, relaxed, neutral staples will be on wardrobe repeat all winter long. Use code Monday at check out to receive 40% off your entire order.