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.
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.
Couples Painting & Prosecco
Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 14th
Muse Paintbar hosts a special edition of their paint and drink model for couples. You and your date will each get a canvas to complete, together making one giant piece of artwork. Check out their newly opened locations at Assembly Row, Somerville and MarketStreet, Lynnfield.
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