Taking this Asos mini off the shoulder dress from day to night is as easy as one, two, three. Add some height with wedges and some color with your accessories. I’m loving this oversized clutch not only for it’s tassel and embroidered details, but because the size is perfect for all of your essentials and a pair of late night to-the-rescue flip flops. A complementary Sisco Berluti stack of pinks, gold and purple is a fun way to pop more color into your look, and you can mix and match these to your hearts desire. Not pictured, but would be remiss to add, after accessorizing have some more fun with your lip color and add a half up messy bun for good measure.
Celine Audrey Sunglasses – $289 (from $480)
Asos Mini Off The Shoulder Dress – $25
Vineyard Vines Medallion Embroidered Clutch – $59 (From $99)
J.Crew Slingback Wedges – $59.50 (From $118)
All photos are credit to my very talented friend Laura Saur of LCSStudio.com.
It’s official. I found the most perfect, easy to wear, off the shoulder, little black dress AND, even better: it’s only $25. No, thats not a typo, so you might as well treat yourself to one in every color. I bought it in black and red, just for good measure, and because I felt like I absolutely had to at this price! For the first look in this two part, one dress two ways series, I dressed down the LBD for an easy, breezy day look, perfect for afternoon shopping, exploring and lunch with girlfriends. Pairing the dress with all black accessories, keeps the look simple but chic. An oversized tote is perfect for daytime adventures, and if you aren’t 110% committed to the gladiator/lace up sandal trend, these Splendid sandals are a perfect mix!
ASOS Off The Shoulder Mini Dress – $25
J.Crew Long Pendant Crystal Necklace – $15 (from $40)
Splendid Camdyn Criss Cross Sandals – $53 (from $108)
Celine Audrey Sunglasses – $289 (from $480, I actually scored mine locally at Covet in South Boston!)
Celine Medium Cabas Tote – $2,250 (The new version has TASSELS!)
Have you been over to Chestnut Hill Square recently? If not, you’re missing out. The shopping center is growing, most recently with the addition of European Wax Center (first-time guests can get a free wax with this pass!) and Soul Cycle, the most upbeat way to get your sweat on. We visited last week to preview the new summer menu at Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, and to explore the shopping center.
Nothing screams summer like light, yet filling dishes and bold fruity drinks. Our starters, lobster and steak flatbreads, were complimented by their new summer drink: Peach Bourbon Smash, which was just as refreshing as it sounds. Next came a watermelon salad with feta, tomatoes, onions and a light vinaigrette glaze. I’m usually not a fan of mixing my fruits and veggies but the salad was so light and so, so tasty. Fresh, local salmon with risotto and asparagus was next on the list. We completed our night with mini desert cups, I couldn’t resist the key lime pie! The portions we’re just enough for an after meal treat without feeling guilty. Season 52’s hip ambiance, creative menu and fresh ingredients we’re a huge hit.
We couldn’t leave the shops without stopping in at Athleta where we got to obsess over their new collection. Mix and match all season long with versatile tops and patterned crops. I love that Athleta boasts athletic wear + lifestyle pieces, truly making it a go-to for athleisure. I’m currently crushing on: this tank top. It’s so flowy and lightweight, which makes it perfect for any workout. Plus, the array of colors match just about anything. The Daytrip dress is also perfect for post-spin dinner wear. Next on my wish list: these bold, colorful crops. A must for on-the-go weekends from classes to errands.
Chestnut Hill Square is home to retailers Anthropologie and Free People. In addition to service providers like European Wax Center and Soul Cycle, you can also book yourself a blow out at drybar while you’re there. Get fit, pamper yourself, shop and dine all in one spot.
My new fave summer lip color: Guav-va-voom. It goes on liquid and stays bright and shiny all day. Perfect with sunkissed (spray tan!) skin, and a neutral eye, you won’t need much else for makeup, because this little tube does all the work. Bold pink is such a perfect, no fuss summer color. Throw your hair up in a messy bun, grab some sunglasses and this little baby and head out the door. At $21, you really, really can’t go wrong.
Next week! The Fitness Collection arrives thanks to Cyc Fitness! Purchase a one week membership and experience a curated collection of Boston’s boutique studios, while booking on your own schedule. In addition to six classes, you’ll receive 15% off with MiniLuxe, PlateJoy, Pressed and Pure Glow!
Get your wellness on,
You’ve definitely seen everyone drinking frothy green teas, lattes, smoothies and even eating those oh-so-pretty smoothie bowls. The secret ingredient/newest super food? Maca! Kerri Axelrod, local board-certified holistic health counselor (AADP) and yoga instructor shared one of her latest and greatest recipes with me, including – you guessed it – MACA!
maca smoothie bowl
By Kerri Axelrod Wellness
2 cups of spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp maca powder
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend well
Pour smoothie into a bowl
Garnish with toppings of your choice (chia seeds, hemp seeds, blueberries, mulberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, etc.) *Don’t forget to snap a photo of your beautiful creation before digging in!
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!