Tomorrow is Fabulous Frocks & Bespoke Boston Weddings’ Spring Dress Party! Before joining us for a night of bridal fashion, get to know Amanda, the owner of Fabulous Frocks! Check her out above in one of my favorite bridal designers, Reem Acra. (Tip: make sure to follow on instagram & Facebook, as she posts arrivals frequently!)
+ You were a hygienist before opening the shop, why transition to brides and dresses?
I have always wanted to open my own bridal boutique! It’s something I thought about doing for years and with the support of my husband, I finally decided to go for it. Having experience as a makeup artist, and my passion for fashion, along with an eye for high-end designer bridal gowns, opening a bridal boutique was a perfect fit. I love styling brides and making them feel fabulous!
+ Since opening, last fall, what has been your best moment thus far?
Hands down, when I met my first bride and helped her find her dress and join the Fabulous Frocks family.
+ Any tips for brides trying on for the first time?
I always tell first time shoppers to keep an open mind and HAVE FUN!
See you tomorrow from 6-8PM!
Stripes are so easy to wear, I’m considering them a neutral at this point. Thick stripes, thin stripes, ombre patterns up and down the stripes, you name it – the pattern is quickly becoming a staple in my wardrobe. Easily dressed up or down, you can have so much fun with taking the pattern in either direction depending on the occasion. I scored the top pictured at TJMaxx, for like $20, and I think I’ve already worn it once a weekend for the last month, whoops. I’ve been saving (read: trying SO SO SO hard not to buy new clothes) for that big-girl purchase that you live inside of (so I don’t become the old lady that lives in her shoe. Mind you, they’d be really, nice shoes), so I’ve been only spending on affordable, wear-it-many-different ways options, and this top totally fit the bill.
Side note: I’m also over the top obsessed with my Rocks Box subscription, and these beautiful earrings came in my latest delivery. I can’t get enough. It’s you’re last chance to try the service for free using my special code, so get started filling out your style profile and enjoy!
Ray-Ban RB3025 Large Aviator Blue Mirror Lens Sunnies – $137 (Extra 10% off w/code: 10FORYOU)
Perry Street Julia earrings via Rocks Box – First month free with code: SHAUNAGALLAGHERXOXO & $19 after that for unlimited goodies each month
TJ Maxx Acemi Striped Tunic – $13 (similar to above)
J.Crew Toothpick Jean in Destructed Miller Wash – $79.99 (From $140, with an additional 30% off w/code: YAYMAY)
J.Crew Stella Suede Pumps – $238 (Take 30% off w/code: TIMETOSHOP)
Sole Society Milan Tote – $59 (A little biddy told me if you sign up for their email, you get 20% off!)
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Beacon Hill, get ready to get even more beautiful! Follain is branching out and landing it’s picture-perfect shop (see photos of their South End location above & tell me you don’t want to instagram them) at 65 Charles Street. It’s new location will be it’s flagship, boasting more space for in-store events and education. Think: meet the maker events and workshops like “Safe Scent Mixing“. The shop will feature a few firsts for the brand, a dedicated mom + baby selection and men’s shaving section.
Thursday, April 30th
65 Charles Street, Beacon Hill
Gaelic for ‘healthy, wholesome, and sound,’ Follain carries 35+ spa-grade, US-made brands and believes that no one should have to sacrifice their health and values for beauty.
Hope to see you there!
Photo Credit: Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios
Meet Lauren, one of my favorite people and someone I’m lucky to call my friend for the past 10+ years. She’s a Charlestown resident and a graphic designer by day, working with some pretty major clients, in fact – you’ve probably seen her work at least once today! Lauren is also recently engaged and if she looks familiar, you may have seen her Rock Love Photo Shoot with Lauren Wells and Cambria Grace last fall. We got together to talk all things wedding while we strolled through Charlestown with fresh pressed juice in hand. Lauren’s look was the perfect, easy Sunday get up. Casual stripes, a perfect balance of neutrals with just a touch of sparkle in each ear. Even better, most of the pieces are on major sale right now, get it while it’s hot.
Capwell+ Co. COASTAL ALLURE EAR CRAWLERS – $32
Kate Spade Bayleigh Sunnies – $101 (Down from $145)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Goldtone Watch - $175 (PLUS 30% off during Friends & Family!)
Lou & Grey Haze Stripe Sweatshirt – now $44 (PLUS 40% off during Friends & Family event!)
Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Percy Crossbody – $198 (PLUS 30% off during Saks’ Friends & Family event!)
AG Ankle Legging Jeans - $224
Tory Burch Reva Flats – $225 (PLUS 30% off during Saks’ Friends & Family event!)
Alongside Fabulous Frocks & Bespoke Boston Weddings, yours truly will be showing off the latest in bridal styles. Join us for a night of bridal fashion while mix and mingling with shop owner, Amanda and Biana and Jackie who just launched their wedding planning business!
I had a chance to chat with Biana and get the scoop on her and Jackie’s (whom she hit it off with, while working at the same firm) new adventure:
What is your career path thus far? Why wedding planning?
Both of our career paths have been as far from wedding planning as possible, but we’ve had the most important elements in each of our jobs for the makings of a great wedding planner. We’re efficient, communicative and most importantly, on your side to be your best contact when planning your event. We both found the process of wedding planning to be fun, but there were a lot of questions along the way that we wish we would have had guidance with in planning our own weddings. We decided to start our business to help couples navigate those questions and connect them with vendors that are also on their side. Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and to be part of that day with a couple is truly an honor.
Whats the most special thing about planning someones big day?
The most amazing thing about planning someone’s big day is seeing their vision come to life! All the details, the months of planning and the endless lists that were created all boil down to a few hours and how it all comes together. The moments right after “I Do” are the best because there is this calmness that takes over the couple and they really let loose and have fun at their reception!
Any advice for brides to be when it comes to planning?
Let people help you. Your mom, sister, friends, groom or wedding planner – don’t take on every single task yourself because you will end up stressing yourself out!
Hope to see you there!
What’s more fun than being treated to champagne while you take in a brand new watch collection by Tiffany & Co.?! I can’t think of anything, not one thing. Last week I was invited to preview Tiffany and Co.’s newest release, the The Tiffany CT60, inspired by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, who coined the phrase, “New York Minute”—a special ode to the city where he first opened his doors to a new world of style.
The collection thoughtfully plays homage to the New York Minute, infused with the energy—60 seconds of pure possibility. Inspired by a Tiffany & Co. gold watch given to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, the collection represents a seamless transition from historic to modern Tiffany design. Every watch in this collection is powered by movements of the finest Swiss pedigree.
The watches for men and women range in size, metals and diamond bezeled options. I personally gravitated toward the 34M Gray soleil dial (as shown in photos 3 & 4 above) with gold poudré numerals, with one diamond per second encasing the face, for a nice sparkly finish.
The collection changes pace with the Tiffany East West. The timepiece literally turns the rules of watchmaking on its side, with a rectangular shape crisply defined in stainless steel and a black, white or blue dial. Beyond the fashion statement you’ll make with the shape of the watch, the blue alligator strap and soleil face really brings trend to life (as shown in photos 6 and 7).
The Tiffany CT60 collection starts at $4,250 and Tiffany East West starts at $3,500 both available at Tiffany & Co. locations worldwide. In Boston, shop Tiffany & Co. on Newbury Street and at Copley Place.
Which is your fave?
Clinique was recently in town to introduce their newest release, 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. The makeup giant brought us to a paint bar, and how fitting – makeup is a lot like painting if you sit back and think about it!
NEW 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer is a liquid foundation and concealer that’s lightweight with full coverage, all day. It’s available in 20 wearable shades from ‘alabaster’ to ‘clove’ and can be applied as a spot treatment, concealer or an all over foundation. The breathable formula adapts to skin’s needs with dual-sphere particles that across excess oil or add hydration, whatever your skin requires. A unique applicator allows you to apply using different angles for the coverage you desire from a full coverage wand swipe to just using the tippy top of the brush for small blemishes, you decide.
Being a powder gal, I have to admit, I was a tiny bit hesitant to make the switch to liquid, but this liquids a keeper. I’ve completely stopped using my powder and buki brush, and am now hooked on Beyond Perfecting. I’ll post a complete review coming soon.
At long last, Boston-Based M.Gemi is here to bring us shoe lovers the best of the best, hand crafted right from Italy (where shoe dreams are made). About a month ago there were friends and family teases sent out from the brand, causing a stir of whispers amongst the most fashionable in the area. The wait is over.
M.Gemi carefully selects styles with freshness – from a unique twist on a trend like colorblocking, to unexpected materials like “under glass” leather. Their close relationships with factories allow them to react quickly to what they see and fall in love with and bring those styles directly to us! Their collaborative design team includes Italian and American talent, and “modellistas” who work in their artisanal factories and know the most beautiful lines and leathers.
Every Monday M.Gemi will release all new gorgeous styles, available only until the small batches are sold through, so if you like something make sure to jump on it, or else you might find yourself with a case of non-buyers regret. Because each pair is hand crafted by the finest artisans in Italy, there are a limited amount produced per style, per week. Don’t worry though, shipping and returns are complimentary, so if for some odd reason you don’t like them when you get them home, you can send them right on back.
Here are my current favorites:
The Fiero – $248
The Brava – $248
The Poetica – $178
Which are you adding to your shopping bag?
Forty years ago, Elizabeth Grady opened it’s skin care salon on Boston’s fashionable Newbury Street with a goal of mainstreaming time-tested European skincare methods of deep cleaning, anti-ageing, facial and massage treatments. The company has taken dramatic steps to improve the quality and consistency of treatments by designing a rigorous training program for aestheticians, requiring months of classes and instruction in skin care, nutrition, endocrine and skeletal systems, cosmetic chemistry and aesthetics theory.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, I welcomed the chance to get reacquainted with the brand by visiting their Saugus location for a service. I opted for a Micro Clean, a microdermabrasion paired with a signature facial. This was my first microdermabrasion, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was delighted with the results. My esthetician, Kelly, made me feel very comfortable before the service even started, taking time to explain the process and assuring me that my comfort level was her top priority. The brand new system that the spa uses, refines and restores your skins youthful vitality and beauty without harsh chemicals, lasers or surgery. Utilizing a fine mist of all natural sodium bicarbonate crystals to abrade the top layers of skin, the tool passes the crystals over the surface of the skin and then removes them to achieve a “buffing out” of the superficial skin irregularities. In addition to removing dead skin cells, the procedure stimulates the production of a new layer of skin cells and collagen. This part of of the service lasted about 15 minutes, with two passes over my face, and one more pass just on my specific problem areas. I’m not going to lie, it felt like sand paper against the skin, but not in a way that made me want to cry, more like a way that I knew it was really working and that I’d be sure to see results. Here’s my makeup free (judgement free zone here people) before & after:
The facial following the microdermabrasion is definitely the way to go, adding an extra layer of relaxing to the overall eperience. The massage is usually my favorite part of any facial, but at Elizabeth Grady, they integrate a red light therapy to further help soothe the skin, and it felt amazing.
After just one microdermabrasion treatment my skin felt new. It’s weird to explain, but all of the dead weight felt like it was lifted and removed. My skin felt soft and my problem areas (read: wrinkles that I hate to admit I have) were smoothed and less noticeable. My skin was a tiny bit red, it looked like I had seen the sun a tiny bit too long, but that went away over the next day. To get the best results, EG recommends six sessions, once per week, over six weeks. AND, right now they are offering a series of six sessions for just $59 per session, and your seventh session is on them.
Today, The Elizabeth Grady Company has 30 locations in the Northeast. Elizabeth Grady spas offer a wide variety of treatments like the Non-Surgical Facial, the intensive Re-Hydration Facial, the skin-saving Custom Airbrush Tan and the stress-relieving Hot Stone Massage.
V-Neck Drape Dress – $77
Kate Spade Saturday, I’m so sad to see you go. You were such a fun and distinct brand. I’m going to try to scoop up as much as I can as the final days dwindle down. Right now everything on the site is 60% off, plus free shipping and returns. Use code: FINAL60. Get it while it lasts!
Enjoy the sale ladies!