The only person in Boston that I let touch my hair, is my good friend Laura. She’s been my go-to since we met in college and has become the go-to of many of my friends since. She’s got an eye for detail and knows exactly how to make you look and feel your best, with a cut and color to perfectly accentuate your style and frame your face.
Laura has seen me through that time I wanted to be a full on blonde, that time I wanted to chop off 6 inches and (gasp!) bangs. Each time, gently talking me off a (what would have been) hair disaster cliff and easing me into something that she knew would still work without squashing my dreams.
Most recently, and becoming more and more popular, Laura gave me buttery blonde pieces to frame my face for summer, using balayage technique. Before & after and some swoon worthy styles she’s done this summer:
We’re teaming up to give you a – Laura approved – gift basket of all of her favorite hair goodies, perfect to take you from summer to fall, worth $200!
Bed Head Curlipops Curling Iron Wand
Olivia Garden Ceramic IonA Round Thermal Brush
Helps to smooth and seal the hair shaft while adding shine, creating an easier blow dry.
The IPN (interlock protein network) in the mask makes your hair feel complete, by filling in the porosity in every strand.
Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo
This is a blonde, brunette with highlights and gray haired must have! This shampoo tones out unwanted warmth and brassiness.
Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray
Adds instant texture and volume to your hair by simply spraying this at the root, mids and ends of your hair.
Simply Smooth Xtend Between Dry Shampoo
Wella Flowing Form Smoothing Balm
Book your new ‘do & visit Laura at 34 Station Street in Brookline.
Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashion fades, style is eternal.” Today, the design house (that I completely admire and adore) is celebrating eternal style, while being honored with a full exhibit at the renowned Bowes Museum. Now Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane is reinvigorating it’s Parisian roots, breathing edgy rock n’ roll into the youthful, fun, foundation of the line.
I couldn’t help myself but to spend almost two hours searching through farfetch.com’s curated Saint Lauren collection and put together two swoon worthy looks, built upon the iconic smoking jacket, taking you from day to night in a playful, easy-to-wear but NOT easy-to-be forgotten way. There’s something very classic about black, white and a pop of red to me that if I could only wear three colors for the rest of my life, those would be it.
The Street, is hosting the ultimate summer sale, this Saturday! The Sidewalk Sale is part of Summertime at The Street, a seasonal celebration with more than 150 different forms of free entertainment, happening all summer long. Here’s a little preview at the action:
- Portobello Road: This 2015 “Best of Boston” winner will offer 50-70% off designer clothing and 50% off select home goods.
- Vince, Calypso St. Barth & Splendid: Exclusive discounts on select designer merchandise from these top high-fashion stores
- MiniLuxe: The award-winning nail spa, which will soon arrive at The Street, will be hosting an outdoor pop-up in the late-afternoon with color refreshers (polish changes)
- Ku De Ta: The locally owned women’s boutique will offer 20% off store wide, 30% off designer denim, and sale merchandise discounted at 50%-70%
- Polarn O. Pyret: The chic children’s clothing store will offer savings of up to 70% off; some items will be marked down to just $5
- skoah: The award-winning skin care line and spa will offer complimentary hand massages and treatments as well as a sale on select products
- Polkadog Bakery This “Best of Boston 2015″ winner will offer 20% off best selling polkadog treats, samples and goodie bags for pups
- City Sports: The sporting goods store will offer an additional 20% off clearance items for Men, Women and Youth in apparel and footwear
WHEN: Saturday August 1, 2015 from 10am-8pm (Rain Date Sunday August 2, 2015 from 12pm-6pm)
WHERE: The Street, 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill; www.thestreetchestnuthill.com
Photo cred: M. Blanchard
Mark your calendars! Style Festival, a collaboration between Simon Malls and Refinery29 is making it’s only stop in New England!
- Saturday, August 1st
- Burlington Mall: 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
- The fun starts at 2:00PM
Style Festival will transform mall shopping into a summer festival experience complete with beauty and music! Editors from Refinery29 will showcase a shoppable style stage, with looks from local boutiques and retail brands. A beauty pop-up bar and temporary tattoo parlor will leave you feeling Coachella pretty. For the DIY-ers, create a custom band-inspired tee AND last-but-not-least, the Cults will take the stage at 4:00PM!
Hope to see you there!
Photo credit: Leo Cabal
Rebecca Minkoff’s Resort/Cruise 2016 collection preview is here! Drawing from iconic French actress and pop singer Françoise Hardy and her effortless personal style, the collection reflects Hardy’s nonchalant attitude towards fashion, reimagining classic 1960s trends with a casual, playful ease. A-line skirts, color-blocked jackets and dresses, smocking details, flared trousers and embroidered tops exude the modern bohemian spirit (did I mention fringe?!) personified by Hardy.
I’m especially crushing on the looks featured above, with shades of white and playful details that make me wish I was twirling around in the sun.
If you can’t wait to fill your Rebecca Minkoff void, check out the brands’ 4th of July sale, with items up to 50% off and free shipping.
Mark your calendars: next Wednesday, July 1st from 5-8pm, Boutikey is hosting their summer kick off party at their pop-up shop location and you’re invited.
The Boutikey team wants you to see their recently made-over store and treat you to giveaways (think gift cards to The Handle Bar!) & treats throughout the night.
Boutikey Pop Up: 1369 Boylston Street (Fenway)
Hope to see you there!
Kiss & Makeup Necklace – $68 (Down from $98)
In the Shade Pendant – $68 (Down from $98)
Emerson Place Vivienna – $222 (Down from $398)
Chelsea Square Hayden – $268 (Down from $448)
Now through July 7th, take an extra 25% off Kate Spade Sale items. I’ve included my favorites here, and the best part is the extra 25% off with code SETSALE isn’t yet included in these prices!
What are you scoring?
I recently had the opportunity to play dress up with Fabulous Frocks & Biana and Jackie of Bespoke Boston Weddings at their Spring Dress party, along with Sarah of SarahFit.com and Georgina of NotesonLifestyle.com. We had an absolute ball, each getting to show off three different looks while talking to all of the brides to be.
I will admit, it was beyond weird to try on a wedding dress for the first time, but Amanda made me feel so comfortable that I opted to try on a few different styles, that I never would have thought to try in the first place! Each dress was very different and each had something very special about it, from the fabric to the custom detail.
Look 1: Marchesa strapless with gold embrodiery and bow detail
Look 2: Amsale Bridal Sullivan Faille de soie one shoulder gown with crystal and pearl brooch
Look 3: Lee-Ann Belter Bridal Mathia silk duponi gown
Hair: Kent Newton Salon
Makeup: By yours truly, I’ll share the details in an upcoming post!
Photography: Matthew Jason Photography
If you have a new piece of bling from that special someone, I absolutely recommend calling Biana & Jackie to help plan your big day and then paying Amanda a visit to say yes to the dress!
Some of my blogger friends have shared their father’s day gift guides. Head over to their blogs for details!
Kayla of kaylasclosetblog.com has the details for the workoholic dad in your life.
See more tech ideas from Sami at simply-sami.squarespace.com
Have dad hit the grill with Alissa of thewittyandpretty.com
What are you getting your daddio this year?
PS – use code “DadsLoveHot” at GetHotSauced.com for 15% off your purchase!
Last weekend was my first time visiting Charleston, South Carolina. A group of my closest friends were in town to celebrate a bachelorette and take in some southern charm. We stayed at a b-e-a-utiful hotel, The Mills House (strongly recommend staying here if you ever have the chance!) and ended up staying at the same hotel as “The Bachelor” Season 18 Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman. HOW WEIRD is that?!
Days we’re very hot, and the nights stayed in the high 70’s and low 80’s, so we had no choice but to break out some of our key summer pieces, earlier than we ‘d need them in Boston. For the trip I opted to pack light, which is practically unheard of for me, so I brought two dresses that I could dress up or down with accessories and key pieces of jewelry and about seven pairs of shoes, you know, just in case.
Before the trip I found this amazing dress from J.Crew Factory, and now it’s on an even better sale, that can easily transition from day to night for almost any occasion. It’s also available in a pretty blue and bright orange color, and I’m most definitely picking up at least one more. For our night out, I opted to doll it up with some new gold and turquoise baubles from local (RI-based) favorite, Capwell & Co.’s latest collection and paired the dress with some easy to dance and walk around in wedges.
J.Crew Factory Cami Dress – $49.50
Ray-Ban RB 3025 Large Aviator Sunglasses – $137
Capwell & Co Life’s A Beach Ear Jackets – $35
Capwell & Co New Horizon Pave Y Necklace – $45
Tory Burch Britten Metallic Clutch – $350
Sisco Berluti True Blue Stack – $244
Off Fifth Macksie Faux Leather Wedges – $39.99 (Down from $90!)