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.
This year instead of buying a few different gifts for your girlfriends, consider gifting your whole squad with an activity you can enjoy together, all while supporting local businesses!
1. Natural Glow – In December, visit Boston’s best spray tan salon for Thirsty Thursdays. Enjoy complimentary wine and bubbles with your spray, while you get weekend and holiday party ready. From November 28th through December 22nd, receive $10 in “Glow Cash” with every gift card purchased. Full body sprays start at $50.00.
2. Join the BCAE for an array of classes from cooking to crafting. Coming up in January, an “Adult Retox to Detox” with Mother Juice. Learn how to make a healthy (& tasty!) cocktail on January 12th from 7 to 9PM, Members $25, Non-Members $29. (Check back for a link to buy tickets, once the event goes live!)
3. Sip & Script – Learn hand lettering and calligraphy like the best of ’em, with cocktails of course. Now through Monday: spend $100+ and get 25% off, $75+ and get 15% and $25 or under receive an additional 10% off tickets and merchandise.
4. Pop-up Asana – Bend and flow in unexpected places and enjoy the venue after your workout. Breweries, museums, roof tops = check, check, check. Upcoming events, not yet listed (you’re getting a sneak peek!):
January 8th – Bend & Brew at Dorchester Brewing
January 19th – Yoga, Wine & Art at the Piano Craft Gallery
Got a yoga lover on your holiday shopping list? We’ve got some yogi gift ideas, even better- they’re all under $100.
New accessories like a sassy mat (bonus points if you guys spend time gabbing over a slice after class), pretty winter kicks and a reusable water bottle that’s double-sealed, so liquids stay cooler or warmer longer are the perfect way to update their practice.
For those of you who know me IRL, or those connected on snapchat and instagram, you know how obsessed I’ve become with my diffuser. In combination with essential oils, the pair lulls me off to a stress-free sleep every night. Depending on your mood you can customize how to slow it down and relax with a few drops of the right oil. If it wasn’t weird, I would have one in every room of the house.
1. The Essential Wellness Cool Mist Diffuser – $39 (From $59)
2. ban.do Yoga Mat – $32
3. Swell Champagne Bottles – $35-$45
4. doTerra Essential Oils in Breathe – $22
5. New Balance Lace 88v2 Trainer – $84.50
We all have that one friend who seems to have major wanderlust. They’re constantly rambling off lists of streets to shop on in London or cafes to people watch at in Paris. What’s an Instagram-worthy trip without the newest, prettiest travel essentials?
A blush leather passport case is just as pretty as your passport photo.
Gift cozy with a neutral oversized scarf that can do double duty as a wrap for the constant airport and in-air chill.
Of course your bestie needs a space to store souvenirs (read: high-street trendy pieces minus the shipping costs) you’ve been eying for months now. And bonus points, the leather is completely vegan on this duffle!
Eiffel tower selfies? Yes! Yes! Yes! But first-apply First Aid Beauty! Those trans-Atlantic flights can be such a drag on your skin!
This nail polish set comes in a travel safe size, perfect to take with you and keep your manicure fresh while you’re on the go!
A journal is a must for jotting down favorite locations, memories and keeping track of itineraries. This one perfectly matches our favorite passport can too! Plus, get 25% off custom journals until November 21st at Paper Source.
1. GiGi New York Passport Case – $54 (from $67)
2. Free People Kolby Brushed Scarf – $48
3. Sole Society Oversized Vegan Weekender – $84.95
4. First Aid Beauty Beautique – $48 ($95 value!)
5. Clix Travel-Friendly Nail Polish Set – $25
6. Paper Source Watercolor Happy Journal – $12.95
Your jetsetter bestie’s packing checklist = done. With all of these gifts under $100 – you might as well book a ticket yourself. Next stop: Champs-Elysees or maybe Oxford Street.
I’m so excited to kick off the 2016 gift guide with the perfect gifts for your holiday hostess, sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. From friendsgiving to your significant others’ family party and all of the holiday gatherings in between, it’s in poor taste to show up empty handed, but rest assured, Cost Plus World Market has you covered with the perfect hostess gift.
Wine or bubbly is always a hit, as a very traditional hostess gift. Switch it up this year with a bottle of rose, that’s as pretty as your host. Serve it up with some unexpected gold or luxe-marble bar accessories.
The idea of giving a live gift might be a little intimidating but these plants all require very light care. Better yet, they provide beautiful greenery and will keep your hosts’ home pretty, long after the holidays have passed. Upgrade the burlap by replanting in a terra-cotta pot before gifting.
The best part? All of these gifts are under $50 each, so pick a few or buy one that you’ll know your host will love. If you pick a few, you can even break up the sets and use one now and one for the party next week!
1 . Mini Olive Tree – $19.99
2. Live Ivy Topiary Plant – $49
3. Live Lemon Cypress Tree – $29.99 – $39.99
4. Rose, rose, rose – Price varies by store (unfortunately not available online – I tried)
5. Mid Century Bottle Stoppers – $11.99 (set of two)
6. White Stone with Gold Wine Stopper – $16.99
7. Small Antler Wreaths – $29.99 (set of two)
8. Marble & Gold Bar Set – $39.99
9. Cheers & Party On Bottle Openers – $13.99 (set of two)
10. Marble Hexagon Coasters – $12.99 (set of four)
11. Marble Paddle Cutting Board – $14.99
12. White Marble Cheese Slicer – $12.99
Shop locally at Shopper’s World in Framingham. If you haven’t been over here yet, you’re crazy, it’s a quick 25 minute drive from Boston!
Last weekend I took a leaf peeping ride out to the Mohawk Trail in Western Mass to soak up the orange, yellow and red fall foliage. If you’re looking for a mini-weekend getaway, the towns lining the trail are brimming with New England charm, ripe for exploring!
With the cooler weather, I’m constantly reaching for a comfy and cozy sweater. For my road trip, I paired a burgundy French Connection cable-knit sweater (similar) with this denim mini skirt. Pairing a comfy/cozy sweater with a mini skirt or skinny jeans offsets any fears of boxiness. Just add your favorite pair of booties!
Free People sticks and stones sweater – $108 (Plus $25 off!)
GAP denim button up mini skirt – $39 (From $49)
Barbour Montrose quilted jacket – $219
Cole Haan Dey bootie – $112 (Plus 25% off)
Added a $25 burgundy sweater option below:
During college I spent a few years living in the North End, one of my favorite apartments (yes, there were many) was on a small alley off of Salem Street. Since those days many new restaurants and shops have popped up, but one favorite is still thriving, Shake The Tree, nestled at 67 Salem. Shake The Tree’s owner, Mirian, has had the boutique for nearly 20 years, ten of those in this famous-for-pasta neighborhood.
The boutique is filled with things Marian loves, inspired by her world travels and love for vibrant colors, intricate details and relationships with makers. You’ll find everything you need for an intimate gathering with girlfriends, from what to wear, to bar cart accessories and a drink recipe to whip up with said accessories.
On a recent trip in I fell absolutely in love with this Shearling Vest by Elan Usa. The oversized asymmetrical cut makes this vest extra cozy, like wrapping yourself in a cloud (cliche, I know, I know, but try it on and you’ll agree). I added a Daniel Rainn burgundy top, dark skinny denim and nubuck booties to balance out the look.
Keep up with new arrivals via their instagram here. If you’re driving over, Shake validates parking in Parcel 7 garage above Boston Public Market.
Photo cred: Katie Salerno.
Late October means I’m rotating shades of berry lips from now until mid-December, when the switch to holiday reds and pinks comes into play. A few of my all-time faves below, from deep color to just a tint (hint) of berry.
Cargo Essential Lip Color in Napa – $22
Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Avant Garden Pop – $18.50
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Magenta – $26
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Pearlescent Wine – $24
The South Shore Plaza recently hosted a special fall fashion event: Fashion Gives Back to benefit the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We so often take for granted just how much the little things mean and this incredible organization brings support, and more importantly friendship, to all of its patients and their family members. The fashion-fueled fundraiser not only showcased the latest trends from retailers but it brought to light the impact of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Looking to get involved? Learn more here.
Some key pieces caught my eye, that you can mix and match all season long. First, a classic hat. Not only will it keep you warm, this accessory is perfect for completing your look. (Never mind, that it can hide those bad hair days, or day three in-between washings!)
I’m especially crushing over Banana Republic’s fall assortment. I love the ease of a simple poncho, the perfect throw-on-and-go topper while still making you look put together. My go-to outfit right now is a poncho over leggings: so easy and so comfortable. This season, over the knee boots are everywhere. Create a flirty look by wearing these with a skirt and exposing just a little thigh, or throw them on over skinny jeans, the more stretchy the pair, the easier it will be to create a streamlined silhouette.
A classic staple for all men, especially come fall, is a plaid blazer. Pair with dress pants for a sharp, “ready to tackle that big meeting” look or with dark jeans for a more laidback vibe. Your guy is sure to win best dressed with this preppy piece. Between the plaid poncho + blazer combo, date night styling = mastered.
And I can’t get away without mentioning (read: lusting over) COACH’s new collection. Shauna can’t either! You’ve got to appreciate the handcrafted details, with rich textures and colors.
Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora: $195
Nordstrom Peter Millar Flynn Classic Wool Sports Coat: $695
Banana Republic Plaid Poncho: $98 (Currently 40% off!)
Nordstrom Dune London Sibyl Over the Knee Boot: $295
COACH Tea Rose Applique Crossbody: $895
Shop my favorite pieces from South Shore Plaza stores:
Photo credit: Russ Mezikofsky Photography
This little blog of mine has taken on a life of it’s own and I’m so thankful that my hobby has allowed me to meet and collaborate with so many wonderful people. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who keep coming back to see what I’m up to, get a major dose of sass and a side of style inspiration. I’ve enlisted help from someone who’s just as smart as she is stylish, meet Natasha. Tash will be providing honest reviews, coverage from local Boston events and much more style inspiration. Last week, she filled in for me at the first-ever New England Revolution beer tasting.
Game day outings call for easy (yet warm) toppers. I consider a tan trench coat an absolute must-have, you’ll always look put together, even if you’re just in jeans and tee, or in this case a chunky sweater. Pair that comfy sweater with dark, skinny denim to create some balance. By going neutral with your basics you can have some fun, playing up team colors with your accessories. I’m currently crushing so hard on these fringe booties. They’re so fun and I’ve been able to style them with almost all of my fall outfits. The tassels scream western chic + rocker chick. Plus, they’re super comfy – a real game changer!
London Fog Double Breasted Trench Coat – $178
Free People Arctic Fox Swing Sweater – $96
Gap Brushed Back Legging Jeans – $69
Marc by Marc Jacobs Gotham Tote – $495
Vince Camuto Fianna Tassel Bootie – $158
And, of course, be sure to throw on some team gear.
Next time you’re at Gillette, be sure to grab your gal pals and skip the parking lot party and head right to the DraftKings Lounge at Gillette Stadium where you’ll get to enjoy a variety of brews – from IPA to pumpkin. I got the chance to sample six selections, Stella Cidre was my personal fave!
The Revs had quite the fan base – even in the rain! Fall + sports are the best New England has to offer but maybe I’m just biased.