Zappos Tweet Sweeps

Opened up this month's InStyle to find this:

As if I need any more encouragement to shop on! But their use of digital variable print on demand to personalize the ad certainly got my attention. That, and the 5-page pull out spread that followed this one - all touting their $2500 Missing Piece Tweet Sweeps.

Simply tweet @ZapposStyle with #zapposcloset and indicate what Fall piece your closet is still missing, and you'll be entered to win a shopping spree and fashion consultation via video chat.

Or, you could just head on over to Zappos and buy it yourself. I do it all the time :)

Happy shopping!


Weekend Happenings

There are lots of things happening in Charlestown this weekend!

First, the 5th Annual Charlestown Open Market, featuring some of my favorite local businesses like Haven, Joy of Old, Charlestown Yoga, Olivia Browning, and Townie Sportswear. Look for them plus several others set up between West School and Austin streets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Haven is actually having a summer pop-up event all weekend to showcase a slew of new inventory; it starts with a Happy Hour today at 4.


All day Saturday there'll be historic re-enactments in Monument Square, including 18th Century arms & musket demonstrations (Sarah Palin surely would enjoy it).  

And then on Sunday it's the annual Bunker Hill Day Parade and 43rd annual Battle of Bunker Hill Road Race. This is actually a really fun parade; take a look at my photos from year's past.


Hope to see you - and Tom Menino - around town this weekend!

Jewelry and Flowers and Handbags...Oh My!

Remember when I blogged about Haven, that chic little pop-up store that graced the Thompson Square building a couple of times last Fall? Well, Haven founder Lindsay Hill has joined forces with Lauren Perkins of Raspberry Bouquet Floral Design to make her wares available on a more permanent basis. Hooray!


The two have been celebrating their Grand Opening all week, with an opening night party last Wednesday, a Cinco de Mayo event with an Atlas Wines tequila tasting and margaritas on Thursday, and a Mother's Day celebration complete with mimosas, fresh flowers, and a raffle - today from 10-6!


Lindsay and Lauren have created a beautiful space that is alive with flowers, plants, great artwork, and of course the fabulous Haven handbags, jewelry, clothes and accessories we now know and love.


Swing by today and pick up that last minute gift for Mom (or just a little retail therapy for yourself).

Raspberry Bouquet is located at 219 Main St., Charlestown. Or, find them both on Facebook: Haven and Raspberry Bouquet.

Happy shopping.

A Glimpse of Condado

Before we tour the streets, buildings, restaurants & bars of Old San Juan, I want to give you a glimpse of Condado, the residential area east of the colonial village where we stayed. In the 1920s it was the summer playground of American industrialists like the Vanderbilts; today, those historic homes are surrounded by hotels and high-rise condominiums.

Here's the view from our room (out the front door; you'll recall our beautiful ocean view out the back):

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At the bottom right of the above picture is a row of stores including Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Gucci (très chic!). But our favorite was a little shop called Pina Colada Club; the owner is a fabulous woman who not only hooked us up with fab clothes/accessories, but also with two hot restaurants - Dragonfly and Parrot Club - which are part of her husband's OOF Restaurant Group. More on that later.

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Lastly, if you looked out to the right, you could see the cruise ships docked in Old San Juan:

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We'll head there next.


A (Shopper's) Haven in Charlestown

HavenI recently had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay Hill, Principal and Creative Director at the eponymous design and communications firm in Charlestown.

But it wasn't her branding and creative work that caught my attention (despite a very impressive client list) - it was her latest venture, Haven, a wonderful little pop-up store right in our own Thompson Square.

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Delicate bracelets and scarves...
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Comfy sweaters, belts, and bags (I actually snagged this blue one)...
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Tons of beaded necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings...
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And the aforementioned staging of the space...lovely!
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While this weekend's was the last of four trunk shows in this particular space, Haven will have an upcoming show at Charlestown's Ambiance Day Spa and Salon.

To find out where Haven will pop up next (or to inquire about hosting your own trunk show), be sure to friend Haven on Facebook. They have have great items for last-minute Christmas gifts!!

Boston Fashion Week/Launch 2010

Continuing with the Boston Fashion Week coverage, I attended Launch 2010 on Sunday, a collaboration between The Fashion Group International and the BCAE featuring a runway presentation from five new designers. Take a peek at the collections:

A soft, feminine, and wearable collection from Victoria Dominguez-Bagu (love this one):

A more structured and dark collection from Porntip ‘Aey’ Hotawaisaya:

Floor-skimming formal wear from Laura Kane (I love the plaid number):

High-energy textures and patterns from Sara Marhamo:

And wild use of leather/hides from Samira Vargas:

Visit the Launch Gallery to view more stylized photos of the collections by the five aspiring photographers who also participated in the event.

Manolo Blahnik

Yesterday I got an up-close glimpse of Manolo Blahnik, the Spanish fashion designer and creator of the eponymous line of shoes beloved by women all over the world.

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It was all part of a Hello Stiletto/Neiman Marcus trunk show where Blahnik devotees could sip champagne, view his latest collection, and wait in a painfully long line to meet the designer and have him autograph a pair of shoes (!). Buyers also receved a "My Man Manolo" organic shopping tote. 

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With the kickoff of Boston Fashion Week, there are lots of stylish events happening around town. Hope to see you at some of them!

Sons of Fashion

Mad Men grabbed all the headlines for influencing fall fashion, but those ladylike, tailored looks may soon give way to a new fashion muse: SAMCRO.

For the uninitiated, I'm referring to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original Charter, the subject of the excellent FX series, Sons of Anarchy (now in its third season; if you haven't seen it yet, do so now).

The rough-hewn threads of this close-knit group of outlaws are popping up on runways, in fashion mags, and catalogs alike. Sightings:

Opie is known for his slouchy knit hat; now you can be, too, with Hessnatur's version.

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Pick up a cross pendant a la Gemma from Low Luv x Erin Wasson on Shopbop (cleavage not included!).

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The entire crew wears motorcycle jackets and biker boots, of course; get yours from DKNY and JCrew, respectively.

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Even the 154-year-old classic, Burberry, has gotten in on the act, launching its "heritage biker" look during the recent London Fashion Week (great read).


No sightings yet of Jax's rings, but my money's on Elizabeth and James or Jules Smith to come through for us.


(And if you're just really into the TV show, you can get branded merchandise here.)

Boston Baked Beads

Picked up this charming owl necklace at the recent Art in the Park hosted by the Artists Group of Charlestown:

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It's the latest in a line of contemporary polymer clay jewelry and accessories created by Lisa Mackin of Boston Baked Beads.  Adorable!

Find more at her Etsy shop, here.

Retail Therapy

Have you heard about PopSugar's Retail Therapy game?. It's sort of like Farmville, but instead of tending to livestock, you manage your very own fashion boutique - stocking your shelves with brand-name merchandise and selling items for points. It's mildly entertaining, if you're into that sort of thing.

I myself like real-world retail therapy, but that can be costly. So today, we're just going to window shop. Here are the items that caught my eye this week (but not my wallet):

I love these slip-on wine coasters, spotted in the August issue of Real Simple. So practical! And would make for a great hostess gift.

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I have a thing for birds (both decorative and in the wild), so I think these love birds decorative pillow from Grandin Road are charming:

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Similarly, I'm drawn to this comforter from Dwell Studio


Laslty, check out Badgley Mischka's over-the-top Diamond Reef Sea Life Necklace. A bit much for me, but certainly fun to look at:

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Happy shopping!