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Monday, February 1, 2016

5 MIcrobead Free Exfoliators for Winter Skincare!

Beauty enthusiasts everywhere groaned last month when it was announced that President Obama banned plastic microbeads from cosmetics due to environmental concerns. While the federal ban doesn't go into effect until 2017, many states already passed the ban over the past few years. I know you love that particular deep clean that comes from scrubbing your face with those tiny beads but those little bits of plastic don't dissolve, they just go down the drain and eventually pollute our oceans. What's more important? Clear skin or clean water and healthy sea lions? Luckily, there are a lot of great exfoliants out there that don't hurt Nemo! Here are 5 alternatives to plastic microbeads.


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1. The Classic: St. Ives Apricot Scrub You've probably had a St. Ives product in your bathroom at least once in your life because if something ain't broke, don't fix it! I love using this scrub on my forehead a few times a week in the winter to combat dry skin and, since it's made of apricot, it's an all natural exfoliator.

2. At Home Spa Treatment: bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment If you love indulging in a spa day, bliss's Micro Magic Microdermabrasion is like a facialist in a tube! Formulated with volcanic pumic for a good scrub, this one is surprisingly creamy and packs an extra punch of moisture.

3. For The Luxury Lover: Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub Tata Harper's body scrub is 100% natural with five biodegradable particles like cranberry fibers, organic sugar, and Hawaian sea salt! Plus, it smells incredible.

4. For Acne-Prone Skin: Biore Acne Clearing Scrub If you have acne prone skin, those plastic microbeads are incredibly irritating but this Biore scrub is specially formulated for acne and with just 1% salicyclic and microcrystalline wax particles it's gentle enough for sensitive skin.

5. All Over Body Wash: Borghese Salt Body Scrub Salt is probably the original, natural exfoliator, so Borghese's body scrub will smooth even the dryest of winter legs. In addition to sea salt, this scrub combines avocado, shea butter and mango, plus it's suitable for all skin types.










Monday, January 25, 2016

5 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your Sweetie

It's almost here! Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and whether you love the holiday of love or dread it's arrival, you probably have someone in your life who deserves a little something special. It's not my favorite day but who doesn't love having something to open? So, I put together 5 Valentine's Day gift ideas for you to bring home to anyone on your list!


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For Your BFF:  Rebecca Minkoff's LOVE crossbody is a classic style in a romantic color. Perfect to brighten her day!

For The Shop Local Lover: New York's SailorMade recently moved its headquarters to Boston's bustling South End, so if someone on your list loves to shop local, SailorMade's unique and ocean-inspired pieces are perfect. I love their brass reef ring!

For Him: Treat your sweetie to in-home massage with the Soothe app. I've used the app twice to order up a relaxing hour and was blown away by how easy the process was! You can even book a couple's massage with just an hour of notice. Download the app and use code BWMZD to get a $30 credit towards your service!

For You: Drop some hints to your sweetie (or treat yourself) with a trip to Tiffany for their rose gold bow cuff.

For The Sports Fan: Treat them to a fan's dream, with a night in the Hotel Commonwealth's brand new Fenway Park Suite. Overlooking the park, with amazing Red Sox memorabilia and a fully equipped wet bar, it's the perfect setting for a luxe getaway. 


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Boston Staycation At The Hotel Commonwealth!

If you're a Boston girl like me, you've probably spent a few nights at Eastern Standard Grill in Kenmore Square for drinks with friends or even Sunday mornings for brunch but have you ever meandered up the back staircase and down the hall to the calm and beautiful lobby of the Hotel Commonwealth? In December, the Hotel Commonwealth opened it's new wing, adding 96 stylish rooms to its fleet. Some of the new guest rooms even look directly into Fenway Park making it a Boston sports fan's dream!

To celebrate the debut, the iconic hotel invited me to spend the night and experience the new wing for myself! With the impending snow storm, I figured I could use a bit of a Boston "staycation" and settled right into a corner king room on the fourth floor after work last night. The bitter cold kept me inside but it was perfect for exploring the space and it's sweeping Fenway views.
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Part of the beauty of a staycation is enjoying the hotel guilt free because you don't feel you should be out exploring a new place or city instead of, say, the awesome sliding barn door to the spa-like bathroom. I fully indulged in having a quiet night in my luxe guest room! The rooms in the Commonwealth's new wing also feature a tablet that provides all kinds of information (room service menus, current weather, etc) as well as a link to things like housekeeping (I used the app installed on the tablet to order up a complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste that arrived within minutes) that I used from the comfort of the king bed.


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I took a look out the cold window and picked up the phone to order room service from Eastern Standard Kitchen. Yup, my favorite steak in the city delivered right up to my room and cooked to perfection!
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I had intended to get a lot of work done in my little haven but somehow found myself curled up on the couch with the soft red blanket from the bed, a book, and a mug of tea from room service.
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Of course, I finished my stay with breakfast with nutella topped french toast and bacon from Eastern Standard. With the opening of the new wing, Hotel Commonwealth has added a fun, luxe experience to Kenmore Square that appeals to locals as much as it does to travelers. 

Please Note: I was an invited guest of Hotel Commonwealth on Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd and was provided with a king sized room and breakfast from Eastern Standard Kitchen. Thank you to the hotel and staff for the warm welcome!
In addition, all pictures were taken by me on my iPhone 6s on these dates with the exception of the very first picture which was provided by Hotel Commonwealth.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Welcome Wellensteyn!

This fall, one of Germany's most iconic brands, Wellensteyn, quietly opened it's first US location at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets! I was lucky enough to be able to check out the industrial-style space early in December and test out their uber-warm coats for myself!

Located in the back of the complex (closest to the Welcome Center for those of you who don't fancy a long walk), Wellensteyn has a large, cool space. You walk in and immediately feel like you're on the docks in the arctic and want to jump right in to trying on their stylish but functional jackets. The company actually began as a workwear brand for deep-sea fishing in Germany over sixty years ago. If the line can stand up to those harsh conditions and keep German fisherman warm than you know you'll be more than fine battling Boston snow!

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Unlike other luxury, winter lines Wellensteyn uses a synthetic fur for it's trim so there's no need to feel guilty, but it's so fluffy and soft that you might do a double take! As soon as I put on the Seawolf style, I felt enveloped in warmth plus, it has a ton of pockets for necessities. I felt like I could trek the German Alps or survive the apocolypse in this coat...neither of which I'm planning on doing but it's nice to know I have the option.


I settled on the uber-feminine Darling coat in black because I loved the removable black fur cuffs and trim. It's a little bit longer, so it can masquerade as a dressy coat on frigid nights but I can also wear it to dig my car out of 15 foot snow banks created by Somerville's lovely plow system. Plus, it's machine washable. If that's not a Christmas Eve miracle, I don't know what is!



Thank you so much to Christian and the entire Wellensteyn team for hosting me and treating me to such a beautiful winter coat!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Beauty Junkie

Guys, it's almost the middle of December! How did that happen? Between the bustle of Thanksgiving travel, working retail during the busiest shopping week of the year, and just general life, I woke up this morning completely unprepared for the holidays. I'm determined to finish (okay, okay! Start and finish) all of my Christmas shopping in the next seven days. I thrive on a challenge!

To help myself stay organized, I decided to continue my Holiday Gift Guide series starting with my top 10 gifts for beauty junkies!

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1. Energy Bank Bath Oil by ThisWorks// 2. I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt (Similar Here)// 3. Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio// 4. Marc Jacobs Decadence// 5. BioDerma H2O Crealine Micelle Solution// 6. Essential Brush Kit by Sigma// 7. FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera// 8. Tom Ford Lash Tips "Burnished Gold" Mascara// 9. Avocado Soap at Nordstrom// 10. Smith & Cult Diary of a Beauty Junkie Nail Polish Set// 

I'm a big fan of Korres Sleeping Beauties treatments and I love that this little gift set comes with all three for practically the price of one! Any self-respecting beauty junkie will tell you how essential Bioderma's Micelle Solution is to any skincare routine. This French pharmacy staple used to be impossible to get stateside but, thanks to the magic of the internet, we're all able to have flawless Parisian skin. For the more glamorous among us, Tom Ford's gold mascara leaves the tips of lashes with flecked with metallic shine. Marc Jacobs new fragrance, Decadence, even has a chain strap so she can tote it around, smelling amazing. 

Rather than a basic compact, give the beauty junkie a FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera- checking her makeup is the perfect excuse for taking some old school selfies! Finally, Smith & Cult has quietly amassed a cult following for it's 5-free nail polishes. Trust me, she'll swoon. 

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