09/01/2008 - 10/01/2008Bostonista: 09/01/2008 - 10/01/2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Time Out with Bostonista

4 Things I Did Today:
Read the October issue of Vogue
Got Starbucks for free
Went to a fashion show
Cleaned my room

4 Things On My To-Do List:
Pick up a book on hold at the library
Buy my nana a birthday present
Read the pile of neglected magazines in my room
Bake brownies

4 Guilty Pleasures:
Gossip Girl
Shopping with credit cards when I have no money
Biographies about Anne Boleyn/Marie Antoinette/Etc
Movies with Paul Rudd

4 Random Facts About Me:
I get tongue tied around boys I have crushes on
I love decorating for different holidays 
I make the best completely homemade whipped cream you have ever had
I'll probably run away to London if McCain wins

4 Bloggers that I'm Tagging:
-Jenny Cindy

Fashion + Politics = Oil + Water

Considering that President Bush just signed an anti-counterfeiting bill putting $25 million towards preventing the creation and sale of fakes as well as stiffer consequences for pirates of intellectual property is it appropriate for a high profile candidate to be endorsing carrying a fake?
A lot of people don't see the harm in a knock off bought off the street. And I'm all for recreating a runway look or high end trend in an inexpensive way especially in this economic climate. But there is a difference between being stylish on the cheap and buying a fake, copyright infringed bag off the street.
This bag that she is allowing her 7-year-old daughter to carry was produced by a child, in a filthy usually underground factory for very, very little money. And most of these factories are in US cities because it's easier to produce them here than smuggle the counterfeits into the US.
It is common knowledge that the sale of counterfeit luxury goods supports human trafficking and child prostitution. Some say that it helps to fund terrorism. Regardless, it flaunts child labor laws so extremely they might as well not exist.
It's possible that Sarah Palin isn't aware of any of this. It's possible she believes that it is a real LV bag. If thats the case then there is something unsettling about allowing a 7 year old to carry a $790 bag in front of a struggling America.

For more on this check out Fashionista, Bryan Boy, Gawker and countless other blogs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hair Supply by Soap & Glory Review

Soap & Glory has fast become my favorite bath & body line. You might remember my obsession with the Flirtigo spray body moisturizer (I'm on my second bottle!) and I've continued trying out their products since then. I love their packaging, the fact that it was created by Bliss mastermind Marcia Kilgore, and their great prices!
My hair has always been a sore spot for me. It's frizzy, and coarse. Some spots are wavy and others are stick straight. It's also crazy thick. Plus, my blonde obsession (stemming from mommy dearest btw) doesn't help the situation. I'm always looking for hair products that will condition, smooth, and, most importantly, SOFTEN it. 
But most products are heavy and weigh it down, or sticky and make it look and feel greasy. Its super frustrating.
So, when I was at Target in Watertown the other day I naturally ambled over to the Soap & Glory aisle. And thank god that I did! I picked up Hair Supply a conditioner/deep mask. I always figure what the heck and I am SO thrilled that I tried it. Hair Supply has a special gel formula but looks and works like a cream to hydrate and de-frizz without adding weight!
First off the actual product smells amazing. A very light almost peach scent thats very clean. Some products are very overwhelming but when my hair was dry it just was very delicate and sweet. It was SUPER hydrating but still very light. I loved how it felt on my hair (I left it on for five minutes as a masque but its definitely good as a daily conditioner too) and then it actually rinsed out really easily without leaving any kind of residue. 
Afterwards my hair looked and felt amazing. Amaaaazing!!! It was much softer than usual, and actually looked glossy, not greasy, for the first time ever! I just can't get over how healthy my hair looks! If it's worked this well after just one use...will I have a chance of the Heidi Klum-esque hair I dream of? Okay, probably not, but I think my hair will be the best that MY hair can be and thats pretty damn exciting.
Plus at $9.99 no one can beat the price!

Soap & Glory is available exclusively in the US at Target and Target.Com

Two Great Boston Area Fashion Events on Thursday!

I wanted to let you guys in on some great fashion events happening on Thursday! 

Macy's is hosting a screening of Fashion Cinema at the Regal Fenway 13 (my old haunt!) to benefit AAC & GLAD. Tickets are $25 but include complimentary concessions, a champagne reception, and an exclusive Macy's shopping pass! The movie features ten segments of designer runway shows from 2008 including Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Alfani, Levis and Christian Audigier. 
This is for a really great cause and I hope you can attend!
The reception is at 7 with an 8 pm show star time.

Also on Thursday is the Grand Opening of the new flagship location of Nicole Marie in Concord at 18 Walden St. The celebration includes a fashion show and cocktail party from 6 to 8:30 pm. You'll also be able to receive 15%-20% discounts on shopping! I'll definitely be there!
RSVP now!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: MK&A on Oprah!

Set your Tivos now! My style icons, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen will be on Oprah this Thursday October 23rd! It will be their first visit since 2004! They'll probably be talking about The Row, Elizabeth & James, teaming up with Steve Madden to create an E&J shoe line and the October 28th release of their style book Influence. If you're lucky enough to be in Manhattan on October 28th the girls will be signing copies of the book at Barnes & Noble in Union Square at 12:30! 
Also, don't forget to watch MK's guest star role on Samantha Who airing November 10th! And Ashley will be on David Letterman on October 30th!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: Victoria Beckham in Christian Louboutin for Rodarte

I'm not usually a huge fan of Posh's sartorial choices (though I do love her) but you know my Rodarte obsession runs deep. Last night, on a date with her hot husband, she wore the Christian Louboutin for Rodarte shoes and paired their bad ass awesomeness with a lacy, girlie mini dress. Its just the sort of thing I always want to wear. Love, love, love.
Thanks to Faded Youth! 

Monday, October 13, 2008


The favorite childhood hair style has quickly become a big celebrity hair trend--braids are making a big impact both on the red carpet and the Spring 09 runways! SalonCapri owner Nick Penna was lucky enough to attend the Zac Posen show as a guest of L'Oreal and he's embracing subtle hair details, like tiny braids, for his Boston clients.
My favorite execution of the look are milkmaid braids. Remember a few years ago when Sienna Miller rocked a Heidi-esque pair on the red carpet and was slammed for it? Well, I liked it then and I like it now. Besides, a person with true style picks up on looks long before the rest of the crowd even if they get slaughtered for it!
So what do you think? And how are you planning on wearing your hair this year?

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: Suri PWNS Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson and Suri Cruise both wearing Juicy Couture this week.
I'm going with Suri truly owning this look! Sorry Kate but you aren't more stylish than a 2-year-old. 
Thanks to Faded Youth!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Real Women Hunt Moose?

It's no secret that I'm a pretty hardcore liberal. But for those of you who aren't why don't you make yourselves a "Real Women Hunt Moose" tote bag just like Republican VP candidate?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: MK&A in London

Mary-Kate is seriously perfect. I love her coat with the belt and don't even get me started on those to die for shoes! If I was only a foot shorter and about 90 lbs lighter I would find a way to raid her closet!
Both girls looked awesome at the Selfridge's launch of their contemporary line, Elizabeth & James.

I'm also just a tiny bit obsessed with Pixie Geldof's cropped tee and eighties styling.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Model Moment: Lily Cole in French Playboy

I love the vintage look to the shoot! I guess there has been a lot of backlash towards Lily in her native UK where she's a very mainstream celebrity. A lot of Christian groups in the UK are even  calling for a boycott of Marks & Spencer the London retailer that has the 20-year-old Cambridge University student as its spokeswoman. But M&S are standing by Lily and she insists that the pictorial should be considered art. You can decide for yourselves but I'm sure Lily would only be involved in the most tasteful of shoots.

Alexander McQueen SS 09

So you probably already know that poor Abbey Lee fainted as she came off the runway and wasn't able to walk in the finale of the show. Everyone, from her agent to fellow model Ali Stephens, insisted that she fainted because the corset was just too tight but that she was fine once it was off. Abbey's been having a great runway season and has quickly become one of my favorite models but she did have a fall on the Rodarte runway back in NYC. Is it nerves? Corsets? Shoes? Or something else? Just wondering.

Abbey Lee at Alexander McQueen SS 09

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Comme des Garcons Spring/Summer 09

I so wish I could have been at the Comme des Garcons Spring/Summer 09 show!
It was so clearly a moment of art and theatre and I'm envious of everyone who was there!
According to Style.Com, 
"What is the future of black? That's the philosophical question Rei Kawakubo says she was pondering while designing her Spring collection."
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I would like to wear my hair like this every day. I think it would be easier than brushing it straight.

A Model Moment: Angela Lindvall at Karl Lagerfeld

As always!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Christian Dior Spring Summer 09

Fertility goddess statues as shoes.
Thats all. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Diane von Furstenberg for Obama!

So I guess I'm a little late on this one but how awesome is this DVF tote bag?? It's available exclusively on the Obama campaign site. It's $75 (which is a bit steep for a canvas tote but its for a good cause!!) and the proceeds go to Obama's campaign! I really want one! Also, it's only about 5 weeks until this election! Remember to register and vote! 
Thanks to My Super Sweet Fashion Diary for cluing me into this too cool to believe bag!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Rick Owens Spring/Summer 09

Are they nuns? Is it a reference to ancient Egypt? A nod to (my favorite novel) The Handmaid's Tale? Are they druids? Does it even matter? Well, yes. He named the collection, "Priestesses of Longing" so it's fair to say that nature, lust, and religion were inspirational for him.

I was blown away by Rick Owens Spring/Summer 09 collection yesterday. I always think of him as being the king of furs and leathers but his minimalist approach for ready-to-wear has me swooning. 

I think I would enjoy wearing such beautifully crafted hoods and wings and veils.

I think people look and see confusion but when broken down these pieces are actually very wearable. Look past the phenomenal but unrealistic runway styling and you see well made separates like trumpet leg pants, a-line coats, and bias cut dresses. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rick Owens Spring/Summer 09

Nina Ricci Spring/Summer 09

Victorian-era romance reigned supreme on Olivier Theyskens Nina Ricci's Spring/Summer 09.
He kept it modern with an alluring sensuality running throughout with transparent tops and black stockings matched with nude colors.

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The silhouette was beautiful and Theyskens managed to make it look fresh with his use of colors and prints but the dresses did get repetitive especially towards the end of the collection.

It also raises the question as to where Olivier is planning on taking the house. While beautiful and well crafted have made many appearances on the Nina Ricci runway since he became head designer at Nina Ricci (and certainly he's been a positive influence on fragrances sales. Mommy Dearest even has a bottle of Nina Ricci perfume) but there hasn't been a consistent true aesthetic and this collection brought us no closer to finding one.

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I don't know how commercially successful this will be but it certainly made for a beautiful show.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

You're My Obsession

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This is post #200! I just want to say thank you to everyone!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Prada Spring/Summer 09

At first I wasn't really sure what I thought of Prada's latest collection.
Whenever I see completely exposed abs I feel like its 2000 and everyone wants to be darling Britney.
And while she's on the comeback trail I don't think she's ever been Miuccia's muse.
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But once I got past the pop star thoughts I saw that it was a collection of minimal basics stripped down to their barest forms. These are meant to be layered and mixed. Pieces that can enhance something more extravagant or turn evening wear  into a look for the office.
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But it was also a shameless display of feminine sexuality lots of sultry bare skin barely covered by clothes just seconds away from slipping off. The models were tousled and dreamy women coming into their own.
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All in all as inspiring as we've come to expect from Miuccia Prada.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bostonista pays attention to other people....sometimes...

Thursday mornings you can find me sitting in the Starbucks on Newbury St (the one in the middle across from Lush) from about 7:30 until 9:15 or so just people watching with my laptop and a menacing glare. 
People are very determined when they walk into a Starbucks before work. You can almost see them rehearsing their orders while they wait in line, "Venti Costa Rica", "Skinny Vanilla latte, 1 shot mocha, two shots espresso", etc. etc. I like trying to guess what people will order. I'm usually wrong. 
The thing about this Starbucks in the morning is that it perfectly shows the different type of Boston style. The bleary eyed Emerson student in pjs, the young business girls in ill-fitting suits and cheap bags, the older business women in impecabbly tailored suits with expensive bags. The girls who look casual in chucks but on closer inspection are wearing Alexander Wang jackets and carrying Marc Jacob bags. The over tanned college girls out for their morning runs in PINK short shorts and college sweatshirts somehow managing to run with their Tiffany bracelets dangling from one arm. And who puts on that much mascara to go for a run anyway?
Around 8:45 the shop girls start to appear in the latest jeans or eclectic skirts. Scarves are wrapped around in confusing ways, forever 21 is mixed with little pieces from exclusive boutiques and whatever the latest "It Bag" from whatever big name designer bought with some trade at Intermix. The sunglasses are extravagently large. 

But I like the trophy wives that get up early to get coffee with their fellow trophy wives the best. They sit outside in their Northface vests and fleeces with baseball caps trying to look like anything but trophy wives. The perfect hair and too big diamond stud earrings give them away. They've got their True Religion jeans on and tuck their very real, very large LV totes under the table as if a $1400 bag was something to be neglected and tossed around. They're in no rush to get anywhere. If they have kids their home with the nanny. But they talk about what a full and busy day they have ahead of them. Doing what? Decorating the dining room again? Mani/Pedi? The great mystery of our time, I suppose.

It's like every little sect of the Back Bay has converged in this tiny, uncomfortable spot but are utterly unaware of the existence of the people next to them. 

Me? I guess I look like a cross between a college student and a shop girl. Sitting alone with her laptop pretending to be so very Carrie Bradshaw like. And also about to have a major anxiety attack. Not a good feeling.

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