08/01/2010 - 09/01/2010Bostonista: 08/01/2010 - 09/01/2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Events in Boston: Fashion's Night Out at DVF!

For those of us not lucky enough to be in NYC for the big FNO a couple of Boston stores are planning on staying open late and celebrating too- like the new DVF store of Newbury!
Hope to see you there!

Other Boston stores celebrating FNO?

Ann Taylor on Newbury St
Cynthia Rowley on Newbury St
Kenneth Cole on Huntington Ave
Neiman Marcus at Copley
Saks Fifth Avenue at the Prudential
Ted Baker London on Newbury St
True Religion on Newbury St

If you know of a store or a party for Fashion's Night Out in Boston that I haven't listed please let me know! It'll be a fun night with great deals to help stimulate both the local and international economy!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Are the Dior ads offensive?

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The ads for Dior's Shanghai collection (titled Shanghai Dreamers) have been released and they're causing a bit of a stir.
Both Jezebel and Shanghaiist have pointed out that while the (unsmiling) white models are clad in the collection the Chinese models have been cloned- in smiling, happy conformity around them.
The photographs are beautiful but left me with a lot of uncomfortable questions.
Is it a commentary on the oppression of communism? And if it is- why are the models who stand out primarily Caucasian? Wouldn't it be better to feature a Chinese model standing out in the couture? Are the "Shanghai Dreamers" Chinese women dreaming of standing out-by being white?
Or are we reading too much into it? Are we too sensitive? Should we just take the "Shanghai Dreamers" photographs as beautiful and leave it at that?

Monday, August 30, 2010

2010 Emmy Red Carpet Moments

Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen Emmy Red Carpet
While Claire and Nina stole my heart there were some other great red carpet looks last night at the 2010 Emmy Awards.

A Celebrity Moment: Emmy's 2010 Best Dressed!

Maybe I'm just going through a light and glitter phase but all that drooled over navy last night just didn't do it for me!
My very best dressed of the night was a tie between two surprising starlets:

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Claire Danes glittered and glowed in a stunning Armani Prive
while The Vampire Dairies (and former Degrassi kid) Nina Dobrev was breathtaking in
Zuhair Murad.
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Nina only had a minor involvement in the show (she danced in the opening number) but I think her red carpet appearance has launched her in a way her TV show hasn't been able to.

Claire Dane's won for her portrayal of Temple Grandin but as you probably know she isn't someone I normally think of as stylish.

They both really surprised me and are my definite picks for the night's best dressed.
Who were your favorites?

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Celebrity Moment: Clemence Poesy on the set of Gossip Girl

The past few weeks I've been obsessed with seeing what Clemence Poesy has been wearing every day on the set of Gossip Girl.
Here are some of the highlights...

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Isn't her hair amazing?!
I know her character is there to throw a wrench in all of Blair's plans but I'm so excited to see Clemence on the new season!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Events in Boston: Dancing Queen!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Links a la Mode

Edited by: Marie Denee of "The Curvy Fashionista by Marie Denee" The Curvy Fashionista.

Last week, Links à la Mode fashioned a roundup of the latest fashion perspectives and trends for the anticipation of another highly anticipated Fall. With the "September" editions landing on our doorsteps and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week right around the corner, we brace our pocketbooks for the damage it is about to endure. Whether the latest developments in plus size fashion, a Brazilian blowout, or style inspirations, this week's links act as a guide of both inspiration and aspirations to Fall fashion. Before we delve into snatching up the latest "it" items from our secret wish (lust) list, below are a few must reads from the intuitive fashion bloggers who share their insights of what to expect from fashion, head to toe.

Links à la Mode: August 19th

  • All Tumble Down- Focusing on style "best practices"; what we do well instead of what we don't

  • Amanda Lee- 6 Great Ways to Repurpose Your Clothing

  • Beyond Fabric- Tips on size and fit for menswear

  • Chic Steals- Street Style the New Determinate of Cool? The Evolution of the Girl Next Door as Style Icon

  • Dramatis Personae- Style on the Run Guest Post: Fall Lust List

  • Fashion Cents- wants to make sure you don't break any vows. Get 3 tips on what to wear to a wedding this season

  • Fashion Pulse Daily- Dana Lorenz, designer of Fenton Fallon Jewelry, oversees a blogger DIY jewelry session in her Lower East Side Boutique

  • Fete a Fete- Review of Givenchy's new Blooming Fall 2010 makeup collection

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: How Does the Coach Poppy Project Benefit Bloggers?

  • Just B- B Deceived: Handbags in disguise

  • Lovely and Lavish- Fall 2010 RTW: the Worst Accessories!

  • Manda Bear- Sally Hansen Limited Edition Xtreme Wear Nail Polishes - Reviews, Swatches and a Giveaway

  • Mrs. Bossa Does the Do- Autumn's a-comin', and brings with it our perennial love of heritage chic - dig out your sequins and tweed, ladies...

  • RetroChick- 5 ways to update your wardrobe for next to nothing

  • Return to Sender- A fabulous interview with fat acceptance advocate, and author of FAT!So?, Marilyn Wann and her view on "fashion."

  • Shoe Day Dreams- Skin Secrets - maintenance is key over the long-haul.

  • Style Eyes Fashion- Fashion bloggers and consumerism - how fashion bloggers are discouraging consumerism and encouraging sustainable style

  • Style Wax Poetic- 10 to die for shoes All Under $100.

  • The Curvy Fashionista- Plus size indie label, Jibri gives the Curvy.Confident.Chic Fashionistas a tease with her Fall 2010 collection

  • The Coveted- Blown away by the Brazilian Blowout

  • Watch this Place- Dark, but don't let it be dreary... how to wear Autumn's dark colors without looking drab.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fashionable Reads...

Walking around Concord yesterday (it's a favorite pastime of mine) I ambled into the Concord Book Shop thinking I might pick up Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts but while browsing the shelves I found a lone copy of the Ruben Toledo edition of Wuthering Heights!
Now, I had read over a year ago that Penguin Classics was planning to re-release classics with covers drawn & designed by Toledo but I thought they were in limited editions and never dreamed of finding one for myself.
Apparently, they're widely available (in stores and online) and I'm just oblivious!
All thought of Sacred Hearts went out the window- I practically lunged at the shelves!
For those of you who don't know- Ruben Toledo is an artist and filmmaker from Cuba. He's married to Isabel Toledo (the fashion designer favored by Michelle Obama) and his work, particularly his fashion illustrations, have appeared in magazines all over the world.
He's kind of a big deal.
I did feel like $16 was a lot to pay for a paperback edition of classic that you can get for like $5 (especially one that I already owned...) but then one look at Toledo's interpretation of Heathcliff on the back cover and I was sold.


It's dark and gloomy and perfect.
So my old ripped, beat up, barely held together copy is in the recycle box and this lovely new one will take its place on my bookshelf!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Events in Boston: US Weekly Party!

My friends and I will be there & I hope you will too!

Mindless Self Indulgence

I'm not really a fan of "What I'm Wearing!" posts.
Don't get me wrong I love seeing what most other bloggers are wearing- I find it very inspiring!
But for myself? I mean, I can style other people but my personal style is really not...I'm just boring. Plus, I have a fairly crappy camera.
However, since I have little to add to the fashion conversation today and since four different people stopped in Harvard Square to say how cute I looked, AND since I just lost 20 pounds I figured what the hell...
I call this my "Sloane does the Hamptons" outfit.

Please be kind. I'm no Erika de Paloi!

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black tank, forever 21
blue stripped button down, aerie
white jean shorts, true religion
"Je ne sais quoi" change purse as clutch, rebecca minkoff
chain & ribbon necklace, loft
leather & rhinestone bracelet, aerie
vintage stag charm bracelet
child's crown thumb ring (worn on ring finger)

Speaking of my brand spanking new coin purse from Rebecca Minkoff I found it yesterday at the most charming boutique while walking in Concord yesterday.
Viola Lovely has two locations- the one in Concord is mostly accessories but they're stunning and include everything from Rebecca Minkoff to Tom Ford to DVF to Havaianas without any of the small, designer boutique snobbery that so often turns me off.
I'm officially in love!
I'll definitely be making lots of trips and if you're in the area you should too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quick Note of Thanks!

I just wanted to quickly say thank you to Become.com's style blog for featuring Bostonista as one of their Best of the Web Style blogs a few weeks back! I'm honored to be in such great company!
Another big thanks to Shiseido for sending me their limited edition Holiday collection palette. The colors are beautiful for fall/winter and I know I'll feel glamorous anytime I whip out the glossy compact!
Also, yet another new header, this time featuring some good old Madonna wisdom!
Better than the last one, yes?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lots of Pretty Pictures...?

I can't decide if the Oil & Water editorial from Vogue Italia by Steven Miesel is horrible, offensive, and disgusting or a beautiful, artistic way of bringing the utter devastation to the masses...

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Kristen McMenamy is the only girl who could even attempt to pull this off.

This month also marks Kate Moss's 30th appearance on the cover of British Vogue.
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My favorite model Jessica Stam recently stepped into a designing role at RACHEL Rachel Roy. You can read all about it in this month's Marie Claire (it has MK on the cover!) and check out the collection at Macys!

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And finally the totally freaky Vogue Paris Collections Fall/Winter 2010 edition that features Freja...and only Freja! I know everyone loves her but that is definitely an overdose!
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