10/01/2011 - 11/01/2011Bostonista: 10/01/2011 - 11/01/2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Daphne Guinness for MAC!

It was only a matter of time before someone smartened up and gave Daphne Guinness the makeup line she was destined to create.

MAC (always the innovator in terms of collaborations) stepped up to the plate today and announced The Daphne Guinness for MAC collection.

The dramatic, jewel toned collection features pigments, blushes, eye shadows, nail polish, and lip products in MAC's classic packaging.
Side Note: Based on the pictures MAC released I don't actually see Daphne's name on any of the products. This leads me to believe that in stores they'll be limited edition colors without much emphasis on Daphne's involvement since outside of the fashion world, she's not that well known. If you're going out in search of her products I suggest knowing the individual names because if you just ask for the Daphne collection the sales girls will probably give you blank looks and have no idea what you're talking about. Why don't brands insist that up-to-date knowledge of the brand (and all up coming items) be a job requirement? 
Sorry, ranting.

It won't be in stores until December 16th but given how quickly past MAC collections have sold out, and the rabid fascination with Ms. Guinness' life, I think pre-ordering would be the safe bet.

Pro LongWear Lip Creme in Approaching Storm ($17)

I'm dying over both of the ombre blushes, and the lipsticks in both Approaching Storm, and Seasoned Plum. Aren't they perfect for the holidays?

Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Seasoned Plum ($17)

Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom ($17)

(Thanks to MAC and Racked for the pictures!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Model Moment: First Look at Gemma Ward in The Great Gatsby

(Thanks to Fashionista for the pic!)

Gemma Ward is playing Catherine and today we got our first look of her on the Australian set.
I was excited for this movie from the second it was announced because who can resist Baz Luhrmann's luscious sets and surreal story telling? Add in the fact that it is one of my favorite novels and that Carey Mulligan is playing Daisy and you can imagine how thrilled I was.
But now that I know that Gemma is also in it? I'm absolutely giddy!

Alas, The Great Gatsby isn't scheduled to hit theaters until Christmas Day 2012 so I'll have to wait!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Is Vena Cava On Its Last Beat?

In September one of my favorite labels, Vena Cava, held a small, private dinner to show Spring 2012.
With the economy still struggling to come back many smaller designers are significantly cutting back so Vena Cava's scaled down presentation didn't seem that worrying.

But last week Fashionista reported that designers Sophie and Lisa had given up the lease on VC's studio and WWD said that talks with new investors had broken down. Since then Barney's no longer has Vena Cava listed on their website and Bergdorf's has only a small selection left almost all of it is on sale. Not a huge boost of confidence from two of their biggest retailers.

One of my first real designer pieces was a silk Vena Cava dress. Like many of their pieces, it worked from day to night, and was subversive enough to be stylish but not alienating. I wore it constantly, from a Valentine's date to a summer brunch to after work bar hopping. After two years, I dropped a few dress sizes but had a hard time letting that dress go so it had a place of honor in my closet for months.
I regret selling it now (although it did help go towards another fashionable purchase) because maybe it would be something a daughter or granddaughter would want someday. Hopefully, I'll have many more chances to buy some more of their amazing pieces and this time, I swear I'll hold onto them!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Events in Boston!

Two great events to tell you about this week!

Over the weekend head over to the waterfront to Louis Boston to check out luxe loungewear company Skin's latest offerings including some ready-to-wear pieces for day during Louis Exposure.
Louis Exposure is a pop-up store in store experience with local and national talent helping them gain credible exposure at one of the country's most famous retail stores, Louis Boston.
Also featured this weekend will be jewelry designer Eddie Borgo and Ariel Knitwear!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boots & Boys....

Sometimes Ke$ha is right...
Boots and boys DO bring me so much joy!
But this is a fashion blog so we'll stick to discussing boots and not my paramours! 

As my least favorite time of year keeps popping up (snow before Halloween, freezing cold temperatures most days) its time to think about boots once again! I wish I could just have the boots without the winter weather! 

I have a lot of boots on my wish list this year some practical for snow and unplowed sidewalks and some that are just so pretty!

Elizabeth & James Wayfar boot ($350) is flat so it makes navigating icy streets a cinch plus I love the contrasting brown buckles across the top and the angled zipper!

If you want a bolder ankle boot choice then you'd need to go with Sperry Topsider's Princeton bootie in  Leopard Pony ($150). 
They have a slight platform and the heels are just over 3 inches BUT they have almost hiking boot like bottoms so you can wear them in slippery conditions without fear of falling. (Unless you're as klutzy as I am and you trip in all heels in any kind of weather!) They are definitely day to night shoes that can go with any outfit since, in my opinion anyway, leopard print has become a classic neutral!

Now, when its a blizzard outside and I just want to be curled up in front of the fire with some hot chocolate my mind turns to cozy things. Like, UGG's Lattice Cardy boots with buttons ($140). I know, I KNOW! But this is New England, not New York, and sometimes I care more about being warm and comfortable than being absolutely stylish! Now, I'd wear these around the house like extra warm slippers but I guess if its a dry, cool fall day then they'd be okay outside with jeans.

On Thursday, when it was cold and down pouring (but thankfully not snowing) I pulled out my Teva Jade Cove High boot (C/O Teva) and couldn't help but be happy that my rain boots looked more like fancy boots. Rather than feeling like a thrown together slob in bright yellow rubber I felt put together in tall, water proof suede!
I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the black rubber sole with the brown boot but the plaid inner lining is darling even if I'm the only one who gets to see it! They're stylish enough that you could wear them to walk to work and not have to change into something else once you get to the office!

The boots I've been dreaming of forever- flat, tall, chocolate brown, leather or suede boots. I can never seem to find exactly what I want- either they were the right style but the wrong color or the right color but with giant heels or fringe or something that just wasn't what I wanted.
Of course, enough money makes it easy to get pretty much anything (well, except love and happiness but thats beside the point) so I shouldn't really be surprised that my dream boots exist- just entirely out of my price point!
A girl can always count on Miucci Prada to know exactly what she needs! Prada's Tall Buckle Riding Boot ($890) are chocolate brown perfection! They have just the right amount of slouch to look cool but not messy. I'd give my right eye for them. 

What are you wearing this winter? High heels, hiking boots, or something in between?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

And The Incoco Winner Is.....

And the winner of my give-a-way with Incoco is...


She'll be getting to sets of Incoco's nail foils from their Drama Queen collection as well as some great Incoco nail accessories!

Thanks to everyone who entered!
I have more great contests coming up as the holidays approach so keep checking back!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mindless Self Indulgence: Bostonista & RichXRuse

If you read my blog regularly you know I'm not one for "outfit" posts or going on and on about my personal style.
My style tends to be jeans and nice accessories- pretty boring stuff.

But when I met the girls behind one of my favorite online shopping spots, RichXRuse, I knew I'd have to overlook my lack of modeling skills to share my take on some of their current pieces.
If you're not familiar RichXRuse carries a few pieces from smaller designers that fit into a "theme" that changes each season. Its a great way to shop for full outfits- jewelry included!

Sidney Striped Sweater by Brandi Melville C/O RichXRuse, skinny jeans by J Brand, shirt by Old Navy, leopard boots by Loeffler Randall, bracelets by Lord & Taylor and Alex & Ani.

And if (for some reason) you want to see more of my style and shopping then check out my Pose account on Pose.com or with their mobile app!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bostonista Give-A-Ways: Incoco Nails!

In the past year nail polish strips have become de rigueur for fashionable girls in a rush!
While gel manicures lack of drying time is appealing the process at the salon can take as long as a pedicure but real nail polish strips can be done pretty quickly at home with just a steady hand!
Plus, you can achieve complicated patterns and designs without any work! 
While patterned nails might once have been considered tacky (especially considering the airbrushing that was involved) thanks to celebrities like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna and the ease of polish strips nail design now seems fresh and exciting!
Incoco has some of the best quality strips on the market today thanks to 20 years of research on non-liquid polish so they've really innovated nail polish strips! All of Incoco's strips are made from real nail polish with base, color, and top coats all included!

My first encounter with Incoco was at a press lounge at NYFW. I had a deep purple gel manicure so I was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy an Incoco manicure but they chose a gold pattern strip and did "accent" nails on each hand. The effect over the gel polish was stunning and two weeks later the gel manicure was peeling but my two Incoco nails still looked beautiful!

Their latest set of designs is the Drama Queen Collection and they are definitely for dramatic, look-at-me nails! 

Want to get your nails on some?
You're in luck!
I've teamed up with Incoco to give one lucky reader two sets of nail polish strips PLUS some accessories! 

To Enter:
1) Leave a comment here with your name and email address THEN Like Incoco on Facebook & leave a comment on their wall letting them know you came from Bostonista! (You must Like them to be eligible for the give-a-way!)
2) For BONUS entries like Bostonista on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and follow Incoco on Twitter! Make sure to let me know in your comments!

I'll be choosing a winner on Wednesday, November 9th!

Good luck!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Style Icon: Lauren Santo Domingo

Anyone who reads Vogue on a regular basis is probably familiar with Lauren Santo Domingo. 
The Vogue "Contributing Editor", and founder of online trunk show Moda Operandi, is often featured in the society and party pages of Vogue and other glossy magazines. 

I was aware of her but never paid much attention until she breezed past me at Lincoln Center in September, blackberry in hand, all perfectly messy blonde hair and perfume. Her style is luxe but attainable. Plus, and maybe its a new mom thing, the woman literally glows. 
I might have stared.
 Of all the famous faces I saw at fashion week it was Lauren who left me starstruck. 

Besides her style the fact that she is an under-the-radar socialite is endlessly appealing to me. Yes, she's photographed a lot but she's also sort of mysterious. She gives interviews but they seem to mock her own public image and never reveal much about her life. Even her twitter (@theLSD) is only sporadically updated and rarely about anything personal just her business or a shout out to a party host.
Lauren comes from wealth (just google Poland Springs heiress) and is now married to a billionaire but she seems like a genuinely sweet, incredibly approachable girl!

(Lauren front row at Thakoon SS 2012)
Why can't I make a simple blazer and jeans look this effortless? 

(Outside Lincoln Center)
Carven, Balenciaga, Celine, and Hermes all in one outfit? 
Yeah, just another day at the office.

Finally, she has my dream home office/closet. 
I think its brilliant to combine the two into one peaceful, and beautiful, room!

Who are your current style icons? Do their lifestyles influence how you feel about them?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Events in Boston: Timberland's Sundance Style Night

Well, guys, we're somehow back to my least favorite time of year.
Snow is starting to fall (BEFORE HALLOWEEN UGH!) which means its time for some serious boots. And boots don't get more serious than Timberlands!

Head on over to the Timberland store on Newbury St., Wednesday night for a stylish party and a chance to win a trip to the Sundance Film Festival!

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