12/01/2011 - 01/01/2012Bostonista: 12/01/2011 - 01/01/2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hilarious Interviews..

If you're anything like me you've probably perused Karl Lagerfeld's contemporary line for Net-A-Porter and been annoyed by certain items already being sold out. It has only been released for two days! Is it really so much to ask for companies to make enough product to last at least longer than two hours?

Luckily for Net-a-Porter they released this hilarious video of Karl interviewing...

So I guess I can't be too mad about not getting that over priced canvas tote.

Monday, January 23, 2012


A second give-a-way in less than a week??
It's true! 
I love being able to share my favorite products and brands with all my readers and give-a-ways are the best way to do it! 

One of my go-to items this past holiday season were VienneMilano's luxury glitter thigh highs.
I love classic lingerie and thigh highs have always been a particular favorite- they're so much sexier than old fashioned pantyhose (ugh) and I think they're more comfortable too!

VienneMilano is a new company based in Boston that is devoted entirely to luxury thigh highs made in Italy! VienneMilano's original designs use innovative materials to make their gorgeous thigh highs! And, in case you're wondering, no you do not need a garter belt to keep them up! They stay up amazingly well on their own! (I wore the same pair at least four times in December and they never lost their shape or ability to stay up the way some brands do after a few wears.) Even better, the material they use to help the thigh highs stick don't dig into your skin, leave marks, or itch- a problem I've often found with the silicone used by other brands. Another great feature of the Gisella style that I own is the velvet detailing at the top of each stocking. It adds a touch of personality that looks great peeking out from your skirt.

This week I'm giving away a pair of VienneMilano's Isabella microfiber, black thigh highs (worth $39.95)!
To win- Follow me on Twitter, Re-Tweet this give-a-way, and "Like" VienneMilano on Facebook!
Then leave a comment on this post with your name, email, and twitter handle!

For a bonus entry "Like" Bostonista on Facebook!

I'll be announcing the winner Saturday (1/28) at 3 PM!
Good luck! 

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

I'm still bemoaning the snow so I set off in search of some much needed warm weather inspiration.
I found it in Chanel's Pre-Fall 2012 collection that hit the runway back in December.

Inspired by the Maharajahs and India itself (Karl has never been. In fact, he told Style.com, "It's much more inspiring not to go to place than to go." Ohhhhhkay, Karl.) Chanel plunged head first into magnificent extravagance mixing a vision of India with the intricate craftsmanship and sophistication of France. 

The colors, the jewelry,  and the hand embroidery all led me to a dreamy, warm world with elephants trumpeting off in the distance.

(PIctures Courtesy of Style.Com)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bostonista Give-A-Way: Fresh Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy Winners

So excited to announce my THREE winners of Fresh's Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy!
So without further adieu the winners are...

Colleen B!
Brigid W!
Samantha from A Glimpse of Glamour!

Congratulations ladies! I'll be in touch with details via email today!

I have a lot of fun give-a-ways coming up in the next two months that I can't wait to share with you all!
So please stay tuned!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Brightening Up in Winter

Every January around this time I start to get a little bit restless.
Living in New England you'd think I'd be used to endless winters since they can start in October and last through April. 
But I'm not a winter person. 
I like hot, sunny days and flimsy dresses and sitting out on the deck. 
Once the holidays are over I have zero tolerance for cold weather or snow. 

So, here we are in the middle of another January and, even during a mild winter like this one, I can't reconcile myself to another two and a half months of possible storms and early nights. 

The fact that most stores are already full of warm weather clothes just makes me ache for spring even more! The solution to beat my frigid mood? Color!
Suddenly reds, greens, neon, and brights are catching my eye like never before!

Most of my day dreams have been centered around this PS1 wallet.
Isn't that citron just so happy? I feel like I could be in a convenience store grabbing milk in the middle of a blizzard and pulling out this wallet would immediately make the world seem warmer! 

Another way to brighten up my world would be to add to my small collection of Equipment blouses with this one in hot pink! 
They are so soft and comfortable I almost don't mind how expensive they are- almost! But sometimes a little retail therapy is the best cure for a gloomy day, don't you think?

Slightly closer to my price range is this CC Skye bracelet with hints of neon weaved between the metals!
Isn't it charming? It would add just the right hint of color to nearly any outfit, I think.

So, how are you beating the winter blues? At this moment I'm willing to try just about anything!

(Thanks to Revolve Clothing, Karen's Whimsey, and Proenza Schouler for the pictures!)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shailene Woodley at the Golden Globes

I can't believe that I'm saying this...

I am absolutely OBSESSED with Shailene in Marchesa tonight!
It doesn't look like much in pictures but on screen it moved, it shimmered, it's elegant, grown up and oh so pretty. 
I haven't seen The Descendants (for which she is earning rave reviews) but I've seen Secret Life and based solely on that show I'm amazed by her star turn! 
I'm strangely excited to see what she'll wear for the Oscars!

(Thanks to Just Jared and The Fashion Spot for the pictures!)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bostonista Give-A-Way: Fresh Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy

Boston's favorite luxury skin care brand, Fresh, turns 21 this year!
Launched here in Boston on Tremont St., in 1991 Fresh strived to be innovative in the use of natural ingredients from around the world in their products. 

To celebrate their birthday Fresh has a few exciting products coming out this year.
First off, is an addition to their amazing Sugar Lip line is an anti-aging treatment called Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy.

Thanks to its blend of natural ingredients like sea fennel extract, plum seed oil, orange extract and passionflower seed oil Sugar Advanced Therapy nourishes lips for 24 hours while providing anti-aging benefits! You can wear it as a base under lipstick or smooth it on at night repair your lip's texture while you sleep.

Currently only available at Sephora, Suger Advanced Therapy officially launches everywhere next month but you can win yours now! Fresh and Bostonista are teaming up to giveaway THREE of Fresh's Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy!

To enter "Like" both Bostonista and Fresh on Facebook, then leave a comment here with your name and email address! 

I'll be randomly picking three winners from eligible entries on Saturday, January 21st!

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Best Dressed 2011

Can you believe that it's already 2012?
I can't! It's not that I'm not ready for a new year (believe me I need a fresh new start) but it doesn't seem time for best dressed of the year lists! I feel like I just compiled my 2010 list! I guess that is why this list is so late and probably completely irrelevant at this point.

2011 was the year of extravagant weddings, breakout stars, and a freelancing Carine Roitfeld so it was hard to narrow my best dressed list down to only five women!
It takes more than one great outfit to land on Bostonista's Best- I look for consistently great/interesting/inspiring/beautiful style throughout the year.
It also helps if I don't find you irritating or overexposed.

5. Elizabeth Olsen, Actress
Lizzie Olsen in Erdem 
It takes a brave woman to try to forge her own career in the shadow of an uber-famous industry family and even braver one to then go nude in her film debut. 
Elizabeth Olsen shocked critics with her haunting portrayal of an ex-cult member in Martha Marcy May Marlene that has blown any comparisons to her famous sisters acting careers out of the water. 
Elizabeth may have a contemporary clothing line named after her (Elizabeth & James) and did her sister's proud in looks by The Row but it was when she stepped away from MK&A's clothing lines that she truly came into her own.
in Alexander McQueen
ASOS blazer, Christian Louboutin loafers and Louis Vuitton bag
in Calvin Klein 
in The Row
in Manolo Blahnik shoes
in Chanel
in The Row

4. Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
In Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

OK I know I said that over exposure is a strike against you on my list but my mom would have killed me if I didn't include the Duchess of Cambridge!
There is also no denying her impact on the fashion world this year- from that Sarah Burton for McQueen wedding gown to propelling Reiss sales world wide her style has become a global phenomenon. Sure, it's not the electrifying style of her late mother-in-law but she carried herself with such grace and elegance  that it was hard not to fall in love with Catherine Middleton.
In Alexander McQueen
In Ralph Lauren 
In Issa
While Alexander McQueen has been Kate's standard go-to house (especially for it's military style coats) I tend to favor her in piece from Jenny Packham. In my opinion, the label is just better suited to her girlie, classic style instead of the avant garde leanings of McQueen. 
In Jenny Packham

3. Elle Fanning, Actress
In Rodarte

Just last week I asked if the fashion industry's crush on the 13-year-old Fanning was inappropriate but you can't deny that she's become a fashion force this past year.
I love that Elle wholeheartedly embraces fashion as an art form, isn't afraid to have fun with her style, and always looks perfectly age appropriate.
Elle starred in the Marc by Marc Jacobs fall campaign but she seems to have also become the unofficial muse of the Mulleavy sisters frequently wearing Rodarte to events and starring in their artsy video for NOWNESS.com as well as a big editorial in their issue of "A Magazine..." She's even captured Karl Lagerfeld's heart!
Based on 2011 alone I think Elle's quirky, irreverent style is only going to get better and better in the years to come!
in Marc Jacobs
in Marchesa 
in D&G
 in Marc by Marc Jacobs
in Chanel
in Rodarte (?)
In Valentino
in Top Shop
in Marc by Marc Jacobs
In Rodarte
in Valentino
in Valentino (?)
in Chanel
in Louis Vuitton
In Marc Jacobs

2. Julia Sarr-Jamois, Editor

Former model Julia Sarr-Jamois is one of my contemporary heroines.
At age 23, she is already editor-in-chief of a respected fashion magazine, Wonderland and has become an eccentric fixture on street style blogs.
Known for her natural Afro and laid back glamour during the fashion season she just seems like the really cool girl you want for a best friend.
in Mary Katrantzou
in Prada

1. Giovanna Battaglia, Stylist/Editor
My number one best dressed woman of the year? Stylist and W contributor, Giovanna Battaglia!
Another former model turned industry professional Giovanna moved from Milan to New York this year to work for W magazine (and to be closer to her oh-so-sexy beau, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld!)
Giovanna has the ultimate industry wardrobe that mixes bright colors and clashing prints to high fashion perfection. She's also a big fan of piling on bracelets- as far as Giovanna is concerned the more accessories the better! Sometimes, I feel like magazine stylists have a hard time translating their style vision from the page to real life but Giovanna does so without ever veering into costume territory.
in Dolce & Gabbana 

in vintage Stephen Sprouse

So, there you have it! I'm officially done with 2011!
Here's to a healthy, happy 2012 filled with love!

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