01/01/2012 - 02/01/2012Bostonista: 01/01/2012 - 02/01/2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ruffian F/W 2012

Ruffian designers Claude Morais & Brian Wolk take their bow

The designers of Ruffian attributed the inspiration behind this morning's show to a "poetic co-inhabitance of formality & modernism." Think Victorian shapes walking seamlessly alongside glamourous tailored leather. It was all about the silhouette: slim, sleek, nipped in the waist, and sometimes topped with a structured hat.

Models walk the finale

Where there weren't glen plaids and tweeds, there were gorgeous jewel tones in sexy silk georgette and velvet. And for the Downtown Abbey fans, a high-neck ruffle blouse under a short cashmere jacket looked equally fresh and classic, matched back to a slim herringbone skirt. 

Ruffian F/W 2012 Runway Video

Working girls, take note: this is what you should be wearing to the office come fall.
-Jessica Richards

Follow Jessica on Twitter at @jessicaxrich

Picture 2 and videos are copyright Jessica Richards & TheBostonista.Com
All other photos appear courtesy of Style.Com

Friday, February 10, 2012

NYFW F/W 2012: Diet Pepsi Style Studio

(Mary Kate Olsen, host Simon Doonan, and Debra Messing at the Diet Pepsi Style Studio)

I'm excited to have Bostonista's first ever guest blogger, Jessica Richards, making her premiere tonight!
She's one of two bloggers graciously covering a few NYFW events and shows for Bostonista so keep an eye out for her updates through out the week as well as some from The Trendy Dwarf himself!

The designers and their creations at Diet Pepsi Style Studio

Admit it; you're guilty of about ninety percent of the Shit Fashion Girls Say. Secretly we revel in the fact that we work in an industry that on any given day at work we can announce "I'm channeling Daphne Guinness, but in a pencil skirt" to approving nods. Someone might even add that they're thinking about getting bangs. 

Simon Doonan presents the finale

Simon Doonan obviously knows his audience. 
At Thursday night's Diet Pepsi Style Studio Fashion Show, the crowd roared as he presented the work of four regional designers with equal parts cheeky and acerbic wit that Fashion Girls Eat Right Up. Looks included fierce safari prints, avant-garde work wear (hence Doonan's suggestion to bring Guinness to the workplace) and metallic finishes inspired by the Diet Pepsi can itself. 

Lining the front row were Kristen Chenoweth, Angela Simmons, Kelly Rutherford, Sandra Lee, Christian Cota, Debra Messing, and Mary-Kate Olsen (Bostonista: !!!!!!!), as well as set designer, Jonathan Adler. 
Jessica lives in NYC but attended BU so she's got Boston attitude in spades!
Make sure to follow her on twitter @jessicaxrich 
Photo 2 copyright Jessica Richards & TheBostonista.Com
Video copyright Jessica Richards & TheBostonista.com

New York Fashion Week F/W 2012

Well, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is officially underway and while I can't be there personally this season I'm keeping a close eye on all of the events, shows, collections, and models thanks to two fabulous guest bloggers who ARE in New York and the wide array of designers utilizing live streams!

I'm excited for you to meet the guest bloggers and hear their takes on NYFW but for now here are my favorite looks from the past two days!

BCBG Max Azria FW 2012

Jason Wu FW 2012

Costello Tagliapietra FW 2012

Richard Chai Love FW 2012

Rebecca Minkoff FW 2012

Trends? So far, I see a lot of floral, an interesting choice for fall collections, but the patterns are in rich colors, and heavy fabrics.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bostonista Style: Splurge vs. Steal

I don't often (or, come to think of it, ever) do Splurge vs. Steal posts.
When I read them I often find myself thinking, "But it's about the quality!" or "That splurge isn't something I'd spend that much on anyway!" or, most often, "But that steal is a complete and utter KNOCK OFF! It should be illegal!"

So I'm a little surprised at myself for doing a just that sort of piece!
This one was just too good not to share!

The Splurge?
Now, I'm not a huge fan of the yellow and army green combo. I actually prefer it in the nude/black version but for the purposes of this Splurge/Steal comparison I'm going with the yellow. They are quite cheery and would look perfect with a white sundress.

The Steal:
OK, so it isn't an exact match but you already know that knock offs bother me. I like the idea that you can take whats best from the designer version (in this case the cap toe ballet style and trendy color) and have something similar for an incredible price. I mean, those Krakoff's are $500 for Gods sake! For me, thats an insane amount to spend on an item that might only last me one season before I've moved onto the next thing. No, the Old Navy quality can't compare but at $23 I can wear a trend like neon yellow all summer and not feel guilty about tossing them in October. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dynamite Denim Trends!

Back in high school I had a pair of pepto-bismal pink cords from Bebe.
Just writing that sentence is embarrassing.

The thing is, at the time, I genuinely loved them. Yes, they were super low riders with a bit of a flare but it was 2001, people! Britney was still my fashion icon! I wore them with a black sweater and ponytail and God knows what shoes and I adored them!

(The offending pair were similar to this style from Current/Elliot except with flared bottoms. Yeah, I know.)

I also remember wearing them only once because I was teased mercilessly for their bright color.
I got home from school and tearfully relegated them to the back of my closet never to be seen again!
Since then I've mostly stuck to dark washed denim and black pants.

But lately oh how those colored denims are calling out to me.
The other night I went to National Jean Company's grand opening of their new store on Newbury St., and, rather than the usual dark skinnies catching my eye, it was the rainbow of jeans lining the wall that sucked me in!
I wasn't quite ready to commit on Thursday night but now I can't stop thinking about brightening things up!

J Brand Twill Skinny Jean Bright Red
I don't wear much red. It used to seem like such a scary color but now red denim seems almost like a neutral. I love J Brand's bright red twill skinny jeans ($176) because J Brand is the master of the skinny cut. They always fit, look and feel great.
For a more affordable option there is always Forever 21 (if you can fit into their jeans which I never seem to be able to...) which have a great red option with their Super Stretch Colored Skinnies with Ankle Zips ($21.44)
Forever 21 Divine Rights of Denim The Super Stretch Colored Skinnies with Ankle Zips

I'm also going crazy for green everything and definitely plan on scooping up these AG The Farrah crop jeans in kelly green ($159) for spring. 

I love all of LOFT's basics because they are so comfortable and go with everything! On cool days I'll pair it with my uber cute Urban Renewal lace inset denim jacket from Urban Outfitters($69). 

So, have you dared to jump into colored denim yet?
How are you wearing it?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

And The VienneMilano Winner Is....

I know you've all been on pins and needles waiting to hear who won a pair of VienneMilano's luxurious thigh highs!

Congratulations to Alycia P!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and tweeted!
Keep your eyes peeled for more big give-a-ways coming this way!

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!

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