03/01/2012 - 04/01/2012Bostonista: 03/01/2012 - 04/01/2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Events in Boston: Rag & Bone Grand Opening on Newbury St

On Friday night I met up with my dear friend, Renata from Scorpion Disco, to attend the grand opening of Rag & Bone's new store on Newbury St.

It was an exciting night. 

Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville's latest store is gorgeous and really captures the laid back but luxe vibe of Rag & Bone
Marcus & David were in town for the grand opening and mingled with guests, and showed off some of their favorite styles for summer.
I'd been in a few week earlier because I've been so obsessed with Rag & Bone for so long! 
I'm happy that Boston finally got their attention!

We mingled, browsed, met and fell in love with a Patriot, drank champagne. 
Normal fashion event fare.

And then they arrived.
Boston's royal couple, Tom Brady & Gisele, pulled up.
The store went silent. iPhone's were whipped out.
Sophistication went out the door as everyone jostled to the front of the store for a better look.
Yes. That's me and Renata. With Gisele.
And, for those of you looking for dirt, she couldn't have been sweeter!

And, of course, since he was there....

He is amazingly tall. His hand was on my back and it was so massive I thought a grizzly bear's paw was resting against me.

But mostly we watched Gisele's every movement.
I know everything looks amazing on her but I'll be getting myself a Rag & Bone hat or two.

It was an amazing evening made even better by so many of my favorite fellow blogger's being there!

Thanks so much to everyone at Rag & Bone for the hospitality!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lavender Lips Trend

Purple lips probably conjure up images of high school goths, Halloween, and bad make up artist portfolios.

But I think there is way to do a purple pout with elegance and have it look almost natural instead of costumey. Not that I don't appreciate Gaga's beauty POV, and of course there are times when plum works, but I find the right color of lavender to be great for every day life.

For just a glimpse of purple I suggest going the sheer route.
I've been using Benefit's ultra-shine gloss in Kiss Me for a delicate wash of color.
When I want a just a tad more drama I use a light layer of MAC's lip pencil in Magenta before the gloss. It helps keep the color longer and prevents the gloss from bleeding.

To really pack a purple punch I use Buxom's Big & Healthy lipstick in Acapulco a vibrant lilac that smooths lips while also "plumping" them. Use in moderation for a natural look.

So why do I love lavender lips?
For one, it's unexpected so I never blend into a crowd when I rock it but it also gives my face an amazing glow like no other product. 

What is your favorite lip look? 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tough Times 2012

Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller photographed by Richard Avedon

I try not to use Bostonista as a place to vent or to talk about my personal life.
It's a fashion blog, this is (obviously) not a personal style blog or a dating blog or my private journal, and I assume most readers come to see pretty pictures or enter contests.
I try to respect that.

At the same time, I don't really have any other outlet for my frustrations.
And I've been frustrated a lot recently.

A lot of things have changed in my life since the beginning of the year.
One of them excellent; Most of them life changing.

Around the end of February the man I thought I'd be with for the rest of my life, who I have waited (not always so) patiently for for the past 7 years, dropped a bombshell. It still, all these weeks later, feels like a twisting knife in my gut. 

Then, said man, dropped back in to my life for a brief, incredibly painful hour with yet another revelation.
That afternoon, as he broke my heart over and over, my mom kept calling my cell. 
When I had finally composed myself enough to use the phone I called her back and found out that my Nana had been taken to the hospital but seemed to be okay.

In a fit of fury at man #1 I went on a date with a new guy and over a few weeks we fell into an easy rhythm and I thought he'd be a good summer fling to help take my mind off of man #1.

Two weeks later my Nana, an ever present voice in my head, passed away.

Bostonista turned 4 and I forgot to celebrate or acknowledge it.
Happy Belated Fourth Birthday, blog! 

Since the funeral I've been stressed out, prone to cry at anything, and somehow even more resentful towards man #1. You can't even send a sympathy card, you bastard?!
But at least I had man #2 to hang out with, right?

Today he decided that I want something more serious then he is willing to ever be (which I really, really don't) and so we should just be friends. The last thing I want after what man #1 did is a relationship.
Maybe I was too comfortable too quickly? Apparently, I'm not "fling" material to him, which is odd because every other guy I've ever met has always thought I was only "fling" material. I guess I could argue and try to change his mind but I don't care enough. 
I'm honestly just bummed to not have a guy to hang out with.

I realize that the last paragraph doesn't help me come across as very sympathetic, or even very likable, but I'm bitter. 

At least my hair looks really blond today.

Some pretty pictures so I'm not entirely off topic:
(For more gorgeous pictures, outfit inspiration, and visual candy check out Bostonista's Pinterest. It has 100% less self-pity. I promise)

I actually feel a little better. 
Thanks for listening.

Maybe I should change the name of my blog to Bitter Blond!

Confabulous Cases Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of my Confabulous Cases give-a-way is...

Congratulations Carolyn!

If you're so sad that you didn't win remember that you always can shop Confabulous online AND if you prefer to shop them in person Confabulous Cases will be at StyleFixx Boston 2012 on May 9th and 10th!
Now that I'm working at Stylefixx as a fashion editor I hope I'll be seeing you all at the event!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bostonista Give-a-Way: Confabulous iPhone Case!

I don't know about you but when I finally got an iPhone last summer one of the things I was most excited about was all the case options!
Unfortunately, I've found the most stylish cases to also be the most expensive.

So I was incredibly excited to hear about Boston-based Confabulous Cases! The genius idea uses a clear backed Griffin iPhone 4 case with original designs on thin inserts. You can slip the case off and change the insert as often as you like! Once you have the clear case inserts are only $1.95-$3.95 each and at those prices your iPhone could have a different look every day of the month!

I'm excited to team up with Confabulous to offer my fabulous readers a chance to win a Confabulous Cases cluster!
If you win you'll receive a clear backed Griffin iPhone 4 case (fits iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S), 3 inserts of your choice and 1 deluxe insert. 

To enter follow both @thebostonista & @confabcases on Twitter.
For an extra entry "like" both Bostonista and Confabulous on Facebook.
For a THIRD entry follow Bostonista on Bloglovin.
Make sure to comment on this post with your email & facebook/twitter info so I can verify your entries!

The winner will be announced on Tuesday April 17th!
Good luck!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Family Photos

(My Papa & Nana in the 60s)

As I shared with you all last week my Nana passed away on March 24th.
Even though she was 93 years old- I was shocked and am still completely devastated.

Today, I stopped by the Longchamp store on Newbury St., to find something to lug my laptop around in.
I bought a Le Pliage (I know, I know, I remember my rampage about them too) and then started driving back to the 'burbs. On the way I thought, "Oh good! I have time to stop by Nana's to show her my new bag before I go to work!" I was almost completely home before I remembered. It hit me so hard I had to pull over. 

I guess you think it's weird that I was anxious to show my grandmother what I'd just bought- but since my love of all things fashion emerged I've shown Nana every new purchase immediately. She always wants to see my bags, boots, shoes, dresses, etc. Then she'd tell me about how she used to wear spikes every day, never wore "dungarees" and was always "dressed". Nana always had impeccable but expensive taste in jewelry so I'd always present my wrists and ears for inspection as well.

While we were pulling together old snapshots for a slide show at the wake I saw for myself the fashionable side of Nana that I had only glimpsed in the past. 
One of my cousins even remarked, "I guess we know where you get your style!"

I just wanted to share some pictures of my beautiful Nana because she's still inspiring me.

My brother kept calling this one an album cover because of the pose and the wind in her hair.

Nana and my mom at the beach.
At my uncle's high school graduation.

A photo Nana took for my Papa, who was in the Navy, to wake with him during WWII- and the love note she wrote on the back.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence Covers Interview Germany

Sorry that my Hunger Games count down was cut short. A lot of things have been going on in my life, most recently the passing of my grandmother on Saturday and I haven't been in much of a fashion mood.
To get a bit more Katniss in your life I decided to post her cover for Interview's Germany edition.

Can I look exactly like that please?

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