Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Girl Crush: Hanneli Mustaparta


One of my favorite personal style blogs is still Hanneli Mustaparta.

Since she's on every fashion guest list (even attending the Met Gala last month), I think it's fair to assume that I'm not the only one who adores her style!

You don't often see black and white photos from the style blog set in the summer so this one, of Hanneli in a $12 vintage dress, really stands out in the sea of bloggers!

She's really inspired me to start doing my own personal style posts, although I don't want that to ever be the focus of my blog, and thought it might be a good summer experiment.

What do you think? Should I take the leap from "fashion blogger" to "personal style blogger"?

(Thanks to Hanneli Mustaparta for the photo)


Sunday, June 3, 2012

HANA S Hair Dryer by Misikko Review


I have always had frizzy, unruly, thick hair. 
Long before I started dying, bleaching, heat treating it- my dark blond hair was textured like a horse's mane.
I always envied girls with thin hair- it seemed so magically manageable. 

I still haven't come to terms with my hair's natural shape, weight and feel. 
But I might be getting closer to learning how to manage it thanks to the HANA Air S dryer.

A few years ago Misikko was kind enough to send me their HANA flat iron which has been a styling life saver so when they offered to send me the matching blow dryer last month I jumped at the chance to give it a try.

The HANA claims to reduce drying time up to 60% thanks to its motor, shape and tourmaline lined ceramic body. I have a lot of hair and with my old dryer it usually took about 35 minutes- with the HANA I've been clocking at around 20-25 minutes. Not a huge difference but it does help me out in the morning!

I was really pleased that the HANA includes a concentrated diffuser.
 My stylist always uses one to dry my hair at the salon but I could never find one that fit my old blower. The diffuser definitely helps to get sections of my hair straighter and smoother than without one. 

Another great feature is that the HANA allows you to control the power intensity and temperature used with three heat settings, two fans, and a "cold shot" to seal hair cuticles. 

After a few uses, my hair is noticeably less frizzy. Stick straight? No, but that has much more to do with my lack of hair styling skills than the quality of this blow dryer. It is a professional quality blow dryer that works far better than my old, cheapo one from CVS. Plus, Misikko does an amazing job of packaging and includes a variety of free goodies such as nail files, a bottle of their shine serum, and a surprise or two!


I always use a heat treatment product before I apply any heat, especially important since I tend to go over my hair with my HANNA flat iron immediately after blowing it out with my dryer. It really helps give my hair a smooth, glossy finish.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Events in Boston May 31st

I know you're all still recovering from Memorial Day weekend but if you're looking for something to do this week I have two great events to tell you about!

First, stop by French Connection for the Boston launch of the new book, Apron Anxiety!

I've been hearing a lot about Alyssa Shelasky's memoir so I'm excited to get a chance to meet her.

Then swing by DVF Boston for a styling event hosted by Boston Magazine and Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Celebrity Moment: Diane Kruger at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Fesitval


I was so excited when I heard that Diane Kruger had been selected to be on the jury for the 65th Annual Cannes Film Fesitval. She's the one starlet I can always count on to be daring, stylish and fun to watch.
So, I was thrilled at the prospect of having ten straight days of new Diane red carpet moments.

(Diane Kruger in head-to-toe Balmain)

Needless to say, from her "comfortable" judging style to her Hollywood glamour gowns, she didn't disappoint.
In fact, despite countless red carpets, premieres and parties with celebrities from all over the world, Diane was the best dressed throughout the entire festival.

I dare you to disagree!

 (In custom Nina Ricci)

(Wearing Chanel resort 2013 & Christian Louboutin)

(Versus dress paired with Jimmy Choo's "Katima" sandals)

(In a pink Calvin Klein)

(Jason Wu resort 2013 gown)

(Prabal Gurung fall 2012 with Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung fall 2012 stilettos)

(Vivienne Westwood embellished gown- similar V.W. styles available at Net-A-Porter)

(Show stopping at the closing ceremony in Dior HC spring 2012)

(Giambattista Valli HC)


(Thanks to Paris Vogue, The Fashion Spot, Just Jared, and NowFashion for the pictures)

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Model Moment: Gisele in Vogue Paris June/July 2012

Can I just BE Gisele please?
You can't even hate her for being beautiful because she's ridiculously nice too.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Events in Boston: A Sip in the Park

On Friday night I got a little dolled up for A Sip in the Park, at Fenway's EMC to benefit the Boston chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


I met up with my BBF (best blogger friend for those of you not in the know), Renata of Scorpion/Disco for the wine tasting, silent auction, and some style blogger posing. 

On Bostonista (left):
Maxi Dress, Old Navy
Jean Jacket, LF
Necklace & Ring, Tiffany & Co.

On Scorpion/Disco (right):
Skirt: Blaque Label via KarmaLoop
Necklace: Vintage


Renata's Purse (left), Vintage
My Purse (right), Rebecca Minkoff

I was truly honored to be invited to an event raises awareness and money for a topic that is still taboo in American society. Suicide and the depression that often precedes it affects millions of Americans and claims the lives of an estimated 36,000 a year. To learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or to get involved visit their site at AFSP.org

Monday, May 21, 2012

Du Juan at Cannes


I could actually weep at the beauty of the dress Du Juan wore to the Madagascar 3 premiere at Cannes yesterday.
I just can't identify it! Is it Lanvin?
If you know who its by let me know!

The dress is Ellie Saab Spring/Summer 2012!
Thanks to Melissa for the heads up!


(Thanks to The Fashion Spot for the pictures)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

StyleFixx Boston May 2012 Recap!


Last week, as many of you know, was StyleFixx Boston!
If you weren't there you missed the absolute best shopping party to hit Boston in a long time!

After loading up on delicious munchies from Haru Sushi and Finale Desserts I made my way over to the Dellaria Salon stage to get my hair ironed and decided to take a little risk:

Yes, I finally tried out the dip-dyed trend with a pink and purple color rub!
The temporary solution lasted a few days until I finally washed it out before work on Monday. 
I was so obsessed with how it looked I seriously considered making an appointment to have it done permanently! I'm still kicking myself for not buying one of the temporary color rub kits that Dellaria had available!

In need of some new decorating ideas I wandered over to Hivernage NYC's booth to check out their beautiful furniture and accessories selection. Their cozy but glamorous set up was so welcoming that I just wanted to hang out there all night! I could see myself moving into a completely Hivernage-d apartment quite comfortably! I want to fill my home with her pillows and glassware! 

Thinking about Mother's Day presents I made my way over to both the Mahi Gold and Needham Lane booths. I'm still regretting not picking up a pair of Needham Lane's Oprah approved slippers for myself!
I was completely charmed by Mahi Gold's adorable set up. 
Their white picket fence setup made me feel as if I was on a beach in the Hamptons. 
Isn't that hot pink maxi dress so sexy? 

Exhausted, I found my way to The Metro's Blogger's Lounge to indulge in a complimentary chair massage. It was a great spot to mingle with the other bloggers at the event and to take the time out to  live-tweet the event in a comfortable spot! 

I met up with my friends Kyley and Meaghan who wanted to get their hair done by the fabulous Jose Eber. They were so impressed with how well Jose's clip less curling iron curled their stick straight hair that they both bought one!
Doesn't she look beautiful? 
I love that the curls give her a sort of flapper vibe!

Of course I had to get back to my own booth for Bostonista Boutique!
We had such a great response to the clothing selection and are thrilled that people are as excited about our summer launch as we are!

It was an amazing two nights of shopping, networking and style!
I hope to see you there!





Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bostonista Exclusive: My interview with designer Nicole Lebreux!


These days being green is a bit of a trend.
Everyone loves to be able to say that they recycle, or carpool, or wear "sustainable" clothing.

But what does "sustainable" clothing really mean anyway?
Most of the time, even with the best of intentions, we're leading pretty wasteful lives.

So I was excited to be able to interview one of my favorite local designers, Nicole Lebreux, about her truly green line based out of Rhode Island!

Nicole's handmade line uses vintage and recycled fabrics and is manufactured locally in Bristol, RI and Fall River, MA to help continue the tradition of handmade craftsmanship in New England. 
So you can feel good wearing her pieces because you know that they never harm the environment AND they help support our local economy.
What could be better?


Bostonista:
As a designer you take pride in designing an eco-friendly line. What inspired you to be a “green” label? How do you ensure that your clothing is “sustainable”? 

Nicole:
My love and respect for nature and the natural beauty of mother earth drives me to protect her as best I can. Not being sustainable was never an option; being environmentally conscious is how I live my life so it makes no sense for my business to be run any other way. I choose to be the change I wish to see in the world by running a fashion company that does not take advantage of our planet or the people on it. Being green isn't just about organic and recycling, its about doing the right thing. I ensure that my garments are sustainable by keeping a close eye on where fabrics are coming from, manufacturing techniques used by the sewing contractors I use (all my garments are designed, cut, and sewn in Rhode Island and Massachusetts I might add), and, well, I do just about everything else so there's tight quality control!

Bostonista:
 You’ve said that your favorite part of the process is buying fabrics. When looking for fabrics do you have a specific design in mind or are your silhouettes inspired by the prints and fabrics later? 

Nicole:
The fun part about searching for vintage and mill surplus fabrics is that you never know what you're going to find! I've been collecting vintage fabrics for years and my eye tends to go towards big bold prints and bright colors so those themes are naturally found in most of my garments. Sometimes I'll ask the thrifting and auction gods to bless me with slinky knits or monochromatic silks or breezy chiffons if I'm sourcing for a specific idea or garment but most of the time I let the fabrics that I find inspire the garments. Fall 2012 went away from the 60's and 70's florals and more towards geometric and native cultured inspired stripes and motifs. I'm thinking that Spring 2013 will be a mix of florals and geometrics but maybe in a more subdued color palette.



Bostonista:
For your Fall/Winter 2012 collection you created your first original screen print! What prompted you to try your hand on a print this season? Did you know, when you began your line, that it was something that you wanted to do? Can we expect to see more original prints in the future? 

Nicole:
I did some screen printing in college at FIT and was really intrigued by the process and the possibilities of using printing techniques on fabric. I have always wanted to incorporate my own surface designs onto fabric but I wasn't sure how. Last fall I had a chance meeting with Molly of Moho Designs at the Sowa Open Market on Harrison Ave in Boston. She expressed her desire to move toward originally designed garments to screen print on and I told her how I would love to create my own printed fabric. The rest is history! We regularly trade pattern making for fabric printing retreats in her beautiful Berkshires studio. It's been a wonderful collaboration! 
While I won't do another screen print in the next few seasons I will be experimenting with other fabric printing/dyeing techniques such as silk painting, tie dye, batik, and others I haven't even discovered yet I'm sure. Keep your eyes open for splatter painted layers of sheer fabrics on the runway for Spring 2013!

Bostonista:
What inspired you this season? Many of the runway looks reminded me of “the far East” with lots of layers for the modern girl!

Nicole:
God I love layers! When I was designing the Fall 2012 collection it was the start of the cold months so I was wearing a lot of what I call "bag lady chic", which is basically 3 layers of tank tops and tees with various length sleeves, my signature long leggings, shearling boots, and topped off with a Lebowski-esque grandpa sweater. While that look suited me alone in my studio I needed to create more aesthetically pleasing versions for the runway. I also spent a lot of time studying Egyptian surface design and pottery. Egyptians encompassed such stunning organic geometric shapes and spiritual themes in their work which are so prevalent in today's modern search for meaning. I was very inspired by that which is evident in my screen print design along with the silhouettes and shapes of my Fall 2012 Collection.


(Thank you so much to Nicole Lebreux, and everyone at Christina K. Pierce Agency especially Rachel Parmet!)

In other Bostonista business, congratulations to Morgan for winning my give-a-way with Vichy!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Best Dressed MET Gala 2012

 There were many beautiful looks tonight at the Met Gala celebrating the launch of the Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversation exhibit. 
(The exhibit opens to the public on May 10th and runs all summer through August 19th! If you're in NYC at all I highly recommend picking up tickets to see it.)

I was actually surprised that there wasn't more Schiaparelli pink on the attendees!

My favorite gown of the night was worn by one of my favorite models, Jessica Stam!
She rocked the red carpet in a mint and gold "vintage" dress from Dior by John Galliano. 

I'm not sure it truly counts as vintage if its less than 20 years old but we all have to mention the difference between Dior and Dior by Galliano now. 

Anyway, that rant is for a different day...isn't this just gorgeous?

Mint is the hottest color for spring and I love how she accessorized with the bangles on either arm and dark hair.  Plus, her makeup was just divine! 

To see more of my favorite red carpet moments from the MET Gala 2012 check out my Pinterest Met board!

(Thanks to IFB for the pictures!)
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