Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Guide: Boys! Boys! Boys!

Why are guys so hard to shop for? It seems like between gadgets, ties, and violent blu-rays you'd be able to easily find them something but I always end up putting off their gifts until the very last minute!

In an effort to be more thoughtful with my manly presents this year I put together this handy guide to things guys enjoy to cross reference with my shopping list.

Bostonista Gift Guide: For The Guys!

Is there anything sexier than a man with a flask? Maybe a man with a moustache flask! Okay, maybe not, but its a fun gift sure to make your man smile. I know my brother will be laughing his ass off thanks to the Unrated Ted blu-ray I picked up for him. If you're a little more practical, may I suggest Ted Baker's "The City" quilted jacket? It's the perfect weight for this weird Boston weather. As much as I love designer handbags, it would be kind of nice to just slip all my cards into my phone case and go so I know that any guy on your list will appreciate being able to consolidate his wallet with Hex's iPhone Case.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bostonista Gift Guide: BFFs

The clock's ticking down to Christmas and I know how hard it is to shop for your stylish best friend (or even your annoying little sister) so I put together this handy dandy shopping guide to give you a little push in the right direction!

For the BFF

Your In-The-Know coworker will appreciate Karl Lagerfeld's Limited Edition palette with Shu Uemura while your best friend will love the rose gold Alexandria ring from Karen London. 
You know how your sister's phone is always out of juice? Well, with Triple C's portable iPhone Charger, you'll always be able to reach her!

Of course, I'd almost always rather grab a coffee and chat with my besties so if you're running low on funds why not treat her with some spa treatments, a Ryan Gosling flick, and some cocktails in the comfort of your own living room?

Try out this yummy (and Bostonista approved) Candy Cane Cooler from Food Network for entertaining the girls this holiday season!

Ingredients

For Infusion:

  • 2 cups fresh mint leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 bottle quality vodka

Directions

Thoroughly wash mint leaves and place in a decanter or jar. Empty vodka into container and muddle slightly to release the essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days - longer if you want a stronger taste.

For cocktail:

  • 1 tbs. crushed candy cane or peppermint candy
  • 1 1/2 oz. mint-infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz. B&B (Benedictine and brandy)
  • 1/2 oz. half-and-half
  • Ice
  • Peppermint stick
  • Mint sprig for garnish
Place crushed candy cane bits into pint glass. Muddle the candy cane slightly, breaking up the bigger pieces. Do not over-muddle into a powder. Add vodka, brandy and half-and-half and stir. Pour into a shaker with ice. Shake lightly to chill and strain into old-fashioned glass full of ice. Add a peppermint stick and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig.
(Thanks to Food Network for the recipe and delicious looking pic!)



Friday, December 7, 2012

Gift Guide: Marvelous Moms

Time for another Holiday 2012 gift guide! 

Mommy Dearest is basically my best friend so the majority of my Christmas shopping ends up being for her. She's probably both the easiest and the hardest person I have to shop for! Plus, since we spend Christmas morning together (just the two of us) I always feel like I need a lot of things for her to open. 

Now, I realize this particular shopping guide is pretty specific to my mom's tastes but a nice wallet, a new scent, and jewelry are universally a good idea.
Bostonista Gift Guide: Moms!

Last Christmas, I took a chance with Jo Malone London's Vanilla & Anise cologne. One of my mom's all time favorites is Flowerbomb and the Anise in Jo's scent brings that same warm tone but is a little bit lighter.
I discovered Voluspa candles in Florida at the resort's store a few weeks ago.
I fell in love with their romantic packaging and dreamy aromas so I brought back a couple as gifts. Their chestnut and vitiver candle is great for the holidays but is woodsy enough that it can be enjoyed all winter long.
Natura Bisse is an innovative skin care company from Barcelona. The Oxygen Mask is perfect for deep cleaning, re-hydrates and boosts skin's glow. I know my mom will love it.

No matter what you get for your mom this year remember that she'll appreciate a hug and kiss just as much as the most expensive gift. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gift Guide: Lady Luxe

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 
I wouldn't say that I'm a last minute shopper but I'm also not a Black Friday at Midnight kind of girl! 
I'm sure there are many more mid-December shoppers out there just like me, so, in the spirit of being helpful this holiday season I've put together some fabulous gift guides to get you through the mall.

If you're lucky enough to be budget-less, this is the guide for you.
Bostonista's LUXE Holiday Gift Guide 2012!

Bostonista Gift Guides: Lady Luxe
Tom Ford's Italian Cypress perfume is exotic enough to bring warmth to a winter night and it even smells expensive. As a Starbucks Gold card member I can understand the love for the recently announced metal etched gift-card from Gilt.  Most girls want engagement rings; the only thing I really want for Christmas is a Cartier Love bracelet from my boyfriend. It won't happen. But I can dream can't I?

Stay tuned for more excellent Bostonista Gift Guides...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sponsored Post: My No nonsense Style


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense. 
All opinions are 100% mine!



When No nonsense asked me to do a sponsored post, I was more than a little skeptical. How could this affordable brand, available at mass retail and drug stores, compete with my usual high end obsessions?
As soon as I opened the box, I knew I was wrong. I couldn't believe how soft, sexy, and well made they seemed!

As I pulled on the first pair (the opaque footless tights in black), I immediately noticed the easy stretch.
I'm a clumsy girl and I'm always worried about ripping my tights but these rolled on easy (and have stayed snag free over multiple wears) and helped hold in my winter weight!  Not something I would expect if I had picked them up at Target!


Tonight, I wore these with my favorite black shift dress from H&M to a blogger event in Boston.



Bostonista x No nonsense



The second pair of No nonsense tights in the box were a little bit harder for me to even try on. I'm not really a "fishnets" kind of girl so it was a challenge to work them into my closet! I decided to embrace the spirit and go full on bombshell. So, for a date night, I put on my favorite red mini dress with the No nonsense Lace Openwork tights and peep toes.

Bostonista x No nonsense 2

From Top: Z Spoke by Zac Posen Dress (similar here), ASOS Bow Belt with Metal, Nasty Gal Armour Envelope Clutch, No nonsense Lace Net Openwork Tights, Guess Gavrila Suede Heels
I probably won't be picking up another pair of fish nets any time soon but it was fun to try something different.

I love that I can just run up the street to CVS, grab a pair of No nonsense leggings or tights for under $10 knowing that they are actually going to withstand the T!
If you're still not convinced the folks at No nonsense have put together a fun video filled with styling ideas!


Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here.
I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity.
All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cara Delevingne at Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

My current model obsession, Cara Delevingne, killing it on the runway tonight at Chanel's Pre-Fall 2013 collection in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

My room is currently plastered with her cover story from the Fall/Winter 2012 Style.com magazine!

(Thanks to The Fashion Spot for the picture!)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Inside/Out Beauty


Sorry for the lack of updates my lovelies. November has been a crazy month with a hospital stay (yikes), complicated work changes, and a much needed two week vacation! 

But I'm back now and can't wait to share one of my holiday discoveries with you! 
I know that being "The Bostonista" implies that I should only write about Boston, and maybe New England, but I had such a wonderful experience in Florida that I need to share it!
 While enjoying the Gulf of Mexico, I decided to take in a spa day...or two. So I ventured over to the Kay Casperson Spa & LifeStyle Boutique at the Seven Seas Resort on Captiva Island. 

(Daily Affirmations)

You know I'm skeptical about allowing people and new products near my ultra sensitive skin but between kissing, sunscreen and extreme temperature changes I needed something to calm my breakout!   I was desperate! 

After an amazing massage, I decided to take the jump and scheduled one of the Kay Casperson Signature Facials. It was the best thing I did over my entire vacation. Using Kay's all natural skin products, my esthetician steamed, squeezed, and exfoliated my skin into soft submission. One of the great things about BIO is that each product includes a suggestion or affirmation for inner beauty that when taken to heart can be reflected back in your appearance. Basically, if you feel good about yourself and your choices then you'll look good too!

(Repair Herbal Moisture Gel)

After my 30 minute treatment I was amazed by how my skin glowed and its soft, smooth texture. Although I found it uncomfortable after deep exfoliation during the treatment, I ended up purchasing the Repair Herbal Moisture Gel to bring home with me. I love how quickly the gel formula is absorbed and that the gotu kola ingredient helps to heal and moisturize. I've mostly been using it as a treatment for my problem areas but at night I apply a thin layer as a moisturizer. When applied as a spot treatment I can see an almost immediate reduction in redness and swelling. It is kind of miraculous.
The girls were sweet enough to give me a couple of samples of the other products that are perfect for sensitive skin like mine. Despite my best efforts to ration, I'm already running low on the Remove Cleansing Gel and I'm already planning on stocking up on the Resurface Herbal Masque for weekly home facials!

(Kay explaining her products and philosophy)

Kay Casperson began her career as a writer, consultant and teacher but discovered a passion for helping women embrace their inner beauty through affirmations and inspiring positive change in their lives. For more than a decade Kay's skincare line, BIO Essentials, has been used in spas around the country. In 2009, she opened her first signature spa and boutique on Captiva with a second location opening in the next few months in Orlando. 

I really can't recommend her products enough and if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Florida you definitely need to take some time to visit one of her spas. Your skin will thank you!

On another note entirely, congratulations to Sarah Arpino for winning my giveaway with Rent the Runway! If you missed the chance to enter, you can still sign up with code BOSTONISTA and receive $25 off your first order! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sponsored Post: Rent the Runway's Our Runway!


A few years back, I wanted to look beyond gorgeous for my birthday party.
I was turning 25 and all I could think about for weeks beforehand was that episode of Sex & The City where Carrie turns 35. 
Her friends were late, she had to buy her own cake and at the table next to her she overhears another birthday girl, "25?! F!%* I'm old!"

It was ringing in my ears.

My solution to not looking like that other birthday girl was to test Rent the Runway with a very chic, little black dress from Herve Leger
The dress arrived in two sizes (RTR does this complimentary so you're sure to find the right fit for your event), in a beautiful garment bag with a little bag of "emergency" tools like double sided tape and deodorant remover. 

If you're skeptical of renting a dress or outfit for a big event (or even just a Wednesday night) you need to give it a try. I'd never be able to afford a Herve Leger dress regularly but since RTR rents designer pieces at 10-15% of retail it was an affordable way to feel like a starlet for the night. Just think of it as your chance to wear that same Proenza Schouler dress you loved on the runway!


Those bandage dresses sure do hold you in and give you instant curves but they are also impossibly heavy. By the middle of the party I was sweltering! I looked great but the dress may not have been the best choice for a July evening.  If only Rent The Runway's newly launched, Our Runway, had been around then! 

Our Runway is RTR's ingenious new way of customizing how you "shop" online by showing your recommended pieces on real women! You can still see the pieces on traditional models (because who doesn't love models) but you can also get a sense for how it might look on your body. 
 Our Runway is almost entirely user-generated with women posting pictures of themselves in their rentals with accompanying reviews. Once you enter your stats, you'll be able to see what women with your body type (and in your age group) have rented and how they wore it.
It's pretty revolutionary. 
 Rent the Runway launched Our Runway back in October and I'm already wishing that more retailers would follow suit! 

I have some events coming up but mostly I just like to look stylish as often as possible so I have my eye on a couple of pieces to borrow from Rent the Runway!
I still remember when Karlie Kloss rocked the Modern Madame dress on the Prabal Gurung runway and I'm planning to steal her prowl for holiday parties. I'm also obsessed with Proenza Schouler's accordion dress simply because emerald looks killer on me.

I'm SUPER excited to tell you that I've teamed up with Rent the Runway for a special giveaway for my readers! So you can look extra glamorous this holiday season too!
Sign up for Rent the Runway with promo code, BOSTONISTA, you'll get $25 off your first order AND be entered to win $100 gift card! 


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