Back in early December, I was invited to try out the much talked about Me-Ality Scan at Natick Mall.
I have to admit that I was a little bit intimidated by the machine in the middle of the mall since it is a bit reminiscent to those airport body scanners.
But, since you get a detailed description of your best fit bets, its a lot more fun than going through security!
The experience itself is super easy (and if you're shy don't worry! The 3D image doesn't show up on a screen so no one sees your shape.) you remove any metal that you might be wearing and then step into the scanner fully clothed. You do need to stand super still for an accurate reading. (I needed to be scanned twice because it couldn't get a reading the first time.) The "wand" rotates around your body using radio signals that bounce off the water in your skin and in about 15 seconds has precise measurements.
Me-Ality is free for shoppers because brands and stores pay to be included in the results. This is both good and bad, in my opinion, because while it takes the guesswork and frustration out of trying on clothes at the mall, it also means that some of your favorite brands and stores may not be included. The scan also creates an online profile so you can access your results on the Me-Ality website. These are constantly updated with newly added merchandise and brands so you'll be able to get new recommendations for as long as your body shape stays the same.
Personally, I loved getting my results directly at the mall. I was able to email them to myself and print them out. This first set of recommendations had a lot of "ideal fit" options in nearly every category for me. I'm more disappointed with my online options today since most of the results seem to be in the middle of the "ideal" fit bar. I still have my email recommendations from the day I was scanned though and will be using them as a guide for future shopping especially for jeans!
In November, Me-Ality launched a partnership with Nordstrom called, "Sized Just For You". Every person scanned automatically receives an email with with their best fits from brands available at Nordstrom!
Me-Ality has four locations in the Boston area including Solomon Pond Mall, Northshore Mall, South Shore Plaza and Natick Collection. There is also one at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.
If you've seen the stations while shopping I highly recommend that you take the time to try it out. It's free and takes only a few minutes- far superior to a frustrating hour in a dressing room!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!)