02/01/2013 - 03/01/2013Bostonista: 02/01/2013 - 03/01/2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nicole Richie at Paris Fashion Week

Nicole in New York this week.

Sometimes a starlet has a moment. It seems that every outfit she wears are dissected and picked over by bloggers around the world. She's constantly photographed looking amazing from red carpet to grocery runs. Often, it leads to some kind of line. Something with a mint at the end or at a department store. We just can't get enough. 

And then, one day, without any warning, the tide turns. 
Her outfits are boring, the line is over priced, everyone starts wearing her signature look, she's likable but she's not "It". 
The Internet moves on. 

I think we can all agree that this describes Nicole Richie pretty well.
She lost all that weight in 2005 and became a national style obsession.
Then it seemed like she was just over it and so were we.

But Nicole made a triumphant return to form in Paris last week. 
She stunned front row at Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Valentino and roamed the streets with her humorously over sized sunglasses perched atop her bobble head. Casually, she's still a little boho but at events she fused a new found sophistication with her signature cool girl for a new Nicole style.

At Givenchy with Mario Testino

Heading to dinner in Paris

Outside Stella McCartney

Shopping in Paris.

At the CR Fashion Book issue launch.

At Valentino.

It's almost enough to get me to actually watch her show Fashion Star which premiered last night.

(Pictures courtesy of The Fashion Spot, Just Jared, and Vogue)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Events in Boston: Weekly Round Up!

Two really fun events kept me busy last week.
First, a stop at Newbury's latest blow dry bar, Gust-O.

The day of their blogger lounge I almost got blown away in a torrential downpour! 
But I'll do anything for a good blowout so I grabbed an umbrella and braved the wind which is highly unlike me. 

This no cut, no color bar is welcoming, bright and oh-so-cute. Select your blowout style from a menu with options like The Equestrian (a sleek or curly pony), The Straight Shooter (glossy and pin straight) and The Siren (loose, feminine curls). Then relax with a cup of green tea as their highly trained stylists make you beautiful!
(The Menu)

Unlike some of the other places, the girls here are super friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable so you can actually relax! I loved the poufs instead of traditional leg rests at the sinks. Aren't they awesome? While at the sink you can add in additional treatments like a 10-minute scalp massage, deep conditioning or paraffin treatment for only $10. 

Back at the chair I changed things up by picking a curly style, The Siren, instead of my usual straight locks. Their seven signature styles are each $35 flat while up dos are $55 and Brides are $75. While there you can also get makeup services and faux lashes too!

(Super comfy chairs and isn't that built in shelf hilarious?)

Bloggers love Georgetown Cupcakes

Gust-O co-owner, Casey

I'll definitely be going back to Gust-O! Don't my curls look sexy?

Saturday night, my BBF Scorpion/Disco hosted an event at Cynthia Rowley celebrating the release of Spring/Summer 2013! All of her fashionable friends were in attendance...

Kristen from The Boston Fashionista. I wanted to steal her blazer.

Jewelry designer Sophie Hughes and Racked Boston's Suzie.

I need feathers and sequins for spring...

Sarah from Boston Stylista and Kristen have the same clutch. 
They were very excited about it.

BBFs unite!
(I'm wearing Tobi's Au Paris Lace Top, Love Quotes Scarf; Renata is wearing Cynthia Rowley (similar here) and her own necklace)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Clarins Double Serum!

Last Tuesday, Clarins Paris invited media out to Bloomingdales to preview the latest incarnation of their Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate.

(New Double Serum Display at Bloomingdales)

I still struggle with keeping my skin clear so even though I'm 27 I don't often think about "age prevention" products. 

Anyway, now that I'm STARTING to think about my possible future wrinkles I'm a little freaked out. According to Clarins' scientists skin's regeneration system beings to break down at age 25. So I guess I'm two years behind! Oops!

One of the things that I love about Clarins (besides their nature based philosophy and the Courtin-Clarins girls) is that rather than introducing new products to the market they just continually improve on their already popular products.
 If you're thinking "But wait, I've used Double Serum before! It's not new!" You're partially right. They've built onto their 27 years of Double Serum to release a version that is even better than before! 

(Revolutionary Double Chamber & Pump Design)

Double Serum, so called because of the super cool double chamber and pump system that allows you to get the right amount of 2 serums that would otherwise not blend, mimics skin's natural water and oil balance to provide optimal absorption. 
Clarins' claims that Double Serum is the only treatment available that boosts and reactivates skin's 5 vital functions including Hydration, Oxygenation, and Regeneration for your best skin. In their tests, it was on par with Retin-A! 

But does it work? I have to admit when I read that the results were similar to Retin-A I freaked out a little bit. I've had the prescription stuff and it made my skin burn, flake and impossibly dry. Despite all of those side effects, I still managed to have acne. So I was a little weary of slathering Double Serum on my face twice a day. 

(Testing out the latest Clarins' products at Bloomingdales)

Happily, unlike the chemical heavy Retin-A, Clarins is all about using plant extracts and Double Serum's green banana, lemon thyme, hops and avocado means there was no burning or redness! I've been using Double Serum at bedtime (I only use it once a day because I'm still nervous about breakouts) for 10 days and I've already seen an improvement in my skin's firmness and overall tone. I haven't seen an increase in breakouts yet either so I think using it as my nighttime moisturizer is the best routine for me! 

Mommy Dearest also bought herself a bottle after a trip to the Clarins' Spa and has been using it twice a day. Her skin is much dryer than mine and she is thrilled with the results. I take this to mean that Double Serum really is made for all ages and skin types! 

If I could only do something about the bags under my eyes I'd be practically perfect. 

(My BBF Scorpion/Disco learns to tap product into skin rather than rub! Don't you love her new J.Crew bag?)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Events in Boston: Veronica Beard FW 2013

EDIT: Due to Weather concerns the event has been moved to Wednesday, March 13th from 10 AM-9 PM!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Best Dressed at The Oscars!

My pick for Best Dressed last night? 
Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille Spring 2013 Couture! 
I wasn't crazy about the belt, and I think she should have gone with different shoes but overall it was one of the most fashion-forward looks of the night.

On Zoe:

On The Runway:

And now for the most surprising style moment of the night:
A brunette Britney Spears (Side Note: Britney and Zoe co-starred together in the teen movie, Crossroads in 2002) in glittering Michael Cinco at Elton John's annual Oscar bash! 
It's not exactly a stunning style moment but she usually looks like such a mess (and I love her anyway!)  so when she looks happy, put together, and pretty it makes me really happy! 

So, who were your favorites last night?

(Thanks to The Daily Mail, The Fashion Spot, and Just Jared for the images)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Obsessed with D'Orsay Flats!

If you follow my twitter (@thebostonista) you might have noticed that I'm not in New York for fashion week. I've been so busy writing for The Society and Fashion Maniac and balancing life that I just couldn't face the hustle and bustle. 

Plus, I don't have nearly enough chic winter coats to possibly brave the fashion gods in February!

Tonight, after two hours of digging out my car, I'm looking forward to spring.

D'Orsay style pumps have long been a staple for fashionistas everywhere but as soon as Jenni Kayne started making them as flats (in every shade, fabric and style you can imagine) I knew that I had to have them.
This spring, everyone from ASOS to Vince to Phillip Lim are following suit!
I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can skip down the sidewalk in mine!

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