Style & Substance

Thoughts by Fluffball: “Do you mind? I’m taking a bath.”

Thoughts by Fluffball: “Do you mind? I’m taking a bath.”

Boston Fashion Week Is Coming!

Consider it NYFW’s (very) little sister.

Boston Fashion Week starts on September 27th and runs through October 6th. With a slew of local designers and students showing at The Tent (located on the green at the Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston Street), our eyes are on Candice Wu's show on September 30th. A Boston Fashion School of Design graduate, we're left lusting over her mix of courture fabrics and eye for everyday wearability in her RTW collections.

Boston Does Bling

(image courtesy of jojolovesyou.com)

At her discreet South End studio, Boston jewelry designer JoJo literally blings.

Found at boutiques across the state, JoJo’s handmade earrings - Blings, Mini Blings, and Party Blings - are a staple in the ears (and jewelry boxes) of women all over Massachusetts. With a small team of interns and assistants, team JoJo makes sure that flawless vintage Swarovski crystals are used in every pair. In a dizzying array of colors, this it’s one accessory that’s sure to go with every ensemble.

Where: http://jojolovesyou.com or in-store at Crush Boutique @ 264 Newbury Street.

Street Scene - Back Bay

Who: Ashley Bell, fashion marketing coordinator

What she’s wearing: Richard Chai for Target dress, J.Crew shoes & headband, Marc Jacobs handbag, Rolex watch, David Yurman bracelets

Her outfit mantra: “I like to mix high-end designers and affordable brands. I wore this because I thought it was a good summer-fall transition outfit. The pastel suede shoes are summery, while the peacock feather headband tones it down to the cooler weather. And since the dress is a summertime silhouette in a darker fall palette. It works for this time of year.”

I’m Lucky I Didn’t Lose A Limb at the Tory Burch Outlet

It’s true. No one can never expect a zen-like outlet shopping trip. The Tory Burch location at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is no exception.

The good: Price slashes. And lots of them. Particularly on those iconic Tory pieces that’d never otherwise go on sale. Reva flats. Tory totes. Simone cardigans. In nearly every color and size imagineable.

The bad: Crowds. And lots of them. The limited space and abundant shoppers make flipping through racks easier said than done. (Although, points for the spacious and well-lit dressing rooms!)

The verdict: The selection can’t be beat. It’s worth pushing through the crowds to snag that leather handbag you’ve been holding out for. Just remember to breathe!

(image courtesy of Kings Dedham)
Could we possibly hate her more? Gisele looking nothing short of fabulous, with baby bump (and Tom Brady) in tow at a charity event at Kings in Dedham, MA. If only everyone could pull off the comfy-slouchy weekend look as well.

(image courtesy of Kings Dedham)

Could we possibly hate her more? Gisele looking nothing short of fabulous, with baby bump (and Tom Brady) in tow at a charity event at Kings in Dedham, MA. If only everyone could pull off the comfy-slouchy weekend look as well.

Second Time Around: The New Consignment

Vince sweaters. Diane von Furstenberg day dresses. Miniskirts by Milly. No, we’re not talking about the contemporary level at Saks. We’re talking consignment on Newbury Street.

Boston-based chain Second Time Around knows the thrill of the shopping hunt, creating the ultimate playground for Bostonites looking for a steal. Those Victoria Beckham sunglasses? 30% off retail. That J.Crew cashmere pullover? Cheaper than your best friend bought it for. With racks filled with Fashion Week favorites like Catherine Malandrino, Theory, Tibi, and Rebecca Minkoff (to name a few) - there’s a little something that appeals to every Back Bay dweller.

What’s even better? The staff at each location (three on Newbury Street alone) are built-in stylists, trying to make Boston a bit more stylish. (Remmeber that little worst dressed city article?)  The sales associates bring options to fitting rooms to match shoppers’ personal style, and find that perfect add-on to complete a look.

Pro tip: Check our their social media pages to see - and snag - their latest arrivals. (They’ll take phone orders for the most covetable pieces!)

katespadeny:

have yourself a very midtown christmas. (Taken with instagram)

Have a very very merry merry Christmas!

katespadeny:

have yourself a very midtown christmas. (Taken with instagram)

Have a very very merry merry Christmas!

neimanmarcus:

Stella McCartney’s metallic tweed handbag is oh so chic.  We also adore the bold brow and Bordeaux lip.

I want!

neimanmarcus:

Stella McCartney’s metallic tweed handbag is oh so chic.  We also adore the bold brow and Bordeaux lip.

I want!

(Source: neimanmarcus)

neimanmarcus:

“I dreamed all my life of the perfect store for women.  Then I saw Neiman Marcus, and my dream came true.” – Edna Woolman Chase, former Vogue editor, 1936. (Vintage photo of Downtown Dallas store, taken with Instagram)

(Source: neimanmarcus)

katespadeny:

we will surely be brewing up a cup in the near future. 

Craving a mug right now.

katespadeny:

we will surely be brewing up a cup in the near future. 

Craving a mug right now.