June 16, 2016

PSA: Boston Gilt City Warehouse Sale

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I love Boston, but there are considerably fewer samples sales than in New York City. I’m definitely a girl who loves to get the most bang-for-her-buck, and I thrive on snagging a designer piece at a fraction of the cost.

If you like to shop like me, then you’re in luck. Grab your wallet and meet me at Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts on June 23rd and 24th for the Gilt City Warehouse Sale!

You’ll be able to shop apparel , shoes, handbags, accessories and more from top designers (ie Chloé, Lanvin, Maje, Sandro, Carolina Herrera) at a significant savings.

Pro tip 1: Leave your bag and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line and head straight through the FastPass entrance.

Pro tip 2: Wear shoes that you can slip on/off AND that you can hustle in.

Pro tip 3: Go with a plan and a friend. Keep each other honest with brand-blindness, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down.

Tickets on sale now at https://www.giltcity.com/boston/gcwarehousebosjune16

(And if you go, let me know what you snagged!)

 

Image courtesy of Gilt

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June 10, 2016

Happy Friday

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Ooh it’s been a hot minute since I had a Friday post! I’ve had a bunch of windows open and ready to share, but then I get swept up in prepping for my weekend and I forget to hit that “publish” button. (When National Donut Day and a Beyonce concert happen on the same day, there is just too much sugar and excitement happening to sit still for very long. #bestfridayever) While I don’t have tickets for another Beyonce concert this weekend, I am getting together with some girlfriends for a little R&R: massages, dinner, sleepover.

I hope you’re doing something fun this weekend!

My girl Alex created Wayfair’s first blogger e-cookbook, which features simple summer recipes by bloggers from all over the country. She did a stellar job on it, and you can get your own free copy here.

Pit bulls are so misunderstood and misrepresented. This is a great project to help turn around the stigma.

A mini party on your feet. (And on sale.)

Happy Pride Month! Boston’s Pride festivities are this weekend, and I’m loving this shirt for lots of reasons.

Even in the summer, black is my go-to color and I love mixing-and-matching different pieces of black bathing suits. This top would be fun to add to the mix.

Make a donation to support the Hispanic Federation and you are entered to win tickets to Hamilton … and some hangout time with Lin-Manuel Miranda. A pretty sweet bonus for doing something good.

Arguably the best lip stain I’ve tried. It’s so creamy and long-lasting.

A very serious and important purchase for the summer.

Okay, now get outside and enjoy your weekend!

 

Photo by The Pineapple Shop

May 25, 2016

Me, Woo, and My Tattoo

While in California, I had the coolest experience. The. Coolest.

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I got a tattoo at Shamrock Social Club by the one-and-only Dr. Woo.

I’ve loved his work for so long, and double-tap on every one of his Instagram posts. His client list is wildly impressive, and if you aren’t familiar with his work, please immediately click here and spend the next hour being amazed by his skills.

Oh hi, you’re back. Amazing, right?!

When my dad died, I knew that I wanted to get a tattoo in memory of him and the only person I wanted to do it was Dr. Woo. Appointments are difficult to get, but after four hours and over one thousand calls, I had an appointment for April 20th. (Please note: I made the appointment in early October. Yeah. That far in advance.)

April 20th rolled around and I was so so so excited and nervous. We showed up way too early, had pizza and beer down the block to kill time, and then super casually tried to take pictures in front of Shamrock.

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I’m totally losing my ish. (And hello to Doug’s finger, making a cameo.)

Dr. Woo was so chill and friendly, with no trace of an inflated ego that someone with his skill and lengthy waiting list could understandably cultivate. What was most impressive was his ability to translate a couple of words into a detailed drawing. I used maybe 10 words (including abstract-ish and constellation-y) to describe what I wanted. Yet, somehow, when he was done drawing, he had nailed exactly what I was looking for.

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The finished piece

I don’t talk about my dad much here- or anywhere- which is not to say that I don’t think about him every single day. I miss him more than words can begin to express. When I look at my arm and the paint roller shaped constellation it now bears, it makes me think of him and the stars and connectivity of everything- both seen and unseen.

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a quote that sums it up beautifully:

The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.

So yeah.

Did it hurt? No.

Did I almost pass out in the middle of the session because my blood sugar dropped suddenly? Yes. Dr. Woo said it’s actually pretty common and was really understanding about the whole thing.

Would I do this again? In a heartbeat. It was a great experience and I have a lifetime to enjoy his artwork.

No big deal but Mark Mahoney (another tattoo legend and the owner of Shamrock Social Club) complimented my jacket and we chatted for a few minutes. #brushmahshouldersoff