Category Archives: Boston

November 22, 2017

PSA: Upper Glass is Your Holiday Win-Win

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I’m going to make a bold statement. You need a box of wine from Upper Glass.

During the holidays, there are countless occasions to gift wine or to open a bottle when guests are visiting. With your Upper Glass collection, you’ll get a box (four bottles) to ensure you always have some on hand.

Each collection has been curated by Boston’s sommeliers. Don’t expect wines that you see in the grocery stores. Instead, their picks emphasize underappreciated grape varietals, regions, and artisan producers. In highlighting some lesser-known wines, you’re getting great wine at an exceptional value.

Another interesting commonality is that lot of their winemakers tend to employ some level of natural, organic, and/or biodynamic winemaking practices.

They have a number of holiday collections coming up, and the two that I’m most excited about are PInot Stars and Spectacular Sparklers.

You also don’t have to buy one collection at a time. You can gift someone (or yourself) an Upper Glass membership two-, three- or six-month membership. Winter is long and hard and you don’t need a February snowstorm to come between you and your wine. If you’re interested in a subscription, then mark your calendar for this Monday. They’re having a Cyber Monday deal where you can get a three-month subscription for $200 ($40 savings). Purchase on Monday, November 27, via www.theupperglass.com with the code CYBERWINE. Each collection includes four hand-delivered bottles in a stylish briefcase-style box, accompanied by winemaker profiles and tasting notes from the curator.

Upper Glass is the win-win-win you need for this holiday season. You have two bottles to give as gifts, a bottle to open when you have a friend over, and a bottle to enjoy when you’re Netflixing by the fire. All are expertly-picked, so you look like a total pro. (Is that a win-win-win-win?)

March 22, 2017

BOSTON GILT CITY WAREHOUSE SALE

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Oh Boston. There are so many wonderful things in this city, but we’re lacking in sample sales. I love designer pieces, but definitely thrive on scoring a good deal. (Plus, I work hard for my money and I want to make it go as far as I can!)

Good news for me…and anyone else who loves designer items for less than their retail price…the Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming up! Grab your wallets and meet me at The Cyclorama (539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End). Starting on Friday evening and going to Saturday afternoon, you can shop some major labels for less dough.

The Gilt Sample Sale will offer stylish shoes, handbags, apparel and home decor from coveted designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino and Paul Smith—all at up to 80 percent off retail. Last year I was able to snag a pair of Jimmy Choo monkstrap flats at a fraction of the price.

Besides bargains, there’s a lot of cool perks once inside:

  • Complimentary Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel rosé
  • Personal styling advice from celebrity stylist, Tonya Mezrich
  • On-demand alterations and tailoring from Dependable Cleaners
  • ROYCE New York pop-up shop with leather accessories and complimentary onsite monogramming
  • Crane & Lion athleisure pop-up
  • Braiding and dry hairstyling from SalonCapri
  • Pop-up jewelry shop from April Soderstrom

Quick tips for navigating a sample sale

  1. Leave your big bags and jacket at home to skip the coat-check line.
  2. Wear shoes that you can slip on/off to try on shoes quickly and easily.
  3. Go with a plan and with a friend. Keep each other honest.
  4. Brand-blindness is real, and don’t buy something just because it’s marked way down. Make sure you love whatever you buy!
  5. If something doesn’t fit completely perfectly, think about getting it tailored. Keep in mind that it’s easier to tailor something that’s a little too big than a little too small.

Tickets on sale now here.

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

November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

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I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.

I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.

Brick & Mortar

A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham

Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston

Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester

December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston

deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston

Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street

Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston

Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge

Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston

Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester

Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston

TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston

Online

Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats

Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best

Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk

Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products

Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out

Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear

If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.

Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).

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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