Monday, February 1, 2016

Bienvenue 2016

With 2016 in full swing now that February has arrived, I'm etching my ambitions and fostering my dreams for the forthcoming 11-month stretch. What does the new and unknown horizon hold for me, is a question I ask myself every December 31 when the bell tolls twelve to usher in anew.

This year looks to be filled with major change in my personal life and some beautiful assignments in the world of lifestyle writing. This month, you'll find me in the glossy pages of South Shore Living magazine - uncovering a resurgence in the comedy scene south of Boston. In March, I'll profile two entrepreneurs who are making a splash on the local and national fashion scene. I'll admit, my piece for next month's issue about influential women has been one of the most enriching assignments I've had the pleasure of writing.

I'm infatuated with writing about individuals who have their pulse on what's au courant. When I have the opportunity to speak with like-minded ladies who are noteworthy in their field and skilled at their craft, that's when I, too, excel at mine. Connecting with women who pursue their passion full-time and without regret is truly a driving force and constant reminder that I can take my own leap of faith. Speaking of leap, 2016 is a leap year so maybe, just maybe "I have arrived." You''ll have to keep up with me to see what unfolds.

I've been hungry to take my writing career to the next level for what seems like an eternity at this point. With the connections I've made through the years, I'm confident 2016 is the time to "really get my name out there" within the right networks and circles. I started the year off by joining two networking groups: Boston Women in Media & Entertainment (founded by Candy O’Terry and Dayla Arabella Santurri as a members-only network of accomplished women working in the media space) and Boston Business Women (a network of more than 2,000 savvy entrepreneurs doing big things in Boston - founders Kristina Tsipouras and Megan Marini will host their first annual conference on May 9 with keynote speaker Arianna Huffington - this is not to be missed!).

This year, I hope to bolster my portfolio to include some of the many publications I so admire. Yankee has been a treasured regional magazine for years and who wouldn't love to pen a piece for Town & Country?! The Huffington Post has been high on my list, as well. In 2015, I had the pleasure of writing my first online piece for Boston Common and this year, I look forward to collaborating with them again. But my creative appetite doesn't cease where the glossy pages begin. Writing a novel or children's book has longed reigned deep within my dreams. I'll leave you with this - if you've never read The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau by Andrea de La Barre de Nanteuil,
you must. Talk about an introspective look into the realm of deep imagination.
photos // Carol Evans

Monday, November 30, 2015

Boston's 9th Annual North End Holiday Stroll

Boston’s historically rich North End is one of my favorite areas in the city. Synonymous for its authentic cuisine that literally dances on your palate, the once predominantly Italian and Jewish neighborhood with a storied past is, today, home to stylish boutiques, darling confectionary shops, a swank wine emporium and so much more.

If you haven’t experienced the shopping, savoring and sipping that is the North End, then you truly haven’t devoured Boston properly and you’ll certainly want to join me this Friday, December 4 as I kickoff the North End Holiday Stroll. In its ninth consecutive year, the celebrated event invites you to stroll through the spiraling streets and brick walkways of this enchanting Boston neighborhood and support participating merchants including Ensemble, Shake the Tree, Cocoanuts, LIT Boutique, The Wine Bottega and many more.

If you haven't begun your holiday shopping, forget the crowded malls and shop small. Merchants will extend their hours, offer special promotions and host generous giveaways in an effort to entice consumers. And don’t forget to snap a picture with Santa Claus, he'll be at the corner of Hanover and Cross Street, and share it on social media by tagging #NorthEndHolidayStroll. 

Last week, I had the pleasure of working with three North End businesses. I met the shop owners, learned about their distinct merchandise and plucked a few things that caught my eye. Here’s a peek at some of my favorites...

Ensemble // 62 Salem Street 
Wendy Lepore is a gem (you just have to meet her) and her Salem Street shop is truly an ensemble of everything your heart desires – think on-trend clothing, unique accessories and rare finds for your home. This seasoned business owner, who ran a much larger operation in a Boston suburb for 17 years, opened Ensemble five years ago and adores life in this close-knit community. 

I chose a plush multi-color faux fur vest handmade in Seattle. It’s so incredibly soft and luscious. One touch and you’ll definitely want one in your wardrobe this season. The vest pairs perfectly with leather leggings and a fitted turtleneck (as I have shown) or slip it over a sheath dress in a deep hue like hunter green or eggplant. Lepore carries the vest exclusively in Boston, so consider this piece a rare find in New England. I was completely obsessed with my arm candy. The beaded bracelet with tassel charm is handmade from Bourbon and Bowties, and the crystal fox with leather band and expandable bangle both hail from a jewelry house in New York. Lastly, when I spotted the gold filigree earrings fresh from Italy, I knew I had to have them - without a doubt the perfect statement earrings.

For an eclectic selection of contemporary clothing, leather handbags, ribbon-wrapped soaps, and even beloved baby items, you must visit Shake the Tree. Marian Klausner’s intimate and brightly-lit boutique is where you’ll find racks of modern designers including the likes of Ella Moss, Splendid, Sanctuary and Velvet. This is also a hidden gem for jewelry designed by local artisans and New England-made housewares. I was given a sleek wallet-style bag with a chain strap that's perfect for strolling and shopping. 

Cocoanuts is a North End playground for your sweet tooth. Since opening her doors in 2012, proprietor and local resident Tara Shea has welcomed visitors with airy shelves of savory sweets and beautifully curated gift baskets. She also carries an assortment of roasted nuts and chocolate truffles as far as the eye can see. And, don’t pass up an ultra-fresh macaroon from Somerville-based Northlight Baking Co. or a caramel sampling from McCrea’s Candies in Boston (try the black lava and sea salt!).

I look forward to seeing you this Friday, December 4 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the streets of the North End. This is a free event, but attendees may RSVP here.

Photos // Lindsay Ahern // Instagram // Twitter

This post was sponsored by the North End Holiday Stroll, Ensemble, Shake the Tree and Cocoanuts. A special thank you goes out to these small businesses, Lindsay Ahern and lifestyle event designer and producer Amy Fischer.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sip & Script with Posh + Prep and Bliss Lettering

Join Boston-based calligrapher and script savant Julie Mancini of Posh + Prep on Thursday, December 3 for Sip & Script, an evening brimming with cocktails and cursive writing because you can't possibly have one without the other. Mancini has partnered with penmanship professional, Meghan Chaloner of Bliss Lettering and together, these creative connoisseurs, who eat, sleep and breathe elongated letters, will share their expert tips and tricks for lettering your holiday and Christmas papers to perfection.

Warehouse XI in Somerville will be transformed into an intimate setting by the brains and beauty behind Darling Creative Company, a full-service event styling boutique run by Kristen Lee Barrett and Julie Elizabeth Madden. The two-hour session is $60 per person and includes envelopes, gift tags and pens - a small price to pay to spruce up your script while savoring a winter sangria or other festive concoction. To reserve your name on a place card, visit and tell them Rue Le Chat sent you by entering promo code: ruelechat to save $5 off the event price. Space is limited.

  Want to see more of Posh + Prep's work?
Take a look at what she scripted for An Opulent Romance in 2014...

 Wedding Photos // SNAP Weddings

Monday, November 16, 2015

Prayers for Paris

Today, I'm sharing some beautiful and heartwarming pictures from a darling flower shop I discovered in Saint Germain des PrĂ©s in 2014. In light of the recent tragedy in Paris, my heart in heavy for the city of love. Its people, places and culture have held a special place in my heart since my first visit in 1997 - a trip with my high school that I will never forget. 


Friday, October 30, 2015

Chic of the Week: Felines and their Famous Friends

Elizabeth Taylor // 1940

I hope all you cat-loving lovelies took a moment to celebrate National Cat Day yesterday (October 29) with your favorite feline. Manolo was gracious enough to model his beloved devil ears for a quick Instagram. Look for him at #ManoloBoston. National Cat Day should not be confused with other cat celebrations such as International Cat Day (August 8) or National Hug Your Cat Day (May 30), but as a certified crazy cats lady, I don't need a holiday to shower Manolo (or any cat for that matter) with copious amounts of love and affection.

Cat ladies are often categorized as single, strange and a bit sinister (think Edie Beale in Grey Gardens). But we aren't always covered in fur and walking around aimlessly carrying a full conversation with Fluffy - not always. For the most part, feline-loving females are sophisticated, well-dressed women of prominence who are worthy of praise for their sense of style and sensible choice in pet. Here's a look at what happens when 10 leading ladies from Hollywood's golden age pose with some very cute kitty cats. 

 Ann-Margaret // 1964

Julie Christie // 1963

Sofia Loren // 1962

Audrey Hepburn // 1961

 Brigitte Bardot // 1955

Jane Mansfield // 1955

Josephine Baker // 1931

BeBe Daniels // 1928

images // Town & Country

Monday, October 26, 2015

Boston Ballet's Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing magic with Boston Ballet as the company opened their 52nd season with Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. Boston Ballet is only the fourth corps de ballet in the world (after Hamburg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet) to present Neumeier’s spellbinding art. Paying homage to Mahler’s timeless score, world-renowned choreographer Neumeier interpreted the feelings he experienced while hearing Mahler’s Third Symphony into synchronized movements and skilled arrangements.

From the moment the curtain rises, the audience will begin to digest something so unique. The first 30 minutes, alone, sets the tone for an incredible journey of strength and agility as 29 male dancers use their bodies to form complex geometric shapes through various partner sequences. It's jaw-dropping to say the least and the best part is there's room for personal interpretation. Neumeier choreographed a dynamic spectrum of images and emotion while dancers are given the artistic liberty to illustrate the movement through their eyes. Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler will close Sunday, November 1. Buy your tickets for the final week here.

Photos // Rosalie O'Connor

Monday, September 14, 2015

Brimfield Antiques Show | September 2015


This year marked the 55th season of the the highly-touted and always-anticipated Brimfield outdoor antiques and collectibles show. The yearly event takes place in May, July and September each year, running from Tuesday to Sunday. Mr. Chat, my mom and I hit the road at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and our 66 miles drive from Boston took us 4 hours. That's right ... 4 LONG hours of crawling, stop-and-go, and a quick bathroom break. Note to self, avoid Brimfield on the weekend unless you leave the house well before sunrise. I can't imagine the traffic being as hair-pulling on a leisurely Wednesday or Thursday, but maybe it's just always busy during showtime.

The event is massive and so incredibly overwhelming, you may need to go all 6 days if you truly want to discover, uncover and explore everything your heart desires at a leisurely pace. I found lots of trash and an almost equal amount of treasure. I was really there to scope out the fashion and style magazines from yesteryear because you know just how much I love looks from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Surprisingly, there was a good amount of women's magazines dating back to even the early twentieth century when skirts were just beginning to inch from floor length to well above the ankle and women were sporting the popular bob hairstyle (think of the chic, playful style Mary Crawley debuted in Downton Abbey season 5).

I was completely mesmerized by Today's Secretary from 1955 which I bought for 25 cents - a steal considering it cost 35 cents in its heyday. A book rack made from reclaimed wood to hold the endless rows of vintage magazines I planned to buy was another big draw. The writer in me couldn't help but drool over the beauty and depth of an Oliver typewriter - what gorgeous craftsmanship. I was jazzed by a display of well-kept phonographs. Seriously, I was born in the wrong decade. A European-style mirror surrounded by wood from an old door and dressed with a mantel salvaged from a cast iron radiator made me do a double take even with its cool $1,000 price tag. Lastly, as a girl who grew up playing with Barbie and Ken, I had to take a quick snap of the happy couple in their wedding attire.

Visit the Brimfield antiques and collectibles show in 2016: 
May 10-15
July 12-17 
September 6-11