Friday, September 28, 2012

Best Dressed at the 2012 Emmys

As with any Hollywood award show, the Primetime Emmy Awards had its share of stylish superstars and fashion faux pas. Here's a look at my top five favorites.

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel
Gray is one of my favorite colors. So naturally, I gushed when I saw the ash gray     J. Mendel gown worn by Emily VanCamp. Talk about soft, elegant and romantic. This is the kind of dress I can see myself wearing...a classic silhouette showcasing an intricate bust line. Plus how can you not fall in love with her Van Cleef & Arpels diamond bow bracelet? Swoon! Definitely #1 in my book.

  Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa
 I always play it safe when it comes to fashion...especially evening attire. But there is something about Hayden's gold gown with rich blue overlay from Marchesa that I absolutely love. The rich fabrics and textures exude a sense of royalty. It's one of my top picks because I 'd likely never choose it for myself.

 Kelly Osbourne in Zac Posen
I love Kelly's purple Zac Posen one-shoulder gown, but her matching purple streaked hair is a little much for me. One-shoulder dresses and tops are one of my favorite styles. They seem to bode well with my body. Kelly's black diamond nail polish is certainly nothing to be over looked. The luxury lacquer from Los Angeles jeweler Azature costs a ridiculous $250,000 a bottle. And I thought my once $70 splurge manicure was expensive.

Leslie Mann in  Naeem Khan
 Leslie Mann made a lasting impression in a vibrant marigold skirt with ivory beaded bodice straight from Naeem Khan's 2013 spring collection. Yellow and orange can be risky if not done right, but in this case the combined color is a marriage made in hue heaven. Although I've read mixed reviews about her turquoise Lorraine Schwartz jewelery, I think they pair perfectly with her dress.

 Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier 
I love the color and I love the cut...that's the only reason Heidi's here. The double thigh-high slits are awkward and look awful when snapped while she's in full stride. Keep it simple, Heidi. Simplicity is sexy and less is more. Remember Angelina Joile's infamous leg at this year's Oscars? It was a thigh-high slit done right. And I have to take a moment to gush over Heidi's to-die-for Charlotte Olympia heels. Meow!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

An Evening at National Jean Company

There's nothing better than shopping to support a great cause. So when National Jean Company invited me to a fundraiser at their Wellesley store to benefit the Ellie Fund, I was thrilled. With breast cancer no stranger in my immediate family and writing a lifestyle blog, I wanted to show my support through style.

The event was hosted by Sue Brady, the afternoon voice of Mix 104.1 FM. Bustling with women of all ages, the special evening included sales, sips, sweets and more. National Jean Company offered guests 20% off of their entire purchase with 10% of the proceeds going directly to the Ellie Fund, an organization dedicated to helping local women who are battling breast cancer.

If you're unfamiliar with National Jean Company, they don't just sell denim, my dear. I purchased a navy dress by Three Dots which a sales associate selected for me and assured me I'd love. I was skeptical at first because the dress did not drape well on the hanger. But once it caressed my curves, I knew I'd take it home. The sales associate had an absolute eye for style (I only wish I remembered her name).

A special thank you goes to Dina K. Photography, official photographer for the event, who was kind enough to let me post some of her gorgeous photos. 

Rue Le Chat & Mon Petit Chou Chou

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Painted Burro

Mango Margarita

I love avocados, but more importantly I'm obsessed with the smooth and spicy concoction that is guacamole. My philosophy is: one can never have too many avocados or too much guacamole in their life...unless of course you're not a fan of the green goodness.

In honor of National Guacamole Day (which was yesterday in case you missed it), I thought it would be fitting to dedicate today's post to a blogger dinner I was invited to at The Painted Burro

Gracing the space that formerly housed Gargoyles on the Square, the Mexican eatery opened its Davis Square doors in March. With Joe Cassinelli at the helm as chef/owner and Dante Bua serving as executive chef, the duo created a menu offering tastes from some of Mexico’s most creative culinary corners such as Baja, Vera Cruz and the Yucatan.                                                                            

The décor in the bar and dinning room is reminiscent of a modern farmhouse with the distressed wood furniture giving the entire space a country feel. Think rustic New England cabin meets vibrant Central American villa. The eye-catching skeleton mural, a symbol of Mexican culture, is a beautiful piece of art created by a local artist and is not to be missed.

Our lively party of eight consisted of local food bloggers, including The Boston Foodie and The Passionate Foodie, and me (a moonlighting food blogger of some sort). We sat at a high table in the middle of the dinning room which was prime for people watching, but the oversized wooden chairs weren't the most comfortable. However, all of my discomfort dissipated after one sip of their mango margarita (pictured above), a blend of fresh mango purée, Agavales Blanco tequila and Combier. It was so delicious. Of course I had two.

The group chatted about writing and restaurants as a parade of plentiful plates came our way. The aromas of poblano, manchego and cayenne swirled into a cyclone above us. After one bite of the guacamole covered with a blanket of pork belly and grape tomatoes, I was in heaven. It was fierce. It was flavorful. It was savory, bite after guaca-licious bite. The accompanying chips were good too. From salty to sweet and creamy to crisp...the textures served throughout the meal were tantalizing and tasty.

The Painted Burro is located at 219 Elm Street in Somerville. My meal was courtesy of The Painted Burro.

Guacamole :: avocado, pork belly & roasted grape tomato

Empanadas :: goat meat, tres quesos, poblano rajas & tomato-chipotle salsa

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail :: “campechana”, avocado & candied grapefruit peel

Fundido :: oaxaca, chihuahua & manchego cheeses with chorizo

"Cholo" Corn Cob :: roasted garlic mayo, cotija cheese & cayenne

Achiote Chicken Enchilada :: smoked chile & roasted tomato salsa

Street Cart Chicken :: kale, fried plantain & tamarind butter

Tres Leches Cake

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fashion's Night Out in Boston 2012

Fashion's Night Out drew thousands of style seekers and lifestyle lovers alike in celebration and support of Boston's fashion industry. From the Back Bay to the South End, the streets were bustling with shoppers and show-stoppers who visited an endless array of shops for sales, sips and savory samples. 

My first stop was Newbury Street where I had my paws pampered with polish at MiniLuxe. After two coats of red (OPI's Kennebunk-port), I was ready to rock the road. As a newcomer to Fashion's Night Out, I was without a strategic plan in place which was odd considering that I'm a planner in every facet of my life.

I visited the beautiful people at Salon Acote, G20 Spa & Salon and Rue La La's event at Nanette Lepore -- all were fun and fabulous. National Jean Company was next on my list, but with the increasingly chaotic crowd on Newbury Street, I was eager to take shelter and some shows at Copley Place. I met friends at an event sponsored by Boston Common magazine where we mingled, indulged in the mixology and gushed over gorgeous garments from Neiman Marcus, Elie Tahari, Vince and Wolford. The most inspiring show of the evening was from the students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Bravo, kids!

Looking back, I wish my event agenda had been more carefully planned out. It's so easy to get wrapped up in good conversation (and intriguing people watching) at these events. And of course it's impossible to be at two places at once. What you miss from one experience, you gain from another. There's always next year and there's always Boston Fashion Week.