Monday, October 29, 2012

Boston Ballet's Fall Program

Saturday night I attended Boston Ballet’s Fall Program at the Boston Opera House. The season opener featured a trio of modern and spellbinding works created by three of the most cutting-edge choreographers in ballet. With a focus on modern movement and contemporary sound, Boston Ballet is aiming to show audiences, especially the younger generation, that ballet is not boring.

I grew up practicing dance and attending Boston Ballet performances with my mother religiously. For me, ballet (whether classical or contemporary) could never be boring. The artistry involves more than just graceful movements and men in tights. Ballet touches the soul and awakens the spirit. For those lacking an appreciation for the craft, I can understand how a fresh approach is necessary to help captivate a younger fan base. 

With an opening number set to musical hits by the Rolling Stones, Rooster (choreographed by Christopher Bruce) is not your grandmother’s ballet. As a lover of classical ballet, I wasn’t sure what to expect from something set in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. As male and female dancers, clad in black, leapt to the lyrics of Ruby Tuesday and Sympathy for the Devil, I was in love and growing more enamored with each passing passĂ©. My favorite performance from Rooster was Play with Fire. The female ballerina taunting her male partner with a red feather boa was an accurate depiction of the song's sultry meaning.

The world premier of Awake Only, choreographed by the company's resident choreographer Jorma Elo, was set to a score by Johann Sebastian Bach. The number was centered around emotional discovery and depicted one man’s journey of life and death. The Second Detail, choreographed by William Forsythe, closed the evening. Dressed in chic ice blue leotards, dancers performed a mix of modern and classical ballet to a synthetic and repetitive beat that drove the entire performance. 

Boston Ballet’s Fall Program runs until November 4. Also on stage this season, a new and riveting version of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and CoppĂ©lia. Rethink ballet this season.

{photos courtesy of Rosalie O'Connor}

My attendance was courtesy of Boston Ballet.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Botox & Blowouts at Leon and Co.

A day of beauty is sure to leave most women feeling gorgeous, gutsy and like they can take on the world. At least that’s how it makes me feel. On Sunday, October 28, join Leon and Co. and Kn Medspa Lounge for Botox & Blowouts, a makeover-style event supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For $249, the pampering package includes 20 units of Botox (administered by Kathy Nash, owner of Kn MedSpa Lounge), and a deep conditioning treatment and blowout by a Leon & Co. stylist. For those wanting something different, complimentary mineral make-up applications and mini-lash extensions will be available. Sip on pink champagne and sample treats courtesy of Chef Dante de Magistris and Kickass Cupcakes. 

Leon and Co. is located at 84 Leonard Street, Belmont. Call 617.484.4777 to schedule an appointment.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to breast cancer research.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wine and a Fitting

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Susan G. Komen, Wacoal hosted a wine and bra fitting event at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. In collaboration with b.tempt'd, which is the parent company's young and flirty line, Wacoal showcased a sexy selection of bras, panties and shapewear in a ritzy suite illuminated by breathtaking bouquets from Winston Flowers.

I was excited for a professional bra fitting since I hadn't been properly fitted in years. My Wacoal "fit expert" was fantastic. Like many bloggers who attended the event, she informed me that I had been wearing the wrong bra size. I wasn't surprised. My "fit expert" reiterated the importance of wearing a size suitable for my frame; and with her guidance, I was beginning to understand how a bra should look and feel on my body. Once my size was determined, I selected a simple, yet beautiful nude push-up (pictured below in blue) courtesy of Wacoal. Sometimes "the girls" just need a little help. I'm sure the double drama bra won't disappoint.

Until the end of October, Wacoal is promoting three social media campaigns that will raise money for a donation to Susan G. Komen and the organization's crusade against breast cancer. Here's how you can help:

Double Drama by b.tempt'd

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ippolita Fall Showcase

I was delighted to receive an invitation to the Ippolita Fall Showcase at Lux Bond & Green in Boston. Partnering with Tiffany Ortiz (wife of Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz), Lux Bond & Green and Boston-based Fashion Project collected gently-worn designer clothing and accessories from guests. The items were later donated to Unicef, a non-profit organization near and dear to Tiffany’s heart. 

Guests, including a slew of local style bloggers, sipped on cocktails and perused Ippolita’s newest gems which were on display for both sample and sale. I had my eye on a sleek necklace and beautiful bangles from Ippolita, but the exquisite diamond necklace from Hearts on Fire kept beckoning me and scored a home run, literally. My tweet about the dazzling diamond won me two tickets to a Red Sox game next season. Thank you Lux Bond & Green.

To donate designer items to the charity of your choice, contact Fashion Project.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pops of Pastel at Boston Fashion Week :: Grace Kim

Los Angeles-based fashion designer Grace Kim radiated the runway at the TENT at Boston Fashion Week with a parade of pastel-infused pieces. Kim’s collection is pretty -- plain and simple. Her work includes dresses and separates in a clam color pallette of mauve, olive, navy and taupe which the catwalk can't resist. Kim crafts clothing in a way that allowes for graceful movement and ease at every turn. I'm crushing on the first dress pictured below. It's perfect for a casual afternoon brunch in Boston's South End or it can easily be dressed to the nines for an evening of cocktails at the city's waterfront. 

A native of the west coast, Kim moved to Boston to attend college. She worked in the financial sector, but always felt that she was destined for more. After her first child was born, Kim decided to forgo the corporate world for more creative pastures -- a career in fashion. Kim graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and began working in the industry three years ago.

Kim is inspired by classical beauties such as Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and Carrie Mulligan. I applaud her for leaving an unfulfilling job in pursuit of her passion. I believe many individuals with an inner-calling to follow their dream, myself included, can take a page out of Kim's book. Never settle, she told me.

In 2013, you can expect to see even more feminine beauty in Kim's collection. Her designs can be purchased via her website or at Haus of Chic Agency.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Four Burgers Review

Rarely do I indulge in burgers, fries and milkshakes all in one sitting. The concoction of comfort foods actually brings me back to my youth. As an energetic dancer, I was able to enjoy the tasty trifecta with little to no guilt. Today, I still love an all-natural burger from time to time. Therefore, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Four Burgers with some of my favorite local bloggers.

The Boylston Street burger spot prides itself on using only the very best, locally grown produce including hormone-free beef from northeast farms -- a major draw for my health conscious self. In addition to beef, Four Burgers serves salmon, turkey and vegan/black bean burgers -- hence the name. I was torn between three tempting things: the turkey burger with cranberry chutney, the salmon burger with sesame slaw and the grass-fed beef burger with fried egg. Eager to try a burger topped with fried egg, I took what some would call the robust road and added Vermont cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and chipotle mayo. It was an 'all or nothing' kind of night.

My grass-fed beef burger was cooked to a medium-well finish as ordered and the accoutrements I chose added to its lure and deliciousness. The skinny house cut fries were flavorful, though slightly soggy. A glass of red wine made a cozy companion to my meal and an overflowing vanilla milkshake was perfect for dessert. Overall: delicious!

Four Burgers is located at 134 Boylston Street in Boston and 704 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. This meal was courtesy of Four Burgers.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Making a Splash at Boston Fashion Week

Leave it to Karina Bresnahan to heat up a dismal Saturday afternoon in the TENT at Boston Fashion Week. The Massachusetts native made a splash with her 2013 collection which herald whimsical resort and swimwear in serene ocean-esque hues and demure earth tones. Going into the show, I knew very little about the School of Fashion Design graduate except that she was a featured designer at Boston Fashion Week's the Launch in 2011.

Bresnahan is inspired by nature, color and prints -- elements which she says set her mood and help tell a story. With a collection consisting of tankini tops, boxy bottoms and sweeping sarongs, her story is one brimming with femininity and fun. She also offers a variety of fits for different female figures which I totally love.

"The woman in my head who inspires my work is an adventurous, busy, fun loving woman who has a passion for glamor, but yet a realistic practical sense of fashion," Bresnahan said.

Bresnahan grew up with an affinity for art, style and design. Like many little girls, she practiced the art of styling on her Barbie dolls. And by the time she was a young adult, Bresnahan was sketching her own clothing. Before enrolling in the School of Fashion Design, she studied cosmetology and worked as a hair and makeup stylist at fashion shows. However, Bresnahan soon realized that her true talent prevailed in the art of clothing design.

In 2013, Bresnahan plans to add more shorts and pants to her line. Also keep an eye out for pretty prints and more metallic. Bresnahan can be reached via email at KB4Swim {at} gmail {dot} com or Facebook at Karina Bresnahan Swimwear

Monday, October 1, 2012

CUSP by Neiman Marcus

The official Boston launch of CUSP by Neiman Marcus was a success. CUSP reminds me of a little sister -- young, joyful, inspirational and vivacious. Designers such as Alice + Olivia, Shoshanna and Rachel Zoe are just some of the names gracing the racks at CUSP. I took time to peruse the costume jewelry collection and the Alice + Olivia selection (one of my favorites). The new concept showcases many new and cutting-edge designers while still exuding the sophisticated luxury that comes with the Neiman Marcus name. I wouldn't have expected anything less.

Hosted by fashion bloggers Mon Petit Chou Chou, A Girl in Boston and Radiant Republic, the evening included gorgeous models showcasing looks styled by each blogger. Blood orange cocktails flowed while savory sushi and creative cake pops, all courtesy of Broadway Gourmet, were sampled. Neiman Marcus also held a fragrance drawing during the event and I was thrilled to learn I had won a bottle of Le Parfum by Elie Saab. Thank you Neiman Marcus -- loving my new and intoxicating fragrance.

A special thank you goes to Hogger & Co., official photograph for the event, who was kind enough to let me post some of her gorgeous photos.

{left-right} A Girl in Boston, Mon Petit Chou Chou & Radiant Republic