Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wine Wednesday :: Boston Wine Expo 2013

On February 16 & 17 the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center will once again welcome the Boston Wine Expo, a 2-day extravaganza featuring a Grand Tasting brimming with well above 200 wines hailing from more than 15 countries. 

The intoxicating affair will include a bevy of Boston’s most celebrated chefs set to showcase their superior sauté skills on stage. Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon; and Barbara Lynch of Sportello, No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters and The Butch Shop will open the event. But the phenomenal food does not finish there as other acclaimed artists such as Jose Duarte of Taranta; Andy Husbands of Sister Sorel and Tremont 647; and Kevin Long of Empire, Tosca and Red Lantern commandeer center-stage to cook for consumers. Mary Ann Esposito, legendary host of Ciao Italia, will also be sizzling up a storm.

The Grand Cru Wine Lounge, highlighting a montage of rare and expensive vintages, is not to be missed. I must confess, I can taste the vast and vibrant varietals exclusive to the private tasting as I type. Perhaps it's my glass of Caymus Conundrum talking.

As for the seminars that will be presented throughout the weekend, the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County sessions are top on my list as Mr. Chat and I have been discussing a California wine tour. I also look forward to learning more about the rich and robust blends of Spain and Portugal, two countries which I have truly enjoyed touring for wine, food and culture. 

To purchase tickets to the Boston Wine Expo, click here. And don't forget, Valentine's Day is February 14. Hint. Hint. Clink. Clink. Cheers!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Beauty in Boston :: Arianna Skin Care

I was thrilled when Arianna Skin Care finally opened its doors in Boston a few months ago. I was even more excited when I was invited to their media preview party. I was first introduced to the beauty retailer while vacationing in Newport, Rhode Island last summer. You can read all about my Newport experience here.

Upon entering Arianna's Tremont Street location in downtown Boston, I noticed that the white-washed walls were lined with products wrapped with Arianna's signature gold emblem -- a change from the store's previous product, Avani.

Founder, Miri Torres, had been working tirelessly with a team of experts to develop a line of mineral-based products from the Dead Sea exclusively for her beauty business. Torres, who was born in Israel and diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in her teens, began working on the all-natural skin care line in 2007 after personal success using similar treatments from the Mideast region.

Guests sipped on Veuve Clicquot, sampled savory sushi and other delectables (courtesy of Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen) and participated in mini-makeovers. Arianna's resident make-up expert, Sagi, used beautiful neutral tones from MICA Beauty to give me a soft and alluring glow. I then added a red pout for a pop of pizzazz. When it comes to reds, I live and die by Burberry Military Red.

My gift bag was certainly one to write home about -- overflowing with luscious lotions, buttery balms and sensuous serums. I decided to take my time and indulge in each product before writing my review to allow my skin to reap their full benefits. These small miracles from the Dead Sea have since transformed my bath into an effervescent oasis while also harboring my skin from the deep chill that has recently blanketed Boston. As an escape from the elements, I have been indulging in nightly rituals of Arianna's silky Shower Milk Refiner followed by a layer of Ultra Rich Mineral Body Butter.

Arianna's Skin Renewal Facial Peel, infused with natural plant extracts and essential oils, has seriously saved me. The peel has gently sloughed off dry and dead impurities; leaving the delicate skin on my face smooth and swoon-worthy. Following the peel, I've used Arianna's Skin Balance Revitalizing Gel Cream to lock in moisture and enhance a youthful glow.

Arianna Skin Care is located at 151 Tremont Street in Boston and worth a visit since more wintry weather is on the horizon. Also visit the beauty boutique on Martha's Vineyard and in Newport, Rhode Island.



Products were courtesy of Arianna.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Glamour & Gowns :: Golden Globes Red Carpet 2013

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off the 70th annual  Golden Globe Awards last night which highlighted the acclaimed television series and motion pictures of 2012. Those of us who write style blogs, follow fashion trends and are deeply rooted in what’s hot (and what's not) were probably more interested in the 2-hour pop and circumstance of the red carpet promenade than in who won best actor in a television series. For the record, it was red headed hottie Damian Lewis from Homeland -- a well deserved win for Sergeant Brody. 

Here are Rue Le Chat's top 5 picks (+1) for best dressed at the Golden Globes:

Amy Adams was simply stunning in a blush-colored gown by Marchesa. The mermaid silhouette encompassed a sweeping combination of soft lace and whimsical tulle that channeled old Hollywood starlets such as Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis. The actress described the color as “ballerina pink.” Adams was fresh, flawless and unforgettable. I crush on designs by Marchesa and this dress did not disappoint. By far my favorite from the red carpet. 

Jessica Alba made a splash on the red carpet in cantaloupe. Designed by style legend Oscar de la Renta, this mermaid-esque gown was one of my favorites. Alba paired the pre-fall 2013 stunner with an illuminating Harry Winston necklace (swoon) and coral Roger Vivier clutch. Her matching lips were a little too coordinated for me, but I was crushing on the soft curls draped over one shoulder. Apparently, I have a thing for mermaids. 

There were two words that best described Katharine McPhee last night: sex and appeal. McPhee strutted along the red carpet in a black figure-fitting gown by Olivier Theyskens for Theory. She looked flawless with a nude lip and her smokey eyes enhanced her natural pizzazz. McPhee's messy (but perfect) bun did not distract from her plunging neckline, thigh-high slit or sex kitten high heels. I was all over these heels -- a perfect example of what I like to call “taxi to table” or in LA “driver to dinner table” footwear. Now, is it just me or is McPhee suffering from a case of the cankles? Yikes. 

Morena Baccarin looked radiant in Valentino. The couture gown, with a sweeping midnight train, was paired with Bulgari jewels and captured Baccarin’s graceful stride down the red carpet. Her soft makeup and cropped curls framed her petite face and added a touch of old Hollywood glamour that so many women were channeling last night.

Kaley Cuoco’s nude Zuhair Murad gown with layers of tulle and an abundance of embroidered lace was soft meets sexy. Complete with a satin sash, the gown sadly did not receive much airtime. But for me, it was stunning nonetheless. I could have done without Cuoco's deep plum lip which was too dark for her fair complexion. 

And who could forget the best dressed Golden Globes host?! The winner was none other than Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell. There was something so simple yet so strikingly beautiful about her floor-length, ocean blue gown. The long-sleeve statement dress hugged her in all of the must-have places and sparkled at every turn.

Who were your picks for best dressed at the 70th Golden Globes? Surely, not Lucy Lui's elderly curtain-dress circa-Scarlett O'Hara?!? Heaven forbid.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Parker Pen Giveaway

As a new year begins; resolutions are written, promises are made and goals are set. I've taken a moment to reflect on my accomplishments from last year and list my personal and professional goals for the new year. One of the many things I would like to feature on Rue Le Chat in 2013 is a giveaway. So in the spirit of giving, receiving and all things beautiful, I've partnered with Parker to give one lucky reader a sleek and chic pen for the new year. The classic pen is a terrific tool for the writer who enjoys composing sentiments and inspirations on fresh, leafy paper. I know writing in a journal may seem outdated to some, but for me it's a way to unwind, remain organized and become inspired. Parker is perfect for all of that.

Parker has been in business for more than a century, so the company knows the world of writing instruments well. The Parker 5th Technology is a new concept where by the pen adjusts to your personal writing style in only a few strokes. The innovation can be felt at your finger tips while using the Ingenuity, Sonnet Feminine, Urban Premium and IM Premium models.

To win a Parker pen, complete all of the the following: 
  1. Leave a comment below indicating why you would love a Parker pen
  2. Follow Rue Le Chat on Twitter
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  4. Tweet: "I just entered to win a @ParkerPens on @RueLeChat #ParkerPensRLC"
One entry per reader. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, January 11, 2013. One {1} winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, January 14, 2013 via Twitter. 

If you're feeling very lucky, enter to win a 6-day trip around the world to meet inspiring individuals courtesy of Parker. For further details and contest rules, visit the company's website.

Good luck!