Monday, June 24, 2013

Animals in Art :: Animal Rescue League of Boston

When the Animal Rescue League of Boston invited me to the unveiling of "Dancing with Spheres" I was thrilled at the idea of taking part in such a memorable occasion. The sun-drenched May afternoon welcomed supporters, four-legged friends, local politicians and the media to the League's dog play yard at 10 Chandler Street in Boston for a grand celebration.

Commissioned by Tony Lopes, an artist and retired art teacher, the 12-foot tall work of art marries his two lifelong loves: art and animals. Lopes partnered with David Phillips, an artist based out of Medford, to bring his vision to life. Phillips also designed the infamous frogs at the Boston Public Garden.

In addition to brining beauty to a much needed area of the South End, "Dancing with Spheres" is sure to draw crowds, provoke creative thought and spark conversation. The stainless steel and bronze sculpture captures various animals in motion with some having special meaning for Phillips. The dog holding an ice cream cone was inspired by his niece's ice cream shop and her dog Scoop while the cat represents the artist's 19-year-old feline Luna.

As the white drape lifted and the sculpture's essence revealed for the fist time in public, the crowd sang in joy and amazement. The dog and cat playfully holding hands is a beautiful interpretation of love and friendship. The regal rabbit situated at the bottom caught my eye immediately. Giving off a dapper and refined aura, the hare stole my heart and is my favorite animal in the sculpture...sorry cat.

"Dancing with Spheres" reminds us that animals bring unconditional love and devotion into our lives and that we should do the same. You don't have to be a pet owner or an art aficionado to relish in its beauty and meaning. The public work of art is for everyone, although furry friends and their human owners are sure to hold a greater appreciation. Have you hugged your dog, cat...or rabbit today?

David Phillips & Tony Lopes

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Showers

Today is the first official day of summer. Hooray! Finally! Thanks for coming! I'm sure those of you who live in Boston and New England thought the sun-kissed season would never arrive. But we say that every year and every year, summer inevitably shows up...late. I don’t know about you, but my summer calls for maxi dresses, flip-flops, outdoor cocktails and endless days near the ocean. I also like to modify my beauty regiment as the heat and humidity settle into the city -- favoring lighter cosmetics and softer fragrances.

Recently, the publicity team behind Shower to Shower sent me three invigorating body powders to sample for the upcoming summer season. That's right. You remember Shower to Shower. They had the adorable (I'll never get this out of my head) jingle back in the 1980s "A sprinkle a day, helps keep orders away. Have yourself a sprinkle today." I mean, how could anyone forget?!

Today, Shower to Shower is better than ever and even formulated in five different fragrances...including one for men. I’m not always in the mood to wear heavy perfumes in the summer and often reserve my richer scents for the fall and winter seasons. Shower to Shower's Island Fresh, Breeze Fresh and Morning Fresh have been a nice addition to my summer scent collection. And the powders aren't just for your skin. A sprinkle a day can refresh so much more as I discovered while crafting my five sprinkle-worthy spots to use Shower to Shower:
  • Shoes :: shower sneakers and boots (especially those belonging to the man in your life) with Sport
  • Sleepwear :: sweep Island Fresh infused with pear, apple plum and orange on robes, nightgowns and undergarments.
  • Sheets :: sleep with soothing lavender, juniper and amber and awake feeling Morning Fresh
  • Sand :: sprinkle Breeze Fresh on wet sand that clings to skin after a day at the beach and simply brush the sand away.
  • Suitcase :: scatter luggage lining with the chamomile, rose and sandalwood found in Original Fresh
I'm loving Island Fresh and its beautiful blend of fruits which are perfect for day and night. Another favorite is Morning Fresh with its hint of lavender and also because it's available in a petite portion perfect for travel.

Products and images courtesy of Shower to Shower. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cat Chat :: Boston Mints

Top :: Go Sox!, Minuteman, Scarlet Letter, Rose Wharf, Newberry Street

Despite growing up just outside of Boston, I have always been a Bostonian. I was born in the city and even went to college and graduate school here. I know. I know. Can I be more Boston?! For the record, I have traveled outside of the city, the state and even the country on numerous occasion. I promise.

I guess you could say I have a love affair with Boston. I mean I even own a t-shirt proudly proclaiming: The Best Girls Are From Boston. And nothing could be further from the truth -- we're loyal, loving, temperamental and tenacious. Boston girls are other things too (insert laughter). The Hub is home to many things -- the Boston Red SoxBoston Ballet and Boston Common. But I bet you haven't met the city's minty mate, Boston Mints.

Joanne Ilacqua, owner of Adamo Day Spa, is the brains behind the luscious lipgloss line. Ilacqua has been an estitician for more than two decades. She opened her Cohasset spa with dreams of one day starting a cosmetics line. After building a beauty business, establishing a respected clientele and gathering a feel for the cosmetics market, Ilacqua launched Boston Mints in 2011.

"Word of mouth has really carried it (Boston Mints)," Ilacqua said. "It's a perfect item for boutiques." In addition to selling the glosses at Adamo, Ilacqua has partnered with several local retailers such as Flock in the South End and Salon Capri locations. Infused with vitamins C and E, the formula not only gives lips intense moisture, but also adds peppermint to the pout. Just ask Mr. Chat -- he hasn't been able to keep his whiskers away.

As a south shore native (and Bostonian), Ilacqua was inspired by Boston history and culture when naming all 12 iconic shades; although she did add her own creative twist to names such as Newberry Street, T Party and Rose Wharf. As for her favorite color, Ilacqua is a fan of Minuteman because of its shimmer, shine and neutral tone against her olive skin.

Personally, I'm in love with the soft intensity of Go Sox! and Bean Towne. Both shades pack a punch of color yet are subtle enough for day wear. Rose Wharf is pretty too and pairs perfectly with a dramatic eye. So pucker up with a little Plum Island Sand or P-Town Pink and start blowing Boston Mint kisses in the wind. And be on the lookout for a new color that's perfect for summer on Nantucket.

{bottom photos courtesy of Boston Mints}