Tuesday
Jul172012

summer immediates

during this time of year when FALL is beginning to ship, i always make sure HOLIDAY has SUMMER clothing still coming in the shop.  because honestly?  cashmere is the LAST thing i want to buy right now (especially today).  and what is even better than having summer immediates is that these "filler" pieces are usually priced under $100!  because i also get that most of us are done with purchasing our major seasonal items-  but just want a cute, little "wear now" treat.  here is what is shipping!

 

 

 

i love this late summer trench!  and i kid you not- this will retail for $128!

 

 

i can't wait to wear these next two.  super easy...

 

this price point sells FAST- so hurry in!!!

Tuesday
Jul172012

greetings from...

you know i love old postcards and not just because their fonts tend to be way stylish- but also because they give us a glimpse of popular culture (fashion, social graces, etc.) of way back when.  here are some pool-centric ones that i really wish i were lounging at on this 1 million degrees day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this last one cracks me up

Monday
Jul162012

a loft?

it's no secret that i am not loving new york city.  although i like my old-school, traditional 5th avenue digs, the hood is a little boring.  friends keep telling me i should be in the west village or someplace more youthful, creative and energizing.  lately i've been fantasizing about a classic downtown or brooklyn LOFT.  i've never lived in a space like that before- and i prob never will unless i do it here.  i'm considering this experience for real.  course i'd want the big, airy space to feel sophisticated , feminine and comfortable-- which aren't necessarily words most commonly used when describing a raw loft.  however these pics serve up some inspiration...

 

 

soft furnishings make me actually like these concrete floors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jul132012

SIDEWALK SALE!

Hey guys!  Beacon Hill hasn't had a sidewalk sale in a few years so this weekend will be huge!  All your favorite Charles Street shops will have racks and racks (inside and out) with serious discounts.  I usually love this weekend because it's such a win/win.  You guys get amazing deals and I get to clear out the shop for new FALL! And psst-- I'll be starting part of the sale (inside) today!

 I love this email ANGE created.  Can you find the hidden Pomeranian?

Thursday
Jul122012

Seasalt

in the Boston Herald's Stylize today i talked about Seasalt- that adorable shop i stumbled upon in England. 

 

July 12th, 2012
An English Twist on Nautical Style by Jessika Goranson
Posted by Jessika Goranson at 7:02 am

I just got back from a week in the rainy (but gorgeous) English countryside. Whenever I travel I love shopping local, and I do plenty of people watching for fashion and style inspiration. A few hours from London- but far from the upcoming Olympics hoopla- is South Devon with rolling hills, hauntingly beautiful moors and quaint sea-side villages. In some ways it feels like New England- but with much older stone structures, ancient trees and wild hedges and roses. To me, it’s stunning. So as the only gal in the region with Jack Rogers on and zero warm raincoat (it was the 4th of July?!?!), I was happy to stumble upon a 30 year old, nautical-obsessed, charmingly preppy (sans the pink and green we are accustomed to), weather appropriate, family owned shop called Seasalt. Here I purchased a water repellent jacket with ever-so cute blue and white striped cotton lining–and a hood. It saved the trip.

There was nothing new about Seasalt’s offerings of sailor stripes, sailboat prints or nostalgic yellow raincoats, but it had a decidely authentic sensibility and purpose- as it was nestled in a quiet fishing and boating community. (Actually most of the Seasalt shops are. The one furthest inland is in Exeter). I asked the sales clerk if the product was available in the U.S. (no) and not even in London… but! There is a website- and they ship (mind the pun): seasaltcornwall.co.uk

A brief word from from the founders across the pond…

“We design products that speak of the fantastic place where we live and the people who share it with us.
The heritage of Cornwall, the creativity and the maritime history are what make our clothing what it is. And every day when we look out of our design office overlooking Falmouth Bay or out of the shop doorways of most of our shops to the local harbour, we feel inspired.”

So while I did not come home with new or exotic fashion inspiration, I did appreciate seeing the continuity of a familiar style based in necessity– but made attractive and desireable with a hint of whimsy. It also made me feel at home… just a bit jollier. Plus, everything is moderately priced –generally under $100 US dollars. Here are my most favorites. Cheers!

This yellow raincoat is CLASSIC and so Paddington Bear. Check the adorable lining in the hood, too.

I haven’t seen a hat this charming in a while.

I almost went home with this cheerful sailboat tunic.

Too cute. What a clever idea and great gift.

The ultimate fisherman’s sweater made by local artisans that the shop supports!

Tiny boats + soft cotton = perfect summer accessory.

I know it’s just a terry sweatshirt, but that shape is soooo chic!

Me in my Seasalt slicker