Feel Good About Your Basket and Net Bags!

Basket bags mean one thing: ease!  They are a perfect classic summer accessory.  A bag that will compliment your nautical or city style.  When the magnolia trees and cherry blossoms begin to bloom, start preparing yourselves for warmer days and lighter accessories.  Straw bags can range from simple to well decorated.  They also come in every handbag style.  These simple and functional bags set the tone for a laid back, easygoing vibe that we all tend to favor during the summer months.   Baskets bags are fun, versatile, and perfect for strolling around a seaside village or walking around a farmers market.

Basket Bag
Found a gem when I was in Florida.
Basket Bags
Colorful handmade baskets.
Basket Bags
The baskets are made from river grass and have leather wrapped handles for durability and comfort.
Handmade Baskets
Johns Jungle African Market Baskets sell beautiful handmade basket bags from Ghana

These beautiful handmade baskets are made with love from the women of the Bolgatanga communities trying to make a difference for themselves and their families.  The funds from these bags help provide health care, school supplies, and community buildings for the weavers and their families.   The baskets are stunning in person and no two are identical.  Truly works of art!  Please check out Johns Jungle African Market Baskets  if you fancy a basket bag or baskets for your home.

Net Bag
A sweet little something for your essentials!
Net Bag
Net bags are eco-friendly, simple, useful, and inexpensive

Net bags are all the rage!  Time to get on board with this trend.  They are a perfect city bag alternative for holding just your essentials.  The net bag makes for a great last minute accessory to throw in your suitcase for a weekend away.  An easy way to have some fun with a trending piece.  My hot pink find costs $12.00! You can opt for a fancy designer stamped one or anything in between.  But we can’t ignore how fun they are for summer!

Summer Essentials
Ready for summer!

Hands up for earth and wallet friendly purchases!  They both are on trend (bonus).  I love them for their care free nature.  They are isostilo style!   Time to swing into longer and lighter days!

Check out Eco Bags for inexpensive options for the string bag.

Put Your Stamp On It!

isostilo has a new local find in Cambridge.  I am a fan of making something your own.  The idea of designing and getting creative with textiles allows you to put your own spin on something.  I love customizing t-shirts for my son’s birthdays.  It has become a fun tradition.  I scored this year with finding  BOSSTOWN Custom Printing & Embroidery in Cambridge.  Honestly I had gone to the Converse store originally but the equipment was under repair.  So I was on the hunt to find a local business.  Having a local shop that is owner occupied is always welcomed.  We have to support our local shops to keep things interesting and unique.  After a brief meet and chat with Melissa, the owner of BOSSTOWN, I knew a super fun t-shirt would be designed.  I am thrilled to have found Melissa.  She is running a business, juggling kids, and delivering a service that I hope all will consider the next time you are looking to personalize some kicks or t-shirts.  I will say that she is located in an unassuming location and you walk through a little maze to find her small space.  Another gem!  BOSSTOWN

BOSSTOWN

BOSSTOWN

BOSSTOWN
New year, new adventures ,more memories, and always smiling! Happy 11!

 

Copenhagen Is One Stylish City! Part 2

I am a huge fan of the Danes and all the Nordic countries.  For years I have admired their sense of style.  I could easily move to almost any part of Europe especially one of the Nordic countries and not think twice.  Life is too short to think anything has to be permanent.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking.  The Danish aesthetic is one the main reasons I wanted to explore Copenhagen.  I did just that with one of my best gal pals, Donna (the one that makes me laugh like no other:)  We hit the streets blazing!

Copenhagen
Dreaming And Drooling!
Copenhagen
Best Department Store In Copenhagen, Illums Bolighus
Copenhagen
All Under One Roof, Paradise
Copenhagen
One After Another Of Well Crafted Pieces
Copenhagen
Time To Redecorate
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Everything!

Illums Bolighus is the first stop!   Every Danish designer and more under one roof will sweep you off your feet.  It is a place to escape and find inspiration.  Give yourself ample time to wander the floors.  There is so much to grab your attention.  Illums Bolighus is located in the heart of Copenhagen, delivering you a shopping experience that you will not forget!

Copenhagen
One Needs To Refuel
Copenhagen
There Is No Doubt That This Dapper Fellow Will Pour An Outstanding Coffee!
Copenhagen
Perfection!

Coffee Break:

The Coffee Collective has a vibe that will keep you hanging out.  The coffee is creamy, smooth, and served with a smile!  I love the warm moody tones of the space created through the use the dark wood, soft lighting, Nordic blue walls, and lit candles.  A perfect place to take a break!

 Copenhagen

Night At The Museum

Copenhagen
The Background, The Flooring, and The Sculpture Are All Works Of Art And Design
Copenhagen
A Well Curated And Displayed Gift Shop
Copenhagen
Statue Of Beauty And Inspiration
Copenhagen
When There Is An Opportunity To See A Designer In A Different Form, You Must See!
Copenhagen
Human Installation
Copenhagen
Performance by Henrik Vibskov

Evening Activity:

The Ny Carlesberg Glyptotek is a highlight.  An absolute stunning art museum housing an impressive collection of ancient and modern art in a beautiful architectural building.  In the middle of the four winged museum is a Winter Garden that creates an oasis with overflowing tropical plants.  It is an unexpected gem.  On this particular evening was a special one night performance by Danish Designer, Henrik Vibskov.  “Please analyze, volumize, moisturize me” was a human installation that was part of Copenhagen’s Light Festival.  A spectacular performance that gave us the opportunity to wonder the museum.  It was a night at the museum indeed!

Drinks:

Vinbodegaen is a charming wine bar offering an extensive selection of wines by the glass listed on a chalk board.  It is a locals place to linger and sip in a traditional cafe setting.

Dinner:

Tight serves up local Danish cuisine in a wonderful old charming space with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and candle lit tables. One might walk by this restaurant do to its casual entrance.  Lovely meal, lovely service, and word of advice, always carry a bit of the local currency so you can tip!

Converse Brings Some Swagger To Lovejoy Wharf in Boston

Spring is in full bloom at the new Converse retail store connected to the new Converse global headquarters at 1 Lovejoy Wharf in Boston.  The minimal, clean, and hip space is stunning with sunlight streaming through the large glass windows.  Very cool!  It is well laid out showcasing kicks in pastel colors, track suits, and basics of t-shirts , sweatpants and joggers.  You can head to the Blank Canvas to customize your sneakers or t-shirts. Converse welcomes you to engage with the products and get creative.  One of my favorite reasons to head to Converse is to play at the Blank Canvas.  I have designed my son’s past two birthday gifts at the old Newbury Street location with a unique customized t-shirt.  Unfortunately the printer is currently under repair.  But I did get to explore the new space and products.  There is also a nod to the Boston Celtics with NBA x Converse Franchise Collection with Chuck 70 high tops paying tribute to local heroes.  The TD Garden is a stone’s throw away.  So be sure to pick yourself up a pair of screen printed leprechauns and clovers for some good Boston luck .  After visiting the store, take a stroll along the waterside and enjoy a panoramic view of the Zakim Bridge. Converse could not have asked for a more stunning urban environment.

Converse
Converse @ 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston

Converse

Converse

Converse

Converse

Converse

I love the new home of Converse.  Sorry to say farewell to Newbury Street.  The one downside to the new location is that there is no parking so I highly suggest public transportation.  At the moment the Converse store is more of a destination with not a lot around it.  But hang tight knowing Boston is exploding with new neighborhoods everyday.  Plan your outing on a spring or summer day so you can stroll along the waterfront and take full advantage of the waterfront setting.  Maybe head to the North End for lunch.  There is cafe at Lovejoy Wharf so be sure to grab a coffee or whatever you fancy to get you to your next stop.

The Run Down On A Quick Spring Ski Weekend @ Sugarbush!

How about planning your next Easter weekend skiing in Vermont at Sugarbush?   In fact just go now and embrace spring’s slow awakening.  Sugarbush is a fun low key mountain for the whole family.  At the moment it’s offering great spring conditions.   Think lighter gear and sunglasses for your picnic table lunch.  March historically delivers the New England mountains with fresh powder and this year it absolutely stands true.  Mother Nature extended the spring skiing for all to enjoy.  The days are longer, weather is warmer, the snow is spring corn, crowds are light, and restaurant reservations are easy to score.  Perfect!  Squeezing in one more weekend on the mountain must be done.  The weekend couldn’t be easier to plan!

We kicked off the weekend at Tracks.  A pre planned reward after a three-hour mini road trip from Boston.  Tracks offers casual dining with top-notch food made from locally sourced ingredients.  The cocktails are delicious and the food strikes a fine balance between fine dining and pub favorites.  You can enjoy a game of pool, play shuffle board, or pick a family board game while you wait for your meal.  Tracks is located in The Pitcher Inn.  The Pitcher Inn is a beautiful and quentessional New England Inn located in the center of Warren.

Spring skiing at Sugarbush on a holiday weekend is all about the fun!  The vibe is soaking up a bluebird day (fingers crossed this is a constant) and deciding when you should take some turns.  Start your morning off at the base with with a fresh creamy pour of coffee from Nomad’s.  When you are ready for breakfast then stroll over to Skinny Pancake for a sweet or savory crepe.  For lunch take your pick from Rumbles Kitchen, Castlerock Pub or the Wunder Bar.  End the day with your friends sipping apre drinks and listening to live music on the outdoor terrace at Rumble’s Kitchen with a panoramic view of the moutains.

A weekend would not be complete without dining at Flatbread Pizza.  They only take reservations in person on that day starting at 4:00 with no exception.  Head to the restaurant around 3:30 to line up with other Flatbread lovers to secure yourselves a table for the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or a local brew to help pass the time.  It is worth it!  The flatbread pizza is one of best that you will experience.  They have perfected a simple salad that you will crave for days.  The flatbread pizzas are baked in a wood fired, stone hearth oven and will win over your taste buds.  If you have any room left for the tempting desserts like Grandma’s chocolate chip brownie sundae or the homemade warm apple pie are worth exploring.   You should arrive a bit early before your seating so you can enjoy the outdoor fire and take in the beauty of the valley!  The atmosphere is part of the charm.

Sugarbush on Easter is one of our favorite places to spend the holiday.  There is a lovely Easter morning service on the mountain.  All are welcome including tired children with bead head and dressed in ski gear ready for the Easter egg hunt that follows the service.  You can enjoy a brunch at Rumble’s Kitchen or swing by the Warren Store for breakfast sandwiches and tasty bake goods.  The rest of the afternoon is skiing with a half time waffle break.  Wrap up the day at Castlerock Pub for some nachos.

The Warren Store is a country store offering something for everyone.  It is one stop shopping in the picturesque village of Warren.  You can load up on all your apre provisions and souvenirs at the same time.  The deli offers tasty breakfast items, yummy sandwiches, and healthy side salads.  No need to cook if you visit the Warren Store.  Grab your newspaper, coffee, croissant, and sit outside to listen to the brook that runs below the store.  A great place on a Sunday morning to hang with the locals.  A must visit on your way out-of-town!

Southern Cali Cool Starts With A Fresh Lid

Melin
Rockin a flat bill
Melin
All in the details

Disregard the current weather on the East coast!  Here is something that rain, snow, or sunshine can’t prevent this accessory from being sported!  Hats are not just an after thought.  They are the final touch of style that you choose carefully.  Melin, a company from Southern California is delivering style, function, and cool as hell hats.  This find goes to my 10-year-old son who was hunting for a flat bill hat.  Melin is innovative and hitting every detail.  The Amphibian, the hat that my son decided with conviction was his to own is designed with the same attention to detail as one might compare to a sports car’s interior.  It is ready to perform!  The materials are a combination of neoprene, perforated tech suede, a moisture wicking lining, and the list goes on.  One may say over kill and too pricey for a hat.  But you could say the same over a fancy scarf (cough, Burberry).  The Amphibian will float and stand up to any elements with no sign of wear and tear.  This hat line doesn’t disappoint.   isostilo is totally digging Melin and you should check it out.

Found at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. and modeled by Aleisi, who is rocking  The Amphibian 24/7 except to school with the fear of loosing it.

Melin
Looking ahead to his next adventure with the Amphibian