The Boston Ballet

The Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is absolutely magical!  A night to escape and be swept away.  The stage comes alive with movement, music, and imagery.  In 2012 Mikko Nissinen, the Artistic Director, revamped the whole production with an all new direction for the sets, choreography, costumes, and characters.  Over 350 new costumes have been hand sewn and painted.  The sets are all created by craftsmen and women from all over the United States.  It is a performance that has become one Boston’s most cherished events during the holiday season.  A tradition for many family and friends to enjoy. Now playing at The Boston Opera House till December 30th.  The Boston Ballet is treat year round!  Having an experience creates memories which you will always treasure.  Happy Holidays! 

(all images from The Boston Ballet)

Get Creative, Get Personal With Converse

Here is gift idea that may be perfect for someone on your list!  The Blank Canvas bar at Converse’s Lovejoy Wharf, Boston is fantastic.  Being able to customize your own sneakers is super cool and super fun!  I recently experienced the process with my nieces and nephew designing their Chuck Taylor’s for their Christmas presents.  The process is a DIY project that is creative, interactive, and a great activity for all ages.  It is your chance to put your own personal stamp on your sneakers.  Cool right?!

First you pick your sneaker then you can customize everything down to the grommets.  The staff is helpful navigating you through the process.  There are iPads loaded with different prints and design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Depending on how busy the bar is you may be able to walk out with your freshly personalized kicks or simply have them shipped.  If you don’t have a Blank Canvas near you then you can customize online.  

Check out an earlier post for a bit more detail on the store if you are interested.

Styling Tip: Just Another Way

Belt It!  Here is a styling tip anyone can replicate.  Taking something classic and giving it a chic twist that is center stage.  A tip that I am personally copying and loving with my long cardigans and one particular open front wool coat that I have struggled styling.  Think of it as the bow on the gift.  It is just another way to modify your look with one easy accessory.  Give it a go.  I am sure you have a gem of a belt tucked away in that closet.  If not perhaps it is time to get one.  I hope these styles spark your creative side!  Check out Net-A-Porter for some sale belts.

(all images from Pinterest)

An Ultra Layer That Is A Smart Purchase

The key to surviving winter may be UNIQLO.  It is no secret that I love UNIQLO.  The reason is simple:  they offer clean, well designed, functional, and affordable pieces for the whole family.  Pieces that you will actually wear on repeat.  They also do great collaborations.  If you missed my earlier post about their Alexander Wang collaboration then check it out.  I just received my Heat Tech, NO REGRETS!  Here are two other pieces you should really consider.  The Ultra Light Compact Down Vest is a slim layering piece that will go undetected.  It costs $39.90.  Wear it under a blazer, coat, or over a blouse.  The alternative to the vest is the Ultra Light Compact Down Jacket.  The jacket will cost you $59.90.  Both are amazing adding zero bulk to your look.  They will help keep you toasty.  I personally live in a vest from now through April.  Add the Heat Tech for optimal happiness and warmth.  Happy Winter Folks!

The Extras

It all works and you won’t be a walking trend.  No fuss accessories that will give your wardrobe a refresh.  A bit of color doesn’t hurt anyone.  I know that black is so easy but so is adding a little color.  The wrap is your base to work around.  Underneath it I would wear neutrals consisting of a couple of layers (denim tuxedo and a cozy cardigan or jacket).  Accessories that have complementing colors will give you a look that is a bit more interesting but not so obvious.  Accessories are an easy way to express your own personal style.

Isabel Marant Lipstick, Jennifer Behr Bow, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Wandler Tote, Alexander McQueen Scarf, The Row’s Cape, Haskell Eyeglasses by Warby Parker 

Evolve With Woolrich

Evolve with Woolrich.  A company with American roots is making a strong return.  Meet a refreshing alternative and perhaps the happy medium between Canada Goose and Moncler.  Both are very loved among city dwellers.  Walk down the street and count them to see how common they have become.  Hey I admit I’m in that camp.  You can’t deny the quality of both brands.  But I think it is a good time to consider other options if you are contemplating a new outerwear piece.  

Woolrich, you have my attention with your stylish ways.  Woolrich is dialing into an urban style with a cool, hip, and creative way.  Just take a peek at their Fall/ Winter campaign called American Soul.  This collaboration with Ms. Lauryn Hill has completely sold out.  They have balanced their new creative shift in a direction without losing sight of their heritage.  The iconic pattern, Buffalo Check remains strong.  If you haven’t checked out their website recently you are missing out.  Also their collaboration with Jeff Griffin from Loveland Farm is legit. Woolrich is defiantly worth exploring.  Their prices do seem to reflect their new competitiveness.  

(all images from Woolrich)

When It Is That Cold

you may want this look!  I am not the only one thinking these hats are a good idea.  Get on the waiting list.  A full coverage hat to be worn on the coldest city days without looking like a bank robber but maybe more like a Teletubbie.  They are not for skiers (less you are vying for Jerry of the Day) but for the brave wearers who just want face protection as well as up their city style.  The Moritz from Kule will have you fully covered!  Made of cashmere so hoping that skin irritation won’t be an issue.  But it may be a risk worth taking if they come back in to stock!  Stay warm this winter.  Kule