Vince is all about the traditional tones of spring with their newest collection. They are known for their casual and effortless look with basics that are not boring. This season it is all about soft tones in lovely lightweight fabrics. Pops of nautical throughout the line. Vince is one of those lines that will compliment any piece in your closet. I appreciate this brand for consistently focusing on classic pieces that reflect an easy-going aesthetic.
I am ready for summer! How about you? Vince has me excited for sunshine and carefree days. Always keep an eye open for friends and family discount offerings!
Celebrate Mother’s Day or any occasion by giving a thoughtful succulent garden. Lula’s Garden is an online succulent gift box company. Owner Liraz Birnbaum is providing a lovely alternative to a bouquet of flowers. Succulents are easy to care for especially if you don’t have a green thumb like me (it is a current goal though). They are clean, modern, and perfect for a long-lasting gift that brings the outdoors into your home. Green is trending and so is filling your home with natural beauty. Be eco conscious this Mother’s Day with a stylish gift from Lula’s Garden. You can pick out your hand planted garden and its beautiful packaging for that person you love. Prices are reasonable and delivered with care.
Imagine opening a beautifully packaged box as a gift?! Thank you to my dear friend Donna, who sent me this gift. I am happy to share that my succulents are enjoying their new environment. Truly a unique gift! Lula’s Garden sends everything you need including a small funnel and stick to give your sweet succulents a drink. Lula’s Garden
Blue Bottle Coffee has landed in Harvard Square and I am ecstatic! The sun drenched space is located on the quiet corner of Bow Street in a late nineteenth century building. Upon walking into the bright, beautiful space you may feel for a moment that you are in Europe with its clean modern aesthetic. The warm tone of the space invites you to sit, relax, and watch the precise choreography of the single serving pour over style coffee that Blue Bottle is known for.
Enjoy your coffee with a lovely piece of avocado toast or opt for the sweet chocolate chip cookie. What ever you decide, you will not be disappointed. I am all about the taste of my coffee and the process to deliver a well balanced cup that I will want to sip and savor. I love when a space and product compliment each other to deliver a great customer experience. Blue Bottle Coffee has nailed it! isostilo loves options. Welcome to the Square! Go check it out for yourself.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my morning than visiting with Tina Burgos, the founder and owner behind Covet+Lou, a clothing boutique in Needham, MA. You may recognize Tina from the days when she co owned Stel’s on Newbury Street. Stel’s is where I met Tina and continued to follow her ever since.
Covet+Lou is Tina’s new journey. The store is a direct reflection of her style, passion, and commitment to offering inspiring designers with unique stories. The minute you walk into her shop you immediately know you have landed someplace special. It is a space offering something new . You get the feeling you are walking into someone’s closet. A closet you will find interesting! Covet+Lou is a breath of fresh air. Discovering new brands is so welcomed! The clothing is simply displayed only complimented by vintage finds that may be perfect for your home or to wrap up as a gift. At the moment, everything is bright, patterned, and spring ready.
My time with Tina covered every topic from kids, shops, blogs, how to change the world, fashion, and just life. You can’t help but feel energized after spending time with Tina. Her style is authentic and appears effortless. She rocks it with confidence. One of the many reasons I admire Tina is for her ability to make everything her own. She is more than the woman behind Covet+Lou. She is wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur. From what I can see, she is doing it with confidence, determination, and grace.
I explored the fashions, learned about the inspiration behind each label, and walked away committed to the less is more approach. We need to support designers who combine craftsmanship, art, integrity, passion, and environmental awareness.
Covet+Lou is bringing to you a place to shop and feel connected. Tina is a welcoming encyclopedia of fashion knowledge. She embraces what she is showcasing and doesn’t have fillers. Covet+Lou is a must to visit in person if you are so lucky but rest assured Covet+ Lou is available worldwide online with a click of a button. She has a cult following and I am right there with them!
isostilo was like a child in a candy store. Bouncing from one piece to another. Here are few highlighted brands and pieces that I love:
NO.6 is known for their clogs but you should get to know their clothes. NO. 6 designs unique pieces with a feminine edge. Tina introduced me to N0.6 seven years ago with my first pair of clogs. I still wear them! Timeless design is all I am saying!
A De’tacher means to be detached . The pieces are designed with an aesthetic that demands appreciation. This line is meant to be layered which gives the pieces endless possibilities. Two stand out pieces: The Conor Polo in sky and black along with the Sequoia Pullover in orange cream and orange are perfection. Investment pieces but lifers! Both pieces made in Peru.
Woven basket bag from Brother Vellies is the perfect bag for summer. This unique piece is a subtle style statement. It also timeless!
Hansel from Basel’s soft white embroidered cotton blouse is sexy but tasteful with detailing that can’t be overlooked. A summer basic to be worn with everything. Hansel from Basel is out of Los Angeles created by artist turned designer, Hannah Byun.
Spring in the city is the best. All the trees and flowers are blooming. There is renewed energy that is contagious with the city dwellers and the tourists. Everyone is always looking for places to experience. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been on my list. The recent April showers presented the perfect time to enjoy the Gardner Museum. I had one goal, the Courtyard.
To me, the Courtyard is a year round city oasis. The space is peaceful. The sound of trickling water and soft floral scents combine to create a tranquil and beautiful environment. To just sit is enough. The Courtyard is a gem that is accessible for all to enjoy.
I found myself pausing at patterns, textiles, bold colors, and wall coverings. The interior design world and the fashion world are extensions of each other. I immediately start thinking of Dries Van Noten, the Belgian genius who is delivering wearable art through his exquisite taste in fabrics and patterns. Walking through the Gardner had me thinking about the current trending floral and bold prints.
The Gardner is stunning. One must look up or you will miss beauty.
I really enjoyed Bharti Kher’s Sketchbooks and Diaries. Kher spent a month as an Artist -in-Residence at the Gardner Museum. Her contemporary point view is delivered through her use of sketches and drawings. Kher has a playful perspective while incorporating her focus on motherhood and gender.
My favorite piece, John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo. The setting that Isabella curated especially for this piece of art makes it come alive.
The Gardner was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903. Her love of travel inspired her to collect art and untimely share that love with Boston. Her passion, commitment, vision, and spirit is still very much present. The Gardner has an amazing and impressive art collection. It is also offers music, dance, and special performances. So spend as little or as much time as you wish. I highly recommend making a lunch reservation ahead of time at Cafe G.
Over the past few years I have joined my mother-in-law in attending the UNICEF Boston Lunch Series. Today, Alan Gratz, the author of Refugee was the guest speaker. He believes that our children will be the change makers. They are the future. He is absolutely correct. Alan spoke about his book and the power of putting a face to a story. That is how the power of change can begin. How else can we begin to connect to the statics and reports that we see daily in the news. I consider myself fortunate to be living a happy and healthy life with no true problems in comparison to what a refugee experiences. What is my part? What can I do?
I can start by sharing this book. It is a book that we as adults should pick up and read. It is a book that needs to be shared with our children. Alan wrote this book for children, primarily for the middle school years. The stories in the book are real experiences of refugees. I am greatly appreciative of his commitment to educating our children though his books. Educating ourselves on what is happening around us and beyond is a beginning. Our future depends on our efforts. We can do more and we can do better. We need to care.
I am looking forward to experiencingRefugee with my eleven year old son. I am so happy to share that my son already knew of the book and has dug right into it. Exposure is critical followed by conversation. Alan shared with me that the audio version is also a powerful way to experience his book.
Words from today: Powerful, Compassion, Empathy, Question, Educate, Open your minds, Care
Amsterdam is full of lovely cafes, places to explore, and streets to stroll. I have chosen a few places to share that I really enjoy. One can spend hours if not a full day in the Museum Quarter strolling though the well-known museums of Amsterdam. You have your choice of The Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum, The Stedelijk Museum, and The Moco Museum. Each one offering a peaceful place to sit and take in the magnitude of this area. My favorite place to meet a friend and sip a drink is at The Rijks Museum. In the winter one can sit inside the museum or in the warmer months the outdoor garden is stunning! I always find myself spending a small window of time in this area especially on a sunny day. FYI, within a short stroll one can walk to fashionable PC Hoofstraat for luxury shopping.
Here is a place to linger, chill and rest in between strolling The Jordaan neighborhood and De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets). Hotel bars are relatively a newish thing for Amsterdam. I am digging the Amsterdam spin to them. The Lotti’s at The Hoxton Hotel is a hot spot for locals and tourists located on the Herengracht. It has a welcoming vibe that offers cozy and comfortable places to sip a drink and nibble on some food. Honestly a place that you can find yourself hours later departing. Love a new place to add to my long list of places to enjoy.
Next is an alternative posh spot. I am a huge fan of Dutch designer Marcel Wanders! He has designed the Andaz Amsterdam Hotel with a Alice In Wonderland theme. There is no detail that he has not thought of or delivered. Delft Blue is prominent and complimented by the over sized furnishings that creates a playful twist. The Andaz is hip and modern. It offers a cool lounge area for all to enjoy. A perfect place for tea time or cocktail hour! It is worth just popping in to experience this interior masterpiece and be surrounded by everything Dutch. If you need a place to stay, I wouldn’t hesitate booking this hotel.
Here are two lovely additions that I enjoyed and are in close proximity to each other. The Secret Church, Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Soder located in the Red Light Distract of Amsterdam is a must see. I never knew that Amsterdam at one time was filled with secret churches that were hidden in private homes and canal houses. This occurred during a period of political and religious changes in the early 17th century. This particular church I visited was housed in a wealthy merchant canal house. One gets to tour the canal house and the church. It is so amazing to travel back in time and experience how people lived back then. The museum does a lovely job explaining the history of this canal house through an audio guide. So many gems to explore and delighted I had the opportunity to learn more about the rich history that makes this city so special.
Nacarat, a city oasis located in the hustle and bustle of Dam Square. A roof top restaurant in the new Hudson’s Bay offering a fresh take on Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. The views of the city are stunning along with the impressive and creative use of glass. A very Missoni feel through the play of patterns, color tones of pink, orange, and green while walking on the mosaic flooring makes the restaurant feel posh with a casual twist through the street food inspired menu. One feels miles away from the tourist packed center but by the end of your meal you are ready to rejoin the fast-moving city.
Amsterdam is an easy city to move around. Walking is my preferred way to move around the city with riding a bike a close second. Walking allows you to feel the city and embrace its charm. Biking gets you places quickly with a sense of freedom peddling from one place to another. As you quickly appreciate how Amsterdamers move along in their everyday life. The tram is efficient and dry when it is raining. You decide what is best for you!