Havaianas, the well know rubber flip-flops that date back to 1962 are still going strong. The name means Hawaiians in Portuguese and the style was inspired by the traditional Japanese sandal, the Zori. Havaianas are the summer essential that screams warm days. The flip-flop that casually takes you poolside, to beach ready as well as complimenting your rolled up jeans. They are basic, functional, stylish, playful, and carefree. Your Havaianas are one those wardrobe essentials that is just a given. Toss them in your bag or suitcase and never leave home without them!
Image from Zappos. So many colors and prints to choose from! You have to love the quick turn around time. Happy Summer!
this summer with alfresco dining at home. Let’s just say June is officially summer! There is nothing better than firing up the BBQ and having friends over to enjoy the long summer nights. It is the best time to entertain. Summer gatherings can be simple and festive with little prep or you can go full-out gangbusters. Spending energy on creating a lovely and inviting atmosphere will delight you all summer long. You will just need to clean up the space and make of list of the items you will need to make entertaining fuss free and easy. After this it will be a breeze! Here is a helpful tip: clear out a designated space to hold all your summer dining essentials to make it easy on yourself and for those that are willing to lend a helping hand.
Make your next reservation at home! Get creative with whatever space you may have. All spaces can be turned into a summer oasis.
Pick flowers and fresh herbs from your garden or go to an outdoor market for fresh local flowers.
Gathered utensils in a container to pass around is simple, functional, and casual.
A folding table (great for pop up dinners when you have more guests than your typical dining set can accommodate) covered by a simple white table-cloth. Get clever with seating if you don’t have enough matching chairs by mixing in pieces from your indoors space. Benches work really well too.
Melamine plates and glasses are worth the investment. This would also look just as lovely with colorful paper plates and napkins. Outdoor dining can be what you want it to be. No rules!
Light it up with string lights and candles!
Her smile tells it all! A dear friend who just happens to be my neighbor (thank my lucky stars!) kicked off summer with an outdoor set up that has me planting flowers , dusting off summer plates , and hanging lights! Thank you for the inspiration!
Here are a few places to check out online for your summer alfresco evenings. Happy Summer folks!
Crate&Barrel could be your one stop shopping for all your alfresco needs.
Any excuse to not give much effort to your hair. Summer gives you permission to be free from the blow dryer. Summer temps, humidity, and sunblock create a no win situation for most women. So forget about it! Try getting creative with bandanas and turban inspired hair pieces. They will do the trick. They are fun options and effortless in comparison to the alternative. Check out the following for inspiration: JCrew, Anthropologie,Madewell, and for the price of a fancy frock check out Hermes!!
Always hunting for stylish hats that are functional, fun, and chic. An important accessory that shouldn’t be overlooked especially in the summer. In fact, a well designed hat can transform your basic outfit instantly. So besides sunscreen and eyewear, you can add sun hats to the top of your list for summer day essentials.
Lola Ehrlich is a former ballerina with Dutch and French roots and also the designer behind Lola Hats. She is delivering hats this summer for all ladies to take a second look at! They are charming, sweet, and embellished with just enough detail to make them unique and timeless. Each handcrafted hat is pressed on vintage or custom designed blocks then steamed. All trims are sewn on by hand. Every detail has been considered without sacrificing quality or style. Lola Hats have graced magazine covers and are admired by many including isostilo. Take a peek for yourselves online. Lola Hats is based in Brooklyn, New York. One word that comes to mind when I see these straw or felt hats is BEAUTIFUL!
All pics are from Lola Hats. Inspiration for your perfect summer hat!
Here is a Sunday escape post that hopefully will have you marking your calendar for next year: The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Annual Tour. This year, ten gardens and two ribbon gardens (these you could just peek at) were showcased and open to the public with the purchase of a ticket. A delightful self-led tour that allows you to meander about into the private gardens of this lovely old Boston neighborhood. Without doing the tour there is no other way that you could experience these hidden gems. A yellow flag marked each of the homes that awaited your viewing. This year marked the 90th Anniversary of the tours. You will forget for a short bit of time that you are in a city. It is amazing to see how a bit of nature can transform small city spaces into an urban oasis. Here is a peek at the wonderful charming spaces that were in all their glory!
You see how effortlessly nature folds into the life of Beacon Hill. The gardens range in size and style but all are functional and inviting. They all play off each other in the most intimate way. Modern elements such as a living wall are complimented by the functional qualities of brick and steel backgrounds that make up this landscape. The old trees with their twisting roots remind you of time. Small ponds and trickling water create a sense of tranquility. You wish to have brought a coffee and blanket to just sit and soak in the peacefulness.
The lovely faces along the way. Such a wonderful afternoon to stroll and march the paths of Beacon Hill. You should always be a tourist especially in your home town. This is a charming event that you could easily let years pass without experiencing. Grab a gal pal, walk the tour, sip coffee, chat, and finish off the afternoon with a tasty lunch on Charles Street. Beacon Hill Garden Club
A pre Memorial Day rule breaker but when you love something there are no rules!
Hitting the streets with my gal pal to explore the hidden gems of Beacon Hill. Going bright with a crisp full leg cord trouser paired with a playful navy sweater from Comme des Garcons (a year round piece). Nike Air Max sneakers because who doesn’t wear sneakers these days but also perfect for marching the streets and climbing stairs to view the lovely gardens. Also CPW is looking pretty good. I love to be hands free so my Bottega Veneta is really in the mix these days. Casual afternoon attire with no fuss to enjoy a happy spring day with a friend!
Part 2: With a small window of time to freshen up my look before heading out for an evening with some sweet mamas from my son’s school. I swapped out the sweater but kept the navy look because I was digging the blue and white combo. A quick change into a short sleeve solid navy t-shirt and an oversized navy blazer with white dots from Maison Kitsune. Added a pink lippy for a pop of color to my face.
Mama’s new Marni bag from Mother’s Day. This clutch was made for me! When your boys know your style you just get giddy with excitement especially when it is totally unexpected with NO HINTS! Ready for the night with the just the essentials. xo
FYI I am a big believer in wearing pieces over and over again. I love occasionally adding a new piece into the mix. Life is busy enough and getting dressed should be fun, easy, and no stress!
It is simple, I just love following fashion. It is not about buying and filling my closet. One does not need to shop to enjoy it. Being able to stroll along Newbury St. early morning when the stores are just opening with a coffee in my hand is something I enjoy. It is like flipping through a magazine. The peacefulness with no crowds is a lovely way to gaze at the window displays. It is fun to see what colors, patterns, and styles are trending. Window shopping allows you to escape and indulge with your eyes. Well spring is here and it is time to stroll the city! Here is a peek at Newbury St.
Stripes, plaids, dots, and floral oh my! Time to shed layers and rock your spring style!
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.
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.
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.
Something to keep in mind when one is looking for an indoor activity this winter in Boston. Being a tourist in your own city is exciting and fresh when a friend is visiting. Exploring the Museum of Fine Arts with your pal definitely becomes more appealing. Especially with the Takashi Murakami exhibit that is currently showing now through April 1st. A huge hit for all ages and playfulness is encouraged!
The MFA offers wonderful programs for children. Their website is loaded with fun and creative ways to take advantage of your visit. I highly suggest taking a peek at it. The Family Art Cart is certainly worth checking out and is free with admission!