Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Anytime

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.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

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.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

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.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

The Gardner is stunning.  One must look up or you will miss beauty.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

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.

Gardner Museum

My favorite piece, John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo.  The setting that Isabella curated especially for this piece of art makes it come alive.

Gardner Museum

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.

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.

MFA Outing

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!

Sweet Little Ones on My Mind

Funny how special people, places, and curiosity can subconsciously draw your eye to something.   I enjoy strolling the city.   Sometimes I pop into places to take a peek with no mission.  Mostly I gravitate to small, owner operated shops but large, grand department stores also have their special place and purpose.  Since starting this blog,  I have been looking back at photos that I have taken on my iPhone.  I have rounded up a fun collection of gift ideas for young hearts.  I have four darling little nieces, two handsome little nephews, one adorable son, and lots of sweet girls and boys in my life.  So that explains it!  xo

Tradition
Favorite activity of the holiday season!
Oh Panda
Little hands, little mouths (Willey Boston)
Guess What I'm Doing?
Look at me! (MFA)
Little Friends
Little friends for those little hands (Willey Boston)
Tiny Ones
Awwww (Portobello Road)
Flying
The stork! (Gray Mist)
Happy Mouse
A sweet friend to take along on the adventure
Learning Center
Fun ways to learn (MIT)
The Future
I am a robot
Big Girls
Arm fun (Covet +  Lou)
Fun Accessories
Blast off ! Love these pin accessories (Gray Mist)
Sweet Finds
Vroom Vroom
Special collections
Love the idea of creating a gift that becomes a forever gift

Shops to think about popping into when you are in Boston: ICA Boston, MFA, Portobello Road, Covet + Lou, Tiffany & Co., MIT Museum and Willey Boston.  All of them have a wonderful selection of children’s gifts.