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
Walked into Essentiel Antwerp, a men’s and women’s clothing store from Antwerp (not that the name doesn’t give it away). At the moment they are having some fun with a Peanuts collaboration. One can swing a snoopy bag to bring a basic outfit to life or flirt in a Peanuts inspired skirt. I am always delighted to see a fun side of fashion. The store is full of bright and colorful pieces. Spring is knocking on the door in this store. It is so refreshing to experience something different but wearable at the same time. Essentiel Antwerp will bring out your inner playfulness! I Love It!!
A few pics for the men. But you get a sense of their style. I’m digging the plaid pants. Here’s a peek!
Before another storm hits New England, I must get some wear out of these boots! Sometimes you have to hunt. It is also part of the fun. I had been hunting for my perfect black boots for longer than I want to admit. Here were my requirements: black, low heel, edgy, and would be worn year after year. Boots have been ordered, boots have returned. One of the benefits of online shopping! I don’t think I am alone on this one. I have hit every store in Boston and beyond. Believe me, there are boots out there that get me excited but I’m fussy, focused and no regretful purchases please. With my endless searching along came Church’s studded, glossed leather, handcrafted, classic wingtip style black boot. Love at first sight. An absolute investment purchase. Welcome to my closet! Totally worth the hunt. I am in LOVE. Rock n Roll baby! I’m breaking them out and breaking them in! To be worn with everything!
History Fact: This fine English company was founded in 1873 by Thomas Church and his three sons.
Fun Fact: Tony Blair had a pair he called “lucky pair” and British Secret Service agent, Mr. James Bond aka Pierce Brosnan wore a selection of Church’s to complement his Brioni suits. Need I say more to justify this investment?!
More sneaker porn! I have to admit my husband has a good eye for finding men’s basics. A few years ago he in his mind had found the ultimate score with Greats! Greats is a men’s and women’s sneaker company from Brookyn, New York by the two genius founders, Ryan Babenzien and Jon Buscemi. They hatched their original plan in 2007 but didn’t launch their brand until 2012. They wanted to offer very high quality sneakers at a reasonable price through a vertical system that would allow them to design, produce, and sell direct to consumers. No retailer mark up. Sounds too good to be true, right?! But they are doing it and crushing it!
Asif is a huge fan. He thinks that Greats is the sneaker must have for all guys. The style of Greats is simple, subtle, stylish, and clean. They are understated, cool, and not in your face. Think Vans meets Common Projects and meeting in the middle on price. My sneaker loving husband loves The Wooster and The Royal Classic. In fact my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother have all been gifted Greats. Ladies next, please!
So with all this Greats obsession, Asif is convinced that the women’s styles would be right up my ally. But it hasn’t been till now that I think I’m ready for some Greats! Maybe it is due to my sneaker love affair and my new foot issue. Sneakers are so easy to wear in the city and it is my preferred choice of footwear these days. Damn, I hate when he is spot on!
Get ready for some men’s greatness:
Get ready for some women’s greatness:
Don’t need new kicks? How about the newly released slides?!
Fact: They sell out like hot cakes so be sure to have a couple of runner ups!
Say what (I need another coffee for this one)! Balenciaga and Crocs?! My dad has been rocking the Crocs for years. So I am trying to get my head around the fashion hype over the $850 Balenciaga Platform Crocs (apparently already sold out). Only available in two colors, pink or sand. BTW this is not a first for Crocs to have their dubbed up footwear strutted on the runway. The last two years Christopher Kane led the way with them. Is this cool or absolutely ridiculous? Maybe a fashion hack is an option if you can’t get your hot little fingers (not possible) on them at Barneys, Saks, and other high-end retailers. Best of luck!
Read the Vogue article here or read on about my new tasty indulgence, Royce Chocolates.
I do not have much of sweet tooth. I prefer savory. But my husband was away and sweetly came home with a gift for me from Japan. The package had me interested. He handed me a neatly folded, cool, subtle silver package with a tiny Royce’ sticker that closed the package. Inside were two beautiful boxes filled with tiny squares of chocolates. I eventually took a nibble and thought at first I would share them with my chocolate loving husband (I was also thinking this was a gift to himself). Lets just say I WILL NOT BE SHARING. The tiny golden square dusted with chocolate melted in my mouth. Boxes are hidden and I am keeping an inventory.
This high quality, indulgent chocolate was founded in Sapporo in 1983. The art of Japanese chocolate must be experienced and now Royce’ chocolates can be ordered online in the U.S. I just learned that I can visit their Boston store for a quick shopping pick me up! But for now I will savor every nugget of heaven. Here is another Valentine’s Day gift idea:)
It’s time to escape with DOEN’s new spring arrivals. DOEN is a LA based collaborative company made up of eight talented women delivering wearable West Coast style. DOEN will whisk you away in the most wonderful sense. Each piece is playful, soft, airy, light, flowing, and feminine. Bring on spring or plan a trip!
Decide for yourself!
DOEN has a journal section featuring real women wearing their clothes. I am sipping some coffee and reading about Ricki Lake. If you want more than read on and explore for yourself. xo
The Women’s March is coming up on January 20th in Washington DC. Rachel Comey has partnered up with friends across the country to update her classic camo jacket, the Short Zia Trench, for this year’s march. The jacket is stylish with pops of blue that soften the camo print yet it maintains its strong presence. What makes this year’s jacket unique is the printed Latin phrase “Si Vales, Valeo” meaning “If you are strong, I am strong”. This special edition jacket represents what Rachel Comey believes in and more importantly delivers a powerful message of solidarity. Ten percent of the sale of these jackets will be donated to Downtown for Democracy .
Photos from Rachel Comey.
Can’t end this post without saying this model is just slaying it! Her hair is stunning, the pants are rock ‘n’ roll, the cami is sexy and the earrings, come on!