With temperatures see-sawing on a daily basis and stores running low on cold-weather items (going so far as to prematurely promote the spring season), this Boston winter is hardly inspiring in terms of fashion. Instead, I’m digging up old favorites, such as these perfect leather riding boots (now 40% off!), this newly acquired hat (which is a huge hit with my friends), and this cardigan (also on sale!). My free cash flow—to utilize some accounting terms here—is running low lately from outfitting and moving into my new apartment, but with any spare change, I plan on incorporating some of the above trends that I’ve been eyeing—a camel coat, a knitted turtleneck, and the essential cashmere sweater.
What are your favorite winter go-to items?
After a long and (at times) upsetting search, I’m so very pleased to announce that Niti and I will officially be residents of the North End come February. The apartment search has been only occasionally documented on the blog, mostly out of fear of jinxing a prospective dwelling, but in the next few weeks, I hope to share some more decorating plans and favorite resources as we now we on to the (arguably) best part of getting a new apartment (Hellooooo, Pinterest!).
Photo above taken this past weekend from the view of the North End from 60 State Street.
Between graduation and starting my career, I knew 2013 was going to be a big year, and it was. What I didn’t anticipate were the little turns, both highs and lows, that it would take me to get to these two major life points. And when people say you don’t know what a day holds, you really don’t know…still takes some getting used to. I’m so grateful for the doors that opened and closed in all aspects of life this year that have led me to my current state. I could not be more pleased with how my job, my friends, and my life turned out through the roller coaster ride of the year. I’m excited to share some big news in the next month and the 11 thereafter. Thank you, friends, for following along. Happy 2014 and happy new beginnings.
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.
I hope everyone had a restful holiday season and a wonderful new year to come! Here’s what is on my radar this week…
1. Christmas Flash Mob at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston—I love to watch these, and not-so-secretly have always wanted to witness a flash mob (or participate in one). I love how coordinated this one is, especially considering it’s a flash mob (maybe they rehearsed beforehand?), and it is a chillingly beautiful reminder of the spirit of Christmas, which can get lost amidst the stresses of gift-giving and travel. Thanks to Barbara for this tip!
2. Recently signed up for Joss & Main, a Gilt City-type daily deal website for furniture and home decor items. Can you tell I’m exciting about moving into an apartment?…Hopefully good news to come soon!
3. Spotted these silver-painted kale bouquets at a flower shop in the Prudential Center—love this innovative and festive design! I’ve never seen anything like it—have you?
4. My favorite Christmas presents—a tiny and delicate necklace (designer unknown) and a beautiful little souvenir from Santorini from my sister, which I’m using to hold small jewelry.
Have a safe, joyous, and restful holiday, friends!
Con affetto, DXF
…My ultimate girl-crush, on three of my favorite things: shopping, wandering, and Paris.
Bundle up, snowy regions. It’s going to be a looooooong winter.
Turtlenecks remind me a couple of winter-themed things, but most of all, they remind of my awkward phase through middle school when I wore some unflattering fit of the turtleneck every day from December to March. I don’t even know how I pulled it off (or didn’t), but since I retired the look in high school, nary has my closet ever seen the passing of another high neck. Perusing through J. Crew’s social media though, I came across this picture featuring an Aran Crafts for J. Crew cable turtleneck and I’m considering bringing the infamous hickey-hider (…middle school…) back into rotation. Soft, cozy, and texturized layers update the look, and a muted red lip and the signature J. Crew “don’t care hair” look tops it off for both on- and off-duty.
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current favorites.
Between work, friends, Christmas-present shopping, and learning to take care of myself on my own, it’s been a stressful few weeks so any down time I have has been allocated to pure relaxation (read: reading, sleeping, eating, in reverse order). Here’s what’s keeping me going through a busy month:
From top left:
1. I’m an avid reader of Matchbook Magazine, which I’ve always found to be a great source of inspiration: from features on up-and-coming fashion entrepreneurs to new hot books on the market to interior design. Every first Monday of the month, I’m stalking my inbox for the Matchbook Magazine “new issue!” notification. The December issue features some of my favorite bloggers (Carly Heitlinger of The College Prepster and Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling) and some great gift ideas!
2. I procrastinated on pre-ordering Brandon Stanton’s book, Humans of New York, based on his photo-blog of the same name. So you could imagine my excitement when Barnes & Noble and Amazon announced a 50% off deal on Black Friday for this book, for which I bolted to the nearest store to grab a copy.
3. My sister introduced me to this cool new iPhone app, Wrapp, that allows you to give free gift cards to places like American Eagle, Hulu Plus, Alex and Ani, H&M to your Facebook friends. Always a nice treat to get a little extra discount on holiday shopping (especially if you follow my habit of “one for you,
one two for me”).
4. My local Target store (and possibly many other retailers) now carries Panera Bread’s delicious Mac & Cheese, one of my favorites—second only to Beecher’s Cheeses' version. This is basically the best thing to happen to grocery stores since sliced bread (in my opinion). Is this news to you? Or have I just been living under a rock?
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.
--Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013
In Boston’s arguably most charming neighborhood of Brookline, the favorite past time of the residents (or maybe just my handful of friends there) is brunch. Zaftig’s is a big name in that area (and perennial favorite), but after one too many matzo balls, I decided to branch out and met up with friends at The Regal Beagle for brunch…and proceeded to revisit the Beagle the following week with a certain man friend, thereby converting him into a Beagle Brunch person as well. As I’m sitting here writing this post, all I can think about is the pumpkin pancakes and stuffed berries and cream French toast croissant (a mouthful, literally…I know). And if the fact that the restaurant was a full house exactly eight minutes after opening on a Sunday isn’t enough to convince you, the menu definitely will.
What to get here: I’m always a fan of the eggs Benedict (they can make the eggs anyway you like), but keep your eyes out for the weekly special. More often than not, they have been the source of major food envy/satisfaction depending the position I happen to be in.
What to drink: A classic cup of java, but their mimosas sound delicious.
What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Boston?
It had been a while since I was in Boston, and I had forgotten what a beautiful city it is. You could put it in a snow globe. It is a beautiful, compact, and, of course, watery city.
I like the manageability of Boston: its size. I thought of an expression I heard about Florence, years ago. The expression is an Italian one: ‘within the hand of man.’ Florence is a city within the hand of man — walkable and all that — and so is Boston. I don’t mean to call it dinky. It’s just — manageable, a city on a human scale.
--Jay Nordlinger, “Boston Souvenirs”
Dairly Week: a weekly roundup of my current (Connecticut food!) favorites.
On travel jobs, the only thing more important than the work at the client site is the food you’ll be eating for lunch and dinner. Despite the fact that our hotel in Milford, Connecticut the past week was fully equipped with a kitchen and fridge, it was considerably easier to just
pig out explore the local cuisine, which included these favorites of mine that I plan on revisiting once I’m out there again for the audit in March…
- Soup + chicken Caesar wrap at Bobette’s, all too conveniently located from my Milford client and a crowd favorite.
- A hot panini from Napoli’s, an overwhelmingly Italian shack with delicious hot sandwiches and pastas.
- The Dogwood Blossom salad and A Tisket A Tasket bread basket from Rainbow Gardens…I seldom order just a salad but this was so much more than “just a salad”…it was basically a work of art. Observe:
- Lobster tempura sushi from Tengda…I’ve never had such a thing and it was delicious.
- Tropical drinks and delicious Mexican food at Geronimo’s Southwest Grill in nearby New Haven…Hugo will tell you all about the hidden gems on the menu, and go for his advice…he knows.