Tuesday, March 21, 2017

♥ GIVEAWAY: CourseHorse comes to Boston!

a few years ago, i hosted a giveaway for coursehorse- a website dedicated to discovering and booking
local education. with classes ranging from art to academic, professional to cultural- you name it, 
and coursehorse will pretty much have it on offer, at an amazing value.

last time around, the closest market for this site was new york, but since then, the site has
expanded to other cities, including our very own boston :) yay!!

here are a few classes i wouldn't mind trying:

fashion trend forecasting at mass college of art & designs

being a visual stylist and blogger, i feel like i have a pulse on many of the latest trends-
but i am always intrigued by how designers focus on a few select trends each season-
how far in advance do are trends forecasted? what is the secret??

i have always felt like i could have a knack for floral arrangement, but i have never tried!
this class could give me the inspiration i need to discover a new passion!

i love to write, but i feel like i need a topic to be handed to me from above,
like it was back in school- perhaps a class that is totally devoted to writing would be
the best antidote for writer's block.

because after 33 years on this earth, i still have no idea how to quiet my mind or relax.

because i am eating for two, after all :)

because henry's father is a drummer- which means henry already has his toe in the musical gene pool!

and now is your chance to WIN A FREE CLASS (valued at $50):

to enter: please leave a comment letting me know which local class you would be interested
in taking through coursehorse and why- as well as an email address!!

the winner will be chosen by april 4th!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

♥ earth mother// a visit to ASH & ROSE.

if you follow my instagram- you may have noticed that made a little announcement
 a few weeks ago: i'm pregnant!! the boys and i are expecting a baby girl in 
early june and we could not be more excited :) 

photos by lei ann!

at 26 weeks, my bump is definitely poppin'- looking much fuller (and feeling a whole lot heavier)
the second time around! i am not sure if this should be attributed to it being a girl this time
or it being the second pregnancy, but either way- i am enjoying my changing shape
and the lively kicks and jabs i get throughout the day. i feel so blessed.
tired and blessed, ha!

anyway, last night i had the joy of attending chic beat's  blogger mix & mingle 
at the south end's lovely boutique, ash & rose. a brimming jewel box of  sustainable/ethical 
clothing and accessories, many of which are made by nea--half of the mother/daughter duo
who own the shop, ash & rose is nestled among design showrooms and art galleries 
in the famous sowa district. the shop is managed & curated by mary, who is coincidentally 
expecting a baby girl in june!!, and who also made this rad floral selfie wall for
our picture-taking pleasure!

pictured here with my favorite gals, lei ann & bridgette

Sunday, February 19, 2017

♥ a visit to the new TONI & GUY HAIR SALON at Hingham's Derby Street Shoppes!

sandwiched right between kate spade and mini luxe, the first massachusetts-based
TONI & GUY  hair salon has opened at hingham's derby street shoppes!

known for their cutting-edge hair designs, which come out in annual collections 
and seem to set the tone for the hairdressing industry across the globe--
one may never guess that the TONI & GUY brand has been around 
for over 50 years!! (talk about forever young!)

this amazing british brand, which began in 1963 with the four Mascolo brothers,
 has expanded to include sons, daughters, nephews and wives, as well as expanding
across the globe to over 500 locations, is fully committed to:

"upgrading the hairdressing industry 
one stylist, one salon, one academy
 at a time."

with their inimitable business model, TONI & GUY is not just a salon- but an academy.
providing their stylists with continuous education & training  in cut & color means that 
they are constantly evolving and responding to client needs, 
creating trends as they go.

the salon itself reflects the always-contemporary TONI & GUY aesthetic, with lots of stark
black and white against a vibrant wall of TIGI professional products (which i had no idea
they had a hand in creating!)  and an awesome wallpaper collage made up of the brand's
creative photographs and images! LOVE!!!

before sitting down for my haircut, my hairdresser, leonor pilsmaker, 
(remember my interview with her here?), and i brought up pictures of what we think
would look good this time around and were surprised and delighted to see that
we were on the same page!

the haircut i selected is on TONI & GUY'S latest billboard (heading into boston!)
 and is called the "OLIVIA." it's a razored shag with the brand's signature
square layers. LOVE!!

and here's how it came out! i am so excited to play around with it
 and style it with different products, like TIGI's texturizing molding wax,
 manipulator matte! :) i feel like a new girl!

TONI & GUY is located at 92-98 Derby Street
Hingham, MA 02043

**i was provided with a complimentary haircut from TONI & GUY,
but all opinions expressed are my own. **