In Film, Holiday, Music on May 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm
…..As in, er, don’t neglect your blog for an entire month.
Just to let you know that I wasn’t beach-bumming it (not yet) Here are some of the things I had my nose in…..(sorry mobile freaks, links, links)
Boston’s totally rad Independent Film Festival
With a few well-connected after- parties in city hot-spots
More importantly, local films documenting heroism
and one-of-kind personas in our own backyard
I took a test-run for a potential new gig
And checked out a folk artist, who happens to be married to a music critic.
This weekend I’m headed to Montreal and will bring back insight for a ‘Destination’ feature
Happy Memorial Weekend……don’t forget. it’s not just warm weather, beaches, BBQ, and kicking-back with family and friends.
It’s about those who gave their lives in current and past wars – so we can continue to have the freedom that bestows such luxuries.
Photo: “Flag Garden” honoring fallen U.S. Military in the Middle East – Boston Common
In Newbie Eats, Travels on April 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm
The LES is still hot. Which is a bit of a miracle since they were hot last year and NYC hoods can get overplayed in a matter of weeks.
But maybe their scorch tab is under a new genre (please burn the speakeasy tab) – newbie eateries that are part concept – part just damn good.
Meet The Fat Radish. The place to go when your party includes broke-brilliant entrepreneurs, a few vegetarians, low-key trendsters, and lazy folk ready to drink one block after eating.
Opened only a few months ago, this exposed brick sanctuary is designed after the Covent Garden marketplace in London. (perfectly themed for that upcoming Royal wedding thing) Add some indoor shrubbery, au naturale seating and Mandarin wall graffiti (borders Chinatown) and you have yourself an LES gem, that’s finally not trying too hard. They even have a window-front cafe’ bar, which exudes an initial feeling of Euro-chill.
The veggie dishes were as superb as their meat. The roasted Brussel sprouts and duck were my favorites. And ending with chocolate -beet cake kicked in enough happy sedation to endure any bar line.
There was much waiting going on however, before, during……but this is NYC on a Saturday night, a holiday weekend.
I’m lucky OpenTable didn’t blackball me.
In Fashion on April 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm
I had no intention of shopping. Shopping is dangerous – particularly for a semi-reformed label harlot like me pursuing a (not yet financially rewarding) dream with Spring/Summer on its way and a fetish for Yves Saint Laurent and Louboutin wedges.
It was too early on Saturday morning as I was on my way to watch the bf play basketball, shades covering my sleepless eyes. We quickly turned each corner of a random Cambridge hood - he was late for the game. Out of the corner of my eye I saw it – Poor Little Rich Girl on the front of an unassuming building. I knew I was in trouble – or was I?
Inside Rebecca, the manager and buyer, greeted me from behind the counter. She was dressed better than Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. I, on the other hand, looked like Lindsay Lohan the morning after an after-party. (we just had din with another couple)
At first glance it could be any other second-hand vintage shop. But details soon had me buzzing around the store – windowed chests filled with designer scarves, belts, bags, and shoes. Jewelry, gloves, and clutches direct from the 60′s and 70′s – some with the packaging to prove it. Racks of color coded clothing – some modern and stylized – others, retro-legit. There were rare items such as old campaign buttons and gilded lighters. Selective designer gems like a feather rimmed Marc Jacob’s skirt and a cherry-print 50′s-esque Betsey Johnson handbag. These items had been carefully selected by a talented eye - not just dropped off in a garbage bag labeled “so last season” by consignors.
Poor Little Rich Girl was born via Meredith Byam, a fashion design major from Lasell College and veteran of Second Time Around (famed Boston consignment chain). Byam has a thing for fashion history and forecasting trends – and it shows. Beyond traditional consigning, PLRG carries new items (that were overstock), purchases specialty pieces from dealers and picks up their own “finds” during personal hunts.
So really it’s like a high-end new & vintage boutique with fashion-trained buyers - at consignment prices =
A smart- new economy-Louis Vuitton rockin’ girl on her
new yacht used Vespa.