Tuesday, September 30, 2008
[Photo: TCjuly299016 by patriotworld on Flickr used with permission under Creative Commons Copyright.]
I admit that I don't follow football that closely, but I'm a little confused about the all the hubbub still surrounding Tom Brady. Yesterday I noticed that Boston.com has a photo spread titled “On the town with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen" that has more photos than most Red Sox albums. That says a lot in this town.
Personally, Brady's status as a cripple knocked him way down in my book. I guess I've been more accepting than most Pats fans. My mentality is out with the old and in with the new.
With that ladies, meet Matt Cassel.
Personally, I was disappointed with the lack of stalkerish gossip following Cassel online. So, for the benefit of Boston Bachelorettes, I decided to do a little investigative research myself. Unfortunately, my google search came up with no trendy restaurant or bar sightings and even the Herald and Metro were slacking on their dishing. The only good scoop that I came across was Cassel singing some lousy karaoke to Backstreet Boys. Hardly scandalous.
My biggest finding/letdown is that Cassel is married to his college sweetheart, Lauren Killian. The two met at USC, where she was a former volleyball star and he sat on the sidelines as QB.
The good news is that the athletic stud gene runs in the family. Matt’s older brother Jack plays for the Houston Astros and his younger brother Justin plays for the Chicago White Sox. Future mother-in-law potential even looks bright…his Mom won an Emmy for her work as a TV set decorator.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Don't you wish that you could be inspired by your favorite designers such as Gucci, Kate Spade, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Diane Von Furstenberg and Dolce & Gabbana (that's only a few) every time you check your email?
Friday, September 26, 2008
I could probably rattle off a substantial list of justifications for my hermeting, but I think my most legitimate excuse is that I just never have anything to wear. I'll opt for a hat and a sweatshirt before a cute rain outfit because I always end up freezing and uncomfortable in my trench coat and rubber wellies. Solution?
Wellie Warmers. Such a cute name. The fleece inserts are made by the original Wellie creators, Hunter. You can't get Hunter products shipped to the U.S., but a cheaper American alternative can be found at L.L. Bean. I actually prefer their cream knit cuff to Hunter's fleece version, they just look so much cozier!
Wellie Warmers definately have a spot on my wish list, if not for fashion and practicality than simply for the fact that increased motivation for avoiding excess cookie baking is always a good thing.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Number one on the list was Portland, Oregon. I'm not sure why you'd ever want to move to Oregon, but being green works for me!
Somehow Boston also came out at number 2 for city commuting. It’s good to know that our $14.6 billion for the Big Dig counts for something, but I still think the SustainLane judges would be swayed if they sat through the traffic I sit in.
Housing crisis aside, I'd only expect Boston's sustainability to improve in the future. Highlights of Mayor Menino's plan include 10 percent increase in recycling by 2012 as well as all taxicabs going hybrid by 2015 (does this mean cheaper cab fares?).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I missed out on the $1 fare (yes, it really is $1) that you can get on Megabus if you book in advance, but I payed only $15 for a one way ticket from NYC to Boston this past weekend and I was pleasantly surprised.
I must admit I had some predisposed notions about the comfort of bus travel (Oh are you taking that Chinatown bus?), but with the cost of Amtrak tipping over $100 for many trains, you've got to look for some other options, especially at off-peak times.
The bus didn't have the most efficient boarding system at Penn Station, but once I was on I enjoyed my stop free ride to South Station, relaxing in the AC and surfing the web on my MacBook. My only compliant was that 'movie sharing' sights were blocked from their WiFi network and I was looking really forward to an afternoon of vegging to Lipstick Jungle.
If you can't book on MegaBus, a division of Coach USA, I've heard good things about BoltBus, a division of Greyhound, that has similar services between New York and Boston for only $1. Boltbus even has electrical outlets at every seat.
My prediction? I think this bus thing could catch on. MegaBus says their average clientele is "young professionals", a trend I took note of on my trip. So cut back on traveling and save money for your next NYC shopping trip... 5th Ave... Zara...new Top Shop... and now we're heading towards a new post...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
You'd think that spending the weekend in NYC with my friend, a former Ralph Lauren employee, would lead to some damaging shopping sprees. But this weekend she only had one apparel free (well, almost) store in mind... Dylan's Candy Bar.
The "bar" is co-founded and owned by Ralph's daughter, Dylan and goes by the theme of "Merging the worlds of art, popular culture and fashion with candy". I couldn't think of four better things to combine myself! I had no idea that such a Willy Wonka haven existed across the street from Bloomingdale's!
The decor is exactly what you'd expect from an over the top candy shop on the Upper East Side, complete with florescent lighting, jumbo lollipops, jelly belly perfumes and a candy brick road inscribed with a cute "May Each Step You Take Be Sweet".
The top floor had an impressive ice cream parlor and cupcake bar. Flavors such as S'Mores and RedVelvet are super trendy, super sized and supplied by Crumbs Bake Shop. We got quite the review from a NYC native, but we passed tasting after being already weighed down by pound candy we stocked up on (We also noticed a party room on this floor and my friend and I are dead serious about having a combined birthday party here).
Other highlights of the store were the custom-flavored Skittles and M&Ms, the Presidential Candidate themed treats (why not eat a chocolate donkey?) and the display of celebrity candy choices and autographs. I'll admit that my $15 purchase didn't take me very far into the afternoon.. but I'll take a trip to Willy Wonka-ville in exchange for a thousand or few calories any day.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Hi, I’m the new Boston Blogette!
Welcome to a site where I'll be offering insights on whatever me and my girlfriends happen to be chatting, arguing or obsessing over. When getting the group of us together, you can barely get a word in. We are all dealing with our new found lives in front of computers, so I find it only appropriate that we transfer our chatter to a blog.
Consider my voice a work in progress, which has been relatively dormant since a hefty pile of post-graduation cover letters. My recent departure from my picturesque career as a typical American college student (party, party, class, party) has fizzled into a 9-5 that is certainly going to take some getting used to. But I consider myself a glass is half full type of girl, so what better time to offer thoughts on my life as a 20-something than when I become a new member of the Metro Boston workforce?
My aspirations for this blog (besides the usual fashion, food and fun advice) include veering away from the Cosmo-esque writing style that has plagued our college lives; we’re working girls now right? Look for book recommendations, news observations and some healthy, go-green initiatives as some of my favorites.
So stash this blog in your favorites folder alongside Perez and Fashionista and take my advice that posts are best enjoyed on weekday mornings alongside your favorite Starbucks or Dunkies order.