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Late-Winter Party Looks

Who knew February/ March was such a busy social season? Nick and I have a bunch of parties coming up in the next two weeks- but no complaints here- I love a good excuse to go shopping and get all dressed up! The tough thing is- its a hard season to dress for. Glittery Christmas dresses are starting to look silly, but so is wearing a full out Spring look. You also never know if the venue is going to be too warm or too cold- and dress codes start being all over the place if it starts snowing. To avoid being too casual or too dressy, a long sleeved cocktail dress is always a good go-to.

I’m in love with all four of these looks- the first two styled with a classic vibe and the second two more ELECTRIC- and each is wearable right into warmer weather. (They are all lightweight materials) Which is your favorite? Any tips for dressing up when its AWFUL outside?

Winter Cocktail Looks

Keep an eye out on twitter and instagram to see what I actually pick! Spoiler alert: it won’t be the $900 Missoni šŸ˜¦

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Artwork by: Aldro T. Hibbard

In the ongoing saga of my love/ hate relationship with winter, today I would like to embrace the snowy landscape and share some works by Aldro T. Hibbard. I saw one of his paintings featured on the Boston Antiques Roadshow episode this week (no I’m not 90 years old. I’ve been a hopeless Roadshow lover since high school. whatcha gonna say about it?!) Either way, the piece was brought in by v.i.p. Mayor Menino who said it was discovered in the attic of a school in Dorchester. It was appraised for $50,000.

Antiques Roadshow Hibbard

So what merits the high price tag?? As the appraiser explained: ā€œSome artists, when they paint snow, you see white paint,ā€ ….ā€œWhen you look at an Aldro Hibbard, you see SNOW.ā€ and I think you will agree! The way each scene is painted truly captures the way the sun bounces off the bright whites and also the heaviness of the mounds of snow.

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Hibbard is the quintessential New England artist. He was born in Falmouth, MA in 1886 and died in Rockport, MA in 1972, where he had moved to in 1920. He was a founding member of the Rockport Art Association and a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Academy of Design and the Conn. Academy of Fine Arts to name a few. He studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and then received a traveling scholarship from the Boston Museum School of Art. He frequently taught classes and workshops and influenced several other New England painters.

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Most of the scenes he depicts are from New England and he is especially well known for his snowy scenes of the mountains in Vermont. The Vermont paintings are all in oil- Hibbard was a plein-air painter and any other medium would have frozen outside in the cold months of January and February.

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So I hope you agree- there is some beauty in the stillness of the snow! (until I hate it again tomorrow)

How much would you love one of these paintings???


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Keeping Warm and Cozy on a Cold Winter Day

It is still FREEZING here in Boston. It seriously makes everything more difficult- walking to work, getting dinner, even the idea of getting out of bed in the morning (I can say I have been doing horribly with my New Year’s Resolution). Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just skip work and cozy up under a blanket with a good book and tea?? I think Jessa from Girls says it best: “You know what the weirdest part about having a job is? You have to be there everyday, even on the days you don’t feel like it.” (ps I hope you all watch Girls– except you Mom- you would hate it)

Here are some things I put together for an ideal day out of the cold:

Keeping Warm

1. The coziest J.Crew flannel pajamas – added bonus that they are currently on sale!

2. Before the Broadway show and the blockbuster movie- Les Miserables was a book by Victor Hugo, and I have always wanted to read it!

3. You can’t have a cozy day indoors without a warm throw blanket. I’m swooning over the classic herringbone pattern here.

4. Can I just say how obsessed I am with Hermes china?? Drinking tea out of these cups would be all the more elegant.

5. Our tiny apartment lacks a fireplace- but the amazing Diptyque Feu De Bois CandleĀ  is almost as good as the real thing.

6. Bellocq tea- the indisputable BEST. My favorite is No.35 (Earl Grey) but I might have to change it up and try this No. 36, Darjeeling 2nd Flush.

 


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First Snow

At some point yesterday afternoon, the horrible 35 degree rain turned into snow and began flurrying down over the city. Typical Bostonian reactions include:

“Uggggghhhhhh… here we go again”

“I’m not ready for this sh*t”

and

“WHYYYY, GOD?!?!????? WHYYYYYYYY???!!!??”

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I don’t know-but maybe people forget we live in NEW ENGLAND- its supposed to snow in November!! And I have to say I was pretty excited about it. I mean, I certainly love those days when its 80 degrees and sunny a lot more, but we choose to live here and there are things to love about every season. Winter, most notably has tea, sweaters, and throw blankets- oh and a few fabulous holidays….and soup…….. AND skiing.

But back to throw blankets. In our apartment we have BASKETS full of cozy throws and yet I still never think I have enough- here are a few I”m eying from around the web.

Cozy Throws

Stay warm out there New England! And for the rest of you- you are missing out!


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Post Holiday ho hum.

So I don’t know what it is about my personality- but I love celebrating holidays. Every one that comes by I tell my boyfriend “_______ is my FAVORITE holiday”. They each bring something special to look forward to and while I definitely subscribe to the “you don’t need a holiday to share your love” mentality- it certainly doesn’t hurt to join in the fun. So it is no surprise that the day after I usually oversleep, feel depressed and tired all day and just want to curl up under a blanket and reflect on how fabulous the day before was.

I don’t mean to brag- but my boyfriend was especially romantic this year planning dinner at Blue Ginger in Wellesley- the fabulous East-meets-West restaurant of Ming Tsai. It was a real treat and completely unexpected- I mean for a week he told me he was deciding between Chilis and 99… turns out he was planning, for over a month, a trip to one of the top restaurants in the country! Not only did we have the most fabulous meal (Foie Gras Shumai or Pear Ginger Sorbet anyone?) but we got to MEET the man himself- who had just jetted in from serving a V-day luncheon to 200 VIPs in Washington including Barack, Hillary, Joe, and the vice President of China (no big deal or anything). The experience was everything I love about holidays- surprises, love and food.

But I digress….

After all of this, it suffices to say that today’s leftover pizza lunch was a real let down. Thankfully I spent some time browsing pinterest images for the best ones to lift my spirits: some beautiful architecture in the snow- I mean, what is better than mixing a clean lined, modern building with a natural, organic setting? OK OK… a holiday.