Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Fashion Group Giveaway

Hello Friends!

Its' time for another fantastic giveaway brought to you by myself in collaboration with an amazing group of beautiful women.

I am beyond excited for fall. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite. What's the best thing about fall fashion? Buying new clothes of course! Boots, sweaters, scarves, jackets.... 

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So I thought, what better way to share my love of Fall than to help one of you our beloved readers fortify your wardrobe with a $450 gift card to the clothier of your choice {provided they offer gift cards}. Sounds like a good plan to me. I hope none of you will object.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Welcome to the future my friends.

I've reviewed other hair products here before and I enjoyed those products just fine. But I've never used anything like R+Co.

R+Co was created by hair legends Howard McLaren, Thom Priano and Garren in collaboration with a team of very talented hairstylists. These geniuses have invented a new line of hair care that is unlike anything ever created before. I'm being 100% serious. I really believe that.

"All of our products are treatment-oriented, with the health of the hair and scalp always top-of-mind. We use unique ingredients and complexes to make sure that each product delivers true benefits.

And everything is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.

R+Co is about an experience. The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do, and the subtle yet sophisticated fragrances—meant for both men and women—are as individual as the members of our collective." - About {read more here}

Two of my favorite products are Tinsel and Aircraft.

Aircraft is a pomade mousse, yep, it's exactly what it sounds like. It's brilliant. It comes out like a mousse and dries like a pomade. It doesn't make your hair sticky or crunchy like mousse does, neither does it make your hair greasy or limp like pomade can. I've been using aircraft for 3 weeks now and I'm basically addicted to it. It even has similar, although obviously different, benefits to dry shampoo. It produces separated look and messy feel while still adding a touch of body.

Which actually reminds me, on of my favorite things about R+Co products is that they truly do exactly what they claim. There are plenty of products that sort of do whatever they advertise, or even do it well enough to get by with out complaints, but these products really live up to their functions. If you need proof you can ask Brandon. He was a little apprehensive about R+Co living up to all the hype but now that he's tested them I've heard him say he's amazed at how well they perform.

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The other product I can't stop using is Tinsel. "A light oil that leaves hair impossibly shiny and frizz-free." {source} If you're hair is anything like mine, it always ends up looking really dull and lifeless after putting product in it. So I've been mixing a squirt of tinsel in my hand with the aircraft and my hair stays shiny all day. It also makes a surprising difference when it comes to taming fly-aways.

Here are the ingredients in tinsel just to give you an idea of how much goodness is going on here::: Argan Oil {grown in Egypt}, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Oil.

In all honesty I've loved every single product from R+Co I've used. Which includes, aircraft, tinsel, one {prep spray}, mannequin {styling paste}, outer space {flexible hairspray}, death valley {dry shampoo}, jackpot {styling cream}, conformist {hair paste} and gemstone {shampoo/conditioner}. If you have colored hair, no matter what color, gemstone is ah-mazing. It literally gives new life to your color.

I won't even get started on how much I love their packaging design.

But my favorite thing of all about R+Co is their fragrances. Designed by one of the world's leading perfumers all R+Co scents are made for both men and women. A few of the scents are Love Bite, Serious Gaze and Relative Paradise. So exotic right? For me, they really complete the experience. I've had several people ask me if I'm wearing a new perfume they smell so good. All the fragrances have a hint of citrus to them so that way when you use multiple products at the same time the scents don't conflict with each other. So yeah, I'll be over here in the corner with my mirror smelling bottles of hair products if you need me.

Visit R+Co ::: Site | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wear::: No Rest For Bridget | Laid Back

What a crazy week this has been! I've essentially given up on sleep. We can sleep when we're dead right? What have you guys been up to?

I've got another round of fabulous pieces from No Rest For Bridget for you. If you didn't make it into one of their stores after my last post, you really must go now. After wearing both this outfit and the one from last week I'm extremely pleased with the versatility and quality of their clothes and accessories. I especially love the detailing on this white blouse!

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Top ... Jeans ... Necklace ... Kimono ... Purse : No Rest For Bridget | Shoes : Unknown Boutique {very old}
Earrings : H&M | V knuckle ring : Fifth & Mae | Drop Ring : Boutique Minimaliste

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Featured Artist::: Aki Inomata

Aki Inomata is a multimedia artist from Tokyo that I just discovered this week. Her work explores different types of relationships between living beings.

The body of work that introduced me to her was a collection of 3D printed shells that she gave to hermit crabs for them to inhabit while they grew. The title of the project is: Why Not Hand Over A "Shelter" To Hermit Crabs?

Beyond the amazing idea there is also an element of human architecture included on the backs of all of these shells. This element is particularly fascinating. In one sense it could be interpreted as a sort of nationalistic claim of ownership, but, the hermit crabs shed their shells as they grow and often younger hermit crabs take up the discarded shells.

The artist writes that she started this project in response to a piece of land in Japan that was given to the French then later given back to the Japanese and then again given to the French.

She has also worked on some other interesting projects that explore how different species live together. Below is a piece titled: I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair.

The artist collected her hair and a dogs hair for several years until she was able to make two garments, one of her hair for the dog and one of the dog's hair for herself.

Check out her website for more fascinating projects that speak to the relationships between people and animals.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Around Town::: Brandon Latham is a Hair Magician

Good Morning Friends!

If you don't follow me on social media, you've been missing out on some pretty epic adventures in the hair styling department. If you do, you've heard me rave and repeat his name over and over. I met Brandon several weeks ago at an event I happened to get invited to at The JSD Group. As soon as I met him I was hooked on him, on the studio, on everything about JSD. Then he started styling my hair and I just went head over heels. Brandon understood my style and personality almost instantly and did things with my hair I couldn't even have dreamt of. Then he cut my hair and guys - I'm not exaggerating - I got teary eyed in the chair because I love it so much. It's the most perfect hair cut I've ever had. I gave him complete freedom to do what he wanted with my hair and he transformed it. His hands are magic.

The cut he gave me was no standard cut that you could point out on a hundred other women. He took time to think about what he wanted to do and designed something specifically for me. It's artwork and Brandon is a master. Not only the cut but the color also. As most of you know I've been dying my hair for years, but this was so much different than anything I've ever had done before. He took my color to a whole new level. Instead of just doing the one color and being done with it, he added in a few highlights. The highlighting isn't dramatic or big thick streaks, it's a subtle addition that adds depth and character. It's pure gold and it's gorgeous.

So what I'm saying is if you want styling done by someone who knows what they're doing, go see Brandon at JSD. But lets get to the real treat! Brandon agreed to do an interview with me so now you get to hear from the man himself!


1. Tell us a little about yourself and where you're from?
   I grew up north of Boston in Chelmsford mass.... I am a shark fanatic!! Love shark week!! Also... I am a huge horror movie fan.... love slasher films.... Friday the 13th... Halloween.... Nightmare on Elm Street.... love it!! Love all kinds of music.... and I'm very close to my family.... I have one brother :)

2. What do you do when you're not creating the most fabulous hair styles to walk the streets of Boston?
   In my free time I enjoy running... time with friends and family.... my puggle Archie...... and downtime watching tv and movies.... dinners out.... coffee and lunch dates.

3. How did you get into hair styling?
   My mom suggested I go to hair school.... because I was somewhat without direction.... knowing I was creative and good with people she made the suggestion and off I went!! Here I am 15 years later working in the best salon in Boston!

4. You've been a hair stylist for 15 years, tell us about your favorite experiences over those years and maybe a little about how the industry has changed since you started?
   I would have to say some of my favorite experiences this far was working in Miami beach.... I cut Mickey Rourke's hair while I was there... that was cool..... working fashion week in Miami.... but overall my favorite experiences are transforming people and making them feel better about themselves...... I would say the industry has made me a more mature person.... having owned a business and working with people for so long.... it has helped me grow intellectually as well..... and I am continuously learning about myself and other people....

5. You also owned your own salons for 7 years. What was that like? Why did you decide to move on from that and join Jeffrey at JSD? Are you glad you made that decision?
   Owning my own salon was bitter sweet. It was the most challenging thing I've ever done. At the same time it helped me "grow up". It matured me and enabled me to learn about about what it takes to run a business... and it's no small task. Towards the end of owning my business I was feeling bogged down and creatively lost. I joined JSD because I missed being part of a team of creative stylists.... I wanted to refocus on my talent and passion for hair.... which I felt was becoming lost in the chaos of my business...... I couldn't be happier with my decision.... it feels like a great fit.... since the short time I've been at JSD I have felt re-energized.... felt like me! Creative and focused.

6. Do you have a favorite style/cut to work with? And on that same note, do you have a "signature detail" you love to add into your work?
   Not sure if I have a favorite style to work on.... I truly enjoy every facet of what I do..... but I do love to foil!!! I guess my signature detail would be paying close attention to detailing my haircuts over and over until they are perfect :) Especially my men's cuts....

7. Who have you studied under and who has been your biggest inspiration?
   To be truthful.... I can't really say I "trained" under anyone.... I've learned mostly from watching other stylists and classes through the years.... that's why I'm so excited to be working with Jeffrey.... to learn and be mentored from such a talent and smart man is so exciting... I am hoping I will be able to work with him and have that mentor relationship I've never really had.... this would be the first time I've had this sort of experience....

8. Who is your current hair crush?
   Not sure who my current hair crush is.... just being honest.... I'd have to give that some more thought!!!
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9. And finally what is your absolute favorite thing about styling hair? What makes you fall in love with it again and again?
   My last client on Friday lost her son to a biking accident 2 years ago... she's not the same... she's broken..... I also see her other son and his wife.... after I did her hair she said she felt alive..... that she needed it so much and hadn't been able to find someone in years to make her hair look so beautiful..... and when I sent a picture of her after her hair was done to Spiros..... he said it was so great to see his mom smile the way she was smiling.... to see the brightness in her eyes.... I did that for her..... thats why I do what I do.... to make people feel special.

Brandon, you are amazingly talented, I feel so privileged to know you and call you a friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Etsy Exposé + Storenvy Select


... 1... Kimberley's Kitchen

... 2... Katie K's Unique Boutique

... 3... Gotta Crave Cakes

... 4... LUNA Patisserie

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Featured Artist(s)::: Megan and Murray McMillan

This week's featured artists are some dear friends and artistic mentors of mine. Megan and Murray McMillan are a collaborative duo working in New England and exhibiting around the world. I worked closely with Megan throughout my MFA program at the Museum School in Boston. 

Luckily, if you are in Boston this weekend, you can see a new free to the public installation at The Lawn on D. The artists have put together a new installation from one of their performance/video works, What We Loved and Forgot.

What We Loved and Forgot: Photograph | 2010 | 93.5” x 40”

Above is an image from the original set for the video which focuses on the ten foot tall lilies that fill their studio! If you are around on Saturday and head down to the lawn you will see a new iteration of the piece that is presented as a sculpture to walk around.

The McMillan's work often involves large sculptural sets that set the stage for highly choreographed performances under the artists direction. They work as directors/designers/fabricators/architects/and stage hands while realizing their elaborate visions.

The McMillan's usually finish their different projects with a final video installation. The piece below is titled When We Didn't Touch The Ground. The first image is a still from the video, the second is a shot of the exhibition which includes the video as a projection.


Check out some excerpts of their work at their website! Source of all the images.


Monday, August 11, 2014

DeCordova 8.13.2013

Here's another post from what is now a series of photos taken last year and never posted. These are from the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Northern Mass. We've been there several times and I can't get over how gorgeous the grounds are. There are SO many sculptures to be discovered in the trees it's amazing. I especially love the child size suits of armor. Armour Boys reminds me so much of playing in the forest when I was a kid. Plus they're quite haunting and mysterious. I love just about anything that falls in those categories.


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Saturday, August 9, 2014