Boston–slightly less frozen fashion

I wasn’t entirely successful at my street fashion photography attempts this weekend. (Meaning I got turned down a lot by people who a) didn’t speak enough english to understand that I wasn’t a creep or b) spoke english perfectly and STILL thought I was a creep.)

Still, I got some good shots. More and more Boston girls are looking like supermodels than makes me entirely comfortable. Being normal height and pudgy doesn’t quite seem to cut it these days–at least not on Newbury St.

Winter tones and aviators

Handbag envy

^ This girl, for example. Brazilian swimsuit model?

Chill hat

Laid-back

^ I decided I need more dudes when I take street photos. This guy was perfect.

Fitted jacket, nice boots

Another handbag envy moment

^ She was wearing a little gold headband with a bow. Killer.

Outside Marc Jacobs

love the stockings

^ tough florals is my favorite look this season. Doing a flouncy little chiffon baby floral-print minidress with black leggings/stockings, shoes, and a tough jacket? Outstanding. Oh and I wanted to give a shout-out to her equally stylish friend who’s photos I managed to lose because I am a terrible person.

That’s it for now. Italy next!!!!

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Boston Frozen Spring Fashion

Took a short jaunt around Harvard Square this past weekend. The weather being psychotic didn’t help much–I think people don’t really know how to dress when it goes from being 70 degrees on Wednesday to snowing on Thursday, so I decided to get some pics of how people are compromising with the weather, fashion-wise.

Layers

One way to do it is tasteful layering. Scarves and caramel-colored leather.

Military Coat

Love a good pea-coat. They work pretty well as transitional outerwear–fall and spring coats. This one has great military detailing.

Knee-Length

I think she was hurrying somewhere from work, so the lack of coat is understandable. Love the pencil skirt and fun color on the top. Work outfits don’t have to be boring!!

Fuzzzzy

The cute fuzziness of this coat is a great contrast to the big roomy cobalt bag (my favorite color).

Mint Julep

Ok, not technically “street” fashion, but Mint Julep is one of my favorite stores in Boston, so it makes sense that their employees know how to dress. Love the ruffles on the plaid winter dress on the right and the peach color of the sweater on the left. Riding boots are always a good winter shoe, and the color of the boots on the right is unusual and works well with the look.

Cobalt blue again!

I like this tough-cute combo look, plus the color palette she’s working with. Bright blue tights and awesome shoes, leather and pigtails. It works.

Pink and Prada

I think she was the most stylish person I saw that day. I love it when older (not old, mind you) women can dress like nobody’s business. What a great color coat for spring, unique and fun top, and of course, great bag. Kudos.

So that’s it for now. Stay tuned, soon, for a street fashion post straight from Italy!! There might be gelato involved, too. At least I *hope* so)

Polyvore is like crack

So my dream is to someday be a fashion stylist, and to start I want to be a personal shopper. So I’ve been putting together outfits on polyvore like MAD, for no real reason except just to prove that I have good taste.

Here’s a sampling:

More on this later….

Good Eats, fewer double chins

So Alton Brown did an episode a few weeks ago on his epic weight-loss (a little too much, in my opinion, every time I see him he looks more and more like the crypt-keeper.) He lost 50 pounds in 9 months (40 would have been enough to avoid the terminal AIDS look). I, however, could afford to lose 50 pounds and MORE without looking Dachau-chic, so I’m going to try the same diet. Here are the specifics–4 lists of foods.

Foods to eat every day:
– Fruits
– Whole Grains
– Leafy Greens
– Nuts
– Carrots
– Green Tea
-BREAKFAST (more about this later)

Foods to eat 3 times a week:
– Oily Fish
– Yogurt
– Broccoli
– Sweet Potato
– Avocado

Foods to eat once a week:
– Red meat
– Pasta
– Dessert
– Alcohol

Foods to never eat:
Fast Food
– Soda
– Processed meals/frozen dinners
– Canned soup
– “Diet” anything

So. Since I don’t drink once a week, that means 2 desserts, right? God I hope so. For breakfast he suggests a smoothie, and the recipe he made looked so fantastic that I just had to try it this morning:

See? Pretty, purple breakfast.

Alton’s Buff Like Me Purple Superfruit Smoothie [modified]:
1/2 cup pomegranite juice
1 frozen banana
1 handful frozen mango slices
1 handful frozen mixed berries
3 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup soy milk.

Blend.
Enjoy.

Now I’m going to have a wilted spinach salad for lunch, a snack of roasted ginger almonds later on, and a couscous and black bean dish for dinner. 50 pounds sounds about right…

Boston’s Independent Movie Theaters

When I was in my sophomore/junior year of high school, I wasn’t exactly partying it up. No Texts From Last Night hijinks for me. Not even on par with those wacky Degrassi canadians with their teen pregnancies and their 100% intense drama. I wasn’t part of the group of kids from my all-girls prep school that drank and let boys stick their boy parts wherever they wanted.

Nope. What I did was go to midnight movies. That was my entertainment. My friends and I would check the movie listings at the Coolidge Corner Movie Theater every week to see if something racy was playing, and then sit in the dark watching Donnie Darko or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and wondering why we weren’t shotgunning beers in someone’s basement.

I loved those midnight movies. It was like belonging to a community of cult-movie fans who all looked a little like Tom Waits and knew all the words to Repo Man. So it’s with a healthy dose of nostalgia that I present to you my top picks for best indie movie house in the Boston area.

5. The Somerville Theater

Would you like a beer with that movie?


All I have to do is mention that this theater serves beer and wine as well as lindt chocolate bars and the usual movie theater crap candy. Sold yet? It also has live shows (I saw The Flaming Lips there when I was 17). Sold now?

4. Kendall Square Theater

If you can find it.....


Kendall is great, except for one thing–it’s in the middle of the bermuda triangle in cambridge. I suppose if you were taking the red line, and got off at Kendall, it might be ok, but driving is a different story. The signs that direct you to the cinema are about 2 microns across, and say “take left here” instead of just having a stupid arrow. DO A THING, Landmark Theaters. On the other hand, there is plenty of parking, and they have a great selection of foreign films, documentaries, restored old classics, and short film collections. Plus this is another theater where you can buy gourmet chocolates and beer. I love you, Boston.

3. The Brattle Theater

Upscale, yes, but it's Cambridge, what do you want?


I will always have a soft spot for the Brattle, ever since the time the theater caught on fire during a showing of Correlli’s Mandolin. So, instead of having to sit through one more second of that absolute Nicholas Cage wankfest, I got 16 free movie tickets, and free popcorn. As well as having hollywood releases and independent films, they also have festivals (a yearly bugs bunny festival, for example,) a yearly Oscar party, and the Harvard Bookstore holds very interesting author lectures there (Jody Picoult is an upcoming speaker). It’s also cozy and slightly upscale, leading to the feeling that you are going to see an opera instead of Shutter Island.

2. The Regent Theater

Slumdog Theataire


This theater deserves to be on this list simply because of it’s utter uniqueness. Located in Arlington (my hometown, by the by), it has live music of all, albeit strange, types (most popular being Journey and Steely Dan tribute bands); festivals of everything from bollywood films to strange animation, comedy shows, Seussical, and singalongs. Yeah. But what they’re most famous for is “The Bombay Cinema” which offers first run movies from India. People flock from miles away because really, either they’re jonesing for movies from home, or they’re Indian movie enthusiasts. Either way, it certainly is unique.

1. Coolidge Corner Movie Theater

Beautiful old school art deco marquis


There’s a reason this one ranks number one on my list–and it’s not only fond memories of my partyless teenage years. Though the ticket prices are slightly cheaper than the big chains, the place is beautifully restored, with gilded, sumptuous theaters. Their midnight movies are almost always themed, cult hits–for the coming weekend it’s Robocop and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In the past they’ve done horror themes (Halloween, The Thing, and The Blob), bizarre comedies (The Big Lebowski, Repo Man, Fear and Loathing), and, of course, Troma in all it’s gory splendor. In addition to regular midnight movies, they also have sing-a-longs (Hedwig and the Angry Inch to name one) and quote-a-longs (Blazing Saddles one of many). How fun does that sound? Sitting around at midnight with a bunch of like-minded freaks, quoting along with Mel Brooks. There are other things to recommend this theater–lectures and classic films and foreign film festivals. Here’s the deciding factor–last month they had Alton Brown there to talk about his new book. Case closed.

Who's up for Old Boy at midnight next month???

Inspiration

…comes from surprising places.

Today it comes from underwater. There are astounding things that exist on this planet.

Octopus?

Glass Fish

Cow Fish

Piglet Squid

Use your brain and make something out of these badass creatures of the deep.

15 illustrators to watch

I don’t profess to be some psychic who can predict what’s next in the often unstable world of art and design. Most of my favorite illustrators enjoy a modest success (which is actually the equivalent of being world famous, in the world of illustration), though one or two attain genuine fame of a sort. Maira Kalman was my childhood hero, for example. So here are 15 illustrators/artists who I have my eye on. Their work is varied and impressive, especially with the millions of derivative illustrators out there. Check them out!

(Jill Bliss)

Jill Bliss

Jill Bliss

(Lu Summers)

Lu Summers, illustration quilt

Lu Summers, illustration quilt #2

(Laura Berger)

Laura Berger

Laura Berger

(Christine Kesler)

Christine Kesler

Christine Kesler

(Christopher Russell)

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

(Kelly Allen)

Kelly Allen

Kelly Allen

(Hannah Stouffer)

Hannah Stouffer

Hannah Stouffer

(Alexander Jansson)

Alexander Jansson

Alexander Jansson

(Isabelle Arsenault)

Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault

(Dana Oldfather)

Dana Oldfather

Dana Oldfather

(Kate Banazi)

Kate Banazi

Kate Banazi

(James Jean)

James Jean

James Jean

(Souther Salazar)

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

(Colin Jenkinson)

Colin Jenkinson

Colin Jenkinson

Etc.
Is that 15? I didn’t even count.
Let’s all pay respect.