Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Bazaar Bizarre

Looking to find something a little more unique for the holidays? Why not check out the Bazaar Bizarre. This year the Boston Bazaar is going to be held at the Park Plaza castle. How fun is that?

Some of my favorite indie designers will be there, including pequitobun! Undoubtedly there will be numerous other fabulous designers and (if it's anything like last year) plenty of people selling some really weird stuff.

Come by, peruse, and check some local designer flavor!

BBB December 7th 2008 at the Castle

See you there!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Transylvania is not England

"No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be."

Quote lifted from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Most Bewitching Night

"It is the eve of St. George's Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?"

Quote lifted from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Black Nail Polish: Fashion Forward?

What other beauty product can boast a history that includes Chinese royalty and Freddie Mercury? Simultaneously countercultural and aristocratic, black nail polish is making yet another comeback. Check out A Brief History of black nail polish: from ancient Chinese royalty to Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.

Looking to find just the right shade of black?

If you like sparkles, try Dior Vernis - Black Sequins. Coat your nails with a celestial shimmer in black lacquer with silver flecks. This item is limited-edition so get it while it lasts.

Swing by a Sephora store or browse the website.



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McCain Vs. Obama Dance-Off

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The NEW MacBook

So pretty, so shiny, so soon to be mine!

And for a mere $1,599.00, it could be yours as well...

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween Bash!

A Halloween Party at A Fanciful Twist...where anything goes...won't you join in the fun?

I'll be bringing sweet treats to share:

Chocolate skulls from Vosges.

Fig pumpkins and Halloween bugs from John and Kira's.

S'mores bites and candied orange peel from Recchiuti.
See you there!


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Friday, October 10, 2008

Fab 5

Yah! This week I am guest editor for Fab 5 Friday on Rare Bird Finds.

Check it out here and see what 5 items I've picked out!



Thursday, October 9, 2008

Dreamy Dessert

Check out Dreamy Dessert's Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

So deliciously yummy looking! I might have to try a hand at this recipe!


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Bacon diet

One of my friends is going on a diet this week: no fried chicken and no bacon.

Imagine a world without bacon.

I know a certain vegetarian who doesn't miss any sort of meat product, EXCEPT bacon. Bacon should really have it's own food group. Oddly enough, bacon is making a huge showing as a dessert ingredient. Weird, yes, but there is something about the salty sugar combination that could be appealing. Take for example Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar - premium chocolate with a smokey, salty flavor. It might not be worth the $7 price tag, but it's not half bad. Along the same lines, Maple-Bacon Lollipops by Lollyphile, and make-your-own bacon toffee or bacon cookies provide similar sweet and salty fixes. I'm not sure I could handle the cookies (I prefer my chococolate chip cookies in their purest form), but toffee might be ok.

Bacon desserts: brilliant or bizarre?


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10 year reunions

With the coming Fall weather, the only thing more frightening than frizzy hair, might be the fact that my 10 year high school reunion has arrived.

Now this just makes me feel old.

Back in high school I skipped every football game and school dance. Admittedly, I did attend the junior prom in a rare show of solidarity. I still have the dress I wore, and (amazingly enough) it still fits. Thank you high metabolism. I don't really keep in touch with anyone from high school, and in fact, the only reason I know anything about my high school class is because of facebook.

Our 10 year reunion is actually being held downtown, so really I have no excuse not to attend. If the flashbacks become too painful I can always grab my two free drinks and just go home. I wonder if it will be like Grosse Pointe Blank or Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion - because those movies ROCKED.

If only John Cusack could be there.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

All that glitters...

Ever since I was little I've been obsessed with sparkly things. As the euphoria of Elmer's glue and glitter faded, it was rapidly replaced with a tendency towards sparkly eye shadows. Imagine my excitement when Bare Escentuals came out with the limited edition Extreme Glimmers line. I saw it first on the Sephora website and went to check it out in person. Were these amazing flakes of color really as shimmery as they look online?


And then some. With each swipe of the teeny brush that comes with the kit, one gains an increasingly metallic shimmer that is truly unparalleled. Surprisingly the large sparkly flakes do not irritate the eyes and are thin and delicate enough to lay on with the same smooth application of the other Bare Escentuals eye shadows. These would be perfect for a glam version of an 80's prom queen Halloween costume or for the upcoming holidays.


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Monday, October 6, 2008


Yesterday afternoon I stopped in at Sabon with the full intention of trying out their free scrub and walking out of the shop unscathed. Unfortunately for me, I tried the new creamy scrub in carrot. The little ground peach kernels and crushed olive seeds were gentle on my hands, and the deliciously mild, yet beautifully fragranced 'carrot' scent was impossible to resist. I bought a container. I also bought a container of the 'carrot' scented lotion yum...

And I wasn't done yet. The deliciously minty Face Polisher seemed perfect for my poor, dry skin. It's getting to be Fall, after all, and a girl really needs to keep her skin well scrubbed and moisturized!

Who knew how easy it would be to blow a hundred bucks in only 10 minutes?

Sabon. C'est bon.


129 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-1931

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Crema Cafe

Hooray for independent coffee shops!

Crema Cafe in Harvard Square has only been around for a couple of months, but already it's a Harvard Square Institution. While Tealuxe still fulfills that tea craving while on the run, for some great chai tea, fresh ginger or blackberry flavored lemonade and the most fantastic-homemade-english-muffins-known-to-man, stop by Crema for a light breakfast, relaxing brunch or even lunch! Cute, frosted cupcakes, homemade pastries (try the almond croissant!) and cookies are on display. The soups are delicious, and although I haven't had a chance to try the pressed sandwiches (served on Iggy's bread) I've heard only good things!

Say Crema owners, Marley & Liza:
A "third place" is somewhere that many of us naturally seek out- a place between home and work where we can feel relaxed and comfortable, yet also connected to our community and the outside world. Crema Cafe is our definition of that third place.

At Crema you can meet, chat, sip, read, write, watch, think, taste and enjoy in an atmosphere that you simultaneously create and absorb. Our goal is for Crema to be a familiar, warm nook in the world where you can enjoy some of the best things in life – a delicious cup of coffee or tea, homemade baked goods straight from the oven, and yummy fresh food in a environment with both stimulating conversation and calm quiet.

Don't turn up to this place if you are in a hurry - there is often a line and unless it is early on a Saturday morning, there might be a longish wait for your toasted homemade english muffin.

Read more about Crema in Chowhound



Crema Cafe
27 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-2700