Amanda Knorr is founder, editor, and boutique selector here at Spreedia. She writes those words to the left.
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Sisters and founders Megan and Moria of M. Flynn are kicking off the holidays with their brand new Tapered Metal jewelry collection. Comprised of statement necklaces and dangly earrings, the line adds the right amount of dressy to every holiday outfit (from button downs to sweaters and cocktail dresses) and also makes a pretty sweet gift to put under the tree/bush/pillow/younameit.
Each piece is slightly different, with metals like hematite and gold/silver fill, and some with pops of color from semi-precious stones like adventurine, turquoise, and lapis. You know what else is great about this line? It’s symmetrical. And no one can argue with the beauty of symmetry. No one.
I wore this piece on my Boston Holiday shoot last week, and thought it brought just the right amount of added bling to an already-blingy blazer:
And so, because it’s the season for giving and all, the ladies at M. Flynn are giving away the exact hematite necklace I wore!
Here’s How To Enter:
2. Then, we want to hear what you picture the necklace with! Leave a comment below letting us know how you’d rock it.
3. Bonus! For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter, and let us know in your comment below.
Original retail: $125
Dates: This giveaway runs November 23-30. One winner will be selected at random and announced December 1.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Katerina D.!
Last week I participated in a holiday photo shoot featuring five Boston bloggers, self-styled with clothing from local boutiques. I was asked to think “holiday,” which for me just means a dressier version of my daily routine: something feminine, something masculine, and fun little details. I called upon some of my favorite shops: Vira, Flock, M Flynn, and E Scott Originals. ‘Tis the season for smoking jackets and smokey eyes, I think:
Let’s talk about the incredible beauty team we had on hand. Working with these people means working with Boston’s best (they have the plaques to prove it).
Hair: I usually wear my hair up, but that’s mostly because I don’t have the patience, talent, or tools to amplify such a fine, flat coif. Luckily we had the appropriate instruments and attitude that day to make big things happen. Tim Robishaw of Jeffrey Lyle Salon (also the man behind my hair color) proved once again that wavy, luscious, voluminous grass is, in fact, greener.
Makeup: I’m not sure if my dramatic smokey eye was a decision based on style, or based on my need to have Lauren Genatossio of Sarra touch my face for as long as possible. Probably a little of both. But probably more the latter. She’s the hand behind my eyebrows (no waxing, ever) and the voice behind my daily makeup routine. If she’s not touching your head before a big event, you should get that head checked.
As mentioned, I worked with some awesome Boston bloggers on this including Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, Renata of Scorpion Disco, Kristen of Boston Fashionista, and Sean of Boston Mo. We each had a different take, so head over to their blogs for more shots and more details!
Not quite as good as bloopers, but here are some behind-the-scenes shots of the crew for your voyeuristic pleasure:
I’d love to hear about your holiday look! Do you have a favorite wardrobe piece this year, or a go-to hair/makeup style? Oh, and be sure to get your butts back here on Friday (especially if you like that M. Flynn necklace I’m wearing)…
Just in time for gift-giving and merrymaking, five local jewelry designers (Laura Jaklitsch, Lauren Passenti, Sophie Hughes, Jennifer Chin, Chihiro Makio) and one painter (Beth Dacey) have teamed up to open a small shop in Boston’s South End. The pop-up store Artistry is open through Dec. 24, and offers a selection of the artists’ creations with materials ranging from horse hair to urethane and oxidized silver, all at an upscale price point ($100-$1,000). Put your money toward something special and one-of-a-kind this year—Tiffany’s will manage just fine without you.
I may’ve missed the boat on this, but hurricane Sandra Dee just got me thinking about candles. A lot of stores in Boston carry them, but there are a few whose selections definitely stick out. Whether they’re for a party gift, your bathroom, or lighting your way through a power outage because someone forgot to buy batteries for the flashlight, these candles really deliver.
In no particular order:
1. Individual Room Scents at Lekker:
Lekker’s got the home thing down pat. This means they’ve got the “Kitchen Candle,” “Dining Room Candle,” “Living Room Candle,” “Lake House Candle,” “Master Bathroom Candle,” and perhaps the most seasonally appropriate, the “Family Room Candle,” a blend of Cortland and McIntosh apples.
2. Mandles at Sault:
Mandles (man-candles). Not to be confused with mandals (man-sandals). Sault has a fine selection of Beekman candles made from pure beeswax and essential oils. Go for the Autumn candle—it’s rugged and woodsy. The glass and wood packaging can even be recycled into a bud vase once you’re done using it.
3. Tea Scents at Acquire:
A small splurge, but well worth it. Their collection of Aquiesse candles are perfect for burning right before guests come over. Ditch yo’ Febreeze. My favorite is the Mandarin Tea Candle.
4. The Good and the Odd at Aunt Sadie’s:
The queen bee of candles. The scents will smack you in the face the moment you enter the shop. Aunt Sadie’s candles are hand-poured into cans in VT and come in silly scents like Tobacco, Mom, and Bacon, with classics like Tree-In-A-Can, Pumpkin, and Clementine Vanilla.
5. Candles Meet Art at Patch NYC:
Go for their signature scents that are a collaboration with The Soap and Paper Factory. They come in two sizes and 12 scents (my favorite is the Pipe Candle: Vanilla, bourbon, cognac, tobacco and patchouli). These are huge crowd pleasers, and I’ve used them as stocking stuffers. Patch also carries some bear candles that are too cute to burn.
6. Everlasting Flames at Blackstone’s:
Blackstone’s has a set of trick candles that are going to sell out if they haven’t already! From not-that-afar (I’m talking like 4 feet away) they flicker exactly like a real candle, and smell exactly like a real candle (cinnamon, I believe), project a realistic light, but the flame is a big fat phony. They’re genius.
7. Tubs of Wax at Magpie:
Nothing too fancy, but this is where you’ll score the scorpion bowl of candles. Three wicks per candle, maybe four? They’re massive, and could probably last you straight through a week-long power outage.
8. Designer Votives at Louis Boston:
Fancy candles, which means they make great house-warming gifts. They have the French classic Diptyque’s Jasmin Candles in a variety of scents. Also available: a designer candle by Jason Wu, natch.
With the colder months on our heels, flea markets are dropping like flies. It’s time to start thinking about where the heck we’ll discover a bunch of local designers! Thankfully, What’s Nü is-nü-that’s-what to Davis Square. The shop just opened last week, and is located on Holland Street right near Dave’s Fresh Pasta (in the old Suneri space).
Former Suneri employee Lena Gorczyca recently claimed the space with the hopes of showcasing local designers along with her own contemporary line, AlenA. With an emphasis on eco-friendly and American-made, and a de-emphasis on polyester, What’s Nü hits upon clothing, bags, jewelry, and accessories for women (with a growing men’s section).
Ask Lena to take you around the shop, where she’ll go designer by designer. There’s jewelry from recycled t-shirts by TeePearls (Catherine Maldonado of Medford, MA) and neckties with vespa and umbrella prints by Jegman (Jason Eli Glover of Somerville, MA), along with a single locked glass case of “expensive” jewelry. I admit, when Lena said that word (with a genuine, if bashful smile), unlocked the glass case for me, and I saw price tags at $45-$200, it warmed my soul. About 70% of the shop is under $100.
I was particularly drawn to the reclaimed cashmere sweaters (v-neck, crewneck, and cardigan) by Re-Awakened and grabbed one with an embroidered fox on it for myself ($68). I couldn’t help but think my new purchase would go for $268 at Anthropologie. ‘Cause it would.
Note to local independent designers: If you’re interested in having your pieces displayed at What’s Nü, fill out their application form! They’d love to hear from you.
The Oregon-based Will Leather Goods just debuted their new Oaxacan textile line, and Uniform in Boston is now carrying Will Leather Goods, so it’s only right that the two join together, add a little rum, and host an event. Tomorrow head to Tremont St. from 1-6 pm to view an extended collection (wax coated backpacks, travel kits, and flight bags), have a drink, and receive a “token of appreciation” from the makers of Will.