This week’s Instagram fashion star is adorable style blogger and merchandising intern Katherine Tabinowski. The 23-year-old Delaware native is new to Massachusetts, but isn’t new to searching out vintage fashion at secondhand stores. She’s still trying to find her way around Boston, but has no problem finding a good food truck or cat videos on YouTube. Think of her as Hingham’s answer to Zooey Deschanel. Time to find out what this new girl has to say for herself — and her pesky shopping addiction.
Q. Delaware is a small state famous for blue crabs. I just read that on the Internet. But it’s also famous for Sugar Ray Leonard and Valerie Bertinelli. Which one of those Delawareans do you most identify with?
A. Valerie Bertinelli. Who didn’t love “Touched By an Angel”?
Q. There are a few spring trends that upset me so much that they’re giving me hives. Do you have any Spring/Summer 2013 trends that you wish would go back to New York and stay there?
A. Overalls! They need to go back to the 1990s where they belong.
Q. Did you once have a bad experience with overalls, or do you simply have an aversion to farm life?
A. I don’t hate farm life, but I’m definitely not a country girl. Seeing models and street style stars trying to wear overalls in the city just seems so out of place and confuses me.
Q. If you had an opportunity to pick anyone you like to contribute to your blog, aside from me, who would it be?
A. This is a tough one, but I think it would have to be the Man Repeller . She has such a unique voice and she never takes herself too seriously, which is really refreshing for the fashion industry.
Q. Best find ever at a thrift store? And any good thrift horror stories you can share in a family newspaper?
A. In college I worked at a boutique that sold new and vintage clothing. One day my boss came back from an estate sale with a pair of vintage tennis shorts from the 1960s and they stayed on the rack for about five minutes before I snatched them up for only $14. I feel pretty lucky that I haven’t had any horror stories from thrift shopping, except that I hate finding old tissues or handkerchiefs in the pockets of pants and bags. Not cool.
Q. You describe yourself as a crazy cat lady. How many cats do you have, and, more importantly, what are their names?
A. I have two pretty kitties named Muffin (full name Princess Muffy) and Coco. I’m ashamed to say that I don’t have very many cat accessories but I do wear a lot of leopard print.
Q. Is there a place in Boston where you love to shop?
A. One of my favorite new discoveries is No Rest for Bridget on Newbury Street. I’m also a huge fan of the SoWa Open Market. I’m trying to go as many Sundays as I can this year.
Want to be featured as our Instagram fashion star? Hashtag your photo #BostonSnap on Instagram and we’ll find you. Christopher Muther can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Instagram at ChrisinBos or on Twitter @Chris_Muther.
So maybe it's a bit much to get worked up over: but some media outlets are in a bit of a huff because the comments on a LiveJournal fashion blog are declaring internationally acclaimed super model Karlie Kloss's short 'do is not sexy.
The Victoria's Secret commercial features the newly winged Angel sporting her signature Karlie crop that has been deemed by some insiders as the new "Rachel" -- as in Jennifer Aniston's famous layered 'do from her "Friends" day -- alongside Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, and Lais Ribeiro. Hair gets whipped around, models exit sports cars wearing nothing more than their bras and panties, the sun is shining -- you get the drill.
In the post titled "One of these things is not like the others" that started the thread, one commenter notes that Kloss's cut makes her stick "out like a sore thumb next to these more bombshell types" who happen to all have longer hair.
Is it really that big of a deal?
While we're still debating whether an above-the-shoulder bob is as fashion-forward a move as sporting tailored and piped pajamas in the daylight, we never for once stopped to think that the cut would crop Kloss's sexiness factor.
Back to the comments (as a reality check, please let us note: there are 31), Glamour says they cite a Style.com article that also negates the concept of "bob" preceding "bombshell" in relation to Karlie, but we can't seem to find it. However, it does seem like a legitimate point that folks other than the anonymous posters on the Interwebs are skeptical of the potential for cropped hair and bra pushers.
What do you think? Do you think Kloss is still as "sexy" as she was before she cut her locks? (For your reference.) Do you think she's "sexy" enough to be a Victoria's Secret Angel even though she has short hair? Do you think this entire argument is ridiculous? Weigh in here.
If you happen to step into an elevator at Copley Place and see a woman snapping pictures of herself, it is likely to be this week’s Instagram style star Maira Perez Let’s hope she’s the only one engaging in this activity. I’d hate to see the ensuing kerfuffle if an army of fashion-obsessed mall employees tried to stuff themselves into an elevator and battled for mirror time as they rushed to work. The melee would sound something like: “I’m taking a selfie!” “No, out of the way! I’m taking a selfie.”
Back to Perez. We had some questions for the 24-year-old Cantabrigian who works at Barneys New York and has a fondness for red lipstick and Channing Tatum
Q. I’m fascinated by your steady stream of elevator pictures. How regularly do you photograph your outfit and, more importantly, has anyone ever caught you in the process of taking a picture of yourself?
A. Typically, I like to upload an elevator pic at least once a week. It started off an inside joke with a friend, and now it’s become something my Instagram friends really enjoy. I’ve never been caught by anyone taking pictures of myself. I make sure I do it before anyone else comes in for the day to avoid awkward situations in the elevator. I do have guest elevator appearances if you make the cut.
Q. Guest appearances, eh? What do I need to do to qualify and show up in one of your elevator shots?
A. You just have to love fashion and your outfit for that day. Wear your bolds and brights for spring.
Q. I may be very wrong about this, but I get the sense that you recently traded all of your neons and pastels for black, gray, and white. Are you maturing in the way that you dress, or did you give up color for Lent?
A. Ironically for Lent I gave up eating meat. It was both a dark and terrible time for me as reflected in my elevator pics of my last 40 days. I love color, the brighter the better. For the spring and summer I can’t wait to bring out all my brights and prints.
Q. You’re not shy about makeup. Do you ever leave the house without your makeup, or are you one of those gals who can’t live without her lipstick?
A. I never leave the house without lipstick. Like Gwyneth Paltrow said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kickass red lipstick.” It’s the simplest way to brighten up your look instantly.
Q. Store where you are most often seen?
A. I work in a mall, so it’s very easy to get into retail trouble daily. I can be seen regularly in J.Crew and Urban Outfitters. If there’s a bargain to be had, I’m there.
Q. Store where you wish you were most often seen?
A. Hermes. My dream luxury purchase would be an Hermes watch. Nobody needs a $2,000 watch, but a girl can dream.
Q. If you found yourself washed up on a desert island with Channing Tatum, what would you be wearing?
A. Oh, the holy amazingness that is Channing. I’d have to go with . . . a nice two piece bathing suit.
A crop of new retailers are due to freshen up the Newbury Street neighborhood within the next few weeks. Year-around festival fashion fans and the “Spring Breakers” generation can rejoice with the recent openings of West Coast-bred boutique, No Rest for Bridget, and streetwear suitable for field frolicking brand, Brandy Melville.
Also confirmed: Affordable eyewear with a cult following, Warby Parker, is getting one of its first brick and mortar homes while longtime luxe costume jeweler, Alexis Bittar, will finally set up shop, in the near and far future, respectively.
Until then, here are four new storefronts that are opening this season that are due to step up Newbury’s shopping game.FULL ENTRY
"I'm contracted to this hair color... I can't change it for two years. I wanted to go green, but was told I wouldn't be able to work anymore."
Osbourne originally opted to go purple three years ago and said her network bosses loved it so much that they had her sign a contract to keep it.
OK, Kelly. But what color is it?
"My hair is a mix of gray, blue [and] lavender," Osbourne told fans at the FABB Conference. "It's hard to get this color; you have to have blond hair to get the right shade."
Right. We've seen Osbourne's hair morph over the past few seasons, from lilac-tinged ash gray to clear vibrant violet, so we want to know what that contract really says.
Hair must remain dyed within the 380-450 nanometer range for the next five years?
Regardless, Osbourne lives up to her look.
"In England, I'm called queen of the granny girls and I love it."
You might be on your own there, Kelly.
[Above image, from left: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
In case you couldn't tell, we can barely get a hold of our excitement for Baz Luhrmann's
upcoming adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." The film's soundtrack, featuring everyone from Jay-Z (who also penned the score for the movie) to Jack White to Florence and the Machine, was revealed yesterday with a new extended trailer which has us bubbling over with fashion inspiration. "Gatsby" comes to theaters May 10 and the soundtrack drops May 7. Until then, here are our 11 favorite fashion moments so far:
1. Because only Jay Gatsby can pull off a pink pinstripe suit.
2. Daisy's absolutely jaw-dropping rhinestone-encrusted dress and headpiece.
3. Another one for Daisy: Lavender lace with petal embellishments.
4. Jay tossing his shirts over the balcony of his closet is completely classic.
5. Daisy's major fox stole.
6. Fine jewels created exclusively for the film by Tiffany & Co. finally get to shine.
7. Lavender. Lace. Finger-less. Gloves.
8. This is what I wear when my boyfriend tries to teach me how to play golf, too.
9. And this is what he wears.
10. We know Tom is evil, but his riding boots are kind of fabulous.
11. But in the end, these people remain the best dressed characters in the film.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (or as we stubbornly still call her, Kate Middleton) has applied to the Intellectual Property Office for a trademark on her, her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry's names. A representative from St. James Palace confirmed the details following The Telegraph's initial report on the trademark, leading to speculation that the registration was a potential sign of a Kate Middleton fashion line.
Not so fast.
The Palace confirmed to the Telegraph that the trademark will cover the production of "clothing, footwear and headgear," but notes its primary function will be to support the charitable efforts of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
"Since the name change of the foundation last year, we have been registering our new name and logo in different territories around the world... As part of that process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally. We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runners, etc."
After practically tanking engagement dress designer Issa due to overwhelming demand, we have no doubt any line aligned with Kate the great would be a total success.
Meanwhile, the Duchess and her ever-growing baby bump are touring Glasgow in a tailored plaid coat by Moloh.
Would you wear a Kate Middleton clothing line? Are you made that our headline deceived you? Comment here.
Some of you may forget, but much of my writing still runs in print. Because of the pesky limitations of paper and ink, there are parts of my stories that wind up on the cutting room floor. This is exactly what happened when I wrote a story about the best cocktails to serve when "Mad Men" makes its return. The show resumes in 1968, when cocktail culture was going through a massive shift.
Because of limited space, only a few recipes ran in the newspaper. But through the magic of the interwebs, I'm able to give you additional recipes. Cocktail shakers ready, set, go!
Here are recipes from my favorite local mixologist, Brother Cleve
BLACK BULL (also known a bit later as the Brave Bull)
1.5 oz Tequila (at the time, this would be a gold tequila, in Mexico known as Mixto --neutral grain spirit with some agave spirit contained within)
.75 oz Creme de Cacao
Blend with ice and serve in a rocks glass
1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Galliano
3 oz Orange Juice
Fill a tall glass with ice and add vodka and fresh squeezed orange juice. Stir. Float .5 oz of Galliano on the top.
To make this drink as the FREDDIE FUDPUCKER, substitute Blanco/silver tequila for the vodka.
1 oz Galliano
1 oz white Creme de Cacao
1 oz Heavy Cream
Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
1.5 oz blanco (aka Plata) tequila
3 oz Orange juice
.5 oz Grenadine
Pour tequila and orange juice over ice in a tall glass. Pour grenadine (pomegranite syrup) over the back on a spoon into the glass. Do not stir, as the grenadine will sink to the bottom and then rise slowly. For best results use real pomegranite grenadine syrup)
"Another sweet spirit that got heavily marketed at this time was Amaretto Di Sarona, a liqueur made from infusing neutral grain spirit with apricot pits, which somehow gives it the flavor of almonds. In fact, many people believe it is an almond liqueur. It is not. ( for the record, Creme de Noyeaux is! As is Amandine Liqueur from South Boston's Grand Ten Distilling). This drink is making a comeback today, being served up by top bartenders like Jeffrey Morganthaler (Portland, OR), Jackson Cannon and Josh Chids. Here's my spin on Jeffrey's mix"
1.5 oz Amaretto (DiSaronno or Lazzaroni)
.75 oz cask- strength bourbon (0ver 120 proof, such as Bookers, Willett or Knob Creek reserve)
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz fresh orange juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 egg white
Dry shake all (w/o ice) then add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass
More you say? You're a thirsty bunch today, aren't you? Here's a few from Adam Lantheaume, owner of the Boston Shaker. Oh, and a little reading music.
2.5 oz. Aged Rum (Quality matters here, get something nice that's aged around a dozen years)
3/4 oz. fresh squeeze lime juice (Please not bottled. Get a juicer, get a lime, juice it by hand. It will make you happy)
1.5 oz. 2:1 simple syrup. (read below on syrups)
Pour ingredients into a shaker. Add plenty of ice. Shake with gusto... you really want to knock this guy around. Double strain into a cocktail coupe. If you don't know how to double strain, or what a coupe is swing by the shop and we'll show you. On the other hand, just strain into a cocktail/martini glass and you'll be fine.
Simple Syrup comes in a few styles. Traditionally it's 1:1 or one part water to one part sugar. This recipe does really well with 2:1 or even better with Demerara or Turbinado simple. The richness really sets off against the rum. Plus then you have a delicious syrup for Old Fashions.
VSOP Cognac (Don't break the bank, but get something of decent quality - it's the base of the whole drink)
Cointreau (You can use another type of orange liqueur, but Cointreau is my go-to. That being said, if you don't have any, please still make the drink with another orange liqueur).
Fresh Lemon Juice (same as the Daiquiri. No bottles. Get Lemons and get a squeezer and juice it.)
Holy wars have broken out about the proportions on this one. Get quality ingredients and the rest will likely fall into place. The most common are 3:2:1, 2:1:1 or 1:1:1. So a 3:2:1 would be 1.5 oz Cognac, 1 oz. Cointreau and .5 oz. Lemon Juice (and be boozy and delicious). 1:1:1 would be more tart. Get it?
Add ingredients to a shaker. Add ice. Shake like the dickens. Strain into cocktail glass.
You can go sugar rim on this if you want to be traditional, but likely it's going to end up a sticky mess and if you find a proportion you like you won't need it.
SCOTCH AND SODA
1.5 - 2 oz. Blended Scotch.
3 - 4 oz. Club Soda
Twist of lemon peel
Fill a hi-ball glass with ice. Pour in Blended Scotch. Stir with bar spoon if you have one or your finger if you don't. Carefully, use a vegitable peeler or paring knife to cut a swath of peel off the lemon, trying to get a little pith as possible. Squeeze twist of lemon over drink and rub the yellow side of the peel around the lip of the glass. Drop peel in with attitude.
EXTRA DRY MARTINI
DISCLAIMER: "I'm of the belief that a Martini has gin, vermouth and orange bitters. That being said, I'm also of the belief that you should drink what you like and have no problems with anyone ordering an Extra Dry Martini. Sometimes a glass of chilled gin is exactly what you need.
"So we're talking Mad Men here and therefore we should put a Martini in this list. In the late 1960s cocktails were starting to use less vermouth and the drier you could order your drink the better it sounded. (It isn't.)"
2.5 oz London Dry Gin
.5 oz Dry Vermouth. (Vermouth should be kept in the fridge and goes bad in two to four weeks depending on who you ask. If you've had yours for over a month, buy a new one.)
Garnish - pick one: A Lemon Twist for tradition, olives for a meal, an onion for a Gibson
Take the vermouth and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Turn the glass, tilted on its side, to coat the entire inside of the glass. Discard the excess vermouth into the sink or your mouth, whichever is more convenient. Add gin to your mixing glass, then add ice. Stir with a bar spoon until the gin is cold and the ice has melted a bit. About 20-30 seconds. Strain gin into the coated cocktail glass. Garnish as desired.
What are the "Mad Men" cast members drinking when they're off-set? Which season had the best fashion? Check out the video below:
For this week’s Instagram fashion spotlight, we snagged a wild one. Alyssa Noches is a 25-year-old photographer from East Boston who is also art director of No Thoughts magazine, a quarterly photobook. She’s a fan of high fashion, heavy metal, and, of course, cats. A look at her Instagram album reveals a platinum bombshell who isn’t shy about showing off her midriff and shoulder tattoos. Let’s meet her, shall we?
Q. How did you arrive at fashion photography?
A. I’ve been a photographer since I was very young. I started with black and white film, just portraits and such. I really fell into fashion photography doing shoots for designer friends, model friends, and people I know who ran stores back in Oregon, where I’m from. I have an insane personal dedication to fashion and I feel lucky that I even get to photograph it at all.
Q. Do any of the things that you photograph influence what ends up in your closet?
A. It depends. I have a really definite sense of my own style, so if what I’m shooting is something I’d never wear in a million years, I stay away. I know from experience it will languish in my closet. If I am shooting something that is closer to my own style I might give the look a try.
Q. Which has a bigger influence on your work: photography or fashion?
A. I think both have equal impact. Fashion is art, and I’m just as influenced by designers as I am by any legendary photographers.
Q. Heavy metal and high fashion don’t always make comfortable bedfellows. What parts of metal culture have you incorporated into your personal style?
A. I have always been into extreme music. I grew up on classic rock as a teenager. That grew into an appreciation of metal, grunge, and goth. I feel like most people are surprised because they don’t expect someone who wears [Alexander] McQueen cq on a regular basis to be listening to Slayer cq, but that’s who I am. As far as incorporating it into my look, I am almost always wearing black. I love studs, rips, draping, anything edgy and maybe a little weird.
Q. You appear to be a recent blond. Were you ready to have more fun, or did you feel that you had a platinum blond e trapped inside of you trying to escape?
A. I actually was born blond and started dying my hair different colors when I was about 16. I recently went back to blond because it was my favorite hair color. Blondes really do have more fun. Josh [Truax] at the Mario Russo at Louis Boston worked wonders on it.
Q. When you’re on a shoot, do you think more about style or comfort when you’re getting dressed?
A. Comfort. During a shoot I reserve the drapey silk numbers for night, and instead usually opt for AG legging jeans, a band T-shirt, ballet flats, and a cardigan.
Q. Designer of choice at the moment?
A. My favorite designer is always going to be Ann Demeulemeester. She is truly my fashion soulmate. I really love what Sarah Burton is doing at McQueen, carrying on his great theatrical legacy. I also worship Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries van Noten, Rei Kawakubo, and Jil Sander.
Q. You have a lot of cat photos in your Instagram album. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re a crazy cat lady in training?
A. Oh goodness, I think I’m already a crazy cat lady. My cat, Hua Mu, is the most photogenic cat I’ve ever encountered, so that only makes matters worse.
Want to be spotlighted in our Instagram fashion series? Hashtag your photos #BostonSnap. You can follow Christopher Muther on Instagram at Chrisinbos.
An aspiring entertainer needs to be noticed, so it’s no wonder that this week’s local Instagram fashion star is a budding actress who loves playing dress-up by layering like nobody’s business and showing her range in ensembles that are suitable for a late-morning breakfast at Tiffany or an evening stomping along city sidewalks in combat boots.
Thamara Jean-Simon, a 25-year-old from Cambridge (handle here) says she finds her inspiration in travel and also the everyday sport of people watching. Time to shine a spotlight on Jean-Simon’s wide-ranging style and find out more about the woman behind all those scarves and wrist adornments.
Want to participate? Yes, I can see that you do. Tag your Instagram pics #BostonSnap
Q. Your style is inspired by travel, so tell me your favorite place for finding fashion?
A. My most memorable travel is always to New York. Every time I go I love it more. I truly feel that New Yorkers are some of the best-dressed people. There are so many different types of people with such inspiring looks. I love the street style. They are not afraid to try new styles and let their outfits do the talking.
Q. You clearly enjoy layering in multiples. What's the appeal of the all the watches, bracelets, and fur? More is more for you?
A. Layering is a great way to jazz up an outfit and stay warm. It’s like a beautiful ocean wave or a painting. You get to play with different textures and colors. As for accessories and fur jackets, you could say I’m obsessed. My love of fur started at a young age. I remember watching “Coming to America,” and seeing all that fur and jewelry. Fur to me is luxury. It’s almost royal. I only wear faux fur. I love the look of stacked bracelets watches and jewelry. You can put on plain jean and T-shirt but when you add your arm swag a fedora, and maybe a scarf. It takes your outfit to the next level. I just have fun with it.
Q. You mentioned that you adore Audrey Hepburn. Pop quiz: Name three actresses you love and what you love about their style.
A. First Eva Mendes. She is classy and girly. When she hits a red carpet you know you’re getting effortless chic, class, and just enough sexiness. She really gives that old Hollywood glamour. Blake Lively is another one of my favorites. Her style is fun and modern. She knows what looks good on her and I don't think she is afraid of trying something new. He’s a male actor, but also Johnny Depp. His style is so grungy and laid back. I love how he just doesn't care. He always gets his accessories right. He is not trying to emulate anyone else.
Q. If your clothes reflect your mood, what's your bad day outfit, and what's your good day outfit?
A. My good day outfit would be nude leggings with a skater skirt, a silk or sheer colorful blouse, and nude pumps. I love to feel very girly. A laid back day or bad day would be an oversized T-shirt and a pair of Jordans.
Q. Fill in the blanks: In a perfect world, you would be appearing in __________ and you'd be wearing ___________.
A. I would be appearing in “Sex and the City,” wearing a beautiful Valentino gown and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
In what I suspect will be the first of many journeys into the world of sneakerheads, I give you 25-year-old Zak Nolen. With 120 pairs of first-rate collectible sneakers in his closet, he admits that he is powerless over his sneaker addiction. The Cambridge resident works at Capital Grille, and when he's not working, he's obsessing over his Air Jordans.
Want to be a part of our Instagram fashion series? Of course you do. Just hash tag your Instagram pic #BostonSnap and we'll track you down.
Q. Do you recall how you became sneaker obsessed?
A. I started collecting when I was 20. Always being a huge fan of Jordan himself, the sneaker collecting kind of came naturally.
Q. What was the first important pair of sneakers that you purchased?
A. My first meaningful pair was the Jordan 11 "Space Jam" that were made notorious by Jordan wearing them in the movie and are also some of the most sought after out there.
Q. What's the longest you've ever waited in line to buy a pair of sneakers?
To be honest, I've always told myself I would never wait in line for a pair of sneakers. So I networked with people in the business and became friendly enough to have sneakers reserved so I wouldn't have to deal with the lines and the waiting, which is a huge plus.
Q. Do you have pairs that you can't bring yourself to wear, that just sit boxed on the shelf?
A. I have about a dozen dead stock (never been worn) pairs of sneakers at the moment which is actually not that many for what I usually have. Weather determines everything with my sneakers. Usually exclusives only make it out in the summer time.
Q. The most you've ever spent on a sneaker?
A. I spent $350 on a pair of Concord Jordan 11s because I had the opportunity to get them six months before they were set to release. I couldn't say no knowing how crazy that release was going to be.
Q. Do your friends ever tell you that you should seek help for your addiction?
A. I hear that I have problems and that I'm crazy on a daily basis from my friends who aren't sneakerheads.
Q. The sneaker that away?
A. The kicks that got away were the '88 white cement Jordan 3s. So classic.
AMC's smash drama "Mad Men" returns April 7 for its sixth season, and in honor of the show's upcoming premiere, we're chatting with its costume designer, Janie Bryant. Wonder where Bryant gets her inspiration for the characters snazzy looks? Get your questions ready for Bryant, and find out. She chats Friday at noon.
Michelle Obama snagged her second Vogue cover, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by fashion director Tonne Goodman, this April. FLOTUS wore a blue Reed Krakoff dress (reportedly from her own closet) for the cover and a Michael Kors sweater and ball skirt for interior shots. Michelle was interviewed by magazine contributor Jonathan Van Meter with her husband, President Barack Obama, for the accompanying profile, in which we find out all sorts of details about the White House power couple, including:
-- Barack's "bachelor" pad during his run for Senate: "'It did end up catching on fire,' says the president sheepishly."
-- Their potential weekend plans: "'Saturday night!' says the First Lady. 'The kids are out with their friends. Let’s go party!' 'The Obamas are out in the club again?' says the president, laughing."
-- And, of course, Michelle's influence on Barack's style: "'Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song,' says the president. ''Let me upgrade ya!' She upgraded me.'"
What do you think of Michelle Obama's Vogue cover?
[Image via AP Photo/Vogue, Annie Leibovitz]
This weekend we will reveal the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians list for 2013. Five of the picks (including Flock owner Dani McDonald, who graces the cover) were unveiled on BostonGlobe.com today and the full list will be available in the Sunday Globe Magazine, Boston.com, and BostonGlobe.com on the 10th.
Every year, the team behind the Style Magazine pinpoint 25 Bostonians who not only look good on a day-to-day basis, but have shaped the world of style and fashion in the city.
But we want to to know: Who you think should make the list for 2014?
Christopher Muther explains how we've picked the list in the past:
Now, we want to know who you think always looks great, who is bringing a fresh take on fashion and style to the city, and who has contributed to beautifying Boston in his/her own special or unique way.
Tell us here.
And here are two Stylish Bostonians who made the list this year... see if you can guess who they are...FULL ENTRY
New York native designer Jonathan Simkhai will be in the Hub this weekend to preview his fall 2013 collection at Louis Boston. The CFDA Fashion Incubator participant will be on location to chat with attendees and walk through his samples Saturday, from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. The night before, Simkhai will send his line down the runway at the W Hotel.
Oh, and did we mention? He's a looker.
Top image via Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images
Make Up For Ever is sending their team to Boston on March 23 and 24 as part of their Makeup Bag Remix event tour. Their pros will sift through the goods you already own (whether they're MUFE brand or not) and teach proper application techniques and answer any burning beauty questions by appointment.
I sent a photo of my daily products to MUFE artist, Jenn, who analyzed my stash and some of the things I struggle with in my routine via e-mail before the bus comes to down.
This is a tally of what I've been doing right and what she was able to teach me:
Me: I have no idea how to apply bronzer. It's my secret shame. I know how to contour so I'll just use a bit in the hollows of my cheek but I have no idea how to create a nice sunny look.
Jenn: Don’t worry, bronzer is usually more sheer than blush so you can be okay with a simple tip. Think of bronzer like the sun-- it hits you stronger in certain spots, like the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheekbones, and the chest. If you stick to these areas, it will be believable. If your foundation is too light, you can also use bronzer lightly allover like a sheer finishing powder with a big soft brush. Bronzer can work for contour but if the contour is the same color as your sunny effect, it won’t look like contour.
Me: 0 Pro: 1
Me: I use way too many products for a daytime eye. I wear a winged eye every day using a liquid pen, I highlight using two different products, I use a peach Make Up For Ever liner on waterline, light black along lashline, and a Clarins "light creating" cream pen along my brow bone, and I wear a ton of mascara and use a MAC lash curler. Only waterproof mascara keeps my curl. It's a process and I have it down to a science so it only take 2-3 minutes top, but I'd love a more simplified routine with less products.
Jenn: You are doing a sculpted natural eye. You don’t seem to be using too many products and I could really visualize the look with what you have. I think if you like this eye look stick with what you are doing. It works! Find somewhere else to shave the time off. You could substitute your foundation and concealer on lids and under brow bone and set the creases with a light touch of your bronzer or a sculpting kit. Great job on using the waterproof mascara for holding curl. Most women don’t, but it is really the only thing that holds curl a la "hairspray" for the lashes.
Me: 1 Pro: 1
Me: I just started using a diffusion powder from Hourglass. I have no idea how to use it. I just put it on my nose and over my cheekbones. I have no idea if it does anything, but I find it helps with oil absorption but I'd like to know if I'm using it correctly.
Jenn: I’m not familiar with this particular product, but by the sound of it, it is for finishing and blurring lines and pores. HD powder at Make Up For Ever is the same concept. The difference between finishing and setting powders is that finishing powders have zero or very little pigment so they are more light and airy because of less fillers. These do sometimes control oil but mainly are there for surface smoothness. It shouldn't be noticeable just seen as flawless, unless it has some small sparkle in it.
Me: 1 Pro: 2FULL ENTRY
In the throng of Instagram humanity, it’s difficult to miss David Maes. Or more specifically, to miss his hair. The 24-year-old visual merchandiser, who lives in Harvard Square, has a fade that rivals only Kid’s from ’80 hip-hop duo, Kid ’n Play. In Maes’s Instagram album , he’s sporting Chanel brooches, holding Lana Del Rey albums, and snapping pics of his Louis Vuitton sneakers.
We couldn’t resist reaching out to Maes, who says he feels “like an old soul trapped in a youthful body. A really tight, trim youthful body.” What to participate? Add the hashtag #BostonSnap to your Instagram pics.
Q. The hair. You must explain.
A. Everybody needs an identifier. The high-top fade mixed with big beauty queen height is mine. It developed over time and started when I gave myself a mohawk after seeing “Taxi Driver for the first time. Who knew Robert De Niro could be such a fashionable inspiration?
Q. The brooches. The necklaces. Do accessories make the man, or does the man make the accessories?
A. I’m a firm believer in finding accessories that work for you. All you need is a few good pieces that show your aesthetic and can work with everyday outfits. Patricia Field was fond of this when dressing Carrie Bradshaw. She’d have one great piece she would wear throughout an episode with different looks. You should feel comfortable wearing the same necklace with an American flag tank top while sitting at a booth in McDonald’s as you would draped in Marc Jacobs at a Gossip concert.
Q. Brand obsession: Explain.
A. I am not a brand whore. I swear. I just like nice things as much as the next gurl. Broke with expensive taste, as they say. But I have no problem investing in designer sneakers if I know I’ll wear them out and get my money’s worth. And if you can get them as gifts, even better. As far as favorites, my mother always said you can never go wrong with Louis Vuitton. Classic. Actually now that I’m remembering, I think she said the same thing about OshKosh B’gosh.
Q. Would you rather have dinner with Lana Del Rey or Karl Lagerfeld?
A. I’d have dinner with Lana Del Rey, given that I probably wouldn’t understand a thing Uncle Karl was mumbling about, although I’d be curious to see what he’d select as an appetizer. With Lana you could talk shop. Boys, Balenciaga, and the latest trend in soda pop
Q. Given that you dressed as Ryan Gosling for Halloween, I’m wondering if you use the expression “Hey girl” often?
A. I do use the expression “Hey girl” often. But usually it comes out as a “Heeeeey guuuurrrl.” I hope Ryan Gosling smiles when he reads that. I have no doubt that he’ll be reading this piece. And soon after he’ll be reading me poetry by a fire, huddled under a woolen afghan he knit himself. Cut, copy, print. My Hollywood ending.
It's time to start working out: specifically your elbows for jabbing and your grip for grabbing at hangers. Gilt City's warehouse sale takes place this weekend, and if you've attended previous sales, you know you need speed, cunning, and the ability to make snap retail decisions. Instead of the running of the brides, think of this as the running of the bargains. There is an admission charge for entry, however, the luxury flash sale site is promising discounts up to 90 percent and prosecco. Check their website for details and tickets
You've been waiting for the next installment of our in Instagram style series for far too long. This is the series where we pluck one lucky and fashionable Bostonian off of Instagram and spotlight them here.
So allow me to introduce 21-year-old Allston-based stylist Sue Tran. This gal spends a lot of time shuffling around the city, making Boston a much more visually appealing place.
"Right now I help out in fashion styling at Karmaloop/Miss KL a couple days a week and am also a temporary visual assistant for Louis Boston," she says. "I started as a graphic and web designer. So I do freelance design in my spare time as well as freelance styling."
Q. As a stylist, what is the biggest mistake you see in how people dress themselves in Boston?
A. I think people play it too safe. Because of the large college population, people get lazy and tend to stick to leggings and a hoodies generally because that's what their classmates are wearing.
Q. You spend a fair amount of time trend spotting, where do you look?
A. The biggest task for anyone in fashion is constantly trend spotting for what's going to be big next. The best way to look is for prominent trends on the runways during fashion month, but also what's on the fashion blogs and inferring from there.
Q. Favorite article of clothing in your closet right now?
A. My drapery grey AllSaints Spitalfields dress. I love the versatility of dressing it up or down. I've worn it both out to parties with a leather jacket as well as a job interview with a white blazer.
Q. If money were no object, store where you would spent all your cash and time?
A. I'd have to say AllSaints Spitalfields. I just think a majority of their collection are classic pieces that you can wear for seasons after, yet has a distinctive edgy aesthetic. You also can't go wrong with the quality and flattering construction.
Q. As a typography nerd, do you have a favorite font, or do you love them all like they were your own children?
A. This is definitely a tough question. I am currently obsessed with custom or hand drawn typography. People who can master this skill have a great amount of talent (and patience) that I am still trying to learn. For fonts, I tend to stick on modern, clean one. 'Brandon Grotesque' is probably my most used font.
Donna Karan, fashion designer and the force behind the DKNY empire, found herself in a copyright dispute with New York-based street style photographer and blogger, Brandon Stanton, after a DNKY store in Bangkok, Thailand, used dozens of Stanton's photographs without his permission.
According to Stanton, he was originally approached by DKNY with a business deal, in which the fashion company offered $15,000 to use 300 of his images from his blog, Humans of New York. Not long after Stanton reportedly turned down the offer, a fan sent him a photo of a DKNY storefront in Bangkok.
In response, Stanton posted the photo with the following on his "Humans of New York" Facebook page, which has 574,912 likes:
"These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation. I don't want any money. But please SHARE this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp."
DKNY acknowledged their mistake earlier this week, claiming the misuse was due to confusion over a mock-up that featured some of Stanton's photographs, used solely to "show the direction of the spring visual program."
Karan and her company agreed to donate $25,000 to the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA in Stanton's name.
While Stanton didn't receive the amount he initially asked for, he reportedly considers the gesture a win, stating: "$25k will help a lot of kids at the YMCA. I know a lot of you would like to have seen the full $100k, but we are going to take them at their word that it was a mistake, and be happy that this one had a happy ending."
Currently, Stanton has taken to crowd-funding to raise the rest of the requested funds. As of 3:51 p.m. EST on March 1, he has raised $91,526.
Do you think DNKY should have donated the full $100K? Comment here.
Top images: AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA; AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews