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A strange blend of blaring piano chords and auto tune with a voice reminiscent of Florence & The Machine, Galantis takes progressive house, a genre stigmatized of simplicity to a whole different world. I can’t say this song is groundbreaking, but what I can say is that the combination of musical elements heard here is something my ears have yet to enjoy. Piano in EDM, boring – auto tune in EDM, it’s everywhere. What made me give this song a second listen and eventually love it was the combination of the two and the way her voice seamlessly ebbs and flows between syrupy vocals and squeaky auto tune, it’s captivating. The powerful bass line/piano combination creates a massive backdrop for the vocals adding to the overall euphoric feeling of the song, finishing it off beautifully. Simple and powerful with intricate elements flawlessly intertwined throughout the song, RUNAWAY (U&I) is fun and fearless, you’ll want to get up out of your seat at work, kick your shoes off and shake your body like you never have before. Watch the fun video below and tell us what you think.

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Aria Trattoria, North End — One of my absolute favorite spots for dinner, drinks, more drinks and snacks… everything! And yes, this is my second and last North End restaurant on the top five list. I would add more, but I don’t want you all to think I’m afraid to leave my neighborhood.

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Massimo Tiberi has hit it out of the park with Aria. Named after his daughter, the best part of the menu is Tiberi’s love for having pasta fit into every meal. I agree with Mass, you must squeeze the pasta in somewhere. In fact, a small bowl of homemade bolognese is what makes your night at Aria complete. And the fact that you can order a small bowl of pasta in between your starter and main dish is, in my opinion, righteous. Yeah, I said righteous.

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feeling the pain models do in uncomfortable photo shoots.

When possible I generally stop for any piece of furniture I see on the side of the road. The only time I really force myself to keep driving is if I don’t have time, or the piece won’t fit in my car. My rule of thumb has nothing to do with illegal driving methods because rules behind the wheel don’t apply to Bostonians. With that being said, this piece actually came from inside the dumpster at my apartment – so there was no “flipping a bitch” on Dorchester Ave into oncoming traffic or considerately double parking on Boylston during morning rush hour, for a piece of furniture.

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Thank you for joining me on my first food-related blog post. I am thrilled to dip my pen, or keyboard, into the culinary arts – and what better way to start my new career than a witty blog post about my second favorite thing in life (next to sports of course)…food.

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As many of you already know, I am an avid home cook. To foster this, I am attending culinary school in January (Cambridge School of Culinary Arts) and I recently finished a food-related project in Los Angeles. I also wrote my first cookbook over the summer, “Bullied Into Cooking,” which helps support an anti-bullying campaign in all 134 Boston Public schools. I’m in the process of writing my second book that will be out in early December.

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Phillip Lim fringe dress.

Phillip Lim fringe dress.

I know, I know. There’s still a lot of lace out there and it’s a lovely way to cover your arms if you don’t want to go sleeveless, but like I said last month, it’s tired and cliché. Everyone has that royal blue dress with the see-thru lace over a matching colored slip. So, let me suggest one of my favorite looks for the all-daunting upcoming holiday season–something literally kicky with enough variation in style that people won’t notice if more than one of you is wearing it. Try a pretty metallic dress with a steely fringe, or a simple Phillip Lim black cocktail dress with a feathery fringe. It’s an especially good look if you’ve got good legs and even better if you want to distract from your arms. Also, it’s a way to minimize accessories as the fringe is an accessory itself. I saw a really cute black Milly dress at Nieman’s with a sweet fringe or, your bank account permitting, you can go upscale with a Chanel fringe. Here are a couple of suggested designs. I’m partial to the cowboy look myself, but that’s just my thing.

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Five new designers emerged from the Launch at Boston Fashion Week, held last Sunday at the W Hotel. In its sixth year, the event introduced Ty Sinnett, Maryanne Meservey, Chynna Pope, Dominique Quinque, and Jeffery Dickerson, who were hand selected from a pool of young designers. The Launch is an ideal platform for new designers to showcase their work and gain exposure.

The five runway shows started off with introductory videos of the designers., which were extremely well done, conveying the spirit of the individuals.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are thirty images to give you a 30,000 word flavor of Athens, one of Europe’s undisputed cultural capitals and a city which exudes culture from every pore.

Special thanks to YES! Hotels  and Original Senses Bespoke Tours

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Kiersten Geiger and Sabir Peele w panelists Jessye Aibel and Anoop Kansupada

It fascinates me how quickly the fashion industry is turning to technology. There are new apps popping up daily, each with new features and one claiming to be better than the other. Most of these are geared towards shopping the looks of style influencers, but few dig deeper. Why not give women and men the tools to effectively style themselves in what they’re comfortable in, rather than blindly following a trend? Doing exactly that is a new series produced by Simon Malls in collaboration with Glamour and GQ Magazines called LOOKBOOK Live.

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I’ve always been interested in architecture and how spaces are designed and built around us. Architecture affects most of us in ways we might not realize, although we all know the buildings and public spaces to which we are drawn. This summer I had the good fortune to meet  Janice Stanton, a New York City-based lawyer-turned-documentary-filmmaker, who was vacationing on the Greek island of Hydra, where since 2011 I’ve been renovating a stone cottage high on a hilltop, complete with donkeys, chickens and a spectacular view of the Peloponnese. Over cocktails at the Pirate Bar, a favorite harbor side haunt of artists, authors and summer sailors, Janice talked about about her latest project, a film highlighting the work of five world-renowned  architects who all happen to be women.

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The end of summer and the start of fall are arguably Boston’s best seasons. People are back in town and the city has a great buzz. Now through November, there are a plethora of outdoor activities, each with their own flavor. One of the new ones is The Boston Cup, part car show and mostly a social experience that has become a “not to miss” event.

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962 Porsche-the last to win Lemans

The Boston Cup was held on Sunday, 21 September on the Boston Common displaying 100 of the world’s finest cars in America’s oldest park. The event is unique and has the atmosphere of a private party, housed in a large tent with great food and drink supplied by Jacob Wirth, one of Boston’s oldest restaurants. The organizers even set up a man cave with couches and a large screen television to watch the Patriots game!

The vehicles displayed were all pre-selected and represented marquees from the Brass Era to modern day. Entrants included a 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1937 Cadillac 4 door Convertible and a range of 1960’s Muscle Cars. Also displayed was a 1962 Ferrari 250GTO valued at over 40 Million Dollars!

The Boston Cup, now in its third year, was created by Rich Doucette, a long time car enthusiast and advertising executive. The event was inspired by the nation’s two leading automotive events; Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. Additionally, by a former event held at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Rich and fellow car enthusiasts saw the opportunity for Boston to host a world class event and started to work with city leaders seven years ago. A plan was developed and the permits were granted to launch the first car show of this scale in downtown Boston.

The organizers also realized that there were a large number of truly outstanding collector cars in the New England Area. Automotive professionals including Paul Russell, Bob Hatch, Ed Owen and Stuart Carpenter were contacted and agreed to display their prime vehicles. Private collectors also agreed to show their cars, many of which are rarely entered in car shows.

This year, a large number of sponsors were added including Direct Tire, BMW, J.P. Morgan, The Ritz-Carlton and Shreve, Crump & Low.

The format of this show is unique as it is staged in a public park. Guests can tour the show free of charge. To see the cars up close and attend the luncheon, there is a paid admission with proceeds benefiting the Boston Parks Department.

The Boston Cup benefited from warm summer weather and a large crowd of over 20,000 people was in force throughout the day. Many well know Bostonians attended the luncheon including Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Rocker J Geils.

The Show has selected its date for next year, Sunday, September 20, 2015. Mark your calendar for this truly entertaining event.

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Joshua Sweeney – www.shootfordetails.com

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I realize I might bring some of this on myself, but I seriously walked into the dark side this time.

Salt and I were waiting in my car to go into an appearance and I got a ping on my POF profile.  So I read it and it was well written, funny, and seemingly real.  The holy trifecta!  I showed it to Salt, my best girlfriend, to get his opinion.  He had the same thought as me, a normal boy, and we decided to bring it to the program.  Like I said, I might have brought this on myself.  Here is a brief snippet of what he said…

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“Give me juicy, autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard.” -Walt Whitman

The first day of autumn, for me, is like Christmas. I anxiously await the turning of the leaves and that virgin brush of crisp air like a kid waits for Santa Claus. The sight of mums and pumpkins at the grocery store makes me absolutely giddy. This is also my favorite time to cook – the markets are bursting with the bounty of the harvest and the cool evenings make it ok to crank up the oven. That smoky old grill you’ve been using all summer is tired and ain’t got nothin’ on the beautiful roasts and casseroles that fill your home with amazing aromas.

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As I wait in line to get on the ferry from Hyannis to the Vineyard, a wild-haired, sweating woman man-handling a stroller complains that I’ve placed my bags in front of her, blocking the line. It is certainly by mistake as I am simply trying to relieve my numb hand from the bag that I had over-packed–again. I apologize, pick up my bag with the non-numb hand and proceed to the end of the serpentine line.

Consenses is a multi-disciplinary installation features the work of more than 144 artists from      32 countries. It will be in Somerville's 212 Elm St., exhibition space from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8.

Consenses is a multi-disciplinary installation features the work of more than 144 artists from 32 countries. It will be in Somerville’s 212 Elm St., exhibition space from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8.

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If you’ve even turned on your TV in the last month you’ve seen the ads with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and the amazing Jane Fonda hyping the release of the film “This is Where I Leave You.” But the real buzz for this film began months before Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name was released.

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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren stated, “I really wanted to do something big for the new Polo Women’s brand – something set in the city — that felt modern. We returned to Central Park, a place I love, and captured the spirit of Polo with a truly innovative mix of fashion and technology.”

And he achieved just that at his SS’15 show. Ralph Lauren has set a precedent for Fashion Week by showing his Women’s Polo collection on a 4D projection on a wall of water in Central Park.

Partnering with MPC Creative New York, Ralph Lauren took his audience on a journey of over 13,000 frames through the elusive world of fashion.  There exists a dreamy, unobtainable essence of Fashion Week and Ralph made that feeling literal. I understand the efforts that are involved in creating a collection, and that adrenaline rush when first exposing your work. Ralph took this to a brand new f***ing level, making this debut completely magical.  While I am a sucker for simplicity, appreciating the music, lights and sole focus on the garments themselves, Ralph Lauren delivered a fresh, innovative presentation that fits right into this digital world. Presentation is everything and this collaboration hit it right out of Central Park.

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I found this in the filthy basement of my 100 plus year old apartment. It was lying on the ground next to the foundation where water often seeped through the cracks in a pile of dirt. The size and weight of the “shelf” intrigued me, it was quite thick and on the heavier side which led me to believe it was older. After perusing the Anthropologie website and coming across brackets I loved but would never pay for, this was the inspiration to replicate a similar bracket for less than half the cost.

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Exhaling, I sink gently to the soft, white sand seabed as a Southern Stingray ripples elegantly past. Scores of tiny, pearlescent Yellowhead Jawfish dart backwards into their little burrows, spitting mouthfuls of sand in apparent disgust as they retreat. Ahead of me, myriad reef fish swarm around the coral stack that rises sharply almost to the water’s surface. Our guide beckons us forward and I scan the tower for some sign of the promised swim through, marveling at the diversity of coral. As I approach, a tunnel opens before me, and, checking the group is with him, our guide sinks into its cavernous maw. The tunnel levels out and, taking care not to damage the fragile orange sea fans all around, we swim towards the dappled light ahead. We emerge onto the wall, a three foot Hawksbill Turtle drifting gently by on slow, powerful strokes of its flippers. It’s awe-inspiring.

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The Out of Towner

Funny things start to happen once you’ve been on the dating sites for a while. You start to get the “out-of-town gentleman caller.” These are guys who say they will “conveniently be in town for business” on such and such a date and wonder if you’d like to get together. At first this sounded like the perfect scenario to me. They were here for a couple days, we’d have a dinner, maybe more, and they go away and never come back. Or, they are married.

The first gentleman caller was going to be in town around the time of the Boston Marathon (which I was running). I told him as such and that I might not be much fun and certainly wouldn’t be very mobile but he said no worries. Well, the date was to be on a Wednesday and as soon as I woke up on Tuesday after the MONDAY marathon I knew I was in no shape to do anything. I messaged him in kind. His response? “Figures.” My response: “dude, really? I just ran a bunch of miles and my legs are killing me.” His retort? “Predictable.” So the next time a man from out of town came along, I was wary. But I figured I’d give it another try.

The first question I asked Cinderella (my name for him, this will become clear in a minute) was “are you married?” His answer was no. I’m pretty sure I brought it up a few more times until I was convinced. He seemed normal enough after our chat so I agreed to a date – a month in advance. He was a planner this one. Maybe this is crazy? I felt I was being proactive, filling up the ol’ calendar, making shit happen in my dating world. We texted and messaged a few times, we even talked on the phone. He seemed like an honest to goodness normal person.

The day of the date arrived – the plan was dinner and a Red Sox game. I had gotten the tickets myself so I wouldn’t feel beholden to him: always be mindful of the money put out vs. what you’re supposed to put out ratio. He arrived to dinner before me and at first site I knew there would be no putting out that night. However, I was going to give this date 100 percent – I would listen, I would talk a bit about myself and see what worked. So I listened to him tell me about his TWO failed marriages and the myriad reasons for their failures. He brought up church and the Big J a lot, which for some reason made my use of the f-word increase exponentially. I didn’t do it on purpose, if you have faith, I support it, but I just couldn’t stop it. It was beyond me.

Next stop, Fenway. Before we go any further it’s important that I tell you I told him before the date began that I get up at 3 a.m. and I would be leaving so as to get home by 9. Period. These are my rules on school nights. Like it or lump it and he agreed. It was an incredible night to be at Fenway, it was the 10th anniversary of the World Series win. I was like a kid at well, a ballgame, and so we didn’t chat much during the festivities. The game started, we got beers, and I started staring at the clock waiting for the witching hour at which I’d turn into a pumpkin.

At 8:30 sharp I said I had to leave. I encouraged him to stay, to enjoy the game, to be sure to have a Fenway Frank. He walked me to the Yawkey Way exit, gave me a hug and asked me if I’d ever come to Maryland. Ugh. Yes, you read that right. I left him at Fenway.

A week after the date, I received a hand-written thank you card. It was awkward and strange and just a little weird. He also said he’d be sending me a gift. A month later I received a box from Amazon including… wait for it… Ray Donovan Season 1 on DVD. Such a romantic guy! Needless to say, I haven’t talked to him since.

Looking forward to sharing my stories and getting your advice…K

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Happy start to the fashion season everyone. There are a lot of new looks out there, many good but many to think twice about. As a self-confessed “shopper” I’m keeping an eye on trends for styleboston and don’t worry, it’s not all about my purchases. My favorite thing to say to myself is “That looks good, on her.” So as I tromp around the boutiques and malls of Greater Boston I’ll be posting regular observations and suggestions. We’re calling it “Emily’s List.” That title is taken you say? Too bad. Here we go:

 

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You’ve seen her in “Erin Brokovich,” the “Amateurs,” “Christmas with the Kranks” and “I Shot Andy Warhol.” Let’s not forget about the TV series “Hart of Dixie” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Step back a few years and you would have seen her on stage at the Wilbur Theatre in the Tony Award-winning revival of “All My Sons.” But if you met her on the street you’d probably slow down and say to yourself “Where do I know her from?”

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