Kennedy & Louie  BelloLouie Bello is one of those names.  “Louie Bello, I know I know that guy!”  Well, before long you will all know his name and his music.  Louie has been nominated for the Boston Music Awards 2014 for Pop/R&B artist of the year and Best Ongoing Residency, he’s got em lined up every Wednesday night at said residency at Abby Lane, and he wears a fedora like a champ.  This full time teacher and family guy will knock you over with his incredible soul and his extraordinary heart.  Let’s ride Shotgun with Louie!

Dish It Up | Jen RoyleLast night Jen Royle appeared on ABC prime time television to cook her way onto the hit show The Taste, a kind of “Voice” format where the judges love you or leave you.  Jen and Steve Dish It Up on the food combo that got their thumbs up and what it was like to drop everything and head to LA.

The question is…does she make it to the next round?

 

Light Fixture PlantersI came up with this when I was working on restoring the exterior of a home in Newton, more specifically the front door and the garage door. The sconces around the doors were original to the home, which was built in the 1940’s, so they were a bit worn out and on the smaller side. I held onto them for quite some time before I knew what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I was dismantling the actual light socket and the fixture was standing upright that I thought this could make a unique planter for an indoor house plant or succulent.

A before shot of the fixtures

The reason I decided to share this idea with you is because the sconces and flush-mount seen here are quite common, and almost always thrown out when replaced. There really isn’t much need for old fixtures that are somewhat blah, but when turned into planters, boring outdated fixtures are now a conversation piece.

This project is simple, your materials are inexpensive and you just need a few things besides some elbow grease.

 

 

MATERIALS:

STEEL WOOL

Match the grade of the steel wool with how much you’d like the fixture to look worn – the higher the grade, the more course it is. I went with grade 0 to lightly buff off some of the paint and reveal the metal underneath.

WD40

For any areas that are extremely rusty.

TERRACOTTA POT

Find the right size for your fixture, preferably one WITHOUT drainage – assume your fixture is not waterproof. Water plants sparingly that do not have a drainage hole. I recommend a succulent, they do not need a great amount of water.

PAINT REMOVER (OPTIONAL)

The copper fixture needed remover, once I started scrubbing with the steel wool and realized there was copper under the black paint I wanted to reveal more of the copper finish.

FEET/FELT PADS

Use these for the base of the fixture, since you’ve flipped the fixture upside down, most likely it will now have sharp edges.

The final product

The final product

NOTES

Only one pane of glass was put back into the planter on the left because the succulent chosen will eventually grow and wrap around the sides.

I chose to fill the copper planter with rocks for a nice contrast with the copper and to cover the terracotta pots inside.

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christine mcsherry
The woman you will read about here is a mother with a mission – to save her son’s life. Since Christine McSherry’s son Jett was diagnosed with Duchenne, a form of Muscular Dystrophy that primarily affects boys, she was told that the fatal, degenerative disease was something she couldn’t do anything about. To which this former nurse said: “That’s not true.” Christine has become a champion for new treatments and therapies that have extended the lives of her son and countless others. She launched the Jett Foundation (JettFoundation.org), knocked on countless doors, used every opportunity, and lobbied governments here and in Europe to bring drugs to the market sooner. Christine recently “competed” against four other area women in “Charity Warriors,” which was created by our styleboston colleague Christy Cashman and her producing partner Mary Chiochios through their charitywarriors.org portal. Christine raised $129,337 and won the $10,000 prize. (All of the money raised by each woman was directed toward her designated charity.) We thought we’d check in with Christine, a true Charity Warrior, on “Giving Tuesday,” the philanthropic end to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping run.

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Fashion Democracy Winner

A packed house at G-Star RAW Boston on Newbury Street to vote on Instagram for their favorite FW14 styles in an interactive fashion event produced by DressCode Boston.

The social engagement featured a style competition curated by the contenders: Alex Weaver, Managing Editor at BostInno, Georgina Castellucci, Content Curator at Notes on Lifestyle, Alexander Ingram, Blogger at A Boston Blazer, Ola Munia, Image Consultant at Styles by Ola, Edlira, Stylist at That Style Movement, Vane ssa Lundy Blogger at Vanavainvintage.com, Ferns Francois, Model at Maggie Inc. and Janee Lookerse Lifestyle Blogger at Yellow Bird Yellow Beard.

[huge_it_slider id=”10″] Two days before the event, the models gathered at PhillipoStyle in Boston South for an epic photo shoot, which wouldn’t be revealed until the show. The images were uploaded to @gstarboston Instagram, simultaneously, as each model revealed their Fall and Winter styles to the in-store crowd. The attendees and online followers cast their votes with each “Like” of the image of their favorite looks. Congratulations to Ola Munia for winning the competition.

After the final walk, the party continued and so did the Instagramming. Event guests browsed through the store racks, enjoying cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, and the music of DJ Alexander Padei. Meanwhile, the models gathered on the back stairway and roof of the building for another live photo shoot.

The event showcased G-Star RAW through a range of styles to which all Bostonians can relate. From preppy, military-inspired, biker looks to bohemian styles, DressCode Boston wanted to articulate the brand’s lifestyle and inspiration of “core denim range with a sophisticated tailored line that emphasizes proportion, craftsmanship and detailing.” Mission accomplished. 

 

Home to Sri Lanka’s ‘big three’, elephant, leopard and sloth bear, Yala is the island’s second largest national park, where big skies and big crowds come as part of the package, and patience is a virtue.

elephant family bathing

One teenager sneaks up on another, rears up and ducks his companion clean under the water. His victim spins round and pushes his tormentor, who loses his footing and disappears momentarily under the surface. A female lazily flicks her trunk, administering an admonishing cuff round the ear. Chastened, the boisterous youths take their rough-housing to the other side of the wewa, or tank – a manmade water-hole that serves as an oasis in the arid, thorny scrub of the park. On the water’s edge a baby – no more than six months old – trembles visibly, bracing herself. Her mother gives her a gentle nudge and she nervously takes to the shallow water. Watching elephants at play, it is hard not to anthropomorphize. Their joy is palpable as they lounge and frolic in the cooling waters, trumpeting and spraying water over each others’ backs. It is a joy that often manifests in what looks suspiciously like a broad grin. All the usual family dynamics are present; characters are strong and easy to identify. Of course, witnessing elephants bathe is itself a rare treat and one to cherish.

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they say each one is individual.

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FOCACCIA 1

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram you would have noticed I am obsessed with making focaccia bread. Not to mention, it’s that time of year when you just want to stay indoors and stuff your face with carbohydrates.

In regards to this recipe, I blame a lot of my mishaps on my oven, but the truth is, when it comes to baking, I’m just not very good. When I cook, I don’t measure. I go my feel, taste and eye. So believe it or not, the hardest part about writing a cookbook (www.daretotaste.com) is writing down the measurements.

I have made this bread literally 15 times in the past month, and I firmly believe I finally got it right. Jumping ahead, I only like tomatoes and shallots on my focaccia. Whereas my mother, however, loves black olives and artichokes. So feel free to add your own spin on this recipe. I’m just a simple girl who likes simple flavors.

SERVES TWELVE

2 CUPS WATER, WARM – ABOUT 110°
2 TEASPOONS YEAST, DRY
41/2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
3 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL
2 TEASPOONS SALT
2 SHALLOTS, CHOPPED
3 TOMATOES, SLICED OR CHOPPED
1 TABLESPOON FRESH ROSEMARY
1 TABLESPOON FRESH THYME
SALT, FINISHING

FOCACCIA

In a large bowl (or mixer), combine the yeast with the warm water. Let rest for about 15 minutes before stirring. Add the flour, salt and flour. If you dot have a mixer, kneed for 10 minutes until the dough reaches a soft consistency.

Form the dough into a tight ball, coat with olive oil and return to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size… about an hour.

Once the dough has doubled in size, deflate and let rise again for another hour. Once it’s risen, place the dough on a baking sheet lined with olive oil. With your fingers, massage the dough creating small indentations. These will become little pockets of flavor once the bread is seasoned.

In a small skillet, sauté the two shallots in olive oil until soft.

Once the dough is fully massaged, make sure the top is covered with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, rosemary and thyme. Follow with the shallots and tomatoes or any other toppings of your choice.

Cover the dough in the pan and let rest for at least another 30-45 minutes until it’s risen once again.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes until the top and bottom are lightly browned.

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Froot

“Come and fill your cup up, looking for some good luck. Okay sure. Hanging like a fruit, ready to be juiced.” Yes, yes, yes. Marina Diamandis aka Marina & The Diamonds just released her latest single Froot and as always, she nailed it. Her alluring vocals over a euphoric and melodic production combine with the clever, sexually discrete lyrics to make Froot a hypnotic indie-pop, stroke of genius. The lyrical composition though is what really had my head bopping. The chorus comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden you disappear into a magical world of music,  reminiscent of Mama Mia! Close your eyes and let Froot take you away to an exotic Greek island. I can’t say I’ve ever heard a track like this, which makes me even more excited for this album. Give it a listen and see if you enjoy the paradise I call Froot.

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CANDICE WU

Candice Wu of Candice Wu Couture is presently one of the best-known designers in Boston. Originally from Hong Kong, Candice followed her love of fashion to Boston where she received a business degree as well as a degree in Fashion Design. Inspired by both her Chinese and English ancestry, Candice approaches her designs with creativity and a passion for fun. Most notably, her designs have been featured at Boston Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and a plethora of charitable events such as The Catwalk for a Cure which benefits the Susan G. Komen Fund.

I was fortunate enough to catch up with Candice regarding the beginning of her fashion career and where she sees herself in the future.

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ClassicKeep your summer alive with this indie-disco electronic tune. The Knocks never fail to disappoint me so I may be biased but in my opinion this is their best song to date. The production/vocal content is on point, the breezy guitar riffs backed by a thumping bass and charming piano keys instantly take you away to your best night of summer. Powers, whom I’ve never heard before supplies raspy vocals, ever so fitting for this smooth tune, crooning come to me baby don’t be shy, don’t be shy….what else could you ask for? Classic is a feel good song anyone can appreciate. Check out the quirky video below and get ready to groove.

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Since 1935, Boston’s Suffolk Downs has been home to the sport of kings, horse racing. Sadly, it closed its doors this past October, as the clientele over the last few decades dwindled significantly and the casino deal, where Mohegan Sun would incorporate the track into its new resort, failed.  So that leaves many people wondering, what happens to the horses?

There are a few potential scenarios that many of you may not be aware of.  Some of the horses will go to other tracks to continue their racing careers, but race horse owners may not have any interest in relocating them to another state. Therefore, many will be available for adoption. The owners may not be aware of the potential value of these horses and the need to be trained to a new discipline, so often times they can be bought for bargain basement prices.  It’s not uncommon to see a stunning, well bred, 3 year old race horse sold for as little as $500 (that same horse may have been purchased for $100,000 as a yearling) simply because it’s owners have no use for the animal any longer in the sport of racing. Thoroughbred race horses generally retire very young, and being beautiful, finely bred athletic animals, they have the potential to go on to be show jumpers, pleasure horses, polo ponies or, in my case, fox hunters.

I am an owner of one of these horses; a beautiful, sure footed, jumper named Eros. I bought him 8 years ago for the ridiculously low price of $600.00 and since we are in the midst of  fox hunting season, I’m riding him with the Myopia Hunt Club. Fox hunting in New England is actually a misnomer-there is no “fox”and there is no “hunting”. In the North East it’s a drag hunt where a scent is laid across the country coarse ranging about 10 miles. The sport is really about the excitement of keeping up with the hounds cross-country once they have found that scent. If you want to get the real skinny on what happens in a fox hunt watch my styleboston segment below, and you’ll see some horses that got a second chance at a whole new career!

Chair

This dining room set was passed along to me from my aunt; it had been sitting in her basement for about 15 years and previously belonged to my grandmother. I was up for the challenge to modernize the set and experiment with it, mainly because I remember sitting around the table in Fort Lauderdale in my grandparents sunroom and I didn’t want it to be trashed. Unfortunately all the before pictures were gone for good after my outdated iPhone 4s leapt out of my hands and plummeted to its death onto my hardwood floors.

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Besides the maple tinted stain being outdated (in a bad way) and the table itself looking like it belonged somewhere tropical, it was covered in dirt and a lot of the bamboo was damaged around the feet of the chairs. There was no way I was going to sand and stain the set again, that would have taken quite some time so I decided to use a bonding agent (an oil based paint designed specifically for smooth surfaces and hiding stains) and went with a charcoal gray to match the slightly black tinted glass. Since there are many grooves in the set a paint sprayer was necessary to ensure even coverage and durability as the sprayer can create a thicker coat than both a roller or brush.

Once that was finished it was time to tackle the hideous floral print seat covers (sorry Bubbie). Originally I envisioned a black and white chevron print, but when the fabric seen below was on sale from $35.00 a yard to $5.00 a yard, I made the decision to go with that. The previous covering technique was simple, a standard diaper fold which I recreated with the new material. I kept the diaper fold because the print is intricate and speaks for itself, no need for piping or any fabric nails.

I was on the fence about painting bamboo, but overall was satisfied with the results. The unique lines of the bamboo, combined with the black tinted glass and new seat covers created a one of a kind look that was rather easy to accomplish. It’s also nice to say I saved something that had sentimental value, it doesn’t hurt that I created a dining room set for under $300.00 either.

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Michael DePaulo

Fashion designer Michael DePaulo is having a good year. Last February, the Boston native made his Palm Beach debut to critical acclaim and is getting ready to launch a new bridal and ready-to-wear line in December. Known primarily for his cocktail, evening and special occasion designs, DePaulo’s use of sophisticated lines with an innovative edge has attracted an A-list clientele that includes media and sports powerhouse Linda Pizzuti Henry and Tony Award-winning theater director Diane Paulus. We recently caught up with the handsome and peripatetic 34-year-old over coffee in the South End, where we talked about the intersection of fashion, design and architecture as well as the joys of the perfect plate of pasta.

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Fashion/Floppy hat:

An old boyfriend once told me “I like women in hats. It makes them look smart.” I was never quite sure how to take that remark, but I know I took it to heart. I’ve boldly worn hats and fascinators to both casual gatherings and swanky soirees for years. At the very least,  it’s a conversation starter. But this year I’m pleased to report, hats are back big time and you and I won’t be the only ones wearing one. Not since the 1940’s have hats looked so good – and I’m not talking about pull over ski beanies. Specifically I’m talking about floppy brimmed hats. Rag & Bone carries a really snazzy series of floppy brim felt hats that are both “smart” and practical. Depending on the style,  you can choose from a rich pecan, navy or black. While the Rag & Bone hat is $195.00,  you can find cheaper versions of the floppy hat at Kate Spade, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom.  One of my favorites is the Nordstrom two-tone for just $48.00.  The hats are warm and double as an umbrella in light rain or snow. And it’s a good way to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Flop in anytime.

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