Skier, rider, or granola chomping telemaker, we all notice what each other is wearing out on the slopes and when queuing for the chairlift. Being on top of a mountain is fun, challenging, and invigorating. The technical performance of our gear is paramount to enjoying the experience, but after that is addressed, where is the personal style? We get to wear whatever we want out there people, there is no dress code! Bring on the fun, the whimsy, the sexy, the chic, the grunge, the lumberjack…whatever your unique style is, bring it to the hill and rock it.
If you’ve never been to “ the Rivah” its always worth the trip with eight interconnected mountains to explore. In a sea of snow enthusiasts wearing predictable normcore snow apparel, these slope style stars stood out last week at Sunday River.
BRUINS STEEZE PLAY
Team spirit is great, especially on game day. Too often on the slope it can look like the fan scooped everything up off their floor after a frat party, before hitting the hill. Kind of boyishly charming if the fan is young enough, not cute at all once their college days are over. I have never seen the wearing of a team jersey executed quite so well as Peter Taylor’s boarding Bruins fan look. This handsome hockey player from East Greenwich, RI nailed it by keeping it all Bruins gold, black, and white. With everything fresh and the fit just right, I wasn’t the only fan of Peter’s game day style. Gentlemen, pay attention, as this is how its done.
Vintage ski fashion is my personal kryptonite, especially when it is unexpected. Its cheeky fun to see what creative folks put together when they get their retro on at the resort. That is why when I saw siblings Sarah and Ned Asherman, I almost did a cartwheel before I made a beeline to talk to them. They were absolutely the coolest kids at the River, rocking bamboo panda poles, viper sunglasses, and Ned’s amazing faux fur coat, which even matched Sarah’s headband. Her wicked 80’s awesome printed suit was straight up Hot Tub Time Machine, and I just want to go back to her future. They thought about it and they brought it. Whip smart and completely in on the giggle, Team Asherman was one of my favorite holiday surprises.
It’s a treat to see a chick who rips work some femininity into her look. With everyone wearing yoga pants everywhere off mountain with varying degrees of success, I hoped to see performance stretch pants out on the mountain done right. Thank you Heather Reader of North Boston for choosing these super flattering black and white patterned Obermeyer stretch pants. Heather’s pink Salomon jacket adds a nice pop of color against the white snow. Ladies, here is proof you can look like a girl when skiing the men into the ground. Go Heather!
LADIES WHO SHRED
For 80 years Bogner has worn the tiara of being the most internationally popular of the high-end ski apparel lines. Lavish use of fur, leathers, suede, and embroidery has been Bogner’s hallmark, and while not everybody may be a fan, you have to give Bogner props on how well their pieces deliver performance and stand up to years of wear. Trevor Mullineaux’s stunning black Bogner jacket is a perfect example of its classic aesthetic and are just right paired with her Powder Horn pants. Not to be outdone, her sister Michon Schenck is the epitome of alpine sophistication in her wood panel and stainless steel Bogner helmet, and white pants worn with this fur trimmed femme fatale jacket in the perfect shade of fabulous by Toni Sailer.
Let it snow and see you next time on the vertical runway!
After years of practicing the theory that one winter day is like the next, I’m on to the reality that it’s not true.
One day it’s dry but really, really cold. The next day it’s cold with 2-feet of snow. A day later the snow melts and there’s 6 inches of slush off each curb. Then four days later it’s 45 degrees and raining. That’s why we all need more that one pair of winter boots.
The following are do and don’t categories of boot wear.
Knock yourself out in this category because there are a ton of boots available everywhere you go – from over-the-knee, to knee high, to mid calf and bootie style. If you wear a boot like a shoe, you need several pairs of everyday boots, at least one pair with a heel.
DEEP SNOW & COLD
Ugg’s – they finally make a decent snow boot
All too ugly you say? Just try them. You’ll want to wear them every day.
Pajar – Cute but not all are fully waterproof and often only come in full sizes.
COLD & SLUSHY
La Canadienne – trust the Canadians to get a cold weather boot right, oh and the Italians aren’t half bad either.
Frye – who can wear these? Love the way they look, hate the way they feel.
Hunters: At your own risk.
La Canadienne or Aquitalia: Trust anything lined that’s waterproof.
Hunters: A lot of people swear by these boots for heavy rain and slushy snow. Me, I swear at them. They aren’t warm and they have no give, making them impossible to pull on and off, plus you can feel the water through the boot.
And that’s my tutorial. Boot-Up.
With the Winter Solstice upon us this Sunday, the cold is officially here to stay. There are plenty of options for winter layers to satisfy everyone’s taste. Bundle up and stay warm with these trends.
This is really a time-honored style that’s currently on trend. Go with the classic wool or change it up with novelty yarns such as mélange boucle. 3/4” sleeves are key. This shape fits nicely with the boyfriend & menswear inspired look. But if you aren’t interested in androgyny, the look is easily feminized with pumps and the right accessories. Just think Audrey Hepburn.
The popular prints are bold flowers and plaid. Florals are reinvented each season and plaid is a staple for winter, you just don’t always see them as jackets. You can go head to toe in prints this season if you are feeling daring.
Combining different materials and textures makes for my favorite outfits. It’s even better when they are combined in one piece. My favorite purchase this season is my Vera Wang Faux Leather Sleeve Asymmetrical Down Coat (available online at Nordstrom). I’m very picky about polyurethane, but this is the closest I have seen to replicating genuine leather. The big collar is made of boucle yarns offering warmth and drama. It is a refreshing step away from your typical down jacket.
This looks plays nicely with all of the trends. It can add an element of surprise to a classic cocoon or push the envelope on a printed jacket. Sherpa collars are intro to the Boho spring 2015 trend.
This look is everywhere and can be found in a range of price points. You will see it a lot in the army green color that has been popular for outwear for the last few seasons. The body colors are dark and basic with a variety of fur collars and hoods.
So you’re on your way to a hot holiday party, a black tie bash, an intimate house party or maybe one of those big drafty ballroom fundraisers and you know you’ll be freezing once inside because even though it’s winter you are wearing sleeveless. Meanwhile outside it’s either blizzard-like, or a wintry mix of sleet and ice, combined with a muddy mish-mash of turf and ice-balls to maneuver under foot. In other words, you need to bring a few extra clothing and footwear options with you but all you have is that canvas L.L. Bean bag and it’s really not all that festive and besides, it’s still carrying traces of last summer’s beach sand, which, quite frankly, is depressing since you don’t want a reminder of what you will not see for another six months. That’s the problem, now here’s the solution – a zippered sequined tote bag. The zipper keeps things dry, it’s got party-ready presentation and believe it or not, the sequins deflect water. Get one large enough to carry a warm cashmere pashmina, an extra pair of shoes and then your boots once you’ve made the switch, your evening handbag and whatever assorted items you might need. Carry it with you all night or store it with coat-check once you’ve made the shoe switch. Call it the evening big bag theory. Find sequined totes at Wal-Mart, on line at TheFind, DanceSupply – ranging from $10.00 to $59.00. Then of course there’s Prada for $1350.00.
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.
Roasted Tomato, Ginger & Basil Soup
Nothing screams fall or winter like a hearty tomato soup, especially on a chilly day. Lucky for me, New England brings lots of days that call for this recipe. And if you love carbohydrates and starches as much as I do, to make it even heartier, add rice or orzo pasta. Serve with a classic grilled cheese sandwich and you have a perfect meal.
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I have a confession: I owe my first glimpse of the northern lights to my terrible smoking habit. Pacing around in blast-freezer conditions, I was puffing away on my after-dinner cigarette (my face and hands progressing from cold, through stinging, to completely numb) when I happened to glance to the skies. There it was. A faint beam of eerie green light snaked overhead, curling and intensifying, then slowly unfurling into a delicate, shimmering curtain. As I watched, a second swathe of rosy pink light began to materialise. I was mesmerised. Eventually I snapped out of my trance and burst into the restaurant to share the news. A stampede for the door ensued.
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Autumn’s most iconic piece is undoubtedly the knit sweater. It can be paired with just about anything in your closet, making that summer skirt last that much longer. Lucky for us, California brand For Love & Lemons is debuting their Knitz collection for fall 2014.
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Versace’s White Lace Layered Dress is pure elegance. The opposing black and white pallet makes for a beautiful contrast that exudes nothing less than class. I’m head over heels in love with the irregular cut of the neckline here and have yet to see anything done like this before.
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Nothing says winter like hot chocolate. And nothing is more warming than FREE hot chocolate. Free. F. R. E. E. The Revere Hotel is introducing their seasonal pop-up shop,”Pop it Like it’s Hot” from executive chef Bader Ali.
Not only are the cocoa-creations made from Taza chocolate, but they’ve got drool-enducing flavors like maple bacon, meringue brulee and ginger white chocolate. Yum.
If hot cocoa doesn’t warm your heart, maybe the fact that all donations go to charity will. All donations got to The Home for Little Wanders which prides itself on helping children from infancy to adulthood and strengthening families, so don’t be a grinch, ‘kay?
Stop by the Revere Hotel lobby on Friday’s from 3pm to 6pm by December 21, because that’s when the cheer ends. Wah-wah.
The Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Our friends at Miltons are reeling us in with re-inspired looks for men looking for fresh fashion with a splash classic roots this week. Did you check out the Rainforest Walking Jacket?
For today’s pick du jour, we have a quality duo from Vineyard Vines. If you’re already hooked on the incredibly soft Lambswool heather crew neck in rhubarb paired with a slim fit button down cotton gingham check sportshirt, then get your catch here.
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Gather ‘round ladies and gents!
I spy with my little eye a bit of snow in the forecast for this weekend. Actually more like snow, sleet, rain, winter mix, etc. Now take a look in your closet. What are you planning on wearing? Those canvas shoes? Yeah right! The snow boots that have followed you since your mom gave them to you in high school and will probably out live you in the impending apocalypse? Ugh.
While the frightful weather keeps you shacked up and snuggled on the couch watching styleboston, we want to have you all bundled up for when you finally have to shovel… or make the trek out of the house to replenish your supply of Bailey’s for warm beverages.
SO, we’re giving away 15 pairs of Teva boots for men and women fit to kick some Nor’easter booty this winter!
On FRIDAY, we’ll post a question on our Facebook and Twitter that only those who watch the show Saturday @ 11:35PM on CH. 4 or Sunday at 10:00AM on CH. 38 will know the answer to! You have until noon on Sunday to submit your answer right HERE
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Louis Vuitton’s Folies Pump is the sassiest suede peep toe to grace the runway for fall/winter ’12. With a studded heel and peek-a-boo cutout accompanied by a dazzling bow atop (engraved with an LV of course) The Folies Pump is a product of fierce elegance. The amount of class this pump holds is unreal. These will surely dress up just about any old thing, which is exactly why they’re unanimously place under BUY IT. Need them, want them, love them!
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