It's Going to be a Splendid Summer!

Photos: Chelsea J. Photography

When my friend Christine from Boston Mamas asked if I wanted to help her and the lovely Audrey of Mom Generations host an event for Splendid at their store in Chestnut Hill, it took me exactly a second to say YES. Splendid makes the best, softest, t shirts around and I love those girls, so it was a no-brainer to work with them. Add the fact that I love shopping and we were promised cupcakes and it's no surprise that I signed up right away. 

(I never claimed to be a fool, you guys. I know a good time when I see it.)

We were joined by friends and neighbors and readers for a great sale and ahd fun shopping together while the kids did crafts and ate cupcakes. (Oh, who am I kidding...I ate cupcakes as well.) 

That afternoon, I learned a very important lesson -- never say never. I thought I wasn't the "jumpsuit wearing kind" whatever that means. Take a look at this picture, and tell me: Was I right?

 

No, I was not. 

As you can see, I chose the cowl neck jumpsuit and it is my favorite thing in the world right now because it's super soft and feels like PJs, but looks way more respectable. I even wore it for diner out with friends later that night, such was the power of the romper. As you can tell, Christine couldn't resist one either! (Hers is here.)

As a co-host I was compensated by Splendid for my time.

Pivot Boston 3

It's hard to believe, but we have just (as of this Friday night) put on the latest (sold out!) Pivot Boston event. This one was especially fun, because we focused on Style Pivots.

I mean, style? How much more fun can you have? And how much talk of it can professional Boston ladies stand?

Turns out, a lot of it. 

One of the questions we wanted to answer is why is style so intimidating?

Part of the problem is that “style” is often sold as, well, something to buy. As much as I enjoy flicking through fashion magazines and shopping blogs, they do encourage the false notion that “style” can be had as long as you purchase the latest thing. Style has nothing to do with trends or trying on a persona - it’s an expression of who you are and should therefore have some constant truths as well as evolve over time.

Just as you do.

So anyway, we pivoted around style and had some fun. 

Sponsor MiniLuxe gave participant quick polish changes...

HoneyJo led master classes on hair (I'm so sad I missed them, because I need help!)

And Epiphanie gave away a gorgeous Charlotte metallic bag in chevron. I totally shed a tear when I handed it over to the winner.

Our title sponsor, One Medical, also gave away complimentary one year memberships to their concierge medical group. (Because you've got to be well to look good!)

If you are in Boston, you can also get the same deal if you register by 6/07/2013. Just go their site, and enter promotion code OM13YBOS06 on the membership confirmation page. (Thanks, One Medical!)

Will I see you at Pivot Boston 4? (I hope so!)

Update: I'm still here!

Hi! Sorry for the silence -- nothing awful has happened, thank God, in fact quite the opposite. I'm busier than ever with work opportunities and the learning curve has been steeper than expected. I'm not quite ready to tell you all that's going on, but I promise you it's good.

Of course, all this work coincided with the end of the school year, and you all know how I felt about that. (Sorry for the rant, but I was tired y'all.) Now that the kids are home I feel more relaxed because I don't have to physically be in as many places at once, but the pull of my many responsibilities is more obvious. My life is very fragmented, and I've been thinking about balance more and more.

(Incidentally, there have been two pieces about balancing it all and how technology impacts this brave new world of work. One is in The Atlantic and is raw and powerful in its honesty and the second is by my Pivot partner Morra and she's discussing social media and women and work in the NYT. Take both of these excellent pieces together and you get a feel for where my brain has been.)

So you could say balance has been on my mind.

But I won't get into that discussion here and now. Instead I'll just give you a quick bulleted update on what I've been up to. I know you need to know.


  • I'm still buying flowers for myself (see the picture above) because they make me happy. It's the little things.

 


  • I'm giving away a BabbaBox over at the Frog & Snail. What's a BabbaBox you say? It's a box full of activities for the little ones -- crafty, educational activities and all you have to do is open the box. Everything you need is inside. It's pretty awesome, and the boys had a lot of fun playing spies. See?

 

 

Kids, man. They're hilarious! (Now go sign up so you can win a box of your very own!)

 

 


  • I found the perfect pair of shorts -- at Ann Taylor of all places! As a Miami native I have a natural aversion to shorts (they tend to look...touristy) but now that I'm a Bostonian and it's 100 degrees (not really) I really wanted a pair. And you know how the ones in the J Crew catalog look so cute, but then you try them on and eh? I mean, I love J Crew with a passion, but I do not have the body of their models. If you are not a teenager but want shorts that are cute and not slutty or matronly, go try on the City Shorts -- I'm not the only person who thinks they're magical.




 

So you see, I've been busy, even if I've neglected you guys over here. Sorry. You can always keep up with my internet shenanigans on Facebook or Twitter, if you'd like.