Earlier this week I attended a fun health and fitness themed event at Chestnut Hill Square; it was the perfect way to kick off the summer! We started with a class at Soul Cycle, which I’d been dying to try. It was definitely one of the more challenging spin classes I’ve been to. There were a ton of strengthening moves on the bike including push sit ups, oblique exercises, and exercises for your arms using free weights. This is a slightly sweaty after class photo with fellow bloggers Rachel of Healthy Chicks and Nicole of Pumps and Iron.
Next we headed to Athleta for some shopping. I absolutely love this adorable orange water bottle, it’s so bright and fun!
I also got to take home a ton of free samples from the soon to be open European Wax Center; they’re offering free services their opening week which you can sign up for on their website!
The evening ended with dinner at Seasons 52; I wasn’t able to attend the dinner but I hope to check out the new summer menu soon. I visited the Burlington location when they first opened and loved the flatbreads and goat cheese ravioli!
Chestnut Hill is a short drive from Boston and with so many great spots, it’s definitely worth a trip outside the city.
I recently attended the grand opening party for a popular New York Skin Care spa that that just opened in Boston. Skin Spa New York is located on Newbury and Gloucester, a beautiful space with surprisingly affordable services.
I tried the Oxy Trio Facial, which I desperately needed and the aesthetician had some excellent recommendations for improving my skin care routine. I appreciated that she gave general advice and didn’t try to push a ton of their products, although I would like to check them out! I also had my eyebrows shaped and a chair massage, which were equally impressive!
Skin Spa New York’s prices are already affordable, and they offer a monthly membership option where for $60 a month you can choose one service (anything from a facial to a brow wax, massage, or sunless tan). Additional services are discounted and you receive special offers and discounts like a gift on your birthday!
I definitely plan to take advantage of the membership, and right now you can get it even cheaper for $125 for three months with their Gilt City deal. If you’re new to Gilt City, use my referral link for $20 off your first order
February was another great month for thrifting! I headed to Second Time Around in Wellesley to look for an outfit to wear to my Valentine’s Day dinner and I found this gorgeous St. John pink leather jacket and brand new Balenciaga clutch!
Later in the month, I saw another David Yurman piece posted on Instagram at Covet. I scored this great Albion necklace, and stopped by The Maiden to check it out while I was in the neighborhood!
Thrift Store Price: $741
Total Savings: $2,688
Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out Esmeralda Lambert’s jewelry shop in Harvard Square. A great store that features her own designs and the designs of other independent and artisan makers.
In addition to having a great eye for design and fashion, Esmeralda also has a strong sense of social responsibility. Every piece in the shop has a story and Esmeralda can tell you the stories behind each and every piece and designer featured in her shop. Like some of these pieces below, whose designer creates each item with a specific charity in mind and gives proceeds from each sale to that charity.
I saw a ton of great pieces including these gorgeous clutches and statement necklaces:
but my favorite part of the experience was hearing Esmeralda’s story.
This adorable couple is Esmeralda with her husband and co-founder. They met in business school, and manage the business together. Esmeralda originally began as a designer, working with jewelry makers from her home country The Dominican Republic. It was important for Esmeralda to bring a piece of her culture with her to the US, and provide women an opportunity to earn a decent wage (particularly stay at home moms who wouldn’t otherwise be able to work).
Just a few months ago, Esmeralda took the leap from selling her pieces in other stores to opening her own shop in Harvard Square (although her pieces are still available in other boutiques. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself, especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner!
I mentioned earlier that the fiance and I are buying a new construction place in Southie. We were supposed to move in this month, but construction was delayed (as I keep hearing is typical) and we had to find a short term rental very last minute. We weren’t able to find anything in town, so we’ll be in Natick for a couple of months. I’m not thrilled about this, but I’m trying to make the best of by spending more time with all of our friends in the burbs and checking out new restaurants and shops out here. So far I’m most excited about Second Time Around in Wellesley, which is by far the nicest location I’ve been to.
I can’t believe how many great pieces I’ve found this month; they regularly have new and like new condition Chanel, Hermes, and more. I’ll definitely be making the treck out here even when we move back in town!
Thrift Store Price: $2,500
Total Savings: $6,500
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I love thrift shops. It all started when I moved to back bay, and part of my routine on Saturdays was a loop around Newbury street where I’d check out all three locations of Second Time Around, The Closet, and both Rescue locations (now closed). Each store had a different feel, and I loved finding designer pieces (sometimes brand new) at a fraction of the cost.
Since moving to Southie I’ve discovered even more great spots like Covet and Dew Luxe, which I don’t even have to stop by in person because they put their best pieces on Instagram! This month I scored this David Yurman cable bracelet from Covet. I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time, and was so excited to find it at such a great price!
Thrift Store Price: $375
Total Savings: $400
My fiance jokingly calls this list my bucket list – some people have a list of things they want to do before they die and I have a list of high end designer accessories I want to own.
It all started with the Birkin, the holy grail of designer handbags and a must for every collector. I really hope to add this to my collection within a year, and then work my way through the list!
- Hermes black Birkin, preferably one of the smaller sizes
- Hermes Constance handbag
- Hermes Kelly handbag
- Fur Coat (update purchased Jan 2016)
- Cartier Love Bracelet (white gold, with diamonds)
- David Yurman Albion ring (with amethyst or onyx and diamonds)
- Diamond studded Rolex