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Boston: Meet a Model: Danai Kadzere

I had the pleasure of photographing Danai Kadzere, who is not only a model, but an author, aspiring actor as well as Harvard student. Together with talented makeup artist and hair stylist Molly Leahy, we shot this fashion shoot on location in Cambridge, MA.



Boston: MiniLuxe

Above: Elizabeth in OPI's "Big Apple Red"

You've heard me rave about MiniLuxe before, but this time it was even more EPIC because I was with a group of lovely ladies organized by Janee, who I recently met and adore!

As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing better than spending a chilly winter evening in the warmth of MiniLuxe's spa-like atmosphere with a group of wonderful, smart and funny women, getting our nails did! Forget "selfie" as the word for 2013, I think it should be LADY DATE.

It was terrific to hang out with Janee, Elizabeth, Ana, Alaina, Molly and Emily. The proof is in the iPhone photos (this one below is from Alaina):

Of course we all selected varying shades of RED...'tis the season, afterall!

Above: Ana in OPI's Malaga Wine

Thank you once again to MiniLuxe for hosting all of us and for my lovely manicure.

For amazing recaps, check out Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard, So Alaina, Scavengenius, Wicked Cheap and Seagrass Studio.


Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker

It was an absolute dream to visit The Boston Ballet for a behind the scenes look at the new costumes and production opening on November 23.

What a marvel to view the craft and intricate handiwork of the costumes in the costume shop and speak to costume shop manager Charles Heightchew. 2,000 yards of net and tulle along with cottons, silks and linens were some of the materials used, with extensive hand painting (award-winning costume designer Robert Perdziola hand tipped every Sugar Plum and Snow Queen tutu with metallic paint) and jewels (as many as 200,000) individually sewn on with 3,600 jewels alone for the Sugar Plum's and Dew Drop's costumes.

The creative team wanted to keep the dancers' silhouettes streamlined and control the color palette in Act I in an early 19th century inspired way. Act II showcases a burst of color as we saw during the dress rehearsal, where the costumes were tested for the very first time.

Creative Director Mikko Nissinen tells us that the set design was inspired by "18th century Prague with the use of flats with everything hand-painted to incredible detail and resembling a puppet theatre". As the play goes on, layers of of the story unfold, irising out of one another.

Robert Perdziola on Mikko Nissinen:

"We needed a strong Captain and needed to abide by that. Mikko is the Captain!"

It was a magical day at the ballet; very Degas-esque for me! I can't wait for what promises to be an extravanganza of a production, the biggest show the Boston Ballet has built in over a decade!

The Nutcracker runs from November 23 - December 30 at the Boston Opera House. For tickets visit BostonBallet.org


Boston: Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing Gift Collection

This time of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas, not only is it the perfect time for celebration and gift-giving, it's absolutely the occasion for all that jazz.

Neiman Marcus and Camp Harbor View together hosted a reception to preview a selection of Ken Downing holiday gifts, with 10% of the sales benefiting the HeART of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports art experiences for youth. Copley Place has selected the Arts Program at Camp Harbor View which is committed to sharing the art of drama, music and literature to youth from Boston's at-risk neighborhoods.

Boston's own Roberta and Stephen Weiner were the honored guests of the elegant evening filled with jazz, delectable treats, bubbly and of course, some of the most beautiful holiday gifts of the season..

Happy Thanksgiving!


Boston: Neiman Marcus, Project Beauty

We can ALWAYS use a few beauty tips, non? And what better way, than from the beauty experts of Chanel, La Mer and Trish McEvoy at Neiman Marcus?

Add to that champagne decorated with candied lips and fun beauty make-overs? That's exactly what the evening was all about...

Maggie Models, Abba, Genevieve, Lauren and Melissa