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Bostonista Consumes: Umi Haircare

Newbury Street salon Umi has launched a very good line of haircare products. Nine tools include hair powder, wax, volumizing spray, and creme. Sure, we’ve got beauty products stuffed into every corner of the bathroom, and there’s that bin under…

Campaign for Chocolate 2008!

I’m not in the business of throwing around terms like “dictator,” or “fascist state,” but I will say that here at Boston magazine our candy supply is largely at the whim of one woman. This woman really likes M&Ms. Not…

Dispatches from New York Fashion Week: It’s a Wrap

Bostonista’s trip down south to catch Fashion Week in New York was brief, but as jam-packed as ever. The trends: Longer hemlines (modesty is back), ultra-sheer anything (but not for long), beige, XL belts, and, obviously, Gossip Girl. With a…

Bostonista Gives: A Feel-Good Fashion Event

As a shopper, I can pretty much justify anything. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good excuse. Which is why I’m all over the upcoming I Have Nothing to Wear shopping event, which happens next Thursday, Sept. 18, from…

Bostonista Travels: How to Recover From Hell on Waves

A recent weekend jaunt to Block Island, a 33-minute fast ferry trip from Point Judith, Rhode Island, began with a boat ride beyond bumpy. We’re talking toss your entire Bloody Mary, and very nearly your cookies, all over yourself bumpy….

The Bostonista Workout: 5 Minutes, Max

Bostonista seeks: Workout that can produce Jessica Alba pre-baby (or, hell, post-baby) abs with minimal sweat output. And: By the weekend. Thanks. We’re not lazy. We’re just busy. We’ve logged plenty of hours of back-breaking, pre-dawn, gym-based masochism. But it’s…

David Beckham Loves: Bostonista!

Here at Bostonista we’re not above namedropping. Who has time for modesty? Which is why we’ll quickly and easily take credit for a recent accessory adopted by everyone’s favorite soccer god, David Beckham. On the cover of the latest issue…

Bostonista Loves: The Kindle

I’ve lately been in the downsizing mood. Changing apartments this spring satisfied my need to purge. A family yard sale soon after cleared out the rest of the old junk, including golf shoes (a nice thought); piles of costume jewelry,…

The Intern Files: Guerilla Fashion

While we might not always remember this, fashion is about more than just clothing or how things look. A lot of what makes a style interesting comes from the story that inspired it and the process that lead to the…

Product Review: Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Sophomore year of college, I lived downstairs from a bunch of football players. Every Sunday, the boys would venture off campus to a teammate’s house to play a game they devised called “Can You Fry It?” in which they’d batter…