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Dispatches: Behind the Scenes at Fall Fashion

Because we’re nothing if not dedicated employees, this Bostonista spent Friday and a precious summer Saturday in the funky, dirty, sweltering hot fields of the tri-annual Brimfield Antique Shows, shooting fall fashion. As far as work days go, it wasn’t…

Bostonista How-to: The Louis Boston Sale

Here at Bostonista, we take pains to support the local economy, even when our 401ks are tanking. So despite the downturn, we’ve been shopping all along. Others, however, have not, which is why the sales this season have been particularly,…

Bostonista Loves: Boston Handmade Marketplace

It’s happened to all of us. You’re taking a stroll in that awesome t-shirt you bought on Newbury Street last week when you spot someone across the way wearing the same digs. Suddenly, it doesn’t feel quite so hip and…

Retail Review: Samsonite Black Label

When I travel, I’d like to think I do it in style, but I must confess that chic (and uber-pricey) luggage has always kind of puzzled me. It seems pretty ridiculous to spend a ton of money on something that…

Store Opening: John Derian

I once had a boyfriend who loved to brag that he knew what ‘decoupage’ was — and, he’d add, he wasn’t even gay! (At the time, that is. In retrospect, I should’ve known. First, decoupage. Second, no man folds a…

The Taste of Harvard Square (aka Christmas in June)

Chowder can sympathize with the hordes of tourists now descending upon Boston, and the confusion they must feel with our myriad dining options. We find the best restaurant recommendations come from people, not guidebooks. So when the Harvard Square Business…

Store Opening: Kiehl’s in Burlington

We were pretty jazzed when Kiehl’s decided to open its hallowed doors on Newbury Street six years ago, and when the beauty legend joined the roster of stores at the Burlington Mall Wednesday night, we made sure we were there,…

Bostonista goes Green

Unless you’ve been living in a cave (or trapped in an ANTM marathon black hole), you’ve probably figured out that going green is way, way in these days. Some big names are embracing the trend by issuing their own eco-friendly…

Sex’s Greatest Hits: Part 1!

In anticipation of the Sex and the City movie Bostonista will not only be swilling commemorative cosmos, we’ll also be counting down what we consider to be Carrie’s greatest outfits from the HBO series. (And we’d love to hear from…

Sex’s Greatest Hits: Number Four

In anticipation of the Sex and the City movie Bostonista will not only be swilling commemorative cosmos, we’ll also be counting down what we consider to be Carrie’s greatest outfits from the HBO series. (And we’d love to hear from…