You found it. The dress. Now it’s your bridesmaids’ turn. Choose a frock they’ll want to wear again (really) at Flair, where owner Stacey Kraft helps bridal parties sift through rack upon colorful rack of shifts, one-shoulders, and A-lines from top designers such as Jenny Yoo, Anna Elyse, and the Dessy Group. Beloved by wedding pros, the airy studio offers top-notch service and refreshingly honest advice. 140 Newbury St., Boston, MA flairbridesmaid.com.
Make sure someone on your quiz team checks Twitter before the games begin: Host Mark Daly always provides a few hints for social-media-savvy smarties. His questions run the cultural gamut, from celebrities to geography, sports to current events, and even music, with an audio round worth double points. A monthly tournament offers higher-stakes prizes, while every Wednesday night offers a new chance to win generous gift cards. 934 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA bansheeboston.com.
When it comes to giving your guests custom photo keepsakes, it's best to think outside the box—or, in this case, the booth. Danger's open-air, freestanding unit (complete with a touchscreen, flash, and printer) can be as civilized or as crazy as you desire, with photo-fun experts on hand to hem a themed fabric backdrop, print out a step-and-repeat, or even hook you up with a designer for one-of-a-kind scenery. Move over, Instagram. thedangerbooth.com.
An Hermès scarf for $350? A Burberry trench for $500? This isn't the end-of-season sale at Barneys, just the everyday deals found at Michaela Bavis's twee luxury consignment shop in South Boston. The sleek repository of new and lightly used high-end designer pieces includes suits, cocktail dresses, handbags, and heels from the likes of Chanel, Valentino, and Louboutin. Don't skip over the accessories display case, either; those oversize Bulgari sunglasses might finally be within your grasp. 36 A St., South Boston, MA 02127, dewluxe.com.
Last August, Hermès unveiled a new and improved Back Bay showroom, nearly doubling its fashionable footprint with more than 8,700 square feet over two stories. That’s given the très chic Parisian design house plenty of room to display its most covetable accessories: handbags and silk scarves, naturally, but also home décor, fragrances, and even the lusted-after equestrian line. 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, hermes.com.
Cue the puparazzi! The expert groomers at this newly expanded Back Bay salon have styled Tom and Gisele’s furry family members, among other celeb canines, and they’ll clean and clip your pooch with the same level of care and attention to detail. Want to make Fido feel even more special? Pick up a few organic treats and toys in the on-site boutique while he gets spruced up. 31 Gloucester St., Boston, 02115, pawshboston.com.
Whether prepping for a big race or recovering post-CrossFit, the sports massage at Exhale Battery Wharf is a workout-regimen must. After a pre-massage consultation identifying trouble spots, let your 30-, 60-, or 90-minute treatment melt away tension, then enjoy luxurious amenities like the hammam—a steamless Turkish sauna that melts away stress. First pain, then gain. 2 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109, exhalespa.com.
Chef Michael Scelfo's first solo outing was an instant success thanks to its vegetable-forward fare and ungodly rich, smoky burger. But Scelfo also deserves a pat on the back for his staffing skills. In particular, bar manager Seth Freidus has assembled a cocktail list that rivals the dinner menu in creativity and ambition, with drinks incorporating vegetables like squash; a house-made amaro on draft; and, come winter, a boozy take on hot chocolate topped with absinthe-and-orange whipped cream. 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, aldenharlow.com.
We know what you’re thinking: With all the seafood joints in Boston, you landed on Sonsie? Stifle your preconceptions for a moment, because when it comes to the classics, it’s all about execution. And that’s where this al fresco hot spot outdoes its competition: with a just-viscous-enough lunch-menu chowder showcasing plump clams and tender Yukon Gold cubes. And, yeah, the people-watching is pretty great. 327 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115, sonsieboston.com.
Ken Oringer's swanky sushi den is known for its artistic, stop-you-in-your-tracks renditions of raw fish, but there's so much more to love. During dinner service, sansho-pepper-dusted karaage fried chicken, petite nubs of rock-shrimp tempura, and octopus dumplings known as takoyaki help absorb the sticker shock—and the stomach space—left behind by the pricey sashimi. The late-night weekend menu has its own identity, highlighted by steaming bowls of ramen. 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, unisashimibar.com.
What's one way to maintain control over your coffee and espresso? Own a supply chain—which is how this Cambridge shop, from local roaster Barismo, became such a well-oiled machine. Beyond pulling expert cortados and offering cold brew on draft, Dwelltime also boasts superior digs, with a copper bar and lots of pickled, baked, and sandwiched snacks for nibbling. 364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, dwelltimecambridge.com.
Finding the right nanny to care for your precious peanut only adds to a new parent’s stress. But with an extensive application and screening process, Boston Nanny Centre makes the job a little easier. They make sure that all of their nannies are citizens or legal residents, over 21, have experience in childcare, are certified in good health by their physician, and are recommended by at least five references. All the while, staffers are accessible via phone and email, and are more than willing to do a little psychological handholding. 135 Selwyn Rd., Newton, MA 2461, bostonnanny.com.
Warm, natural, and beautifully blendedthat’s the work of Michael Albor, a true color artist. Every time we emerge from his salon, we receive a slew of compliments from unlikely sources, though admirers often struggle to pin down exactly what’s different. Which is perfect, because whether you’re covering up the grays or just looking to enhance your chestnut locks, it’s important never to divulge beauty secrets. 253 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, theloftsalonboston.com.
At an authentic Japanese izakaya, the food is meant to serve as a supporting role to the endless flow of sake. But at this Brighton hangout, the infinitely snackable dishes—flame-licked yakitori-style skewered meats, crisp fried oysters, the noodle omelet hybrid known as omusoba—are just as much of a draw. Maximize your experience of the massive menu (and the hefty platters of pan-fried pork and kimchi) by indulging with friends. 1414 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2135, .
You know you’ve found the perfect croissant when you can hear the flaky pastry layers coming apart as you take your first bite. That certainly describes the buttery, ethereal pastries rolled by hand at this Brookline institution. The classic, chocolate-filled, and Gruyère-stuffed croissants are baked fresh daily (and worth the pilgrimage), but if you want to sample the luscious apricot or raspberry versions, you’ll have to make the trek on Saturday or Sunday, and early: They sell out fast. 178 Thorndike St., Brookline, MA 2446, clearflourbread.com.