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The Overnight

What to Wear Where – The Overnight

One of the perks of my job is that I get to venture to many different destinations. Some people may think this is a hardship rather than a benefit, but I truly like to travel (minus the actual flights) and explore.

So far in 2016 I have been to Florida twice, NYC, Savannah and Charleston. And this week I am at it again.

What I dislike about all the travel is all the packing and worst yet, all the unpacking. I am pretty good with long trips, but sometimes the short trips aka the overnights present a bigger challenge.

Today starts my two short, back-to-back trips. I am in NYC now for an all day planning meeting with a great new client. And tonight I am attending the USO’s 75th  Anniversary Event. The second trip this week is a weekend escape to the Cape to watch the Super Bowl.

If you ask my husband, or as I will refer to him for the purpose of this post “Mr. Carry-On Only,” he would tell you I am the worst packer, especially when it comes to my frequent trips to NYC.  But I finally think I have the formula. Hope you read that, Mr. Carry-On Only.

I pick one piece to build my outfits from and make that piece work for both days. A good start is using a color scheme. I wear a lot of black so that always works or a very neutral palette – gray, denim, camel, white, more gray and occasionally with a pop of color.

This trip it’s centered around some off black jeans that I am currently addicted to, two tops and boots. A silk blouse is always a strong option for work and dresses up your jeans. I am thankful that my job is more creative than corporate and use that to my advantage when dressing. There are a few times I need to look more professional, but the majority of the time casual chic is appropriate.

Then it is really what my career is all about: the attention to details. The look above with the ease of the shirt and accessories complete this outfit. The shirt is what makes it though. This winner by Superfine is not your typical blouse. It has a ribbed hem and sleeves and mesh pockets, which makes it that much more interesting. And the fitted drape makes it a long term staple. Luckily my evening event is casual too so a quick change into a pair of higher, sexier shoe boots will take me well into the night.

Tomorrow is about being comfy and cozy on the train home — a cashmere turtleneck sweater will be perfect. The same sweater will then be repacked for my weekend journey.  I will simply swap out a top, throw in another pair of boyfriend jeans and some work out gear and I am ready for my weekend escape.

Go Panthers!

#frontrowassociates, #worktrips, #R13, #Superfine, #Vince, @the_USO, @CDFRAEvents








Almost Snowed In
January 29, 2016, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Personal, Style, What to Wear Where

What to Wear Where – End of January

This week was all about casual comfort. From an almost snowed in weekend to a Robert Burns Supper, to working at home and a Friends and Family Dinner, I found myself looking for comfy, chic outfits that could take me from day to night with ease.

The start of the week took us to an official Robert Burns Supper at The Haven in JP. I struggled a bit in the morning with what to wear as I knew I would be coming right from a client meeting so jeans were not really an option.

Alas! Look what I found in my closet. I got these in the fall of 2014 while vacationing in Capri. I’ve worn them a few times with big chunky knits, but this Scottish dinner proved to be the best time to sport these Italian trousers.  I am now claiming this tartan the marker for FRA!

The rest of the week I was supposed to be in NYC for planning meetings, but winter storm Jonas and a change in a client’s schedule allowed me to stay put and work from home. #thankful

And finally, TGIF brings us to the grand re-opening of Uni, an excellent sashimi bar. There has been much press about this reinvention, so I’m very excited to test it out tonight. Our great friend Chef Ken Oringer is simply amazing. The week is ending unseasonably warmer so a pair of tried and true fall cargoes and a cropped sweater are just right.

I am a HUGE fan of Pinterest. I pin things all the time when they catch my attention for many reasons and purposes. One of my boards is called “Caught My Eye” and I refer to it just about every day for ideas. It’s a great way of tracking what looks, trends, designers and shops I like, and it helps me streamline my style and shopping.

Here are a few other looks of the week straight from my Pinterest board. When shopping in my own closet, I find it easier to build an outfit based on one piece or accessory that I want to showcase.

Look 1: Vegan leather aka pleather pants by Zara, a Gray 2-in-1 Crew by Band of Outsiders and Bone Fur Clogs from the No. 6 Store. This outfit took me through the day to sushi at night with friends. And yes, those are open back clogs, but so warm and cozy I walked all the way home.

Look 2: AG skinnies, my long Sunburst tee from the Raquel Allegra fall collection, a Figue Pom-Pom Cardigan that both my BFF Jodi and I scored this summer in the Hamptons and my all-time favorite Shearling Boots from the No. 6 Store. Winner!

Look 3: Ulla Johnson pants, an Autumn Cashmere cropped sweater and my Barneys New York Suede Booties (worn half zipped as taught to me by one of my BFF’s Celine).

Happy Friday!

#RaquelAllegra, #Figue, #Zara, #No.6_Store, #AGJeans, #UllaJohnson, #AutumnCashmere, #BarneysNewYork, #BandofOutsiders, #fashion, #style, @kenoringer, @joedeehess, @CDFRAEvents, @CocoCD2014, #FrontRowAssociates, #WhattoWearWhere 






Happy New Year
January 27, 2016, 6:43 pm
Filed under: Events, Fashion, Style | Tags: , , , ,


Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

It has now been over 6 months since my last post. In that time, I am guilty of producing 6 major events – one in Nashville, three in Boston and two in NYC – and none made it to the Daily Cookie. Plain shameful.

With that out of the way, its time to start anew (again). And I have decided to make blogging a resolution. My strategy here is if I put it in writing I might stick to it. Plus I have a new team of interns that appear to be social media gurus so we are positioned to share a lot. That is your warning.

2016 promises to be a very busy year for Front Row. We have started working with a few new clients and look forward to executing our annual events too. Our events will take us to Washington DC, Boca Raton, Las Vegas and NYC. And we have a good amount of home grown ones here in Boston too.

When recently interviewing this semesters interns, I realized I was commenting a lot about themes (which you know by now we love) and truly embracing where you are to help maximize the destination event’s potential.

So this year many of our posts will be targeted at exactly that. And I would like to take this time of year for new opportunities to reinvent a fun category to the Daily Cookie – What to Wear Where. This will focus on either my day to day inspiration or what I choose or recommend to others to wear to a specific event.

We will put together outfits, guides, where to find the inspiration or pieces, a few treats and a hot list of the most anticipated events (produced by Front Row of course) for 2016.

The future is bright.













April 8, 2015, 1:27 am
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Last week I produced an event for New England Venture Capital Association, one of my favorite and super cool clients in Boston.

I chose to highlight this particular event because people are always asking about theme parties and if they are a draw or turn off. In my opinion, theme parties have made a big come back. Before everyone wanted to be cool and that translated to uber chic, minimalist and sleek.  That vibe still works for sure, but I feel things have loosened up a lot.

Golfing and playing poker arnevyprepe activities, not theme events.  When I say something is themed, I am not talking about your standard, run of the mill “theme” events like the overdone Casino Night.  I am referring to the types of events that guests look forward to, spend weeks scouring the internet for the best costume and fully embrace the chosen theme down to the smallest details.

They become an anticipated annual event and when done right, provide tremendous client and customer satisfaction, deliver some fantastic photo opps and offer up the best bragging rights for years or at least until the next one!

The Pre Party as we simply named this one, was a preview to a major awards show coming up in May and had two goals: to announce this year’s finalists which were also featured in Bostinno and to get everyone fired up for this year’s theme, SOLID GOLD.


We put the midas touch on all and created a gold entrance, used the now famous Instagram-like gold sequined photo back drop, employed Manicube to paint gold and glitter flare nails and had a Tarot Card reader on site to read everyone’s golden futures. We even added a gold mobile candy bar as a special treat.

Now the real work begins, we need to top last week and most importantly top last year.

Theme parties can be a blast. Pay extra attention to the details and the promotion. The more you are excited about the them, the more your guests will be as well.

I am going to start searching for my outfit now. . .

What I wore to The Pre Party:

@AutumnCashmere black cropped sweater

@OhneTitel pleated silk and leather skirt

Zebra lame black and gold metallic @JimmyChoo pumps

April 25, 2010, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Style, Uncategorized, What to Wear Where

The weather is shaping up despite a few downpours, and it is time for some spring cleaning and shopping.  I am officially out of hibernation and ready to put some pep in my step and new fashion tips and trends to the test. I would like to dedicate this post to Rachel, the one who truly with one plea for help, inspired me to get out of my uggs and into my groove.  

Spring fashion is all over the map – literally. Knowing what you love and what looks good on your body is now more important than ever. And I find as I get older, the easiest way to always look good. The trends do not work on everyone and are not appropriate for everyplace. Sort through the magazines, try on many styles and cuts before you buy whether in a store or on-line and shop your own closet for pieces that you can make work now and that finish many different outfits. Remember fashion is fun, and spring and summer are the times to dress to make you feel more youthful and happy.

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up! For shoes this season, it is either sky-high or flat as a pancake for me.  There is NO in-between. I am still loving wedges – added height, comfort and stability.  The ones that are hot now are with cork or rope heels or wooden – a modern take on the clog.  The idea is to elongate the leg, so wear them with dresses and shorts or with skinny jeans that you can roll and cuff at the ankle.  High clogs also look great with a wide leg jean.  I have my eye on two pairs from Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta.

I am also loving flat sandals – yes I just said that! Don’t get me wrong, I still adore my heels, but a cool pair of new gladiators, with a zipper closure  or an embellished thong can be super hot too. It’s about proportions here, try them on with your outfit – you will know instantly if your leg needs more height or if you can rock the laid back vibe. Sometimes heels with everything make you look like you are trying too hard. Lately for me, running around Boston or NYC has been easier in my favorite distressed riding boots.  This look translates well to a great pair of sandals or even my tried and true metallic havaianas.  I pack the heels for dinners or events. Some sandals I am considering are , “they were so hot last year they brought them back” snake beaded from Calypso, a suede neutral by Antik Batik and a gorgeous warm brown zip up gladiator from Givenchy. And K. Jacques always has some great leather sandals and wedges at very reasonable price points. Years ago, I bought two pairs at Jeffery NYC, a pair of gold wedges and turquoise suede flip flops, that are still in great shape and style.   

There are tons of great heels out there now.  The platform is still fresh and anything with numerous straps, cut outs, chain links or zippers are on fire. I avoid the overly ornate or sculptured heel, those will be so last season so fast and not a good ROI.  I already bought a pair of LAMB super high, cut out, open toe booties.  I have been sporting them with skinny jeans and must admit as soon as I zip these up, I feel like a true rock star. Balenciaga also has a killer pair of heels this season with a soft piece of black leather in the front that looks bad-ass off and I assume does wonders for your leg on.  And Prada, one of my favorite brands for style and comfort, has some gorgeous platform pumps for both work and play.  The open weave Louboutins look fierce and I am such a fan of that bright red bottom, but I don’t think will be that comfortable after hours on your feet.  My advice is buy one or two pairs now that you love and can wear many different way.  Then wait until a couple of months for all the summer sales and you can scoop up one or two more!

I am not sure of the socks with sandals look.  It never worked on Papa and I am not sure it will work on me either.  If you are tempted to venture down this sock path, I would try them with a cropped pant and a bootie or a midcalf dress with a high sandal.   

Okay now lets move our way up to pants.  Denim is everywhere.  Jeans, pants and dresses.  And god help us, the jean jacket is back too.  And back for another season, the skinny silhouette is the rage.  I am still loving my AG Adriano Goldschmied stilts but I got a new, lighter wash.  These look great with heels or flats.  I would like to try on the J Brand/Duarte jeans for that rocker Balmain look which a part of me will always love. But you will also find some baggier styles out there too.  This tomboy look is fab with a tank or oversized button down tucked in with a great belt. 

Cargo pants are also all over the streets because of the utilitarian chic trend.  I love cargo pants and think you can wear them day or night.  I want to try the J Brand  – they are super skinny and with a great soft tee and slouchy blazer and the right jewelry make a hip outfit or are “celebrity casual” and perfect with an oversized super soft, lightweight cashmere v-neck sweater on a cool summer night.  And I am loving the glitter meets military look. Recently for dinner, I paired an army green pair of fitted Proenza Schouler chinos with an oversized gold sequined Gryphon tank and super high heels.  All of which may I add were reinvented by shopping my closet.

Soft pants are current now too.  These I have mixed feelings about – I am not a fan of the overly loose, draped or bloused dhoti styles but do like an easy fluid menswear inspired pair in a neutral shade or classic black.  I bought some in black silk by Isabel Marant that I plan to wear with a knit or cashmere tank and a great long, bold necklace and be polished enough for work meetings or with a simple cotton tank and wedges for a summer outing. The key with these is to balance the softness with something more tailored like a vest and someting simple on top.  Richard Chai also has a great pair and I bet you Banana Republic has a few styles that won’t break the bank.     

Who wears short shorts? Honestly if you are somewhere around that jailbait age or got the tan legs to do them justice, go for it for day or night.  If not, stick to a tailored pair of trouser shorts with a grown up strappy platform or wedge and a blazer or shirt for dress up daywear or a cute pair of cut offs or low slung short shorts with a great striped top for weekends.  I even like the pockets hanging out if paired correctly with a french inspired striped top (can’t go wrong with the St James striped tops at Calypso) and a pair of flips, laceless sneakers or if you dare sneaker wedges.  This is not your typical Daisy Duke outfit. I picture this on a ferry or at a picnic.

Today I went shopping with BFF Candy and we tested some of the above advice and targets.  I ended up getting another pair of the AG stilt jeans but in white.  White jeans are a summer staple.  The AG stilts are soft and look great on the leg. . . even in white.  And I did splurge and got the J Brand cargos.  (I had a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket. . . thank you Di!) I also purchased an adorable pair of G-One short shorts – 100% linen, low slung and super casual. They reek vacation and beach weekends.  With a simple navy or white tank and my havaianas, I will be good to go!        

Next up dresses, tops, jackets and the accessories to wear with it all. I am out of hibernation and only starting to feel the heat. Stay tuned!

The long and short of it
January 15, 2010, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Style

Fashion is all about legs lately.  And unless you know how to use them, you could find you and your stems on some fashion faux pas list.

New York excites me for many reasons but since this post and my last post all stemmed (pun intended) from my recent trip to the Big Apple, I have to believe it is my fashion inspiration source.  And I don’t like saying that because I feel Bostonians already get a bum rap when it comes to fashion and trend setting even though we have pretty cool stores that know what is in style (Louis Boston for one) before anyone else and some super chic boutiques along Newbury Street and in the South End.  Perhaps Gisele will help rectify this stereotype as she starts strutting her mile long legs shooting fashion campaigns here on our streets, but until then it is up to our very own stylish, well-heeled women to run with it. One thing in common and on both streets here and in NYC – leggings.

Leggings are a trend that have been around for many seasons now.  Leggings in theory are great.  In reality, they do not always work.  I commend Gretta Monahan for coming out in a recent article saying she does not like the way she looks in leggings.  She is not alone.  I see hundreds of women here trying to wear leggings and wearing them all wrong.  First, do we really want to relive that God awful 80s style (I mean just add leg warmers and a torn sweatshirt and you could be flash dancing all over again) and second, why are we substituting them for pants?  Even our work out wear has changed drastically.  Look at the lululemon craze – their Groove pants are on women everywhere.  Why – because they hug and hold where they should and then they let go and elongate too.  Tight butt and thighs with a long and lean leg –  match made in heaven.  Leggings have the opposite effect.

I admit I do own a few pairs of leggings.  I have  basic black (full and cropped lengths) from American Apparel.  The full length I never wear.  The cropped are fun in the summer with flat gladiators or flip-flops and a long (as in cover your ass long) top.  On occasion I have sported these with a chunky high wedge and a dress.  The look here is more sophisticated – throw on a thin cardigan and belt it all or add some great chunky necklaces or cuffs.  This keeps you hip as opposed to the Hannah Montana inspired tweeners that wear leggings as pants.  Be careful with the proportions and “flowiness” – you don’t want to look preggers if you are not.

My other leggings are more formal than your basic pull on lycra.  They are Vince and actually have cute defining lines and zip. These I only wear tucked into flat boots with a comfy boyfriend sweater, a long layered cardigan or vest,  or a tee and long blazer.  I do not wear leggings as pants or with any type of heel.

I have seen many women look great pulling this off – they are either super tall and thin or very petite.  I am not quite tall but not petite either.  At just over 5′ 5″ in height, I am pretty average and I am athletic.  I am not a fan of the more cut leg in full leggings and as I said in the beginning of my legging rant, they have opposite effect on me.  Like Gretta, I too do not always like how I look in leggings.

Okay next up in my fabulous two cities is jeans.  The latest denim craze – super skinny jeans and jeggings, the denim legging.  Both, may I add, are still in style for spring.  Skinnys and jeggings in pastel shades too.  Um. . . no thanks.  For the same reasons as above. But I do love my skinny jeans now and I will also admit I have a pair of jeggings (deep indigo, almost black but not black and not certainly not off- black).  I wear them both tucked into flat or slouchy boots, and this spring and summer, I will try my favorite skinny jeans (Current/Elliott studded) with chunky heels.  By then, they will be worn just enough so they hug less on the calves and fall just perfectly at my ankles. If you can’t do the skinny, try a super straight or cigarette leg. They are flattering to more body types and give you the same lean look. I prefer these styles with a killer pair of heels or boots. And just about any type of top – classic or trendy works with these cuts.

Something to dress by – put on a pair of skinny jeans or leggings, stand in a normal stance and look in the mirror.  Unless you can see clearly through your two thighs,  you should not be thinking you look good in them either.

Truth be told, that is actually the long and short of it.

January 12, 2010, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Style

Frivolity is not fashion anymore and trendy is not necessarily in. It’s a new year, time to reinvent a new you.

I always love my trips to NYC for the scene, to keep me current and for the people aka fashion watching.  I especially took note of a few things to help with my own style update on my trip last week to the city that never sleeps.  Two women caught my eye (come on. . .we all check each other out).  

The  first lady was walking down 57th in mid-town.  She was blond, tall and dressed to the nines as my Mom would say.  Her hair was pulled back in a sleek ponytail, she wore a gorgeous black, fitted long coat with fur collar and maxi sleeves (large and turned up  – not your typical grandma puffs), black round oversized sunglasses and a caramel Hermes birkin bag.  She reeked of upper class, but her distressed denim and designer motor cycle boots mixed with all of the above made her cool as opposed to uptight. 

The second woman was a true hippie hipster walking down B’way in Soho. She too wore her brown locks in a ponytail (a bit more undone) , a black pea coat with an oversized funnel scarf, a large black leather Prada bucket bag  and super skinny dark jeans that were perfectly tucked into suede booties. Laid back cool but with the right pieces to polish her entire look.

Both women probably got dressed that morning in the same manner – they pulled out their staples and both knew they had it going on. 

Getting dressed each morning is one of my favorite things to do.  What I wear and how I feel defines my entire day.  When I get dressed these days for an event or just every day, I no longer look for outfits or to fancy tops or frivolous pieces.  This season I bought two new dresses for my various events and functions and depending on the tone of each, I would dress up or scale down the dress with accessories and heels.  Other than that, I have been content and having fun with mixing, matching and layering my staples.   These days they consist of a few great cardigans (Marni and Inhabit are my favorites), skinny or super straight jeans (Current Elliott studded, J Brand cigarette or leggings and  AG dark wash Stilts), James Pearse tanks, Kain, Calypso and Alexander Wang tees, Steven Alan shirts, a killer pair of black skinny trousers, a few black jackets thrown in the mix and of course, boots  – flats and heels.  

Looking ahead into spring fashion, I was happy to learn that chunky wedge heels, statement necklaces (metals and chain especially), strappy heels, layering, belting, all kinds of dresses and muted palettes are still in style.   The super trendy looks I will avoid and you will never see me sporting neon nails. 

Play with proportions and layering,  do not over accessorize and sport a great attitude.  When all else fails, a great coat, bag or shoe will always carry you through.    For a new look, try investing in a few good staples or shop your closet for the ones you already own.  Get them back into rotation.  Keep your make up simple and natural to match. 

Effortless chic, investment basics and knowing what works on you is what works now and forever.