November Headlines

Nic+Zoe

We tend to get bored of our closets, and with Holiday parties right around the corner, it’s not the best problem to have. So we’ve turned to the Boston based brand, Nic+Zoe, for a wardrobe update. Their pieces are classic and ideal for work to evening wear, whether you’re running to a client dinner or happy hour with the girls. Their jackets are also the perfect addition for any outfit!

- JJ

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Ember Mug

This mug should be on everyone’s wish list this holiday season. The Ember Mug connects to your phone through their app and notifies you once your drink has reached the perfect temperature. And since hot cocoa season is upon us, this is the ideal gift for everyone on your list (including your own)!

- JD

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Small Business Saturday

We’re all about shopping local, so Small Business Saturday is a no brainer for us. Here’s a few of our favorites we suggest hitting up on November 24th!

Olives & Grace (South End)

Wasiks (Wellesley)

December Thieves (Beacon Hill)

M Flynn Jewelry (South End)

- JJ

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Thom Solo Shoes

If you want to walk a mile in Lady Gaga or Carrie Underwood’s shoes, you may want to hit up Bostonian, Thom Solo. Those fierce women are just a few of who he has designed for, amongst many others! His shoes are truly works of art, and this November 11th, guests will be able to see 4 of his custom designs at the Peabody Essex Museum Light & Sound Gala. Tickets are still available for the Gala’s dance, so make sure you grab yours and bring your own dancing shoes (hopefully soon you’ll be able to wear a pair of Thom’s)!

- JJ

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90+ Cellars Holiday Gift

Our friends at 90+ Cellars have created a unique gifting program this holiday season. One of the fastest growing wine brands in America, 90+ Cellars, is printing custom label bottles of their reds, whites and bubbly for business and individuals. We think it’s perfect for corporate or social gifting, especially the 187ml mini prosecco bottles. Get creative and make your own holiday greeting or brand your bottles with your company logo. Custom label wines are sold by the case.

- JJ

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As we prepare for the holiday season, we are reminded of ways we can give back to deserving charitable programs. One day that we look forward to every holiday seasons is #GIVINGTUESDAY. A national day of giving back that always falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If you have been wanting to support a cause that’s dear to you or support a friend’s fundraising initiative, you can do so online on November 27th! We all have friends running the Boston Marathon for a charitable organization so give them the gift of support on CrowdRise.

- JJ

October Headlines

Forestbound

The bag says it all; I’ve got a serious case of wanderlust right now, and Forestbound’s “Escape” bags are the perfect accessory for any trip. These canvas bags have been a favorite of mine for awhile now, and I love that they’re made right in Somerville, MA! Their weekender comes in a few colors, and they’re canvas utility bag has a couple different options, if you’re not feeling the need to ‘escape’. Also, for anyone like me that has trouble landing on a destination, their website has a cabin directory, called “Cabin Escapes”, which has a list of locations that people have vouched for so you don’t have to waste time looking through different sites. All you have to do is grab your bag and take off!
- JD

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Alexandre Birman Mules

One of the biggest fashion trends we are seeing this season in womenswear is plaid. Storefronts and online shopping homepages are drenched with variations of the print from full plaid suits to overcoats and yes, shoes. Think a toned-down Cher in Clueless! I’m loving this trend because it brings me back to my equestrian days! If you aren’t ready to jump all in, check out the Evelyn Plaid Mules complete with a feminine bow and subtle print by Brazilian footwear designer Alexandre Birman. - JGW

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Wellfleet Oyster Festival

Rose season may be over, but thankfully oysters are a year-round thing here in New England. The 18th annual Wellfleet Oyster Festival is taking place on October 13 & 14th, and this two day celebration never disappoints. There’s plenty of activities for everyone, but one of the weekend’s most popular events, the Oyster Shuck-Off kicks off on Saturday afternoon. Rain or shine, we’re there! - JJ

Barry’s Bootcamp - Decade’s Challenge

The team behind the ‘best workout in the world’ is launching their newest challenge this October. Celebrating two decades in the red room, Barry’s is challenging participants to 20 classes in 30 days. These classes are constantly changing and always kick my ass. There’s no question it’s by far my favorite work out in the city, whether I’m up for this challenge is a whole different story.

- JD

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Wasik’s The Cheese Shop

The Cheese Shop, located in downtown Wellesley - in the most charming space in town - is where you will find gourmet cheeses and specialty foods like honey, chocolates, olive oil, sea salts, chutney, spices and sauces. But let’s face it, this family operated business is known for its wine and cheese. It’s been their thing since 1964! Something on our social to do list is taking one of their cheese classes with cheesemonger and affineur Brian Wasik. This shop has become our go to for gifts and cocktail parties, and now with the holidays coming up, the shop will soon be taking orders for specialty fruit pies and gift baskets. - JJ

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Belkin Family Lookout Farm

‘Tis the season for apple picking in New England! Lookout Farm located in Natick, Mass. just 30 minutes outside of Boston, offers much more than tasty apples. The farm mantaines over 60,000 fruit trees including plums, peaches, pairs, a variety of apples for picking and also for the kids, a children’s play area complete with pony rides, hay climbing, farm animals, magic shows and face painting on the weekends. For the adults, finish the day at the Lookout Farm Hard Cider taproom where you’ll find farm-inspired craft ciders and beers! - JGW

September Headlines

Island Creek Oyster Raw Bar

If you haven’t already heard from friends on the south shore, or seen from social media, Island Creek Oyster opened up a pop-up oyster bar in Duxbury earlier this summer! Great oysters, beer, and a perfect back drop - it’s the ideal spot whether you’re looking to get out of the city for an afternoon, or need to wait out traffic coming back/headed to the cape! - JD

Hotel Pippa, Nantucket

September is by far our favorite time to be on ACK - tourist season starts to die down, the weather is perfect, and the island is still, for the most part, open for business. While we were on our first JJ Media retreat, we stumbled upon Hotel Pippa. The newest boutique hotel to open up right in the center of town. With 17 rooms total, there’s a room style for everyone, and it’s crisp white and blue modern decor fits right into the island vibe. We already can’t wait to set up shop on their adorable garden/patio area, or belly up to their wine bar, during our next retreat! - JD

Stone Path Malt

While we love all the pop-up breweries throughout the city this summer, we are pretty excited to venture out of the city for Stone Path Malt’s Oktoberfest celebrations at the end of the month. The new Maltery is perfect for beer connoisseurs, families, or if you’re just looking for a cold one! The taproom has some local New England craft favorites, and for Oktoberfest weekend they’ll be plenty of food, games, and beer on tap for all! Prost! - JJ

Cisco Brewery Seaport Pop-up

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of Cisco Brewery on Nantucket or have yet to go, you’re in luck! The beloved brewery has opened a popup on the mainland at 84 Seaport Boulevard in the bustling Seaport district of Boston. Wednesday through Friday until the end of the month, you’ll find cold beers on tap, wine, Cisco merch. and bites by local favorite, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. - JGW

5th Annual Bill Belichick Foundation Hall of Fame Huddle

The NFL’s current winningest head coach, Bill Belichick is gearing up for the 5th Annual Bill Belichick Foundation Hall of Fame Huddle in Boston on October 12th. The highly anticipated charity event featuring this year’s special guests, Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, will give attendees a rare inside look into coaching from three of the best coaches of all time. Tickets can be purchased at billbelichickfoundation.org. Proceeds will benefit the BBF, in its mission to support student athletes and athletic programs in need through scholarships and grants. - JJ

New Cartier Boutique!

Love is in the air! “Love” bracelets that is. Cartier is set to open a new four story boutique at the end of the month on the luxury end of Newbury Street (a few doors down from their current location) in Boston. With the additional space, we can’t wait to see all the precious jewels, watches, fragrances, leather goods and more that will be displayed inside what we all expect to be a stunning new location. The soon to open Cartier boutique is located on Newbury Street between Arlington and Berkeley. - JGW