January Headlines

Tourists

I try to make a list of new places to visit every year (both near and far) and the TOURISTS hotel in North Adams, Massachusetts easily made the cut for 2019. Nestled in the Berkshires, the TOURIST hotel is where retreat meets adventure. Their website provides you with plenty of ‘to-do’s’ for those that are looking to explore the area, but if you’re simply looking for a place to unwind and let your mind go quiet for a bit, their property seems to be the ideal place for that as well. Looking forward to taking it all in in person this year! - JD

The CCP

If you’re looking for some inspiration to kick off your year, then you may want to head over to The CCP to hear about their mission. The Culture Connection Project, started by Joshua Sims and Tyler James, brings volunteers from around the world over to Uganda to teach, and learn, from the students at Arlington Academy of Hope. Their programs are structured to promote equality and understanding of each other and celebrate the differences in different cultures. Their 2018 group has just returned from their trip, but you can check out their site, and Instagram, @the.ccp, to learn more about this amazing group of people and how you can join the effort!

- JJ

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Colette

We’re already big fans of Frenchie in the South End, so we were so excited to hear that their team will be opening up a sister restaurant, Colette, in Porter Square at the beginning of 2019! The menu will be similar to it’s siblings (Frenchie & Petit Robert Bistro), and you can currently get a sneak peek of the interiors on their Instagram page, @colette1924! We’ll be making reservations, des que possible!

- JJ

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The Financial Gym

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Financial Gym over the last few months from podcasts to a segment on the Today Show, this company seems to be everywhere - kudos to their PR team! The Financial Gym founded by Shannon McLay, offers one-on-one financial guidance to help individuals better manage their finances. If saving more money is one of your new year’s resolutions, this may be the perfect resource for you. Think of it like a personal trainer for your finances. Whether you need to put together a plan to payoff student loans, debt, save money, spend smarter, buy real estate or travel, the Financial Gym helps individuals reach their financial goals. Memberships start at $99/month that you can cancel at any time so you’re not locked into a year long commitment. There are also special rates for students. - JJ

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Aspen Snowmass

Skiing out west is a special experience for us New Englanders whether it’s your first time or you’re a frequent flyer to hit the slopes. Though we love our mountains here, there’s just something about that clean mountain air, untouched powder, plenty of open trails to keep advanced skiers and riders out on the mountain all day, and of course beautiful resorts and ski towns with a life of their own. Aspen, Colorado has it all and will always have a special place in my heart since it’s where I got engaged and experienced Colorado skiing for the first time. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or taking a stroll through the charming town there’s plenty to do on the mountain and at the base. The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome or the St. Regis in Aspen are located in the heart of downtown allowing you to walk to the Silver Queen Gondola, award winning restaurants, night life, spas, the Aspen Art Museum, ice skating and a SOULCYCLE pop up (“Destination Soul”) open until the end of March if you’re looking to burn some extra holiday calories. And what’s a ski town without apres ski hot spots? The Little Nell hotel bar and Cloud Nine, a ski-in, ski-out restaurant and bar is where you’ll want to go. Lastly, we would recommend making dinner reservations at Matsuhisa, The Monarch and Campo de Fiori. Note when booking your trip, the X Games return to Aspen January 24-27! - JGW

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TIEM Spin Shoes

Needless to say we let ourselves indulge a little bit this holiday season, and so with the start of the new year, there are NO excuses to get back into our workout routines. We’re both loyal to our spin studios, but were looking for some new gear to help motivate us to get back into the saddle. These TIEM spin shoes not only look sleek, but are so comfortable, and work with majority of studio bikes! Now there are really no excuses to kick off the new year on the right foot. -JJ

December Headlines

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Mary Poppins Returns

Get your popcorn ready! One of our favorite childhood movies is coming back to the big screen on December 19th and we can’t wait! Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to Mary Poppins, which takes place 20 years after the original, has Emily Blunt playing Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke, the original “Bert” coming back, but playing Mr. Dawes Jr. this time around. Cosmopolitan published this fun slideshow showing us what the new cast looks like next to their original counterparts. - JGW

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CorePower Yoga, Back Bay

We’re already pledging to get back on our best fitness routines for the new year, and with the new CorePower Yoga Back Bay studio opening soon, we really will have no excuse. The new Back Bay location will join the list of their studios in Fenway, Seaport, and the South End. For all new CorePower yogi’s - they offer one week free classes upon signing up! New year, new you, and no excuses! - JD

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Spruce Peak

It’s that time of year when us New Englanders start thinking about ski trips and long weekend getaways. One destination that’s always at the top of our list is Stowe, Vermont. There is something for everyone in this ski town. Even if you aren’t hitting the slopes, you can still have an action packed weekend visiting Von Trapp Brewery, dining out, taking a gondola ride, indulging in a spa day, ice skating or snowmobiling. You can do as much or as little as you want just be sure to pack layers! As for lodging, one of the most convenient and luxurious places to stay is The Lodge at Spruce Peak formerly known as Stowe Mountain Lodge. It could be a wonderful spot to ring in the new year if you haven’t made plans yet! - JGW

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Art Basel

If you’re wondering what everyone’s doing in Miami showing off beautiful galleries and unique pieces of art, here’s the deal, for us Americans, Art Basel is sort of like the Super Bowl week of art in Miami. Art Basel founded in 1970, stages the world’s premier art shows for modern and contemporary art in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami to bring together artists, galleries and noteable collectors. Throughout the weekend there are a number of VIP parties sponsored by various luxury brands and celebrity sightings. ArtNews is keeping enthusiasts updated on all things happening at Art Basel in Miami so you can follow along from home. - JGW

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Table,
by Jen Royle

The North End is adding a new restaurant to their roster, but this one comes with a twist. TABLE, by Jen Royle, is opening on Hanover Street December 19th and will host 2-3 seatings a night, where guests will be seated together at two long custom tables! We can’t wait to dig our forks into the 15 layer eggplant parm, or the carbonara! Also, they’ll be open for Brunch on Sunday’s, so North End residents can enjoy some chicken & waffles, or breakfast flatbread in the comfort of their own neighborhood. As Chef/Owner, Jen Royle says, “come as strangers, leave as friends”!

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Google Home Hub

While there are a few items on both of our lists, we both have our eye on this particular gift! The new Google Home Hub is the perfect gift for anyone on your list! While we multitask year round, this time of the year can be particularly hectic so we can use all the help we can get. From helping to personalize your morning routine, to finding the most delicious recipes for your holiday dinner, The Google Home Hub seems to do it all - finally an Elf on the Shelf that actually helps out! - JD

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