Monday
Apr162012

Four Years, New Beginnings

One thousand four hunderd sixty days (or so) and two thousand seven hundred ninety posts ago, New Brahmin came into this world. You all know the story. Four years ago, no one was writing about Boston fashion/shopping/style/beauty/etc on a daily basis. With the exception of what I like to call the fairy godmothers of Boston style blogging, Punky and Martini, there was very little available online for someone interested in the hidden gems and pockets of style around our fair city, whether in terms of what/where to shop or who was making shit happen.

In the four years since New Brahmin began, the fashion and beauty community in Boston has grown exponentially, both online and in real life. Some are remarkable, others, not so much. Some are finding their ways into print writing and styling from blogging while stylists and writers are finding their way in to the digital world. There is a certain clout (and I'm not talking Klout scores) that comes with working in "fashion" for better or worse, depending on your interpretation. There's an increasing hustle for self-promotion, appearances at events and real-life notoriety. It takes a lot of time and work to stay relevant when you're not perched behind a keyboard.

First and foremost, New Brahmin has always been a mixed community of fashion and beauty professionals and emerging talent sharing insight on what happens in and around Boston. In some capacity or another, we are all working creatives. New Brahmin has opened so many doors not just for myself but for NB's contributors. So much so, that with a heavy heart, Janine and I have decided that it was not fair to our readers, ourselves and the New Brahmin brand to keep moving the blog forward in a half-assed way for the time being. Time being the optimal word since many of us don't have much of it lately. We've had to make a hard decision. After much contemplation, it is time that we put this blog to bed. 

Alas, this is not the end of New Brahmin. We are about to embark on an unknown series of events that we hope you will continue to join us for. The orginal thought behind NB was to shine light on the stylish and creative people doing their thing in Boston, making it a better place. After reporting on what's happening for years, it's time to stop talking and start doing. What does that mean? Who knows! What it doesn't mean though is another sad-sack fashion show or shopping party where no shopping goes on and open bars don't open wallets (not that there's anything wrong with open bars...).

We will proudly continue our current endeavors with the Spreedia + New Brahmin Access card and Karmaloop + New Brahmin Beauty School and other fun projects with local businesses that are in the pipeline. The blog will exist as an archive to our work and a time capsule of how far Boston has grown since 2008. We'll probably roll out a tumblr soon enough as we create more and more things for our beloved community to experience and keep you abreast of what's up. And who knows, I may end up needing to post Daily D's (historically, the most popular regular feature) once I get my schedule in order because, with the exception of the past month (in which Meggie has done a fantastic job filling in), I've been doing them almost every day since we began and it's a part of my daily internet routine. Plus, you can still catch us on FB & Twitter, where we'll continue to post about worthy events, sales, projects and ideas. Consider this an indefinite hiatus for the blog element of New Brahmin, not a permanent closure.

That being said, get out there, create, share and support this incredible local community that we've been so lucky to be a part of and nurture and we'll continue to do the same. Stay real.

On behalf of Janine and the entire extended NB family,

Liana

 

Wednesday
Apr112012

On the Cobblestone

 

A beautiful day in Cambridge had me on the streets the other day with my camera and little to lose. I can always count on Harvard Square to deliver a mix of classic, modern, and international style. The ecclectic pulse was very present. Fashion blogger and style crush  Martini Sverin of beyondbostonchic.com even thought so. We both were caught photographing the same subject, at the same time. The photo ahead catches me catching her photographing Simone Geery. Simone officially had a paparazzi moment. Check out the flurry of style starlettes after the jump....

 

 

Martini beaming in a chic emerald green, fur collared beauty.

 

 Simone Geery caught sippin on a hot one from Starbucks clenched with blue nail funk. A pleasure to speak with, she hails from Montauk New York and currently works at Second Time Around in Cambridge. Simone loves stripes, her vintage finds, and Jamaica Plain. Thanks Simone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Tityus Adkins ("with a d"). This was his first to Harvard from Fort Green Brooklyn with his mother who didn't stand too far behind.  He hopes to study socio-economics in the future, his father is Terry Adkins, a famed sculptor, and the last place he visited was India. Travel is a source of inspiration alongside an open mind. Welcome to Cambridge stylish friend. Check out Mom's shoes below...

Classy orange ombres.

 

A warm hello from Nicole of the Philippines and Hong Kong. A Yale student, she is visiting Harvard for a political lecture. Her Barbour men's jacket, ASOS shoes, and glasses made my style eye twitch. Nicole's source of inspiration comes from her aunts in the Philippines who have great cosmopolitan style. "Boston has a great energy, I love it here". Thanks Nicole, you rock.

Hey Matt Mol, visual district manager of Anthropologie. Matt laughed when I asked him where he worked. I get it, you're a big deal at Anthro. But, I liked your jacket, ripped jeans, and shoes. Matt's from Minneapolis and most likely lives in Brooklyn or the West Village. Welcome to Cambridge, darlin!

 

 

Friday
Apr062012

Daily D's

 

Today's round up features national and local headlines as we cannot resist Karl Lagerfeld making a cameo in our Friday Daily D's. Nor can we resist all the excitement going on in our very own Boston. 

Hey Peeps, here are eight ways to wear your pastels and accessorize with chocolates for Easter.  NY Times

Beyonce launches her own site, with all things "Bey", the "Beyhive", the new "Bey"-bay, featuring the "Bey"-eautiful life. Warning: Your computer may not be able to handle the Flash/Hotness.  Beyonce.com

Mena Survari is back in "American Pie: Reunion", The Times divulges what she wil bringing the road to stay glowing and ageless, because the 90's was an epoch ago.  NY Times

Karl Largerfeld, decides that he will design helicopters. The question at stake, is Karl Lagerfeld real? Fashionista

Georgia May Jagger shows Elle Brazil her covergirl persona. Elle

Popular U. K brands are slated to launch e-commerce here in the States. Fashionista

Martini visits the BCAE for their Friday night party, snapping pics of the best dressed. Beyond Boston Chic

In Boston store opening Kristin Paton Interiors will be open today (as it didn't quite make it's quoted opening day yesterday) at 125 Mt. Auburn Street.  Roost

The gentleman of the South End Athletic Company open their newest location on Heartbreak Hill in Newton, just in time for the marathon. Official location, 638 Commonwealth Avenue. Twitter

Allston Pudding reviews the Spirited Magazine celebration for their Noir Generation Issue that took place at Yes.Oui. Si. Scrumptious intellect included.  Allston Pudding

Thursday
Apr052012

Daily D's

 

Keeping things fresh, and local, like your veggies from City Feed, we're going to do something just a tad different today with a round up of local style news.... Thoughts? Opinions? Comment below...

 

Christine Mitchell highlights Hickoree's collection of "Folk" pieces that have us thinking Alexander Calder met Levi in a past life. N'EastStyle

 

Christopher Muther celebrates New England style with a story on the resurrection of the Sperry, the topsider, the boat shoe, the 90's dad- who- owns- a -Volvo stationwagon (-and -sailboat)  shoe. Boston Globe

 

Coup Boston led by Alexandra Hall,  released its digital magazine this past week. Covering the "5 pillars" of lifestyle it promises a revoltionary take on the city's culture. Read it here. Coup Boston

 

Together Boston has a full day planned of bringing beats to the city as told by Angela Bray this morning. We're big fans of  Pico Picante lineups - we'll see you on the dance floor of the Good Life tonight. Together Boston

 

Spreedia interviews the incredibly talented Angela Scott who showed her collection at Louis Boston this  past weekend. Painstaking handmade productions, her shoes make us smile in stripes.  Spreedia

 

Celebrating Passover this week? Half- WASP, half- Jew, Boston Magazine blogger Charlotte Wilder shares how she best handles  the celebration.The Wilder Things

 

Boston Magazine's Chris Vogel reveals that our city is the #2 national hotspot to find a sugar daddy. Here's a hint: Towne, Saturday nights..  Boston Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr042012

Where To Shop: Counterpoint

This blog, and Boston fashion, would be nothing without the amazing boutiques who, season after season, curate beautiful collections and continue to inspire us. We love the pieces in our newest spotlight, Counterpoint, so much that we've decided to start a new habit of letting you know where to shop to get the looks featured. The stores below were kind enough to be part of this particular story. Check back in for more spotlights, and more boutiques to come.

 

Flock Boston

274 Shawmut Ave

Boston, MA

617-391-0222

www.flockboston.com

The Tannery

400 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

617-267-0899

www.thetannery.com

North River Outfitters

124 Charles Street

Boston, MA

617-742-0089

www.northriveroutfitter.com

Louis Boston

60 Northern Ave

Boston, MA

617-262-6100

www.louisboston.com

Moxie Boston

51 Charles Street

Boston, MA

617-557-9991

www.moxieboston.com