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Carolina Martinez: The Total Catch

A few weeks back, Camilla and I found ourselves in Back Bay at a table in The Colonnade Hotel's Brasserie Jo restaurant, sat across from the absolutely radiant Carolina Martinez. As we glanced over our notes one last time, we tried our very hardest to contain our excitement for the interview we were about to conduct. You may recognize her husband, perhaps, Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Pretty decent baseball player, they say! Quite well known in Boston, we hear! Just kidding--Pedro is obviously a legend.…

A Day of Bliss at Bella Santé

I am a self-confessed beauty and wellness fanatic. I am a proud VIB cardholder at Sephora, my skincare routine has more steps than Machu Picchu, and when my clock strikes 5:45 AM, I am up and off to barre, yoga, or spin. With that being said, prior to these last few weeks I was a spa virgin. A lover of face masks, though I'd never had a proper facial. The only massage I've had was when my roommate and I thought…

VB x Target Launches Sunday

As I type this, I am hyperventilating through a brown paper lunch bag in anticipation for Sunday's launch of the Victoria Beckham x Target collaboration. I am certain I will immediately regret writing this article upon completion because I fear you will all congest Target's website on Sunday and ruin my chances of snatching up the clothing items I need way more than you do. Victoria Beckham is my spirit animal. But since all is fair in love and fashion I…

Floating on a Cloud at Balans Organic Spa

I've entered a new phase of my life...a health and wellness phase. It happened accidentally, and while technically a good thing, the timing couldn't have been worse as a senior in college. When else is it acceptable to have a Tito's & Soda fueled social life?! Catch me at home with hot tea and a hydrating face mask, how bout dah. One of my spin instructors was even slightly puzzled when I walked into her 6 am class on a Friday…

Freeze and Seize the Day

There are quite a few articles out there hinting that you probably shouldn't follow in the (somewhat unstable) footsteps of Lindsay Lohan. This is not one of those articles. Post-reckless starlet days and pre-hijab fashion designer period, actress Lindsay Lohan went through a phase of posting peculiar photos emerging from some sort of frozen chamber on Instagram, clad in only a swimsuit, mask, and gloves, and looking as if she just took a dip in a witch's cauldron for amusement. Since I will…

Poor Girl’s Guide to Makeup and Skincare

When you grow older there are fewer materialistic things that truly excite you in a childlike way. Even Disneyland magic fades with age.  As silly as it sounds, one thing that still exhilarates me is walking into a good makeup store. Charlie may have had the Chocolate Factory, but I have Sephora. My eyes light up upon entering and by the time I've worked my way through the store, my hand looks like an artist's palette from testing every product and my wrists…

Mind Your Manners

I am no expert on manners. I am not a Duchess. I don't rub elbows with Lords and Ladies. My family doesn't hold a "high tea" fit for a queen, even though we certainly do guzzle the magical liquid down in enormous quantities (tea solves everything, but that is a story for another day). I didn't go to cotillion to fine tune my etiquette and learn the fox trot. Luckily, my parents simply raised me correctly, instilling proper conduct and manners…

Hats Off to Bespolk

I hate winter clothing. I would rather shiver and be soaked by rain and melting snow flakes wearing a smart-looking wool coat than a weather appropriate, waterproof, puffy down one. I survived last winter wearing only heeled Chelsea boots except when I absolutely had to surrender to rain boots (huge NBD but feel like I deserve some sort of award for this). Hats mess my hair up. I can't tell you how much I strongly dislike walking into an overheated store…

Booty Talk with Kelly Brabants

When life gives you (Lulu)lemons, return them and order some Booty by Brabants gear instead. I’ve ordered three pairs of leggings before even completing this article. What on earth am I talking about? Who is Brabants? Fitness guru, designer and sheer inspiration for women everywhere, Boston native Kelly Brabants is a girl boss through and through. Founder of fitness fashion brand Booty by Brabants, Kelly drew her inspiration from the Brazilian booty and the high-intensity, high-energy cardio-based classes that she…

Raising the Barre

My fascination with ballerinas began when I was a little girl. My Granny in London had a connection to Darcey Bussell, who was once a principal dancer of The Royal Ballet, and had her send me over a pair of autographed ballet slippers. My friend Eva took me along to one of her ballet classes when we were about 5, and I actually got to put the slippers to use. Around that same time, all the mums of our Daisy Troop (TBT) took…