June 28, 20211 Comment

postcards from boston

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Boston. A town of quaint cobblestone streets, remnants of colonial America's beginnings at every corner, an air of academia and knowledge practically oozing from every historical plaque you pass. Home to Harvard, Red Sox fans aplenty and some of the country's earliest roots in philosophical writings and world class art, there's no denying, there's plenty to keep you busy when in town. So why haven't I ventured here more often, given it's short train ride from New York City? Honestly, when we were in town a few weeks ago, I couldn't stop asking myself this question. And I also couldn't stop wondering how beautiful the city must be in different seasons, chief among them fall!

In case you're like me and you're looking to rectify your absence from Boston soon, I've put together a concise weekend guide for you — 48 hours in a city that boasts world class culture and fun, an enviable food scene and enough historical intrigue to keep you keen for your next visit. Ready? Let's go!

First things, first, where to stay: The Newbury Boston — a property that’s played a pivotal role in Boston’s hospitality scene since 1927 when it first opened as the Ritz-Carlton and later as The Taj. You all know how much I love spaces with rich history and The Newbury certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department. (Case in point: Former guests include Amelia Earhart, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Kennedy family and even Shirley Temple for a few weeks.) Timelessly modern — it’s old world luxury for the contemporary traveler, with art in spades, impeccable fine dining and such close proximity to the Boston Public Garden, you’d swear by the view from your room window you were sitting atop a treehouse next to the pond. Their whole staff was so warm and welcoming and truly made us feel like we were coming home each night. I can't wait to return!

Day 1:

Day 2:

Have you been to Boston before? I'd love to hear about your favorite spots!

Cinq a Sept slip dress (gifted, similar style here) // Dior heels // CH by Carolina Herrera shirt dress (gifted) // Zimmermann polka dot dress (similar style here) // Tove dress // Sarah Flint sandals

Allie Provost

June 14, 20211 Comment

postcards from the plaza + new luggage

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Years ago, when I first saw the Wes Anderson film Darjeeling Limited, I became enamored with the idea of beautiful luggage that tells a story. If you remember at the beginning of that movie, Adrien Brody's character chases down a train in India that's just left the station, with several of his vintage monogrammed Louis Vuitton suitcases in tow. In true Wes Anderson fashion, there's a delightfully melancholy song from the 70s playing (Kinks' 'This Time Tomorrow'), as Brody narrowly catches the train, his bags a chic pile of finely crafted, well-traveled leather beside him. The luggage isn't necessarily pivotal to the film by any means, but it makes comical appearances throughout as each character lugs their own set from stop to stop, a metaphor perhaps for their individual emotional baggage. But make no mistake, it's the most beautiful emotional baggage I've ever seen. 

Since then, I've dreamed about owning my very own set of heirloom-quality luggage, particularly a set by Steamline Luggage, a brand whose old world approach to modern travel needs just speaks directly to my heart. I can't tell you how many times I've admired older women at the airport or the train station, with their leather suitcases, perhaps a hat box or two and a beautiful scarf adorned in just the right spot. Sophisticated yet effortless, as if they somehow breezed in ready for departure, while the rest of us huffed and puffed. To me, Steamline embodies this bygone era of glamorous travel.

Naturally, when their team reached out to me about photographing their new linen Editor collection that launched yesterday, I had to read their email twice. Followed by an excited Google search for long train trips I could take to christen my new bags. Oh, the places I'll take these beauties — the years of adventures we have ahead! Of course, I can only hope I don't have to run after the train like my friend, Adrien. But if I do, I know exactly what song I'll be humming in my head, as I pray the kitten heels on my feet keep up. 

Until then, staying local and checking in at one of my favorite New York hotels like The Plaza, certainly doesn't disappoint either.

Carolina Herrera gown (borrowed) // Oscar de la Renta gown (borrowed via Nova Octo) // Brandon Maxwell dress // Maticevski dress (borrowed via Nova Octo) // Steamline Luggage (gifted)

Allie Provost

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