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December 2, 2009

-John Benevides


The Store Behind the Store: Boston’s Best Bodega

December 2, 2009

-John B.

In between the thousands of alleys and side streets, Boston hides many treasures.  Stores and boutiques scatter the map leaving a trail from one hidden gem to the next.

Locally-owned Bodega is definitely one of these finds and has blown up into one of Boston’s most popular urban boutiques, literally. Boston Magazine rated it the Best of Boston for Sneakers for the last two years. 

But how has is handled the recession?

“Of course we are affected by the recession,” says owner Dan, “I would be lying if not.”

The store, at 6 Clearwater St., opened several years ago and gained popularity from the migrating college scene.  Now people from all ages come to Bodega which helps them out during these demanding times.

They have lost employees and some have even taken pay cuts but that does not affect their style or limit their creativity.

“The style of the store was suspect until people actually see it,” says Dan

 The “speakeasy style” architecture uses the convenience store as a front, the infamous glowing archway of Snapple hiding Bodega’s other true side.

The machine leads you to a utopia lined with rows of sneakers and jackets, t-shirts, and all the matching accessories.  The walls are decorated with modern works from local artists and designers.  Their urban-prep clothing line is not only stylish but has something for everyone in every price range. 

From the newly released Bodega/Adidas Boston Supers to the faded box of drier sheets in the window, everything is up for grabs. 

The store’s individual style and its explosion in popularity attracts major companies like Adidas and Nike giving these guys a creative edge like no other shoe store in the city.  They are constantly coming out with new, hot shoes and jackets made specifically for Bodega. 

Going to Bodega is not just shopping, it is an experience.

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The Wonderful World of Burton

October 22, 2009

Burton2010I have tried to not indulge in my absolute obsession with Tim Burton and force that upon all you readers out there but I came across a beautiful little treat that I must share.  Our favorites over at Harper’s Bazaar just had a Tim Burton inspired shoot photographed by Tim Walker in anticipation for this wonderful fall season and Burton’s “Retrospective” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  Walker had the ability to capture that gothic aesthetic we love Tim Burton for and each photo is a fashionable manifestation of Burton’s disgustingly beautiful mind.  For those of you that are not up to speed on your Burton obsession please take the weekend and indulge in some seriously twisted expressions of childhood imagination meeting its fantastical adulthood counterpart.  Burton’s films truly capture the essence of the socially accepted dichotomous relationship between childhood and adulthood and turn them into one profound representation of the youth of maturity.  Burton is truly a living, breathing demonstration of the auteur artist.

Edward Scissorhands will be on ABC Family this coming Monday.  You may also want to peruse your local Blockbuster or RedBox for Sleepy Hollow (1999), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Beetle Juice (1988), Big Fish (2003)…just to name a few. Keep a look out for Burton’s Alice in Wonderland coming 2010.

-Asha Isabella

It’s a First and It’s Going to Last- From The Eyes of a First Time Fashion Fanatic

October 16, 2009

The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Industry Fashion Show Jacki MonacoIndustry Fashion Show 2009:

By: Jacki Monaco

Who said models had to walk on a runway? Nobody; at least not on September 8, 2009 as living, breathing, strutting mannequins garnished  in Michael Mione, Bless By Bless, and Catalina raided the second floor of Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel. This wasn’t a random attack of model mayhem, but a scheduled night of trends and glamour, part of Pre-Boston Fashion Week: The Industry Fashion Show.

The Park Plaza Hotel, simultaneously intimidating and breathtaking. A carpet of carnelian red unfolds from the entrance like a ribbon, freshly untied from the perfect Christmas present- my own pair of Jimmy Choos. I almost feel like “a somebody” as I make my red-carpet entrance toward a stunningly dressed stranger who opens the colossal doors that lead me to my first press pass. My eyes dart from left to right as I try to discretely find my way without revealing the blushing face of a naïve girl that exists under this mask of Dior foundation and Maybelline Mascara. The next few minutes become a maze of chandeliers, expensive people, and attempts to follow the directions for which I caved. All of a sudden it feels as though the Park Plaza Hotel has swallowed me up and gently perched me on the second floor where not a single girl can be seen or heard wearing anything other than four-inch-high stilettos.

Two long tables line either side of a hallway leading to a small room with hors de’oeuvres and a cash bar. The first table is a buffet of Lisa Sophia jewelry and Miche handbags; simple and sturdy bags with the ability to shed one identity and take on another as stated by the motto “detach, remove, attach.” Like faceplates for cell phones, snap on covers for these otherwise plain purses come in all shades and patterns. The perfect accessory for the girl who hasn’t the patience to transfer lip sticks, keys, and business cards from purse to purse on a daily basis. The second table is covered inch by inch with samples of Motives Cosmetics by Maria Capuano.

I’m leaning against a wall, attempting to blend in, though finding it difficult, as I am the only size nine amongst dozens of size zeros. My gaze is focused on the sloppy scribbling coming from my fingertips as I scratch down everything I see, when a voice says, “You don’t have to dedicate that to me.” I look up and a man in his sixties with a very expensive camera hung around his neck is smiling at me. I slip my puny Kodak into my pocket. Attempting to play along, I respond with, “I was trying to surprise you.” Throughout the evening this volunteer photographer kept me informed and kept me company as models promenaded in and out of the Faire Field Room, making short appearances before the hallway shifted purposes to become a runway. Wine glasses guide the hands that pull the bodies toward one another as bulbs flash at the audience lined on either side of what is about to become the catwalk.

A blonde model with a sharp walk and a Courtney Love haircut and attitude to match, walks by with a small plate of food, ready to pose from the shoulders up but still comfortable in skinny jeans. Appropriately, the fashion show begins “fashionably late.” Techno versions of The Pussy Cat Dolls and Britney Spears set the beat for the models to strut.

Just before the show begins I am introduced to David Grossack, an attorney and founder of World Pro Models and Magazine, a new organization that received its license this summer to promote and sign models. Grossack stated that he was hoping to sign eight models this evening and to plug that he was still looking for models and interns.

The girls start to punch the floor in black heels as they take a sharp turn and head straight for the cameras. The photographer from earlier in the evening turns to me and asks, “when in development do women learn to walk in heels?” Having been in heels at least 50% of my life since I was nine I just smile and shrug as the show begins.

Adorned in Michael Mione, Bless By Bless, and Catalina Fashion, the girls take different routes around pillars on the second floor of the Park Plaza Hotel. The theme for the evening begins in the realm of “black and white.” T-shirt, jersey material hugs models in the form of thigh-high dresses and waist length shirts. White sweatshirts and jackets paired with black spandex with the brand “Catalina” printed across the thick fold-over waistband. T-shirts accompany boy short underwear paired with stockings and heels. The few male models are dressed in skinny jeans and long, slightly loose shirts that reach mid-thigh. Shades of brown and textures of tweed follow in the footsteps of the black and white “comfortable” attire. Powder pink and black dresses, one of bows and another of 20’s flapper fringe sways on the hips. Sheer leggings also make a few appearances accompanied by more t-shirts and even more sweatshirts. Never was there a time when the different designers were introduced. Their lines seem to flow into another as the show continued. Obvious changes in style from casual to sleek pieces fit for the office and finally to prom-worthy dresses, hinted that a new brand was taking over the floor. One of the last few pieces is a white dress with a black cable design around the waist, similar to the look of Yves Saint Laurent’s cage boot of the summer 2009 collection.

The models make their final run-through after a half-an-hour show. The audience, filled with flawlessly dressed young men and women in their twenties, claps and scatters. The managing director and co-founder of, Jamall Oluokun, comes over to introduce himself just before I find myself back out on Park Drive, breathing in the idea that I had a press pass around my neck for the first time. Catalina fashion up close and personal in the Park Plaza Hotel was a perfect place to attend my debut fashion show as not just a member of the audience but as a girl with a camera in my pocket, a pen in my hand, and a story to write.

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October 16, 2009

Boston Fashion Week Starts Strong with Fashion Evolves Forever

October 16, 2009

The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Week Fashion Evolves Forever

By Asha Isabella

Fashion lovers throughout Boston gathered at John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse Sunday September 27th for a three hour fashion affair featuring local, national, and Canadian designers. 


Chrome chairs lined the porcelain floor as models marched to techno mixes of Gaga, Kanye, and some of the top hits from almost two decades ago with dramatic makeup and this season’s trendiest hairstyles.  The front row was lined with mini dresses, statement shoes, tulip skirts, suits, bow ties, Chanel handbags and the trademark iMan gift bags.  The models emerged from backstage as the sun set over the Boston harbor and the room finally darkened, illuminated only by the spotlights and nonstop camera flashes. The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Week Fashion Evolves Forever Perpetual Hayfron


The show started with the revolutionary pieces of young jewelry designer Perpetual Anastasia Hayfron from Worcester.  Her wire pieces of bronze, coppers, and gold with splashes of color transformed art structures into couture jewelry of the future.  All of her pieces were accompanied with simple ensembles and strong lips with bold eyes. 


The jewelry designers continued to make their mark on Boston Fashion Week as the front row scrutinized each piece, some taking notes.  Chandler Jewelry by Kendall V. Bretto pushed boundaries introducing Boston to bold, over the top, daring, but pleasing to the eye pieces constructed with metal and chains.  Cataline De La Torre, fixated with florals mixed her jovial designs with striking makeup, intended to leave a remarkable impression.

The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Week Fashion Evolves Forever Catalina de le torre

The jewelry designers made way as the clothing designers prepared backstage.  The silhouette of frantic models, show crew, and makeup artists covered the screen separating the audience from the chaos of the fashion world. The first designer Gretchen Lafond of MadeMOIselle Boston sent her first model along with a bold purple cocktail dress, desirable by any young fashion lover.  The color was perfect for this season, as was the fit.  Lafond continued to send bold styles out with different shapes, textures and patterns. 


The designers continued to impress as Jillian Garski, one of Boston’s best and most original designers presented her collection of bold prints, daring color combinations, gorgeous structure with a mix of Mod shapes with today’s nostalgia for 80s colors.  The structured shoulders and synched waists mixed perfectly with the studded accessories. (below)

The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Week Fashion Evolves Forever Jillian Garski  

Boston designers continued to show their worth in the fashion scene as David Chum presented his collection which progressed from fashionable office attire to playful ensembles adorned with tulip skirts and structured waists.The Boston Bazaar Boston Fashion Week Fashion Evolves Forever David Chum






View all photos here: Photos by Chantel Weaver & Asha Isabella

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