Dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown

Last weekend we dragged our friends to Charlestown for dinner and drinks. The weather in Boston is finally warm and sunny, so we decided to walk through the Navy Yard, on or way. The Navy Yard is one of my favorite areas in all of Boston. Established in 1800, the Charlestown Navy Yard was one of the oldest ship building facilities in the US, and is home to the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young. If you enjoy history (as I do), you’ll love the area.Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 2 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 3The four of us meandered down the cobblestone and wooden sidewalks, taking in the views of the ships and water, in the early evening sun, before we turned down a side street and made our way towards the back of a long stone row building. Why? Because that’s where one of the best gems in Charlestown is discretely tucked away, The Navy Yard Bistro.Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 7 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 12

Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 9The Navy Yard Bistro is especially lovely during warmer months, when outdoor seating is plunked down on the sidewalks, underneath a row of trees. The Bistro only takes reservations for parties of 8 or more, so we put our name on the list, ordered drinks and made our way outside to wait for a table.Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 6 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 5 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 13 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 14Once our table was ready, we sat down in the twilight and got down to business as the leaves gently rustled above us in the breeze. Please excuse the photos, I forgot my camera, and darkness was quickly approaching.

We started off with a delicious Pinot Noir. picasion.com_2534f4b765dabd81edf389d51a496666Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 20 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 30Followed by grilled marinated hanger steak, pommes frites, and bordelaise sauce for two of us. Scrumptious. Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 25 Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 26Steamed P.E.I. mussels with leeks, garlic, white wine, lemon, shaved almonds for P, which she said were some of the best she’s ever had, and that’s saying something.Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 28 - Copy Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 27And ginger sake salmon with steamed jasmine rice, Seaweed & Cucumber Salad, wasabi crème fraiche, ponzu Sauce for Jonathan.Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 29Everything was delicious, as per usual at The Bistro. After parting ways with our friends, we decided to walk home past the monument. Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 22Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 31Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 32 - Copy Charlestown Navy Yard Bistro 33If you’re looking for a great meal under the stars, you can’t go wrong with the Navy Yard Bistro. Find more info HERE.

Beauty Backups: When You Know You Love A Product

I was going through my makeup collection the other day, and realized there are several products I love so much, that I always have a backup on hand. Apparently, the thought of going ONE day without these is too much for me to bear. So I thought I’d share them with you.Tom Ford Nude Vanille Suqqu Brow Pen Nars Light Reflecting Powder Chanel Jordana Rock n Rose Lip Liner Ulta Oil Blotting Powder Le Volume De Chanel Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer By Terry Touche Veloutee

1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I love this stuff, and won’t wear any foundation without this underneath. It’s the only primer I’ve ever used that actually works. It not only extends the wear time of whatever foundation you wear over it, but it just provides such a smooth canvas that anything you place on top of the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer looks better. I even purchased the jumbo size for my backup during a Sephora sale.

2. Tom Ford Nude Vanille. I mean, at this point, if you don’t know I love this lipstick, it must be your first time looking at my blog (and if so, Hi! Welcome!!!). I love it and can’t be without it.

4. Nars Light Reflecting Loose Powder. This is my favorite setting powder ever. It truly provides a ‘soft-focus’ finish. LOVE.

5. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel. My favorite mascara for years, at this point. I love how volumizing it is. I currently have three backups.

6. Jordana Rock n Rose Lipliner. Cheap as chips and it’s a great all around color. I use this with every single mid toned to uber light lipstick. It’s almost contouring for the lips.

7. By Terry Touche Veloutee. My top makeup product EVER. The one product I’d take with me to a desert island. It’s that good, and if you’re not using it, you need to be!!! Full review HERE.

8. Ulta Oil Blotting Papers. I always have blotting papers in my purse. Blotting papers really cut down on how much touch-up powder you need. These Ulta Oil Blotting Papers are very inexpensive, and get the job done.

9. Suqqu Eyebrow Liquid Pen in Moss Green. I made Jonathan pick me up a spare last time he was in London. This is my holy grail brow product. It’s waterproof, so it’s perfect for hot summer weather, as well. If you have this, you really don’t need anything else. Suqqu does brows best.

And there you have it! These are the products I always have extras of because I rely on them so. Do you have backups, and if so, what are they of? I always love hearing from you!



Bluemercury Chestnut Hill Preview Party & An Invite For You!

Last night, Jonathan and I attended the preview party for the grand opening of Bluemercury in Chestnut Hill. Bluemercury is a beauty, skincare and spa hybrid. Chestnut Hill is the fifth Bluemercury location in Massachusetts, and the brand’s 50th store nation-wide.Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 6When we arrived, it was packed. Well heeled women (and the occasional husband- I’m looking at you, Jonathan) perused the beauty and skincare offerings, received mini-makeovers and spent time with Bluemercury associates learning about products that would work well for them. All the while champagne and cupcakes were offered at every turn.  Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 23 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 19 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 17 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 22With champagne in hand, I meandered about, checking out the makeup brands Bluemercury offers, just as any makeup addict would. Nars, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, La Mer, REN and Caudalie were just a few that I spotted. Also, on hand was the the M-61 Skincare line, which is exclusive to Bluemercury. M-61 is a paraben free, natural cosmeceutical brand developed by Bluemercery’s CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck. I received a few products from the line that I’m excited to try, and will have more on that in the coming weeks.    Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 10 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 15 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 16 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 20 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 14 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 13 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 11 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 8 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 21 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 12What I really appreciated about Bluemercery’s concept, is that you can have a spa treatment, then speak with knowledgeable people about which products would work for YOU across any line Bluemercury offers- instead of having to go to different beauty counters, where the associates only represent a particular beauty line. Spa treatments, beauty and skincare, it’s one stop shopping.

After I made my way around the store I was introduced to Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck. How lovely is she? Wife, mother, CEO. All while looking like THAT:Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 4 Blue Mercury Chestnut Hill 2Eventually, we headed out, with me holding a bag of new beauty and skincare items to try. Some may even pop up on the blog. I’ll absolutely be back to Bluemercury. But guess what? Bluemercury is holding their official grand opening party this Saturday – and you’re invited!BluemercuryCH_SaturdayInvite_June7Head over, nibble on cupcakes, have a mini-makeover and see what Bluemercury has to offer. If your tastes are at all similar with mine, I’m sure you’ll be pleased.

Here’s the link to Bluemercury’s site.


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