Party like Boston’s International Elite.

ANYONE WHO GOES to school in Boston has seen them, the fabulously dressed group of students, who speak really broken English and walk around in packs on Newbury Street. And as you see them in their designer outfits, you may wonder, where are they going?


Well it’s no secret that when the wealthy class of internationals arrive in Boston the first thing they do is take out daddy’s credit card out for a spin on a Friday at Venu Boston (100 Warrenton street) to dance the night away to a mix of House music as well as the adjacent Latin room, which plays Spanish songs for the students from the south of the border.
On Saturdays you can find this same crew at the infamous recess Saturday party at Splash Ultra Lounge (150 Kneeland Street) where Miami style pool parties meet the Boston chill in a party that goes on from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the summer they even open up their rooftop pool for those brave enough to ruin their outfit by jumping in. One may think that after all these hours of day drinking these students would be exhausted and go to bed early, but make no mistake, these hardcore party animals continue the party at Bijou Nightclub (51 Stuart street) where the expensive cover charges don’t prevent the Euros from partying it up as if they were on the other side of the pond. Complete with a huge line of V.I.P. tables, this relatively new club is an international student favorite because of its similarities to the clubs they frequent in their home countries.

Now Boston’s international elite students aren’t exclusively about partying and clubs, they eat too! You may find these Chanel clad kids curing their hangover at Paramount Beacon Hill (44 Charles street) every Sunday or during the week enjoying sangrias and outdoor patio dining (given that the weather allows it) at Scoozi Newbury (237 Newbury Street) or Cafeteria Boston (279 Newbury street) where on any random Friday afternoon the last language you are likely to hear is English.
Given their profound love for sangria you may also find them on a Thursday evening at BarLola Tapas Lounge (160 Commonwealth av.) where they wine and dine while listening to live music by Los Rumberos. As snobby as their lifestyle sounds, alcohol seems to be the great equalizer since the foreign kid’s drunk food of choice are oversized $3 pizzas from New York Pizza (224 Tremont street) which is conveniently located right by Bijou, Splash and Venu!

What I’ve Been Doing While You Were Sleeping

My followers keep asking me why my blogging has been so sporadic for the past 3 months or so. The reason behind my inconsistency is because I was traveling for the most part of the summer. Those of you who keep a close eye on my blog saw my “snapshots of London” post, which is one of the many cities I visited throughout the summer. I also visited Paris, where I stayed for a good amount of time since I was doing a Fashion Image Consulting course. I roamed around Istanbul, the south-east of Turkey, Istanbul again, Cannes, Nice, Juan Les Pins and finished off once again in Paris.

However that wasn’t quite the end of it. My summer concluded with me landing a job in New York Fashion Week, working for The Daily Front Row which is Fashion Week’s official publication.

During my job there I got the opportunity to attend Fashion Shows, work for their social media outlets and attend their booth at Fashion’s Night Out. However the coolest part of my job is that I got to HOST the Daily Style Sessions at the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar. Here are a few snapshots of my glory days this past NYFW.

Empire

Empire Hotel Rooftop View

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad Visits The Daily

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne Visits The Daily

Miroslava Duma

Miroslava Duma walking right past me outside of the Jason Wu show

NYFW

Uber Stylish man reading The Daily

Flower children

And yours truly messing around with some of the free gifts they offered at the Style Sessions

The CFDA in review

The CFDA Award’s are the Fashion Industry’s version of the Oscars. Here is a short list of the people who took home the gold!

Skype call

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen, The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year: Billy Reid
Accessory Designer of the Year: Reed Krakoff
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Phillip Lim
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Tabitha Simmons
International Award: Rei Kawakubo, Commes des Garcons
Media Award: Scott Schuman & Garance Doré
Founders Award: Andrew Rosen
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Icon Award: Johnny Depp

Now I have to admit that I owe most of my English to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I grew up with these girls, so watching them receive this award was almost like watching my childhood friends being awarded. Plus the fact that they decided to thank each other nearly made my heart melt. Congratulations little Olsens!!

I know who I want to take me home

One of the things that disappointed me the most about Boston, is the fact that at 2.00 am all the clubs, bars and nightclubs turned on their lights on and kicked everyone out. After living in Venezuela and Paris where parties last until the next day, I felt that being kicked out at 2.00 am was literally interrupting the party at its peak and asking you to leave. However something that never ceases to make me smile, is people’s reactions when the lights are turned on. Some people react as if their parents had caught them doing something bad. Others get really angry because they are not quite ready to leave. But the most common reaction is to look around you to see if you can find someone to continue the party with. And if you haven’t found anyone by 2 o’clock it is very likely that you’ll settle for pretty much anyone.

But this song describes it better than I will ever be able to.

Newsflash (continued)

As eventful as the month of may was, nothing caused more controversy than President Barack Obama declaring himself in favor of gay marriage. Many believe he did so in order to gain popularity among members of the gay community, others believe it was just a publicity stunt. Whatever the reason, I’m glad this country has a president who acknowledges people’s right to love whoever they want.

 

Another important- and possibly overlooked- event that took place in May was the death of Vidal Sassoon. Many may wonder why is this man so important? Well he changed the lives of girls everywhere by inventing the handheld blow dryer, saving women time and money while allowing them to have salon looking hair. Men may roll their eyes at the thought of him being so important, but in reality they benefited just as much as women from Sassoon’s creation.

Among other big news, Facebook went public. What sounded like a good idea was actually a disaster for the stock market and left many investors either disappointed or enraged over their losses. However not everything has been bad for Mark Zuckerberg this May, since he married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chen in a small ceremony in their house in California. Congratulations Priscilla, you are officially the queen of Silicon Valley.

If the Met Ball did not satisfy your desire to see celebrities in their fines outfits them I’m sure the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival can provide you with an even more exquisite selection of dress and suit clad celebrities for your viewing pleasure. Here are a few of my top picks.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

The ever beautiful Lily Donaldson showing us that when it comes to elegance, less is always more.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Anja Rubik’s hipbone.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

I guess Kristen Stewart wasn’t too thrilled to be there, care to trade places?

"The Paperboy" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Nicole Kidman

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Paz Vega.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Marion Cotillard. La plus belle du monde.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Eva Longoria. Speechless, this dress is too gorgeous to be true.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

I wanna have the body Jane Fonda has at 74 at 21.

Opening Night Dinner - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Minty fresh Diane Kruger.

"De Rouille et D'os" Photocall - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Can you tell I have a girl crush on Marion Cotillard? French girls just do it better.

Opening Ceremony and "Moonrise Kingdom" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Lana Del Rey.

Newsflash

Since I was gone for the most part of May, lets have a little recap about what happened last month.

– Fashion Icon Anna Dello Russo will be designing for HM

-Vogue finally decides to bend its arm and creates a policy, or more like a ban on models that are below their ideal weight (in other words anorexic looking models). Lets see how much they actually stick to their policy.

– Chanel picked a new cover girl. But guess what? Its a boy!

-The Met Ball took place on May 10th in order to inaugurate the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition: Schiaparelli vs. Prada: Impossible Conversations . However I can’t decide what was more worthy of attention, the exhibition itself or the delicious outfits the guest celebrities wore to the event. Here are a few of my top picks.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

 Camilla Belle

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Thank you Lana Del Rey, for always representing us pale girls so beautifully.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Golden girl Jessica Alba.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Personal Fashion Muse: SJP in Valentino.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Amy Adams.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Anja Rubik… I guess hipbones are the new cleavage.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Queen of the sideboob: Gwyneth Paltrow (damn that was hard to spell)

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

Karlie Kloss in and with Jason Wu.

Images retrieved from: Fashionista, Refinery29, Vogue UK and The Huffington Post.

Can’t sleep thoughts

Most famous writers and artists in general came up with their most brilliant works while battling severe episodes of depression. I am fortunate enough not to suffer any type of depression, yet my personal demon comes from another nature: Insomnia. No matter how far I look back my inability to sleep has always been there. Yet as the creative person that I am, my best ideas occur to me during those moments when I am struggling to sleep. However before I started writing I would utilize my late night “awakeness” to read random things and more recently, to watch random documentaries, which contributed to my well-roundness.

If you ever find yourself struggling to fall asleep, here are two documentaries I highly recommend as an alternative to stalking your friends on Facebook.

Bill Cuningham New York, follows the life of the man who created the concept of street style photography. Years before anyone blogged about what people were wearing to go to certain events, Bill Cunningham was already riding his bike around Manhattan shooting still-life photographs of what people would wear in their daily life. His pictures are still published-and considered a vital part of the New York Time’s style section. This documentary is a must-see for anyone who loves fashion or New York.

I do understand that not everyone breathes and dreams fashion and hardly anyone is as passionate about New York as I am. However I feel that everyone has a secret love for mafia type movies, and the documentary The Two Escobars tells a mafia story that is anything but fiction. It is based on the lives of Pablo Escobar, the world’s most powerful drug kingpin and Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar. Although they had the same last name they didn’t have any type of blood relations. Yet they shared the same tragic fate of being murdered by drug thugs. Might want to watch this documentary in order to understand the repercussions of your late night lines in your local club.

Ok maybe that was drastic but both documentaries are really worth watching, and definitely more productive than online shopping, which is what I intend to do right after I finish this post.

Good night people,

Foreign Concept Girl.