For the Love of Beauty

Elegance comes from being beautiful inside as outside.
Coco Chanel

Whether we revel in beauty products or go au naturel, we all have used some sort of product – plum lipstick or scented oil shampoo – on our natural canvas to enhance our beauty, femininity, and confidence.  Many of these products are readily available online or at big retail chains, but ultra special ones like the pure freshness of Italian Fa deodorant or the rainbow collection of Zoya natural nail polishes are usually found at independent stores such as Beauty & Style.

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For over 20 years, Vicki White and Susan Fox have had an unwavering determination and passion, first working at local beauty stores and finally at their own boutique, Beauty & Style, with the goal of empowering women to feel more beautiful, confident, and elegant despite the rise of the likes of Sephora, Birchbox, and Dermastore.com.  A nice selection of beauty products from haircare to nail polishes from around the world can be found in this understated, independent store that is tucked away at the crossroads of Coolidge Corner and JFK Crossings.

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When you feel like you need a little something to enhance your natural self, stop by Beauty & Style to explore the secrets that this store has to offer. Vicki and Susan will make your trip and experience worthwhile. You might find yourself selecting the perfect nail color for the season, testing out mineral makeup, or touching one of the oldest and best rubber-cushion hair brushes, the Mason Pearson.

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Beauty & Style
326 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
http://www.beautyandstylebrookline.com
(617) 734-2111

What inspired you to open your store?

We love makeup and beauty products, and we wanted to run our own business. It was a natural step for us since we knew the industry inside out to take the leap of faith to open Beauty & Style.

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What do you like best about owning a store?

We love new products and how they make people feel. A lipstick can brighten someone’s day and a shade of polish can enhance their style. When we look at a magazine and see something great, we want to be the first to have it in store. More importantly, we love that our customers become our friends.

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Do you like this location?

We both grew up here and graduated from Brookline High School. This is our community – we want to be a part of and support it.

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What makes your store unique?

We are one of the oldest mom and pop beauty supply stores with products from around the world. We constantly update our store to provide the latest in beauty products to our customers. People from all over the world come through our store.

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How do you balance everything as business women?

We do the best that we can as working moms. Sometimes we feel like hamsters in a cage that keeps on going. We are constantly thinking about the business.

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What inspires you?

Making individuals feel and look good inspires us. It is the one thing that drives us every day. We just love beauty products. Smelling and touching these products can transform you; that’s enough to inspire anyone.

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What would you advise other women?

Being a business owner is not for everyone. You must have the passion and perseverance to weather the ups and downs of a business.

What’s your favorite product?

We love skincare and makeup, and we explore different lines all the time.

What products would you recommend for this year?

We recommend products based on a customer’s preference, skin and hair conditions, and their expected results from the products. Generally, we would advise everyone to wear SPF year-round. The ultraviolet rays can really damage your skin.

What are your favorite local shops?

We love our community, and we try to support the merchants in this neighborhood.

Unique Finds in Beautiful South End

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Boston Strong Marble Coaster $16.50

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Marble Coasters made in USA

$15 each or 4 for $48

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Pashmina Scarves $18

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Earings $12.50 pair

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Stay in touch Gloves $30

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Onesies $24

Designed and printed locally

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Hat, Diaper Cover set $35

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Olives & Grace

81 Pembroke Street, Boston MA 02118

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All are made locally

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Peanut Cashew, Almond$14,  Handcrafted Maple Syrup $34

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Brooklyn Hard Candy $8

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Honey Infusion from left to right $14, $24, $40

Candletrade Goods CO’S candle $32 each

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Jams $14 each

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This designed gift box is including Winter Carnival (apple, pear & Cranberry conserve), Russian Tea Cakes, Decaf Green Bottle Tea, Rosemary Sea Salted Almonds, and Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps’s snack.

Total Cost $52

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Since this store has ahhh-mazing things, you can also design your own gift box

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Summer Events in Boston

Filled with events for the music lovers or foodies, there is no better place to be in the summer than in Boston. Many of these events are a great way to enjoy time with family and friends without spending any or very little money. So don’t go away! Be local. Stay local the rest of this summer!

Concerts

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Outside the Box 2013
FREE
Boston Commons
July 13- 20, 2013
http://www.outsidetheboxboston.org

Wednesday Night Concert Series
FREE
Boston City Hall Plaza – North Stage
7 – 9 PM

July 24 – TBD
July 31 – Disco Night featuring “Stardust”
August 7 – Frank Sinatra Night featuring “Strictly Sinatra”
August 21 – Charlie Thomas and the Drifters
August 28 – Roberta Flack

ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concerts
FREE
July 22, 7pm
Carter Playground, Roxbury
http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks

2013 Summer Sundays in the Park
FREE
Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Jamaica Pond
July 21, 6pm
http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks

Concerts in the Courtyard
FREE
Central Library in Copley Square
June 7-August 30, 2013
Fridays at 12:30pm

http://www.bpl.org/news/concerts.htm

Boston Calling Music Festival
FREE
September 7-8, 2013
City Hall Plaza
http://www.bostoncalling.com

Festivals

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Festival of Street Art
Weekends through August 31, 2013
Bartlett Yard Events Center
http://www.bartlettevents.org

Sunday, July 21
2:00pm

J’Ouvert Caribbean American Outdoor Explosion
Saturday, July 27

Site Closed
Sunday, July 28

Site Closed
Saturday, August 3
12:00pm

Boston Shuckin’ Truck Lobster Bake for YouthBuild Boston
Sunday, August 4
3:00pm

Pan United Band Launch Party
Saturday, August 10

Bring Down the Walls, details TBA
Sunday, August 11

Closed for Private Event
Saturday, August 17

Roxbury Community Block Party, details TBD
Saturday, August 24

Floorlords Dance Party, details TBD
Sunday, August 25

Beyond the Borders Dance Party
Sunday, September 15
10:00am
Parking Lot Closed for Private Event

FIGMENT Boston: An interactive festival of the arts
FREE
July 27-28, 2013, 12-11 PM
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston.figmentproject.org

Boston GreenFest 2013
FREE
August 15-17, 2013
Boston City Hall Plaza

The Boston Arts Festival
FREE
Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1, 2013
12-6pm
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
http://www.cityofboston.gov/summer

Museums

Bostonsummermuseums

Family Fun at the USS Constitution Museum
FREE. The Museum has a suggested donation of $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Seniors, and $2.00 for Children.
May 15- September 30, 2013
Daily, 9am-6pm,
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22
http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Boston Children Museum 
$1 from 5pm to 9pm on Fridays (all year long)
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street
http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Institute of Contemporary Art
FREE for all every Thursday from 5 to 9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights.
FREE for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 + under) on the last Saturday of each month (except December)

http://www.icaboston.org/

Movies

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Boston Harbor Hotel Summer Series
FREE
July 19 – August 30, 2013
Music at 4:30pm, movies at dusk

http://bhh.com/special_summer.htm

Christopher Columbus Park Sunday Night Movie Series
FREE
Every Sunday at sunset
Christopher Columbus Park in the North End

http://www.celebrateboston.com/events/city-hall-concerts.htm

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell
FREE
Fridays at 6pm

http://boston.cbslocal.com/flicks/

Brookline’s Gram Slam Summer: 2013 Outdoor Film Series
FREE
Movies start at dusk (~8:30 pm)
Behind Devotion School at 345 Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner
July 18 – The Sandlot
July 25 – Field of Dreams

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at Prudential Center
FREE
Movies start at sunset at the Prudential Center’s South Garden. Family-friendly entertainment and activities start at 6pm. Rain dates are the following Wednesday.
Spend $10 on food and snacks at the Pru and receive discounted parking.

http://www.prudentialcenter.com/experience/events.php?year=2013&month=7

Foods

Bostonsummerfoods

Island Creek Oyster Pop-Up Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 7–August 30, 2013
5:00–9:00 PM
$12 for 6, $20 a dozen and a rotating selection of shrimp and crab claws on Friday nights at a pop-up raw bar at the museum’s waterfront plaza. The first Friday of the month the raw bar is part of a ticketed museum event.

http://www.icaboston.org/visit/oysterbar/

Restaurant Week Boston
August 18-23 and 25-30

http://www.bostonUSA.com/restaurantweek

Boston Fork Lift Food Fest
FREE
Experience food prepared by Ming Tsai, Lydia Shire, Jason Santos, Jody Adams, and others.
Today, 7/18 – Saturday, 7/20 from 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 7/21 from 11 AM – 5 PM
City Hall Plaza, City Hall Square

Felicity Sweets

felicity sweets

579 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 262-0707

http://www.felicitysweets.com

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