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BOSTON, NIGHTLIFE

On The Town: #DuckieRose at Highball Lounge

IMG_4873If you haven’t been to Highball Lounge yet – you should! Tucked inside the Nine Zero Hotel (a Kimpton property) on Tremont Street, Highball Lounge is the perfect mix of upscale and good old fashioned fun. The interior is upscale yet cozy, with modern features and a mix of classic games like Jenga, Connect Four, Uno and Twister. The theme also extends to the food and drink menus, from classic highball cocktails, to the adorable #DuckieRose, a blended wine cocktail which comes complete with a mini rubber duckie! If you’re feeling especially naughty, try the tater tot nachos. They are just as delicious and decadent as they sound!

Highball Lounge is located at 90 Tremont Street in Boston, MA.

BOSTON, FASHION

Fashion Update: Fab Finds at H&M

Have you popped into H&M lately?  Is it me, or has the brand really been upping the fashion ante?  While I haven’t seen the highly anticipated new Lanvin for H&M collection in person yet, I’m pretty impressed by the band’s array of tweed blazers, sparkly dresses and open cardigans.  I recently bought the cool army green military inspired cardigan with silver chain detailing pictured above.

Also of note from H&M is a fabulous new fall/winter jacket, which has kind of turned into the new love of my life.  Available in classic navy, this collarless jacket has a modern ruffle detail along the pockets and a cinched waist that creates curves in all the right places. At $99, this coat is perfect for a brisk fall or warmer winter day and looks fantastic when paired with a cute scarf and knee-high boots.  It’s quickly turned into my new favorite ensemble to stroll throughout Boston in. Click here for a photo.

While I usually frequent the Newbury Street H&M, I’d like to give a special shoutout to the Downtown Crossing location.  I recently went on a Saturday around lunchtime and the store was incredibly well organized and not terribly crowded, making for a much more enjoyable shopping experience.  I loathe crowds, so the opportunity to shop undisturbed was a real treat!

H&M in Downtown Crossing is located at 350 Washington Street.  The H&M in the Back Bay is located at 100 Newbury Street.  During your visit, inquire about discounts for checking into Facebook Places on your smartphone to unlock a coupon.

BOSTON, EVENTS, NIGHTLIFE

The Work Week in Boston: Monday, September 20 – Thursday, September 23

While walking through the city this weekend, I couldn’t help but notice a great energy in the air.  Whether generated by the crisp fall air, returning college students, or store windows filled with fabulous fall fashions, it made me realize that there’s no time like the present to enjoy Boston.

Boston Wine Week

Luckily, there are a variety of fun events scheduled from Monday through Thursday this week that involve wine, fashion, rubbing elbows and indoor mini golf.  Here are my top picks:

Monday, September 20 – Raise a Glass to Boston Wine Week

From September 20 through September 26, more than twenty participating restaurants in Boston are offering a minimum of six wines at $9 per glass, or $32 per bottle as part of the first annual Boston Wine Week. With the goal of making amazing vino more accessible to the masses, Bostonians can start their week in style by sampling wine and gobbling up complimentary pizzettes with the Second Glass at BiNA Osteria on Monday from 6-7 p.m..  For more information on participating restaurants and events throughout the week, please click here.

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BOSTON, EVENTS, NIGHTLIFE

Event Alert: Social Boston Sports Hosting Second Birthday Bash at Felt Saturday, March 7

I’ve been to a few second birthday parties in my day and they typically don’t include a night of drinks, dancing and raffle prizes. On Saturday, March 7, Social Boston Sports (SBS), a great group dedicated to hosting social events and sport leagues for young professionals, is celebrating their 2nd anniversary in the form of a birthday bash at Felt. The party starts at 8:00pm – tickets are $10, or free if you have one of their new Varsity or Junior Varsity membership cards.

Birthday Cake - Candles by jessica.diamond from Flickr

The event will be a private party on Felt’s 4th floor club, which also hosted their first birthday bash last year. I’ve been to a few Social Boston Sports events in my day, and I love their ability to bring together local young professionals. It’s hard to make new connections – friendship or romantic – after college, and everyone that I’ve met at a Social Boston Sports event is friendly, outgoing and open to meeting new people.

Given their fun-loving persona and great social event and sport league options, it’s no surprise that they have grown from a small group of friends to a network of over 3,500 young professionals in just two years.

Tickets are available at www.socialbostonsports.com and will not be sold at the door, so make sure to purchase yours in advance. I’ll be there toasting to their success and eating birthday cake!

BOSTON

So Many Boston Sports Clubs, So Little Time!

I recently upgraded my Boston Sports Club (BSC) membership through my company. Now, for $72.95/month, I can go to any non-premium BSC without peak time restrictions. I’m enjoying the opportunity to try so many new clubs, and wanted to share some feedback with my fellow Bostonians:

Dumbells by Rainer Brockerhoff from Flickr

Allston, MA

The Allston BSC is a decent-sized club. It uses the basketball court as a group fitness studio (which means they can accommodate a lot of people in a class), has squash courts, a spinning room and express line. The club has a small ab machine room off of the weight lifting area, which is great. I haven’t been to this club much after work, because I thought that they charged for valet parking.  I just went the other night and realized that it is free! Wahoo!  Despite having a weeknight valet attendant, I’ve had a few frustrating encounters when on-street, parking lot and valet garage spots were all filled. I’ve found that if you go around 7:00pm on a weeknight the gym is not crowded. A colleague keeps raving about their classes, so I plan on testing them out in the near future. This is also a great gym to go to on the weekends because they do not charge for parking and it’s never crowded.

Copley Square, Boston, MA

The Copley Square BSC is a basement-level club on Boylston Street. For its location, I was very impressed with the amount of space this club has. It has an indoor pool, express line and a group fitness studio. I went at 9pm after a business meeting and it wasn’t crowded at all. I’ve also had similar luck on the weekends. I haven’t had an opportunity to try it after work yet.

Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA

The Downtown Crossing BSC is an upper-level club with big windows and views of downtown crossing. It has a fitness room, pilates/yoga room, spinning studio and express line. I used to go after work and never had a problem finding a machine. I love this club’s close proximity to the Boston Common and Charles River running/walking path. I’ve tried the club strength and club abs classes and enjoyed them. The only drawback to this club is that the elevators are very slow and kind of ancient!

Newton, MA

The Newton BSC is a tinier club with a unique layout. It has an indoor pool, group fitness studio, four indoor tennis courts, spinning room, pilates/yoga studio, express line and an indoor running track. I recently played on their tennis courts and had a wonderful experience, although they do charge more for court fees than the Lexington BSC. I’ve also tried the indoor running track, which is one level above the gym floor. It’s less than 1/8 a mile, but I loved the opportunity to run indoors during the winter. I’ve only been to this club on the weekends and have never had a problem finding a machine or space on the track. Tennis court time is a bit harder to secure, so book in advance.

South Station

The South Station BSC is a tiny club, but is much newer than some of the other clubs. It has an indoor pool, group fitness studio, spinning room and express line. I love swimming at this club on the weekends because it is not crowded, does not have little kid birthday pool parties and street parking is ample. I used to go after work and found it hard to get a cardio machine at times, but enjoyed their club abs and club strength classes. There are also three small stretching areas sprinkled throughout, which is helpful.

Watertown, MA

The Watertown BSC is a large, airy club tucked inside the Arsenal building. It has a group fitness studio, pilates studio, basketball court, spinning room, express line and indoor pool. I’ve tried the club strength and club abs classes and enjoyed both of them. The gym is very clean and there is ample free parking. It’s extremely busy after work because it is located inside an office park, but I can usually find a cardio machine. If you’re very picky about the type of cardio machine, you may find yourself frustrated at times here. It’s a great club to go to on the weekends because it’s quiet and not crowded! Staff is friendly and helpful. They also have a small concession stand for protein shakes, water and snacks.