Sunday, September 30, 2007

It's Christmas in Myrtle Beach

I'm in Myrtle Beach, SC for an extended family reunion and in only three days my mother has managed to shop herself out of the suitcase she brought. So we swung into the local Kmart only to find the Christmas trees are standing tall next to the Halloween candy display.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bonefish Grill - Surfside Beach, SC

After a fairly so-so (but not poisonous) meal at a local Myrtle Beach restaurant on Friday night, I took the advice of my friend Anthony Cignarella and headed to Bonefish Grill in Surfside Beach. After driving around and not finding the restaurant I called and got great "girl" directions from the hostess Stacey ("drive past all the churches, take a right at the Kangaroo shop, take a right at the light, drive toward Dunkin Donuts...") Thanks for excellent directions Stacey!

The experience was truly worth the extended drive.

Our server Nola took an excellent meal and transformed the evening into an excellent experience. From the perfectly prepared scallop appetizer, to my brother's divine blackened swordfish all the way to the amazing pistachio encrusted rainbow trout - every single bite was amazing. Every suggestion and point of service was careful and thoughtful and made the evening even better.

I didn't think I could eat another thing, but somehow my mother, my brother and I managed to devour a crème brûlée that was the best version of that wonderful dish that I have had in ages. Kudos to the dessert chef.

We chatted with proprietor Shane Wright on the way out to ask him to thank his fantastic staff for a pleasant evening. Bonefish Grill is well worth the trip if you are down Myrtle Beach Way. Bonefish has locations throughout the country, but I haven't been there and Nola works at the Surfside location.

Bonefish Grill - Surfside Beach (843) 215-4374
8703 Highway 17 Bypass South, Surfside Beach SC 29575
Proprietor: Shane Wright

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sox Clinch!

Congratulations to my (currently beloved) Boston Red Sox who clinched the American League East title (and earned a playoff spot earlier this week.) This is a night when all of Boston jumps for joy and the little kid in all of us is cheering at the top of our lungs. It was an amazing season, one that my friend Cynthia (numero uno Sox fan) is surely thrilled about. For once, we really ARE number one. Bring on the playoffs.

TITO: "To win this division is no small feat, to see us accomplish something we share from top to bottom in the organization and the fans who live and die with us, it's something special... When we went through the tough time in Toronto, it was a tough week, tough to take, tough to handle... but Lowe, Varitek, and Ortiz calmed me down a lot... [watching the Yankees-Orioles] I couldn't believe Millar didn't swing. To see it unfold, to see Theo, I didn't know he had that vertical."-- Manager Terry Francona, to NESN’s Tina Cervasio in the Red Sox locker room

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saks Fifth Avenue "Want It" Fashion Show

My partner in semi-reverential fashion observation, A Girl Must Shop's Megan Garnhum and I attended the Saks Fifth Avenue "Want It" fashion show to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. How could I resist champagne, shopping and a fashion show, even on a night when I really should have gone home early to pack for a trip tomorrow? It was for a good cause and I am powerless against the runway. The runway does taunt me.

Megan and I got there early and selected seats that would afford decent photo ops and then shopped and fondled clothes that are too dreamy to even think about owning. (Particularly the Pucci print dress that is more than half the cost of my mortgage!) And the yummy Manolos. And Weitzmans. And Prada. And everything.

All of my pix are in this Flickr set. Here are some snaps from the show:

For every woman who has ever left the house with a tag hanging - here you go. A fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue popularizes the "I'm going to miss my train" look.

The dress was really lovely.

Model Anastasia Filatova works it.

OMG - Pucci! Lots of it!

My favorite model of the evening was Anastasia Filatova. She worked the runway and the clothes and the crowd. For me, I want the model to really sell the clothes or be completely background, and Anastasia totally sold it. Bravissima. She tried to teach me "the look" afterward, but I mostly look like drunk Elvis.

Pretty cupcakes by Party Favors.

A special guest at the show.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oh Vera

Vera Wang's collection for Kohl's debuted recently and I find it a bit painful. I couldn't find a look I liked enough to present a full-size image. The small images make it appear that there may be a silhouette or two that could be flattering, but the fabric choices do not wow me, actually they kind of frighten me in an H&M way. Hey, budget fashion is what it is, but do the proportions need to be so bizarre? While I detest the photography, I'm really just not happy with Vera's collection here.

I missed the Vera Wang spring 2008 collection during fashion week - so I went to the New York Magazine (yes, the otherwise odious NY Mag) fashion pages and selected a few snaps which make me fear that Vera has just lost her mind.

I am speechless at this bit of I don't know what.

I rather like this, but would add a bit of color somewhere. In a season of giant belts, I think this is crying out for a big maroon leather cinch.

I saw this and thought "Would Tim Gunn have allowed this to pass at Parsons?" I think not.

I do like the lines of this, but find the color a bit drab. Perhaps some Turquoise baubles in place of the black?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Pressed" for Lunch

I was dying for something other than my three usual lunch spots, so I got off my duff and walked for 30 additional seconds and landed at Pressed in the financial district.

Kudos to the staff for quick service and the best sandwich I've had in ages ever. I had the chicken pesto sandwich (with Fontina cheese and artichokes.) OMG - the absolute perfect meat-to-cheese-to-bread ratio, the artichokes were sliced thin and it was all grilled pressed to perfection. Absolutely nothing fell out into my lap while I was enjoying my lunch, which makes me love anything even more. I'll be back soon.

The sandwich I call "tasty awesome."

Temporaray tatoos. I am yours forever.

Buy 10 get 1 free - I'll have my freebee in short order.

Find Pressed in three locations in Boston

Financial District
2 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02109

Seaport District (Now serving wine and beer)
2 Park Lane
225 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02109

South Station/Chinatown Area (New)
85 Bedford Street
Boston, MA 02111

Monday, September 24, 2007

I Appreciate the Effort

An alley off Province Street in downtown Boston. I'll give the neighbors style points for disposing of a floral arrangement in the most attractive way possible.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Marcel Marceau, RIP

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Pre-fall Beach Day

Tom and I joined our friends Mike and Judy at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on what all of the news stations declared as "LIKELY THE LAST BEACH DAY OF THE SEASON!" Yes, a declaration from the weather peeps in ALL CAPS. So we packed our beach bag and headed to Cape Ann. It was a beautiful day to sit on the beach in a sweatshirt. Brisk, breezy and cool - I did put my toes in the water for a minute (okay, 3.5 seconds) and then sat in beach chairs while we caught up and laughed. And laughed.

Two young ladies who spent a couple of hours diligently digging to China.

A well set table, soon graced by by local food prepared with love.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Best Line on TV Last Night

I did a spit take last night when I heard Dwight Schrute (played by the scary-talented Rainn Wilson) of Dunder Mifflin (nee The Office) describe his perfect assistant:

"Jack Bauer, but unavailable, fictional and overqualified."

I thought Bill Green of Make the Logo Bigger would particularly enjoy the Jack Bauer callout.

NBC has a Dunder Mifflin promo site where you can apply for a job (reg. req'd.) You should apply to join my {pretend} branch in Portland, Maine. I'll have Ramen Noodle for all. When you apply online, use this code: lq4ce9dh36 - like Amway, I get credit for signing you up. What kind of credit you ask? Schrute Bucks baby. Schrute Bucks.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Secret of Creativity

Yippee! The new J. Peterman catalog was lovingly delivered by my postman in one piece! Why is this good news? Because J. Peterman is offering up "The Secret of Creativity"-and it's only $399! And I quote:

"When a literary friend of mine feels he has suffered long enough from writer’s block, he stands up from his desk, walks to the closet, puts on his Harris tweed jacket. Gets the juices flowing, he says. He’s not alone.

Every significant author of the last 100 years (Maugham, Auden, Greene, Burgess, Hemingway, Faulkner, Walker Percy, etc.) has favored thick, extra-tweedy Harris tweed, which is, after all, an artisanal product.

Each bolt brims with the collective life force of rugged Scottish sheep, peaty waters and odd lichens used to wash and dye the wool, and independent Hebridean islanders who hand-weave the cloth on narrow looms in the stone cottages of their grandmothers.

This jacket is a handsome way to wrap yourself in the powerful stuff; slip it on and believe.

Harris Tweed Jacket (No. 1770). Three-button front. Center back vent. Seriously tailored, with canvas interlining, shoulder pads, and sleeve heads. Satin lining with pick-stitched edges. Three pockets outside, four inside (including button-flap security pocket).Men’s even sizes: 38 through 48.Color: Golden and Dark Brown herringbone that has a glow to it."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

On The Way Home Tonight

I made the taxi stop so I could take a photo of the athletic field at the end of my street. I didn't realize until I had been staring at the fog for a minute that there was a softball game going on. The fog was rising from the field, it was quite beautiful and spooky at the same time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I Want All These T-Shirts

I'm contemplating some t-shirt designs for the upcoming Moda di Magno holiday season and was checking out Spreadshirt as a production platform. While I was there I checked out one of the Spreadshirt "shops" called Amorphia Apparel.

Jeremy Kalgreen is the designer and I think these shirts are wicked. Wicked in the Boston sense of the word, meaning I want all of them.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Join Me - October 1st

Join me, Governor Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakely on Monday, October 1st at Kenmore Square's fabulous Commonwealth Hotel to support Massachusetts' own Niki Tsongas. I guarantee a scintillating evening with an amazing group of people. RSVP to - and tell them Magno sent you.

Happy Monday

Never a good sign first thing Monday morning.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Boston Folk Festival

I can't help myself when it comes to clouds. This is a massive sculpture on the grounds of UMass Boston where the Folk Festival is held every year. Last year's post is HERE.

The weather was cool and pleasant, each and every act was amazing - I sat on the lawn and made jewelry all day (with the help of one Miss Lucy, age 3) at the end of the day.

I love it when live music influences my design. I'll photo graph the pieces I made and ask for some input later this week.

Boston 9/16/07

Boston 9/16/07 via iPhone, originally uploaded by Moda di Magno.

Snapped out the car window on the way to the Boston Folk Festival. Gorgeous out. More later.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Red Sox Win. Yankees Stink.

A gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, made all the more lovely by a soul-shattering blowout: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1. More pix HERE. Special thanks to Rob for gifting the tickets. I owe you a million lasagnas.

Not thrilled to be hawking the cotton candy.

Gary & Samuel visiting from West Virginia. They had a great time.

Samuel's cap.

My friend Peter, who put up with a lot of foolishness.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Really Daily Candy?

I love Daily Candy - my friends forward email all the time and demand to know why "Moda di Magno isn't on Daily Candy??" We'll get there dear friends, but in the meantime I subscribe too, and today I got the laugh of my Fashion Week dreams courtesy of Marion Mille (it's totally worth the click through):

How can I mock thee? Let me count the ways. You are French, so I automatically love it. This outfit is really silly - like oompa loompa silly (or modern Grinch silly.) That looks like a shade pull around her neck - so I'll give you utilitarian points, but what the hell are those shoe/boot things? I mean is that a capri-length oompa loompa suit with Tatoonie boots? OMG. I love the French.

This is made all the funnier because the model is so painfully skinny:

OMG. WTF. Thank you Lord.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Furry Shopper

A very quiet, very calm shopper at Nordstrom at the new Natick Collection. (Locally still known as the Natick MALL.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This Week in Bad Celebrity Fashion

I don't want to pile the misery on Britney save to say COULD SOMEONE GET THAT CHILD A HAIRBRUSH AND A MIRROR. And a good friend who will give her a cup of tea, a hug and a stern warning to get some underpants.

Given all the activity at Fashion Week Boston, it's a damn good thing the Fug Girls are on top of Fashion Week in New York. Fashion week has brought a great deal of celebrity fashion to the top of the pile, so I will pile the misery on Jennifer Lopez's celeb-fashion line Just Sweet.

Flattering dresses? No, we are storing those in the attic until all the womens wake up. Besides, my husband-corpse Marc loves it when my ass looks bigger.

My favorite part of (the otherwise odious) New York Magazine's fashion week coverage - the ability to vote on every look. 100% of people agree with me - hideous. I guess WTF was not a choice.

For your inner alien (who doesn't know if this is a shirt or a dress.)

Nicki (the mostly unskanky) Hilton introduced her collection Nicholai. Reflecting back on her time as a Gold Diggers of 1937, Nicki revives the rehearsal tap pants look. We don't know why.

While I may frown on matchy-matchy, Nicki has the girl who likes her green lamé from head to toe covered. I don't want to know if the panties match.

Delightfully kooky Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line offered up some gems for the girls who like to go pantsless. 92% of people agree that this outfit is crazy. The other 8% are Paris and Britney.

If the skirt was long enough to sit down on, this could work. As is, you'd stick to your subway seat, and that's just gross.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I was struck by this image from New York Magazine's coverage of New York fashion week. The models at last night's Dress for a Cause event, the majority of whom are cancer survivors, radiated light and happiness and joy and fun. Glance at three different events and puss on the faces. What gives model people? Have a sandwich, you might feel better.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fashion For a Cause

Because Megan Garnhum of A Girl Must Shop and I are on a Fashion Week roll, we attended the "Dress for a Cause" fashion event hosted by Boston designer Sara Campbell at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The event was a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (started by Evelyn Lauder) whose critical fundraising supports 115 cancer researchers.

The models were: Survivor Cathy Cleary Frank, Nurse Bonnie J. Dirr, Survivor Lauren Foster, Survivor Susan Hanley, Survivor Michelle High-McKinnon, Survivor Mary Hines, Nurse Judi Hirschfield-Bartek, Survivor and breast cancer surgeon Carolyn M. Kaelin, Survivor Julie Kamin, Survivor Jane Lammers, Survivor Sandy Krakoff, Survivor and physician Julie Silver, Survivor and WCVB-TV news anchor Kelley Tuthill. (And a few special guests from Dynasty Models...) Below are a few of my favorite snaps - the rest are in my Flickr set.

Friends Nancy Jane Duncan, Liz Chace and Karen Bolger were in attendance!

Meg with a piece of cute, cute, cute! swag - a silver metal purse keychain with a mirror inside. Love it! Thanks for the invite Meg!