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Saturday Street Style: Beacon Hill

When: Saturday September 21, 2013

Where: Beacon Hill Boston, MA

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This past weekend I decided to walk around Beacon Hill. When I first moved to Boston 13 years ago I lived in Beacon Hill.

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I love this neighborhood with its tree lined streets and brick buildings; it is close to the Charles River with running and biking paths, the Boston Garden and Common and is a short walk to the Back Bay neighborhood. One of the highlights of the neighborhood is Charles Street. There are a lot of shops and restaurants on Charles Street. I visited some of my favorites for this Saturday Street Style post.

On my way to Beacon Hill I passed by an event in the Government Center area.

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On Saturday, September 21, 2013 celebrate the fifth year of the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Men’s and Women’s Races, featuring nearly 200 top professional bicyclers including Olympians and national champions, who will compete for $40,000 in prize money.

Here are the race results: http://www.bostoncyclingcelebration.com/

After passing Government Center I walked down Cambridge Street to get Charles Street. I passed by the Whole Foods, Harvard Gardens, Mass General Hospital and the new museum of medical history and innovation.

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Charles street begins by the Charles St./MGH MBTA stop. Liberty Hotel is across the street from this T stop, this hotel is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail or you can try one of the restaurants: Clink, Alibi, Scampo, The Yard, or Catwalk. http://www.libertyhotel.com/food_and_drink/index.html

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When you turn onto Charles Street you pass by Savenor’s, J.P.Lick’s, and Good www.shopatgood.com.

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As you keep walking you will find one of my favorite Charles Street stores, Crush Boutique. There is another Crush boutique on Newbury St. Here is a link to the website: http://www.shopcrushboutique.com/ Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @crushboutique.

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I met Laura and Ashley working in Crush:

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Laura is wearing 7 jeans, Jack Wells sweater, House of Harlow bracelet, Sugar Bean necklace, Cowboy rose gold belt

Ashley is wearing a Dolce Vita dress and Cowboy belt

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My next stop was Artifaktori Vintage. I love shopping for fun vintage pieces. www.artifaktori.com @artifacktori

While shopping I met Brandi and Mary Flo.

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Brandi is wearing a tank by Free People, dress from Buffalo exchange (another vintage store) http://www.buffaloexchange.com/  180 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA, and boots from Marshalls. Mary Flo is wearing mostly vintage pieces; her boots are Sam Edelman from Buffalo Exchange.

Brandi is a photographer, check out her website: www.brandigrooms.com

Mary Flo is an interior designer, check out her website: www.maryflodesignstudios.com. (FYI: she is working on the finishing touches on her website) Another site to check out: www.williamhenryfurniture.com

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Walk down the block a little more and you will run into three NRO shops. NRO, North River Outfitters, has a store for kids, sports and adults. Find them online: www.nroco.com and on Instagram @northriveroutfitter I love all the preppy pieces!

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My favorite nail salon is in this area: Lauren’s Nails. Great for a mani/pedi or waxing. Here is info on Beacon Hill Patch: http://beaconhill.patch.com/listings/laurens-nails

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Keep walking and you will pass one of my favorite pubs in the area, The Sevens. This pub has provided me with lots of fun memories. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sevens-Ale-House/235925269857

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Across the street from The Sevens is STA, Second Time Around is a consignment store. There are several STA locations. http://www.secondtimearound.net/  A STA store in New York City was the subject of a reality show on Bravo called Fashion Hunters.

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There is an adorable shop for kids: Red Wagon www.theredwagon.com

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Down the street you will find two great shops for gift shopping: Flat of the Hill http://www.flatofthehill.com/ and Blackstone’s http://www.blackstonesbeaconhill.com/. Between these two stores is the local hardware store.

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Across the street is a fantastic Italian restaurant where I once waited tables, Toscano http://www.toscanoboston.com/. I love this restaurant and not just because I worked there but because the quality of the food is outstanding.

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Two good casual places to eat in the area: Paramount http://www.paramountboston.com/ and Fig’s http://cheftoddenglish.com/restaurants.html. Also on Charles Street is another Todd English business, Isabelle’s Curly Cakes

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Near Toscano’s you will find three stylish shops: Wish www.wishboston.com @wishboston, Moxie www.moxieboston.com @moxieboston, and Holiday www.holidayboutique.net @holidaybeaconhill.

Wish

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At Wish I met Caitlin the assistant manager, her jewelry is from Nyla Star

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Holiday

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At Holiday I met Damon who was wearing an Yves St. Laurent scarf, a vintage, pin, and a bracelet and ring from his line at www.levizane.com

Here are more Charles Street establishments:

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Another nice restaurant to visit on Charles Street is The Beacon Hill Bistro http://www.beaconhillhotel.com/bistro-hours/

Turn down Chestnut Street to find another local tavern: 75 Chestnut http://www.75chestnut.com/

I finished my day at another favorite restaurant of mine, The Hill Tavern. This place was literally around the corner from my apartment in Beacon Hill so I have a lot of fun memories from The Hill. The Hill offers a nice drink and food menu, the chicken sandwich is one of my favorite dishes. They have an impressive drink list, I tried the somethin’ pumpkin and it was delicious.

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Beacon Hill holds lots of fond memories for me. I try to attend the Beacon Hill Holiday stroll every year. This year it will take place on December 12th. This is a fun event where you have the opportunity to check out the local merchants while listening to holiday music. Charles Street is closed to traffic and most stores offer refreshments while you shop.

Here is a link to the Beacon Hill Business Association for more information about the neighborhood: http://www.beaconhillbusinessassociation.org/

I would definitely recommend strolling down Charles Street and walking around the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Don’t forget to check out the MTV Real World house:

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