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Art in Bloom

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Sometimes I forget how lucky I am that I have a world-renowned art museum so easily accessible to me. The MFA is truly one of my happy places. We visited the museum a couple Fridays ago to see the first night of Art in Bloom. For just a few days, the galleries were transformed by 70 floral arrangements, created by garden clubs from all over New England. Each arrangement was inspired by an accompanying masterpiece…

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Have you been to Art in Bloom before? Which pieces were your favorites? This is an annual event, so be sure to keep your eyes open for next year’s weekend if you missed this one!

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Vogue on My Mind

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Last week, I attended an event at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in which I got to hear Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large of Vogue, speak about his many years of experience working with fashion photographer Mario Testino, whose work is currently on display at the MFA [see my review of the exhibit here]. Mr. Bowles joined American Vogue in 1992 as a style editor, and it was so interesting to get a glimpse of the magazine over his last 20 years of working there– through his stories and Testino’s photos. What’s more amazing than that though, is the 120+ years of history Vogue has.

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I’ve had such fun browsing through the 100 iconic covers featured in the card set I received around the holidays, Postcards from Vogue. In addition to Mario Testino, the postcards also feature covers done by Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, Salvador Dali, and more. You’ll spy many leading ladies from over the years, from Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy all the way to Lady Gaga. Since the event at the MFA, it’s been even more fascinating looking at the covers from 1992 on, knowing a little more about the styling and photography behind them. My only problem now is finding enough wall space to display them all!

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Postcards from Vogue: 100 Iconic Covers
By Vogue Editors
Penguin Books, 2012
$25

Photos from the MFA event, featuring my darling friends Zoe of Fashion is Freedom and Courtney of Those Graces. Read Zoe’s recap of the event here.

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Mario Testino

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From Kate Moss to Kate Middleton, this fashion photographer has captured quite the array of celebrities. His two exhibits, Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits and Mario Testino: In Your Face, are currently gracing the gallery walls of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and frankly, I can’t figure out what took me so long to get there. You all know I love a good royal family portrait, and the provocative In Your Face was nothing short of amazing. Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gisele? Come on now, it was almost too good to be true.

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Kayla attended last month’s premiere and rubbed elbows with quite a few faces you may recognize, including Anna Wintour, Giselle, and a certain Mr. Testino himself. Check out the interview for a glimpse of this glamour before you make your way to the exhibit…

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The British Royal Portraits will be on display until June 16, 2013, but the fashion photography will be there only until February 3rd. If you’re close enough, run– don’t walk– to the MFA. And as if you need extra motivation, it’s free Wednesday nights after 4 pm :)

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Chihuly

Outside the MFA in the very first Anthropologie dress I ever owned... been growing in and out of it since 2007 ;)

After waiting an hour and a half plus a day, I finally got to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts! Dale Chihuly is an American glass blower who does these huge, intricate pieces. The art was breathtaking… the colors were absolutely stunning.  I was silly and just assumed that photography wouldn’t be allowed so I didn’t bother lugging my DSLR… very stupid of me indeed because everyone had their cameras and now all I have are some little iPhone photos.  Yet even from them I think you can tell how beautiful this stuff is! This is the last weekend it’s at the MFA, so if you’re in the area and able to see it my only advice is to get there super early to avoid lines/tickets selling out.  I’m not sure where the works are headed next, but if you ever have the chance to see anything by Chihuly I highly suggest it!!  Click the photos to see the crazy detailing closer up.

Now that I’ve got glass art on my mind, I’m so excited to go home this weekend to our town’s Heritage Days… a local glassblower opens her studio for demonstrations and a huge jewelry sale!

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