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IMG_1568Tweed Barbers, formerly State Street Barbers, is located in the South End.

IMG_1566Last Thursday night they hosted a party to debut the Massachusetts based, Men’s Soap Shop products. Bully Boy cocktails were served and Loic Le Garrec, owner of Petit Robert, provided bites by their new chef, Stefano Quaresima.

IMG_1563Owner, Peter Solomon (middle) with Joshua Pelletier (right) and Samuel Lopez (right) from the Men’s Soap Shop.

IMG_1542Tweed’s services include haircuts, hot lather shaves, beard trims, coloring and facials. See their full menu here.

IMG_1540Meet Stone, a master barber.

IMG_1571Midou, also a master barber, came to Tweed after working 15 years in Paris.

IMG_1539Radio personality, Chris Shine of MAGIC’s 106.7, was in attendance along with Susan Holaday, Alessandra Pollina and Diane Mantouvalos,among others.

IMG_1555Petit Robert has location in Kemore Square, the South End, Needham and in Downtown Crossing.

IMG_1538 - Version 2The Men’s Soap Shop has some great looking (and smelling!) products. I think that the Bergamot was my favorite scent, it was warm and citrusy.

IMG_1545From their website:

When we founded the Men’s Soap Shop in a small apartment in Boston, Massachusetts, a smooth gentleman had limited choices for all-natural body-care products. We decided to change that. Today we brew, pour, cut, and cure our soaps in a nineteenth-century factory building, a daily reminder of the role of good, old-fashioned artisanship in our business. Painstakingly handcrafted in small batches from simple, all-natural ingredients, our soaps and aftershaves represent a resurgence in traditional masculine grooming rituals

Welcome back to smooth.


Tweed Barbers

1313 Washington Street, South End, Boston


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IMG_4387My friend and I were invited to the Bradley and Diegel 5th Anniversary party on April 6th down at the Fourth Wall Project, a gallery located down near Fenway. The 3,000 sq ft gallery space was a great backdrop for the party. Dirk Diegel’s own photography was on display, featuring the latest salon images and looks.

IMG_4378The night was full of great throwback music, dancing,  bar bites from El Centro, and drinks from Peroni and Deep Eddy vodka.

IMG_4385Jujubee (far right) was at the party performing with some of her friends. You may remember Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race! Check out her Facebook fan page.

Bradley & Diegel 5th Anniversary

The fun continues!

IMG_4388A quick peek into the swag bag! Thanks for a great Sunday night!

Bradley & Diegel

77 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

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We opted to go to Dante in the Royal Sonesta for our rehearsal dinner. Dante is owned by Dante de Magistris. He and his brothers also own and operate il Casale in Belmont. Our options were the private room downstairs but there was  a food and beverage minimum, so we opted for the mezzanine, a small balcony upstairs (it ended up being a little tight, but hey, we’re family). We dealt with Samantha who was the large party coordinator (who is no longer with Dante)-she couldn’t have been nicer. We had a stationary cheese board at $18 per person and then a 3 course sit down menu. The tax, 18% gratuity and a 6% administration fee. The drinks were based on consumption-we chose 3 wines to offer, a red (’05 Montepulciano d’ abruzzo, ‘torre migliori, ‘cerulli spinozzi, Italia), a white (’10 verdicchio di matelica, colle stefano, marche, Italia), and a sparkling (nv prosecco, stellina di notte, veneto, Italia).


The cheese board came with a bread basket, honey and nuts. It was set up in the corner, a lovely spread.


For the dinner, it was $65/person. We started with the burrata salad-which is an Il Casale menu option, but the chef agreed to do it for this party. Buttery Mozzarella from Apulia, Sicilian oregano and pistachios. I love this dish, i had extra pistachios because they are just that good.


The second course was a a choice of the following: Tagliatelle Bolognese-another Il Casale menu option-the traditional recipe, again, one of my all time favorite dishes. A lot of brides (and brides to be) say that they don’t eat at their wedding or rehearsal dinner. Not this girl, this is all my favorite food!


We also offered two other dishes, “pollo” or the chicken dish was chicken scaloppini, marsala, garlic chives, chanterelles, black trumpets and spinach. The “nasello” or fish option was pan roasted New England hake, cannellini al fiasco, cavolo nero.


For dessert we had the option of gelato – malted vanilla and chocolate hazelnut with Italian cookies.


We also had the crostada, a chocolate espresso tart with creme anglaise and chicory gelato. The service was excellent, we couldn’t have asked for more – they were attentive to our guests and kept everyone’s glass full. We would highly recommend this venue for anyone’s next special event. We tried the restaurant 3 times before we went ahead with choosing it as our rehearsal dinner location – the food and service for the regular  dining room was outstanding.

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Favors for this event, and for all the events around the wedding, were themed “things we love”.  We did doughnut muffins from Bread and Chocolate in Newton for the rehearsal dinner. We called ahead to order the muffins and assembled them the day before.


I picked these great labels from – how great are they? We customized them with our names for the rehearsal dinner. For 23 labels, they are $25. Both labels measure 3.25″ x 4″.

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Restaurant Dante

40 Edwin H Land Boulevard (in the Royal Sonesta Hotel)

Cambridge, MA 02142

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