Newbury Street

What a Treat – Muji on Newbury Street

When visiting NYC, I stumbled upon the Muji Store in Times Square and I was transfixed. The quiet, tidy and calm interior was in such stark contrast to the street outside. And everything was so well curated – all super practical, yet beautiful items. Household goods, clothing, no brand names. Just gorgeous, functional items. I was smitten. And I’m not alone. There are legions of loyal Muji fans, and luckily for us, they just opened a shop on Newbury Street in Boston. So whether you already love Muji or have never heard of it, check it out.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Schindler (@SchindlerPhotos), who I talked into going to the opening, and who takes much better photos than I do. Thanks, Sharon!


Muji Website

Sharon Schindler Photography



How to Keep Cool…

If I hear one more person (myself included) say “It’s so hot”, I may spontaneously combust. Yes, yes it is. I’m hot, you’re hot, we are all hot. What does my family do? Heck, we head into the city where it is REALLY hot..because we’re bright like that. The real reason? I had a hair appointment (with the same wonderful stylist I’ve had for 14 years) and brought tweens and teens with me, also because I am mean. I thought…How bad could it be? Umm…pretty bad. We were all a little quiet and a little cranky by day’s end.

While I was getting my hair done, the girls wandered into Alex and Ani – their bracelets are a teen trend right now. It was so hot that they came back to the salon (Jerel @ 119) where I was still in process. So I sent them to the Roxy’s Gourmecapability mom at georgetown cupcaket Grilled Cheese food truck for lunch (it’s parked in front of the Boston Public Library). I ordered a straight up grilled cheese (just in a purist state of mind) but the menu is inspired. Next time I’ll have one with guacamole and also get the truffle fries. Yum. We inhaled our sandwiches in the salon, it was too hot to hit the pavement with a grilled cheese in hand and then headed to the newest cupcakery, Georgetown Cupcakes.

It’s a cute place but there aren’t many seating options so we were back on the hot, hot street. On the way back to the car we ducked into the always sweet Sugar Heaven. Who knew they had an ice cream shop in the basement? We cooled off there at the cute counter seats and then braved the heat once more. Next the shops at The Prudential Center – sure, they have nice stores but the air conditioning was our goal. We hung out in Barnes and Noble for a bit – love their book selection but always find the staff hard to, well, find. Once you locate one they are super nice and helpful, though.

A quick stop into Vera Bradley for some gift ideas…vera bradley at prudential capability momand back home to play cards and eat delicious cupcakes in our air conditioned family room.

kickin' it old school to beat the heat - A/C, card games and some cupcakes capability momIf I didn’t have the kids with me I would have stopped at the Copley Square Farmer’s Market -especially because Sofra and Siena Farms are there but they were done in by the heat. Next time!

Stuff to like about today: learned social media stuff, lunched on Newbury Street and engaged in a little retail therapy to finish things off. Now if only dinner would make itself.

Today we had a great meeting of The Coffee Shop Bloggers but instead of the usual L’Aroma in Newton, we headed into town and met at the Newbury Street location. Now, you are thinking, get out much? Umm…no, not really and we like this place and the owners and the food. Great vibe and even better people watching.

We had the meeting in Boston so that we could get a tutorial from a friend who is a TweetDeck  and overall social media expert (actually there were two social media savvy individuals in attendence – my, aren’t we impressive?) but you are asking what the heck  is TweetDeck?  It is a way to manage your Twitter account(s) and connect them to FaceBook and LinkedIn.  As we are in varying stages of using TweetDeck and social media,  our questions were all over the map (plus we all talk over each other anyway) and I think we exhausted our guest speaker. That’s okay, he’s young and will probably recover quickly.

We were on Newbury Street so a few of us accidently fell into Jonathan Adler. Love that store!  Gorgeous, whimsical and fun. jonathan adler mother child pillow from capability momjonathan adler table from capability mom The small picture is of  the Mother Child pillow (it comes in other colors) – so sweet and the table is just gorgeous – a lacquer tray table that would look amazing in my family room.

Design Track Mind’s Melissa Gulley was there and is super fun to shop with – she has such a great eye – Pragmatic Mom and I want to steal her for a day (or two) and make her, I mean, ask her nicely if she would like to, shop with us. The sales people in the store were friendly and helpful and we walked out with a pillow, a heart locket key chain and the most adorable sticky notes ever.

jonathan adler heart keychain capability mom

Jonathan Adler has just introduced Jonathan Adler Junior, a line for babies and children. So so sweet and fun, great furniture, wallpaper, rugs and more. This chair is super sweet and there is an adorable kissing giraffe rug that I love.jonathan adler junior from capability mom

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