BostonTweet

As part of our Reinventing class, we are required to do a presentation on any website we use and/or read regularly and would be interesting to share with the class. I chose to do my presentation on BostonTweet, run by a local man named Tom O’Keefe. O’Keefe posts constant updates about what’s going on in Boston. He often takes advantage of the TwitPic & TwitVid sites that allow users to post video and picture directly from their phones or computers.

The site truly epitomizes the beauty of social networking. Anything you want to know about things going on in Boston – restaurant openings, bar specials, schools being closed for snow days – is up on his feed. Lots of times, twitter users will “@” him to ask questions, many times he’ll respond. He creates “conversations” asking users what their ideas are – today’s conversation revolves around things to do on a rainy day. He can do this by using an entirely different website, BostonTweet.com, which automatically uploads everyone who “@”s him.

Another great feature of O’Keefe’s site is that he has created lists of Boston news, bars & restaurants, and music that you can follow as well – these allow you to find even more information posted to the numerous feeds O’Keefe has found directly related to Boston.

If you’re a twitter user I’d definitely recommend following him!

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February 24, 2010. Tags: , , . Class Posts. 1 comment.

A perfect day for a walk

Saturday in Boston was absolutely beautiful, a balmy 50 degrees. As a California girl, I never thought I’d say that, but in comparison to the freezing cold of January, it was beautiful out!  It turned out to be a perfect day for a walk down Newbury Street for a bit of shopping with my friend Dan.

Our first stop was Club Monaco, where I found Dan a great black crew neck cashmere sweater on sale for $59 (instead of $120!) and a black crew neck waffle tee for $19. Awesome tip: Club Monaco offers a 20% student discount off all merchandise, which meant Dan scored both tops for $65 – not bad!

I’m currently on the hunt for a new pair of flat black boots. I have a great pair of flat black leather boots that I’ve had for a few years – they’re starting to fade, and they’ve got gold buckles, so I can’t always wear them with everything. My favorite pair of boots right now are flat brown boots from Target, which of course used to come in black. After a look on their website this week, turns out the boots are no longer available, and I’m totally bummed – they’re so cute & comfortable (and cheap!) and would have been perfect. Anyways, we looked in Aldo and Charles David but saw nothing, so we made our way to J Crew, where Dan made out like a bandit, and I applied for a job. I’ve decided a tiny (strange) part of me misses retail, and the manager said they were taking applications and currently in an interview process, so I’m crossing my fingers!

As is probably very obvious, I love to dress people, so I had a blast wandering the store pulling things for Dan to try.

Dan, dressed by me in a purple polo & grey & white stripped jacket

I pulled this stripped hoodie and bright polo for Dan, the combination of which I absolutely love.

He tried on a grey vneck we also liked, but decided wasn’t worth it’s price tag for something so basic, and a marked down blue v neck  sweater that I liked, but Dan decided he wouldn’t wear. With his 15% student discount at J Crew, Dan got two polos, a dark grey long sleeve henley and the stripped zip up for just over $150 – not bad!

Next we headed to Filene’s Basement, where I scored an awesome new purse for $15, a pair of $10 sunglasses and a new umbrella which I desperately needed. At the Marc by Marc Jacobs store I bought myself a new wallet that doubles as a clutch, which I’m absolutely obsessed with – it’s hot pink on the inside!

We wandered to American Eagle next, where I continued to play personal shopper for Dan. He ended up with an awesome outfit:

Dan in Straight leg American Eagle jeans, a checkered shirt & his new shades

He also tried on a pink striped shirt, which we quickly vetoed.

Dan giving a thumbs down for the awkward stripes on this shirt

New jeans, shirt, sunglasses and a few pairs of new boxer briefs in hand, we made our way down Newbury to try our luck at Steve Madden. I found this pair of boots at Steve Madden I thought I liked, but decided looked too scrunched and slightly strange on my feet. Too bad, because I found this pair of awesome purple suede flats that would have been 50% off of their sale price ($15!) had I bought the boots. I’m still thinking about whether the flats are worth their sale price of $30 – maybe I’ll go back for them this week.

Hands full of bags and starving, we headed to Chipotle for dinner – yum!

Our delicious dinner at Chipotle after a long day of shopping!

February 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Fashion. 1 comment.