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Food Fight!

Nicole Miller_Nation Jeans Company_Gap_Frugal Fannie'sWho: Emily R.
Spotted: West Bridge vs. Hungry Mother Food Fight hosted at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Resident of: Boston, MA
Age: Thirty-Something
Occupation: Sr. Manager of Culinary Arts Events for Share Our Strength

I attended the first in a series of four Food Fights. The events are hosted by the not for profit organization Share Our Strength, whose mission is to end childhood hunger. This was an amazing event and a great way to support a very important cause. Not to mention, the food was beyond delicious. The food challenge that night was Southeast Asian Street Food. Both chefs got very creative in what they cooked up. West Bridge made these amazing meatballs with mushrooms and string beans while Hungry Mother cooked up some shredded pork rolled up with a thin egg pancake and piece of lettuce. My vote went to West Bridge but the winner of the night was Hungry Mother. Lincoln also doled out some great apps as well. Specialty drinks were also being served at the bar. I am looking forward to the next food fight and will definitely be there (Lincoln Tavern v. Myers & Chang). You can catch the winner of each Food Fight amongst other Boston chefs and mixologists at the Taste of the Nation Event in April 2014.

Outfit Details:
Emily is a mix-master. Love how she mixed the different prints and high/low priced pieces. The pieces are versatile and can be re-mixed with other pieces in her wardrobe.

Striped Knit Dress: Nicole Miller, $300. Ok, so most would say that this is not a budget friendly dress. Emily agreed. BUT if she promises to keep wearing it, then the price per wear will decrease. Also, the color and style is simple and classic, giving it lasting power to weather the seasonal trends. Here are a few options that won’t scare your wallet: (1) Tinley Road Striped Knit Mini (Piperlime), $39.99. Use code EXTRA thru 10/1 and save 25% ($29.99); (2) If sleeveless isn’t your thing, take a look at this Deadly Embrace Body-Con Dress by Bailey 44 available at Nordstrom’s, $158; and (3) LuLu’s Glad We Met Black and Ivory Striped Dress, $45.

Leopard Scarf: National Jean Jean Company, $80. To add some leopard to your outfit as Emily did, take a peek at these scarves: (1) H&M Leopard Print Scarf, $6.95 and (2) Lauren Ralph Lauren Leopard Print Infinity Loop Scarf, $33.60. Use code SALE thru 9/30 and save an additional 20% at Lord & Taylor ($26.88).

Pendant Necklace: Souvenir from Spain, $priceless. Not as special, but a few pendant necklaces for your perusal: (1) Forever 21 Oval Locket Necklace, $5.80, (2) Forever21 Baroque Locket Necklace, $4.80 and (3) Urban Outfitters Compass Necklace, $28.

Tights: Gap, $10 (on sale).  Priced at 12.95. Use code GAPDEAL (online only) thru 9/29 and save 35% ($8.42)

Booties: Frugal Fannie’s, $30-ish. An oldie but goodie. Check out Lord & Taylor for booties under $100. Use code SALE and save an additional 20% (thru 9/30).

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