Thursday, July 31, 2014

Be Still My Heart: Ella Moss does vibrant color!

Your eyes do not deceive you, and we didn't do any chroma-funny-business on this photo.  This Ella Moss top really is this brilliant.  A bright violet with gold and pink print!  We love to make a statement with color!

An Abundance of New Accessories! The Managers Have Been Busy!

In one of your recent visits to the stores, you likely noticed that we have lots of new, beautiful and unique accessory lines.  Our store managers, Jess and Chelsea have been busily engaged in the search for new lines since the spring.  Yesterday, I opened the door to our Arlington office and found them knee-deep in fall samples with one of our favorite sales reps.  (I said a round of "hi" and backed out of the room...I know when to leave smart women to their business at hand.)

Some new lines we love: Atomic Soda (bags shown above), Blue Q, and the British company Disaster Designs.  All offer a fresh perspective on color, print, and design.  They are a great accompaniment to the fall apparel that is now arriving.  Enjoy!  - Katherine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Airy summer dresses keep you cool.

It's hot, sisters...really hot.  Keep you cool looks throughout these steam summer days with airy print dresses. We love these two new arrivals!

Print for Summer!

Yes to prints!  We have lots of new pretty print dresses and tops for summer!  Express yourself in your favorite!

Helena's Staffer Looks: The Lovely Cristal!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Charming little bags at Helena's!

 For you...or for your favorite giftee!  We have lots of sweet little new accessories at both stores!

All Spring Orla Kiely is 30% off!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Expert Packer: The Dear Ms. J

Janet is good at at many, many things.  She is always current on the best new cafes and restaurants. And because she loves food, cocktails, and coffee, she is a brilliant order-er (I often have her request my meal and the order in which I eat it).  She is a masterful cook, who can quickly produce a four-course dinner of any tricky ethnic cuisine.  An Indian supper with homemade naan and fresh chutney?  Of course!  And, most significantly, she is lovingly warm friend and is loads of fun any day of the week.  To help me out, she once unpacked three boxes of leggings at the store made it into a hilarious party.

But, until this week, I did not know that Janet packs like a boss.  On Wednesday I picked her up early for her flight to join her family in Japan for two weeks.  Her husband had called from Kamakura the night before with the news that it was a steamy sauna.  So, she says, she simply packed less.  A light white woven shirt, a few tees and tanks, one pair of jeans.  And some essential skin care products packed in a zip-lock bag.  I am sure there is a print dress packed in here too, which she loves to wear.  The efficiency is baffling and terrifically impressive.

For her 13-hour plane ride she wore navy leggings and a coral striped shirt, with these shoes (OTZ cork linen slip-ons) which are a summer vacation essential.

And, true to form, in route to the airport, Janet told me and my 12-year-old son that on our way back from Logan, we have to stop off 93 in Somerville for the best-donuts-of-our-lives at Union Square Donuts.

Have a great trip, Ms. J!  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This woman looks adorable in her sunhat!

Helena's Inventory Manager, Alyssa, went strawberry picking in her sweet sunhat from the store!  We have lots of brilliant summer hats in store now!

Helena's is Looking for an Assistant Manager!

Hello Readers!  Our sweet, growing company is hiring!  We are looking for an Assistant Manager to work at both locations.  If you have 3-5 years of retail experience, are superbly organized, have a hard-working and flexible demeanor, and want to make a difference at a small independent business, connect with us!  Send a very detailed cover letter and resume to  

In the Franklin Street Window...

This window has a summerfest ocean meets sunshine theme!  Bright pops of yellow mixed with blues including cobalt, turquoise, sky blue and denim.  It is all deliciously soothing to the eye and evokes a chic coolness on these hot hot days.  Come in and try on these beautifully styled looks!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh, how we love our new denim line!

The fit is amazing and the washes are both contemporary and classic!  Come in and try the latest addition to our premium denim collection!  Visit the DL1961 website here!

Summer Sweetness.

There is a sweet little bakery in Arlington Heights that is brimming with butter, sugar and creative vision.  You may think that these happy shortbread cookies are the delight of children, and they are.  But, c'mon, we all know that smiling crab just warmed your heart.  Bring these the next time you get invited to a BBQ.  It will make everyone smile.  Click here for their website.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Orla Kiely & James Jeans SALE starts tomorrow!

Hi Friends!  Our Summer SALE on two great lines starts tomorrow!  All Orla Kiely bags and wallets, storewide at both Helena's locations is 30% off.  Ditto for all styles of James Jeans!  Fan of the Twiggy?  It's on sale at 30% off!  See you tomorrow!

Happy 4th! We are closed! See you tomorrow!

Happy Independence Day!  We hope you are celebrating with friends and family...even if the picnic is inside! We are closed at both Helena's locations.  See you Saturday!

New Denim Line at Helenas! DL1961 has an amazing fit!

Our DL1961 order is on its way!  This premium denim line is known for its classic denim washes and amazing fit.  For more on the line, click here!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prairie Singles SALE is on!

A new Prairie SALE is in the works at Helena's Arlington & Helena's Belmont.  All singles (meaning one single lady left) are on 20% off, as well as a generous selection of past season colors.  Prairie lovers, don't miss this SALE!

Your summer nail color: Berry!

Summer is a great time to up the voltage on your nail color!  The berry trend is has pop, and looks great with summer pinks and whites!  One of our berry favorites is Between the Sheets, by Deborah Lippmann.  A perfect juicy berry with lots of shine!  

Crisp summer whites with a touch of pastel!

New gift lines at Helena's!