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The Ultimate Holiday Guide to Boston

There are so many fun things to do in Boston around the Holidays. This year Thanksgiving is late so the Holidays are going to go by in a flash! Be sure to get tickets now and schedule in the Must-Do’s.

BYOB Trolley Lights Tour! This is so fun, it always, always sells out. Many dates are already completely booked so if you want to do it I suggest you book tickets ASAP. Its BYOB so pack some festive holiday drinks, toss on an ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy.

Black Nativity! This event is a Boston Staple, its called a “theatrical wonderment”  on their website and trust me it really lives up to the hype. It only runs on the weekends so reserve a night to go and see it, trust me you’ll want to go back year after year.

Boston Ballet The Nutcracker! Probably the most obvious, and for a reason, the Boston Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is spectacular! I have almost every other year and every time I go I enjoy it. Get dressed up, have a glass or Prosecco and enjoy!

Skating at Frog Pond! Before you know it there will be snow on the ground. Skating at Frog Pond is a nice way to enjoy sometime outside despite the cold. Once the Common’s Christmas tree and holiday lights are up it is truly magical.

Slutcracker! If you’re looking for a fun night out with you S.O. or your friends look no further than The Slutcracker. What is the Sluthcracker you may ask, well Choreographer/Director Vanessa White used to dance The Nutcracker at a big ballet company, but was told she was “too big” to keep dancing for them, so she started The Slutcracker!  A parody or the original ballet this burlesque version is 18+ and is general admission so get there early.

Holiday Tea at The Boston Public Library! Looking for something quiet to do, maybe with a parent, older family member? The Holiday Tea at the Library is fantastic! It’s super easy to make reservations on their website and they even have a special holiday menu.

And there you have it! A booked solid Holiday season in Boston! Really there is so much to do and see during the holidays but these are my top priorities every year. So many years I have had trouble getting into the Holiday spirit but after attending just one of these event you will find yourself humming Christmas carols on the T. Let me know what you’re most looking forward to this Holiday season and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the fun things I am doing this season!BBNut2018 0413B2FC2AB3-0B9D-4836-9E4F-0F59F3EA2F68BBNut2018 01925D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

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Holiday Shopping Guide

Two words: Tartan Everything! I love dressing for the holidays, the rest of winter in New England can be pretty depressing so I take full advantage of the bright, colorful, fun outfits that come out every holiday. This year I picked out a few favorites that I wanted to share with you all.

1.Sail to Sable Tunic Top: this tunic is perfect for all your holiday occasions. It can be dressed up or down, the velvet color adds a little extra something. It is also super comfy and the long sleeves keep it appropriate for when the weather gets cold and snowy.  Limited stock in my Red Tunic but the is also available in the Navy Plaid version! 5D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

2.Vineyard Vines Holiday Plaid Dress: I love the bell sleeve on this dress. A basic shift it is flattering on many different body shapes, and the plaid is holiday perfection! VV did a similar version on this dress in a Black Watch Plaid a couple of years ago that I was obsessed with! It even comes in a “Mommy and Me” version if you’re looking to match.

3.Cozy Fairisle Sweater from VV: I am constantly looking for holiday wear that I can keep wearing January-February. This sweater is just that, a cashmere blend that is super soft. 729BB4CE-B4BA-4410-9ABA-DE5AB6E4709E

4. J.Crew Velvet Jumpsuit: I have to say it has taken me a while to come around to the Jumpsuit trend, but I’m finally here and I am loving it. This one is so classic, perfect for any holiday party you have this season. Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.23.29 PM.png

5. Plaid Ponte Pants from VV: First things first, Ponte pants are ridiculously comfortable! Plus these are plaid and have an adorable bow on the front? I told myself I would not buy yet another pair of plaid pants this year, but that is so not happening because I NEED these in my life!

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6. J.Crew Stewart Tartan Dress: Perfect for all your holiday parties and it is super flattering on tons of different body types. Screen Shot 2019-11-30 at 4.02.51 PM.png

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Pre-Holiday Getaway with Lark Hotels

The Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be stressful! So this year Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend before the Holidays really ramped up. We checked in to The Hotel Salem, a fabulous Lark Hotel located in the heart of down-town Salem. It was perfect timing, the Halloween crowds were gone and things were still calm ahead of the Holidays. 4DF123E3-BEBF-44C7-8C54-9B501FA8B29E

The Hotel Salem opened just over a year ago. It is conveniently located, a bunch of great restaurants and cute shops are all within walking distance. The Peabody Essex Museum is just one block away and The Witch Museum is right next door! If you’ve never been to Salem I highly recommend doing both.

On Saturday we hit up Far From The Tree Cider and did a couple of flights to sample all their different ciders. On warmer days you can sit out on the patio, they don’t serve food but you are welcome to bring your own or have something delivered! Definitely try the seasonal cider, everything is made with local, freshly pressed apples for small batch cider.  BDBE0C89-84B2-44D7-B718-58E1C7D62B49_1_201_a.jpeg

The Hotel Salem has a restaurant located on the first floor of the building, The Counter. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious! Friday night I had the Short Rib Grilled cheese, this thing was bigger than my head and it was amazing!! For breakfast in the morning I had the French Toast and Mike had the Chorizo Hash,  while we planned out our fun day of exploring Salem. When you stay at the hotel you get 10% off food at The Counter so definitely stop in for at least one meal during your stay.

Our hotel room was roomie and as with all Lark Hotels was uniquely designed to fit the location. It was the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Each room comes with all the necessary amenities; waffle robe, big screen TV, comfy bed, and most importantly a wine opener! There is also a coffee and tea station on each floor that you can help yourself to anytime of day. The station was also equipped with sparkling and filtered water. We had such a nice time, after a long day of exploring Salem we literally just crashed and took a quick nap before dinner. If you’re a light sleeper, try and request a room towards the back of the hotel, our room overlooked Essex St and it was definitely a bit noisy with all the bars and restaurants right there. 8B22BFFF-27FA-425A-9437-3C4AE745F35062CEFF46-6F25-4BB9-AADF-A4253727A52118287A47-CEC3-47B1-86B3-46C204DD84C7

After a weekend with The Hotel Salem I am feeling refreshed and ready for the holidays! What are you doing to relax and unwind before the holidays?

Thank you so much to Lark Hotels for hosing us for the weekend, as always all opinions are my own.
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Gift Guide for Her

If you’re like me there are a lot of ladies in your life you need to shop for this holiday season. From mothers and sisters, to your best friend, girlfriend, or coworker, it can be daunting where to begin! So lets start with the basics:

Wine! It makes the perfect hostess gift for all the holiday parties you attend and for that co-worker that keeps you sane Monday through Friday year round. A lot of people in my life get wine.

Slippers! Who has ever hated warm fuzzy slippers? For us mere peasants that don’t have heated floors (seriously when I win the lottery, heated floors are at the top of my list), a good pair of slippers are essential for getting through the winter. I love my L.L. Bean slippers, they are amazing quality! I’ve had mine for a couple years and they’re still in great shape. If you’re looking for a less expensive option these J.Crew ones come in multiple colors and patterns. Perfect for literally anyone, Mom, sisters, and friends will all be thrilled at a new pair of quality slippers! Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 2.32.07 PM.png

Jewelry! If you’re looking to get something extra special for a lady in your life you can never go wrong with something that sparkles. A few years ago Mike go me a pair of Pearl Studs and they are to this day one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Whether it’s a pair of diamond studs, a tennis bracelet, or something unique to her, she will treasure it for years to come.

Now for the not so basic ladies in your life!

The Skincare Junkie! If you’re looking for something quick an easy she will love a Sephora Gift card or a gift card to get a facial or eyelash extensions at her favorite spa. Now if you’re not into giving gift cards there is: The Drunk Elephant Precious Cargo Kit, or these Silk Pillow Cases! I know what you’re thinking, pillow cases? But every skincare, beauty, of hair junkie out there knows that silk pillow cases are a game changer!Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.33.49 PM.png

The Adventure Seeker! This Wifi Hotspot is perfect for all the travelers in your life, this way you can be jealous of their latest post regardless of what country there in, because now they’ll always have reliable wifi! A Personalized Leather Passport Cover is also a great go to for the Jet-Setter in your life. Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.31.40 PM.png

The Fitness Fanatic! Get her something that will make it easy to roll out of bed to go to the gym first think in the morning. I died when I saw this Self-Cleaning Reusable Water Bottle, how cool is that? It may be expensive but you can feel good about it because a % of the profits go to For The Planet. If you’re looking to spend a little less, go with a Foam Roller, everyone who works out should be regularly foam rolling, its life changing! Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.32.35 PM.png

The Homebody! I like to think of myself as a really outgoing person but at the end of the day I love to sit at home with my Netflix (now Disney+) and a glass of wine (see first suggestion in this post.) For my fellow homebodies I would highly recommend a Weighted Blanket, a few different options here, here, and here. I would personally go with one that has a “cooling” feature, I am constantly over heated. Another great option is a streaming service. If your homebody doesn’t already have Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ get them a one-year subscription. I personally have all three and don’t know how I would live without. (By ‘have’ I of course mean use my sister’s login because she is a saint!) Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.32.10 PM.png

 

I hope you found this guide helpful, like I said The Basics at top would be great for anyone in your life but if you’re looking to get something a little more creative there are some great options for every type of woman. Let me know what is at the top of your wishlist this year, and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more great gift suggestions.

 

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Ancient Rome

Rome is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s easy to see why so many flock to the Eternal City, from the amazing food to ancient ruins there is a little something for everyone. My recent trip to Rome was a whirlwind, we fit so much into just a few days!

On Day One we took on Ancient Rome, doing the three hour tour of the Colosseum. It’s incredible to stand in front of a structure built nearly 2000 years ago. In my opinion he skyscrapers we build today will never be as impressive as what civilization were able to create thousands of years ago with significantly less technology.

Throughout the tour you will hear stories of Ancient Emperors, gladiators, and executions. The Colosseum was much more than a simple sports stadium.

The Three Hour your also takes you to the Roman Forum, the birth of civilization as we know it today. Standing in the middle of the Roman Forum you are surrounded by ruins that once held important government offices, temples dedicated to the Roman Gods, and even housed the Vestal Virgins.

We did one of the Skip the Line tours with City Wonders and I highly recommend! The lines to get into the Colosseum were insane. Bring your camera, a reusable water bottle, and very comfortable walking shoes! I’m in my 20s, in pretty good shape and I was sore at the end of the tour. It is a lot of walking across uneven ancient paths, so be prepared, and whatever you do do not try to squeeze the Colosseum and Vatican City into one day. You will be so miserable by the end you won’t enjoy any of it!

In late fall the afternoons can still be pretty hot, we booked a 3pm tour, the first hour was a little warm but but 4pm the sun was starting to set and we got some relief. If you’re visiting Rome in the summer I would recommend going with an early morning tour so you can wrap up and get into the AC before the sweltering heat sets in. Definitely book your tours ahead of time, trust me this will save you a lot of stress when you arrive. The tour company will give you a meeting spot and when you arrive just look for the flags that have your tour company listed. If you’re only in Rome for a short period of time you should absolutely do the Colosseum, we all studied Ancient Rome in school but getting to see it first hand was really special.

Have you been to Rome or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments what the highlights are for you!