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Pure Barre Review

For the past month I have been going to Pure Barre on Newbury Street. They have a really great first time member deal, 1 month unlimited for $100. It’s a really great deal if you go several times a week!

I had taken a few barre classes in the past but had never really gotten into it so I was curious to try Pure. Here are my thoughts after attending for a month, bottom line I definitely recommend trying it!

The studio: the studio is on the second floor of the building right next to Starbucks. It is clean and bright and the staff is so friendly. There is water for sale if you forget yours, large and clean bathrooms, and changing rooms. I definitely felt comfortable showing up for my first class. It may sound silly but I definitely get gym anxious! I have been to a lot of different gyms and work out studios over the years and it can be a bit nerve wracking to show up by yourself not really knowing what to expect. The staff at Pure Barre made me feel comfortable right away, they gave me a quick tour of the studio, went through some terminology, and the instructor took the time to introduce herself to all the first timers. This made me feel completely welcome and comfortable. If you get anxious about new work outs too it can be helpful to bring a friend along.

The work out is great! It may look easy, the movements are small, weights are light, but be ready to hurt the next day! Hydrate before class and take advantage of the stretching you do during the class. After attending for 1 month I have definitely noticed a difference in my body, my arms look thinner, butt looks firmer, and I overall feel stronger. I have really crappy knees from years of soccer so this work out was perfect for me because it didn’t put to much pressure on my joints (I know I’m 22 but I’m really just an old lady inside).

If you are looking for a new work out to help you feel good inside and out I definitely recommend taking advantage of the first time member offer at Pure Barre the Newbury Street location is conveniently located right next to the Haynes Convention stop on the B, C, and D line!

If you liked this review let me know! In the past I haven’t blogged much about my fitness and nutrition routines but would love to start sharing a little here and there!IMG_2939IMG_2938

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Find me by the Sea

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, the ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea- whether it is to sail or to watch it- we are going back from whence we came.” -JFK

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Nothing like a few days by the sea to revive the soul. I get so stressed about work and school that sometimes I just need time to unwind and relax.

Outfit details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer, Sweater- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban

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Newport Sail

I love the ocean. Sailing is one thing is wished I did more often. Recently me and my friend Elyssa went sailing in Newport, it was so much fun! We had a few drinks and got some sun. I wore a great new pullover I got from Nantucket Whaler last time I was on Nantucket, it’s perfect for a day on the water! 

We sailed on the Adirondack II with Sailing Excursions, it takes off right from Bowens Wharf. We had a fantastic crew, lots a laughs and tons of fun!

I definitely recommend you take an afternoon to check out Sailing Excursions!

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The SEAnic route

Nantucket has to be one of the most beautiful places in New England. Yes there are a million beautiful small towns and hidden treasures here but Nantucket is a must stop every summer.

Most people hope right off the ferry and spend their days exploring cute shops and cobblestone streets. But sometimes it is nice to stay out on the water and check out the views from off shore!

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Thank you so much to Mark Elliot Yachts for taking us out on the water for the afternoon! I had such a great trip to Nantucket last week with NIR Retail this was definitely one to remember! If you are new to Nantucket or are a seasoned veteran you should definitely take a ride around the harbor and along the island’s shores, grab a glass of rose and your girlfriends for a day you won’t forget!

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A Day on Nantucket

You really should go for longer. A day is just not enough time to experience everything Nantucket has to offer. That being said sometimes with work and our busy lives all we really can take off is a day. This week I had the opportunity to spend a day on Nantucket and we had a blast! So if you can only go for a day here are the must dos!

I took the Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis, be sure to catch an early morning high speed ferry to maximize your time on Nantucket!102E0A9C-8F4B-4472-A7E1-CEFCBBA84156C792EECD-5E19-4D5B-B165-966BAFF6BFDC27007849-9AF2-435F-969A-46FEBC66C6E1

Once you arrive it is time to explore! I love taking a stroll through town bouncing in and out of shops. Nantucket has some amazing local retailers that are definitely worth your time. Be sure to bring your wallet you will want to bring a few souvenirs home.

AA5847B2-CEBC-4612-96F4-EFEA904420FB Right when you get off the Ferry be sure to check out Levitate! A new adorable surf shop.8D3A5990-F82A-41A7-A5D8-74B9125AA4EC98E8D4DB-F62E-4A54-BC81-D33C525C38AC deWolf Leather Goods is a gorgeous shop, everything is hand made and unique. The owner is fabulous and she is always happy to do something custom.8ED33C6A-B739-40A7-B29A-7062E80E72FF After the long ferry ride and some shopping we stopped at Provisions for lunch. I got
“The Other Turkey” sandwich, it was sooooo good! D51DC4B9-7ECC-448B-8A0E-95420D1098B4 If you’re looking for some cute decor or accessories be sure to swing by Space at Old South Wharf. I love Old South Wharf it is right on the water and all the shops are adorable.A225F262-DD24-4307-8322-3E7327A88B47IMG_107878616432-3EFF-4E8B-99A6-C597ED1758A7IMG_1079IMG_1161One of my favorite places we visited was Nantucket Whaler, a new store on Old South Wharf. The owner Susan was so sweet and was really passionate about her products. Nautical decor and accessories, right up my ally! Definitely swing by and visit her this summer! 929D9443-67FA-406D-804E-8B7A9522A76D0AD11F2B-D788-406E-9C0E-4B64A7B236D4 Wow we did a lot of shopping today! Faherty, Shift, Charleston Shoes were a few other great shops! The heels at Charleston Shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Shift had all my favorite brands, Sail to Sable, Drapper James and so many others! 82A0AF0D-DF6C-44D8-ABE2-4FF63AF13C24 A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete with out a stop at Ice, local family owned and everything is homemade. It is the perfect snack for the ferry line.

 

Thank you so much to NIR Retail for providing such a great day and thank you to all the stores for hosting us! I had so much fun exploring Nantucket with my fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Jenna, Jessica, and Poorva on their blogs and see more from our trip to Nantucket

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First Day of Summer

We suffer all winter long in the cold and snow and today is the day that makes it all worth it, the first day of summer! Also dubbed National Wear Lilly day by fellow preppies. I was so excited to break out one of my favorite Lilly dress have a glass of rose and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having this week.IMG_0861

In New England it really is like a light switch. One day you are cold and miserable, you forget your Hunter boots at home and end up stepping in a puddle ruining your favorite flats. And then the next day it is so gorgeous you dip out of work a little early to sit on your roof deck and soak up some vitamin D. I am probably in the minority in saying that summer is not my favorite season. I love fall, maybe its because that’s when my birthday is or because of all the pretty leaves, apple pie, hard cider, the list goes on. But summer is special, summer is full of memories.

When I was little I went to summer camp every year. The camp was right on the lake with adorable cabins tucked along the shore. I loved staying up late talking with the other girls in my cabin, swimming in the lake, running around playing games on the rec-field. There were even stable where I learned to horseback ride. I have some amazing memories of camp and every summer I feel a little nostalgic for those times. We didn’t have cellphone, we weren’t concerned about the wifi password, there wasn’t a TV or a laptop taking up our attention. Today my cellphone is basically glued to me hand and I can’t imagine going a month without my laptop.

The responsibilities we face as adults sometimes drown out what is really important. Just being in a moment. This summer try to unplug for a day and enjoy time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and just bring a book. Try something new and exciting. Take sometime this summer to remember what is was like to be a kid. (And do it in a bright Lilly print obviously!)

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Month in Review

Hi all! So I thought for the summer I would do a series of post every month breaking recapping some really fun events! So much is going on in the city this summer and I want to make sure I get the chance to tell you about all of them! Maybe I’ll keep this series going in the Fall, let me know if you like the idea! May was a pretty busy month for me so here is what I’ve been up to!

1. School and Professional developments

I finished up my semester proud to say that I made Dean’s List again! I only have one more year left so I am just powering through, I will be taking an online course this summer to get to graduation just a little faster! For those of you that don’t know I transferred after my freshman year. I originally went to American University in DC, then I took 3 semesters off before transferring into Suffolk. So even though I am graduating a year behind my original graduation date I am technically graduating a semester early!

I also started a new job this month! I had been working as the social media manager for a local non-profit, but they have promoted me. Downside is I no longer get to work remotely like I did when I was the social media manager, but its a new position with a lot of new challenges. I am excited to jump in and start learning.

2. Cambridge Side Event

This month I was invited to attend an event at the Cambridge Side called “Shop, Sip, and Sail”. The event started with a scavenger hunt through the mall. We stopped at various stores trying out product and getting to know all the amazing sales associates that work there. Then we boarded a Charles River Boat Cruise and took a quick ride around the Charles River. The boat itself was so cute and we had drinks and snacks on board. There were tons of other local bloggers at the event and it was so great to catch up with friends and meet some new people! The highlight of this event was the views! the weather was gorgeous and we got see cruise up the Charles getting a great view of Back Bay and Cambridge!

3. M0851 Party

M0851 is an adorable store on Newbury Street and you should all check it out! Last week M0851 had a great party to celebrate 30 years in business and 1 year on Newbury Street. The event was so much fun there was even a drawing for a gift certificate, I unfortunately did not win. Snacks were provided by Select Oyster Bar and cocktails were provided by Privateer Rum and Absolut. We got to shop and meet tons of new people. It was so much fun!

4. Ladies Lounge

If you’re not familiar with General Assembly, you should be! GA provides classes and workshops in some of the fastest growing careers across the globe. Every month they have a Ladies Lounge, the one I went to was actually the last week of April but I wanted to include it here! Ladies Lounge is a monthly event, the theme shifts slightly every month but it is always focused on how to be a Boss Lady! Last month they focused on social media, the next one which will be June 22nd is “Selling Like A Boss”. I think these events are such a great, and did I mention FREE, resource. It allows you to dip your toe into a new subject before diving into a course. I personally find them inspiring, I love getting to hear from other successful women. I am a firm believer that there is room for us all at the top so we should always support one another. I met some great girls at this event and ended up doing dinner with them the following week and it was so much fun.

Favorite Restaurant of the Month: Lolita, try the white lie margarita it’s my favorite!

 

So that was May! It really flew by and I hope the rest of summer doesn’t go as fast. I have been busy searching for a new apartment and hanging out with friends! Thanks for reading, let me know some fun things you did this month, or fun things you’re looking forward to next month in the comments below!

 

 

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Very Troubled Child

I don’t know how many of you out there are Wes Anderson fans but the foundered of the brand Very Troubled Child are huge fans! If you’re not getting the reference Very Troubled Child was the name of the book Suzy Bishop finds in her parent’s room during the movie Moonrise Kingdom. In 2013 Alberto Favaretto founded Very Troubled Child and began designing unique luggage and travel accessories.  I have been a huge fan of them for a while. if you follow their Instagram it is full of amazing shots taken in exotic locations featuring their bags. I was so excited to team up with VTC for this post. They recently sent me one of their phone cases to try, I am absolutely loving it! First of all I had mine monogrammed! They will monogram any of their products for you, I love a company that will do the monogramming for you! And when it comes to luggage/ travel accessories I absolutely think you should have it monogrammed! I picked their Seafarer case which is so nautically perfect for a New England girl like me. It has anchors, sailboats, light houses and oars! It was perfect timing to because I had just upgraded to the iPhone 7 and was looking for a new case. Its durable and cute, I’ve already dropped my phone a handful of times and it hasn’t been broken or scratched!

Very Troubled Child is a quality brand that cares about their customers. Don’t have the same boring bag as everyone else this summer. Check out VTC to get everything from phone cases and passport covers, to weekend and duffle bags!

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This post was in collaboration with Very Troubled Child, I am a VTC affiliate. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you very much for your support!

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A Summer Bucket List: Boston

Sometimes it gets so hot in the city during  the summer I just want to escape and get away. Last summer I spent a lot of time up at my boyfriends lake house in Maine and down the cape at my family’s beach house. But unfortunately this summer I will be in Boston Monday through Friday for work. I love my new job but am I little bummed I won’t be able to get away as much.

So I decided to come up with a whole bunch of fun things to do in the city this summer, I reached out to a bunch of local bloggers to see what they are most looking forward to this summer. It is so cool to see what other people do it really got me excited for the upcoming months! I’ll start with my #1!

1. Mine: Rooftop@Revere:

I love the rooftop bar and POOL at the Revere Hotel! It is the perfect place to go with your friends to escape the heat and sip on delicious cocktails! A day pass is $20 on the weekdays and $30 on the weekends. You can also rent a cabana for a higher fee and there are food and beverage minimums to be aware of! You can view the menu and hours here.images.png

 

 

2. Rachel Ross: Spectacle Island

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I talked to Rachel Ross from Succulently Pure and she said: “I look forward to booking one Saturday every Summer to take a ferry ride out to Spectacle Island.  It is a quick and easy 20-minute ferry ride right out of the downtown harbor side of Boston (right next to the aquarium).  On those hot summer city days where you can’t seem to cool off no matter what you do, you will absolutely thrive from the breeze the island will give you.  I typically pack a cooler full of beverages and beach snacks, bring a couple of beach chairs and plan to lounge out on the beach while taking in the amazing views of the city from afar.  However, if you are more adventurous, you can pack sneaks and/or a bike to hike or ride all around the island.  Either way, you will find the peace and relaxation away from the city without having to head to the North or South to the beaches.” Purchase tickets and view schedule here.

 

3. Jess Looney: Boat Cruise Summer Series

“I’m from Ireland and I am the face behind the blog Charming Bitch. Since moving to Beacon Hill last September, I have loved exploring this wonderful city. The number one activity on my bucket list this summer is a Boston Boat Cruise. Great music, even better company and watching the sun go down whilst cruising the Charles will be a night to remember!”

 

4. Leah: Lawn on D

Leah from the blog Leah’s Life said “On my bucket list this summer is to make it to the Lawn on D.  It looks like so much fun and should be a great way to spend a summer evening with the family.  No cost, no drama, just fun with the family.  Of course we may add in dinner after in the Seaport. There are so many great options now: Committee, Blue Dragon, Aceituna, Sportello, Row 34, Babbo Enoteca and so many more new options.”

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5. Jen: New England Aquarium

Jen from Preppy Francophile told me: “The #1 thing that I am looking forward to doing this summer is going to the New England Aquarium. I am all about promotion conservation and sustainability. I also find the exhibits fascinating, and, during quieter times, the sharks and rays tanks where you can pet Stingrays is wonderful and therapeutic!”

 

6. Joy: SOWA

I couldn’t agree with Joy more! “SOWA Boston is my favorite thing to do in the summer! The fresh food at the farmers market is where everyone should begin their kitchen cupboards. The unique art & gifts from local artisans and shops are plentiful!  Of course we can’t forget about the food trucks! We spend all morning and afternoon getting lost between all the local flair & flavor SOWA offers!”

 

7. Laura Chassaigne and Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman: Charles River Esplanade

Laura and Natalie from The Boston Day Book said: “Summer in Boston is so beautiful! We are most looking forward to enjoying the sunshine and the breezes on the Esplanade, as well as beautiful sunsets and concerts there in the evening. Plus, now that we have little ones, spending some time at the Esplanade splash pad or playgrounds, with a treat from nearby J.P. Licks in hand, sounds great too!”

 

8. Kanika: Piers park in East Boston

Kanika runs a great blog The Talking Trails and she told me: “Summer gives you ample time and countless opportunities to enjoy Boston’s  skyline over the water and watch the sunset all from the same spot at the same time! While there are many such places around MIT and seaport from where this million dollar view can be enjoyed , my personal favorite is Piers park in East Boston and LoPresti park in Maverick. An evening at any of these parks is bound to leave you satiated . For July 4 fireworks , these parks are perfect to  beat the crowds and stuffed transportation.”

 

9. Marsha: Amorino on Newbury St

Last but certainly not least my friend Marsha told me about this great place on Newbury that is now a must try for me: “I can’t wait to grab some flower shaped gelato at Amorino on Newbury St!!  Located in prime people watching territory, this little cafe is super cute and a great way to end a summer evening. I love the unique way they create their gelato cones, adding petals for each flavor you choose! They create a flower of flavors for you. To top it off, You can even add a macron to the center! You will definitely want to snap a picture of this beauty before eating”

 

Thank you all for reading! And big shout out to all the local bloggers who participated in this post, please go show them some love and if you liked this post be sure to like and share it!

 

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A New Chapter

I took my last final today. I can’t believe how fast this semester went I feel like Christmas was just last week. Spring semester in Boston can be kind of miserable it’s cold, snowy, and rainy basically until finals and even this week has been a little chilly. Even though I feel like this semester flew by I find myself looking back on all that has happened. I have accomplished so much this year and I have met so many amazing people. I finally took the plunge, I quit my retail job and started pursuing my career.

I got hired on as social media manager for a local non profit. I am so excited about the work I’m doing and am excited to make a real difference in the Boston community. Especially in college I think people get so caught up in making money that they miss out on opportunities to do something they’re passionate about. But having spent the last few months working on project that excite me and with people who inspire me I think we should all take that step and open the next chapter free of fear!

I’m so happy the semesters over and I’m so happy I can finally pull out some spring clothes. This out fit was in my mind for a while and I was just waiting until it was warm enough. I got so many compliments at the office the day I wore it, the skirt is from vineyard vines fall line but it’s so versatile year round! I hope you all have a great end of the semester. For those of you graduating I heard this quote once, I have no idea where it came from but it definitely resonated: “It may be a small world after all, but never forget to stop and appreciate the enormity of it all”.


Outfit details: shirt- JCrew (on sale now!), skirt- vineyard vines, shoes- Nordstrom (old), bracelet- KJP (old), earrings- KJP(old)
Photo credit: JMP Image