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What I’m Watching

Happy 2019!! Post holiday I tend to be a bit of a homebody. January is bitter cold in Boston, so far no snow but still very gray and dreary. In other words it’s the perfect time to binge a new TV show! Between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime I always have something new to watch.

1.The Mindy Project

I know I’m a little late to the party but The Mindy Project on Hulu is hilarious! A young woman in New York struggles through life may be a classic story line but The Mindy Project manages to make it fresh and will keep you laughing the entire time. A solid 6 seasons lets you spread it out a bit.

2. Lucifer

Ever wonder what would happen if the Devil came to Earth? Throw a raging party every night and team up with the LA police to catch criminals, duh! Lucifer is a drama but with a lot of comic relief, Tom Ellis plays the lead Lucifer Morningstar. It originally aired on Fox for its first 3 seasons and Netflix has picked it up and is currently filming season 4, which is expected out sometime in 2019. So if you fall in love there is more coming soon!

3. Dumplin’

I raved about this movie on my story one night after I watched it. Staring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, it is such a heart warming story. As a former pageant girl I am normally super disappointed by movies and TV shows that involve pageants. They normally play to all the cheap stereotypes, but by the end of Dumplin’ I couldn’t stop smiling! Netflix originals have been very hit or miss for me lately and this one was a hit!

4. The True Cost

For all my sustainability warriors out there! The True Cost examines the environmental impact of “fast fashion”. This documentary was really eye opening for me, if you want to learn more about how the clothes you wear have a ripple effect this is a must watch! The waste, out of control consumerism, and horrible labor practices found at many fast fashion brands will definitely have you re-thinking where you shop. Start 2019 by making a small change for a better world.

5. Below Deck

I really don’t like many reality TV shows, but this one is a must watch! It currently airs on Bravo but I end up watching it via Amazon every week. I would recommend watching all the seasons, they are available for purchase on Amazon! I personally like the original better than the Mediterranean seasons, but they’re all great! See what it’s like to vacation on a super yacht and all the juicy drama among the crew.

 

Tell me what you’re currently binging! I am always looking for new shows, I just finished The Mindy Project and definitely need a new comedy!

 

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Brunch at Five Horses Tavern

Some people do yoga, meditate, and drink healthy smoothies as part of their self care routine. Me? I go to brunch! Last weekend I checked out Five Horses Tavern in Davis square with my friend, and one of my favorite food bloggers Joey of the_Roamingfoodie. The food was all amazing but I have to say my favorite part was the mimosa flight, why have one when you can have four? The apple cider mimosa will definitely be recreated at home!

For my main dish I had the Huevos Rancheros. I loved them! The were just spicy enough without it overwhelming the eggs. I also got an order of the Thyme Biscuit with honey butter, let’s just say honey butter is the only way to go! We also tried the Southern Comfort and the Fried Chicken and Waffles. Five Horses Tavern manages to combine brunch with comfort food, I can’t wait to go back! Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for brunch plans this weekend, make sure you make a reservation because they do get really busy on the weekends.

In addition to amazing food we had amazing service! Thank you so much to Five Horses Tavern for hosting us, as always all opinions are my own.

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Fondue Express at Ocean House RI

This weekend I had the most amazing experience at Ocean House RI! They recently launched their brand new Fondue Express, they converted an old ski gondola into the most adorable champagne and fondue pop-up restaurant. It was decked out with fur pillows, antler chandelier, and plenty of Veuve Clicquot!

Ocean House is such a special property, it opened in 1869! In 2003 the original Ocean House was closed, unfortunately unable to be repaired. A historical replicate was built in its place with all the modern amenities we love! Ocean House is filled with pieces from the original and has the most amazing private art collection I have ever seen. Beyond it’s beauty Ocean House provides 5 star service, 5 star food, and 5 star spa services. One of only thirteen triple 5 star hotels in the world! I love visiting New England gems like Ocean House. If you are looking for a romantic couples getaway, or a fun girls weekend, I highly recommend the Ocean House’s Fondue Express. This is a one of a kind experience that you will not get anywhere else in the world! We had an amazing time, thank you so much to Ocean House for hosting me, Lana, Kara, and Laura. And double thank you to Laura for being an amazing photographer! A fun girls weekend is the perfect way to brave the cold!

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Gift Guide for Her

Hey Guys! I know buying for the women in your life can be intimidating. Try to be thoughtful, think of what will make her smile.

1) L.L. Bean Sweater

I love a fair isle sweater, Bean sweaters are a classic and make a perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

2) Vineyard Vines PJs

Give this gift to the lady in your life on Christmas Eve so she can wear them Christmas morning. PJs are the perfect cozy gift for your mom, sister or girlfriend. I got this Black watch flannel set and I am obsessed!

3) Riley Sheehey Phone case

If you’re not following her on Instagram you should be! Riley is an incredibly talented artist, in addition to her amazing art work on Etsy, her beautiful prints come to life on home goods and tech accessories. I recently purchased one of her phone cases, get the protective version, it’s well worth it!

4) Gus and Ruby Candle

Nothing makes me feel at home quite like my favorite candles. I discovered Gus and Ruby at a party earlier this year. I walked in and fell in love! The first thing I asked the host was what candle she was biting, and it is now my favorite candle Gus and Ruby Salt Air. They have tons of different scent for every girl in your life!

5) Spa Day

The holidays can be stressful, especially if you’re cooking and hosting! Every girl has her little pick me up. A place she loves to get her nails done, that facial she only treats herself to on a special occasion, etc. get her a gift certificate to her favorite place for a mini (or big) spa day. If you want to treat both of you to some relaxation get a gift certificate for a couples massage!

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Gift Guide for Him

I find shopping for the guys in my life extremely difficult! Every guy is different but here are my picks for gifts that can work for everyone and anyone, something cozy, techie, useful, a classic, and fun. Up first cozy!

1) L.L. Bean Slippers

I love my bean slippers. They are cozy, warm, and most importantly durable! Whether for your dad, brother, or significant other slippers are a gift everyone will enjoy and use.

2) Amazon Echo

I’ll be honest I haven’t felt the need to get one for myself but all the guys in my life who have one are obsessed with it. Perfect for the techie in your life!

3) RTIC Tumblr

Everyone has use for a good Tumblr. I love RTIC products, they are the same amazing quality of YETI with out the outrageous price tag. Keep your drinks warm or cold all day! A great quality, useful gift.

4) Brooks Brothers Cufflinks

A classic! You have the option to engrave them and make it a little extra special for him. Every guy needs a pair of cufflinks that can be used everyday and on a special occasion.

5) City Beer Tour

I think the best gift can be an experience that you share! Tastings or brewery tours can be really fun, I did a Boston City Beer Tour a couple months ago and it was a lot of fun, I discovered new places right in my own backyard. If the guy in your life isn’t into beer there are also distillery tours, winery tours, or whatever alcohol they favor!