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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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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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Victory Cup Polo Match

This past weekend I got to attend the Victory Cup Polo Match in Westport Connecticut. If you’ve never attended a polo match, it’s a lot of fun! Westport was a bit of a drive from Boston so if you really wan to go but would like something more local check out the Newport RI Polo Club or the Hamilton MA Polo Club for public events.

Hats are a must, stilettos can stay home, and dress to impress! I wore a Lilly Pulitzer Maxi dress (that is unfortunately now sold out), a pair of my older Jack Rogers, and a hat, of course! We sipped rosé all day, had lobster rolls, and took in the match. There was also some great people watching! Thank you so much to Victory Cup Polo for hosting me.

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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

2019 update! If you live in New England and have an Instagram account I’m sure you have heard of Colby Farm! The past couple years it has become a must visit hot spot during the month of September, why? Because of this magical sunflower field that blooms this month! I went the last couple of years and I loved it! It’s like nothing you have seen in real life before. This year the field was even bigger and there were definitely more people clued into this little spot. But how can you get an awesome picture of this seemingly endless field without other people in the background of your photos? 

1. Go early

This means early in the season and early in the day, some years I wished I had gone a few days sooner than I did I was passed peak and the sunflowers were a little droopy. This year I went when the field was at 80% bloom and it was perfect! Not a ton of people since everyone was waiting for peak and the sunflowers still looked great. The earlier you go the better the sunflowers will look, keep an eye on the Colby Farm Facebook page they update you on when the sunflowers will be at peak bloom. Last year I went a few days after peak bloom but they still looked good. Go early in the day!! They open at 9:00am I recommend getting there at 9:00am, I know that seems early but if you wait there will be hundreds of other people there and you will have to wait to get in. Which brings me to my next point. 

2. Parking

The first time I went to Colby Farm you just parked at the little Farm stand and walked over to the sunflower field. That was years ago. Now parking is 10 dollars, so bring cash, and there is a giant field behind the sunflower field where they direct people to park. Because I got there right when they opened we were able to get a spot with out waiting but I heard other people have waited 45 minutes to an hour to get in. So plan to get there early! 

3. Follow the rules

There are signs that say don’t pick the sunflowers. Please just follow the rules, if you want to take some sunflowers home with you you can buy some in the Farm stand. This is a family run business and they rely on the money they make during sunflower season. Picking the sunflowers also leaves less for other peop to take photos with, so don’t ruin the fun for everyone else!

4. Walk around 

A lot of people stay by the side of the field closest to the farm stand I recommend immediately walking to the far side of the field. There will be less people and I think the sunflowers look better from that angle. Head over to the farm stand when you’re done taking photos in the field. They have goats and chickens! Go into the farm stand and do a little shopping. They have pies, fresh fruits and veggies, and cider donuts!! Remember this is a family business and it cost money to plant those sunflowers so don’t forget to support the hard workers that make that sunflower field possible. 

5. Be courteous

I know you might have waited a while to get in and you really want to get some photos of you, your significant other, kids, dog etc. but please remember everyone is there trying to do the same thing. If you see a spot you really want to take a photo in don’t jump in the background of someone else’s shot, just wait a minute for them to move on. Be patient and enjoy the experience! And please remember not to pick the sunflowers, buy some in the farm stand and leave the field to be enjoyed by everyone else 🌻

BOUNUS TIP! So I always try to go at the very end of August beginning of September but last year Colby Farm planted a second field in the back of their property, they planted this one later so that it bloomed after the first field was passed peak. So don’t stress if you miss the fields peak, keep an eye on Colby Farms Facebook page to see the second field announced. Haven’t heard anything about it this year but hopefully they keep it going!

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Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments! 

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Seersucker at Sankaty

New England has light houses scattered along the shores but my favorite light house is probably Sankaty Light in Siasconset. A couple weeks ago I stayed at The Summer House in Siasconset and got to visit my favorite light house.

Love staying in Siasconset, the Summer House is the perfect location to the beach, Sankaty, and Sconset market. They have charming cottages and a beach front bar!

My dress is from vineyard vines, it is perfect for work or a casual day out and about, and it’s now on sale! I love the red, white, and blue seersucker! And the vineyard vines weekender is perfect for a quick getaway. Can’t wait to go bACK!