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Xtend Barre Newbury

One of my goals this year is to spend more time taking care of myself. 2018 was a bit crazy between graduation, working on a congressional race, blogging, and working several side jobs. I definitely did not prioritize my health. By the end of campaign season I kept getting really sick, my body was literally rejecting the way I had been treating it. I was eating like crap, not working out, getting just a couple hours of sleep every night, drinking way too much, and the stress was crippling.

The last few months I have been focused on getting healthy, body and mind. I did barre classes my junior year of college and they were always a great workout. I have been going to Xtend Barre for about a month now and I absolutely love it! I go to the Newbury St location, the instructors and staff are all so friendly, upbeat, and positive. Which is exactly what I need and want in a fitness studio! I love walking into a bright positive environment every time I work out.

I am so excited to be Xtend Barre Newbury’s new ambassador! Everyone should have a workout that they love, it makes it so much easier to pull yourself out of bed on Sunday morning and go workout when you love where you go. There are a lot of options for barre in Boston but I love Xtend, each class is different so you don’t feel like you’re doing the same thing every time. And I have definitely noticed a difference in my body after a month, I’m more toned and my clothes are fitting a little better!

The studio is bright, beautiful, and clean. It’s conveniently on the green line, right by June’s convention stop. The studio has plenty of lockers, changing rooms, and water available. If you’re new to Xtend you can get one week unlimited for just $35! I’m there 2-3 times a week and I hope to see everyone at the barre!

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Romantic Valentines Day

V-Day is right around the corner and you are probably trying to figure out how to mark the occasion. Mike and I don’t do gifts, we both have way to much stuff (Marie Kondo we need you!!) and we would rather treat ourselves to a nice dinner or go do something fun together. This week I visited Assaggio’s in the North End and had the most delicious Italian food I have had in a very long time. There are so many options for Italian food in the North End but Assaggio’s really stood out to me. They recently renovated the interior of the restaurant, it is modern, chic, and cozy. The dinning room ambiance is perfect for a Valentines date. Upstairs they have a beautiful new lounge that offers a more casual vibe, perfect for a night out with your “galentines.” Assaggio’s offers old school class and service but with a modern menu.

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We started with some cocktails and appetizers, I can never resist a burrata so we obviously ordered that! We got the charcuterie plate, my friend Maddie got an Italian classic a Negroni and I went with the house specialty mojito. The burrata was perfect, and I firmly believe a charcuterie plate is the perfect way to start an Italian feast! The staff was so lovely, our server made so amazing recommendations for the main course! I got the Veal Chop she recommended, it was stuffed with Parma prosciutto and Italian fontina, and I think it was my favorite thing ever! It can with a side of sweet potatoes slices lightly baked. Maddie went with my normal go-to the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, they were little potato pillows of heaven. We decided to split the Grigliata, an amazing seafood plater that looked as good as it tasted! It consisted of grilled scallops, shrimp, calamari, swordfish, and a grilled lobster tail! If you love seafood you have to get the Grigliata! It is perfect for sharing on date night too!

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We finished the night with a pair of espresso martinis, a tiramisu, and cannolis. It was all delicious and satisfied my sweet tooth! If you are looking for a beautiful restaurant, with amazing service and food for Valentines Day, Assaggio’s is the place to go! We had such an amazing meal, the next day I couldn’t wait to get home from work to have my left overs! Thank you so much to Assaggio’s for hosting us it was truly impeccable.

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Woodstock Vermont Guide

Vermont is a magical place no matter what time of year you go. In the summer there are amazing hikes, fall there is beautiful foliage, but in the winter Vermont becomes winter wonderland with endless skiing! This weekend we did a little girls trip up to Woodstock Vermont. It was actually my first time in the charming little town, though it had been on my list for a while.

I recommend leaving early in the morning to beat any traffic. From Boston it was a 2.5 hour drive. We still haven’t had any real snow in Boston so it was great to see all the snow capped mountains and snow covered pines as we drove up, seriously some beautiful scenery. Once we arrived in Woodstock we checked out the down town area, it is so charming!

First we decided to head over to Sugarbush Farm. There they offer free cheese tasting, you have to try their award winning 3 years aged sharp cheddar! They also do maple syrup tasting, the farm is 500 acres and they tap the trees right in the property. It was way to icey to check out the maple walk but we took in some amazing views from the sugar house, and made friends with some horses. If you’re visiting Woodstock you have to stop by Sugarbush Farm, in addition to cheese and maple syrup they also sell all kinds of jams and spreads!

After a little more exploring down town we were so ready for lunch. We ended up at Worthy Kitchen. Amazing farm to table food and a great craft beer selection. Me and Lauren got the Mac and cheese and I added buffalo chicken to mine. They also had a great selection of hard cider and cocktails for those who aren’t big on beer. The casual friendly atmosphere was the perfect retreat from the cold. Lana got the Lamb Grilled Cheese and truffle fries, you should all know by now truffles fries are my weakness and these did not disappoint. We also split so cinnamon sugar donut hole that were fresh from the over warm and gooey! It is definitely worth a stop next time your in the are.

There are so many great places to stay in Woodstock, lots of bed and breakfast, cozy inns, and even Air BnB options. Something for every type of traveler. If you’re looking for nearby ski options Suicide Six one of the older ski resorts in the country is just a quick drive down the road! Let me know you favorite things to do in Woodstock Vermont!

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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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The Perfect Christmas Eve Outfit

In my family Christmas Eve is a bit more casual. We relax, go out for Chinese food, and just hang out. I still like to dress festive but I go a little more casual. I love these vineyard vines pants, they are super festive and they are now on sale just in time for Christmas! I paired them with a simple grey sweater, this cashmere is so soft and warm! The tartan cuffs on the sleeve are probably my favorite part of the whole outfit. This look is perfect for my friends in the Northeast, the cashmere is so warm and pants are perfect for those freezing nights! Festive yet casual perfection.

I have a few pairs of tartan pants and I love the color on these. They ran a little small so I would size up! Vineyard Vines did such a great job on their holiday line this year! Big thanks to vineyard vines for making sure I looked my best this holiday season, as always all opinions are my own.

My coat is J.Crew, unfortunately it is currently sold out but J.Crew always has a bunch of great coat options, and my shoes are from Talbots!