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By Paige Shoes by the Sea Shore

Back in the day when I was working as a sales associate at vineyard vines a few of the guys called me lobster girl, why because I loved anything with a lobster on it! I am so excited to be working the By Paige Shoes this summer to showcase so of her incredible designs! Paige Andrews has over 20 years experience, all of the needlepoint items are hand stitched! I love the vibrant colors and intricate designs By Paige offers! I especially love my new paid of Lobster and Crab loafers!

I don’t think there has ever been a more New England pair of shoes than these! The second I took them out of the box I was impressed by the quality, and when you slip a pair on you can tell these were made with care. They are so comfortable! The stitching is beautiful and the colors really pop. I can’t wait to wear mine all summer long.

They’re perfect for all your days spent by the shore, trips to the cape and islands, or a drive along the Maine coast! I wore mine up to Rockport, MA the other day for a little brunch and shopping. Rockport is one of my favorite coastal towns in New England. If you haven’t been I highly recommend taking a day trip, and be sure to do it in a pair of By Paige Shoes!

Thank you By Paige for my pair of loafers, as always all opinions are my own. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, I love using my platform to support small business owners like Paige, be sure to check her out on Instagram!

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A night with Zuma

Something very exiting happened in Boston this week! Zuma, located at the new Four Seasons One Dalton, hosted they’re soft opening! There are Zuma restaurants all over the world and now Boston has joined the list. I went with my friend Elissa, be sure to check out her blog Style Wire, and we were treated to one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

We tried a bunch of different dishes. The menu has everything from sushi, Robata grilled vegetables and fish, as well as traditional entrees. To say things exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. From the moment we walked we were greeted by the beautiful atmosphere and friendly hosts. There was even a live DJ playing the bar area!

We were so happy to be seated at the bar overlooking the Robata grill. Getting to watch the chefs at work was a real treat! The service was exceptional from beginning to end, our server was helpful, all the runners were able to speak to each dish we tried, and the manager was wonderful!

This was without a doubt my favorite dish! Seared Boston Scallops with sea urchin and black truffle. They scallops were so fresh, and the sea urchin and truffle all came together delectably as it all melted in your mouth. I almost considered ordered a second dish of these at the end of our meal they were so phenomenal!

Another scallop dish, of you don’t enjoy seafood you might be at the wrong restaurant. Zuma has plenty of other dishes to offer, but you are seriously missing out! These were the Grilled Scallops with pickled plum, shiso, and mentaiko. Behind the scallops is the Soft Shell Crab served with a wasabi mayonnaise, a classic and it was as delicious as expected! It was lightly fried but didn’t feel heavy at all.

If you love sushi you will love this Seared Tune with chili daikon and ponzu sauce.

Remember when I said you better like seafood if you’re visiting Zuma? Well I may have forgotten to mention all the amazing dishes out there for my friends who prefer turf to surf. These Robata skewers with beef and shishito peppers we incredible. I am not a big beef eater but these were cooked to perfection and the flavor and spicy were incredible!

With out a doubt the best part of the meal was the Roasted Boston Lobster. I love lobster and was thoroughly impressed by how well this was prepared, a perfect balance of butter and lemon. We ended the meal with some dessert. Honestly you can’t go wrong with any of the dessert selections, I had the Buddha chocolate mouse cake served with mango sorbet. And Elissa got the fruit platter. After dinner we stopped at the bar for a cocktail. Our bartender Alejandro was fantastic, he was able to tell us so much about the different drinks on the menu, order the “Burning History” for a real show!

Thank you so much adorable an incredible evening Zuma. I can’t wait to see what else One Dalton has in store for this city!

Zuma was kind enough to host us, but as always all opinions are my own.

Sustainable Living

Eco-Makeover Your Bathroom

Many have the desire to live more sustainably but don’t know where to start. I firmly believe that making small changes to your everyday life can make a big difference. Today we’re talking bathroom, small swaps you can make that will help you produce less waste every year.

1. Toilet Paper

We all need it but some brands are better than others. American’s use 50% more toilet paper than Europeans every year, consuming over 12 billion roles! Try to make conscious choices on how much you use and what brands you buy. The recent report “Issues with Tissues” graded some top toilet paper brands on their sustainability and some passed with flying colors while others failed to meet basic sustainability standards. A few of my go-to brands are Trader Joe’s Bath Tissues and 365 Bath Tissue. toilet-paper-1550692574169-1550692577064

2. Tooth Brush

Americans throw out 1 Billion toothbrushes every year, that is enough to wrap around the earth 4 times! The average tooth brush is made of polypropylene plastic and nylon, which produces greenhouse gases 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and we dump 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes in landfills every year! There are a few things you can do to limit the amount of waste you create cleaning your teeth every year: recycle your plastic tooth brush, if you have a plastic tooth brush currently be sure you toss it in the recycle bin instead of the trash, currently only 20% of plastic toothbrushes are recycled every year. When it comes time to buy a new tooth brush my number one recommendation is switching to a bamboo tooth brush there are some great options out there, I like this pack of 4 so you and the whole family can make the switch! Or switch to an electronic toothbrush the ISSA it requires only a 1 hour charge every 6 months, so you will use less electricity and the head only needs to be replaced so you are wasting less.

3. Razors

I am really bad about throwing out my razors I tend to grab a new one and then just toss it on the ledge of the tub with the other used razors. I looked at the pile of razors one day and was disgusted by the amount of single use plastic I was consuming. I go through probably 2-3 razors a month so roughly 36 razors a year! Not to mention shaving cream, the packaging these razors came in etc etc. Looking to make a switch I checked out one of my favorite stores Lush, I love all their naked product options, meaning there is no packaging. They make a D’Fluff shaving soap that is perfect for swapping out the old canister of synthetic, chemical packed shaving creams you get at the drug store. Now the for getting rid of those pesky plastic disposable razors, safety razors are making a come back! Now you might be picturing the razor a barber uses to shave your man’s face. Well fortunately there is an at home, leg shaving friendly option! The upfront cost is more than your standard pack of razors but will last you a lifetime and the replacement blades only cost one dollar! You will save series money over the course of your life!

And there you have it! Three totally doable swaps that will significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills every year. The production of plastic toothbrushes and razors creates a lot of greenhouse gases, when demand goes down so will production, it is simply an economic issue, and you have the answer. How are you striving to make your bathroom more eco-friendly?

Sustainable Living

Beach, Pick that Up

Brant Point is one of my favorite spots on Nantucket, the second you see it on the ferry coming in you know you’ve arrived! When I was on Nantucket last weekend for Daffy, Brant Point was decorated for the occasion with a giant Daffodil wreath. It was my first “beach trip” of the year and a great time to remind everyone about the importance of keeping our beaches clean. So here are my top 3 tips on how you can do your part! IMG_6290

1. Leave nothing behind

Always take your trash with you, straws, plastic bags, soda cans, beer bottles, all these things can cause harm is they end up in our oceans. Bring a bag with you can take everything home and properly dispose or recycle it. Bonus tip, opt for packing everything in a reusable tote instead of using a plastic bag that could potentially blow away and end up in the ocean.

2. Pick up 3 pieces of trash

Before you leave the beach, whether you were there all day or just stopped by to put your feet in the water, take 5 minutes to walk around and pick up at least 3 pieces of trash.

3. Smoking is bad for you and the beach!

Don’t smoke on the beach. For starters you’re not aloud to smoke on public beaches, you are exposing others to second hand smoke, and the cigarette butts left behind are a huge source of pollution. All that poison that you choose to put in your lungs is your business but when it ends up in the ocean, impacting animals, plants, and ecosystems thats everyone’s business. Don’t vape either, just cause its gross and no one wants to smell that or see a big cloud of vape every few minutes when they’re trying to enjoy the beach.

Going to the beach is one of my favorite summer activities and what we do on shore has major effects on what happens under the sea. Be responsible this summer and do your part to save our oceans! Please share these tips with others and post about your sustainability efforts on social media to spread the word.

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Please share how you’re doing your part with me in Instagram @katiefromboston!

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ACK Daffy

This past weekend was Daffy Fest on Nantucket it was definitely one for the books! We had so much fun checking out all the antique cars, shopping, and hanging out at Cisco Brewers. Nantucket is one of my favorite places to visit, there is something so special about the island. We ended up having fantastic weather and I was able to walk around in just a sweatshirt for most the day, but it is Spring in New England so you should always bring a few layers with you. IMG_6167IMG_5996IMG_6141IMG_6191IMG_6190IMG_6030IMG_6177

If you can’t make it over on Friday night I would try and take the earliest ferry over. The 8:00AM will get you to the island just in time to watch the vintage cars line up for the parade. It really is a sight to see from vintage Land Rovers and Jeeps to Ferraris all decked out with Daffodils! People pack over the top picnics and everyone heads out to Sconset for a huge tailgate. There is also a dog parade, a hat parade, and a parade for all the little ones, Main St is the place to be Saturday morning of Daffy weekend! As if the weekend wasn’t perfect enough I even made a new friend Hudson, an 8 week old black lab puppy. Isn’t he adorable?IMG_6014IMG_6016IMG_6209 Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Have you ever been to Daffy? What is your favorite part?