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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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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!

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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!