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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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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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2017 photos:

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

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Friday Finds

This week was a sprint, a marathon, all tied up into one! Was very busy with work and packing but I feel like I got so much accomplished! Real talk it was hard when I made the choice to leave my job in politics, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, this huge part of my life was all of a sudden over. I spent months applying, interviewing, researching trying to figure out what was the right fit for me. Now I’m working for myself as a freelancer and I’m loving it, I get to work with so many amazing clients, invest in my personal growth, and create amazing content! It’s hard work, and I’m often very tired, but it’s worth it and I am so grateful for this opportunity and I am full steam ahead to Fall!

On that note, I have been nonstop shopping for Fall! This week’s Friday Finds include some great transition pieces!

1. Sail to Sable Sweater $128

2. J.Crew Dress $118

3. Sail to Sable Dress $268

4. Ralph Lauren Sweater (On Sale!) $179.99

Happy Friday friends! Have a great weekend!

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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!

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Lash Lift

Lately I feel like everyone I know is getting eyelash extensions. For a while I debated taking the plunge and getting some. But ultimately I went with a Lash Lift and Tint. Extensions require a lot of maintenance, you cannot rub your eyes, or use an oil based face wash. I follow a Korean Beauty skincare routine which includes an oil based face wash, and I really didn’t want to mix up my routines right now. I also have super bad seasonal allergies so not rubbing my eyes was something I knew I would have a really hard time with!

Ultimately be honest with yourself, I knew I would not be able to do all the upkeep that extensions require. A lash lift lasts longer and doesn’t require as much day to day upkeep.

I visited Posh Lash in Burlington last week and loved my experience! I was super impressed by how adorable, and most importantly, clean the studio was! I’ve seen some nail salons offering lifts but I would encourage you to come to Posh or another studio that specializes in eyelash services! Someone is putting chemicals right near your eye so you want to feel assured that the person doing them is properly trained.

Rachel from Posh did my lift and tint and she was so great! I was a bit nervous going in because I had never had a lift before but she talked me through the whole process before we got started and explained each step as she did it! The whole process took about an hour, starting with the perm and then the tint. Before

During

I hate wearing makeup in the summer and now with my new lift I still look put together and wide eyed even when I just rolled out of bed. I feel more confident and beautiful everyday! The lift is super easy to maintain, try not to get them super wet, the more often you get them wet the quicker the perm will fade.

I had such a great experience at Posh Lash, they have locations in Burlington and Lynnfield so it’s super convenient for those of you in the greater Boston area or the north shore! I’ll definitely be back in 4-6 weeks for another Lash Lift!

Posh Lash did my lift and tint in exchange for this post but as always all opinions are my own. And I am so happy with how these lashes came out! After #nomakeup