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A Walk in the Park

If you’re in the Boston area and you haven’t been to the Arnold Arboretum you’re missing out! This time or year especially, all the leaves are changing and it is picturesque Autumn. This week I️ went for a walk with my friend Maddie and her dog Hamilton, it was a little cold but we had a great time! If you take the orange line to Forest Hills the Arboretum is literally right across the street. You can bring your furry friend as long as they are on a leash, and it’s a hefty fine if they catch a dog off leash so definitely keep them on! I️ wore one of my favorite J. Crew vests (similar), I️ love the polka dots! I️ kept warm with this great plaid scarf from Primark, right now they have tons of blanket scarfs in all different patterns for just $5! I️ got three or four the last time I️ was in there. My leggings are also from primark, I️ will say the quality is not fantastic but for $3 they’re a no-brainer.

I wore one of my old vineyard vines sweaters (similar) and I️ brought along my LL Bean Boat and Tote and threw on my bean boots to complete this fall look!

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Remember November

I feel like November is always a good time to look back on the year and reflect. My birthday is November 16th so I’m one year older this month, it is also right before we all get caught up in the craziness of the holidays. This year November is going to be a busy month for me but I’m very excited.

I’ve been feeling a little stressed about work and school lately. There is just so much going on and I’m really looking forward to taking sometime for myself this month. I’ll be doing some traveling and celebrating my birthday, what does everyone else do to relax?

While October often gets credit as “peak foliage” month this year the weather has been very warm so the leaves in Boston and southern New England are peaking right now. I love strolling through the public gardens on the last few warm days enjoying the leaves as they change. 

Happy November!

Sweater: Vineyard Vines (old), Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Nordstrom, Earrings: KJP,     Necklace: KJP, Bracelet: KJP, Sunglasses: J.Crew

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Month in Review

October is my favorite months! The leaves are changing, the air gets crips, and there are so many fall activities! This month I had the opportunity to go to some great events that I wanted to share with all of you, this is a long one so bare with me! 

Anoush’ella Opening

I was invited to go to Anoush’ella, a new restaurant in the South End, to try some apps and coacktails. I had such a great time and the food was delicious! We tried a couple of the signature cocktails and they did not disappoint, my favorite was the Peach Thyme Martini. If you’re in the south end be sure to stop by and support this fabulous new business! Thank Anoush’ella for hosting this great event. 

Peach Popup on Newbury

If you haven’t heard of Peach it is an athleisure brand that just opened their first popup on Newbury Street. I swung by the store to check out the new line and chat with the staff. Everyone was so friendly, they are really passionate about their brand! The product was really high quality and price range was a little pricey but still less than lululemon, I’m not someone who normally likes to spend a lot on clothes I’m going to wear to work out in but when it’s great quality I don’t mind. Be sure to stop by sometime soon! 

Third Thursday

I attended Third Thursday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with my friend Maddie this month. As the name implies on the third Thursday of every month the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts an evening with music and drinks and you can stroll through the galleries. You can buy tickets on the website, it’s definitely a great experience you should check out! 

Tapestry 

I had dinner at Tapestry for the first time this month and I was super impressed! Just a short walk from Fenway it has a great atmosphere the front bar is casual and laidback with an awesome pizza oven and the back lounge is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. The own was so kind and the bartenders were great! We tried their new Chai Applecider Mimosa and it was to die for! We enjoyed a margherita pizza and sampled a few new desserts, I will definitely be going back! Thank you so much Tapestry for having us! 


Boston Athenaeum

If you’ve never been to the Athenaeum you should definitely check it out! It’s normally only open to members but if you keep an eye on their website they host open houses and events open to the public. The 5th floor reading room is stunning! Stroll over to 10 1/2 Beacon Street to visit. 
Halloween with Godiva

This month I received a whole box of goodies from Godiva to help me celebrate Halloween. I love chocolate and was so excited to try out some new things! They sent pumpkin spice truffles along with a box of assorted truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, and a candy bar set! I devoured the chocolate covered pretzels and me and my roommates shared the truffles. If you still need to pick up some goodies for Halloween definitely stop by Godiva!
I hope everyone has a fun Halloween! I’ll see you in November!!

I may have received complimentary product or experiences for this post but as always all opinions are my own. 

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Salem Trip 

The Salem witch trials are a staple in most New England history classrooms. At some point in high school English you probably had to read The Crucible. Going to Salem is fun anytime of the year, but you should definitely try to going during October! It is a month long Halloween celebration. I love to pop in and out of the Witch shops, stroll through the adorable streets, pop in and out of all the cafes.

My friends and I started at the Hawthorne Hotel and had lunch. They have a bunch of fun festive cocktails and you have to try the truffle fries! I had the seafood chowder and a Carmel Apple Martini they were both delicious the martini was super sweet so be ready! It is a beautiful hotel that’s worth a stop even if you’re not grabbing lunch.  You also have to check out the Bewitched statue! Salem is fun but you have to get in the spirit. You can go to the the Witch History Museum, the Witch Dungeon, or the Salem Witch Museum. I don’t think you need to do all three in one visit but definitely check out one! 

Outfit details: Blazer-J.Crew (old) heres a similar one on J.Crew Factory, Pants- Vineyard Vines(old),  Bag- L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Shoes- Nordstrom

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Boston October

If you live in Boston and are on Instagram I bet you have seen this doorway  so cute right? If you haven’t figured it out it is on Malborough Street #356. I always feel like Malborough Streets gets over looked in favor or Newbury, Comm Ave, or Beacon Street. But I personally think Malborough Street is the prettiests streets in Back Bay. I love October in Boston, people get really into autumn displays. If you wait another week or two people will get in the Halloween spirit and you can see some pretty impressive displays. I love strolling on Malborough Street the week or Halloween. And of course you have to talk a walk through Beacon Hill. Some people go all out for Halloween in Beacon Hill. Be sure to stop by the public gardens to see some city foliage too! 

Outfit details: sweater- Vineyard Vines (old), skirt- Vineyard Vines (old), boots- Tory Burch, Sunglasses- Rayban, Scarf- Sole Society 

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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

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 last year 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 month and early in the day, I wish I had gone a view days sooner than I did. 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. 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. Now parking is 5 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. There 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 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 🌻

Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments! 
Outfit details: dress- Vineyard Vines, jacket- Ralph Lauren, shoes- Sperry, sunglasses- Ray-ban 

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Pure Barre Review

For the past month I have been going to Pure Barre on Newbury Street. They have a really great first time member deal, 1 month unlimited for $100. It’s a really great deal if you go several times a week!

I had taken a few barre classes in the past but had never really gotten into it so I was curious to try Pure. Here are my thoughts after attending for a month, bottom line I definitely recommend trying it!

The studio: the studio is on the second floor of the building right next to Starbucks. It is clean and bright and the staff is so friendly. There is water for sale if you forget yours, large and clean bathrooms, and changing rooms. I definitely felt comfortable showing up for my first class. It may sound silly but I definitely get gym anxious! I have been to a lot of different gyms and work out studios over the years and it can be a bit nerve wracking to show up by yourself not really knowing what to expect. The staff at Pure Barre made me feel comfortable right away, they gave me a quick tour of the studio, went through some terminology, and the instructor took the time to introduce herself to all the first timers. This made me feel completely welcome and comfortable. If you get anxious about new work outs too it can be helpful to bring a friend along.

The work out is great! It may look easy, the movements are small, weights are light, but be ready to hurt the next day! Hydrate before class and take advantage of the stretching you do during the class. After attending for 1 month I have definitely noticed a difference in my body, my arms look thinner, butt looks firmer, and I overall feel stronger. I have really crappy knees from years of soccer so this work out was perfect for me because it didn’t put to much pressure on my joints (I know I’m 22 but I’m really just an old lady inside).

If you are looking for a new work out to help you feel good inside and out I definitely recommend taking advantage of the first time member offer at Pure Barre the Newbury Street location is conveniently located right next to the Haynes Convention stop on the B, C, and D line!

If you liked this review let me know! In the past I haven’t blogged much about my fitness and nutrition routines but would love to start sharing a little here and there!IMG_2939IMG_2938

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When it rains it pours (wine)

Pour the wine! It has been such a rainy cloudy week on the cape. It’s such a bummer when you go to the beach for the week and can’t go to the beach. Its been rainy and cold, I have spent most the time in jeans and a sweater.

Although I would ideally spend every moment on the Cape at the beach there is tons to do on those rainy days. This week I went to Truro Vineyards for the day, I did a tasting hung out on the lawn and strolled around the grounds. It is so beautiful there even if its a bit cloudy. My favorite wine is the Diamond White, it is very sweet but crisp. It is the perfect wine to sip while sitting outside on a beautiful summer afternoon. Truro has a bar out of their lawn, they bring in a food truck and they even have corn hole!

It is the perfect day trip if you are looking to head for the cape for just a day, and if you’re down the cape and get a rainy day the wine makes it better I promise!

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Outfit details: Jeans- Vineyard Vines, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Top- Francescas, Hat- Nordstromrack, Purse- Vera Bradley

Location: Truro Vineyards 

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Newport Sail

I love the ocean. Sailing is one thing is wished I did more often. Recently me and my friend Elyssa went sailing in Newport, it was so much fun! We had a few drinks and got some sun. I wore a great new pullover I got from Nantucket Whaler last time I was on Nantucket, it’s perfect for a day on the water! 

We sailed on the Adirondack II with Sailing Excursions, it takes off right from Bowens Wharf. We had a fantastic crew, lots a laughs and tons of fun!

I definitely recommend you take an afternoon to check out Sailing Excursions!

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Spring Shopping

Hello lovely people! Well the calendar may say it is April but I just came in from shoveling snow so I just don’t believe it. It has been gray and rainy for a week straight in Boston and now to top it off it is going to snow all weekend. I really need some spring weather, or at the very least some spring inspiration! So I have been doing some shopping to get myself in the spring mood even if the weather isn’t. Here is my shopping list for the ultimate preppy wardrobe.

1) Brooks Brothers PantsSU00056_BLUE                 These gingham pants immediately caught my eye. I have so much blue gingham I actually tried to talk myself out of buying these but then I decided no you really can’t ever have enough gingham.

2) Anthropologie Dress4130232795005_040_bI love the lace overlay on this dress, its the perfect casual dress to put a little Spring in your step.

3) Loft Shorts    2f841d815138fa7d56490a6b38525190

                            I don’t wear shorts very often, I almost always prefer a dress or skirt but these short are so fun and comfortable! From the bow to the stripes they are definitely going to become a staple in my spring wardrobe.

4) J. Crew TopG3830_WU9631_m Polka Dots are one of those prints that when done right it can be EVERYTHING! And this top does polka dots right! I think I might save this top and wear it Memorial Day Weekend!

Thanks for checking out my spring shopping list! I promise there will be a bunch of new content up on the blog this month, the end of winter has just been a little gray and has had me a little down, I’m sure my fellow New Englanders understand! Share with me your Spring Must Buys in the comments!