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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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Find me by the Sea

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, the ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea- whether it is to sail or to watch it- we are going back from whence we came.” -JFK

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Nothing like a few days by the sea to revive the soul. I get so stressed about work and school that sometimes I just need time to unwind and relax.

Outfit details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer, Sweater- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban

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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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Lillying around Newport

I love summer for the sole reason that I get to wear all the cute Lilly Pulitzer pieces I have. Sometimes wearing Lilly in Boston in the middle of winter just doesn’t make sense. I love breaking out my brightest outfits during the summer because come Fall they get tossed in the back of my closet and I don’t see them again until Memorial Day.

Last weekend I went to Newport with one of my good friends Elyssa. We decided to go for the Newport Flower show hosted by the Newport Preservation Society at the Rosecliff mansion. Rosecliff is so beautiful, fun fact the old Great Gatsby movie featured Rosecliff in some of their scenes! We started the day with brunch and then strolled around downtown Newport for a little while. Thames Street is so great for shopping and people watching! We stopped at the Smoke House for some mudslides before heading over to the Flower Show. (BTW please excuse the ever present hair elastic on my wrist in all of the photos 🙄)

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The Flower Show was fabulous! There were tons of vendors sent up and you can’t beat the view! We strolled through the ball room taking it all in.0C0921B5-30A4-42A4-9BBC-C214BD221BE000433523-C1E5-43AE-BF85-DE042F91868114B46B8F-0E7D-4EBB-8A9A-34E62CE811DBIMG_1319608E020F-E8A8-453F-A1EB-0EF78F2AA21ADA7ADEDB-8E4A-42E8-96F1-0E9BBE2BFCC3F15C2F92-F414-49DC-B80A-AED8BC95F1EB5506D1DF-B23E-4E28-AA64-71AA576D83E1

After the Flower Show we headed over to Newport Vineyards to do a wine tasting. I love doing wine tastings, and Newport Vineyards is one of my favorite wineries in New England! We had a great bartender Brenden who was so helpful and fun. One of my favorite wines there is the Great White, it is the perfect crisp white wine for a summer day. It was Elyssa’s first time there and she loved the Dry Rose!5784C6F8-0C04-4B6C-9779-30CB564EAE4E137201D6-CBE0-46F7-B8DA-979A7578836E46F01980-D618-4BE0-B98B-A803B14CED91

To end the day we headed over to my favorite spot in Newport, Castle Hill Inn. It is an absolutely stunning property and the view over the water can’t be beat. They have a gorgeous lawn with adirondack chairs that you can hang out in and have a cocktail. We grabbed dinner out on the patio. The food is delicious, but it wad the sunset that stole the show! We go there about an hour before sunset and it was so breathtaking to watch while we enjoyed a delicious dinner. The bartenders here know what they’re doing and make some of the best cocktails in Newport! I got a dark and stormy which didn’t disappoint.  330EAC94-3476-413A-9A7A-5198E2CD4BA97C6CC300-3F88-42BA-8061-18476198E1C557DFBF4F-69EA-409F-9FF8-93BD31903332B14080E3-25E2-4DDE-BF29-F6580705554FIMG_1277

It was a perfect day in Newport. Its just a short drive from Boston but when I do make the trip down I like to fit as much as possible into the trip! Newport has so much to offer, I can’t wait to go back.

 

Outfit details: Romper- Lilly Pulitzer, Sunglasses- J.Crew (old), Purse- Kate Spade, Shoes- Jack Rogers

 

 

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The SEAnic route

Nantucket has to be one of the most beautiful places in New England. Yes there are a million beautiful small towns and hidden treasures here but Nantucket is a must stop every summer.

Most people hope right off the ferry and spend their days exploring cute shops and cobblestone streets. But sometimes it is nice to stay out on the water and check out the views from off shore!

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Thank you so much to Mark Elliot Yachts for taking us out on the water for the afternoon! I had such a great trip to Nantucket last week with NIR Retail this was definitely one to remember! If you are new to Nantucket or are a seasoned veteran you should definitely take a ride around the harbor and along the island’s shores, grab a glass of rose and your girlfriends for a day you won’t forget!

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A Day on Nantucket

You really should go for longer. A day is just not enough time to experience everything Nantucket has to offer. That being said sometimes with work and our busy lives all we really can take off is a day. This week I had the opportunity to spend a day on Nantucket and we had a blast! So if you can only go for a day here are the must dos!

I took the Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis, be sure to catch an early morning high speed ferry to maximize your time on Nantucket!102E0A9C-8F4B-4472-A7E1-CEFCBBA84156C792EECD-5E19-4D5B-B165-966BAFF6BFDC27007849-9AF2-435F-969A-46FEBC66C6E1

Once you arrive it is time to explore! I love taking a stroll through town bouncing in and out of shops. Nantucket has some amazing local retailers that are definitely worth your time. Be sure to bring your wallet you will want to bring a few souvenirs home.

AA5847B2-CEBC-4612-96F4-EFEA904420FB Right when you get off the Ferry be sure to check out Levitate! A new adorable surf shop.8D3A5990-F82A-41A7-A5D8-74B9125AA4EC98E8D4DB-F62E-4A54-BC81-D33C525C38AC deWolf Leather Goods is a gorgeous shop, everything is hand made and unique. The owner is fabulous and she is always happy to do something custom.8ED33C6A-B739-40A7-B29A-7062E80E72FF After the long ferry ride and some shopping we stopped at Provisions for lunch. I got
“The Other Turkey” sandwich, it was sooooo good! D51DC4B9-7ECC-448B-8A0E-95420D1098B4 If you’re looking for some cute decor or accessories be sure to swing by Space at Old South Wharf. I love Old South Wharf it is right on the water and all the shops are adorable.A225F262-DD24-4307-8322-3E7327A88B47IMG_107878616432-3EFF-4E8B-99A6-C597ED1758A7IMG_1079IMG_1161One of my favorite places we visited was Nantucket Whaler, a new store on Old South Wharf. The owner Susan was so sweet and was really passionate about her products. Nautical decor and accessories, right up my ally! Definitely swing by and visit her this summer! 929D9443-67FA-406D-804E-8B7A9522A76D0AD11F2B-D788-406E-9C0E-4B64A7B236D4 Wow we did a lot of shopping today! Faherty, Shift, Charleston Shoes were a few other great shops! The heels at Charleston Shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Shift had all my favorite brands, Sail to Sable, Drapper James and so many others! 82A0AF0D-DF6C-44D8-ABE2-4FF63AF13C24 A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete with out a stop at Ice, local family owned and everything is homemade. It is the perfect snack for the ferry line.

 

Thank you so much to NIR Retail for providing such a great day and thank you to all the stores for hosting us! I had so much fun exploring Nantucket with my fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Jenna, Jessica, and Poorva on their blogs and see more from our trip to Nantucket

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First Day of Summer

We suffer all winter long in the cold and snow and today is the day that makes it all worth it, the first day of summer! Also dubbed National Wear Lilly day by fellow preppies. I was so excited to break out one of my favorite Lilly dress have a glass of rose and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having this week.IMG_0861

In New England it really is like a light switch. One day you are cold and miserable, you forget your Hunter boots at home and end up stepping in a puddle ruining your favorite flats. And then the next day it is so gorgeous you dip out of work a little early to sit on your roof deck and soak up some vitamin D. I am probably in the minority in saying that summer is not my favorite season. I love fall, maybe its because that’s when my birthday is or because of all the pretty leaves, apple pie, hard cider, the list goes on. But summer is special, summer is full of memories.

When I was little I went to summer camp every year. The camp was right on the lake with adorable cabins tucked along the shore. I loved staying up late talking with the other girls in my cabin, swimming in the lake, running around playing games on the rec-field. There were even stable where I learned to horseback ride. I have some amazing memories of camp and every summer I feel a little nostalgic for those times. We didn’t have cellphone, we weren’t concerned about the wifi password, there wasn’t a TV or a laptop taking up our attention. Today my cellphone is basically glued to me hand and I can’t imagine going a month without my laptop.

The responsibilities we face as adults sometimes drown out what is really important. Just being in a moment. This summer try to unplug for a day and enjoy time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and just bring a book. Try something new and exciting. Take sometime this summer to remember what is was like to be a kid. (And do it in a bright Lilly print obviously!)

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Secret Garden 

Boston is full of hidden gems, that’s one of the many reasons I love this city! Recently I have been looking for out door places that I can go and relax. Don’t get me wrong I love the Common and the Public Gardens but they’re both always so run down with tourists. I wanted some where quiet and relaxing with not as many people. I stumbled upon the Emerald Necklace Conservancy a organization of parks in Boston. I went and visited the Kelleher Rose Garden this weekend and it was beautiful! The roses aren’t even in full bloom yet but the lush oasis tucked away in the Back Bay is just the pick me up I needed! There are 8 parks that make up the Conservancy and they are all worth a visit. Definitely take the time to visit this summer!  I love this dress from Primark! If you haven’t been to the downtown crossing location you should absolutely go! My belt is super old from J.Crew, it was actuLly one of this first things I ever bought from J.Crew! I stole these wedges from my older sister, the best place to shop is someone else’s closet!
Thanks all for reading and thanks to my friend Jess for taking these photos! Be sure to check out Jess’s blog Charming Bitch.

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Kate Spade Bags I Love This Summer

When I was in high school and started working my first job as a hostess as a local restaurant I bought myself a Kate Spade purse. I bought it second-hand of ebay but it was all mine and it was the first really nice bag I had ever had. Since that purchase many years ago I have bought several bags from Kate Spade, it is a brand that I truly trust and am constantly excited by. That first purse I bought back in high school is still in excellent condition today, so that should tell you all you need to know about the quality! Every year Kate Spade comes out with fun and unique bags for every occasion!

As summer approaches I picked out a few bags that are just so fun and perfect for the warm weather!

1. bayard place riley 

PXRU7505_974.jpg This bag is a no brainer for summer time! The flowers and pops of color are so fun. But it is big enough that you can toss your laptop in it and head to the office. The outside pocket is perfect for your phone, head phones, or T pass!

 

2. cameron street straw clarise PXRU7529_974.jpg

I love this bag! It will definitely be my go to bag this summer! I love a cross body because you are not constantly fidgeting with it and it keeps your hands free. I love the pick and straw combination on this bag.

 

3. spice things up camera bagPXRU7481_974_1.jpg Remember how I said Kate Spade did FUN bags? Yeah this purse is a perfect example of this, all my Instagram Gurus out there NEED THIS BAG! This is so adorable I am in love.

 

4. bryant court ettaPXRU7462_269.jpg This would be my perfect everyday purse. It is big enough that I can fit all my stuff (read: crap I don’t need) in it but it is still cute. The black and white will match everything and is conservative for those days when you have a big presentation at work or a job interview for all my recent college grads!

 

I have so many purses but every now and then I get the itch to get a new one. Kate Spade is always my go to brand, yes some of the bags are really expensive but there are also more affordable ones available! And if you really want a Kate Spade bag, or any designer bag, but don’t want to dish out all the money for one check ebay! Or any of the hundreds of resale websites and apps there are now a days! Just be sure to verify the authenticity before buys. I have always had good experiences on Poshmark. One time I got a 400 dollar bag for 100 new with tags still attached! What bag is one your arm doesn’t define you but if you really want that super cute designer bag there is always a  way to get it for less! Look on resale websites and check for upcoming sales, a lot of places do a Friends and Family sale at the beginning of summer!

Thank you all for reading! Let me know what your favorite purse brand is in the comments section.