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Weekending into May

May 02, 2016

Happy first Monday of May friends!! The start of a new month is the best - especially when it falls on a weekend! There was a little relaxation, a lot of work & a little celebrating so here's what we got up to! 
To agree on a movie for Gary and I is pretty momentous! After settling Brooklyn - and if you haven't seen it, I now know why Saoirse Ronan was nominated at every awards show earlier this year, it was amazing - we broke out a new red wine from Louis Jadot and indulged in a red velvet cupcake from Sweet Bakery! The perfect Friday night if you ask me! 
Saturday was all work, but fun work if that makes any sense!! Jackie (my business partner) and I were working with Valerie from VS Photography (you might remember I highlighted her recently for B~Inspired) - my first stop was getting my nails done and I'd like to mention that one of my goals for April was to take a break from Gel manicures, so I successfully made it to April 30...good enough! 

I can't wait to share all the photos and exactly what it is we're working on...but until then just a few sneak peeks and you'll be seeing this dress a lot over the next few weeks because of how versatile it is - oh and it's currently 50% off! 
After a successful day of photos we all went out for a celebratory drink at Coppersmith in South Boston. This was all of our first times there and we split a few different apps - you got to see the queso tater tots if you follow me on snapchat (@blovedboston), they were amazing and we'll be back! 
Sunday marked the first day for the South End Open Market (SOWA) opening for the season and not only have they changed to a much bigger location this year, but it seems like they have added so many more vendors AND food trucks! I met Jamel, the owner of Melsy's Illustrations and fell in love with her work! I spent a good 20 minutes going through all the prints - picked this one out for a bride of ours and found this one that I can't wait to add to my desk!
I had my first Union Square Donuts experience at SOWA and I can't even describe the flavor that this donut packs - Gary was lucky that I shared! Another snap of food you may have seen was from the Chicken & Rice guys - I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to try them, but I've already been stalking their truck schedule and I know I will be having them again this week! 
May is going to be jam packed and that's totally fine by me!! How was your start to May? Link up below to share your weekends with us! 

P.S. I'm also guest posting over on Darcy's blog today - so if you have time to check it out you'll see some of my favorite adventures! 

Friday Favorites | The last of April

April 29, 2016

Happy last Friday in April!! This week was a blur, between work and a couple of events (more on that below) I'm happy to see Friday! Here's a few of my favorite things from this week! Oh and I'm working on a new blog design, attempting to do this one on my own...so stay tuned! 

Favorite Cocktail

Since Cinco de Mayo is next Thursday I was looking for fun cocktail to make and this Sangria Swirl Frozen Margarita is at the top of the list!! 

Favorite App

I randomly came across the Sworkit App and decided to try it out. It's basically a way for you to get a workout in as little as 5 minutes up to 60 minutes. After putting in all your information it gives you different exercises based on your goals.  You don't need any gym equipment, but some of the exercises could be made harder by adding weights - which I was able to do at home. The bonus is that it does pair with your apple watch! I really liked the core strength one, because I run out of ideas for what to do for my abs and you get a handy dandy demo of each move before it's time to move on. Oh - it's a FREE app! 

Favorite Lippies//

I stopped into CVS earlier this week and was craving some new lip gloss - as if I need more! I always love the feel of the NYX Butter glosses and picked up the shades "Fortune Cookie" and "Éclair" - I love that they smell good, but since they don't taste like anything - I don't end up eating my gloss off! Anyone else do this?

Favorite Events

I'm not sure when I decided going out two nights in a row during the work week was a good idea, but I still had a blast. Wednesday night Tess and I attended a sneak peek of the "Fashion in Bloom" event at the CambridgeSide Galleria - celebrating, you guessed it, Spring Fashion! We pretended to be on vacation by sporting some new sunnies from Sunglass Hut. 

Thursday evening Gary and I attended Copley Square Hotel's 125th birthday with it's new refreshed look! They've had all the rooms redecorated and redone as well as the lobby!! One of my favorite little bars aptly named "Mini Bar" is located inside of the hotel and we were able to enjoy a few much needed cocktails! 
That wallpaper is textured and gorgeous! 

That would be a Boston terrier painting.

Favorite Links

//Ralph Lauren released what Team USA will be wearing during the opening and closing ceremonies
// Kerry Washington is collaborating with OPI on a D.C. inspired nail polish collection - so ready for those pretty nude polishes that she's always sporting! 
// ICYMI: I shared my new spring uniform - white jeans, chambray top and pink purse! 

Hope you all have an amazing weekend! See you back here Monday for weekending! 

Linking up with Amanda

Mother's Day Gift Guide

April 27, 2016

How quickly did Mother's Day sneak up on us? Next weekend we get to celebrate those special ladies in our lives and I don't know if I'm the only one that has this "problem", but my mom is seriously hard to shop for. Even posing the question of "do you need anything?" is answered with a swift, "NO I have everything I need," making it even more difficult. This year, I've put my detective hat on and started prodding early on asking more questions about her day and how it could be made easier or better with something! So while I know exactly what she's getting - she doesn't, so I've rounded up some items I think all mama's would like! 

The Gifts

S'well Bottle // Etsy original print // Tory Burch Stud Earrings // Fun Coffee Mug // Sole Society Espadrilles // Smashbox Eye Shadow Palette // YSL Lip Stick // Kate Spade Wristlet    Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Her signature scent - for my mom that's Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue - it's her go-to and one I know she loves! 
S'well Bottle - I didn't quite get the hype of these until I got my own, but they are perfect for those mom's that are always on the go (which is all mom's) and those that spend lot's of time in their cars because these puppies really do stay cold!! 

A fun pair of shoesLucky for me, not so much for my mom, we share the same shoe size so I am always taking her amazing shoes...with that being said it also makes it so much easier to buy shoes for her and I'm loving these espadrilles from Sole Society.

Beauty - My love of makeup and beauty items absolutely comes from my mom so it would be only natural to gift her with a beautiful eye shadow palette (that I might need to buy for myself as well) or new lipstick - a few higher end items that you know she would never buy for herself is always a nice treat. 

Some baubles - Something classic that can be worn every day or with dressier outfits, like these Tory Burch logo stud earrings is a great gift and if you're like me you'll be sneaking it to your mom's jewelry to wear them when you visit! 

When all else fails and you are really stuck for ideas give her a nice print that she can display or a mug for that pretty much states the obvious - she's the best! 

While I know every mom would enjoy a beautiful card with some flowers, I think treating them to a gift they wouldn't necessarily get for themselves is always nice!! Have you pulled off a great gift for your mom?

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