B Loved Boston

Weekending + A Giveaway

April 27, 2015

Hello lovelies!! How was everyone's weekend? This weekend we spent some time with friends, exploring the city and catching up on new + old movies! 
Gary and I finally watched the Imitation Game on Friday night and it was really good!! Benedict Cumberbatch did such an excellent job playing the part and I have to say there was a lot more humor than either one of us was anticipating!  
//I finally tried the side braid that I mentioned a few weeks back courtesy of Lauren Conrad
//We live in a city full of museums and took in the sights of the Mapparium. It's a three story stained-glass globe that gives you a 3D view of the world in 1935, when it was originally built! Such a cool experience and worth it if you ever come visit! It's also the only one of it's kind in the world! 
//It finally started to look like spring and while these may not compare to the cherry blossoms in D.C. it certainly gives me hope that warm weather is coming! 
//I convinced Gary to see the Age of Adelaine and it was amazing! I seriously didn't think I could like Blake Lively more, but she was so wonderful in the movie and makes me wish I had her wardrobe...and hair! 
//Not pictured is the bingeathon we had watching Married At First Sight - thanks for getting me hooked Jen
//We had a lazy morning on Sunday at Tatte Bakery enjoying their pastries and the best latte's in Boston. Yes - that good! 
//Took the long way home and stumbled upon some gorgeous houses...has anyone else ever wanted a regal front door?!
// Ended the night with the fantastic dinner that Paige shared last week that I knew I'd make on Sunday and it didn't disappoint!! If you want a light and easy meal definitely try it! 
And to get this week started on a great note - a giveaway!! Up for grabs is a $150 Nordstrom gift card, a Harrods tote bag from Marie's recent travels abroad and a Lilly Pulitzer Pink beach towel from the LillyforTarget craze! I'm so excited to be part of this giveaway with the lovely bloggers below! Nordstrom Giftcard Jill from Capri+Co || Amanda from Meet @ the Barre || Helene from heleneinbetween || Biana from Blovedboston || Pamela from Sequins & Sea Breezes || Rachel from Small Town & City Lights || Kate from Life as Kate || Kristen from See You In a Porridge || Kay from The Kay Times|| Marie from Twin Living Blog

Good luck everyone and hope you have a great start to your week!! 

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Friday Favorites Round-Up

April 24, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope this week was quick and easy for everyone and you have some fun plans this weekend! I'm linking up with Amanda  and Liz to get these favorites started! 

Favorite Workout

It's been a while since I've found a YouTube Workout that I actually look forward to doing, but leave it to the Tone It Up girls to share two great workouts in the last two weeks! Both are hard in their own ways and the HIIT workout really gets you sweaty - which I love! 

Favorite Recipe

I've made a wrap for lunch every day this week and I have to say I'm loving it! I'm hoping to try this one for lunch sometime this weekend - it just looks so clean and easy to make! Light and fresh too! 

Favorite Show

I just discovered this show on Tuesday and have caught up with all the episodes already - they are only 23 minutes each on demand so it was no problem to binge lol! Don't judge that the show is on TV Land, because well it's awesome! It's such a fun concept for a show and literally had me laughing out loud. Here's 5 reasons you should be watching it! 

Favorite Purchase

After writing this post for Shift Your Style this week, I realized that I needed those shoes!! They were on crazy sale from Sole Society so I had to pick them up, especially since would you believe I didn't have any black strappy heels! 

Favorite Links

//This interview with Blake Lively makes me want to be her best friend even more
// I've been a Jillian Harris fan ever since she was the bachelorette years ago, she's also got a blog of her own and is on Love It or List It 2...check out some of these great living rooms that are sure to give you some inspiration!! 
// Such a cool DIY for a wedding or birthday party
// I'm not sure if you watch The Voice, but my favorite performance probably ever happened on Monday night with Koryn Hawthorne - she killed it!! Goosebumps all the way! Oh and she's 17!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! 

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Thankful & Inspired | The Boston Marathon

April 23, 2015

This past Monday thousands of runners lined up to start a race that takes place every year- the impact that some left behind on the course is truly amazing!! If you've never watched a Boston Marathon, it's not just the finish line that is impressive, it's the entire 26.2 mile stretch, lined with spectators cheering on every single runner to push them to the finish, it's a sight to be seen! After the elite runners pass by and claim their trophies, it's the rest of the runners that leave an impact on you! Some run to prove to themselves that they can do it, others run to raise awareness for a cause deeply rooted in them and some run for those who can't! 
I wanted to share a few truly remarkable stories with you and hope it moves you the same way it moved me.

A Symbol of Inspiration 

A 39-year old Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy completed his 5th - yes you read that correctly, 5th marathon and finished almost 20 hours after the race started! I saw the story oddly enough while I was running on a treadmill with tears streaming down my face - the strength and courage of this man and the wisdom that he has been able to impart on so many people will forever be engraved in my mind. You can watch part of the video here

A Symbol of New Beginnings

Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor, ran the last 3.2 miles of the race and when she crossed the finish line it was nothing short of amazing! Just six months prior to the race, she had undergone another operation and to see her RUNNING alongside so many other's was amazing! You can see her crossing the finish line here and hear how this is the start to her new life! 

A Symbol for Peace - Team MR8

You've probably seen the face of Martin Richard, who was one of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy. Shortly after the marathon, a picture of Martin started circulating and gave new meaning to what we should all be focusing on!! With over $780,000 raised, a team of 73 runners participated in this years marathon!! And one of the best stories to come from the race is the engagement of two MR8 runners at the finish line! 

After really processing the reasons why thousands of runners from across the world come to participate in this race - I'm just left feeling so thankful! Thankful for all the blessings in my life, particularly health which I tend to not think about daily. 
I also want to leave this post off on fun and light note and wanted to share one of the best pictures I've ever taken and it happens to be of the winner Lelisa Desisa - I took this as he was jetting past our house...it was also picked up by CNN :)
I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!  
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