Weekending | Sunning + Shopping

June 30, 2014
Happy Monday morning lovelies!! First off I'd like to congratulate my co-host Meghan on becoming a Mrs. and while she's not sharing her weekend with us - I'm pretty sure she had the best one ever!! Mine was exactly what the doctor ordered - sun shining bright and some much needed retail therapy!
1//A little sunning and planning on Saturday - we have quite the trip coming up next week! 
2//Avocado & Toast with Pico de Gallo as an appetizer before...
3//The guests of honor for a lobster feast on Saturday night
4//Followed by a childhood favorite of Gary's called Mr. Cone 
5//Finally found a mirrored tray at Target on mega clearance - not on sale on their website but it was $8.99 in store! 
I love any excuse to shop and Western Massachusetts happens to have a great mall! F&F just recently opened up and we actually don't have one in Boston yet! Comparable to H&M - it's another European  store and has some really great clothes! 
As you saw from the first photo we're headed to Paris and London soon ~ so if you've been to either city please feel free to share your must sees and restaurant recommendations!! 
I'll leave you with a beautiful sunset from this weekend! Hope you all have a wonderful week!! 

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Favorites Round Up

June 27, 2014
Apologies for my absence yesterday (although I'm sure you didn't notice) but sometimes you just need a "you" day! It's going to be a fairly low key weekend for me as we're headed back to see Gary's parents and hopefully get some pool time in! Linking up with my girl Amanda for another round of favorites!! 

Favorite Look:
I don't usually opt for fashion bloggers as the look of the week, but Rachel from Pink Peonies looked gorgeous in the orange lace number from Top Shop! 

Favorite New Snack
I'm a huge Greek Yogurt fan and recently started eating Maia's Vanilla Bean as a late morning snack 2-3 times a week. It's a little high in the sugar because it's all natural (so it's straight from the fruit & a little cane sugar) and is gluten free. It's also packed with probiotics, which is so good for your digestive system! 

Favorite Buy
Baublebar is having a sale almost too good to pass up - so these little beauties are on their way to me! 
Favorite Appetizer
I have been on a real avocado kick lately and can't wait to try this Avocado Toast with Pico de Gallo - she also shows 4 other recipes to try with avocado! 

Favorite Links
+17 of the world's most colorful cities
+What happens when you give one twin chewing gum - watch! 
+ 3 Perfect Wedding Day Nail Styles for the Bride, Bridesmaid or Guest

Have you entered for your chance to win $100 to Nordstrom plus some Lulu gear?
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday for Weekending!! 
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Summer in the City + A Giveaway

June 25, 2014
We wait for it all year long - us New Englander's that is- I'm talking about Summer and all the wonderfulness that it brings! Sure most apartment's don't have central air and it gets humid by July, but guess what - the snow is nowhere to be found and that makes for thousands of happy people - especially those that flock to Boston for vacation. 
Boston has been my home for the last five years - and honestly it's such a great city!! There are moments I stop and pinch myself because I'm living in the city I've wanted to live in since I was 9!! There's so much to do and see - but for this post- I'll hit you with the highlights as if you're coming for a weekend - because you'll come back for more! 
I'm going to start this post off with what the ladies will want...shopping!! 
Also known as our version of Fifth Avenue, this is where you'll find the high end mixed in with H&M, Zara and Nordstrom Rack!!  It spans 8 blocks and has some of the best shopping and restaurants. Honorable mention goes to The Shops at Prudential & Copley Place Mall that are located off Boylston Street. So if you are looking for reprieve from the heat you can go to those! 
The North End is Boston's version of Little Italy!! You really can't go wrong with any restaurant you choose so it's not even worth it to give suggestions!! A crowd favorite seems to be Giacomo's - but here's a tip - don't go to the one in the North End - the lines are always outrageous! Go to the one in the South End and bring cash - that's all they accept at both locations! 
You know all those pretty flowers that I always snap on the weekends  - well all those blooms can be found in The Public Garden!! Boston Common and The Public Garden are separated by Charles Street so you can easily walk through both without breaking a sweat!! The Common offers you the frog pond while the garden gives you the swan boats!!  
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the hub of Boston if you will. It was built as a gift to the city by a rich merchant and today you'll find lots of restaurants, shops and street performers. You can stop into Hillstone for some delicious food and then over to Sterling's for some after dinner drinks! 
Instead of going to the Sam Adams Brewery opt for the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport. Not only do you get a much better selection, but the tour tends to last a bit longer. I've only done the Sam Adams tour once and we all felt rushed through the entire thing! 

It's summer in Boston, you have to make your way to Fenway! Even if you're not a baseball fan - touring this iconic park is a must!! You get to see the ins and outs of the stadium. While you don't get to go on the field - you get to sit atop the Green Monster, which some have said are the best seats in the house!! 

For some libations my all time favorites...
The Liberty Hotel is an old jail that was converted into a hotel a few years ago! There are a few restaurants and a bars to lounge around in! Alibi has a really cool vibe - partly due to the mugshots they have lining the walls of famous people! 
City Bar in the Lenox Hotel is the best place to get your night started (if you're planning to go out around the Back Bay) and they have my absolute favorite - the Bellini! 

I could spend hours letting you know which museums to visit, which restaurants to eat at and all the other sights to see - but these are the highlights if you're coming for the weekend!! Yes there is also Cambridge, but skip the full on Harvard tour and just go visit the "old yard" yourself!! 

Have I convinced you to come visit me yet?! Have you ever been to Boston - what was your highlight?

Now onto the giveaway! What would you do with $100 to Nordstrom?! Would you pretty much live in your new lululemon leggings? No need to answer - just enter the giveaway for your chance to win!! 

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P.S. Did you see my contributor post yesterday!? 

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Wedding Party Post | 3 Perfect Nail Styles (Not Just For Brides)

June 24, 2014
Two posts in one day!!! I've mentioned my contributions to the Wedding Party Blog a few times and today I have a fun post that could be for anyone really! Whether you're a bride, bridesmaid or wedding guest - check out some fun styles I'm sharing on their site!! 

You can click on the link here!!

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You're Making Me Blush

Even though it's summer and bright colors are all the rage - I can't help but fall in love with the pretty blush tones I've been seeing. It's probably the most feminine color you could wear - whether with your makeup or clothing - it gives you that little hint of "I'm a lady!" 
MK Watch //Blush Drinks//Bobbi Brown Brick//
Fresh Macaroons//Flower Bomb by Viktor + Rolf//Kendra Scott Earrings//
Darling Badgley Mishka Heels//Fun Party Straws//YSL Lipstick

Some blush colored inspiration for the closet

For the home

{all images via pinterest}
How do you feel about the color? Would you rather incorporate it into your wardrobe, make-up routine or your home?

Linking up with these lovely ladies: Zelle, Katie, Kristina & Amanda  for #TrendingTuesday.

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Weekending Snaps

June 23, 2014
This first weekend of summer was one for the books!! The weather cooperated and I even have a slight tan to prove it!
It's a given that on Friday night's we have sushi, but this Friday we decided to take it al fresco and eat at the cute park near our house!! Giving all the credit to Gary for taking dinner outside and helping us unwind for an hour sans social media and TV!
We had the Rock & Run Boston event on Saturday and I'm proud to say that with the exception of the monkey bars (absolutely no upper body strength here) I did all the obstacles. There were 11 obstacles across the 5K race and none were quite as hard as running up a five-story garage, strapping on a fireman's oxygen tank and running across the lot. 
It must be a prerequisite for any race to have drinks after! The entire race - Gary and I kept saying "I can't believe we paid for this..." Post race we treated ourselves to some relaxation on the beach!
I am always so surprised how many beaches there are along the coast of Massachusetts. Happy to be able to start the summer off with a little tan!
I'm not one for outfit pictures but I happened to wear my white jeans on Saturday night and they stayed white! That's a win!!
{c.wonder similar style on sale}
{Poppy Style Bangles}
We went to The Cottage Kitchen + Bar on Saturday night. It's in the Chestnut Hill Street shopping plaza and honestly never even knew it was a restaurant - always thought it was a Pottery Barn type store...apparently this happens a lot! 
I had the Chopped Salad and seriously the whole grain mustard dressing made it amazing!! Instead of croutons they used crispy pita - so good!! When the manager found out it was our first time in the restaurant they offered to send us a dessert on the house. Donuts + Carmel = good thing I ran a race in the morning!! 
Sunday I went to a good friend's "UP" themed bridal shower and her sister did an incredible job bringing the theme together - I mean just look at the cake! Sadly all my photos came out grainy so no photos of the bride-to-be! 

And as they say in the movies - "That's a wrap!"

How was your weekend?

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Friday Favorites | It's Officially Summer

June 20, 2014
Happiest of Friday's to all of you!! With Saturday being the official start to summer, Gary & I are taking part in the Rock and Run Boston race - this one is a bit different since there are actual obstacles - here's hoping my manicure stays intact!! 

Favorite New Find
In an effort to change up some of our sides, I picked up this quinoa mix and it was amazing!! Talk about the easiest side ever, just add water and some olive oil! We paired it with fish to make a super easy weeknight meal!

Favorite Mail Day
Some of you on Instagram saw that my mom sent me some amazing Michael Kors wedges, but what I didn't show was the perfect red/orange dress to wear those shoes with!! The dress has gold and black accents to perfectly match the shoes! Can't wait to sport this little number!! 

Favorite New Beauty Buy

I was in need of a new BB or CC cream and wanted to try something new - so I picked up Stila CC cream! The finish is pretty great! I'll report back to whether it's a good buy! 

Favorite Workout 

My workout schedule was sort of all over the place this week; some cardio, a pure barre class and then some at home workouts! It's pretty obvious that these girls make working out at home easy - and I just love going to their channel and searching through all their routines! 

Favorite Look of the Week
How amazing does Keri Russell look in her leather mini and casual top for Coach's annual summer party?! And that pop of color on the lips - this would make the perfect date night/GNO outfit!! 

Before I head out for the weekend I just want to take a moment to thank you all for the positive feedback for the B~Inspired Series that I've started. I have always been surrounded by strong, independent and crazy brilliant women - even more so now that I started blogging! I look forward to bringing you more inspiration in the coming months! 

Hope to see you back here on Monday with your Weekending recaps!! 

Also linking up with Liz & Natasha
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