Packing List for Iceland

September 27, 2017
Our trip to Iceland is coming up so fast and of course I've already started to think about what I'll be bringing. This is probably one of the hardest trips I've ever had to pack for because I've heard the weather can change in an instant - from rain to snow to sunshine - albeit cold sunshine, you basically have to be ready for anything. Looking at the average temps in late October I do think we'll be in the clear for snow, but it will be chilly enough that a thicker coat will be needed! I'm only planning on taking my small carry on luggage with me (this is the set I have from Amazon - 3 pieces for $139!). After seeing so many people rave about packing cubes, I finally bought some and I can't wait to use them on this trip! 
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Weekending | Still Feels Like Summer

September 25, 2017
Happy Monday friends! Fall was not in the air this weekend, but summer certainly was and we didn't mind it one bit! I think we soaked up enough sun to last us through the rest of the year! This was my first full free weekend off from anything wedding related and I took advantage of all that extra time! If you see a ton of "portrait mode" photos that's because I got my hands on the iPhone 8s Plus and it's love! The quality of the photos is incredible! Sure the phone is exactly the same size & feel as my 6s, but for the amount of photos I take it was worth it to upgrade - you can be the judge in the photos from the weekend! 

Boston Breweries & Distilleries | Series

September 20, 2017
I wouldn't say that Boston is a "drinking" city by any means, but we do have our fair share of breweries & distilleries in the area. While I'm certainly not the biggest drinker in the world, I do enjoy the occasional tour & tasting. Boston has plenty to choose from and it makes for the best weekend activity, especially when the weather is less than stellar outside. 
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Bantam Cider

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Cider just screams Fall to me & to know we have a few great ciders locally made makes it that much better! Bantam Cider has a tap room located in Somerville, but I wouldn't waste your time on the tour since there really isn't much to it - they even say so on their website! Their flights are only $10 and have enough variety that you can share! We had a fun day date here with my business partner & her husband!

Bully Boy

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Gary and I randomly stumbled upon Bully Boy after seeing them in a corner store last year. The tour is reasonably priced for the amount of "tasting" you get to do! When we were there, you actually got a greeter drink before the tour. My favorite was the Boston Rum & Gary loved the pre-made old fashioned! These are also probably my favorite bottles to keep on our bar cart! Tip: You'll want to take an uber here since it's not close to public transport!

Short Path Distillery 

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We did a styled wedding shoot at Short Path Distillery earlier this year and I think one of the highlights for us was that we were able to taste test some of the delicious drinks that one of the owners created for us. The old factory, turned distillery is the best place to relax & unwind with friends. They have a large tasting room & their season spirits are some of the best I've ever tasted. Every time we went for a "venue visit" I picked up a bottle of their rum for Gary. 

Sam Adams Brewery

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Admittedly this the first ever brewery tour that I did and it's a staple in Boston! I've only toured once when I had a few girlfriends visit after first moving here, so I'm not sure how the tour is now, but considering it's one of the oldest in Boston, it rarely changes. This is probably the most comprehensive tour & you taste test quite a bit towards the end. Since I'm not the biggest fan of beer, I gravitated toward more of the lighter brews, but my friends all had a great time! The tour is FREE and you do get a nifty little tasting glass to take home as a souvenir as well. 

Harpoon Brewery

I think Harpoon is probably the most fun brewery we have - it's massive and there is always some event taking place on their grounds! A few years ago their beer hall opened so don't have to tour the brewery if you just want to enjoy their beer. I also think this is the easiest tour to get to since it's in the Waterfront! The photo is from one of their many events - the Harpoon 5 miler - you're treated to a nice cold beer as soon as you complete the race! 

Downeast Cider 

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I've yet to visit Downeast Cider, but with a new location in East Boston, this will definitely be on the weekend to-do list very soon! They probably have my favorite variety of ciders & the pumpkin one is not to be missed! Side note, whoever runs their social media is a genius, because their captions on Instagram are just hilarious! 

Night Shift Brewing 

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Another brewery that I have not yet visited but from their website and social looks like so much fun! They also offer a free tour & take donations for the Greater Boston Food Bank in return. They also win for most fun cans - so colorful!

I guess after reading this back, maybe Boston is a drinking city 😀 Those are just a few of my picks for Boston Breweries & Distilleries to visit! Do you like to do these types of tours when you're visiting a new city? Are you more of a beer or cider fan?

Sunflower Field Fun

September 18, 2017
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Happy Monday friends! This was definitely one of those late in the season summer weekends that G & I are going to remember! Since Saturday was only a day of coordination for Bespoke, we were able to sneak in a date night & have a full day left to enjoy the weekend! I think making a list of anything I want to do and putting it on this blog holds me accountable and I actually get things done - we were able to check off the sunflower fields at Colby Farm that I mentioned in a post last week
 Earrings are new & they aren't heavy at all!

Fall Fun | Things I'm looking forward to

September 13, 2017
This is hands down my favorite time of year! I walked out of the house yesterday and felt the crispness in the air & actually smiled! Fast forward a few months to the dead of winter and I won't be smiling, but for now - I'm in my happy place! Here are a few things I'm looking forward to this season!


4 Outwear Favorites for Autumn

September 11, 2017
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Happy Monday lovelies! To my friends in Florida, I have been thinking of everyone all weekend & couldn't believe the unexpected turn it took to the west coast. I know my parents were getting annoyed with my constant barrage of questions & making sure they were prepared! Hoping you all are safe!

Friday Favorites

September 08, 2017
Happy Friday friends! First and foremost, sending so many prayers to those of you in my home state of Florida that will be dealing with the hurricane this weekend! Hoping everyone stays safe & prepared. I feel like short work weeks are sometimes even more jam packed because you have a full day of stuff to catch up on! Looking forward to our first wedding of September tomorrow! Here are a few favorites from the week! 

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Favorite Movie

Well I can't really say for sure if it's good, but I do have plans after work to see Home Again and somehow bribed Gary to see it with me! There are few Reese Witherspoon movies that I don't like & the fact that the director's mom is Nancy Meyer makes me think it's going to be pretty in line with what we're used to from movies like It's Complicated, The Intern & The Holiday - three of my favorites! Side note, the director Hallie is 30 years old - you go girl! 

Favorite Protein

I was really intrigued when I started to see people I follow on Instagram sharing their experiences with Vital Proteins. The pr team reached out to me a month or so ago to try out their collagen protein that helps with hair, skin & nails as well as promoting joint help and helping with digestions. I went into trying them with very low expectations, but here we are a month later and I have to say I'm hooked. The powder I have is flavorless and dissolves quickly and easily with any liquid. I've mixed in with plain water, my coffee and even a Starbucks refresher! Where I've seen the most noticeable difference is with my nails! I have always had very brittle nails, but they are now stronger and growing so much faster than ever before! When I say that I have baby nails, I really do and nothing has ever worked to get them to grow. I've also seen a bit of improvement in my skin! Overall, I'm a believer and so happy that I have so much of the product left! 

Favorite New Kitchen Gadget

Gary is on a kick to clean up our "junk" drawer in the kitchen and one of the things that causes the most chaos in that drawer are all the different measuring contraptions I have! He found this great measuring spoon that basically got rid of everything else! It's adjustable and can be used from both ends with larger measurements on one end and smaller ones on the other! I absolutely love it and for under $7 it's totally worth it to clean up the drawer! 

Favorite Song 

This French Montana "Unforgettable" song is a few months old, but anytime it comes on my Spotify I immediately feel the need to start dancing, which is sort of embarrassing since most of the time I'm on the train! The video really doesn't have anything to do with the song, which is why I added the lyric video instead! 
That's all friends! Again, praying for everyone in Florida to stay safe & hoping this storm decided to turn away! 
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Fall Cravings

September 06, 2017
Hello hello friends! I am dubbing September "coordination" month because we have officially entered busy wedding and event season - both professionally at my full time job & for Bespoke! I'm pretty excited since this means we're growing steadily, but also a bit nervous with how quickly September will fly by! We've had our first little taste of fall-like weather here in Boston - last week we had a few days where it barely hit 70 degrees and it was glorious! This is my absolute favorite time of the year and I am adding to my wishlist, it seems daily! Last year I invested in a great pair of OTK boots that I wore all the time and this year I have a few staples that I am looking forward to adding in as well! 

  • Getting in the fall mood starts first with scent! I have already started burning some fall candles and I think adding essential oils to diffuse at night would be just perfect. 
  • I've been slowly adding wool wide brimmed hats every fall / winter season and have a couple that I love, but grey is one color I could add into the rotation
  • I'm still kicking myself for missing out on the perfect Chole dupe a few months ago & this time I found another great dupe on Goodnight Macaroon's website! 
  • I actually scooped up this J.Crew day coat during a really big sale with thinsulate, meaning it will take me well into winter!! It comes in 6 different colors and I went with a vibrant green they had on sale last season. 
  • So the Gucci Marmont Loafers are just not going to make their way into my closet, but these rust colored Steve Madden ones just might! 
  • As much as I love darker colors in the fall, there is something about the unexpected light tones & having a dark green faux leather jacket, this suede moto jacket is it's perfect compliment. I also really love the shoulder detail! 
  • One thing I 100% will be adding to my closet as soon as possible is a pair of black jeans - I love the way the NYJD brand fits - I have a few other pairs of their jeans and they are insanely comfortable! 
  • Sweater weather is almost fully upon us & since they are all I wear for about 5 months of the year I like it to have cute details

What's on your Fall Wishlist? 


Still Weekending...

September 04, 2017
Hope you all are enjoying your long weekend!! I'm taking one more day to soak up all the last bits of summer & I hope you are too! 

Recently Read | Long Weekend Books

September 01, 2017
Happy Friday friends! We are on the heels of a long weekend & I couldn't be more excited! Today marks one year of our move into our current house & I can't tell you how happy I am to not be moving for the foreseeable future! September 1 moves in the city are the worst! It's only been a few weeks since my last book review post, but these were all light reads, with one thriller and I wanted to share my thoughts on the off chance you might need some light reading this weekend!