Last week I kicked off the holiday season with the lovely ladies at Leaf Boutique in Brookline! Not only was the night full of holiday fashion, but it was also a celebration of their 20th anniversary. Every time I go to Leaf Boutique I fall in love with everything and this night was no different; both outfits that I wore in the show, plus some more items, are currently hanging in my closet… I’m a shopping addict, what can I say?
Buying gifts for other people is never an easy task. We are already in December and I’ve bought approximately zero gifts for family and friends; I’m the worst, I know. But, I have put together a couple gift guides for December to make everyone’s (and my own) holiday shopping much, much easier. My first gift guide is Gifts For Her Under $50!
It’s the holiday season, officially. Thanksgiving came and passed, Black Friday was another full weekend of shopping deals, and now it’s the build up to Christmas and the New Year. Not to be a Grinch, but I feel like it’s harder to get into the holiday spirit as a 20-something. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it feels immensely different than in the past. I felt this way last year too as it was my first Christmas as a ‘real person’.
Now, I don’t want it to feel that way. Although I’m no longer attending Christmas cocktails with my sorority sisters or taking holiday breaks from school work, I still want that same old holiday feeling.
I’m thankful for a lot of things this holiday season, many of which are true, heartfelt things to be thankful for. However something that I think we can all be thankful for are cocktails; especially when you have the day off from work, family is around, and you just want to relax and enjoy the day. Not to say that you can’t enjoy the day without a cocktail in hand but it’s definitely an added treat to the holiday season.
This past weekend, I had a weekend getaway in Washington DC with one of my best friends, Nicole.
We had been counting down the days to this weekend for months and it seems like it came and went all too fast! We planned this trip for many reasons but mostly because we rarely see one another since graduating college, and also because Elle King was playing a show in DC! If you’re not familiar with Elle King, you likely know her song Ex’s and Oh’s, or her song with Dierks Bentley, Different for Girls. Elle King is extremely talented, and sounds exactly as she does on her record when she sings live which made for an unbelievable night!
One well known fact about me is that I love wine. My friends really got me into wine in college, and that translated into my post grad life. My friend Caroline joined a wine club and sent us a code to try it out ourselves. Long story short, I have been in the wine club for over a year now- I just love wine! In fact, I am a firm believer that wine is the only alcohol we should be drinking.
If you are unfamiliar with Graffigna, they are a winery in Argentina who have been in business since 1870. Their wines have unique and bold tastes! Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Graffigna Wines. I sampled three of their wines: Centenario Malbec, Pinot Grigio, and Grand Reserve Malbec.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these roundups. Now is a great time to get it back on the blog! My Currently Loving posts are the top things that are on my radar at the moment. I usually do 3 things, but since this post is a bit overdue, I’m doing 5! This week I’ll share some great music, comfy clothes, my current Netflix binge, and more!
There’s no denying that blogging is more than meets the eye. It’s not always an easy task whether it be creating content, curating photos, or getting enough traffic. One thing that helps take some pressure off is connecting with other bloggers. Over the past year I have gotten to know more bloggers through social media and blogger networking events in Boston. It’s always worth it to ask others for advice or words of wisdom, and I’m definitely glad I got myself out there. Here’s a couple life and blogging lessons that I’ve picked up from fellow Boston bloggers.
Be Confident // If you’re confident in what you’re wearing, what you’re doing, and the content that you’re sharing, it will show. Other people will appreciate what you’re doing and follow along with your blogging journey. Confidence has its way of shining through and other people catch on when you’re radiating that mind set.
This past week, Jack and I attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston. I had always wanted to attend a summit or a conference, in fact, it was on my 1001 in 101 list. When I discovered that the Forbes summit was going to be held in Boston this year, I immediately wanted to go. I am beyond happy that I was able to attend! Jack and I both met some incredible people and attended really inspiring panels.
At the Summit there are different stages to choose from and we chose Create. The Create Stage was geared toward creatives- marketing, media, music, sports. When Zack O’Malley Greenburg introduced our stage he told us that we were at the coolest stage at the summit; he definitely wasn’t wrong!
Our speakers/panelists included: Jessica Alba, Halsey, Jason Derulo, Danielle Wiesburg & Carly Zakin (theSkimm), Okierete Onaodowan, Christen Lien, Bart Baker, The Fine Brothers, John Shahidi, Michael Phelps, Aly Raisman, Juanpa Zurita, Logan Paul, Maria Sharapova, Chris Coombs, Bobby Flay, Ooshma Garg, Nicholas Jammet, and Sam Tarantino.
All of those amazing people over the span of two days is a lot of talent on one stage.
Though many of those speakers are celebrity’s turned entrepreneurs, one in particular stood out to me. Sam Tarantino, a co-founder of Grooveshark gave a speech on Tuesday. His speech was about his journey, and about fear and how it’s holding us back from following our dreams.
Two things he said in particular stuck with me:
I realized that fear was a mirage. It disappears as you get closer.
Remember that that’s life. Suffering and achievement are intertwined.
If you want to read more about his story or watch part of the speech you can check it out, here.
I truly enjoyed all of the speakers, panels, and the short film festival so be on the lookout for another post about highlights from other panelists!
In addition to attending these panels, there was also our Under 30 Village which was a hub of opportunities, networking, music, food, beer, and fun. One of my favorite things to do at the village was the Ocean Spray cranberry bog. Ocean Spray literally set up a cranberry bog in the middle of Boston City Hall Plaza and we were allowed to go in it! By far one of the most fun things I have ever done!
Full disclosure some of these are from Snapchat.
Apple picking is the quintessential autumn activity. Apple orchards and pumpkin patches are the places to be in September and October. This past weekend, I went apple picking at Brooksby Farm with Jack. Of course we got way more apples than we could ever need, just like we did last year, but it gives me an excuse to bake. Last year we did this same thing, and you can read my post about it, here!
We actually made less than we did last year, but we used the same recipes because we loved how it turned out last year. We still have about 50 apples left, so we may actually bake some more- at least I want to!
This year we made an apple pie and a caramel apple crisp. We used this recipe to make our apple crisp, and we used the filling from it for the pie as well.
Our baking got a little messy, but I promise, it tasted delicious! If you’re looking for more recipes to enjoy this fall, check out my Pinterest page!