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What I Love about NYC

Posted in Travel
on July 11, 2017

NYC has forever been a favorite city of mine. Even before I spent a decent amount of time in the city, I loved it. I grew up with the idea that if you wanted your dreams to come true, you needed to either be in NYC or Hollywood – I have shows like Gossip Girl to thank for that. As an adult, I’m not sure how true that is, but I will always admit that NYC is a magical place; it’s unlike any other city in the world.

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Foodie Adventures: Chicago

Posted in lifestyle, Travel
on June 8, 2017

In my last post, I wrote all about my amazing trip to Chicago. While I did highlight all aspects of my trip, I left out my favorite part… the food!

We tried a new restaurant every night, and every night I tried something I had never eaten before. I would continuously say I refuse to eat something, give it a try, and then enjoy it. So in the end I learned I should stop being so stubborn when it comes to trying certain foods because I will probably end up loving it.

If it sounds/looks like we ate a lot of food, it’s because we shared it all tapas style… but also, we really ate a lot of food. We tried new wines at every meal, so it’s safe to say this was the best foodie adventure I’ve had so far!

RPM ItalianThe first night there, we went to RPM Italian, which is the restaurant of Giuliana and Bill Rancic! The food here was amazing – definitely a great way to start a week in Chicago! We started with shredded Brussels sprouts and an incredible cheese platter. For the main course, we had Carbonara and Maine Lobster Ravioli. We got both, because we couldn’t decide and wanted to try it all!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts

Cheeses & meats with rolls, jam, honey, & olives

Pasta! Left – lobster ravioli & Right, Carbonara

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A Week in the Windy City

Posted in Personal, Travel
on May 25, 2017

Over the past week, I accomplished so many things that made me proud of myself. I traveled to Chicago aka The Windy City (which definitely lives up to its name!), for the first time ever. As a part of my job, I plan trade shows which is a totally new area for me. But, with the guidance and help of my coworker, we executed an amazing show this past week! We also got to adventure around the city which was a great way to end our long days of work. Read More

Weekend Getaway: Washington DC

Posted in lifestyle, Travel
on November 21, 2016

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! Read More

Virginia Vacation

Posted in lifestyle, Personal, post grad life, Travel
on August 17, 2016

As I often talk about, I work a lot, and my weekends are typically my only time to have nothing to worry about. Since starting my new job, I haven’t used any of my vacation time, so when I was invited to a wedding in Virginia, I took an entire week off from work. Why? Because I can. Even though the wedding was on a Saturday, I didn’t return until the following Monday because I had a Virginia Vacation.

The real reason I even went to Virginia was because my friend Alyssa was getting married to the love of her life, Andy. I don’t want to write too much about these two, but essentially they are one of my favorite couples. I love them together so much that the second Alyssa walked down the aisle toward Andy, I cried because of how beautiful she looked. They are so genuinely happy and in love, I am so honored that they invited me to celebrate such a special day with them.

After the wedding weekend, Jack and I went to Roanoke to stay with friends, Caroline and Rob. Those two recently got engaged and I am beyond excited to celebrate another marriage of my friends! These two are another one of my favorite couples, so spending the week with them was so much fun! Just hanging out with them, having dinner, drinking, laughing and having a good time, are all things I miss when I’m 13 hours away.

During my time in Virginia I also showed Jack my campus, went on a hike with my little Kathleen, had dinner with my big Stephanie, and spent time with some of my other friends both at the wedding and during my time in Roanoke. An amazing part of my week was actually that my friend Nicole surprised me, though I semi-ruined the surprise because she thought I would leave before she got there! I am so glad I got to see her though and I’m so glad I had an entire week to spend with all of these wonderful people!

The end of the week was actually my one year anniversary with Jack. I’m very happy that we spent our anniversary as we did, on a road trip, visiting his college and a couple of his friends, and just being together.

Overall, this vacation was exactly what I needed. Although I definitely already miss everyone, I’m extraordinarily happy that I got to see a lot of my favorite people within one week’s time. I definitely hope to see them again soon. For now, I have these pictures of my Virginia Vacation adventures!

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My favorite coffee at the Mill Mountain Star!

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Weekend Getaway: NYC

Posted in lifestyle, Personal, Travel
on July 13, 2016

The one thing I have noticed since joining “the real world” is that weekends are sacred, and that mini-vacations are necessary. When one of my friends invited me to visit her in NYC, I booked a flight and had myself a little weekend getaway.

My friend Erika is currently in NYC for school, so it was a perfect opportunity to spend some time with her, and see New York. It was my first time truly spending time in New York that wasn’t just driving through or having a layover in the airport. Since it was my first time, we tried to fit as much as possible in the 48 hours that I was there. This was obviously a difficult task since New York is huge, and there’s an endless amount of things to do, sights to see, and places to eat.

During the two days we visited a couple brunch spots in SoHo (Jack’s Wife Freda, 12 Chairs), went to Eataly, Cha Cha Matcha, Frozen Sweet, Rockefeller Center, The Met, Central Park (had a Gossip Girl mini tour!), Times Square, Flatiron, The Plaza… You get the idea. We were B U S Y!

Walking through Central Park was definitely a highlight for me. We walked a bit through the Upper East Side, I took a picture on the steps of The Met, and then we walked through Central Park. I love Gossip Girl, so it was cool to see the spots from the show, like where Chuck and Blair got married ~insert heart eye emoji here~. We also stopped to watch a performance in the park and it was not only cool to watch the guys do tricks and jump over people, but they were also hilarious.

I was also very eager to go to the top of Rockefeller Center, and it was worth it. The views were breathtaking and it was a great way to end my weekend in New York.

I really just loved walking around and taking everything in. New York is very different than any city I’ve traveled to, and it’s truly an amazing city.

It was one of the best weekends I have had in a while. I got to go somewhere new and enjoy so many new things. I took A LOT of photos, which you can check out on my Instagram, and you can also check some out below.

 

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xoxo Gossip Girl

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Best of the East Coast: Marblehead MA

Posted in lifestyle, Travel
on June 10, 2016

Happy Friday! I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers from all over the East Coast, to put together a “Best of the East Coast” collab. Savannah from The Always Blog was the mastermind behind this one! It’s so fun to see where other bloggers live, and to discover new places. If you ever want to take a road trip on the East Coast, I think we’ve got enough places in this link-up for you to have an action packed trip! {You can see all of the posts at the bottom of this post}

As I’ve blogged about before, and Instagrammed about daily, I grew up in a small coastal town North of Boston, called Marblehead. Marblehead (MHD) is a small town, and half of it is essentially an island. I say essentially because we do have a causeway that connects the “island” aka The Neck, to the rest of the town. Our lighthouse is out there, as well as Castle Rock, so it’s always super nice to walk out there or drive out there and enjoy the sights for a little while!

MHD was founded in 1649, so there is a lot of history here. We have museums, old mansions, war attractions, old forts, and even historical houses. Throughout town there are signs on a lot of houses, mainly in Old Town (our historic district), giving a brief little history of the people who originally lived there. It’s pretty awesome growing up with all of this history around. When kids are in school, they always have a lot of history field trips, simply because it’s literally right in our back yard!

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Roanoke Alumni Weekend

Posted in College, lifestyle, Personal, post grad life, Travel
on April 13, 2016

Last May, I graduated from Roanoke College and have been navigating post-grad life ever since. Every April, Roanoke has their Alumni Weekend which is a highly anticipated event for not only alumni, but also for the current students. Alumni come back and visit with their friends, professors, teammates, and walk the campus where they once lived their glory days. My previous alumni weekend experiences were a little different than this one. In past years I was an under grad who is partaking in festivities, excited that my friends were visiting; now the tables have turned and I was the one visiting. My weekend was full of great friends, lots of food, and seeing a lot of people that I have missed having nearby within the past year. Trying to fit all of my weekend into a blog post is a crazy thought, but here are some summarized highlights!

My weekend kicked off with some close friends and I having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Beamers 25, which I wrote about in my blog post about Roanoke back in October. I will never get sick of eating the Frank’s Fries, or really any of their food if I’m being honest. It’s all just so delicious!Roanoke City Center in the Square

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My Mini Vacation to Roanoke

Posted in Personal, post grad life, Travel
on October 22, 2015

Over this past weekend, I traveled down to Roanoke to visit some of my friends from college. The first thing I did when I got to Roanoke was visit my alma mater, Roanoke College. Seeing my friends and sorority sisters (plus our new home!) was a much needed break from stressful post-grad life. Here are a few highlights from my weekend down south!

While day one consisted of visiting RC, day two consisted of visiting a few favorite restaurants with some of my favorite people. In downtown Roanoke there is a restaurant called Beamer’s 25, which is an AMAZING American style restaurant. I don’t think there is a single thing on the menu that I wouldn’t eat, which is probably one of the reasons why it is on the list of my favorites. I went to lunch at Beamer’s with my good friend and “big sister”, Stephanie. We got Frank’s Fries to split; French fries with salt, garlic and truffle oil. We also both got the Southwest Burger, a cheeseburger loaded with peppers, onions, jalapeños and chipotle aioli. These pictures don’t even do it justice, but trust me, it was delicious!

Franks Fries  

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