Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Put Your Best Face Forward

I have been blessed with pretty good skin.  Yes, I have the occasional breakout but I've been pretty lucky in the skin department.  With that being said, I think skin health is half hereditary and half self care.  I was 15 when I started wearing makeup.  My grandmother, who at 93, still has the most amazing skin ever, took me to the Clinique counter for  a day of beauty.  It was there that I learned how to apply makeup, and most importantly, take care of my skin.  I am so thankful for that day as it set a foundation for my healthy and happy skin routine. 

I've evolved from the Clinique 3-step skin care (even though I still use a couple products!) to a rotation of different brands.  The older I get (ahem hi 31), the more I realize I should invest in some solid products.  Here's what I'm currently loving on the skincare front

From left to right starting from the top: 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask:  I use this mask every Sunday night before I go to bed.  It goes on as a gel and does not dry out, which I love as you have to keep it on for a good 20 minutes.  The results are amazing.  It minimizes pores and takes that dull look out of your skin, leaving this amazing glow.  A little will go a long way! Also, it is 100% natural and non-toxic, and she's a VT girl so win win.

Hope in a Jar Moisturizer:  I received this as a Christmas gift and really like it a lot.  I love the whole quote-happy premise of Philosophy and love all of their scented perfumes, lotions, and shower gels.   This is my first time using their skincare line and I give it a A+.  Lightweight and skin rejuvenating, it also leaves a nice healthy glow. 

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Gel:  This is a sample that I've had for a while.  This gel is a great for spot treatment and works pretty quick to fade acne. 

Clinique All About Eyes Serum:  This gel immediately depuffs eyes and reduces under eye circles significantly. 

H2O Plus Eye Makeup Remover:  I wear eye shadow and mascara every day and always find it hard to remove.  H2O Plus feels super gentle but does the job of removing my dark mascara. 

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser:  My favorite part of this cleanser is that is so gentle and non-drying.  I can't stand cleansers that make my skin feel super tight.  It is non-harsh, love.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend

Friday 



 I visited my parents in Vermont this weekend.  We took a day trip with my twin nine year old cousins to Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH.  The last time I visited Santa's Village was about 25 years ago, where I remember about 5 rides.  A lot has changed - but more on that in a minute.  Our morning started with a stop at Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill.  This place is known for their epic pancakes and incredible views of the New Hampshire mountains. 

The pancakes are made to order right in front of the guests.  I recommend the Polly's Panwich which is an egg, cheese, and green apple slices sandwich between two pancakes. 

OK, on to Santa's Village.  The park is definitely worth the trip.  It is Dinsey-esque in that we  were transported to a Christmastown once we walked in with the Christmas music playing and elves wandering the property.  It definitely gears towards kids on the younger end - I think my twin nine year old cousins would like it probably for one more year before thinking they were too cool for it.  But this big kid loved it!  I am not one for fast rides so I was able to go on the roller coaster and log ride without passing out (oh, it has happened friends).  


We had a blast going from ride to ride, eating amusement park food (soft pretzels & build your own gingerbread man for the win) and feeding Santa's reindeer.  

Saturday


It was a gorgeous day on Saturday in Vermont.  We walked down to the local lake and attempted to fly fish.  

 
 Happy Hour was spent out on the deck admiring the birds feeding time at the bird feeder.  That is how one relaxes in Vermont!

Sunday


I headed back to Boston early on Sunday and spotted this hot air balloon on my way out of town. 

I was in desperate need of a new blazer.  I headed to Zara as I find their blazers to be comfortable, non-restricting, and structured.  I bought this one that will definitely carry me through fall. 
Rest of outfit:  top:  Gap Outlet (old), jeans: Paige (Bloomingdale Outlet), necklace: Tiffany & Co., bracelet: Cape Cod, & my everyday FitBit
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nantucket Getaway





I just returned from a lovely trip from what I like to call the happiest place on earth - Nantucket! (sorry Disney).  Nantucket, located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, is home to (what I think) New England's best beaches, cobblestone roads, and quaint restaurants and shops.  I like to compare it to walking around in the middle of a really good novel or Hallmark movie, pretty picturesque and perfect.  Here's a recap of where I stayed, where I ate, and what I did over the course of 3 days.

Stay

I stayed at The Summer House at their Fair St. location which is centrally located in downtown Nantucket.  The accommodations in Nantucket are mostly inn like, so the rooms are a bit older but I find them to be very New England and welcoming.

A perk of The Summer House was the complimentary continental breakfast (as seen enjoyed by my sister).  This is a nice extra to have while staying in a pretty expensive area.  The other perk that The Summer House provides is private beach access (see below in What I Did). 

Where I Ate

Millies: 



We asked some locals for a dinner recommendation and they suggested Millies in Madeket.  What a great recommend!  We enjoyed a sunset dinner surrounded by amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Millies' has a Mexican vibe with a great array of seafood inspired taco dishes. 


The Club Car:

My mom loves to read novels about Nantucket (actually I do too!) and The Club Car tends to make an appearance as the go to restaurant for the characters.  I can see way!  Walking into The Club Car is like taking a step by to the classiest of times.  I had the lobster macaroni and cheese which was served with an amazing brown butter sauce (aka best dish ever). 

What I Did:

We rented a jeep and headed out to Great Point Lighthouse, which is the furthest point on Nantucket.  It was glorious!  We saw seals, ate a picnic lunch, and traveled to the Lighthouse.  So fun! 


The other perk of staying at The Summer House was access to a private beach and beach club.  A car drove us right to the beach club where they provided chairs and towels and where we basically loved our life for the day.  Here is the beach club seen through my new Lokai bracelet (stay humble, stay hopeful, read all about it!). 

Shopping:


It rained in Nantucket on our last day so we decided to fill the day with lots of shopping downtown.  No trip to the island can't be complete without a stop at Aunt Leah's Fudge  The M&M peanut butter tastes like an inside of a Reese's Pieces.  They ship all over the country.  You're welcome. 

I had the best time in Nantucket and hope you get a chance to visit this slice of heaven!  




Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weekend Recap 8.3

Saturday


You can walk under my umbrella!  I made a little deal with myself to use my car as little as possible on the weekends.  I am happy to report that I did not let the rain deter me this weekend and actually went all day Sunday without using my car.  The above is my happy stroll to the T.


I met my friend for lunch at Stephanie's on Newbury.  We split a pitcher of a strawberry vodka infused lemonade which was the perfect Saturday treat.

Sunday


I had Sunday brunch at Cafeteria in the Back Bay.  It is an adorable place that has a school house theme throughout their menu, like the Detention (a piƱa colada).


Um have you guys heard of Yasso Bars?!  I'm probably late to the party on this one but oh my delicious they are good.  And if you follow Weight Watchers they are only 2 points plus.  The Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite so far.  Please note The Batefoot Contessa on in the background.  Fact: I would like to be her best friend.


And finally I went to Shakespeare in the Common this evening.  Thank goodness for a synopsis because Shakespeare is still a little tough for me to follow.  It was an incredible performance and a perfect night to sit outside to watch.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review: The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand


I'm not someone that takes to trends right away.  I like to take my sweet little time discovering things and that sometimes makes me late to the party of life.  Take the Bachelor/ette for example.  I JUST started watching it and how long has it been on?!  So when I was emotionally distraught over Nick not winning this week I got the "where have you been" look from my coworkers who have been through dozens of final rose ceremonies.  Sidneote:  I'm never watching that show again.  Sidenote to the Sidenote:  Unless Chris is The Bachelor than I'm in.

I digress.  The same can be said for Elin Hilderbrand.  My mom has been reading her for years, my coworker has praised her novels and I was all like "ummm no one can compete with Emily Giffin, thanks."  Well I was wrong.  Emily has some good competitin with Elin.  "The Matchmaker," Hilderbrand's latest novel was next up on my book club's list.  I was hooked.  From page one - no lie.

And full disclosure, I could be a bit biased.  You see, all of Hilderbrand's novels take place on the magical island of Nantucket.  Being a Massachusetts girl and having a soft soft in my heart for this sanctuary, I found the multiple island references fascinating.  The story follows a woman who's perfectly content life is disrupted by her past and her learning to renavigate places and people she's known her whole life.  It's light enough bring to he beach but heartfelt enough that you'll stay up until 1:30 reading it with a box of tissues (not that I would I know that!).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Recap 7.20

Saturday


I played an epic round of US Open-esque (insert sarcasm here) with my best friend, Karen.  We were both captains of our high school tennis team.  She went on to play in college.  I didn't.  Guess who won.  Not me, ha!



We then had a lovely picnic.  I used a lot of my book club snacks I had left over pairing with a sharp cheddar and blueberries that I picked up at Wegmans.


Followed by a fabulous dinner outside.  I tried soba noodles for the first time and really enjoyed them.  I'm definitely going to add them to my grocery rotation.

Sunday


Pedicure of the week brought to you by Essie Bachelorette Bash. 









I attended my friend, Vicki's, baby shower at The Duck & Bunny in Providence.  This is one of my favorite restaurants and I was so excited that Vicki held her shower there.  They are known for their creative crepes and cupcakes and her shower featured both.  Her favor was a red velvet trike in a mason jar, also known as my dinner :)