Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Recap: 7.27


My sister and I took a bike ride along the Cape Cod Bike Trail.  When the trail ended in our town, we decided to set out on our own.  We got slightly sidetracked looking for a cove that I now believe really doesn't exist.

We then headed to the beach where we stopped at The Bagel Haven in Mashpee for some sandwiches.  We didn't get these Lobstah Pops but we did split a peanut butter cookie which was probably the best cookie I've ever had (we ate it before I could snap a pic!).

We celebrated happy hour at The Casino in Falmouth where we got white wine spritzer a (so refreshing!) and an order of calamari.


On Saturday my family and I headed down to Rhode Island to celebrate my fabulous mom's birthday!  We went to Mantunuck which I can confidently say is now on my top ten restaurant list.  We feasted on raw oysters, a seafood platter and a key lime pop which was a frozen key lime custard, a graham cracker crust dipped in white chocolate.  Incredibly decadent and so worth the trip down to southern Rhode Island!

The gym will be my best friend this week after a very much worth it weekend of feasting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Recap 7.20


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.


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 :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend Recap 7.13

Hi friends!  I had a jam packed weekend & loved every minute of it:


I've been going to Wegman's for about 2 months now and casually walk by the make your own trail mix bar and tell myself not to go there.  I usually win.  But Friday, the bar won.  This did not last the weekend. 


Heart inspirational quote spin classes!

While I did my laundry I read on our roofdeck.  It was beautiful this weekend!

My friend Karey and I went to Barcelona Brookline for sangria and tapas (tapas not pictured but they were amazing).  This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area.  It is perfect to go with your girlfriends, order a few tapas and just catch up.  Definitely make a reservation here as it's pretty popular.

We then went to Farmstead Kitchen for a cocktail.  You guys.  I am pretty much in love with this place. If Anthropologie had a restaurant this would be it.  It is ecclectic, warm and welcoming.  I had the "No Sleep Till Brookline" which was incredibly refreshing and delightful.


Outfit of the day:  top:  Marshall's, skirt:  Talbots, shoes:  Jack Rogers, necklace:  this is old, but I got it in a Franchesca type store at Mashpee Commons, bracelet:  Cape Cod Bracelet 

My friend's baby shower!  It was Pottery Barn lamb themed.  Adorable!

Followed by a birthday party for my Gramma who is 93!

Friday, July 11, 2014

My love of Pinterest

I enjoy every aspect of Pinterest.  This is coming from a girl who loved vision boards before they were cool.  In college, my friends and I would slip each other magazine collages under each other's door if one of us was having a bad day.  Now when I'm having a bad day, I open my Pinterest app and pin inspirational quotes:

Over time, Pinterest has come to teach me a little about myself.  I don't dress completely preppy (I'm a more of carefree prep if I had to label).  Apparently the inner me really hearts the prep:

And I also tend to pin super elaborate recipes that let's be honest I probably won't make:

So if you want to follow a closet prepster, dessert obsessed, always looking for inspiration pinterester, please look me up under Lauren B.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hosting Book Club

Last night I hosted friends to discuss our latest book "The One & Only" by Emily Giffin. Since it was a "school night" and would be rushing home from work, I wanted to make sure I was fully prepared.  Here is how I planned:

-  Add your party food to your weekly grocery list.  This saves you an extra trip to the grocery store.  I added the following to my weekly shopping trip:

  -  2 bottles of white wine
  -  crackers
  -  goat cheese
  -  cheddar cheese
  -  pretzels
  -  hummus
  -  dried figs
  -  almonds 
  -  mini cupcakes

-  Prep the night before the event.

I set up all of the platters, glasses, and plates I was using the night before so it would be a quick set up.

-  Keep the bar seperate.
I turned my kitchen table into a mini bar with glasses lined up, the drinks of choice (I also had Polar seltzer, not pictured), and coasters.  I like this idea because it encourages mingling but also allows the guest to pick their beverage of choice.

-  Prepare easy appetizers.

I specifically wanted a no nonsense app menu.  The hardest thing I had to do was cut up the cheese and assemble a platter.  The dried figs and almonds were a fantastic compliment to the cheese and added a nice color contrast.

So net net, a little prep will take all the stress out of your event. I was able to assemble everything and still had time to check my email all in about 20 minutes.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July Recap

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a fabulous 4th!  It is my absolute favorite holiday.  It is stress free and always spent with my favorite people.  Here's my 4th in pics:

Red (cranberry), Blue (blueberries) and White (white chocolate chips) at Dana's in Quechee, Vermont.  I have gotten these amazing pancakes 4 4th of Julys in a row.

Reading a textbook by the lake.  I tried to compromise as much as I could (summer classes are just no fun, period).

A BBQ with American flag lanterns - perfect day.