fall fest

Hello blog, long time no see.

 I haven’t been keeping up with this (no surprise there) but there are lots of things I have been mentally listing to write about. Today was particularly blog-worthy so now I’m feeling inspired.

 Filling the hours that used to be spent recovering from hangovers, writing papers in the library, attending dance practice and sorority activities in my college days has been kind of weird. It’s taken some practice over the past year and a half but I feel like we’re finally getting the hang of this young adult thing.

 Since the Patriots didn’t play today, apparently this a “bye week” (I’ve decided to finally learn football this year, did that sound legit?) I had the bfs undivided attention for the entire day. I spent most of Saturday catching up on errands and shopping (Ann Taylor 60% off sale anyone?) so today we wanted to do some kind of activity. Despite the holiday cheer that has already started spreading, we (I) were determined to squeeze out one more ‘fall’ themed weekend.

 I literally googled “Massachusetts events”, and found the Apple and Wine Festival at an orchard on the North Shore. To my surprise Curtis was very enthusiastic about this so we made the trek, bought our tickets, and got to taste 24 different fruit wines and ciders, paired with sweet snacks. AKA best day ever.

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After our tour we continued our little adventure and walked around Main Street in Gloucester. It was pretty quiet and most shops were closed, but we somehow stumbled upon a grand opening of a little shop and took advantage of additional free snacks. We continued our self-guided snack tour of the North Shore, and finished up in a specialty olive oil store and sampled a bunch of flavors on some fancy bread.

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Now we’re back at the (okay its his but i pretend) apartment and I’m attempting to make beef stew, seemed appropriate on a chilly fall night. If it turns out well I’ll blog the recipe, but if it sucks just forget you read this.

Xoxo

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Progress

Progress:

Okay having two posts two days in a row was obviously a fluke. I THINK about blogging every day, but have yet to figure out how to actually make that a reality. Moving on…lets talk about my progress on my Summer To Do List. Considering summer is almost over [what? Its August?] lets hope I’ve made some moves.

  1. Boating – Check! Sadly we’ve only made to Maine for one weekend this summer, and that was for 4th of July. It was potentially the best weather in the history of 4th of Julys and was a perfect weekend. See below:Picture1

2.  Eat seafood – Check minus? Really only accomplished this once over 4th of July weekend. And when the restaurant told me they were out of steamers I basically broke down in tears and tried to leave. I settled for mussels which were good but did not feel as New Englandy as I was going for. Better luck next time.

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3. Hiking – Nope. Not yet. But I do feel like I’ve been walking around a lot. Mostly in 90 degree weather. In the heart of the city, aka not that pleasant nature experience I was going for.

4. Concert – Check! I bought spontaneous tickets to see my best friend Taylor Swift at Gillette last week. I might have been in the literal last row of the stadium and holding on to my seat for dear life, but I went! We were approximately 17 years older than the rest of the audience and they definitely judged me.

Picture25. Working out – Check minus. I did try a Sunday morning yoga class, but was super bored. There is only so much ‘focusing on my intention’ that I can do when there are so many more fun things to do. Like brunch or watch Netflix. I have been making an effort to vary my work out routine a little more though. I even went to a Barre class last night for the first time in awhile [ow]. Still working on finding a way to make working out more enjoyable vs. just a necessity.

6. Take advantage of living in Boston – Check! I feel like I have made a significant effort to be in the city whenever I don’t have commitments elsewhere. The other night we made the trek over to the seaport for drinks and appetizers. I had never been there at night and was surprised at the night life over there. CRAZY lines to get into places, I would not go back unless it was someone’s real(or pretend) birthday and we were on the list.

Next adventure on my list? Moving home! Kind of weird I guess to move back to my parent’s house after being away for 5 years, but I decided to be a responsible human and start trying to save money. Its also been a challenge this year to balance my time between my place, Curtis’ place, and my parents’ house. I plan to stay for a few months and use the time to get rid of all my old junk and clothing that I never use or wear,  save money, and focus on getting my life in order instead of living in three places and carrying everything i own around in an overflowing gym bag.

Stay tuned!

Kelsey

a few favorites

If there is one thing i indulge in it is manicures. i am physically incapable of doing my own nails for some reason, and if my nails are not done or chipped i will be visibly upset about it. in my opinion, your hands are the only part of yourself that you really see all the time, so they might as well look good.

there’s nothing worse (okay there are a lot of things worse but just go with it) then when you pay for a manicure and HATE the color. its taken me a lot of trial and error to find a few colors that i know work every time. here are a few of my favorites for all those go to colors.

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1. OPI Big Apple Red – the not too pink, not too dark, not too sparkly red

2. Essie Camera – the perfect coral/orange/red.

3. OPI Sweetheart – a light ‘natural’ look that is just opaque enough but doesn’t look chalky

4. Essie Turquoise and Caicos – a great mint green/teal thats not too bright or harsh

5. OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – an oldie but a goodie, the perfect go-to darkest shade before black

6. Essie Bobbing For Baubles – a deep grayish blue, perfect when you’ve had enough of Lincoln Park but still want to go dark

7. OPI You Don’t Know Jaques – the ideal taupe/brown neutral

8. Essie Chinchilly – a medium shade of gray thats purple enough to still be pretty

While these are my go to for polish, i’m still working on my gel manicure selections. Today i went with Cajun Shrimp, red enough for the 4th but coral enough to feel summery

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p.s. – two posts two days in a row?! i am improving my blog skills.

xoxo

To Do

life lately has been full of a little stress and a lot of sadness. Sometimes you have to refocus and remember there are so many good things to look forward to. I’m a dedicated ‘to do’ list maker and a planner to a fault, so I decided planning out the rest of my summer would help me look at the bright side over the next few days.

Things I can’t wait for this summer:

1. Boating – If i could give one piece of advice about relationships, i’d say date someone with a boat. Just kidding…kind of. But some of my favorite summer memories over the past three years have been spent on a boat in Casco Bay. So excited to get back out on the water!

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Summer 2011

2. Eat so much seafood. I guess i’m just a true New Englander, but there is nothing better than seafood like… by the pound on a deck. The end.

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Summer 2012

3. Go on a hike! I’m not super outdoorsy and usually hate anything that involves walking but for Curtis’ sake I need to find some more nature activities to appreciate. I googled ‘maine hiking’ and they look like they are having fun?

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4. Go to a big summer concert. I love tailgating. There is something about being in a parking lot near your car that makes drinking and overeating snacks so much more fun. I bought Zac Brown Band tickets for my parents’ birthdays (they are back to back) and even though it’s in August I’m already counting the days.

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5. Workout more. I say this all the time but seriously. The amount of times I go to the gym does not have a very positive correlation with the amount of money I spend for my membership. My gym has so many great classes and I think its time I take advantage of that and change up my gym routine. A little Saturday morning yoga sounds like it might be good for the soul right?
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what Google tells me Yoga will look like

6. Take advantage of living in Boston. I’ve been here for a year and very rarely do I actually spend my free time here. Now that the sun came out and Curtis moved even further into the city, I can’t wait to walk around and spend time in places in Boston that aren’t my cube. Kayaking on the Charles (yes that dirty water) is at the top of my list.

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Alright, off to get a running start with this list! A walk down the esplanade and then a late night movie at the theater on the Common is in my immediate future.

xoxo

Third time’s a charm?

I keep giving up on this blogging thing but maybe its time to try again.
Last weekend marked one year since graduation. The year flew by but no one prepares you for how strange your early twenties will be. They are in-between years, you feel like an adult but you’re not quite there yet. You’re not sure if you are acting too old or too young for your age.  Everything gets more complicated after you graduate. Relationships, friendships, even going out is harder. Cabs? What is that. Maybe I was too sheltered at my school of 1800, but life after college is significantly more effort.

But I have had a great time meeting new friends, learning how to cook, exploring the city. Late night talks with roommates remind me that I’m not the only one figuring out. In college your life revolved around your education. In the future your life will revolve around your family. Right now your life revolves around … yourself? So far thats the only thing i’ve come up with, and this quote cements it:

“Your twenties are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.”
I don’t know who said it but I know that it is true. So here’s to happy memories of the past and excitement for the future, Summer 2013 lets see what you have in store.
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Style Saturday?

Today I think I will try my hand at a fashion post.  My go-to for inspiration will always be the one and only LC.  She always manages to look put together without being overdone. I think what is most appealing about her style is that it is so accessible. “fashion” can be intimidating, but Lauren definitely dresses for the every-girl. Oversized sweaters, scarves, a great pair of jeans, a classic pair of boots, a simple black pump – staples of her wardrobe and becoming necessities in mine.

I recently discovered her clothing collection at Kohl’s. I never have high expectations for clothing lines by celebrities, but I have to say I was impressed! Check out a few of my faves:

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Solid Roll-Tab Blouse – on sale for $26.40

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Foil Fit and Flare Dress on sale for $32.00

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Hand of God Earrings – on sale for $8.80

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Platform High Heels – on sale for 39.99

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Tape Yarn Sweater – on sale for $29.99

 Loved the sweater so much I bought it and am wearing it right now! Maybe it inspired me to write this post…

 

DIY: Thanksgiving Table

My favorite part of every holiday (aside from being with friends and family, and time off work) is decorating! If I could be anything in life it would definitely be an event coordinator. I obsess over the details. My mom assigns me to decorate the Thanksgiving table every year. Below is this year’s outcome!

Inspiration:

Googled ” Natural Thanksgiving Centerpieces” to find some ideas

My Version:

Supplies Needed:

  • Fake Cranberries – individual (I ended up buying the wooden Christmas Tree strands and cutting them off the string)
  • 2 Fake Cranberry branches
  • Burlap (found at Jo-Anns)
  • Decorative shredded wood fibers (also found at Jo-Anns)
  • Pine cones (real or fake)
  • Twine
  • White Tablecloth
  • Cardstock
  • Candles
  • Varying sizes of vases
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

I spent Wednesday afternoon searching for supplies. All were found at Jo-Anns, Christmas Tree Shop, and Michaels

The center piece. I filled the vases with the wooden cranberries and surrounded the candles with the dried wood fibers, and one cranberry branch

I used the wire cutters to clip off sections from the second cranberry branch, and tied a twine bow around the napkins.

I used card stock, paint pen, and the pine cones for the name cards

And I used the burlap as a table runner!

Decorating will always be my favorite hobby. Maybe in my next life i’ll get to be an event planner. My friends need to hurry up and start getting married so I can start planning weddings!

xoxo