June 30, 2014

Nantucket Guide!

I was planning on writing my own guide to the things you absolutely CANNOT miss in Nantucket before Lewis and I headed down there in a few weeks buttttttttt Lilly already beat me to it (and they did a pretty flawless job! What else is new?)!


So, whether this is your 10th summer or your 1st, if you are lucky enough to be taking a trip to the best island on earth you should definitely read up. Top five on my bucket list this summer?

1. Nobadeer: It really is "the party beach" and I love the atmosphere, the people watching, the waves, and the food. 
2. Something Natural: This is the one thing that Lilly missed! The #1 best sandwiches I have EVER, EVER had in my life. YUM!
3. Cisco Brewery: Now that I am 21 I can fully enjoy the beauty of this place!
4. Chicken Box: Can't think of a better way to end the perfect day on ACK than with a little party.
5. Millie's: Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum.

*6: And I want to get everywhere via bike!
What's on your list? 

June 17, 2014

The Tastes of Summer

Fresh lobster rolls from Cape Cod.
I believe that summer has a taste.

And a feel. A and a smell. And a sound.

It is an all-encompassing sensory experience.

It is the feel of sand beneath your feet. The smell of salty ocean air, barbeques, and fresh mowed grass. It is the sound of waves crashing and children playing. Of motors on boats and sprinklers on grass.

But lately I've known summer has finally (FINALLY) hit because of the tastes. YUM!

Little necks
Salads and blueberry basil lemonade.

Fruity margaritas

Frozen treats by the beach
Summer Fruit salad.

June 16, 2014

Getting Reacquainted

 
This past weekend my best friends from school all made the journey down to Boston to visit me!
We all went abroad different places and at different times so we haven't all been together since Sophomore year--crazy! I also haven't gotten to spend that much time in Boston in the past year between camp and school and London so it was so nice to get reacquainted with everyone and everything over the weekend. 
 

New friends of all shapes and sizes!

The sign was one of my favorite purchases of the day. I always get so homesick at school and now I will have this to remind me of my favorite places and a great day!
 It was packed with delicious food, fun drinks, laughter, and friends. I even got to introduce my Syracuse friends to my best friends from home--so fun!

June 11, 2014

The Tastiest Treat

Last summer a camp friend invited a bunch of us over to her house for a 48 hour time off. We had a great weekend complete with beach side bonfires and even a trip to an amusement park but one thing that stuck out to me was a DELICIOUS breakfast her mother had prepared for us.

 
French Toast Casserole. I swear it came to me in a dream a few nights before I went to camp the other day. I woke up and I knew I had to make it as soon as possible. It proved to be the perfect dish for the morning after my brother's high school graduation. Everyone was tired from the big day before and it was a beautiful sunny morning to eat out on the patio.

It's not exactly a low-carb recipe (or low-fat or low-sugar either for that matter) so it just makes it even more of a treat. Enjoy!



June 10, 2014

SoulCycle

 

A few weeks ago my mother and I went to our first ever SoulCycle class in the newly opened Chestnut Hill location.

What. An. Experience.

I overhear a lot of Long Island-y type of girls from school talk a lot about SoulCycle or wear the little SoulCycle leggings or tank tops around to class, so I was always curious about what it was. My mother had acquired free passes to what is otherwise quite an expensive hobby? Addiction? Workout? All of the above? So one morning, we naively decided to give it a try.

At $20 for your first visit they get ya hooked, and then raise the price to $37 plus $3 to rent the little bike shoes required for the special bikes. And as absurd as it may sound, I can totally rationalize why someone would want to spend $40 to get their ass handed to them by some guy named Chad with biceps the size of my torso.

Because you feel GREAT afterwards.
But first you feel a lot of other things...

First of all the room is dark. Like really dark. Music is BLASTING. And everyone, and I really mean everyone, was skinny, pretty, and dressed head to toe in Lululemon.

Picture taken from SoulCycle's website.
I kind of felt like I was at a frat party that was cycling themed.

The instructor (Chad) had his own little stage and a DJ set up next to his bike and the music was SO good, honestly the music is what made the class. We were encouraged to "pedal to the bass," which only made it feel frattier. It was also kind of like trying to dance while also exercising harder than possibly ever before...so oftentimes balance was kind of an issue.

At one point Chad told us to reach behind ourselves for the weights strapped to the back of our bikes. I thought he was playing a sick joke but, no, there really were weights. He instructed us to "punch out our stress," with the weights which actually did kind of work.

Throughout the class I felt energized, I felt strong, I felt weak and like jelly, I felt like I wanted to smile do a little "woop!" like some of the other women were, and I felt like I wanted to cry. But after all that at the end I felt like I had reached some sort of catharsis. It was a full emotional roller coaster and I couldn't wait to ride it again.

June 8, 2014

The Greatest Place on Earth :)

Every time I find myself back at camp I am convinced it will be my last.
I think that is why I appreciate being there more absolutely than nearly anything else in life. 

Today I had the most perfect day back in my favorite place on earth. Being back there always feels like transporting back into my favorite memory. Like staring at an old photograph and actually being able to be back and live it one more time. 

The people may come and go, new yurts may be built, old dining halls may be renovated but the spirit of camp never changes. Returners show wide-eyed new staff the ropes, accents mingle, bug bites are scratched, campfires burn.
Who knows if this summer will truly be my last but once again I am so lucky and thankful to be back at a place where "the real world" doesn't matter, people are welcoming and kind, and everyone is given a chance. And like every summer, I hope to blur the divide with "the real world" and bring the spirit of camp with me through the rest of the year. 

June 2, 2014

Sailing Sombrero

Last summer, I lost two seriously essential summer staples. 

*Moment of silence for my Jojo's Pearls and my white Vineyard Vines hat*

Hopefully they are both leading happier and more fulfilling lives down at the bottom of Spectacle Pond at Camp Hayward (although I doubt it).

So, as summer has found its way upon us once again, I have been on the hunt for a replacement hat. (The earrings were replaced as immediately as possible over my soonest time off). 

It was a toss-up between a red Red Sox hat, the same white VV, or something new entirely. 

The Sailing Sombrero.



My mom's store, the Wellesley Holiday Boutique, has been carrying Harding-Lane for a while now. While I loved the needle-pointed patterns and classic beach-prep shades, for some reason I never actually got around to trying one on. But early last week I traded my mother a few hours of work in exchange for one of the lovely caps.

I love the color, the fit, and the fact that the strap at the back is actually made of an old boat sail! And what perfect timing, considering the sun is FINALLY shining, and I'm down the cape this weekend to start my internship at Cape Cod Magazine. 

I think we will be very happy together.

May 28, 2014

I'm Baaaaack!

I'm baaaaack! 

I missed blogging! I really did, but there was just TOO much to do in London and my bucket list was constantly calling. 

I managed to cross off 72/78 things on it--including "See a pheasant in real life," "Eat a 'beigal' in Brick Lane," "Sneak into Trinity College Library," and "Go to (But not fall off) the Cliffs of Moher," but not, "Meet Rosie Londoner," or "Eat all the chocolate at the Cadbury Factory," or "Eat a 'brownie' in Amsterdam," oh well, there's always next time...

I promise I'll be back this summer filling you in on all my soon to be adventures. I'm back at camp for year #7 (how did time go so quickly?!), interning for Cape Cod Magazine in Hyannis, and am going mad posting all the wonderful things from the Wellesley Holiday Boutique's social media accounts (here and here!).


Until then, here's a little catch up of all my England adventures.
xx

March 1, 2014

March Madness!

I am so excited because I have some really fun things coming up! I was actually shocked to look at my phone this morning and realize that it was already March 1st. I feel like Valentine's Day was just a second ago. My family's visit and our trip to Paris came and went all too quickly, but here we are in March and time is sure to be flying even faster with all of my upcoming adventures.

Four things to be excited for in March...
  • Mackenzie is coming to London!!! I cannot wait to see my best friend abroad and here about all of her amazing adventures in Italy. I seriously cannot picture Mack a world traveler but now she is and I want to hear all about it!! We made her trip even more exciting by booking a tour at the Harry Potter WB Tour with her little Gabby as well. The Harry Potter tour has been on my bucket list since before I even got to England and I was bummed when it filled up over Love London weekend before I even had a chance to make the wait list. But the day is finally upon us! April 4th, 2014 we will be there, woohoo!
  • Now that it's March my trip to Berlin is coming up! I booked it with the school so I am pretty much guaranteed to seeing as much as absolutely possible in my little 72 hour journey. I don't know a soul on the trip so that should be a bit of an adventure in and off itself. I know I would probably never have traveled to Germany any other time in my life so I am eager to seize this opportunity and make the most of it.
  • Lewis and I booked our trip to Dublin about a month ago and since then I've been brainstorming all the fun things we can do there. We specifically chose a hotel with a pool so that we could have as much fun splashing around as we did at the Hyannis Travel Inn this summer, but more excitingly we just booked a day tour to the Cliffs of Moher. They look STUNNING and a couple of movies have even used it as a location (Harry Potter!). I cannot wait for the photo oppritunities that will definitely ensue. 
  • Already Spring Break is less than a week away! On Thursday I am taking a six hour train to Dundee, Scotland to visit one of my best friends from camp, Nicole. We spent ten weeks this summer living in a yurt and working on the waterfront together and I can't believe how much time has already passed since. It will be so good to catch up.

February 17, 2014

Top Ten Coolest Things I've Done in England Since 1/28...

My goodness, its been a long time since I last wrote! For a quick refresher here are the top ten coolest things I've done since January 28th...

1. The London Eye: Oh my god. Amazing. Lewis, Marisa and I went as part of the Love London weekend that SU London puts on. We got reduced price tickets at only ten pounds and a VIP capsule so we didn't have to wait in the long line. The views were INCREDIBLE. We went right at sunset so we were lucky enough to see the sights both in the day light and all lit up once the sun set. The eye was definitely one of my favorite things I have done so far in England and I would definitely suggest it to anyone that is visiting for the weekend.
The beautiful views from the top of the eye
2. Bike Ride Tour: This was also part of Love London weekend and my roommates, Lewis and I all woke up early Saturday morning and took the tube to Westminster to do it. We biked all around the city and saw so many sights that I hadn't even seen before. Our tour guide stopped us every so often and told us a lot of interesting facts. We didn't quite realize how much of the city we had covered until later that day when we were up on the Eye and could look down and see where we had gone.
3. Cambridge Trip: Cambridge WAS SO COOL. The school puts on such fantastic day trips and the fact that they're virtually free is amazing. We met at Faraday at 9am and a bus drove us the 2 hours North to Cambridge. The University was stunning and the whole town felt like the olden times. Everywhere was so historical and castle-y. Kings College Cathedral was stunning. I could not get enough pictures of the stained glass everywhere.
The most delicious homemade pizza
Stunning stained glass windows in the Kings College Cathedral
4. Portobello Market: Reminded me so much of a market version of Brimfield. Hannah, Tycho, and my mom would've LOVED it. So many cool antiques and crafts and a lot of good food. Lewis and I shared a crepe with strawberries and creme... YUM.
Have you ever seen more photogenic pastries?!?

Lewis and I shared a strawberries and creme crepe
 5. Windsor Castle: Last weekend Lewis, James, and I drove to Windsor for a little day trip and explored. Also a beautiful town and would love to get a chance to go back and explore the castle.

6. The BBC Tour: Went with my BBC class this Monday. So cool to see all the studios and where England's news gets made!
7. Westminster Abbey Tour: I think Kings College Cathedral is still my favorite but Westminster was like nothing I had ever seen before.

8. Selfridges: The magazine room, I was in heaven. And there was a Pinkberry, enough said.
9. Rabot 1745: Also part of Love London weekend, we headed to Borough Market and afterwards our lovely tour guides treated us to some VERY posh hot coco at Rabot 1745. The flavors included mint, salted caramel, and chili.
I sampled the mint, yum!
10. Zebrano: Last weekend we ended up accidentally having almost twenty people over before a night out. Lewis invited his roommate from college over and we all ended up at a bar called Zebrano in Soho. Really cool place, REALLY expensive drinks.
Champagne

And because these past few weeks have been so jam-packed with amazing activities, here are two more... I couldn't resist...

11. Harrod's Lunch: Every piece of food looked better than the rest but I settled on a ham and cheese croissant (getting ready for the real thing in Paris) and a raspberry drink... I'm drooling just remembering it. 
 
In case the first pic didn't give you a good enough idea of the tastiness of it
12. Greenwich Trip: Lewis and I spent Valentine's Day exploring Greenwich. Despite the rainy weather we had a great day visiting all the free museums and seeing all the sights. My favorite was walking around the Queen's House and seeing the London skyline from the Royal Observatory.
Prime meridian line
  
Naturally we couldn't resist a hammock pic...