monday mashup.

sorry for not posting last week folks. i was in a total funk (boys suck) but now im back and have a bunch of fun random things to share with you! this is going to be a total mishmash- but lets just roll with it, k?

biggest win: $200!

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two fridays ago brodie, victoria and i did a little north end bar wine crawling (i say wine crawling since brodie gave up all booze but wine for lent- silly bruce!) we started at the living room and then headed to panza for our dinner resi. in a strange turn of events, panza couldnt seat us (they were swamped) and giacomos had no line so we ended up there (if you arent familiar with giacomons, there is alwaysss a line around the block, especially on a friday.) after mowing down pasta we headed to corner cafe for some, you guessed it, scratchies!

i think the most id ever won before was $50- but this time i scratched off a $200 winner! holla! cosmos (and wine) on meeeee. three cheers for friends and free money.

IMG_8767(speaking of wine…) best new wine find: raeburn chardonnay

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in case you missed it in my post from two weeks ago, chardonnay is my new jam. i asked my bff dan who owns the liquor store down the street to point me in the direction of a buttery chardonnay and he did not let me down.  this bottle retails for $20 and is deeeelish. def recommend picking one up if you stumble across it! (dan also told me anything from the russian river valley is usually a safe bet.)

birthday brunchin: breakfast burger style

IMG_8787the sinatra brunch at luckys lounge has been on my to-do list basically since i came to boston. i had mentioned it a few weeks ago to kelly and she decided to do her birthday brunch there! since we had a large party (i believe there was 10 or 11 of us), we ended up getting sat in the back room which was unfortunate because we didnt really get to hear/see the singer. boo.

i was torn between the danny ocean beni (two soft poached eggs atop butter poached lobster meat & baby arugula on grilled sourdough toast with lemon herb hollandaise & choice of potato) and the deano burger (flame grilled 6oz cheddar burger topped with canadian bacon, a sunny up egg & herbed hollandaise sauce on a jumbo thomas’ english muffin with choice of potato.) i went with the deano burger with tots and it was super messy but super tasty! a few of the other girls got the danny ocean beni and didnt love it, so i was glad i went with the burg.

treat yo self: spa day

treat yo selflast year kelly told me that she usually goes and gets a facial on her birthday and asked if i wanted to join in a spa day. obvi i said heck yes (i hadnt got a massage since college graduation) but i ended up scheming with her boyfriend who was surprising her with a couples massage and we played the ol’ bait and switch last minute and he was there waiting for her instead of me! i was so happy to be apart of the surprise (but i was kinda bummed that meant no massage for me haha)

well this year we both actually went to the exhale spa at battery wharf together for her birthday! we got there about 45 minutes early to sit in the sauna and relax/chat and then kelly went and got her facial and i went and got a fusion massage (from the website: a swedish-based therapy combining the best-known therapeutic massage practices to provide an unparalleled hour of relaxation. rhythmic massage movements are coupled with the use of powerful aromatherapy oils.) overall i really loved my massage, although i dont think there were any aromatherapy oils… must go more frequently than every 7 years! oh, and we got 25% for booking online, win!

best way to eat your feelings: ice cream sundaes 

IMG_8808i wish i was one of those girls that gets sad and cant eat for days and loses 15lbs. me? i love to pay my friends ben & jerry a visit. while my scale might not approve, theres no way you can eat the new peanut butter half baked (with whipped cream and sprinkles) and NOT feel better about the world around you. that ish is goooood. i wasnt super sold on the boom chocolatta! cookie core ice cream at first, but the more i ate it and i ate it all the more i loved it. definitely better when its scooped out into a bowl and mixed up a bit than straight out of the container. although, dont kid yourself, that happened too.

send some sugary love: sugarwish

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 8.40.39 PMopened my email last week and found this sweet email (pun intended) from alli and victoria for a sugarwish! i wasnt familiar with the company before, but basically you can chose what size box you want to gift to someone, and then they get to fill it with an assortment of their favorite candies and bingbangboom its in their mailbox a day or two later!

IMG_9037how cute is this packaging?! i went with old people candy some of my favorites that are harder to find outside of a hospital lobby convenience store: sixlets, boston baked beans, licorice bridge mix and champagne bubble gummies! (close contenders were gummy peach rings, raspberry and blackberry gumdrops and holland mint chocolates.) i seriously think sixlets are the most underrated candy… butthatsjustme

recycle (and im not talking about your trash)

Recycle-Studio-Bostonso after eating 18,402 calories in ice cream and candy, working out was definitely in order. wednesday night alli and i hit up the recycle studio on newbury street for a spin class! i hadnt gone to a spin class in probably two or three years (eek!) so i knew i was about to get my butt handed to me.  the spin instructor (willa i believe) was awesome and came over to introduce herself and help me get set up correctly on my bike.

i was surprised when the class started how dark the room got, but i kind of liked it because i didnt feel like people were staring at me and my jiggly bod and slow legs. i think what i enjoyed the most about the class was that they incorporate 2lb weights in so you also get an arm workout. my arms need some major work, and they were def burning. it felt good.

my second favorite part about the class? was when it was over. HA. after toweling off the sweat, alli and i walked over to met bar to reward ourselves with avocado toast and wine.

IMG_8849it might not look like theres avocado on there, but there is. its just hiding under some delicious burrata. can you say heaven on earth? i thankfully had just got a bunch of avocados delivered in my peapod, so ive literally (semi) recreated this almost every night for dinner.

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a slice of toasted rye, half an avocado, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, lots of red pepper flakes and some shredded gruyere (since i dont have burrata.) seriously, so good and so filling. gimme them healthy fats.

cute animal photo dump (i dont think this requires explanation)

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go ahead and make yourself comfortable fatty.

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this is the “please stop taking my picture” pose

IMG_9124my snuggle buddy saturday night, riptide!

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there was not much movement sunday.
queue the nicholas sparks movies!

some fun posts (hopefully) coming up over the next week:

  • recap of our south end/back bay dinner/bar crawl saturday night
  • a post on the new flybarre class in back bay that i may die while doing 
  • europe vaca part 2: london!

trying to hit my up goal of getting to bed before 11, so its time for me to hit the hay. hope everyones week is off to a great start!

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