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a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste


summer must-do list

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happy summer everyone!

now that summer is officially here, and the humidity has officially made my hair impossible to handle, I'm going to make a must-do list so that I don't miss anything I've been craving to do. summer in Vermont is short and fleeting, riddled with bugs and thunderstorms, but I think that makes me appreciate the good parts even more. plus, it gives me something to remember when it's -19* F outside.


- eat outside as much as possible -

- dip my toes in the chilly Atlantic -

- actually go swimming! full on, get your hair wet swimming -

- go on a bike ride date that ends with a picnic, watching the sun set -

- get creative with sangria! -

- make a friend who has a boat, and go on said boat -

- draw & journal, ideally while sitting in nature -

- go on little weekend trips -

- exercise outdoors, not at the gym -

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summer's here!

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while many people think of Memorial Day as the kick off of summer, I think I can safely say that my absolute favorite season is here  - hopefully, to stay!  this past weekend consisted of cruising on the bike path with my newly acquired bike all the way up to North Beach park, with a picnic of a deli sandwich and a cold box of wine in my Fjall Raven backpack.  here's what I'll be using to get me through the next few months:

1. I was overcome with an urge to stress shop a few weeks ago, and I can safely say it was a smart decision because I am now the proud owner of this amazing H&M picnic blanket - fleece on one side, plastic on the other, with a strap to bundle it up and make it easily portable.  this is my new favorite possession.  2 & 3. it's a Vermont state park rule that you can't have alcohol in glass containers.  luckily, there's a decent selection of delicious boxed wine out there - both Bandit and Bota wines are totally worthy of your classy picnics (you can say goodbye to Franzia for good!)  4. I fell in love with Fjall Raven Kanken bags when I lived in Copenhagen and everyone fram age 4 to 34 would wear theirs in an adorable rainbow of stylish colors.  the good news is that they're much cheaper stateside than they are in socialist Denmark!  scope out your Fjall Raven here.  5.  I'm all about getting some color this summer, but I'm 25 now, so I have to do something to prevent my wrinkles from getting any more out of control (laugh lines I can deal with, but my 11s? no thank YOU).  this lovely sun hat from J. Crew is my and your friend in these sunny months.  6. for me, this scalloped Chloe bikini is a thing of dreams, but thank goodness I had the decency to pick up H&M's knock-off when it was in stock  7. you're not supposed to wear (much) makeup at the beach, right?  consider Maybelline 14-Hour Lipstick your pretty saving grace when it's so hot and sticky that even a caftan seems like too much effort  8. to go along with that sun hat, Clinique City Block is the best sun protector out there.  when other SPFs left me high and dry (and red), this amazing product kept my face cool and sunburn-free

eat | griddler's, boston ma

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last weekend, I popped down to Boston with my friend Andrea for a quick escape from the monotony of Burlington and to see one of our friends and former coworkers who is getting her Masters down there.  basically, our weekend consisted of getting our fast fashion fix at H&M and Forever 21 on Newbury St and drinking wine in an adorable apartment in Beacon Hill while watching copious amounts of horrible/amazing reality TV (I highly recommend #Rich Kids of Beverly Hills for some offensively mindless entertainment).  

cheesy waffle fries & the best damn hot dog I've ever put in my mouth

cheesy waffle fries & the best damn hot dog I've ever put in my mouth

I guess we're showing our age (or are just lame), because when 8 pm rolled around on Saturday night, our original plan of hitting the town for some overpriced martinis sounded absolutely unbearable.  thank GOD we were just a 30 second stroll from Griddler's Burgers and Dogs.  we hit up the liquor store for another bottle of wine, ordered some of the finest (and cheapest!) fast comfort food I've had in a very long time, and settled in for a relaxing evening of trashy TV and gossiping.  I think I said it best when I declared, "I am not just going out so that we can say we did."  and trust me, I don't regret our decision even a tiny, tiny bit.

Griddler's Burgers and Dogs

204 Cambridge St. Beacon Hill

a spooky stroll

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Queen City Ghostwalk

$14 ahead, $18 walk-up

Burlington, VT

both my office and favorite Burlington bars are filled with cobwebs and weird skeletons, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is nigh! 

my siblings and I love paranormal stuff (and are firm believers in the supernatural), so last weekend seemed like the perfect time for us to go on take a tour of the ghosts of Burlington.  thanks to the Queen City Ghostwalk, we now know which bathrooms to never pee in solo and which department stores to avoid near closing time.  definitely creepy!