Thursday, March 29, 2012

Excitement

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Outfit Details:Necklace & Earrings: Gifts; Cardigan: Forever 21; Dress: J Crew (Thrifted); Flats: Gap

I'm a big thrifter, as many of you are aware, and sometimes I thrift items that make me really, really excited. This dress is one of those items: it's J Crew, 100% silk, and was brand new with tags. I quickly scooped it up for.. wait for it.. $5.99.

When I bought the dress, I envisioned wearing it often this summer - you know, for dinners & drinks outside, picnics in the park, etc. Today, however, I was forced to settle for wearing it with a cardigan & trench on yet another cold & rainy Boston day. C'mon, weather. I don't need another 80 degree day, just a little sunshine. Is that so much to ask?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cleansing

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Outfit Details: head scarf: thrifted; denim jacket: Calvin Klein; blouse: thrifted; bracelet: Buffalo Exchange; pants: NY&Co.; flats: Gap

You all know I love a good silk blouse. I also love mustard. The color, I mean. Well, actually the condiment too. Anyway, my point is that I love this blouse. It's a little fall-ish, but I tried to spring it up with a denim jacket and silk head scarf, two of my favorite spring items. Not that it feels much like spring in Boston anymore.. sigh.

In other news, as some of you may have read on Twitter, I'm on day 3 of a 10-day herbal cleanse as part of the Advocare 24-Day Challenge. You can easily find info about it online if you're curious, but I'll probably write about it here from time to time as well. During this cleanse phase, I'm eating fruits, veggies, and lean protein, while avoiding all the yucky stuff. My thoughts today: I miss cheese. Otherwise, I'm feeling great!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Winter #2

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Steve Madden (Macy's); Scarf: The Limited (Gift from BFF); Vest: Thrifted; Sweater: Old Navy (Thrifted); Bracelets: H&M, American Eagle, Watch: Lacoste (TJ Maxx); Pants: NY&Co.; Boots: Charlotte Russe

You know what sucks? When the temperature is 80 degrees one day and 25 degrees a few days later. Yep. It seems that today I was being punished for my bragging about how lovely the weather was last week. Sigh.

Admittedly, this outfit isn't my most exciting or most fun, but I needed something easy, warm, and comfy to ease myself back into the colder temperatures. Here's hoping they don't last!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Lasagna Toss

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Here's what you'll need:
1 package lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 can plum tomatoes
10 oz chopped spinach
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup skim ricotta cheese
Dried basil to taste

Here's what you'll do:
1. Cook lasagna noodles as label directs.
2. Meanwhile, in skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 10 minutes). Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
3. Stir in tomatoes and juice, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add spinach and basil and cook for a few minutes.
4. Drain noodles and return to pot. Add tomato mixture and Parmesan. Toss well. Spoon into bowls and top with dollops of ricotta cheese.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The North End

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I've been a terrible law student this week - far too little time spent studying & far too much time spent outside. I blame the weather. Yesterday was another 80 degree day, and B had the day off, so after class we took a stroll around the North End, one of my very favorite Boston areas.For those of you who don't know Boston well, the North End is our version of "Little Italy."

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First stop: Piccola Venezia. I've heard mixed reviews of this place, but my meal, ziti broccoli in oil & garlic sauce, was excellent. B's eggplant parm sandwich was also great. (Yeah, I ate some of that too. Stop judging me.)

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The North End has the distinction of being the city's oldest neighborhood, so it's full of old homes & buildings, which I just love. This building, the Pierce-Hichborn House, is one of the oldest surviving brick structures in Boston.

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One of the best things about the North End, in my opinion, is that it's packed full of amazing, authentic Italian cafes, bakeries, and gelaterias - not to mention all the amazing restaurants.

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Old Navy; Cardigan: Gap; Tank: Gap; Belt: Old Navy; Skirt: H&M (Thrifted); Flats: Gap; Purse: Fossil (Macy's)

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You can't (or at least I can't) spend a day in the North End without eating some sort of delicious baked good. This time, we tried cupcakes from LuLu's Sweet Shoppe, which I heard of from my friend Emily of So Anthro. B had red velvet, and I had lemon curd. We were both pleased.


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

White Pants. Too Soon?

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Outfit Details: Scarf: Thrifted; Cardigan: Gap; Blouse: Vintage, Thrifted; Belt: Forever 21; Pants: American Eagle; Flip Flops: Gap

I certainly don't abide by the "no white pants until Memorial Day" rule, but every year I do ask myself when the appropriate time is to bring them out for the year. Since Boston temps have been reaching the 70s and 80s recently, I decided it was about that time, even if it is only March.

I wore this outfit Tuesday for breakfast with B before he & I headed off to work & school, respectively. As we sat outside eating, drinking coffee, and people watching, a girl wearing white shorts walked by. "Ew," B said, "It's too early to wear white bottoms." "I'm wearing white pants," I said, obviously annoyed." He responded simply with "Oh."

So what do you all think? White pants: is it too soon?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Riverway

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Steve Madden (Macy's); Cardigan: Gap; Dress: Thrifted; Belt: Old Navy; Flats: Gap

As you can probably tell, we've been having the most incredible weather in Boston. 70s-80s in March?! Holler! B had Monday off, so I crawled out from underneath my pile of law school textbooks so we could go for a nice, long walk along The Riverway. Gorgeous, right?

The early arrival of spring has allowed me to bring out some of the spring/summer dresses I thrifted over the winter that have been hanging in my closet, begging to be worn. I found this one at Urban Renewals for $2.99 a couple of months ago. I can't resist a good floral pattern, and I think its colors are just fabulous.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SoWa Sunday

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Old Navy; Necklace: Thrifted; Blouse: Thrifted; Cardigan: Old Navy; Shorts & Belt: Forever 21; Flats: Gap; Purse: Coach (Gift from Husband)

Sunday was a  fantastic day - sunny & 75 degrees. B and I spent the afternoon wandering the SoWa vintage & winter (a bit of a misnomer at this point) markets in the South End.

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SoWa has one of the best vintage clothing selections in all of Boston. I bought a gorgeous vintage sundress from Swift & Faire Co. I can't wait to wear it & show you.

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B browsing.

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Bobby from Boston sidewalk sale. I didn't know they sold women's items; now I'm hooked!

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So many local goodies at the indoor market! We sampled macaroons & cheese spreads and looked at some amazing arts & crafts.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Saturday in Springtime

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Old Navy; Scarf: Gap; Blouse: Thrifted; Belt: Gap; Jeans: Gap (Thrifted); Flip Flops: Old Navy; Purse: Coach (Gift from Husband); Polish: Sally Hansen Lively Lilac

This is kind of an ideal outfit for me. I'd live every day in a loose, flowy blouse & fun scarf if I could. I clearly own plenty of scarves already, but I'd  need to expand my blouse collection if that were to happen.

After a couple of cool, cloudy days at the end of last week, Boston's weather took a turn for the better Saturday evening. B & I took advantage of the beautiful spring evening by going for a walk and getting dessert at JP Licks.

How are you celebrating spring's early arrival?

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JP Licks' raspberry chocolate chip hard frozen yogurt. Nomnomnom.
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