Category Archives: Boston

January 30, 2016

Flower Power at Alice’s Table

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This past Tuesday, I joined a small group of bloggers to check out a new pop-up shop at The Street in Chestnut Hill. The pop-up is Alice’s Table, a flower shop with a twist. They offer flowers by the stem, arrangement deliveries, and (my favorite) floral arranging classes.

We met the owner, Alice, and went through how to make a pretty pink and white arrangement. Alice gave us tips on how to select the best roses, how to keep hydrangeas perky, and how the temperature of the water affects the behavior of the bloom. continue reading

November 11, 2015

You Should Know: Xtend Barre


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I, admittedly, do not love to exercise. Let me clarify. I do not love to exercise if it remotely resembles anything that you would do in gym class.

However, add any kind of dance element and I am ALL ABOUT IT.

I occasionally attend a drop-in dance class, and whenever I need some serious body toning, you can find me at the nearest barre classes. There are an abundance of barre options in Boston, and I was intrigued when I heard that Xtend was coming to the neighborhood.

There are independent Xtend Barre studios all over the country, but the Newbury Street location is the first in Massachusetts. Owner Amanda Cort fell in love with the workout when living in Australia, and thanks to her newly-opened studio, us Mass-aletes can fall in love with it too.

If you’ve never been to a barre class before, it’s a low-impact workout centered around small, isometric movements designed to tone and sculpt your body. Don’t let the size of the movement fool you into thinking that it’s a small-sized workout. You are gonna feel that burn.

What sets Xtend Barre apart from the other barre classes is the inclusion of more dance elements as well as more cardio. Ten minutes in to the class, I had a nice sweat going on. We did a ton of plies, lunges, and planks. I didn’t find the rhythm of the moves too intuitive, and it kept me very focused on what was going on. Later in the class, I was so focused on the particular position (a twisted squat position) that I forgot to breathe and got really light-headed. I took a quick break to equalize, and the instructor Dannea came over to check on me. She was an awesome instructor- very friendly and bubbly, yet definitely had her eye on us and made adjustments when necessary.

While I only tried the signature Xtend Barre class, the studio also offers a variety of other classes including Xtend Suspend (which uses the TRX), Babies on Board, a post-natal Mommy and Me class, and yoga.

Thank you to Amanda for inviting me to the studio to try out a class! If you’re interested in trying out Xtend Barre, there are a ton of different access options (including two weeks of unlimited classes for $49- which is an incredible deal for new members!).

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Fabulous Boston bloggers with out instructor Dannea (in blue leggings) after class

Studio details:

Location: 338 Newbury St., 2nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115

Check out the class schedule here.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XtendBarreNewburyStreet/

Instagram: @xtendbarrenewbury

 

September 29, 2015

Fun Times at Madewell

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Thank you to everyone who came to the event on Sunday! I had so much fun talking about sweaters and denim and drinking mimosas with you.

Also, a big thank you to Pam and her awesome team!

I finally have the flares I’ve been eyeballing (they run long, perfect for some serious 70s heels)! The rest of my outfit is also by Madewell (top and necklace).

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The Transport totes are amazing. I have one in navy.

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The displays in Madewell are so attractive. I love their use of school locker baskets to store scarves.

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And as always, thanks to that stud photographer of mine!

June 9, 2015

Champagne Thursday in the Wild

This past Sunday, I was featured in a column in The Boston Globe. I get a little embarrassed by self-promotion, but you guys seriously have been so supportive. You totally blew me away with so many positive comments- thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you don’t get the paper, you can check out the article here.

Oh man, I give props to people who pull off interviews with grace and poise. I found myself not knowing answers to simple questions (ie- when asked who my style icons were, I drew a complete blank*) and otherwise rambling.

And now you all know about how infrequently I wash my hair!
* It’s Audrey Hepburn, with a side of Jem (of Jem and the Holograms).

August 22, 2014

Weekend Warrior

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What an exhausting week. I was ready for this week to be done on Wednesday. Thankfully, the weekend is here.

Doug and I are staying at XV Beacon tonight, and I’m really excited to have an extended date night in the city. Dressing up, going out for dinner, watching HGTV in a king-sized bed that I’m not responsible for making in morning… ahhhhh.

I hope you have something fun on tap for your weekend. Even if it’s as small as an extra piece of chocolate or an extra five minutes in bed, I hope you treat yourself well.