June 8, 2014

Saturday Street Style: Spring Wine Fest

When: Saturday March 22, 2014

Where: Cyclorama, Boston


I am a big fan of wine, wine tastings and/or any wine event. When I saw a deal on Gilt City for this spring wine fest I had to purchase it. This event is smaller than the wine expo I attended in February. You don’t get a wine glass, the lines are longer but there are plenty of wine samples, a DJ, and some food samples.

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The cyclorama is an interesting building, I’ve been there for other events. It is located in the South End next to The Beehive, a fun bar/restaurant.

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I recognized some of the brands that I like and I was introduced to some new brands. I enjoyed most of the wines but we didn’t stay too long due to the long wait at some tables. This type of wine event doesn’t allow for long conversations with the winery because there are fewer tables and long lines. If you decide to hold a conversation with the representative, you are holding up the line.

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Some wineries were pouring the samples to people waiting in line, a brilliant idea!

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After the wine fest we went to Eastern Standard near Fenway Park. Eastern Standard is one of my favorite places to get foods and cocktails, they have a nice menu. I had my favorite drink the gimlet.

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We also had some oysters


Our last stop for the evening is another favorite, Sonsie on Newbury St. We had a nice dinner. I love their artwork.


May 17, 2014

Tuesday Trend Day: Spring coats and jackets

Spring is finally in the air! The temperatures are rising but thankfully not too high yet. The really cold days are gone. It is time to change out the closet and put away winter coats.

What type of jacket do you wear in the spring? You might already own some nice spring jackets but in case you need a new one, here are some fun styles I’ve found. The styles that are trending right now are the bomber/baseball jacket, the military jacket, quilted jackets, denim jackets, and the classic trench. In the spring you can choose almost any lightweight coat or jacket. The North Face has a great raincoat/light coat selection. I keep spotting the J Crew field jacket all over Boston!

macy spring coat


1-London Fog All-Weather Hooded Trench Coat Sale $134.99

2-Tommy Hilfiger Belted Military Jacket $89.99

3-DKNY Double-Breasted Hooded Trench Coat $134.99

4-Vince Camuto Belted Lightweight Quilted Coat $99.99

5-Tommy Hilfiger Zip Front Nico Parka $99.99

6-The North Face Resolve Waterproof Rain Jacket $90.00

7-London Fog Coat Durham Raincoat $109.99

asos spring coats


1-ASOS Jacket With Statement Floral Embroidery $114.32

2-Warehouse Draped Trench Coat $181.01

3-River Island Soft Trench $114.32

4-ASOS Denim Jacket with Patch Sleeves $85.74

5-ASOS Belted Trench $133.38

6-Reclaimed Vintage Windbreaker Festival Anorak $57.16

7-Barbour Chelsea Sports Quilt Jacket $226.74

8-ASOS Denim Jacket In Skinny Fit With Acid Wash $76.22

J Crew spring coat

J Crew

1-Boyfriend fatigue jacket $168.00

2-The downtown field jacket $148.00

4-Vintage denim jacket in recycled indigo wash $128.00

5-Wallace & Barnes Baseball bomber jacket in Japanese cotton $198.00

25% off with code PACKME

6-Cotton fishtail parka $248.00

7-Garrison fatigue jacket $188.00

Retro spring: Be a member!

Members Only Women’s Polka Dot Bomber $68.00




Iconic Racer Jacket $54.00


April 29, 2014

Tuesday Trend Day: 90s trends

I’m sorry my Tuesday trend day posts have been MIA. I don’t have a good excuse. My day to day tasks and work got in the way. I’m going to make an effort to get back on schedule! Starting with today’s post about 90s trends.

I came across this article that inspired today’s post: http://www.fabsugar.com/Fashion-Trends-From-90s-34636660

Warning: this article was written by someone in her 20s. She was a child in the 90s. I was in my 20s during the 90s but I still wanted to point out the trends mentioned in this article. Here is the list:

1. Overalls- I wrote a post about overalls last year but never bought some. Instead I keep seeing pictures of people wearing them and decide I should buy them but then never make the purchase.

2. Tevas- I owned a pair of these in the 90s but I don’t think I will be purchasing a pair now. I still associate these shoes to outdoor activities but apparently some designers put a similar type show on the runway. http://www.luckymag.com/accessories/2013/10/ugly-shoes-fashion-week

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3. Birkenstocks- I still own my Birkenstocks from the 90s, they are a shoe that last a long time especially when you don’t wear them that often. I can get into this trend. I will check the condition of my pair and try to put together some outfits with them.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olson were spotted wearing this trend last month in the airport with socks!



4. Backpacks- I wrote a post about how men should NOT wear this trend but I’ve since purchased a backpack for my work commute. Sorry, I had to do it. I walk to work and I carry a lot of stuff so I was looking for a bag that wouldn’t hurt my shoulders. The backpack was a great solution. It is not the most stylish bag but I love it for my walk to work.

5. Shrunken sweaters-I was not going to try this trend until I saw the Velvet shrunken sweater over a long shirt. I would try that look but not the sweater by itself.

6. High-waisted jeans- not quite sure about this trend. I need to see what styles are available.

7. Matching sets- I did like the matching sweater set look so I might be ready to try this trend.

8. Bodysuit- I loved this trend in the 90s but I’m not sure I could get back into it.

Here are my shopping results:

90s trends

ASOS Overalls in Relaxed Fit $71.49

Tevas: http://www.zappos.com/teva-zirra-berry $70


Birkenstock ‘Gizeh’ Birko-Flor™ Thong $89.95

Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ Suede Sandal (Women) $119.95

Herschel Supply Co. ‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack $70.00

Topshop Faux Leather Backpack $68.00

Herschel Supply Co. ‘City Plus’ Backpack $75.00

Herschel Supply Co. ‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack $70.00

Nordstrom puts together outfits with the trends you search for:


Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ Soft Footbed Nubuck Sandal (Women) $129.95

KUT from the Kloth ‘Catherine’ Distressed Boyfriend Overalls (Mythical) $98.00




90 trends 2

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Marled Cotton Blend Pullover $174.00

Cooperative $29.99 from Urban Outfitters

ASOS Uber High WaistedUltra Skinny Jeans in Clean Indigo Indigo $26.34 from ASOS.com

High Rise Ankle Jean Legging $88.00 from Express

Lesuit Le Suit Shantung Dressand Coat, Viola, Womens $89.99 from JCPenney

ASOS Blazer in Floral Print with Fluro Trim $84.66

ASOS High Waist Pants In Jacquard $75.26

Cotton Spandex Jersey
Double U-Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit
Select Colors/Sizes $22.40


Here is a picture of me in college (1992) on spring break with the bodysuit, high-waisted shorts, matching set, and vest! Yikes!


April 10, 2014

Saturday Street Style: Houston

Where: Houston, TX

When: March 15, 2014

My brother and nieces live in Houston. My parents and I took a trip to see them in March. I arrived and settled in on Friday.

Saturday was a rainy day. We got a late start to the day, we headed out for lunch around 12:30. My brother took us to eatsie boys at 4100 Montrose. This restaurant started as a food truck. http://eatsieboys.com/

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Eatsie Boys Cafe is a casual, counter service eatery in Mmmontrose dishin’ out only the freshest eats. Enjoy breakfast, sandwiches, salads, premium coffee, frozen awesome, Sunday “Trust Us” brunch and more! You can kick it on our patio with your pet and you can BYOB. That’s what’s up.

We had a delicious lunch including some frozen treats to finish it off. I had the spinach and quinoa salad topped with a fried egg. I have always wanted to try an egg on a salad but I was apprehensive about how it would taste. This was one of the best salads I’ve ever had. Also ordered: frank the pretzel, crispy kale salad, sabotage, and big shrimpin. For dessert we had rocky road ice cream plus an ice cream drink combo with donut flavored ice cream in a cup of coffee. Yum!

After lunch we did some grocery shopping and kid pick up. Later in the afternoon I was introduced to Dr. Who. The first episode was funny and creepy. I will definitely watch more on Netflix.

We settled in to a game of Dungeons and Dragons after Dr. Who. I had never played before so I needed a tutorial. My brother and nieces started to create their own characters but the rest of us played with pre designed characters. My character was a control wizard I named Iridian. I received a stats sheet about my character and my skills. This sheet is used during the game. My brother was the dungeon master in charge of walking us through our adventure. He roles dice that determine outcomes in the game. To say that is game is complicated is an understatement. Here is a link with more information: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/. I had fun and I think this is a great activity for a family night without any use of electronic devices. You use your creativity and your skills info.

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I’ve seen the guys on The Big Bang Theory play. Here is a youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQtktQPn3LM

The Community gang also played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE6kLeUG87s

March 31, 2014

Saturday Street Style: SuperLux Theater

When: Saturday February 22, 2014

Where: Showcase SuperLux movie theater Chestnut Hill http://www.showcasesuperlux.com/


This past February I was on a movie watching binge in order to see all of the Oscar nominated movies. I went to see the Wolf of Wall Street at the SuperLux theater in Chestnut Hill. There are several Lux theaters outside of Boston but this one is SuperLux because not only does it have the fancy leather reclining chairs but you can order food and drinks to be served to you at your seat.


Available at this SuperLux:


Our most premium seating takes “sit back and relax” to the next level.  Enjoy an extra-wide, super plush leather seat that electronically allows you to fully recline with your feet up!  Guests seated in SuperLux seats will enjoy full food and beverage service throughout the movie. Each seat is equipped with a server call button so your server is always there when you need them. Ticket price is $28 which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher and unlimited, free popcorn.

Our Age Admittance Policy for SuperLux seating is as follows:. For shows starting before 6pm, persons under 14 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older. For shows starting 6pm or later, SuperLux seating is 21 or older.


LuxLite is our more casual level, offering lighter fare. The LuxLite extra-wide, reclining, plush leather seat offers extreme comfort.  Guests seated in LuxLite seats will enjoy food and beverage service delivered to their seats prior to the start of the movie. Ticket price is $20, which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher. Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the movie to fully enjoy the experience.

Our Age Admittance Policy for LuxLite seating is as follows: For shows starting before 6pm, there are no restrictions. For shows starting 6pm or later, persons under 14 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.


Before catching the latest movie release enjoy a signature cocktail designed by our SuperLux mixologist.  The SuperLux Lounge offers a complete full service bar and a wide range of innovative appetizers, signature salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and wraps and more.

- See more at: http://www.showcasesuperlux.com/experience-superlux#sthash.vlpCAAIO.dpuf

Unfortunately, I arrived a little late. I hadn’t been to Chestnut Hill in a long time and I forget how long it takes to get there. I was taken to my SuperLux leather seat, I settled in, and I looked over the menu. I ordered a blood mary, the truffle fries, and the buffalo chicken spring rolls. I also ordered my free popcorn. The food was delicious and I ordered a glass of wine after I finished my first drink. This was the perfect theater to watch a long movie in. The chairs were super comfortable, the service was great, and the food and drinks were tasty. This SuperLux experience is expensive compared to regular movie theaters but I think it is worth the money.


I’m glad I saw Wolf of Wall Street before the Academy Awards. Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance was outstanding. I can also understand the controversy surrounding this movie. Many of the scenes were disturbing but I thought overall it was a good movie. It is too bad that DiCarprio missed out on an Oscar yet again but Matthew McConaughey’s performance was hard to beat.


March 11, 2014

Saturday Street Style: Boston Wine Expo

When: Sunday February 16, 2014

Where: Seaport World Trade Center


I have always wanted to check out the Boston Wino Expo so when a coworker invited me I signed up. We decided on attending the expo on Sunday but it is a two day event so you can choose which day works best.

We grabbed lunch at Whiskey Priest before getting in line. The expo opened at 1 PM, we got into to line around 12:30. The main reason to arrive on time is to avoid a long line to get in and to get your coat checked right away. The expo itself has plenty of room for the attendees to sample the wines.

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Here is a link to the website: http://www.wine-expos.com/

We had tickets to the grand tasting and didn’t sign up for any classes. Next year we would like to try the VIP experience. Here is information from the website about a VIP ticket:

Who doesn’t want to feel like a VIP when sampling more than 185 wines from around the world paired with amazing food from some of Boston’s most popular restaurants.  Well now you can when you purchase a VIP Experience ticket for the main floor Grand Tasting.

You’ll receive a variety of enticing benefits such as:

  • An exclusive VIP entrance – no need to wait in line. We’ll whisk you right into the show.
  • VIP coat check.  No need to rub shoulders with the crowds.  You’ll receive complimentary coat check and a dedicated coat check area.
  • A champagne toast and your own “SWAG” bag as you enter filled with goodies to enhance your Boston Wine Expo experience including a special upgraded tasting glass.
  • VIP Experience Lounge on the Grand Tasting floor.   Rest and recharge during the show in your own special lounge area featuring coffee, snacks, wine sampling, comfy sofas and more.

Purchase your VIP Experience for $135 through November 30th.  Beginning December 1st, tickets will be $145.

A ticket to the grand tasting costs $85 but there might be a special if you sign up early. Tickets for 2015 go on sale November 1, 2014. The dates for the expo are Saturday February 14th and Sunday February 15th, 2015. You can also purchase tickets to seminars for an extra $25-45/class.

Here is what you get with a grand tasting ticket:

  • As you walk into the Grand Tasting, you receive the famed Boston Wine Expo souvenir glass that is yours to keep.

  • You will also receive a 4-color glossy magazine outlining all the exhibitors that are present and where to locate them, celebrity chef demos and guided tastings/seminars along with other show facts. There’s room in the magazine to take notes on the wines that you taste at the Expo.

  • Access to wine samples from over 300 producers

  • Complimentary food samples from scores of providers

  • A chance to view live cooking demonstrations on two big stages (free, 1st come, 1st seated)

This is a pricy event but I think it is worth the money. I was able to taste several wines and learn about the vineyards represented at the expo. I would also recommend downloading the Drync app. You can take pictures of the labels you like and even purchase the wines through the app. http://www.drync.com/

Upon entering you receive your sampling glass.

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We headed right to the coat check area to drop off our coats. The wineries are organized by country. We started in the Mediterranean area, then moved to Europe and then America.


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My favorite wines come from the Sonoma area but I discovered some nice wines from other areas as well.

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We sampled some nice cheeses and snacks. I also brought some snacks with me. I brought cheddar goldfish and animal crackers.

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The bathrooms were easy to get to and didn’t seem to have a line until the end of the expo.

My favorite wine discovery was the Food Network’s brand Entwine. I really liked their chardonnay, I ordered two bottles through the Drync app.


This was a fun day, I would recommend this event if you live in the Boston area. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes because you stand during most of the event. Here is a picture of the group I attended this event with, I met some new fun friends.


We decided it is best to go in a group with even numbers so that groups of two can venture off on their own if necessary.


My coworker Dani and I. Check out her blog: http://www.weightoffmyshoulders.com/

March 4, 2014

Saturday Street Style: New York City

When: Saturday February 8, 2014

Where: New York City


I always enjoy visiting New York City. I’ve been there many times over the years usually with family and friends. This particular Saturday I decided to do some exploring on my own. I had three destinations in mind: Lincoln Center, the Central Park Zoo, and Dylan’s Candy Bar.

I arrived in the city via NJ Transit bus from the Willowbrook Mall.


I walked from Port Authority to my hotel, Park Central. I was able to check in early and drop off my bag. I have nothing but good things to say about Park Central. The location is very close to many NYC points of interest. The room was spacious with two double beds and a decent sized bathroom with C.O. Bigalow products. The shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel were large sized permanently left in the bathroom. I like that idea because it produces less waste. Of course it means you can’t take home your small size leftovers but I don’t need any more small shampoos and conditioners. There is a nice restaurant and bar located behind the check in area and there is market with fresh fruit available. There is also a Starbucks and a bakery next door.

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After I dropped off my bag I needed a little snack. I asked Yelp about nearby pizza places and found one called 99 cent fresh pizza. The slice cheese slice was fresh and satisfied my hunger pains.

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From the pizza place I walked to Lincoln Center. Some observations I made about walking in NYC: with the snow on the ground it can be difficult to find room to walk especially if you like to walk at a fast pace, there are a lot of ice patches at inconvenient locations like corners and traffic islands (I saw one woman fall in one such dangerous area), even if you manage to pass some people they will inevitably catch up with you when the light at the next corner changes, and you can easily find what you are looking for thanks to the grid organization of the streets. Even with the ice patches and crowded sidewalks I loved walking around the city passing by landmarks and fabulous stores.


I wanted to go to Lincoln Center because it was Fashion Week. As you might have guessed, I am obsessed with Fashion Week. I love checking out what the designers show on the runways as well as the outfits of the people attending the shows through social media and fashion magazines. It would be a dream come true if I could actually attend a runway show during Fashion Week. Until that time I decided to take some pictures outside the shows. I had a great time! There were so many fun and fashionable outfits to observe!




I follow several fashion bloggers and designers on Twitter and Instagram but I didn’t recognize anyone attending the shows. I was also hoping to spot some celebrities but the only famous person I saw that day with an actor from the show Grimm (still cool because I like that show).

After I had my fill of fashionable people watching I decided to venture off to my next destination, the Central Park Zoo. I’m sure I’ve been to the zoo when I was little but I don’t remember any of those visits so I wanted to check it out again. Also, I’m reading Life of Pi right now and that has peaked my interest in zoos and I can’t remember the last time I went to a zoo. My Central Park Zoo visit was a quick one but fun. A few of the exhibits were closed for renovations. I saw the tropical animals, the monkeys, the snow leopards, the penguins, and the sea lions. Of course I stopped at the gift shop on my way out and purchased an ornament for my collection and a penguin/igloo present for my goddaughter.


My last planned stop was Dylan’s Candy Bar. Ralph Lauren’s daughter opened this store in 2001 thanks to her passion for candy, art, and design. I bought a small collection of chocolates for a birthday present as well as bought presents for my nieces and of course a few things for myself. I would recommend stopping by this store when you are in New York if you love candy or need some fun gifts for friends and family members. The second floor has a cafe with candy themed cocktails. The bottom floor has lots of fun candy clothing and accessories and the steps are filled with candy!


I did a lot of walking and needed to relax in my room for a little bit before meeting some college friends for dinner. I took the subway to my friend’s place. Another new adventure I embarked on during this trip. There was a subway stop right around the corner from my hotel. My friend lives near Union Square so I took the Q to the L.


We ordered take out and had a great time catching up. After dinner I walked to Union Square and made my way back to my hotel. I had a very nice visit to New York as always but I especially enjoyed my day of exploring.

February 19, 2014

Tuesday Trend Day: Coat on Your Shoulders


As I put together my New York fashion week post I continue to see this trend of wearing your coat on your shoulders without putting your arms into the coat.


With the cold and snowy weather in Boston, I can’t imagine trying this trend. I need my arms to be warm right now! Basically with this trend your coat acts like a cape. Not practical for walking around the city at a fast pace but this look would work if you had an event (like fashion week) to attend.

This trend has been around for a long time. Read the Buzz Feed article from 2013 fashion week coverage:


This article touches on reasons why this trend is popular: homage to the 50s sweater on the shoulders? too many bracelets getting stuck in your sleeves? This look reminds of when a gentleman would lend you his coat when you are cold, so for me it is a romantic look. We might never know why this trend started but I like a lot of the outfits with this trend. No need to buy new clothes to try this trend, just put one of your coats on your shoulders and head out the door.

Harper’s Bazaar had some great street style pictures from London fashion week. Here are some attendees wearing their coats on their shoulders.



























Fabsugar pictures from New York fashion week:


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February 16, 2014

Saturday Street Style: Nebraska (the movie)

When: Saturday February 1, 2014

Where: Kendall Square (Cambridge, MA) http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/boston/kendallsquarecinema.htm

Kendall Square Cinema mostly shows independent or artsy movies. This theater has nine screens and is currently showing several of the Oscar nominated movies including the nominated short movies. The popcorn is freshly made and they even have frozen junior mints if you are in the mood for a treat. There is a parking garage next to the theater, be sure to get your parking validated before you leave.

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The movie we saw was Nebraska with Bruce Dern. I would recommend seeing this movie if you can before the Academy Awards. The performances were impressive but you should know that the topic is a little sad. This movie highlights a somewhat complicated family and their issues. (This family is not as disturbing as the family is August Osage County.) Bruce Dern is at an advanced age and this movie deals with some issues that the elderly might face as well as how a father son relationship changes over the years.

There are a lot of restaurants near the theater. Friendly Toast is one of my favorites that has a diner like atmosphere and food choices. This particular Saturday my friend recommended we try Area Four http://areafour.com/ , a pizza place with a wood-fired oven. This restaurant was about a 10 minute walk from the theater. The layout was a giant rectangle with lots of windows on the side with the table. When you walk in there is a bar on the left and tables on your right. Our table was up a few stairs toward the back. There were several tall long tables connected and the menus were written on chalkboards on the wall.

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I ordered a mushroom pizza and my friend ordered the margarita pizza. We both drank red wine by the glass. The pizza was good, you could tell the ingredients were fresh as they boast on the menu. The only issue I had was a slightly burned crust on some slices but I think that is expected when you eat wood fire cooked pizza. We had no room for dessert but the selection sounded good. I would recommend trying Area Four if you are in the Kendall Square area.

February 16, 2014

Saturday Street Style: Nantucket

When: Saturday January 25, 2014

Where: Nantucket, MA  http://www.nantucketchamber.org/


I traveled to Nantucket to celebrate my friend Marianne’s birthday. We decided to celebrate with a low key weekend on Nantucket with our friend Lisa. I’ve mentioned Lisa before because she owns a fabulous clothing store on Nantucket called Nalu. Lisa lives on the island and I always enjoy our visits even on this cold January weekend. Marianne and I travelled to the island on Friday via the Hyline fast ferry. On Friday night Lisa cooked us a nice dinner of chicken cutlets with an arugula salad. We had cake for dessert to celebrate.

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Saturday began with coffee and biscotti I brought from the North End. After breakfast we ventured into town so that Lisa could open her store. Marianne and I explored town and had lunch at Centre Street Café. I had a delicious squash soup and chicken quesadilla. After lunch we did some more exploring, shopped at a quaint bookstore, and ended up at the library. We read our books and may or may not have nodded off while reading.

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Later in the afternoon we returned to Lisa’s store to do some shopping. I bought a cute summer dress and dreamed of days when I could wear it with a denim jacket and some cute sandals. I also bought a rope bracelet with a gold Nantucket charm made by a local jewelry designer. Marianne bought a stylish blue bubble necklace.


On our way back to the house we purchased some Salmon for dinner. Once again Lisa cooked us an excellent dinner of Salmon, risotto, and spinach.

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We made it back to Boston Sunday evening after another decent fast ferry ride. I’ve been stranded on island due to bad weather when the ferries can’t operate. Nantucket is not a bad place to be stranded but I would eventually have to return to work. I’ve never been delayed more than one day. Sometimes you can take a plane back to Hyannis when the ferries aren’t running. Keep in mind you might end up sitting next to the pilot on one of these planes.


My Nantucket trip was the perfect way to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Lisa and Marianne are the kind of friends who are always fun to be around. We laughed, told stories, and reminisced about our previous adventures. I recommend taking time like this with your close friends. Travel for a weekend or even just overnight.

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