Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sonsie on Newbury

sonsie newbury boston

Our last day before going home to San Francisco for the holidays, we took a stroll down the adorable Newbury Street and snagged prime seating at Sonsie for lunch. Sonsie has great atmosphere and a great menu, including a special gluten free one which includes pizzas!

The service was painfully slow (we were there for 2-3 hours), but the food was delicious and the festive ambiance was warming -they even added faux frost to the windows!


sonsie newbury boston


sonsie newbury boston

The mussels came with a great buttery sauce. 

sonsie newbury boston

I ordered the gluten-free pizza you see above, with fresh tomatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella, pecorino and soppressata. It was light yet scrumptious - each ingredient was so fresh and full of flavor.

sonsie newbury boston

sonsie newbury boston

sonsie newbury boston

The Caesar salad at Sonsie was filling yet healthy, and came with anchovies on top! It's not a real Caesar without anchovies, after all. The fish coupled with the parmesan cheese made for great flavor in the salad.

sonsie newbury boston

Last but not least, this dark chocolate fudge with hazelnut was the perfect way to end a delicious meal. It wasn't too rich, but just sweet enough. 

All in all, if the service had been a tad faster it would have gotten a 10/10 rating in my book. We were there for over 2 hours, but granted this is probably one of the busiest times of the year for Sonsie and Newbury Street in general, seeing as it's the last weekend before Christmas.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lauren Conrad Bow Sweater + OTK Boots + Kate Spade

Lauren Conrad OTK Boots Kate Spade

Guys, I went a little crazy with Black Friday shopping this year - who's with me? There were so many great deals it was hard not to splurge a little. The bright side is, I have all these exciting new items checked off my list and ready to wear for the holiday season! 

Take this Lauren Conrad Bow Sweater for instance. I've been a fan of LC since the days of Laguna Beach back in 2004 (can you believe that was 11 years ago?), and ever since I heard she started a fashion line I've been wanting to grab something cute from it. I'm a big fan of her feminine and classy style, so this bow sweater was perfect for me. It's amazingly comfy and one of those sweaters you can curl up, read a book, and even nap in.

Lauren Conrad OTK Boots Kate Spade

These Crown Vintage Lulu OTK boots from DSW are another bucket list item for the season, and a steal at $45! My only wish is that they went a little further over the knee. But they're super comfy and I didn't even really have to break them in! I also love these because they're a great excuse to wear my favorite leg warmers from Modern and Chic Boutique. 

Lauren Conrad OTK Boots Kate Spade

Lauren Conrad OTK Boots Kate Spade

Obviously the final item I'm over-the-moon for is my first ever Kate Spade bag! This Sawyer Street Maxi in pillbox red is just too cute, and big enough to hold everything from my scarves and hats to holiday gifts!

Lauren Conrad OTK Boots Kate Spade
Sweater: Lauren Conrad | Bag: Kate Spade | Boots: DSW | Legwarmers: Modern and Chic Boutique


There's nothing like staying cozy in cooler sweater weather months!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Brunch at Canary Square

canary square brunch boston

I don't always venture to Jamaica Plain, but when I do, we brunch! Our friends who live in JP showed us this adorable local spot called Canary Square. Here we dined on traditional American food, over wooden tables and surrounded by brick walls and chalkboards. They even have Sunday Movie Nights, which sound so fun! 

My scrambled egg plate was delicious, though they were overly generous with the salt on the potatoes - especially since I always top mine off with salt-filled ketchup anyway!

canary square brunch boston

The burger was good too, though again you can see how much salt they put on the fries! Next time we might ask to hold off on that extra salt.

canary square brunch boston

Some may find one drawback of Canary Square to be the noise level. It's a family neighborhood, so don't be surprised by children running around and jumping on nearby benches. If you can get past that and some excess salt on your potatoes, you'll be in for a treat!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

El Pelon

el pelon boston

As many of you know, I'm from San Francisco originally. SF has some really amazing Mexican food, which is one thing we've had a hard time finding here in Boston. I kept hearing that El Pelon is some of the best Mexican in the city, so of course I had to try it! Read on to see how it compared.

el pelon boston

First of all, El Pelon is on this cute block aptly named "restaurant row" by the locals. Here you'll find a melting pot of cuisines, including traditional American, Thai, Greek, Persian, Japanese, French, and Mexican. It's great because you can go with a group, all get different meals, and meet outside on the cute patio to eat together. 


el pelon boston

I ordered the chicken quesadilla on a corn tortilla. It's hard to tell from the picture but it comes with 2 quesadillas. The cheese is gooey, the chicken is cooked well, and the mild tomato salsa really adds a lot of flavor. It would be a little plain without the salsa though. 

el pelon boston

This is the Pescado Tacos de la Casa, aka house fish tacos. They were really good and I loved their bright, colorful presentation!


el pelon boston mexican food

el pelon boston mexican food

el pelon boston mexican food

el pelon boston mexican food

One wall is filled with framed pictures of patrons wearing El Pelon gear all over the world. They also have a pretty incredible contest where you can win free burritos for a year if you down 15 habanero peppers in 15 minutes! There were only 4 people on their champion list for the contest. The authenticity of the venue and the decorations really reminded me of some of the great Mexican places back home!


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Friendsgiving Outfit Feat. Happiness Boutique Necklace

Happiness Boutique Jewelry
Necklace: Happiness Boutique | Sweater & Knee Socks: Target | Skirt & Wedges: H&M 

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Our families are back in San Francisco, which is too far to travel for just a weekend, especially since we're going back for Christmas soon. So we went to Friendsgiving instead, which is like Thanksgiving, only celebrated with your friends. 

We brought our famous apple crisp to the party, this time using coconut flour in place of regular (and it tasted amazing)!

Happiness Boutique Jewelry

For my outfit, I opted for a cozy grey sweater from Target, my favorite red velvet skirt from H&M, and this super glam necklace c/o Happiness Boutique which I'm now obsessed with! Happiness Boutique has tons of high-quality statement necklaces and statement earrings, along with free (and fast!) shipping. Their pieces are an absolute fall and winter staple because they dress up sweaters so perfectly!

Happiness Boutique Jewelry

Happiness Boutique Jewelry

Happiness Boutique Jewelry

This outfit was so perfect for Friendsgiving. It was comfy while still being glam enough for the holidays thanks to that statement necklace! I really respect the mission of Happiness Boutique to promote positivity in women. They even throw a bi-monthly giveaway which is extremely exciting, and for those of you interested in freebies they have a great customer rewards program!

And now, what you've all been waiting for: the epic Friendsgiving turkey!

Happiness Boutique Jewelry


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Round Up of Black Friday Round Ups!


Black Friday roundup blog 2015


Happy Black Friday all! Instead of listing my favorite Black Friday 2015 deals, I figured I'd do you one better and list the best blog roundups I've found for today's sales! Here are the best deal lists I've found so far:

Extra Petite: She lists everything from Ann Taylor, to Anthropologie, to Sorel, to J Crew Factory! I love her roundup because she links to her own posts wearing the items on sale so you can see what they look like before making your purchase decision.

Visions of Vogue: Jenna has a major list going of all the major brands, their sales, and their promo codes, including Victoria's Secret, Shopbop, and West Elm.

Tiffany Style Blog: Another massive list of all shops having sales, including H&M, Kate Spade, and Loft. 

Cella Jane: Great list with images of Black Friday sales, including Madewell, Express, Gap, and many others.

Any and all of the above links are a good start if you're feeling overwhelmed by sales today! Hope you found this post helpful and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Menu Tasting at Seasons 52

Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

Last year, Seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill asked me to try their winter menu, and it ended up being my first time ever trying surf and turf. Needless to say it changed my life. So this year when they asked me to try their fall menu, I jumped at the chance. 



Read on to see how the dishes fared this time around, and to see what Patriots player crashed the party!



Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

We were given various white and red wines to try. My favorite was the champagne, as per usual. 



Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

For my entree I ordered the Scallops and Risotto, which came with risotto and broccolini, and was absolutely delicious. The chewy texture of the scallops went so well with the warm comfort of the risotto. The broccolini of course is just necessary for those vitamins. 



Seasons 52 food blog review 2015


We tried a ton of Seasons 52 appetizers and small plates, like the shrimp, chicken skewers and meatballs above.



Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

These "Asian-glazed" (what does that even mean?) grilled chicken skewers were really tasty - they came topped with sesame seeds and roasted peanut vinaigrette. 

Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

These meatballs were TOO good. 

Seasons 52 food blog review 2015


This is obviously the most adorable scallop presentation ever - on a giant seashell! I would've taken a better picture but I just wanted to eat them. 


Seasons 52 food blog review 2015

These Duck Wing Lollipops were my favorite app, hands down. I'm such a fan of duck when it's made right, and these were so scrumptious and full of flavor. Especially with the lime squeezed over them, you'll never claim that sweet lollipops are better than savory again. 


Seasons 52 food blog review 2015




Okay, I really dodged on bullet on this one, guys. I'm pretty terrible about eating spicy things so i steered clear of these Blistered Shishito Peppers (with Sonoma goat-feta cheese, lemon aioli, and sumac). Everyone said they would be fine, and only like 1 in 100 are actually spicy at all. But all of a sudden practically everyone that tried one claimed how spicy they all were! Either we were a table of hypochondriacs or we got a super spicy batch of these peppers. 




Seasons 52 food blog review 2015




A close second favorite app of mine were these flatbreads that Seasons 52 is renowned for. They even made me an amazing gluten-free one with artichoke, laurel chenel goat cheese, spinach, balsamic onions, and roasted peppers. You literally could not tell that they were gluten free! They were very accommodating and had a large, delicious g-free menu to order from.




As we neared the end of our meal, we noticed that we hadn't seen the wait staff in a while. Just then, a member of our party returned from the bathroom and mentioned casually that he saw Rob Gronkowski ("Gronk") in the bathroom. Peering outside of our dining room, we saw a huddle of waitresses staring at him at the bar. We all found it hilarious! 

Be sure to check out my latest tasting of Season 52's spring menu!


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gold Fringe & Leg Warmers

rocksbox statement necklace lauren hope plaid scarf legwarmers
Scarf: Gap | Sweater: Target | Skirt: Primark | Necklace: Rocksbox | Boots: Merrell | Legwarmers: Modern and Chic Boutique

We've been pretty lucky with our weather this fall. By this time last year, we had already had our first snow flurries. This year we've gotten a few extra weeks of warmer weather, but it's starting to get seriously chilly here in Boston. And chilly weather means sweaters, leg warmers, and statement necklaces are coming out! 


rocksbox statement necklace lauren hope plaid scarf legwarmers

Bold statement necklaces are my favorite addition to glam up any sweater for fall, and my current favorite is this gold fringe Astrid Necklace by Perry Street, c/o Rocksbox. P.S. Don't forget you can try Rocksbox for a month free with code chelseaxoxo2! Sign up now to get your box for the holidays!

rocksbox statement necklace lauren hope plaid scarf legwarmers
Necklace: Perry Street | Earrings: Lauren Hope | Bangle: House of Harlow

I'm also the hugest "The Office" fan, so I love that this necklace is named Astrid (totally makes me think of Jan's baby)! Anyone? Moving on! 

rocksbox statement necklace lauren hope plaid scarf legwarmers

I'm also super stoked about these leg warmers, which were basically free from Modern and Chic Boutique - they give away free items periodically, you just pay for the shipping which is around $6.95.

rocksbox statement necklace lauren hope plaid scarf legwarmers

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