Monday, February 29, 2016

Lofty Goals


loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016
Scarf + Gloves: Loft | Jacket + Jeans: H&M | Boots: DSW | Bag: c/o Desigual
As I've mentioned in recent posts, Boston weather is somewhere between winter and spring lately. Some days it's 60 degrees, but then it will drop back down to the 30's! I snagged these super cute and cozy accessories from a Loft sale to tide me over until the sun decides to shine for good (or at least for a few weeks). 

I'm completely obsessed with this white infinity scarf - it's faux fur with little swirls and rosette dimples all over it, which gives it this amazingly soft texture. On the inside it's actually knitted so it really traps the heat, keeping my neck and core warm. AKA the best combination ever! It's kind of like having a warm cloud or marshmallow around your neck, except if it were a marshmallow I would definitely eat it and then I would be cold again. So this is much better.

If my hands are cold, I'm cold. So I grabbed these marled knit gloves in spring coral (yes that's the official color, I double checked)! They also came in blue, which is my favorite color so I almost got those instead, but I try not to have everything in my closet be the same color. It's good to branch out, right?

 loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016
Scarf + Gloves: Loft | Jacket + Jeans: H&M | Boots: DSW | Bag: c/o Desigual
loft scarf gloves red coat boots 2016

How many of you watched the Oscars? I'm definitely on team Leo, and I think he deserves to have at least ONE Academy Award under his belt for all the great roles he's played. After all, that's the ultimate goal as an actor, award-wise. I also loved how he took his moment in the spotlight to talk about real things, like global warming. 

Speaking of goals, I've finally narrowed down a major goal for myself this year - bringing lunch to work more often! When you do the math, eating out for lunch really does add up, and I've been so bad about this. I'd love to hear your tips for planning work lunches!

P.S. If you're a fan of Loft and sales like I obviously am, they're having a leap year sale today where everything is 29% off! Not that I'm condoning any online shopping or anything.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Top Pinterest Community Group Boards for Food Bloggers

top pinterest community boards for food bloggers

Hi all, a lot of you have been asking for tips on growing your Pinterest following. As you may know, I have a Blogger Tips section so I thought this would be a great addition! This is important for bloggers and brands since Pinterest can really drive a lot of traffic to your blog or website due to how quickly a pin can go viral. 

One thing that can really help is posting pins from your posts onto large Pinterest community group boards to increase their reach. These community groups allow tens of thousands of users to pin to them, which means all of those people can also view the pins you post there. I've put together a starter list of large group boards to join and pin to! This post will focus on food groups for food bloggers, and I'll be coming out with other categories soon.

General Food Boards


top pinterest community boards for food bloggers

Dessert

top pinterest community boards for food bloggers

Specialty


top pinterest community boards for food bloggers

Hope this list helps! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more food inspiration, and check out my tips for growing your blog on Twitter and SEO tips for bloggers!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring Must-Haves

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Is it too early for a Spring wishlist? This winter, Boston has gone from freezing -8 temps to 60 degrees in a single week. Who knows what the weather is planning for us next, so I'm going to go ahead and prep for Spring! I'm definitely SWOONING over these looks from She In, since they're not only on trend and super cute, but they're ridiculously affordable too! Take a look:








It's so hard to choose a favorite, but I could totally imagine rocking that pink bow dress to transition into Spring! Easter parties, brunches, I'd have that one on repeat for sure. I have this obsession with dressed that have pockets (perfect place to store your phone!) so that blue twin pocket dress is calling out to me too!

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

"Hot Messes" at Area Four

Area Four Boston Cambridge

Any Bostonian will tell you: Area Four is a must-try brunch spot! Located across the river in Cambridge, this ultra trendy joint is near MIT and has that minimal, white-wall-wooden-tables-steel-beams kind of ambiance.

Area Four specializes in epic brunch skillets, aptly named "Hot Messes," which we were beyond excited to try for a hearty meal. Luckily for us, there was a daily special of gluten-free donuts as well! I  didn't even know gluten-free donuts were possible, but apparently the baker is gluten-free (and a genius in my book).

Area Four Boston Cambridge

Area Four Boston Cambridge

Glorious gluten-free donuts before brunch? Yes, please! 

Area Four Boston Cambridge

I present to you: two Hot Messes (how funny is that name)! The top skillet is "The Hot Veggie Mess," which comes complete with 2 sunny side up local farm eggs, home fries, mustard greens, fennel, carrots, squash, carmelized onions, cheddar, scallions & pickled banana pepper relish. This one had a much brighter, lighter feel to it - while still being very filling.

Carnivores will love "The Hot Mess," (bottom) which is filled with 2 sunny side up local farm eggs, home fries, bacon, breakfast sausage, caramelized onions, cheddar, scallions & pickled banana pepper relish. I'm not a huge relish fan so I held off on the last ingredient, but the rest of this skillet is spectacular. It's incredibly hearty without feeling greasy, and jam-packed with flavor! 

Area Four Boston Cambridge

Area Four Boston Cambridge

Oh, and this is how they heat their skillets. Stove tops are a thing of the past, people! 

A tip: They can have a long wait for brunch on the weekends, even if you go late (we got there around 2 PM and waited 30 minutes), and you can't make same-shift reservations, so it would pay off to call a day or so ahead of time!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Chunky Sweater Weather

Sweater: Anthropologie | Boots: Bearpaw | Bag: Kate Spade NY

Hi all! Hope everyone's having a good Valentine's Day and staying warm today! We're having a record-breaking cold snap here in Boston. There isn't too much snow, but it's been in the -20's F with wind chill, which is way too cold! 

So naturally, this chunky sweater from Anthropologie has been on repeat in my closet lately - and it's currently on sale for 50% off! It's so comfy and really does keep me warm in these freezing temps. I'm pairing it here with my super cozy Bearpaw boots and my fave Kate Spade bag. 




I like to pair casual, chunky sweaters like this with a piece of statement jewelry to add some glam. I swooned over these earrings from Macy's when I saw them, and so glad I decided to grab them!





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Linking up with: More Pieces of Me, Beauty by Miss L, Style Nudge, Pink Sole, B Loved Boston, Adri Lately, Daily Style Finds, Lizzie in Lace, Threads for Thomas, Trend Spin Linkup, Style Sessions, Turning Heads, Mama and More

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maven + SF Street Art

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Favorite neighborhood in the world, hands down. Lower Haight in San Francisco has got it all: it's filled with life, community, local restaurants, boutiques, and plenty of gorgeous street art (how amazing is the above mural, painted on the side of a local grocery store). We ventured here for brunch at one of those local gems: Maven.

Sound familiar? This is hardly the first time I've featured this venue on my blog - you may remember past Maven meals.


maven san francisco


Maven is always packed, so the hostess will often take your number and call or text you when your table's ready. We peaked in the boutiques nearby before we came back for our meal. The top plate pictured above is French Toast, the bottom is a side of Scrambled Eggs and a Green Salad.


maven san francisco

I'm usually floored by Maven, and I would definitely recommend their duck sliders, but we weren't too impressed with their french toast (above). 


maven san francisco



My plate was okay for what it was - a side of scrambled eggs and a salad. I wish there had been a tad more flavor/dressing to the salad, but that probably would have made it less healthy! There were a lot of great options on the menu that probably would have been amazing, but since I'm currently going gluten-free I had to opt for these sides. 


maven san francisco


Can't beat that view! Take a look at more great San Francisco street art below.


maven san francisco


maven san francisco


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