Sunday, July 31, 2016

DiMillo's Floating Restaurant in Portland, ME


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While in Old Port, which is downtown Portland, Maine, we stopped in DiMillo's On the Water, which is a floating restaurant on a large ship. Since the ship is so large, we didn't feel any sort of rocking at all, which is good! There was a long wait for a table out on the deck, but there's a lovely indoor area which is first come, first serve so we luckily snagged a table right away. Read on to hear about our experience here.


They really ran with the nautical theme here - captain's wheels on the ceiling, deep sea diving uniforms in the lobby, etc. We got the feeling that it was a bit of a tourist's trap - good food, albeit a bit overpriced, and more about the atmosphere of eating on a ship in the Portland harbor. 


The caesar salad was good and came with delicious anchovies. I used to actually not like anchovies on my caesar salads, but now I can't imagine one without them! 



We ordered the Lazy Lobster, which is out of the shell and sauteed in butter. It was delicious but not worth $28 each in my opinion - there just wasn't enough on the plate to fill you up! Our bill came out to upwards of $80, while Portland Lobster Company's total bill ran us about $32 total and offered significantly more food.

DiMillo's does have a fun nautical ambiance, so I'd say come here if that interests you and if you have some money to burn. 


Crossbody: Kate Spade | Lace-Up Sandals: Steve Madden | Wayfarer Sunnies: Ray-Ban


Be sure to check out our other adventures in Portland, such as our tapas feast in Old Port's Central Provisions, as well as our adventure to Maine's oldest lighthouse (over 200 years) at the beautiful Cape Elizabeth!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks: Shoes Under $100

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I'm sure you've all heard the buzz about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is one of the biggest sales of the year and JUST opened to the public today! There are a ton of sale items to sift through, so I've brought you my top picks from the most important section - the shoe department (under $100)! Take advantage of these markdowns to snag the cutest items for summer and fall. Run, don't walk - these are all flying off the shelves like crazy!


See my other Nordstrom Sale faves below:



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shoes Under $100


Pumps


1 Sam Edelman Spiked Pointy Toe (6 colors!) // 2 Vince Camuto Lace Up Pump // 3 Mary Jane Block Heel Pump (Also in tweed and red) // 4 BCBG Cage Pump // 5 Cut-Out Pointy Toe Pump (Also in Merlot and black)

Flats


Halogen Lace-Up Flats (comes in 6 colors!) // 2 Sam Edelman Spiked Pointy Toe (4 fun colors!) // 3 Born Professional Ballet Flat // 4 Vince Camuto Cut Out Flat (sizes selling out fast!) // 5 Pippa Flat

Summer / Fall Boots

















Sandals




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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sol Azteca in Brookline

Sol Azteca in Brookline

It's tough to find good Mexican food in Boston. We've found a couple of local favorites so far, like El Pelon and El Centro Dos. After trying Sol Azteca in Brookline, I'm officially adding it to the list of must-try Mexican restaurants. It reminds me of my favorite restaurants not only in San Francisco but Mexico as well!

Sol Azteca in Brookline

Sol Azteca in Brookline

First of all, the salsa is delicious just on it's own, with real chunks of ingredients rather than the blended varieties you find at fast food chains.

Sol Azteca in Brookline

Fish tacos pass the test easily, with generous, fresh ingredients in every bite and a separate piece of lime for each taco!


Sol Azteca in Brookline

Chicken enchiladas verdes is always my favorite. The plate comes with orange Mexican rice, beans, and pickled cabbage. Doesn't get any better than this!

With simple, fresh ingredients, generous portions of food and hospitality, Sol Azteca is not to be missed. I can't believe it took us so long to discover this gem!

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Sol Azteca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Epic Sale Alert! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks
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Guys! You've probably heard a lot about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lately, and for good reason. Not only does Nordstrom carry pretty much any piece of clothing or beauty item your heart could possibly desire, but this is their biggest sale of the YEAR. To be honest, most fashionistas will shop this sale not only for summer items, but for fall and winter staples too. 

The sale opens to the public on July 22nd and goes through August 8th. 

However, if you sign up for a Nordstrom card then the sale started YESTERDAY July 14th for you (so get a card if you don't have one yet)! An insider tip: Most of the best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items sell out at lightning speed, so I suggest either getting a card to shop now, or have your carts at the ready on 7/22 and hit that "buy" button! It's just THAT GOOD. 

I scoured the sales early to bring you my top picks for 2016, sorted by category for your viewing pleasure - don't forget to add them to your cart ASAP! You'll thank me later!


Be sure to check out my other Nordstrom Sale faves:




Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks


Shoes: Flats & Low Sandals


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks


Um, hi. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with lace up flats this season, and now I just need these Halogen Owen flats in like every color, is that too much to ask?

I can't get over the pop of color and fun spike accents in these Sam Edelman flats (which come in tons of other shades too), and these Tory Burch sandals are on ridiculous sale for almost 50% off!

Shoes: Heels and High Sandals

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

Can I just tell you that I love how heels and high sandals look but I'm the biggest wimp about actually wearing them for long periods of time? One of the only brands stylish & comfortable enough for me to wear are Steve Madden! Also, the camel color of these beauts are ALREADY sold out in everything but size 11 (luckily there are other colors left)! I told you these sale items will fly off the shelves!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks
I mean, you had me at Sam Edelman pumps. How cute are those subtle spike accents on the back? Designed for a true boss babe!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

These cut out pointy toe pumps are so sweet and stylish. I feel like these are what Cinderella would wear if she were a blogger today.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

I cannot even handle how killer these lace up pumps in Cabernet suede are (they come in stone taupe and black too). Can. Not. Handle. *Walks away for dramatic effect* *Runs back to buy them before anyone else does*

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

This is the kind of perfect block heel sandal that you just know you could wear all day and still be the most stylish person in the room - my favorite combo!

Shoes: Booties

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

I would welcome any of these into my shoe closet with open arms: 1 Sam Edelman fringe booties // 2 Cutout booties // 3 Lucky wedge booties // 4 Lucky perforated booties // 5 Toms peep toe // 6 Toms peep toe

Dresses

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

This floral romper was found at the intersection of cute and practical. Long sleeves means you can wear it from day to night!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks


Why is this shift dress literally a work of art? Adore!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

This long-sleeved shift dress is a closet staple and comes in tons of colors and prints!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks


Loving the subtle pattern on this one!

Tops

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Picks

All of these tops come in so many amazing colors and patterns! It's a great chance to add some quality pieces to your wardrobe at much less than you would usually pay!


Stay tuned for more Nordstrom Sale picks, I've got you covered!


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Portland Lobster Company Review

Portland Lobster Company Review

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When in Rome! Portland is known as a foodie town, and Maine is known for it's lobsters, so you know you'll find the best of the best crustaceans in Portland, Maine! A friend recommended that we visit Portland Lobster Company during our stay in this New England coastal city, and we were glad we did! 

Set right on the water in Old Port, Portland Lobster Company offers everything from live music, to outdoor seating (there's no better way to soak up that vitamin D), and of course plenty of lobster!

Portland Lobster Company Review

Portland Lobster Company Review

We also stopped by Maine Squeeze Smoothie & Juice Cafe before dinner, which is another must-try in Old Port!

Portland Lobster Company Review
White Lace Romper: Express | Crossbody: Kate Spade | Lace-Up Sandals: Steve Madden 

Love how their beepers are even shaped like lobsters! The protocol here is to put in your order first, then come back to the hostess and let her know you've done so. Next, you can wait and people watch until your table is ready. When your lobster beeper goes off, your food is ready for pickup to bring back to your table!

Portland Lobster Company Review

So fresh and delicious! This isn't the biggest lobster they have by far, by the way. I got a smaller one since we had just gone to DiMillo's for another form of lobster about an hour and a half prior. We made sure to fit in as many foodie adventures as possible before our train that night!

Portland Lobster Company Review
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Overall, Portland Lobster Co gets a major thumbs up. The staff were all super friendly, the outdoor patio was covered so we didn't get a sunburn, and the food was perfect. It did take a bit longer than we expected to arrive, but we were there on 4th of July weekend which is one of their busiest times of the year, so it's understandable! It's definitely on our must-visit list for the next time we're in town.

Be sure to check out our tapas feast in Old Port's Central Provisions, as well as our adventure to Maine's oldest lighthouse (over 200 years) at the beautiful Cape Elizabeth!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Off the Shoulder Tops

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here & here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

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Though it didn't quite feel like summer in Boston this weekend (foggy, drizzling, temps in the 60's), there's always a silver lining. For a blogger, this means going out to capture the perfect lighting! Sunny days can cast harsh light and shadows, but overcast weather is some of the best natural lighting you can get, so I took advantage of this to showcase my favorite new off the shoulder top!

Off the shoulder tops are a huge trend this season, so I was so excited to receive this denim ruffle OTS top from SheIn (only $14)! It combines the OTS trend with the denim trend perfectly, and the denim makes it so versatile with different colors and fabrics. I paired it with a lace cream Forever 21 skirt (old, but see similar styles here, here, and here), my favorite summer lace espadrille sandals from Nordstrom, a Wild Juniper necklace you may remember from our trip to NYC, and my trusty black Desigual purse. 

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

off the shoulder tops
 OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom 

off the shoulder tops
OTS Top: c/o SheIn | Skirt: Forever 21 here here | Wedge Sandals: Nordstrom | Necklace: c/o Wild Juniper

This weekend we tried a great tapas joint that we've been hearing rave reviews about. I'm such a fan of tapas restaurants because you get to try so many different plates rather than committing to one large dish! Stay tuned for that post soon to come. 

I've linked this outfit and plenty more fun off the shoulder tops below, so be sure to check them out!

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