Last week I had the pleasure of taking my first calligraphy class with the uber talented Liz of Calligraphy Boston. I arrived at her South Street studio to a table set up with individual place settings, instruction cards, pens, name cards and goodie bags for each student. Her adorable office felt like a real life Pinterest board, she had examples of her work all over her walls, I couldn’t wait to get started! After a brief overview and show and tell we got right to work on – with small class sizes you get the perfect amour of 1-1 attention and work time.
I learned so much I couldn’t possibly tell you all of it without being boring and certainly not doing the class justice.
each letter has hairlines and — lines (thick and thin) and they are created by using different amounts of pressure on the pen
you must sit with the paper at 45 degree angel and your elbow on the table
its hard, you have to practice, a ton
Liz was such a good teacher, she had us trace the letters on the worksheets and told us the more you do this the better you will get for more than the obvious for muscle memory and equipped us with take home papers with numbered strokes. One of the best parts I just have to mention is the ridiculous amount if goodies you get to take home and practice with – the pen, ink, paper, pre cut cards to make things with – none of which I knew about before! If you want to take Liz class just click over to her website and pick a date – its as easy as that!
My newest obsession seems to be subscription boxes, birchbox, glossybox, barkbox as a gift, and now best of all, Bright Cellars, a wine subscription box!! They sent me a complementary box to review for the blog! I will be the first to admit, I LOVE wine but know very little about it – besides red/white and a little about the stereotypes of each kind (from my bar-tending career).
This is where Bright Cellars comes in, it’s a company launched by two MIT graduates whose goal was to introduce “hidden gems” (non mainstream wines) to you each month, they know you will love them because they created a “quiz” which matches your taste preferences using a bright points algorithm GENIUS I know… I tell you these MIT kids think of everything!
Once you get your score they suggest wines you would like (and have never heard of) – it even tells you what specifically you may like about the wines! The best part is each month you get 4 DIFFERENT wines to try – so you are constantly being exposed to new wines. They are even working on ways to rate and customize the experience – this is where the Pandora part comes in, you love a wine, you can let them know and “request more like this” or if you don’t like it – you can do the opposite – just like when you are listening to a station on Pandora!
You can take the quiz yourself– its super quick and easy, it asks things like what is your fav juice in the morning (i picked does coffee count as a juice) and candy preferences!
Since they are at the very beginning they have a rewards programs where you can refer a friend (if you love it) and you can get bonus wines to your subscription – sometimes wildcards that are still linked with your preferences but maybe a little outside of your comfort zone!
They are even offering my readers 50% off their first month with this link so head on over to their site and take the quiz!!
I going to dedicate Wednesday posts to health and wellness, I have one body and one mind and its my job to take care of it. In an effort to keep myself accountable I have decided to share it with everyone here. I am heading to Nantucket this weekend and Cancun the week after that and I want nothing more than to feel good and CONFIDENT in a bathing suit.
I invested in T25 and a Brazilian Butt video andddd a “reset” from Beach Body (which I have decided to wait until I return from my vacation due to interruptions). I am shooting to do at least 30 min of physical exercise each day and to eat as clean, unprocessed and few carbs as possible until my trip.
I tend to be a snacker so I needed to prepare healthy options to reach for rather than the easy grab and go at most places I would stop. I decided to try these no cook energy bites I saw on Gimmie Some Oven Blog!
It took me a bit to get used to the texture but I think I actually like them – and I really like the fat that I don’t feel guilty snacking on them! Do you have any healthy treats you feel guilt free when snacking on?
Spring time marks graduations and (although it doesn’t feel like spring here in Boston) I have two beautiful cousins and my sister graduating in the next few weeks. I remember graduation as such a meaningful time when what people said really influenced and effected my outlook so I wanted my gift to be heartfelt.
A few weeks ago when my boyfriend gave me a lokai bracelet I knew this would be the perfect gift for them.
These bracelets represent the highs and lows in life and remind you to have clarity in-between. They feature a white and black ball across from one another and clear beads in between. The black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth to remind you that you stay hopeful when you stumble upon a “low” in life. The white is filled with water from Mt. Everest, the highest place on earth, this is to remind you to stay humble when you are at the highest points of life. The Clear Beads remind you to keep moving,
they represent that everyone has their own story. While life has its highs and lows, every point in-between is just as meaningful – these points make up the fabric of your own story. The clear beads remind us that clarity is key in times of joy and sadness.
You can learn more about lokai at their site www.mylokai.com and be sure to check out their Instagram for a little inspiration!
Sunday I spent the day downtown – we started with brunch at Stephanie’s on Newbury where we sat at the bar (which I LOVE the closeness yet informality of) and I enjoyed a bloody mary – they have the most amazing selection that you can customize a delicious Eggs Benedict and some friendly company surrounding us.
It was a rainy weekend here in Boston so we venture too far, went a few stores along the popular downtown Boston street, stopped into LUSH cosmetics – which I have heard so much about but never taken the time to stop in. It was SO cool and the staff was SO helpful and not at all pushy. They have handmade soaps, bath balls, handmade face masks that are SO NATURAL they only last a week and you have to keep them in the fridge – how is that for safe! After about 30 min of touching smelling and feeling I knew I needed to cash out before I bought one of everything. With a few goodies in hand we walked down to MET bar where we enjoyed a few drinks and people watched… well I people watched, I think he watched the game…
On the way back to the Northend we stop at City Sports – we both got a new pair of kicks – which i needed desperately – I love the grey and bright yellow of mine!! Nike Free is the BEST sneaker for me – I learned all about the different versions and what the 3.0 vs 5.0 meant – I opted for the 5.0 and let me tell you – putting them on just makes me want to run around!
As a sun worshiper and former skin care industry employee I am constantly at battle with myself. I LOVE the way a tan makes me look and feel but I know the dangers and its just not worth it, which leads me on the hunt for the safest and most natural looking self tanner’s out there. For the last several years I have been using spray can which I have been able to get away with just spraying parts of my body with, my chest for example if I have a long sleeve V neck on, I swear it brings my confidence up about 5 notches, but looks silly nakie!
Last week I was searching for something that would work a bit better all over my body. I had watched an infomercial on TanTowel and had to try it. Let me warn you, typically when I buy “as seen on TV” products, they either never arrives or is crap.
I am so glad I did!! There was a light scent (I have yet to find any tanning products with NO sent) and was not greasy at all, it did take a few moments to seep into my skin After a few hours I was left with a subtle, natural and even looking glow! I am still searching for that perfect tan with out chemicals, I know it’s better than a tanning booth or laying oil soaked out in the sun but it’s not good for you. I would love to hear anyones recommendations!
As part of the skin care industry I am always intrigued by new brands, this weekend I hosted a Beauty Counter Social at my apartment. We were so lucky to have the FIRST consultant ever to tell us all about the brand and what they stand for. She is a 42 year old mom of 3 – look how beautiful she is!!
She had such startling facts along with the opening video she showed us that I couldn’t help but fall in love for the brand, products and what they stand for. She shared with us that:
80% of ingredients in beauty products have NEVER been tested for safety
the US hasn’t passed a federal law regulating ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.
Some companies have an ingredient list completely different for the products they distribute in the US vs Europe, its so crazy to think about.
If the average American woman uses 12 products a day, mines probably doubled…
Beauty Counters mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, to really “know everything”, to know what is in the food you put in your mouth and the products you put on your largest organ, your skin and how it effects your health. She explained its the repetitive use, not the one time exposure that are most harmful to our bodies. Stephanie even gave everyone a “never list” so that we can use it to look at products we already use on a daily basis.
I met Jasmina for lunch earlier this week to catch up before she travels for the next several months. She picked Sweetgreen which coincidently I was lucky enough to try after the ClassPass spin class I took at FlyWheel last week. I love they concept, they source local and organic ingredients, they use recycled packaging and the all storefronts are built with all sustainable materials.
I had the Kale Ceasar which tasted SO good … I usually have a hard time actually enjoying Kale but this was so yummy!! I also love their manifesto which is posted all over – they are so much more than a good salad place! Ill defiantly be going back!
One of the things I love most about Stella & Dot is we believe in spreading the love! April is Autism Awareness month and S&D has partnered with HollyRod foundation to donate proceeds from these select pieces!
I am making it a personal goal of mine to host at least 4 Trunk Shows to contribute to this cause AND partner with two hostess to donate my personal commissions to a local Autism Awareness organization of their choice from online or in home/office trunk shows in April!
If you or someone you know may be interested in spreading the love,
please message me and together, we can pay it forward!
Tuesday this week I had the privilege of attending a (my first) spin class at FLY in downtown Boston. ClassPass is this new concept where you pay a monthly fee for up to 10 classes per month at some of the BEST studios in Boston!! Last night was the launch of the ClassPass program here in Boston, studios like Equinox, C2 Pilates, BURN Fitness Studio and FlyWheel are just a few of the ones they plan to launch with, adding new studios each week!
Back to this being my FIRST ever spin class… and the day after I did my first T25 workout (which was so tough).The first ten minutes were the WORST, my feet were clipped in and the super buff instructor told us to get into third position – instantly I wanted to figure out how to unclip my own feet… Once I realized there was no way I could figure that out – I just pushed through. By the end of class I felt SO good!!
We also got these great little gift bags and salads and smoothies after, all of which made it hurt a little less 🙂