Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Links

Happy Memorial Day! 
So very thankful to those who have served past and present for our country and for an extra day off with my family before I head up north for my summer internship at the end of this week (more on that later). Last week, I visited a friend and got to try my hand at paddle boarding and jet skiing along the beautiful Ft. Lauderdale Intercostal waterways. This MDW I've enjoyed taking it easy at home with movie marathons, good books, and even some baking (here's my favorite cookie recipe).

Here's a roundup of my favorite current links:

Too cute: Amanda Seyfried and her dog, Finn

It's official: Bostonians love to walk

Something to fear: technology comes to the fitting rooms

This Anthropologie dress is a midsummer night dream

Something positive: Sikh man removes his turban to help a boy
(and is rewarded for his good deed)

The rebirth of Old Navy

Cheers to the extra long weekend!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Travel Guide: Captiva

Captiva is the perfect little getaway whether you're visiting the Gulf Coast of Florida or a Floridian native like myself. A true hidden gem, I love the small island's low-key vibes (last summer I talked about its lack of commercial stores and traffic lights) and assorted tropical flora, including cacti. The beaches are never packed and the water is the epitome of crystal clear, but they're also plenty of opportunities to bike, parasail, or cruise on land or sea. Be sure to dine at the Bubble Room though, a kitschy, colorful, and perfectly touristy restaurant with some delicious local fish and key lime pie that's been on the island since 1979. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Captivated By the Sea

It's been a glorious week at home in Florida; I truly can't remember the last time I had an empty planner with zero deadlines or places to be. Being back on the beaches at home has been truly refreshing and relaxing for the soul. While Boston has its own beautiful sea towns and beaches, nothing can quite compare to the intimate, tropical scenery on the beautiful Captiva Island. My favorite Florida beach, I wrote a blog post about my trip last year to Captiva and Sanibel Island (I'll have another one comping up soon). After a pretty rough winter of Snowpocalypse and a serious bout of bronchitis for over a month (seriously), I am reminded, again, that nothing can truly compare to the blue skies, 90 degree temperatures, and white sandy beaches at home in Florida. I may be a Big City Tyro, but I am and always will be an aficionado when it comes to the Floridian seaside. This year's visit was even more meaningful too because I won't be home this summer for the first time (more on that later)...

Shirt: J.Crew | Shorts: J.Crew | Hat: J.Crew Factory | Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Shoes: Gap

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Post-Finals Adventures

It's been quite an eventful extended weekend post-finals. After a Saturday morning final
(yup, you read that right), my friends and I decided to celebrate with a weekend full of 
exploring the city. From museum hopping at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the 
MFA to see some of Da Vinci's original drawings, to riding a lobster carousel and seeing the
Janet Echelman sculpture above the Rose Kennedy Greenway, wandering around Beacon Hill
to enjoy the splendiferous doorways and hydrangeas heaven, exploring the South End and running into my new favorite beauty boutique Follain, cooling down by the harbor and enjoying a fresh whiff of sea breeze (and a gelato at the famous Amorino that recently opened on Newbury), and practicing graduation photos with one of my favorite seniors and hapa sisters (hi Kiki). 

For the first time in months, it was nice to enjoy a few days with no strict schedules and all the time in the world to explore...