Category: Boston Love

Dancin’ Days Gets Me Every Time

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You guys! I got so caught up with the holidays and work-work and Toyidermy, that I almost forgot to share these dance videos with you. Per usual, I was the tap instructor at Colleges of The Fenway Dance Project here in Boston this past semester. You can watch that tap video above. And yes, they are wearing wigs.

Plus, they added a jazz performance class and yours truly had the honor of choreographing twenty-some lovely ladies. Just watch for yourself below. It truly was a great semester. And having two Wednesday night classes gave me something to look forward to and a high to coast into the weekend with. A shout-out and thanks to all the students for their hard work and dedication to our beautiful art.

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PS. Thanks to my wonderful, amazing husband for “volunteering” to video these performances!

City Lights Get Me Every Time

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The other evening I took the night off from making Toyidermy to take a quick stroll around Boston. I wanted to get caught up in the holiday spirit, and that’s just what I did. The city can be a magical place during the holidays—I’ve got photos to prove it. Just take a look.

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I love these reindeer. I may have to go back and get one. But enough about me. Check out the lights.

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This is one of my favorite houses in our neighborhood and it’s even better during the holidays. lights11

The holidays can be so hectic, it’s nice to stop and enjoy them once and a while. I suggest you and yours do the same. Happy Holidays!

A (G)Old Fan Gets Me Every Time

Remember when I went to SOWA a few weeks ago and picked up something from the vintage market? Well, this is it. A lil retro metal fan. I promise I took some before photos of this guy, but I cannot seem to find them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you the base was a rustic light green color. Well, most of it was. The other parts of it were bare metal that was starting to get a little rusty.

So, I grabbed a can of spray paint, and voila. I was originally going to use a golden yellow, but I thought the metallic gold really classed it up a bit. A $20 retro fan given new life. Thanks SOWA Vintage Market!

The Emerald Necklace Gets Me Every Time

So often I hear friends talking about how they don’t take advantage of where they live. Be it New York, Florida or right here in Boston. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same way between work obligations, trips away from the city and just plain being busy. But recently Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I made time to enjoy what’s steps from our front door—Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

The Emerald Necklace is a series of parks that winds through the city and is just lovely most any season of the year. Filled with walking paths, water features, bridges and open space, it’s a great way to unwind after a long day, or week, at the office.

We were in “The Riverway” park which is accessible by the Green “D” Line from the “Longwood” stop. It’s a quiet place that’s great for families, dogs and joggers alike.

The day we were there it was also a great place for ducks. And geese. Apparently the park’s designer, Frederick Olmsted, designed each park as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle not only for people but for birds too.

Olmsted believed strongly in democracy and thought that parks could be a meeting grounds for people of all classes and backgrounds. And, ya know, I think I agree with him. The Emerald Necklace boasts much beauty throughout the city. Perhaps we’ll find time to explore another park this weekend. And I suggest you do the same.

 

A Trip To SOWA Gets Me Every Time

This past weekend, Labor Day Sunday, I took another trip to Boston’s South End to check out some more of the goodness that is SOWA. My friend, Jill, and I had been planning an outing for some time and we picked the perfect Sunday to go.

We started by checking out some local artisans including Fiber & Water. Their designs were great their product value unbeatable—one print, with matte and frame for $35, or 2 for $60. Love it. They do custom orders too, so be sure to check out their burlap prints.

We spotted one of our coworkers showing off his fantastic prints at Upside Down Grin and after a quick chat we were back to hunting down some girlie things, like great jewels from Camla. Her designs were light, natural and ethereal. Definitely everyday wears.

Then, we spotted these great wool-felted bags from Sarah Kingsley Designs. In a way, they were a bit nostalgic of the woven purses I carried in middle and high school. But, the bright colors and bold combinations brought me right back to 2012.

Finally, we headed indoors where Jill and I both snagged some vintage goods at delicious prices. (more on that soon, promise) and speaking of delicious, a trip to SOWA, just wouldn’t be complete without swinging through the fresh, local food stands. This may have been my last trip of the season (a busy fall coming up), so I’m thrilled we made a point to go. There’s always new sellers to check out, so it’s a great way to start any Sunday in Boston.

Rocking The Boat Gets Me Every Time

As I may have mentioned before, I work at an incredible ad agency here in Boston. And sometimes, we get kinda crazy busy. That leaves me writing 8+ hours a day and not too much time to write here for you, dear readers. Other times, we get kinda crazy in general. And that’s just what we did a few weeks ago in Boston Harbor on The Spirit of Boston.

So, while we work hard Mondays through Fridays (and sometimes through the weekend), we also party hard a few times a year. Namely for our summer party and holiday get-together, but also on random Thursdays, Fridays, snow days and pretty much any other day in between.

It’s not all Mad Men-esque, but I know some of my friends and family think it might be. But, as evidenced from these few photos, it’s clearly more Mad Woman than Mad Men, right? Speaking of photos, a huge shout-out goes to Nick Minieri for these and other great shots. He’s a DJ, designer, blogger, photographer and all around great guy.

And that’s our fair city during a summer sunset. Quite lovely, indeed. Keep up your 9-5 grind and I’ll do the same. Until next time, Boston.

 

The Color Run Gets Me Every Time

It was the best of times, it was the messiest of times. And it was also the most colorful of times. Pictured above is the gear my friends and I needed this past weekend as we hit up The Color Run, also known as the happiest 5K on the planet.

We arrived dressed in white and sleepy to get an early start to the race. It paid off, because we were in the second wave of runners to leave the starting line. And then, the color begins. While we don’t have any mid-race pics, here’s one as the team neared the finish line.

We got some color, that’s for sure. But we weren’t quite colorful enough. So, instead of waiting for the “Finish Line Festival” we took matters colors into our own hands.

Color flew and we couldn’t be happier. Our team, The Color Oneders, started together and finished together.

And colored together.

While there were some hiccups to this event, the race itself was a lot of fun. We’re pretty sure the course wasn’t a true 5k, but we didn’t mind. When 11,000 people are able to sign up for an event, there’s bound to be a few mishaps, a lot of lines and not enough water cups ready at the finish. But, why focus on the negative? Plenty of people have done so here. (Apparently, New England Day 2 went much, much better, in terms of organization!)

As you can see, that didn’t bother us too much. Thanks Color Run for hosting the event and being open to feedback about how to make it better (loop the race course, cap the sign-up, have more buses if needed) for years to come here in New England. Until next year, keep it colorful!

PS. Thanks Hailey for The Color Run gear photo! And thanks Maggie, Hailey & Megan for the fun run!

Family Genes Get Me Every Time

You guys. If you don’t know it yet. I’m going to spill the beans. I love to dance. My mom loves to dance. My grandparents, they loved to dance. And this one here, Mr. Gene Kelly. Well, it runs in the family folks.

And tonight. YES. TONIGHT. I get to see Singin’ In The Rain on the big screen. In a movie theater. For real.

What? You want to come. Then go on. See if it’s playing in a theater near you. Do it. Now. Leave my blog. Yes. I’m saying it.

Put on your dancin’ shoes, America! It’s time to get your tap on.

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Shout out to The Boston Globe for running a piece (above) on Uncle Gene on Sunday.

Boston folks: If you can’t make it to the show tonight, there’s another chance to catch Mr. Kelly larger than life tomorrow (Friday.) An American in Paris will be screening at the Boston Harbor Hotel for their Summer In the City Series (PDF).

Cutty’s Gets Me Every Time

Do you live in or near Brookline, Massachusetts? Yes? Have you eaten at Cutty’s yet? No? Well, put down your sandwich and head to Brookline Village. Look, even Guy has eaten there. You gotta go. And when you do, go on a Saturday. Why? This is why…

Pork Fennel Sandwich. It’s loaded with Garlic, dripping with flavor. If you like garlic, it’s not the sandwich for you. But if you love, cannot get enough garlic, this is what you’ll be eating on Saturday. But maybe you’re of a simpler taste? No problem.

Get the basic turkey sandwich. It’s still loaded with flavor and the pickled onions elevate this sandwich to anything but basic. What will you be having with your sandwich?

How about some fresh, housemade chips. The theme here is that everything is good, right? Yeah. These chips do not disappoint. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part.

 

Knowing where your food came from. Most of it is New England grown. And the stuff that isn’t came from the places that know those ingredients best. What more can I say? Get to Cutty’s. Get yourself a sandwich. And get yourself a big plate of satisfaction.

 

Greenway Open Market Gets Me Every Time

This Saturday, we decided to venture into downtown Boston to the Greenway Open Market. After loving SoWa, we figured this would be the next best thing on a Saturday. It was a gray, chilly day down on the water but we didn’t let that bother us. It may have bothered some of the vendors though. The site boasts 60 local artisans, but I only counted about 20. Regardless, we enjoyed those present, and some were familiar from SoWa.

One thing I must mention people–vendors, put up a great big sign that says who you are! I might not be in the market now, but come the holidays, I want to remember you. Moving right along, Wood puzzle boxes from Tico Art. All other vendors unknown.

Since we were in the area, we decided to visit these guys at the aquarium. Aren’t they the cutest? The seals were extremely active so it was hard to snap a photo, these action shots will have to do.