Archives for June 2011

The Kardashians

So what are your thoughts on the Kardashian family? On one hand I think it’s great to see “reality stars” who don’t look like Heidi Montag. (Who, by the way, recently revealed the startling news that she spends 14 hours a DAY at the gym!)

But then again, the Kardashian’s aren’t exactly “girl next door” types. And really, what are they famous for exactly? Kim got paid $300,000 for her engagement photos in PEOPLE Magazine?! And now Kourtney is on the cover of SHAPE Magazine. In the cover story, Kourtney talks about her running workout. As someone who has only just discovered running over the past year, I am always interested in reading about other runners. (I already have my favorite online runners). I like to read about the routines of runners…especially if it can help me look like THIS!

Tough Day

Today was a tough day. I was very emotional and overwhelmed. I was having one of those break down days when everything – everything – just seems to be going WRONG. I did my usual 3 mile walk with my mom in the morning (we walk every day). Along our walk we met the most interesting man, a landscape architect from Australia. He was fascinating. He’s doing work right around the corner from my parents house and it has been really fun to watch his progress.

Work was work and it didn’t help alleviate the stress I was under. But the sun was shining and that did help lighten my mood. What worked to really kick my bad mood was the 3 mile run I did after work. It turned my bad mood into a distant memory.

So my advice to anyone suffering from a less than stellar mood…GET MOVING! (I think I made this exact statement in yesterday’s post but it certainly bears repeating).

Every Day

I’m trying to post every. single. day.

I know that the key to sticking with something is to be consistent. So I’m really, really, really going to try to post every day. I hope I can do it!

Wish me luck!

…and if you stumble across this blog, leave me a comment. It might just be the incentive I need to KEEP GOING!


Ran 3 miles.

Walked 2.5 miles.

Walked after dinner…more of a stroll.


Self Magazine Photo Shoot

I was profiled in the February issue of SELF Magazine in an article on healthy weight and self-acceptance. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to do it with my mother, sister and niece. Definitely something I will never forget. With regards to the world of photo shoots and stylists, this experience really opened my eyes. So much goes into a simple photo shoot and it really is important to experiment with different designers and styles. My look consisted of a JCrew sweater, Eileen Fisher tank top and Eileen Fisher jeans. I loved it all!

But what was most important about this article was that it was about self-acceptance and having a healthy body image. I love clothes and makeup and jewelry, like most women, but I also believe, truly believe, that beauty comes from within. A healthy lifestyle is key. I exercise every single day, in any way I can. I walk, swim and run. I get outside and MOVE! Being active keeps me sane. It keeps my stress level in check. It gives me confidence and allows me to enjoy my life (and delicious summer cookouts). I don’t obsess over what I eat, I just keep moving.

My Hand to Hold…

…my heart to keep.

My Hand to Hold. My Heart to Keep.

I love these ring bearer bowls from BHLDN. I may have to snag one for a bridal shower gift.


Just a little note to say “Hi!” by one of my favorite scrapbookers, Ann-Marie! Things like this make me wish I was a little more “crafty.” I would make cards ALL THE TIME!

Summer Wedding Season

First wedding of the season and it was a torrential downpour! This photo is completely misleading because it was pouring BUCKETS while these shots were being snapped. I have no idea why it looks so bright and beautiful but we made the best of it and tackled the unpredictable New England weather like champions. My naturally curly hair stayed sleek and straight thanks to a few miracle products (Living Proof’s No Frizz and KMS Flat Out).

Dress Calvin Klein, Silver Bracelet, Shoes BCBG

The wedding was held at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA. This was the first time I had ever been to this particular venue and it was gorgeous. It was a good size wedding and the function room felt comfortable and elegant.

I also loved the simplicity of the centerpieces with the simple pink candles scattered across the table.

…and of course, the bride was stunning!


SIDE NOTE: The salad was delicious! It was a goat cheese and raspberry salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. I have never had raspberries on a salad, nor have I ever tried goat cheese (shocking!) and I was so pleasantly surprised by both.

Do you ever discover new things and wonder how you missed out on them in the first place? What new things have you discovered that you now can’t live without?


Shopping in Marblehead

Stopped into a cute little store in Marblehead today during my daily walk and what a delight! The store, Bancroft & Friends, is packed with wonderful pieces (pillows, purses, dishware) all with a nice calming blue, green and purple palette. Her pieces are all handmade and would make amazing wedding gifts. If you aren’t into the nautical theme, she has some beautiful floral pieces as well. I loved the hydrangea platter (above) but was also sort of smitten by the nautical/sea pieces (below). You can also find pieces in her Etsy store.

Summer Napkins

I love this idea for a simple, classic summertime napkin! I found it on Martha Stewart, of course!

Have a wonderful weekend

JCrew Summer Straw Hat

Love this hat. Might have to pick one up at JCrew ASAP. Especially after all the news about the safety of sunblocks. Just FYI, here’s a list of the safest blocks out there.