Visiting my parents in Naples, Florida ~ March 2015

Kraig and I went to Naples, Florida this past month to visit my parents and Buddy. We were able to escape some snow in New England and enjoy some quality time with them and the sun.

We had an awesome dinner at Cafe Lurcat one night which was a very enjoyable meal. My parents made reservations for the upstairs patio area which was wonderful for a beautiful night on 5th avenue.

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We spent a lot of days at the beach on Marco Island.

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We also had another amazing dinner at Bleu Provence.

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We snuck in some pool time too.

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I love my new Janessa Leone hat that my Mom gifted me with for my birthday!  I felt like Carmen Sandiego in the airport with it.

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Kraig and I are visiting some friends in Denver, CO soon, so that’s probably what my next post will be on.

Happy Spring!

Hair care loves.

I decided to do a post today on some of my favorite hair care products. I have frizzy hair that can get very snarly and tangled.  In order to help manage it, I always apply the Bumble and bumble defrizz serum after I wash my hair and before I put it up into a turbie twist. I’ve tried other products like the John Freida defrizz serum, but I don’t find it to leave as nice of a soft finish as the bumble. The Freida tends to weigh my hair down a little more which I don’t like.

After I take my hair out of the turbie twist, I spritz UNITE’s 7seconds leave in conditioner into my hair. I wait about 7 seconds and then comb through my hair with a wide tooth comb. This product is amazing. It gets rid of tangles and helps protect your hair from heat damage. I always pack this with me when I travel because even if I’m using scrubby hotel shampoo, this leave in conditioner will help restore my hair back to life while on the road or at home.

The last product I want to mention is the Bumble and bumble grooming creme.  This can be applied to wet, damp, or dry hair.  It’s buildable, so you can apply some to damp hair and then add more later to dry hair if you’d like.

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Products mentioned:

Bumble and bumble grooming creme available here.

Bumble and bumble defrizz available here or at Sephora.

UNITE 7Seconds Condition available here. I usually purchase it directly off the UNITE website with some of my favorite shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks.

Valentine’s Day Weekend in Montreal.

Last weekend, Kraig and I spent the holiday weekend in Montreal. It was a nice way to spend our ninth Valentine’s Day together and our first one as a married couple.   The drive up north took about 5 hours and flew by because we were listening to the Serial podcast.

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We rented an apartment off airbnb  that was on Atwater street.  A lot of people told us this is an up and coming neighborhood. It was walking distance to public transportation, restaurants, and bars.

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We wanted to have dinner at Joe Beef, but it was full because it was Valentine’s Day. The hostess there was very nice and suggested their sister restaurant Vin Papillon which was two doors down. She called them ahead to let us know that we were coming over and we were greeted there by another friendly hostess. We had very good service at this restaurant/wine bar and the tapas plates were so yummy. My favorite was the shaved ham and cheese plate.

The next day, we had breakfast at Quoi de n’Oeuf which included eggs benedict and a crepe. We ordered the chocolate, custard, and fruit crepe. However, we were delivered the plain fruit crepe which was good, but not what we wanted. Since there seemed to be a language barrier with the waiter because we’re both bad at speaking french, we just chose to enjoy what we received.  This place had good breakfast and I would recommend it to a friend.

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After breakfast, we walked to Atwater Market to take a look around and pick up some chocolate croissants, a baguette, and cheese.

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We dropped our groceries at our apartment and then headed over to the Notre-Dame Basilica for a tour that was $5/person and a very beautiful place.

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We walked around the cute little streets, stopped at a cafe for a cappuccino and to warm up while we decided on our next destination. We chose to go grab some beers and food at Dieu du Ciel. It was busy and our waiter forgot about the food we ordered, but we still enjoyed ourselves and sampling some different beers they had.

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Dinner that night was at Garde Manger. We ordered octopus and oysters as an appetizer, short ribs as the main course, and a homemade vanilla ice cream sandwich with a salted chocolate cookie and caramel drizzled on top.

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After dinner, we made our way back to the neighborhood we were staying in for one last drink at the Burgundy Lion Pub just to check out the place.

One of the Uber drivers we met on Saturday told us that Montreal is famous for their bagels. I wasn’t aware of this. I thought New York City was famous for their bagels, but that’s it. We went to one of the highly popular bagel places before our drive back to Massachusetts on Sunday.  We waited outside Fairmount Bagel in the freezing cold to sample some of the best bagels ever. Let me tell you, these are good, but not life changing. I’ve had better bagels visiting New York City and from Atlantic Bagel in my hometown.  I’m pretty convinced that I will  never have a bagel in my life that is better than the Bagel Shop’s, ice cream that beats Nona’s, or a calzone that comes close to Crow Point.  If you ever visit Boston and decide to take a day trip outside of the city, go to these places and go for a walk at World’s End.

Back to talking about Montreal. We finished our bagels and then drove home to a place that has more snow than Canada. Massachusetts. ;)

Hand and body lotions to try this Winter.

My go to body lotion for the past few years has been the Desert Essence Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion which can be found at Whole Foods Supermarket. I can’t find a link for it, but it comes in a light blue bottle and I’m sure most employees there will help you find it. This is the most economical out of all the body lotions I use with a price of $8.99 which I still consider to be pricey.

Sometimes when I run out of a bottle, I’ll branch out to try something new or different than my usual routine.

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The REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion sinks into your skin nicely with a soft fresh rose smell to it. While this does keep my skin moisturized, I’m not sure it’s worth the hefty price tag. I may be one of the few people that isn’t crazy about a rose smell. It’s okay, but to me the smell of Vanilla Guava is more fun to apply. That’s when KORRES Body Butter comes into play. I love the smell of this product and it sinks into your skin while leaving everything  moisturized.

The BLISS Hand Candy is a fun sample pack to purchase to sample different scents of bliss hand creams. I love these creams and like to apply the lotion at night and before bed. During the day I stick to one of my favorite hand lotions which is not pictured above. It’s the Supergoop SPF hand lotion.  I take my sunscreen pretty seriously, so I love applying this lotion to my hands before commuting to and from work or even during the work day. My cubicle (so fancy) gets a lot of sunlight, so I like to protect my hands while I work too.

What products do you use to keep your hands and body moisturized during the cold winter months?

Products mentioned:

Desert Essence Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion available in person at Whole Foods Supermarket.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion available here.

KORRES Body Butter, Vanilla Guava available here.

Supergoop SPF hand lotion available here.

BLISS Hand Candy available here.

How to save your lips during the Winter.

The winters in Massachusetts are really rough on my skin. If you don’t take proper care of your lips, you can get gross patches of dry skin on them.  This can result in cracking and white gunk on your lips whenever you apply a gloss or lipstick. In order to prevent this situation, I’ve come across some great lip products to help during the winter months. I’ll admit I use these year round because drugstore chapstick always leaves my lips feeling like I need to reapply constantly.

The fresh sugar lip polish can be used 1-2 times a week. It works like an exfoliant. I simply rub a small amount on dried lips for a few seconds before going into the shower where it can rinse off.

Before bed, I always put Rosebud Salve on my lips. This product is amazing. I also put this on around my nose to prevent redness, dryness, and irritation during the winter from blowing my nose so much.

For the day, I like to apply a layer of the Fresh advanced lip therapy followed by a layer of Fresh SPF 15 stick. I’m currently loving it in the color honey.

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Products mentioned:

Rosebud Salve available here.

Fresh Advanced Sugar Therapy Available here.

Fresh Sugar in Honey Available here.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Available here.

How do you take care of your lips during the winter time?

Okemo, VT

Kraig and I spent this past weekend in Vermont because my friend organized a house rental for her birthday weekend. We went skiing at Okemo Mountain on Saturday and it was a lot of fun. I’ve only been skiing in New England, but this mountain seemed a lot bigger than other places I’ve been to in the past.

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I have to admit that this is the most sore/bruised I’ve been after skiing in my entire life. I’ve only felt this way before when I tried snowboarding for the first time. Is it wrong to be daydreaming about spas, a warm yoga studio, and the beach when you’re skiing? Sometimes I don’t think I’m cut out for it, but I do it anyways because New England winters are so long.

 

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