Weekend Reading

May 29, 2015

Happy Friday! I've had a nice relaxing weekend with some beautiful weather here at home.

My sister and I had brunch at our favorite breakfast place in town earlier in the week...

My friends and I got together for a Mexican dinner on Wednesday which was a lot of fun!

And this morning I went to a yoga class that took place in the sunshine on some docks near the water. So beautiful! I found a great yoga studio earlier this week and this was my second time going. I think it'll be a staple in my summer schedule.

Here are some links I loved this week:

1. Sexism in media is something I studied this year at school and became really interested in. This article containing 7 times women shut down sexist reporters is a good one.
{ via Salon.com }

2. Fun photos of delicious foods on a stick... have to try some of these this summer.
{ via Style Me Pretty Living }

3. Gonna have to look through these NYC brunch restaurant recommendations... I'm heading there next week!
{ via Refinery29 }

4. 25 summer book recommendations for every genre and mood. I think The Rocks and The Vacationers look interesting!
{ via Refinery29 }

5. Skin advice from a longtime aesthetician to celebrities. I've been having issues with my skin and these are some useful tips to keep in mind.
{ via Man Repeller }

Maine Summer Bucket List

May 27, 2015

Since coming back to Maine from college, I've really found myself appreciating this state a little bit more. The summertime is when coastal Maine really shines, and I plan on making the most of it this summer. 

I've decided to make a bucket list of some things I want to do around Maine this summer (some may coincide with my 101 in 1001 list). I encourage everyone to do a similar type of thing for their state or area... Summer is a great time to get around to doing those things that you've been meaning to do and sometimes it's fun to play a tourist in your own area!

☑︎ Visit Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park Bar Harbor is one of the most visited towns in Maine but for good reason -- it's a quaint coastal village in Downeast Maine right next to Acadia National Park. I've visited several times but most recently the past two summers and have decided to make it a point to visit again because it just can't be missed in the summer!

☑︎ Visit Angel Falls Angel Falls is a 90-foot waterfall located in western Maine and it looks amazing. I definitely want to make the drive to visit this waterfall this summer.

☑︎ Hike several mountains I love hiking and have been researching some mountains to climb. I want to start on the easier side with Maiden's Peak in Camden and then hopefully get around to hiking Tumbledown, Saddleback, and some trails in Acadia.

☑︎ Go whitewater rafting I rafted along Moxie Falls this two summers ago with my uncle and cousins and it was so much fun. I think this year I want to bring some friends!

☑︎ Find new beaches I have my go-to beaches over the summer and some other favorites scattered throughout the state but I'm always up for visiting new ones and would love to do so this summer.

☑︎ Go boating Riding a boat around a lake or the ocean is a classic Maine summer activity that I don't always get to enjoy because my family doesn't have a boat, but hopefully I'll be able to at some point this summer.

☑︎ Try paddleboarding My friend has some paddleboards and I've been wanting to try for a few summers now, so I'm making it a priority this summer!

☑︎ Visit a new lighthouse There are so many beautiful lighthouses in Maine and luckily some of the best are right near to my house. This summer I want to explore some more coastal towns which means visiting new lighthouses.

My Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2015

Hope you all had a nice long weekend! Mine was packed full and lots of fun -- it really felt like the start of summer in Maine! Not only did the tourists start streaming in, but I enjoyed some seafood on the water, watched the sun set over the ocean, visited with friends from far away, and strolled through coastal towns.

Here's a peek into my Memorial Day Weekend:

On Saturday night, two friends and I ate at a seafood restaurant on the coast. I love eating dinner on the wharf with the lobster boats and island ferries gliding into the harbor.

And of course we enjoyed some Maine-made ice cream afterwards...

My friends and I found the perfect spot to see this beautiful golden sunset over the water. I could do that every night!

On Sunday, my friend Jake and I drove to Boston to catch the Red Sox playing the Angels. This is such a classic New England thing to do... you just can't do summer without a hot, sunny day at Fenway. It was a great game! The Red Sox won 6 to 1.

The morning of Memorial Day, I watched our town's parade and then headed to Camden, one of my favorite coastal Maine villages.

Camden is set between some small mountains and the harbor, a pretty incredible setting. It was nice to finally see the boats repopulating the docks after a long winter...

My friend Erika and I grabbed sandwiches at the deli, walked through the quaint streets, and took some photos in the harborside park.

Erika and I have been best friends since preschool and it was so fun to have her in Maine for the weekend. She comes up from Massachusetts throughout the year and I always have so much fun on her visits. 

Whenever I have friends or family visit Maine, I get to play tourist a little bit, which is always fun to do and always makes me appreciate this beautiful area a little bit more!

On the way back to my house, we stopped at a favorite rural farm market of mine that had so many flowers and fresh vegetables. I'm going to have to remember to go back during strawberry season for some fresh summer berries.

We picked some things up for a Memorial Day barbecue, which took place at my house that evening. A perfect way to end a beautiful summer weekend!

The Ropes Maine Bracelets

May 25, 2015

I've been eyeing The Ropes Maine bracelets for some time now because I love the nautical feel and the fact that they're made in Maine. The bracelets use real marine ropes and dock hardware, merging utility and style in bright and fun combinations in a really unique way.

I finally purchased one when I got home for the summer and have been loving it. I'm wearing it more than I even thought I would!

There are four different styles (more about them here). I went with the Camden, the slightly down-scaled version of the classic Kennebunkport style, because my wrists are small and the larger bracelet felt a little too chunky for me.

Now that I have one and love it, I want to buy another! Below are some of my favorites.

{ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 }

Here are some of my favorite ways that I've seen these bracelets styled...

@MrsCocoWyse { 1 | 2 | 3 } McKenna Bleu { 4 | 5 }


Weekend Reading

May 22, 2015

This has been a nice week relaxing at home. Last weekend, after getting back from Connecticut... I got a car!

It's pretty much my dream car and I'm so excited to have it! I feel like a lucky girl.

My sister and I drove to Portland early in the week and got lunch at Whole Foods and walked/ran a few miles around Back Cove... then rewarded ourselves with my favorite donuts.

It was such a nice day!

I'm working at a candle store this summer and went into the shop the other day... and walked out with free candles! How cute are these...

I'm excited for the weekend of eating brunch, seeing an old friend, and going to a Red Sox game!

Onto some links for the week...

1. This fun feature on Time.com calculates what your name would be in different decades based on its popularity the year you were born. (I would've been Madilyn, Essence, Bonita, Georgia, Melva, and Rosetta throughout the decades... )
{ via Time }

2. @Carly and @JuliaHEngel's Instagrams from Alaska makes me want to go... it looks so beautiful!
{ via Instagram }

3. This video of Christina Aguilera doing impressions of different celebrities is pretty entertaining!
{ via MTV }

4. Just bookmarked these travel hacks to save money in Europe... definitely makes it seem less daunting.
{ via World of Wanderlust }

Tips for Getting Over a Cold

May 21, 2015

Before my road trip to Connecticut last week, I felt a cold coming on. Knowing that I was about to travel, I decided to take a day of rest and attempt to kick the cold before it got the best of me.

I woke up the next day feeling much better. Although I'm no medical expert and these tips are pretty much just common sense, I decided to share some of the things I did that helped get rid of my cold...

Eat healthy Your body needs fuel and nutrients to fight off any infections or viruses. I try to eat super healthy when I'm sick, filling up on fruit with immune-strengthening Vitamin C and antioxidants (like citrus and berries).

Drink lots of water Water flushes out your system and keeps you hydrated, which is especially important when fighting off sickness. I liked to add lemon to give an extra boost of Vitamin C and nutrients.

Supplement with nutrients I like to use natural supplements to help out my immune system. I usually drink a glass of Emergen-C, a powdered formula packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants, Zinc, Manganese, B vitamins, and electrolytes. I also love Ricola drops with honey, lemon, and echinacea to soothe the throat.

Take a bath There's probably no medical evidence to support this one... but a hot bath does wonders when you're not feeling so great! The steam helps to clear up the sinuses, if nothing else.

Drink tea Sipping on tea and honey can feel so nice when you have a cold, and many teas contain vitamins and minerals to help fight illness.

Take an aspirin Sometimes a dosage of generic pain reliever or cold medication can alleviate cold symptoms. I always try to use natural alternatives first, but this is a good back-up.

Rest Probably the only good part about having a cold is an excuse to rest for the whole day. This is such an important part of getting over a cold quickly!


Avocado Toast

May 19, 2015

I've been trying to eat healthier lately, so on Saturday I decided to make myself a healthful breakfast that I've been wanting to try... avocado toast! 

It was actually way better than I was expecting and I've been craving it ever since. All I did was mashed up a ripe avocado, spread it onto some toasted whole wheat bread, and sprinkled some pepper on top.

I love avocado toast because it's so versatile and easy to mix up. I'm hoping to try a few different variations.

Here are some I think look delicious...

- avocado toast with pesto and arugula
- avocado toast with egg (hard-boiled, fried, or scrambled)
- avocado toast with honey and sunflower seeds
- avocado toast with cucumber and lemon juice
- avocado toast with tomatoes and basil


Connecticut Trip Recap

May 18, 2015

Last week, I spent a few days visiting my college roommate, Lea, in her Connecticut hometown. It was so fun to explore her town and hang out with her family for a few days. She goes off to summer camp for the next few months so it was nice to get a visit in before then!

Here are some photos from my visit...

We first went to a local market to pick up some things for dinner and ended up getting some delicious fresh strawberries.

Our dessert that night was these delicious cupcakes...

The next morning, Lea and I got our nails done. I went for turquoise and pink!

We walked around the cute downtown.

That afternoon, we took some pictures before dinner.

We had some delicious pizza and went to see Pitch Perfect 2, which I thought was so good!

The next morning we had a diner brunch and then I headed home.


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