Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TRAVEL GUIDE TO TULUM









Where do I start? Back in December...as a Christmas gift, Jake surprised me with tickets to Mexico to go on vacation. We had a bruuutal winter in Boston, so by the time the end of March came around I was dying to get out! We had such an incredible trip, it was the perfect combination of doing absolutely nothing on the beach and being able to leave the hotel to explore the adorable downtown.  Jake did a bunch of research on where to stay and narrowed it down to Papaya Playa, Cocqui Cocqui and BeTulum. Ultimately, Jake talked to a friend that had visited BeTulum for lunch during his recent trip and had nothing but amazing things to say. We decided to treat ourselves and book it! The hotel itself completely exceeded our expectations. I could go on, and on, and on. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. They thought of every, single little detail. The hotel itself was on the beach with amazing cabanas and lounge areas. While in Tulum, we enjoyed some of the best food I have ever had in my life and had hands down the best spa experience that paradise has to offer. 

If you plan on visiting Tulum, feel free to check these places out: 

Hartwood-I thought it was completely ridiculous that you have to wait in line at 2pm to put your name in for a dinner reservation. After three attempts of showing up right around 2pm we finally were able to get in on Saturday night for the 5pm seating. The hype (which I had never seen before) was COMPLETELY worth it. The restaurant is outside on the main jungle road that goes through the charming town. There was no refrigerator and everything is cooked on an open fire. Jake had the whole fish and I can't remember what I got but it was incredible. If you go to Tulum, don't miss out on going here. 

Posada Margarita-Beach restaurant that is entirely powered by solar panels. They have a very small menu, but everything is made from scratch. The ambiance is perfect to get a bottle of wine, and arrive early to watch the sunset before you eat. 

Mateos Mexican Grill-Casual, no-frill taco bar located on the beach road. The food was some of the best we had in Tulum and they have several decks with games and bars. I would recommend going here for lunch over dinner.

Yaan Wellness Spa -This was directly across from our hotel. Jake had never had a professional massage, so for his birthday I booked him one. Yaan is an incredibly peaceful place that hosts morning yoga, a sweat lodge, and cryotherapy. I did the water circuit and never wanted to leave. 

Ziggys Beach Bar- Ziggy's bar is open all day everyday. Sun-beds and palm trees will await you as will some of the larger drinks you have ever seen in your life. My memories from Ziggy's are a bit  extremely blurry as they kept trying to up-sell us on all sorts types of tequilas. We never ate here, so I can not speak for the food, but I highly recommend stopping in for drinks during sunset. 

Please email me if you plan to visit the Yucatan Peninsula. I am happy to share other ideas!

SUMMER IS HERE

Despite the seemingly never-ending rain we are getting in Boston right now, summer is just around the corner. I am looking forward to weekends in Newport, spending as much time as possible outside, and adding a couple of pieces to my wardrobe. When it comes to summer clothing and decor, I love sticking to crisp whites and shades of blue. White jeans are a staple as are short dresses to wear with sandals or wedges.

Since moving into a new apartment, I've ordered most of my furniture from One King's Lane and Serena & Lilly. You've probably seen some small corners in a lot of my Instagram photos so I will have to do a full post soon! It's certainly a lot more work than I anticipated and doesn't yet feel complete. 


Thursday, May 28, 2015

OUTFIT CRUSH & UPDATES


Anddd three weeks later...hi again! How are you all? A lot has been going on around here. I have been traveling quite a bit, moved across the city, decorated a new apartment, celebrated three years at HubSpot, and all the while I've been trying to stay diligent about completing an entire overhaul of this site that I love so much but is looking pretty damn outdated. Wouldn't you say? The new layout will be much more sleek and functional and will hopefully be a good kick in the butt to ramp up more posts. Can't wait to share! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

COLOR CRUSH






(images via Pinterest)

Picking the right paint color is no easy task. Every house is different and it really all depends on lighting, dimensions and what you have planned for the room. Your decor is different than that picture you pinned on Pinterest and all of the magazine clippings you have saved. One color that I have really gravitated towards recently is this slate-grey, navy tone. Dark colors can add warmth and depth to any room, especially when paired with white trim and decor that pops. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

QUINOA ENCHILADA BAKE

Last nights dinner was so good I thought I should share it right away. I love Mexican food and quinoa so this seemed like the perfect option. The flavor was delicious and it only took about 20-30 minutes total which made it an easy weeknight meal! 

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa 
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans
1 jalepeno pepper
1 tomato 
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cups enchilada sauce 
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (4 oz)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 avocado-diced small 
Sliced avocado
Fresh cilantro


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) or 13×9-inch (3-quart) ceramic or broiler-proof baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Heat 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and onion; cook 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
3. Reduce heat to low. Add quinoa, chicken, black beans, green chiles, chili powder and 2 cups of the enchilada sauce; stir to combine. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in Cheddar cheese. Transfer quinoa mixture to baking dish. Top evenly with pepper Jack cheese.
5. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn oven control to broil. Place baking dish about 5 inches from broiler; broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from broiler. Top with your avocado

Monday, March 2, 2015

BEACH BOUND




I am counting down the days until my quick beach vacation with my family in Mexico towards the later half of next week. As I mentioned in my last post, this Boston winter has been long and well, long. I am anxiously awaiting some R&R, fish tacos and time with my sisters, brother and parents. Both my parents and sister have birthdays within the last week so it will fun to all be together and celebrate! I don't plan on buying much for this trip since it is so short but I could use a cover up or two and a new pair of sandals, mine are a little beat up. Above are a few of my finds. 

I am launching a redesign in the next couple of weeks but do have some good content ahead. In the meantime, if you are not already signed up for LiketoKNOW.it, I strongly recommend you become a member. LiketoKNOW.it is a new subscription app that works with your Instagram and sends emails with the products found in the image straight to your inbox.  Incredible, right? I will be using it for this post so if you are signed up and liked it all of the products from the post will be delivered to your email. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SALLY KING'S ATLANTA DIGS

Sally King Benedict is best known for her vibrant colorful paintings, and its no surprise that her new Atlanta home is a canvas of its own. She and her husband just had a baby and moved to Atlanta from Charlestown, the photos below were featured in Domino Magazine recently and I felt compelled to share for those of you that have not seen it!