A local's guide to the South End

What do you all think of the new site? Giant thank you to Natalie who managed the project. Natalie helped me migrate over from Blogger to Squarespace, designed a new logo and layout. Hopefully it is a little easier to navigate! Full disclosure, a few tweaks to be made, including the editing of the "about me" page. Let's be honest, writing about yourself is awkward and choosing the right photos also seems funny...so it make take a little more time.

As you may have noticed if you are a frequent visitor, I have taken a big step back from this blog over the past few months. I've had quite a bit of time to think about what I want this space to be. And to be honest, I am still not sure. I am able to identify, however, what I do not want it to be. Many of the blogs that have been daily reads over the past 5-10 years have dramatically changed from their conception. And that's no surprise. The publishing industry has changed, advertising has changed, brands no longer want the same things they used to. This change is evident as you scroll through Instagram feeds, Bloglovin' feeds and twitter updates. There's a lot of inauthenticity in the business of blogging today. There are also a lot of peonies styled perfectly, sponsored giveaways with products the publishers would probably never use, and selfies...a whole lot of selfies. I want this fresh start on Daily Crush to be a reminder to be authentic. I would like this blog to be a place where I can share images, words and reviews that are genuine. I have a lot of real stuff to share whether it be decorating our new apartment, traveling adventures, and much more. 

To kick off a new series, I want to share some of my most favorite places in the city I love. The photos below were all taken in the South End neighborhood of Boston. The South End is conveniently located minutes from Back Bay, and it is beautiful. The streets are lined with old Victorian-style homes covered in ivy and old cobblestone sidewalks. It also happens to be home to some of the best shops and restaurants in the city. 

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Niche Garden Supply, located on 619 Tremont St is a new-to-me garden supply store. Niche is the perfect spot to grab a few succulents or indoor plants. Great place to stop in if you need a gift! 

Pioneer Goods, located on 764 Tremont St is one of the best sources in the city for affordable antiques. Justin, the owner does a fantastic job collecting traditional and rustic furniture and accessories. If I ever need to decorate a bachelor pad, I know where I will head! In the meantime, I love stopping in on the weekends to look at new prints and pieces he has found. 

B & G Oyster located on 550 Tremont St is a small raw bar with a great neighborhood feel. I love going in the summer and sitting on the back patio. The restaurant can be pricey, but a great place to go on a date or with a small group. My other favorite restaurants in the South End include Barcelona Wine BarThe Butcher Shop, and Gaslight

Hudson is a home furnishings store on 12 Union Park St. It is the perfect place for the design aficionado that loves traditional New England style with an eclectic twist. Hudson sells more than your fair share of pillows, home accessories, and custom-made furniture. 

Urban Grape on 303 Columbus Ave, is a creative new wine store with out of this world service. I love going in not only for the great design, but the staff is incredible at helping you find the perfect bottle at the price point you ask for. Great place to stop in if you need a gift or you are hosting a party. They also host events every Thursday and Friday night, you can find the schedule here.

Olives and Grace, located on 623 Tremont Street, is an artisan shop that sells small-batch food and gifts. The owner (Sophie) opened Olives and Grace with the intention of representing each maker in a unique way. Boston needs more stores like this! 

Blackbird Donuts, located on 492 Tremont is a small donut shop that opened a few months ago. The line out the door on Sunday morning is all you need to see to be convinced to try one of their sweet creations. Let's just say I never really knew I liked donuts until Blackbird opened. It's worth the calories. 

Follain located on 53 Dartmouth St is hands-down one of my favorite stores in the city. Follain is a natural skincare shop that features a thoughtfully curated portfolio of skincare and beauty products. I personally love the RMS line they carry as well as the Josh Rosebrook products. 

Newport Home Tour

Michaela Carlin, my mom, and wearer of many, many hats has done a fantastic job decorating our new home in Newport, Rhode Island over the past year. I thought this project was well-worthy of a blog post. The photos below are by no means professional, just a compilation of shots taken over the course of the summer on my iPhone. 

So what did she do? Everything. This was a a lot that my parents bought that was overgrown and entirely ledge that needed to be blasted. She worked alongside the architect to make the best possible use of a strangely shaped property line. In addition to her hand in the architecture plans, she decorated every room to look Pinterest-worthy. 

I love how every part of the home has turned out (so far) β€“ especially the open layout and outdoor spaces. Her goal was to have the home be inviting for our family of six and many guests that come and go throughout the course of the summer. She used a white canvas throughout the entire house, much of the furniture is considered indoor/outdoor, and the accessories and art she chose is nautical and beachy. Eventually, when I get my act together I will post a few of the DIY's she did, like this one. In the meantime, you can see some of the sources below for products throughout the home (see below). 



Outdoor Furniture: