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4th of july



Warning – photo overload ahead!

Last week, I got back from my annual vacation to the Jersey Shore with my in-laws.  It’s a trip that Dave and I look forward to all year!  (Here are some posts from last year’s vacation: 1 2 3)





These photos were taken on July 4th – coincidentally my mother-in-law’s and my cousin-in-law’s birthdays (is “cousin-in-law” a thing? lol).  Of course I wanted to go patriotic with my outfit, but unfortunately I forgot to pack something red.

Oh no! What’s a girl to do?!




Then I remembered my new red bike pin.  As I was grabbing it from my bag, a red hair tie fell out. Crisis averted!



As I mess with camera settings, I always use Dave for test-shots.  He usually just stands there, putting up with me (haha), but every once in a while I get a GREAT face:


Love it! 🙂


There were fireworks on the beach that night, so I brought my camera and tripod to try to get some good photographs.  Boy, was this difficult!  The wind was coming towards us, so each firework that went off caused smoke to obstruct our view.  By the end of the show, we could only see a huge smoke cloud and about 1/5th of each firework.

Though not the look I was going for, I have to admit that some of the shots came out kind of cool:




Annual family photo on the steps of the house:


The view of the bay from the houses down the road:


My parents and grandma decided to drive down from Long Island for a day, and we loved walking down the boardwalk!  I just love this sweet pic of mom and grandma:

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Boardwalk carnival rides:


(Not sure why, but he appears to be in pain…)

I also wanted to try some long-exposure shots – these two are my favorites:




Haha, love the little skeleton crawling on the roof!

Hope you are having a great week 🙂



Top: Energie Star Print Top via Macy’s
Shorts:  Celebrity Pink High-Waist Shorts via Macy’s
Pin:  Greenwich Letterpress Bicycle Enamel Pin
Sunglasses:  Hot Topic White and Wood Round Sunglasses
Headband: Forever 21
Flip Flops:  American Eagle Seaside via Payless

mill no. 5


In April, a colleague of mine told me about Thread and Groove – a record vendor event at Mill No. 5 in Lowell.  She knows that Dave and I have a (smallish) record collection and are always on the lookout for more, so we definitely needed to check it out!



It was our first time at Mill No. 5, and we thought it was such a cool place.  I’m sorry we didn’t take any photos near the vendor area, so you can’t really get an idea of the scene.  But I promise you, it was very hip! (haha, I sound like an old lady when I say “hip”)

We did sneak off into some remote areas and corners of this place to take photos, since I was far too shy to pose in front of passers-by.




They even have a small little independent movie theater.  I checked out their site, and it looks like they do free cult movie nights every Wednesday.  The catch is that you don’t know what movie it will be until you get there!  I’m thinking I’m going to have to drag Dave out for that soon 🙂

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There were also cool twisty staircases which were fun to explore:



My outfit consisted of a darling Lindy Bop skirt that I got from Modern Millie Shop in Salem.  At first I thought the little heart pockets were too cutesy for my taste, but now I think they are my favorite detail on the skirt!


I paired it with a new soft pink faux leather jacket, and the PERFECT purse.

But guess what?!  It isn’t really a purse!


Back in December one of my students gave me a gift of Hammond’s peanut brittle, and it came in this adorable radio tin!  I squealed quite loudly when he gave it to me (he must think I REALLY like peanut brittle!) and instantly knew I would be using it as a purse.  The candy was packaged in a plastic bag inside, so I didn’t even need to clean it out.

It comfortably fits my phone, keys, and card holder.  The only issue is that since it is metal, I can hear the contents rattling around inside…so I might end up giving it a lightly padded fabric lining.


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Skirt:  Lindy Bop ‘Bernadette’ Orange Study Print Swing Skirt via Modern Millie Shop
Top: Express Outlet
Sunglasses:  H&M
Jacket:  Candie’s via Kohl’s
Headband: Forever 21
“Purse”:  Hammond’s Peanut Brittle Gift Set
Shoes:  ModCloth Poised for Perfection Heel in Pebble

a great day


When these photos were taken, I couldn’t have been happier!

(Sorry if this is TMI…) A few weeks prior I had discovered a suspicious lump in my breast, and was anxious to see my doctor to find out what it was.  Breast cancer runs in my family, so of course I was concerned.  When I went in for the appointment, I was expecting that I would be told that it was nothing.

Instead, the doctor ordered me an ultrasound and a mammogram, which were scheduled for a week later.


After what felt like the longest week ever I had the tests done, and was thrilled to find out that it was a benign cyst.  Yay!

FYI – the mammogram was quite painful, and I’m glad that I don’t have to go through that again until I’m 40! (that is, unless any other little bumps pop up)



Dave worked a half-day that day so he could accompany me to my appointment (and coincidentally also works at the same hospital where I got the tests done), so afterwards we decided to grab lunch then take a little walk around Faneuil Hall.



I have to be honest that I don’t love how this high-waisted skirt looks on my body.  I think it’s due to the fact that my torso is a little short as is, so wide waistband makes it look even shorter…but this skirt is SO comfy and was quite cheap so I’m not complaining 🙂


Hope you have a great weekend!




Top:  Forever 21
Skirt:  Forever 21 Stripe Pleated Skirt
Sunglasses:  Isaac Mizrahi via Burlington Coat Factory
Fleece-Lined Tights: Marshall’s
Shoes:  Madden Girl

down by the station



Back in August 2015 I took some photos at Depot Park in Bedford, MA.   I love this location at the end of the Minuteman Bike Trail mostly because of the vintage passenger car that’s parked there.  It was once part of an old Boston commuter line which ran for over 100 years from 1873-1977.

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boston winter


So sorry for the long absence!  I know it’s been about a month since my last post… 😦

Things have been really busy recently, mostly due to the stamp/paper crafts company that I co-founded and design for, Altenew.  There is a big trade show every year that we attend, and this year it was in Phoenix.  I was CRAZY busy December and January leading up to the show the weekend of the 20th.

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christmas in orlando


Every year, we alternate between spending Christmas with my family and with my in-laws (we do the same for Thanksgiving).

Last month we celebrated Thanksgiving in New Jersey, which would usually mean Christmas in New York with my family.  However, my parents also have a house in Florida and that’s where they were going to be this year.  My brothers both live in FL full time, and the older one kindly offered to host.

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