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the barking crab



Ahhh, another summer memory.

Our friends Sara (In a Nutshell blog) and Cody love a restaurant by the seaport area in Boston called The Barking Crab.  Dave is obsessed with seafood, so of course he was down.  I, on the other hand, don’t like crabs or lobsters (the restaurant’s specialty), but it seemed like a great opportunity to wear my new(ish) Lindy Bop dress!




The boys were extremely excited to split a platter with lobster and crab, along with an extra Dungeness crab on the side.


I was excited to pose with the lobster:


Now, this wasn’t the first time I wore this amazing dress.  The week prior I went to a family reunion in Maine, and the theme was….Lobster!

Here’s a pic from that event.  It seems as though my “thing” is to pose with lobsters in a lobster dress, but not actually eat them:



Aren’t Sara and I the cutest? I love how coordinated her whole outfit is.  Even though we don’t match, we both accessorized with red.  Love it!

The boys have a bit of a bromance thing going on themselves, so I made sure to document the love:



So let’s talk about the dress for a sec.  I was quite upset when I got it, because even though I purchased the smallest size available, it was HUGE!  Not just a little big/loose, but ridiculously large.  On the website it said something about a “comfortable fit,” but the model looked good in hers so I didn’t think it would be an issue.


Luckily, I know how to sew, so I could easily alter it.  I ended up cutting out around 5 inches (!) of fabric from the bodice and skirt, and sewed a new back seam.  The waist has elastic, so I didn’t need to insert a zipper.

It wasn’t the best way to take in a garment, but I didn’t want to take the whole thing apart.  There are pockets in this dress, so taking fabric out at the side seams would mean I would have to move those too.  The back seam was a quick fix that I was okay with.

However, when I cut out all of that fabric from the center seam, it shifted the location of the straps, so now they angle towards the center.  It doesn’t look bad, but I might go back and move them to a more appropriate location.



I accessorized with a cute little fork pin that I got at the SOWA open market (Greenway location) a few summers ago.  I love how it’s headed right for that crab!



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Dress Lindy Bop ‘Bambi’ Turquoise Lobster Print Swing Dress
BeltModern Millie Shop (brand unknown, similar here)
Shoes:  Montego Bay Club Pina High Wedge Sling via Payless
:  Purchased at SOWA (brand unknown, similar here)
Sunglasses:  Isaac Mizrahi via Burlington Coat Factory
HeadbandForever 21 Wire Bow Headwrap


first day of summer vacation


It’s funny going through these photos, since they were taken back in June. It was the first weekend of summer vacation, and I had just said goodbye to my amazing students the day prior. (Including a very emotional hug with a 5th grader – we had really connected over the past five years, and she was sad to be leaving me to go to the middle school! So sweet!)

The first day of summer vacation is always bittersweet. I really love my job, and tend to get this empty feeling inside. Do any other teachers experience this? I also wonder, “What will I do every day while Dave is at work?”



But then that quickly fades when I realize how awesome it is to sleep in late, make my own schedule each day, work on craft projects, travel, and enjoy the sunshine/warm weather!

I like to take time in the summer to recharge and come up with new lesson plans too. I don’t think any teacher is 100% content with how they do their job, since there is always room for improvement!



I also like the summer since I can wear clothes that might be slightly too short for the classroom, like this adorable mint green polka dot halter!  At first I thought the bow details might be too youthful, but I think it all works.

I can’t believe that this is my first blog post in these wedge sandals, since I practically live in them.  I got them about a year ago at Marshall’s, and I’ll bet you won’t be able to guess the brand!


Dr. Scholl’s!

I couldn’t believe that a brand I associated with old lady shoes has some really cute styles.  And the best part is that they are SO comfortable! (hence the fact that they are my go-to shoes in the summer)




Just sneaking in a photo of Dave before I wrap up the post – it was a test shot, and I think he looks really cute! (even though it kind of looks like he is about to sneeze, hehe).


Plus, he’s wearing a sweet Metroid shirt from Uniqlo!  BTW, I currently can’t stop playing Samus Returns on the 3DS – though it’s not surprising, since I always tend to obsess over Metroid games.


Hope you are all having a fantastic week!



Dress: Hell Bunny Mint Jolene Halter via Hot Topic
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie Backpacking Surf Rider Shades
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s Mashup via Marshall’s (also available here)
Hair: Forever 21

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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