26 March 2013


Top: ZARA / Jeans: Delias / Booties: Shoedazzle

This past week has been quite a rollercoaster.  Super busy juggling work, school, and my internship, as well as trying to use the gym on a semi-regular basis to prep for summer (because I am going to be bikini ready this year, goddamnit), and have some semblance, however pitiful it may be, of a social life.  After all that, we can forget about basic human needs like food, sleep, hygiene (don't even get me started on laundry).  UGH.  But, the plus side is that the snow has finally melted away and the days have been getting a little bit sunnier, so hopefully spring is actually close by.  And only five more weeks of school, then I'm done!  Done, done, done.  For good.  Or at least, until grad school.  But I can't look that far ahead or I may explode.

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23 March 2013

IT WAS A REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD DAY (think that's enough 'really's?)

Yesterday was one of those days where everything was perfect.  It was everything that I needed, even if I didn't realize it.

I had started to become a bit resentful towards Boston, to be honest.  An animosity had started to grow between us, at least from my side of things.  This semester, it hasn't really felt like it's where I've wanted to be, and I've treated it as such.  As a result, I haven't been completely happy being here.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved doing the shows I've worked on, and my classes are good, my apartment is awesome... But, it's no secret that I want to be in London, not here.  I'm antsy to get out because I don't feel like I fit here.  Like a mandatory uniform that is scratchy and doesn't fit right, I have to be in Boston until graduation and am counting down the days until I can leave and go where I want (take the uniform off, so to speak).

But things are what you make of them, and yesterday, I saw Boston in a new light (cue epiphany music).  My wonderful friend Kelly, who I met abroad in London, came up from New York and we spent the whole day walking around Boston - literally, all around Boston.  And I saw the city through the fresh eyes of another person.  Not only that, but someone who has many of the same feelings regarding missing London as I do.  This city is actually quite beautiful.  The negative attitude towards it in my mind had poisoned the view I had of Boston, making it look ugly.

Yesterday, that was changed, and while I still am ready to move away and forward, for now, Boston will do.


Top: H&M / Shorts: Nordstrom / Boots: Steve Madden / Bag: AE / Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren / Necklace: thrifted

 Don't be fooled - this is definitely not the weather in Boston right now.  These are a couple pics from my trip to Florida that I figured I may as well put up, then pine over how much I wish Boston did not have snow in its forecast.  Yeah, that's right.  More snow.  It is almost April, right?  We're not all off a month?  Because I'm sure finding it hard to believe that it's actually spring.

On the plus side, my friend Kelly is coming to Boston today!  I've mentioned her before - she's a friend I met in London who took all of my outfit pics over there.  She's an incredible photographer and awesome person all around!  So cheerio, chaps, we're gonna go take Boston by storm today.

20 March 2013


As I sit here in my apartment in Boston, there is a fresh several inches of snow outside, school has closed for the day, and I'm finding it hard to believe that just a couple days ago I was in sunny Florida with its 80-degree weather and bright sunshine.  I mean, snow??  Come on Boston.  It's the end of March - get yourself together.

This spring break was exactly what I wanted and needed though.  I got to hang out with my mom, snuggle my puppy, drive that powerhouse of a Miata on the beach, lay in the sun, wear sundresses and shorts and other hot weather things, drink tropical beverages, and sleep in a big comfy bed with palm trees outside my window.  We decided (after a little work convincing my mom) to go to Daytona Beach on Saturday right during the end of Bike Week 2013.  Basically the beach version of the Sturgis motorbike rally, hundreds of thousands of bikers from all over the country bring their bikes down to Daytona for a week of motorbike based festivities.  They have bike races at the speedway, a "Hot Leathers" bike-wear fashion show, Hooters bikini contests, parades, music, etc.  The bikers had taken over Daytona, and we joined in the fun!  Let me tell you, there is no better place for a girl to get a boost of confidence that around a bunch of bikers.

One thing that really solidified for me was how much I enjoy the biker crowd.  It's not really my style what with all the Harley Davidson bikes (I prefer them crotch rockets ;p) and leather chaps, but no matter what style of bike they ride or how they dress, what I like most about being around these people is how real they are.  Everyone is there for the shared passion of biking - they're real people, not all intimidating and belonging to gangs like most stereotypes.  They don't care what you look like (believe me, it was a huge hodgepodge of all types of people in all types of clothing or lack thereof) and they don't judge.  They're just there to have fun.

So Daytona Bike Week was definitely a highlight of a wonderful spring break.  Now I'm back in Boston for the last two months of school before graduating (eek! and yay!), and I start my internship as Assistant Stage Manager for the Actor Shakespeare Project's production of Pericles tonight, so that's where I'm off to now.  Cheers lovelies!

19 March 2013


 Dress: 2020Ave / Flats: Nordstrom / Necklace: thrifted / Ring: gift / Lipstick: MAC "Vegas Volt"

You know when you show a text conversation to someone and they ask which side of the screen you are, or if you're the white text bubbles or the blue/green bubbles?  Yeah, I've always thought that was kind of pointless.  Because aren't all text conversations the same in that way?  Your messages are on the right, and the person you're texting on the left.  And yet, whenever we're shown a text conversation, we always ask what side is who (I'm guilty of this too, even though I know perfectly well in retrospect).

Another thing I wonder about that is even more silly is the word "grey".  I spell grey with an "e", but it can also be spelled with an "a" and will still be spelled correctly.  WHY ARE THERE TWO SPELLINGS FOR THE SAME WORD?  It drives me absolutely crazy.  I mean, it's one thing for the a word to sound the same, but have different spellings according to its meaning, but the word "grey/gray" means the same thing either way you spell it.  How did that come about?  Did people just go around spelling it any way they liked and whoever knew the correct spelling was too lazy to correct it?  Or was everyone so ignorant that absolutely nobody knew what the correct one was?  It's also possible that one is the English spelling and America decided to spell it different during their whole revolutionary phase when they said screw the Brits (which, BTW, way to go America - spell a word differently, that's how you show 'em you're independent! *eye roll*).  So which is it - laziness, stupidity, or rebellion fit for a teenager?

That started to get quite loaded with contempt there, which wasn't the intent.  Anyone have little things like this that they wonder about, or that seems pointless?

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14 March 2013


 These are a few snippets of my first day in Florida and what feels like my real first day of spring break.  It was so nice to wake up in a sunny room with palm trees outside, a fluffy white comforter, soft sheets, and a pup snuggled up next to me.  How I missed that little scamp!  Today was spent out in the sunshine as much as possible, even though it was a pretty cool day in Florida - mid 60's at highest temperature today.  But the weekend is supposed to be in the 80's so all's well that ends well.  :)  And on Saturday, off to the beach!

10 March 2013

just call me... erm, I dunno, someone on the cooking channel

Stir-fry: Stirring, I can do.  No problem.  I'm an excellent stirrer.  Top notch.  Frying, however, I was not so sure about.  I probably am one of the least skilled people in regards to the kitchen ever.  Or I thought I was, but then, mother of all things food, I actually made a stir-fry!  And it was delicious!!

I cheated a little.
Asked my sister for help over the phone.
But still!

I'm used to having exact recipes for baking, which I can do because it's so specific.  Because cooking is a lot more subjective and experimental, it hasn't been as easy.  And I'm not sure how to really write down a "recipe" for this stir-fry because I don't remember exact minutes that I had things on this or that setting, etc.  But here's what I can tell you...

- red and green bell peppers
- yellow onion
- snap peas
- chicken (I used the frozen, pre-grilled strips since I didn't trust myself with raw meat)
- cashews (pre-roasted)
- pineapple
- teriyaki sauce

Basically, it was the veggies in a frying pan with a splash of olive oil over medium heat until the onions started to become translucent, then added chicken, cashews, and pineapple in that order (note that if you're using raw chicken, you should probably put that on first thing even before veggies so it cooks more).  Once everything was at the consistency I wanted, I added the teriyaki sauce - about half the average-sized bottle for the amount I made, which was maybe 4 servings.  Let it cook for a little more while I started the rice, then once it all looked good, turned it down to a low simmer until the rice was done.  I actually took it off the stove before the rice had finished because I didn't want it to get mushy, but use your judgement.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to stir.  :p

Put a big old spoonful or two over the rice and BAM.  Stir-fry goodness.  :)

08 March 2013

that groundhog is a liar

Remember when the groundhog supposedly popped up out of his cozy winter hole, took a look around, and reported back that he hadn't seen his shadow this year and so spring was on it's merry way to a town near you?
Yeah, he lied.

That little bi- I mean, really, does the above photo look like spring to you?  No, is the answer you're looking for.  And it's only gotten snowier.  As in, it snowed all last night and all day today.  And this also marks the beginning of our spring break, though someone needs to inform Boston of what spring break entails, because clearly, Boston doesn't know the meaning of the word "spring".

But the good news is... I'm going to Florida!  Yep, I'll be waiting all weekend and early next week for Wednesday, when I will happily sprint to Boston Logan in excitement and catch my plane down to warm, sunny Florida to visit my mom and my puppy.  Can't even convey just how excited I am to play with that little scamp in the Florida sunshine and drive the golf cart around as he chases it like a furry maniac.

06 March 2013

cara delevigne is awesome if you didn't know

Jacket: New Look / Button-up: J.Crew / Jeans: Delias / Hat: Nordstrom / Watch: Windsor / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Necklace: Nordstrom

I'm taking advantage of these few days where I get to sleep in, so rolling out of bed for class this morning, I wanted very much to be casual but still not in my sweatpants or leggings, since that's basically my uniform for mornings that I work.  I was scrolling through my Instagram news feed and came across this photo of Cara Delvigne (love her!) and was inspired by her casual look land layering, so I kind of tried to make due with what I could scrape together from my closet.  I was comfy, that's for sure.

Also, I'll have you know that really, the biggest draw was the hat, as it's hiding my gross, needs-to-be-washed hair.

I'm off to go work on lights for a show tonight put on by a student organization for my school.  I'm never gone from the theatre for too long, that's apparent.
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