A Perfect New England Weekend

Family, friends, the beach, and good eats are my recipe for the perfect weekend. Last weekend was just that.

Friday night I took it easy because I knew I was getting up early to head to the beach with my grammy. I so look forward to Fridays because it’s my favorite day to stay in. I watched a little bit of Stranger Things (anyone else watching this?) and then read a little. Then Saturday, it was beach time.

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We went to Rockport – the beach I grew up going to and my Grammy’s favorite place on earth. The beaches are small, but it has the cutest little downtown with shops and restaurants.

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It’s impossible not to grab a snack while you’re walking around. I always like to stop in Roy Moore Lobster; this visit we picked up shrimp cocktail and some delicious smoked salmon.

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We took the scenic route home, and with seafood still on our mind, we decided to stop for an early dinner. Looking specifically for fried clams and outdoor seating, I randomly found the The Clam Shack in Salem. Thank goodness for Yelp! I had gone to Farnham’s the week before so I wanted to see how it compared.

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This place is a gem! The service was super friendly and the food fantastic. Grammy got fried scallops and clam (bellies, for the win!) and I got baked haddock and scallops. All the seafood was so fresh and flavorful. And this sounds silly, but I was so impressed with the fries and tartar sauce. You often find these seafood shacks slacking on those two items, but they knocked it out of the park. And do yourself a favor and dip your fries in the tartar sauce. It’s that good.

Later that night my fave girl Taylor spent the night for some wine, girl talk, and for our brunch day on Sunday. FullSizeRender 6

We started the day with a nice church service. I almost always go to church by myself so it was really special having someone tag along. It made for a great start to the day!

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On to brunch! We decided to check out Worden Hall in Southie and it did not disappoint. We started with the most delicious Strawberry Bellinis with St. Elder, strawberry shrub, and prosecco. Bellinis are where it’s at you guys. No more mimosas.strawberry bellini worden hall southie boston

To eat, I had the Roasted Vegetable Ragout with poached eggs and a romesco sauce. The vegetables consisted of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and kale. Taylor got the Grilled Bacon Apple Cheddar Croque. Trust us, it was goooood. A side of black pepper bacon and fruit and the meal was complete!FullSizeRender 7

After brunch we hopped around a bit to The Maiden, Moonshine 152, Coppersmith. The Maiden’s atmosphere was a little too stale, Moonshine is my next go-to for brunch, and Coppersmith was really neat space. It was a weekend for the books!

What’s your go-to item at brunch? And cocktail? I always go for anything with eggs (savory over sweet) and I’ll drink bellinis or Bloodys.

Product Highlight: Al Fresco Chicken Sausages

Let me tell you, I’ve been eating Al Fresco chicken sausages for years. I used to get so excited when they were BOGO at Publix (wah, I miss Publix!) and I’d stock up for weeks. So would my roommate. Why? They’re easy in a pinch and so versatile. I’d add them to sauteed veggies, toss them in a salad or quinoa bowl, or even eat them with eggs for breakfast. The options are endless. When I had a CSA it was my go-to protein to have with all my vegetables. Too easy!

Al Fresco makes fully-cooked and dinner-ready chicken sausages, as well as breakfast patties, bacon, burgers, grillers, hot dogs, and deli meat. They’re all gluten free, 35% lower in sodium and 70% lower in fat than pork. (All products are made of chicken or turkey meat.) And news to me, they’re made right here in MA!

The Sweet & Smoky flavor was awesome. There’s heat from the peppers, and to sweeten them up, they use pineapple juice!

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An old favorite is the Roasted Pepper & Asiago flavor. So good.al fresco chicken sausage roasted pepper asiago

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of al fresco. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Only One Q&A

Snagged this from my lovely friend Biana! PS: must hang soon girlfriend!

If I Could Choose Only One…

wear one outfit | | white skinny jeans, a bright top, simple jewelry, and wedges

have one style icon | | I’ve honestly never had a style icon, but I’d say my style is a mix of classic with a pop of colorful and trendy.

shop at one store || LOFT

carry one handbag || Investing in a luxury bag was one of the best decisions because I realized I was spending just as much on random, inexpensive bags that I’d get bored with or ruin within months. That said, I adore all of my Louis Vuitton bags and my favorite is the MM Neverfull. I have the Damier Ebene (brown checker print) and the Damier Azur (white checker print) with Rose Ballerine interior. This one is fairly new and I’m still so thrilled I found it.

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use one skincare product || Eye cream! Two eye products I love are:

Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wear one scent || Fresh Sugar Lychee! It smells like delicate citrus, juicy lychee, and mango. So refreshing and fun.

indulge in one spa treatment || Gel manicures, 100%. I don’t like massages (they creep me out) and facials are fine…but manicures, I always need those. I love getting bright pinks, neons, or white.

apply one lipstick color || Anastasia Metallic Rose. If any of you have green eyes, this will make them pop!

order one drink || Pinot Noir!

pick one flower || Lilacs – they only last for a few weeks each season but I’m always so excited when they bloom. The scent is just so memorable and they’re beautiful!

apply one mascara || MAC Haute & Naughty Lash. So much volume!

do one workout || Strength training. Anything with high-intensity intervals.

read one author || Oh, that’s too hard. I read too much fiction. But if I could only read one book, I’d choose The Bible. It has all the answers! <3

live by one quote ||

A Little Quiz

Thanks to Ashley from Sweet Carolina Belle for this one!

1. What brings you the greatest joy? My family. I love being up here and close to a bunch of my cousins. My little twin, Maddie and me last weekend:

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2. What are your vices? Spending too much $ on food. I swear I am in Whole Foods like half the week. But hey, I’ve got to eat, right??

3. What is on your nightstand? Way too much stuff and it gives me anxiety when it’s cluttered. But the things that are always there are: fresh flowers, the best journal, this bookSt. Lucy, and this random poem I accidentally found in a library book. (The previous person was using it as a bookmark, but I was so happy to find it.)


4. Do you have a secret talent? Not many people realize I speak Spanish. It’s always a surprise when I can eavesdrop on a conversation and report back. 😉

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Food. Hands down. But not one particular thing — I just enjoy all of it as a hobby. Cooking, learning about nutritional aspects, following food trends. And I love forcing food on people like an old Italian grandmother.

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? Living on their own! Traveling alone. Eating at a restaurant alone.

7. What makes you laugh? Aziz Ansari. God I love that little man. I’ve seen him twice (in Charleston and Harvard Square) and he was hilarious both times.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I consider myself an introvert.

9. What is on your bucket list?  Montreal, Greece, Italy (again). Uh, hello, who wouldn’t want to go here?

10. What is on your feet right now?  These wedges. (On sale and so comfy!!)

11. How did you make your first dollar? At 15/16 I worked at Sonic Drive-In as a carhop. I wore skates for one day, crashed into a car with a bunch of milkshakes and was told “You can just wear your sneakers from now on.” I loved that job. I worked with a bunch of my friends and we had a blast.

12. What superstition do you believe in? I never ever put my purse on the ground. “A purse on the floor is money out the door.”

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? White jeans, denim jacket, and more pink than I’d like to admit.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Whether it’s something little or big, anything I’ve gotten from my grammy or my grandparents has been the most special. They both have a way of finding the most perfect-for-me gifts.

15. What is on your liquor shelf? I don’t have anything (!). Just wine. Still my favorite:


16. What is on your kitchen counter? All that I can think of is a tea kettle and a Le Creuset dutch oven. I hate stuff being on the counters.

17. What would you never leave home without? Phone, debit card.

Question for you: What’s your secret talent?