The Girl Without Magic

First, sorry for the lack of posts last week– I was sick and couldn’t get myself to do anything.  Second, I read my first book of 2018 and it was SO GOOD.  It’s called The Girl Without Magic and it’s the first of the Chronicles of Maggie Trent.  I’m teaming up with Xpresso Book tours to talk about it today.

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Winter Wedding

Happy 2018!  Today it’s back to everything for me today, including blogging!  Let’s start with Amanda & Miguel’s wedding, the last weekend vlog of 2018!  This vlog features a Maid of Honor speech by yours truly; an experience I hope never to repeat.

All and all, it was a beautiful wedding and so. much. fun!  It was a great way to close out the year and sure does make me anxious nervous excited for my own wedding!

Best of 2017

It’s true; we all think 2017 was pretty terrible.  When I look back, though, so many amazing things happened in 2017.  We spent the full year engaged (today, we are 100 days away from our wedding!) and laid some pretty exciting seeds for big things in 2018.  I couldn’t be looking forward it more!  Here are my favorite moments of 2017, though.

5. My Bridal Shower (November) | It was amazing an overwhelming to have so many people from all different parts of my life together!  See the photo post here and the vlog here.

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loved my Free People dress & flower crown; eating donuts with my MOH

4. Montreal Trip (September) | We road tripped over the border to Canada, and had a carefree weekend.  Watch the vlogs here & here.

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blown away by the Chinese garden at the Botanical Gardens; the view from Mont Royal!

3. Diva & Deepan’s Wedding (May) | Matt & I agree, this was hands down the best wedding we’ll ever go to.  Watch the vlogs here & here.

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Boston besties ready for our first sangeet; Matt & I dressed up for the wedding!

2. Kelly & Frank’s Wedding & Chicago trip (October) | This only ranks higher because we made a little vacation out of it!  Chicago is a special place to us since it’s the first place we ever traveled together.  Watch the vlogs here & here.

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all dressed up for the wedding; a recreation of a photo we took on our first trip at the Bean!

1. Japan Trip! (March/April) | It feels so long ago already, but going to Japan was literally making a lifelong dream come true.  I can’t say enough about this trip and how amazing it was – here‘s the photo post with links to all the vlogs so you can see yourself.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha; sakura-yuba twists in from of Himeji Castle!

We’re off today to our last wedding of the year — we’ll see you in 2018!

2017 in Books

Alright friends, I’m calling it.  I surpassed my goal of 100 books this year by reading 104 books.  Here there are!

Among them, I was blown away by The Inconceivable Life of Quinn, When the Moon was Ours, A Conjuring of Light, and The Sun is Also A Star.  I loved Marie Lu’s Young Elites series and Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight.  I read manga, physical books, Kindle books, and got some help from Audible.  I read one important book: The Hate U Give.  I read quite a few things I didn’t enjoy and will never read again.

I’m contemplating next year’s goal, thinking of how busy I’ll be… but then again, I was busy this year, too!  So stay tuned for that.

Check out my Goodreads to see more about 2017 in books!

Holidays at Cambridgeside

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It’s that time of year again– when everyone spends as much time at the mall as I do!  Whether it’s running to Macy’s for the perfect holiday party shoes, or Sephora for the latest eyeshadow palette to compliment my holiday look, or popping in Newbury Comics for that a fun Secret Santa gift, Cambridgeside Galleria is my go-to for shopping!

Cambridgeside Galleria recently underwent a make-over and it looks so new & clean!  The Christmas decor is all new too and I am absolutely mesmerized by these adorable hanging trees in geometric crystal shapes.  Below, Santa waits for you to tell him what you want for Christmas.  Photos with Santa are free, so this is a great place to bring your family (or girlfriends) for a little holiday fun!

Of course, there’s plenty of fun for bloggers as well with the annual Glamour Swap– I never miss it!  This year, I pulled a Celestial-print bag from Ann Taylor that couldn’t be more my aesthetic!

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Holiday party ready from last week with my Ann Taylor pouch; LOFT dress (old); and Alex & Ani necklace.

It’s a busy time for us all, so if you’re anything like me, Christmas is sneaking right up on you!  With only one week til Christmas, I suggest you make your way over to Cambridgeside to finish your holiday shopping!

Thank you to Cambridgeside Galleria for inviting me to celebrate the holidays with you!