June ‘Grams


Why yes, I am itching for my mini Fourth of July vacation.  I’m off tomorrow, so let’s say goodbye to June.

Highlights include: my first 5K attempt, celebrating Matt’s birthday, the first beach trip of the season, Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios, adventuring around JP & the Arnold Arboretum, and a lot of cooking together [here, here, and here].

I’ve got a couple of trips planned for July, but stay tuned.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!


Belated Birthday in Beacon Hill

At this point, my birthday was over a week ago… 10 days to be exact!  On the day itself, I celebrated by going to dinner with my family.  This weekend, my friend’s threw me a little birthday brunch to ring in my next year.  It snowed heavily in Boston on Saturday morning, and by the time we left the streets were slick with slush.  Still, I shuffled through Beacon Hill with a belly full of brunch, bag full of gifts, and heart full of thanks. Here’s my belated birthday recap! IMG_6919 [1] My brother got me a record player for my birthday! [2] He got my Taylor Swift’s 1989 as my first record. This is also the year I was born!  [3] My friend Julia got me this adorable iphone case featuring a dachshund drinking Starbucks and a nautical monogram wine tumbler! [4] My dear friend Stacie sent me these adorable dachshund magnets!  Are you sensing a theme? [5] My first selfie of age 26.  Eep. [6] Beacon Hill Bistro where I dined with my sweet friends Carissa, Kelsey, Chelsea, Sarah, and Elaina. [7] Poached eggs with hollandaise is my absolute favorite! [8] Carissa made me a cross-stitch Piplup! [9] Kelsey bought me these awesome Edward Gorey Tarot cards while we browsed the paper shops on Charles St.  My friends just get me. A sincere thank you to everyone who made me feel so special as I entered the latter half of my twenties.  It was a wonderful birthday and I sure hope that sets the precedent for the year!  And happy birthday to my fellow Capricorns!

Friday Favorites: Colorstrology



IMG_5565Despite all of the wonderful books I’ve been reading, my fun find of the summer has got to be Colorstrology.  This little coffee table book was the last in stock at my local Paper Source.  I picked it up innocently enough, but once I did, I couldn’t let it go.

The concept it simple.  It combines Pantone colors with astrology– really, just your birthday– to assign each day of the year a power color.  It gives you a little color horoscope– your color plus three adjectives, then a little paragraph.

My birthday is January 17th and my color is Tandori Spice [Pantone 18-1444].  That makes me dynamic, intricate, and colorful.  Today is actually my mom’s birthday– she’s Wedgewood [Pantone 18-3935], creative, youthful, and efficient!

I checked everyone whose birthday I could conjure up and found the ‘scopes super accurate!  Of course, that’s the game, isn’t it?  Even if you don’t believe in horoscopes, you’ve got to think they’re fun!

Why I ultimately decided I needed this book is two-fold.  Firstly, Pantone color swatches and books are typically very expensive.  To get a book of over 300 Pantone swatches for less than $20 seemed like a great steal!  I’m someone who’s interested in color theory, and Pantone is the authority on color!  Second, I’m a writer; a writer who focuses on character development in her fiction (though you’ll never see that here!  Insert see-no-evil monkey emoji.).  I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters’ birthdays and what that says about them.  I’m someone who’s interested in astrology, and have always taken zodiac signs into consideration for my characters as well.  This is just another layer, and I’m always interested in more aspects of my characters!

There is also a color assigned to each month.  I’ve included these here for you for fun!  What color are you?!

Happy Birthday SMG!

Happy Birthday SMG!

Happy Birthday to my first girl crush, the lovely Sarah Michelle Gellar! Though I was really into Cruel Intentions as a teenager, you’ll always be Buffy to me. Thank you for giving us the Buffy Summers we all know and love. You’re an inspiration, and a beautiful angel. I love you!

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