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The New Cambridgeside

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Change is in the air!  It’s Memorial Day, unofficially ushering in the summer season!  If you’re a New Englander like me, you’ll know we got a big change in the weather last week– some sunshine!  I spent a beautiful, sunshine-y evening (isn’t it nice that the sun is still up at 7:00?) on the Charles River with my friends at Cambridgeside Galleria, where major changes are occurring!

I met my fiancé at Cambridgeside Galleria, so you could say I spend a lot of time there.  There’s a lot of construction right now as the whole mall gets a face lift!  I can’t wait to see what it’s like when it’s all done!  I got to go on a little scavenger hunt around the three levels of stores stopping by some of my favorites– Sunglasses Hut (will be returning for sunglasses now that I have my new prescription!), Sephora (might’ve dropped some money there), Banana Republic (need one of these phone-charger clutches by the way), and more!  Macy’s demo’ed Clinique’s Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color  and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!

After some light shopping, we took to the sea! that dirty water.  If you’ve never seen Boston from the Charles before, I promise you, you’re doing it wrong.  Charles Riverboat Company provides the best view around!  It was a perfect night for it and I’m already looking for an excuse to do it again.

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It was a great kickoff to the season, and obviously I’ll be back for more shopping at Cambridgeside Galleria!

Wedding Wednesday: Say Yes

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Who among us does not watch Say Yes to the Dress?  (Men reading: sorry, I know you don’t.)  There’s a lot of hoopla around the whole experience of trying on wedding dresses and finding the one.  We’ve seen the episodes where the girl just doesn’t feel it; she doesn’t cry tears of joy, she doesn’t find her dress.  This, I think, is the fear.  With this garment so built up, can we achieve that perfect bridal moment?

I did, and I’m here to share my experience & some advice on saying yes to the dress!  While I know my experience is just one person’s, I asked my friends to weigh in too to give a little more of a balanced view.

It only took me one shopping trip to find my dress.  Is this weird?  My two married friends also only took one shopping trip each.  My friend Stacie picked a shop specifically because it was on the smaller side and she didn’t want to be overwhelmed with her options… and trust me, you can be!

I tried on about 20 dresses.  Thinking back now, they’re all a blur of lace and pouf in my mind.  I can only remember the first one I put on– my favorite from the photos I brought with me and the first wedding dress I ever wore– and the one I bought!  My cousin Amanda thinks she tried on nearly 50 dresses over her three shopping trips and ended up with something very different than what she thought she wanted.

So how do you know when it’s the one?  For myself and Amanda, we had to put on another dress after the one to confirm it.  I slipped into the first dress I put on again, the one that nothing else was comparing to, and found that I didn’t really like it after all.  Once the previous dress was back on, my mom started saying “that’s it!” and the tears came… from both of us!

For my friend Megan, the reaction of the crowd was very important to her decision; we see this in Say Yes all the time too. She said the fact that everyone else loved it made her love it too.  Stacie said she couldn’t stop smiling in her pick and then just stopped looking.  After 5 dresses, she was done.  Though she’s sure there are a lot of dresses out there that would’ve worked for her, she didn’t want to look any more once she found one that worked.

So, how can you say yes to the dress?

Do your homework.  I know you have a secret wedding board on your Pinterest.  Now is the time to look at pictures and see what you like and what you don’t like!  You should have some ideas and photos for when you shop!

Take it from dream to reality.  If you have no idea where to start, look for bridal shops in the area.  Ask friends where they got their dresses or do a google search.  Once you’ve picked a shop, you can see which designers they carry and take your time browsing those designers’ sites.

Determine your budget.  I think for most people this is the first step.  Again, with a designer in mind, I was able to confirm the price point I was looking for made sense.  A designer’s website will have ranges for each of their collections.

Stay open-minded.  It is a delicate balancing act to stay firm to what you want and open to the possibilities.  You should try what your mom/MOH/friend picks at least once.  Things look very different on you than on the hanger or the model in photos!  (I happen to think I look way better in my dress than the model in the photo…)  Don’t marry yourself to a style (Amanda ended up in something completely different) or a designer (I went for a Maggie Sottero trunk show and didn’t buy a Maggie Sottero) either.

Don’t let anyone else control the appointment.  The consultant is trying to make a sale.  She will try to push you to make a decision.  It’s okay to walk away… I almost did until the very last dress ignited a spark!  As for your entourage, if you watch Say Yes I don’t have to warn you about this– it is ultimately your decision.

Cambridgeside Holidays

It’s inevitable– you’re going to be spending some time at the mall this month.  I’m the kind of person who frequents malls, and Cambridgeside Galleria has become my mall.  (Literally, I met my fiancé there!)

I never miss the Cambridgeside Galleria Glamour Swap.  It’s a great chance to get in the holiday spirit and get some gift ideas!

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Of course, the Glamour Swap had me leaving with a gift of my own.  Though I coveted an Urban Decay palette, I opened up this adorable clutch from J. Crew.  I think it’ll look great with black, which most of my wardrobe is, and be great to throw in my big purse for traveling– thus allowing me to only take what I need when I do go out!

Cambridgeside Galleria is not only a great place for Christmas shopping, but it’s the only place you can get pictures with Santa for free!  They assure me it’s for “kids” of all ages.

What gifts are you grabbing this year?  (It’s totally still a gift if you’re getting it for yourself, right?!)

 

Vans x Nintendo

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Guys, my package from Vans arrived this week and I cannot wait to rock these kicks all weekend!  I may have already worn them to work this week.  Obviously, I’ve been scouting out the Vans x Nintendo collaboration for a while and I finally pulled the trigger when I spotted these Princess Peach sneakers in person.  Vans stores didn’t have my size, but I tried on another pair in store and ordered them online.  Now that they’re here, let me show you a few of my favorite things from this collection.

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Boston Public Library Vlog

It’s probably weird that I tell you guys about my weekend on Tuesdays, but I always either a.) have different scheduled content for Monday or b.) need time to edit!

Last weekend was great, though!  There was a lot of cooking & eating, shoe shopping success, and a trek through the Boston Public Library!  I hope to make many return trips as… [watch vlog first and wait for it] I found my library card!

How was everyone else’s weekend?!