My Winter Makeup Routine!

Oh, New England Winter, I’ve grown so used to you- your unpredictability, your penchant to be as messy and as inconvenient as possible, and your absolute refusal to leave quietly come April- that I can’t even be mad at you anymore. You make me appreciate the Spring and Summer so much more- and inspire me […]

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OOTD: When It Shines Like Gold…

There are a few pieces in my wardrobe and jewelry/accessory collection that remind me of a certain place or a specific memory. Earrings that remind me of a fancy dinner with friends. A knitted sweater that reminds me of my favorite pumpkin patch in my community. Shoes that remind me of a night running around […]

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New Year. Old Money…

For New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day/New Year’s Weekend- I had wanted to do something extravagant and decadent since I intended to (violently) shove 2020 out the door and ring in 2021 on my own- all while still being safe, masked, and socially distanced to protect both myself and others. While simply ordering takeout and staying […]

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Christmas with Kringle Candle…

When I had first told my family and friends that I was going to be moving to the Pioneer Valley last Spring, the most common question I was asked was “how close will you be to Yankee Candle?” (and the answer is that I’m about ten minutes away.) You see, the Yankee Candle in Deerfield, […]

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Not-So-Local-Loves: Samuel’s Sweet Shop

I’ve never been to Rhinebeck, New York before. To tell you the truth, I had no idea it even existed (and I love a good, “straight out of a fairy tale” small town!) until my sister-in-law shared photos from a day trip she’d taken with my brother and my niece a couple of months ago […]

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Mistletoe and Holly…

One of the perks of living in the Pioneer Valley is that there is no shortage of small, independent or family-owned/operated businesses and farms that have managed to get creative in this pandemic in order to safely keep their doors open and continue serving their community. I’ve been trying to shop local whenever possible these […]

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Local Loves: Florence Pie Bar

I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Florence, Massachusetts (a village in the northwestern part of Northampton) that much lately, not because I don’t like it there or because it’s not picturesque and beautiful- because it really is!- but because the pandemic hasn’t really given me a chance to go out to eat or shop […]

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OOTD: Snuggly Scarfigans…

Since this pandemic started, I’ve been visiting with my mother bi-weekly (as opposed to 2-3x a week, which was our previous arrangement back when I was still commuting to/from work.) Both her and I have been actively socially distancing from well, everyone- and wearing our masks/obsessively washing our hands- so we’re confident that when we […]

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