Can I tell you how nervous I was to go to this. I had never been to a blogger event before and I had been shaking all day. I am very introverted and I usually don’t like going places I’ve never been, when I don’t know anyone.
“Am I a real blogger?” “Do I qualify to go to this?” “What if I’m too shy to talk to anyone?” “Does it matter I don’t live in Boston?”
Turns out… It was a great time!!
Sure it was awkward for the first half an hour. I was holding my little wine glass just looking around, but Kate and Allison were like “it’s not weird! Just go tell people you know them from the internet” and it was all better. It was awesome to see familiar faces and actually meet these wonderful girls in person.
Yes. I am a real blogger, there is no qualification needed, and it doesn’t matter that I don’t actually live in Boston
I know it may seem really silly, but I can’t help but be happy because I didn’t chicken out! And now I have seen this awesome community that I was missing out on. I am so bummed out that I didn’t take any legitimate pictures.
The whole idea just inspired me to not be shy and now I can’t wait for more opportunities. Yay!!
As a maker of handmade, I encourage everyone to support all kinds of handmade items! After being on Etsy for almost two years, I have been able to discover all sorts of amazing creations. Here’s some items I picked that would make great gifts!
Do you have a favorite handmade gift?
One of the items I make in my shop is the slouchy hat. The term “Slouchy Hat” is so vague that you can really make it anything you want.
How would you wear a slouchy hat?
This past Friday, November 15th, I turned 25. I have to say I was not excited about turning 25. I think it was the first birthday I was kind of dreading. Everyone was like “hahah welcome to the club”, but really it hit me in the worst way. That was until my parents, my boyfriend, my coworkers, and my friends made it the best birthday ever.
I had never been to the Top of the Hub before. It seemed like a cool concept and my dad wanted to go. My dad, stepmother and brother also were able to come up to Salem and see my apartment which was great. It bums me out that I don’t get to see my dad that often, but when I do, it’s special.
My mom had flowers delivered to my work. My coworkers kept teasing me because they weren’t from my boyfriend. Never the less they are gorgeous and are in the perfect spot next to the window. Everyone that came into my work wished me happy birthday and we gave customers birthday cake.
It was kind of last minute, but my boyfriend invited a few friends out to get dinner and drinks that night. I figured only a few people could make it, but almost everyone said yes! I couldn’t believe how many people showed up. It was incredibly overwhelming and I couldn’t have felt more loved. My friends are the best and I am so lucky to have them in my life.
Also the Capital Grille was a first. This place is amazing. Everything was so perfect and delicious. I loved having a special dinner with my boyfriend.
Even though we live like 20 minutes away from Boston, we stayed the night. I felt like it was a mini vacation. It was lovely to not have to make the bed or put the towels back on the rack. Being able to walk back to the room from the Capital Grille was great too.
Hey I posted an outfit! Lol I thought I would give it a shot
Back to reality today but I am so thankful for the incredible weekend. The best holiday ever, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner! Yay! <3
Happy Halloween from Salem Massachusetts! Salem likes to think of itself as the Halloween capital of the world and I have to agree! This whole month the streets have been absolutely packed! Halloween is pretty much the entire month of October. I have really enjoyed reading other blog posts about trips into Salem. I love that everyone makes it their own and has a great experience. It feels a little unreal that after tonight the town will be back to normal… errr, maybe not “normal” but you get what I mean. Tonight downtown they will close down the streets of almost my entire neighborhood because people will literally pour out onto the streets. It’s so fun to be right there in the middle of it all!
I hope everyone has a safe night!
2. Go to the Topsfield Fair or the Big E
I really wish I was able to go to the Big E this year, however, I was able to go to the Topsfield Fair for the first time! And honestly, I don’t have any good pictures because my hands were filled with fried food the whole time. Have you ever had German Fries? Well let me tell you, those things are amazing. It’s like a cross between a ruffles chip and french fries and you can get them smothered in cheese and bacon.
I had to take a picture of the big yellow FIAT that my work had let the fair display. Din’t take very long to find it!
Basically, I left there on a full stomach and really wanting a bunny.
And that’s all for now. Making a few scarves over the weekend and working on baby blankets for friends.
Fall is definitely here! I have worn sweaters just about every day and I am constantly captivated by the cool breeze that blows off the ocean in the morning.
4. Drink Pumpkin Coffee, Pumpkin Beer, Hot Apple Cider
Wasn’t a big Starbucks drinker until this fall. This cup was actually my friend, Shayla’s coffee, but I had one too and her picture came out clearer.
Tavern in the Square (along with many other bars) do the cinnamon sugar rim. Yum!
And just discovered fall beer comes in cans? One of the boys brought it over last Sunday for football.
7. Make Chili
8. Have friends over for Sunday football
Those were both accomplished too, but there are no pictures and not worthy of a post. If I make chili again, I will post the recipe.
Also, this may not be cider, but Nashoba Winery makes apple wine and a liquor called “Northern Comfort” which is a tasty little addition to hot cider.
It’s a cold and rainy fall day and I have my small Walgreen’s jar candle burning on my desk at work. Okay so it may not be the best idea since a lot of papers are everywhere, but it makes the workplace a little better.
I am a candle freak! I always have candles burning in my apartment. I love how the glow of the flame and the aroma creates the perfect atmosphere to live and create. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Witch City Wicks is an amazing company. I am very partial to these candles because they are made in my town. The owner, Liz, makes natural soy candles that are amazing. They burn clean so you can reuse the jars too. The Lavender one is my favorite (so far) because it’s so relaxing. Witch City Wicks are available online and in person at events such as SOWA and Salem’s Haunted Biz Baz, and a few local shops. I will definitely be stocking up this fall!!
I know, it’s not the most unique find, but Midsummer’s Night is pretty awesome. It can be a little overpowering at times, so I don’t light it for that long. But it has that freshly showered scent that’s nice and crisp.
I personally don’t have this candle in my house because it’s $60. My mom has had a bunch of these candles and I am obsessed. This one is my favorite and it smells like a roaring fire in your living room. I mean let’s be serious, a $60 candle has to live up to something, otherwise no one would buy it. I still even have the link to the website open and I am seriously debating getting one, like right now…
So those are a few of my favorite candles, what are yours??
Fall Bucket List: 1. Pick Apples
There are plenty of places to pick apples in the North Shore. However, Chris and I keep going back to Nashoba. It’s a large winery that happens to grow apples and also makes wine from apples too! Last time we went, it was a Sunday and it was a mob scene! This time, it was the middle of the week and it was so peaceful. We basically had the orchard to ourselves!
I took along my new camera! I haven’t really gotten to use it out doors with great amounts of sunlight. I figures I would give the manual settings a go and see. I don’t think it’s too bad for my first go at it!
Chris getting the apples that were up high.
Yep that would be me lol. I am obsessed with this Free People beige trench. It’s lightweight and supposed to be all wrinkled. Got it on sale at Nordstrom Rack! Yay! And I made my hat
Now we have about 20 pounds of apples! I guess I didn’t think that one through. I am already on Pinterest trying to find some yummy treats to make with all of them!
<3 Lianna J