life lately in photo

happy sunday, kids!! i hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. as you’re all well aware, i’ve been less than stellar at keeping up with the jones’ [aka sequins & stripes, a cup of jo, the fox & she, or the golden girl]… but i sure have been having a good time. here’s a brief recap:


we made our first maine trip of the summer where we spent the days lounging on the deck, boating over to port clyde for lunch, attempting to play polish horseshoes (HUGE FAIL – the dogs didn’t understand that we weren’t throwing the frisbee for them….], and enjoying the company of great friends. the weekend flew by and before we knew it, it was time to pack up the cars and head home. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset


lake street dive played at the shelburne museum on friday night. it ended up being a gorgeous night for the show – cool and dry. mother nature really treated us to the best weather that night. if you haven’t been to a show there, put it on your bucket list.

we packed a picnic, grabbed some blankets and hunkered down right by the beer tent. 420546AE-577C-48B9-9928-829FECBB8F23.jpgthe funniest part about the whole evening was that jess and i ended up wearing the exact same outfit. and i promise you, we didn’t plan it.

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i couldn’t sit still long enough for a decent photo. sorry, jess. 😀 i promise i’ll do better next time.


saturday night was spent with co-workers and great friends celebrating the graduation of our chief residents. dinner and the award ceremony was held at the davis center followed by drinks and more drinks downtown. we wanted a group photo. this is the only one we took. oops. fullsizeoutput_15b5

and the best part about the whole thing…. it’s a blurry selfie.


we closed out the weekend at ian’s camp in colchester. it really is hard to complain about an afternoon of sunshine and a good book.IMG_0556

speaking of books… i’ve been tearing through them recently and in desperate need of some recommendations! if you know of any good ones, please send them my way!

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a bit of a delay on this ‘week’ of the series… life has been a tiny bit busy and i feel like i’ve finally come up for air. for now….


now that it’s officially june and almost feeling like summer here in vermont [for those of you who, also, live in vermont, you understand] i’m going to introduce you to one of my all time favorite summer essentials – rosé. which, sure sure, everyone knows and loves rosé already but i’m currently obsessing over this one. i’ve had a harder time finding it, but recently had it at a friends house who directed me toward costco to buy some. and that is EXACTLY what happened. it’s relatively cheap, comes in a pretty bottle, and is easy to drink. need i say more?Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 5.25.31 PM.png


i follow a couple of instagram accounts related to medicine which are some of my favorite accounts to follow. i can spend 20 minutes digging through the posts; some are related to surgeries, or mystery diagnoses while some are before and after pictures of traumas. one of these said accounts directed me to codex anatomy – super cool anatomy prints, for cheap too!! i would love a gallery wall with a couple black and white prints.

and if you head there right now, they’re having a buy one get one free sale!


one of the best gifts i have ever received was “a guide to where the best chefs eat” it literally is exactly what it sounds like. the restaurants are tailored based on location and they’re a great resource when planning a trip! it’s also something fun to flip through to see if you’ve ever been to any of the restaurants!Screen Shot 2017-06-04 at 6.26.39 PM.png


and a little flash back to literally a year ago…. wishing it was as warm as it was then. AND wishing we were all at camp. ❤

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happy sunday, folks.

p.s. i need some feedback on the direction you want these posts to go. aaaaand go.

how to craft the perfect cheese board

now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, people are spending more time sitting on porches and back patios [or is it just me…?] what better way to spend the evening than sitting outside, drinking a bottle of wine while enjoying a cheese board? there isn’t one, just in case you were trying to figure it out.


my sister, tiffany, taught me that the key to a successful cheese board is to fill that sucker up. fill it with cheeses, and crackers, nuts, dried fruit, olives, spreads, dips, meats…. basically anything that you want to put on it, put on it. the more shapes and sizes to fill the space, the better; which, i understand, sounds a bit daunting. we aren’t all made of money and it can get expensive quickly. my favorite place to get goodies for a cheese board is trader joes. they’re typically pretty cheap and a little bit goes a long way.


i start with a couple kinds of cheese. depending on the size of the board two maybe three kinds but probably just two. i like to buy one softer and one harder kind. here is where i think about the ease of eating it too: will my cracker cut the cheese or do i need a cheese knife to cut it? will it crumble the second i pick it up and make a mess of my shirt and floor?

[and yes, you should actually think about these issues before you go shopping. or at least while you’re standing at the cheese counter.]

next come the crackers. i typically buy three different kinds. one version for my gluten free friends, and two other varieties. here is where you can really throw in a variety of different shapes and sizes.

i will always pick out olives for my board. like i said before, they’re a great filler and who doesn’t like olives? satan, that’s who. BUT, beware because not every olive is made equal. some are packaged in brine (i believe…) while others are packaged in oil. avoid the oil packaging! they have the ability to turn your board into a hot mess in no time. my personal favorite are castelvetrano green olives. don’t forget a cute bowl for your olive pits! i have these and they’re the perfect size! looks like they’re on sale now too!

i’m sure i’ve talked about these before, but if i haven’t, i’m sorry for keeping them from you for so long. trader joe’s has rosemary and truffle coated marcona almonds and they’re amazing! i can literally eat the entire bag in one sitting so i typically only buy them when i’m making a board.

when i’m on the hunt for meat, i keep in mind what meat tends to be a bit greasier than others. super greasy salami doesn’t look that appetizing once it’s been sitting out for half an hour. a trick when arranging your board is to roll some up and cut some in triangles – it’ll fill the random spaces of your board better than it being displayed the same way.

honestly, anyone can make a killer board with just the basics above. but if you’re trying to get a bit fancier with your board, well then, you go girl! opt for some dried fruit or maybe even some chocolate covered almonds.

the fun part is when you start to arrange the board. i like to start with the crackers and “dry ingredients” first as they won’t leave a film on the board if i don’t like how it looks.  don’t get discouraged when you’re being a total perfectionist and it doesn’t look “just right” because it certainly will look amazing to other people. AND, don’t forget – people are going to eat it. it’ll only look perfect until the first slice of cheese is devoured. 😀IMG_0418


what do you put on your cheese board?

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heyoooooo. happy monday, ya’ll.

starting this week’s series with a shot from my amazing bike ride this past friday. tiffany and i headed out to the colchester causeway; it’s one of the best activities to pass the time in the summer!! it was in the mid 60s and sunny – a very pleasant surprise compared to the recent rain we’ve been getting. we finished the afternoon at the st. john’s club – couldn’t have asked for a better end to the week! for those who don’t partake in adult beverages… stop by burlington bay for a maple creemee afterwards instead!

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when i bought this little item, i never thought i’d be adding it to the series. but it’s quite fitting for this week because i have used it for every bike ride this year! it’s perfect in that it doesn’t fall off your shoulder, it isn’t too bulky so won’t make you extra hot, yet it is just big enough that it will fit all the essentials. behold, the fifteen hip pack from herschel. one of the best things about it is that it certainly didn’t break the bank. i found mine at urban outfittersScreen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.01.41 PM.png


halo top ice cream is the new “who’s who” of ice cream. i heard about it the other day from a friend and decided to give it a go. her personal favorite is the oatmeal cookie and obviously the grocery store didn’t have that flavor when i was there. i tried the sea salt caramel and i certainly wasn’t disappointed. halo top prides itself of on being low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar. so go ahead, give it a try. and don’t feel badly when you finish the entire pint in one sitting. Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.15.15 PM.png

what’re your favorite flavors??

sunday scaries

 they’re real. and they’re out and about at this household tonight. i’m just really not looking forward to waking up early tomorrow! i’d just like one more day to sleep in… is that too much to ask??


 ian and i spent the weekend boppin’ all over burlington.

friday night we did some birthday celebrating at the single pebble followed by a night on the town complete with karakoe. the unicorn hats from amazon were a big hit. at least for all the females in the group….


we, [along with the rest of america] attended a friend’s derby party saturday afternoon and finished the night at a friends house for dinner and board games. and wine. lots of wine.


we went to claussen’s greenhouse and nursery today and, holy moly, that place is INSANE! it literally has everything you ever wanted and then some. the employees were super friendly and very helpful. i dropped off a cactus that i’ve been attempting to bring back to life and they’re going to work some magic and re-pot it.

THANK THE GODS THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO RE-POT A HUGE CACTUS BECAUSE I COULDN’T IMAGINE.

my sister bought the cactus for me a couple years ago and it sprouted little babies. as of recently some mysterious mushrooms showed up. this plant really has a mind of it’s own and, honestly, it’s a miracle it’s not dead yet. aren’t cacti supposed to be super easy to take care of….?! because this one is giving me a run for my money. hopefully claussen’s will doctor it up nicely. i’ll post a pic of the new and improved plant once i get it back! fullsizeoutput_14e5.jpeg


i’ll leave you all with one of the best youtube videos ever. it’s 10 minutes long and don’t go trying to skimp through it. it’s worth it.

here are some others to watch when you’re having a bad day.

happy sunday!

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happy hump day! we’re halfway through the week, yeehaw!


the first item this week is dedicated to all you chefs out there. my sister, tiffany, found this amazing blog (i’d be really interested in how many times have i spoken/written/typed that phrase, ha!) and sent it my way. cookie and kate is a food blog that highlights fresh vegetarian meals, appetizers, snacks and desserts. i’ve tried a handful of her recipes and i’ve LOVED everything! doesn’t hurt that they’re relatively simple to make too!! some of my personal favorites:

broccoli, cheddar & quinoa gratin

thai red curry with vegetables

roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos with creamy chipotle sauce

best part about the majority of her recipes is that they’re rarely things i would just “throw together” on a random monday night. aka, it’s not just “another taco night” super creative!


the second item in this week’s has a bit of personal nostalgia connected. skip to the third if you’re not into it.

recently all mother nature is giving us is rain. [eye roll.] it’s got me really looking forward to summer! summer in maine at gay island to be precise.  the six hour trek to cushing flies by with the windows down on the back roads. we make a quick pit stop at the local store to stock up on wine, last minute goodies and more wine which we schlep down to the dock and load into the boat. a quick ride later and we’re unloading and cracking into the wine. weekends here are best spent with a good book, digging for clams and fishing off the dock. can’t wait for maine 2017!FullSizeRender-4


tattly is an amazing temporary tattoo website based in brooklyn. each tattoo comes in a set of 2 and if your heart so desires it, i’d be surprised if tattly doesn’t sell it. they’re super cute and what friend wouldn’t like a delivery of amazing temporary tattoos?! and you can add confetti to every order – definitely an added bonus. here are a few of my personal favorites. i’d love them during the summer months hanging at the pool or lake.

and if you need even MORE of a reason to buy one… or two or three… some are scented! let me know if you find any you can’t live without! maybe i’ll feel the same way!

nyc recap

whoaaaaa, it’s been a minute since i’ve been here! i sincerely apologize for that. between taking part of a research study that gave me a full body rash and days of fevers of 102 (i think i had the plague), finishing my previous job and starting a new one i’ve been a bit distracted. oh, and we’re also house hunting. it’s been hectic here! but…. i’m back. and here to tell you all about our trip to NYC easter weekend.


tiffany and i first went to the city together two years ago in november. we were there right before the holidays and told each other we’d go back every year. this time, we decided a last minute adventure was exactly what we needed. we ate and drank our way through the city; walked miles every day and did lots of people watching – what better way to spend the time??


where we ate:

jack’s wife freda // one of the best breakfast places i’ve been to. rosemary waffles and a very unusual egg combo [but seriously, whoever decided to make eggs and serve it with greek yogurt, naan flatbread and a tomato cucumber salad… thank you]

the meatball shop has a bunch of different locations and i’d be surprised if they all weren’t thriving. we were repeat customers and definitely weren’t let down. if i lived in the nyc area, i’d get delivery from there at least once a week. although, thankfully, my wallet and waistline are better off….

again, we decided to eat at seamore’s for the second time visiting the city. it’s definitely the place to try a new kind of fish – just check out the back wall to see them all!

between eating at goa taco and tacombi i could die now. tacombi had great margs and guacamole to snack on while waiting for your tacos. their serving sizes are smaller in size but not in taste. goa taco was more eclectic in their tacos by using a paratha as a taco shell but HOLY MOLY are they good. i honestly think their slow roasted pork belly is a top three taco i’ve ever had. in my life. fullsizeoutput_14b3


where we drank:

anfora was a convenient 10 minute walk from our hotel. we started the night there with a couple really good cocktails and, if you know me, you won’t be surprised when i say that we couldn’t turn down the burrata. we sat at the bar and had excellent service. the embience is perfect for a fun date night.

eataly on fifth ave is one of the most overwhelming places EVER. if you’re a basket case in crowds, consider yourself warned. we meandered through and sat at one of the bars to have a couple glasses of wine. the people watching was insane! i could eat a quarter of their cheese selection and be full for a year. IMG_0306


where we shopped:

follain is a clean beauty store started in boston and, also, where i’ve been ordering most of my skincare and makeup from.  i REALLY wanted to make a trip to the store to see it firsthand. the packaging of the products they sell is an indicator of how beautiful the store is… it was amazing. i was like a kid in a candy store – definitely a place to check out!

m.gemi is known for their beautifully crafted italian shoes. i’ve been stalking them on the internet for quite some time, so it was awesome to check out a store to try a pair on. when i say they feel like butter on your feet, i mean the softest, most churned butter you can find.

bandier is a totally chic workout store – expensive and chic. it’s super fun to check it out every time we’re there, who knew workout clothes had such style?!

i’ve been lusting over a janessa leone hat for some time now and really wanted to try one on while we were there. instead, i feel in love with one from goorin bros – a lovely happy medium as janessa leone hats are easily $250. i didn’t really take it off the rest of the weekendIMG_0286


where we slept:

the jane hotel in the west village is perfectly located for all of our needs. it was the second time we stayed there and we opted for the bunk bed room again. because we don’t spend lots of time in the room, it works for us. shared (but very clean) bathroom down the hall and just enough room for us and our bags. word to the wise – they have a very popular club on the first floor of the hotel. if you are a light sleeper, i would avoid the jane hotel. fullsizeoutput_149d


where we explored:

described as “a revitalized piece of new york city’s past” the high line was one of my favorite places to see. it’s an old rail road track that has been converted to a walking path that has amazing architecture and plants. again, super crowded on a sunday morning, but would be a great spot for some people watching while drinking a cup of coffee.

i’ve been following paintbox on instagram for some time and it was only fitting that we check it out ourselves. they are known for their awesome nail art. we sipped some champagne and relaxed in style while getting a totally glam mani.fullsizeoutput_14b6


what’re your favorite things to do when you’re in the city??


p.s. thought you should know that i wore my red wing boots ALL over the city without even having to “break them in” and they were AMAZINGGGGG. literally cannot say enough great things about them. i highly recommend them.