red wing greatness

behold… my new great shoes. i left the house this afternoon in an attempt to distract myself from this crazy thing called life when i stumbled into stella mae on church street and found these. i can’t wait to wear them in. i see myself stomping all over NYC in these puppies next weekend. fullsizeoutput_1480fullsizeoutput_1485fullsizeoutput_147efullsizeoutput_1483fullsizeoutput_147cIMG_0256

i’ll be over here weather proofing and wearing them all over my house. [in my sweats.] i’ll be sure to post outfit pics when i wear them! 😀


osheaga got me like

for those of you who don’t know about osheaga already… well now you do, and you’re welcome. but seriously, osheaga is one of the highlights of my summer. it’s a huge music festival in montreal (a mere 90 minutes from burlington, pending  border traffic…) and the 3 day festival has a wide variety of bands and artists playing on 6 different stages during the day and into the evenings. this years dates fell over last weekend and we spent our days chasing our favorite artists around the park.


there were 9 people in total from our whole group. due to being total procrastinators we couldn’t find any last minute airbnb housing so we had to split into groups and find some hotel rooms. luckily, we were all able to stay at the same hotel. we found rooms at hotel 10 in the entertainment district of the city. it was a close 4 blocks to the nearest metro, about 6 from st catherine street, and there were hidden restaurant gems within walking distance in every direction.

we left burlington around 12:30 on friday. after a wait at the border and major traffic due to construction coming into montreal we finally arrived almost 4 hours later. a quick freshen up, some food and drinks and we were en route to the park. the two shows we couldn’t miss: the lumineers and flume.

L–>R: brian, tiffany, annette, jess, me, jordan

danced the night away with some lovely people. we proceeded back to the hotel where we giggled into the wee hours of the night.


saturday came and we started our day with brunch. put on our best festival clothes and, you guessed it, back to the park we went.

finding clothes that were comfortable, cool (temperature wise) and stylish can be quite difficult. it was HOT. and i mean HOT. the sun was blazing, the dust was kickin’, and there wasn’t a ton of shade to be had. we tried to keep cool with lots of beer/cold vodka, popsicles/ice cream, and dancing. the hat i wore day 2 was a game changer. looking back, i regret only wearing it one day….

dress from stella // hat from ? // vans sneakers // ray ban sunnies // oryany backpack

the barr brothers, bastille and haim were the top hits for saturday.


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we opted out of the last few bands for a dinner at [easily one of my top  favorite restaurants], dolcetto & co.

sunday funday rolled round and we started our morning with brunch at a local joint. it was amazing. i ordered the house bloody mary with the pancakes and pulled pork – holy moly. it was one of the best breakfasts i’ve had. it was SO good and the best part about the entire thing was that there was no wait for food!! BOOM! it honestly was one of those places we just stumbled upon and it was a rare treat.

back to the park we went for an afternoon of: leon bridges, rufus du sol, foy vance, m83. unfortunately, we had to head back to burlington seeing as that everyone had to work bright and early monday morning. overall, it was a great weekend with amazing friends, delicious food, and groovy music – can’t wait for next year!


experience bvt.

experience bvt.

spring is right around the corner here in burlington and you all know what that means…. springtime means lighter, later. springtime means seeing people you haven’t seen in a while. springtime means pasty arms breaking free in t-shirts that haven’t been worn all winter. springtime means greener grass and budding flowers. springtime means chirping birds. springtime also means mud season. for those of us who haven’t experienced mud season, let me elaborate. mud season varies greatly on how mother nature treated us during the winter season. the snowier and colder, the worse the mud. so this year, we might not have mud at all! 😀 regardless, mud season is typically late march/ish-mid/ish may. and it is exactly what you think – muddy and sloppy. break out your rain boots, your waterproof boots, and the boots you don’t care about. keep your fryes, your jeffrey campbells and all your suede in for the next few weeks here.

spring in burlington is hard to beat. come and experience spring here in burlington with us. for those of you who do exactly as i say, good job and see you soon, but for those who need a bit more coaxing, here is a list of my all time favorite spring-time activities to help lure you in. oh and this picture might help you too…


you’ll need somewhere to sleep – hotel vermont OR lakeview B&B – both downtown burlington. disclaimer: i’ve actually never stayed at either of these places. but i really want to! one is obviously a hotel with a great trendy little bar and amazing restaurant downstairs. the B&B will give you the expansive lake views with a gorgeous backyard.

they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

first stop – penny cluse cafe – downtown burlington. if you’re an early bird, good for you, and you’ll thank yourself. if you visit during the week, good for you. but if you go anytime between 830-11, expect to wait for a while. hard to miss this place as everything on the menu is amazing. their specials are to die for.

things you shouldn’t miss there: one of their famous biscuits, their coffee, their tangerine juice.

shopping on church street – downtown burlington. church street is 7 blocks in total, but 4 of those blocks are strictly a pedestrian mall located a few minutes from the lake. boutiques, restaurants, food carts and street performers fill the street – especially when it gets warm. the perfect place to spend a few hours – putzing around, people watching, or even grabbing a bite to eat!

places you shouldn’t miss there: stella mae, jess boutique, frog hollow, leunigs bistro, crow bookshoptons of other places to check out, these are just a few of my favorites.

renting bikes and biking out to the causeway – start by riding down the bike path towards colchester. after a while, you’ll be riding on a path in the middle of the lake. it’s super flat, and great for a big group. will take a bit with younger kids, but totally doable!

drinking at citizen cider – downtown burlington in the south end arts district. great place to go for a few lite bites, and a drink mid afternoon. throughout the week they have specials on select items – be sure to check a menu when you get inside! nothing beats a warm sunny day, sitting on the deck, listening to live music with a drink in your hand, right?!

check out a show at the flynn – depending on the schedule that’s out, you’ll be able to see a traveling show, or something local. it’s a great way to see some “culture” while you’re in town.  it’ll help split up the over induling eat/drink/shop road that i’ve sent you on.

i’ve given you a ton of ideas, and this is only an eighth of what you could actually do while you’re here. trust me and just plan a visit to burlington. all of burlington is accessible without having a car. all of the ideas i’ve given you are easy to get to without renting a car – should you be car rental scared or just want to park your car for the weekend.

hope to see you soon!