three worthy things

coming at you from the comfort of my parent’s house in denver where it’s cold, snowy and i have a full cup of coffee –  i’m certainly not moving anywhere quickly.


last week i wrote about the trouble of taking care of your skin while flying. one of the biggest takeaways was the importance of a physical sunscreen. i mentioned wanting to try this specific product – and well, sephora was one of my first stops on this trip. the cream is supposed to help smooth out any sort of redness, acne and/or blemishes. it also brags about protecting against UV light and environmental pollution.

i’ve used it every day this week and i’m obsessed. to be honest, i’ve always been self conscious of my skin – i’ve used multiple products to even out my hyper-pigmentation or new blemish [yes, i’m 28 and still get acne. eye roll.] but with the addition of this product, i can honestly eliminate most of the others i had been using. it smooths out my skin without looking fake and makes my morning routine much easier. one thing i’m still learning is the appropriate amount of moisturizer to put on before – my skin is adjusting to the dry climate in denver and it needs a bit more lovin’.

head to sephora and get yourself some of this. ask for a sample which they will happily give you or if you’re ready to jump aboard it comes in two different sizes. let me know your thoughts!


i’ve found some really amazing prints and artwork as of recently. i’m looking for some new artwork for my living room – haven’t figured out what one [or ones] will be the winners. votes?

never half-ass two things
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last and final “thing” this week is going to be some of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to spend time with this week. grateful for the relationships i have with all of them. ❤ IMG_2364.jpg

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madeline, kirby, allie & i at jax 
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bluebird day with my dad
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nate & maria at the canteen
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snowiest day on the mountain
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alex, tiffany & i at the canteen
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allie & i at jax restaurant

happy saturday!

 

 

bal harbour getaway

happy monday!

back to reality which means back to the arctic temperatures in vermont. this past weekend i was able to jet set to miami with girlfriends for some amazing sun and relaxation. we stayed just north of miami beach in bal harbour right on the ocean. we spent our mornings in pajamas on the balcony with a good cup of coffee basking in the sun – it was real nice. 5a908cbb-8922-459a-818b-ac7b0c48b901


we spent friday boppin’ between the pool and the ocean soaking up all the sun we could get. IMG_3386.JPG

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saturday we headed over to key biscayne for some boating. seeing miami by boat was definitely one way to avoid all the traffic. the weather couldn’t have been more perfect – 80s and sunny which, apparently, is very atypical for miami in january.

an afternoon of good drinks, sunshine and warm water was exactly what the doctor ordered and we never wanted to stop.

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3/5 of the boating gang.
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rickenbacker bridge

saturday night we headed towards the wynwood neighborhood to eat at beaker and gray and it was AMAZING. the atmosphere was sheek, the cocktails were on point, we couldn’t stop eating, and we obviously had to find room for our mini doughnuts on the dessert menu. let’s just say, you cannot miss this place.

and if there’s one thing you can’t miss it’s the oxtail tortellini.


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this was the best we could do for a group shot. it was a perfectly timed vacation and an amazing escape from reality.

thank you jess for having us.

jordan, thanks for the laughs and adventures on the boat.

gay island \\ cushing, ME

this weekend was one for the record books. it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in quite some time. lots of friends, fun and sun in a little place called gay island. the island is right off of the small town, cushing, which is 90 minutes north of portland. my boyfriend’s family owns a house on the island and i’ve been lucky enough to partake in the festivities.


we rounded up our friends and hopped in the car thursday afternoon. cushing is about 6 hours from burlington and the island can [quite honestly] be a pain in the ass to get to at night. we decided to drive to portland, enjoy some amazing dinner at duckfat, crash for the night and finish the journey the following morning.

friday rolled around and we hit the road. honestly, the last part of the drive is my favorite – yea, i’m sure it doesn’t help that the end destination is beautiful and who doesn’t love vacation- but the drive is also the most scenic and the back roads of maine are drop.dead.gorgeous.


we loaded up the boat and full steam ahead to gay island. we couldn’t have been luckier when it came to the weather – 80s and sunny throughout the whole weekend. IMG_2362

the house on the island is quite simple, and quite amazing; no plumbing, no built in electricity, no wifi, no television. once you get to the house it’s easy to ‘unplug’ and really spend some time and appreciate your surroundings. the house sleeps up to 10 but just be sure not to invite people you can’t stand; it can feel small when you’re sitting at the kitchen table and you actually have to make conversation. 😀


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 when we got there we decided to take the ‘newbies’ exploring around the island. there are some loose woods behind the house, and lucky for us, no cars.

it might be an old wives tale in the andrew’s household, but i’ve heard there is a rogue camel on the island… i’ve yet to see said camel during any of my trips. 😀

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friday night hit and we watched the most intense lightening storm from the porch. each strike of lightening was better than the previous lighting up the entire sky. it was INSANE. after that we had an epic battle of monopoly and hit the hay dreaming of camels.

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took about 1000 burst photos and got about 2….

saturday was spent fishing from the dock, attempting to dig clams on the beach at low tide, and cruising over to port clyde for some oysters and cocktails.

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the biggest oysters! 

after loading up on ice, cold beer and fresh lobsters,  we MAY have hit a bit of rain on the way back to the island. just so happens that it was the only rain we saw all day – figures

the rest of the day was spent in a plethora of ways: lounging, reading in the sun, fishing, shell hunting, napping, you name it. after a delicious meal of fresh seafood the boys stepped up and did the dishes. it was too good to not capture.

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sunday, reality sunk in as we had to head back to vermont. luckily none of us had to get back for anything in particular so we weren’t in a rush. plenty of breakfast, coffee, sunning, fishing, and more coffee was had. jumped off the dock a few times and we called it a wrap. cleaned up, loaded our gear back onto the boat and caravanned back to the 802.

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i must’ve drawn the short straw…. or something? let’s just call it a moment of weakness… i rode in the dingy all the way back to the main land. comical.

clearly, it was one of the best weekends i’ve had in a while. thank you to everyone who was able to make it happen and i can’t wait until next time!

goodbye for now, gay island!

mar-t-ha

my uncle, joe, once nicknamed my mom as, mar-t-ha, also short for martha. my dad, calls her, marth while tiffany, siri & i have been known to call her, master martha. master martha really is the best lady around. and this week, she came to visit us in good ol’ burlington. she’s been to visit a bunch during college, and since i’ve graduated, we’ve started to spend the winter holidays here.


she flew in monday and i met up with my sister and my mom after work. after an evening of catching up over a few bottles of wine, we hit the hay.

tuesday we got up, guzzled some coffee, and headed to addison, vt for the day. we decided to spend our morning hours hiking snake mountain. it was my first time hiking up and it was gorgeous! easily one of my new favorite quick hikes. it took us about 2 hours round trip [and that was even with a 30 minute hang out at the top checking out the views]. it wasn’t too steep and with the tree cover all the way up, we were able to stay cool(ish) on the 90 degree day.

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the view from the top

after the hike, we figured we were too close to middlebury to not go to our favorite restaurant, the lobby. the lobby is located right along the river and we sat on the shaded porch, ate far too many fries [among other things], and enjoyed a bottle of rose. it’s a great spot with an even better ever-changing menu. if you’re in the area, it’s a must. we finished our evening at a local eatery [because we hadn’t eaten enough…] in the old north end of burlington. butch and babe’s is a relatively new joint with locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis of being a family and neighborhood hangout. i fell in love with my cocktail – gin, basil, and strawberry with a salted rim – what more could i want?!

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the gals at dinner

wednesday we lounged around, spent a few hours at the beach in the terribly humid heat, packed a picnic and headed out to shelburne museum for the edward sharpe and magnetic zeros show. before we had left for the show, we thought the entire night was going to be a bust due to the TORRENTIAL downpour. however,  mother nature, let up and we were able to groove the night away with friends.

we may have started the evening with a few cocktails at home during the rain and then may or may not have had some fun with a photoshoot and some hats. 😀

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we started thursday with a mani/pedi combination at the mini spa. nothing better than getting pampered over a cup of coffee after a few too many glasses of wine the night before. 😀 we continued the pampering by heading over to mirror mirror and picked out some new items for our faces. a workout, some lounging, and dinner at tiny thai closed out the vacation week.

it was a great week spent with my mom and sister. time always flies by, so i’m already looking forward to the next reunion. thanks for coming, mar-t-ha!

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and thanks for the pic, alexis! XO