Wordless Wedding Weekend Wednesday

I haven’t had much time lately to write and during my free time, I haven’t wanted to write. So I’m here today on a four W-word alliteration bender to share some photos, mostly from the Memorial Day weekend, which involved me going back to Connecticut to see my good friend Kristen marry the love of her life!

They're a couple of pretty people, that's for sure.

Kristen and her husband Greg met when he fell into her at a bar, spilled her drink, and offered to buy her a new one. How’s that for a rom-com romance?

I brought my favorite Boston blogger and friend Emily as my date, of course! (This is her photo.)

Between the wedding and the reception, we drank a bottle of Mumm Sparkling Rose in the hotel room. Pregaming an open bar reception may not make sense, but it works for us!

Between the wedding and the reception, we drank a bottle of Mumm Brut Rose in the hotel room. Pregaming an open bar reception may not make sense, but it works for us!

The reception food was ridiculous and included a mashed potato bar (yes those are martini glasses for the mashed potatoes) as part of the APPS.

The reception food was ridiculous and included a mashed potato bar (yes those are martini glasses for the mashed potatoes) as part of the APPS.

The tear-inducing first dance to Brad Paisley's "Then".

The tear-inducing first dance to Brad Paisley’s “Then”.

As we exited the reception, soft pretzels were handed out. Genius, I tell you.

As we exited the reception, soft pretzels were handed out. Genius!

I also took advantage of being in CT for a long weekend, and made a couple of stops at home to celebrate my Dad’s birthday, introduce Emily to him as well as my mom and brother, and show her a few of my favorite Glastonbury stops.

On the way to the wedding (and clearly before we got ready…) we met up with my dad at Plan B for lunch on his actual birthday!

I had some of Emily’s burger salad after she couldn’t finish it – SO GOOD. Everything I love about a burger – focus on the fries, no bun! (Emily’s photo.)

Had to take Emily for a drink (or two) at Rooftop 120 - the weather was perfect for it!

We stayed over in Glastonbury on Sunday evening. I had to take Emily for a drink (or two) at Rooftop 120 – the weather was perfect for it!

South Glastonbury now has a winery called Crystal Ridge, with a tasting room coming this fall! Can’t wait to visit! I loved this Vignoles, which our waitress perfectly described as a mix of Sauv Blanc and Chard, without the oak and with a touch of pineapple.

Sunday was spent at good old Pinebrook, sipping on 90+ Cellars Lot 33 Rose.



A trip home for a family member’s birthday wouldn’t have been complete without dinner at J. Gilbert’s! We adored our meal as always.

Emily and I woke up on Memorial Day and headed straight back to Boston. We managed to avoid ALL Memorial Day weekend traffic both ways, by driving to CT on Saturday morning and back home on Monday morning. I had plenty of time once I returned to go to CorePower Yoga Sculpt, unpack, and run errands before headed to Eastern Standard‘s 10th Birthday Party, where I purchased this mug only so I could take a photo with it.


It was a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and though it seems like I had a lot going on, it was just a lot more chill comparatively speaking than the last few weekends have been, so I came back into this work week feeling quite relaxed. I didn’t even work out Friday or Saturday. I could have if I had woken up early to do so. But…nah. Didn’t want to. Didn’t do it. And I felt relatively OK about it!

This weekend I’ve got Rachel’s bachelorette, in Newport. Can’t wait to reunite with some of my favorite Newport restaurants!

How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend?

Have you had a lot of weddings to attend this season?

Trade Em Up Tuesday: Back from ACK

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for your support in response to recovery the Instagram I shared this morning. Your support helps me keep on keepin’ on!

Man, it’s good to be back in Boston. I had fun Friday and Saturday in Nantucket for the Nantucket Wine Festival, but when I woke up Sunday I was so happy that I had an early ferry booked. I wanted to get back home and back to reality! So as you can imagine, I have a few trades for Trade Em Up Tuesday.

I would AND wouldn’t trade…barely having any photos to share from the weekend. I did a lot of Snap story updating, but plain old pictures weren’t really something I was feeling. The would trade is the fact that I continue to have a lot of body image issues when it comes to photos. It probably doesn’t seem like it since I post what many consider to be a lot of pictures, but I probably delete about 10 for every 1 that I like. And taking that many photos would have been exhausting, so I just kind of gave up. I even posted one photo that bothered me so much after the fact that I ended up taking it down. It just wasn’t worth trying to “fake it” at that point.

Comfy roomy dress on point for day one.

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Giveaway Winner and Off I Go!

I’m popping in to say hi and quickly announce the winner of my giveaway five free product coupons from Dr. Praeger’s. Congrats to Alex! I will be emailing you about claiming your prize!

I’m on the road again, or shall I say the water? Likely when I hit publish on this pre-written post I am either about to leave on a drive to Hyannis, or on the ferry itself to Nantucket. I’ll be pouring wine for 90+ Cellars at one of tomorrow’s Nantucket Wine Festival Grand Tastings, and aside from that will be hanging out on that wonderful island, likely collecting material along the way for another event recap!

The remnants of last year's festival.

The remnants of last year’s festival.

It’s been a week of night out, night in, night out, night in. Monday I stopped by a Boston Bloggers event at Audubon – a last minute decision but an easy one once I found out my dear friend Emily was going. I kept things chill with a couple glasses of Rose, finally met Christina, got a chance to photobooth it up, and grabbed Whole Foods takeout (for the first time ever I was disappointed by it) on the way home. I felt reassured by my ability to go out and not GO all out.

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Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burger Zucchini Boats (GIVEAWAY!)


Thank you all for your awesome feedback on yesterday’s post! The advice I received definitely helped remind me last night at an event to stick to a couple of glasses of wine and just Go. Home. once I was done. As a result the event did not exhaust me and I’m also happy about the fact that I have no plans the next three nights! Maybe something will come up, maybe it won’t, but I know that tonight I’m staying in and making meatloaf. Party! And now, on to today’s post, and a necessary disclaimer…

I received veggie burgers free of charge from Dr. Praeger’s. This is not a compensated post and all opinions are my own.

I’m no vegetarian, but I love plant-based products, including veggie burgers! Dr. Praeger’s recently reached out to me to see if I’d like to try out their new Super Greens burgers, made with teff, hemp, collard greens, kale, swiss chard, and quinoa. Yes please! I love having veggie burgers on hand in the freezer to either use in recipes or eat by themselves.



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Just Say No

I’m coming off another weekend on the road, this one spent in Knoxville, Tennessee to watch my little sister Hannah graduate from the University of Tennessee! I am exhausted, and bummed that my work day doesn’t end until 9PM tonight, but am so also glad that I made the trip south to celebrate with my sister and see my family and our friends as well.

Despite the fact that I handled this Tennessee trip better than either of the last two I have taken, I still dealt with the usual anxiety over drinking more than usual, out-of-routine food, and working out less. However I also realized that I didn’t drink or eat a huge amount more than I would lately on a weekend, and the rest day I took was the one per week that I’ve gotten used to taking (and sometimes it’s two).

Manhattans and fried pickles aren’t unordinary weekend occurrences nowadays.

That in itself is perhaps a sign of progress in my journey to stop punishing myself via restriction and overexercising, but more so comes back to my concern that I’ve really been overdoing it lately and need to reel it back in.

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Wines of Caitalunya at Barcelona Wine Bar

I received complimentary admission to this event, but I have paid for and would continue to pay for Barcelona Wine Bar events in the future – they are always more than worth the money!!!

I sound like a broken record to long-time readers, but I just ADORE Barcelona Wine Bar and feel very fortunate that I moved from one area with several locations to another! I used to blog about Barcelona West Hartford‘s events all the time, and though I’ve visted the Brookline location a few times since moving to Boston, I had yet to attend a formal, structured event here in Boston. That is, until last Wednesday!

And not only did I get to attend the Barcelona South End Wines of Catalunya dinner (or Caitalunya, as my sister so cleverly came up with), but I also got to share my experience during a live takeover of Barcelona’s Instagram, @barcelonawinebar! Fun fact: I have attended a Wines of Catalunya dinner at the West Hartford location as well…read that recap here!

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Bully Boy Big-Batch Mint Julep

I received Bully Boy whiskey free of charge for purposes of making this recipe. My opinion of the product (I was already a fan!) is my own.

After inadvertently scheduling my good friend Rachel’s bridal shower on Derby Day, I decided to roll with the coincidence and make the shower Derby themed!


Rachel’s dad made that horse – isn’t it amazing?

Since I came back to CT from Boston to throw the shower, I brought some Boston-based beverages back with me. Of course wine came courtesy of 90+ Cellars

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Last Boston Trades

OK so this is not the last “Boston-based” Trade Em Up Tuesday EVER, but these posts always end up being weekend recaps and I won’t be spending a weekend here again until mid-June. So get ready to hear a lot about Connecticut, Tennessee, Nantucket, Newport, and Mexico. Yup, I’ll be hitting up all those spots between now and mid-June. Now you can see why I’m looking at this as a last Boston-focused weekend recap.

I would not trade…a weekend of fairly solid workouts. Any morning that I can wake up and find the willpower to do 30 minutes on the Stair Master before work, especially if it’s a Friday, is a morning I feel proud of. You already know about my SoulCycle class on Saturday, and Sunday I managed to get in more stairs and weights at the gym. I didn’t feel too hot during Sunday’s gym trip (going to brunch beforehand probably had something to do with it) but I got it done, and patted myself on the back for that.

I would not trade…finally getting to Liquid Art HouseBefore Friday night’s Boston Wine Riot I met up there with my friend Jay (he was also going to be working the event) of Gerard Bertrand, for snacks and a drink somewhere near the venue. I suggested Liquid Art House because I’ve heard great things about the food, drinks, and ambiance. I selected The Ponte – rye cognac, vermouth, benedictine, and bitters. It was fantastic and just what I was craving before having to go into that crazy event.

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Sweating and Shopping in Chestnut Hill Square

I received the SoulCycle class mentioned in this post free of charge. Opinions of the experience are my own.

I mentioned in Friday’s post that I’d be off to Chestnut Hill Square‘s SoulCycle studio on Saturday for the birthday class of my friend Abbey. I started my outing though doing what I like to call a necessary evil – grocery shopping.

I decided to venture into Wegmans, because I’d heard a lot of magical things about it from other Boston bloggers like Christina and Jen. While I certainly was impressed, and would like to return sometime when I had more time to kill (and a lunch or dinner to buy – holy amazing hot/cold bar!), it was not my ideal choice of grocery chain for a quick, budgeted stop. I saw a ton of items I’d love to have thrown into my basket, including some fun hummus flavors. That’s temptation to someone trying to stick to her grocery list, and only her grocery list! And holy crap, if you want a carb craving, simply walk by their bakery. Its scent made me glad I was about to go to SoulCycle in anticipation of an inevitable Saturday night carb party.

One of the items I coveted…Lemon Dill hummus!

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Five Things Friday: Last Weekend Here

It’s here, my last weekend in town for more than a month. And of course it’s looking to be a busy one, but it’s still HERE, so I’ll take it before the traveling sets in.

Link up with Clare if you’re sharing five things today!

1. Tonight I’m working for 90+ Cellars at Wine RiotThis event is always fun and the company that puts it on, Second Glass, is owned by two wonderful people, Tyler Balliet and Morgan First. If you ever encounter a Wine Riot in your area I highly encourage you to attend. It’s way more affordable than other wine events but you get just as much variety in the wines offered as you would at other events. Not to mention flash tattoos, photo booths, and an all-around low-pressure/non-intimidating wine experience.

Spring 2014 Riot with Jeannie!

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