June 21, 2017

When One Door Closes


Sometimes, life is weird. When everything is going so smoothly and then all of a sudden, something changes drastically; the universe tends to work itself in strange ways, adapting and reconfiguring so that your stars align once again. Especially if you use the law of attraction to attract nothing but the best in your life. 
A lot of the times, when one door closes another one most definitely opens. But sometimes it can be hard to piece together just why things flip flop and be okay with it happening. However, the easiest way to cope with change is to take it all in. Seriously breathe in the change, let it take over you because more often than not it is happening for a good reason. The universe has a secret plan stored for you in its back pocket, ready to lay it out on the table as long as you keep a positive mindset and outlook on everything. 
Similar to this concept just as summer was beginning, life was trucking along, things were going very well; I was getting an exceptional amount of hours at work, my friends were being amazing, boyfriend incredible. But all of a sudden the first week back from my Arizona trip, hours at work were cut drastically- like by half. At first I panicked, I was like "what the heck am I going to do?!"
Then I said to myself, this is happening for a reason. Before Arizona, I was being worked into the ground, I hardly had time to even make myself dinner or hang out with friends. So I welcomed this change with open arms and said I'll take this time to relax and have more leisure time.
During one of my days off, I decided to walk into a cute little boutique and happened to ask if they were hiring and they were (!!!) for a key holder position (exactly what I'd wanted). I applied, got a call back and now have an interview scheduled next week! If I never had my hours cut at my job I would've never had the opportunity to have an interview at an adorable boutique, a new change of environment and head space. 
Not gonna lie, it's scary as heck embracing change. I was super hesitant about even calling the manager back because in my head I was like "Well I have so much freedom at my current job, and I love the pay... and it's just so easy here." But that was the thing, I needed the change or honestly I may have not ended up going anywhere. And taking the easy way out won't get me far in my career either. (Plus I know I could totally grow with this company and move on into corporate one day.) 
Moral of this story is- if you're going through a drastic change in your work life, friendships, or relationships; take in the change and let it guide you in the right direction. Everything will work out- I promise!

June 14, 2017

A New Hidden Gem in Boston

I decided to take a stroll along Charles Street in Boston today because I had never been there before (somehow), and ended up walking into this stunning clothing boutique called Heist: December Thieves. The manager informed me that it is an emerging designer brand when I asked if it was a designer- so I believe that most of it is handmade and they don't buy from wholesale. 


This place is a sight for sore eyes, being inside captivates you. I was swept throughout the entire store just following the layout of it. Every section has a visually appealing element to it; it's so crisp and clean and I love the contrast of black and white. 


The moss is so beautiful, it looks real when you're in the store. 


It seriously reminded me of a museum- little nooks and cranny's of incredible little pieces. I'd love to shake the visual merchandiser's hand!!




This place is absolutely gorgeous and I definitely recommend any visitor to Boston to check it out! 

Check out their website here and their Instagram here!! 

June 13, 2017

Dear Pizza Lovers of Boston,




I just wanted to pop in and tell all of the pizza lovers of Boston to go and check out this amazing pizza place in Beacon Hill!! My dad took me here for lunch this afternoon and oh my goodness the pizza I had was incredible! I got a slice of the Sicilian with red peppers, spinach, cheese, & garlic and wow it might've been one of the best slices I've ever had. The prices are super reasonable at this place- they range from $3.25-$4.25 for a slice, salads are around $10, paninis are around $8.50 and they have pasta dishes for $10! (I had my eye on the linguine & pesto- must be amazing).

The interior design of this place is everything I'd ever want in my own kitchen one day- super simplistic and modern with a rustic twist. The dark wood of the tables and counters contrasts gorgeously with the white tiled walls and they add a pop of color with bright yellow stools scattered. So beautiful!

Check out their website 

And their Instagram here!

Have a great Tuesday- stay cool!!


June 12, 2017

Rose Gold Goodies

wire basket / fur throw 

sonia kashuk blush/bronzer duo

pants

silk square scarf (such a deal!!)

I had some time to go shopping today and I absolutely love everything I purchased! I first stopped at Marshalls and picked up these adorable ankle tie pants... they were literally on clearance for $10!! And oh my goodness they are so so comfy, they feel like pajamas! I can totally see myself wearing these babies from day to night with a pair of converse and then throwing on a pair of heels when I go out!
I also picked up this rose gold wire basket, I think I'm going to put either my smaller scarves in it or bathing suits, if not those then I know I will be able to find something to put inside!
I picked up the most amazingly soft blush faux fur throw to put on my bed, I really am so excited about it- it matches the decor in my room perfectly!
Next, I headed over to Target and found this square scarf- it was such a steal at only $10! I'd been searching for the perfect scarf and tried this one on in store and I could actually make it work so I had to get it! I then headed to the cosmetics department (dangerous) and found this Sonia Kashuk bronzer/blush duo and fell in love- I got it in the shade Glisten and the blush is such a beautiful coral shade, perfect for summer!

June 11, 2017

Favorite Pins This Week

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fashion

How beautiful is everything about this photo? The textures, the colors, the patterns... I'm in love! Also loving that yellow OTS paired with the white culottes- so crisp and clean! And who doesn't love a nice pair of espadrilles (especially ones with cute little sunshines on them?!)



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decor

I love this style home- very minimalistic and simple yet modern. I would love curling up on that couch and drinking a cup of coffee while reading a book- I'd be so comfy!


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outdoor space

I nearly swooned when I saw this on Pinterest- how amazing would it be to live in that?


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food & drink

These look SO yummy...  and the recipe is super simple. Delish!


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places to go

Petra, Jordan. Looks so unreal and beautiful.

June 8, 2017

Our Trip to Arizona

PROLOGUE (lol)
Finally, my life has slowed down and I am getting settled into my new dorm room in Boston for the summer. From about the middle of May until now I have been so busy and life has been the biggest whirlwind. Basically, since finals week, I was working an insane amount and had hardly any time to do anything besides running from class to work with no more than a half hour in between. Then, finals ended and I completed my sophomore year of college! But that also meant that I had to move out of my dorm room and into another one, a single on the top floor of my building. Since I was working so much, I hardly had any time to pack yet alone move up two floors. All of my friends moved out so I also had no one to help me move. I was experiencing a ton of anxiety and stress because all I did was work and didn't have much time to do anything else- to this day I still have yet to renew my license since I turned 21 which was in April. I felt like I had the entire world on my shoulders. My boyfriend and sister both graduated from our school and I attended their graduation on May 19th, and things were finally starting to look up because I knew that our trip to Arizona was coming up in just a few short days and that all of this stress would finally sizzle away under the AZ heat. 
So now, it's been about 4 days since we've been back from the west side of the country and I actually have a second to breathe- and recap on how amazing our trip was! Hours for work have definitely slowed down which is kind of bitter sweet because I do love working and want the moolah, but it also does feel good to wake up without an alarm and go for a stroll to get some coffee and wander the streets aimlessly and follow wherever my mind decides to go in the moment. (I also woke up today and went for a run, 1 mile to be exact!) I'm going to take the lack of hours at work as a blessing in disguise, a lesson that is telling me to take more time for myself and go out to explore more, make more memories. My boyfriends mother once told me, you have your whole life to work, do more now rather than work your life away and shes totally right!

So now, I'll take you back on our trip to amazing Arizona, a place where I could definitely see myself moving to eventually (and maybe even starting a family + a life out there?!)







This was Michael's moms friends Kristin's house that we were staying at until it was time to pick up our RV Rental! Isn't it beautiful?! We spent the last three days of our trip back here just relaxing by this pool, tanning, eating food, going for a dip, and repeat. 




I never knew that cactus's could be so huge.. they're literally the size of trees! That's definitely one of the things that I love about AZ, how different the scenery is compared to NH. 





Arizona sunsets, another reason why this place has my heart.


The whole fam!



Bell Rock




We made it on the RV! Our first stop was at an RV Park in Sedona called Rancho Sedona, it was a gorgeous place- everything was so clean and well kept and there was a stunning creek in the back where you could swim/hike!



This was where our first hike lead to- a beautiful lagoon that was hidden in the rocks. This trail is called Bell Trail!


Our next stop was the Grand Canyon, which was seriously one of the most incredible things I've seen in my life. It was so unreal. It honestly looks fake when you're there, it looks like a big green screen or something! We actually decided to hike down into the GC, I made it about a mile and a half (coming back up was BRUTAL) and Michael actually hiked 13 miles in total all the way down to plateau point which is at the point at the end of the clearing in the photo above... I don't know how he does it! Just going 1.5 miles had me almost passing out on the hike back up LOL. 





             





I think these photos are where I'll end my little travel diary for now because there is SO much more and I don't want to make this post too long.
I seriously had so much fun on this trip and going there taught me to start adventuring more and making more memories with my loved ones.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Xo- Amanda
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