Sunday, March 12, 2017

Iowa City!!

This week while I was back in the Midwest on spring break, my mom proposed that we go up to Iowa City for a day.
Iowa City?
My favorite place?
That I haven't been to in over a year?
Yes. Please. !!!!

First necessary stop: The Vine.

The Vine is an Iowa City must. Between the Coralville (seen here) and downtown locations, many games have been watched, margaritas have been drank, and buffalo chicken wraps have been eaten. Nothing brings people together like good food, and a lot of college memories with my favorite people were here. 

As much as I love a good lunch, I loved seeing one my best friends Kelsey MORE!
Kelsey and I were random roommates freshman year of college, we became great friends, and went on to live together our Junior year as well. We can go over a year without seeing each other but we always pick right up where we left off!
Love you Kels, get your butt out to Boston. 

The new University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital!!
It is nothing short of amazing, check it out!

Directly across the street from UIHC is Kinnick Stadium.
Those kiddos in the new Children's Hospital have an AMAZING view!

Football Saturdays in Iowa City are unlike anything else in this world.
What I would give to tailgate every weekend again. Miss you, college. 

The Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. Full of our favorite shops, restaurants, and *bars*. 

The cutest Iowa gear wherever you look. I want it all.

The beautiful, historic Old Cap and Pentacrest, the heart of campus and downtown. 
Unlike most huge state schools, they are one in the same. Seeing this view everyday never got old.

One of our favorite (Thursday night) bars and beer gardens, Brothers. Basically every school has a Brothers, and ours was loved just the same. $1 liquor pitchers for life. 

"Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa."

There is something so magical to me about Iowa City and how there is a tiger hawk flying at every corner. I have never seen college loyalty until I went to Iowa (even flying out of of O'Hare in Chicago yesterday I saw at least 20 people repping Iowa, including myself. #guilty)

Until next time, IC. You will forever have my heart!

Go Hawks!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Home (Or..Room) Style

As soon as I knew I was moving to Boston I began designing my bedroom. I made this collage about a year ago, and it's so fun to look and see how my vision came to life! 

I would describe my style as being very simple and classic, with a bit of whimsy and edge thrown in.
I can't WAIT to design my own apartment/home one day, but for now I have great bedroom pieces! 

Some of my favorite design styles include:

- Mixing classic woods with modern metals (all of the gold!)
- Gallery walls
- A twist on traditional oriental rugs with bright colors
- White bedding, furniture, and accessories
- Lights! 
- Fun wallpaper 
- Meaningful accessories 

White and gold bedding // discontinued, similar here 

Area rug // exact here

Dresser // Goodwill! 
White and gold knobs // Hobby Lobby

Floor mirror // exact here
Paper star string lights // exact here

Rifle Paper Co. prints // Chicago | Don't Worry | Anatomy of Love | Shades

Home inspiration:

It is no secret that Target my favorite place to shop!
 They always have such fresh, fun home accessories and their current pink/gold/white/wood display has my name written ALL over it.

One day I hope to fill my home with all things Anthropologie, but for now my graduate student budget only allows me accessories, inspiration, and window shopping ;)

Friday, February 24, 2017

My Favorite Run Route

The last couple of days we have been spoiled with temps in the upper 50s and 60s - hopefully it stays!! - and I immediately knew I wanted to run my favorite route.  Now, I am by no means a skilled runner (or for that matter even halfway decent), but there is something about running through the city on a warm, sunny day that that makes me SO happy.

Running down Huntington Ave. (this is also our daily walk to class) looks something like this. The quintessential Boston picture with brownstones and the Green Line. 
Huntington takes you past Northeastern and down into Copley Square (my favorite!). 

Turning down Mass Ave. takes you into Back Bay. Here you pass the Christian Science Center (which is not only HUGE but is breathtaking), Berklee, Newbury Street (the best shopping in Boston!!) and Comm Ave.

The Harvard Bridge over the Charles is my favorite spot in Boston.

After I run here I can just stand there, gawk, and think. It is so peaceful, obviously beautiful, and gives me such a sense of clarity. Being a student my mind is constantly on material I am studying, should be studying, or the laundry list of other life things I should be doing, but when I'm here I don't think about any of it. And it is WONDERFUL. 

On the way back I go through Kenmore Square where the iconic Boston CITGO sign is.

Next I go down Yawkey Way by Fenway.
Only a couple more weeks until baseball season!!! I. CAN'T. WAIT.

The rest is through the Fens and back onto Huntington!

I love love love being in such a historical city that I never get tired of seeing - just in this one run alone are multiple of Boston's famous landmarks! Luckily the city of Boston is actually pretty small mileage wise, so it's easy to cover a lot of ground without much effort ;)

Cheers to Spring and to never stop exploring!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Spring" Semester Happenings

Technically, we started Spring semester. But we are deep in the Winter trenches out here. What is the sun? What is warmth? 

Good thing Boston's always pretty, no matter how cold it is. 

We ventured over to the Museum of Science one weekend. It was a BLAST!
And the view wasn't too bad either.
Am I a broken record yet? There isn't a single bad sight in this city, let's be honest.

Although in reality the majority of my views look like this...



Life is fun, and stressful, and messy, and monotonous all rolled into one.

Some days you're on top of your game and get shit done.
Some days you need a donut and to watch movies for 8 hours. 

Christmas Break 2016

Christmas this year was perfect. 3 whole weeks home with my friends and family? Sign me up.

After flying into Chicago, I got to spend a couple days with my college friends. Insert wine and tapas. We're not predictable at all.

My mom and I went to Indianapolis to spend the week of Christmas with my dad. Aside from an eventful Christmas Mass, it was a great week of relaxing, quality time, and lots of reading...

Until we brought these two home.

Recently we had to put Clay down due to some health issues, but having him and his sister have brought so much joy into our lives!! *insert all of the crazy cat lady jokes here*

NYE we were in fancy dresses and heels...
and New Year's Day we were in our pajamas eating pizza and raw cookie dough.

I can't think of anyone, anyway, or anywhere else I'd want to bring in the new year! I love my people. 


Thanks to flyer miles, one of my high school best friends, Claire, got to come up out of the South and spend a November weekend in New England.

I love baseball, Claire loves (really really loves) baseball, why not have lunch at Fenway?!
Bleacher Bar. 10/10 would recommend. 

Our logic.. why just do Boston when you can do Maine too, right?!
Oh so casually, off to Portland 6 of us went! And it was
one of the funnest days we've ever had. 

We did a little brewery hopping:
Allagash Brewing Co.
Foundation Brewing Co.
Rising Tide Brewing

All were so delicious, and so. much. fun. Have I mentioned we had fun?!

It was a beautiful, cool day. We were always outside. There were ALWAYS dogs around. (There was always beer around.) We ate way too much seafood for dinner. We couldn't be happier. 

This was our first trip to Portland, but most definitely not our last!


Over the course of last semester I had the luxury of having a few of my best friends come out to visit.

One of my high school girlfriends Bridget and her boyfriend are currently living in NYC so they came up for a weekend in October. We did downtown, we did Cambridge, we did the South End, we did all of Boston! It was a short visit but I was so glad to see a couple of familiar faces :)

Later in October Lindsey came to visit. She is one of my best friends from college and was also living in NYC at the time. How convenient for me! We stayed true to our roots and went to the Iowa bar, Barracuda Tavern, to watch the game. #gohawks

Lucky for me, one of my roommates worked for Harpoon Brewery when we moved in. Love beer, love life, love all things Harpoon. #notbiasedatall
Harpoon is so much fun, located right in the Seaport, and has the best beer in town. Win. Win. Win.

In November another best friend of mine from college, Christine, came to visit. As expected, we spent a whole day at Harpoon. Also as expected, we spent the night with wine and tapas. See a theme?

Oh, the North End. How I love you, your cute buildings, and your lasagna. 

Fall in Boston is one of my favorite things. I am so glad I got to experience it with them!!