Monthly Must Reads: December 2015

From gift shopping to holiday party prepping, the majority of the month of December is spent running around like crazy with little time to spend reading. However, as soon as the holidays are over, we take some time off, and reading is one of our favorite things to do. Here are some books that we have on our list to read after the holiday mayhem this month.

Room {Emma Donoghue} – need to see this movie too!


Winter Stroll {Elin Hilderbrand}

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Gonzo Girl {Cheryl Della Pietra}

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The Book Thief {Markus Zusak}

the book thief

The Pursuit of Happiness {Douglas Kennedy}

pursuit of happiness

Mademoiselle Chanel {C.W. Gortner}


What’s on your book list this holiday season?

#GiftGuide2015: For the Pup & The Animal Lover

Curated specifically for our favorite fur babies and animal lovers!

Custom Pet Ornament {Moon and Lola}

moon and lola

Harry Barker Plaid Bone Toy {Draper James}
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Assorted Set of Dog Cards {Rifle Paper Co.}

rifle paper co dog cards

The Dogist {Amazon}

the dogist

Rescue Pets of Boston

rescue pets

Plaid Bow Tie Dog Collar {Pecan Pie Puppies – Etsy}

pecan pie puppies

Or make your own with this DIY how-to {Barkpost}

dog bowtie

Wood Bowl Set {Mark and Graham}

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Adjustable Leash by Found my Animal {Shinola}


Dog Christmas Stocking {Filson}


Round Dog’s Nest Bed {Orvis}

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Quilted Dog Coat {Barbour}


Treats {2DogsTreats} – Braxton Eisenhower approved!

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Or donate to a local shelter or rescue in honor of your pet! Our favorite is Little Feet Big Heart in CT. Check them out here.

Happy shopping!

#GiftGuide2015: For the Bookworm

The next Gift Guide in our 2015 series is dedicated to my fellow bookworms.

Handbound Vintage Goyard Book {Waiting on Martha}


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In Bloom Book Collection {Rifle Paper Co.}

rifle paper co books

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide {Domino}


Audrey at Home {Anthropologie}

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Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home {}

cupcakes and cashmere at home

Elements of Style {}

elements of style

Happy Cooking {}

happy cooking

Striped Marble and Wood Bookend {West Elm}


Personalized Bookmark {Mark and Graham}


Array Bookcase {CB2}


Happy shopping!

#GiftGuide2015: For the Guys

We teamed up with our partners at In Eastern Time to bring you this collection of gifts for the guy in your life.


Spiegelau IPA Glass {Crate & Barrel}

beer glass

Stainless Steel Anchor Tie Bar {J.Crew}

tie bar

Whiskey Beard Oil {Portland General Store}

beard oil

Putnam New England Whiskey {Boston Harbor Distillery} – recommend checking out their tours in South Boston!


Charcoal Melange with Natural Deerskin Full Gloves {Upstate Stock}

upstatte stock

6-Panel Navy Cap {New England Outerwear}



Winter Winston Set with Travel Kit {Harry’s}


Journeyman {Tanner Goods}

tanner goods

Rope Casing Bracelet {Miansai}


The GriGri {Portland Growler Company}


D-Ring Belt {Wood & Faulk}


Fair Isle Sock in Merino and Cashmere {American Trench}



Woody Creek Flannel {Ratio Clothing}


Robe {The Ace Hotel}

ace hotel

Down Sweater Vest {Patagonia}


Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack {Topo Designs}


Barbour Olive Powell Quilted Jacket {Tuckernuck}

barbour mens

Weston Driving Moc {Rancourt & Co.}


Alpine Guide Sweater {Alps & Meters}

guide sweater

Duffle {Filson}

filson duffle


The Runwell Chrono {Shinola}

shinola mens

The “Unconstructed” Freeman Suit {Freemans Sporting Club}


And if he was really good…

1997 Land Rover Defender 90 station wagon {Copley Motor Cars}


Happy shopping!

#GiftGuide2015: For the Prepster

From black watch plaid notepads to navy and white striped shirts, here is a collection of our favorite gifts for the preppy girl.

Black Watch Plaid Notepad {Design Darling}

Navy Lucky Stripe Vase {Design Darling}vase


White Knit Hat with Pom {Tuckernuck}

pom hat

Navy Regent Blazer {J.Crew}


Atlantic Pearl Gold Earrings {KJP}
pearl earrings

Dahlia Plaid Shirt {Marine Layer}

plaid shirt

Shinola Navy Double-Wrap Watch {Neiman Marcus}


Transport Tote {Madewell}


Striped Shep Shirt {Vineyard Vines}

shep shirt

Fisherman Sweater {L.L. Bean Signature}


Saltwater Duck Boot {Sperry}


Anchor Etched Tumblers {J.Crew Factory}


Striped T-shirt with Bow Embellished Back {J.Crew}

sweater bows

Barbour Beadnell Jacket {Bloomingdale’s}


Happy shopping!


#GiftGuide2015: For the Fit Chick

After indulging last week in copious amounts of turkey and lounging with the family, fitness and health is on all of our minds. Here’s a round up of our favorite gifts for the gym/health nut.

Supanova Legging {Bandier}


Tory Burch for Fitbit {Nordstrom}


Beach Cottage Water Bottle {Swell}


Spiritual Gangster Tank {Nordstrom}


Gym Bag {Carbon38}


Mia 2 {Clarisonic}

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Beats PowerBeats2 Wireless Headphones {Apple}


Prolite Yoga Mat {Manduka}


Loop it up mat strap {Lululemon}

mat strap

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo {Sephora}


Color Block Top {Tory Sport}


Beach Babe 3 DVD{Tone It Up}

beach babe 3

Gift certificates to their favorite workout places:

Spin studio {HandleBar}

handle bar

Yoga {Core Power Yoga}

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Happy shopping!

Be Unselfie: #GivingTuesday 2015

givingtuesday logoSince last week, we’ve been inundated with shopping deals and discounts from Black Friday to Cyber Monday just yesterday. In the midst of this, we wanted to make sure we also recognized an even more important holiday – #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back. Below are a few of our favorite charities and organizations that are recognizing this special day and offering the opportunity for you to give a gift that makes a difference.


South Boston Neighborhood House – Holiday Helper: Adopt a local family’s wish list, make a donation, and more.

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Animal Rescue League of Boston: make a gift to the Animal Rescue League and help more shelter pets find loving homes during the holidays, or take a stop into one of the shelters and adopt an animal for your family. What’s better than a new puppy at Christmas?


Red Sox Foundation: Each $50 or more general donation to RSF will include a black tri-blend t-shirt exclusively worn by Red Sox players and coaching/training staff


90.9 WBUR: Support local public radio with a contribution to continue to give WBUR to you and the hundreds of thousands of other listeners who rely on WBUR and NPR News.Greater Boston Food BankGreater Boston Food Bank: join the challenge to provide 120,000+ meals to the Greater Boston area.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Help the LLS raise money to fight blood cancers – Today only, a generous supporter is matching all donations made up to $50,000! #Raise4LLS #SomedayisToday

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Dress for Success: turns Giving Tuesday into #GivingShoesDay, encouraging women to donate their professional shoes to one of more than 140 Dress for Success affiliates across the world.

Remember to be #unselfie this holiday season!

#GiftGuide2015: Small Business Saturday

small business saturday

After Black Friday and before Cyber Monday comes (in my opinion) the most important shopping-focused Holiday — Small Business Saturday. Started in 2010 by American Express, this day brings shoppers to their Main Streets to support some of the best, independent local shops. We’ve rounded up our local retailers that we plan to stop by on November 28 in support of Small Business Saturday.

Olives & Grace {South End}
From 9am-9pm, Olives & Grace is hosting a party with fresh juice from PRESSED and delicious bites from  The South End Buttery

olives and grace

Sault New England {South End}


Farm and Fable {South End}


Hudson {South End}


Pioneer Goods {South End}

Shake the Tree {North End}


Blackstone’s Beacon Hill {Beacon Hill}
Blackstone’s is hosting the Elin Hilderbrand book signing on November 30th at The Hampshire House. Stay tuned for a recap!


Flat of the Hill {Beacon Hill}


Holiday {Beacon Hill}

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North River Outfitter {Beacon Hill}


Brookline Booksmith {Brookline}


Mint Julep {Brookline}

mint julep

Dew Luxe {South Boston}

dew luxe

American Provisions {South Boston}

american provisions

Habit {South Boston}


Neatly Nested {South Boston}


Wears + Wares {South Boston}

wears and wares

Formaggio Kitchen {Cambridge/South End}


The Tannery {Cambridge/Back Bay}

the tannery

Savenor’s {Cambridge}


Where are you shopping today?

GiftGuide2015: For the Home & Hostess

And the gift guides begin today – hope you’re ready for them!

The first in the series features gifts for hostesses. Whether you’re getting ready for a Thanksgiving party this week or preparing to attend Christmas parties over the next month, we’ve got you covered.

diptyque Sapin Candle {Nordstrom}

candleCopper Cake Server {Sur La Table}

cake server

Coaster Set {Draper James}

draper james coaster set

Slant Collection Mug {Nordstrom}

coffee mug

Pommes Frites Candle Co. Sweet Grapefruit Reed Diffuser
{Lulu & Georgia}

pommes frites reed

Laguiole Knives {Anthropologie}


Double Happiness Ornament {Furbish}


Blue Swirl Taper Vase {Furbish}


Marble Square Platter {Crate and Barrel}


Flower Delivery or Arrangement {Alice’s Table}


Bottle of Veuve Clicquot 


And the perfect something to wrap that bottle of Veuve with {Filson}

bottle gift bag

Happy shopping – and stay tuned for more gift guides to come!

Thanksgiving Menu 2015

I honestly can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week, where has Fall gone?! We’re not hosting this year (thanks parents and in-laws!), but we have in the past and have found that with a little bit of planning, it can actually be quite fun!

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Haven’t started planning yet or still looking for a few more dishes to add to the menu? No sweat. Here is a collection of recipes that we’ve included in our Thanksgiving menus in the past to help you put the finishing touches on your holiday meal.


Butternut Squash Soup {Food Network, Giada De Laurentiis}

Cornbread Muffins {Baked by Rachel} – instead of crostini


Perfect Roast Turkey {Food Network, Ina Garten} – I would trust Ina with anything!


Portuguese Stuffing {Emeril Lagasse} – if you like a little spice!

Sage Onion Dressing {The Kitchn}


Cranberry sauce {Once Upon A Chef}

 Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Butternut Squash {Canadian Living}

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes {Food & Wine}

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds {Tyler Florence}


Mile High Pumpkin Pecan Pie {Martha Stewart}

Cider Apple Bourbon Pie with Crumble {How Sweet It Is}

Note: here are some tips from The Kitchn for Pumpkin and Apple Pies


Sparkling Cider Rose {Tone It Up}

Maple Bourbon Smash {Food & Wine}


Additional reading: I loved this NY Times article “Thanksgiving, the Julia Way” – highly recommend giving it a read!

“A meal doesn’t have to be like a painting by Raphael, but it should be a serious and beautiful thing, no matter how simple,” she said.  “What nicer way for a family to get together and communicate?  Which is what life is all about, really.” –Julia Child