Christmas Dinner Table Decorations

Just 20 days 'til Christmas! After decorating our condo over the last couple weekends, I have the holiday decorating bug! While we won't be hosting Christmas dinner, my mom always has a beautifully styled & festive table set for us. I rounded up some items to add to your Christmas table this year.
Christmas Table Decorations


Friday Faves | 12.2.16

Happy December! We are in the home stretch 2016 and this is one of my favorite times of year when everything is so festive. Here are a few favorite links to check out this week.

The cutest holiday salt & pepper shakers ever!
Photo via Farm & Fable 
These holiday spending & budgeting tips are very helpful right now.
Via The Society of Grownups

Loving this casual but elevated look.
Photo via Sarah Sherman Samuel
Such a dainty necklace.
Photo via Of A Kind


Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! I did most of my shopping with all the great Black Friday and pre-Cyber Monday online deals. Did you get anything good? I was perusing Anthropologie and stumbled upon these adorable gifting soaps - a perfect hostess gift (or stocking stuffer) for the holiday season and an even better & easy DIY!
Anthropologie gifting soaps
Anthropologie gifting soap

Photos via Anthropologie.


A night at Boston magazine's Taste

My first event since joining the team at Boston magazine in September was last Tuesday night's annual Taste event. Aligning with the publishing of the November annual Top New Restaurants issue, Taste brings together fantastic chefs in Boston for tastings with lots of drinks, music, and fun. My sister-in-law came along with me to enjoy the night!

There were soooo many delicious plates to try and here are a bunch of them! Top row: frito pie from Banyan Bar + Refuge; spicy hamachi sushi from Empire; fennel custard with house-made smoked salmon from Boston Harbor Hotel (this dish surprised me and was so good). Middle row: oxtail croquette from Boston Chops and scallop crudo from Bar Mezzana; rigatoni bolognese from Capo; beef tongue congee from The Table at Season to Taste (another surprisingly delicious dish). Bottom row: shellfish chowder from Heat at Journeyman; spicy gargati salad from Tapestry; quinoa and chicken meatballs by Yvonne's.
Boston magazine Taste

The experience at SRV Boston pouring the broth over a sourdough canerderli (kind of tasted like a  gnudi) was so fun! 

Desserts were also delicious! I loved the unique (and dairy free) ice creams from Fomu and the chocolate olive oil cake from Porto.
Fomu dairy free ice cream
Dark chocolate olive oil cake

We wrapped up our night taking some photos at The Danger Booth photo booth which was styled as a retro diner.

My favorite dishes that I tried were the frito pie, chicken & quinoa meatball, and chocolate olive oil cake. If you attended, what were your favorites?

All photos by me.


Friday Faves | 11.18.16

We are off to our alma mater, Syracuse University, this weekend for a football game and a trip down memory lane! Have a good weekend and here are some links I love this week.

Such a cute idea for your next outdoor party: spray painting grass with shapes/designs.

Loving the styling from this fall party editorial.
Photo via SMP Living
All of the treasures at this house are so amazing & unique.

Loving this wrapping paper for the holidays this year!
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