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5.15.2019

What I Wore & Did in Salem + FF Link-Up!

Jacket, Tee, Jeans, Bag, Mules
We were able to find parking in the Historic District which was a perfect spot to walk around and explore. There were so many stores and restaurants in this area plus it was an easy walking distance to The Witch House which was on my list to see first. 
Later in the day, we walked down to the waterfront area which probably was our favorite part of the day. There is a long path that goes out over the ocean towards the Derby Wharf Light Station and it was such a gorgeous view! 
The Ropes Mansion and the garden behind it was GORGEOUS. It's right next to the Witch House so make sure you swing by there especially if you're visiting in the spring/summer time.
Happy Wednesday friends! Sorry for missing my usual post on Monday. We're in the midst of the move so things are a little crazy right now. I'm hoping the week after next things will start to go back to normal!

One of the last things we wanted to do while still in New England was visit Salem. We had intended to go last summer but we were just enjoying being in Boston every weekend so we never ended up going! I'm SO glad we waited though because we had the perfect spring weather day when we visited. If you can go in spring, I would highly recommend because it wasn't quite as packed with tourists (I've heard that closer to Halloween it's insanity) and the flowers were all in bloom and so pretty.

We started the day walking around the Historic District which was filled with shops and restaurants galore. We grabbed a pastry from Caramel which is the cutest little French patisserie. If you stop in, I highly recommend the chocolate croissant. We made our way over to see the Witch House which wasn't far at all and though we didn't pay to go inside, it was still neat to see. The historic homes in this part of the city were GORGEOUS.

We walked back towards the Historic District and made our way to the Salem Witch Museum. We did end up paying to go inside for the "Presentation" but I have to say that I don't think it was really worth it. While it was neat to hear more about the Salem Witch Trials, I think next time I would opt for a guided tour around the area especially if the weather is nice. The museum was a little corny in my opinion!

After the museum, we made our way towards the Howling Wolf which was a Mexican restaurant recommended by a friend. It was SUPER yummy so if you're in the mood for margaritas and chips/salsa (who isn't?!), definitely make this your lunch or dinner spot while visiting. This was the perfect pit stop because we wanted to make our way towards the waterfront area and this was right in the middle.

The waterfront was absolutely gorgeous--we walked out to the Derby Wharf Light Station and the view was pretty breathtaking. After that, we still had some time left so we walked towards the House of Seven Gables which was on my list to see but we didn't realize you also had to pay to get inside. The day was so nice that I really didn't want to pay to be inside at that point so we just took a peak of the house then headed back to our car.

Overall, it was SUCH a fun day and the weather was absolutely perfect. I'm so glad we were able to see Salem before our move!

Faves of the WeekLegalLee Blonde | Savy Southern Chic

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5.08.2019

Loft Try-On Session + FF Link-Up!

Blouse (OBSESSED), Jeans (definitely my new top 3 favorite pairs of jeans--LOVE how they fit)
Blouse, Jeans
Sweater, Skirt (size down)
Blouse
Sweater (MAJOR markdown), Jeans
Happy Wednesday friends! First, I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who commented or messaged me on Instagram about the move. It means a lot to us and we're very excited about it! Things are going to be a little crazy over here on the blog this month (especially because this week is my last week of work before the move) but I still want to try to get up as many posts as possible.

Loft has been totally killing it with their spring/summer collections in my opinion so I had to swing by there on my lunch break to do a try-on session for you guys! Also--today it's 40% off your purchase so this would be a great day to shop if you like any of my picks. My three absolute favorite items from this try-on hands down are these jeans which fit like a dream, this gorgeous floral blouse that is giving me all the boho vibes and this slouchy sweater that was totally screaming my name!

Let me know if you enjoy these kinds of posts--I personally LOVE them and they're fun for me to put together!


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5.06.2019

We're Moving AGAIN!! & Why We've Decided to Leave Boston


Well...based on the title let's just dive into it because this is going to be a LONG post. If you're not into very personal/life update posts then I will see you in my next one! Whenever I do these more personal posts, I honestly do it more for myself because it's very cathartic and almost like a journal that I never really expect y'all to sit and actually read. However, I was SO surprised to see the amount of views on my 2018 reflections/2019 resolutions post and that honestly meant A LOT to me because I poured a lot of my heart into that post.

If you don't already know, we moved to Boston in July of last year for my husband to pursue a fellowship with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard. I know--right after you hear those names you probably can see why we couldn't turn down that opportunity! Prior to this move, we lived in Northern Virginia for 6 years after graduating from Clemson. We were fortunate because Virginia was SO close to where I grew up in Maryland and where my parents, aunt & uncle, and a bunch of our friends still reside so it made living there very familiar and comfortable. Ultimately, I think that's what made it harder than I expected when we did decide to pick up and move.

Because Steven's fellowship was more of a "transitional" role and not a permanent position, it meant that at some point in 2019/2020 he would be looking for a more permanent job (which we knew going into the move) and with that, I decided to really take the time to look introspectively and figure out, "Can you see yourself staying here if he were to get a permanent job here?" Unfortunately, the answer was no. Don't get me wrong--Boston is a BEAUTIFUL place to live and I understand why so many people love it. I just knew deep down in my heart that this wasn't the place for us--primary reasons being how far we are from our families and friends + cost of living.

We had a lot of long conversations about next steps and different places we could see ourselves living that would be closer to our families, more affordable, and we obviously had to consider where Steven would be able to have a lot of career opportunities because his field of work is very niche. We narrowed it down to a couple of places and Steven started applying for jobs and interviewing around early March. This brings me to my announcement of where we're moving and when....

In mid-May we will be moving to back to the DC area! This time instead of Virginia, we'll be living on the other side of DC in Maryland. We're so thrilled that we'll be so close to a lot of our family and friends again. Steven received an offer from a GREAT company and I received one not long after which was so unexpected. I figured it might take me a little bit of time to find a job since it was going to be a quick move after Steven got his offer. I'm very fortunate I found something so fast and with a company I'm very excited about!  I really struggled with my job situation in Boston so I'm very much looking forward to moving on to a new company and a new role.

Aside from Steven's job search, the most stressful part of the move was trying to find a place to live in a pretty short period of time. We knew we wanted to rent for a little while so we looked at apartments but honestly, we weren't impressed with any that we were finding and with the dog we really wanted to find something much more convenient than our apartment here in Boston. We started looking at private rentals and are so fortunate that we found a GREAT townhouse in a great location. I think we will be super happy and comfortable living there while we're saving up to buy and familiarizing ourselves with the area. While I did grow up in Maryland, it has been over 10 years since I've lived there (Steven has never lived there) and the area has changed so much in that time.

One thing that we've promised ourselves is we won't take for granted how close we are to so many awesome places when we move to Maryland. When we lived in Virginia, I really don't think we took enough advantage of being so close to DC and also Baltimore/Annapolis/Williamsburg/etc. We're definitely planning to get outside the "burbs" and enjoy our surroundings a lot more than we did before. I think being a little bit more adventurous is something that living in Boston has taught us for sure!

We're so grateful for our time in Boston despite it being brief. Steven had an AMAZING work opportunity that he will never forget and we had the chance to explore an absolutely GORGEOUS city for a year. It's a time in our lives and our marriage I don't think we'll ever forget!

So that is our big announcement! One thing I really want to express in this post is that if you are going through a transitional time in your life and you're struggling, you are not alone. No one's journey is the same and while Boston wasn't an end destination for us, I am glad it was a pit-stop. I learned a lot about myself, about being a good partner, about sacrifice, about God's grace and I am glad that we were pushed out of our comfort zone.

I apologize in advance if my blog schedule/content gets a little sporadic over the next month! We have so much to do and in a short period of time for the move. I definitely will keep you guys posted on everything and will probably be sharing a lot about the move on Instagram so if you're interested make sure you're following me!