NOLA comes to Boston: Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Still inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans, I was psyched to hear about Boston newcomer Buttermilk & Bourbon. Led by Chef Jason Santos, this hot spot literally brings a classic NOLA menu to Back Bay. I was super anxious to see if it was as authentic as it seemed and, to be honest, I really felt like I was back in The Big Easy.

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Walking into Buttermilk and Bourbon is like stepping into a hidden corner of the French Quarter, or right down Bourbon Street, depending on where you’re located amongst the sections of the restaurant. But what may be even better than the atmosphere is the menu (of course). If you’re a Moscow Mule fan, try the My Ma Louisiana cocktail to start. Past that, I think it’s impossible for me to choose my favorite dish… we tried the biscuits, fried chicken thighs, BBQ shrimp, fried pickles, cast iron rabbit and dumplings and pork belly cracklings. I’m full just thinking about it. BUT, if you made me, I’d say the fried chicken and biscuits are absolute must-haves. I’ll admit, we actually took the biscuits we didn’t eat home. Trust me, there’s no way two people could eat four of those things and it would practically be a sin not to eat every bite!

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The sugar on top of the beignets?? Your bill comes pinned to a voodoo doll — someone out there is suffering from the success of this place… yikes. Those poor souls aside, you should certainly put Buttermilk & Bourbon on top of your list of must-try Boston restaurants. It’s almost as good as a New Orleans getaway!

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Brand Spotlight: ALEX AND ANI.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been partnering with ALEX AND ANI to promote the wonderful organizations they support via their Charity by Design collection. One of the new additions is the Claddagh bangle benefiting The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The BCSF works in many ways to support children in need through schools, community centers and other social service facilities. As usual, 20% of the purchase price will go directly to the organization, so be sure to participate and get yourself one!

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But what I realized is that I haven’t talked about ALEX AND ANI generally as a (fantastic) brand. For New Englanders, it has been so cool to see a local company grow into an international one… especially led by a #girlboss! What I love about ALEX AND ANI is that there’s truly something for every one. Whether you want to rep your college or favorite sports team, or you want something more understated to wear everyday, this company has got you covered! And it doesn’t seem like they’re slowing down any time soon… #charmedarms are here to stay! Check out how I wear my bangles below:

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Support the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation with the Claddagh Charm Bangle at ALEX AND ANI

Currently Coveting: Zara Picks.

For anyone that has been following my blog for a while, my love of Zara is probably very obvious. Although I’m beginning to transition out of the fast fashion phase and would rather save up to splurge on more high-end, quality pieces, there’s something that always pulls me back. You just can’t beat the quality to cost ratio that Zara can provide. I always can rely on the brand to have up to the minute items that will also last in my closet for seasons to come. That being said, you can bet I always have a list of items stacked in my cart just waiting to come home…

Shop some of the items on the top of my Zara wish list for Spring right now.

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1. Braided Tote | 2. Distressed Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans | 3. Leather Effect Jacket | 4. Off the Shoulder Dress | 5. Dress with Frilled Sleeves | 6. Sneakers | 7. Platform Wedges | 8. Cropped Jumpsuit | 9. Sweater with Balloon Sleeves

 

 

 

 

New on the Block: Frenchie.

In an attempt to expand on the ‘eat’ part of my Eat Sleep Dress & Repeat mantra, I’ve decided to write more about one of my favorite topics: food (and the best places to get it). I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to start than with one of the most highly-anticipated new restaurants in Boston, Frenchie. As if the name wasn’t enough to get you in the door, maybe the selection of French tapas or elegant decor (complete with trendy floral wallpaper) will.

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Located right on Tremont Street, this intimate space is perfect for date night or a ladies’ get together. That being said, make sure to snag a reservation because space is limited and it fills up fast! What else should you expect? Insanely good French fare and some flavorful dishes. This time around we tried the brussels sprouts, French fries (of course), tuna crudo, escargot, salted cod croquette, and crème brûlée; A++ to all! The best part about a tapas menu is that you have the opportunity to try… six dishes that still go fairly easy on your stomach and wallet.

So next time you’re looking to indulge in the Boston restaurant scene, know that Frenchie comes highly recommended! If you visit, let me know what you think and enjoy!

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 Discover New Charms and Fresh Designs at ALEX AND ANI that Will Speak to your Spirit this Spring

Winter Layers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, February is here and it has come with its fair share (read: feet) of snow and freezing temps. I’m blaming it for my blogging hiatus. There’s little motivation to get up and dressed and more incentive to cuddle on the couch and binge watch Shameless. Anyway…

When it is time to get out of the house, winter dressing is all about layers and piling them on in any creative way you’d like. I chose to start with fishnets (the accessory of the season) + a culotte jumpsuit + some hefty booties + a bandana. Add a duster jacket from one of my favorite brands Vetta Capsule, and a leather one, and my look was complete. #TwoCoatsAreBetterThanOne

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The Leopard Coat.

 

 

 

 

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Using my go-to basics as the foundation of a look is a no brainer; all that’s left is to throw on a killer coat and some boots. I’m obsessed with the high ankle style of this pair from Public Desire.

And this just in…

I’m happy to share that I am partnering with ALEX AND ANI in support of the American Cancer Society. 20% of the proceeds from the Celebrate Today bangle go to the cause. Shopping definitely feels even better when you can give back in the process. I love that ALEX AND ANI creates bracelets with a cause  and works with various organizations to help give back via it’s Charity by Design line – we need more of that in the world! To purchase and participate, shop via the link below!

Coat: Zara | Turtleneck: Zara | Jeans:BDG at Urban Outfitters | Boots: Public Desire | Celebrate Today Bangle: ALEX AND ANI

 

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Go-to Winter Wear.

 

 

 

 

 

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My favorite winter clothing item has to be a black turtleneck. It’s the perfect layering piece and can be the foundation of almost any look… wear alone tucked into a classic pair of jeans and a dainty necklace for a classic vibe or under a leather tank for something more edgy. The best part is you can find this staple at all price points – from Uniqlo to Wolford and ALLSAINTS.

Turtleneck: Zara | Tank: Zara | Choker: Are You Am I | Jeans: J. Crew | Boots: Public Desire