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The Departed

pinkdress2I bought this silk dress at Second Time Around on Madison Avenue after a doctor’s appointment. If I have meetings on campus, I will stop by here at the end of the day but it is rare that I find something I really like. The salesgirl even gave me 70% because the original slip fit super weird; I ended up getting one from Bloomingdales. I paired it with nude heels for our anniversary dinner and then something more practical for (street) walking the streets of Boston.

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Birthday Weekend

birthday1There was a slight chill in the air yesterday which could only mean one thing: IT’S MAH BIRTHDAY. Naturally, I embraced my favorite gender stereotype and made it into a birthday weekend.

incubusOn Friday, Dave and I attended the Incubus concert; it was a great time. Brandon Boyd gave me life, especially when he began singing “Come As You Are” during the set for “Megalomaniac.” Incubus is one of my favorite bands so I was really happy to see them live for the first time. What also gave me life was the peanut butter and jelly burger from Flynn’s Irish Pub. Yup. Peanut butter and strawberry jelly on a burger. It sounds wrong but it was SO right.

I should spare everyone the tl;dr and just admit that I indulged a lot and basically stuffed my face after a week of clean eating. Saturday morning brunch was at Inna’s Kitchen, a spot in Newton that serves delicious Israeli cuisine. My future in laws took me to dinner at Grill 23 located in Boston’s Back Bay. Yesterday, I met up with some friends for brunch at Barcelona in Brookline. They had some great live music, an extensive bloody Mary bar, and delicious breakfast tapas; I think we ordered EVVVERRRRYTHING. I only managed to document what I wore to brunch (my other 2 outfits were so on point), this super comfortable knit dress from Anthropologie. The weather dropped low enough where I needed to actually put on the flannel.

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birthday3 It’s not fall yet but I was making my way to stepping on the crunchiest leaf.

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birthday5Dave pampered me all day. it was neat.

 

At the Arboretum

arb1My hair seems to require more maintenance since I started highlighting it again. I have been trying to grow it super long but it was in desperate need for a trim; my last cut and color was 4 weeks ago. I went in to see my girl yesterday and she worked her magic. I was really feeling myself after the blowout so I texted Dave that we should have a photoshoot. We went to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston and snapped some pics. What I wasn’t feelin’ were my mismatched socks, one high and one low, and the pimple I photoshopped out.

Afterwards, we went to The Regal Beagle for a pre-birthday dinner. It is one of my favorite brunch spots so I was happy that dinner was just as good (chef Stacy Cogswell was a contestant on Top Chef). My birthday is on Sunday so it’ll be more low key than usual, especially since it is the first birthday away from my parents. I’m seeing Incubus tonight so maybe that will get me excited to celebrate the weekend.

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Checking out the hops. It smelled like the Sam Adams brewery, in a good way.

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Beach Wedding

IMG_2797 I attended my first non Persian/Afghan wedding this past weekend. My uncle’s wedding (nearly 19 years ago) was pretty “traditional American,” but otherwise, I know, what a sheltered life I’ve had. The bride is a family friend of my fiancé’s and she and her husband put together a beautiful beach wedding. The weather was perfect, wine and lobster were in abundance, and the reception overlooked the ocean. As the night progressed, light from an almost full moon reflected on the water and eventually paired with a fireworks show.

The dress code was described as “resort casual”; they just wanted us to be comfortable and have fun. My hunt for the perfect dress took longer than expected. Everything seemed too floral or washed me out. Some random shopper at Cusp heard me complaining and she told me to check out the orange dress at the front of the store. It worked and it was on sale too, so double win.

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Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Hamptons

hamptons15After months of anticipation, it was time to stop being polite and start heading to Southampton, New York for my first vacation of the summer. I was especially excited because this was my first time in the Hamptons. Dave and I rented a place from AirBnB with some of our college buddies and 7+ strangers. I have to give major kudos to my friend Tom for organizing the booking of the place, picking up the food, and putting together a great crowd of people. The area itself is beautiful with lush, hydrangea lined homes and beautiful beaches. I think we all have an afterglow of sorts; it was a truly amazing weekend.

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