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I Found the Gown!

Yesterday I went dress shopping for the first time and had set up a few appointments to get started. I went with my sisters Maggie and Colleen, my mom and my friend Kaela. We started the day at David’s Bridal in Natick. IMG_1124

It was really kind of a great place to start the search. When we walked in the door, they gave us a quick tour of the place and told us to start picking some dresses that we wanted to try on. After starting at the rows and rows of dresses and not knowing where to start, a woman came over to start helping up select a few. MUCH NEEDED. We were lost to say the least.

We looked through a magazine and dog eared a few of our favorites and the woman went to work grabbing the dresses. It wasn’t long until the dressing room was filled with options.



I had an idea of what shape I wanted when I went it. I was thinking a fitted bodice, with a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt. Obviously it needed to have something a little different about it. Exhibit A…the pictures above. We had gotten into the big full crazy skirts which was just really fun.

David’s Bridal gave us the direction that I wanted to go in. It was really helpful.

The appointment ended up running a half hour over what we originally planned…a total of two hours. Woof. Who knew this girl could be looking at dresses in a single shop for two hours. We were late for the second appointment at 1…so I called and rescheduled for 2 hoping to grab some eats in between.

After some Wild Willies salads, we stepped into our next appointment. I was a bit nervous about getting to this appointment because it happened to be a few blocks away from the Arsenal Mall in Watertown, where we all know the police had been stationed up during the lockdown on Friday. THANK GOD, they caught the guy responsible for the Marathon Bombing and that is absolutely not to say that these appointments would not have been rescheduled in a second in respect of what had happened. It was slightly ridiculous how life had gone right back to normal in the area. You never would have known by walking on the streets the madness of everything that went on on Friday.

Back to a happy note, the second stop we went to Vows in Watertown. Vows is an outlet style bridal shop. So dresses that were once samples for designers, are now sitting at Vows at a minimum of half off the original price. That also means there is only 1 of that dress in a single size. So they either have it…or they don’t. All of these can altered like any other dress.  You make recognize Vows from, I Found the Gown on TLC. They actually just finished filming a season a few weeks ago and are about to start another!

As we walked into the shop, they gave me 5 tickets with my name on them. You walked around the racks and racks for dresses, stuck your name in the sleeve on the dresses cover and handed it to one of the ladies working there. It was OVERWHELMING.

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It’s so hard to see what the dresses look like in the bags, which really doesn’t make it any easier. After 20 minutes of walking around the place in slight confusion, I stepped in to try some of the picks.



Enough puffiness?!

I tried on one dress here, and the girl helping us, Sammy said, if you like this cut…I have a better one.

I tried that dress on…and there wasn’t a single thing bad about it. It was beautiful. After drooling over this dress for a while, I tried on a few more, some different cuts, styles etc. But eventually we went right back to the original dress.

The thing that made the decision hard was that this WAS an outlet. You can’t order this dress and if you want it…you need to buy it. Or else…someone else will. I had a 3rd appointment set up for 3…and we had already missed that. This was only the second place that I looked at…but I couldn’t think of anything else I would have changed.

After staring at it for another 20 minutes…I made the decision that THIS was the dress! Easiest wedding dress shopping ever! I have to say, I wouldn’t have found it without Sammy. She was phenomenal. Incredibly helpful, offered her opinion on things but wasn’t too much. She was really fantastic to work with.

I still can’t believe it’s done…but every time I look at pictures of it…it just makes me smile. I know I picked the right one.

There were a TON of other shops that I had on the list of places to take a look at, and just in case you are in the market in the Boston area:

  • La Reine: Waltham, MA : This is actually where my appointment was that we missed. My aunt and cousin both found their dresses here. It’s a little hole in the wall but apparently has some gorgeous gowns.
  • Bride’s Choice: Waltham, MA : I know two people that have had great success at this bridal shop as well.
  • Vera Wang: Newbury Street Boston, Ma
  • L’elite Bridal: Newbury Street Boston, MA
  • Allegria Bridal: Belmont, MA
  • Special Event Bridal Shoppe: Marlborough, MA
  • Anna Nieman Bridal Couture: Newton, MA
  • Madeline’s Daughter: Portsmouth, NH :A friend of mine bought her dress here and she loved the service that she received here as well. She had fantastic things to say, and this was definitely on my list.
  • Aria Bridal: North Attleboro, MA This is where my friend Christy bought her wedding dress from the wedding last summer that I was in. It was a beautiful dress.

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Yay for checking another thing off the list!!

Next thing we are working on is finding a photographer!

Are you a quick shopper when it comes to making big purchases or do you like to look at ALL of your options??

Clearly….I find what I like and I go for it!!!!

The Boston Marathon

Yesterday, I had gotten home from work and was about to write up a post about my weekend when I a friends of mine called to tell me about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. For the rest of the afternoon and into the evening I stared in disbelief at the new reports and awful events that were unfolding.

The Boston Marathon has always been an extremely happy event on Patriot’s Day here in Boston. As with just about every other person growing up in there area, The Boston Marathon was a day that people came out to cheer on people achieving a goal that many of us couldn’t even dream of. To watch someone accomplish the 26.2 miles and just be a part of the crowd cheering them on was such a special occasion.

My family usually watching in Wellsley or met up with some other family right at the beginning of the race in Hopkinton. We would watch everyone run by with such energy as they started on the first few miles to reach their goal. Each year that I saw these people trot by, it inspired me to want to run in the race. After running a half marathon, it truly puts into perspective what 26.2 really means.

After the events yesterday, my thoughts go out to the Martin family, who’s father was running in the marathon. Shortly after congratulating the father for crossing the finish line, their 8 year old son, Richard returned to his mother and sister when the blast went off, injuring his mother and sister and killing Richard.

We are thankful for all of the people that were present and returned home safely. President Obama is correct, Boston is a resilient town and will come together to get through this.


Bob’s Big Breakfast

This weekend, Brent and I went to my FAVORITE breakfast place of all time. I have been going to Bob’s ever since I could drive. My friends and I from high school would go over before school, after school, on the weekends. Whenever we got the chance.

When I was in college, I would meet up with some friends for our “Breakfast Club” every time we were home from school. We loved every second of it. Fantastic food and just a great little atmosphere. I have brought just about every one of my friends that has been to visit to this place, because I love it so much.


Now, it isn’t anything fancy at all. In fact, I encourage you to roll out of bed in your sweatpants and plop down at one of their tables. It’s got a feeling of sitting in your own home, or a friends house just to hang out and have some good food. They’ve got pictures on the wall of the people from the town, little notes all over the walls, and just an inviting atmosphere.


It is really just a small house that they have turned into a restaurant. Just three small rooms (the picture above is showing the entire wall there) and friendly people.

The other reason, and main reason we loved it was for Bob’s big breakfast. It is AMAZING.


I remember it so clearly, it used to be 5.55 for all of that food. It was a STEAL! Four of us would go to Bob’s and be handed a bill for 24 dollars when our table wasn’t even big enough to handle all of the plates. Since then, it moved to 5.95 when I was in college, then 6.15 for a year or two. Jumped to 6.95 and now a whopping 7.55.

But I still stand and say, it is my favorite place to go for breakfast. I enjoyed a cup of coffee while we looked over the menu…not that Brent really had to…Bob’s Big Breakfast for him. I ended up changing it up a bit and getting a veggie omelet. Unfortunately…I don’t have the metabolism that I once did and can’t afford to eat 1 of everything on the menu anymore 😦

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Brent dove into his plate of pancakes first…and I may of may not have stolen a bite or two…or three.


I LOVE this place…and Brent isn’t going to argue with going there ever.


After finishing up, we headed out to run some errands. One of them took us to Walmart, where I stumbled into this gem:


A Bee Pollen supplement. I have NEVER seen this anywhere and was really curious why anyone would take a Bee Pollen supplement…general health?? It wasn’t listed on the back and the only thing that I could think of was allergies. To help with allergies?? I have no idea.


Do you have a favorite restaurant?? Why is it your go-to place??

An Early Thanksgiving and Minado

This weekend I headed to Boston to hang out with the fam and enjoy an early Thanksgiving. Brent and I are heading to his parents house tomorrow to celebrate so we squeezed in a little visit with my family over the weekend.

We had attempted to book a flight that left at 9AM on Saturday, but as we were confirming the flight, it completely booked up…Just our luck. So we ended up on a flight that left at 6AM. FUNN. We were on our way to the airport by 330 and arrived pretty much on time because the place that we had purchased parking tickets for near the airport didn’t open until 5AM. Who ever would have thought that would be a problem??

There was another parking lot close to the airport that we both drive by a ton, called the Park N Bark. Cute. So we headed there, parked the car, jumped on a shuttle and got to the airport with enough time to grab a coffee. 🙂


Happy Elf.

I had a yogurt parfait for breakfast and snacked on those blue chips that Jet Blue gives you in flight. I LOVE those things. I think they are just fascinating. Seriously. BLUE…chips. I’m a big lover of anything different.


My sister, Maggie picked us up at the airport and had two LARGE Starbucks coffees waiting for us in the car. Devoured. Then, we got to my parents house…and they too had coffee waiting us. I held back on the third one because I was a bit wired by that point.

We just hung around and went shopping for the day and headed back for a yummy Thanksgiving dinner. Sunday, we took it slow and had a small breakfast because we were all planning on heading to Minado for lunch.

If you love sushi, this is your jam. It is a sushi buffet. All you can eat sushi. They have other traditional japanese foods as well, such as stir fry, beef and broccoli and everything else. But, I go there for the sushi.


You have no idea. We all filled our plates to the max and devoured it. This was plate #1 for me:


We all went nuts. You can try just about any type of roll and more. You name it, they make it. My second go around was a tid bit less than the first plate. I was full. My sisters and Brent headed to the desert table after the second plate and came back with some of the signatures of Minado. One staple, and must try is the Green Tea Ice Cream. It’s delicious. I couldn’t keep my chopstick away from it 🙂


The whole meal was amazing. This has always been my favorite place to go to when I really just want a ton of Sushi. If you are in the Boston area, I highly recommend it. It is actually located just outside Boston in Natick, but it is really easy to get to.


Full elves:



Monday, we went into Boston and shopped around some more. We ate at Cafe de Boston in the Financial District, where we met up with my brother. Cafe Boston is a salad bar that has just about everything you could possibly think of. I went nuts and grabbed more than my stomach could handle. It just all looked so good and I wanted to try everything!


Brent and I returned yesterday morning. When we got in, we were running around trying to find the shuttle for the Park N Bark. We were literally standing on the opposite side of the platform when one of them pulled up. I went sprinting down the street to catch the shuttle before it pulled away. I jumped on board, loaded my luggage and sat down. As Brent was settling in, the driver asked for our parking ticket. I pulled it out and we ACTUALLY parked at The Parking Spot.

They look so similar!! They are both yellow polka dotted signs! Well, we ran off and I sprinted back to where we were originally standing and caught the Parking Spot bus to get back to our car. I guess it was too early for us to notice that we pulled into a completely different parking lot than the one we were looking for. At least THEY were smart enough to write down all the information on a card. Otherwise we probably would have been wandering around for hours trying to figure out where we parked the car…


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Have you ever LOST your car?? Or forgot where you parked it?? How did you find it again??


My brother told me a doozy of a lost car this weekend, but I’ll share one of Brent’s instead 🙂 Brent was picking me up from the airport when I first moved down here. So I had 2 large pieces of luggage weighing 180 pounds combined (yes), Hunter (my cat), and my carry on. Brent and I were not dating at this point, just friends from college that hadn’t seen each other in a long long time. But you could tell he was a bit nervous and wasn’t really sure how to act. He grabbed my two LARGE pieces of luggage and started carrying them out the door. I tried to help but he wasn’t having any of it. When we got to the parking garage, he couldn’t remember where his car was parked. We walked up and down several flights of stairs, over to other parking garages, back outside and literally everywhere in this place. Brent was now sweating. A lot. Dripping. He eventually left me with the bags and started jogging around the parking structures until he finally swung around to me with the car. It took a solid 45 minutes wandering around the garage. I thought it was hilarious. Brent…not so much 🙂


Conquering Mt Washington

This past week, while in Boston, a few of our friends from Orlando came up for a few days to join us. They had NEVER been north of DC. And as many people know, that is not even close to the north. SImple things like a basement, or a tunnel were amazing to them. I think my favorite “OH MY GOD” moment was the first drive out of Boston down to the cape. If you aren’t form the area, you have no idea that at rush hour, they open up the breakdown lanes for travel. So you simply just drive onto the highway and you can keep on straight, just ignoring the merging lines painted right in front of you. I did just that, knowing that I would freak the out a bit. 🙂 I know. Not nice.

Needless to say, they freaked out. I loved it.

I took them on the freedom trail, which is a must do if you have never been to Boston. It is a really great way to see a lot of Boston in a short amount of time and to hear all about the history of the area. This is a picture of Paul Revere outside the Old North Church.

Went to a Red Sox Game, OBVIOUSLY. You can’t see Boston without experiencing Fenway. (Even if you aren’t a sox fan, it really is a must do).

Besides all the best tourist spots to go on Cape Cod and in Boston, I decided to take them one other place. MOUNT WASHINGTON. Now, if you don’t know, Mt Washington is the highest peak east of the Mississppi. Tuckerman’s Ravine, which is the trail we took, is a 4.2 mile hike and you climb over 4,000 feet in elevation during those 4 miles. It is also known for it’s terrible weather at the peak. The day before we climbed the mountain, it was 40 degrees with 51 mile an hour winds. It felt like 30.

When I told our friends that it would be cold at the top, it was hard for them to even process. They brought a thin sweatshirt each.  I gave them some heartier ones to wear at the top.

This is me and Brent at the half way mark. It is only 1.8 miles to the top of that guy. The climb was definitely a challenge, as you would expect. There were definitely looks of “I don’t think I’m going to make it” from several people. But we all made it!

There were 6 of us total, plus Bacon, who led us all the whole way.

After making the climb twice so far, I can definitely say that it is a challenge and a great way to push yourself. The feeling of accomplishment at the top is unmatched and when you look around at the view, it is absolutely breath taking. Every moment at the top of the mountain is worth the struggle get up it. (Until you realize you now have to walk back down!)

In all reality, if you ever get a chance to do this, I highly recommend it.

So congrats to Jeff and Christina, our florida pioneers, who came from one of the flattest states in the US, to conquering Mount Washington, the highest point on the east coast!