Holiday gift guide!

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a good December!!! I for one have had such an interesting month. I’m back and I am better than ever. More content!!

-My boyfriend Matt and I recently exchanged gifts because he is going away to the Cayman Islands once he’s out of MIT. We are starting off Christmas early this year and I cannot be anymore happier!

I just wanted to share with you all what he got me, and what I purchased for him.

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 I made Matt this SUPER cute gift basket! I originally had no idea what I was going to do, but it all turned out okay in the end!

I made Matt this SUPER cute gift basket! I originally had no idea what I was going to do, but it all turned out okay in the end!

 It’s all in the details. I am absolutely in awe of the Puppy wrapping paper!!!

It’s all in the details. I am absolutely in awe of the Puppy wrapping paper!!!

What I got him

To wrap things similar puppy wrapping paper here

Cute Santa Card TJ Maxx But LovePop has some VERY cute and festive cards!

DIY basket to put it all in You can find them here, here,

Johnny Cupcakes shirt Classic X-bones

Johnny Cupcakes shirt Ginger Bread Big Kid Blue exclusive to BOS

Pickle rick stuffed plushie (He loves Rick and Morty)

Taza Chocolate

Passport chocolate from Trader Joes

I got Matt a Coach card holder with his initials hot stamped on for his birthday. It’s super cute and very sleek. Sugarfina is ALWAYS a good option! Cocktail kits! Holiday treats from Sugarfina

Here are some other ideas for men

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Ideas for women

Urban Decay Palette ON SALE! Always a good idea.

Gucci Bloom set, This is my favorite perfume!! I don’t know one person who does not like this perfume. Roller balls are a great idea for on the go!

Burberry Scarves never go out of style

Beauty Blenders— stocking stuffer! Beauty Blender Kit + Two BB and The cleaner!

Prada Candy roller ball, perfume

Fenty Beauty Little mini kit, Uncuffed is one of my favorite lip paints! very popular at Sephora.

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Xo, Cin

Happy holidays!

LifeofCinEatsBOS (Top go to places)

It's official! It's a long name but it's happening. FOOD INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. @LifeofCinEatsBOS

This is going to be a series on my blog on what I love to eat. As you may tell from Instagram or this blog- I am a foodie. But every foodie has his or her essentials and these are mine!!

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Sweetgreen - I usually crave a Harvest bowl or a Kale Caesar Salad (Sans tomatoes).

Pressed Juicery- Greens 5 juice (discontinued) Alternative is Greens 2. Creamy Coconut freeze is delicious. I LOVE the freezes. There are seasonal flavors and the two basic ones are vanilla and chocolate.

Starbucks - Who dosen’t like Starbucks? My order is usually a Venti iced coffee sweetened. I usually go for a spicy chorizo and egg sand which, chocolate chip cookie or chocolate croissant.

I go to a lot of different places to eat for lunch and dinner. But my top favorites as of right now is Saloniki (There is one in Fenway and on Mass Ave near MIT campus) Chipotle, Dig Inn, Tatte. 

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 Lunch at Thinking Cup

Lunch at Thinking Cup

My tribute to the late Kate Spade

I've been holding this in for a long time and most of my readers know Kate Spade New York has been apart of my life for about three years now. Throughout all the fun times and the hardships- I am off on my new adventure now. It has been a hard year for not only me but the company as a whole.

KSNY has lost the creator and visionary of the brand and I have been holding back on this post for a very long time to talk about my feelings.

On Jun. 5, 2018 Kate Spade passed. At 10:30 in the morning I was laying in bed watching interviews of Kate from two years ago. It was a shocking moment when I found out hours later.

I have learned so much from this company and these are lessons I will never forget. 

Always sparkle

 

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When it comes to fun.. you gotta have it all in the bag.

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 Have fun with your outfits

Have fun with your outfits

 As far as I am concerned, leopard is a neutral.

As far as I am concerned, leopard is a neutral.

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Baubles over boys anyday

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Iconic outfits

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Bags I love

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Glitter charm shoes!!!

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We'll never forget my iconic mirror selfies. I will have to improvise and find something else that works!!! the most iconic thing that I have been known for a while. I'll have to find my own green pillow and pink couch. I will miss you dearly Kate Spade, and my old store on Newbury Street.

 

 

KS Newbury it was nice knowing you. 

- Cin

 

New England Post - Portsmouth, NH

If you read my other post about the Fuller gardens- you probably know that I am in awe of New Hampshire this summer. I have had such an amazing time in Portsmouth with my boyfriend that I had to share it all with you guys!

Where we stayed

Hotels are expensive and you have to be 21 or older to check into a hotel. That's where Airbnb comes in handy. I had a great experience with it so far! It's cheap and a great way to save on a trip. Matt and I stayed in the center of Portsmouth that was right in the city where the restaurants and shops were. Do your research on where you wanna stay- Private apartments are the way to go on any trip.

What we ate

When we first arrived to Portsmouth (The first time) we walked around and decided that we wanted something light and that's when we decided to try out Cava. We ordered a lot of food- it was amazing. (Plus I like eating tiny food) Croquetas De Jamon Serrano was probably my favorite dish out of all of them. A couple dishes we had were, Pastas bravas, Marcona almonds and olives, Duck breast, I don't remember it all but it was delicious. Almost everything was topped off with Saffron!! 10/10

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Friendly Toast- For all of you in Boston you know Friendly Toast. Cheap and delicious. I got chocolate chip pancakes. 

Cafe Mediterraneo- For dinner the second stay Matt and I were starving. We've been driving all day and ate nothing. We probably ate three loaves of bread and olive oil + Parm that night at this restaurant. (YUMMY) I got Chicken Alfredo while Matt got a pork chop which was extra yum. 

What we did

We enjoyed both of our days in Portsmouth, first off we walked around which was fun. Portsmouth is fun little area- it's not too city like. We grabbed my Lilly Blanked and we watched the sunset over at Prescott Park. Nothing too crazy. It was our weekend to relax from work so we binge watched episodes of the Bachelorette that night and ate snacks. 

 

Things to know | what to pack on a getaway

There is a free 72 hour parking lot!!! There are other ones that are more expensive. 

TONS of restaurants to choose from!! Yelp is helpful!!

Bring a huge towel to lay down in the grass in

Bring bug spray

Sandals and flip flops are a must

Sunnies are a need

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What I wore

First time- My pineapple jumpsuit!!! (Minus the pineapple bag) I just got it from Kate the night before and I loved it so much. Cute and Sassy- great for the summer! 

The second time I wore plain white jeans and a chiffon navy blue tank top and lobster sliders from Kate. 

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New England Post - Fuller garden in North Hampton, New Hampshire

I love driving up the cost of New Hampshire/Massachusetts with my boyfriend. This summer we've been to Portsmouth NH twice and we've driven around a lot and stayed up in Portsmouth in an Airbnb for the night. I think it's a great way to get away from the city- if you're constantly in the working in the city like me all the time and need a break.

-We visited the Fuller Gardens in North Hampton. BEAUTIFUL PLACE!! Admission is cheap- and if you're a student it's like $6. The flowers are exotic- although the roses wern't in full bloom, it was still a beautiful place to be! There was a greenhouse full of succulents and more cacti and flowers. I think this trip was worth it. There was a koi pond with HUMUNGOUS Koi fish!!

My favorite part. Driving up the coast near New castle island was fabulous. The view was amazing, the mansions reminded me of Newport RI- everyone that knows me, knows I LOVE Newport. 

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Big fishies ♥️

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WHERE I EAT IN BOS

Yes there will be a part two.

enjoy!

 TATTE - MINT LEMONADE, ASPARAGUS AND ARTICHOKE QUICHE, STRAWBERRY FRUIT BOX

TATTE - MINT LEMONADE, ASPARAGUS AND ARTICHOKE QUICHE, STRAWBERRY FRUIT BOX

 TATTE - PISTACHIO NUT BOX

TATTE - PISTACHIO NUT BOX

 TATTE- MAC AND CHEESE

TATTE- MAC AND CHEESE

 TATTE- SWEET POTATO AND AVOCADO TARTINE 

TATTE- SWEET POTATO AND AVOCADO TARTINE 

 SUGARFINA- PARISIAN PINEAPPLES

SUGARFINA- PARISIAN PINEAPPLES

 SUGARFINA BOX OF FOUR- ROSE ROSES, COWBOY CACTUS' BABY WHALES AND PARISIAN PINEAPPLES. 

SUGARFINA BOX OF FOUR- ROSE ROSES, COWBOY CACTUS' BABY WHALES AND PARISIAN PINEAPPLES. 

 EAT BY CHLOE QUINOA TACO SALAD WITH KALE AND ARTICHOKE DIP

EAT BY CHLOE QUINOA TACO SALAD WITH KALE AND ARTICHOKE DIP

 EAT BY CHLOE-HALF AND HALF AIR BAKED FRIES, GUAC BURGER, CHERRY LEMONADE, CINNAMON EXPRESSO COOKIE

EAT BY CHLOE-HALF AND HALF AIR BAKED FRIES, GUAC BURGER, CHERRY LEMONADE, CINNAMON EXPRESSO COOKIE

 SWEETGREEN- HARVEST BOWL SALAD

SWEETGREEN- HARVEST BOWL SALAD

 EARLES - AVOCADO TOAST

EARLES - AVOCADO TOAST

 DIRTY WATER DOUGH- BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA 

DIRTY WATER DOUGH- BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA 

 SWEETCHEEKS - FRIED CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND CHEESE SOUFFLE, CAESAR SALAD WEDGE

SWEETCHEEKS - FRIED CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND CHEESE SOUFFLE, CAESAR SALAD WEDGE

 LA BURDICK HOT CHOCOLATE, MACARONS AND CAKES

LA BURDICK HOT CHOCOLATE, MACARONS AND CAKES

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 L.A BURDICK- HOT CHOCOLATE

L.A BURDICK- HOT CHOCOLATE

 GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES

 GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES- RED VELVET AND PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES- RED VELVET AND PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

 DIG INN- CASHEW KALE, SWEET POTATOES, MAC AND CHEESE, CHICKEN

DIG INN- CASHEW KALE, SWEET POTATOES, MAC AND CHEESE, CHICKEN

 MAGNOLIA BAKERY- BANANA PUDDING

MAGNOLIA BAKERY- BANANA PUDDING

 DOUBLE CHIN (CHINATOWN) LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE (RICE NOODLES) AND PEKING DUCK FRIES

DOUBLE CHIN (CHINATOWN) LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE (RICE NOODLES) AND PEKING DUCK FRIES

 DOUBLE CHIN- CUBE TOAST

DOUBLE CHIN- CUBE TOAST

 DOUBLE CHIN, MATCHA ICE CREAM BETWEEN TWO TRADITIONAL DEEP FRIED CHINESE BUNS

DOUBLE CHIN, MATCHA ICE CREAM BETWEEN TWO TRADITIONAL DEEP FRIED CHINESE BUNS

 ROXY'S GRILLED CHEESE- TATER TOTS W CHEESE, GRILLED CHEESE WITH VERMONT SHARP CHEDDAR

ROXY'S GRILLED CHEESE- TATER TOTS W CHEESE, GRILLED CHEESE WITH VERMONT SHARP CHEDDAR

 SHAKE SHACK, FRIES, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE AND FRIED CHICKEN BURGER

SHAKE SHACK, FRIES, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE AND FRIED CHICKEN BURGER

 PINKBERRY

PINKBERRY

 PINKBERRY

PINKBERRY

 THINKING CUP - SALMON BAGEL

THINKING CUP - SALMON BAGEL

 THINKING CUP- FRENCH HOT CHOCOLATE AND A SLICE OF DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE

THINKING CUP- FRENCH HOT CHOCOLATE AND A SLICE OF DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE

 ATLANTIC FISH CO- OYSTERS (FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD)

ATLANTIC FISH CO- OYSTERS (FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD)

 LIZZIE'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM- CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM WITH RAINBOW SPRINKLES

LIZZIE'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM- CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM WITH RAINBOW SPRINKLES

 MAX BRENNER- DESSERT TRAY

MAX BRENNER- DESSERT TRAY

 PRESSED JUICERY- JUICE FREEZE

PRESSED JUICERY- JUICE FREEZE

 GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES- PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE 

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES- PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE 

 SANTOUKA RAMEN

SANTOUKA RAMEN

 MIKES PASTRY

MIKES PASTRY

 MIKES PASTRY- MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP

MIKES PASTRY- MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP

 MIKES PASTRY- LIMONCELLO CANNOLI'S

MIKES PASTRY- LIMONCELLO CANNOLI'S

 AMORINO

AMORINO

 THE FROSTY TRUCK

THE FROSTY TRUCK

 MOTHER JUICE

MOTHER JUICE

 MOTHER JUICE- UNICORN BLOOD

MOTHER JUICE- UNICORN BLOOD

 FLOUR BAKERY SPECIAL

FLOUR BAKERY SPECIAL

 EARLE'S

EARLE'S

 EMACK AND BOLIOS

EMACK AND BOLIOS

 FLOUR BAKERY STICKY BUN

FLOUR BAKERY STICKY BUN

GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE ON NEWBURY STREET

If you know by now, I work at Johnny Cupcakes. (spoiler alert there are no cupcakes) I didn't realize how many people I sent down to Georgetown Cupcake. When you work at Kate Spade New York; you eat cake for breakfast. Georgetown is one of my favorite places to go to for a quick dessert. 

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I also go the Lilly Pulitzer dozen! I didn't eat all of them unfortunately haha.

Boston University, You're my new home.

I remember the date of my first day of my senior year of high school, it was Tuesday September 1st, 2015. I was nervous for the next 9 months of absolute hell. I had no idea where I was going to end up/where my life was going and what I was going to do about college. I knew the AP courses I was going to take were going to be jokes. (Sorry to my AP teachers). I was a seventeen year old "scholar" who just wanted to get through the school year without any drama, trouble and of course; I avoided all my issues. I ate lunch that day in the hallway by myself, like always. Still nervous around everyone who I interact with, keeping mum about everything and anything. After spending three years at good old Waltham High School, you'd think I would become a social butterfly right? Well you're wrong. Fast forward to February 14, 2016. It was a late Sunday night just coming home from New York City, after eating a pack of (delicious) 18 Laduree Macarons, and alot of crying from previous events terrible that happened that following weekend. I got rejected from my other school I had applied to. Thus forcing me to go to Lahell college. (No typo there) Truth is, I wanted to end up at Lasell, to become a big fish in a little pond and thrive. I gave it a shot, and when I did I thought things were gonna look up for me. I found a new friends off the Lasell 2020 Facebook group and had a whole bunch of friends in fashion. But all of that backfired on me. But was I a big fish on campus?

You guessed it. I was a big fish in a little tank. I would not say "pond" for this particular situation. For at least 9 months of my life I was restricted with resources, I lost a lot of trust within humanity, I was neglected and left to fend for myself in this "little tank"

For once in my life I decided enough was enough. It was Christmas day, I started my application for Boston University. After writing sessions with my professor reviewing my essay and getting help from the tutoring center from a senior. After months of preparing to click "send" a month later, I got my acceptance packet and email. 

Fast forward to the present. Which is now. It's Friday night and I'm exhausted. I just got back from my orientation from Boston University. I have to say that this was the best thing that has ever happened to me. From meeting countless people that have so many AMAZING things about this institution to transfer students greeting each other and making friends with one another. I love this school, and it is so near and dear to my heart. 

When I was a young girl, I had no clue what was going on with my life or what was happening around me. I was clueless. My parents would always drive into Boston, so evidently we would have to pass Boston University. When I first saw Stu Vi 1 and 2, I was dazed and confused. I remember those buildings when they were being built. I never knew that I would even be a student at that place where I was looking out of my side window. 

19 years later I have the City of Boston to enjoy furthermore, I am so unbelievably happy that BU will be my new home for the next (3) years of my life. (3) is a maybe. LOL

Cheers, 

Cindy

 

Eat By Chloe SEAPORT|FENWAY

I ain't even a vegan and I think the food is so amazing here. Great for your diet and for the Instagram feed. I honestly have been going to Eat by Chloe every single week. I love it how they have fresh coconuts, avocado toast, peanut butter banana toast, salad and vegan burgers!

My usual order? I tend to switch it up every week to try new things. But so far my favorite is the quinoa taco salad, Guac burger and the mac and cheese. (Don't forget about the sweet potato fries!) (Pro tip get the half an half fries) See for yourself to decide whether you'd enjoy Eat by Chloe. The vegan life ain't for everyone.

-Cin

 

February 7, 2017 | Patriots Parade.

2/3rds of my college hopped on the Riverside D train all the way to Boston. Did I go to school that day? Absolutely not. God knows what happened in class that day. My professor for my women's studies class. Not happy. I stood in the snow for 2 hours. I witnessed Tom Brady throw and catch a perfect spiral. I saw Gronk for the first time and it was great. I went to work that day. The streets were disgusting, but there were a million Patriot fans everywhere. Too many photos and videos of bad quality. I love TB12

Shipping up to Boston (via Duck Boat)

Cheers,

Cin

Atlantic Fish Company

I went here for a friend's birthday. The cost of dinner was at least 2/3rd of the cost of a Louis Vuitton Cles, but it's worth it in my opinion. The clam chowder was a 8/10 a little weak but still good. Get oysters. Make your date take you here, that's what I did.

Cheers,

Cin

Toppadahub (Top of the Hub)

Story time. I booked a table for two, for my friend and I, because he was going back home to Thailand. Long story short, he ditched me last minute. I was already going back into the city, so I texted my other friend and he came through. I love this place so much. The view is great and the clam chowder is 11/10. Pesto is on point, needless to say. This is one of Boston's finest dining experiences, if you're visiting make sure to book a table online! (Open table) The prices are a little insane but it's worth it. Go there and stare down at everything Boston has to offer!

-Cheers

Cin

Hello Caroline!

I love local boutiques. I mean shopping locally is so amazing for a community. You can find some amazing pieces that no one else is going to have! You all know that Newbury street is literally my LIFE. When I first heard about Hello Caroline, it was on Only In Boston's snapchat. (I think) Then I finally went into the store. It was amazing, I loved it! Fell in LOVE with a dress, and then ordered it online. (going to pick it up at the store)

Anyways, Check out their shops

Brookline: 234 Harvard St

Boston: 252 Newbury St

#ShopHelloCaroline Hello-Caroline.com

instagram:shophellocaroline

 

Here are a few of my favorite pics off the website and LOOK HOW CUTE THE STORE LOOKS. Also you can shop with points!! Here's my referral

 

 Off the Shoulder Ruffled Shift Dress -  Teal  

Off the Shoulder Ruffled Shift Dress - Teal