Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Sunday and Mother’s Day from (picture-perfect weather on) the East Coast! Sun is shining and temps are in the 70s. Yesterday was a different story – wet and rainy!  This past week has been beautiful, but leave to Mother Nature to spoil Saturday with a lovely thunderstorm. But, the rain didn’t stop me from an afternoon adventure. Yesterday I headed south to one of my all-time favorite towns in Connecticut…Mystic. Look for pictures and a post in the upcoming days from my little trip. Here’s a teaser of one of my fav shops (and a main reason I love going to Mystic) – The Black Dog.

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Last weekend I spent at home (Columbus, Ohio) visiting my husband and family. It was a great trip home (as usual!) Celebrated my mom’s birthday with an afternoon shopping trip to German Village (adorable village on the outskirts of downtown Columbus) as well as dinner at a new restaurant at Easton Town Center – Texas de Brazil. The waiters, dressed as Brazilian gauchos, bring around large skewers of a variety of meats. A lot of fun – and totally delicious! Highly recommend!

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(L to R – me, Matt, Tim & Mom!)

And now, here’s what I’m lovin!

“I’d Rather Be In Ohio” T-Shirt

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Last weekend when I went home, Matt surprised me with this Alison Rose shirt that I’ve wanted for a long time! One of my favorite newer shops at Easton – Celebrate Local – has such a great variety of locally-made treasures – t-shirts, jewelry, bags, wine, cards, and more! I’m a huge believer of supporting local businesses and artists – and this store makes doing so very easy! Next time you’re at Easton, Columbus peeps, be sure to check it out.

Mindy Kaling at the Met Gala

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If I wasn’t already totally in love with Mindy Kaling, I am so even more now. She KILLED it at the annual Met Gala. She rocked a custom Lela Rose gown, complete with an Andy Lifshutz necklace and Tonya Hawks bag. I loved, loved, loved her makeup. I think she nailed it with the dark lipstick. Not bad for her first Met Gala!! In other Mindy news, if you’re not watching The Mindy Project or haven’t read her book, do it. Both are hilarious. Can you tell I’m a huge fan of hers?

My Momma

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Lunching at one of my fav restaurants in Laguna Beach, Cal

And last but not certainly least, my momma. (Although I love her every week – not just this one!!!) Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Have a great week!

Totes Adorable

I have a confession. I literally can not stop buying handbags. All shapes, sizes, colors, strap lengths, doesn’t matter. I can’t control myself. That said, recently when I was in NY, I bought this orange medium-sized bag. To me, this size is ideal. It’s not too huge that I can’t find anything in it, but it’s also big enough I can fit my iPad in back and forth from work.

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I love the color of it too. Looking forward to tying on a spring-colored scarf to change the look a bit. The color will also work great in the fall.

Been doing a little (online) window shopping…always on the hunt for my next victim (purchase). A few favs I picked out.

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Michael Kors Jet Set Multifunction Saffiano Tote, $298 at Michael Kors

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Marc Fisher Pop Star Tote, on sale $72.99 at Macy’s

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 Ralph Lauren Cap d’Ail Regatta Tote, on sale $147.99 at Macy’s

Printed canvas tote - paisley pink

Printed canvas tote, $39.95 at Gap

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Zip-Off Pouch Tote, $74.90 at The Limited

What’s your go-to handbag? What’s your must-have tote for the spring?

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

What a beautiful weekend in New England! This is the first full weekend that’s really felt like spring. Temps hit the low 70s – it was so nice to spend time outdoors!

Saturday started off with a fantastic volunteer event in Newtown, CT. It felt great to give back to such a deserving town.

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Following the volunteer gig, I took a quick detour to Woodbury, CT – home of the Connecticut Antique Trail (more below). Today was spent primarily outdoors at downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park – which is the oldest publicly funded park in the U.S. (dates back to 1850).

Also while at the park, I took a stroll over to Connecticut’s beautiful Statehouse which is located just south of Bushnell Park. The Connecticut state capitol building was designed in the High Victorian Gothic style by architect Richard Michell Upjohn in 1874 — it’s absolutely stunning.

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And now for the three things…

The Connecticut Antique Trail

On my way back to Hartford from Newtown yesterday, I saw signs for Woodbury, CT and the Connecticut Antique Trail. The Trail – which has more than 35 antique shops, bed and breakfasts, diners and quaint restaurants – is beautiful. Set in the  rolling Litchfield Hills, I just fell in love with the rustic country setting. I’m an urban girl at heart for sure, but there’s something so relaxing about being in the country. (It reminded me a lot of the home Matt and I rented in Jersey Township, Ohio. It was a 200-year-old farm house. We loved that house! I’ll have to share some stories and photos from that place at a later time!) Anyways, if you’re a fan of antiques and in CT, be sure to check out the Trail.

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Ralph Lauren Logo Button Up

It’s no secret one of my all-time favorite brands is Ralph Lauren. I typically try to get my Ralph Lauren gear at Macy’s, T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s for the great discounts. I grabbed this button up shirt just the other day. I fell in love with it right away – originally $80, got it for $35 at T.J. Maxx. It reminds me a lot of this jacket I got at a consignment shop awhile back.

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Jersey Boys

Simply put, if you haven’t seen Jersey Boys on Broadway, go. Just go. You won’t regret it. Hands down it’s one of the best musicals I’ve seen. My mom and I went to see it when she was in town a few weeks ago. It’s the story is of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Anyways, just go. Trust me!

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And bonus love…

ESPN’s SportsNation filmed in Bristol this week (usually they film in LA). A few colleagues and I sat in on the taping (they usually pull in a few folks for a little audience). Anyways, here’s a screen grab of when it aired…I’m in the pink skirt bottom right – sitting next to Eric Mangini. Ha!

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Have a great week! I’m looking forward to heading home this upcoming weekend to visit Matt and our fur-kids.

Tribeca Film Festival & A Weekend in NYC

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been! I feel like I haven’t had the chance to sit down for more than two minutes. Been in and out of work and New York several times. In fact, last weekend I spent the weekend in New York for the Tribeca Film Festival. I typically don’t stay overnight in the city since CT is so close, but given the late nights and early mornings, I ended up staying. If you’re ever looking for a hotel in NY, check out the Essex House on Central Park South – beautiful views of the park, walking distance to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and Times Square.

Saw this beauty across the street from the hotel

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Concrete jungle – Central Park South

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Back to Tribeca: ESPN typically screens a few films every year during the TFF. This year was no exception, but adding to this year’s line up was the new ESPN Films and espnW series – Nine for IX. Essentially – nine documentaries, inspired by Title IX, through the lens of female film makers. Incredible initiative and very cool to be part of the Tribeca Film Festival Weekend.

I’m in!

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Nine for IX trailer & more info on the series:

Saturday there were two Nine for IX screenings – The Diplomat (about legendary figure skater Katarina Witt) and No Limits (about no limits diving – couldn’t breathe during this film. It was intense). Following was an after party at The Cabanas at Maritime Hotel – an absolutely beautiful rooftop, open air bar/event space located in Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. The picture-perfect weather certainly helped the ambiance too!

Katarina Witt at the after party

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No Limits director Alison Ellwood, Tribeca leading lady Jane Rosenthal & no limits free diving women’s record holder, Tanya Streeter

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Myself with my colleague Danielle and WNBA President Laurel Richie (center)

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Following the after party we headed to an absolutely delish Mexican restaurant in the Meat Packing District – Dos Caminos. Try the guacamole. Trust me.

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Sunday back at the Tribeca Film Festival… Pat XO (about legendary Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt) and Let Them Wear Towels (about the first female journalists who made their way into men’s locker rooms post-games). Both great films – and so great to see Pat Summitt in attendance. GMA’s Robin Roberts also was in attendance – she’s an executive producer of the series. Very cool to be in the same room as those leading ladies.

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Wrapped up Sunday with dinner at The Smith in the East Village. Delicious and who can beat their Sunday special? Burger and beer for $15. Sold.

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Great weekend in the city for sure. And so proud of the work the team at ESPN does every day! Looking forward to laying low this weekend and catching up on some much-needed sleep.

Boston Strong

There’s no doubt last week was one of the most horrifying, sad and intense weeks in the history of Boston, Mass.

If there was any doubt before, last week proved that Boston is one of the strongest, compassionate and dedicated cities in the world. The million of folks who make up the city came together to defeat terrorism, and move forward – chins and pride held high.

Just a week before the horrific events that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, my mom and I were visiting Boston as part of our Mother/Daughter weekend. We visited Copley Square, and were just steps from the finish line as hundreds of volunteers set up the course.

Just a few photos from our trip to Boston, a city that if you haven’t visited yet, you really should.

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Boston Harbor

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Words of wisdom found at a pub in the North End

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Beautiful cathedral lining Copley Square

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Lunching at one of the North End’s 79 Italian restaurants (79 Italian restaurants in a six block radius – omg!)

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Highly recommend doing a “Duck Boat Tour.” Had a blast – great way to see the city – by land and sea. Yes, it goes into the water too.

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Entering the water! And yes, the driver is dressed up like a leprechaun.

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 My momma, Paul Revere’s home and the Freedom Trail

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A touch of spring near Copley Square

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And finally, my favorite photo of the trip. Very appropriate – Cheers to Boston, one of the greatest cities in America.

Girls Weekend – Momma/Daughter Edition

Just wrapped up an amazing weekend with one of my all-time favorite people to go on adventures with – my momma. She came in from Ohio for a few days so we could explore the East Coast! We spend a few days in NYC, Boston and CT. Had a blast. Stories and photos coming soon…but in the meantime…

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Love this lady! NYC’s Theatre District before Jersey Boys!

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‘Ring’-ing In Spring

Hello from a very wet and rainy Connecticut! Hoping the storms pass soon – my mom is coming to town tomorrow – spending a few days in New York to kick off the mother/daughter weekend! Planning on shopping, eating and seeing Jersey Boys! Can’t wait.

Since when has Old Navy had an extensive inexpensive jewelry collection? The one near my apartment in Hartford has a huge section! Fun pieces, even better prices. Anyways, when I was at Old Navy the other day picking up my spring staples: cardigans and tank tops, I grabbed this fun ring for $8. Boom. I love big, fun, right-hand rings – here are a few spring favs I found online.

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Old Navy, $8

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Epoxy Stackable Ring, $7.99 at Target

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Tahari Pink Stone Openwork Stretch Ring, $50 at Macy’s

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Faceted Dome Ring, $19.90 at The Limited

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Maroon Cocktail Ring, $34.37 on Etsy

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Michael Kors Pink Buckle Ring, $75 at Macy’s

Have a great week – and have fun ringing in spring!

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! I took complete advantage of the warmer weather on the East Coast this weekend with some shopping and a trip to Boston for the afternoon.

It’s a short work week for me. My mom is coming to visit later in the week. We’re planning on spending a few days in NYC, CT and Boston. Should be a blast!

And now for the three things I’m loving this week…and by the way, Go Blue! I’m cheering on my beloved Michigan Wolverines tonight against Louisville in the NCAA Men’s National Championship game!

Authentic Original Sperry’s

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Everyone should own a pair(s) of Sperry’s. I own a few pairs – but recently invested in the Authentic Originals. Cute, comfortable and will go with everything! $85 on Sperry’s website. (Slightly pricey, but completely worth it – trust me!)

Homage (t-shirts)

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If you are lucky enough to live in Columbus, Ohio, you’re probably already familiar with the premier t-shirt, clothing and accessories line, Homage. These guys seriously have it all. Check them out. I love every Homage shirt I own – and between my husband and I, we own quite a few. Newest addition to my collection, the Big East Conference shirt. (Yes, I know Big East is going away – that’s a lot of the reason I wanted it). Check out their shirts, you won’t be disappointed. Trust me.

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This is why I love sports. It’s things like this that make me love going to work every day. Quick word of advice. Grab a tissue. You’re going to need it. This is awesome.

An Afternoon in Beantown (Boston, Mass)

So it’s no secret I love a good adventure – and it’s no secret I love Boston. So with “Beantown” a little over an hour away from where I live in CT, my friend and I decided to take a trip to Boston.

The weather was perfect – sunny but with a crisp breeze. After arriving to the city, first stop: Cheers for lunch and of course, beers.

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You know, Cheers, “where everybody knows your name.”

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The original Boston pub inspired the setting of the hit tv show “Cheers.”

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We lunched on the Fenway Special – chili dogs and Sam Adams Boston Brick Red beers (it only seemed appropriate). By the way, Sam Adams is based in Mass – need to do that tour one day for sure!

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Next stop, a walk around the city’s urban park – Boston’s Public Gardens – including a quick stop at the bench from Good Will Hunting:

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One thing I love about Boston more than anything is the beautiful architecture.

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Boston Public Library: Founded in 1848, the BPL was the first large free municipal library in the United States.

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Love the stone and iron detail of the library’s main entrance.

A stroll through Newbury Street with plenty of window shopping!

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And a Georgetown Cupcake. Yum!

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My friend was in heaven – she loves DC, so to her, this was a little (delicious) piece of home.

And we topped off the day with a ride around the town on this bike cart thing. So hilarious – but so worth it!

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This dude was our “driver/tour guide.”

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Also, here’s a fun fact, the building in the photo above with the American Flag is the Old State House…The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. Pretty cool!

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Also, speaking of history, if you’re in Boston, be sure to checkout the Freedom Trail – totally worth it! My friend and I did a handful of the stops, including Paul Revere home and the Old North Church (think “one if by land, two if  by sea”). Also reminds me of this hilarious SportsCenter spot.

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Loved the beautiful interior of the Old North Church as well. The pews were very different – they were esentally little cubbies where families would huddle together to stay warm. Very cool.

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Overall a great day in one of my favorite New England cities!

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Looking forward to more adventures and trips to Boston!

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy Tuesday! Temps are (slowly) starting to rise across New England – and by rise I mean mid 40s. (Hey, compared to the winter we’ve had, I’ll take it!) Had an eventful and good weekend – spent some time with friends, did a little exploring of CT and of course no weekend is complete without a trip to Target, Macy’s, Marshall’s and/or T.J. Maxx, I also finally got around to watching Les Mis. LOVED it! I’m a huge sucker for musical, so it was right in my wheelhouse. Tomorrow I’m headed home (Ohio) for a few days to visit my husband and sweet little puppies Ziggy and Pepper. Can’t wait!

Today I spent the day in NYC for an event. Very pretty and sunny day in Manhattan! And I loved this little touch of spring I found…

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And for this week’s Three Things:

Putnam, CT

I’ve been pretty adventurous the last several weeks – visiting little towns throughout Connecticut. But Saturday I woke up and knew I wanted to explore somewhere, but didn’t have any plans or ideas where. So I literally Googled “cute towns in Connecticut.” A site pulled up a handful, one of which was Putnam. So, I plugged it into my GPS and I was on my way to the Northeast corner of the state – about a 45 minute drive from downtown Hartford.

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And so the website was right, it was totally a “cute town in Connecticut.” I loved the stream that ran right through town!

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Typical small town shops, restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores and great consignment shops (although I left the town empty-handed!) I didn’t see anything I had to have – but had a lot of fun walking around!

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On my way back home, I stopped by UCONN’s campus. Such a great college-town feel; for my Ohio friends, it reminded me a lot of OU. Midsize college in a rural setting. Overall a fun and successful adventure! Who knows where Google or my GPS will take me next!

Tommy Hilfiger Flats

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Love these little guys at Macy’s. Obviously I had to have them. They have three versions – different colors. Loved the pale green and white ones. Longing for warmer days so I can wear them!

Danny & Annie Love Story

I’m not going to go on and on here…just watch this. And grab a tissue. Just trust me.