Outfit / Navy Blue & Ancient Greece

Monday, August 24

You know those pieces that just kinda, well, grab you? This dress is one of them. I tried on a different pattern at the store, then waited for it to go on sale online. Both patterns went on sale at the same time, I impulsively bought this one instead, and I've been wearing it ever since. Since I'm not usually a huge fan of navy, I kind of surprised myself. I wore it to my last Publishing club book launch and even my college graduation!

Outfit / Mars Red

Wednesday, August 19

These past few months, my life has been a whirlwind—I went from a summer internship to a full-time, salaried position in a different department of the same company (knocking something else off my Thirty Before Thirty!); I’m a bridesmaid in my roommates’ wedding next week, which is states away from Boston; and I’m moving out of my apartment and back home. Add in a ton of summer events, another Cape trip last weekend, and going through my to-try list of bars and restaurants…I’ve been booked solid.

With all of the craziness, versatile clothing pieces are invaluable. Last year I found these red-orange capris at TJ Maxx and couldn't say no. This summer they’ve been a staple: I've worn them to a Dave Matthews Band concert, several Fridays at work, and on chillier summer evenings.

Travel / Free Things to Do in Boston in Summer 2015

Friday, July 10

Boston is a goldmine for free summer events! Whether you want music, theatre, museums, movies, or a mix of it all, Boston has it from June through August. 

Even though we're halfway (!!!) through summer and I'm very late on this post, I feel it's worth publishing anyway. There are still so many amazing free things coming up, some of which I definitely plan on doing.

D Street ArtLAB // First of all, I adore the Lawn on D. They have epic, glowing swings that hopefully will become an annual thing! But they also offer a rotating cast of art and events. Not all of them (like the concerts) are free, but the art on the lawn certainly is. Many of the art pieces are there through fall, but some are short affairs, such as "Intrude" from July 9-12. 
Lawn on D, 420 D Street; 7AM-10PM Daily; see the full schedule

Outside the Box Festival // First, a disclaimer: a friend is the volunteer coordinator for this event, and it's funded by an alum of my college. But, all biases aside, last year was great and I'm sure their second time around will be even better! Each of the days features a different mix of dances, performances, music, and things to do. Best of all, they really cater to any age, so bring your entire family for one day--or all six!
Boston Common; July 14-19; see the full schedule

Free Fun Fridays with Highland Street Foundation // You know all of those amazing museums that don't have any free days and you just can't justify paying for a ticket if you don't know if you'll enjoy it? Now's your chance to try them out! There are seven more Fridays, each with seven museums or "cultural venues" to explore for free. And they aren't all in Boston: upcoming days include the Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst), Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge), and Plimoth Plantation (Plymoth).
Various Locations; Fridays; see the full schedule

Shakespeare on the Common // Each year, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company choose a play by the Bard and puts it on, for free, in the Boston Common. I'm pleased to say this will be my fifth summer attending Shakespeare on the Common! This year is King Lear, a favorite of mine, and I can't wait to see their adaptation.
Boston Common; July 22-August 9; Tue-Sat. at 8PM, Sun. at 7 pm

Boston Calling Block Party // The twice-yearly Boston Calling festivals have quickly become city favorites, and the organizers make sure no one forgets who they are in between the big concerts. It's impossible to find a lineup for these "block parties," but I trust it's quality music given their great history (this upcoming big festival features Alabama Shakes and Of Monsters and Men). Bear in mind that these are 21+ (and unfortunately, drinks aren't free).
Dewey Square; Thursdays from 5-8PM, 21+

Friday Flicks at the DCR Hatch Shell // I don't know about anyone else, but I love movies! Grab a blanket, friends, and snacks, and head to the Charles River for family-friendly movies. It's like a drive-in, but in a city, and without the hassle of needing your radio to hear. Plus, there are usually freebies, like chips and ice cream, and sometimes contests for silly things like frisbees and T-shirts. (There are a plethora of other free movie screenings in Boston this summer, but the ones at the Hatch Shell are my personal favorite.)
DCR Hatch Shell, The Esplanade; Fridays at 6PM; see the full schedule

Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL // Although the only performers I know in the schedule are the Handel and Haydn Society, what could be better than free music in the beautiful courtyard of the Boston Public Library?
Central Library in Copley Square; June 3-August 28; Wed. at 6PM, Fri. at 12:30PM; see the full schedule

This list is anything but comprehensive--if you need more variety try this longer Boston Budget post, and if you're looking for free fitness classes, look no further than this link :)

On my definite to do list are the D Street ArtLAB ("Intrude," two-story tall inflatable rabbits, is this weekend!), Outside the Box, and Shakespeare on the Common. I think I may try to go to a BPL Friday concert as well! Which of these events appeals most to you? Does your city offer free events in the summer?
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P.S. Don't forget you can attend the Museum of Fine Arts for free on Wednesdays after 4PM  and the Institute of Contemporary Arts for free on Thursdays from 5-9PM. And if your first name is "Isabella" you can sign up for lifetime free access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum (strongly considering naming all of my children Isabella...)!

P.P.S. If you're at all like me, you enjoy coloring and pretending you're still a child. Adult coloring books are very on trend at the moment (all of Johanna Basford's books are on my wish list), and it's also good for you. But if you don't want to spend too much money on your coloring habit, check out this list of free coloring sources from The Mad House blog!

Outfit / 4th of July in a Midi

Friday, July 3

4th of July outfit, romwe midi, stunner of the month, DSW heels, thrifted belt, boston book festival

(I know, I know! What is this? So many outfit posts lately!)

I'm not the biggest fan of wearing stars and stripes for holidays (evidenced by my wearing Peter Pilotto for Target last year and red capris the year before). Sometimes I feel the 4th is an unofficial challenge to prove your American-ness by slathering on our national symbols.

Lucky for me, I have a gorgeous cobalt midi, from Romwe. I actually ordered this months ago, but they sent the wrong size. Returning was a hassle so I waited for it to go back on sale, because I am completely obsessed with it. (I'm just obsessed with all midis, actually. More on that in coming posts, I'm sure!)

Outfit / Great Wave Blues

Wednesday, July 1

Peter Pilotto for Target shirtdress blue

Over a month ago now, on the day of my senior week boat cruise, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts with some friends to see the Hokusai exhibit. (If you're in Boston before August 9th, I highly recomend checking it out!)

(Endless apologies for the quality of these photos--I wasn't originally planning on taking photos and only had about ten minutes before I had to go meet my friends!)

Review / Warby Parker Home Try On

Monday, June 29

Warby Parker Home Try-On

Ever since I failed the driver's test eye exam and could no longer deny that I needed glasses, I've been a bit disgruntled with my eyes. (Carrots are my favorite, so I believed my eyesight would be perfect!) But perhaps more annoying than having poor eyesight is shopping for glasses. They're just so expensive, and for things that might break at any time!

My first pair, and my current pair, served me well for six years--outside of the fact that now the prescription is wrong. While I could have put new lenses in my old frames, I need something new. And something cheaper.

Step in Warby Parker. I discovered this brand through the blogosphere, when reviews of their Home Try On started popping up left and right. So I put in my order and sat back to away my tester frames. It was only after I ordered my box that I realized there's a brick-and-mortar Warby Parker on Newbury Street in Boston, but I have to say that getting a box in the mail reminded me of when I used to get Ipsy and Birchbox!

Giveaway / Summer Cocktail Dresses + Sherry London International Giveaway

Friday, June 12

With summer coming and the heat rising, everyone wants to look cute while staying cool! Sherry London, an online fashion shop based in the UK, has a great selection of beautiful cocktail dresses, with a style to suit everyone.

There are endless ways to wear cocktail dresses. Besides the obvious (a wedding or birthday party), try dressing up and heading to a new exhibit opening at your local museum or throw a dinner party at your apartment. (If you're in need of any other variety of evening dress, check out Sherry London's selection of elegant prom gowns or stunning bridesmaid dresses--or head to their sale section!) See some of my favorites below:

Sherry London Cocktail Dress Giveaway
I'm really loving this white empire waist gown from the sale section
If you like what you see, you're in luck! Sherry London is hosting an international giveaway for a chic black cocktail dress. The black will work for any type of event and the beautiful open back will keep you cool even in the middle of summer. Entries are easy: visit their Facebook page, visit their Google+, send a Tweet, refer friends, etc.
Sherry London Cocktail Dress Giveaway

Enter the Giveaway Here :)
Which of Sherry London's cocktail dresses do you like best? Where would you wear this little black dress?

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