Summer Traditions

I’m a huge sap and so it should come as no surprise that I love traditions. Those I’ve made with family, friends, Adam and surrounding holidays and seasons are all important to me. Just last weekend, I had two back to back nights of traditions with two of the most special people in my life!


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Last Friday, Adam and I went to see his all-time favorite movie, Jaws, in 35mm (original format) at the Somerville Theatre for the second year in a row. I had never seen it before we started dating (I know, I am a movie person, it is a classic, how is that possible) and now have come to love it as well. The Somerville Theatre is also a fabulous spot to see movies and live performances. Not only is it cheaper than larger chains, you’re supporting a local business AND they serve a great variety of beer (including the local Slumbrew) and wine for reasonable prices. While you’re there, build in some extra time to check out the (free!) Museum of Bad Art in the basement. Seeing the movie with a bunch of other enthusiasts, many of who go annually as well, makes it a really sweet way to watch it. People get into it and cheer at the big scenes, but otherwise everyone is respectful. This year marks 40 years so a lot of theaters had showings, but I’m super happy we stuck with this one. Throw it on your list for next August!

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To continue my weekend of fun, the next night Cait and I went to go see O.A.R., a group we adore, at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion— the best venue in town since you’re both outside and on the water. I also like it because you can walk the concourse and move around freely and still see and hear the band. We missed last year’s show, but this was my fourth time seeing them and they never disappoint. The band sounds amazing live, clearly loves and appreciates their fans and puts on a helluva show. They’ve come to town every summer, so if you have the chance to check them out (or experience any show at the Pavilion), I definitely recommend it!

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Nancy’s Air Field Cafe

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out a different lunch spot with my Mum. Nancy’s Air Field Cafe in Stow, MA is located right on Minuteman Air Field…and I mean right there. Small planes are fueling up and taking off mere feet from the picture window!

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For someone with no personal experience flying, planes have still managed to become a big part of my daily life. Not only do I love to travel (airport hassles aside), but my job’s location has planes taking off and landing just above the skylight at my desk. Even at home I can see and hear the planes coming and going from Logan overhead. As a result, I barely register the sound anymore– and when I do, I find it’s comforting. So to experience another facet of planes had me geeking out!

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Take off!

The menu, inspired by global travels, has plenty of varying and delicious options, but we both went for a burger with caramelized onions and greens on the side and I totally ate every bite. You can tell the ingredients are fresh and it hit the spot in a big way. I would love to come back for their happy pizza hour nights on the terrace where they use their brick oven!

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Best of all was who I got to spend the afternoon with– my mum! I get my zest for life from my parents, who always have encouraged us to experience new things and enjoy ourselves. While my dad is no longer with us, my mum is forever one of my fav partners to do anything and everything with and I cherish our dates together in a big way.

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Oh, you fancy, huh?

My BFF’s bridal shower was yesterday morning, so on Saturday afternoon she treated the two of us to our first experience at a blow dry bar! We went to Be Styled in Lynnfield and we’re officially SOLD on the awesomeness of this service.

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Upon arrival, we were offered something to drink and taken promptly for our appointments. Our stylists sat us down to check out our hair and discuss what we wanted to do, then it was off to the sinks. The bonus little scalp massage was clutch! Back in the chair, you’re facing two TVs playing a movie (2000s Charlie’s Angels) and while you cannot see yourself, but you can see this little sign:

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Girl, I’m trying!

My stylist, using Kerastase products, gave me the Be Swanky (1920s inspired) style and I WAS OBSESSED with the outcome! It’s fun when you’re finished too because they spin your chair around in a true makeover moment and you finally see yourself.

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Can I go everyday….?!

In just over a half an hour, we were transformed! It usually takes me longer than that just to dry my thick mane of lion hair.

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The best part? Our hair held up overnight, and was mostly intact for the shower the next morning!

CANNOT.WAIT.TO.GO.BACK.