The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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Tuesday Ten: Creating the Perfect Hygge Moment

 

January is the perfect time for a cozy and content hygge day.  I love this article from the New Yorker and think it perfectly describes the Danish concept.

  1. The perfect slippers.  These L.L.Bean slippers are largely regarded as just about perfect in New England.
  2. Candles.  White Barn makes my favorite candles.
  3. Play your most relaxing playlist.  I love this classic jazz one from Helena!
  4. Apply a face mask.  This HydraClay Detox Mask epitomizes Hygge!
  5. Go for a walk.  Even when it’s cold, I always try to go walking outside.  I really believe there is no replacement for fresh air, even if it’s hurting your face.  I love these Sorel boots for when there’s some snow or slush on the ground!
  6. Read a book.  The perfect hygge moment in my eyes involves a physical book and zero blue light.  Currently on my list is Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.  I love ‘Big Magic‘, but I have never read one of her novels, so I am really excited to jump into this one.
  7. Make a hot cup of tea.  There are so many different types of tea, but I really want to try this detox tea from David’s.
  8. Get cozy under a warm blanket.  These blankets from Target are so soft and delightful, I love that they come in large sizes so your whole body is covered.
  9. Make some chili for dinner.  What’s better than homemade chili on a cold winter night?  I have been dying to try this white chicken recipe!
  10. Bake something.  I am always pinning tasty treats over on my Pinterest page, and this chocolate cake is my most recent addition!

What do you need for a perfect hygge moment?  Let me know in the comment section!  Have a wonderful day!

xo, C


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10 Boston Restaurants I Want To Try

While trying (and loving) restaurants is no secret passion of mine, I noticed last year I had a tendency to revisit places a bit more than branching out.  I rounded up the top ten spots on my to try list, and B and I are going to start making our way through them!

  1. Citrus & Salt.  I love Mexican food, and I love Buttermilk & Bourbon, so I really can’t wait to hit up its sister restaurant Citrus & Salt.
  2. Fat Baby.  My favorite Boston restaurant, Loco, has a new sister in Fat Baby.  I can’t wait to try their sushi and see what else the East Asian haunt has to offer!
  3. Dumpling Palace.  Pretty self explanatory, but B and I have tried to get here a few times and never succeeded.  One day!
  4. Sarma.  There is a shortage of phenomenal Mediterranean restaurants in my opinion, so Sarma seems like a great excuse to get out to Somerville.
  5. Abby Lane.  Another child of Jason Santos, Abby Lane joins Citrus & Salt on the list of must try spots this year!
  6. Saltie Girl.  Trying out this seafood spot shouldn’t be too hard with such a perfect location on Dartmouth Street!
  7. Tiger Mama.  Despite going to Sweet Cheeks on the regular, I have never been to Tiffani Faison’s other location down the street.  One night I’m in Fenway I definitely want to substitute the usual BBQ for Tiger Mama’s Southeast Asian cuisine.
  8. Toro.  Tapas are one of our favorite ways to enjoy food, so Toro is a pretty high priority this year!
  9. Little Donkey.  Another Tapas place, this Central Square location is a favorite among several of my friends, but I have somehow never made it there.
  10. Waypoint.  Waypoint is another restaurant I keep saying I’m going to try (for at least a year now!)  They have everything from a raw bar to pasta, right in Harvard Square.

Are there any other restaurants I should add to the list?  Let me know in the comments!  Have a great day!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Holiday Date Ideas

 

Hello everyone, welcome back!  I mentioned in my Gift Guide that I would love to spend time doing something with all of the people I love this December, so today I wanted to share a list of my favorite activities – perfect for a date, girls’ night, or family outing!  A few of them are New England specific if you’re in the area!

  1. Pop-up Winter Market.  There are tons of Christmas markets popping up this month.  In Boston, it’s SoWa and City Hall Plaza, but a quick Google search with your city should turn up some near you!
  2. Build a Gingerbread house.  An annual tradition at my family’s Thanksgiving is to kick off Christmas by building Gingerbread houses, and now I can hardly imagine a holiday season without them!
  3. Go Ice Skating.  As cliched as it may be, I love ice skating.  B and I went well after Christmas last year, though there is something magical about going during December.
  4. Visit Winter Reimagined at Tower Hill Botanical Garden (or your local light display!).  Tower Hill is one of my favorite places in the world, and every year they put on the most spectacular winter lights display.  Every area usually has a well known lights display, so bundle up and reserve your tickets!
  5. Build a fort for movie night.  Everyone’s calendars are so full during December, I love the idea of finding a night you both have free and staying in for a cozy Elf screening (or your favorite movie, but it’s probably Elf).  This date is best enjoyed with homemade cookies!
  6. See the Newport Mansions decked out in their Holiday Best.  Two years ago I went with my sister and best friend and they were absolutely stunning.  Newport native Jess wrote a full blog post about other holiday activities to do in Newport here – it’s an amazing resource and I can’t wait to go try all of the things she recommended!
  7. Get tickets for a holiday classic.  Whether it’s Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker or the Boston Pops, I love seeing the Christmas magic come to life.  If you’re looking for an option that’s more budget friendly, you’d be surprised how fantastic a lot of local high school’s Christmas concerts are!
  8. See a holiday comedy show.  If Christmas music isn’t your jam, most comedy clubs have holiday specials during the month of December.  I’m a fan of ImprovAsylum in Boston!
  9. ZooLights.  Most zoos have great light displays for the holidays.  In Boston, it’s Stone Zoo.
  10. Take a cheese board making class to prepare for all of your party contributions!  I mentioned this in my gift guide, but for my birthday B got us tickets to a cheese board making class with Formaggio.  It was so much fun and we left armed with the knowledge to create some killer cheese boards for our holiday parties (PLUS we found some of our new favorite cheeses!)


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Tuesday Ten: Thanksgiving Outfit

Hi guys!  Today’s Tuesday Ten is a bunch of pieces I love that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving!  How many of you are still trying to find your outfit??

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One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Influenster Product Reviews

Hello everyone, welcome back!  Today’s post is going to be a beauty product review.  From time to time, Influenster sends me complementary products to review and over the past few months I haven’t shared most of them on the blog!  With Sephora’s VIB Coupons rolling in (20% off for members starts on Friday!) it’s the perfect time to test out some new things at a lower price!

  1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation.  I’m always excited to try a new foundation out, but I never knew how much I would love a foundation until now.  I have zero complaints about this one, even the price tag is worth it (though I certainly wouldn’t complain if it dropped in price a little bit…)  I only need two pumps to cover my entire face, and it gives amazing full coverage while feeling super lightweight on my face.  The formula blends out like an absolute dream, and the matte finish lasts all.day.long.  This would be my number one recommendation to buy during the holiday sale, I plan on buying another in my winter shade!
  2. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.  I had been a fan of this before I received it for free from Influenster, so I was beyond giddy when I saw the full size sitting in my box!  This cult-favorite really locks in your makeup for the whole day, without adding on any heaviness or settling into any fine lines.  I find it really minimizes the appearances of my pores as well, which is such an added bonus since I first purchased it only expecting it to set my makeup!
  3. Amika Undone Texture Spray.  As a lover of Amika products (you can see my post here to see what other products I love), I was stoked to see more Amika products come through the mail.  This spray is great whether you’re looking to lock your curls into place, or just hold on to that messy tousled look that you woke up with.  I hate the smell of conventional hair sprays, so this is a super replacement which actually adds volume, instead of just keeping what you already have in place.  As with all Amika products, it uses rice starch instead of aluminum which I absolutely *love* – that alone would place them leaps and bounds above every other hair care company in my book!
  4. Amika Nourishing Mask Mini.  You all know I love a good mask, and I think hair masks don’t get nearly enough play.  This one may be the best one I’ve tried yet.  The first time you use it, you won’t even believe how smooth and shiny your hair is!  I know 20 minutes is a long time to leave something in your hair, but if you can swing it you’ll thank me.  You can also buy it in an 8.5 oz tub, to save a little bit of money in the long run!
  5. Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel.  I try to avoid using heat on my hair as much as possible (I probably only use a hair dryer or straightener twice a week), so this fast drying towel is an absolute life saver for me.  The texture of the towel dries your hair so much faster than a bath towel would, with the added benefit of not being as heavy and hard on your neck!
  6. GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper.  I have extremely thin lips, so the thought of a lip plumper that’s also hydrating is extremely inciting to me.  Unfortunately, I’m not totally sure this is the one to do that.  I didn’t notice many results from using it for a week straight.  It has almost four stars at Sephora, so some people have definitely had more success with it than I did.  If you do choose to give it a try, I would recommend going with a color and not the clear.  I received the clear and the shimmery finish gave me terrible 90s flashbacks!
  7. Dr Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-puffing Gel.  This product is amazing for under eye bags.  It gets the puffiness down in hardly any time.  I love using it especially on days when I’m heading out to shoot!  That being said, it doesn’t do anything for eye wrinkles, which is what I really look for in an eye cream.  If you have puffy eyes, I’d definitely recommend it, but you might have to still use a conventionaly wrinkle-combatting eye cream at night.
    These next three didn’t work great on my very dry skin, but B loved them so much that he has since ordered a replacement trio, so I’m letting him do the honors of describing them to you!
  8. Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.  I’ve used a lot of different face washes and this is the only one that noticeably removes oils from my face.  I like that you can use a very small amount to spread on your entire face (it comes out really thick).  It gets rid of oils without making my skin dry and tight like other cleansers, and doesn’t leave bleach marks on my towels like benzoyl peroxide does, as an added bonus.  I don’t love the smell of it, but it’s not too strong and once you wash it off the smell is gone, but that’s the only negative of it.
  9. Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner.  Toner is the toughest one for me to describe because I had no idea what it was until Caitlin told me it was the extra step in between cleanser and moisturizer.  It’s gotten rid of nearly all of my clogged pores, and is a great extra step to get rid of dirt and oils in my skin.
  10. Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hyrdator.  I really like the moisturizer, I wish they made the bottle twice as big since it doesn’t last as long as the cleanser does for me.  I use it all the way down my neck so it does great work on razor irritation, for any guys who want to use it.  It’s very lightweight, and easy to not put on too much.  This one smells great, it’s very subtle so you wouldn’t really notice it if you weren’t putting it on your face, and the smell doesn’t last very long.  It doesn’t leave any residue behind, and doesn’t add shine to my oily forehead, which is nice and hard to come by in a moisturizer for oily skin (from what I’ve found).


Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know what you think of them in the comments!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Birthday Wish List

 

Hey everyone, welcome back!  My birthday is next Monday (!) and even though I am not a huge gift person AND the only thing I really want is an Apple Watch, I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I’ve had my eye on lately anyway!

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  1. Toffee Wool TOMS. Not only is the color on these just perfect, they are also wool on the outside and shearling on the inside.  So they’ll keep your feet toasty without sacrificing the signature TOMS style.
  2. Black Cherry TOMS.  In case you haven’t noticed, I have an undying love for all things TOMS.  I have multiple pairs of shoes, sunglasses, bags, and even bought a poncho AND a blanket from their Target collab a few years ago.  To boot, I convinced B to to put an order in for the fall (he got the classics in olive and this pair of sneakers he wears every weekend!)  The black cherry color of the classics is just gorgeous and definitely needs to find it’s way to me ASAP.
  3. Zella Leggings.  I have been dying to update my workout leggings for quite some time now, and despite all the good things I’ve heard about Zella I have somehow never tried them.  I think this gorgeous color is the perfect excuse to give the brand a try!
  4. Banana Republic Tie-Sleeve Shift Dress.  As a bonafide skirt addict, my closet has a huge deficit of dresses.  I want to add some dresses in to my wardrobe so I can wear them throughout the winter with tights and boots, and this gorgeous blue number is the perfect place to start!
  5. Fresh Sugar Lip Beauty Box.  With winter approaching, the gift of hydrated lips is the gift that keeps on giving.  Seriously.  This would go a *very* long way with me!
  6. Camera Crossbody Handbag.  I love the camera size bag trend, and this gorgeous teal number will be perfect throughout fall and well into the holiday season.  Oh, and did I mention it’s under $30?!  #targetdoesitagain.
  7. Old Navy Wool Blend Coat.  I had a tan peacoat in high school that I was rarely seen without.  Ever since I’ve been trying to find one that I love just as much, and this Old Navy number is absolutely gorgeous, at under $60!
  8. Lauren Ralph Lauren Chelsea Boot.  This boot is so gorgeous and at such a great price the only problem I’m having is how will I ever pick which color to get?!
  9. Under Armour Sneakers.  Another shoe, surprise surprise.  A good pair of gym sneakers is a gift my sister and I have gone to before, and for good reason.  What’s better than a stylish addition to your healthy endeavors?!
  10. Lucky Brand Wanderlust Tee.  You all know what an avid explorer I am, but my adventures have been taking more around New England and less around the rest of the world lately.  I’d love to add this tee to my weekend wardrobe as a reminder to get back into traveling as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by, what items have you guys had your eye on lately?

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Fall Finds at Nordstrom

Hey everyone, welcome back!  Over the weekend I perused the Nordstrom website for a bit longer than I would like to admit.  Among all the gorgeous fall finds, these are the ones that stood out to me the most!

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One: Fisherman CapTwo: Plaid ScarfThree: BandanaFour: Triangle Stud EarringsFive: RobeSix: PajamasSeven: Bell Sleeve Dress |  Eight: Crossbody BagNine: Block Heeled BootiesTen: Faux Leather Tote

One: Fisherman Cap I have been seeing hats like this one pop up everywhere from high end street style to suburban sidewalks.  As a bonafide hat lady, I am 100% on board.

Two: Plaid Scarf Do I really need to say anything about this one?  Plaid and scarves are two must haves during autumn, so why not combine them into one?!  I love the colors in this one.

Three: Bandana I am all about keeping the bandana trend going, and I love the orange color in this J.Crew one!

Four: Triangle Stud Earrings I love triangles and I have been looking for some fun gold studs to add to my small earring collection.  Also, the price point is gold.

Five: Robe I love my bathrobe, but it’s very lightweight and not very warm during the winter months.  This gorgeous UGG one would be perfect for getting out of the shower on colder days!

Six: Pajamas Another necessity when the temperatures drop is a solid pair of pajamas.  These ones come in several colors but I love the soft rose shade!

Seven: Bell Sleeve Dress  If you have any fall weddings, showers, etc you can buy this dress now and thank me later.  I love the attention to detail and the bell sleeves, but the color is just eye candy.

Eight: Crossbody Bag I am obsessed with the fact that a basic primary color such as ‘red’ is a fall trend this year.  The detail and texture on this bag is gorgeous and perfect for the whole season, straight up into the holidays!

Nine: Block Heeled Booties Another trend I am super into is white booties.  I’m not 100% convinced that I can pull it off, but these are so beautiful I may just have to give it a try.

Ten: Faux Leather Tote I use a tote bag to lug my work stuff around every.single.day so a seasonally appropriate piece like this gorgeous burgundy one is high on my fall shopping list!

What are you all looking to purchase now that fall is officially here?  Let me know in the comments!

xo, C