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by Caitlin Hummer


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Boston Summer Bucket List

 

After seeing two of my favorite bloggers (Grace and Kendall) write activity based posts, I felt inspired to write my own!  Today I’m going to be sharing my five bucket list items to check off in Boston this summer!  Whether you’re a Boston native or are considering a trip this summer, check out this list to see if any of them spark your interest!

 

  1. Boston Harbor Islands.  I went to the Harbor Islands a few years ago, but I am dying to go back (and go to more of them!) especially now that Barbara Lynch has taken over the concessions!
  2. Sunset Sail around Boston Harbor.  After seeing the Tall Ships at Sail Boston this week, B and I decided we absolutely have to take a sail around the harbor with my best friend and her boyfriend.  Due to work schedules and busy summer weekends, we will end up taking a sunset sail, but they offer daytime and even Sunday Brunch sails as well!  We have already started the planning process for this one and are so excited about it!
  3. Visit Fenway Park.  This one is cheating a little bit since I’ve already gone to Fenway twice this season, but I will gladly go again anytime someone asks me.  Fenway is one of those quintessential Boston experiences that everyone I know loves.  Whether you go for Mookie Betts, the wave, or just the Fenway Franks; Fenway has something for everyone!
  4. Catch an outdoor movie.  There are screenings all summer long at the Lawn On D, Hatch Shell, Boston Harbor Hotel, and more!  There’s a full list of outdoor movie screenings here.
  5. Visit a rooftop pool.  The Colonnade and Revere hotels both have rooftop pools, which I have promised to go to for the last four summers and failed each time.  Hopefully this is the summer I finally visit one of Boston’s rooftop pools!


What are your favorite activities to do in Boston for the summer?  Is there anything special on your bucket list this year?  Sound off in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

xo, C


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My Boston

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with Boston.  I can say with a great deal of certainty that the Boston I know is not the Boston that tourists may find in the average guidebook.

Newbury Street, Boston Common, Prudential Center… These are all places that people recognize, and maybe even identify, as Boston.  They are indisputably amazing parts of what makes this city unique.  I was brought up with a parent (hi Dad!) who traveled frequently and was absolutely set on finding his spots in different cities.  Anywhere from New York City, where my parents met 30 years ago, to small towns in Switzerland, he can give a rundown of his favorite spots.  Seeing this adventure he was constantly on, falling in love with food and culture alike, I subsequently set out to on my own adventure.  This search led me outside of past the top ten attractions, into hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs, new restaurant openings, and neighborhoods not on the Freedom Trail that have equally amazing things to offer.

My parents may have met in New York City 30 years ago, but I was born and bred in Boston.  This has led to some comical differences between generations, but I think everyone born in Massachusetts can relate when I say “As first thanks… Boston for raising me.”  I am and always will be proud to be from this free and fiercely independent birthplace of America.  Boston has always been a revolutionary town steeped in deep history that is impossible to escape, and I find the soul of the city echoing through my actions every day.

Today I want to kick off a fun new series with you, sharing My Boston and how I learned to fall in love with different neighborhoods in my city.

As I try out new places, experience new things, and buy from new retailers; I will be sharing my experiences with you in a “By Neighborhood” post series.

Kicking off this series I’m sharing 5 Things I Love About Boston.

  • It is incredibly healthy.  I love seeing bikers, runners, and even the occasional roller blader getting their exercise in on the esplanade every morning, and I love the accessibility I have to fresh and healthy food here.  Plus, being around such healthy humans makes me a lot less likely to fall off the wagon ;).
  • It’s America’s Walking City.  It’s pretty remarkable that I can walk from my favorite restaurant in Southie to my favorite cannoli in the North End in 45 minutes.  This makes Boston an excellent travel destination because you don’t need to worry about a rental car.
  • Spring, summer, and fall are absolutely radiant.  (Sorry, I cannot say the same about Boston winters).
  • History is inescapable.  The Old City Hall and State House are tucked in between skyscrapers; and Revolutionary heroes Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried right downtown on the city’s built in map-The Freedom Trail.
  • Variety.  You can watch the world class Boston Pops one night and then head to Fenway to catch a Sox game the next.  Boston is full of unexpected things and unless you want to party until 4am… I promise we can find something for you here.

Thank you all for following along on my adventure of falling in love with my own city.  I can’t wait to share all the things I love about it with you.

xo, C

Get a kick start on planning your trip on MassVacation.com!

 


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White and Blue

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Friday night I’m going on a little cruise around the Boston Harbor with some friends to watch the sunset and fireworks to kick off the Fourth weekend and plan on wearing this blue and white ensemble (#spoilers).  Harbor cruises are one of my favorite summertime activities in Boston!  I love wearing red, white, and blue together; but I wanted to put together something sophisticated that would work for the adults-only boat and also if we went out afterward.  I knew I wanted to wear pants and flats so I didn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions thanks to wind or waves, so I chose to go with my white skinnys to make more of a holiday statement than classic blue jeans.  I had been eyeing these navy flats from J.Crew factory for a couple months and just finally bought them during a sale, so I’ve been itching to wear them out as much as possible!

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Outfit Details – Top: Lucky Brand | Jeans: LOFT | Flats: J.Crew Factory | Purse: Vera Bradley | Necklace: The Paper Store (old, similar here) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Thanks for reading!
xo, C


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MFA

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As I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week, the Museum of Fine Arts is my absolute favorite museum in Boston.  As a self-taught artist with a penchant for American Art, the MFA is naturally one of my favorite attractions in the city.  Housed inside a gorgeous Neoclassical building is one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in the Americas.  The exterior (where I took my outfit photos) is majestic and stately; like a castle dropped in the middle of Huntington Avenue.  Their sprawling Art of the Americas wing is absolutely transcendent, and features everything from the gorgeous portraits of John Singer Sargent to the New England landscapes of Fitz Henry Lane and Thomas Sully’s Passage of the Delaware (you really cannot escape Colonial History in this city, no matter how hard you may try).  The Contemporary Art Collection is another can’t miss, showcasing neon lights, Andy Warhol, and modernist sculpture alike.  By far my favorite room in the MFA is the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism Gallery.  Impressionism is one of my personal favorite art movements and the MFA has a spectacular collection of some of my favorite artists (Van Gogh, Degas), and one of the largest collections of Monet outside of France, which is pretty rad, especially for a Monet aficionado like myself (isn’t everyone a Monet aficionado at heart?).  With such an enormous and extensive collection of art that transcends time and geography, I’m constantly finding paintings I had never seen before and falling in love with recent acquisitions.  This time I happened to see Expulsion from the Garden of Eden for the first time ever and it totally took my breath away.  I stood in front of it in awe for a good five minutes before I could even begin to go further in depth into its beauty (and then later went back for another look after we had already left the wing… Sorry, Mac).

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“I am not what I am”

The MFA also has a constant rotation of fun, relevant, and important Exhibitions come through.  Two of my past favorites were Hippie Chic and Hollywood Glamour– both fashion exhibits that showed fashion of a particular era as a crucial element of art.  Naturally, I was in heaven at both of them.  Until August 9th, the museum is home to an extensive collection of works by Hokusai, the internationally renowned Japanese artist.  Almost everyone will recognize Under the Wave off Kanagawa, his most famous piece.  I was so excited to view his extensive works that spread over his lengthy career, and the exhibit most certainly did not disappoint.

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“Doesn’t that ceiling ever just make you want to cry?”

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“I don’t think she knows how to knock”IMG_7774 IMG_7802

The other girl in the pictures is my sister/best friend Michaela, frequently referred to as ‘Mac’.  We do pretty much everything together (within reason, as she actually lives on the North Shore), including museum trips.  Sisters make for perfect traveling companions, as you’ll always have someone who is down to talk pretentiously about paintings and then turn around and take artsy instagrams on the staircase.  It’s also pretty sweet to have someone snap a candid of you across the room or not judge you when you want to go back to your hotel and change outfits in the middle of the day.  She’s also my number one photographer and a pretty great person in general, so since she’s such a major part of my life she’ll probably make quite a few appearances around here in the future!

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I shared this skirt a couple months ago in this post, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  I love the shape, detail, color, and versatility of it.  It can easily be taken from day to night, or from work to weekend.  I also love how a change in top can totally change the vibe of the outfit.  I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the fact that this bucket bag is in approximately 75% of my outfits.  It’s just so great that I use it all the time.  I love that its so on trend, but the nude color goes with almost every outfit.  It’s a great every day bag- I throw all of my stuff in without it bulging at all or losing its shape with use!

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Outfit Details – Skirt: LOFT (sold out, similar herehere and here) | Top: Express | Necklace: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Gladiator Sandals: Nordstrom | Bracelet: Banana Republic | Ring: Charming Charlie | Earrings: kate spade new york | Watch: Fossil | Bucket Bag: Urban Outfitters 

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!
xo, C


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Head of the Charles Regatta

This past weekend was the 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta and in true New England fashion, the other Bostonians and myself gathered on the banks of the Charles for two days of racing and other cherised collegiate traditions.  Some of my favorite merchandisers included Naked juice, Brooks Brothers, and an intriguing Boston 2024 booth campaigning for their summer olympics bid! Of course, nothing compares to the Harvard campus in autumn, and the foliage was the perfect backdrop for such an esteemed event.

Here are a few pictures taken with my iPhone 6, I am beyond obsessed with the 8-megapixel camera and the quality pictures it produces!

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xo, Caitlin