The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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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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Safari Room

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Hello again, world.  It’s been a while.  After a very painful computer free week, I finally got my laptop back and am ready to get back into the blogging world.  Last week I was able to fit in a quick getaway to Newport, Rhode Island which is one of my favorite summer vacation spots in New England.  One of my favorite restaurants in Newport is The Safari Room at OceanCliff.  The menu is absolutely extraordinary and the views of Narragansett Bay simply cannot be beat.  Another reason I can’t get enough of it is the safari-chic decor, which happens to be a huge weakness of mine when done tastefully (this is).

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The day I was there happened to be a bit overcast, but that didn’t stop me from exploring the grounds and taking in the views.  I wore this Milly for Kohl’s dress with my favorite white denim jacket and it was absolutely perfect for lunch by the water.  I love a good fit and flare dress, and this gorgeous blue Grecian style print just makes it so much better.  It’s one of those dresses that I look down out during the day and start smiling because it is just SO PRETTY.

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Outfit Details: Dress: Milly for Kohl’s (check out the same print in these shorts, skirt, and crop top!) | Denim Jacket: LOFT (also love this one and this one) | Bag: Vera Bradley | Necklace: J.Crew Factory (old, similar here) | Bracelet: Banana Republic (also love this one) | Ring: Charming Charlie (smaller version here) | Gladiators: BP.

Thanks for reading!

xo, C