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A Day at the Ballet

This purse is from Charming Charlie last year! I bought it right after Christmas for $10! I haven’t been able to find a similar one to link but here are Dooney & Bourke ones to drool over in the meantime.

A recent Christmas tradition my family has started is going to the Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. It’s such a fun night getting all dressed up to go see the ballet. I grew up dancing so “The Nutcracker” has a special place in my heart, just hearing the music is so exciting.

Our new tradition started my freshman year of college and I remember seeing a poster they had in the lobby showing the amount of physical therapy the dancers get in a season. I had never realized that dance companies have their own physical therapists and I remember thinking, “Only five and a half years until that can be me!” Now, I’m two semesters into physical therapy school and there’s only two and a half years until that can be me!

Outfit details are coming soon in a new blog series I have planned!

As for the ballet itself, no matter how many times I see it I am blown away by the beauty of it. From the snow falling among the dancers at the end of Act I, to the way the skirts flow in Flowers, to the jumps in Russian, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy, the show is absolutely mesmerizing (although, after watching it for 15 years I know my grandmothers disagree!).

This was my first year getting champagne at the show and may I just say it was the biggest disappointment. I should have known, I’m not a fan of mimosas either (and it’s not the orange juice that’s the problem).

No day in Boston is complete without stopping for food! We went to Quincy Market to grab something to eat and I had to crab a piece of cookie cake from Maggie’s!

Let me know your favorite Christmas traditions in the comments!



Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Christmas Card 2017


At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Many sex trafficking victims end up resorting to drugs and alcohol to help deal with the emotional distress they are in (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!


I waited to share this post with you guys until after our Christmas cards were sent out. One of our Christmas traditions is that year we take a picture with the dog to send out to family and friends. We try to have a theme/destination in mind and this year my parents brought Maggie out to Western Mass! We went to Forest Park in Springfield because I had seen that they had a covered bridge and who doesn’t love covered bridges.


It was right after the first real snowfall, how pretty!

We started off by one of the red bridges…


Then we traveled to the covered bridge…

Someone was still moody after the long car ride.

But we finally got the shot!

This isn’t actually the version we used because this one is from my iPhone but my mom has the high quality camera version where Maggie’s actually looking at the camera.

Outfit details:

Dress is from Loft. If you’re looking to purchase this dress I would try going into your local Loft store… I got it for less than half of the online sale price!

Shoes are from L.L. Bean. They are the 8″ boots in tan/brown

Necklace is from Hampton Ivy. You can’t see it in the picture but it is the Preppy Gold Dainty Charm Necklace- Single Pearl. It is such a necklace when your outfit is busy but you still need a finishing touch. If you’re ordering anything from Hampton Ivy use the code “marissam15” for 15% off!

I hope you all had a great holiday season!