Things I Love: Early Spring

I’ve been having so many adventures lately! From exploring new spots downtown to staying cozy indoors with friends, I’ve made the most of the chilly days that have been lingering. That being said, I’m really looking forward to some springtime favorites!

Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to and what I can’t wait to do once the weather gets a little warmer!

I may work here but that doesn't mean I'm an expert in the area yet!
I may work downtown but that doesn’t mean I’ve run out of adventures yet!

For the past several months I’ve been very lucky to work and play in one of my most favorite parts of the city. Working on Beacon Hill has been such a treat and is super convenient when I want to visit some of my favorite places and people. Below are some of my favorite spots, new and old, for all of your friendly neighborhood adventures!

For dinner tryDumpling Cafe// For afternoon drinks tryKinsale// For lunch during the week try:  Piperi// For “Happy Hour” try6B// For a coffee date tryThinking Cup// For a quick bite tryZo

Sunday mornings getting fresh bagels is one of the best ways to end the weekend!
Sunday mornings getting fresh bagels is one of the best ways to end the weekend!

On weekends when I’ve been running around working hard, playing hard or just haven’t seen enough of my Dad, our Sunday morning dates to pick up fresh breakfast from Brooklyn Water Bagel is such a treat. The bagels from this spot are just as good as any spot I’ve been to in NYC (perhaps better, sorry Big Apple friends) and obviously I can’t beat the company. If you haven’t tried this place to start your morning off on the right foot, you must try it!

I've been really into baking lately. Cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake, you name it!
I’ve been really into baking lately. Cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake, you name it!

My campaign friends know that I go through kicks of feeling the need to spoil people I love with baked goods. This year, I’ve thrown quiche into my repertoire along with red velvet cupcakes, cookies and mini-cheesecakes. Baking feels especially important during the time of year when a little bite of something sweet makes for a great distraction for the cold. Check out some of my favorite recipes for all kinds of goodies here!

Looking forward to picking up some fresh produce at my local family farm!
Looking forward to picking up some fresh produce at my local family farm!

One of my favorite signs of warmer weather are the postings for Farmer’s Markets and farm openings. My favorite local spot makes lemonade with agave that is the stuff dreams are made of. From corn on the cob to kale, buying local feels great and is great for local businesses. Fun fact: It’s also better for you! (If you have a favorite farm stand, local CSA or market your frequent, share it with me by following me on Twitter!)

With a new year comes a new awards season...
With a new year comes a new awards season…

Every fashionista loves (and possibly lives) for the binge event that is an awards show and this year’s Academy Awards did not disappoint. After having bought a new top at Zara just hours before that could have been cut from the dress of the stunning Lupita Nyong’o, I was ecstatic to see that she walked away a very deserving awardee. Now if only I could catch up on all of those movies I seem to have missed!

I've already started picking up some new pieces for spring!
I’ve already started picking up some new pieces for spring!

Spring is a perfect excuse to pick up some some “must haves” for the new season. Whether you’re going on spring break or just need one, things that are still appropriate for the season are on sale and current styles are exactly what your wardrobe needs for a little pick-me-up!

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in the city and elsewhere and don’t forget to follow the blog on Facebook and Tumblr!

xo, Vanessa

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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