What 2015 Taught Me

As I’m sitting here agonizing over what to say in my return to blogging, I realize that it is only getting harder to hone in one one specific topic or excuse for my inconsistency. The truth is, for the past few weeks, I have been happily living my life, missing summer (like ACTUAL summer), consuming my body weight in holiday treats and reminiscing on the adventures of the past year. I have made more trips to the new Primark location at Downtown Crossing than I am willing to admit, snuggled with everyone’s favorite four-legged sidekick Lucy and logged some serious hours at the ballet studio. I have loved every minute of it but now it’s time to reflect on how each of these memories has culminated into the person I’ve become over the past year.

“Dreams & fantasies” are what you have before your quarter-life crisis…

Keep reading for my end-of-the-year reflection!

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All I Want For Christmas…

Ever since I was little, writing a list to Santa was one of the most magical holiday things. Of course I’m extremely grateful for many of the gifts, both material and intangible, I received this year, (um, hello?! I was named the 5th Best Fashion Blogger in Boston!), but it is also nice to dream about sweets & treats that might be waiting under the Christmas tree on the 24th of December.

Deck the halls... (Photo credit.)
Deck the halls… (Photo credit.)

Keep reading for my personal wish list & where to find some of these lovely things!

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Greeted by a red carpet for STYLEFIXX Boston!
Greeted by a red carpet for STYLEFIXX Boston!

It’s been a long time coming but I am absolutely thrilled to finally be reporting on my very first StyleFixx event. As you may or may not know, StyleFixx, is a “unique mix of shopping, entertainment and sampling from local and national brands” for bloggers, designers and fashionistas in the areas of Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Attendees receive swag bags filled with sweets and treats, enjoy wine, beer and food samples, and indulge in spa and beauty treatments. It’s basically like trick-or-treating for the fashionably inclined or CollegeFest for the twenty-something young professional who knows the difference between lipgloss and lipstick. In other words, it’s absolutely fantastic and what made it even better was having my best friend Angelique to take it all in with me!

This event is a "must have" for your city girl "to do" list!
This event is a “must have” for your city girl “to do” list. Stay tuned for announcements or keep your eyes peeled for when they come back to town!

Just to give you an idea of the kind of perks associated with an event like this, some of the brands represented included; Mythic Oil (which I have yet to try), LUNA Bar, Udderly Smooth, Pretzel Crisps, Boston Sports Club and many more. Needless to say, it was an extremely task evening for both Angelique and myself!

The Upper Crust and Barefoot Wine came to party!
The Upper Crust and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly came to party!

As if our night couldn’t get any better, Angelique and I each enjoyed a couple of slices from The Upper Crust Pizzeria and mini-bottles of Sparkling Pink Moscato as we explored booths, freebies and information from vendors like Mix 104.1, Choffy and Polar Beverages. (If you haven’t tried Polar’s new Strawberry Champagne soda, I highly recommend it. Grab some to share with friends a the holidays!)

Concierge hair styling? Yes please!
Beauty treatments too? Yes please!

I didn’t have any idea there would be so many beauty treatments available. MiniLuxe manicures, styling bars by Camille Albane and make-up trials by Smashbox, this event was the perfect way to see a different side of the city, of fashion and of beauty than I’m used to. Evening venturing to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts was outside of my typical city scene but I’m so glad for the adventure!

See more of our adventures in the gallery below:

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Did you attend StyleFixx? What did you think? Who was your favorite vendor? Sound off below in the comments, on Facebook or by tweeting me at @vanessainboston. Can’t wait to hear what you thought about the ultimate Girls’ Night Out!

xo, Vanessa