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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Birthday Weekend at Foxwoods Resort Casino!

As I get older, birthdays have become less about presents and parties and more about sharing new experiences and adventures. This year my birthday fell on a Monday so I opted to celebrate with a weekend trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. It was the perfect way to ring in 27! 

This was my third trip to Foxwoods, but my first time staying at their hotels. I opted for a room with a double bed at the Grand Pequot Hotel and was impressed with the size of the room as well as the on-site amenities (the spa, indoor pool and hot tubs, and it's centralized location). 

After checking in and spending some time unwinding in the room my boyfriend and I ventured to David Burke's Prime Steakhouse at Foxwoods for dinner. I indulged in a few glasses of rosé while we dined on premium cuts of steak and pork paired with some delicious sides like candied bacon whipped potatoes. At the end of the meal they bring out a bit of lemon-flavored cotton candy; a sweet way to end the meal! After dinner we walked the casino floor taking in the scene and scoping out which games and machines we wanted to play before heading to bed. 

The next day we woke up bright and early for an appointment at the G Spa at Foxwoods. We indulged in a 50 minute couples massage followed by a dip in their jacuzzi. My boyfriend hung around the pool and patio area while I went for a spa pedicure. I love spoiling myself with trips to the spa, and the G Spa at Foxwoods is perfect for that! With a coed jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool, a steam room, sauna, and fitness center alongside their spa treatments it's an ideal way to spend any day, but especially on your birthday. 

The great thing about Foxwoods is that everything is on-site; food, shopping, gaming, everything! Making it the perfect place to escape during these cooler winter months. So after relaxing at the spa we walked back to the room and got dressed for the day. We enjoyed lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and shopping at the Tanger Outlets. We worked up an appetite shopping and ventured to Red Lantern for a sushi dinner. On Friday night's Red Lantern has $50 sushi boats making it an amazing deal for sushi lovers, plus Shrine is right next door making it the perfect weekend destination for dinner, drinks, and dancing. We spent a few hours at Shrine before hitting the casino floor and losing a few bucks. I'm not a big gambler, and it was my boyfriend's first time at a casino so it was a learning experience for us both!

I wish we could have spent more time exploring all that Foxwoods has to offer but I had an event in Boston Saturday afternoon so we ordered breakfast in bed (french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, oh my!) and headed back after check out. We had so much fun we are already planning to head back in 2017. Here's hoping we have better luck at the casino! Looking forward to a Winter escape at Foxwoods Resort Casino!

350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338

I was provided a complimentary one-night stay and dinner at Red Lantern in exchange for promotional and review purposes. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Celebrating Spa Week at Skin Spa New York

Fall Spa Week kicks off nationwide Monday October 17th through October 23rd; dozens of your favorite spas are offering $50 treatments, including one of my favorite Newbury Street spas, Skin Spa New York. They've taken the event a step further and is offering $50 treatments throughout the month of October. 

I stopped by Skin Spa New York to celebrate Spa Week a little early and to indulge in a customized facial before my weekend trip to Foxwoods. My facial included a cleansing and exfoliating treatment, extractions, a mini-neck and shoulder massage, and a hydrating face mask. I left with my skin feeling ultra clean and hydrated and am looking forward to squeezing in one more appointment this month-- $50 is an unbeatable price for these services.

In addition to Skin Spa New York, there are a number of area salons participating in Brookline and Newton. Head to for a complete list of participating salons and $50 treatments!

I was provided a complimentary facial for review and promotional purposes. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Official Grownup: Spending Plans with Society of Grownups

It's been a little over three months now that I've been making mortgage payments and settling into life as a homeowner. So many small expenses that I didn't anticipate that are really starting to add up! Plus, I constantly want to make improvements. My big three right now are finishing the bathroom and bathroom storage, adding shelving for my shoes, and new dishwasher racks. I was starting to wonder how to manage it all while continuing to contribute to my savings accounts and student loans. 

After joining Society of Grownups for their pop-up Spending Plans class at Cafe ArtScience I have a much better idea of my budgeting goals. We focused on identifying our necessities, wants, and whatever to identify areas where attendees could save a bit more to cover those household expenses over an amazing meal.

Creating a spending plan is a little different than traditional budgeting. It doesn't have to be about restrictive budgeting; I loved that Society of Grownups recommended still indulging in the little things that make you happy. Sometimes that $4 latte is necessary for my sanity and Society of Grownups understands that. I think it's important to enjoy the money we earn in addition to putting a roof over our heads. 

Head to the Society of Grownups website to check out their online resources and see that being an Official Grownup isn't as daunting as it seems! 

This post is sponsored by Society of Grownups, a Brookline-based company offering classes, events, and financial advice to help navigate being a grownup and encourage conversations about money, happiness, adventure, and personal values. All opinions expressed and content created is my own. Thanks for supporting those that support!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What I Wore: ThredUp Find!

I have always loved the idea of shopping second hand and consignment but I don't always love sifting through endless racks of garments. On occasion, I'll find something I really love, but it's hard to find a nicely curated collection of secondhand finds. Well, it was until I discovered ThredUp aims to collect the best in secondhand finds from a variety of brands like J.Crew, Loft, Ann Taylor, Vince, Joie, and more and prices them up to 90% below retail. ThredUp challenged me to refresh my wardrobe for Fall with a $50 credit and you won't believe how many items I was able to purchase! I was able to purchase 6 amazing pieces from Club Monaco, Milly, Theory, Joie, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and Hunter Bell. Two of these items were new with tags and all were in like-new condition. 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Dress c/o  //  Lucky Brand Juliette Heels  //  Selena for MAC Lipstick in Amor Prohibido (sold out)

I styled my new MICHAEL Michael Kors dress for a night out on the town and I absolutely love it. I can't believe it was available on ThredUp, new with tags, for only $19.99! It's definitely my favorite of the items I purchased. You'll be seeing more styles from my ThredUp haul coming soon the blog. Until then, you can shop similar steals on plus I've got discount codes for you; Happy Shopping!

LNB15 will take 15% off for existing customers (only the first 150 to use this code can redeem!)
WQA50 will take $50 off a purchase of $125 or more for new customers and YHJ75 will take $30 off a purchase of $75 or more for new customers

This post was sponsored by ThredUp. All content created and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

Monday, October 10, 2016

What I Wore: The Dress Address with Lord & Taylor

Vince, Elie, Karl, oh my! It was a stylish weekend at Lord & Taylor. I had the pleasure of hosting the Boston Dress Address event on Saturday; a presentation of some of the newest dress styles for Fall available now at Lord & Taylor and coming soon to the pages of Harper's Bazaar. They shared a variety styles from Betsey & Adam, Badgley Mishka, Jessica Simpson, and others with makeup by Chanel & Bobbi Brown. 

Elie Tahari Cailyn Sheath Dress  //  Stuart Weitzman Pumps (old)

I was outfitted by Lord & Taylor in an Elie Tahari dress and my own Stuart Weitzman heels. The dress has a zip detail in the back that I loved and paired with neutral pumps the look gave off a very Claire Underwood vibe. Hosting these events makes me so nervous, so a sheath dress like this in a bright power color was perfect for the occasion. It was a fab event, thanks to my friends who stopped by to show their support and the staff at Lord & Taylor for organizing such a fun event!

This post was created in partnership with Lord & Taylor. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support