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The ONE Product You Need this Summer
Adventure in Normal Life / for the home / shopping / Style / Travel

The ONE Product You Need this Summer

I really don’t say such bold statements about things, but after you hear this story, you probably will agree – you need this. Continue reading

Bar Harbor Maine + Comfy Chic Travel Outfit
Adventure in Normal Life / Fashion / shopping / Style / Travel

Bar Harbor Maine + Comfy Chic Travel Outfit

Looking for a comfy outfit to travel in? We just went on a weekend trip with friends to a house up in Great Cranberry Island and it was in the 50s in June! The fog was beautiful and I was glad to NOT have the sun beating down on us as we climbed and scrambled … Continue reading

A Complete Cool + Healthy Lunch Menu for A Summer Cookout 
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food

A Complete Cool + Healthy Lunch Menu for A Summer Cookout 

The perfect menu for a tasty summer BBQ or Father’s Day lunch. Citrus Sole, Simple Cold Couscous Salad, Roasted Glazed Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprouts. Continue reading

Choose your adventure
Adventure in Normal Life / Travel

Choose your adventure

Walking home on rainy days is one of my creative triggers. I am free to ponder things as they float into my mind as I travel a familiar path.  I wanted to pop on here and ask you all what kinds of adventures you prefer: a travel smörgåsbord or a focused stop in one place? … Continue reading

Top Sun Care Picks for Summer Travel
Adventure in Normal Life / beauty reviews / Travel / wellness

Top Sun Care Picks for Summer Travel

We just got back from an epic journey through the Gulf Coast (#bluebootsgogulfcoasttour) and I knew it was going to be hotttttt. Coming from the Northeast, we aren’t used to being baked outside, so I packed strategically and brought along my favorite, easy-to-pack, natural sun protection that I knew would keep us sun safe on all the types … Continue reading

Pack LIGHT, Style RIGHT – recap of a BlueBootsGo travel-style-wellness event with Athleta & Follain + a surprise at the end!
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / Boston / community / Fashion / Giveaway / shopping / Style / Travel / wellness

Pack LIGHT, Style RIGHT – recap of a BlueBootsGo travel-style-wellness event with Athleta & Follain + a surprise at the end!

Happy Monday, friends! I had the pleasure of hosting a really fun and meaningful event on Thursday night at the Athleta store in Boston that brought together a few of my passions: wellness, travel, and style. I was joined by my friends at Follain, a non-toxic beauty and skincare boutique founded in 2013 to change … Continue reading

Daybreaker BOS – Get up and Dance!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / community / fitness / Food / wellness

Daybreaker BOS – Get up and Dance!

How’s your #FITFRIDAY starting out? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to jump into an adventure with people you don’t know, without abandon, and come out of it feeling happy? That is what I experienced jumping onto my yoga mat at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park for an event by Daybreaker Boston & New Balance … Continue reading

Weeknight Fancy Italian Chicken Fettucine
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food

Weeknight Fancy Italian Chicken Fettucine

Last night, I pooled the inspiration I’ve been absorbing via osmosis on many foodie adventures in Chicago and stacked my culinary hopes on a pound of chicken breast. Without a kitchen assistant (aka a sous chef) it took 35 minutes to prepare and get a Weeknight Fancy Italian Chicken Fettucine on the plate using only ingredients I … Continue reading

RPM Italian – {eating out Chicago}
Adventure in Normal Life / Food / Good Eats / Travel

RPM Italian – {eating out Chicago}

I’m #blessed to have a foodie bestie who starts lining up places to eat the next time I visit, right after I leave.  RPM Italian in Chicago’s River North neighborhood boasts a modern, contemporary, shareable menu featuring local ingredients wherever possible. Read on for what we ordered, a review on the dishes + service, and overall rating of … Continue reading

You’re Invited! Pack LIGHT, Style RIGHT on May 11
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Events / Fashion

You’re Invited! Pack LIGHT, Style RIGHT on May 11

Join BlueBootsGo, Athleta on Newbury, and Follain at a special FREE event featuring summer styling + wellness inside and out + travel tips! Can’t wait to see or meet you there! Please RSVP on Eventbrite at the link below to save your spot! Continue reading

Behind Marathon Monday – One Team Built on Care & Compassion // A Story of Holding Space Together to Find Strength
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / community / fitness

Behind Marathon Monday – One Team Built on Care & Compassion // A Story of Holding Space Together to Find Strength

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network and Frette luxury linens joined forces to care for the community of runners in the Race for Rehab Team. Today, it is my pleasure to share with you an insider’s peek into the complementary care that support the dedicated team of incredible runners who make up Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network’s Race for Rehab Team. It is all about the PEOPLE and making countless meaningful connections to find those who share and exemplify the same core values. The destination of these connections is a place of mutual inspiration.

We are in the process.

So read on, be inspired, and pick up your feet – take each stride at your own pace, grab a friend, and go on in this RACE=LIFE to #FindYourStrength. Continue reading

Join me at First Friday in Boston next Friday on April 7 for art, conversation, delights
Adventure in Normal Life / Artsy / Boston / community / shopping

Join me at First Friday in Boston next Friday on April 7 for art, conversation, delights

Happy Friday! In case you missed it, I also have a small but lovely art business, Inspirée by S. I’ve been creating since I was small, but truly have been enjoying coming into my own style without abandon recently. This month, I was invited to showcase my art at First Friday at SPACES Newbury Street in Boston and … Continue reading

The Power of Poetry: World Poetry Day
Adventure in Normal Life / Poetry

The Power of Poetry: World Poetry Day

Did you know today is World Poetry Day? As a poet, I wanted to share something about poetry today. ____ The top story on The Conversation today is about how teachers are using poetry more often, and a field of youth poetry is rising up – allowing kids to use an alchemy of language and form to … Continue reading

Meet The Pixi Go Anywhere Pant – The New Pant You MUST Know About + Enter the GIVEAWAY to win one!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Fashion / Style / wellness

Meet The Pixi Go Anywhere Pant – The New Pant You MUST Know About + Enter the GIVEAWAY to win one!

In time for the launch of the spring season, Pixi Cycling launches their Kickstarter today – read on for an exclusive look at the Pixi Go Anywhere pant. Meet the entrepreneur behind the vision of Pixi and discover what inspired Pixi. Cheers to new beginnings and healthy workouts in comfortable, sleek clothing designed with intention – for women, by women. Continue reading

Bite Beauty – the Lip Pencil review
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews

Bite Beauty – the Lip Pencil review

Bite Beauty has quickly become one of my favorites because of the formulation, design, and ingredients which are food-grade organic but look and smell lovely. See how to recreate this natural spring-forward look, featuring the Bite Beauty Lip Pencil and Amuse Bouche lipsticks. Continue reading

10 Things I Learned During my Ph.D.
academic / Adventure in Normal Life / career

10 Things I Learned During my Ph.D.

I’ve been in this degree program for about 6 years, and while I’m looking at the end of this stage of my education soon, I wanted to share some tips and thoughts that might be helpful to someone considering a Ph.D., or earlier in their journey. The idea is to help one another to think about what makes you be the best version of you while you are in your Ph.D. I really hope it will be at least a little helpful to someone. If there are any questions you all have about being in a Ph.D., send me a note and I can see if I can field it. #community Continue reading

Confetti Winter Style + A Sale
Adventure in Normal Life / Fashion

Confetti Winter Style + A Sale

Although we had 60s weather that even went up to 73 last week, this week we are back down to 0 with the wind chill. Spring is coming in about a couple of weeks, but we can’t put our winter things away quite yet! This is how I got through the cold – an excellent waterproof coat, bright warm accessories, and these light snow booties (now on sale, and extra sale). Continue reading

What YOU need to know about Brass Clothing and being a #BrassBabe-plus here’s $25 to try them out
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / community / Fashion

What YOU need to know about Brass Clothing and being a #BrassBabe-plus here’s $25 to try them out

To summarize:

Check out the Brass Clothing story and follow their journey – they’re on Instagram @brassclothing and have a blog too.

Get their mailing list too :-). You get 2 emails a week.

Browse and maybe that will lead to shopping…

Get curious and interested in sustainable fashion

Support other women who are rocking their dreams.

Continue reading

La Chocodilla
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes

La Chocodilla

Chocolate betwixt slices of soft bread – sound delicious and familiar? Chocolate crepe, anyone? Everyone has those quick snacks that they fix at home to fill a craving. These Chocodillas – a quesadilla made with melted cocoa almond butter – is an extremely easy snack with just enough yum that won’t fill you up before a meal. Plus – chocolate. Need I say more? Continue reading

Middle Eastern “Tacos”
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Gourmet the BlueBoots Way / Travel

Middle Eastern “Tacos”

Flavor alchemy is one of my favorite parts of being in the kitchen. This recipe has been waiting in the wings, and we had it tonight – it was terrific. Juicy, savory, with a hint of sweetness and tartness. Take a journey to a different place with these family-friendly Middle Eastern “tacos” that are truly delicious. Continue reading

I must want to be a superhero
Reflections

I must want to be a superhero

I must want to be a superhero. Sharing some personal thoughts on wanting to be there for others, and a message of hope. Continue reading

Quick Cheesy Spinach Rolls 
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food

Quick Cheesy Spinach Rolls 

I’m hopping on here to share with you a quick, satisfying recipe for your next gathering – perhaps #gameday for the Superbowl? Plus, they have spinach – so they have a bit of veggies :). The Patriot’s win of the AFC Championship yesterday (plus Martellus Bennett’s happy dance) are leaving New Englanders in good spirits … Continue reading

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Box Review
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews / gift guide / Style

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Box Review

Living in an apartment building means I get to see the usual stack of subscription boxes (beauty, food, clothes…) amongst the packages in our entry way. I was SO excited to receive a new-to-me beauty box picked especially for me with products from around the world in the January 2017 GlossyBox! New year, new beauty goals? I think so! I’m reviewing @GlossyBox_US below, so have a look! Check out my #glossygoal. Cheers to new adventures! Continue reading

Letter to My Future Self, with kindness
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / Wedding

Letter to My Future Self, with kindness

Although I don’t keep a daily journal, when I was told about a special and inspiring campaign about personal growth, intentions, and motivation I was IN. Just in time as people’s New Year’s resolutions start to wane and become a source of frustration and doubt, Boston-based New Balance comes in with “Letters To My Future Self” which launches today, January 17, 2017. They’re sharing powerful words written by athletes who open their personal goals and values that drive them forward on their journeys in life. You can read about their inspiration, and even see short films about them, but most importantly, there’s a small but truly powerful way you can commit to yourself this year – write your own letter to your future self. You’re your own best coach, folks. I’m sharing my letter below and invite you to join me in participating! Continue reading

Adventure in Normal Life / Food / gift guide / Home / Series / wellness

Elements Truffles – pure chocolate bliss in an ayurvedic truffle // on my Wellness Tray

Chocolate with a mission (or two) is exactly what I’m here to share with you today in the next installment in my what’s on my Wellness Tray series. To fulfill my suggestion of “a tasty treat” on my Wellness Tray, I chose chocolate. Elements Truffles make you feel like you have indulged in an incredibly delicious treat in a good-for-you, fair trade, organic, ethically-sourced way. Plus, they donate 25% of their profits to the education of underprivileged children. Don’t know much about Ayurveda? I’ve got you. The founders share more about why these ayurveda-inspired chocolates are just what you need in the winter months. Continue reading

Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}
Adventure in Normal Life / Culinary Creations and Recipes / Food / Holidays / Home

Winter Chutney – Spiced Perfection to Jazz up your meal {a recipe}

We had a small warm winter welcome to finish off 2016, and the centerpiece of our meal was a lovely, nitrate and nitrite-free holiday ham, courtesy of Whole Foods. B had the idea of serving it in a new and different way – with a chutney – and I put my pen to paper and brainstormed flavors that make up this delightful Winter Chutney, filled with winter fruits and spices. Here’s how to make this fragrant and delicious accompaniment (you can add it to ham, turkey, oatmeal, or even vanilla ice cream!) Continue reading

Versatile, Chic, & Cozy – my favorite blanket scarf @ilymix + the perfect brooch to go with it!
Adventure in Normal Life / Boston / DIY / Fashion / Food / Holidays / shopping / Style

Versatile, Chic, & Cozy – my favorite blanket scarf @ilymix + the perfect brooch to go with it!

Cozy chic style inspiration —- incoming!
I NEED blanket scarves to wrap me up in the chilly fall-winter-spring month stretch in New England. Is anyone surprised that I chose a double-sided scarf so I can get twice the wear out of it? 🙂 See how I style a classic tartan plaid blanket scarf by dressing it up and with my usual cozy chic à la the BlueBoots personal flair. Get 20% off of this very scarf with my code ! Continue reading

florapothecarie rose himalayan bathing salts + DIY Facial Steam // on my Wellness Tray
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews / community / shopping / wellness

florapothecarie rose himalayan bathing salts + DIY Facial Steam // on my Wellness Tray

I now know that I can’t live in a place without a bath tub because nothing cures sore muscles or gets me into the wellness state of being like a soothing bath. Salts that soak away toxins and sore muscles are essential, and I want to share this awesome maker from Connecticut with you all – florapothecarie, on my Wellness Tray. See step-by-step instructions on how to DIY a Facial Steam and open up to your very own relaxing, wellness moment. Cheers to 2017 with a renewed face set to the new year! Continue reading

Moroccan Magic// on my Wellness Tray
Adventure in Normal Life / Beauty / beauty reviews / Holidays / new year / shopping / wellness

Moroccan Magic// on my Wellness Tray

Lip balm is an essential, year round. This time of year, I’m loving Moroccan Magic’s peppermint eucalyptus lip balm for the minty pick-me-up scent. I wanted to make sure you all knew about this USDA organic lip balm made with moroccan argan oil, which makes this smooth product my current fav that I don’t leave the house without. Safe lip balm is a big deal – if you use lip products, you basically eat pounds of lip balm a year. If they’re laden with chemicals, that is NOT ok. Be inspired for the new year to up your wellness game! Continue reading

Looking for a unique, organic gift? Reclaimed Wood Planters & Candle Holders, crafted in NYC // with my bare hands
Adventure in Normal Life / Artsy / Boston / gift guide / shopping

Looking for a unique, organic gift? Reclaimed Wood Planters & Candle Holders, crafted in NYC // with my bare hands

Featuring NYC maker, Josiah, the creator of Built With My Bare Hands. Meet the maker & see how I styled these one-of-a-kind, made in NYC reclaimed wood planters & candle holders. Continue reading

Organic Bath Co. Luxurious Skincare // on my Wellness Tray
Adventure in Normal Life / gift guide / inspiree by s / Photography / Series / shopping / wellness

Organic Bath Co. Luxurious Skincare // on my Wellness Tray

Wellness gifts for your Wellness Tray that you won’t want to miss. Meet the inspiring Best of Boston Wellness Guru, Gianne behind Organic Bath Co. and the W.E.L.L. Summit. The Nourish Night Balm and Peacefull Body Butter will keep your winter skin moisturized and your senses calm and relaxed! Continue reading

Food / On the Table / Podcast

Welcome to the On the Table Podcast!

What is the On the Table Podcast? A gastronomical + scientific series exploring how the experience of American food culture during childhood shapes adult tastes. Continue reading

Fascination // a poem
Adventure in Normal Life / Photography / Photopoetry / Poetry / Pretty Things

Fascination // a poem

I’m wearing my ART cap (yes, I have one from my friends at Olives & Grace in Boston) and penned this poem today for #NationalPoetryDay and a tribute to my new favorite flower, the enchanting dahlia.  Enjoy! Fascination, A flutter Of flowery breath Rising through  Eager Thought. -9.28.17- Continue reading