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The Fern & The Feather – Humanity Style

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.” 

The celebration of new business adventures was what we came together to do last Thursday at Humanity Boutique in Downtown Lowell.  Melissa  of Bohemian Beads and Bangles and Rebekah of Rebekah Hope Design came together to create a brand called “The Fern & The Feather a new pop up at Humanity. With beautiful jewelry and softly scented candles the brand is reminiscent of boho style with a splash of femininity  and fun.

This private event was the kick off of this beautiful brand and between the gorgeous displays, amazing women and delicious snacks & drinks we had a great time. Empowering one another to reach our goals and succeed at accomplishing the dreams we all have was a big part of this event. Rebekah and Melissa have been friends for an incredibly long time and this was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Ani, owner of Humanity provided an outlet for them to display their wares but also to help them create and imagine how far they could go.

It was a beautiful night and I look forward to seeing more of what “The Fern & The Feather” has in store.

Check out the great photos from the event below 🙂

Beautifully created wall 🙂

Delicious sangria, one of the many treats of the night

Table of snacks for guests

Cute printed bags for purchases

The maven picking out her piece  😀

Admiring their hard work

Lots of laughs

With the talented designers and owner of Humanity

Live Wondrously!

 

Church St. Coffee at Connector Cafe & Grill

I had the opportunity to check out an incredible pop up this past weekend at Connector Cafe & Grill a local favorite cafe of mine. As you all know by now coffee is my go to for just about anything, not only does it give me a push to start my day off right but I really just love the flavors of coffee and always look for different kinds I can check out.

Church St. Coffee Company specializes in cold brew coffee & nitro cold brew coffee – what is cold brew you may ask? Well it’s coffee that is never exposed to heat and the steeping process is a bit different than a normal hot brew. Denis Toomey, owner and founder of Church St. explained to me how it works, what they do with their own coffee, where it comes from and then of course I had several samples and had a full cup of their original brew.

For a little history, Church St. started back in 2015 and was named after a street that Denis grew up on in Martha’s Vineyard. Because of his love for his native country of Costa Rica he wanted a connection between them and the coffee you drink right here in Massachusetts. With connections to the small “fincas” or farms they are able to create a sense of community and also produce some  high quality cold brew.

Church St. Facts:

  • 100% Arabica Coffee in their cold brew.
  • Locally roasted and all batches are handcrafted.
  • Almost 70% less acidic than hot coffee and easier on the stomach.
  • More caffeine than a hot cup (about 27 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce).
  • Cold brew is steeped in cold water for 24 hours and double filtered for a crisp and smooth finish.
  • Nitrogen infused cold brew has a creamy, sweet, chocolate/vanilla flavor
  • There’s no need for dairy or sugar in their Nitro & Cinnamon cold brew

So what did I think? Well I have had a lot of coffee and have tried quite a bit of cold brew. This is by far some of the best I have had. It is smooth- like really smooth; no bitterness whatsoever and gave me a much needed wake up. What flavors did I try? Well ALL OF THEM 🙂

  • Original Nitro Brew
  • Chai Nitro Brew (tea and lightly sweetened)
  • Cinnamon cold brew
  • Pumpkin cold brew
  • Original cold brew

They were all delicious, and especially with the cinnamon and pumpkin (two of my fave flavors) there was just a hint of the flavors- not overpowering at all. The Chai is done already sweetened, it was delightful and creamy.

As a wonderfully delightful sidenote I had a special breakfast while having my delcicious coffee. The weekend special was Captain Crunch French Toast w/Maple Glaze- it was as good as it sounds!

Check out the photos and make sure to visit their respective websites to get all the information you want!

Look at that Nitro Brew set up!

My delicious Nitro brew 🙂

This french toast though….

Perfection

Finished my visit off with some Nitro Brew Chai- delish!

 

-Life as a Maven

Spicy Noodle Challenge- Twelve Hours

Twelve Hours in Brighton, MA is one of my favorite restaurants and ever since I had been there this Spring I had been wanting to go back. After seeing them post about a mega spicy dish they have on Instagram I decided to challenge myself to try to eat it. I live streamed it on IG and did my best but in the end it conquered me. It’s not very often I write twice about restaurants unless I have such unique dining experiences that I just have to- which in this case I did.

This time we brought some friends and we ordered lots of appetizers, and just had such a pleasant meal. Although the spicy noodles conquered my tastebuds and I everything else was incredible, fresh and so tasty. Twelve Hours redefines Asian Fusion by providing unique mash-ups with traditional food dishes and they keep exciting your tastebuds. From Blueberry Crab Rangoons (remember those from last time) to Curry Duck & Avocado you are sure to find something to excite the senses and enjoy your meal.

For appetizers we ordered:

  • Chicken Satay Buns
  • 12 Hours Wings(Basil Sauce)
  • Blueberry Crab Rangoon
  • Mango Crispy Rolls

The buns were delicious and I loved the peanut sauce

Plenty of sauce and goodness

The wings were so good and flavor was throughout the chicken not just the skin. Loved the basil flavor.

Great chicken wings!

The Blueberry Crab Rangoon was delightful as usual and felt like you were eating a sweet treat in the middle of the meal 🙂

Filled to the brim with filling and deliciously crispy

The Mango Crispy rolls were vegetarian and filled with mango, cabbage, carrot and vermicelli. Really light but still flavorful.

Perfect size & texture

I can’t pick a favorite- they were all good in their own unique way.

For my noodle challenge I ordered the Madness Lover which consists of Udon Noodles, basil. onion, egg & bell pepper in a spicy basil sauce. I went up to Spicy Level 3- even with all the spice the flavor of the dish was still so good and when I eventually had to stop because of the spice level I was so sad because it was good! With tears falling out of my eyes I managed to eat about 8-10 bites before I finally had to stop. Do you DARE? 😀

Doesn’t look so spicy does it?

Proof of my crying eyes, swollen nose and lips! I Tried! 😀

Friends & my love had the Korean Noodle w/Chicken, Duck Avocado Curry, & Dragon’s Whisper w/Chicken- I had bites of the Korean Noodle and Duck Avocado- delish.

The duck was so tasty and the sauce was delicious

Dragon’s Whisker- loved the presentation with the egg on top 🙂

Also as a note I had the Taro Tea and it was delicious. I just had to throw that out there 🙂

To end this delicious meal I ordered some coconut ice cream- due to the fact that my body was still riding the spicy high and I needed some comfort. The coconut ice cream was everything I needed and more. Creamy, rich and delicious with bits of coconut throughout. So good!

Ice Cream is best shared with friends 🙂

Once again I left happy and content – I will definitely be back.

Signing off,

Life as a Maven & Mr. Teddy

 

Food Truck Madness – Kerouac Park – Lowell, MA

Last Friday I went to a super fun event hosted by Made in Lowell – Food Truck Madness, where a bunch of Food Trucks come out, vendors are set up, live music is playing and delicious drinks are served. This is the third year and honestly, it was my favorite so far.

Put me in a place with food and I’m happy- add music, friends, and drinks? Even more happy and that s what so great about where I live. Local organizations that are about community engagement always inspire me and in turn help me become closer to my own local community. This event was no different and between trying out different food trucks and chilling with friends it was a great night.

Have you been to a Made in Lowell event? check out the FB for more information on all their events and see how you can become engaged in your community. Check out the photos below of my food and other fun stuff 🙂

Pork & Bean Arepa from Galeria Cafe – with them sauces!

Ginger Chicken Dumplings & Sriracha- so so so so good

Mediterranean Burger- Delicious, flavorful – so good!

This spread of desserts from Clyde’s Cupcakes was incredible- Apple Crisp Brownie, Cherry Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Cupcake, Carrot Cupcake, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Oreo Mini Cake & Reeses Brownie

Close up of the deliciousness

My reaction to a good Pumpkin Whoopie Pie 😀

Sippin on a Hibiscus Lemonade from Shuck Food Truck

I never noticed how beautiful these Willow’s are….

 

Livin that Maven Life

 

 

My Food Tour Through Atlanta

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard

Atlanta, oh how I missed you! Full of warmth, hospitality and some the most incredible restaurants I have ever eaten in;  Atlanta is a city you don’t feel overwhelmed by because of how friendly the people are. All over the city, no matter where we went, we were welcomed and that is something I never forget and it’s why I keep going back.

The last couple years we have been going because of the big convention that happens every year: “Dragon Con”. This convention brings thousands of people to the city during the labor day weekend. We had a blast this year exploring the convention but we also ate tons of food in many different places. I wanted to share my food experiences with you from this year and also mention last year’s gems so you could get a real look into the cuisine of Atlanta and everything it has to offer.

Restaurants Visited:

Last year we had the distinct pleasure of discovering Thumb’s Up Diner for breakfast. This year we went twice; the breakfast is delicious and filling and the service was stellar. Our server’s both times went above and beyond to make sure all our needs were met and I even bought some of the famous peach marmalade that is at each table. So delicious.

Shrimp & Cheesy Grits- I added the runny egg.

Coffee and peach marmalade

Skillet Heap w/ Multigrain Biscuit (these biscuits are delicious)

Love the mural painted outside of the building.

I heard about Sublime Doughnuts through a friend in Atlanta and we decided to take a mini morning adventure and check them out. Every doughnut I tasted, I loved. The flavors, the freshness- it was just so incredible. They also had these really delicious iced coffees, one was infused with chocolate milk and the other with caramel. Quite yummy! My favorite doughnut I had was the Orange Dream Start- (yes it was hard to choose, as they were all so good).

Wall art 🙂

Picking out our donuts

L to R: Red Velvet, Sweet Potato, Orange Dream Star, Strawberries & Cream, Oreo, Nutella, S’mores, Peach Fritter, Chocolate Raspberry Fritter, Reeses, & Fruity Pebbles

The next place I want to talk about is Ginya Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant that we had been talking about since the first time we went last year. By far, they have the best Ramen I have ever eaten anywhere and short of Japan (which is on the list) I am sure Ill keep searching until I find one nearly as good. The service is wonderful, the food is so good, and they have so much variety to have to try many things to get the full experience.

The Black Sugar Plum Wine (Kokuto) is my favorite drink from there. It was a sweet, smoky flavor and is the perfect accompaniment to anything you eat there. I ordered the Tonkotsu Tan Tan Ramen, which was slightly spicy, full of minced meat, flavor and the broth was just out of this world. We also ordered barbecued meats of which you have a choice to season with Teriyaki or Sea Salt. Delicious.

Kunpai! Plum Wine & Mango Juice

Chopsticks!

Tonkatsu Tan Tan Ramen

Chicken, Mushrooms & Pork Belly

Chef’s hard at work!

The Taiyaki was incredible- perfect end to a lovely meal

Signage

When I say Atlanta has diverse cuisine, it has cuisine from all over the world including Desta Ethiopian Kitchen. I randomly found this place when three of us were looking for a place to eat after shopping at the Lenox Square Mall. I have only had Ethiopian food once before so I really wanted to try this spot and get a sense for what authentic Ethiopian food was supposed to be. I came to the right spot- full to the brim with people they have both outdoor and indoor seating. From start to finish the service was impeccable- no complaints whatsoever.

The most delicious Ethiopian Honey Wine

Sambusa- Beef filled deliciousness with the most intense sauce

Our table filled with delicious meats and “Injera” an Ethiopian bread

Lamb Tibs w/Potato Stew & Rice (the stew was so good!)

Chicken Tibs w/Injera

Close up of the Potato Stew

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Strong, smooth & delicious Ethiopian coffee (I drank it black-perfect!)

Last year when we went to Atlanta we met some new people including a couple whom I mentioned in last year’s blog. We met them for dinner this year at a new place that has been around for a short time. Annie Mae’s Pantry- home to meals cooked from the heart and an atmosphere that makes you want to stay. From delicious chicken to decadent desserts this place has all the soul food you want. I had the opportunity to also meet Andra the lady behind this place and she was such a gem- her hospitality made me love this place even more. So many thanks to her!

LOVED this wall-beautiful

Simple yet effective menu

Dirty Bird- Jerk Chicken w/ Greens & Sweet Potato- Side of Plantain Waffle (most perfect waffle ever and the syrup was to die for)

Coconut Lemon Cake- just the right amount of everything in this cake

Tacoma, Andra & I

Layout of the place

I had read about Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe before arriving in Atlanta and had been wanting to try them since I landed. This cafe is huge with tons of quirky decor and lots of nooks and crannies. They sell french style breakfast along with coffee’s, cold drinks, pastries and more. I had a most delicious breakfast baguette sandwich and then complimented that with delicious pastries baked to perfection. So glad I had the opportunity to check them out.

Look at that lighting 🙂

Coffee’s were so good- I didn’t have to add anything to mine.

Egg, Ham, Tomato & Grruyere on a Baguette- delicious

Key Lime Tart & Pecan-Pumkin Mini

Egg, Sausage, Tomato & Mozzarella on a Baguette

Lavender Lemonade was so yummy

Last but not least is DAS BBQ, a last minute place we found to eat. I told myself we had to eat barbecue at least once in Atlanta before we left, and this meal is incredibly special to me because it was our last meal in the city before we left. On Sunday night we drove out to this place expecting to eat good food- what we had was food that filled soul and filled us with so much happiness we drove back home on a high.

So the story starts by us walking in and only Beef Brisket and Pulled Pork being available- no problem. We all like these meats. We ordered the biggest platter a “quad” and doubled up on meat. For sides we ordered mac & cheese, collards, potato salad, brunswick stew and peach cobbler.

The meat was juicy and tender, we had some housemade bbq sauce- one infused with Peach and the other infused with Expresso. Both delicious and perfect addition to the meats. I personally like my meat not heavily salted and this was perfection. The mac and cheese was out of this world, the potato salad was tasty and fresh, the collards had a unique smokey flavor I found to be delicious, the brunswick stew was super flavorful (my first time having it) and the peach cobbler was warmed and sweet.

Wait! I am not finished with the story yet- we were given an extra plate that had been made for pictures for social media- on that plate was the “Elote Corn” which was creamed corn with the most incredible, spicy flavor I have ever had. I am still thinking about that corn, so good. Then before we left we were given the White Chocolate Banana Pudding and let me tell you, the first time in my life I have ever eaten Banana Pudding and liked it. It was that good.

Cheers to them and how welcome they made us feel- we will be back next time we are in ATL.

Menu options

Delicious sauces

Brisket, Pulled Pork, Collards, Potato Salad

Elote Corn

Brunswick Stew, Mac & Cheese and Peach Cobbler

Little piggy!

Outdoors

This banana pudding though…

All in all fantastic trip to Atlanta this year full of old friends, new friends, food and adventures. Can’t wait to go back!!! Check out the places below that all deserve a visit as well from our adventures last year 🙂

  • Gus’ World Famous Chicken
  • Atlanta Breakfast Club
  • Mellow Mushroom
  •  Grant Park Coffeehouse

Livin the Maven Life!

 

 

Acing Fall Fashion at Humanity Boutique

Fall is my favorite time of the year and not just because of the Pumpkin flavored everything that seems to hit the stores like the second September hits; it’s also my favorite time of year for the fashion. Sweaters, sweatshirts,& soft, woolen dresses- the color palette like dark blues, browns, yellows, Merlot and more. Also, fall is the time of year where I get to wear the most of my favorite shoe- BOOTS.

Humanity Style is my go to place for almost all my fashion choices, but during the fall I am always incredibly excited to walk in and see what I can layer with clothes I already have and also check out the many, many accessories available to spice my outfits up. You all know I have a seemingly endless love affair with all things Humanity- this is because of what it represents which is local fashion;  for strong and confident women who know what they want. Humanity allows us to express ourselves through fashion but also feel a connection to our community here in Lowell.

This first part of the fall collection is super versatile and I loved every single piece I modeled. The back to school deals are always my favorite anywhere I shop but they have so much more meaning at Humanity. It is a definite must shop this season, so go on to Downtown Lowell, home to wonderful restaurants and culture and check out Humanity Style Boutique 

This blue plaid dress with front pockets is an easy throw on dress- paired with gray rubber Sam Edelman Chelsea boots and Humanity backpack

It’s all about the details for any outfit!

This black & white plaid shirt has a beautiful side knot- paired with Humanity Clutch and my own black jeans

Havin a bit of fun!

This look can be dressed up for a night on the town or dressed down with sneaks- paired with my own silver platform sandals and Humanity Bag

This tie front dress is a great fall hue- paired with Humanity fringe bag and my own Tan sandals

Loved the sleeves on this dress

This outfit screams Italian Fashion- Ruffled Striped top and gaucho pants paired with Humanity backpack and my own silver platform sandals

Work chic-

This outfit takes “sweater weather” to a whole other level. Off the shoulder sweater with Humanity Jeans and Bag- paired with my own black booties

Incredibly comfortable~

This top is incredibly versatile either for these awesome Humanity Jeans or paired with black pants for a work outfit- loved playing with different colors

These mini backpacks were so adorable!

This off the shoulder top still works for fall- the choker added an extra touch that made this outfit pop!

One of my faves

This top held surprises! Flowy front, open back and fan sleeves.

Paired with Humanity Jeans, Sam Edelman Chelsea boots and Blue Humanity Bag

 

Livin that Maven Life~

 

Finding Rainbows in Nashua

“Food should be fun” – Thomas Keller

Having impromptu adventures is one of my favorite ways to experience life because it allows me to do things with no plan in sight. While planning is great, sometimes the spontaneity that comes in taking a random adventure is what you need to get focused again.

Last weekend I had only planned to check out What a Bagel in Nashua, NH because I had seen that they had Rainbow Bagels which I wanted to try ever since I heard about them, but it is mainly a New York thing so not many people do them around here. On top of that, we went to one of my favorite bakeries in Nashua and I was able to witness some yumminess being made and shown the process. This is what I love most about being a food(lifestyle) writer/blogger is when people and businesses welcome you in and want to show you how they do what they do. Not only does it make it fun for me to write but it shows me new things and takes the adventuring that much further.

When I arrived at What a Bagel there were two Rainbow Bagels left, I snagged one of them and had them toast it along with adding Honey Nut Cream Cheese- it was delicious. The bagel was moist, tasty and fresh and the cream cheese was creamy and so good! They had a plethora of other options along with coffee and other beverages. My friends got a breakfast sandwich on a bagel and salmon on a bagel. They both thought they were delicious.

So many yummy, fresh bagels

Rainbow Bagel-GORGEOUS

Stuffed full of yummy cream cheese

Salmon, capers, cream cheese

Outside of What a Bagel

After we had our fill of bagels we decide to explore a little downtown and I wanted to take them to jajaBelles a bakery I had been to previously and had fallen in love with. The pastries are always to die for and the sandwiches and coffee are super yummy. On this particular day Jess (the delightful owner of this establishment) had Pop Tarts- yes you read right POP TARTS. So I just had to get one and they were delicious, a mind boggling delicious pastry. On top of that Jess said she would show me how she made them look pretty fresh out of the oven and I was game for it. The pictures below show a little bit of the process, but I want to thank her for being so open and welcoming to us and showing us all kinds of attention. 🙂

Fresh out of the oven!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Strawberry, Blueberry and a new flavor!

I enjoyed my pop-tart and lavender soda

Checking ou the details…

I loved this so much

New flavor for the road: S’mores

My ladies who went on this lovely adventure with me!

 

Hope you all enjoyed, definitely check out these businesses  🙂

Life as a Maven

Pasta Primavera

“I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.” – Maya Angelou

This recipe brought back memories of Italy, not only because it is a pasta dish but because of one of the herbs I used in the dish. While in Milan I had a dish called , “Ravioli a la Borragine” that has stayed with me because of its flavor and sense of comfort. Through a contact at Mill No 5 I found “Borrage” here and decided to start using it to experiment a little. This first recipe I used it in is a simple red sauce filled with vegetables and spices. It was rich and delightful but also quite light.

You could easily make this sauce vegan or vegetarian by omitting the ground chicken- it is so good that I had two servings and we still have plenty left over. Having people over? Make this- its a great dish that makes enough for several people and is hearty enough to be labeled “comfort food.”

Cooking for me is more than just making something to eat- its one of the ways in which I show myself, how I express the artistic side of myself and when I can find something that makes my dishes pop I hoard as much as I can. Borrage isn’t necessarily hard to find as it grows easily once planted; if you have access to local gardens see if they are growing it!

Hope you all like this recipe! Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:

4 Borrage Leaves (roughly chopped)

1 lb Ground Chicken

1 Tsp Sweet Basil

Dash of salt

1 Yellow Pepper (chopped)

1 Medium Zucchini (chopped)

1.5 Cups of Diced Mushrooms

28 oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes w/Basil

14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes w/Roasted Garlic

1 Tsp Garlic Powder (use 4 Fresh Garlic Cloves to substitute)

1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper

1 Fresh Tomato (roughly Chopped)

Olive Oil (for sauce and to cook ground chicken)

2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese

 

Instructions:

In a frying pan pour in roughly 2 Tbs of Olive oil and sweet basil, add chicken and salt. Cook until browned. While that’s cooking, in a separate pan (deep preferably) add 2-3 Tbs of Olive oil and garlic powder or fresh garlic. Throw in fresh tomato and borrage leaves-stir. Add vegetables and crushed red pepper. Cook until coated and slightly tender. Add the meat, canned tomatoes and Parmesan. Stir in; once boiling turn down heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Borrage, fresh tomatoes, garlic & Olive oil

Added Vegetables

Added tomatoes & Parmesan

Close up of the dish

Incredible!!

Voila! A delicious and hearty dinner 🙂

 

Life as a Maven

 

 

What I learned on my Visit to the Acadia Region

I remember going to Maine almost every summer when I was a kid to go to camp and chill out by the lake. Once I grew up I didn’t go as often and really wanted to go back to have some new adventures and experiences. This last visit up to the Acadia Region was incredible, despite having a day with not so great weather.

Maine has the ability to literally take your stress and throw it to the wind. From the mountain views, rolling hills and serene cabins in the woods it is everything you need to de-stress. We had a wonderful little cabin which we found through Airbnb and it was smack in the middle of the woods on almost two acres of land. It was around 15-25 miles away from everything we wanted to do which was perfect because we saw some amazing scenery on all of our drives.

I hope you enjoy this post and everything there is to see and do and check out the tips….

Places Visited:

  • Sullivan, ME
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Ellsworth , ME
  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Schoodic Point
  • Frazer Point

All of the places we visited had food, adventure and places to explore. We had our fill of Lobster, Blueberries and some childhood favorites. We also explored floating docks (yikes), bridges, mountains, trails and lot’s of water!

Our home base was Sullivan and from there we explored every other place. On day 1 we explored Bar Harbor, Schoodic Point, Frazer Point, Sullivan and a little inlet of Frenchman Bay. On Day 2 we drove to Ellsworth and then headed up to Cadillac Mountain.

Loved this bay area, so beautiful!

Schoodic Point and Frazer Point were gorgeous!

Exploring Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain

 

Restaurants Visited:

The food we ate in Maine was more than good, it was incredible. From Lobster filled omelletes to yummy, comfort filled late night pizzas we were well fed our entire trip. Check out the pictures below!

Chester Pike’s Galley

Lobster Omelette, Oatmeal Toast & Homefries

Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes

Look at the Lobster in this thing!!

C-Ray Lobster

Maine things

Lobster Roll on Toasted Brioche Roll & side of Clam Chowder

Lobster Dinner with corn & mussels

This Blueberry pie was so, so good!

Great spot!!!

Jordan Pond Ice Cream

Cinnamon Toast Crunch- decadent!

Choco-Latte Cafe

This espresso kept us on our toes!

Pat’s Pizza

🙂

Half cheese/Half pepperoni

Governor’s Restaurant & Bakery

Blueberry Compote & Whipped Cream

Biscuit, potatoes/onions, eggs & bacon-delicious

My waffle 🙂

Tips:

  • Start your day’s early, no matter how long you are in the area for its best to start early so you can see as much as possible
  • Go to C-Ray Lobster, friendly people and incredible food – the clam chowder was top notch
  • There are many ice cream shops in Bar Harbor, but check out Jordan Pond they also have super funky fudge and so many unique flavors.
  • If you want potent espresso, check out Choco-Latte they also have plenty of other things to try
  • Cadillac Mountain is beautiful but the road leading up to it is very windy and sometimes has steep drop-offs- be careful
  • Have blueberry pie and lobster in Maine- otherwise its a waste 😀 😀 😀
  • The crashing waves at Schoodic Point were incredible to watch and listen to. Super relaxing

 

Signing off….

 

Life as a Maven

 

This Fall Be a Little Bit More Bohemian

What defines good fashion? One of the things it means to me is versatility; the ability to use one piece in many different ways and to use said piece for different times of the day. Warlene, the woman behind Warlene Rene Handmade Clothing creates pieces that are so versatile you can easily go from day to night with just a change of accessory or shoe.

I had the honor of modeling some of her fall pieces that are in the shop now and I have to tell you; I was completely taken aback by the comfort and ease I felt in each piece. Creating looks is one of my favorite pastimes and when I have the time I like to dedicate just a little extra to looking and feeling good- Warlene helps me do that. When I step foot in her intimate shop at Mill No 5 on Jackson Street in Lowell, I feel like a little girl playing dress up. From her reimagined vintage line to her her own custom pieces you will leave with your heart full and be feeling like a queen.

Women everywhere take my advice- if you want some boho/edge clothing or want something created for you to your own taste, Warlene is the woman to go to. She is a boss in every way and makes you feel like one too. The pieces I modeled are gorgeous, comfortable and easy to throw on. Below I have included pictures and details about each piece. Hope you enjoy reading about these pieces and make sure to check her out!

*Note: All photography done by Brianna Youte the ever talented daughter of the Queen of fashion herself. All pieces are currently in the shop now 🙂

First Look: Long Sleeve Floral Dress/Top

  • Open back
  • Front slit that provides flexibility and mobility
  • Flowy style
  • Fabric is soft to the touch

What I loved about this outfit was how the floral/dreamy look mixed with the edginess of my ripped jeans

Loved how this dress made me feel…

Second Look: Long, oversized denim dress with frayed ends

  • Super comfortable
  • Day to night transition
  • All you need is a statement necklace and you have an outfit

Things I loved about this outfit was how great I felt in it, it was a great piece to wear along with denim and created such a great vibe I wanted to take it home with me.

I felt amazing in this piece!

Third Look: Logo Tee with Denim Overcoat

  • Tee is soft and stretchy and super comfortable
  • Overcoat is so versatile- buttoned or unbuttoned
  • Quick outfit to throw together with some sneakers and specs

Things I loved about this outfit was how street it was but also incredibly stylish, great weekend look!

Walking the streets outside Mill No 5

Go grab a Logo tee from Warlene’s shop, they are incredible!

Fourth Look: Taupe Bell Sleeve Top w/Tieback

  • Can be tied in front or back
  • Incredibly comfortable and sleek
  • Simple yet brings a new dimension to your look

I loved how romantic this piece was, with its graceful edges and great silhouette

I always love pictures in motion 🙂

Loved these sleeves- bell sleeves have been one of my faves this year

Romantic tie back

Such a fierce and classy look!

Accessory of the day: Clutch w/Denim Strap

  • Easy to carry
  • Brightens up any outfit
  • Denim component makes it so different with a play on texture and look

 

Livin that Maven Life….

 

Cheerio!