Author: maven101

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 …

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 …

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 …

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! …

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: Thumb’s Up Diner Sublime Doughnuts Ginya Izakaya Desta Ethiopian Kitchen DAS …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …