it’s been 10 months since we moved out here from my hometown, Chicago. Boston is now beginning to feel like the place I live, instead of a place I’ve moved to. if I were to use relationship terms, Boston & I are going steady but I’m not sure if I’m ready to take it to the next level – ha!

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don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty to love about life here. I love how it feels very European, from the seriously OLD buildings to the charming cobblestone streets to the random British-isms that have persisted. I’ve found a great local coffee shop that has that whole old-world vibe down pat, complete with a sidewalk organic flower vendor every Saturday morning (see above – the flowers are UNREAL). a quick list of other Boston things I love:

  • the ocean
  • the Boston Public Library system (and by extension, the Cambridge Public Library system)
  • the Charles River + all the bridges
  • great seafood
  • being close to my in-laws
  • being close to Maine (and a bunch of other places)

so why am I not ready to commit? I don’t know. maybe it’s because I haven’t really made friends of my own yet (a problem further compounded by the fact that I work the night shift). I also think it’s partly because we’re in a year of transition, with my husband still in the middle of his master’s program and looking for a teaching job for the upcoming school year. if there’s one thing that’s a constant in our life right now, it’s a feeling of impermanence. to even things out, here’s a list of things that I don’t love about Boston:

  • lack of daylight during the winter (really threw my depression for a loop)
  • traffic
  • aversion to straight routes to anywhere
  • Patriots anything (sorry, James!)
  • being far away from my family
  • the more reserved nature of the people (which baffles the Midwesterner that I am)


I’m learning to live out the whole ‘bloom where you’re planted’ thing, so I’m hopeful and grateful for what we DO have right now. we’re together, starting our respective careers, making plans and making moves. I’m trying to live in the moment and savor this season of our lives even as we look towards the future. I know we’ll look back on this time and talk about how lucky we were to live a stone’s throw away from Fenway Park in the middle of it all and laughing about how parking sucked and reminiscing about the challenges of small-apartment living. it’s all about perspective.

wishing you all a good weekend!


cheap thrills: recent target finds


I know, I know…all of target could pass as a cheap thrill, but that would make for a massive collage, so here’s (a more reasonable) 5 fun finds from the bullseye that have come home with me.


pom pom & wooden beads garland, $12.99. my husband may be skeptical of a) what exactly this thing is and b) what it’s for, but it’s a winner in my book. keeping in line with the rest of the opalhouse line, it’s got that bohemian/global eclectic feel. as someone who finds herself mostly on the opposite of the design spectrum, I’ve been really surprised how much I really like the line. I’ve gotten a couple of other pieces aside from this garland (you’ll see them in future blog post featuring our apartment soon), and they’ve added little pockets of whimsy that I find charming in our otherwise modern Scandinavian meets mid-century modern apartment.


blush pink clock, $9.99. this little gem can be hung upon the wall or placed on the tabletop using the included easel. an offering from the project 62 line, its clean face and retro vibe is more of what we typically go for, but the blush pink colorway makes it stand out against our palette of woods, blues, whites, and yellows.


black phonograph, $16.99. another offering from the project 62 collection, this phonograph speaker actually does amplify the sound from your phone and call me crazy, but I swear it makes it sound a little raspy, which I really like. sound function aside, it looks really sleek and arresting. I had several people ask me about it as I was carrying it out to my car!


tassel clutch, $19.99. this little clutch is just too cute. the tassels are super fun and a little diva-esque, but the straw body and slightly oversized shape of the clutch keeps it from being too fancy all around. it comes with a little slip pocket on the inside and a detachable wristlet strap.


made-for-instagram rosé, $12.99. ok, this technically isn’t exclusive to target, but I did find and buy my bottle at my local store, so I say it counts. also, like a lot of places, target gives you a 10% discount on purchases of 6 bottles of wine or more at a time, but did you know that you get an additional 5% off if you use a redcard?! it makes sense since that’s the discount you get for using a debit or credit redcard in general, but for some reason I never thought about it applying to alcohol. now we all know – cheers! ;)

this post is not sponsored (ha! I wish!).  I just like all of the a lot of things at target.

this week

IMG_0587remembering almost 5 years later

happy friday, everybody!

I’m working a double today, and then James & I will make dinner at home and call it a night. I’m looking forward to a quiet night in as this is a working weekend for both of us, James with his grading and grad school deadlines and me with nursing. #adulting

we’ll just have to leave all the excitement to you guys. ;)

whatever you’re up to this weekend,  have a good one!

IMG_0585sushi date at love art sushi

IMG_0588finally got around to some spring cleaning

IMG_0589enjoyed a Japanese barbecue feast with friends…James was excited, can’t you tell?

IMG_0590my new favorite tote bag

p.s. for in-the-moment stories and pics, follow along on instagram @lovelyhes

hello, spring

on Walden Pond

hi, there! it’s finally spring, and I’m back to blogging. life has been a crazy whirlwind the past 6 months as I got my bearings under me in a new city & a new job, so I’ve been very quiet around here. but I missed it, and I feel like I’m finally ready to put out some content again.

I hope the days are getting longer and the temps are warming up where you are!

city apartment

IMG_5435it’s official: we have an apartment! I’m half excited and half still in shock over the cost of rent in this city (it’s bananas, y’all!). the rent is eye-watering, but we’ll be right in the middle of the city, blocks away from fenway and the famous citgo sign above. I’m incredibly grateful to my in-laws for letting us stay with them while we were apartment hunting. our move-in date is next friday.

since we drove out to boston with only the things we could carry in bess, our buick century, we had next to nothing in terms of furniture/household items. I’ve been shopping for the apartment over the past couple of days, being intentional in buying only items that we need AND love. it’s got to work for us on all levels – function, style, quality, and price. if something’s not quite right, it doesn’t come home with me.  I’d love to share some of the items that have made the cut in upcoming posts. it’s been several years since we’ve had our own place, so I’ve definitely been stockpiling ideas on how to decorate our new home!

here’s a before photo in the meantime:IMG_5433it’s small and I’m not digging the wall-to-wall carpeting, but it’s ours and we’re together. plus, I did say I wanted a white kitchen… ;).