Hi friends, all three of ya! This is my first blog post in about 3 or 4 months ☹️ and I’m just popping in real quick to say that things will be changing!
I started this blog with a goal of having it motivate me to do more traveling; I was going to be the “weekend wanderer”. I love to travel, but don’t have much luxurious vacation time to go very far. And this blog really did help! I had a fantastic year! I went to new places and experienced so many awesome things. However, I was starting to miss having quiet weekends; and planning so many adventures led to an even messier house (because instead of cleaning on the weekends, I was gallivanting Boston or Worcester or New York). And I also realized that travel is not my only passion. There are so many things that I love to jump around to and I need my weekends to fulfill all of those loves!
At some point this year I came across the term multipotentialite. And it really resonated with me. A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life. With all my crafting and art projects, along with bursts of passion for wellness, or cooking, or home improvement… I felt really connected to this new identity. I think a lot of us can relate, especially in this world of Pinterest and YouTube and Instagram… I love trying new things! And I also struggle with being in my twenties; trying to be the perfect housewife, while maintaining my creative passions, while working a full time job and paying the bills!
Anyway, I’m starting to babble, but I wanted to announce that my blog will be refocused this year. I will still post about my travels, but I also want to share with you my craft projects, recipes, and other trials going on in life.Hopefully there are others out there who can align themselves with my thoughts. And maybe my ramblings can help us connect! Cheers to 2019 ✨
Newbury Street is a stop that must be on everybody’s list when they are visiting Boston. It is absolutely the prime shopping spot in the city. The stores vary in style and price range, and the energy is amazing. It is also just plain beautiful. The store fronts are adorable and there are gorgeous churches and architecture.
I went on a little shopping trip with my sister last weekend, and I’d like to share my Newbury Street necessary stops:
My recommendation is to take public transportation. I RARELY drive all the way into the city. Traffic is always crazy and the old streets and tunnels are really hard to navigate. If you use a GPS you will lose service if you try to go into any of the Boston Tunnels. Typically, I drive from the west and park my car at the Riverside Train Station in Newton, MA. Then I can comfortably meander through the city by taking trains and walking.
On this particular trip, we were driving in from Revere. Since we were already so close, we drove right in. We parked our car at the Boston Public Garden Garage. It was pretty easy to get to and affordable. I think we were parked for about 6 or 7 hours and we paid $18 for parking. From the gardens, Newbury Street is just a short walk away.
Newbury Comics– There are Newbury Comics stores sprinkled all over the state, but this one is the original, and ultimate shop. I don’t go there for the comics; this huge store is filled with quirky and dorktastic items. They have walls full of funko pops. Merchandise for all your favorite tv shows, movies, and video games. Super cute clothing and accessories., and so much more. It is sure to be a fun stop no matter what you are into.
Johnny Cupcakes- Johnny Cupcakes is an absolute-must when you are in the area. The store is infamously known for appearing as a bakery, only when you walk inside, you realize it’s a t-shirt company. The inside is wicked cool, adorned with ovens and pastry glass-fronts. They are constantly coming out with new t-shirt designs, and once a design is gone, it’s gone for good. Because of this, every shirt is limited, which means every one is special! It’s especially exciting to visit the store, as they offer some super special Boston designs that are not available on the website.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe- This adorable little shop was unfortunately closed temporarily on my last outing, however it definitely belongs on the MUST STOP SHOPS list. It’s the best of both worlds, a restaurant and bookstore. They have a shelf dedicated to “blind date books”. If you’re a book lover, head over to the shelf with covered books’ and choose whichever description tickles your fancy!
Stop for brunch, lunch, or dinner- Newbury Street has endless options for dining, no matter what time of day. I think it’s fun to purposefully not plan this aspect of the day. I normally love to know exactly where I’ll be and when. But in this circumstance, I find it SO fun to wander into whichever restaurant peaks my attention. This last trip, it was The Met Back Bay. It was a nice day, so we took advantage of the outdoor patio. The drinks and food were simply divine.
Harry Potter Store- I was so excited to see this little store on Newbury. The signage said it all, and I knew I had to go in. Honestly, it was an extremely small store and very, very crowded. I didn’t stay long or buy anything. But, I was there on a Saturday afternoon, 2 days before the Boston Marathon and during school vacation week. So I think if I went back during a less crazy time I could have a lot of fun in there. Despite how crowded it was, it was super cute and quirky inside, definitely worth a visit for any Harry Potter fan.
Obviously there are HUNDREDS more stores that absolutely require your attentions. I usually pop into the usuals, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, H&M, and so many more. But there are so many other cute boutiques and shops to explore.
Go out, walk around, stroll, and wander up and down the street. Enjoy everything that Newbury Street and Boston has to offer!