saturday night at a4cade.

Two Boston-area restaurants recently joined forces to create a new experience in Cambridge’s Central Square. A4cade was born out of a collaboration between the pizza mavens of Area Four and the sandwich connoisseurs at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. The new venue is a 21+ arcade/restaurant/bar that I had the pleasure of visiting over the weekend. A4cade opens at 5pm and gets a line outside pretty much right away (at least on a Saturday). You have to walk through the regular Roxy’s restaurant to get to the arcade and there’s no sign outside letting you know it’s there – which is a little confusing but also gives it kind of a cool speakeasy feeling.

Once inside, there are two full bars and a bunch of servers for ordering food and drinks. And of course, there are a lot of games. I didn’t grow up in a video game household and I’m not great at the more screen-based classics like Pac-Man and NBA Jam. I am a big fan though of the more active games like skee ball, foosball, and hoop fever.

We spent a couple hours and had a great time and some really delicious food and drinks. Of course I took a few photos – check them out below!

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diana: her fashion story.

“There are loads of movie stars and celebrities but there will be only one Diana.”
– Elizabeth Emanuel

As mentioned in my last post, I spent the last weekend of March visiting a friend in London. Our one museum-y outing was a visit to Kensington Palace to see the current exhibit of Princess Diana’s most famous couture. The curators did a great job of detailing Diana’s style evolution and her relationship with the designers whose work she championed. The exhibit was really crowded, even during a week day, but I was able to get a few photos while I was there. Enjoy!

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quick visit to london.

“Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.”
― Jack Kerouac

Just got back from spending a few days in London and wanted to share some photos from a great trip. A good friend of mine has been living there for about 2 years and I finally made it over to visit her. I’ve travelled to London before and have had a lot of the typical touristy experiences – all of which are great. This time though I felt like I got a little more of the local experience by travelling with my friend and staying in her flat in St. John’s Wood. The one museum experience of the trip was an exhibit of Princess Diana’s most famous dresses at Kensington Palace and I’ll be sure to share photos from that exhibit in a later post. Here I’m sharing some photos I took as we explored the city over the past couple of days – including a couple from the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever seen. Enjoy!

Views from Sky Garden on an overcast day.
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Mourad Mazouz’s sketch is a truly remarkable restaurant experience. 
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Saturday night on Carnaby Street.
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London’s Borough Market on Saturday morning. I would have taken more photos here because everything looked incredible but it was just too crowded to have my phone out all the time. Lot’s of delicious food and drinks here though and I definitely recommend visiting.
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bits of inspiration – #100.

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and if you don’t have any special plans (or even if you do) you should check out the Handmade Valentine Exchange project. The exchange encourages people from all over the world to participate in creating and sending handmade valentines to strangers across the globe. The project was started by photographer and art director, Julia Parris, in 2011 and has been going strong since. I love a good craft project and I also really love the nostalgia of creating and receiving valentines like grade-school children (an aside: do kids still do this?). This would be a perfect girls’ night or snow day activity. Some of my favorite featured valentines are below. Enjoy!

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refinery29 graphic artists & the women’s march.

header image by Hanna Barczyk

This Saturday, women in cities all over the country will march in protest of hate, intolerance and acts of violence on the inaugural weekend of the 45th president. While I will personally be participating in the Boston march, the largest and most prominent of these demonstrations will occur on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Inspired by the Women’s March, Refinery29’s creative department has created a series of graphic compositions which speak to the spirit and mission of these demonstrations. I’ve shared just a few of my favorites below but I highly recommend checking out the entire body of work here.

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Marylou Faure


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Lauren-Rolwing


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Anna Sudit


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Alex Marino


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Bailey Sullivan

rooms with herringbone floors.

My latest interiors obsession is herringbone patterned floor design. This design element compliments both contemporary and traditional spaces and adds a dimension of texture and movement to every room it occupies. I think my favorite examples are those in hardwood flooring where the tone of floor boards vary throughout (see the first example below). That being said, herringbone patterns have also been popping up in tile and brick flooring and the results are really impressive.

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite examples of rooms with herringbone flooring. Happy Friday and enjoy!

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my unfinished home


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apartment therapy


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Bo Bedre


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Carla Aston


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desire to inspire


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Design Meet Style


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Emily Henderson


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Fashion Squad


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Gravity Home


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Honestly WTF


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My Domaine


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My Domaine


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Small Design Ideas