Sunday, February 22, 2009

Girl Time!

Well I've been lazily hanging out on the couch for the past couple hours...and it's been fantastic! I hardly EVER have a Sunday afternoon without anything to do. I almost didn't know what to do with myself, but its great.

This weekend started after Yoga yesterday when our friend Jenny arrived. We hung out, and then decided we were hungry for lunch so we hit up Snappy Sushi in Davis Sq (in Somerville).
Left: Rainbow Box Roll
Middle: Philadelphia Roll
Right (top): Spicy Tuna
Right (front) California

Now I am still not fully into the Raw fish, but I love the Cali roll and Philly roll (smoked salmon). I did try that closest bite of the Rainbow box with the tuna, avocado, and shrimp and it was quite delish! All the sushi is made with brown rice. They also have bottles of regular AND low sodium soy sauce on the tables. You can check out the cool decor from the last time I was here.

Later we headed out for some dinner then meeting up with friends for a bday. We are the type of girls who love trying out lots of different we went with Tapas! We hit up Bar Lola in Boston's Back Bay.

It was a really cool ambiance (sorry for the blurry pic...and yes it got a lot busier while we were there)To start: Sangria!
What to order??Maybe you could just read it better online

We shared 6 are a fewThis may not look amazing but it WAS! Grilled Beef Tenderloin with "Cabrales" goat-blue cheese sauce. Oh.My.God. that goat-blue cheese sauce was INCREDIBLE!! We used bread to get every last ounce of sauce off that plate :)
Maine crab meat, sofrito, and cheese crustini's with a piquillo-shrimp sauce. YUM, like delicious crab cakes!!Classic Manchego cheese and Serrano ham with toast points.
Chicken Croquettes with Lola's savory Tomato sauce...MMMmmm.

Everything was delicious!! Plus whats better than tasting 6 different foods in one meal.

We then hung out with friends at The Foundation Lounge. This was a pretty swanky bar, and was just great to see so many friends.

Sunday was more fun girl weekend activities. Me and all my 7 bridesmaids along with my mom and aunt were meeting to try on the dresses and get all the styles and colors finalized. We had brunch reservations at 1:30 afterwards, but I obviously needed some fuel before we left
Chobani 0% Plain, Strawberries, Blueberries and a drizzle of REAL maple syrup. I also had a banana :)Then is was Dress time. I decided I wanted my bridesmaids in dresses from Aria. They have a studio in Boston so it was great to just go have an appointment in the boutique and you have the place all to yourself while your group is there.

(like my sweet red tights and rain boots!)

I really loved Aria because I have a vision in my head and their dresses would fit it well...I wanted different shades of pink and each girl to be able to pick their own style...all knee length.

These are NOT the dresses...but these ARE the colors!Raspberry, Amaranth, and Fuchsia

There were many dresses tried on...(someone is wearing this, but not here, and it will be in Amaranth)
She is wearing that dress in Fuchsia!She is wearing that style in Raspberry (looks a little weird because that was a full length clipped up to show as a knee length..and she's really short :)

So then I was fluctuating on colors...originally it was my Maid of Honor in Fuchsia with the other 6 splitting the other two colors. This didn't sit well with the image in my head...I wanted the colors more evenly distributed. So to see what it looks like everyone grabbed their color and held it up to them
So something like that...although I don't think thats the right picture. Its 2 Raspberry, 2 Fuschia, and 3 Amaranth...and I don't think any two girls are in the same style! I'm so excited to see how this all pans out.

We then hit up brunch at Stephanie's on Newbury. It was DELISH! No pics (not everyone knows about the blog)...but I had some kick ass grapefruit juice; it literally tasted like a fresh grapefruit in a wine glass. Then I went with the: crab cake Benedict - sautéed crab cakes with poached eggs topped with jalapeño hollandaise.

This kept me full all afternoon...we only just had a few snacks because we knew we'd wake up starving if not.

Ending with mini hot chocolates...That would be half of a choc. covered marshmallow floating in there :)

Well the weekend is over :( Work Tomorrow :( :( :( Boo!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!


  1. That sounds like so much fun!!!!

  2. Great weekend- I love tapas, lazy Sunday afternoons and hanging out with my girlfrieds! I love your dress plan, I had trouble deciding on the right shade of pink bridesmaid dresses, so this would have been a good solution :)

  3. fun weekend!!! Sushi, sangrias, and pretty it all! :)

  4. What a great idea to let them pick their dresses! That looks like a perfect weekend.

    My bridesmaids live too far away so we didn't get to share this experience but I'm hoping they will like their dresses.

  5. OMG those are gorgeous! Definitely make sure they wear the white crew socks ;D What a fun day..and I showed my mom your BEAUTIFUL freakin ring!! We've been drooling at it over here!

  6. chocolate covered marshmallow? Real maple syrup? philly roll....crabcakes? SANGRIA? AHHHhhhhh!! i love it all!

    and the dresses look amazing!! i cant wait to read and see all about it! WOW!!

  7. I have some new Boston restaurants to add to my list! The dresses are lovely... My bridesmaids are wearing dresses from J.Crew that they ordered online - I wish we all lived in the same city so we could have picked them out together!

  8. haha way to get confusing with the bridesmaids dresses!! lol.. I think I will have to see it to get it and I can't wait to see it!

  9. you had quite the eventful weekend - all the eats from the restaurants you hit up look fabulous!

    love all the dresses - the colors are beautiful!

  10. Gorgeous dresses!! I really like the styles you picked :)

    Glad you had a fun weekend!

  11. sounds like a blast!!
    yummy sushi :)

  12. Pretty dresses! My favorite is the red!

  13. Love the dresses! The colors are so fun and vibrant. Looks like you had a great weekend with some nice meals out, too! :)

  14. wow those colors are so beautiful! and i love how you are doing 3 different ones, it looks absolutely gorgeous :) :) :)

  15. those dresses are so pretty! is that a vineyard vines cup i see? it!

  16. Oh my gosh, what an awesome time!!!!!

  17. ohh what adorable and yummy looking hot chocolates!!! I'm jealous!! And darn, you had a super busy weekend huh?? :) I'm totally loving the cute modeling pictures! heheeh

  18. I love the dress colors so much! They are so bright and cheery. I wore an Aria dress as a bridesmaid once. Mine was the short strapless. They are so comforable and light weight.

  19. I love your idea for bridesmaid dresses. They're going to look gorgeous all together!

  20. Love that plate of sushi - it's making me hungry! And the tapas looks like fun too - always great when you get a try a bunch of other things :D

  21. hi there! i am ordering my bridesmaids dresses from aria for my own wedding this summer and found your blog by randomly googling for aria dresses in the amaranth color!! the dresses your bridesmaids picked look gorgeous. i have fallen in love with the amaranth color based on the swatches and on my sister's trip to their DC showroom to try on dresses on behalf of my bridesmaids, who are spread out across the country. my biggest worry is that they will look more red than pink in the pictures! they look really good next to the raspberry and fuschia dresses in your pics. have any of the girls received their dresses yet? if so, what do you all think about the shade? thanks so much! good luck with the rest of your wedding planning!! :)