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Explore: Chocolate - The Exhibition at the Museum of Science

I have had a fantastic start to Valentine's Week. On Sunday night I saw Fifty Shades Darker, on Monday evening I went to Chocolate Lover's Night Out at the Museum of Science and last night I got to attend a live recording of The New York Times Modern Love podcast at the Wilbur Theater. Cupid and I are on a roll! 

February 15, 2017

Movie Musings: Fifty Shades Darker

Happy Valentine's Day! I cannot think of a better day of the year to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Two years ago I saw the first movie, but at the time, I hadn't read any of the books. When the film ended rather abruptly, I was furious. One of the friends I saw the movie with was kind enough to lend me her copies and I flew through all three. 

February 14, 2017

Shop: O.H.M. Jewelry

I come from a long line of jewelry lovers. My grandmother is the queen of baubles. My mother and my aunt never leave the house without multiple accessories and my sister and I are always wearing earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches and rings. What can I say, we're drawn to bling! 

I recently met Boston-based jewelry designer Heather Matjasic, the founder of O.H.M. Jewelry. Her company's tag line is "Jewelry for a meaningful life." That is definitely a mantra I can get behind. 

February 13, 2017

Movie Musings: Moonlight

Back in December my parents saw Moonlight and insisted I make time to see it.

February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2017

I have always loved Valentine's Day. Though many people believe this holiday was designed by card companies and flower delivery services to make bank, I think it's wonderful to have one day each year when you go out of your way to tell the most important people in your life how much you love them. 

If you're planning to surprise your significant other, family or friends with Valentine's Day gifts, I have 14 ideas for how to wow them on February 14th. 

February 6, 2017

Read: Today Will Be Different

Two years ago, in February 2014, I read author Maria Semple's book "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." I absolutely loved it. I found her writing style to be fast paced and frenetic (in an exciting way). She knows exactly when to inject humor and when to slow things down to make a big reveal. She drops flashbacks like bread crumbs, leaving a trail for her eager readers. 

February 1, 2017

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Best And Worst Dressed

Though the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards, for short) don't have the same cache as the Oscars, the Golden Globes or the Emmys, I have always loved watching the annual broadcast. Unlike the other awards show where the winners are determined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, these awards are voted on by actors, for actors. As you regularly hear in the SAG Awards acceptance speeches, that recognition from their peers is often more coveted than any other statue all season. 

January 30, 2017

Shop: Modern Map Art

Being from Boston is a huge part of my DNA. I love this city more than I could ever possibly express. Over the years I have amassed quite the collection of Boston things . . .

I love to send Beantown-themed stationary to my friends who used to live here, but have moved away. 

January 24, 2017

Read: Z, A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald

"The Great Gatsby" is one of my favorite books of all time. When a friend offered to lend me a copy of "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald" I was immediately intrigued.

January 17, 2017

Movie Musings: Hidden Figures

With awards seasons in full swing, I am doing my best to see as many of the nominated movies as possible. Before the Golden Globes I made it to Loving, Manchester By The Sea and La La Land. With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, February 26, I am trying to squeeze in a few more.

January 16, 2017

Stream: Shameless (Seasons 1-6)

I decided to give "Shameless" a try after a very convincing push from a co-worker. The shows stars William H. Macy (Bill, as his wife Felicity Huffman calls him) as Frank Gallagher, a deadbeat dad to six kids on the south side of Chicago. I had seen Macy walk the red carpet many times in years past when he was nominated for this role, so I was expecting him to be on screen most of the time. As it turns out, the actors playing his six children get much more air time.

January 12, 2017

2017 New Year's Resolutions

Though it feels like I just shared my yearend recap of my 2016 New Year's resolutions, we are already 11 days into 2017!

January 11, 2017