Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pip Pip Cheerio!

This past weekend my family threw me a going away party as I'm leaving for London this Saturday to study abroad for the semester! I had so much fun hanging out with family and friends before leaving. My mum and I had a fun time with the British red, white and blue theme, too. Here are some photos from the party:
As you can see, we went all out with the British theme. My mum really misses planning my themed birthday parties when I was younger, apparently, but I'll admit I still love it. We had a red, white and blue candy bar with Swedish Fish, sour gummy worms, Peppermint Patty Pieces, and jelly beans and rocky candy from BulkCandyStore.com. We found the perfect British napkins from Party City surprisingly enough. They had them because of the royal baby--lucky for us! We also ordered these adorable British mini cupcakes from Sugar Bake Shoppe in the center of my town. We got three flavors--chocolate stout with Bailey's frosting, chocolate with vanilla frosting and mocha--and they were all delicious. Anyone in the greater Boston area should definitely look into their cakes and pastries. They have a great variety of flavors and handle food allergies well. They also have yummy sandwiches!

Other than sweets, my dad cooked up some teriyaki chicken on the grille served with an assortment of salads. Everything was so good! A huge thanks to my parents for putting this all together, especially my mum. Hopefully this will give all of you reading some inspiration for a study abroad-themed going away party!
Pip pip cheerio!
-AG

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Instagrammy Sunday


Well it's about time for me to do another Instagrammy Sunday post. I haven't done weekly recaps the past couple of weeks because I had so many event and vacation photos I wanted to share separately. The first four photos are from today. My parents and I went kayaking in Concord since it was such a beautiful day. With only six days left until I leave for London, my parents want to spend as much time with me as possible, so today was perfect. We kayaked all the way down to Old North Bridge and back; it was quite an upper body workout.

The last photo is a sneak peek of my British-themed going away party pictures. My mum really took the whole red, white and blue theme to a new level with the candy bar, which was a hit! Stay tuned later this week for more party details.
Hope your week was fabulous!
-AG 
P.S. My next Instagrammy Sunday post will be from LONDON!!! Ahhhh!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

#backtocool Event Recap

This past weekend I told you all about the #backtocool event we held at GapKids in Burlington. I was in charge of taking photos for Gap Burlington's Instagram. It was very strange being paid to be on my phone while working, but I can't complain. I'm happy to have been able to take part in such an awesome event at the store. Here are some of the photos!
The best sour gummy candy I've every had.
The AMAZING people who made it all happen in their GapKids garb.

As you can see, there were lots of happy faces at our #backtocool event this past Saturday. We had lots of excited kids leaving the store looking super cool for back to school. Plus the managers and sales associates (including me) were very excited about their customized notebooks. We had a successful event and are so thankful for all who attended! Even if you missed the event, don't forget to stop by GapKids for all your #backtocool back to school essentials!
-AG

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vineyard Photo Diary

 Leaving the harbor on the Island Queen.
 The most delicious tempura shrimp sushi from The Lookout.
For all the Vineyard Vines lovers out there...

Dinner at Nancy's for my gramma's birthday!

Last weekend I shared my photos from my Cape vacation, and I promised to do a photo diary of my family's Vineyard day trip. Martha's Vineyard is one of my favorite places. Every time my family would go to the Cape when I was younger I'd ask to go to the Vineyard. Unfortunately, as my brother and I have gotten older, our summers have gotten busier, and we really only get to go to the Vineyard one day a year. We usually take the Island Queen ferry to Oak Bluffs for the day. Sometimes we'll visit Edgartown or Vineyard Haven. Occasionally we'll even make the trip out to Gay Head lighthouse in Aquinnah since my gramma grew up there. This trip we just stayed in Oak Bluffs, but that sounded perfect to me.

When we visit the Vineyard, these are our favorite places to go:

Food:
Shopping:
There are lots of other places to eat, shop and see, but these are the ones we try to get to when we're only doing a half-day trip. Seeing as the Vineyard is one of my favorite places, I love talking about it. So, feel free to ask me about more places to go!
Enjoy the pictures!
-AG

Friday, August 16, 2013

#backtocool

I wanted to share this awesome event with you all that's going on at the Gap Burlington store this Saturday, August 17th! One of the fabulous managers, Courtney Jennings, is hosting Cat Seto, creator of Ferme à Papier and co-author of Mom, Inc, who will be customizing new GapKids' jeans for free. All GapKids 1969 Premium Jeans will be buy one pair and get the second pair half off that day!
This event is perfect for kids who want to look chic and cool as they go back to school. Even if they don't want their jeans to be customized, they will have an opportunity for Cat to create something specifically for them in a free notebook. I'll probably ask for a customized drawing myself seeing as I'll be there capturing the entire event on Instagram! If you want your kids (siblings, nieces, nephews and friends too) to look cool for back to school, bring them to Gap Burlington this Saturday!
#backtocool
-AG
P.S. Don't forget to follow Gap Burlington on Instagram to see all the pics! IG name: @GapBurlington

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Homemade Chicken Salad

Part of my preparation for my semester abroad in London is to figure out what the heck I'm going to cook for myself. In Boston I don't have my own kitchen and usually eat in the dining hall, so having to cook on my own is going to be a big change. One of the basic things I do know how to cook, though, is chicken. Chicken is easy to cook and can be stored easily, but it's tough figuring out different ways to eat the chicken other than reheating it or slicing it over a salad.

This afternoon when I was looking for something to eat for lunch, I noticed we had some leftover grilled chicken. Instead of eating the chicken over some spinach and veggies like I normally would, I decided to make it a little more interesting. With my mum's inspiration, I made my own chicken salad!
To make this homemade chicken salad, you'll need:
Cooked chicken
Light mayonnaise
Granny Smith apple
Anything else you want to mix in!

Directions:
  1. Chop the chicken and a slice of a Granny Smith apple into small pieces.
  2. Place the chicken in a small bowl.
  3. Use a fork to mix in as much mayo as you'd like.
  4. Stir in the Granny Smith apple.
  5. Spoon on top of a salad, spread over a slice of wheat bread or eat it on its own.
This homemade chicken salad recipe is fast and easy to make, plus it makes for a pretty filling meal. I like adding the Granny Smith apple because it adds crunch and sweet tart flavor, but you can add anything you'd like to give it some extra kick, such as onion, celery, capers or Craisins. This homemade chicken salad makes for a healthy lunch or dinner that also helps get rid of your leftovers. 
Sounds good to me!
-AG

Monday, August 12, 2013

One.


Today is All Dressed Up, Everywhere To Go's first birthday! When I wrote my first post for this blog, I was so nervous to post it. In fact, I don't think I told anyone that I did. It took me a few posts to find my voice and figure out where the whole thing was going. I'm so glad that I did write that first post because look where ADUETG is now! It finally has decent graphics and some readers, ha! For those of you who are just starting to read my blog or are finding it now, here are my ten most popular posts this year:
And my top 10 favorite posts of the year:
Boohoo.com Festival Collection Parts 1, 2 & 3
Looking back, year one was full of growth and learning. I'm very excited to continue writing and sharing what I love on All Dressed Up, Everywhere To Go for another year. Thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by once or following daily and sharing the love. I greatly appreciate it!
-AG

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cape Cod Photo Diary

Daniel, Winston and I.
Winston, Mum and Gramma.
Winston wants in on our Scrabble game.
Perfect beach days all around.
Nail polish: Essie Mint Candy Apple
My mum's "beach friends."

Instead of Instagrammy Sunday today, I'm sharing a little photo diary of my Cape Cod vacation. My grandparents live in Falmouth so we try to get down there as much as we can. This summer we were able to stay on the Cape for a whole week, which is actually very difficult to do with all of our busy schedules. We went to the beach, shopped, dined and spent time as a family, which is rare and sometimes very necessary. The week was fun and relaxing.

I've been traveling to the Cape since I was an infant since my mum grew up there and my grandparents still live there. You could say that we know our way around and the good places to go. Here are a few of our favorite spots in Falmouth:

Breakfast:
  • Cape Cod Bagel
  • Percy's Place
Lunch/Dinner:
  • The Flying Bridge
  • The Quarterdeck
  • Paul's Pizza -- the best pizza.
  • The Boat House
  • Clam Shack
Shops:
  • Green Eyed Daisy
  • Board Stiff
  • Mashpee Commons
  • Eight Cousins Books
There are many more places to go that are great for shopping and dining, but when we have limited time, these are the places we head to first. As for the beach, lately we've been going to the Heights, but when I was younger we'd often go to Old Silver Beach, which is just as nice.

While visiting the Cape, my family also went to Martha's Vineyard for the day. I will have photos and a list of favorite Vineyard spots on the blog later in the week. I hope you enjoy the photos and tips!
-AG

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fall Fashion For Less

Fall Fashion For Less
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As my summer vacation comes to a close, I'm focusing on fall. Mostly because I already have to start thinking of what I'm going to pack for my four month trip to London, but also because I love fall clothes. The darker colors, leather, knits and layering are my favorite trends to wear. But buying new clothes can get expensive, especially when you're on a restricted budget due to college expenses. Above I've put together some fall items that you can actually get good deals on if you sign up with Student Rate.

Student Rate is a website that provides deals and discounts for college students. All you have to do is enter your email, set a password and choose the college you attend for endless deals. The discounts aren't only for clothes and accessories either. They have great deals on anything you could possibly need from hotels to textbooks. Here are some promotions going on right now to give you an idea:
These are some great deals, especially if you buy a lot from these brands. All of the pieces shown above have Student Rate deals. My favorites are the cut-out ankle boots, destroyed sweater and Boohoo.com statement necklace. These items are perfect for fall and can be worn with almost anything. Which pieces do you like the best? Be sure to join Student Rate to get a good deal!
-AG

Sponsored by Student Rate. All chosen pieces and opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Instagrammy Sunday

 Falmouth Harbor. You could see the Vineyard from here!
 Pink lady.
 Drew and I hangin around.
Winston had a fabulous week, too!

This week was busy, busy, busy! Between my days working, my mom and I took an impromptu two-day trip to my grandparents' house at the Cape. It was perfect weather, so we went to the beach and hung around by the harbor. As you can see above, my dog Winston was in heaven, too. He gets excited as soon as he can smell the salt air out the window when we're driving into Falmouth. This weekend was busy too! I worked a wedding yesterday in Westerley, RI with my event planning internship and attended my cousin's grad party who I never get to see. It was a great weekend. Needless to say, my Sunday was pretty lazy.

This coming week I'll be on vacation at the Cape! I'm so excited to spend time with family and relax. I'm going to try to keep posting this week despite being away, so stay tuned. :) Have a great Sunday!
-AG

Friday, August 2, 2013

Music Moment: The Milk Carton Kids

In my last Instagrammy Sunday post, many of my photos were of Newport Folk Fest. I mentioned that I'd share with you some of me, Drew and Emily's favorite bands, so here ya go! The first band you should know about is The Milk Carton Kids. At Newport Folk Fest there are three different stages with bands playing at the same time, so you have to decide who you want to see (so hard, I know). We actually didn't have The Milk Carton Kids on our list to see, but we headed up to that stage early to get a good seat for Blake Mills and caught the end of The Milk Carton Kids' set. Just hearing the last couple minutes of the last song, we knew they were real good.
Source: NPR
Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan's voices blend so well you can't even tell who's singing each part, which you don't see too often with male voices. You can't help but think of the other folk music duo, The Civil Wars, whose blended voices give them that same sound. The Milk Carton Kids' music is mellow and soothing; the kind of music you can close your eyes and almost meditate to, if that makes sense. One of my favorite songs (the one I actually heard live) is "Memphis." It's slower than some of their other songs, but the chords and lyrics are beautiful and just perfect to listen to. It's one of those songs that can't get old. Seeing as I just listened to it five times in a row...
Even though that is the one song I heard live, I have listened to their other songs and they're just as great. In fact, you can listen to The Milk Carton Kids' entire live set at Newport Folk Fest on the NPR website. The Milk Carton Kids also sell their albums and other merchandise, like this adorable Milk Carton Kids onesie (whaaaat, so cute), on their website. Please check out their music and tell me what you think!
-AG

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}

When I opened my summer Influenster Sunkissed Vox Box, I was so excited to try the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}. I was always curious about BB creams because they not only moisturize and refresh your skin, but they also act as a tinted foundation for your makeup. This BB cream has six skincare benefits in one step: it refreshes skin, brightens skin, evens tone, hydrates for 24 hours, smoothes for softer skin and has SPF 15. After using this product for a few weeks, I've come up with a few pros and cons of my own.


Pros:

  • Works as a great moisturizer and makes my skin feel soft.
  • Blends well with my skin tone, even though the tint of the cream is much fairer than my skin.
  • Protects against UV damage with SPF 15.
  • Evens out my skin tone with the sheer tint.
Cons:
  • Makes your skin a little shiny. I like to put on some powder over the cream to complete my makeup.
  • Can be heavy if you put too much makeup on over it. Keep the makeup to a minimum if you're going to layer some on top.


Otherwise, I love my Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}. I especially like how it has sunscreen in it. I haven't gotten a sunburn on my face all summer because I wear this cream every day. In fact, until I spent an entire day on the beach, my face was totally pale! P.S. I still wear regular sunscreen on my face to the beach, though. Don't rely on only this!

Now that I've told you all about the Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}, it's time to try it yourself. If you're interested in purchasing your own BB cream, head to the Olay Fresh Effects website, Amazon or your local drugstore. Let me know what you think!
-AG

Sponsored. Influenster sent me this product to test. All opinions are my own.


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