As the weekend comes to a close, I’m reflecting on it through the past few days of Instagram photos. (If you don’t already follow me, find me at lindseylouthatswho – I follow back!) I consider the weekend as actually starting Thursday because it was St. Patrick’s Day, a beloved holiday in my family even though, spoiler, we aren’t Irish!! We still celebrate with the best of ’em.
Mint shirt from Forever 21, white jeans from T.J. Maxx
I kicked off St. Patrick’s Day by wearing my green, of course. But umm…this shirt that is most definitely mint green in person (I asked people at work to verify that it wasn’t just my eyes) apparently comes out light blue in photos! I promise though, it is green, and I didn’t get any traditional pinches. I don’t follow the “no white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day” rule (there are no rules in fashion, wear what makes you feel good), so I wore white pants with this ensemble to bring a spring-y vibe. I kept the jewelry simple, just wearing this pretty initial necklace Nick got me for Christmas.
Mom’s table, all decked out for St. Patrick’s Day!
After work, I headed to my mom’s house for a traditional Irish boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. (Not sure if carrots are usually made with this meal, but she added them in anyway). With any holiday, my mom goes all out with the decorating because she works at an event supply company and can get her hands on all sorts of fun decor. Green of any shade is my favorite color, and I absolutely loved the contrast of the kelly green linens on the white dishware! The dinner was delicious and we even topped it off with boozy Lucky Charms milkshakes. I really wish I’d snapped a photo but unfortunately wasted no time in devouring this tasty drink that was more like a dessert. You can find a recipe for these here, and let me tell you, I would make these any time of the year!
My daily motto, on a candle
Moving on from St. Patrick’s Day, I got this absolutely diva-like candle at T.J. Maxx and have been admiring it all weekend. How perfect is this quote for all the girl bosses out there (and we all are)! I love the handwritten look of the words, and the pretty gold cheetah print pattern on the label. Pretty much everything in my living room is cream, black, or some similar neutral color so this blended in perfectly. The scent is hard to describe; kind of a mix between vanilla, cinnamon and fresh linens, if that’s possible. I haven’t started to burn it yet because I don’t want to melt it down and ruin the look! Silly me. But I can’t be the only one who buys candles just for looks…
The DG burger (complete with guac) from A&B Burgers, and some bacon truffle fries, makes all right with the world.
On Saturday, Nick and I paid a visit to A&B Burgers in Beverly. A&B used to be in Salem but moved locations shortly after Nick and I moved here. However, the new location is only but a five minute drive from our apartment, so it’s totally fine! We loved the restaurant interior, which was crisp and modern, with an industrial vibe complete with garage doors as windows which can open in warm weather, yet rustic aspects like some of the decor, and the wooden tables and mason jars for water. A&B burgers are literally the best I’ve ever had.
I’m not actually a huge burger aficionado, but A&B’s are so good that I’d go here literally once a week if I could (which, I guess, I can if I want)! It definitely helps that the beef is incredibly fresh, and as it states on their menu, made from “cattle, raised on ranches, free of added hormones or antibiotics”. The quality is obvious once you bite into one of these juicy burgers. And don’t forget a side of the bacon truffle fries! It’s way too hard not to devour the whole pail. If you’re ever in the North Shore area of Massachusetts, a visit to A&B Burgers is highly recommended by me!
Heading down to the sand at Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA
After stuffing our faces with burgers and fries, we felt like taking a walk to work off the full feeling. We headed out to Ipswich to walk along Crane Beach, a gorgeous, long beach looking gorgeous under the early spring sunshine. The weather was a bit chilly however, and on the walk back while facing the wind, I thought my nose and ears were literally going to fall off. It actually hurt when we got back in the car and they started to warm up. Yikes! But enjoying the sunshine and seeing lots of horseback riders and cute dogs on the beach was fun anyway!
My Sunday Funday included this haul from Ulta!
In a burst of energy today, I actually managed to get out of the house before 11AM on a Sunday and headed to Ulta simply to renew my supply of Urban Decay Primer Potion. I had been trying to use all my might to eke out the remnants of the primer from an old bottle when I thought “enough is enough, why don’t I just go get more??”. As we all know, one does not go to a cosmetics store and just get one product. That’s one of the more impossible aspects of life. While there, I decided to also replenish my Revlon ColorStay eyeliner, as I’d thrown out my old one 1) because it had gotten down to a nub and was scratching my eye to keep using it 2) for the bigger reason that I had dropped it on the floor of a Boston subway car and officially banned myself from touching it ever again besides picking it up with my fingertips and warily putting it in my purse to later throw out. I’m a massive germaphobe.
Anyway, adding that to my purchase at Ulta, I also decided to give a new concealer a go because the dark circles under my eyes are just getting out of hand. No matter how much sleep I get, I always look like I didn’t snooze a wink. I’ve actually had these dark circles for as long as I can remember, and was even self conscious about them as a child. My sister, who is my personal beauty guru and also a blogger/vlogger, recommended Maybelline Fit Me concealer, but they didn’t have a color in stock that I thought would match me. I went with Maybelline Better Skin concealer, because that’s something I could definitely use…I’l post a review later this week!
As luck would have it, Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty promotion until April 2nd, so I scored some awesome free samples, including two adorable Smashbox lip glosses, Philosophy Hope in a Jar foundation, and Escada perfume. I’ll do a review of these samples as well. Hopefully I’ll want to add these things to my makeup collection!
All in all, this weekend was a great one for the books. Relaxing, yet fun and productive at the same time (because shopping and going out for delicious food always is). Even though today is the first day of spring, tomorrow we are due for a Nor’Easter (what they call crazy snow storms in the Northeast U.S., although most of the time they call regular snow storms Nor’Easters anyway so the weather people can hype it up for ratings). Even though I’m not excited about the thought of snow, winter was very mild for us this year so I suppose one more brush with it wouldn’t be too, too bad. As long as it melts within the next few days! Hope you all had a lovely weekend as well, and thanks as always for reading! 🙂
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