And I’m Off…

I’ll admit it.  I’ve been hit with the travel bug! I spend my days inside my fake wood cubicle looking up airfares  to far away lands & planning vacations I probably can’t afford.  Let’s face it, all-day access to this  doesn’t help either.

In 2011, I was able to cross off a lot of wonderful places on my bucket list.. which reminds me, I really should do a post on New Orleans….but we’ll save that story for another time…

  Me and my friends at the Creole Creamery! Yup, the same place my favorite Gossip Girl & her hunky boyfriend were just seen. Just so you know, I was there first ;).

Back to my point…

 Lucky for me, I have a bunch of fab girlfriends who have been hit with the same bug. So to kickoff 2012 we’re heading some place I’ve been wanting to go for quite some time…I can’t wait to see this:

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and eat lots of this:

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Okay, so that’s a photo from a place in Phoenix…but I think you know where I’m going with this. Most of all, I really just want to see this:

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Yes, what I affectionately call “The Bean.” It’s true, ask my friends, I would go to Chicago just to see “The Bean”.

So, when am I hitting up the windy city you may ask? March 1st! Yes, it’s about a month away but hey, a girl needs something to look forward to. Now, here is where you guys come in. Give me the low down on what sights to see, where to shop, where to eat, drink and most importantly get my dance on! Any suggestions are welcome!

xo, Maura

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Grey Days

To start off the week, I thought I’d share some inspiration I found over the weekend to spruce up these dreary winter days.

{gorgeous bikini for the fauxcation I’m planning in my head}

{prayer that will force me to hit the pavement}

{where said fauxcation will take place}

{future husband who will meet in Hawaii after his BIG win on Feb. 5th}

{peanut butter cup popcorn that will foil all of those bikini dreams}

Help a girl out here & let me know I’m not alone in my Pinterest addiction! Any good pins lately?

(all photos found on Pinterest)

xo, M

Psychedelic

So, we like to celebrate birthdays here in Boston. No, I mean we REALLY like to celebrate birthdays. Jenn, my roommate, was turning  (24 +1) so we took to Pinterest for some inspiration (duh).  The birthday girl herself had a vision & so #discobirthday was born. (Hashtag necessary. We may or may not be Twitter addicts.) I digress…

I’m lucky to live among two wonderful girls who love decorating, hostessing, glitter & champagne as much as I do. Without further ado….dance, baby, dance.

Disco // pink LED champagne // Peace & Love // Dancing the night away

Thrown any extraordinary theme parties lately? I’d love to hear ’em!

xo, M

Going to the Chapel

No, not me, sillies! This past New Years Eve, I had the pleasure of being the Maid of Honor in my best friend Jaclyn’s wedding. It was an intimate affair consisting of the bride & groom’s closest friends & family. The ceremony & celebration took place at the Amara Resort in Sedona, Arizona.  It was such an honor to be a part of this special day & I thought I’d share some of the photos. We’ll kick off this mini-series with the pre-aisle photos…


Bachelorette party at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas // Rehearsal Dinner // MOH tying the bow // My Masterpiece // Finishing {sparkly} touches

xo, M

**to give credit where credit is due, these pictures were taken by both a fellow bridesmaid (thanks Kelly!) & the wonderful wedding photographer, Andrew Holman.

My Arrival

Welcome to my new creative outlet, Running to Saks. I’m just getting this bloggy off the ground so bear with me while I get up and running (pun intended!)

This morning was our second (maybe third?) snowfall in Boston this year which is kind of crazy. It did manage to put me in the mood for a weekend of chai lattes, red wine, bundling up to go exploring the city with friends, and maybe a work out or two (I have ‘Yoga Beats’ on my list to try!)


Have a fantastic Friday, y’all!

xo, M