Friday, August 29, 2014

This week on Marlborough 8.29

^ Second Iron Bridge, Bartlett, NH. Photo credit: @andreamcinnes @young_lentil, @marzard, @mamugg

Happy Friday! It's been a really exciting first week of being engaged. I can't thank everyone enough for all of the love you've sent our way. Luckily, a few days after josh proposed we were able to escape for a 3 day weekend with our friends to New Hampshire, where it was great to just unplug, relax, and enjoy ourselves together and with our best friends. This weekend we'll be spending it in a similar way, unwinding with friends and enjoying some of that last summer sun - but also getting the wedding planning process underway. So many (exciting) decisions to be made! I'll be sure to post an update on how that is going here soon.

Here's some fun things from around the web this week...

  • Well this looks awesome. 
  • Ice bucket fails. So funny. 
  • Honest slogans. I agree with every single one! 
  • Loved Emily's tour through blogland. Thanks for including me, Em! 
  • This is a frozen yogurt game changer. 
  • I wish I was on this roadtrip. 
  • Has anyone tried Postmates bike delivery? Josh and I got the app and ordered food all the way from Allston last week and it was quick (and still hot!). 
  • Write a bike
  • I've never had a chance to go to the infamous Burning Man, but I'm glad I can live it through photos
  • In love with these French ring boxes. So pretty.
  • There's some amazing sales going on this weekend if you are looking for new fall clothes. I just scooped up this cozy shirt. 

Have an amazing Labor Day - savor these last summer weekends! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We're engaged!

So I think this past week takes the cake, guys. For those of you that haven't heard, josh proposed last Wednesday night and of course, I said yes! I was so incredibly surprised, overwhelmed, and overjoyed - it really was such a perfect night that I'll remember forever. I'll spare you the long proposal story, but in short it involved a gondola boat ride along the Charles River, a message in a bottle, a gorgeous ring, and a whole lot of tears and love. And what made it even sweeter - when we got back to our apartment and I got my phone out to start making the necessary round of calls, my family and best friends had beat us to the punch and were already behind the door waiting. I'm still pinching myself. 

There's no one I'd rather do life with. Even before last week, josh had my whole heart. I'm so excited to start this new phase in our relationship and also start planning all of the details that will go into our big day. So get ready for lots of wedding posts in the coming year! I'll be sure to keep you updated on all the decisions we make along the way. And if you have and wedding planning tips, tricks, or recommendations, please feel free to share - I'm going to need all the help I can get. :)
 ^ pre-proposal enjoying the views & some beer
^ josh proposes! I cry. And then eventually smile. 
 ^ our wonderful gondolier

^ josh and his partners in crime shopping for rings

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words about our engagement. We are so excited for 8/15/15! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My End of Summer Wish List

The dog days of summer are sadly nearing their end but I'm hoping that the next few weeks will be some of the most sunny and sticky yet. And plenty of sunshine to come means there's still plenty of time for some summer outfits! I always get a lot of my favorite summer clothes towards the end of August, because that's when everything that I've been eyeing all season goes on sale and you get the best deals. Here's what's on my end-of-summer wish list.

1. This pretty pink dress for a night out // NastyGal
2. This cozy black & white striped T-shirt dress // Amazon
3. Slip on heels! The easiest way to look stylish on the run // Amazon
4. A simple, neutral tote bag // Amazon
5. I've just about worn through my go-to comfy heels that I walk to work in. These would be a perfect replacement // Amazon
6. This girly shift dress - gotta squeeze that white in before Labor Day! // Lulus
7. My new favorite (and very stylish) chapstick! I love the pomegranate flavor, but want to try the others* // Amazon
8. I already have this dress in the pink/green and love it so much I may have to get it in another color! // Lulus
9. This pretty bird tunic // Amazon
10. Loving these suede sandals with a thin ankle strap // Urban Outfitters
11. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future serum. I really want to start using an anti-aging cream, especially after abusing my skin in the sun all summer, and I've heard great things about this one!* // Amazon
12. This stacking gold ring set - I love how delicate they look // Lulus
13. I've been eyeing this printed babydoll dress all summer // Free People
14. This flowy, free-spirited maxi dress with an open racer-back // Urban Outfitters
15. This bohemian-print dress // Free People
16. This tote bag - I've had a thing for navy lately and it would be perfect for my laptop! // Amazon
17. These stacked wooden heels would look great with a dress or transition perfectly into fall // Urban Outfitters
18. Loving these geometric earrings // Lulus
19. This shirtdress looks super high-fashion (but is so inexpensive!) // Amazon

Do you have any summer favorites that you've bought online this year? If so, feel free to comment with links below, I'd love to see them! My shopping list always has room to grow. :)

Happy shopping!

*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All words & opinions are my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

This week on Marlborough 8.15

Happy Friday! This week could be classified as "the week we painstakingly had to move out of our bedroom" or the "week that we finally got air conditioning" based on how you look at it. But either way, the massive hole in our ceiling has been patched up, we have started to move back into our bedroom, and we have a working AC. Bring on the sweltering end-of-summer temperatures, we're ready!

In other news, josh and I (and friends) are in a co-ed softball summer softball league and our team won this week! (note: this was no thanks to me). I'm pretty pumped for the rest of the season and the fact that all games will be played on the Esplanade fields, which are right around the corner from us. I loved playing right beside the water last night and also walking home after the game, with cars buzzing by on Storrow drive on one side and the gleaming, moonlit Charles River on the other. It made me really appreciate this city life we are living. Go team!
And here's some favorite links from around the web this week...

  • I'm not from New York, but this made me laugh. Hipsters, man.
  • I love this idea for bedside tables! 
  • The prettiest drinks I think I've ever seen. 
  • The most perfect bagel bar
  • A lonely grandfather gets a new companion, and his reaction his heart-melting. 
  • Boston remembers Robin Williams. It was so nice walking by the bench this week and seeing such an outpouring of love. He will surely be remembered. 
  • I don't want to start thinking about fall already, but these are my new favorite pumpkins.
  • These are definitely going to be my next homemade popsicles. 
  • An Airbnb listing I am dying to check out. 

Have a great weekend! I'll be heading to one of my favorite places in the world and I'll be sure to take lots of photos while I'm there. Feel free to follow along on Instagram (I'm @lindseybach) if you want to see what we're up to. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

48 Hours in Burlington, VT

I hope everyone's week is going well so far! Josh and I just got back from another great summer weekend in Vermont. I've been asked a lot lately by friends & colleagues who have never been to Burlington, VT what to do there and if it would make a fun weekend trip and my answer is always an overwhelming YES. It is one of my favorite places in the world and such a relaxing, idyllic spot to visit in the summer. I decided that what would be easier than gushing on and on about all the great things to do there would be to write a post about my general itinerary and must-stop spots whenever we go back to Burlington. And I know that many of the people that read this blog are either from Vermont or are very familiar with the place that we called home for 4 years of college, but this post is for those of you that aren't and considering visiting!

Here's how to make the most of a summer weekend in Burlington:

Get lunch (or breakfast) at City Market: In the morning, head to City Market, Burlington's local co-op, to stock up on food for the day. I almost always get a custom sandwich at their sandwich bar (the chicken pesto is my fave) or make my own concoction at the veggie-packed salad station. Then, I pick out a local cheese (my favorite is the Blue Ledge Farm lake's edge goat cheese) and a loaf of Klingers bread. Next, I grab a 6-pack of local beer, usually something in cans if I am heading to the beach for the day. The last stop is the self-serve granola isle for something sweet, where I generally fill up a generous bag of the maple granola before heading to the check-out line. But then there's always something extra that you see on your way out that looks amazing and you just have to try. This past weekend it was the lemon poppyseed shortbread bites from Douglas Sweets. And yes, they were so good I devoured the whole bag.
Spend the day on Lake Champlain: Once your stocked with a picnic from City Market, head down to the waterfront to spend the day on the beautiful Lake Champlain. The water is super warm and in most places very shallow in the summer, so it's easy to spend the entire day wading, swimming, or completely submerged in the water. I feel like I become a fish every weekend that we are up there! We tend to spend the day at Josh's parents' house right on the lake, but Burlington has tons of waterfront options for however you'd like to spend the day. For a quiet, relaxing beach day, head to Leddy Park beach (my favorite). If you are looking for more of a fun, rowdy college scene, head to North Beach. If you are looking for somewhere where you can forgo the sand, set up camp on one of the huge, flat rocks at Oakledge. If you are an adventure seeker, head to Red Rocks to go cliff jumping into the lake. And of course, head out by boat to see Vermont by water if you have that option!
 ^ Mallet's Bay//Colchester, VT
 ^ North Beach// Burlington, VT Summer 2011
 ^ Oakledge// Burlington, VT Summer 2011
 ^ Red Rocks// South Burlington, VT Summer 2010
 ^ Boating on Lake Champlain//Summer 2010
 ^ Boating on Lake Champlain//Summer 2010
^ Captain Mac//Summer 2010
^ Mallet's Bay, VT//Summer 2010
 ^ Mallet's Bay, VT//Summer 2014

Have dinner on Church Street: After your day on the water, head up to Church Street, Burlington's bustling cobblestone street, for dinner. Leave yourself about an hour before dinner to put your name in somewhere (the best restaurants often have long waits and don't take reservations) and then walk around to stop into some shops, watch a few street performances, or grab a drink. We almost always go to our favorite restaurant, the Farmhouse, when it Burlington because of their amazing local beer & cheeses. Other favorite meals include the pizza at the infamous American Flatbread, the seasonal small plates at Hen of the Wood, and the margaritas & nachos at El Gato. This past weekend, we went to our favorite french restaurant Leunigs on Friday night for some steak frites and then tried a new Italian restaurant on Saturday night called Pascolo, started by the same owners of the Farmhouse. If you love pasta, big portions, and great local meats, this is the place for you. Josh's lasagna was the size of my head!
Order a heady topper: Once in Burlington, your search for the #1 rated beer in the world is over. Heady Topper is an India Pale Ale brewed by the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT and is sold only in limited production so is nearly impossible to find outside Vermont. Luckily, most of the restaurants in Burlington are stocked so be sure to order one at dinner or head to a nearby bar to have one after. At 8% alcohol with hints of citrus flavor, it truly is a treat.
Get a creemee: Are you sensing a food trend yet? If you still have room after dinner and beers, be sure to get a "creemee," Vermonters' endearing version of a soft-serve ice cream cone. In true Vermont fashion, the most popular creemee flavor is maple, which is usually my choice. The best spots to get creemees are Bluebird on Church street and Burlington Bay down the hill by the water.
Go see a live show: For such a small city, the music scene in Burlington is lively. On any given weekend in the summer, there's probably at least one great concert, music festival, or small show going on. Before you head up for the weekend, check out Higher Ground and Signal Kitchen's websites to look at show listings. This past weekend happened to be Burlington's martime music festival down at the waterfront, so josh and I were able to snag tickets last minute to see the Avett Brothers, who were great. I've been to a few shows down at the waterfront and it's really the summer perfect venue to enjoy good music and beautiful views of the lake at night.
Take a day trip to the islands: About 30 minutes north of Burlington lay the Lake Champlain islands, which are made up of 5 islands, South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, Alburgh, and Isle La Motte. Josh's sister and her family live in Grand Isle so we are always sure to make a trip up there when we are in Vermont. The islands are linked to the mainland by a long causeway that is surrounded on both sides by a massive sandbar and is so beautiful that it makes the drive worth it in itself. And once you are over the sandbar, the beauty only continues as you drive through exploring the islands. You can expect that pretty much anywhere you stop is going to be awesome. This past weekend, josh and I made a pit stop at a little used furniture shack on the side of the road before heading to his sisters', and ended up seeing some really fun old furniture pieces, as well as learning about the owners' annual trips to the Brimfield market in MA. Also, if you are up in the islands, be sure to keep at eye out for a food truck called the Outhouse - josh's brother-in-law converted it from an old camper!
Get french fries from Al's: Before getting back on the road to go home, make sure this is one of your pit stops. Al's French Fries is a 70-year-old classic diner in Burlington that has the best french fries in the world, hands down. I don't know how they do it. But I always make sure to squeeze in a trip there before heading back to Boston.
And there you have it! The perfect summer weekend in Burlington, Vermont. I promise you'll feel a tinge of sadness when getting on RT 89 to go back to wherever you came from. And for those of you that love Burlington as much as I do - I'd love to know what you think of think of this list! Are any of your favorite spots in this post? Did I miss anything?

Until next time, VT.