Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend Wilderness Packing List

The JUGs may be city gals, but every once in a while we like to get in touch with our outdoorsy sides by spending a little time with nature in New Hampshire or Vermont. Since its the middle of the summer and we don't need too much survival gear for a weekend in the woods, we're breaking down what you need to look chic and be comfortable while camping or...glamping:

And, enjoy your trip!

- Cameron

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daily Read: Tuula Vintage

No, Jessica Stein is not a model.  She is a mid-twenties beauty from Australia with a serious case of wanderlust and someone with the best. job. ever.  She left the real estate world in 2010 and started an online visual diary, easy to see why she has built a solid following over the past four years!

Jess travels the world for fashion shoots and documents everything for her blog, Tuula Vintage.  The title was chosen based on the word "wind" in Finnish, which describes her lifestyle as a traveling fashionista.  Her statement is made in designer pieces, and she keeps accessories to a minimum.  I love seeing the various cities and landscapes that she visits. 

 Tuula Vintage feeds my daily case of wanderlust!

- Meredith

all photos from Tuula Vintage

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Daily Read: The Londoner

Rose Thomas is the girl-next-door type lifestyle blogger whose life you (I) covet.  Finding The Londoner was such a treat for me, it's a nice daily reminder of my time studying abroad in London during college, x amount of years ago.  [[Full disclosure, I would move to London tomorrow if I could.]]

Rosie's log of daily adventures are chock full of drool-worthy images, whether she be at Harrod's, in Kensington Gardens, at the local pub or elsewhere, which could be all over the world.  She seems to be stateside in NYC often, and chronicles the city in a new light I don't see replicated elsewhere in the blog world that captures the essence of the city.

In my opinion, Rosie has impeccable taste in clothing, accessories and, food!  You need to start following her Instagram account immediately, if not sooner.  Rosie may have a modelesque figure and amazing Kate Middleton brunette locks, but girlfriend keeps it real with her online life journal.  Aside from a passport anyone would envy, her friendly humor is evident in her writing, too.  You can't help to want to go grab a pint with her!

- Meredith

all photos from The Londoner

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nail Polish for Memorial Day Weekend

The long weekend is just one day away! Hopefully the weather is nice, because I know all of us gals are hoping to log some hours at the beach/lake this weekend! If you're like me, your toes probably haven't seen the sun in a while, so prepare for a BBQ-filled weekend with a good mani-pedi in our JUGS approved color choices. Whether you're gettin' classy in Newport or keeping it low key on a camping trip, a festive mani will keep you feeling fresh. Enjoy the weekend ladies!

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- Cameron

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Graduation Gift Ideas

Graduation gifts have been on my mind as of late since I have two graduations coming up in the next two weeks, eek! In my opinion graduation gifts don't need to be on the extremely expensive side, like a family heirloom or a Cartier bracelet. I prefer giving gifts that are purposeful, memorable, cheery, inspirational...or sometimes just a necessary item. 

H I G H   S C H O O L  
For a high school graduate that's about to head off to college, dorm room decor or weekend travel accessories are perfect functional and affordable gift items.

Shams  //  Frame  //  Print  //  Pioneers of the Possible  //   Weekender Bag  //  Desk Trays

C O L L E G E 
For a recent college graduate, try to keep their spirits up and reassure them that their life isn't ending as they enter into the "real world." Keep the gifts light, but practical - maybe a grown-up accessory for work, a cute wallet with a financial learning book, decor for their first apartment, or a one year pass to a gym, since they'll no longer have their campus membership.

- Suzanne

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Walls of Wanderlust

I am always on the hunt for personalized gifts.  Now that wedding season is upon us, I wanted to share one from my list of bookmarked sources.  Today, we spotlight the Etsy storefront, An Inspired Image, out of New Orleans, LA.  The prints offer hundreds of destinations around the globe, both familiar and fantasia. They would be great to highlight one's home town, favorite past travel spot, or a mix of both!  Perfect for a gallery wall, in a collage or standing alone.  Which would you pick?

- Meredith

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winterlude Recap

Last week I had myself a little Ottawa adventure! Incase you missed my pre-trip post which explained my plans, I drove 7.5 hours up north with my boyfriend to partake in one of my favorite Canadian traditions, the Ottawa Winterlude. The Winterlude is a winter festival centered around the city's famous 6 mile long canal turned public skating rink. Up and down the canal you'll find food vendors, beer and wine vendors, carnival games and lots of locals and tourist enjoying the freezing temperatures. I'm sad the weekend ended so quickly but I'm excited that I finally whipped out my camera so I can share some of my favorite photos here with you gals! 

Here's a look at the start of the canal so you can see what it's like. Parliament Hill is in the backdrop (the castle building, not the ugly building).

Off the canal there are also lots of little vendors and events going on. I was lucky and caught a few music performances at a nearby stage as well as some figure skating performances at an inclosed rink. Above: Fresh home made frozen taffy stored in the snow, yum!

I was shocked to learn there are wine vineyards so far north but as the Wine Country Ontario reps told me, there is such a thing as cold weather vineyards! Very cool and very delicious... and yes I had trouble skating off 6 sippy cups.

Sometimes further down past the vendors you get the canal all to yourself!

I was taking a break and this girl was c-r-u-i-s-i-n-g...must've been a local. I love her red jacket!

Mermaid ice sculpture - I took this for you, Merm!

Obviously ended my 12 mile skate with beaver tails and poutine. 

Looking for recommendations on what to do in Ottawa? Message JUGs for more details!

- Suzanne

Friday, February 7, 2014

Packing List

This weekend I am heading to the Ottawa Winterlude, a favorite winter tradition from my college years. Ottawa's Winterlude is an annual free celebration that takes place from January to February on their famous Rideau Canal, which becomes the world's largest skating rink in the cold temps. Having gone to school on the New York - Canadian border at St. Lawrence University, I love me some freezing cold temperatures and hockey lovin' cultures! As the canal runs right through the city I'll spend the weekend skating through the region's capital enjoying the sights of beautiful parliament buildings while taking pit stops for food stands selling beaver tails, poutine, and wintery ales. After I take my skates off I'll be able to see some of the famous ice sculpture competitions and then hopefully I can catch the Bruins / Senators game Saturday afternoon if my legs still permit me to walk to a local pub!

For the weekend up North my packing list includes some serious weather proof items. On my essentials list I have a long down coat like this or this (I've had my trusty North Face for years - it's the best), sheepskin mittens (another North Country college purchase), and my new mink headband.

For post skating activities I'm thinking of winter leggings (I tell everyone to get these - they are awesome), my trusty Navajo cardigan for Friday night and then a cute sweater dress with the same leggings for Saturday night.

Equipment-wise, I wouldn't be able to make it through the day without my Herschel - I'll have to pack my camera, layers, waters, etc or skates. At night, a simple cross body and bean boots will do. That's the great thing about Ottawa in the winter - ski attire is totally acceptable at the bars!

What are you gals up to this weekend? Hope you make it a good one! 

- Suzanne

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Party Planning

I think we all know that as we unwillingly meet our later 20's we all hit some major milestones. Apartments, new jobs, new work friends, bills, loans, boyfriends, breakups, record breaking hangovers, yaddy-yadda, and this list goes on. But today, the major milestone I'd like to talk about is friends getting married, and most importantly, getting invited to their BACHELORETTE PARTIES!

This year I have not one, but four weddings! Two in the Summer, one in the Fall and one in the Spring (ok so technically that's 2015 but who cares). Now mind you I'm only in two of them, but I am starting to get super excited and also starting to get super sweaty palms about how I can help plan the most fun bachelorette parties.

So help me out. Who's been to an awesome bachelorette party? I'm looking for any sort of tip - large or small. Location, activities, menus, gifts - any ideas that you think made the weekend extra special. So far we've discussed a few options but neither party has been determined or extensively researched. Below is a very rough list of what we've brainstormed so far for you to review:

Biggest perk of this is affordability and relaxation. We could rent a house in New Hampshire or the Adirondacks (LOVE the Adirondacks), do lake activities or hike in the day and grill and relax at night. Sounds nice, right?

You have to admit - this sounds awesome. Might be a bit of a travel cost as we'd probably have to fly out West to Montana or Wyoming. Perks - horse back riding, hiking, other outdoorsy activities, and I'm envisioning stone massages, ridiculous outfits and drinking whiskey in a saloon. Maybe even some nice chaps for the single girls to hang out with by a bon fire? But again, I haven't really researched this.

This sounds really fun, like college style fun. Cost is undetermined and I'd probably come back feeling like crud, but the memories would be long lasting, and probably piecemeal (my favorite kind of college party memory). I also like that we could act as ridiculous as we want because positively we wouldn't be the only bachelorette party or group of girls looking to have fun. I refuse to rule this option out till someone has a convincing reason.

Montreal is as close to a European city as one can get and still be within driving distance of Boston / NYC. We could do cultural city and food tours by day and by night hit up some really fun bars. Clubs aren't totally my style, but I don't think this is a big issue.

So let's hear it. Who votes for the lake trip weekend, the dude ranch getaway, the jersey shore extravaganza or the Canadian city tour? Have better ideas? Share them in the comment section below. Help a gal out!

- Suzanne

Thursday, January 2, 2014

JUGs 101 in 1001: Writer's Resolutions for 2014 and beyond


Yikes, 2014?!  In honor of the new year, we wanted to share our goals with y-o-u!  Once we read Mackenzie's list of 101 goals in 1001 days (almost 3 years), we decided to follow suit in creating our own lists but of course putting a JUGs-like spin on it.  Since there are three of us who make this blog possible, we'll be presenting a list from each of us over the next three days, starting with our collective goals and those from your truly.


JUGs goals:
  • host a party
  • obtain a sponsor
  • collaborate with at least one of our favorite blogs
  • attend another conference (ALT SLC/SF or BlogHer)
  • steadily build readership by being on the cutting edge of both design and content
  • meet more of Boston's movers and shakers, young entrepreneurs, etc. and feature them in our "Who's That Gal?" column
  • feature more guest authors
  • take more of our own photography
  • become a leading resource for women in Boston
  • co-host interesting cultural events around the city
  • get to know more of Boston's blogging community

Personal goals:

  • attend a concert at Red Rocks
  • take at least two cooking classes
  • throw a dinner party (once I learn how to cook!)
  • start & maintain a gratitude journal
  • "do" Vegas
  • make monthly charity donation (January, February)
  • purge & donate clothes to fine-tune wardrobe
  • be a better listener
  • get personal numerology reading (February 2014)
  • treat my grandmother to a complimentary day out
  • rent a summer house with friends
  • throw a surprise party for family member or friend
  • vacation in Europe for at least one week
  • learn how to curl my hair
  • take self-defense class
  • celebrate St. Patrick's Day in city other than Boston (March 2014, Chicago!)
  • visit a whiskey/bourbon distillery
  • attend the Kentucky Derby
  • take interior design class
  • invest in timeless handbag
  • solidify budget I can stick to
  • organize childhood photos/keepsakes
  • take a trip to the west coast (CA/CO/WA)
  • learn how to golf
  • become better versed in adobe photoshop
  • maintain vacation fund for ongoing wanderlust
  • invest in DSLR camera (and learn how to use it!)
  • read more often
  • continue with real estate classes to complete certificate program
  • join at least 2 professional groups to better network with others in my field

- Meredith

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daily Read: Global Post

Sadly, watching Showtime's Homeland doesn't count as paying attention to international news. So in addition to listening to WBUR every morning, I also check the headlines of Global Post every day. Global Post is a modern news source that is tailored to people of the digital generation. Global Post is the "only internet journalism site devoted exclusively to international news." Instead of being organized like a traditional newspaper, Global Post is setup as a blog which makes it easier for our generation to read. They even encourage bloggers to re-post their articles and use their images in order to promote learning to a wider audience. Their posts are also image heavy, which, as a visual person, I love.

Reading international news is inspiring, and Global Post makes such a task much less overwhelming. Now you'll have something to say when your co-workers or book clubbers bring up current events! In the words of Sweet Lemon magazine, "the sexiest trait you can have is a fruitful mind."

- Cameron

Saturday, November 2, 2013

It's a Charleston round-up, ya'll!

King Street
It's been a little over a week since returning from Charleston, SC, and I already miss that quaint southern city!  Lucky for Suzanne, she's heading there this week for a getaway, too.  it is too tough to coordinate time off with last-minute airline deals!

I wanted to share some images of the trip, since we saw a lot!  My friend C and I did a ton of exploring by foot to put our hard-earned cash to better use, like the amazing food and entertainment!  Despite not coming back with southern gentlemen (so many are already married, eek!), I can see myself making a return visit whenever I have another chance!
Fried green tomatoes & fried pickles... nothing better!

Inside the city market
Catching World Series Game 1 at Mac's with bearded bartenders

A darling pink row house, historic district
Rainbow Row

History of Rainbow Row
Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began
Southern home facade... entrances tend to be on the side and houses extend to the back with porches

door fronts reminded me of London!
Found my future abode!

Toasting to next time!
photos // my own

- Meredith