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Google Home

Just in time for Jareds birthday we received the brand new Google Home. You heard it here first: it's minimal design, clean sound output and voice activation makes this thing a perfect addition to any home. Simply, it's amazing.  

 

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We spent the morning playing trivia and asking Google how to say "Happy Birthday" in other languages. I've been learning all the commands; such as adding things to a shopping list and playing music on Pandora. But I have to say that one of the best features is setting a morning alarm and being able to silence it by saying "Okay Google, turn off the alarm, I'm sleeping in". And without another peep, it just stops.  

Thanks again to Google for this beautiful thing; not only is it functional and the speaker gets super loud (especially in my studio) but it also matches our apartment! 

 

 

STYLE: Lines of Denmark x Ilse Jacobsen x Rough & Tumble

Last year while visitng friends in Boston, I spotted these Ilse Jacobsen boots on the subway. I loved that they were rubber boots with ties and how chic they were for rubber boots! I was so excited when I was contacted by Lines of Denmark to collaborate with them, Ilse Jacobsen and a local shop that carries the line: Rough and Tumble.

First impression: the boots are fleece lined and super cozy. However, the ankle is a little big on me, so they felt different to walk in at first. Once I spent the day in them they became way more comfortable.

A fellow Portland Instagrammer, Gretchen Powers, also received a pair, so naturally we met up to take photos. We drove to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth-one of my favorite spots.

Gretchen (left) is wearng the Rub 01 boots, the tallest style they carry. I am wearing the medium-height Rub 15 black boots.

Gretchen (left) is wearng the Rub 01 boots, the tallest style they carry. I am wearing the medium-height Rub 15 black boots.

Rub 1 Red Boots

Rub 1 Red Boots

This collaboration aims to grow the Ilse Jacobsen line and support Rough and Tumble as a local shop. Ilse Jacobsen was founded by a woman 25 years ago. These signature rainboots are natural rubber, not plastic, and handmade in Europe. They have EVA soles and working gussets so folks of all calf sizes can wear them and are lined in cotton & wool fleece.

Rub 15 Black Boots

Rub 15 Black Boots

The Rough and Tumble website is beautifully designed so its worth looking around! You can find these boots on their website or in-store.

Follow along with @linesofdenmark and @ilsejacobsen on Instagram to see more of their brands and style!

My Style: Christmas 2015

I took a small hiatus from the blog to study for finals and enjoy the holiday season. I hope you had a great holiday! I had a great Christmas this year. Jared and I spent Christmas morning in our apartment together before visiting all the relatives. It was our first time opening gifts together without our parents or other family members so it was extra special.

I am also so grateful for what Jared got me for Christmas! I haven't stopped wearing or using any of it. I've been begging to go look at coats for a while and I've been trying to find the perfect one. Somehow, Jared found it without my and in my size! It's a little longer than I wanted originally but I love it just as much.

I was really hoping he got me a coat-so much that may I planned my Christmas day outfit around having it...hehe, I was so happy when I opened it!

We spent the next few days "staycation-ing" in Portland and trying some new places. Jared took these photos of me at Lois Natural. 

Jared also got me a new iPhone and a Misfit which I've also been dying for! Also-I don't want to seem like I'm bragging but I truly am so grateful. And believe me, it isn't easy for either of us to gift, but we have been saving up and always try to give each other the best gifts because it's just something we both like to do. I saved up and sold a lot of my gear to buy Jared an Xbox One this year and making his Christmas awesome was my goal. We keep our heads about material things, but sometimes its nice to splurge especially if its for one day out of the year!

My parents have had a 1970's television set in their living room for my whole life, so this year we knew we had to get them a new TV. My brother, Jared and I went in on it together and bought Chromecasts for the rest of the family. We didn't really aim to get a bunch of tech this year, it just happened! But everyone was happy and so were we.

Jareds birthday is this week so the festivities continue! I'll do another post about my Misfit soon because it deserves its own shine!

My Style + Adventure: LL Bean Boots / Lank Farm

For the last two years, I have been wearing Jared's moms L.L. Bean Thinsulate boots (which I love) but I finally got my own pair! Although the insulated boots are perfect for snow, snowshoeing and winter adventures, they are heavy to walk in and my feet get too warm if I am inside. These new bean boots are better for everyday winter wear. 

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

I love them! I thought I always wanted a taller pair, but I am so short that the taller boots hide a lot of my leg. I am happy with these ones!

We spent the day at Lank Farm, getting a jump start looking at Christmas trees and wreaths. We love taking photos around the farm.

Horses grazing in the field.

Horses grazing in the field.

Jared

Jared

SHOP MY STYLE:

Eats: Avocado Tartine

A few days ago I posted about my delicious brunch from Tatte Bakery + Cafe at Beacon Hill in Boston. Jared and I were craving it this morning so we attempted to recreate it in our own kitchen. It was delicious! 

Bread: Rye from Borealis Breads. I actually wish I hadn't toasted the bread. I think it was harder to eat this way with a fork and knife. I ended up eating it with my hands. If the bread was soft, it would have been a much better consistency.

I mashed up 1 1/2 avocado with a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. I wanted to keep some of the chunkiness without it being too smooth. This amount of avocado spread was perfect for two servings.

While the eggs cooked, I put the toasted bread on top of a bed of spinach and arugula. I wish I had drizzled some lemon juice or olive oil on top of the greens. Next time! 

I wanted to eat it before I even put the egg on top. SO GOOD

Okay...so I wanted to make an over-easy egg but I messed up. It was still delicious...but wait until you see the correct one!

Meanwhile, Jared was making a mean cup of pour over coffee.

Told ya! Doesn't that look delicious? It was!

*heart eyes*

 

The egg, avocado, rye and greens are a delicious and healthy combination. I just recently started to cook more and more and I am happy to have easy recipes to make. Try this recipe out if you like what you see! 

 

How I made it:

Yields: 2 Servings

Prep Time: Approx. 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper

1 cup Spinach

1 cup Arugula

4 Eggs

1 1/2 or 2 Avocados

4 Slices of Bread, your choice (I used Rye)

Cut and slice avocados in half and remove pit. In a small bowl, use a spoon to cut up avocados into a smooth yet chunky mixture. Add 1-2 squirts of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Set aside. Place a half cup of greens onto each plate. Heat stove and cook two eggs to your liking. Optional: while eggs cook, lightly toast bread. Place bread on top of greens and top with avocado spread. When eggs are cooked, place on top of plate and lightly salt.

 

If you make it or have any recommendations, let me know in the comments! 

 

Amtrak Downeaster Holiday Getaway

This weekend, I partnered with Amtrak Downeaster for the Holiday Getaway. Jared and I had so much fun exploring a city we love and it was just a short ride along the Amtrak. I've been a frequent rider on the Downeaster for years so I was excited to review this experience. For the Holiday Getaway, Jared and I spent this weekend in Boston getting some of our Christmas shopping done and meeting up with some friends. 

Woke up at 4:30 AM to catch the 6AM train to Boston. It was amazing to watch the sun rise from the train.

Woke up at 4:30 AM to catch the 6AM train to Boston. It was amazing to watch the sun rise from the train.

My favorite part of taking the Downeaster is the access to wifi AND outlets next to my seat. I charge my gear right next to me and have enough room to work on the way. 

My favorite part of taking the Downeaster is the access to wifi AND outlets next to my seat. I charge my gear right next to me and have enough room to work on the way. 

Our first stop was at the Boston Public Market for a Kale smoothie. Good, but not as good as the Maine Squeeze!

Our first stop was at the Boston Public Market for a Kale smoothie. Good, but not as good as the Maine Squeeze!

It was colder than we thought in the city, so we stopped at Faneuil Hall to warm up and plan our day.

It was colder than we thought in the city, so we stopped at Faneuil Hall to warm up and plan our day.

Although it was cold, I was happy to dig out my winter hat! I'm wearing a vintage jean jacket, BDG High-Waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters and my boots and backpack are Forever 21. (of course, my whole outfit is from my two favorite shops.)

Although it was cold, I was happy to dig out my winter hat! I'm wearing a vintage jean jacket, BDG High-Waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters and my boots and backpack are Forever 21. (of course, my whole outfit is from my two favorite shops.)

One of my favorite places in Boston is Tatte Bakery+ Cafe. We ordered the Avocado Tartine for late breakfast. SO DELICIOUS. 

One of my favorite places in Boston is Tatte Bakery+ Cafe. We ordered the Avocado Tartine for late breakfast. SO DELICIOUS. 

I thought I would feature my new phone case. Loving it.

I thought I would feature my new phone case. Loving it.

It was cold enough to dig out my scarf. And of course...its from Forever 21.

It was cold enough to dig out my scarf. And of course...its from Forever 21.

Hannah from Amtrak Downeaster recommended that we check out the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory, something we had not yet been to (!!!). The view is amazing. 

Hannah from Amtrak Downeaster recommended that we check out the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory, something we had not yet been to (!!!). The view is amazing. 

Thanks to Amtrak Downeaster for the opportunity to spend the weekend in one of my favorite cities. I am so fortunate to have a stop right here in Portland! 

My experience was truly wonderful. I had my tickets right on my phone, so when we boarded the train I showed the barcode and our ID's. We boarded at 6AM, so I was worried about the Cafe car opening late. Fortunately, it opened about ten minutes later and we got coffee and breakfast! Watching the sunrise from the train was so unexpectedly beautiful.

Our trip home is about two and a half hours and we were so tired from the day. We were out about a 45 minute walk to North Station so we hopped on the Green line which took us right there. The train was almost full on the ride back but remained pretty quiet. I started editing my photos but because the white noise from the train on the tracks is so soothing to me, naturally I fell right asleep. Both ways were comfortable and quiet and the crew on board was so delightful (we had a "host" on board-someone that welcomed us both ways and gave us maps to our destination. He was so sweet!) Our experience was great, as always, and I thank Amtrak for the opportunity to participate in the Holiday Getaway review to share my experience with my friends (a term I use for both my close friends and my followers).

If you're headed to Boston, some of my favorite places to hang and take photos are Beacon Hill, Tatte Bakery, Skywalk Observatory, Newbury Street, the Science Museum and the Aquarium! Of course there are so many great spots in Boston, these are just some of my most frequent stops!

If you're interested in traveling on the train, visit traintomaine.com! The Downeaster has deals for everyone like monthly commuter passes, ten-ride passes, college 6TIX, corporate share pass, and $5 Black Friday fares. The Downeaster also has a really awesome holiday deal from now until the end of the year! Take 5 – Pay $5. Gather your friends, coworkers or family on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of 2015 and take advantage of the Take 5 – Pay $5 promotion. Buy one full-price ticket for yourself and you can bring up to 5 companions for $5 one-way.

Another great gift opportunity: the Train to Maine BOGO deal. All you have to do is buy one full price ticket and you get to bring a friend for free! This promotion runs until December 31, 2015 and tickets must be purchased three days in advance of travel to take advantage of this discount. Offer valid on select trains. 

Be on the lookout here on my blog and on my Instagram as well. I will be hosting a giveaway with Amtrak to award one lucky winner two round-trip tickets on the Amtrak Downeaster!

Amtrak Downeaster Holiday Getaway Review and Giveaway

Amtrak Downeaster sent me travel accommodations and incentive to review my experience on the train.

 

Photo Adventure: Corn Maze and Lank Farm

We love going out and exploring new places. The roommates, Jared and I took a trip over to a corn maze and made our way to Jareds family farm in Kennebunk. Here are some photos from our excursion! 

Here are some photos via Instagram that Jared posted:

Lank Farm #iphone5s

A photo posted by Abby Lou 🌿 (@aabbyylou) on

Lank farm back in October || #momentslikethese

A photo posted by Portland, Maine 📍 (@jaredlank) on

Seas of green 🌾🌾🌾

A photo posted by Portland, Maine 📍 (@jaredlank) on

Q979 Instagram Takeover

Q979 is Portland Maines #1 Hit Radio Station. I teamed up Kylie at the Q to takeover the Q979 Instagram and share some of my experiences with Instagram and how I edit my photos. Check out some of the photos from the takeover below followed by the video!