Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from South of Main Street!

Hope you have a wonderful day with your families and a Happy New Year!  I am headed to Sun Valley tomorrow for 10 days (!) of skiing and fun in the sun!  So I will be back in 2014 with new outfit ideas, home decor, beauty tips and lifestyle posts!  In the meantime, thanks to my loyal followers for sticking with me through my inconsistent posting and random thoughts – you guys are the best!

Love you all!  Cheers to an amazing 2014!

XO

Art Envy: John Meyer

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  And an even better leftover Turkey sandy day(s)…

My family and I went down to the Cape to visit my aunt, uncle and two cousins and the newest member of the clan, baby Demi.

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Are you in love yet?  Obsessed with her!

My cousins, Kerry and Justin, had a very unique upbringing as they were born in Johannesburg, South Africa and resided in Kenya, until they were five and seven years old, when their family relocated back to New England.  One of the many perks (apart from their Kenyan accents) that their family brought back from Africa, was their art collection from John Meyer, one of South Africa’s most renowned artists.  John is a personal friend of my aunt and uncle from living in Kenya and they have even come to the Big Apple to see his exhibits.  One of the most memorable pieces from my childhood is the amazing, almost life-size family portrait that he painted for them below, at their home in Kenya.  You know when certain, typically random, things will bring you right back to childhood? This portrait transports me to the living room in their old house in Massachusetts and to this day has a somewhat regal aura about it.

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Just look at the detail!  And those sweet little shoes…

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And two more beauties…

meyer 2 meyer 3Aren’t they amazing?  My iPhone certainly doesn’t do these paintings justice, but you can imagine what they’re like in real life!

Bry and I certainly won’t be buying any John Meyer‘s soon but it does get the wheels turning on the future of our blank walls…

Heading back to the big city soon!  Wish Thanksgiving would never end!

XO

Meg

PS – Happy Birthday MOM!!!!!  Love you.

New Chapter

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I am so sorry for my radio silence for the past few months, but I have been going through an extremely transitional time so haven’t had time to slow down for a minute, but… all for great and exciting things!  I will spare you the details of the time spent in between – finding an apartment, losing an apartment (The rental market in NYC is as insane as it’s rumored to be!), moving Bry out, moving me out, moving to the suburbs – and tell you, Bry and I are officially ROOMIES and Brooklyn residents!  As you’ve seen here, here and here, I took a bit of a liking to the “other borough” and as Bry and I started looking at apartments, we realized we were both drawn to Brooklyn more than anywhere else.  Specifically, Brooklyn Heights.  There is something very old world charm about Brooklyn Heights and it reminds me a bit of my home city, Boston.  Tree lined streets and brownstones, SPACE, cute little cafes, quiet neighborhoods (Can you imagine!?) and an overall sense of community.  I was sold!  While it took a while for us to get there, we’re officially in and couldn’t be happier exploring our new ‘hood!

Plenty of quality time spent in the Uhaul this month...on our new street!

Plenty of quality time spent in the Uhaul this month…on our new street!

Being one of the biggest life changes I have experienced thus far, moving to a new part of the city with Bry, felt all the more overwhelming and exciting.  Change is such a difficult and amazing thing.  I think of myself as someone who needs change about every 2 years.  Whether it’s a job, haircut, apartment or new part of town, I start to get the “itch” after doing the same thing for too long.  With that said, I am terrible with change, which my mom so kindly pointed out to me last year (yeah, yeah, mom’s know everything).  But I think there is something SO refreshing about starting a new chapter, as hard as it may be.  It’s a way to start over and learn from your experiences.  Bry will certainly attest to learning a lot about me already throughout this marathon of a move (sorry Bry), but like I said, change is tough!  With that said, whether it’s moving in with a significant other or starting a new job, I think change strengthens you and gives you confidence!  If you’re considering a change, challenge yourself to just go for it.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Anyhow, moving on from deep thoughts and on to… decorating!  Can’t wait to get organized and update you on our progress!  If you want to see some of my decorating inspiration photos, check out my Pinterest board here.

Is it Friday yet?

XO

Meg

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Summer Series: BACK to ACK!

What started as long weekend visits in high-school, developed into entire summers in college and has now become an annual tradition for a week each summer (OHHH the “real world”) – the annual Nantucket trip.  Because my girlfriends and I are somewhat neurotic when it comes to planning, we usually lock down the house around Christmas for our yearly summer extravaganza.  This involves a group of girls (it’s run anywhere from 16 to 6) renting a house and a jeep for a week of beaching, mudslides and al fresco dining… basically my idea of heaven.  Here are some pictures from this year’s trip…

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One of my faves…Steps Beach!

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Gazebo Mudslides…a must.

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Oysters & cocktails at the brewery. Pure heaven.

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Madaket Millie’s for sunset.

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Cru – can’t decide what was better, the food or the decor.

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Also home to the biggest mussels known to man.

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One of many.

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Cru al fresco.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s sweet pad. Anyone remember the show Rich Girls?

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Our sweet ride. Cherry red, just as I hoped.

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And here’s my ideal week or weekend activity list for your next Nantucket excursion…

Upon arrival it’s mandatory to kick things off with a mudslide at the Gazebo,

[the next morning] Pick up a hazelnut iced coffee from Espresso to Go,

Eat a turkey sandy (with cucumber, lettuce, tomato & sprouts…yep.) from Something Natural,

Grab your backpack beach chairs and some refreshments and head on down to Steps Beach,

When you’re sick of the sun (never happens to me but…) grab some snacks from Bartlett and spend your afternoon at Cisco Brewery (Try the blueberry lemonade.),

Take an amazing post beach shower (Does anything beat that feeling?)

Then head to Madaket for sunset and a casual dinner a Milly’s

or if you’re feeling fancy get a sunset cocktail at The Galley followed by dinner at Straight Wharf,

A post dinner drink at Slip14,

And since you’re likely ready to dance at this point… head on down to the Chicken Box for some good clean fun.

Ok, now I’m missing summer already!  But the good news is… tomorrow’s FRIDAY!  Here’s a little treat to get you through…

One more day!

XO

Summer Series: Mahtha’s Vineyahd – Holla back!

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Growing up I would go to the Vineyard with my family for a week or two every summer and it was always the trip I looked forward to most.  My mom grew up spending her whole summer out there in her family’s house in Oak Bluffs (which they sadly sold years ago).  So it’s cool to think about how long my mom’s been going out there and how much change she has seen over her lifetime of Vineyard summers.  If you are human, you have seen Jaws, which was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard and is barely recognizable compared to what it looks like now.  So much land has been developed since the movie was filmed there, but it still has that New England island charm.  This summer, with the purchase of my new bike (!), Bry and I decided to do a cool 45 mile excursion around the island, which is something I have never done before.  Not sure how we imagined it being easy, but that’s a story for another day.  I honestly felt the same way I did after finishing a marathon.  Cramping and shaky.  But totally worth it, I swear!  And of course we rode directly to the Black Dog for breakfast, which tasted better than ever.  Check out some of the photos from the weekend!

I’m such a dork.

My cute neighbor.

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We did it! And that little orange speck in the distance is Bry.

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Gay Head Lighthouse

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Contemplating life or trying to catch his breath from the bike? (Note the mismatched socks.)

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Clay cliffs at Gay Head. A must see!

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A well deserved cocktail…

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Happy not to be biking anymore.

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…and the view from our rocking chairs. Ahhh.

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Just another cute house in Edgartown.

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Moody day in Menemsha.

Such fun times!  And if you want my opinion on an ideal weekend in the Vineyard, read on…

Pick up an iced coffee at Mocha Motts,

Get brunch at The Black Dog,

Ride a wave and read a book at South Beach,

Take a ride out to Menemsha and eat a lobster roll,

or BYO at Homeport,

Jump “the bridge”,

Get a post beach (or dinner) rum punch at Seafood Shanty,

Eat dinner at Chesca’s,

Order black raspberry icecream from Mad Martha’s,

And last but not least…

Sip a cocktail, porch-side, at the Harbor View.

More summer adventure montages to come!

XO

Triathlon Takeaways

Hey ya’ll (Can I say that?) I did it!  Checked triathlon off my list and feeling good!  Because I am now a “triathlete” (jk, jk) I wanted to give you my “expert” advice on what to do and not to do.  Some things were learned morning of… some things were told to me weeks prior… and some I wish I had known (You’re supposed to practice the transition from bike to run? Ohhh.).

Having never done a triathlon before, I can honestly say I was completely terrified as the day approached, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much FUN it actually was. I know that sounds crazy and some think races of this sort are essentially self inflicted pain, but in reality it was probably the least painful out of the races I have done!  Now I’m not saying it was easy, but I do think if you’re in reasonably good shape, you can run 3 miles and you know how to swim, you can make it work…and maybe even crack a smile while doing so.  So here are my two cents…

1. Practice your transitions

Here’s one I heard time and time again yet failed to listen to.  The transition from bike to run feels a little like running with 50 lb weights attached to each leg.  Fun stuff.

2. Buy a road bike

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I NEVER thought I would see the day of owning a road bike.  Not only was I intimidated by the handles (among other things), but I also figured I would have no idea how to use it, and I’d rather die than be that person throwing out hand signals in the middle of Main Street (Holla South of Main!).  But look at me now, a proud owner of this beauty above and couldn’t be happier.  If you want to buy a bike to exercise on and maybe participate in triathlons down the road, buy this bike.  I’m telling you!  Bry and I both walked into the bike store with all intentions of buying a “hybrid” (basically a multi functional bike that’s good for commuting, leisurely exercise, etc.), and after one little cruise on the road bike, right before we were just about swiping our credit cards on the hybrids, we changed our minds completely.  With a road bike you use just as much effort (or less) and go twice as fast as you would on a hybrid or mountain bike.  And when I was cruising by those poor amateurs on their hybrids struggling up the hills, I couldn’t help but thank goodness I was not them.  (Sorry to say.)

3. Rent a wetsuit

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or buy one (cheaper versions start around $200)… whatever floats your boat.

4. Bring a plastic bag

This is one I learned morning of as a nice friend offered me hers.  It’s the key to getting your wetsuit over your feet with ease.  Just step your foot into the plastic bag and then step that plastic-bagged foot into the wetsuit and pull the bag off your foot once inserted fully.  Genius!

5. Invest in Body Glide

Another morning of lesson.  Before putting on your wetsuit, Body Glidebodyglide that bod to slip your wetsuit off with ease after the swim.  Focus on ankles, neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists – anywhere your skin might “stick”.

6. SMILE

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(Sorry Court)

Even if it hurts… it will make you feel better.  And something learned day after…they take LOTS of pictures of you on the course. One word: WOOF.

7. Don’t look back

I made this mistake mid-swim when I looked back into the open water and saw about a hundred swimmers coming at me full speed.  Hello panic attack!  Look ahead and keep moving!  It will go by faster that way!

8. [Last but not least] Don’t eat scallops and drink red wine for your pre-race dinner

Yeah, it happened.  Not sure what I was thinking there.  I mean I ended up feeling fine, but just don’t follow my lead with this one.

Ok that’s all for now!  If you want to check out some upcoming Tris in your area – click here!  More on my summer activities to come!

XOXO

Oh HEY!

Did you think I forgot about you?

NEVAH!  But I am very sorry for being MIA for the past MONTH (gulp).  I have been on a whirlwind of work, weddings, and more weddings…and this poor little blog has been suffering because of it.  So I apologize.  To both of you.

Somehow the summer seems to fill up before I even realize it’s started.  And with that, I give you a summer to do list that I will likely accomplish 50% of…

1. Go to Nantucket

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One of my favorite places on the planet. I spent my college summers here waitressing at Slip14 and have such amazing memories.  My girlfriends and I now have an annual tradition to go for a week every summer (see beach babes above).  Some favorite spots: here, here, here & here.  (Nantucket guide to come later in the summer!)

2. Go to Martha’s Vineyard

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Most people are one or the other, but why have one when you can have both?  My mom grew up spending her summers in the Vineyard, so I went every summer for a week or two with my family.  It makes me so nostalgic every time I go, and it’s so funny how certain neighborhoods or smells bring back such vivid memories.  Ahhhh vacation.

3. Eat ice cream

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Err’day…although this is somewhat of a year round to-do for me.  Life is too short.

4. Mini golf on Pier 25

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I mean this is footsteps from my apartment and I still haven’t done it… FOOTSTEPS.

5. Picnic on Hudson River Park

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6. Complete a Triathlon

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This is one of those cheater to-dos you write down just so you can check it off…because I am signed up for one in two.short.weeks.  (sidenote: this photo makes my stomach drop)

7. Get good at tennis

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And look like this on the court…

Tennis lessons as a youngster have only partially paid off… and there’s a lot of work to be done.  I’m telling you A LOT.  Anyone want to “play” with me?

8. Shop in my own closet

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Because I always seem to find things every year when I break out the summer clothes that I forgot about.  (No, this is not my closet and yes, I would like it to be.)

9. Buy a cute new swimsuit

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Since all of mine seem to be on their last leg and/or not fit me correctly anymore.  Do bodies change that much from age 26 to 27?  SCARE-REEE.

10. Apply & reapply SPF

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I’m paying for my SPF 4 summers in Nantucket…should’ve listened to my mom.

11. Dine alfresco in the West Village

This is so random but I always imagine a perfect summer night of strolling through the West Village after getting out early from work, coming across the perfect alfresco restaurant and sitting down on a whim for a yummy dinner and a crisp glass of rosé‎.

12. Rooftop cocktails

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There are so many rooftop spots opening up in the city and I am dying to try this one at the famous Standard Hotel.

13.  Dance in the rain… in the MoMA

…and pray it stops raining outside. (I can’t take it anymore!)

I mean this is just so cool.  And it’s about time I take advantage of living in NYC (If the fact that I didn’t see the David until the last week I was living in Florence isn’t telling I don’t know what is.).

Oh the joys of SUMMER!  So much to look forward to!

XOXO

(pics 1, 2 & 5 – my own, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)