I’ve been too long- I’m glad to be back.

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No, I’m not dead and I haven’t been taken prisoner anywhere. Following my last entry a little over a week ago where I wrapped up the month of April, I took a few days off to focus on work, office activities, and upcoming plans for “Legally Redhead” (including a potential name and domain change- shocking, I know- but I intend to keep everyone 100% informed as things proceed forward!) I’ve also been preparing for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday and my extended weekend on the West Coast next weekend. Overall, I’ve been very busy!

I did take some time over the weekend to unwind and go out to a few different bars with friends, however- starting off at Highball Lounge (where I had the most incredible apple brandy beverage imaginable- called “Apple Bottom Jeans”) before working our way over to Silvertone. We didn’t stay long- since Boston bars can get a little rowdy on the weekends- so we closed out the night in much quieter Cambridge. First, at State Park and then at Lord Hobo– which is where that dimly-lit selfie of me was taken after last call had come and gone.

I woke up the next morning feeling surprisingly pretty good (helped in part by a carb-heavy breakfast in Melrose with my much more hungover friends)– but it got me thinking- I should put together an updated version of “My Guide to Boston” from 2015. A lot has changed since then, after all! There’s definitely a lot of newer places I’ve grown fond of and a ton of updated things to do around this lovely little city I call home.

I also intend to start compiling “Top 10” lists as a helpful guide to those visiting not just Boston, but Massachusetts and New England in general- too. I know a lot of really great restaurants, bars, unusual shops, etc. etc. throughout Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and so on- and my blog seems like the perfect outlet to share them.

But I digress! This was just a quick update to say that I haven’t vanished entirely- I’m just working on multiple things at once! I have a recipe post planned for later on this week (courtesy of my mom- so you know it’s going to be good!) and I’m excited to share the blog news once all of my plans are finalized and confirmed. Big and long overdue changes are coming!

Once in a while it does the brain (and my knuckles since I type so much!) a little bit of good to take a break- but I think I’m finally caught up on everything that was pressing and in need of my undivided attention- and I’m ready to get back to work here at Legally Redhead!

Stay tuned for some good eats in a couple of days, and a peek inside an upcoming clothing/makeup haul pre-vacation!

Treat yourself: 2017!


Blog Maintenance!

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The view from my windshield – 03/24/17

It’s a good thing I’m not a vlogger, because any videos or updates I would have posted over the past week would have been filled with me coughing uncontrollably and sounding disgustingly congested. I’m just getting over a cold- and while I can finally breathe out of my nose again (and I will never take that ability for granted again for as long as I live)– I still feel a bit bobblehead-ish, like my head is ten times the size of my body and I can topple over at any moment.

Lots of fluids and rest, of course!

The plus side to being bed-ridden for a few days while I recovered is that it gave me the opportunity to catch up on e-mails, re-organize my laptop, and clean up my blog- something I’ve wanted to do for a while now!

So what’s new here on “Legally Redhead”? Well, not the layout, obviously. While I’ve tried different templates and color schemes to mix things up a bit in an attempt to keep the look of my blog from getting stale- I always come back to this one. I love the colors, the fonts, the graphics- and it’s so perfectly me that I can’t bear to part with it right now. I may hire a designer in the future when I do eventually decide to make a change- but for now the navigation is going to stay familiar to me and to my readers.

My “ABOUT ME” page has been updated to reflect changes in my life and provide more accurate information about my career, education, and interests.  My “CONTACT” page is still up-to-date, however!

Finally- along my toolbar, I’ve included an alphabetized listing of every company/business I’ve partnered with throughout “Legally Redhead”s conception. I often have people ask me about a brand I mentioned or reviewed couple of years ago- so I wanted to make it easier for my readers to be connected to those brands without having to go searching on their own! Every company can be located under “PARTNERSHIPS” along the side of my blog. These include sponsored posts, product reviews, editorials, etc.

I’m hoping to create a separate page, much like my “ABOUT ME” and “CONTACT” pages  within the next few months that may also feature a FAQ for any brand looking to partner with me and with this blog- but for now- the organized links work just fine!

They’re small changes- but they are changes nonetheless and I’m pleased with them. I love writing “Legally Redhead” and I want to stay on top of it’s changes/updates/transitions- and I want to keep my readers informed of those changes/updates/transitions, too!

Thank you all for your continued patience and support!


“Is It Summer Yet?” Giveaway!

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In some of my recent posts, I had hinted at an upcoming giveaway I was putting together in celebration of the Spring and Summer seasons finally arriving after what was undoubtedly one of the worst winters my neck of the woods has seen in a very, very long time. I wanted the giveaway to be seasonal, fun, and have a more personal touch with reflections of some of the items and essentials I covet in the warmer months. I’ve been carefully curating the contents (say that five times fast,) over the past couple of weeks, and I’m excited to announce that it’s finally time to share what one lucky, randomly selected winner will receive in my Summer-themed giveaway!

The “Is It Summer Yet?” giveaway is pretty self-explanatory- consisting of accessories, cosmetics, a bit of home decor- and a little something for the foodies out there. Each item was selected to help jump start a Summer/beachy frame of mind for the winner and are all products that I also own and use regularly every year after I dig myself out of the snow and welcome the sunshine!

*This giveaway IS NOT limited to United States residents only! Since I will be paying for the shipping and handling out of my own pocket- it’s open to those of you across the pond, below (or above) the border, and anywhere in between, too!*

Here’s what’s included:


Lush’s Ocean Salt Scrub:

The first step to getting glowing Summer-ready skin is exfoliation, and I turn to this incredible face and body salt scrub from Lush to do just that! A scoop of this bright blue, Margarita-scented scrub is enough to gently buff away dead and dry cells, revitalize the surface of my skin, and leave my face, elbows, knees, etc. super smooth.

Bath & Body Works “Cool Amazon Rain” Body Lotion:

After exfoliating, I turn to lightweight body lotions that quickly absorb as they’re applied to keep my skin soft and hydrated all day and night. I love this newer lotion from Bath & Body Works which has an energizing, citrus, “tropical” smell to it.


Harney & Sons Fresh Brew Iced Tea Tins in Peach and Raspberry Herbal:

I love iced coffee, especially before I go in for a long day at work- but in the warmer months I find myself taking afternoon iced tea breaks, too. These individually packaged fruit-flavored teas- made specifically to be iced- are especially nice and refreshing.


Good Housekeeping Juices & Smoothies Recipe Book:

Iced coffees and iced teas aside- Summer is also the season of smoothies and healthy juices (and milkshakes and frozen margaritas on “cheat days” from all that healthy eating.) This hardcover book from Good Housekeeping has really great recipes that cover all ends of the frozen-beverage spectrum and will be sure to come in handy when you’re ready to have a picnic, BBQ, camp-out, beach day- or any other outdoor get-together.


Maybelline “Baby Lips” Lip Balm:

When it comes to my Summer lip care, I stick to the basics. Hydrating glosses in bright corals and pinks, and sunscreen-packed balms. One of my favorites is this colorless “Baby Lips” balm from Maybelline with SPF 20. It keeps my pout soft and smooth for all-day wear and I don’t have to worry about any color fading since it applies clear. I just throw this in my bag on-the-go for quick touch-ups.

Sephora’s Formula X Nail Polish in “Prism” and “Incandescent” :

I love bright, tropical colors on my nails in the Summertime- and this year I find myself already gravitating towards bright blues, greens, and orange tones. I picked out two of my favorites, “Prism,” a metallic turquoise with a hint of pearl, and “Incandescent,” a bright and solid cantaloupe-tone. Both are from the Formula X line at Sephora, which is long-lasting and isn’t packed with harsh chemicals.


Bumble and Bumble “The Surf Set”:

Despite having coarse and curly hair, I’ve managed to develop a relatively quick and simple step-by-step process to achieving beautiful and healthy-looking “beachy” waves over the past couple of years- no flat-iron required- thanks in part to Bumble and Bumble’s “Surf” line. In this giveaway, I’ve included three travel-sized bottles of the set: the shampoo, conditioner, and my personal favorite- the salt spray- guaranteed to get your hair looking like you’ve spent a day at the ocean.


Old Navy Mint-Colored Beach Tote:

To store all your giveaway goods, I’ve included this faux-leather, mint colored beach tote from Old Navy. While I definitely love bold colors and floral prints in the Summer- I thought this lovely pastel was too pretty to pass up and would be suitable to carry along in the Spring, too.

Old Navy Sunglasses with UV Protection:

Rounded sunglasses seem to be a big trend this year (whereas last year was the Summer of cat-eye sunglasses,) so I opted to keep the shades simple for anyone’s tastes with this pair of chic rose-hued and thin wired sunglasses from Old Navy. I own a very similar pair, and I’ve been loving them so far! I feel kind of like Penny Lane in “Almost Famous” whenever I have them on.


Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candle in “Island Margarita”:

And finally, since I couldn’t include actual alcohol in this giveaway- I settled for the next best thing- this margarita scented candle from Bath & Body Works. With the lime part of the fragrance being the most distinctive, this is a great, slow-burning candle that will make your entire space smell amazing and tropical.


The giveaway is running from now through midnight (EST) on Monday, April 13th, 2015, after which time a winner will be selected  at random through Rafflecopter and contacted directly to obtain additional information to process shipping. If selected, you’ll have 72 hours to respond to the confirmation e-mail. If I don’t receive a response in that time, I’ll unfortunately have to select another winner, instead!

Nothing in this giveaway can be traded or swapped for something else. What you see is what you’ll be receiving if you win!


Like each of my past giveaways, I’ve set up an official page for this one using Rafflecopter – CLICK HERE to head over to it, review the guidelines, and make sure your entries are properly counted!

There are two ways to enter the giveaway and you can do one or both of them!

1. Comment on this post with your name and e-mail address. Please keep in mind that I have comment moderation turned on to avoid spambots- so if your comment doesn’t appear right away; don’t panic! I’ll put it through as soon as I’m able!

2. You can tweet about the giveaway and link back directly to this post or to my homepage: LegallyRedhead.com

Good luck, everyone- and remember to check the Rafflecopter page to make sure your entries have been counted!



Spring Cleaning!

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Breaking out the neon pink lipstick. Spring Brayyyyy-ke Foreva'.

Breaking out the neon pink lipstick. Spring Break Foreva’.

Well hello there!

It’s been a little more than a week since my last post, which hasn’t entirely been an accident. Since recently getting over a cold/flu, I’ve taken a few days off from blogging to put in some extra hours at the office to catch up on the work I had missed while I was recuperating at home. I’ve also been doing some long overdue Spring cleaning, both in my place and here on Legally Redhead- where I’ve been updating and organizing links, putting together some posts that will be up throughout the rest of this week and over the weekend- and re-arranging my layout (just a little bit!) while putting some final, last minute touches on blog-related business cards I’ve been designing with a printing company (because they always come in handy at meetups and conventions!)

With PAX East taking place in the city over this past weekend, I managed to spend an evening catching up with my longtime friend Frank, too- who traveled from Canada to attend the convention. I typically only see him once a year around this time- so it was nice to hit the town with him for a few hours.

And with temperatures on a slow rise over the past few days (for now,) I’ve started my Spring/Summer diet and fitness regimen- which admittedly hasn’t exactly been a picnic to begin (I’m already aching all over,) but will surely pay off in the long run as long as I stay focused and determined and stick with it!

Needless to say- I’ve been pretty busy!

Now that I’ve gotten the momentum going and am acclimating to my schedule (and Daylight Savings Time)– it’s time to get back to posting!

Later on this week I’ve got a great promotion for jewelry lovers and a recipe post for my fellow foodies. I’ve also got a really fun, Summer-themed giveaway coming up within a few days that is open to those in Canada and the UK, too!

‘Til next time!


10 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

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I’ve recently embarked on my third year of blogging here at “Legally Redhead,” making connections I value and creating content I’m proud of. It’s been an immensely fun, rewarding ride- and one that I hope I can continue with for many more years to come!

Prior to “Legally Redhead,” I had a handful of older, less focused blogs that spanned my mid-teens through my early twenties- and although the content was all over the place (and predictably more embarrassing to look back on-) they served as rough drafts of sorts to this blog. Through them, I got a feel for how I wanted to write and what I wanted to write about, who I wanted to be as a blogger, and the types of connections I hoped to create.

I also gained a lot of perspective and experience from those older blogging endeavors- and continue to do so even now. While I wouldn’t call or consider myself an expert of a guru in the blogging realm- I do have some tips and tricks for those who are taking to their keyboards to express themselves in an ever expanding world of writers!

Whether you’re new to blogging or are a seasoned veteran- I hope some, if not all of these pointers I’ve learned over the years can help in some way, shape or form!

1. Find your audience (and help them find you!)

Once you’ve created your blog, chosen or designed a layout, and have started to put together your content- it’s important to seek out your audience and make it easier for them to locate your blog, too. When I first started writing, one of the biggest mistakes I made was failing to tag each of my posts and never even attempting to promote them on social media or message boards/forums- so it was essentially like I was writing for myself and no one else. Whatever your posts are about, be it travel or food or video games or even basket weaving- make sure you tag them with keywords! Not only is it a great way to organize your posts by content, but it enables people searching for those keywords to find your writing so much easier!

And message boards/forums are a great way to put yourself out there, too. You can connect with so many people with similar interests and who post similar content and share posts/blog links, collaborate, get feedback, etc.

There’s also great (and free!) sites like StumbleUpon, where you can type in your interests and be directed to blogs and posts about them- or submit your own posts for other users who are browsing. I really have “stumbled upon” some fantastic blogs since I started using the service that I would have otherwise missed, and have seen my own share of referrals when I check my stats.

2. Network! Network! Network!

This one goes hand-in-hand with finding your audience, but is more about the benefits of having a presence on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram- each website offers it’s own unique perk to a blogger looking to connect and expand with different settings and tools. I like to connect with readers and other bloggers alike using Twitter and Instagram- where I share previews of upcoming posts or photographs of things I’m working on.

Whether you use your personal account(s) of create new one(s) specifically to sync up with your blog activity- I can’t recommend staying active and in-touch on different social media platforms enough. Like the aforementioned message boards/forums, it’s a great way to stay in contact with with readers and other bloggers and keep people informed about what’s happening with/on your blog.

I also recommend looking into Blogger groups in or around where you live. Planned events and meet-ups are a lot of fun and can help bloggers- old and new- connect on a local level, make friends, and promote themselves in a bustling, positive setting. I’ve been a part of the “Boston Bloggers” group for a couple of years now and have never regretted attending any of the scheduled meet-ups or social groups. I’ve made a lot of empowering, interesting and intelligent friends- and have both given and received feedback on my work which has been so helpful- all while enjoying great food, a couple of drinks, or even getting pampered together!

3. Get organized and plan ahead.

As someone with a pretty hectic work schedule, I try to stay as organized as possible for my own sanity. It’s a practice I’ve since introduced to my blogging, too- and it’s been really helpful in keeping me on top of my posts, my planned posting schedule, and when I can put time aside to curate content/take necessary photographs/etc. I’ve managed to cut back on stress and late night-typing sessions while simultaneously creating posts that I’ve been really pleased with.

For example, I use a planner to note what posts I want to create and what date I want to publish them a week in advance. I draft the posts in the evenings after work for a half hour-an hour at a time (so I don’t burn myself out,) and put aside a little time on the weekends to take the necessary photographs (when I won’t feel pressured to get it done quickly and can adjust my lighting and settings accordingly at my own pace,) do some editing, and/or travel to any desired locations. This method leaves me with enough free time where I can still maintain a healthy social life and go on spontaneous adventures (because those types of posts are fun, too!) My posts go up in a timely manner, as scheduled, and by that point- everything is edited and spell-checked to satisfaction. No last minute scrambling required!

4.  Seek out your inspiration.

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced when blogging is drawing inspiration in the midst of a packed schedule. That’s not to say I’m incapable of finding any when I’m swamped. It’s everywhere- in music, movies, books, photographs, and scenery- but it can be easy to forget certain things that inspired you when you have a lot of other stuff on your plate. That’s why I carry a pen and notebook with me at all times and utilize my voice-to-text notebook app. on my phone. When I get an idea or am feeling inspired for a post- I write down what I was doing, where I was, how I felt and what my ideas were at the time so I can refer to it later when I sit down to write.

I’ve heard of many bloggers making “inspiration boards,” as well- which include photographs, drawings, writings, recipes, etc. to use when curating content. Sites like Pinterest make this even easier and are a great tool when comprising or drafting posts since there are thousands upon thousands of ideas and photographs to browse and draw inspiration from.

5. Set the mood and your environment to write the way you need to.

When writing, it’s important to feel comfortable and relaxed in your space to ensure you’re putting together the most focused and wonderful posts you can. Sometimes I like to listen to music, and other times I like to write in silence. Sometimes I can have people in the room with me while I’m typing away- and other times I prefer to be alone. It all depends on my mood and the type of content I’m writing. Before I begin to blog- I make it a point to set the mood- whatever it is at the time. I clean and organize my writing space (which in turn clears my sometimes cluttered mind,)  get the audio- if any- at the volume I’m okay with, and relax.

Lately I’ve found that a little background noise actually helps me be more productive- but if I can’t get to the local coffee shop or there’s no rain falling against my window outside- I turn to sites like Coffitivity and Rainy Mood, which offer adjustable and soothing white noise (like the sounds of early morning murmuring you’d expect to hear in a café or a Spring rain shower,) to break up the silence without breaking my concentration. Make your space your own- and the words are bound to come to you as you type!

6. Utilize the free tools available out there.

The internet is a vast and endless source of information- and can be especially helpful to bloggers who might need a little help but don’t want to break the bank while seeking it out. Sites like Pixlr (which I use often) is a completely free photo editing site that offers users- no membership required- access to a ton of quick filters or advanced editing options that rivals Photoshop in terms of ease of use and quality- and doing basic (or elaborate, depending on what you need) YouTube searches can turn up detailed and informative tutorials to assist you with anything from coding to photography to marketing- and anything in between.

Long story short: there are plenty of business-savvy bloggers out there who can (and will) market personalized classes or seminars to help you bring out the best in your blog while validating the often staggering price tag of those classes/seminars with a lot of fluff and fancy words. If you don’t mind spending the money and truly feel it will benefit you and your writing- then by all means go for it- but I recommend doing a little bit of browsing around free sites like YouTube (and even other blogs!) first- because some of that very same information you’d be paying for can be found at no cost to you at all!

7. Do your homework- especially when opportunities come knocking.

A brand representative approaches you and asks you to review a product in exchange for promotion for your blog. It sounds exciting, right? It is! Collaborating with a brand or company can be a lot of fun and is a great way to get your name and your blog out there to an audience you may not have otherwise connected with- but before you agree to anything, as is the case with any business transaction or agreement- make sure to do your homework. Does this brand/company share similar values as you (cruelty-free, no history of scamming customers, etc.?) Have they worked with anyone else before like this- and if so- did they hold up their end of the bargain and provide the promotion they promised in exchange for the review?

I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with a few different companies here at Legally Redhead, writing reviews for goods and services that were generously provided to me free of charge- but on more than one occasion- I’ve had certain brands/companies not do what they said they would in return. As a result, I’ve since pulled the posts from my blog. because at the end of the day, while receiving free stuff is fun- I still put time and effort into my writing and/or photography- and not having the other party respect their part of the agreement is not only frustrating- it’s insulting.

I’ve also had a few different companies approach me about “reviews-in-exchange-for-promotion” agreements in which I would have to pay for their products/services with my own money. I’m not saying that every company that does this is looking to scam eager and unsuspecting bloggers- but just be cautious about what and where you invest your money! You don’t want to hand over your hard-earned cash, use your time to write a review- only to not get the promotion you rightfully deserve and were promised. Always, ALWAYS– do a little research and never feel ashamed or intimidated about asking questions. You have the right to be informed and they should have the decency and professional courtesy to be as transparent as possible when answering those questions!

8. Writer’s block is normal (and nothing to get discouraged about!)

I fully admit that I’ve had my days (and weeks) where I just hit a wall in terms of creating content or drawing inspiration that I can translate into a post I take pride in. I’m not one to put a fraction of effort into something, either- which can make my inability to write even more frustrating. Listen- don’t beat yourself up if you have a bout with writer’s block. Everyone does. It’s completely normal. Don’t struggle or strain yourself trying to think of what to say or how to say it. The best thing you can do for yourself when the words just aren’t coming to you as easily as you would like is to take a step back and do something to decompress. Watch a movie, eat a good meal, go for a walk, or even just get some sleep- anything to take your mind off of your writing for a little while.

I guarantee you, when you return to it after you’ve rested and recharged- it’ll be a piece of cake to pick up that pen or take to your keyboard and get back to work.

9. It’s okay to take a break if you need to.

Blogging is supposed to be fun- whether it be a hobby or an earnest career endeavor- you should be enjoying yourself while you do it. If there ever comes a time when you find that the very idea of trying to come up with a new post or networking is so endlessly frustrating or depressing- it’s absolutely necessary that you take a break (and for as long as you need to get yourself back on track.) Life is far too short and uncertain to be doing something that makes you unhappy or causes you unnecessary stress- and if it has a negative impact on the writing in which you’d previously prided yourself- then all the more reason to take a vacation or a hiatus to clear your head and take care of yourself.

Your readers will miss you while you’re gone, sure- but just remember that they’re human, too- and they’ll understand! If and when you’re ready to come back to blogging- they’ll be ready for you and all the new, refreshed content you’ll bring them!

10.  Be yourself!

Yes, I know the “BE YOURSELF” mantra is a little contrived and more than a little cliché- but it’s really important in blogging and if I had to choose just one piece of advice from this list to give to anyone- this would be it. The world and the blog-o-sphere is filled with so many individuals, each with something unique to offer. Being inspired by or enjoying someone’s writing is one thing- but don’t model yourself or your own blog after someone else and their work. You’ll only fall flat and end up disappointing yourself. Write about what you want- your passions and interests, connect with others through honest and meaningful dialogue- and do so in a way that reflects your own individuality.

Trust me- you’ll be satisfied with yourself when you’re done publishing your post and your readers will appreciate it even more than if you tried to be a carbon copy of another blogger/blog.

And that’s it- the ten things I’ve learned about blogging over the years that have helped me stay focused and create content! If anyone would like to share their own blogging tips/tricks, feel free to share! I’d love to read them!

Tagged: 20 Facts!

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Back on Halloween, prior to running off to NYC, I had mentioned that November was “crunch time” at my job, and I wasn’t exaggerating. The past couple of weeks have been spent putting in some serious overtime at my office as I pored over paperwork, files, e-mails, and post-it notes (a necessity in any busy girl’s work space!) In between long hours, I also entertained company visiting from out of town for a weekend, enjoyed the first dusting of snow of the season, and have been putting together content for the blog. Now, with the weekend here to- hopefully- get caught up on those pesky e-mails I’ve been neglecting and the multiple shows recorded on my DVR, I’m also taking the time to participate in the ’20 Facts Tag,’ which should be self-explanatory. The lovely Nikki over at Dollar Store Diva tagged me, as well as some other phenomenal Boston-based bloggers. Thanks, Nikki!

Here are mine! I tried to keep some of them Boston-area related given that so many wonderful women in the city are also participating, but there’s a few odds and ends in there, too!

1. I think Charlestown is my favorite neighborhood in Boston. I’ll always love Beacon Hill and the North End, of course (and Southie will forever hold a special place in my heart-) but in the warmer weather- I love walking around Charlestown. Especially around the Bunker Hill Monument. It’s beautiful. You won’t find parking to save your life, but strolling around the area is really enjoyable.

2. Assaggio is my favorite restaurant in the city (located in the North End.) I was just there this past weekend, but if my date and I hadn’t been able to get a reservation- we probably would have headed over to Wagamama in Faneuil Hall. There’s only a couple in the United States, and they’re all located in the Boston area. Before Assaggio and Wagamama won me over, there was The Other Side in Back Bay, which is now sadly closed (RIP.)

3. Favorite Boston-based movie? I feel like the first “Boondock Saints” is a given, but it’s right up there with “Southie” starring Donnie Wahlberg. That movie is my guilty pleasure. It’s so bad, so 90’s, that it’s fantastic. I could quote Rose McGowan’s awful accent from that movie all day every day- and Will Arnett! Can we talk about Will Arnett in that movie?

4. My first concert experience was when I was 14/15, and my older brother convinced me to attend an all-ages Insane Clown Posse show with him at this terrible little club in my hometown on a Friday night in the middle of December. He painted my face and everything (which would later result in some pretty horrific breakouts on my delicate teenage cheeks and forehead.) The show was, as expected- an absolute nightmare of out-of-control fans and shitty rapping/shouting on a shoddy sound system- and I vividly remember getting Faygo soda sprayed in my general direction. Looking back, it’s more funny than traumatic, though- which I guess is a good thing.

5. I (thankfully) don’t have any serious allergies- be it bee stings or peanuts- but I DO tend to break out in a minor case of hives if I eat the small pretzels typically found in trail mix. I don’t know if it’s a preservative or the type of sodium used to keep them crisp or whatever- but I’ve learned the hard way on more than one occasion that I need to avoid them (thanks, pretzel M&Ms.)

6. The first album I ever bought with my own money was the CD-copy of No Doubt’s ‘Tragic Kingdom’ which remains one of my favorite and most cherished purchases of all time. I used up a good chunk of my baby-sitting money to get it. Gwen Stefani was, and will always be, a flawless queen.

7. In completely insane and not-at-all-well-thought-out facts: I once went cliff jumping/quarry diving when I was a teenager. I’m lucky I didn’t break my neck or drown in the process, but nothing will ever top the look on my friend’s face as he tried to explain to me how to properly hit the water to better avoid serious injury and me sprinting past him and just going for it while he was mid-sentence.

8. I alternate between sleeping on my side and my stomach, although regardless of how I end up dozing off- I always wake up bundled up in my blankets like a tightly wrapped burrito.

9. I’m currently addicted to the new chestnut praline latte at Starbucks. It sounds revolting, I know- but you can never judge a coffee by it’s cover. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this one- ordering venti sized cups to get me through the mornings at work. They’re sweet, with just a hint of nut-flavor, but so, so good.

10. I’m an avid candle collector/user. At any given time, I have two or three burning around my place to give each room it’s own unique, lovely, but still carefully coordinated scent. Right now I’m finishing up a hazelnut one before I launch into the holiday fragrances (bring on “Christmas Cookie!”)

November 1st, 2014. 2:30 A.M. Times Square. Slightly inebriated.

November 1st, 2014. 2:30 A.M. Times Square. Slightly inebriated.

11. I love to walk pretty much everywhere, and really only prefer driving if I have to go any great distance to get somewhere. It’s good exercise, it helps clear the mind, and with the right music in my earbuds- I feel like I’m working a catwalk during Fashion Week.

12. I’ve had a Fourth Generation green iPod Nano that I named Kermit for the better part of six or seven years. It still works like a charm, and I’ll be sad whenever the battery inevitably burns out once and for all- but it still cracks me up whenever I take it out of my bag and see someone with a shiny new iPhone looking at it like it’s some sort of rare fossil from prehistoric times.

13. One of my long-term life goals is to release a book of my urban exploration photography and research from over the years, especially with so many of the places I’ve shot in the past set to be, if they haven’t already been, condemned and/or torn down. Even if people just used it as a coffee table book, I’d still be thrilled that my work was out there in the world- just waiting to be looked over by anyone who appreciates abandoned architecture as much as I do.

14. Back in middle school, a group of kids in my class made up and perfected a new language that completely confused the adults but was perfectly understandable among our peers who learned it. Almost twenty years later and I can still speak it fluently- and do so every once in a while with my best friend Sean- who also remembers it. Ask me to recall anything I learned in my high school Spanish classes? I’ll just stare blankly at you.

15. The last book I purchased (and will be reading shortly,) is “The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra” by Helen Rappaport. I’ve always had an unexplained fascination with the Romanov family, especially the Grand Duchesses. I recently and randomly stumbled upon the book while looking for a gift for a friend and snatched it up. I’m hoping to start it by this weekend.

16. Another long-term life goals of mine is to buy a house in Ocean Beach, San Diego- my favorite part of the city and also the most laid-back and relaxed. Everything is within walking distance of the ocean, there’s so many shops, bars, and restaurants along the boardwalk, everyone is ridiculously nice- and downtown is only a short drive away!

17. Although I love music and have a few wonderful, talented friends who actively perform in bands- I am instrumentally challenged. I can’t play anything. Not well, at least- and my musical prowess pretty much begins and ends with the tambourine. My father was an incredible drummer and both of my brothers were/are skilled guitar players- but that musical gene seems to have been lost on me.

18. My first kiss was in the second grade when this little boy in my class, Richie, asked me if I’d play his wife in a musical he was writing and wanted to perform for our entire grade. I foolishly bought into his plot, and before I knew it- he’d smooched me during “rehearsal” at recess. Richie, wherever you are- you were a sneaky little bastard.

19. Back to Boston-related facts as I wrap this list up- my favorite tourist-y attraction that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area for the first time is the Museum of Fine Arts. I go there sometimes, even when they don’t have an exhibit that I find particularly interesting- just to relax. It’s nice to walk through the museum and is a great way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. It beats walking the Freedom Trail, for sure!

20. And lastly, my favorite music venue in Boston is the Paradise Rock Club. I’ve seen so many incredible shows there. It’s small, intimate, and the sound is (usually- depending on the band) incredible. I have a lot of fond memories of nights spent at the ‘Dise!

And there you have it, 20 (some Boston-based) facts about yours truly! Now, I’m supposed to tag twenty other Bloggers- but I feel horrible putting anyone on the spot like this- so I’m tagging anyone that wants to participate! If you have twenty facts about yourself that you’re just itching to share, feel free to do so and link me to the post so I can read all about you!

Thanks again for including me, Nikki!


New Looks and Books.

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If you’re a regular reader of Legally Redhead, you may have noticed the layout of the blog changed today! As much as I loved the cute, olive green style I’ve had for the better part of a year and a half- I’m quite smitten with this new (but still easy to navigate) design and header, made possible by WordPress. I hope you all like it as much as I do!

This afternoon, the lovely Imogen linked me in “The Reading Habits Tag,” and I thought I’d unveil the new design of LR while answering the book/reading questions presented to me in her original post.

So without further delay:

TheReadingHabitsTag1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

I usually read while I’m in bed, or curled up on my couch depending on how quiet it is in my living room. If it’s nice out, though, I like to sit out on my patio/deck with a good book!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I do the unthinkable- I turn over the corner of the page I left off on. I know it’s awful but I have a tendency to misplace bookmarks or pieces of paper! They always fall out and I always lose my place. Dog-earing the page is so much more convenient for me.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?

I try to finish whatever chapter I’m on before I save my place and take a break from the book. There have been a couple of occasions where I’ve had to stop abruptly, sometimes mid-sentence- but I usually go back and re-read the chapter, or at least a few pages before where I left off- mostly to re-familiarize myself with what was happening in the story before I got sidetracked.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

It really depends on how I’m feeling at the time. If I’m hungry or thirsty, then obviously I’ll eat or drink while I read (I just have to be careful to not spill anything on the pages.)

Although I really do love a good cup of hot chocolate while I read by the fire during the winter.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?

Not usually, since it can be a little distracting. If I’m reading during a flight, I tend to keep my headphones on just out of habit- and even then I’m usually listening to very soft jazz music so it won’t break my concentration.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

One book at a time! I like to focus on and finish one story before I begin another.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer reading at home since it’s where I’m most comfortable, but I read a lot when I travel, too- in the airport, on the plane, in my hotel room, etc.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, unless I’m reading something to someone. Otherwise, I feel like reading out loud is sort of like those people who listen to music through their headphones or ear buds but insist on singing along anyway. It’s distracting to other people!

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I try not to. There have been a couple of instances where I’ve been so frustrated with a book that I’ve skipped ahead to see if there’s any indication of it getting better/what happens to the character to determine if I want to keep reading- but I prefer to be surprised.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I know that sometimes it can’t be helped, but I like to keep my books in good, new-ish condition as much I can for as long as possible. That way, if I decide to lend/give the book to someone else to read, I know it won’t be falling apart on them.

11. Do you write in your books?

I’ve highlighted stuff before, but I very rarely write in my books. Again, a lot of it has to do with potentially lending/giving the books to other people to read. I want them to be in good shape!

12. What are you currently reading?

This is going to sound ridiculous, but while helping with some Summer cleaning at my mom’s house, I recently came across a crate of my old collection of “The Baby-Sitters Club” books, as well as some other novels I absolutely adored as a kid. Nostalgia got the better of me, and I started re-reading some of them again. I’m currently in the middle of “Boy-Crazy Stacey,” which was always my favorite BSC book. When I’m done with that (which should be in no time at all,) I’m moving onto my other favorite childhood book I found- “The Silver Tree” by Ruth L. Williams. Memorieeeees!

Instead of tagging any specific person or people for this, I’m just going to tag anyone who is interested in participating in this fun little questionnaire!


The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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I’ve heard and read many words when people try to describe my blog (or myself.) ‘Funny,’ ‘nerdy,’ ‘descriptive,’ and ‘detailed’ come to mind right away since they’re the most recently used adjectives that have been brought to my attention- but hearing/reading the word ‘inspiring’ and realizing it’s being applied to me and my writing is enough to render me temporarily speechless and definitely make me blush.

When the lovely Caitlin over at BUBBLEWRAPPEDBLOG  informed me that she’d nominated me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award,’ and saw the kind words she’d written on her blog detailing the nomination- I was so immensely flattered. as well as surprised. I adore Caitlin’s blog, which covers a wide array of subjects from beauty, to books, to movies, and so much more- and it is so beautifully written. I highly recommend giving her a read if you haven’t already done so!

Per Caitlin’s entry, here are the rules for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share seven facts about yourself
4. Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
(Optional) Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

Okay, let’s get the uninteresting facts about myself out of the way!

1. The very first comic book series I got into as a kid was ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith. I was going camping with my dad near the end of Summer vacation before I went back to middle school, and knowing that I’d probably want something to read in my tent at night, he picked up a couple of the books when the illustrations caught his eye. I was hooked- completely swept up in the adventures of The Bone cousins, Thorn, and Thorn’s grandmother. From there, it didn’t take long for me to start collecting  ‘Archie’ comics, then ‘Betty & Veronica’- before I transitioned into the Marvel universe and so on. I still have, and always will have, a soft spot for ‘Bone’ though!

2. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, if only for a few days- and now it looks like I may get that chance this Fall after a couple of my girlfriends recently invited me along for a weekend trip to The Big Easy. I’m especially keen on paying my respects (and making a wish) at the tomb for Marie Laveau, and finally setting foot on the famed Bourbon Street. I won’t be lifting my shirt for plastic beads, however- but I am determined to catch a jazz performance!

3. The first time I ever flew on a plane was when I was 16 and an extra-curricular group I belonged to in high school was heading down to Florida for a week to participate in a National competition. It was only a couple of months after 9/11, and I was absolutely terrified to the point where I sprained my friend’s hand during take-off because I squeezed their fingers so tight. Now, years and countless trips later- and I’m almost always asleep by the time the plane takes off.

4. I collect key chains from almost everywhere I go. Not all of them make it onto my key ring (right now I have San Diego, Miami, NYC- and Boston to represent home- on my actual ring,) but they’re still nice to have for when I feel like mixing it up a little and occasionally alternating them. The ones I don’t use are stored safely in a little box in my bedroom. I’m not sure when I started collecting key chains. I think it may have been right after high school when I first began venturing out into the world- but it just sort of stuck. They’re little keepsakes.

5. While some might consider Sunday to be a “day of rest,” it’s usually the day where I both catch up on errands and pamper myself to prepare for the work-week ahead. I sleep a little late, I go through and organize my e-mails, I fill my gas tank for my weekly commute to and from my office, I meet up with friends for lunch, and I treat myself with a manicure, sometimes a pedicure, and an iced mocha latte. It might sound boring, but it’s pretty relaxing and helps me avoid any snarls during the week in terms of scrambling to do something I could have easily taken care of on my day off. Sundays are typically the day some of my favorite shows are on, too (‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Mad Men,’ etc.) although most of them are on hiatus right now.

6. I love to roller skate! I’m not graceful by any means, and I’m prone to falling on my ass whenever I have to make a sharp turn- but it’s still so much fun- especially with the right people! The closest rinks (yes, they still exist) are a little ways away from me, but it’s almost always guaranteed to be a good time when you get a group together to go skate to 70’s and 80’s tunes for a couple of hours. I’ve never considered joining a roller derby team- mostly because I’d get annihilated- but I can see the appeal.

7. I could eat breakfast food at any hour of any day (or night.) I’m partial to Greek omelettes and corned beef hash, myself, but I won’t say no to egg whites and bacon at 2 in the afternoon or pancakes at 4 a.m. if I’m up and feeling super hungry. I’m one of those “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” kinds of people- but that means you can eat it at pretty much any time and it still counts- and anyone who can’t appreciate a good plate of scrambled eggs and sausage for dinner is not to be trusted.

And now, for my list of inspiring bloggers who I feel deserve this award. In no particular order: these writers inspire me with their words, their artistic visions, their creativity, their content, and their kindness. I enjoy reading their blogs- and I hope you will, too!

And there you have it. Again, so many thanks to Caitlin for the nomination. I’m so very grateful!


“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

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I love Boston at nighttime, period- but around the holidays, the city looks particularly magical- even when there’s no snow on the ground and it’s cold-but-bearable in the temperature department. That was the case last night when I parked my car down by the waterfront after work to attend the Boston Bloggers’ Holiday Meet & Greet. The walk to the meet-up was continually interrupted by my stopping and snapping photos of some of my favorite holiday decorations en route, including but not limited to the Faneuil Hall Christmas Tree and my all-time favorite- the illuminated trellis at Columbus Park. The fact that I wasn’t freezing to the point of being in pain was a bonus, too. If the entire winter could be/feel like it did last night- from now until Spring- I probably wouldn’t be such a hermit and frantically search for reasons to stay indoors from December-March.


The meetup, which took place at Warehouse Bar & Grille, was my first with Boston Bloggers, and apart from being a really fun way to meet and network with other bloggers in the community who share similar interests- the event was also charitable- with each attendee bringing unwrapped presents for Toys for Tots (one of my favorite organizations!)

Now, I consider myself a pretty social person, both out in the world and also on the internet where I love interacting with people across the city, the state, the country- and globe- but even I was admittedly a little nervous walking into Warehouse all by myself, towards a large gathering of strangers, and preparing to try and mingle. Thankfully, it was super easy- because everyone there was so, so, SO nice, friendly, personable, and fun.

I walked in, a little wide-eyed and not quite sure where to start, when I was given a cute sticker with my name on it to wear and a program identifying the names, blogs, and social media contact information of everyone in the room. From there, I was immediately ushered over by a couple of people (Laura and Nick, respectively!) who had apparently noticed the bewildered look on my face as I tried to figure out where and how to begin- and made me feel more than welcome as they introduced themselves and we began swapping our information, links, and talking fashion/music/hobbies.

After that, it was a lot easier to make rounds around the room in between partaking in some of the delicious food that was provided for us. I met so many wonderful, talented, brilliant, and truly fascinating writers whose work I can’t wait to follow and read. There were also a few people I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to speak at length to- but there’s always the next event- and I will definitely be in attendance. I had such a lovely time at this one!

Gettin’ Some Lovin’ on Bloglovin’.

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Hey everyone! I really should have done this months ago, but am just getting around to it now. I’ve finally added Legally Redhead to the Bloglovin’ listing.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Bloglovin’ (and I wasn’t up until recently,) it’s a free and convenient way to browse all of your favorite and select blogs with one easy website/app- which definitely comes in handy when you’re on the go and want to stay updated.  You don’t need to be a blogger yourself to use the service. You simply sign up, type in the URLs or names of the blogs you want to follow, add them to your list- and voila! Every time you log in, the most recent posts from every blog on your list will appear in the order they were published- giving you access to content from every site without having to visit them individually. You can also create groups to sort your listed blogs by (i.e.- music blogs, fashion blogs, foodie blogs, etc.) to keep things organized. It’s incredibly fast and easy.

All that being said and explained, feel free to add and follow me!