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It wasn’t exactly a banner season for the Boston Red Sox this year, which was a hard pill to swallow given last year’s triumphant World Series win. Even still, I remain optimistic for 2015- and am prepared to root on the team I’ve come to love so much next Spring.

Of course, I always try to stay fashionable- even if I’m just enjoying a game and having a couple of beers at Fenway Park with friends- and inspired- I created a look based around one of the countless MLB hats available on Fanatics.com to showcase what I’d wear/bring for that very occasion.

For those of you who have never visited Fanatics.com, they are the ultimate go-to source for any and all officially licensed sports apparel. From the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, etc; they have you covered for affordable, high-quality merchandise should you need to look on point for a big game or simply want to add to your collection of sports memorabilia.

For my collection, I stayed in the Autumn frame of mind, since I’ve enjoyed a couple of games in recent years during the chillier months (and because it’s hard to think Spring/Summer style when I’m currently wearing a sweater and drinking hot tea.) I chose the Boston Red Sox New Era Cuff Striper Beanie, because it’d keep my head warm once the sun sets in Boston (and hide my brunette roots should I not have time to touch them up before the first pitch.)

Here’s what I’d pair with it:

  • Boston Red Sox Women’s Cooperstown Fan T-Shirt by Nike: I love the simple design of this comfortable shirt that I can wear, with pride, inside and outside Fenway. Best of all are it’s sleeves- which can provide a little bit of warmth to my upper arms should I choose to shed whatever sweater/hoodie I bring with me to the game.
  • Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in the shade “F-Bomb:” If I’m going to the ball park, then I am participating in all the unhealthy, regrettable junk food eating I can. Hot dogs? Popcorn? Overpriced beer? I’m all about it. The thing is, I want a lip color that can outlast all of that pigging out. Enter my favorite formulated Urban Decay lipstick in a bold shade of red to match the Sox logo and compliment my hat.
  • GUM. After all that chowing down on the aforementioned hot dogs, popcorn, and overpriced beer- I still want to have fresh breath while I’m cheering and/or jeering. A pack of gum is always in my purse- but I have to be discreet when opening it or everyone else seated around me is going to want some.
  • My ‘Boston’ charm bracelet from Alex and Ani: I’ve started a growing collection of Alex and Ani bracelets, and whenever I’m headed to a game or out of town- my Boston charm comes with me. It’s like having a piece of home with an etching of the city’s skyline resting comfortably around my wrist- and maybe I’m just superstitious- but it feels lucky to wear on game days (although it didn’t work out too well this season.)
  • A wristlet. I’m not a fan of carrying around a big bag at sporting events. I try to keep it simple- something small that I can carry my money, I.D., CharlieCard, lipstick, and phone in and hold onto with ease without fear of losing it or it’s contents in the excitement. Wristlets, any color, pattern, or style- are my must-have for a Sox game.

Not pictured are a comfortable pair of skinny jeans and my favorite pair of black boots or Converse high top sneakers- which I wear all the time on casual days/evenings out.

Do you have any game day style must-haves or go-to’s? Or any pre-game rituals? I’d love to hear them!

“Good times never seemed so good…”

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Yesterday was an unseasonably warm day in Boston (I’m talking t-shirt and no-jacket-necessary weather,) which set the tone for a morning of joy and reflection for the Red Sox rolling rally to celebrate their World Series win. While some of my friends opted to get up before dawn to find themselves a spot at Fenway, where the parade began, I was content with getting a couple of extra hours of sleep and then squeezing in between the masses at Government Center right as the parade was getting underway. There, I drank my coffee and talked about the team’s unbelievable season and favorite moments of the series with a few other people who had gathered to watch while we waited for the duck boats carrying the team to come by.

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After the parade passed by my section on it’s way to the Charles, the crowd eventually dispersed. Some headed off after the duck boats, following along the parade route, and plenty of others began crowding into nearby pubs and restaurants. I decided to walk over to Boylston Street to meet with a few people for lunch. As I approached the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the overall mood was refreshingly upbeat. Nearly everyone was in Red Sox and Boston Strong garb (myself included,) and lined up outside many of the establishments waiting to get inside, but even those who weren’t- or who just happened to be in the area- were smiling, snapping photos, throwing around some of the confetti left over from the duck boats, talking to & laughing with the numerous police officers milling about on the sidewalk and keeping an eye on everyone by the bars- and even participating in different chants and cheers of enthusiastic (and maybe slightly drunk) parade-goers.

It was just such a nice feeling. Truly the best way to spend a beautiful November morning.

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October 2013: In a Nutshell.

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First and foremost, a HUGE congratulations to my beloved and bearded Boston Red Sox for their historic World Series Championship win last night. It was such an incredible game to watch, from the Dropkick Murphys singing the national anthem all the way to Koji Uehara’s final pitch of the night, and the post-victory celebrations were even more fun. After everything this city has been through this year, to see everyone in such high spirits as our team dominated Game 6 and seized the title at home, in Fenway, for the first time in 95 years, was powerful. That’s the only way to describe it- powerful. The feeling throughout the city during and after the game was electric, and Boston both needed- and deserved- a night like last night. Boston Strong, indeed. Don’t ever forget it.

I was beyond exhausted at work today, but it was absolutely worth it. I couldn’t think of a better way to close out the month of October. Speaking of, Happy Halloween! (and happy 100th entry in this blog!) We got some light drizzle/rain here tonight, which kept a lot of trick-or-treaters indoors, leaving me with a ton of leftover candy that I’ve been eyeing for the past hour. I foresee some weight gain, or at the very least, a pretty bad stomach ache in my future.

October was a tremendous month (and I’m not just saying that because it’s one of my favorites,) and yes, while most of my adventures were horror/Halloween-oriented, i.e.- The Walking Dead Escape: NYC, Rock N’ Shock, etc.- I did have a few not-so-gory days, too, where I soaked up the beautiful Autumn in New England scenery before the leaves started falling off the trees.

I don’t have any travel plans, and nothing particularly grand scheduled for November (yet,) which means spending more time closer to home, and with Thanksgiving a few weeks away, I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen and typing up some recipe posts to share with everyone since it’s been a while. I’ve also been on the fence about whether or not to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month,) although with tomorrow being the 1st and all, I suppose I should make a decision pretty soon.

‘Til then, Oliver and his Halloween sweater bid a fond farewell to October ’13.

October Glossybox & Halloween 008

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