early bird gets the smoothie.

whyyyy am i awakeee?! ive been trying to go to bed by 10pm so i can be up by 6am to get in a quick workout before work (more on that later)… but for some reason if i hit the sheets that early, i cannot sleep past 5am. annoying. especially since im still tired. GAH.

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actually more deep sleep and less wake ups than usual.
little victories!

speaking of sleep, jawbone recently replaced my up24 with the new up2 and i loveee it. its much smaller than the up24 and, well, i guess thats about the only change haha but its a good one! i know everyones all about the fitbits these days, but i would 100% recommend the jawbone if youre interested in tracking your steps/sleep!

things i find myself doing between 5am and 6am? catching up on instagram. watching tv. reading blogs. thinking about what im going to eat for the rest of the day. (<- probably the most important thing.)

today on instagram: i wonder how this person got a hold of my family photograph (nor did they ask permission to use it, rude.)

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 5.47.38 AMnot on instagram (well i guess maybe it could be) is this picture mary grace sent me yesterday. ha! silly doughnut. (unrelated but semi-related… i got an apple fritter from 7-11 this weekend… oh man are they surprisingly delicious. i wish i never discovered them as my willpower is extremely minimal. especially when walking home from the bars.) i clearly ate it all before i took a picture, but im sure ill be getting one again soon and will share.

IMG_4708so i actually cancelled my huge cable package on monday (my bill was $194 last month… what the…) and downgraded to high speed internet and a cable package of about 40 or so channels, saving just about $100 a month. the only channel i lost that i really care about is bravo (i still get food network, HBO, E! and AMC… phew) so feel free to invite me over to watch housewives, k?

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oh, and if you arent watching astronaut wives. start. now. im obsessed.
(you can also watch on hulu)

saw this youtube posted on another blog and had to snag it too! i think this song is a bit overplayed (aka annoys me a bit) BUT i love it with the movie mash up. hard to hate anything that contains clips from grease and dirty dancing, dontcha think?

now time for a quick workout video and then FOOD. todays breakfast is going to be a vega smoothie. ill post more about those in my workout summary post (spoiler alert: i havent lost much weight. but then again i havent gained it. small victory?) but these have been my favorite way to start the day lately! the usual morning mix:

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Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 6.16.49 AMa delicious (and nutritious) way to start the day!
(i swear it tastes better than the picture looks. #INeedANewCamera)
happy hump day everyone.

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sentence per picture.

oh hai. long time no talk. the past few months have been beyonddd busy- but no complaints here! i really wish i had been better about posting because now there is just SO much stuff to catch up on, i seriously dont even know where to begin. (ive already started this post and deleted it three times cause i just have zero clue what to start with- everything has been so fun!)

so instead of a normal post, im going to do a little sentence per picture photo dump and maybe at some point ill get around to writing up full posts! enjoy! (oh, and if you follow me on instagram you may have seen some of these… sorrynotsorry in advance..)

miami is kinda pretty (and kinda warm.)

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there are not nearly enough fruity cocktails in my life.
(alternate sentence: pina coladas are worth every calorie.)

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summer officially began when i ordered my first twist cone with rainbow sprinks.

IMG_0247im really bad at salsa dancing, but had a blast cha cha cha-ing with my fairfield ladies.

IMG_0268apparently at 4am and after several glasses of wine i think im quail man. 

IMG_0317professional football players are seriously ginormous.

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southerners know whats up when it comes to breakfast.

IMG_0891dont think its possible to be happier for these two love birds.

IMG_0931and theres nothing better than catching up with mah sistahs. #RideOrDie

IMG_1008lola took to canada and lake life quite well.

IMG_1138the spinach with ricotta salata and truffle honey at babbo could be my new favorite salad.

IMG_1190the belmont stakes was equal parts fun and equal parts waiting in line to go to the bathroom. 

IMG_2134while the jp morgan corporate challenge was equal parts fun and equal parts OMGItsSoHumid (i finished fourth for women in our office though, so ill take it!)

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my little brother graduated from high school (AHHH!)

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but seriously, where did the time go?! (and why did i get the midget genes.)

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i had a bit too much fun shopping for decorations for allis engagement party.

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while victoria crushed the avocado toast bar- talk about delicious eats.

IMG_3324…and lets not forget about dessert.

IMG_3363orrrr the cosmos. (be more sex & the city. you cant.)

IMG_3407pinatas are seriously underrated and im taking a firm stance that all parties i attend from now on need one.

billy joel at fenway was pretty much amazing.

IMG_3650im surprised alli and i had voices the next day- SO much white girl screaming/singing.

IMG_3892billy seemed to be having a good time too. 

oh yeah, and i chopped off my hair (unintentionally.) not a happy camper, but making it work.

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danny and i are, like, so pensive and artsy, right? (username: brittanyshelby)

IMG_3921oh, and in case you missed my 500 snaps/instagrams- freedom boat club is back in action.

IMG_4102“im the king of the world” (or at least maybe the part of the harbor that faces mirabella.)

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oh, and before i forget- this stuff is bomb.com for adding in some volume without the hairspray super crunch. 

IMG_4156most random post ever? yes. but now we are kinda (?) current. will be talking to ya soon- but for now, goodnight folks!

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{WIAW} Haru Sushi Boston

a few weeks ago i was lucky enough to be invited to taste the new seasonal spring delights menu at haru and was super excited. (fun fact: haru means spring in japanese! well, at least i think so. hope im not pulling a lohan here...) a while back i attended their sushi class and had such a great time (and great eats!) so i was def pumped to head back.

bruce and i arrived at six and we were seated in their back private room. this room had fun chandeliers, a big table and would be perfect for a birthday party or private celebration (shower, bachelorette party, etc.) i unfortunately forgot to snap a picture, but was able to find one here. at each seat was our menu for the night:

IMG_0751after a quick glance, i knew we were in for quite a treat! traffic was tres miz (damn sox game), but we were greeted with the strawberry margarita (avion tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, fresh strawberries and basil) which def improved our moods!

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these. were. goooood. definitely on the sweeter side, but the basil gave it a little savory flavor. im not usually a margarita fan but i had three of these. as mentioned in my previous post, im trying to be better about my diet, so in preparation of stuffing my face a meal out,  i tried not to eat too much during the day- a greek yogurt, some carrots and cucumbers, and a chicken breast- so i was starvedddd. thankfully the first course did not disappoint.

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(octopus, shrimp, bay scallops, citrus ginger marinade.)

im a HUGE octopus fan these days (if you follow me on instagram you’ll see a few ladies called me out on the it. its literally almost all i ate in miami. so good!) this was very light, a bit tart, but very fresh tasting. perfect start to the meal!

next up was the cockles (saltwater clams in spring garlic dashi broth)

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the only complaint we had about this dish was that there wasnt bread (or a straw) to soak up the dashi with because it was ahhh-mazing. seriously. i was drinking it out of a clam shell. classy b, classy. right after this dish came out the head chef, who came up from NYC for the event, came out to greet us and someone else mentioned the same thing to him! great minds think alike… so hopefully if you go and order this dish youll get bread. (if not, seriously ask for a spoon.)

at this point we were ready to test out the next drink, the black sapphire (bombay sapphire gin, domaine de canton ginger liqueur, shaken with crushed blackberries and yuzu.)

DSCN1055im not usually a huge gin fan (nor is bruce) but the christmas tree taste was minimal in this and you really got a strong hint of fruit/freshness. (my first time having gin was my sophomore year in college and i thought it was water and chugged an entire glass of it, so ive been anti-gin since then. mother- if youre reading this, that last sentence didnt happen.) anyways, it was good! (although the rita is still the winner of the night.)

next up was the charred beef tenderloin (mizuna, daikon, togarashi vinigarette.)

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(sorry this guys a little dark)

the acidity in the slaw (and the sauce served with it) paired really well with the beef. the pieces were a bit on the larger side to not have knives, but brodie and i clearly had no problem devouring. (but maybe not an ideal dish for a first date? or, just ask for a knife when you get your spoon for the dashi.)

while i probably had hit my calorie count for the day at this point, the grilled lamb sirloin (with pickled cucumber salad) was up next and what respectable greek could say no to that?!

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again, we probably could have used a knife, but it was cooked perfectly and surprising paired well with the other asian flavors/sauces. def a big fan. plate. cleared. 

and last but not least, probably my favorite dish of the night (and sadly the dish i got the worst picture of) was served. meet the oscar roll (beef tataki, snow crab, asparagus, lemon dressing.)

FullSizeRender_1this roll was literally everything you could ask for! meat. seafood. veg. spicy mayo-ey dressing on the side. YUM. was seriously impressed by this bad boy. they nailed the whole “land meats sea” thing (i realized when proof reading i wrote meats instead of meets, but i think it works so im leaving it haha.) would 100% go back just for this dish!

seriously stuffed (and over my calorie count by like double) brodie and i headed back to the north end for a little celebratory nightcap (hes moving back! hooray!!) and now im off to bed so i can get up and attempt to stick to my workout plan for the day. just say no to snooze brittany.*

again, thanks to the chef and staff at haru for hosting brodie and i. and thanks to jenn for hosting {WIAW!}

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* edit: i snoozed from 6:20am to 7:40 this morning so  my workout did NOT happen. fail. guess i know what im doing tonight!