Jess, Boston lifestyle blogger, gives IM Boston the run-down on her blog, Champagne Thursday, and shares why she feels ‘fun’ shouldn’t be limited to the Weekend.
1. Were you able to complete your Boston summer checklist? What made you come up with that list? Tell us more about it.
I fall in love with Boston each spring/summer. The city (literally) blooms and there are so many fun things to do, but inevitably I miss something every year. This year, determined not to suffer a severe case of what the youngsters call “FOMO” (fear of missing out), I wrote out a list of what I want from my summer. It included classics (like going to the drive-in), new-to-me events (I always miss the Revere Sand Sculpture competition–not this year though!), and lots of room for spontaneity. I’m not totally through the list yet, but we still have a few weekends left! This weekend is going to be hot, so you’ll probably find me at Walden Pond.
2. Tell us more about your blog, Champagne Thursday. How did it originate? What made you start blogging?
I’ve been reading blogs for a long time, and I started looking at things that I was doing or wearing as potential blog post topics. I had a little voice saying “I could share that” or “This would be a fun post” or “I wish I had a way to tell people about X.” I thought about it for way too long, so I either needed to start it or completely stop thinking about it. It was my New Years Resolution in 2014–start the blog. The blog’s name, Champagne Thursday, is meant to invoke a sense of everyday fun. No need to wait until the weekend to have a good time! I like to categorize it as a life/style blog; it’s definitely fashion-based but with a ton of other topics mixed in (beauty, sharing cool businesses, new recipes, etc). It’s life with style.
3. What are your favorite places for seafood in Boston?
I’m a vegetarian (including no seafood!) all year, but I eat seafood in the summer because it’s THE BEST in New England. It’s my absolute summer indulgence. Around Boston, I love Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore, and East Coast Grill in Inman Square. I’ve had fabulous oysters at Sorellina, and I need to get to Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar asap. Outside of Boston, I love Petey’s in Rye, NH but my absolute favorite will always be cracking open lobsters at my grandfather’s house in Portsmouth.
4. What are you hobbies and interests? Tell us what motivates you the most.
In my free time, I like to explore–neighborhoods, stores/boutiques, restaurants. Boston has a ton of cool nooks and crannies, and there’s always something to find. I also love spending time with my dogs (a mini schnauzer and a border collie mix). Anytime something is advertised as being dog-friendly, you can count on seeing me there!
5. Tell us what you like about the city of Boston.
What I love about Boston is that it’s got such a concentration of educational powerhouses, and with that comes a lot of youth and innovation. (Granted, don’t remind me that I said that on move-in day or when I’m stuck in a sea of backpacks on the Green Line.) Bostonians aren’t known for being fashion-forward, but I think that’s changing. My day job is a fairly traditional publishing job, and no one batted an eye when I walked in with pink hair one day. I’ve also met a ton of VERY stylish people through blogging, so whoever keeps ranking this city so low needs to come back for a second look.
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