Photo Diary: Celebrate Good Times

Happy New Year, everyone!  I can’t believe it is 2016; I still write 2009 on things sometimes, so this will definitely take some getting used to.  The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is so magical and fun.  Even though I had finals, I’ve been doing a lot of things and celebrating lots of special times with my friends and family.  Here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Processed with VSCOcam with c9 presetI threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party!  All her closest friends came in from out of state, and somehow she was so oblivious that we were able to pull it off!  Thanks to Flour bakery in South Boston for this amazing lemon raspberry cake.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetSooooo I did NOT fail my Econ final; in fact, I kicked ass!  To celebrate, I went for watermelon margaritas and way too much Mexican food at Besito.

Processed with VSCOcam with acg presetLate-night skating with my best friend!  I’ve been skating since I was two, and it is one of the only sports I’m good at.

‎File_000‎-17On Christmas Day it was so warm that the cherry trees in front of our house were in bloom.

Processed with VSCOcam with e1 presetChristmas in NYC!  This picture is so funny because I was so tired and not wearing any makeup, but it was so cute and festive that I instagrammed it anyway.

‎File_000‎-18This beautiful and yummy drink called Bramble and Indian food at Drunken Munkey, the only place open on the Upper East Side on Christmas.

Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetGetting tipsy with my cousins’ pup, Patty, the sweetest dog in the world.

‎File_000‎-8Our family reunion turned into a second surprise party for my mom!  How funny are these masks?!

Processed with VSCOcam with c6 presetDaddy and I, masked up.

Processed with VSCOcam with acg presetSunday mornings with Patty and my sister, who came home from Israel for the week.

‎File_000‎(2)You can find this mantra all over the West Village, my favorite neighborhood in NYC.
‎File_000‎-10First time trying a cone from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop!  It was 67 degrees out that night, so I’m glad they give out these cone guards, or it would’ve melted all over me.

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‎File_000‎-9I love all the street art in downtown New York.  I walked from the village to Astor Place to SoHo to Chinatown and then all the way back!

‎File_000‎-14This graffiti is the best thing ever!  We spotted it on Canal St, and my entire family took turns posing with it and giving Trump the finger.  Such a classy way to end 2015, I know.  Hillary 2016!

‎File_000‎-11My uncle teaching my cousin Jamie how to be a true NYC stoop kid.  I love this photo so much.

‎File_000‎-20Donuts from my favorite shop in the world, Dough.  Clockwise from top left: hibiscus, passionfruit, original glazed, and dulce de leche.

‎File_000‎-19Freezing, but beautiful night waiting for the NJ Transit.  I left my car in Boston and took public transportation around NYC and New Jersey all weekend.  I was super proud of myself… until I got lost in Jersey on the last night.

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetWe took the family reunion back to Boston.  Don’t my step-cousin and I look like we could be sisters?!

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Processed with VSCOcam with a2 presetFreddie’s first time at Zaftig in Brookline!  Had to explain to her that Bostonians drink iced coffee year-round, even when its 26˚ out.

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‎File_001‎-4These penguins were the definition of squad goals.  So cute how they all swam and groomed together!

‎File_000‎-12I hadn’t been to the aquarium in years, but it is one of my favorite places in the world.  This part of the giant ocean tank reminds me of Ariel’s grotto in The Little Mermaid.

‎File_000‎-13Hey, Nemo!

Processed with VSCOcam with e1 presetThis giant turtle came right up to us and waved!

Processed with VSCOcam with a2 presetNew Year’s Eve with my cousin Jamie…

‎File_003‎And Freddie!

Processed with VSCOcam with b4 presetAnd my sister, who turned 19 at midnight!

Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetJamie gives the best massages, so I obviously didn’t want him to go back to England.

Processed with VSCOcam with b2 presetWe spent our last day together snuggling in my bed at my parents’ house.

I hope everyone is having a great 2016 so far!  I’m going to do a few New Year’s posts this week, but I also am starting off the year with my first grown-up job, so stay tuned to see how that goes!

XX, Gabrielle

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