mokka coffeehouse: newport, ri

April 20th, 2014

mokka coffeehouse 1



last weekend, we traveled to see two of our dear friends get married in newport, ri. on sunday, after all the festivities, james and i bummed around the small town walking up and down the cobblestone streets. i had never been before and when i told a friend from work, she told me there was a great coffeeshop in the area and it had something to do with a camel. she couldn’t remember the name but she told me that if it had a camel on the sign, it was the right place to be. 

luckily, james and i stumbled upon it quickly, as it was only a 7 minute walk from our hotel. it’s name was not “the camel coffeshop” as i had been referring it to. but rather, mokka coffeehouse. however, it was in fact decorated by numerous camels.





mokka coffeehouse is a small business run by mr. jack corey and his wonderful staff. they use fair-trade coffee and offer delicious pastries to go alongside. their house special is called the “ice house” which is iced coffee, with your choice of a homemade syrup and cold foamed milk on top. knowing this, i ordered a coconut ice house, which to jack’s surprise was quickly on the rise for this spring season. as it should be, because it was phenomenal. even james, an “i don’t like coffee” person, said that he could easily see himself enjoying this chilled delight. 

we cannot recommend this place enough! if you are in the newport and need a quick caffeine boost or just want to try something new. head on over to mokka coffeehouse – you won’e be disappointed!


coconut ice house mokka coffeehouse



cheers x



vintage revival: TOAST

April 19th, 2014

toast revival 1



recently, james and i were in new jersey visiting my parents. we were all meandering our way through countless vintage shops, in search for vintage odds and ends for our reception centerpieces. it was in one of these shops, that i stumbled upon this perfect little brunch addition. a TOAST server. visions of grandeur danced in my head as i daydreamed of having this little piece strategically placed on our dining room table. my own problem – it was filthy! cobwebs, rust, dirt, grime. you name it. but it was just too good to pass up. so i snagged it for a whole $10 and vowed that i would restore it to working condition. 

fast forward to yesterday, my first day of april vacation. i made it a plan to tackle my new little treasure and spruce it up a bit. before beginning, i knew i wanted to clean it up in the most natural way possible. no chemicals. so i did some research and found that i could make it squeaky clean with just the use of lemon juice & baking soda. knowing i had those in our kitchen, i set to work. 


baking soda lemon


baking soda & lemon juice



things i needed:

juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp baking soda
1 cheap (soft) toothbrush
gentle dish soap
warm water
lots of paper towels 

step 1: i juiced the lemon into a small bowl – removing any stray seeds. 

step 2: i then gradually added the baking soda to the lemon juice. this caused a fun bubbly/fizzy reaction. 

step 3: i stirred until a soft paste is created.

step 4: then i took a paper towel and removed any grime i could before adding the paste.

step 5: next i took the toothbrush and a little paste and started cleaning. i worked one letter at a time, and slowly cleaned in one direction. this process took about an hour to do because of all the crevices. in between letter i would use a paper towel and my finger to really get after some tough spots!

step 6: once i sufficiently had gotten most of the grime i could off with the toothbrush and the paste, i made a warm water bath with dish soap and any extra baking soda/lemon juice i had. 

step 7: i put the piece in the water for about a minute and then removed it. i used the now rinsed toothbrush to brush away any left over grime or paste. 

step 8: i rinsed with cold water under the faucet quickly. and then dried the TOAST server.

step 9: ta da!


toast final collage



now, i’m definitely not an expert. this just worked for me. i was nervous about using water because i wasn’t sure if it would cause more rust. so i tried to keep it limited! but otherwise – i’m thrilled with the end result.

time to have a brunch! who is coming?


cheers x



hello gorgeous [macaronerie]

April 18th, 2014


my life is utterly complete, as i type this blog post.  

not just because i have the most dashing fiancĂ©. or, the most fabulous girl friends. but because i am enjoying delicious macarons that i was able to snag right out my front door. that’s right ladies and gents, macarons are coming to southie. and tonight, we got a sneak peek!


miam miam macaronerie 2


miam miam macaronerie, is a new company that is making its way into the ever flourishing neighborhood of south boston. if you’re as much of a macaron lover as we are, you’ll agree that this is basically the best news… ever. it feels like boston is seriously lacking in these delicate french sweets. i’ve tried a few around the city but nothing met my high expectations. except for tonight! finally- an easter miracle!

below is a quick snapshot of their menu. so far, james and i are both head over heels for the vanilla bean & salted caramel. but then again, we have 10 more!


miam miam macaronerie
via miam miam macaronerie


 miam miam macaronerie doesn’t have a store front just yet (it’s in the works). but not to fret. you can order your macarons online and have them delivered to you! how perfect is that? think about it… you come home from a long day of work, and there waiting for you, is a small box containing a dozen delicate macarons. and then, you’re basically forced to enjoy them with champagne and a good movie. what a life! or, say you need some for a larger celebration.. maybe like a wedding. in burlington, vt. in october. you’ll just HAVE to place a larger order so you can share the delight with all you friends & family! 


macaron collage


we are so excited to welcome miam miam macaronerie into the great neighborhood of southie.
we can’t wait to venture into their shop and try out more of their delicious french treats!


cheers x



the [unrefined] sweet life