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A Little Donkey and A Little Thigh

Nikki Schuster

For those of you who don’t know, the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House marks the center of Boston. I am lucky enough to live just behind it, which means, I am within a 45 minute walk from all of Boston’s best spots! I can get to Southie, Seaport, Fort Point, Cambridge, North End, Back Bay and South End all in under 45 minutes. 

For some, that is too far, but I always carry my Yosi Samra fold up flats with me so I can make the trek without ruining my shoes or hurting my feet. The flats are super comfortable AND they fit in almost any purse (assuming I don’t over-stuff it with makeup). Take a look below for some of my favorite Yosi's! 

For me, walking isn’t only good for your health, it is good for your brain. It allows you to think, without getting distracted by directions or the “masshole” in front of you. I love passing little shops and restaurants I’ve never heard of, and because I’m not driving, I can even jot down the name/address and add it to my list of places to explore.

That being said, with the wedding under a year away, by budget has been pretty tight! I want to continue trying new spots, so walking to and from the restaurants not only saves me money, it opens up my world of options. 

Recently I tried Little Donkey. The food was amazing!! Fair warning: it is Tapas, so if you are going with a big group, be prepared to spend a lot and run the risk of leaving hungry, especially if there are hungry guys in your group. However, as a small girl, I was over-satiated. In fact, it was hard to stop - each item was better than the next! I had to remind myself that I didn’t need to order every item on the menu and I could always come back. Take a look below for some of my favorite items on the menu!

MUST HAVES:

  • Parker House Rolls: Yellow chives and Chinese Sausage
  • Black Pepper Popovers: Wagyu steak tartare
  • Pickle Brine Fried Chicken Sandwich: Green papaya slaw, jalapeno, avocado ranch (Beware: this is packed with flavor. If you order this, you may not have a lot of room for all the other options)
  • And of course, you have to get the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough because it’s the only place you can eat cookie dough in public instead of sneaking spoonful’s from the couch.

PS: if you are a guy, check out the artwork in the bathroom. And don’t be a fun-hog, snap a pic and let the ladies of the evening enjoy a little potty humor

THE OUTFIT

DRESS: Unfortunately, I got it years ago. It is a Theyskens Theory dress from Shopbop, however, click HERE and HERE for similar!

SHOES: Stuart Weitzman also click HERE for the same boot but with a small heel

BAG: The bag is consistently on repeat and as I've mentioned in the past, it is from Imports of Marrakesh, an adorable store in Chelsea Market. However, click HERE for one the most adorable yarn bags I've ever seen and HERE for a stunning multicolored fur clutch!! Clearly I have a statement clutch obsession...

Also click the links below for direct access to the outfit and similar items!

Nerd Pants

Nikki Schuster

Yesterday was Summer Solstice, which means days are only going to get shorter. So enjoy the daylight and warm nights before its too late! This time of year the Seaport district of Boston is beautiful but the bars are always packed which means lines are inevitable. Boston's roof tops are minimal, so I recommend expanding your search to include any outdoor patios, water views preferable. Check out below for recommended rooftops and outdoor spaces!

THE OUTFIT:

SHIRT: KENDALL + KYLIE - I am loving their stuff and it goes on sale quickly ;) This top is already on sale for $68.60!

SHOES: Stuart Weitzman - clearly these have been on repeat for the past 7 years. The wedges are peeling and are in desperate need of the shoe doctor but I can't keep them off for long enough! I have linked a few similar HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

PANTS: TIBI - I have linked a few stores that are carrying them including a pair that are on sale for $118!! Usually, stuff like this looks good on everyone but me. However, these pants hit high enough that they make every belly look good - No one wants to show the handles, just the top two abs ;) Click HERE and HERE for the nerd pants 

I also linked an adorable over the shoulder dress by KENDALL + KYLIE because its a must!

THE BARS:

ROOFTOP MUSTS:

The Envoy Hotel | 70 Sleeper Street, Boston MA 02210 | 617.338.3030 |

Outlook Kitchen and Bar is the restaurant with city views and Lookout is the rooftop bar! I haven't been yet but I have heard great things! They do not take reservations so the hostess recommends arriving right at 4 when they open. I will be in Nantucket the next few weeks but as soon as a I make it to the Envoy rooftop, I will be sure to give you the low down!

The Rooftop at the Revere Hotel | 200 Stuart Street, Boston MA 02116| 617.482.1800 |

This spot used to be packed every day, but with the Seaport in full action, it has quieted down. If you are looking for great drinks, great food and minimal crowds this place is perfect! Also great for a big group of people to celebrate a birthday, engagement or just the start of summer!

Legal Harborside | 270 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.477.2900 |

I love Legal Harborside. The food is amazing and the set up is perfect! There are two outdoor areas on either side of a full-glass, covered, bar area. I highly recommend this! Again, the line gets long and arriving early is a must. However, if you are too impatient to wait in line, the first floor also have great food and great views with outdoor seating and open air areas. This place is a MUST!

Whiskey Priest | 150 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.426.8111 |

The crowd can get rowdy and the sun is directly overhead but it is a causal classic. Again, the lines get long so get there early.

Atlantic Beer Garden | 146 Northern Avenue, Boston MA 02210 | 617.357.8000 |

Same thing for Whiskey Priest goes for here. If you don't get to these places early, you won't get in. If you take forever to get ready (like me) and are stuck in Seaport lines I recommend assigning a designated spot-holder to hold the groups spot in line while the rest pop over to the Lawn on D for some beers and Cornhole! But be nice and don't forget to rotate line-holders!

Baseball Tavern | 1270 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02215 | 617.867.6526 |

This is always a great causal spot, especially after work because the sunsets are spectacular. However, there is only one bathroom on the roof-deck and people will fight for it!

Jerry Remy's  (Now Tony C's)| 1265 Boylston St, Boston MA 02215 | 617.236.7369 | 

Again, this is the perfect casual spot for a week-night drink or a non-game night. If you head in during the Sox game you are bound to wait in line.

Pier 6 | 1 8th Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 | 617.337.0054 |

Pier 6 is on the pricier side but the views are worth it! Looking to stay cost effective? Eat first and join the gals for drinks only!

The Sinclair | 52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617.547.5200 | 

If you are looking to get away from the hubbub of the Seaport/Downtown Boston, the Sinclair is an awesome rooftop in Cambridge. Better yet - they also do live music!!

OUTDOOR HAVENS:

Mare | 3 Mechanic Street, Boston, MA 02113 | 617.723.6273 |

If you love fresh seafood and good views, you can't miss Mare. With fire pits for cold nights and indoor/outdoor bar for warm, rainy nights, you can't go wrong. But make a reservation! It is small and it fills up fast!

Aragosta Bar + Bistro | 3 Battery Warf, Boston MA 02109 | 617.994.9001 | 

This spot is also in the North End so if you can't get a reservation at Mare, head over to Aragosta. It is only a 10 minute walk and the views of the water are incredible!!

Scampo | 215 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 | 617.536.2100 |

I am not a big Italian food lover, but Scampo is the best food in Boston. It is always consistent and super close to me :) They have a patio that opens in the summer...the views are nonexistent, but it is a cozy spot on a warm, cloudy night.

My goal is to explore more hole-in-the-wall restaurants so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!