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Friday, May 29, 2015

5 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Southeastern CT

It's definitely that time of year again, friends... ICE CREAMMMMM! <--- to be screamed, hence the capital letters ;) ahaha! Whether you're planning a trip to come visit Southeastern CT or if you already live around here and just want to play tourist in your own neighborhood, check out my five favorite picks to get your ice cream fix:

1. South Lyme Scoop Shop (South Lyme, CT)
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By far, the flavors offered here are the most vibrant and the texture is legit #flawless. Like, I mean...it woke up like this. There isn't any outdoor seating at this location, so if you're up for a rural scenic drive, I definitely recommend visiting the original Salem Valley Farms (Salem, CT) which is the ethereal  amazing ice cream provider for SL Scoop Shop! There are picnic benches situated on the property which is great for everything from family fun to catching up with old friends to going on a promising first date! *wiggles eyebrows knowingly* Dairy-Free options are offered for those who prefer their frozen treats to say "see ya, never!" to the lactose.


2. Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe (Old Lyme, CT)
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Under new management, the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe seems to be less crowded than it once was… but certainly no less delicious! *casually starts drooling on the keyboard as I type this post* My personal favorite is the plain chocolate with chocolate sprinkles (b/c chocolate is bae) but the Maine Blueberry (as well as other various fruit flavors offered, on that note) is really good!

3. Ice Cream & Gift Shop at Bill's Seafood (Westbrook, CT)
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Come for the seafood, stay for the ice cream?! Here's lookin' at you, fish 'n' chips<33… but Bill's Seafood also serves Ashely's Ice Cream, which anyone from New Haven County (particularly Madison, Guilford, or New Haven) knows is synonymous with the phrase "heaven in a cone". The good news? Any flavor you get, you can rest assured that you've made a good choice.

4. A.C. Petersen Farms Drive-In (Old Lyme, CT)
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From Grasshopper (for the flavor-illiterate, it's basically mint-Oreo…no bugs here!; A.C. Petersen's version thankfully doesn't include the waxy, faux-fudge ripple in it, unlike many other shops) to low-fat Black Raspberry Chocolate Chunk, there's a flavor for everyone here. Whenever I get ice cream here, it tends to melt pretty fast for some reason (~calling all chemistry enthusiasts~), so I recommend getting an extra cup even if you're ordering a cone!


5. Frosty Treat (Niantic, CT)
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For all the soft-serve lovers out there, this one's for you! Although they also sell Hershey's Ice Cream (!!!), the soft-serve is definitely my go-to here. The texture is uber-creamy and just perfect in every way so you'll barely notice that you won't be able to discern what flavor it is (the chocolate doesn't exactly have a, well… distinct... cocoa flavor necessarily) but it's still amazing - trust me on this, considering it still made this list! +5 bonus points to you if you make the smart decision and get the chocolate dip coating!

Where do you go for ice cream?
xoxo, Brooke

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Habit

You guys… I'm obsessed. As a member of Amazon Prime, I was invited to join My Habit, an amazing company started by Amazon.com that offers up to 60% off of original prices for luxury and designer goods! I mean… I found a Betsey Johnson scarf for $14. Uhhh, count me in!


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Click on this link to get your $20 because a) thank you for reading my blog and b) let's be real; you're fabulous, so you deserve goodies that are equally as fabulous as you are!

Happy shopping, friends!
xoxo, Brooke



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pretty in Palazzo (Photo Shoot/Outfit of the Day)

Today was a bit chillier than I expected, so it was a perfect excuse to break out my new palazzo pants that I've been just dying to wear! Check out my Style Story below:

Let the sass begin!

Wanna know what I was looking at? So do I! I have no clue, lol!!

Awkz roll of shirt fabric... but I'm still workin' it!

Considering getting all of my hair bleached to be the golden blonde color... to be continued on this one

"Lol, wut?"

Giving the photographer (aka my mama bear) the utmost sass - Part One

Giving the photographer (aka my mama bear) the utmost sass - Part Two

A quiet moment in rural-suburbia.

If you look closely, you can see my mom taking the picture reflected in my sunglasses!

Casual curling pose of the thumb & forefinger~~~

Lalala pants blowing in the breezeee!

Wedges are the perfect pair for pants of this length!
Palazzo Pants - Kohl's // Crewneck T-Shirt - Eddie Bauer // Diamond & Pearl Bracelet - David Yurman (!!!!!!!!!!) // Wedge Heels - Fergalicious, Famous Footwear // Choker Necklace - Kohl's //
Faux-Diamond Hair Jewlery (Not Pictured) - Asiye's Boutique, Madison CT //
Sunglasses - Old Navy Outlet // Nail Polish - Lilly Pulitzer for Target x Essie

What did you wear today?
xoxo, Brooke

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Summer 2015 Reading List

So, on Goodreads, every year you create a new reading challenge for yourself of how many books you want to read by New Year's! For me, I've set my goal for the entire year of 2015 as 30 books. I've already read 22 of them (*happydance*!!!) so I've only got eight left to go. Then, when the summer is over, and I read even more books for my colleges classes, I will successfully beat my original goal of 30! Ummm, #overachieveralert , hahaha!

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I wish I had a wall of built-in bookshelves like this!
Here are the eight books that I'm planning on reading this summer:

1. Home Is Where Your Boots Are by Kalan Chapman Lloyd  (This book I am actually getting paid to review on my blog, as I am a Book Reviewer for Book Delight Book Tours! Check back on June 1st to read my review of this chick-lit, fiction book!)

2. The Rainmaker by John Grisham (currently reading this one!)

3. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

4. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

6. Intensity by Dean Koontz

7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

8. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don't by James C. Collins

Want to know why I've selected these books out of all of the approx. 103729372937493929374839273 million books there are out there that I could have chosen!? Well, when I finish each one, I'll write a post for each about what attracted me to that book in particular, as well as what I thought of it and if I'd recommend it to you all to read it! <3

As always, follow along with me by adding me as a friend on GoodReads! :)

What's on your Summer 2015 Reading List?
xoxo, Brooke

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

4 Easy Ways to Become "More Beautiful" (They Aren't What You Think!)

Are you as tired as I am, friends, about magazines telling you that you'd be waaaaaay more attractive if you use such-and-such a product, or if you got this treatment or that procedure done? I love makeup and beauty products as much as the next girl (actually, probably more - I'm pretty much a self-proclaimed "makeup junkie", considering how many different products I own!), but that doesn't negate the fact that true beauty doesn't come in a bottle or tube or some lotion that you slather on your face.

As one of my absolutely favorite quotes goes:
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Want to become "more beautiful"? Try projecting love out into the world around you! Does that sound cheesy? Mayhapz… but I can assure you that it's true, and it works very, very well. Spread love around: to strangers, to best friends, to enemies - emit that positive, kind, giving energy and emit it ceaselessly. Here are four easy ways to do so:

Volunteer // I think it means so much more to give your time to a cause than your money because you actually put in effort, which thereby creates a stronger emotional bond and sense of community with the organization/people being helped/etc. If you give money, all you'll really feel is that gaping hole in your bank account, but if you labor alongside others to help a cause, seeing the change actually being made, well that is truly priceless! Get involved - whether you want to knit or crochet doggy blankets (I used to do this, personally, and loved it!) for animal shelters, serve meals at your local Soup Kitchen, or help play with little kids at the nearby preschool, you will be so happy you did.

Donate // Clothing and books are two things that I highly recommend donating to Goodwill! Whether it's those yoga pants that no longer fit (because you've been beastin' it up in the gym, obvii! oww owwww, lookin' gooooood! *wiggles eyebrows*) or that classic novel 1984 that everyone loves but it just creeps you out. Give others the gift of style and the gift of reading: two things that every classy lady and gent should have.

Get Lost // In the beauty of nature, in an amazing book or article or documentary, in a great conversation with an old friend or a new potential flame, in the eyes of your pet dog as you snuggle him, in the world of meditation - lose yourself in the magic of life, and you'll see just how beautiful it really can be. Our "Digital Age" society is going non-stop, 24/7 and if we're not careful, sometimes we go way too long without pausing to appreciate what's actually important!

Ask Questions // When a friend is telling you about her heartbreak, ask if she wants to hear your advice - she might just want a listening ear for right now. When your grandfather is telling you stories about his experiences back in the Old Country, ask open-ended questions about his favorite memories - things that require lengthy answers rather than a simple yes or no. When somebody at work or school or the book club or sports practice says something you don't necessarily agree with and you want to better understand, (kindly, and with good intentions!!!) ask where they're coming from when they say that. When we do these things, we allow others to actualize their importance, to feel like their opinions matter - because they most definitely do matter! It's always nice to take a step back from time to time, letting others take the lead with us just listening and learning and supporting them with their thoughts and feelings and passions, you know!?

Don't hold back when it comes to showing others how much you genuinely care about them because it's all too often that the people close to us can feel unappreciated! This, my friends, is how you can become "more beautiful". <3

Which of these four easy ways to become "more beautiful" will you try?
xoxo, Brooke

Monday, May 18, 2015

Why I Said No (Summer Plans, Personal Schedule, & More)

Done with finals! Done with junior year!

But, there's a catch: As I posted on my personal Facebook account (if you want to be FB friends and get to know me better, send me a direct message on The Pink Lyme blog's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thepinklyme and tell me that you are a reader and would love to connect! Always looking to get to know my readers better!<3)… 


"I'm writing this status primarily because this is normally the type of thing that people avoid sharing online because they're afraid of what people might think or say, and this might come as a shock, but I will no longer be interning this summer. (They were so kind and understanding about it.) I want to do my part in ending the stigma about anxiety, because even though everybody gets a little nervous sometimes, occasionally people get nervous to the degree where it develops into severe anxiety that affects daily functioning (can I just stay all snuggled up in my bed forever, orrrrr!?!). When I came to the realization that I’ve reached an all-time low and need this summer to get my life back on track, I was originally feeling ashamed, embarrassed and like a disappointment. I know the internship would have been an amazing experience, but the truth is sometimes you have to say no, even if it’s an amazing opportunity and say yes… to yourself. heart emoticon Sometimes we go through things where we can’t just “snap out of it” or just “pull yourself together” because it’s an issue greater than we can tackle on our own. Never feel alone or scared to reach out for the help you need because of what others might think. People aren’t afraid to say that they want to become more physically healthy, so we shouldn’t be afraid to say that we want to become more mentally healthy, either. ‪#‎EndTheStigma‬"

So, this summer I am planning on posting on The Pink Lyme most likely on MWF, focusing on quality over quantity of my posts, but hey! Maybe some weeks I'll want to write more! So this is why you should follow me on Bloglovin', so you'll never miss a post ;) haha!

As for my non-blogging related schedule: 


1. Every morning, I'll start off with organic/healthy breakfast (Chobani peach yogurt w/ Bear Naked "Fruit & Nutty" granola, omg <333333). Then, I will watch a meditation video (or my personal favorite, an ASMR YouTube video, which let's be honest here is beyond creepy in thought, but simultaneously the best thing to ever happen to YouTube… you can be sure that I'll be writing a post about it in the very near future! :p ). 

2. After comes a brand new yoga DVD that I bought on the cheap at my local Walmart… once I become more familiar with the practices of yoga - I've never done it before, and I'm so excited to get started! - and my anxiety begins to calm down by x10029384829294, I'll sign up for an actual class at the gym! *casually flexes non-existent biceps* 

3. After yoga, it's off to grab some iced decaf coffee and go to one of the beaches around here (I belong to a private one, but there are a few state parks as well with incredibly beautiful beaches that I also love going to, and then one of the public beaches is very carnival-like and fun) as long as I'm not burnt from the previous day (what can I say, I'm a Russian-Ukranian-Polish-Austrian princess!!! We turn into lobsters on the regular, even with sunscreen, just so you know, FYI.) just for about an hour or so! I find the sea air and crashing of the mild Long Island Sound waves to be incredibly therapeutic.

4. Once I'm done beachin' it (does that sound provocative? o____O *cue Where is My Mind by the Pixies*), time to hit the gym because the stationary bike and the Cybex Arc Trainer will be calling my name! As everyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with the Cybex Arc Trainer, this is without a doubt a highlight of my days hahahaha it's TOO good!!! *claps hands and squeals with delight* Also, I used to be terrified of free weights even though I played racquet sports for years and then lol that one year I did field hockey and my knees have been partially dislocated ever since (circa Senior Fall of High School, 2011), but lifting 5-pound weights is something I definitely recommend. You won't look "manly" at all with 5 pounds, which was my biggest fear, I promise - being toned is lovely! You will feel strong, and strength is what builds confidence.

5. After a 45 minute shower extravaganza  a blissful shower, I've got the whole afternoon to nourish my mind. I do a lot of work as the Editor-at-Large for the Smart Girls Group and as a Blog Copyeditor for Her Culture and am a Staff Writer for Inkling Writing Co. so I definitely do somewhere around 10hrs of work per week for those, in total. Besides that, when my eye strain goes away more completely (after writing a 31-page term paper about how relationships in Jane Austen's novels only succeed when they are based off of emotional substance rather than artificiality manifested in the form of trying to increase socio-economic status, and then zoning out the next day with screen time, literally everything was blurry and painful to look at. Now things are still somewhat fuzzy-ish but way way better!), I will try to get into watching thought-provoking, intellectual documentaries. Naturally, I'll also be reading a whole bunch of great books (and magazines! Here's lookin' at you, HGTV mag!) so add me on GoodReads to follow along with me for recommendations or just to see what I've been up to! I'd love your recommendations, too, so if you have any books that you've read lately that you're just dying to discuss with somebody, please please tell me so I can read it and then we can talk about it! <3

Have you ever battled against anxiety? What are your plans for this summer?
xoxo, Brooke

Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Posts Coming Soon (!!!)

YOU GUYS I AM SO SO SORRY. The end of classes was… intense and now I'm on page 8 of a 25+ page-paper so that's why you haven't seen any posts in basically forever. The paper is due Thursday, so I'll see you back here then! <3

xoxo, Brooke