swimming into spring

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It’s here! Spring sunshine, mermaid musings, and the final week of the FBP season! Whew!

What a long and fulfilling season it has been.  I’ve been a lonely widow, a playful courier of faith, a sugar-filled fairy, an icy queen, a dewy drop, a romantic American, a rousing ruby, a hyper fox, a slippery tippler, a gush of thrusting gust, a significantly more spritely American, and now, a marveling mermaid.

Here’s to a season of playing, dancing, stumbling, swooshing, and swimming. I am beyond excited to jump down under the sea this weekend. If you’re in New England, I hope you’ll join me.

friends gather here

11165194_10153019717894480_1196090845715282896_oThe entire east side of Providence (and perhaps a few busloads from the other three quadrants) turned out for the annual Hope Street Block Party last Saturday.  Mothers, fathers, children, artists, musicians, bakers, brewers, baristas, and an impressive array of dogs took to the crowded strip between Seven Stars and Rochambeau for a late spring social, bringing all five blocks to life.  Talented local bands provided an audible heartbeat.  Children face-painted as butterflies and tigers lent their excited pulses, climbing inflatable slides and constructing cardboard box forts in chalk-doodled parking lots.  Residents and artists alike breathed fresh air into Hope Street’s many shops and pop-up businesses, exhibiting an appreciation for handmade goods unrivaled by any I’ve witnessed before.  Craft beers and artisan food trucks satiated superbly.
Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.14.10 AMFestival Ballet‘s annual Beers for the Ballet event took the lead in thirst-quenching, proving once again to be the highlight of the block party.  Teaming up with local brewers Narragansett, Bucket Brewery, Trinity Brewhouse, Revival Brewery, Grey Sailing Brewing, Proclamation Ale Company, and Foolproof Brewing Company, the staff at FBP earned its title as “that friend who throws the best parties”, creating a bustling beer garden, stretching out over the block surrounding FBP.  At a cool $4 a pop, locals indulged in many a brew, catching up with friends, playing corn hole and supporting the ballet as they sipped.  At the ballet’s ticket window, where I spent most of my day checking ID’s and dolling out wrist bands, a boundless collection of fun-loving folks filed through, as we served beers to what seemed to be every Providence inhabitant over the age of 21 years.  Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.09.57 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 9.58.24 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.09.27 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.17.54 AM (1)Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.19.59 AM

The event’s instrumental accompaniment showcased Providence’s diverse music scene from folk to rock to rap, with an open mic set up and some big band brass thrown in for good measure. Big Nazo‘s infamous monsters cut a rug to the sounds of an eclectic mix, offering tentacled-high-fives to fellow groove-seekers young and old.  A fashion show- complete with catwalk- offered the spring inventory from Hope Street’s favorite little shops, as well as a peek at some of the tutus that will be hitting the stage at Festival Ballet Providence School‘s annual culmination performance later this month.  Even Mayer Jorge Elorza made his rounds at the event, stopping in at food trucks and various businesses to show his support.Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.18.33 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.16.34 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.20.35 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.18.35 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.05.04 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.07.36 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.03.52 AMScreen Shot 2015-06-13 at 10.01.46 AM

Boy, do I love this little city.

first photo via the Hope Street Merchants Association, following photos by Liam Louis.

may day

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Happy first day of May, everyone!  Today I took advantage of my first real day off (no PT, no acupuncture- nothing) in months by waking up late, walking to the park, reading a whole book cover to cover (who cares if it was only 158 pages…still counts!), cooking up my first attempt at a quinoa salad and simply r e l a x i n g.  It was so nice to have some time to enjoy the outdoors and check out all of the fresh blossoms around the east side.  I even got a little accidental tan!  Score one for the injured girl.

le weekend

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Just thought I’d share a little peek at my Monday/Tuesday “weekend”.  It finally felt like spring here in Providence; The sun was shining, the picnics were plentiful, and the birthday cake was delicious.  We hiked, brunched, tanned, and even made a little bonfire last night…so wonderful!  But now it’s time to head back into the studio to start some serious work on The Sleeping Beauty– stay tuned!

spring things

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It’s feeling wonderfully springy around here…tulips blooming, hot pink scalloped shorts arriving in the mail, and house cleaning under way!  Just one more Up Close performance tonight, two shows of Little Red tomorrow and it’s time for the weekend to begin (yes having Monday and Tuesday off can still count as a weekend when you’re this desperate…#ballerinaprobs).  My “weekend” will consist of a good friend’s 21st birthday celebrations, brunch at Julian’s, warm weather appreciation in the park and hopefully a little relaxation too.  Happy Saturday!

florals for spring…groundbreaking.

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The sun is out, the birds are chirping, we’re “springing forward” on Sunday, and I have a serious case of Spring Fever!  The Hope Street Farmer’s Market, Prospect Park benches and Blackstone Boulevard are all calling my name.  Now if only the temperature outside would get on board…

I love that FBP is starting Spring off right, with one of the freshest shows (in my opinion) that we’ve produced in quite some time.  Seriously guys, if you are anywhere in the New England area this weekend, missing this show is not an option.

a little love letter i carry with me

Powder blue and pale pink- not just for babies anymore!  This spring, the pretty pastels have been floating around the internet so much, my desktop “spring inspiration” folder is overflowing.  To lighten the load, I decided to create a collage of my favorite photos incorporating the light, springy hues.  From delicate lingerie to studded iPhone cases to pastel pouts,  I’m officially on a pastel blue and pink kick!