I Got A Sexist Email From A Local Business and I Am Not Going To Stay Quiet

I started Don’t Be Common Fashion when I was 16 because I saw an issue in the fashion world;  I hated how people were judged by showing who they were through their clothing.

Don’t Be Common Fashion started five years ago, and has since evolved into a business that I am very proud of.  I have worked with many companies – I work with large companies, ethical brands – and being a student in Burlington, I love to reach out to local companies and create partnerships.

The best way as a blogger to expand your base is to work with other companies. You gain more followers by blending platforms with other businesses to reach a novel audience.  I worked with companies with both fewer and more followers than me. I have even worked with  brands that are not my target audience.

Working with varied brands is successful because my target audience is millennials and millennials love learning about new brands.  They are intrigued by the stories behind companies. Therefore, instead of just highlighting how amazing the products are I share the story behind the brand. As a result, the brands I’ve worked with have had positive experiences.

Rarely, I have a negative experiences working with brands. A recent response I received, grossed and creeped me out more than any other response I’ve ever read.  As a blogger, I am always reaching out to companies, to try to expand my reach and also theirs. When I send out press emails, there is a larger chance I get a no rather than a yes, but even when I get a no, the response is normally positive about the business I created.

Then, I got this response:

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Before getting this email, I sent my press statement to this Burlington business. As a college student, my Instagram is one way in which I collect a meager income to live my life; it’s not something that’s a joke.

I was initially unsure how to react to this business owner’s comments. I showed the email to a few of my friends. Some of them work at ski shops in Burlington and are familiar with the environment at this particular business. This business has no females working there and had previously had a job posting promoting themselves as a “Great place for you to talk bad about your girlfriend”.

This brings me to the “@buttsnorkler” suggestion.  I had no idea what this Instagram was, but if you search it on Instagram it is a bunch of pictures of some bare butts.  A connection of mine asked the owner of this business about his response, and it was ” Her Instagram is all about sex, therefore she was asking for this response”. While I do not deny that I have one picture of a bare butt on my Instagram page, the irony of this business owner’s comments was clearly lost as I was using it as a vehicle to discuss the phenomenon known as “slut shaming”.

Here’s a comparison of my Instagram and the Instagram this local business owner believes my photos are a good fit for.

 

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Recently, it feels like  every day there’s a new high-profile celebrity that is brought up on sexual harassment or assault claims.  When I received this email, I needed to figure out the best way to respond – in a way that I believed would create the most poignant impact and create something that could help someone else with an experience similar to mine.

Coming forward about being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted is not an easy thing to do.  When I was younger, I had a job and the male employees acted very inappropriate towards me, and I had no idea what to do about it, and didn’t have the voice to speak up about it.

The fact this this person who owns a business, is very involved in the Burlington community, saw no issue with the comments he made, disgusted me. Being in the position I was in, I felt writing this was the best way to speak out against sexual harassment.

I couldn’t just move this email into my trash and not say something that could benefit someone who has, had, or will have a similar experience to mine. My little cousins read my blog, and in a few years they will be entering the workforce. I want them, and others their age to feel powerful to stand up for themselves if they ever are in a position like this. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world and sexism is something that exists. I don’t want any of my readers to feel like it is not okay for them to stand up to someone or feel isolated in their situation.

The social media campaign “#METOO” showed how many people are affected by sexual assault and harassment.  I want the people who read my blog to know that sexual harassment is something that they can stand up to themselves, not let anyone make themselves feel less than, and remind them, that they too have a voice that can speak out against sexual harassment they may suffer.

 

My Top 5 Chic Ski Essentials So You’ll Look Cute While Hitting the Slopes

Ski season is finally here, which it being my last winter in Vermont, I’m pretty pumped about it.  Skiing can be fun, but nothing is fun about being cold and also not looking cute.  My years of going to the slopes and my knowledge of amazing brands will give you all you need to look amazing this winter.

1. Patagonia jacket

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You can’t be chic skiing without a cute jacket.  Patagonia jackets are well made, warm, and are also a great ethical company.  One of the best things about Patagonia is they have a warranty on all their items and if you happen to crash during your run, your jacket is protected.

2. Krochet Kids Hats

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Krochet Kids works with women who are living in poverty-stricken areas.  Their hats are extremely well made and warm.  Buying one of their hats is supporting women build a future for themselves.

3. Hot Chilly’s Fiesta Leggings

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There are so many base layers for skiing and no layer has every been warmer than these leggings.  I literally keep them by my bed and put them on before I take my dog for a walk every morning.  They have wonderful prints for every style.

4. Sorel Waterproof Wedges

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A few weeks ago I was getting my hair done and my hairdresser mentioned these boots.  Not only are they extremely cute, they’re also waterproof and perfect for the winter months.

5. Cowl Vermont Knitting Company

IMG_2697.JPGVermont Knitting Company is a partnership between Leslie and Kelsey, and they make some of the warmest knitting accessories.  I have their luxe cowl, which I love for the winter months because it keeps my neck extremely warm.

Last Minute Burlington Shopping Guide

After a very stressful semester, you have no idea how excited about Christmas I am, and one of my favorite parts of Christmas is getting people the perfect gift.  Being someone whose dream is to one day own her own business, I love supporting local businesses in Burlington.  I find myself very lucky to be surrounded by amazing small businesses.

For the coffee lover on your list…

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Speeders & Earls began roasting coffee in Burlington’s South End in 1993.  Over the past 20 years, they quickly have grown.  I don’t think I go to class without seeing multiple Speeder & Earl’s cups.  Speeder & Earl’s has multiple gifts for your coffee lovers.  As a self-described coffee snob, nothing is better than a travel mug and Kona Blend Coffee which are delivered from Hawaii.

For the vintage lover on your list…

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Downtown Threads started in 2010 with the purpose of keeping money locally and supporting eco-friendly shopping habits.  Downtown threads has the best selection of consignment, new, vintage, and local artist creations.  This holiday season their store is featuring local artist merchandise.  They have a special deal this holiday season (December 23rd & 24th) and will be offering 25% off a purchase of $40 or more.

For the person who’s always cold on your list…

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Whim was founded in 2007 by Melissa Desautels, focusing on casual chic, it’s your one-stop for jeans & tees.  Whim has so many great gift ideas, but my favorite would be a Shit I Knit Hats.  I cannot describe how amazing these hats are, I wear mine every day, and would feel naked without it in Vermont’s winter.

For the bohemian home lover on your list…

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Tangerine is owned by a 5th generation Vermonter Megan O’Brien, growing up in Burlington she knew trends tended to be a little expensive.  She wanted to start a business that was something young professionals and college students, who don’t have a lot of disposable income to spend on fashion.  This planter is perfect for the bohemian goddess on your list who needs a planter for her succulents, also it is made in America.  This holiday season they are offering buy one scarf get one 50% off and 30% off the sale rack.

For the boot lover on your list…

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Dear Lucy Shoes probably has the best selection of shoes I’ve ever seen in a small business and I’ve never wanted a trust fund more walking through that store.  They have a great selection of slippers, sneakers, and my favorite their Frye boot collection.

For the bag-obsessed on your list…

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Liebling on College Street is the perfect place to get a chic bag for the person on your list can never have enough handbags.  Their collection is great for the fashionista you need to impress with your stylish gift choice.

For the guys on your list….

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Warner Supply is probably the only store you have to stop to find the perfect gift for the guys on your list.  They have a great selection of Runamok Maple, Zeus Beard, Coal hats, Redwing boots, Ranger Station candles, and many other amazing gifts.  It’s the perfect place to get your babe a cute flannel you secretly plan on making yours in the future.

The gift for the person on your list who loves goods with a story….

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Common Deer stocks their shelves with goods that are full of story.  Focusing on Made In America and small batch manufacturing.  Their manufacturers employ thousands of American workers and support thousands of families.  Inside their store, they have a gift for just about everyone on your list, including your furry friends.

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My favorite items from their shop are their Woolrich blankets, a perfect gift for your mom.  American made slippers that will make you never want to put on real shoes.  A local inspired pint glass for the IPA lover in your life.

For the person who loves a splash of color in their life…

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Old Gold opened 40 years ago, selling military surplus and used clothing, today the store houses an extensive inventory of new costumes, accessories, formal wear, cowboy boots, and much more.  Recently they just got in tons of accessories, but these berets are perfect for New Years! They also have berets without sequins, but get there before I buy the gold one.

For the juice lover on your list…

 

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Vermont Juice Co. is the only place in Burlington to get fresh cold pressed juice.  They’re founded by a native Vermonter and addition to juices and cleanses, they offer made to order smoothies, acai bowls, super food bowls, wellness shots, chia pudding, and other seasonal food items.  This holiday season they are offering deals on their Cold Pack cleanse and their DIY nut milk gift kits.

For the person, you have no idea what to get…

 

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Birdfolk Collective is technically not in Burlington, but it is my favorite store in the area, for many reasons.  The reason I titled this “The person you have no idea what to get” is because I went into Birdfolk a few weeks ago, with no idea what to get someone.  Within minutes I found the perfect gift.  This store has an amazing collection of items, that are perfect for the person you are still struggling to find the perfect gift.

For the Jewelry lover on your list…

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Rackk & Ruin was founded by Molly Conant who in 2009 experimented with natural materials including, feathers, leather, metal in her jewelry.  I started following Rackk & Ruin on Instagram a few years ago and become obsessed with their unique pieces and stumbled upon their Pine Street shop and now every time I have a hair appointment I have to go in because their shop has an ever-changing assortment of treasures.

 

Why Skipping Stone Needs To Be On Your Christmas Wish List

Christmas is the season of giving, and this holiday season I really wanted to look into gifts that also give back.  The Skipping Stone partners with local women and children empowerment non- porfits.  Their proceeds help reach their goal of creating as many jobs as possible.  Their company provides lifestyle products to consumers to make a difference.

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The company was co-founded by Greg and Abhineeta Matney.  They founded a non-profit called Aatma Vikas in India.  Aatma Vikas helps those in unsafe positions find hope though training center.  Aatma Vikas has had over 1,000 graduates and it continiues to grow.

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The Skipping Stone sells lifestyle bags, vintage and artistic journals, and Bhoemian and ethic jewelry.  Their products offer a gift for everyone on your Christmas shopping list.

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My favorite products The Skipping Stone sells are their lifestyle bags.  They’re very unique and beautifully created.  They offer the best gift for the vintage clothing lover on your list.

Use code #cara20 to get 15% off your order before the 18th!

4 Ugly Christmas Sweaters You’re Gonna Wanna Insta

One thing during Christmas that seemed like it was gonna be a one season fad, but is sticking around is Ugly Christmas Sweaters.  I don’t know how this is still trending because IMO I’d rather wear a cute dress, but I guess the sweater hides the cookies?

1. Women’s Stocking Stuffer Sweater

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The most annoying thing is poring your drink and you end up getting distracted, before you know it you’re out that cheap bottle of wine you picked up.  With this sweater you will always know were your bottle is.

2. Where’s Your Hoe

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If you’re one of those people who are into couple things then here ya go.  Or even better you and a friend wearing these, expesially if you have a friend that can get lost.

3. Deck Yourself Before You Reck Yourself

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I’ve never seen a statement that is so true about Christmas parties.  You gotta be flawless no matter how much you’re partying.

4. Light Up Christmas Tree

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What is better than having a Chritsmas tree on your sweater that acutally lights up? Nothing, I tell you, this is perfect for any holiday party.

 

These Are The Most Popular Halloween Costumes, So Don’t Risk Being Basic

Even though it is still 80 degrees and it so does not feel like fall, soon it will be Halloween, which means you need to start planning your costume or costumes, because well unlike when you were a kid halloween is a weekend affair. I thought of proably one of the most creative costumes out there, or just so weird and out there no one would ever of thought of it.  Which I’ll release my list of costume ideas in the following weeks.  Here’s my list of the most poplar costimes you’ll see everyone wearing this year.

Pennywise From “It”

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Last year this costume would so not of been chill, with all the clown shooting.  But thanks to It and the upcoming season of American Horror story get ready to see some creepy clowns and some balloon.  PS. It is actually amazing and Pennywise is hot af irl, I know creepy.

Rick and Morty

 

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I get so much Sh*t for not knowing what this show is, so I promise when it’s break I’ll bindge.  At my college you can’t go anywhere without someone mentioning this show.

Any “Games of Thrones” Character

 

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For some reason, it’s like Games of Thrones just started, cause the amount of times I’ve heard “Winter is coming” this year is a little crazy.  I blame Ed Sherren.

Wonder Women

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2017 was all about strong, powerful, badass women and let me just say it’s about time.

 

PupJoy Review

Anyone who know me, knows I’m a little too obsessed with my little puppy Eleven and I love to spoil her.  I love getting subscription boxes and there’s so many different options it is really easy to not know what the right box is for you and your dog.

My favorite thing about PupJoy is they give you the most customizable options.  My dog has a very sensitive stomach and she only gets her food and one type of treat.  Therefor I love that PupJoy gives you the option to have a box that is only toys. They also have options to do a mix of toys and treats, just treats, or what I got that was just toys.

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My dog is probably one of the pickiest little puppers when it comes to toys.  She has her favorites, some she’ll randomly get excited about and run around the house with, and some she will never touch.  In my box there was a great variety of toys.

Her box included a PupJoy Brewing treat dispenser, PupJoy Bad To Da Bone Ballistic Stuffless Toy , Doog Stick Elwood, Duck with tennis ball, and Zingfling.

Immediately right when I opened the box Eleven fell in love with this Duck, it was almost impossible to get a photo.  My favorite part about this duck is there is a tennis ball inside, which makes it super easy to play fetch with.

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The second toy Eleven decided to chew on was the treat dispenser, then moved on to the Elwood stick.  This stick is great for playing fetch outside.  It’s a lot easier to throw farther than a tennis ball and get out of her mouth.  Also, my favorite part, it’s super easy to clean.

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The cutest part is whenever I come home now Eleven greets me at the door with this stuffless bone.  Currently, she just learned how to rip stuffing out of toys, therefore the fact that this is stuffless, I absolutely love.

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PupJoy is very unlike other dog subscription boxes.  They are the only box that has treats for dogs with dietary needs, customizable toy options depending on what type of chewer your dog is, and customizable delivery options.  They work directly with indie brands to have the best quality, natural, and organic products. The best part is ordering from PupJoy your money is also going to a great cause.  A portion of every order is donated to help shelter animals find loving homes.

 

 

 

What Really Goes Down In The Dm? A Code To How Guys Use Instagram

Instagram has quickly became the most popular social media platform used by people my age.  Over this past break, I got the lowdown about how guys used Instagram and it made me a little interested to know if what my friend thought was true, was actually how guys use this platform.

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Last year I was in a room with the guy I was seeing at the time and a group of his friends.  One of his friends pulls out his phone and starts analysing this girl’s profile, seeing if she was cool enough to hook up with.

I haven’t had a personal Instagram for a few years now and when I did it was pretty much pictures of my dog and when I went out to eat I’d take a pic.  A few weeks ago, I got a text from a friend asking me to “approve” of her Instagram. The photo was clearly edited and staged, which kinda surprised me.

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Today people go to extreme lengths to get attention from people on social media.  From editing their photos to going through the “following” setting on Instagram to see what their friends are liking.

I decided I wanted some answers to some of the things my friends were talking about, when talking about the guys that interact with them on Instagram.

1. How do you use Instagram?

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“Let’s just say Instagram is on that bottom toolbar of my most used apps on my phone, right next to my messages app.” The answers I got for this question were pretty much all the same.  The guy would check it a few times a day to stay connected to their friends as well as keeping their friends updated on their life.

2.What entices you to like a girl’s photo? ( ex. To get her attention, or is it a harmless)

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“I mean, I never usually have ulterior motives, usually it’s like, wow! She looks really nice, I’ll leave a like! Or sometimes someone will make an edgy joke or post a sweet meme I’ll give that shit a like.”  This was one of the questions I was most interested, and here’s the reason why.  For this experiment, I went through the following setting to see what photos the guy I followed like.  Every guy I interviewed said they check Instagram a couple times a day, but only one of them liked a photo that day.  The guy in question said “Attractiveness plays a role” and the photos he liked were both of girls.  I also found it was very rare that a guy would come up in the “following” section and when they did the photo was in some way related to sports.

3. Have you ever DM someone on Instagram? If so why?

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“Yes, because that was the only form of contact I had with my lab partner in a college class. Also, I’m a part of a couple lit group meme sharing group chats.”  Out of the guys I asked, their DM’s consisted of group chats with friends sharing memes.

4. Have you ever posted a photo of your GF because you did something wrong?

This question had a little bit of a personal incentive to get the answer to why guys did appreciation posts.  Over the past summer, I had a friend who cheated on his girlfriend of years.  Instead of owning up to his infidelity he posted a photo of her on his Instagram in order to solve his relationship issues.  “I try to not get in that situation in the first place but if I do I generally try to apologize in person rather than posting a picture.”  All the guys had the same consensus that they wouldn’t post a photo in order to solve a problem, but one thing did come up interesting.

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Whenever I start talking to any guy the first thing I do is creep through his social media.  Not to find out who he is, but to find out if he also has a girlfriend.  “One time we argued and she posted a pic of us from my Instagram and I didn’t take it down if that counts. It was a pretty dope photo though regardless of the circumstance.” Going through his Instagram before this photo it didn’t look like he had a girlfriend, which he has been dating for over a year.  The girl even tagged herself in the photo she posted to make sure no one was confused she was his babe.

5. What makes you post a photo on Insta?

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Girls tend to post on Instagram multiple times a week, while guys might post about four times a year.  Guys will post on a larger event “Life events, share a memory.”  Rather than just their pink drink on Instagram.

6. Do you Insta creep? If so, on who?

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Of all the guys, the most I got them to admit they Insta creep was “I sometimes Insta creep on people who I just met or don’t know too well just to get a better feel of them or see what their interests are.” Out of all the guys I interviewed only one admitted to creeping on more than once.  “Honestly, yeah. I have an Instagram for my band as well, and I’ve used that to creep on my ex.” A guy sees someone’s photo for about a millisecond, and even if they do like it they’re not analyzing it, because they’ve already moved on.  There is really no reason to need to have a “perfect” feed because the only one creeping on you is your friends or people you don’t even talk to anymore in high school.

7. Do you analyse girls profiles? (ex. Oh she looks cool, just from her photos)

 

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“I would say most of the time I judge people based on their profile whether I mean to or not.”  When Instagram first started pretty much no one shared selfies and now it’s pretty rare someone posts a photo of just their meal.  Instagram was probably started as a way to share photos, but now some people think their self-worth is defined by how many likes they get on a photo.  And if it’s not as many likes as the others, they delete it.

*When looking for gifs for this photo, I search Judging gif.  What came up was a bunch of gifs of girls doing the stink eye.  Life isn’t the bachelor, but it seems that girls are still competing for guys and giving “stink eyes” other girls.  Let’s try to end that.

8. Do you use social media to get girls attention?

This is one of the most talked about aspects of Instagram and even more now that they have the story feature.  For this question it was split,  the guys I interviewed for who used it for attention and those who don’t.  “I don’t specifically use social media for this purpose but I can’t say it doesn’t cross my mind when posting.”  None of them completely said it was their whole purpose of posting a photo because they do only post when something interesting happened in their life therefore their posts are not that direct.

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What is most misconstrued is that it means anything that they look at your story first.  It doesn’t mean they like you, it only means they happen to be on their phone at that moment.  It’s actually even worse if they’re the first one to view it every time cause that means they have nothing better to do.  It only means something if they never view it for a consistent amount of time.

9. Are there certain people that you get happy when they like your photo?

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Pretty much every guy admitted to getting happy when someone particular likes their photo.  “Yes definitely, I’m even guilty of looking at who likes my pictures.” Only one guy said, “I like when I get likes. Period. (I’m desperate.) Or I don’t really care. I don’t know, it depends what kind of mood I’m in.”

10. If you’re in a relationship and you like other girls photos, is it all harmless?

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“Totally harmless, I would never cyber cheat.”  With the “following” section on Instagram pretty much your every move is tracked, unless the person you’re following is private.  That being said, if someone you’re dating is liking a girls photo it probably means nothing.  Not saying if you do have some suspicions you should ignore them, but talk to him before going cray.

11.  What really goes down in the DM?

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Many of the guys I interviewed said the only thing that fills up their DMs are group chats where they mainly send memes.  When asked what they typically thought about what goes down in the DM I got this response.  “You tell me, come find my DMs @…. I like to imagine it as “hey, I looked through the last 5 months of your Instagram history.” “awwww, thats so sweet and not creepy at all.” “yeah, I had a boner the whole time? U want mak fuk?!” “of course I would love to be nude and alone in a building with you!” All of the guys I interviewed, the only thing they admitted to going down in the DM was getting someone’s phone number.  Therefore if any guy is DMing you he is probably a weirdo.  There are so many normal ways to get someone’s photo today and therefor if his only way to contact you is through a DM he’s not worth it.

Everything You Need to Know about Falmouth Main Street

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Besides Provincetown, in my opinion, Falmouth Main Street is one of the best streets on Cape Cod. It’s home to one of a kind businesses with unique items you can not find anywhere else. It also has some of the tastiest restaurants on the cape.

Anejo Mexican Bistro 

 

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One of the most delicious mexican restaurants on the cape. Whether you go there for their amazing guac or the tequila, you will never leave disappointed.

American Sunglasses 

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America Sunglasses are the most popular names in designer sunglasses. They carry everything from high end designers like Prada to the best lifestyle glasses from Ray-Ban.

Bear In Boots Gastropub 

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Eating at Bear in Boots Gastropub is one of the best experiences you can have on a Saturday night. They have one of a kind food and they have great entertainment on the weekends.

Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium 

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I’m a complete chocolate enthusiast, so it’s pretty easy to say this place has been a must stop since I was a little kid.

Black Dog General Store 

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 This store started on the Vineyard, it’s only fitting that their store is located in the heart of Falmouth Main Street.

 

Blast From the Past 

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When you walk into this store, it will feel like you are brought back to the 50’s.  This is a great store to get an authentic gift for your friends who loves Marilyn Monroe.

 Board Stiff 

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If you skate, surf, or love Billabong, you need to stop by this store next time you’re in town.  They have a great variety of clothing and shoes.

Caline For Kids 

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If you’re looking for some cute Cape Cod kids clothing, stop by Caline For Kids.

Celebrations

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This store is great for when you are shopping for a gift for someone special.  During Christmas time this store will put any Grinch into the Holiday spirit.

Eight Cousins 

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My favorite book store in town; they have one of the best selections of books and also offer you a quiet place to read them.

Ghelfi’s Candies & Ice Cream 

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Ghelfi’s Candies offers a premium selection of homemade candies.  Some of my favorites include their homemade barks and dipped oreos.

Green Eyed Daisy 

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When this store moved to Main Street a few years ago it instantly became my favorite place to shop.  It has some of the most gorgeous clothing in Falmouth, and dresses that will make you host an event just to have a place to wear them.

Headlines Salon and Day Spa

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If you need to get your hair done on Main Street and want a cut that is Instagram worthy, go no further than Headlines.

Homespun Garden

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One thing I love about this store is everytime you go there, the inside always looks different.  In the spring it’s decorated with fairies and during Halloween (my favorite) it is decorated spooky chic.

In the Pink 

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If you’re looking for your colorful Lilly fix, this store will be your heaven.   They also carry clothing from Resort and Shift.

La Cucina Sul Mare 

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If you’re looking for an Italian dinner that will blow your taste buds, you need to make a reservation here.

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 

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This places is one of the best places to grab a beer in Falmouth.  They also have karaoke Tuesdays during the summer, and nothing is better than watching people “sing”.

Maison Villatte

After eating at this bakery you would think you just teleported to France.  My favorite is the raspberry tart but, what ever you order here you will not be disappointed.

Maxwell & CO 

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When you’re waiting for you table to be ready at Anejo stop by Maxwell’s.  They have a great collection of contemporary clothing.

Parkside Market

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Perfect place to pick up a sandwich for lunch at the beach.   My go to is the farmhouse sandwich.

Puritan Cape Cod

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If you’re looking for a winter coat or boots in the winter or some scandals or swim apparel in the summer this is the best place to go.  They carry some of the best brands that are known to last.

Quarterdeck Restaurant 

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If you’re craving some great seafood this is the place you need to make your reservation.

Simply Divine Pizza Company  

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My favorite restaurant in town.  Not only do they have the best pizza in town, they also have some pretty delicious sandwiches.

The Pickle Jar Kitchen

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One of the best breakfast places in town in my opinion. If you’re a person who likes a sweet or savory breakfast, you’ll love this place.

Touche

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If you’re looking for some Cape Cod inspired jewelry, this is my favorite place to get pieces in Falmouth.

Twigs

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Twigs is one the my favorite little gift shops in Falmouth. They have jewelry made by local artists and cute Cape Cod housewares.

What’s in My Beach Bag

We are about half way through summer and sadly I’ve been to the beach only a few times.  I know, I think last summer I went at least a few times a week.  As a native Cape Codder, I know a little about how to pack the perfect beach bag.  So here we go.

My bag

My beach bag is not your typical colorful bag, but I love the fridge, also it’s has a round shape and no sand gets stuck inside of it.  I got this bag from American Eagle probably last summer for under $10.  If you’re ever looking for an inexpensive well made a bag look for an end of season sales at American eagle.

The Travel Bottle

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Never ever go to the beach without a water bottle.  The reason is no one wants to stand on the hot pavement waiting for the millions of kids trying to get their ice cream.  You don’t have to fill it with water, the beverage is up to you.

Viter Energy

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For me, I’m always exhausted at the beach, but where do you get good coffee at the beach? The answer, is sadly nowhere, at least on the cape.  These mints are super tasty and actually give you some energy to beat everyone in can jam.

Bare Republic Thermal Serum

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Lets just say, the sun is horrible.  I got a sunburn on my leg yesterday from just eating lunch outside.  The sun is also very damaging to your hair, but this serum can help protect it.  Also, you can use it as a detangler and a leave in conditioner.

Maaji Swimwear

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I absolutely love this brand more than you could ever know.  I probably spend hours going through their website wishing I could buy everything.  They have extremely creative patterns and literally everything you could need.  From bags to yoga pants.

KVOSSNYC Lotion

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I always put the lotion in my beach bag, because my skin is always so dry.  Always keep your skin hydrated when you’re out.