Welcome to my little piece of the internet! However you got here, wherever you are, I’m so glad you’ve found this space.
Refined Ramblings, formerly known as Once Upon a Plate, is a space for story telling and thought exploration. A space to share both profound realizations and mundane happenings of my 20-something life. I’m a writer and a story teller; someone who has always hand a way with words on paper, keeping diary’s and journals tucked underneath my bed for as long as I can remember. From pen and paper to clicks of a keyboard, I’ve transitioned from classic spiral notebooks to sleek and silver MacBooks.
To fully understand the stories found within this space, there are a few things you should know…
4 places I call home & other things I write about often; I was born & raised in Simsbury, CT. I have 2 older brothers (who double as Grammar Police), a mom who’s always in the kitchen frosting cookies & a dad who loves to take the long way home. I recently concluded my 4 year stay in Philadelphia where I earned a degree in Marketing & Communications, ate my fair share of soft pretzels & developed an unconditional love for Hawks basketball. In July ’14, I said goodbye to the City of Brotherly Love & moved to Boston (a dream I still can’t believe came true). I have since begun a never ending “to-do” list filled with places to eat, sites to see, bodies of water to paddle, boutiques to shop…you get the idea. I’m the two thumbs behind @shopthestreet on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook & I (finally!) live a quick road trip away from salt air, sandy feet, & homemade clam chowder; my one true love: Eastham, MA.
I live in stripes & oversized scarves, I’ve never met a food I don’t like, I consider myself an expert in the field of Cheesesteaks & I firmly believe that red raspberry chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone with rainbow sprinkles can be categorized under “dinner”. I do not under any circumstances allow my food to touch, I’m a sucker for a good bowl of chicken tortilla soup, I have an affinity for Sour Patch watermelons & I enjoy tequila like most people enjoy coffee (I also enjoy coffee. A lot.). If I’m not whistling a Lord Huron or Good Old War tune it’s probably because it’s Thursday and I’m listening to Reply All the Podcast.
Thanks for stumbling upon my once-a-homework-assignment, now creative-escape. There are lots of happy endorphin’s released every time I hit publish and lots more that come from the love you guys send my way after reading. So truly, thank you.