Forever 21

I celebrated my 21st birthday yesterday. I have been excited for October 13, 2014 for a long time (I started a countdown on my phone once I hit the 6 month mark). I love that I no longer have limitations about where I can go and what I can do; I feel so free! My 21st fell over my fall break from school, so I celebrated in the Pittsburgh area with my family. It was a day of great food, awesome drinks, and wonderful time spent with some of my favorite people.


LUNCH: ATRIA’S (Peters Township)

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My lovely and super fun Aunt Terri took me out for lunch and drinks at Atria’s. Atria’s is really cute and our waitress was super sweet. My aunt convinced me to try a Lemon Drop as my first drink and as always, her good taste proved to be true! We shared an order of the Rhode Island Calamari and for lunch, I had Baja Fish Tacos. We had a great time catching up about all that has been going on lately in our lives over martinis, great food, and a delicious brownie sundae.



IMG_5679 IMG_5687IMG_5686The celebration continues! That evening, my parents and I drove into Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to go to a couple of bars together. Our first stop was Tonic Bar & Grill on Liberty Ave. My mom and I both ordered Tonic Tonic’s and totally fell in love with them. Tonic has a really great, inviting atmosphere and some awesome deals for Happy Hour! I definitely recommend Tonic, and I plan to make another appearance there soon!




Next, we walked around the corner to Ten Penny on Penn Ave. Here, I ordered the Peach Moscato Sangria, my dad went with a Penn Brewery Pilsner, and my mom decided to be adventurous and ordered a “Dirty Pickle.” Ten Penny was much bigger and had a darker atmosphere than Tonic, but we had fun experiences at both bars! The bartenders were great, the food was delicious, and of course, the drinks were amazing.


I had a wonderful 21st birthday, and I’m so thankful for all the love I received from my family and friends. I have had a very blessed and happy 21 years, and I am looking forward to all this year will bring!

Pittsburgh Riverboat Tour

My family moved to the Pittsburgh area a little over a year ago. Because I attend college on the other side of the state, I only get to “The Burgh” during school breaks. I took a few days off from work this summer to visit the fam, so we decided to spend the day doing something new and exciting in the city.

Station Square is located along the shoreline of the Monongahela River and is easily one of the hottest places in Pittsburgh for dining, entertainment, and nightlife. One of Station Square’s attractions is the Gateway Clipper Fleet, which offers a one-hour sightseeing riverboat tour of the city. On a sunny summer day, my family and I boarded “The Duchess” and launched onto the Monongahela, excited to experience Pittsburgh in a brand new way with our tour-guide, Sean (who totally thought he was a pirate).

The riverboat tour was the perfect way for my family to get to know our new city better (Did you know Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges? At 446, its bridge count is the greatest in the world! Take that, Venice!). Spending time in Station Square and enjoying an hour on the water made for a wonderful afternoon. If you live around Pittsburgh or are ever in the area, a visit to Station Square and a Gateway Clipper Fleet riverboat tour with family, your special someone, or a group of friends, is a must do!


Just call me, “The Duchess”

Pittsburgh's Original Skyline

Pittsburgh’s Original Skyline

One of Pittsburgh's 446 Bridges

One of Pittsburgh’s 446 Bridges

Falling in Love with This City :)

Falling in Love with This City 🙂


Burghers, what should my family’s next Pittsburgh adventure be? Leave a comment with your suggestions!