Trevor and I have headed to Boston for a NYE getaway and it has been so much fun. I have never been to Boston before and I am falling in love with this city! I can't believe how easy it is to get everywhere and all the amazing history that has taken place here. I've never been much of a history buff, but I sure do enjoy learning about it in Boston.
I plan on writing a full post after our trip about what we did in Boston that can serve as a guide for newcomers. Until then, I'll give you a little glimpse of our trip to Harvard yesterday and what I wore.
12/29 - It was a beautiful winter day in Boston yesterday, high of 50 degrees! We jumped on the train (which we have been using to get everywhere because it's so easy) and took what was probably a 20 minute rid, if that, to get to good old Harvard. Now as most of you know, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which don't get me wrong is a wonderful school, but just stepping onto the Harvard campus was something else. Everything was so old and beautiful and you could just feel the history in that place. We decided to take a tour of the place called the Hahvahd Tour that was lead by a senior at the school. She made the tour very funny and entertaining and it made standing in the wind for an hour plus okay. We learned all about the rivalry between Hahvahd and the city of Cambridge that it resides in, we learned about the most expensive building by square foot on campus which happened to be this tiny guard shack by the gates, and we learned that the university gave women and men separate degrees up until the 1990's!
The story that I find most interesting was the one about the building of the Widener Memorial Library on campus. This library was built in memory of Harry Elkins Widener who loved books and was a book collector that graduated from Harvard in 1907. His love of books was actually what went on to kill him. In 1912, Mr. Widener went to London to collect some valuable books to bring back to the US. Now back in 1912, what do you think was the main mode of transportation between Europe and the US? Ships. And what ship do you think Mr. Widener got on? That's right, the Titanic (which for those of you that know me is one of my favorite movies so it only made this story more interesting). Poor Mr. Widener managed to get his mother in a life boat, but could not bring himself to get on one unless he had his books with him. So, he went back down below to get them and never made it off of the Titanic. When his mother made it safely back on land, she donated Harvard the equivalent of $30 million dollars today to have the current library that stands at the university built. The library is incredibly beautiful, large (the book stacks go six floors deep INTO THE GROUND) and in my opinion has the most fascinating story behind it.
We spent the remainder of our time at Hahvahd walking around the campus and grabbing a drink at the Russell House Tavern, which was very swanky and pretty. I highly recommend heading over to Harvard if you are ever in Boston to check out the campus and all the history that it has to offer.
Outfit details are below (and the pictures are taken on campus)!
With it being 50 degrees out, but with a wicked wind chill, I opted to go with this super warm turtle neck sweater that Trevor got me for Christmas from Athleta, I'm wearing a size Small. My jeans are legging jeans from Express and run a little big, so I would size down. My boots, oh how I LOVE my boots. They are from Nordstrom and are Jeffrey Campbell, fit TTS. They are also very warm and just look so cute for the winter time.