Introducing Annaliese

Hi all! My name is Annaliese — but most of the time I just stick with Anna. I'm excited to report that I'll be contributing content on and GlamNest. But before I start blogging about home, food, travel, and design, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself…

I am a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I majored in communication. As much as I enjoyed living at home for a few months after graduation, I decided to pack back up and experience life in the Big Apple! So, here I am!

Here are a few of my favorite things:
• Boston. (After all, home is where the heart is.)
• Living in and exploring NYC!
• Thanksgiving… there are few things that beat a day of delicious home-cooked food, family bonding, frequent (and appropriate) nap sessions, football, and good movies!
• My chocolate lab, Tucker, who makes Marley look like an angel.
• Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with chocolate sprinkles… Actually, I love dessert in general.
• A Girls Night In… what's better than enjoying homemade guacamole, margaritas, good TV, and great company… especially in your PJs!
• The month of December. Along with all of the other reasons to celebrate… It is also my birthday month!
• Traveling, traveling, and more traveling. Whether it's a plane ride to Australia for four months (my favorite country on earth!) or a road trip for a weekend… it's always exciting to experience new things! I guess it's apropos that I'm in a long distance relationship!
• Sandwiches loaded with avocado, hummus, or sun-dried tomatoes.
• The color green (Go green!).
• Releasing stress during a nice jog at sunset… or releasing toxins at a hot yoga class (my new addiction).
• A good read is always worthwhile… any suggestions?
• Family vacations! Just recently, we traveled to Austria (where we have family) with a group of twenty of us! We spent the days skiing the Alps and the nights bonding over food, drinks, and a good game of Catch Phrase!
• A refreshing iced coffee… Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
• A well-earned shopping spree… the only thing better than spending money you don't have, is spending money you do have!