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Salem Trip 

The Salem witch trials are a staple in most New England history classrooms. At some point in high school English you probably had to read The Crucible. Going to Salem is fun anytime of the year, but you should definitely try to going during October! It is a month long Halloween celebration. I love to pop in and out of the Witch shops, stroll through the adorable streets, pop in and out of all the cafes.

My friends and I started at the Hawthorne Hotel and had lunch. They have a bunch of fun festive cocktails and you have to try the truffle fries! I had the seafood chowder and a Carmel Apple Martini they were both delicious the martini was super sweet so be ready! It is a beautiful hotel that’s worth a stop even if you’re not grabbing lunch.  You also have to check out the Bewitched statue! Salem is fun but you have to get in the spirit. You can go to the the Witch History Museum, the Witch Dungeon, or the Salem Witch Museum. I don’t think you need to do all three in one visit but definitely check out one! 

Outfit details: Blazer-J.Crew (old) heres a similar one on J.Crew Factory, Pants- Vineyard Vines(old),  Bag- L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Shoes- Nordstrom

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Boston October

If you live in Boston and are on Instagram I bet you have seen this doorway  so cute right? If you haven’t figured it out it is on Malborough Street #356. I always feel like Malborough Streets gets over looked in favor or Newbury, Comm Ave, or Beacon Street. But I personally think Malborough Street is the prettiests streets in Back Bay. I love October in Boston, people get really into autumn displays. If you wait another week or two people will get in the Halloween spirit and you can see some pretty impressive displays. I love strolling on Malborough Street the week or Halloween. And of course you have to talk a walk through Beacon Hill. Some people go all out for Halloween in Beacon Hill. Be sure to stop by the public gardens to see some city foliage too! 

Outfit details: sweater- Vineyard Vines (old), skirt- Vineyard Vines (old), boots- Tory Burch, Sunglasses- Rayban, Scarf- Sole Society 

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An Apple A Day

For me apple picking has always marked the beginning of Fall! This weekend was so beautiful out it almost still felt like summer, but as of the 22nd it is officially Fall! Though let’s be real I have been drinking salted Carmel mocha and burning my pumpkin scented candles since Labor Day. I always go apple picking with my best friend Megan! We’ve been best friends since we met the first day of kindergarten and it is one of our favorite traditions. This year my boyfriend Mike tagged along and we spent the day collecting apples, eating cider donuts, and checking out the Honey Pot Hill petting zoo (they have piggies!) Anyone else go apple picking every year? Where do you go?

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Outfit Details: Skirt-J.Crew Factory (old) similar, Shirt- J.Crew (old) similar, Shoes- L.L. Bean Bean Boots, Sunglasses- J.Crew similar

Location: Honey Pot Hill Orchard -Just a short 45 minute drive from Boston, Honey Pot is a great day trip that everyone should take during the Fall! They also have blueberry picking earlier in the season. There are Hedge Mazes for all ages, the farm stand, Hay rides, and most importantly the best cider donuts that have ever existed!

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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

If you live in New England and have an Instagram account I’m sure you have heard of Colby Farm! The past couple years it has become a must visit hot spot during the month of September, why? Because of this magical sunflower field that blooms this month!  I went last year and I loved it! It’s like nothing you have seen in real life before. This year the field was even bigger and there were definitely more people clued into this little spot. But how can you get an awesome picture of this seemingly endless field without other people in the background of your photos? 

1. Go early

This means early in the month and early in the day, I wish I had gone a view days sooner than I did. The earlier you go the better the sunflowers will look, keep an eye on the Colby Farm Facebook page they update you on when the sunflowers will be at peak bloom. I went a few days after peak bloom but they still looked good. Go early in the day!! They open at 9:00am I recommend getting there at 9:00am, I know that seems early but if you wait there will be hundreds of other people there and you will have to wait to get in. Which brings me to my next point. 

2. Parking

The first time I went to Colby Farm you just parked at the little Farm stand and walked over to the sunflower field. Now parking is 5 dollars, so bring cash, and there is a giant field behind the sunflower field where they direct people to park. Because I got there right when they opened we were able to get a spot with out waiting but I heard other people have waited 45 minutes to an hour to get in. So plan to get there early! 

3. Follow the rules

There are signs that say don’t pick the sunflowers. Please just follow the rules, if you want to take some sunflowers home with you you can buy some in the Farm stand. This is a family run business and they rely on the money they make during sunflower season. Picking the sunflowers also leaves less for other peop to take photos with, so don’t ruin the fun for everyone else!

4. Walk around 

A lot of people stay by the side of the field closest to the farm stand I recommend immediately walking to the far side of the field. There will be less people and I think the sunflowers look better from that angle. Head over to the farm stand when you’re done taking photos in the field. There have goats and chickens! Go into the farm stand and do a little shopping. They have pies, fresh fruits and veggies, and cider donuts!! Remember this is a business and it cost money to plant those sunflowers so don’t forget to support the hard workers that make that sunflower field possible. 

5. Be courteous

I know you might have waited a while to get in and you really want to get some photos of you, your significant other, kids, dog etc. but please remember everyone is there trying to do the same thing. If you see a spot you really want to take a photo in don’t jump in the background of someone else’s shot, just wait a minute for them to move on. Be patient and enjoy the experience! And please remember not to pick the sunflowers, buy some in the farm stand and leave the field to be enjoyed by everyone else 🌻

Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments! 
Outfit details: dress- Vineyard Vines, jacket- Ralph Lauren, shoes- Sperry, sunglasses- Ray-ban 

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Summer Reflection

I can’t believe summer is almost over. Even though Autumn is my favorite season it always makes me sad when summer ends. I’m have so many happy memories of summers on the cape with my family.

I grew up coming to West Dennis Beach with my family. I remember sitting on the beach with my grandparents, me and my sisters would spend hours making sand castles and digging holes. We would literally compete to see who could dig the biggest hole. Looking back on those days I laugh, now when I go to the beach I get distracted checking emails, answering texts, and listening to music on my headphones. Life just isn’t as simple as it was back when all we cared about was digging holes on the beach, back then no one had cellphones and if you did you didn’t bring them to the beach.  It’s nice to just stroll along the same beach I grew up at, even though life has changed and I’ve changed the beach remains. Year after year I come back and remember all the memories my family and I have shared at West Dennis Beach.

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Outfit details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes-JackRogers, Bracelet-KJP, Sunglasses- Rayban

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Pure Barre Review

For the past month I have been going to Pure Barre on Newbury Street. They have a really great first time member deal, 1 month unlimited for $100. It’s a really great deal if you go several times a week!

I had taken a few barre classes in the past but had never really gotten into it so I was curious to try Pure. Here are my thoughts after attending for a month, bottom line I definitely recommend trying it!

The studio: the studio is on the second floor of the building right next to Starbucks. It is clean and bright and the staff is so friendly. There is water for sale if you forget yours, large and clean bathrooms, and changing rooms. I definitely felt comfortable showing up for my first class. It may sound silly but I definitely get gym anxious! I have been to a lot of different gyms and work out studios over the years and it can be a bit nerve wracking to show up by yourself not really knowing what to expect. The staff at Pure Barre made me feel comfortable right away, they gave me a quick tour of the studio, went through some terminology, and the instructor took the time to introduce herself to all the first timers. This made me feel completely welcome and comfortable. If you get anxious about new work outs too it can be helpful to bring a friend along.

The work out is great! It may look easy, the movements are small, weights are light, but be ready to hurt the next day! Hydrate before class and take advantage of the stretching you do during the class. After attending for 1 month I have definitely noticed a difference in my body, my arms look thinner, butt looks firmer, and I overall feel stronger. I have really crappy knees from years of soccer so this work out was perfect for me because it didn’t put to much pressure on my joints (I know I’m 22 but I’m really just an old lady inside).

If you are looking for a new work out to help you feel good inside and out I definitely recommend taking advantage of the first time member offer at Pure Barre the Newbury Street location is conveniently located right next to the Haynes Convention stop on the B, C, and D line!

If you liked this review let me know! In the past I haven’t blogged much about my fitness and nutrition routines but would love to start sharing a little here and there!IMG_2939IMG_2938

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Find me by the Sea

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, the ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea- whether it is to sail or to watch it- we are going back from whence we came.” -JFK

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Nothing like a few days by the sea to revive the soul. I get so stressed about work and school that sometimes I just need time to unwind and relax.

Outfit details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer, Sweater- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban

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Newport Sail

I love the ocean. Sailing is one thing is wished I did more often. Recently me and my friend Elyssa went sailing in Newport, it was so much fun! We had a few drinks and got some sun. I wore a great new pullover I got from Nantucket Whaler last time I was on Nantucket, it’s perfect for a day on the water! 

We sailed on the Adirondack II with Sailing Excursions, it takes off right from Bowens Wharf. We had a fantastic crew, lots a laughs and tons of fun!

I definitely recommend you take an afternoon to check out Sailing Excursions!

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The SEAnic route

Nantucket has to be one of the most beautiful places in New England. Yes there are a million beautiful small towns and hidden treasures here but Nantucket is a must stop every summer.

Most people hope right off the ferry and spend their days exploring cute shops and cobblestone streets. But sometimes it is nice to stay out on the water and check out the views from off shore!

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Thank you so much to Mark Elliot Yachts for taking us out on the water for the afternoon! I had such a great trip to Nantucket last week with NIR Retail this was definitely one to remember! If you are new to Nantucket or are a seasoned veteran you should definitely take a ride around the harbor and along the island’s shores, grab a glass of rose and your girlfriends for a day you won’t forget!

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A Day on Nantucket

You really should go for longer. A day is just not enough time to experience everything Nantucket has to offer. That being said sometimes with work and our busy lives all we really can take off is a day. This week I had the opportunity to spend a day on Nantucket and we had a blast! So if you can only go for a day here are the must dos!

I took the Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis, be sure to catch an early morning high speed ferry to maximize your time on Nantucket!102E0A9C-8F4B-4472-A7E1-CEFCBBA84156C792EECD-5E19-4D5B-B165-966BAFF6BFDC27007849-9AF2-435F-969A-46FEBC66C6E1

Once you arrive it is time to explore! I love taking a stroll through town bouncing in and out of shops. Nantucket has some amazing local retailers that are definitely worth your time. Be sure to bring your wallet you will want to bring a few souvenirs home.

AA5847B2-CEBC-4612-96F4-EFEA904420FB Right when you get off the Ferry be sure to check out Levitate! A new adorable surf shop.8D3A5990-F82A-41A7-A5D8-74B9125AA4EC98E8D4DB-F62E-4A54-BC81-D33C525C38AC deWolf Leather Goods is a gorgeous shop, everything is hand made and unique. The owner is fabulous and she is always happy to do something custom.8ED33C6A-B739-40A7-B29A-7062E80E72FF After the long ferry ride and some shopping we stopped at Provisions for lunch. I got
“The Other Turkey” sandwich, it was sooooo good! D51DC4B9-7ECC-448B-8A0E-95420D1098B4 If you’re looking for some cute decor or accessories be sure to swing by Space at Old South Wharf. I love Old South Wharf it is right on the water and all the shops are adorable.A225F262-DD24-4307-8322-3E7327A88B47IMG_107878616432-3EFF-4E8B-99A6-C597ED1758A7IMG_1079IMG_1161One of my favorite places we visited was Nantucket Whaler, a new store on Old South Wharf. The owner Susan was so sweet and was really passionate about her products. Nautical decor and accessories, right up my ally! Definitely swing by and visit her this summer! 929D9443-67FA-406D-804E-8B7A9522A76D0AD11F2B-D788-406E-9C0E-4B64A7B236D4 Wow we did a lot of shopping today! Faherty, Shift, Charleston Shoes were a few other great shops! The heels at Charleston Shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Shift had all my favorite brands, Sail to Sable, Drapper James and so many others! 82A0AF0D-DF6C-44D8-ABE2-4FF63AF13C24 A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete with out a stop at Ice, local family owned and everything is homemade. It is the perfect snack for the ferry line.

 

Thank you so much to NIR Retail for providing such a great day and thank you to all the stores for hosting us! I had so much fun exploring Nantucket with my fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Jenna, Jessica, and Poorva on their blogs and see more from our trip to Nantucket