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Victory Cup Polo Match

This past weekend I got to attend the Victory Cup Polo Match in Westport Connecticut. If you’ve never attended a polo match, it’s a lot of fun! Westport was a bit of a drive from Boston so if you really wan to go but would like something more local check out the Newport RI Polo Club or the Hamilton MA Polo Club for public events.

Hats are a must, stilettos can stay home, and dress to impress! I wore a Lilly Pulitzer Maxi dress (that is unfortunately now sold out), a pair of my older Jack Rogers, and a hat, of course! We sipped rosé all day, had lobster rolls, and took in the match. There was also some great people watching! Thank you so much to Victory Cup Polo for hosting me.

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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

2019 update! 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 the last couple of years 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 season and early in the day, some years I wished I had gone a few days sooner than I did I was passed peak and the sunflowers were a little droopy. This year I went when the field was at 80% bloom and it was perfect! Not a ton of people since everyone was waiting for peak and the sunflowers still looked great. 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. Last year 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. That was years ago. Now parking is 10 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. They 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 family 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 🌻

BOUNUS TIP! So I always try to go at the very end of August beginning of September but last year Colby Farm planted a second field in the back of their property, they planted this one later so that it bloomed after the first field was passed peak. So don’t stress if you miss the fields peak, keep an eye on Colby Farms Facebook page to see the second field announced. Haven’t heard anything about it this year but hopefully they keep it going!

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Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments! 

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Chappy Wrap

I love supporting local, woman owned businesses and this year Chappy Wrap really captured my heart! This mother-daughter founded company is dedicated to their mission of providing comfort. I love their origin story, they had an old blanket in their family that was loved by everyone and an integral part of their home. When the blanket was well loved and they looked to replace it they couldn’t find one of the same quality and comfort. So they began making their own blankets, made from natural cotton blends and high quality fibers.

Today I own two Chappy Wrap blankets, I love their nautical designs! They’re perfect for keeping me warm in the winter and bringing to the beach in the summer. Chappy Wrap just launched a whole fleet of new designs, including this one, Fair Winds in Turquoise. It’s reversible and will be traveling with me all summer! Thank you to Chappy Wrap for my new blanket!

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By Paige Shoes by the Sea Shore

Back in the day when I was working as a sales associate at vineyard vines a few of the guys called me lobster girl, why because I loved anything with a lobster on it! I am so excited to be working the By Paige Shoes this summer to showcase so of her incredible designs! Paige Andrews has over 20 years experience, all of the needlepoint items are hand stitched! I love the vibrant colors and intricate designs By Paige offers! I especially love my new paid of Lobster and Crab loafers!

I don’t think there has ever been a more New England pair of shoes than these! The second I took them out of the box I was impressed by the quality, and when you slip a pair on you can tell these were made with care. They are so comfortable! The stitching is beautiful and the colors really pop. I can’t wait to wear mine all summer long.

They’re perfect for all your days spent by the shore, trips to the cape and islands, or a drive along the Maine coast! I wore mine up to Rockport, MA the other day for a little brunch and shopping. Rockport is one of my favorite coastal towns in New England. If you haven’t been I highly recommend taking a day trip, and be sure to do it in a pair of By Paige Shoes!

Thank you By Paige for my pair of loafers, as always all opinions are my own. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, I love using my platform to support small business owners like Paige, be sure to check her out on Instagram!

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A night with Zuma

Something very exiting happened in Boston this week! Zuma, located at the new Four Seasons One Dalton, hosted they’re soft opening! There are Zuma restaurants all over the world and now Boston has joined the list. I went with my friend Elissa, be sure to check out her blog Style Wire, and we were treated to one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

We tried a bunch of different dishes. The menu has everything from sushi, Robata grilled vegetables and fish, as well as traditional entrees. To say things exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. From the moment we walked we were greeted by the beautiful atmosphere and friendly hosts. There was even a live DJ playing the bar area!

We were so happy to be seated at the bar overlooking the Robata grill. Getting to watch the chefs at work was a real treat! The service was exceptional from beginning to end, our server was helpful, all the runners were able to speak to each dish we tried, and the manager was wonderful!

This was without a doubt my favorite dish! Seared Boston Scallops with sea urchin and black truffle. They scallops were so fresh, and the sea urchin and truffle all came together delectably as it all melted in your mouth. I almost considered ordered a second dish of these at the end of our meal they were so phenomenal!

Another scallop dish, of you don’t enjoy seafood you might be at the wrong restaurant. Zuma has plenty of other dishes to offer, but you are seriously missing out! These were the Grilled Scallops with pickled plum, shiso, and mentaiko. Behind the scallops is the Soft Shell Crab served with a wasabi mayonnaise, a classic and it was as delicious as expected! It was lightly fried but didn’t feel heavy at all.

If you love sushi you will love this Seared Tune with chili daikon and ponzu sauce.

Remember when I said you better like seafood if you’re visiting Zuma? Well I may have forgotten to mention all the amazing dishes out there for my friends who prefer turf to surf. These Robata skewers with beef and shishito peppers we incredible. I am not a big beef eater but these were cooked to perfection and the flavor and spicy were incredible!

With out a doubt the best part of the meal was the Roasted Boston Lobster. I love lobster and was thoroughly impressed by how well this was prepared, a perfect balance of butter and lemon. We ended the meal with some dessert. Honestly you can’t go wrong with any of the dessert selections, I had the Buddha chocolate mouse cake served with mango sorbet. And Elissa got the fruit platter. After dinner we stopped at the bar for a cocktail. Our bartender Alejandro was fantastic, he was able to tell us so much about the different drinks on the menu, order the “Burning History” for a real show!

Thank you so much adorable an incredible evening Zuma. I can’t wait to see what else One Dalton has in store for this city!

Zuma was kind enough to host us, but as always all opinions are my own.