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Lavender Days

I love visiting all the beautiful farms all over New England. Each one has something unique to offer. Last weekend my friend Elyssa and I visited The Farm At SummitWynds for Lavender Day, about an hour from Boston it was a beautiful drive. All the leaves along Route 2 were changing and we really got to see some amazing foliage. SummitWynds was beautiful, gorgeous views of foliage, a barn straight out of a fairytale, farm animals, and a vintage Chevy truck! One woman we talked to told us she had gotten married at the farm. I love going to events at local farms, it is so important to shop local and support small family owned agriculture. Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-01IMG_4622Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-51Facetune_06-10-2018-15-51-56Facetune_06-10-2018-15-47-00

I am wearing a wool skirt from J.Crew, I love the color it is perfect for fall. Along with with one of my favorite vineyard vines button downs, and my Tory Burch boots. These are all items I have had for a few years but had never paired them together. Spending a little time to get creative with your wardrobe is a great way to avoid buying new items each season! At the end of ever boots season I take mine to a cobbler to have any scratches of scuffs buffed out and last year I had the zipper on one repaired. Now they’re good as new and still my go to fall boots!

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Boston Fall

I love fall in Boston, there is something so romantic about the season. The stoops in Beacon Hill get all decked out for the season, the leaves in the Commons are starting to change, and football season is in full swing!

This is one of my favorite fall sweaters, because lets be real for every beautiful crisp fall day there is a rainy fall day. Rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay inside read, watch scary movies, bake, or just lay on the couch and listen to the rain.

I am wearing my favorite Madewell sunglasses and my LL Bean muck shoes. Things I am looking forward to this October: Halloween, Oktoberfest, going to Maine, and eating lots of cider donuts! There are tons of micro-breweries in the Boston area that are hosting Oktoberfest events. Mike and I will go to Maine for a couple of days to relax, we still haven’t decided what we’re going to be for Halloween. Send me you favorite couple costumes!

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Best Apple Orchards to visit this Fall

Nothing quite says fall in New England like apple picking. This long weekend is the perfect time to head to your favorite apple orchard! The past few years I have gone to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow Massachusetts. The donuts there are hands down the best cider donuts I have ever had!! There is plenty to do from apple picking to the largest hedge maze in North American. I actually wore the same shirt I did last year, a simple chambray button down but this year I went with a pair of jeans and my hunter boots. My roommates and I had a fantastic time, they had never been to Honey Pot before!

There are tons of great apple orchards to visit. In the past Mike and I have stopped at small orchards on our way home from the cabin in Maine there are tons of small family owned farms sprinkled through out New England. For a quick ride from Boston though Honey Pot is definitely my favorite. Some other great orchards include:

1. Tougas Farms

Located in Northborough MA it is just under an hour from Boston. They have apple picking and a huge pumpkin patch!

2. Parlee Farms

If you’re north of Boston Parlee Farms is a great option, 45 minutes north of Boston in Tyngsborough. It’s a large property and definitely has some great photo ops!

3. Smolak Farms

Probably one of the closest to Boston Smolak is just a 30 minute drive to North Andover. Tons of fun activities for families. I find the apple picking is a little not expensive than other farms but it is definitely a beautiful place! I love visiting during Christmas time.

4. Bolton Orchards

About an hour from Boston, Bolton Orchards has over 25 varieties of apples for the picking! They also have a fantastic farm stand and serve up ice cream if you go on a warmer fall day.

5. Wilson Farms

Just in it for the donuts? Wilson’s Farm is just a 20 minute right outside the city. They don’t have Apple picking but they have a hay maze, pumpkins, and all the fall foods you could imagine. There fresh apple cider donuts are a must!

My favorite place to go is definitely Honey Pot Hills but there are so many great options out there. I love going out and supporting local farms every falls. Where is your favorite place to go apple picking?

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

Today’s blog post I am launching a new section of Katie From Boston, “Sustainable Living”.  I got my degree in Public Policy and 9-5 I work in professional politics. This blog has always been my creative outlet, it has been a place to talk about my favorite brands, best weekend trips etc.

But recently I have been struggling to keep my 9-5 out of this blog. The political discourse in the country is upsetting to say the least. I want to provide more value than just posting cute outfits. I want to talk about why I shop where I do, and why I steer clear of the brands I do. I want to raise the level of conversation surrounding fashion and lifestyle blogs. You shouldn’t just buy something because its cute (all though we have all been there). I for a long time have preached quality of quantity, today I want to talk about sustainability over fast fashion.

Lets look at some facts:

-Garment dying is the second largest source of water pollution in the world

-Textile recycling rates are extremely low

-The Average American generates 8 pounds of textile waste each year (that 11 million tons of textile waste from the US alone EVERY YEAR!)

People are consuming more clothes than every before. Today Town and Country published an article about Kate Middleton’s boots, that she has had for 10 years! This is shocking because no one keeps things for more than a season anymore it seems. Now Kate’s boots are $400+ but the point stands. There are brands out there that are producing quality, ethical, and sustainable textiles.

This is something I have been trying to be more conscious of over the past 9 months. Its not going to happen over night, I’m not saying you need to run out and buy a new wardrobe tomorrow. But lets start making better choices moving forward. When you go to buy something new, ask yourself if there is something in your closet that you can make work. Take your leather boots to the cobbler for repair instead of buying a new pair every fall. The market goes where consumers tell it to. This is just an introduction to this new section of Katie From Boston, stay tuned for guides to shopping sustainable, where to donate your old clothes, quick fixes and repairs, most sustainable hotels, and much much more! Lets raise the conversation in the fashion blogger community. And remember-

Repair – Recycling – Donate

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Portland Weekend Guide

Just a couple hours from Boston Portland Maine is the perfect weekend getaway. Mike and I headed up to Portland a couple weekends ago to celebrate a friend’s wedding. I love Portland, it has an amazing food scene and is so pretty in the fall! Our first day we strolled around Old Port and grabbed lunch at Central Provisions. We grabbed some seats at the bar, Central Provisions has a open kitchen, sitting at the bar allowed us to watch all the action. I got the corn bread and lobster fritters they were so good! CP uses fresh farm to table ingredients in a great atmosphere. Old port is so fun to stroll around, cobble stone streets, cute shops, and some amazing art galleries!

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The wedding took place at the gorgeous Portland Audubon, the leaves were all starting to change and the weather was perfect. We had such a great time, the food at the wedding was incredible! We danced all night.

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Before heading home the next day we stopped at Highroller Lobster and got something that had been on my food bucket list, the Lobster Cheese Crisp Taco! The taco shell is made from cheese and its filled with lobster, lettuce, avocado, and your choice of sauce. I got the jalapeno mayo. It was so good! If you like lobster rolls you should definitely check out Highroller, they have tons of fun twists on a traditional lobster roll! B59E82D6-4C5C-4AEC-9EE9-4890D19719967AA7DDC8-6B03-485D-8F5B-1E04FA4A738A

There are tons of fun things to do in Portland. Check out one of the many micro-brewies, like Sebago Brewing Co, Shipyard Brewing, and Island Dog Brewing. You can take a harbor cruise, the mailboat run is really fun!

If you’re up for a little drive you can check out the Portland Headlight. It is so beautiful and a great way to end the weekend. Fall is the perfect time for a New England weekend getaway!