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Holiday Shopping Guide

Two words: Tartan Everything! I love dressing for the holidays, the rest of winter in New England can be pretty depressing so I take full advantage of the bright, colorful, fun outfits that come out every holiday. This year I picked out a few favorites that I wanted to share with you all.

1.Sail to Sable Tunic Top: this tunic is perfect for all your holiday occasions. It can be dressed up or down, the velvet color adds a little extra something. It is also super comfy and the long sleeves keep it appropriate for when the weather gets cold and snowy.  Limited stock in my Red Tunic but the is also available in the Navy Plaid version! 5D2246B3-DFA6-413D-A87D-695DA63441EF

2.Vineyard Vines Holiday Plaid Dress: I love the bell sleeve on this dress. A basic shift it is flattering on many different body shapes, and the plaid is holiday perfection! VV did a similar version on this dress in a Black Watch Plaid a couple of years ago that I was obsessed with! It even comes in a “Mommy and Me” version if you’re looking to match.

3.Cozy Fairisle Sweater from VV: I am constantly looking for holiday wear that I can keep wearing January-February. This sweater is just that, a cashmere blend that is super soft. 729BB4CE-B4BA-4410-9ABA-DE5AB6E4709E

4. J.Crew Velvet Jumpsuit: I have to say it has taken me a while to come around to the Jumpsuit trend, but I’m finally here and I am loving it. This one is so classic, perfect for any holiday party you have this season. Screen Shot 2019-11-18 at 4.23.29 PM.png

5. Plaid Ponte Pants from VV: First things first, Ponte pants are ridiculously comfortable! Plus these are plaid and have an adorable bow on the front? I told myself I would not buy yet another pair of plaid pants this year, but that is so not happening because I NEED these in my life!

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6. J.Crew Stewart Tartan Dress: Perfect for all your holiday parties and it is super flattering on tons of different body types. Screen Shot 2019-11-30 at 4.02.51 PM.png

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My go to Mule this Fall

Mules have been extremely popular in the last year! I personal love the trend, they’re comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and there are some seriously cute styles out there!

This season I have been living in my By Paige Needlepoint Mules! I got the mini leopard print pattern, which was so perfect for fall! They came with me to Vermont, got worn almost everyday at the office, and went with all my favorite fall outfits. I had a pair of By Paige loafers I wore over the summer and I was so impressed by the quality and comfort. Of course I knew I had to circled back when I was looking for the perfect Fall mules.

You can style mules with just about anything, for warmer days they go great with dresses and skirts but now that the weather has turned I’m pairing them with jeans almost every day. I have gotten so many compliments on the leopard print. Definitely grab a pair of By Paige mules before Fall is over!

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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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Friday Finds

This week was a sprint, a marathon, all tied up into one! Was very busy with work and packing but I feel like I got so much accomplished! Real talk it was hard when I made the choice to leave my job in politics, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, this huge part of my life was all of a sudden over. I spent months applying, interviewing, researching trying to figure out what was the right fit for me. Now I’m working for myself as a freelancer and I’m loving it, I get to work with so many amazing clients, invest in my personal growth, and create amazing content! It’s hard work, and I’m often very tired, but it’s worth it and I am so grateful for this opportunity and I am full steam ahead to Fall!

On that note, I have been nonstop shopping for Fall! This week’s Friday Finds include some great transition pieces!

1. Sail to Sable Sweater $128

2. J.Crew Dress $118

3. Sail to Sable Dress $268

4. Ralph Lauren Sweater (On Sale!) $179.99

Happy Friday friends! Have a great weekend!