If you’re in the Boston area and you haven’t been to the Arnold Arboretum you’re missing out! This time or year especially, all the leaves are changing and it is picturesque Autumn. This week I️ went for a walk with my friend Maddie and her dog Hamilton, it was a little cold but we had a great time! If you take the orange line to Forest Hills the Arboretum is literally right across the street. You can bring your furry friend as long as they are on a leash, and it’s a hefty fine if they catch a dog off leash so definitely keep them on! I️ wore one of my favorite J. Crew vests (similar), I️ love the polka dots! I️ kept warm with this great plaid scarf from Primark, right now they have tons of blanket scarfs in all different patterns for just $5! I️ got three or four the last time I️ was in there. My leggings are also from primark, I️ will say the quality is not fantastic but for $3 they’re a no-brainer.
It’s November and I am full steam ahead to the Holidays! That means breaking out all my plaid. I got this vest from Lands End last year during the Holidays and it has become one of my favorites. During the fall I am constantly reaching for vests, it getting cold but its not cold enough to pull out my winter coat quiet yet. I like to hold off on the winter coats as long as possible! This vest has fleece lined pockets which are just so perfect for those days when I forget my gloves. I tossed this vest over a vineyard vines sweater from last years holiday collection. Has everyone checked out their new holiday items? I am obsessed with all the black-wash plaid! I paired with navy cords and some Bean Boots.
Last week I got my hair done c/o at IVY Hair Loft in Arlington, be sure to check out their Instagram page! Laura did an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier with how my hair came out, thank you so much IVY Hair Loft!
I feel like November is always a good time to look back on the year and reflect. My birthday is November 16th so I’m one year older this month, it is also right before we all get caught up in the craziness of the holidays. This year November is going to be a busy month for me but I’m very excited.
I’ve been feeling a little stressed about work and school lately. There is just so much going on and I’m really looking forward to taking sometime for myself this month. I’ll be doing some traveling and celebrating my birthday, what does everyone else do to relax?
While October often gets credit as “peak foliage” month this year the weather has been very warm so the leaves in Boston and southern New England are peaking right now. I love strolling through the public gardens on the last few warm days enjoying the leaves as they change.
Sweater: Vineyard Vines (old), Skirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Nordstrom, Earrings: KJP, Necklace: KJP, Bracelet: KJP, Sunglasses: J.Crew
October is my favorite months! The leaves are changing, the air gets crips, and there are so many fall activities! This month I had the opportunity to go to some great events that I wanted to share with all of you, this is a long one so bare with me!
I was invited to go to Anoush’ella, a new restaurant in the South End, to try some apps and coacktails. I had such a great time and the food was delicious! We tried a couple of the signature cocktails and they did not disappoint, my favorite was the Peach Thyme Martini. If you’re in the south end be sure to stop by and support this fabulous new business! Thank Anoush’ella for hosting this great event.
Peach Popup on Newbury
If you haven’t heard of Peach it is an athleisure brand that just opened their first popup on Newbury Street. I swung by the store to check out the new line and chat with the staff. Everyone was so friendly, they are really passionate about their brand! The product was really high quality and price range was a little pricey but still less than lululemon, I’m not someone who normally likes to spend a lot on clothes I’m going to wear to work out in but when it’s great quality I don’t mind. Be sure to stop by sometime soon!
I attended Third Thursday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with my friend Maddie this month. As the name implies on the third Thursday of every month the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts an evening with music and drinks and you can stroll through the galleries. You can buy tickets on the website, it’s definitely a great experience you should check out!
I had dinner at Tapestry for the first time this month and I was super impressed! Just a short walk from Fenway it has a great atmosphere the front bar is casual and laidback with an awesome pizza oven and the back lounge is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. The own was so kind and the bartenders were great! We tried their new Chai Applecider Mimosa and it was to die for! We enjoyed a margherita pizza and sampled a few new desserts, I will definitely be going back! Thank you so much Tapestry for having us!
If you’ve never been to the Athenaeum you should definitely check it out! It’s normally only open to members but if you keep an eye on their website they host open houses and events open to the public. The 5th floor reading room is stunning! Stroll over to 10 1/2 Beacon Street to visit.
Halloween with Godiva
This month I received a whole box of goodies from Godiva to help me celebrate Halloween. I love chocolate and was so excited to try out some new things! They sent pumpkin spice truffles along with a box of assorted truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, and a candy bar set! I devoured the chocolate covered pretzels and me and my roommates shared the truffles. If you still need to pick up some goodies for Halloween definitely stop by Godiva!
I hope everyone has a fun Halloween! I’ll see you in November!!
I may have received complimentary product or experiences for this post but as always all opinions are my own.
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
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?
I wore one of my favorite skirts from J.Crew Factory that I got last year with a classic Chambray button down that I got on sale at J.Crew this summer. It rained most the week so I wore my Bean Boots in case there was mud. My nails are painted Berry Naughty by Essie.
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!
Kate Spade is one of my go to brands! From purses to shoes the accessories line at Kate Spade is such high quality! Yesterday I stopped in the Kate Spade store on Newbury Street and tried on some of their newest shoes, here are my favs!
I love these booties! The color is perfect for Fall and the scalloped detail is so preppy.
Every Fall I become obsessed with leopard print. These flats from Kate Spade not only have leopard print but also a bow! Put a bow on it and I’m in love!
Like I said put a bow on it and I’m in love! No matter how many pairs of black heels I own I always want a new pair. I think I will be adding these ones to my collection very soon!
These sandals are just so extra I have to have them! Rose gold, pearls, suede, this shoe has it all! I don’t know how practical this shoe is but it is so fun!
Kate Spade is such a fun brand! What are your must have shoes this season?
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.
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
“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
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
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!