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{Ralph Lauren Shetland Wool Sweater, Old Navy Quilted Tweed Vest,  Paige Premium Denim Jeans, Bass ‘Weejun’ Loafers}

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and as part of the festivities, Eric and I took a boat cruise up the Hudson River to celebrate Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain.  Words can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the scenery was as we watched the trees burst with color while sailing along the Palisades.  It was an experience I won’t soon forget, and I’m so glad we got to share it together.  You guys know that I’m a city girl at heart, but I always enjoy these little rustic escapes from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.  I’m not much of a beer drinker, but even I couldn’t resist the allure of a huge stein of ice cold cider to help wash down all those brats and potato pancakes.

We lucked out with the most perfect crisp and cool fall weather, and I was as cozy as a pumpkin in my shetland wool sweater and puffer vest. I’ve climbed to the top of Bear Mountain in the past, but I left my hiking boots at home this time around in favor of comfy loafers that suited me just fine for meandering around the base of the mountain and around the lake.