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All the Best Shackets for Fall & Winter at Every Price Point

November 16, 2020

I’ve never been one to blindly follow trends, but even I couldn’t help but be smitten with this season’s hottest item: the shacket. To be honest, it definitely wasn’t love at first sight. My style tends to veer towards the feminine and classic, and I initially didn’t think the masculine utilitarian vibes of a shacket would fit well with the rest of my wardrobe. But oh boy was I wrong!

This longline wool-blend shacket from H&M was the one that finally changed my mind. I tried it on a whim, and as soon as I slipped it on and felt it’s warm, cozy embrace – I was SOLD! A popped collar and rolled up sleeves give it a chic look, and I already know I’ll be reaching for this one all season long.

Once I dipped my toe in the water, it wasn’t long until I dived right in with this faux leather shacket from Zara. The belt at the waist is what keeps it looking more feminine and less truck driver.

I’m already plotting to add a few more shackets to my collection, and below are a few of the ones I’ve got my eye on right now. The best part is that most retailers have hopped aboard the bandwagon, so it’s eay to find one at any price point. Let me know your favorite in the comments, and happy shopping.

THE BEST SHACKETS FOR FALL & WINTER

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Budget-Friendly Family Trip – Fall Foliage in the Adirondacks

November 9, 2020
Fall Apple Picking at Hurds Family Farm

After spending most of the summer quarantined and social-distancing in New York City, the family and I packed up our bags and headed upstate to view the beautiful fall foliage in the Adirondacks and to celebrate my birthday. Lake George is one of my favorite areas in the Adirondacks, and we’ve done this trip a few times in the past. This year was a little bit different due to Covid-19 restrictions, but our little family getaway definitely did not disappoint. Below is a recap of everything we did on this trip, and you can also check out my behind-the-scenes vlog on my YouTube channel.

Clarion Inn & Suites - Lake George

WHERE WE STAYED IN THE ADIRONDACKS

I’m usually all about 4-star hotel accommodations and fine dining while traveling, but life is a little different with a toddler in tow. With that being said, my top priority when choosing a hotel was finding a suite with two separate bedrooms without breaking the bank. Christian is currently 2.5 years old and has always slept in his own room since he was 6 months of age. He sleeps like a champ through the night, and the last thing I wanted to do on vacation was mess with a good thing. Clarion Inn & Suites in Lake George came to the rescue with clean, safe budget-friendly accommodations that were right in the heart of all the action. In fact, we were right next door to an outlet mall and a brand-spanking new Starbucks – both of which we took full advantage of during our brief stay.

Other places we’ve stayed in the past and recommend in Lake George include: The Sagamore, Fort William Henry Hotel, and Wingate by Wyndham.

COVID-19 MEASURES IN THE ADIRONDACKS

Masks were required in all public indoor establishments, including restaurants, our hotel’s lobby and common areas and retail establishments. We spent most of our time in the great outdoors. And for the most part, people were respectful about keeping their 6-feet of distance and wearing masks around other people. Stores were very strict about limiting capacity, wiping down cash registers between transactions, and providing hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.

OUR 3-DAY ITINERARY IN THE ADIRONDACKS

DAY ONE – DRIVING TO LAKE GEORGE

The drive from our apartment in Manhattan to Lake George takes about 3 hours total, and we had a special stop along the way. We loaded up the car at 9am and left the city to make way to our first destination: Hurds Family Farm in Modena, NY. It was a gorgeous day, so we made the most of it – picking apples, walking through pumpkin patches, consuming tons of cider and donuts, and taking Christian on his very first pony ride.

After we left the farm, we drove another hour north to check in to our hotel room where we quickly unpacked and freshened up before heading back out to the Malta Drive-In Movie to catch a screening of Poltergeist. We were all pretty beat by the time we made it back home at 10pm.

View from the top of Gore Mountain

DAY TWOVISITING GORE MOUNTAIN

The next morning we were up bright and early to head up to Gore Mountain to take their scenic gondola ride and peep some beautiful fall foliage along the way. The vistas were absolutely breathtaking, and we spent the afternoon meandering along different paths. Outdoor dining was the only option at the mountain due to Covid restrictions, but we found a yummy food truck serving all different types of mac and cheese.

After leaving Gore Mountain, we took a drive along Blue Ridge Road Scenic Byway and stopped for a photo op at Indian Lake. Normally, we would have kept driving to The Wild Center – the natural history museum of the Adirondacks – but we needed to be back at the hotel in time to shower and change for dinner. Speaking of dinner…

Since we were celebrating my birthday, we drove into Saratoga Springs to enjoy a delicious meal at the Blue Hen, located inside of the Adelphi Hotel. Limited indoor seating was available, but we erred on the side of caution and ate outside in a heated tent. To be honest, it was still a bit chilly even with the heaters, but I was comfortable enough since I brought a heavy blanket scarf with me. Also, the food was cooked to perfection and easily took our minds off the temperature.

DAY THREE – HEADING TO HUDSON, NY

On our last day in Lake George, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Starbucks and checked out of our room around 11am. In years past, we’ve always done a steamboat cruise around Lake George aboard the Minnie Ha Ha. This year, we decided to switch gears and make our way to Hudson, NY – a cute little town in the Hudson Valley that I’d always heard so much about but never had a chance to visit myself.

As soon as we stepped out of the car and began walking around, my immediate impression of the town was “Brooklyn Meets the Country.” There were tons of interesting shops and restaurants, and I can’t wait to go back and check it out when I have a bit more time to explore. Since we had to make it back to the city by 5pm in order to return our rental car, we only had time to stop in a few boutiques and grab a quick bite at Le Perche Bakery & Bar – who by the way serves the tastiest croissants I’ve ever had in New York.

Fall Foliage at Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks

And there you have it – our quick, budget-friendly family getaway to the Adirondacks. Lake George is one of my favorite places to visit in both the summer and fall. I hope you enjoyed my recap. Let me know down in the comments if you’ve ever been for a visit – and if so, what are some of your favorite places and activities to enjoy. And be sure to check out my YouTube video to see firsthand everything we saw, did and ate during our stay.

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What I Wore Last Week

November 1, 2020

Like many of us, I’m working remotely and sticking pretty close to home these days. That being said, sweats have never really been my thing, so I do try and make a diligent effort to get dressed and go outside each day. It helps brighten my day and makes me feel more productive. Below is a brief recap of each outfit. Enjoy!

Denim Overalls

{SHEIN Overalls, ZARA Turtleneck, BANANA REPUBLIC Oxfords}

On Monday, I decided to keep it simple and casual with my favorite denim overalls, a striped turtleneck and a comfy pair of snake print oxfords. I rarely wear jeans these days, but I will forever hold a soft spot for overalls. I adore the way these hug my curves while being super stretchy and comfortable.

New Balanxe x Staud Sweatshirt Dress

{NEW BALANCE x STAUD Dress, COACH Crossbody, NEW BALANCE Trainers}

I had a rough night before and was running on about 3 hours of sleep, so I just wanted something cozy to slip on for running errands and taking my son to the park. This sweatshirt dress was just the ticket. It’s so soft and basically feels like you’re wearing a nightgown. I don’t do traditional sweats, but this is the 3rd of 4th dress made out of sweatshirt material that I’ve added to my wardroble. Hope that doesn’t make me a hypocrite, lol!

{FOREVER 21 Sweater, UNIQLO Trench Coat, TOMMY HILFIGER Ponte Pants, EASTLAND Saddle Shoes}

On Wednesday, I decided to employ one of my favorite style hacks: wearing head-to-toe black and white. Sometimes I throw in red accessories if I’m feeling fancy. As you can see, I was not feeling fancy. Actually, I take that back. I always feel fancy when I don my saddle shoes. They’re so classic, and they might just be the most comfortable shoes I own – including sneakers!

{H&M Shacket, UNIQLO Cashmere Turtleneck, MIMARU Newsboy Cap, MADEWELL Jeans, COACH Crossbody Bag, DR. MARTENS Combat Boots}

So this may have been my favorite outfit of the week. If you follow me on YouTube, then you’ve already seen this beauty of a coat shacket (shirt + jacket). I generally shy away from majorly trendy items, but I could not resist this piece when I first laid eyes on it. It’s so chic and absolutely perfect for fall. It also comes in blue plaid and black & white tweed, and I’m finding it hard to resist purchasing another one.

H&M Studio Sweatshirt Dress

{H&M STUDIO Dress, ROBERT CLERGERIE OTK Boots, STAUD ‘Edie’ Bag}

Ok, I lied – THIS is my favorite outfit of the week. The sweatshirt dress made another appearance. But this time I made it a little bit saucy with a pair of over-the-knee boots. This outfit made for the perfect casual date night look.