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Happy Halloween

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Well that escalated quickly…

I always planned to dress Christian as a lion for Halloween and had his costume ready for weeks. Since I already had a blue gingham dress, and thought “Hey, I’ll just wear that as a nod to Dorothy Gale.” All was good until I realized my red patent leather heels were in storage. “No sweat, here’s a perfect excuse to buy some ruby red slippers.”

Well of course as I was checking out, Amazon (in its infinite algorithm wisdom) suggested a little stuffed Toto in a picnic basket. So yeah, I bought that too. Everything arrives in the mail, I try it all on and realize “something” is missing from my getup… a white puffy sleeve blouse! After a quick online search, I realize that if I’m going to buy a blouse, I may as well go ahead and get the whole darn costume. So I did. And this folks is how I wound up as the only adult dressed up in costume at a children’s Halloween party.

End scene.

P.S. We look cute tho’. 😉
P.P.S. Eric refuses to be Tin Man.

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Apple of My Eye {Apple Picking at Hicks Orchard}

Everyday Outfits, Lifestyle, Travel

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, hicks orchard, plaid dress{ZARA Plaid Dress & Rain Jacket, FOREVER 21 Fedora, J. CREW Rain Boots}

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, hicks orchard, plaid dress, apple picking

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, hicks orchard, plaid dress, apple picking

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, hicks orchard, plaid dress, apple picking

Growing up in Michigan, apple picking was always one of my favorite fall past times. Just the memory of the smell and taste of hot apple cider and warm donuts is enough to make my mouth water. This year, we headed up to Hicks Orchard in the Adirondacks to take our pick of sweet honeycrisp apples. As usual, I picked waaayyyy too many apples. So over the past two weeks, I’ve made apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider, and apple butter. You’d think I’d be sick of apples by now, there’s nothing like enjoying your own freshly picked fruit.

Since the weather was still cool and damp from a thunderstorm earlier in the day, I opted for new plaid raincoat and my trusty rubber chelsea boots. Wearing more than one plaid at a time used to give me pause, but now it’s one of my favorite looks. The trick is to make sure colors complement each other, and that the size of the plaids are similar in scale.

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Where the Wild Things Are {Fall Foliage Family Road Trip}

Lifestyle, Travel

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{Zara Sweater, Rain Jacket & Leggings, J. Crew Chelsea Boots}

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, indian lake

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, indian lake

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fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, gore mountain

fall foliage, family road trip, adirondacks, gore mountain

After being married for over thirteen years, Eric and I have more than our fair share of traditions. One of my favorites is our annual trek upstate to view the fall foliage. This year’s road trip coincided with my birthday, and I was lucky enough to receive the greatest gift of all: Sharing the experience with my baby boy, Christian!  He was a champ during the entire 8-hour roundtrip car ride and didn’t fuss one bit. Just a few months old, and he’s already making his mama proud…

Since the weather was a bit chillier in the Adirondacks, I made sure to pack lots of cozy knits like this striped funnel neck sweater I recently purchased at Zara. I fell in love with the preppy nautical stripes and button details along the neck. The weather predicted lots of misty fog and sporadic rain showers which made the perfect excuse to put my new rain jacket (also from Zara) to good use. I never can resist good outerwear (bonus points if it comes in a classic tartan), and this piece did not disappoint. It’s lightweight – which makes it great for travel – and kept me nice and dry during a few unexpected rain showers.

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