Friday, October 9, 2015

On My Radar

This has been a great week! My mom and dad came into town and I've been having the best time showing them around. We even made a trip out to Fishkill Farms again for a little apple picking and pumpkin picking. I would honestly go every day if I had the chance. We had the windows of the car rolled down and it just felt so peaceful and crisp. If only I could bottle that feeling up in a jar and save it for a bad day down the road.

Anchor Skirt (c/o) + Ballet Flats

Here's what was on my radar this week...

ONE // Smarties Is Thriving

This is a really inspiring article about the women running the retro Smarties brand. I had no idea about the company so it was cool to read that it's a family run business with three Gen Yers currently at the helm, all granddaughters of the founder. Makes me want to go stock up on Smarties!

TWO // The Town of Giethoorn

I have officially added Giethoorn to my travel bucket list. I was dying over the photos. Instead of paved roads, the entire town gets around little canals. When I raced at Henley, we trained long hours every day and I used to love rowing through neighborhoods on the water. So idyllic. This is how I want to retire or something!!!

THREE // 7 Delicious Popcorn Toppings

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. I can't get enough. I want to try a bunch of these popcorn combos... especially the Lucky Charms marshmallow one. (I mean, who knew you could BUY the marshmallows. Like, no cereal. Just marshmallows. IN BULK. #addstocart.)

FOUR // The Rise of Rifle Paper Co

This is a wonderful profile on Anna Bond and her company Rifle Paper Co. I have long been obsessed with Rifle Paper Co... I first blogged about it back in 2012! As a fan, I think it's been wonderful to see how big the company has grown.

FIVE // Bindi Irwin's DWTS Tribute to her Father

You've been warned... do not watch this in public. Remember Bindi Irwin, Steve Irwin's tiny and adorable sidekick? She's grown up into a gorgeous young woman and currently competing on Dancing With the Stars. Her dance this week was in memory of her father and, whoa, it hit me in the feels. I was a puddle throughout this entire video. It's so moving. The dance is so beautiful and truly perfect if you ask me.
What's been on your radar this week?
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

October Bucket List

This fall feels better than ever. As much as I love summer, I think I love fall the most. There's something about it being so short and sweet that makes me relish every minute of the crisp air that much more. Windows open. Sweater weather. Light jackets, little booties. Pumpkins, apples, pies, and tarts. I'm all about it. Fall in NYC is really something else, but it seems so much more like a true fall out here in Connecticut! I swear, I'm happier every day.

I don't want to have the season pass me by without squeezing in all the October activities I want to do!

Pssst.... Garrett and I are sharing some photos on Brooks Brothers' Instagram page this weekend! Carter Fish took the photos! (I'm wearing this sweater and this skirt both c/o.)

What's on your October bucket list?

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36 Hour Trips

I had a busy travel schedule for this month and everything fell through for various reasons. Our trip to Bermuda was rescheduled because of a Hurricane... I had to opt out of a fun amusement park weekend trip because of a scheduling conflict... A trip to Chicago had to be canceled because of a new work schedule... and there's still one on the line but it's pending on a kind of big thing right now.

I mentioned last week that I feel like I wished all my plans to fall through because I was feeling overwhelmed, ha. Joke's on me!

That said, my October freed up quite a bit! And I'm trying to get at least one little getaway locked down.

New York Times has these amazing 36 hour guides with tons of great ideas of places to go and things to do. There's a little bit of everything and something for everyone in the books. In April, Garrett and I traveled to Washington, DC for 36 hours and I couldn't believe how much we could squeeze in in such a short time. I love that it's easier to commit to than a full vacation, but you still experience the feeling of getting away. 

This summer, when I officially knew we'd be in Connecticut, I bought the USA and Canada Northeast version. It's impossible to flip through the book and not want to pack a bag and hit the road immediately. I bought a car right when we moved here and I've been itching to go on a road trip, especially with these dreamy travel guides. I'm thinking that this month is going to be the perfect time. 

My only issue now is that there are so many places I want to go! If you had 36 hours for a wonderful trip, where would you want to go?!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Intern Hair Inspiration

Due to our canceled Bermuda trip, Garrett and I ended up having a nice little weekend in Connecticut... including a date night to go see The Intern.

I had heard the best things from everyone I knew who saw it and couldn't wait. I really loved it. I want to buy the movie so I can watch it again and again. Between the interior design (they filmed in this townhouse!), the cast, the fashion, the plot... I was totally into it.

But I was especially mesmerized by Anne Hathaway's haircut in the film. This is going to sound like I'm an Anne Hathaway super fan (although I wouldn't deny it if someone accused... I love Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears PradaLes Miserables, and heck, I even liked Ella Enchanted), but I've kind of always been inspired by her hair.

My sister and I had Princess Diaries on DVD and one of the bonus features was her audition. Apparently she got the call back because the granddaughters of the director (the two little girls who get her autograph in the movie!) thought she had "princess hair." I think I especially related to Mia's hair issues/transformation and was a fan ever since. I even used to braid my hair in a "Princess Diaries" braid from one of the scenes, haha... I can't believe I'm even admitting this. 

Anyway, I really loved her character's cut in the movie. Short and healthy but also not too short with a long bang to add shape around her face. I've been contemplating a hair cut for a while now but wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go in. If I end up going short, I'm bringing in these stills as the inspiration.... Thoughts?

I've actually had shorter hair in the past and while it's easier to maintain, I remember longing for long hair again. Humph. What's a girl to do?! Yay, nay? Let me know what you think about a shorter cut! I would definitely do it for the winter so it'd be longish again for summer...


PS I wanted her entire wardrobe from the movie too...
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Waiting on Martha Finds

I showed you some of the pieces I bought for the apartment earlier today. I'm happy to report that our second nightstand arrived today and delivery for the dresser has been scheduled. Now that I see the end in sight for our bedroom, I've been trying to find a few pillows for the bed to add just a hint of character. I was going through old bookmarks I have saved on my desktop (my version of Pinterest, ha) and rediscovered Waiting on Martha. So many cute and quirky things for the home. I couldn't stop wishlisting... I want it all! Everything is priced really well too. I'm picking out a few things to keep on hand for hostess gifts as the holidays approach.

Shop some of my favorites below:

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Apartment Inspiration

When we moved to Connecticut, I really wanted to have our apartment in complete order within three weeks. This turned out to be impossible, especially since our trip to Bonaire was in that self-ordered timeline. All the furniture I had in NYC was from Ikea, a gracious college graduation gift. (Except for the pink couch which I bought impulsively online and the West Elm desk which was the only desk I could find to fit in that tiny nook.) I really did love what I had and it worked perfectly for the space. However, things started to fall apart this summer, especially the $24 coffee table

The only piece of furniture that I brought from New York is this bookshelf. Other than that, we had a complete fresh start. It was really important to me that we decorate the apartment in a gender neutral, cohesive way. Aka... No. More. Pink. 

I will definitely be doing a full tour with pictures soon, but we're still working on finalizing everything. As I mentioned earlier, that three week timeline was completely ridiculous thinking on my end. Between furniture deliveries and delays (so many delays...) and figuring out how the space would really work for us, I needed more time to get everything together. Plus, I feel like it's those little details at the end that really bring everything together and I'm absolutely still working on those.

After scouring Pinterest for inspiration (duh), I really wanted to go for a coastal/Americana look without dipping into the cheesy/beachy look. I worked with Havenly again to help decorate our living room and we've been piecing together the bedroom on our own. Here's a sneak peek with what to expect:

We have one bedside table and another supposedly on its way along with a dresser, finally! We're getting there, we're getting there. The office still needs a little (er, a lot of) work, but here's the inspiration for that space.

I just have to keep reminding myself that these things take time and it's okay if it's not 100% done all at once. 
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