Follow the Yellow Dot Trail

On the day before Thanksgiving, my cousin and I decided to hike the Yellow Dot Trail. Because it was hunting season, I insisted we wear hideous orange hats to serve as bullet repellent incase we were mistaken for deer, especially after Scott went out of his way to dress like one. The hats did their job and we were not shot. Although they were not the most fashionable of items, Scott and I agreed they were practical for keeping our ears warm.

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The highlight of the hike, other than me whipping out my selfie stick much to Scott’s chagrin, was when I ended up treed like a cat. Instead of climbing down a rock like a normal human being, Scott decided it would be much more fun to use a small tree as a “fire pole” and slide down before insisting that I follow his lead. Once I decided that living by the phrase ‘YOLO’ was a wise idea, I climbed onto the tree and instantly froze, confused as to how I would get down and contemplating exactly what I’d gotten myself into. Luckily I eventually loosened my leg grip and slid to the ground. I have to admit, it was fun.

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Hiking the yellow dot trail only took about an hour one way. It was an easy hike and had plenty of fun hills and rocks to climb on.

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Winter Whites

On a chilly late autumn day I decided to head to Roger Williams Park with a friend to explore and take some pictures. The below freezing temperatures coupled with the harsh winds put me in the mood for snow, which was reflected in my outfit. I ignored the rule “no white pants after Labor Day,” after all,  rules are meant to be broken. img_3819

On frigid winter days, layering is a must. I paired some white jeans with a champagne colored cable knit turtleneck topped with a fuzzy cream vest. I added a statement necklace and a pair of suede booties to complete my outfit.

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The Perfect Tuesday

I started my first day home with a much anticipated bike ride through the 31 degree morning air. My dad and I then jumped in the car and headed to Allies to get some donuts. We got a dozen sprinkled, Boston creme, solid chocolate and chocolate frosted donuts. They were so good.

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After eating our donuts, we headed over to visit my pony nephew Sebastian and Sydney to have a little photoshoot! Sebastian even got a bite of donut.

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After spending a few hours at the barn I headed south to pick my little sister up from school. Since her birthday was the next day I decided to bring her to a secret destination for a photoshoot! We headed to Roger Williams Park and took advantage of the Temple of Music, various park bridges and trees as backdrops. Despite the freezing, windy weather and struggling to beat the setting sun we managed to get some great shots!

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Happy Birthday Alex!

On the way home there was traffic, but not your everyday traffic. The traffic was the worst I’ve ever seen it, even the radio broadcasters were taken aback by how bad it was! After a half hour I just couldn’t take it anymore so I pulled off the highway and took back roads home.

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My day didn’t end with the sunset. That night I went to visit Jupiter before coming home to, you guessed it, more donuts. They’re healthy, right?

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Country Roads, Take Me Home

I’m sitting in Reagan National Airport waiting to go home for Thanksgiving break. After seven weeks at school followed by a jam packed four days home, then another month of school, a full week at home is much needed. I’m excited. There’s nothing better than being home, away from the city air and stresses of school. Home is freedom; I can get in the car and drive wherever I want to.  I can eat real food and not have to do dishes. Most importantly, I get to see my family, friends, cats, dog, and ponies!

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Country roads…

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Take me home…

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10 Reasons Horses Make the Best Fall Companions

1. The sounds of fall

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The two best sounds of fall are the crunching of leaves and the clicking of hooves, so why not combine them?

2. They have no problem being your personal jungle gym 

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Autumn wouldn’t be complete without a fall photoshoot with your favorite horsey friend. Your adorable poses straight off of Pintrest look impeccable framed in the foreground of vibrant trees. #GOALS.

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 3. They give you endless piggyback rides and never get tired

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Ditch the scenic car drives for an autumn trail and ride through the leaves. If your horse of choice likes to run you into trees, this everyday nuisance qualifies as an added perk this time of year! There’s no better way to see the leaves change than having your face dragged through them.

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4. The chilly weather is the perfect excuse to get extra horse hugs

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Horse hugs are a must any time of year, but once the chilly weather sets in, they become even more necessary and enjoyable. There are only a couple of more months before they turn into your own personal heater anyway!

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5. They don’t expect you to try on your appearance and love you regardless

Your horse won’t care if you show up rocking a perfect plum pout paired with an outfit that took you all of two weeks to plan. You can roll out of bed and show up, all they care about is seeing you… and their treats.

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6. You can finally wear cute fall outfits to the barn

Not that your horse cares what you look like, (see above) but the fall weather means you can finally pull out your sweaters, jackets, vests and flannels! Although putting all your polos away until next summer might be a little sad, wearing adorable outfits to the barn makes it completely bearable, especially when your horse companion looks adorable in their lightest baker blanket.

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7. You both love to snack on apples

Fall season is apple season. There is no better time to share a crisp, freshly picked macoun apple with your horse than right now!

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8. Spurs and Crops are no longer needed

The brisk weather has everyone, especially the horses feeling excited and energized. Nobody will make you laugh like a horse in the fall as they run away from you in the paddock and tire themselves out, yet still somehow manage to be energized once you get in the ring. At least you can give your leg a break before “No Stirrup November!”

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9. They’ll be fresh but it will be funny

Because the horses are feeling a little wild and crazy, they’ll surely be up to some new antics. Trying to catch them and keep them from running off will be a hassle, but look at it as something funny rather than something to get mad over, after all, it is pretty funny.

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10. There are plenty of logs to jump

Would it be fall if there weren’t logs everywhere? Between tropical storm cleanup and preparation for winter, there are extra logs everywhere just waiting to be jumped! It might take a little coaxing, but there is nothing more fun than flying over a log in a field filled with the colors of autumn.

Horses are the best companions every time of year. The only thing different about fall is that you get to be with you best friend while enjoying the beautiful leaves and perfect weather which makes everything 100x better. Besides, at the end of the day there’s no goofy face I’d rather see than this one. ❤

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