Country Roads Lead Home

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, Rhode Island is one of my favorite spots in the state. I can’t make a trip home without at least driving under it a couple of times. It’s so nice to have a bit of New England charm so close to home. I just love covered bridges!

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I am obsessed with the navy color of this plaid shirtdress. It pops against the red and the white in the print. How cute is the bow tie on the front?!? It lets you customize just how fitted it is and leaves you with the possibility of making a bow or another sort of knot. This dress even has pockets. Although I’m pretty short, I ordered the dress in a tall so it would be long enough and I’m so glad I did! The smaller the size, the shorter the hemline so getting a tall is absolutely crucial, even if you’re short like me. Because I was feeling extra, I paired the dress with a patent pair of point toe pumps. I got them a few years back and adore them; any time they even remotely match my outfit, I eagerly pull them out! Speaking of excited, Delila was extremely pumped to visit the bridge with us. The whole way there, I kept looking in my rearview and all I could see was her happy face. I took a picture and posted it on her Instagram, check it out here!

Dress (50% off with an extra 30%) // Similarly Colored Shoes // Necklace

 

It’s Covered

I love covered bridges. They’re quaint and cute and are a rarity to find which makes them all the more special. The Arthur A. Smith Covered bridge in Northern Massachusetts has been on my list for quite a while and finally, I decided to make the trip up. It’s funny that this one spot was my destination when over the course of the road trip, I found many other wonderful spots that I never would’ve been able to plan going to. This bridge did not disappoint. It was adorable down to every detail, I’m obsessed with the lanterns inside of it! Even the creek under it was cute. The mountains in the background were just turning to orange and there was not a person in sight. This bridge really is in the middle of nowhere!

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For my outfit, I paired this jacquard printed skirt (pockets!) with a crimson belle sleeved sweater (on sale!) and matching point toe flats. I love the fringe detailing on the shoes! My hunter boots also paired well with the look and were a bit more practical for exploring the creek below the bridge; I was surprised with how deep it was!

Sweater // Skirt // Flats // Boots

Autumn Mountain Majesty

The panoramic 360º view from Poet’s Seat Tower located in the Rocky Mountain Park of Greenfield, Massachusetts is absolutely stunning, especially when the leaves have been painted yellow, red and orange by autumn herself. The tower is extremely tall.  You start by climbing up various flights of stairs, each of which brings you to a new look out platform. If you look straight down, you will realize that the tower is perched on the edge of a literal cliff, and it’s a long way down. The final flight that takes you to the very top is a spiral staircase the winds you around, almost preparing you to look all around and take in the view. Straight ahead, off the cliff, is the town of Greenfield and in every other direction, you see nothing but foliage covered mountains, pierced only by the occasional steeple. A big, beautiful American flag blows in the wind on top of the tower. The Poet’s Seat Tower is a great lookout point that you can drive right up to, no hiking necessary. Even the parking lot is scenic!IMG_0779IMG_0786IMG_0780IMG_0782IMG_0778IMG_0642IMG_0781IMG_0777IMG_0801

For my outfit, I paired bean boots with a long sleeve lace top and a button front corduroy skirt. Because it was a warmer fall day, I could get away with wearing the skirt on its own but was still happy to be wearing long sleeves. I love how the brown color of the corduroy looked against the deep blue and how the two textures contrasted against one another. All the pieces I’m wearing with the exception of my boots are from past seasons but I linked some similar options below.

Top (similar), (bell sleeve version) // Skirt (similar), (cheap) // Boots

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Bridge of Flowers

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While road tripping around Northern Massachusetts over fall break, my parents and I ran into a local at a covered bridge who recommended that we drive a few minutes down the road to see The Bridge of Flowers. We didn’t really know what to expect, and due to our lack of cell reception couldn’t look it up, but once we arrived, we were blown away. This place is so beautiful it’s hard to believe it’s real! Whoever had the idea to turn a bridge into a beautiful garden must have been a wonderfully creative person. The fall dahlias were in full bloom and bees were happily buzzing around. As golden hour descended, the foliage covering the mountains ahead was illuminated by the setting sun as an American flag patriotically fluttered in the wind. The bridge of flowers is definitely on my list of places to go back to. If you ever find yourself near the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls, make sure you head to 22 Water Street and check out this bridge!

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Ocean State

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Yesterday was the first real beach day of the season! It was just cool enough to lay in the hot sand and soak up some sunshine.  The water was freezing but refreshing. I managed to hunt down a beach that was not too well-known so it wasn’t extremely crowded and the water was much more blue, clean and clear! I wore this adorable navy gingham bathing suit that I ordered recently. It was cut to fit perfectly. The bottoms covered just enough and the top didn’t budge. I also wore a floppy hat and sunglasses to protect my eyes, face and shoulders by shading me from the sun. I managed to leave the beach without a sunburn, a rare feat for me!

Salty Sleeves

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This spring I’ve become obsessed with gingham, bell sleeves and the off the shoulder trend. This top combines the three perfectly! I had so much fun exploring the salt mashes at Cornell Farm in Dartmouth, MA. The hiking trails were so well groomed, I wish I brought my dog along for the adventure.

Daffo-Dilly Dally

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I recently took a day trip to Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to visit this field of daffodils. Fortunately, it was only about an hour away and the surrounding neighborhood was lovely to drive through. The sun was shining and it was about 70° which was perfect for the short hike through the woods on a nicely cleared path to see the daffodils.  There were so many, I wasn’t expecting them to be so numerous! A friend and I spent about an hour walking around, taking photos and enjoying the silence of the peaceful field of daffodils.

If you plan to go, be advised that they are requiring a $2 donation per person. I came prepared and donated a dollar extra. Shockingly, the volunteer demanding donations gave me a hard time over this and yelled at me, saying that I would take the dollar of change. Taken aback, I walked away; slightly confused… no good deed gone unpunished! Later, while we were exiting, the same volunteer was demanding a donation from a couple who had not come prepared with cash. He requested a credit card from them, even though he obviously didn’t have a credit card machine on him! It’s a shame that such a beautiful place could not have more polite volunteers; fortunately, the mans bitterness didn’t take away from the beauty of the daffodils or the gorgeous day. I’m definitely going to make taking a day trip to Parsons Reserve a spring tradition!