Fall in Georgetown

Earlier this morning, I had some time to kill so I decided to go for a walk around Georgetown, collect some fallen leaves, drool over the houses and pick up some cupcakes. As I was taking photos of the first house that caught my eye, an older gentleman came up to me and started a conversation. It was funny; he thought I was twelve and expressed confusion that I could drive. I soon learned that he was the caretaker for many of the homes in Georgetown and had recently painted many of the homes that I was photographing. It was cool to be able to meet and talk to someone who maintains such beautiful homes that make up such a well known part of D.C. We chatted for awhile longer before we parted ways and I continued to aimlessly wander around Georgetown for about a half hour. Here are some of my favorite houses that were decked out for fall!

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Leafing Through Washington

Fall has arrived in the District, bringing with it temperatures in the high thirties. While I’m happy to see the leaves finally change, the frigid temperatures are a slightly less welcome addition to the season. Since the temperatures dipped, I have essentially become a walking L.L. Bean advertisement. For the next 4-5 months, you will rarely catch me wearing anything but my bean boots! Because I didn’t get my coat mailed down to me until a couple of days ago, I’ve found myself layering as much as possible to stay warm. This means a flannel (L.L. Bean’s are the warmest), a sweater and a down vest, all paired with jeans and accented with lace socks. The outfit was perfect for a frigid walk to work and a fun (but freezing) day out frolicking in leaves by the Tidal Basin.

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Flannel // Sweater // Vest // Jeans // Bean Boots // Socks

The White House Garden

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On Sunday, October 22, I went for a tour of the White House garden with my friend Zac. That morning, I had a previous commitment and was upset that I wouldn’t be able to go. Fortunately, Zac woke up bright and early, walked all the way to the White House, and was able to get us tickets for that afternoon.

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It was so cool to be that close to the White House. The sun was super harsh and the crowds were insane, but we waited both out and were able to get some cute photos. The White House was the perfect backdrop! My favorite photo is the one where three of the security are watching me strut and spin to get just the right shot! The funniest part is we were one of the last ones out and only left because they were casually following us out trying to get us to leave. Being able to do things like tour the White House garden is a huge reason that I came to school in D.C. so outings like these are a welcome addition to my itinerary!

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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

Trestles and Fringe

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I love driving out to new, remote areas and adventuring through them. You never know what will be around each turn and, in this case, it was two trestles and a beautiful creek! While pulling over and exploring is fun, spontaneous and a great way to spend an afternoon, you never know what might be around each turn. While exploring the river and the trestles, I found this out the hard way. My parents and I parked the car on the side of the road, not thinking anything of it. We were in the middle of nowhere, what could possibly happen? As my Mom and I trekked down a path to the river, my Dad and our beautifully ferocious Doberman, Delila, stayed at the top of the path. A sketchy looking, run down car drove past once, then twice, before dropping off its passenger, a shirtless man who started to walk towards our seemingly abandoned car. It was then that Delila went into full watch dog mode and poked her head out of the trees, staring straight at the imposter, giving him a big doberman grin. He took one look at her and my father and turned around. Clearly, if he had been innocently walking down the road, he would’ve continued past. He was coming for our car, and had Delila and my father not been there, he could have come for us. From the top of the bridge where he was dropped off, he could only see that my mother and I were alone in the river. I don’t want to know what would’ve happened if it had been just the two of us. As he left, we quickly got into the car and drove away, down the road, and realized that we were in a very sketchy looking town. The moral of the story is to be careful, be aware of your surroundings, and never go anywhere alone. Know how to defend yourself, especially when your phone has no bars. Being spontaneous and adventuring is what makes life so incredible, but there are people out there whose intentions are not so pure, who will try to steal from you and who will try to hurt you.

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That being said… how cute is this sweater?! The second I tried it on, I put my arms out to both sides and started twisting back and forth, allowing the fringe to do its thing (see pictures 2 and 6). A simple white turtleneck is a great staple to add to your closet. Obviously, it will be loved during the cooler months but can also pass as beachy when styled appropriately for summer nights. I kept the fringe theme going in my suede booties which I paired with comfortable jeans.

Turtleneck // Similar Sweater // Jeans // Booties

Autumn at Arkwright

IMG_0686IMG_0690IMG_0681IMG_0684IMG_0680IMG_0689IMG_0679IMG_0682IMG_0683I’m obsessed with bridges: trestles, covered bridges, wire bridges, you name it, I love it. The older the bridge, the better. I always knew that the Arkwright Bridge, now closed to traffic, existed somewhere in the Rhode Island area, but I never realized that it was on the border of my own town, fittingly, a border that I never go near. Walking over and exploring new bridges is so exciting to me. They give you a unique vantage point; you can look straight down the path of a river without getting wet which also means that you can wear suede! I paired this adorable mauve suede moto-jacket with jeans and fringe booties. The jacket is so cute! Definitely on the edgier side, but I love it. Adding pieces of different styles to your wardrobe keeps you on your feet and versatile. While the jacket is very edgy, it’s still very me (it’s pink!) and definitely plays into certain parts of my personality.  I love pulling out something unexpected, and this jacket does just that.

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Jacket (past season, different color) // Jeans // Booties (similar) // Lipstick // Contour

One Year of Blogging

Exactly one year ago today, I got out of my bed, went to my desk, and put together my first blog post. I had been intending to create a blog for a while and just decided to finally go for it. As soon as I hit ‘publish,’ I knew I was hooked. In the past year, I have watched my blog grow and improve.  I have learned so much and it is definitely reflected in my content. Creating and sharing ideas for outfits and destinations is something I thoroughly enjoy and can’t imagine myself not doing. So many great memories have been made just because I decided to blog. Blogging has forced me out to adventure and explore. I’m so blessed to have a great group of friends and family who are willing and eager to help me to capture what I am envisioning for each and every post. I can’t wait to see where I am a year from now! In honor of my first Blog-a-versary, I’m sharing a few of my favorite posts from the past year.

The Halloween Poodle: My first ever blog post!

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Saw the Christmas Tree: This post really got me into the Christmas Spirit!

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Wintry Wishes: This post was a turning point for me. Following this one, I really started to step up my game.

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Checks on the Deck: I had the worst stomach flu when these photos were taken. Nevertheless, I powered through to get the post done and go to a Lilly sale before I returned to school for the spring semester.

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Castle Hill Light: I remember this being such a fun day spent trekking through the Newport mud with my little sister, Alex.

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Daffo-Dilly Dally: I still dream about this beautiful place, definitely going back next spring!

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Checks, Pumps and Pillars: This post is the epitome of golden hour in D.C. and I’m still obsessed with my blazer. That night was so much fun. We rented the car, went to Jefferson, watched the sunset, saw baby geese, drove back really fast, went to see the dorm I’m living in now, sang Hannah Montana and “All The Way Up” on the vex and then jumped the fence to a playground in the dark.

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Rhododendron Rendezvous: Sometimes you stumble across beautiful, flowering bushes.

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Strawberry Fields: We ate strawberry shortcake for a week after and even took a late night drive to one Wal-Mart and three Stop and Shops just to get angel food cake.

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Endless Lupine: Lupine far as the eye could see, growing all the way up the mountain. We thought they’d all passed until we drove up to this. It was simply magical.

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Comin’ ‘Round The Cornfield: After this post, I committed to finally getting rid of my white boarders on Instagram, editing in Lightroom and really putting 110% into everything that was shared. Another turning point!

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Fields of Sunshine: Spring and Summer were made for hunting down fields of flowers, or in this case, fields of sunshine. This little excursion was how my dog Delila spent her birthday!

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Gingham Gaze: The first post I took back in D.C. this year.

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The Apple of My Eye: This was such a fun day with my family and the apples were so good. I even got to twin with my dog!!

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My two latest posts also make this list for sure. This month, I took time to plan out upcoming posts and make sure that I was getting the most fun, beautiful and high quality content I could. From my Bridge of Flowers post to Autumn Mountain Majesty, you haven’t seen anything yet.  I am so excited to share the content I have coming and to make the ideas I have a reality. My second year of blogging is going to be the best one yet!