A Day in Newport

Newport is one of the most picturesque and classic towns in all of Rhode Island. I mention in an earlier post our day trip to Newport’s Bowen’s Warf but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to what we did and what there is to do in Newport since it is such an amazing place that often finds its way onto many travel bucket lists. I have been multiple times before, mostly to visit the mansions and enjoy the beautiful flower shows. This time my sister and I left in the morning and shopped the boutique’s on the warf. We stopped for lunch at Gary’s Handy Lunch which was is cheap and quick diner food that was great for us since we had to meet our cousin shortly after. However, the dining opportunities are definitely ones to take advantage of here. The seafood is incredible and there are so many seaside views, it can definitely get expensive though. I would save for a few really nice delicious meals and find the cheaper places or grocery shop for the rest.

We found some great shops including the KJP store on Bowen’s Warf, Island Outfitters, Coast to Country and Vintage to Vogue. There are so many other great shops and prices definitely vary so check it out if you see something you like (you never know). Some shops like KJP have such beautiful decorations that it is fun to just have a look around and get some inspiration.

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In the later afternoon we met up with Aiden and his family to do the Cliff Walk along the coast. It is beautiful because you get the amazing ocean views with gorgeous mansions on the other side. I highly recommend this and other than parking it is completely free (parking isn’t too bad). Along those same lines, visiting any of the mansions is a great experience. The Breakers is the most famous and has a great walk through tour available. I have done several in the past and I learned some interesting history for sure.

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There are definitely many other things to do if you are doing a longer stay (which I highly recommend). There are sailing tours and boat rides along with many other fun water activities. Hitting the beach is also a must if you are there for a few days, it is beautiful!

Erin

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

It is already August and I know so many people are getting ready to begin one of the most exciting adventures of their lives! Back to school is such an exciting time and can be even more exhilarating when you are starting a whole knew chapter in your life. I loved college and there are certain things I did that made my experience so incredible. There are also some things I wish I had known before starting college. This list is actually kind of a mix of the things I did right and the things I wish I had known. I hope you find it useful and would love to hear your opinions and thoughts!

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  1. Talk to everyone: This can be incredibly intimidating for many people but it is the easiest way to make friends, get to know your professors and meet business contacts. If you know you don’t like to talk to people there are ways to make it a little bit easier. Talking to peers in the first few weeks of school can actually be the best time because most people do not know each other so it is completely acceptable to ask where someone is from, what classes they are taking, what they might want to major in, etc. Getting used to speaking to professors can also be difficult but I highly recommend going into their office and asking questions, even if you do not necessarily have any. Just ask for clarifications on class material. Make sure they know who you are! I would say going in once a week is a good place to start. Throughout my four years of college I became friends with my professors which was incredibly beneficial for me.
  2. Take every opportunity you can get: Even other students at my own school asked me over and over how I was able to go so many places and do so many things. I took advantage of every opportunity that presented itself and went out of my comfort zone to do so. If a professor was taking a group of students on a short weekend trip I went, even if it meant missing out on some weekend relaxation and even if I knew nothing about the place we were going. I applied to many things even if I thought I wasn’t qualified for or that I wasn’t likely to get as a freshman (this seriously paid off!). On the academic side of things this one goes along with talking to your professors because I was offered lots of opportunities because I was engaged and frequently spoke to my professors.
  3. Know when to say no: Yes, I know, this is sort of contradictory but it is also so important to be able to say ‘no’. I got way two involved in so many different things in college during my first two years that by the time senior year came around I was beyond burnt out and I regret not spending more time with my friends. It can be really nice to be able to say yes to other things that pop up when your schedule has some built in free time. Some of the greatest memories I have are the unplanned adventures that popped up.
  4. Don’t stick to what is expected of you (by anyone): College is truly the time to try everything because you never know what you might fall in love with. I really wish I knew this before starting college because I definitely had it in my head that my parents had certain expectations of me and I followed one track in the first two years that I did not necessarily love. Because of this I soon felt like my professors, friends and even myself expected a certain level and a certain path. I wish I had been way more open because as I started to try other things around junior year I realized how much more is out there and how many other interests I had.
  5. Leave high school behind: Seriously, college is so much better without all the drama of high school. I think one reason that sometimes freshmen are looked down upon is because they are still partially high schoolers and there is definitely a difference. Leave the drama. Don’t get me wrong, there will be drama in college however people seem to deal with it very differently and in more adult ways. The first year can be a lot more fun if you do not play into at all. Just meet knew people, focus on school and get involved with extracurriculars. If you do not like who you were or how people perceived you in high school, college is a chance to completely start over. I believe in staying true to who you are, but people definitely change and you may not really be who many people in high school thought you were.

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Boots Tory Burch, Sweater Brooks Brothers, Pants similar, Crossbody Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory, Trench coat ASOS

Erin

Pink Stripes

New England is truly a beautiful place. I love it all and have thoroughly enjoyed surfing the waves, walking the shores and inhaling the salty air. Stripes are undoubtably my favorite thing to wear during the summer. During our trip to Newport I stopped at the Kiel James Patrick flagship store on Bowen’s Warf. The shop was absolutely beautiful and gave me so much inspiration. I tried on this pink and white striped ‘In Edgartown’ dress and fell in love with it! It is so comfortable and falls perfectly. It is the greatest summer dress, perfect for the beach, clam bakes and walking the town.

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Dress Kiel James Patrick, Sunglasses J. Crew Factory

Erin

All the Pretty Houses

First of all this has is one of the best finds! Seriously it is so worth checking out those vintage/thrift shops in small towns, there are some real hidden gems. This hat is vintage Nordstrom and I absolutely love it. It will be a perfect derby hat and it is great for just hanging out in the sun. My goal has definitely been to visit all the thrift shops and find those great items.

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Blue and White Stripes

I found this boatneck top at J. Crew earlier this summer and it is the best! It is so comfortable and perfect for days at the beach. I wore it to dinner at the Bayside the other night because it got a little chilly but it is a great weight for wearing during the day as well. Also this Tuckernuck bow hat is so adorable and perfect for laying on the beach for hours.

Everything is full of sand at this point so I have given up trying to get it off. That sandy feel is definitely a defining feature of New England summers and I have come to appreciate it. My goals for this vacation have included eating lots of seafood, taking a multitude of pictures, cohogging and hanging out with family and friends. So far I have accomplished all of them and can’t wait to find some more adventures. My dad and I went out in the canoe on the Wesport River yesterday and did some fishing. It was so calming and beautiful!

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Shirt J. Crew, Pants similar, Hat Tuckernuck, Basket bag Everly Oak, Flip flops J. Crew Factory

Erin

Milkshakes in Spring Lake

Last week we drove to the coast for a day to grab our favorite milkshakes at Hoffman’s and walk the boardwalk in Spring Lake for Aiden’s birthday. We got down just in time to enjoy the ocean and eat sandwiches at Tom Bailey’s Market (seriously an amazing deli). The rain started just as a were leaving, making our timing impeccable because it didn’t just rain, it was a torrential downpour. Spring Lake is such a cute little town with some huge beautiful houses. I love just walking the streets and looking at the architecture and gorgeous gardens.

Spring Lake is a great alternative to the popular Ocean City on the New Jersey coast. There are great shops, rental houses and a beautiful beach. I have only ever eaten at Tom Bailey’s but I have heard great things about the pizza place and other restaurants in the town. Hoffman’s milkshakes are amazing but it does get so crowded. Try to go earlier, like take a break from the beach, because it is insane and very difficult to park starting around 3:00pm.

I seem to be drawn to blue and white right now. Almost all of my outfits have been some variant of blue with white. It is definitely a great combination for beach towns though! This dress is pretty old but so comfortable and great for almost any activity.

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Dress old (I’ve been looking for the vendor and will update), Basket bag Longaberger, Sandals American Eagle

Erin

Adventures in Montclair

We drove to New Jersey on Monday and spent the past several days just ryvuniating and visiting some favorite places. There are some incredible restaurants in New Jersey,  I have had some of the best meal at local New Jersey restaurants. The one thing I really wanted to do this time was go back to Raymond’s in Montclair for some of the best blueberry pie in the world. It is amazing! So much blueberry and they aren’t cooked fully through which I think is so much better.

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So the filling in the pie at Raymond’s is hands down the most delicious I have ever had. The crust this time was a little hard but still delicious. I wasn’t super hungry since we ate a later breakfast so I ordered there steel cut oats which were really yummy and the perfect amount of food. Last time we went I ordered a Benedict and it was really good, I haven’t really heard negative things about any of their food. The one thing to be aware of is that service has been super slow when I have gone and I heard this has been a theme lately. It is worth it but not a good place if you do not have the time.

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So this time we did not walk around Montclair for that long but it is a great town to visit with lots of cute little shops. I loved going in Parcel, which is a paper store downtown. I can get so much great inspiration just through their decor and set up. If you like crafting, scrap booking and/or writing letters, this is definitely the place to go. I have been to several other similar stores in Boulder and other cities but this one impressed me in how unique everything was. They used so many random objects, some of which many people might consider trash, and turned them into really beautiful and interesting decor.

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The whole area is very quaint including the residential neighborhoods. There are some really gorgeous houses that are worth driving by if you are in the area. The surrounding New Jersey towns also have some great things to offer, especially restaurants.

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Blouse similar, Shorts older but here are some similar printed ones from J. Crew Factory, Bag Nordstrom, Sandals American Eagle

Erin

Farmhouse Dress Up

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Happy August!

I am just wrapping up my time spent in Indiana. It has been a crazy summer and although I have loved my job in Indiana I am very excited to spend some time hanging out with my family in New England. I am going to do a life update post later this week but just in brief I am undergoing some major transitions right now. For many people it is about to be back to school time which is getting me quite nostalgic and emotional. My graduation is really just starting to hit me and there are lots of mixed feelings about it. I will be taking a job in Ohio for the next year so I will be fairly close to school and lots of my friends which I am pretty excited about. I do miss Colorado a ton though and am hoping to have time to visit more often. Anyways I am definitely not sure about my plans in the long term but after this year I will most likely be moving either back to Colorado or to closer to family on the east coast. There are parts of the midwest I really enjoy but I miss the mountains very much and I know I am going to struggle a bit living in a small town with an older population. Anyways that is a brief update of where I am at right now.

These are the last pictures I took on my various trips to Cambridge City which is the antique town on the eastern side of highway 40 in Indiana. I am sure this is one place I will come back to and I definitely recommend stopping by if you are ever driving I-70.

A few quick notes about this outfit: These shoes are the best. I got them during the 4th of July sale but they are still on sale and are the perfect shoe for wearing to the office and out and about. They are very comfortable but took me at least a day to break in. I got them partially because I wanted to add some yellow to my closet, it is just so bright and happy. These shoes are the perfect color in that they don’t over-do it. This slip dress from H&M was one I just couldn’t resist because it is so incredibly comfortable!

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Dress H&M (on sale!), Basket Bag Everly Oak, Slides Sole Society (also on sale, such a good deal!)

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: July

The month of July has been a little less exciting than the last but fun nonetheless. I was working almost everyday but still we found time to explore and eat some great meals. Cambridge City definitely popped up quite a bit and I had time to cook some fun meals with friends. Just as July is ending I am driving out to the east coast for some vacation time with family and friends. It is sure to bring lots of fun and new, exciting places. Here are my ten favorite looks from the month of July:

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Hanging out at home on a rainy Saturday: Skirt H&M, T-shirt very similar, Sneakers Converse however these are available, Necklace similar, Glasses Oliver Peoples

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Work day: Pants could not find these but similar, T-shirt similar, Belt similar No27

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Picnicking in Whitewater State Park: Dress Target, Sandals American Eagle

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Just a work day and walk around the campus: T-shirt similar, Jumpsuit Chicwish, Slides Sole Society

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Dinner at The Firehouse: Overalls similar, Shirt Abercrombie & Fitch, Bag Mango, Sneakers similar, Necklace similar

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Ice cream and antique shopping in Cambridge City: Shorts similar, Sandals American Eagle, Bag Everly Oak

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Rainy Thursday and fondue night: Dress H&M, Boots Hunter, Hat vintage Nordstrom

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Just hanging out on Sunday: Romper similar, Slides Sole Society

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Sushi night: Blouse similar, Chino Shorts J. Crew, Boat shoes L.L. Bean, Belt similar No27, Wallet Vera Bradley

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Brunch and walking around the Rose Gardens: Dress old Modcloth (similar, also this one), Bag Rebecca Minkoff, Sandal American Eagle

Erin

Sister Style

This is a shoutout post to my sister. She is definitely one of my best friends and has got an amazing style. We have a real knack for raiding each other’s closets. It’s great (also causes conflict on the occasion) because we use a lot of pieces in each other’s closets but in different ways. There are definitely a lot of similarities between us in how we shop. Mall shopping is overwhelming and we keep it to a time limit. We have had such fun times finding thrift and vintage stores! She is the person whose opinion I totally trust. We don’t wear all the same things but she will definitely say if something looks good or if she doesn’t think I will wear it.

Here are two looks of her’s from when I was visiting earlier in June. The white dress is one I have worn as well. I also was super jealous when she found that black bag at H&M! So cute and goes with everything. On our trip to New Mexico with our cousins we had such a fun time exploring the thrift stores and my sister found these adorable booties. We have has some great and humorous times taking pictures of each other. When we photographed this white skirt we were walking past The Boulderado after a family dinner. We started just making funny faces and taking fun pics, we got the strangest looks!

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Erin