June 12, 2018

Date Night


What can I say. I absolutely love getting dolled up for date night. I used to work in the fashion world so I used to get dolled up daily. But now I work for L.L. Bean and I wear a green shirt, jeans and sneakers every day as my uniform. What a change of pace! Truth is, I am happy with the change that I made. I am trying new things that I never had done before such as hiking, and kayaking. And I get to work for a great company! (Everything you hear about L.L. Bean being fantastic to work for is true!) 
Now that I don't get dolled up every single day it seems a little more special to me when I do. Last Friday evening my husband and I went out for sushi which is one of our favorite foods. After dinner we went for a walk in Cascade Park. We didn't take any pictures because it was pretty dark out when we got there. But I promise I will take some picture in Cascade Park for my next blog post coming up in a week or so. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, you can shop my complete look if you'd like! 


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Oh, and I must mention that Talbots is having a 40% off entire purchase Friends & Family Summer Sale! Click HERE to shop the sale!



I really love this clutch by Alaina Marie. This is the second summer that I have carried it and I never get tired of it's preppy look! You can finding like it HERE



I love the cut outs on the sleeve of this knit top from Talbots. It's sexy and unexpected, yet it covers my arms enough to keep me warm. (I'm always cold!) And if you're not a hot pink person, it comes in white and navy as well. You can find it HERE.



May 25, 2018

The Notebook Dress by Sarah Patrick

Do you know the feeling that you get when you know you just have to have it? That was the feeling that this dress gave me when I first laid my eyes on it on Sarah Vickers Patricks' Instagram account! I have lost count of how many years I have been following Sarah's and her husband's brand, Kiel James Patrick. They have THE most amazing photos I have ever seen capturing the New England life that we all can only dream of living. 

Anyway, back to the dress. The illustration by Riley Sheehey was what really caught my eye. Have you ever seen the movie The Notebook? If you haven't, I demand that you watch it right away. Or, you may choose to read the novel that the movie was based upon by Nicholas Sparks. I can probably say that it is in fact my favorite movie of all time. It is the most beautiful love story. I feel as though I can totally relate to the story. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and we are still together. It has not been an easy road. I was ready to call it quits at one time. But we managed to get through our trials and tribulations and as a result our love is stronger now than it has ever been. We have been together for a total of twenty-eight years. We have been married for twenty-one and a half years now and I have an extremely strong feeling that we will be exactly like that couple in The Notebook in the end of the movie. I won't spoil it for you. Just go grab a glass of wine and a box of tissues and watch it!

Happy Memorial Weekend!
xoxo













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May 21, 2018

My First Real Hike

We hiked the Megunticook trail in Camden, Maine.

Please try not to laugh at me as you read this blog post. 

I have a confession to make. I am 43 years old and I have lived in Maine all of my life and I have never gone on a real hike up a real mountain trail until just recently. You may or may not know that I began a new career with L.L. Bean a little over a year and a half ago. It was a rocky road at first. (No pun intended. ) Previously I had worked, lived and breathed in the fashion world all of my childhood, teen-hood, and adult life. Don't get me wrong. I still adore fashion! However, I knew that I was more than that. Not that there is anything wrong with simply being a fashionista. I just discovered that it wasn't right for me to be just that. I think something happened when I turned 40. A feeling of restlessness came over me. I started to want to have more experiences instead of buying more clothes and accessories. I know! Weird huh? But I am telling you the truth. I hate it that I had to reach the age of 40 to realize this, but I am so thankful that I at least had this awakening before getting to a point in my life that it would no longer be possible for me to have the adventures that I want to have. Notice I didn't say, before I got too old. I am a firm believer that as long as you are healthy, you can do whatever you want. Age has nothing to do with it. However, it did take me 40 years to realize this which is a bit ironic.

Below you will find exactly what I wore on my hike. It was a breezy and balmy day. The temp reached about 60 degrees with a few sprinkles here and there. But I was comfortable wearing all this. And also a layer of Deep Woods OFF sprayed all over my body, mostly on my clothing. Surprisingly enough, I didn't get bit once.


The most important piece of my hiking attire were my shoes. I would highly recommend L.L. Bean Cresta Hiking Boots. When you pick them up they feel a bit heavy, however I tried on several different brands and these by far felt the most comfortable and protective. But, you cannot just wear the Cresta hikers with any old sock. The second most important piece that I wore were my Cresta hiking socks. They totally protected my feet and I did not get a single blister. I actually wore the Cresta hiking boots and the Cresta socks all day at work the day before the hike just to break them in a bit. I would highly recommend the break in period before you hike.

Below is all you need to wear in order to be comfortable on a day hike!





I also learned that whatever I chose for hiking boots should have the Vibram sole which is non slip. I went up some pretty smooth rocks in these and I didn't slip one single bit. 



I got my new Cresta's a little dirty. But I found out that in the hiking world, the dirtier the better.


Above is a photo myself standing with my friend and colleague Chris. He always makes me laugh!

Below is a photo of Chris and I with our guide Stacey Morneault. She has been chosen to be an L.L. Bean Brand Ambassador! Stacey will be representing L.L. Bean this fall as she hikes a portion of the Appalachain Trail with her partner Emily Leonard! Stacey and Emily both have been such an inspiration to me. They are so passionate about hiking in the outdoors. Someday I hope to be as knowledgeable about hiking as they both are. They are both amazing guides and great human beings.

And that brings me to another reason why I am so thankful that I came to work at Bean. The people are amazing, friendly and so down to Earth. In the beginning, I had to fight the feelings of being out my my comfort zone which was in the fashion world. Everyone at Bean made this fashionista feel right at home.








May 14, 2018

Mother's Day Treat



Yesterday was Mother's Day and I was lucky enough to be able to spend it with my mom and my sister. Unfortunately I was not able to spend it with my son. He had to work. Bummer. However, on a brighter note I am so proud of him and his work ethic. It seems to run in the family! 

Anyway, I was able to dress up a bit on Mother's Day, so I thought I might write a blog post about the outfit that I chose. This blouse is very special to me. I came home from work on Saturday evening to find a bag stuffed with colorful paper hanging on my door knob. A note was attached from my sister-in-law. The note explained that she found this gorgeous Anne Fontaine blouse in her mother's yard sale pile and thought I should have first refusal. Thank you so much for thinking of me Suzie! I have seen this blouse on your mother and I have complimented her on it every time. I will cherish it always, praying that I will never grow out of it. But if I do, I am sure I will find someone special to hand it down to who will appreciate it like I do. 

I thought that my Strawberries & Flowers Scarf from The Maine Square would be the perfect accessory to wear. Find it HERE.

You can shop the rest of my look below if you'd like:




I have always wanted to try one of those pretty pink fancy drinks from Starbucks. I figured that Mother's Day would be the perfect day to give it a whirl. This one is called the Ombré Pink Drink. 

Here are the ingredients:

pineapple tea infusion
strawberry juice
lime slices
coconut milk
Passion Tango Teavana Tea

I have to say that it was very refreshing! I may try and save $6 and make it at home myself next time. But it was a treat for sure!
Thank you Suzie for thinking of me!


My sister, mother and I on Mother's Day 2018.