Tag Archives: Fall in Vermont

Pink and Purple

Dollar Store Sunnies, Oversized Knit: Shalom Shuk, Dress: Banana Republic, Tights: The Sox Market, Mom’s Frye BootsIn terms of color palettes it doesn’t get much better for me than this look. I was surprised that my pale pink oversized knit, floral dress, purple tights and vintage Frye Boots created such an autumnal outfit (originally I was worried it would be too girly). The light pink of my thrifted cardigan kept the look light and I loved the rich eggplant color of the tights against my boots (a beloved hand me down from my mom).

what colors are you injecting into your fall wardrobe?

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A Mustard Moment

Jacket: made by D’s grandmother when she was my age, Scarf: ship gift shop, Mustard Corduroys: Target, Boots: Italy

Summer was over in the blink of an eye, I sneezed and September was gone, and now I’m staring mid October in the face wondering where the heck fall went. I’ve never been busier both professionally and with my passion project (the little slice of the internet you’re reading now) and it feels great. But… (you could sense the ‘but’ coming couldn’t you) sometimes it feels even better to unplug, stop, and enjoy a beautiful Burlington sunset.

how do you find balance in your busy life?

Standard Weekend Wear

Dollar Store Sunnies, Hat: UO, Jacket: Wilsons Leather, Gifted Scarf, Tee: Target, Boyfriend Jeans: Levi’s, ConverseFor me a great weekend involves good food, good wine, time with friends, and a chance to get outside and play. Similarly a great weekend outfit should be comfortable, versatile, and as classic as it is effortless (it is the weekend after all).

In my world nothing requires less effort than slouchy boyfriend jeans and a white tee. The knit topper, moto jacket, and pop of pink lipstick give this staple look a fresh twist. The converse are not only practical for busy weekends but they’re stylish enough for an impromptu coffee or brunch date.

what’s you’re perfect weekend outfit?

Leaf Peeping in VT

Sunglasses: Zinnia, Scarf: Gift Shop, Jacket: Ann Taylor, Bag: Forever 21,  Flannel: Levi’s (via Goodwill), Leggings: Target, Wellies: Dick’sAfter almost a week straight of rainy days it felt wrong not to get outside and take advantage of an only partly cloudy day so our friend Tim, his dog Boss, D and I drove to Richmond, Vermont and spent the afternoon tromping through the woods along the Winooski River in search of fall foliage.

In the end the best foliage was mostly off in the distance but that didn’t stop us from enjoying our wooded surroundings. I’d forgotten how much I loved the smell of fall and how it clings to your clothes and lingers for a while. It reminded me of the way my clothes would smell after jumping into the piles of leaves my dad would rake when we were kids.

What are your favorite fall activities/memories? 

old khakis & a new canoe

Sunnies: Downtown Threads, Denim Button up: Miley for Walmart, Tee: Target, Pants: Gap, Boots: LL Bean, Ring: Kohl’sIf only Monday’s were this fun.

Early Saturday morning I bought D a canoe for his birthday but since the weather was so beautiful I surprised him with it a month early. Less than an hour after D received his gift we were paddling down the Winooski River. It was the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

I kept my attire classic; perfectly worn in kahkis, white tee, and denim camp shirt paired with LL Bean’s dainty duck boot create the quintessential New England weekend outfit.

What’s your ideal weekend ensemble?

Autumn Acquisitions – My for Fall Wish List

It’s somewhat torturous to talk about fall fashion when it’s so hot in our apartment that breathing alone is causing me to sweat, but it’s that time of the year. Leather boots, cozy flannel, and chunky knits make fall my favorite time of the year and this year I’m eyeing some classic pieces and accessories in rich colors and fabrics.

  1. Olive Wool Fedora – $34.99
  2. ASOS Boyfriend Watch(on sale now) $43.08
  3. Striped Jersey Maxi Skirt(on sale now) $79
  4. ASOS Leather Obi Belt(on sale now) $64.62
  5. Green Christopher Kon Satchel – $90
  6. Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf (on sale now) $18.95
  7. Isaac Mizrahi for QVC Slim Black Ankle Pant –  (on sale now) $32.98

What wardrobe acquisitions are you looking into this autumn?

Apple Picking Adventure

Sunnies: Zinnia, Button-up: Walmart, White Tank: Charlotte Ruse, Necklace: Gifted, Leggings: Target, Boots: Old Gold, Bag: H&M

 I took these photos when D and I headed to Chapin Orchard in Essex, Vermont for an afternoon of apple picking. Apple picking was and still is a fall tradition in my family. In fact while D and I were picking apples in Vermont my parents were doing the same thing in Maine with my older sister and her daughter.

It was our first time visiting Chapin Orchard, which was so beautiful, and the weather made it particularly wonderful to be outside. We got there a little after noon and when we left around 3 the orchard was bustling with people. About a week before we went, there was a Living Social Deal for a half a bushel of apples and half a a gallon of cider for $10, instead of the usual $20. So not only did we get ah-mazing weather but we also got a great deal.

Since I knew we were going to be mucking about in the orchard I wore my rodeo boots (seen here & here) perfect for fall and in this case practical too. I kept the rest of my outfit really casual and comfortable; somewhere along the line leggings, a tee, and an oversized button up became my weekend wear… and I’m alright with that.

What are some of your fall traditions? What’s your weekend wardrobe?

Grow-It & Row-It; The 4th Annual Giant Pumpkin Regetta

On Sunday D, our friends Keith and Derrick and I headed to the Burlington Waterfront for the Fourth Annual Giant Pumpkin Regetta. It also happened to be Keith’s birthday and the last time we’ll get to hang out before he moves to Florida in two week, so we made sure to take full advantage of the beautiful sunny weather and fall fun. …and they’re off! In case you were at all confused by the event’s title, the Giant Pumpkin Regetta is indeed an event where giant (1,000 lbs +) pumpkins are hollowed out and turned into lake worthy vessels made for racing. This year the competitors were blessed with beautiful weather with temperatures reaching almost 80!The Ben & Jerry’s pumpkin paddler.

The Giant Pumpkin Regetta is one of my favorite fall events in Burlington and each year the crowd it draws gets bigger and bigger. The regetta usually falls on my friend Keith’s birthday which is funny because he’s the one who first introduced me to this wonderful event. This year Keith and his friend Derrick made the almost 7 hour trek from New Jersey to Burlington to join in on the fun.

 Watching people try to navigate the chilly waters of Lake Champlain in a giant pumpkin with a kayak paddle is a pretty wild site. While the competition heats up on the water there’s plenty of local fall foods to sample and kid centric activities taking place on land to keep the whole family happy. The fun and games have a more serious purpose though, raising money for the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and Linking Learning to Living’s youth leadership program PILOT.

How did you enjoy the sunny weekend weather? What fall events do you most look forward to?

A Perfect Sunday in October

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Enjoying the beautiful summer like weather with the best of friends. I Love Vermont.

How are you enjoying your weekend?

Fall Flavors at Speeder & Earl’s

When a fall chill creeps into the air I look forward to shrugging into cozy knits, classic leather boots and colorful scarves. The arrival of fall doesn’t just call for new fashions but also new flavors. I headed to Speeder & Earl’s, a local Burlington coffee shop, to talk fall flavors, perfect pixie cuts and why local is always better with Emma, one of Speeder’s uber stylish baristas.On the particularly chilly Friday morning I spent with Emma, I was impressed with the level of customer service that is standard practice at Speeder & Earl’s. Emma not only greeted the majority of the customers by name but remembered the orders of almost all the repeat customers. “We’re all repeat customers,” explained Emma. “Even if they’re not a local or don’t come in every day, people can come back in and finish the conversations they started the last time they were here.”

Being a small locally owned business allows Speeder & Earl’s to cater to their customer’s seasonal flavor desires. In the summer months Speeder’s keeps at least three different flavors of ice tea in their coolers and plenty of freshly brewed iced coffee at the ready. When fall rolls around Speeder’s replaces one of their ice teas with local cider from Champlain Orchards and updates their chic specials board with other seasonal favorites. Speeder & Earl’s special board, perfectly depicting the blustery fall conditions in BurlingtonA cup of fall flavors, Speeder & Earl’s steamed cider and mulling spices

Before I’m done admiring her new pixie cut Emma appears with a steaming cup of local cider, perfectly capturing all my favorite fall flavors.  “We steam Champlain Orchard’s cider with these delicious mulling spices, it’s just really warm and inviting,” Emma explained. Inviting was the perfect word to describe this fragrant spiced treat. Not only did it totally take the chill of the day away but it was lite and caffeine free making it a perfect post work pick me up.

The next fall treat Emma whipped up was Speeder’s signature, A Clockwork Orange. According to Emma as soon as it starts to cool off this becomes one of the most popular specialty drinks at Speeder’s.

Emma adding the finishing touches to Speeder’s A Clockwork Orange 

To create this fall favorite Emma, pours freshly brewed espresso over an orange peel to “release the essential oils and make it really fragrant.” Then she adds delicious almond flavor, dark Ghirardelli hot chocolate and whipped cream to create the perfect marriage of summer sweetness and warm fall flavors. The next time you can’t shake the stress of your day or the chill of the fall air, stop into Speeder and Earl’s and treat yourself to one of these.

Speeder and Earl’s is a perfect example of why keeping your dollars local just makes sense. All of their coffee is roasted locally in small batches at their Pine Street location right in Burlington and believe me you can taste the difference. The care that Speeder & Earl’s puts into their coffee extends to their customer service ten fold. Just stop into either their Pine Street or Church Street locations and see what I mean. Whether you try one of Speeder & Earl’s specialty drinks or opt for a cup of their perfectly brewed drip coffee you wont leave disappointed.

What are some of your favorite fall flavors? Where do you get your caffeine kick from?