Happy New Year! I am back in San Diego after about 2 weeks of being home in New Hampshire. It was absolutely freezingggg while I was there and I honestly spent most of my time trying to defrost my hands and feet. My parents are selling our house so this was the last Christmas in the home I grew up in. Little fun fact about the house – it is very old and has a lot of history to it. In fact, it was actually part of the Underground Railroad. There are several passageways throughout the house and hidden doors. Anyway! It was pretty bittersweet to be there for one last holiday celebration.
Tis the season to be cozy! One of my favorite things about the winter is all the cozy that it comes with. I spend most of the chilly season being a total cream puff… the only thing I am concerned about wearing is comfies. Anyone else with me?? I am someone who totally dresses for comfort (but also LOVE getting all dressed up sometimes if you know what I mean) and I love this time of year because it means PJs!!
Happy December everyone! I feel like this month is passing by so quickly and I am trying really hard to pause and take it all in. This time of year is special but it comes and goes much too fast. It has been super warm in Southern California and so that makes it harder for me to get into the Christmas spirit. Since I am from New Hampshire, there are a few particular things that to me, signal Christmas is near. These things include the chilly weather, sparkly snow flurries, hot cocoa, twinkle lights dancing on all the pine trees, my moms cookies and the smell of warm fire places burning out chimneys. Although this time of the year feels different in Southern California, I am full of gratitude because my amazing friends and loved ones here make it feel warm and cozy like Christmas 🙂
Can you believe it is already almost Thanksgiving?? Where does the time go? I have been back in California for about 3 weeks now and am missing that New England fall air. While I was home, I spent a day apple picking at the most stunning orchard. The apple trees sat atop a hill that overlooked a landscape showing off the beautiful foliage. The sweet little orchard had hundreds of old trees with a variety of apples, a sparkling lake with a dock, fresh cider and pie and piles of pumpkins. I feel like apple trees have so much character! All so different, like little creatures peeking down at you with their apples saying pick me pick me pick me!! haha, I wanted to take them all home.
Fresh apples taste SO different than store bought apples, so I really wanted to try every single one! I felt like a little kid seeking the perfect little guy and sampling them all. I wanted to share this day with you because it was so peaceful and feels like the perfect foundation for a thought that has been on my mind a lot lately.
Pumpkin pickin’ time! Ah picking pumpkins is something I look forward to every fall. Not a year has gone by that I have missed a trip to the pumpkin patch. The perfect pumpkin is hard to find… I look for one that has a good stem, not too much dirt and is round on all sides. Round ones are the best for carving, however, I always end up with a funky looking pump too because I feel bad for it! What if no one picks that one? This year I went to a patch in San Diego and it was over 100 degrees! Yikes. You can see me hanging in the shade in a few pictures below. Although it did not feel like fall, it was so much fun and one of the best pumpkin patches I had ever been to!
Happy weekend everyone! Do you have any special plans for the weekend? I am currently in the airport on my layover as I make my way back to NH. It is 4am and I am soo sleepy but sleeping on flights is not something I can do easily. Can’t wait to share some fall pictures from stunning New England 🙂 keep your eyes out!
I took these pictures a few weeks ago when it became officially fall but was still extremely hot in southern CA. It was so stinkin hot that I waited until the sun was set before I went outside haha. One of my favorite things about this season is the deep neutral colors… I find them soothing and peaceful. These pictures also have a hit of deep orange / red… which could also be described as caliente! If you have not heard, caliente has been named color of the year by Benjamin Moore. What a perfect color choice. I am a fan of the pick and mostly because of what it means…
Fall is here!! & I am loving it so much. It is never totally fall in southern CA, but there are a handful of days where the air feels fresh, the breeze is cool and it just smells like the season. A few weeks ago I went on a camping trip to Malibu and it was just so lovely. Usually, there is no cell service at camp sites and that is something I always look forward to. You have no choice but to just BE there and those moments are priceless 🙂 You can peek this post too, I talk a bit about just being.
Chicago & St. Louis, both cities I honestly knew very little about before we arrived. Let me first start by saying that Chicago was WARMLY and desperately welcomed by us haha. We arrived in Chicago at about 5:30am after driving 16 hours – straight from NYC. We were delusional and I remember very little about our arrival. This was the night where we ran out of gas in a corn field in Ohio, hiked to a gas station and got sprayed by an exploding gas pump (and that series of events do not even scratch the surface of the disaster we were in the middle of…) SO our arrival into Chicago felt like heaven haha. Take a peek at my road trip tips here to avoid a few very avoidable mistakes.
Central Park… what a dream. This was a highlight of the NYC trip for sure. Take a peeky at this recent post I did about NYC. I decided to do a separate little post on Central Park because it deserves lots of loveee 🙂 I think what I adore most about this park is looking at how happy everyone is there! So many people wander the park, all doing their own thing and I just love that! Parents are with their little kids, couples are loving and chatting, busy workers are on their break, some are solo just enjoying the fresh air, musicians are playing for all and artists are enjoying the landscape. When I move to the city I know for sure I will spend a lot of time there. I already can’t wait. The other truly captivating thing about this park is that it is pretty quiet for being surrounded by a crazy city.. it feels like an escape from all the chaos.
Here we go! The first stop of the grand USA road trip. Beautiful New York City. New York City… all I have to say is that I am in LOVE with you. Take a peek at this post to catch up on why I did this trip and read a few road trip tips! Anyway… If you have not been to NYC then I highly suggest putting it on your list soon. I have been to the city a handful of times and hope to go back in the fall either this year or next. Fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite season and you just don’t get that amazing fall feeling here in Southern California. This trip confirmed for me one things: I want to live in NYC at some point in my life. Between being able to walk everywhere, the history, the art, the fashion, the people, central park… there is something so inspirational about the city that I truly can’t explain! You’ll just have to go and see what I mean for yourself 😉