Florida Part IV

 Our last day in Florida was honestly one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve ever had. All of us went on a 20 person charter to try our hand at deep sea fishing.  I was so hesitant at first because I was intimidated by going out onto the ocean.  I grew up on boats but only ever went to our local lakes.  Lately in my life, I’ve learned to embrace the thrill of doing things that frighten me a little.

We climbed onto the boat and cruised down the windy channels that brought us out to sea. The skies were heavy and grey, which is actually perfect for fishing. The crew gave us instructions whilst slicing up bait for the chum buckets.  It was shocking in the way that I really wasn’t prepared for what I saw. We each learned how to bait our hooks and drop our lines.  I jumped right in.

Boom. After minutes of having our lines dropped, swaying in the waves a few miles away from the shore we started catching fish! They were bright and colorful, not what I expected at all.  It was a whirlwind to see what we caught. The build up of feeling something grab at your line, then having to reel it in with all your might was exhilarating.

With plenty of help from each other and the crew, our group caught a total of 21 fish.  We released most of them back to the ocean due to size and species restrictions.  Megan caught a puffer fish, which is pretty rare to pull out of the water like that. The crew member sat down and let us take a closer look before releasing him back to the sea.

Tony was one of the crew members, he helped unhook our catch and measure to see if they met the specs.

We got to take home 5 of our fish after they prepped them for us.  We marinated and grilled them for dinner that night, and it was honestly so delicious and fresh. Even if we hadn’t caught anything, and our intention wasn’t to bring something home.  The experience of being out on the water, all of us laughing and squealing with excitement was worth it. I was sad our week was coming to a close, this time away from everything familiar to me helped me expand my mind and learn to love and accept the place i am in in my life.  I could have shared so much more, and I’m sure I will as time goes on, but I hold onto all of the new memories I created, whether or not a camera was present.

This Morning

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 Wearing Free People denim | Macy’s cold shoulder sweater | K2 beanie

My everyday uniform for as long as I can remember is ripped jeans, a light sweater and vest, rain boots and a beanie. Having grown up on a farm since I was five, I’ve learned to dress in a versitile way and in a way where I didn’t mind getting a little dirty. Whether it’s sunny or rainy a good pair of rain boots, or any boot for that matter, is necessary. 

The last few weeks have gifted the northeast with some really beautiful weather and not to mention the leaves have peaked with vibrant foliage right in my backyard. Each morning I look out as I’m having my coffee and just bask at how picturesque the landscape is, so this morning I decided I would take Hunter out to graze on the lush grass before winter starts to creep in. I love spending time with him as he quietly munches, the wind brushes through the grass and the birds welcome the beginning of the day.  This December will mark 10 years since the day I brought him home. I found him totally by chance, but I knew when I saw him he was meant to come home with me. 

 

Red Walls and Warm Temps

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Wearing Vintage Levis jacket | Truly Madly Deeply top | BCBG skirt | Steve Madden mules 

The weather has been unseasonably warm here in upstate New York. Usually around this time of year I’m wearing the a coat, so to be bare-legged and feel comfortably warm is beyond ordinary.  Keeping a light denim jacket by my side is perfect for when the sun goes down and the temperatures begin to drop again. I snagged this Levi’s jacket in New York City at a flea market. I just could not pass it up; I tend to find the best things when I’m not really looking.

For now, I’m happy to soak up the sun and swim in the colors of fall on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

Cloudy Florals


Wearing Zara dress | Vince Camuto boots

Grey with clouds, the melancholy of autumn is seeping in. The weather is warm with the memory of summer, the trees more and more bare, a foreshadow of winter. Always in transition, I love this time of year.

A Walk on the Wild Side

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Dress: Free People

This is my time. Time to take risks, make life changing decisions and teeter on the edge of responsibility and spontaneity. I decided I want to move to New York and BOOM I was there. I was terrified and excited but I was there. I got a good job that noticed my hard work and promoted me quickly but still something was missing. And now an amazing opportunity has unveiled itself to me and I have nothing to do but take it. From a young age both of my parents told me to become the person I desired to be, that my dreams are never too big.  One thing that I’ve learned is to take what life gives me and adapt because it just keeps going and not that I could ever be left behind, but I could be left with my own blocks and fears. Being in my twenties has really pushed me to develop myself and to create a world in which I would want to live. What I don’t want is to wake up someday and say ‘I wish I did that.’  I always have faith, and present what it is that I truly want on a day to day basis, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, postivity attracts even more positivity.  And be sure to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you no matter what.  They are the poeple who don’t think you’re silly if you want to take pictures in a field with your wine glass, they join in.

Spring

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Spring. I love that word. It represents so many things, my mind buzzes with motion, fresh air, new life, transition, nature reviving itself once again.  Today marks the beginning of spring and luckily mother nature was kind enough to shower us with sunshine and warmer tempuratures.

When a shift in the season is upon me, I feel a shift within myself.  Not only am I considering the changes in my wardrobe and dreaming of floral everything, I am thinking about how I evolve continuously an embrace myself as those changes occur.

We decided to go to the park because we’ve been missing the lifestyle of our hometown in upstate New York. Whenever life seems to get hectic, nature is always the grounding force. In this city life is always hectic, and as time escapes me I have a desire to reconnect not only to myself but to my relationship. I look forward to our next adventures together. As we walked through the park I felt peaceful and calm, yet had this rush of energy running through me. Finally, spring is here.

Wearing Kut from the Kloth jeans | H&M top | Zara scarf 

Cabin Fever

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Outfit: Jeans Guess | Top BCBG generation | Sweater Free People | Boots Aldo

Now is that time of year where i can’t wait to get up and get outside, the only thing holding me back is the winter weather New York has been having.  Being a native to New York, I am well aware that winter generally lasts through March, but around this time every year I start to crave sunshine and greenery.  I can feel the slight changes in the atmosphere as spring tries to move in,  the days are finally longer with the sun casting light until 5:30pm (yay!). Believe it or not I can actually hear spring birds singing in the city, something I thought was only an upstate privilege, but city birds sing too. I thought I dressed warm enough, covering all parts of my body with thigh high boots and a super cozy sweater, but only 10 minutes out the door and a blast of arctic air that swept my beenie right off my head, I darted right back to my cozy studio.  Maybe next time…

Upstate Adventure

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It’s already mid-August and I want to drink every last drop of summer I possibly can.  This has been the hottest and most humid summer upstate New York has seen in a while.  And one thing I definitely struggle with is living in the moment, I feel like I’ve always got some kind of obligation holding me back from enjoying something wonderful.  It’s my nature to want to take a fraction of time and pause it long enough to gather my thoughts and take in the beauty around me.  The things I love most I need a lot of time for them such as, my family, my relationship, and my farm.  I wish it wasn’t as unacceptable to be open about it or to express that I require more time for that purpose. There’s this sense of competition amongst human beings such as: Who works harder? Who needs more rest? Oh you think you’ve got it bad? Take a look at my laundry list of responsibilities.  How do we actually break away from those behaviors and just be.

I love long drives and I love being at peace in nature, especially by a body of water. I walked along this stream and took in all its beauty.  I watched the sun light gleam onto the water, pour onto and through me.  Then I took a drive down a road I had never been before and saw this incredible view of mountains and fields.  Pasing a big cow farm, I stopped to take a picture of this particular cow because he looked so tranquil on top of his hill, and he looked directly at the camera.

What I’m wearing: Shoes: Target | Shorts: Guess | Shirt and Tank: F21 | Sunnies: RayBan

Cattails and Hidden Trails

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One great thing about living in upstate New York is that there are many hidden trails and secret spots where you can melt into the world.  I drove by this nature trail countless times and truly had no idea what was beyond the gravel parking lot and the large sign hidden in the shadows.  Then came a day where I was spontaneously invited onto its path and was completely enamored.  I loved the small wooden boardwalk which seemed lonely, but also warm and curious.  The cattails teetering in the wind pulled me down the trail and every corner I turned was new, yet familiar.

Another great thing is this dress.  I was in such a rush to find something light and summery, but also slightly sophisticated.  The long sleeves and the dainty florals are what grabbed me initially, and then the open back and the criss-cross detail completely sold me.  I love a great find when I least expect it.

Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Converse

 

 

Anything That Flows-Goes

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There’s nothing I love more than a super flowy top that makes me feel ultra femme, light and beautiful.  The last few weeks have been incredibly hot and humid, definitely out of character for upstate New York. But, I will take all these days I can get and all things flowy help me stay cool and put together.

P.S. Bronco thinks he’s the kanine version of Where’s Waldo, He likes the camera time if it gives him more time to spend with me.

Top: Free People | Shorts: Free People | Sandals: Nine West