Mount Desert Island, Maine: A Visual Diary

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As home to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine and one of the most beautiful locations I've been able to visit. I touched on the magic of this region in my last post, but needless to say there is more to its beauty than just the sky's colors. 

On this long weekend trip, my family and I ventured to experience the island from all angles -- by land, air, and sea. Between stunning summit views, rocky beaches, and crystal clear waters, I'm not sure any words can accurately depict the region's landscape. For that reason I'm letting the photos of this post lead the way, but don't worry, I won't conclude it without adding some personal travel tips should you ever decide to visit Mount Desert Island. And I highly recommend that you do.

Golden Hour on Cadillac Mountain

Monday, May 15, 2017

In every new destination there is a distinct quality with which I remember it by the most, as if one dominant experience helps create a snapshot of a location in my memory. Shortly after arriving home from a long weekend on Maine's Mount Desert Island, I already know how I'll remember this magical region -- by its golden hours.

Mount Desert Island is known to be the first place where sunrise is visible in the continental United States for at least half the year. With Cadillac Mountain standing as the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard, naturally it serves as the prime location to view both sunrise and sunset. I've seen my fair share of beautiful skies in the past, but nothing compares to the moment when soft sunshine spills over Acadia National Park's stunning landscapes.

Much to my family's surprise, I woke up every morning on this trip to watch the sun rise outside our hotel balcony. Ask me to wake up at 4:45 AM on a normal day and I'll laugh, but those who follow me on Instagram will know the magic of a Maine sunrise. Likewise when sunset came around, we waited over an hour atop Cadillac Mountain's summit for the strongest colors to paint the sky. 

Maybe it seems trivial to describe a location by its sunrises/sets, but I think it speaks to the magic of Mount Desert Island. It is a place where all of nature's beauty meets to create an escape you didn't realize you needed. It is a place of pure bliss, and I'm already waiting for the day I get to go back.

Healthy Mind, Strong Body: One Month of YogaWorks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Now that May has arrived, it's about that time when we start scrambling to make up for a season's worth of hibernating. Unless you worked out all winter, and in that case, I admire you. While I'm not by any means a fitness guru, I do understand the immediate health effects of working out on my aging body and the opportunity I still have to improve. Cue yoga, my favorite way to get back in shape after an exercise slump.

I spent the majority of April getting back on my feet with the help of YogaWorks, a studio with locations both throughout New York City and nationwide. There is a countless number of workout class offerings just in this city (and I've tried quite a few), but what stands out about YogaWorks is its openness to all people and levels. After a long season of slacking off on exercise, I still felt confident about myself in these classes. That, to me, is the most important thing when it comes to body health -- feeling good from the inside out. What better method than yoga to strengthen your mind and body at the same time?

So I've geared up in my Boohoo FIT workout wear and finally taken steps to re-include regular exercise into my weekly routine. It always feels easier when you're surrounded by other motivated people in class and instructors who can guide you along the way. It's all about baby steps. 

Power Red

Monday, April 24, 2017

It occurred to me recently that my wardrobe hasn't excited me in a while. Call it a return from the winter slump, but I've lately been wanting a total refresh of my closet to gear up for the rising temperatures. I don't spend much time succumbing to every new fashion trend out there (sorry Gucci), but there are a few that have particularly caught my eye this season. Statement earrings and power red, to be exact.

Between these two trends, they share a commonality that I could use more of in my wardrobe -- a statement. Red has a way of exuding confidence, or as Refinery29 put it perfectly, it's "the color of a woman in charge". These days it feels especially important to embody the girl boss way of life, am I right? My blog likely indicates that wearing color hasn't quite been my thing, but I think I'm about ready for a change. Plus, this outfit made me feel guiltlessly like the HBIC, and I'm totally fine with it.

A Cozy Transition

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring has finally sprung and I'm still here wearing all black, so I guess old habits die hard. When temperatures can fluctuate between chilly and scorching in a matter of hours, your outfit choice is bound to be a little off at some point. On my recent trip to Nashville the transitional temperatures hit hard, so I opted for a combination of cozy and breezy.

I recently snagged these Matt Bernson sandals to kick off my spring wardrobe and surprisingly stayed comfortable in them all day while adventuring around Nashville. The woven bands add an airy springtime detail while paired with a bell-sleeve sweater that features a color transition in itself. Bring on the seasonal transition.

Birthday Flowers

Monday, April 10, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I recently celebrated my 23rd birthday on a trip to the music city of Nashville, Tennessee. Though unlike the hoards of bachelorette parties that take over Nashville's streets, this was yet another relaxed mother-daughter adventure.

As I get older I tend to keep my birthday quieter each time -- not for any particular reason, but I guess April 7th keeps coming around faster than expected. My mom and I spent this sunny Friday strolling Nashville's 12 South and Gulch neighborhoods with no particular path in mind. One of my favorite stops was at Amelia's Flower Truck, partly for the lovely flowers, along with the salesperson who was also named Christina and celebrating her birthday that day. What a strangely coincidental birthday surprise, right? For that reason we just had to fight logic and buy a bouquet despite leaving two days later (#treatyourself).

The remainder of the day was perfectly pleasant, between getting dressed up in this one-shoulder number for a French brunch and boutique-hopping around town. As an age twenty-tree never seems too special, but this quiet celebration leaves me with confidence that this year will be a good one.

One City, Three Looks

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Complete Guide to Dining in London

Monday, March 27, 2017

Location: Aubaine Selfridges

10 Best Things to Do in London

Monday, March 20, 2017

I'm starting to get the feeling that London is my lucky gem. For the second year in a row I visited during the off-season, both times escaping a New York blizzard for surprisingly favorable weather. As a city girl I've become smitten with this city because it never falls short of things to see and do. There is a beautiful blend of the historical and modern in this metropolitan capital that can spark interest in just about anyone. That being said, I'm sharing my personal favorites when it comes to taking on the dynamic city of London.

Seaside Snippets: A Floridian Weekend

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

48 hours in Florida -- because why not? This past weekend I left the New York chill behind to visit a friend in West Palm Beach for a brief moment of sun and sand. We sipped piña coladas by the ocean and watched surfers along the boardwalk, all making for a blissful seaside break. I chose to unwind over taking a thousand photos, but these snippets speak for themselves. A little sunshine and some ocean breeze go a long way. 

City Dweller

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New York is portrayed as the city of opportunity, though often when living here it doesn't quite feel that way. I'm sure my fellow city dwellers can agree that we are always dreaming of the next vacation. But the funny result of leaving New York, whether by dream or plane, is that we always end up coming back.

I read in a friend's Instagram caption recently that "the best thing about leaving NYC is coming back". I know the feeling. This city has a way of greeting you in the most dramatic way possible, whether by annoyingly rerouted train lines or beautifully towering architecture. Either way, it has character. I've recently made a career change and ultimately been reminded of just how much New York can offer if you take advantage of it. 

Nothing will ever be handed to you, but this is a place where determination goes a long way. With the recent increase in temperatures I've been able to truly enjoy this energetic city again, and just like the seasons, I'm ready for change.

A Springtime Sneak Peek

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I never expect to talk about spring transitions in February, but the recent weather trends here in New York have proven otherwise. This past weekend was probably my happiest since New Orleans as temperatures finally allowed for al fresco brunching and strolls through Central Park. I hate to celebrate global warming, but it's hard not to smile when the sun shows its rays again.

My weekend started with a little pampering at Rossano Ferretti salon -- because why not give your hair a springtime sprucing? I'll take any opportunity to give my hair some volume, and I was more than satisfied with the outcome from this salon. With the warmer temperatures coming in, I (finally) traded my winter parka with light layering between this camel duster coat and mock-neck knit. You won't often see me in blue denim, but I guess a brighter day means a brighter wardrobe too. Who else is excited for the changing seasons? I know I'm ready to start upgrading the wardrobe again soon.

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