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Blue Gingham

 

Date nights look a little different lately. Everything out here is more casual, even the fancier restaurants. Everyone on “The Ave” in Greenwich is always dressed to the nines but everywhere else has been pretty chill in our experience so far.

 

The weirdest difference is that one of us always has to drive home. We never thought that we drank very much but even 2 glasses of wine makes me tipsy so if I’m driving home after dinner, I have to stick to one! I haven’t had to think about that for the longest time. It’s ok, I’d rather skip the 2nd drink than ever take the subway again #worthit.

 

I wore this outfit out to dinner last weekend and didn’t feel underdressed at all. It was pretty awesome. I’m going to be living in this Vineyard Vines flannel gingham shirt this winter. Def going to need it in navy. . . and pink. . . ok I need them all!

 

Blue Gingham

Blue Gingham

Blue Gingham

Blue Gingham

 

Foliage

All images via my Instagram

 

Two weeks ago, we packed up and moved out here to good ole’ Connecicut, land of pretty light blue license plates, popped collars, and many many sail boats. That first weekend was all about moving and last weekend we road-tripped to Boston so this was the first time we’ve had to enjoy our new home-state.

 

Lucky for us, it was 80 degrees and sunny all weekend. Not too shabby! The things we did were so surreal to me (buying fresh eggs from a farmer on a hiking trail, going to bed at 10pm on Friday night, etc) that I just had to dedicate a whole post to them.

 

It’s almost comical how different this weekend was from one of our typical weekends back in Manhattan. Here’s the play-by-play.

 

Friday 3:30pm: Leaving work early to get my hair highlighted. I’ve been going to the same salon on the Lower East Side for 10 years. I start crying on my drive to my new salon in the ‘burbs. THIS is the change that is getting to me?
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Friday 7pm: OMG my hair actually looks good, it’s a miracle! Maybe this place isn’t so bad after all.

 

Friday 8pm: Date night at Barcelona Wine Bar (Tapas restaurant) after everyone we’ve met recommended it. Now I see why. There were anchovies on toast, kale salad, chicken empanadas, heirloom tomatoes, garlicky mussels, and red wine. Lots of it.

 

Saturday 10am: Woah I slept in! I guess that can happen when it’s silent outside the window. Quick Face Time with my sister (she’s still in Manhattan so it’s a long-distance relationship) and we’re out the door for a day of activities.

 

Saturday 11am: Arrive at the Greenwich Audubon Society (of which I’m now a member, obvs) for a casual hike, when we discover that it’s a Hawk Festival. Natch. Of course we have to check it out. We hike a few quick trails, buy farm-fresh eggs straight from a real farmer, eat food-truck pulled chicken sandwiches with kale-apple slaw, and casually see a bird show. The usual.
Fresh Farm Eggs

 

Saturday 2pm: Thanks to my good friends at Vineyard Vines, Anel and I go on a massive shopping spree. We’re officially set for fall!
Vineyard Vines

 

Saturday 3pm: Target run. I wish I could put into words how much I love Target. We decide to go down every aisle just for fun. We went in for 4 things and leave with two carts-full. But at least now we have gigantic shower heads, an extra set of 5-pound weights, new lamp shades, and enough glass Tupperware for the entire state.

 

Saturday 6:30pm: Squeeze in an outfit shoot before dinner (stay tuned tomorrow). It’s much easier to shoot when there aren’t people everywhere.

 

Saturday 7pm: Anel and I discover a park by our apartment with the most beautiful sunset. Feeling like we’re on vacation until we realize this is real life now.
Sunset

 

Saturday 9pm: Welp, we’re done with an amazing meal at Harlan Social (Oh hey there bacon jam). Now what? I think we need to get some friends. In the meantime, we cross the street and stock up on red wine at Fairway. The wine will be our friend until further notice.

 

Saturday 10pm: We decide it’s finally time to hang up some art. It’s finally starting to feel like home!
Entry Way

 

Sunday 7am: Up bright and early. Darn it! Decide to get some work done and clickity clack at my lap top for 3 hours.
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Sunday 11:30am: Laying out in my courtyard with a good book and ice cold water. I highly recommend Silver Star by Jeanette Walls. I loved Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses SO much, and her first soirée into fiction doesn’t disappoint (so far).

 

Sunday 1:45pm: Pick up my sister at the train station and head to Le Pain Quotidien for my favorite vegan kale Caesar salad. I could eat that thing every damn day (I basically do).

 

Sunday 3pm: Grocery shopping again with my car. Have I mentioned how much I love doing this?

 

Sunday 5pm: Blog, answer emails, work and hang out with my sister until dinner.

 

Sunday 7pm: Sunday family dinner with quite a sunset. A tradition that we’ll never give up hence my sister’s trip to the ‘burbs. Grilled shrimp, roasted sweet potatos, red wine, and (another) homemade vegan kale Caesar salad. This habit is getting out of hand I tell you!
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Sunday 8:30pm: Here I am writing this post and reminiscing on a wonderful but weird suburban weekend that didn’t involve one taxi, one whiff of pee on the street, or one trip to Duane Reade. Times they are a changin’.

 

burbs

 

Before you even ask, no that is not my house. It’s an image I found on Pinterest that is inspiring my current decor. That being said, I wanted to give you all an update on how life in the ‘burbs has been so far. It’s been a GIGTANTIC change from the fast-paced New York City life I’ve been used to but a welcome one. It still feels so new that I can’t fully assess or grasp the situation but so many people have asked that I am trying to put it into words.

 

Pros:

  • My commute to work in Westchester is 10 minutes. I literally leave at 8:45 every morning to get in at 9am.
  • The air smells amazing.
  • It’s insanely quiet. I’ve been sleeping better than I ever did in the city.
  • We have so much space! Our two-bedroom apartment is over double the size of the one-bedroom one we shared for 3 years on the Upper East Side. How I ever lived without two bathrooms is beyond me.
  • Walk. In. Closet.
  • Grocery shopping with a car. Who knew this previously horrifying errand could be so pleasurable!
  • Cooking is fun because I have all of my kitchen accessories (finally out of storage!) and lots of space to create fun new recipes.
  • Learning a new area is so fun! We love shopping on Greenwich Ave and so far L’Escale, Mediterraneo, and Bartaco are our go-to restaurants.
  • Everyone seems to want to visit which makes me so excited. I love hosting people for dinner or slumber parties!
  • Most importantly, everything is CLEAN. My dishes, my laundry, my windows. Things just don’t get that layer of dirt and grime that accrues in Manhattan no matter how often you clean.

 

Cons:

  • I do feel slightly disconnected from “the real world”. I haven’t made a good group of friends in my area yet so nights of impromptu dinners or drinks are a thing of the past. It’s me and Anel versus the world!
  • Networking is no longer at the top of my vocabulary. I used to go to at least one blogger event a week but now the thought of schlepping into the city after a full day of work is pretty much the last thing on my mind.
  • We can’t walk to Duane Reade at 10:30pm if we’re out of toilet paper and running to the coffee shop down the block is no longer an option. Every venture outside of the home requires a car.

 

Be sure to follow my Connecticut adventures on Instagram!

 

J.Crew Shop For Fall

 

Today is the last day to shop J.Crew’s 25% discount (use code SHOPFORFALL at checkout). I’ve done WAY too much damage during this sale (including this plaid shirt, this puffer vest, and this scarf) but here are a few more of my top picks. I wish I could buy them all!

 

What’s on your wish list this fall?

 

Shop my picks: