Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Autumn in My Blood

My birthday just passed last week. I had a four day weekend for it, and it was chock full of fun and autumny goodness. My co-worker was joking saying that no wonder I love Halloween and fall so much because I'm an October baby, it's in my blood. I then continued on with the joke saying that I had pumpkin blood. long birthday weekend was awesome and I did two different trips in two different states.






Chris and I saw Sum 41 in NYC on the Friday of my birthday weekend. We spent the day galavanting around the city. We went to Barcade, ate at a meatball place, walked down the High Line, and went to The Strand. Sum 41 was great and we had a lot of fun in the pit. The venue was right in Times Square, which was cool. My feet and legs were hurting by the time we got back home from all the walking and jumping around.







On Saturday, my cousin and I went on a hike and ended up stumbling upon a fall festival atop a mountain. There was food, cider, music, and lots of dogs. There was also great views of the foliage. That night, I had my birthday party at a beer garden and was surprised that all of my friends were all free on the same night. It was a fun night. We drank, danced, ate cupcakes, and played games. It was awesome.






Sunday a few of us went to Salem. After reading that book about Salem that I mentioned a couple of posts back, it had me itching to go again. I would really love to live there someday, though I don't know if it'll happen. I would at least like to stay there for a long weekend or even a week sometime. It was surprisingly warm that day, about 70 degrees. It was nice to walk around without a jacket in October in Salem. We pretty much just explored and shopped. I got a bunch of souvenirs including a t-shirt designed after the Ouija board, skeleton arm earrings, a Salem pin, and a pumpkin pin.






Monday was my actual birthday and I had the day off! This was the day that these pictures were taken. Chris and I went pumpkin picking and drove around looking at foliage. We stopped at a state park to take in the leaves. After that, we went to Olive Garden so I could get pumpkin cheesecake. I am not a cheesecake fan, but one time when I went to Olive Garden with my family I tried the pumpkin cheesecake and it was amazing. In addition to the cheesecake, I had a pumpkin chai latte, pumpkin spice cake, and pumpkin pie. Needless to say, I had a tummy ache that night, haha.







My parents took me out for hibachi for my birthday. My niece got to come out with us, which was exciting. We went back to my parents' house after and had some of my family over for cake. My mom made the pumpkin spice cake. I've slowly been eating the leftovers of it. It's so good.






Now about this dress...I'm in love. The second I saw this dress on ModCloth, I knew I needed it. I received it a week or so before my birthday and decided to save it as my birthday dress since it's so perfect. It's autumny, has my favorite flower on it, and it's comfy with a great cut. The back of the waist has a little stretch to it, which makes it even comfier. The print is stunning and the colors are amazing. This is definitely one of my new favorites.





Dress: ModCloth//Sweater: H&M//Shoes: Clarks//Tights: Target//Lipstick: Colourpop//Sunglasses: White Lotus
I always get a little sad when my birthday ends, but this year I had a pretty long celebration, which was nice. At least when my birthday ends, there's still Halloween to look forward to. It's when October ends that is really depressing. Being surrounded by fall leaves makes me the happiest. I love Christmas, but I wish fall lasted longer than it does. It seems that it really only lasts about a month and a half. That's why I tend to book up my weekends in October to take advantage of it all. In November I will crash and do close to nothing except shop online for Christmas presents and eat turkey. October through December is so crazy, but probably the most exciting time of the year. It's one holiday after another and it's awesome. It almost makes up for the four months of dark and cold hell that is winter. Almost.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Stowe, VT

My friend Kirsty and I took an overnight trip to Stowe during Columbus Day weekend. I had always wanted to go to Stowe because in almost every article I read about the best places for fall foliage (or just fall in general) Stowe was always mentioned. It's such a cute town and it's full of beauty and awesome mountains full of colorful trees.






We explored a bunch along the scenic roads through town. We also attempted to go to Smuggler's Notch State Park, but we realized it's not so much a park but a mountain full of trails. The trails seemed a little too intense for us, so we decided to head elsewhere.






We took a short trail down to a waterfall in a different area of the mountain. We also visited Waterbury Center State Park which was more the kind of park we were looking for. There was a lake, views, grassy areas, and trails. We walked a bit of the trail then ventured off to try some cider and beer.






Stowe Cider has a tasting room that we went to to try a few of their different ciders. They had a couple of good ones, but none of them really stood out to me the way other ciders have. I like sweeter ciders and these were more dry and wine-like. Kirsty has wanted to go to the Alchemist brewery, but they were unfortunately closed on Sundays. We went to a place called Idletyme instead. They were more-so a restaurant that also brews their own beer. They had a sampler called a Brewski where they serve you a bunch of different beer samples on a mini ski.






I didn't know that Stowe was actually a pretty big destination in Vermont. I pictured a sleepy town with not much going on except pretty leaves and old buildings. There were so many restaurants, shops, parks, etc. I would love to spend more time up there and try some of the different restaurants. We ate at a place called The Blue Donkey and I had an awesome burger that had bacon, American and cheddar cheese, an onion ring, and BBQ sauce on it. They also had curly fries, which is always a plus in my book.



Dress & Belt: Lily Rose //Sweater: Target//Tights: Apt. 9//Boots: Target//Necklace: c/o Loopsway//Lipstick: Colourpop Cosmetics
It was definitely a nice little quick getaway. I love Vermont in the fall! It's fun to explore different parts of it, but I would definitely want to check out more of what Stowe has to offer.