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Cape Cod vacation {recap}

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After visiting Washington, D.C. and Boston; relaxation was my number one priority when we reached Cape Cod.  To accomplish this, I booked us a private cottage that overlooked the Atlantic.  Our stay at Chatham Bars Inn was luxurious, relaxing, and provided the quintessential New England vibe I had wanted to experience.

My second priority while in the Cape was to enjoy fresh seafood.  I did just that.  Lobster became my go-to grub and I enjoyed ever single bite from my 2 pounders I’d order.  Here’s an insider’s tip: want to feel like a local and save $$$ like a local, order your lobster dinner at the local fish market where they will prep and cook the lobster for you.  Then take it home to enjoy in the comforts of your hotel.

Having never been to Cape Cod before, it turned out to be the exact trip I had hoped for.  We cycled through our routine of walking the beach, horsing around the croquet court (which conveniently was located in front of our cottage), window shopped Chatham’s quaint main street, snapped a few pictures in front of some iconic lighthouses, and even took a trip to the Cape Cod potato chip factory.

Granted I had hoped to test out my newly certified sailors license, but the lack of fair winds made it impossible to do.  Oh well.  Looks like I’ll just have to keep “sailing the Atlantic” on my bucket list for a little bit longer.  But I’m not complaining, all the more reason to plan a return trip to the Cape.  😉

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Boston vacation {recap}

Old Navy_Best Son Ever_shirtStarbucks cupCambridge_fall_leavespregnant bump_fall_leaves19 weeks pregnantHead of the Charles Regatta programHead of the Charles Regatta_Cambridge_MassachusettsHead of the Charles Regatta_CrewCharles River_Boston_Massachusettscrew_Head of the Charles Regatta_HOCRElliot Bridge_Head of the Charles Regattatoddler Harvard shirtHead of the Charles Regatta teddy bearHarvard UniversityHarvard University buildingHarvard University_fall leavesmommy and son kissfuture freshmen_Harvard UniversityHarvard Square19 weeks pregnant_fall maternity fashionFenway Park_BostonBoston CommonBoston Red Sox hatAfter our week stay in Washington D.C., we hopped aboard our next flight to Boston, Massachusetts.  From the moment we touched down in Boston Harbor, I was one giddy mama.  I had mentioned in an earlier post about heading to New England for the fall, but I failed to mention we were coming in town specifically for the Head of the Charles Regatta (the largest crew competition in the world.)  Being big nautical fans, the Regatta had been on my bucket list.

Additionally, living by the California coast, I actually crave the cold.  Not the usual “cold” I experience (that being the morning fog that rolls in, but then is burnt off come 11am.)  No, I crave the “drop in weather and wearing fashionable layers of plaid, vests, and scarfs” kind of cold.  That being said, our trip to Massachusetts was the perfect East Coast state to visit this time of year.

I found our 3 day stay in the city to be perfect.  We stayed in Cambridge and visited Harvard.  I quickly gifted our son with enough toddler-sized Harvard gear to hopefully instill a love for the University.  So fingers crossed I have a future freshmen on my hands :).

Another day was spent enjoying the HOCR as we watched the rowers compete along the Charles River.  An absolutely relaxing day, we literally spent the day at the River watching the competition, eating amazing food truck grub, and indulging in some retail shopping thanks to Brook Brothers and the other preppy brands available.

On our last day in Boston, we were super touristy and checked out a “hop on and off” tour bus so that we could see all the major tourist spots.  I’d have to say it was a great way to see a town in a day.  We visited several spots, but my favorites included: Fenway Park and Boston Common.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my East Coast recap.  Our Cape Cod adventures might just be my favorite part :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Where to? Wear this.

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{1} Poncho (on sale & extra 50% off) and Chambray (available in most stores, but I prefer to buy here)

{2}  Necklace (on sale)   {3}  Belt   {4}  Socks   {5} Sunglasses   {6}  Slippers

{7}  welly socks (on sale)   {8}  rain boots  (on sale)  {9} Jeans (on sale)

With most of America experiencing some bitter cold temperatures, maybe it’s best to just stay inside?  Catch up on life, enjoy family time, shop online 😉 ?  Or if you prefer, take a trip outside to get some warm comfort food?  I vote both.  Online shop first, because did you see the deals on some of these clothes?!  Looks like my favorite brands are clearing out their warm weather gear  (yay for us) to make room for new styles.  Then once you’re all said and done, venture out 🙂 .

Since it’s warm over here on the west coast, I’m  for sure talking about warmer weather clothes next week.  I think it’s about time I say good-bye to the cold and get back inline with the warm weather I’m experiencing 🙂 .

Sincerely, Kymberly

Radiant Orchid, the Color of the Year

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Happy New Year 🙂 !

Pantone announced the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid and I’m so excited!  I must admit, I don’t really wear too much purple, but I do love the idea of incorporating just a touch of the color into my wardrobe.  Here are great ways to add radiant orchid throughout the year:

1.   Resort wear is making their way on the shelves and I’m thinking, adding a J. Crew swimsuit does the trick.

2.  What says, color of the year better than a Pantone mug?  I bought last year’s Emerald mug for my sister and she loves!  So yeah, a fun buy 🙂 .

3.  Kate Spade knocked it out of the ball park with this stunning necklace.  Sort of looks like an orchid, right?

4.  Let your purse stand out, like this Tory Burch satchel.

5.  Give your neutral outfit a face lift with this Tory Burch tweed jacket.

6.  Loving these short Hunter boots.  I really, really, want short rain boots.  (Psst, the regular version is on sale!  40% off via Nordstrom. )

7.  A lilac wallet like this Tory Burch is perfection.

8.  Radiant orchid nail polish is an easy and fail-safe way.  This OPI color is gorgeous!

9.  I’m a sucker for bright-colored running shoes, so these New Balance ones would totally make me smile as I’m running around town 🙂 .

What do you think of color of the year?

Sincerely, Kymberly

Orange, Plaid, and Pumpkins; Oh My!


Pumpkin Patch

Part of enjoying October is going to a pumpkin patch.  This year I heard of Avila Valley Barn and knew my family would enjoy a day there.  What I particularly loved about this farm, is the opportunity to take a hay ride to the pumpkin field to pick your very own pumpkin!

Once we got to the farm, we enjoyed live music while we walked around the large farmer’s market which included: all the fruits and veggies you could think of, plus delicious tasting BBQ, fresh roasted corn, and fresh fruit pies.   The whole ambiance made it the ideal place to take Harrison for his first pumpkin patch.

We also enjoyed feeding the livestock, checked out the pony rides and the nearby hay stack maze.

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The best “14 month” photo op I could capture 😉

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One week later…

We spend an afternoon taking the pumpkins we gathered from the patch and painted our silhouette’s on the pumpkins.  With the remaining little pumpkins, I simply took a sharpie and wrote out our names (because our little man was about to wake up from his nap and at that point I had enough of DIY-ing I could handle for the day!)

Happy October everyone :)!

Sincerely, Kymberly

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