Currently | July 2016

July 29, 2016

The summer is going by way too quickly! I've been so busy with work and weekend road trips. I don't want it to end, but I also can't help but be excited for the school year and for all of my friends to be back on campus. Here are some favorites of July:

My friends and I drove to Nubble Light in York the other day to watch the sunset over the ocean. 

WATCHING | I've been loving Sex and the City lately, and always turn on Gilmore Girls when I want a cozy show. (So excited for the revival!)

MISSING | summer in Maine. There's nothing like it! I live in New Hampshire just a few miles from the border, but I don't have those lazy, carefree summer days in Vacationland that I've had in the past. In the real world now!

WANTING | to save money. I've been tracking my spending which is something I've never really done before, but I'm trying to restrict myself.

READING | currently reading The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger (who wrote The Devil Wears Prada).

PLANNING | more weekend road trips to finish out the summer. And I'm headed to Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow to celebrate a friend's birthday!

FEELING | a little sad that summer is flying by so quickly. Hoping to make the most of the last few weeks!

ENJOYING | spending summer nights with friends, like going on a sunset walk at a farm or heading to a free outdoor concert.


A Vineyard Weekend

July 26, 2016

This summer has been the summer of weekend road trips for me... And I'm not complaining! After traveling Europe last spring, I was motivated to travel around my own corner of the world this summer, making it a goal to plan little trips here and there all over New England. More than halfway through the summer, I'd say I've made good progress on my goal! This past weekend, I checked another one off the list -- Martha's Vineyard.

I spent a week on Martha's Vineyard for a summer camp for a few summers when I was in middle school and high school. I fell in love with the island then and have been itching to go back for years.

One of my closest college friends, Tallula, is actually from Martha's Vineyard. We met freshman year but I hadn't been able to take her up on her offer to stay at her house until now! Our other friend, Erin, is working and living on the island this summer, which gave us another reason to go.

We arrived Friday evening, reunited with Erin, and spent the night catching up by the pool. On Saturday we woke up to warm breezes and blue skies, immediately knowing a beach day was in order. We grabbed cold brew iced coffees and breakfast from Scottish Bakehouse before hitting Lamberts Cove, a private beach.

Once it got a little too crowded for comfort, we retreated to Tallula's backyard and beautiful pool area.

That afternoon, we headed into Edgartown... wearing matching stripes, of course.

Edgartown was always my favorite town on the island when I used to explore as a young teenager. It's the most upscale town out of the few on Martha's Vineyard, with yachts bobbing in the harbor, upscale restaurants lining the brick streets, expensive clothing stores at every turn, and meticulously-maintained historic neighborhoods filled with luxury cars.

It's beautiful, for sure, but I left feeling a bit underwhelmed by the town I once adored. Maybe it's that I've seen more of the world, and even just seen more of New England, but there are cuter, more charming coastal towns that don't have the pretentiousness of Edgartown.

Still, I can't deny that the pretty homes, white picket fences, and flowering gardens made me want to pull out my camera around every turn!

We strolled through the streets, popped into some stores, wandered around a neighborhood, and admired the sparkling harbor.

For a pre-dinner snack, we stopped into Rosewater Market. I had an amazing chewy chocolate chip bar, but all of their treats looked tempting.

We made our way down North Water Street to catch a glimpse of the Edgartown Harbor Light and Chappaquiddick, the adjacent island. 

For dinner, we left Edgartown, opting instead for a relaxed, low-key dinner of lobster tacos and parmesan fries from the Art Cliff Diner food truck in Tisbury, enjoyed on picnic tables by the water as the sun set. 

It was so fun to see Martha's Vineyard through the eyes of a local and I hope to go back soon. I'd especially love to see it when the crowds have thinned out a bit!

Weekend Reading

July 22, 2016

This weekend I am headed to Martha's Vineyard. My roommate lives there and another friend of ours is staying there for the summer, so we want to go see her! I haven't been to the island in a few years but it's one of my favorite places, so I'm excited to go back. 

Here are some links I've liked recently...

1. Lemon Stripes is one of my favorite blogs and I love this interview with the blogger... Lots of good insights!

2. The Bullet Journal is a new productivity strategy that only requires a pen and paper, and it looks like it would work well! Would be interesting to try.
{ via Quartz }

3. Want this whole outfit!

4. Instagram tips from one of my favorite (and one of the most cohesive) accounts, @AshleyKane.

5. My sisters' friends introduced me to PopSockets and convinced me to get one and I'm obsessed! They're little phone grips/stands that attach to the back of your phone and make it so much easier to hold and use. They come in lots of fun colors, too.
{ via PopSockets }

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

July 21, 2016

For my dad's birthday, he chose to spend a week in Pennsylvania with my mom (they grew up there). I met up with them in Northern Pennsylvania to do some hiking and biking. The 8-hour drive from New Hampshire was worth it to see my cousins who I hadn't seen in forever... and to help my dad celebrate his birthday.

My dad had a particular bike ride in mind, that runs 60 miles along Pine Creek. I only did a little bit of it (10 miles in total), but my dad, uncle, and cousin forged ahead to do 30 miles. Biking is so much harder than I remember! I can't believe they made it that far.

About 5 miles in, we stopped for a hike which wound through the woods and up a mountain. We passed this pretty waterfall along the way.

This gorge is known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The views were pretty amazing; I loved all the lush greenery and rolling hills as far as the eye could see.

We took in the panoramic views from the top before heading back down.

We stayed at a little lodge and were treated to pretty sunsets each night after venturing downtown for dinner. 

It was so fun to spend the nights catching up with my cousins and picking up right where we left off. It was a long drive for just three days there, but it was good to see family and do some exploring. 

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