Plaid at the Pumpkin Farm

It's always an adventure to escape NYC and get the breath of fresh air (literally!) even if it's just an hour outside the city. This past weekend I headed to two different orchards that has become a tradition for my fiancé and I for 5 years now. We usually go the end of September for the apple picking to get the best selection and beat the crowds. Since we traveled and had so many weddings then inclement weather we took advantage of a great sunny weekend in October instead. Oh my! The spot that felt like our special place has quickly turned into a go to spot since it's so close to the city. It was crowded!  We still enjoyed the spectacular landscape and took part in all the fall fest adventures there were to offer at Harvest Moon & Outhouse Orchards. I've already made two fresh apple crisps and got to adding more pumpkin décor around our space. 

I wore a very casual layered outfit with the softest plaid shirt. The Hunter rain boots are always a good investment for the rainy, muddy, and soon to be snow days in and out of city living. I definitely recommend them! 



PLAID TOP: Target /  DENIM: Joe's  on sale!/ JACKET: Nordstrom  /  SUNGLASSES: Loft  /  RAINBOOTS: Hunter / WATCH: Michael Kors / BAG: Louis Vuitton

Vineyard Florals

This past trip to Italy was unique and extremely special. I loved traveling to new spots and tasting cuisines from various regions of Italy. It was only natural to wander away from the more tourist spots that can be busy in the European summer months and sample what more remote Tuscany has to offer. And boy did it not disappoint!

When I lived in Siena, Italy during college days I had a fabulous and still very much out of this world Italian teacher that took us to many places to best experience the culture, art, and history. What better way to learn right?! During this visit she traveled with our group to a special place in her heart,  Fattoria Del Colle, the 16th Century vineyard of her matrimonio. This villa was the perfect back drop for an afternoon lunch and wine tasting. Every view was breathtaking!

I wore a sundress for the hot weather, as it's impossible to stay cool under a cypress tree. I loved the detailing on the back and the loose comfortable fit.  This was a day to remember, getting to wine taste and tour the grounds. The scenic views weren't short of a fairy tale and I was so happy to have met the owner herself, Donatella. This fabulous female makes it a point to keep the vineyards tradition of educating and employing predominantly female staff to run the business. Throughout generations this Italian family has continued with this tradition.  The winery even has a vino named Cinderella to symbolize its history. It is home to some of the best chianti and brunello of the region. 

Special grazie to Barbara and Donatella for sharing such a wonderful spot in Tuscany with our group that day!


My Look Details: Dress: Zara (sold out) similar finds here and here These are perfect to transition to fall with! //Purse: Zara loving this option and this style// Shoes: Soludos// Sunglasses: Prada similar style here and here// Watch: Michael Kors 

New Year Glam

I love a pencil skirt that is flattering to a tall figure and this faux leather one is great quality that fit the bill from Zara!  I paired it with a more casual plaid top and pumps for a New Year's eve look that would also work great for holiday parties or a night out. The look can easily be dressed up with accessories. I have linked all options at the end of this post. 

Wishing everyone a very Happy & Healthy 2016!  I can't wait to see what this year brings! I'm wishing for adventures in travel, a healthier daily lifestyle, and making time for more creativity in my life! What are your New Year wishes?



Outfit Details:

Bracelet: Similar option (here), Watch: (here)Pencil Skirt: similar (here) and (here), Plaid shirt: similar (here), Fur vest: (here), Lipstick: (here)Sam & Libby Pointed Toe Pump, older but can be found (here), Purse: (here)