Sunflowers On My Shoulders

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Nature gives us many signs to show us that summer is slowly turning into fall and in my area one of those signs is sunflowers at our local farm stands.

How To Wear Blush This Fall

Everywhere you looked this spring it was blush this and blush that. Like many of you, I was drawn in by this dreamy hue and bought a few items in the unofficial colour of Spring17. Now that the temperature is dropping by the minute, what to do with all these blush beauties? Store them until next spring, give them away? No way! I say let's wear some blush this fall!

L.L.Bean Pullover Weather Is Here!

L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

When we first purchased our vintage car, a 1970 Mercury Montego, we knew that we instantly had all of our summer weekends booked with visiting car shows. With visits to Michigan, New York and in our home province of Ontario, we've been lucky enough to visit some beautiful towns and make new friends. While our travels have been measured in the hours it takes to get there, this weekend's show was measured in the minutes it would take. The Waterloo Region Museum held their annual historic car show and I'll admit it was nice to stay so close to home this weekend (we actually got our grocery shopping done after the show!)

L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

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Soft cotton rugby

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Celebrating This Life

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Most car shows have an admission fee, anywhere from a few dollars to $20. The admission to this weekend's show was a donation to our local food bank, something that we support generously throughout the year. We were only too happy to oblige especially when they said we would get free admission to the museum and the Doon Heritage Village! It is a living history village that depicts life in Waterloo Region in 1914. I have to say I feel incredibly lucky to live in this area for so many reasons, but one is that we have two covered bridges! I have friends who have had to drive many hours to see some of the last surviving covered bridges in Vermont! Locally, we have the Kissing Bridge (I photographed it last fall) and a smaller version here at the Doon Heritage Village where I not only photographed my new L.L.Bean pullover (more on that later) but I also decided that another requirement of the country house I buy (oh I have so many requirements for my future dream country house) is a creek so I can build my own covered bridge!

The car show started early in the morning and we were up and ready to go, until we stepped outside our house and felt how cool the air was, L.L. Bean pullover weather is here friends! The weather app was reading like the middle of September, not the middle of August and I'm not even complaining because extreme heat and I just do not mix. Give me a crisp cool morning any day of the week! It just meant a quick outfit change into long pants and my new L.L. Bean pullover! I had been eyeing this pullover ever since the L.L.Bean summer catalogue came out and I was thanking my lucky stars it arrived on Friday. Just in time to keep me warm this weekend!

I had heard through the Internet grapevine that this was the softest cotton sweater you'll ever own, so of course I had to see for myself! Well, the Internet was right! It really is the softest cotton and it's just the right weight for layering. I am a big fan of layering because that way I can control my own temperature. This means that when I buy clothing, I am looking for anything that does not have a lot of bulk to it. The pullover is thin enough to add a long sleeve underneath and a jacket on top and you can still bend your arms! And just because it's thin doesn't mean it doesn't provide warmth, it is exactly the sweater you want this time of year. In the cool morning, it was 10 degrees Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit, I wore a long sleeve underneath and the pullover and I was perfectly comfortable. Later in the afternoon I did some gardening (I cleared out my pots and urns as all my summer flowers were spent) and I wore a pair of shorts and just the pullover with the sleeves rolled up. Again, perfectly comfortable and because the cotton is so soft, there was no need for a layer underneath!

As for the fit, I am wearing a Large and I did so because I plan on wearing a few layers underneath as the days grow colder. If I was looking to have a snug fit, I would have gone with a Medium, it's all about personal preference. I would say the L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby fits true to size (TTS) size up if you like a little room to play with (like me!)

L.L.Bean has some amazing sales going on. Right now, save an extra 20% on clearance items and starting on Thursday, The L.L.Bean Labor Day Event 25% Off When You Spend $50 Stock up on everything you need for fall – outdoor gear, cozy clothing and more. Includes sale items. Promo Code: LABORDAY. Ends 9/5. Plus, enjoy free shipping.

There are so many great items I am looking to add to my L.L.Bean cart, like this flannel lined barn coat, this Hearthside robe for cool fall mornings, and this cute-as-can-be duck print fair isle sweater from the L.L.Bean Signature collection.

Starting To Feel Like Fall

gingham

Can you feel it? The cool night air, the chilly mornings? It's starting to feel like fall! Ok, ok, I know you summer lovers are clinging to the final days of August but I am soooo ready to let these hot days go. 

Orange in Otesaga

Otesaga

Spending the afternoon at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY was an absolute treat! Our road trip adventure took us near Cooperstown and since AMH and I are such BIG baseball fans, we couldn't help but make a detour to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. But I had something else up my sleeve and it had been brewing ever since I first found out about The Otesaga over 15 years ago.

Walking in Washington Park

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After checking into our hotel in Albany, The Morgan State House, a beautiful old brownstone right on the edge of Washington Park, we freshened up and decided to check out Washington Park. The park is 81 acres and was created in 1870 from a design that was drawn up by the same team that designed New York City's Central Park. Needless to say, I had to check this place out! 

Visiting Hyde Park, New York

FDR

The destination for our road trip two weeks ago was Hyde Park, New York. The main draw? The home and Presidential Library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It's a place that we've been talking about visiting for a few years and that talk always got louder when we happen to catch another round of Ken Burns's seven-part documentary, The Roosevelt's.

Boat Spotting

Talbots

Whenever I am in Buffalo (which if you remember this post, is kind of a lot) I try my best to make a trip to Canalside and on last week's road trip, that's exactly where we started our journey! 

Road Trip Comfort

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Last week I was road tripping throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley. This is my favourite way to travel. Give me an open road and a GPS to tell me how to get to my destination and I am a happy lady. Like many of you, I've been road tripping since before I can remember. It seems to be everyone's first introduction to travel! Over the years I've learned how to stay comfortable while sitting in a car for long periods of time, today I'm spilling all of my secrets!

Statement Earrings to Finish Out Summer

Last week I felt like everywhere I went, statement earrings were the topic of conversation. They were being discussed in boutiques, I spotted many fashionable ladies wearing them and I even listened to a podcast about an entrepreneur who is known for, you guessed it, statement earrings! In honour of this, and my purchase of two new pairs last week, I have rounded up a few statements earrings to help you finish out the summer. We still have a few weeks left of outdoor get togethers, garden parties and weddings. Each of these earrings would elevate a dressy outfit or just add a little dazzle to an everyday look.

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I purchased the very budget friendly black and white stripe and baby pink ball earrings from Target. They entered into a collaboration with Baublebar and came up with Sugarfix, a more wallet friendly version of their main collection. What I love when I compare the Sugarfix earrings to Baublebar is they are much lighter in weight making them easier to wear all day long. I love Baublebar's earrings but I find them a little heavy and would only wear for a special occasion for a few hours. 

That podcast I was mentioning, it was NPR's How I Built This and the episode I started with was Kendra Scott. Such a great interview! Her journey is just so inspiring. Starting with just $500 and a dream, her jewellery company is rumoured to be worth a billion dollars. With a B! The teal, hot pink and sparkly blue earrings are all from her current collection. I am finding myself drawn to all white outfits right now and these earrings would jazz up any monochromatic outfit.

The ornate all gold earrings are something that I find myself gravitating to. I don't currently own any but these two are such a great price, I know it won't be long before I add them to my collection. As fall gets closer I can see wearing them with darker colours. I love gold and rose gold, I just love the warm kick they add to an outfit. 

And speaking of warm, how about those fiesta style earrings? Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Corona Saturday...ok that one didn't work but you get what I'm saying. You are sure to be the centre of attention at your next shindig with these eye catching earrings! 

Fall. We all know that #Iwishitwasalwaysfall and while I'm trying to keep my mind on finishing out summer, I can't help but start thinking of fall items to add to my closet. These green and blue earrings are genius because they are colours that will still work for the next month or two and all the way through fall! Actually, they really will work in every season because green and blue are just such classic colours, but I especially love them this time of year. 

So, have I convinced you that you need to add a few statement earrings to your collection to finish out summer? 

Hyde Park View

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The view at Hyde Park. Let's just take a moment to appreciate how spectacular it is. Are you done? Are you imagining how it would look in the fall? Yeah, me too. I literally said that every few minutes during our time at Hyde Park, New York and all along the Hudson. While I do plan on sharing a little travel post to tell you all about our adventures at the home of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, let me tell you about what I wore, because, well, that's what I do here! 

My Summer Lipsticks

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I've been testing out a few lipsticks this summer and noticed that no matter the outfit or occasion I found myself going back to just three lipsticks. 

Buffalove & A Little About Me

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Greetings from Buffalo, New York! Today I wanted to share with you my Buffalove and a little about me. A few other bloggers have been sharing '10 facts about me' and I had this in the back of my mind for a future post. It was while I was in Buffalo (for the second time last week) wearing an all Canadian brand outfit that I thought I might be better off explaining a bit of my background and my love for this All-American city! 

How to Paint Your Bicycle

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This is something I have wanted to do for a few years. My bicycle was a gift from my father-in-law. You see, he bought this amazing Peugeot bike and only used it a few times. In fact, the only time it ever got used was when I asked to ride it when we would visit (he lives in the country and my boys and I loved to ride through the streets to visit the cows on the side of the road). Eventually on one trip he finally said that I should just take it home with me, of which I didn't even bother to try and fake "oh no, I couldn't possibly accept", I was jumping for joy! I love that darn bicycle so much there was no way I was going to give him an out! Haha, he's always been very generous and had no problem letting the bike go.

Every Bike Should Feel This Good

Vineyard Vines

I am so excited to FINALLY unveil my newly repainted bicycle! To borrow a line from Vineyard Vines "Every bike should feel this good!"

Hats Off To Summer

summer hat

If I told you that I was a big hat person, you'd believe me right? It's true, I am never far from a hat and let me tell you why I think you should be, too!