I love monochromatic looks. They’re such a fun way to make a bold, bright statement, and dressing in the same color family makes it even easier. My secret to the perfect monochromatic look is to pick one or two colors (maximum) colors and dress around this theme. While the colors don’t have to be exact, the closer they are to each other, the better it will look. Alternatively, picking a color family like blues and blacks, for instance, and selecting different shades is another way to pull this off. I love wearing blue all year long, but there’s nothing quite like winter blues.
On our most recent visit to Vermont, we hiked scenic Quechee Gorge within Quechee State Park along Route 4. This hike was an easy way to enjoy the colorful autumn foliage and get outdoors on a warmer-than-normal day. I will preface this post by saying that the hike should not be done during or after heavy rains because of the flash flood risk. No special equipment is needed for this hike as it’s on a pretty straightforward 1.3-mile path to the dam at the end of the hike. Round trip, we spent about an hour here, only because I stopped so often to take photos. It could easily be done faster, or you could dally and spend time admiring the scenery.
Now that Tropical Storm Henri has passed us by, the temperatures have dropped a bit here in Connecticut. That’s why I wanted to share this darling lobster motif sweater that has kept me cozy in cashmere, in summery colors, for the past few years. This Two Bees Cashmere sweater has been one of my favorite cashmere pieces that I own in terms of quality, comfort, softness, and because it’s machine washable.
When we lived in Michigan, August was still an extremely hot, dry, and definitely “summery” month. In Connecticut, on the other hand, it seems as though early August means the first signs of fall, with more rain, slightly cooler temperatures, more fall flowers like asters, cosmos, dahlias, and even sunflowers already in full bloom. I’ve even seen a few leaves on the trees around us beginning to change colors to rich reds, oranges, and golds. Since it seems that either this is an unusual year or autumn comes earlier here in Connecticut, we’ve decided to embrace the impending change of seasons by visiting beautiful Buttonwood Farms Sunflower Gardens.
Autumn is such a magical time of year, as well as my personal favorite season. The leaves change colors, trees look alight with the fires of autumn, and the days become a little darker, and a little colder, hinting at the hibernation to come. Each autumn, my husband and I have an unofficial list of things we like to do before the season ends, and I wanted to share with you 50 fun things to do this fall.
Each year Robin and I head out to an apple orchard and buy a few pounds of organic apples for ourselves, our family members, and our neighbors. We turn what we keep for ourselves into preserves, or eat them when they’re fresh in fall salads, or we make one of Robin’s favorite desserts, an apple crumble. This fall, we got an early start and headed to our favorite orchard to support their dedicated organic and sustainable farm and orchards, and as usual, it was a wonderful time!