Fall Hues in Santa Fe

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Levi’s denim jacket, H&M skirt, Target hat & shoes, pendant from Lively in Durango

A few weekends ago, Jason, Addison, and I finally got to explore Santa Fe for a couple of days and we were blessed with mostly gorgeous weather! We took advantage of one of our nice days and meandered down Canyon Road, popping into different art galleries and shops, and just enjoyed all of the inspiration everywhere.

I was so excited that the weather was nice enough to be able to wear a new skirt I found at Clothes Mentor for a steal recently. I have an affinity for velvety textures and this gorgeous fall hue was too stunning to pass up. I paired it with a white tee and threw on my favorite jean jacket. (Is anything better than a Levi’s jean jacket for pairing with literally everything?) The hat is one I am living in this season and have been wearing it as often as possible; I found it and the slides at Target recently and could not be happier.

What are your favorite pieces this fall? Do you have any mainstays or go-tos? Any new buys you’re really happy with?

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Rail Yards, Albuquerque

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One of our favorite places to visit from Colorado is New Mexico. We have visited Albuquerque at least once a year, for the last 4 years. Normally, we do not get to explore too much, as we are often in town to enjoy the Balloon Fiesta. We visited ABQ back at the end of July, however, and really got to take in so much of the city and spend time with wonderful friends. One of the things we did this time was explore the Rail Yards Market. “The Yards,” which once housed the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Rail Yards complex, is now repurposed as a community market that showcases local talents and artists and their specialties of music, art, and food. We had such a fun time just meandering through the market, picking up fun things as we went along, while listening to music, and watching local performers. We also took the time to really appreciate all the history of the Rail Yards, as well. I love when historic places are not abandoned, but repurposed, so we can all enjoy the history and character of a place and imagine all that it once was and appreciate what it is now.

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Travel Log: Cooperstown, NY

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Recently, Jason, Addison, and I were able to spend some time in Upstate New York, where Jason is from. Jason and I have been together 14 years, and I had still never seen the place where he was born and spent the first part of his life. This summer, we had a dear friend who was celebrating a promotion and we really wanted to be able to celebrate with him, so we made a last minute decision to get to Delaware (where our friend is) and also to New York.

I was never really into many sports, but the one sport I always loved playing and watching was baseball. I played tee-ball, then softball, and grew up cheering the Texas Rangers on at home and at their stadium. Then, when I saw A League of their Own, I knew I wanted to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. So, when I found out that Cooperstown was only an hour’s drive from Jason’s hometown, it was a must-do! It was such a cool experience and I had no idea what a gorgeous place that Cooperstown is. It’s located right on Otsego Lake and is so picturesque.

We spent the first part of our day at the Baseball Hall of Fame, which we all loved. We also got to spend the day with Jason’s grandma and one of our close friends who now lives in the area – I envy both of them. 😉 After the museum, we just enjoyed meandering about town and a leisurely lunch, right on Otsego Lake.

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Skirting Around Albuquerque

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American Eagle tank, skirt and gold beaded bracelet from Africa, Dolce Vita wedges, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Target turquoise necklace, Tiffany & Co. lock necklace, James Avery compass ring, vintage turquoise butterfly ring 

I fell in love with longer skirts while we lived in Europe; they are perfect for touring cities comfortably and are so easy to style and mix up by just adding or changing a few key pieces. I usually traveled with at least one black maxi skirt that I would wear more than once; I would just add a scarf, change my accessories or shoes each time. Also worth noting: many churches and buildings in Europe require that women cover much of their legs prior to entering, so that was one other reason long skirts became a staple of mine. We’ve been back in the US for over 4 years now, but my love for the long skirt remains.

Recently, Jason took my measurements with him while in Africa and had this gorgeous skirt made for me. I wore it in Albuquerque this weekend for the first time and I had so much fun styling it. I paired it with a solid black tank and wedges and then added lots of fun accessories. How do you style your longer skirts?

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Vintage turquoise butterfly ring, thicker detailed bracelet and two-toned bracelet, James Avery hammered bangle

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Travel Log: Trapani, Italy

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I am finally sharing some of my favorite photographs taken in Trapani, Italy. Trapani is located in Western Sicily and is absolutely gorgeous. I visited with a group of ladies who all gathered to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. We spent about 4 days in Trapani and really just enjoyed the city and local area, trying out some of the local specialities, wandering through the cobblestone streets, and enjoying “la dolce vita.”

We enjoyed arancini, lots of cappuccini, cannoli, ate dessert for breakfast (always my favorite), and drank the local bar out of amaretto (true story). Several of us got lost on the way to check out some Greek ruins in Segesta; we made it eventually and had some wonderful accidental adventures in the process. We took a ferry over to Favignana and some of us toured the island via scooter (which I blogged about here). It was such a wonderful few days, filled with food, fun, and friends – and such unforgettable memories. I am so glad I brought my camera along to have photographs to remember our time by.

 

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Always happiest around the sweets 😉

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani, at night

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Casarecce al Pesto Trapanese e melanzane fritte (a Trapanese specialty – casarecce pasta with a traditional Trapanese sauce with fried eggplant)

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani

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Almond granita

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Cannoli + cappuccino for breakfast

City Eats: Coffee at the Gucci Museo Caffè, Florence

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One of our normal routines while in Florence, was to find coffee and a treat each afternoon. One particular afternoon, we discovered that the Gucci Museo that was around the corner from the apartment we were staying in, had a café. Honestly, I cannot think of a better place for a lover of both fashion AND coffee to stop and enjoy a cappuccino and treat. As one might hope, the presentation is every bit as beautiful as the clothing and accessories that the brand is known for. The tiramisu was stunning in presentation and absolutely delicious, while the addition of the sugar in the shape of the Gucci logo fantastically took the entire experience over the top. I loved every bit of our time spent in the Gucci Museo Caffè.

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SICILY, Italy: Scooting Around Favignana

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While living in Europe, so many places were easily accessible by plane, car, or train. I normally shy away from plane travel, as I am a fearful flyer, but there was one trip I could not miss and that was one that was in celebration of a dear friend’s 50th birthday. The trip’s location was Sicily, Italy; Trapani to be exact. So, aboard the plane I hopped and off to Sicily we flew for 4 super fun days with the girls to celebrate a milestone birthday and wonderful friendship!

One of the coolest experiences we had while we were there was the trip over to the island of Favignana. We ferried from Trapani and then a group of us rented scooters to explore the island on. If I am being honest, I was pretty nervous and sure I would wreck the thing, but I also didn’t want to miss out on what was sure to be an only-in-Italy experience.

I am so, so glad I chose to climb on that scooter despite my fear! We were gifted with some of the most gorgeous and picturesque landscapes and glimpses of the water, we got to see so much more of the island than we might have on foot, and we made tons of lifetime memories.

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