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an apple a day

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Last week, Dave and I met Sara and Cody to go apple picking…because that’s just what you do in the fall in New England. I LOOOOOOVE apples, so I knew this would be the best opportunity to get a bunch of fruit for snacking and baking.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I at least know I won’t be sick for the next few weeks!

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Isn’t it crazy how much better fruit is when you get it fresh? Obviously it would be better than store-bought, but it is significantly better. My favorite is McIntosh, which I wouldn’t stop talking about during the hayride to the orchard, and I think it drove everyone crazy! My friends let us pick those first, maybe just to shut me up?! LOL!

Now, it wouldn’t be an apple photo shoot without some staged photos…

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(ummm, I literally took a pre-picked apple from my bag and pretended to pick it off that tree. ha!)

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…and I needed to take a few with my buddy:

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Sara threw the apple and I tried to catch it. Not shown: the poor apple plummeting to the ground (and it happened more than once!)

Did you know that Sara also has this skirt from Joanie Clothing? (It’s because I bought it for her! lol). Maybe one day we will have to be dorks and do a twinning post! It has cute little strawberry jam jars all over it and has a sweet homey vibe.

I think I’ll wrap things up with a few more photos from our day:

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10-08-18

Top: Express Short Puff Sleeve Tee via Express Outlet
Jacket: Guess Faux Leather Jacket via Wilsons Leather
Skirt: Joanie Clothing Jamelia Jam Jar Print Skirt
Purse: MMS Design Studio
Boots: Indigo by Clarks Cedar Street

new home, new me

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Dave and I finally moved out of our tiny apartment and into a house almost twice the size! Yay! We have been talking about doing it for years. The place we rented when we moved from NY back to MA was “temporary,” but we ended up staying there for 8 years!

We are still renting (the housing prices around here are insane), but it feels good to have a dining room, more than 1 bathroom, a porch…and a porch swing!

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The front of the house is definitely my favorite, with the red swing, red chairs, and red door. It’s like the owners KNEW I was coming to rent it!

Although we moved to a better location and have more space, unfortunately the stress of the move really triggered my anxiety. It was AWFUL. I didn’t feel like myself for weeks over the summer, and my parents had to come up twice to help me through.

Starting with my first move to college in 2001, I have moved 6 times (this most recent is #7), so I really wasn’t anticipating any issues.

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This week we had professional development at school, and it felt really good to be back to my normal routine. Next week is when the kids start, so I’m excited for that too! I think the routine will help me with some of the anxiety.

These photos were taken right before heading to Sara’s bridal shower. The theme was “Sara’s Favorites,” so we had all of her favorite food and desserts, including my (now famous) mac and cheese! Additionally, all of the guests were instructed to dress like Sara.

Well, considering I typically dress like Sara on a day-to-day basis, I felt like I had to step things up a bit.

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Sara has this Bernie Dexter print in a different dress, so obviously it was the right choice. I also wore a petticoat (though not as full as I would have wanted) and LIPSTICK! I rarely wear it other than for costumes, but I must admit I like the look.

To up the ante I went for a 1950s-inspired hairstyle, which I kind of botched…lol! I had the foam rollers in my hair all night, I woke up to curls (just like in the tutorial videos I watched), but could not tame it for the life of me once I started brushing it out. I resorted to LOTS of hairspray, so if parts look a little crispy…they are.

I had to bust out my most “Sara-like” pose, so here’s what I managed:

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Wowza! I didn’t know I could pull that off! I’m sure if the sunglasses weren’t there my eyeballs would be doing something weird (they usually do), but the whole look really works.

I feel conservative and saucy all at once. Who knew it was possible?!

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The belt was a last-minute Amazon purchase, since I wanted one that was wider than the red belt the dress came with.

And if you look verrrry carefully, you may spot the little pin I have on the left side of my dress. (It’s a negroni pin that I borrowed from Dave – but I am not a fan of negronis! I just liked that the colors matched, hehe)

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Thanks for stopping by!

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08-25-18

DressBernie Dexter Kelly Technicolor Honeycomb via Modern Millie Shop
PetticoatHearts & Roses via Zulily
BeltSunny Belt Unisex Kids 1 1/2″ Wide Faux Leather Belt via Amazon
Pin: Love & Victory Negroni Pin
ShoesPayless Comfort Plus Karmen Pump
Sunglasses: Target A New Day Round Red Sunglasses