Apple Picking Adventures

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Every fall, one of my favorite things to do (even well before kids) has been to go apple picking.  Now that I have my own kids, the excitement has doubled.  There is just something about walking through fields of pretty fruit in the September sunshine that doesn’t get old.  And the intoxicating smell of fresh baked, cider donuts doesn’t hurt.  The other day, the girls grabbed their tiny, blue paper baskets and headed straight for the rows of raspberries.  Reese’s tactic was to just eat as she went along.  Emma, on the other hand, made sure she had a neat, bright-red pile before she dipped into her findings.  Since my absolute favorite apples are the Honeycrisp, we spent our time in that section of the orchard after berry-picking and we all pitched in to bring back one seriously heavy crate.  Though the crate now has a lot less apples than when we brought it home, it is still sitting on the counter until the rain hits towards the end of this week and I can stay in and make an apple crumb pie.  Here are a bunch of photos from our trip to the farm the other day.

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Cheers to fall adventures!

xo gina

The Moto Jacket

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I may not be able to zip it up over my current baby bump, but this suede moto jacket that was on backorder from the Nordstrom anniversary sale was my favorite purchase from the event and my most highly anticipated shipment as of late.  So, naturally, I have been wearing it each day since it has arrived, somehow tying it into all sorts of outfits.  The color is the perfect hue for fall and will go with everything in my closet.  I have already styled it for both the warm, late September weather and the past few days that have been on the cooler side.  It can easily be dressed up or down and I would pair it with a ruffled skirt or maxi dress just as often as I would wear it with cut-off denim shorts and white sneakers.

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{BLANKNYC ‘morning’ suede moto jacket / MERONA for TARGET cuff tee fresh / STS via NORDSTROM cut-off denim shorts, sold out, similar HERE and HERE / super old DOLCE VITA booties, similar HERE and HERE}

Here are some other favorite moto jackets right now at varying price points.

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{Top Row, Left to Right}:

1.  Great price point coming in under $100.

2.  Love this color and the braided detail.

3.  Deep green is great for fall and I love the true to size fit.

{Bottom Row, Left to Right}:

1.  Great buckle detailing on this soft suede jacket, and it is currently more than half off.

2.  This wine color will look great with white, denim or black and it is under $100.

3.  Camel is one of my favorite hues of the season.  

Happy fall shopping!

xo gina 

Hello, Fall + Happy Decorating

Hello, fall.  This has always been, and will probably always be, my favorite season.  The weather this past weekend has solidified that.  And it is one of the very best things about living in the northeast part of the country, which boasts some breathtaking fall sunsets, cool, crisp air, and colors straight out of a painting.  With help from the natural fall foliage, I love decorating this time of year.  And it may be nesting kicking in, both figuratively and literally – as I’m due with our third child in just a couple of weeks, and currently closing on a new house at the same exact time (two things I definitely don’t advise you to attempt to do together), but I have been pinning fresh, new decor ideas like crazy.  The new house has a big, wrap-around front porch that I cannot wait to fill each season.  Here are some images of seriously inspiring outdoor seasonal decor ideas that I am loving right now.

1.  Halloween Theme

I love all things Halloween, and decorating with this holiday in mind is easy to do by adding spooky elements like black crows or witches hats or broom sticks.

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2.  Pumpkins in Planters

Filling existing planters with real or faux pumpkins means you can recycle urns you already have and it gives the decor a little added dimension by being able to place items at different heights.

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3.  Monochromatic 

While I usually stick with the full array of colors that fall has to offer, I think a simple, monochromatic color-scheme is also a great, crisp, clean look.  And white gourds are a fresh alternative.

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4.  Using Pumpkins for Purpose

I came across a few doorsteps and front porches that used pumpkins to welcome guests, display their house number and sport fall phrases.  The look is easy to achieve with a Sharpie or paint pen in the color of your choice.

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5.  Natural Fall Foliage

The use of fallen leaves and bunches of seasonal flowers grouped together is always classic.  It looks natural and effortless.

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*all images found on Pinterest, sources unknown*

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

xo gina 

Third Trimester Thoughts

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One of my favorite parts about  the end of pregnancy is the baby bump that shows up to suddenly make it all feel so real.  The super strong kicks, the roundness, I love every bit of it.  Knowing there is another perfectly imperfect little human being to love right around the corner.  And although there are plenty of people out there who don’t share my same feelings on pregnancy, I also know that having been fortunate enough to have had a smooth experience each time around now, coupled with the mantra: ‘positive mind, positive vibes, positive life,’ has only helped.  And as with Emma and Reese, a bulk of this process has occurred over the summer, which in my opinion, is the very best time for so many reasons, but none of them top the fact that I don’t think I have had to wear pants in four full months.  No pants.  The freedom there is absolutely unbelievable.  This third trimester has undoubtedly gone the quickest with two other little ones to run after, but it is no less exciting, no less miraculous than the very first time.

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xo gina

Sunflower Maze Monday

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Despite what people outside (and some inside) the state, may think of New Jersey, there really is so much to offer here and so many beautiful places scattered across our little spot on the east coast.  In the fall, there are tons of great orchards for apple picking and pumpkin patches where we’ve enjoyed hayrides and hosted our kid’s birthday parties.  In the winter, there are acres of groomed Christmas tree farms, prepped for families and tailgating and memories.  In the summer, there are lakes for bathing and boating and miles of beaches, endless salt water, and there is just something about that cool ocean breeze.  And at the tail-end of the summer, people flock to sunflower mazes found in a rural northwest part of the state.  And every summer that rolls by, I get caught up in those longer days that turn into nights, leaving the pool as late as possible, filling up the calendar with barbeques and squeezing in short and long trips with family and friends where and whenever possible, always managing to miss the peak of the sunflower season.  This year, we picked a pretty perfect Monday: sunny, warm, but not hot, blue.  Flawless.  And the destination did not disappoint.  Here are some of my favorite photos from our day.

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*all photos taken at the Sussex County Sunflower Maze, Sandyston, NJ*

xo gina

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