Driving Up The Coast

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I spent most of yesterday and the day before working on photography stuff, so by 6 o’clock last night I was itching to get out of the house. We solved this by going for a scenic drive up the coast of New Hampshire.
It’s a beautiful coastline, and I like to pretend it’s Big Sur (I will get there within the next two years!). So, while that coastline is still a daydream, I’ll be enjoying this east coast.
The sun was hiding behind the clouds, which created an amazing sunset.
I had picked up a bunch of flowers at a market yesterday, obviously for taking pictures, and I’m so happy I did. I love finding ways to add pops of color to my photos.

After the drive, we came back to the house and hung out. Some of Seth’s friends came down and we had a seafood dinner. Then I crashed and went to bed because I am no longer capable of staying up late.

Tomorrow is my last day up here, but it gets me closer to the end of my job and moving! Two years ago after this vacation, I moved into my apartment. Now in a few short weeks, I’ll be moving out and starting my life as a full fledged photographer!

TTYL

~Kelsey

Top: AE | Shorts: Gap | Hat: h&m |Sandals: Old Navy

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This beach was covered in the coolest pink seaweed. I’d never seen anything like it before!KHM-8439

Exploring Boston: Part 2

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 First Church of Christ

   Fairmont Copley Hotel
 
   Trinity Church
   Boston Public Garden
 Emerson College area

   Boston Opera House
 Sunset over Beacon Hill
Last Sunday I went into the city to do some exploring and shopping. I had been wanting to make the trip since I moved three months ago, but this was my first free weekend. 

I was going to take the train, but chickened out and wound up driving in. I was happy to find that it was closer than I expected. 

One of my main reasons for going was to check out the new Primark. If you’re not familiar with the store, it’s a UK based department store the just opened its first US store in Boston. Having heard about it for years on YouTube, I was excited to see it in real life. But, I found it disappointing. It was like a lower quality H&M or Forever 21 in terms of quality. Plus it was so crowded and loud. And they had one of the most ill equipped bathrooms I have ever seen. This is a four story shop whose women’s bathroom has two stalls. The line was about fifteen people long and only one stall had toilet paper. 

I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to go there again, but I enjoyed my trip none the less. 

If you have any recommendations for where I should go on my next Boston exploration, let me know!

TTYL

~Kelsey

Exploring Downtown Boston

Hi everybody!

It’s so good to be back here again! I’ve been getting into the swing of working life and have been able to do some really interesting and fun things at my job.
I went to a conference last Thursday that focused on mobile marketing. There were some really wonderful speakers that talked about site optimization, the importance of being user friendly, and making sure customers are always treated well.

I was also able to explore Boston a little bit. I had never driven in the city before, so I was very proud of myself for that. There was some craziness I was not used to, like bike lanes being part of car lanes, and people driving on top of railroad tracks as if it’s another lane! But I made it through!

I stumbled upon the First Church of Christ Scientist, which I’ve been wanting to see for a while. It kept popping up on my Instagram feed and I couldn’t understand how I had never heard of it before. It turns out it’s right next to the Prudential Building, which is where the conference was. I met my friend Sarah after the conference and we walked around and got an early dinner at Shake Shack.

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I decided to go into the Boston Public Library, too. It is such a beautiful building. I hadn’t been there since I was about ten, and it was even better than I remembered.
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I was really charmed with all of the architecture in downtown Boston. The library was so amazing. There is so much detail everywhere you look. In my opinion, modern architecture has nothing on Gothic and and Renaissance style. I passed by so many cute brownstones on my drive in. They had fishscale style shingles, tiny dormers, copper edging, intricate ironwork, and beautiful brick steps.
Although my brother lived in the city for years, we usually didn’t go into downtown when we visited, so it was nice to see that part of the city again.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

~Kelsey

The Enchanted Rainforest

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Dress: Free People similar at F21 and Asos

Hey guys, sorry this post is late today!
I went disc golfing yesterday and forgot to post. Who am I???

It was actually kind of fun. My dad and my brother showed me some tricks that made my game way better. It’s unusual for me to see improvement in any sort of sport, I’m generally just evenly terrible.

We took these pictures in the Hoh Rainforest on my recent Seattle Trip. I brought the dress with me specifically for the occasion and threw it on in the middle of the forest. We got a few weird looks, but most people were super nice about it. One man even commented, “That’s a nice dress. Perfect spot for a photoshoot”.
When we were done I switched back into my hiking clothes and kept trotting along.

It was a great hike, except for the creepy fly with bright red eyes that wouldn’t leave me alone. I was literally running away from it down the trail and it kept circling around me until my aunt finally killed it. So, luckily it didn’t get me and I don’t have Spiderman-like powers.

I hope you’re all having a great day!

~Kelsey

Seattle Travel Vlog


Music: “Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)” by Death Cab for Cutie – “Mustang Kids” by Zella Day

Last week my dad and I flew out to Seattle to vacation with my aunts. It was such an amazing trip. We managed to visit mountains, beaches, rivers, a lake, and the only rainforest in North America, all in the span of a few days. Washington is really an awesome state. A few hours in any direction can take you from the city, to the mountains, to the beach.

The beaches there are so different from the ones on the east coast. They’re cold and windy, with black sand or pebbles and huge pieces of drift wood and sea stacks. One of my top moments of the trip was visiting Ruby Beach. Seeing the massive sea stacks and watching the sun set over the water was kind of surreal.

We stayed pretty unplugged during the trip (except a few Instagram posts), which was a breath of fresh air. We spent the nights sitting by a fire, sipping cocktails and playing board games while listening to music. During the days we took nature walks, played bocce, lounged around. I even swam in a glacial lake! It was freezing, but totally worth it.

I hope you all enjoy the video!

Have a great week!

~Kelsey

PS: Obviously, I had to include Death Cab music in the video since they’re my favorite band and they’re from Seattle!

PPS: I got the name of the first beach wrong. It was Rialto, not La Push.

Martha’s Vineyard Travel Vlog

   
I went to Martha’s Vineyard for quick day trip with my brother last week. It was my first time being able to explore the island. 

I really enjoyed wandering around to the campground cottages. The area was originally a bunch of tents, so it was called the campground. During the 1800’s a church group came in and people began building houses, but the name stuck. All of the houses are fun, bright colors and they have such detailed, delicate trim work and ornaments.

   
 It was really nice sitting on the coast, watching the waves and the boats. The busy season hadn’t really started yet, so it wasn’t very crowded. Snapchat had this cool geo filter, which was very exciting for me. I’m not often in places that are popular enough to have their own geo filters. 

I hope you’re all having a great week! I’ll be in Seattle by the time this is posted. I’m sure there will be some cool filters there! Yay!!!

~Kelsey 

Charlotte: Part 2

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Jacket: American Eagle
Top: Lucky Brand
Skirt: Forever 21

Despite my lack of clothing in these pictures, it really wasn’t all that warm in Charlotte.
This was a quick, get-the-picture, and run inside moment.
I picked up this tank at the Lucky Brand outlet while I was down there. It was President’s Day so it was on sale for only five dollars! I was stoked. I’ve always liked Lucky Brand’s clothing, but haven’t owned much until I went there this trip and bought three tees. I’ve worn all of them now and they’re super comfortable and wash well. They don’t have the tank online, but you could probably still find it in store.

The day we took these pictures we went to the Knights hockey game that my brother was covering. It was a fun night. The team won and we got to sit in the press section, which was pretty cool (pin intended)! I’m not a huge hockey fan (or sports fan in general if we’re being honest), but it was cool to see what my brother does at work.

I hope you’ve al had a good week! TGIF!

~Kelsey

Charlotte: Part 1

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Denim Shirt: American Eagle
Top: Lucky Brand

The week before last was spent in Charlotte, NC visiting my brother.
My parents and I stayed in a condo downtown, which was pretty cool. I am not a city girl, so seeing the skyscrapers and all of the lights was cool. Charlotte is definitely not a big city, the entire skyline is about seven building, but it is booming right now. There is a ton of construction everywhere.

I got this top at the Lucky Brand outlet while I was down there and I have been loving it. My boss at Crompton has the same one, and I almost didn’t buy it because we always dress very similarly, but it was too cute and comfy to resist. I’m actually wearing it again right now sitting by the fire, typing up this post.

Now it’s time for me to get some more work done.

I hope you’re all having a good week!

~Kelsey

Biltmore Estate & OOTD

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Sweater: Banana Republic
Necklace: Forever 21

I wanted to dress like a princess when I went to the Biltmore…because, why not…but due to the weather and reality, I settled for this. I just picked up the sweater on sale at a Banana Republic Factory Store and I love it. I got it in two colors, but the other one was tighter and gave me a rash, so it went back. I got the necklace a few weeks ago from Forever 21. That was my bit of princess sparkle.


Last Saturday my parents and I flew down to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit my brother for the week.
Actually, we didn’t fly to NC until Sunday because we got stuck in the Baltimore airport…but that’s another story.
One of the main things I wanted to do when we were down there was go to the Biltmore mansion. I’ve been nagging my family about it for weeks. Sorry, not sorry.
So, on Wednesday my parents and I took the two hour drive Asheville, NC. It is a giant mansion that built by the Vanderbuilts. It was built in 1895 and it is massive. It’s all marble and granite with a spiral staircase, an indoor pool, an elevator, electricity, a gym with showers, thirty-three bedrooms, a giant library, a bowling alley, and so much more! [infomercial voice]
It was crazy to even try to imagine that people actually lived in that house. They needed an entire staff just to maintain it. There were probably rooms that they never set foot in. And we didn’t even get to see all the rooms. A lot were blocked off to visitors.
We drove two hours to get there, while it was snowing. It was a little nerve-wracking, but once we arrived it was awesome!
There was even a visiting exhibit of outfits from Downton Abbey, which I loved. They were a lot of 1920’s styles, which is one of my favorite eras in fashion.
The house is right by the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are groves of bamboo, horses, a winery, thousands of acres of land, it was crazy. We drove from the house to the greenhouse, and then the winery for a wine tasting.

If you ever get a chance to go there, you should!

I’ll be posting more pictures of my trip and outfits soon!

~Kelsey

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21, a Vineyard, and a Wedding

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The next day I spur-of-the-moment decided to go to Martha’s Vineyard with my brother to visit Meg. I had never been, and it was so cool! Everything is very small and almost feels like Disney World or something. It was the off-season, which meant that it wasn’t crowded, but also that almost nothing is open late. We decided to get dinner around 11, so there was only one place open on the island.

We called to make sure it was open and then walked there only to find it very dark and closed looking. After about an hour of driving around we went back and discovered that we had gone to the gift shop, not the restaurant, and that if we had walked just a hundred yards down the street we would have found the open restaurant. We made it in time and were able to get dinner but it was a long process, haha.

Yesterday was my friend Maddie’s wedding. She got married at the top of a mountain. We all met up in the morning and hiked up together. All week the weather had been calling for rain, but that morning the sun came out and the clouds went away. It was perfect! The ceremony was beautiful, it could not have gone better. Afterward we went to Maddie’s house for a lovely meal and backyard games.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!

~Kelsey