{Thanksgiving Snaps Part II}

As I mentioned Tuesday, we spend Thanksgiving with Adam’s side of the family. We all have the best time together and look forward to the activities and traditions that we partake in every year (like Thanksgiving Day football, competitive games of Ticket-to-Ride, Saturday morning chocolate-chip pancakes, and trips to the movies). As an added bonus this year, we also attended a Boston University hockey game where we sat in the front row! We ate many delicious meals, enjoyed Moscow Mules (for adults) and hot chocolate (for non-adults), and went shopping on Black Friday.

*The Ticket-to-Ride link is an affiliate link. But it is truly one of our our favorite games, and a great gift for the holidays!


{Thanksgiving Snaps}

Every year, we spend Thanksgiving with Adam’s side of the family in Massachusetts. This was a particularly special Thanksgiving because it was the first time that we got to see Adam’s parents and sister since we moved to New Jersey.
As per tradition, on the morning of Thanksgiving, we all suited up (in layers and layers because of…snow!) and headed to Waterman Field for our annual football game. The entire field was covered in a blanket of snow but everyone put on their game faces and played through the slipping, sliding, cold hands and wet pants!
We ate our Thanksgiving feast in the late afternoon. On the menu: turkey, stuffing (my favorite!), corn bread, mashed potatoes (Adam’s specialty, made with his gorgeous cousin Kleo), green beans, cranberry relish, gravy and rolls. I am full just thinking about all the delicious food! We all went around the table saying what we were thankful for, enjoying each other’s company and the amazing meal. When we had all come out of our food coma just enough to breathe, we indulged in chocolate chip cookies and pie (and pie and more pie!).

{Central Park// New York City}

This Saturday, the skies turned bright blue, the clouds disappeared and it heated up just enough to be able to spend some time outdoors- a welcome change to the pretty miserable weather that we have been having lately full of dark skies, dropping temperatures and cold rain. Adam and I decided to go to Central Park to take advantage of the weather (because we knew it wouldn’t last!). The park was buzzing with tourists marveling at the changing leaves, college kids playing flag football, children playing tag and couples taking romantic strolls. I had never seen Central Park in the fall (I had gone last month when it was all still green), and all I can say is wow! It is beautiful!

{Demarest Farm and Saddle River County Park// New Jersey}

One of the things that I was most excited about when I found out that we were moving to the northeast was experiencing a real fall. Growing up in South Florida, I never really got to experience changing leaves, the need for scarves and chunky sweaters (although we would wear them anyways because… fashion), or other fall traditions.
This weekend, Adam and I rented a Zipcar and took it to Demarest Farm– about 40 minutes northwest of us. There, we took a hayride, pumpkin picked, and ate our first apple cider donuts (which were amazing!).
From the farm, we drove to Saddle River County Park, which we found on a whim, to enjoy the outdoors some more. The park was beautiful. Orange, red and yellow foliage everywhere, ducks and geese enjoying the afternoon sun, and beautiful pathways for us to walk on.

{Fall Fashion Must Haves// Accessories}

It’s no secret… I love fall accessories. In my mind, a new pair of black suede booties, a plaid scarf, camel trench, fishnet stockings or even a new tote bag is a welcome addition to my accessories collection.
Yes, I did say collection– you might collect postcards, plates or even cars, I collect accessories! Every season, I search the web, stores, online media and fashion magazines for the hottest trends, styles, and colors and carefully choose new additions to my closet. My trick: I try to purchase things that I will be able to wear the next season; items that will look fresh and new the next year when I pair them with a new pair of pants or a different dress.

This season I am feeling colored bags, ankle boots, and scarves.

1. The Perfect Fall Bag:
Bags are the perfect way to bring a pop of color to your wardrobe. I usually find myself wearing more muted colors during the fall months (cold weather + living in the NY/NJ area will do that to you!). Something as simple as a great colored bag can bring your outfit from subdued to chic in an instant!
Forest green is a favorite fall handbag color of mine (it’s the color that I will definitely be carrying around most days this season, and a great way to incorporate green into my fall wardrobe: a must-have color this season!). But I am seeing shades of reds and purples pop up too!

What I am lusting after….

2. Ankle Boots:
Your ankle boots will quickly become your favorite pair of fall shoes. Pair them with rolled up jeans and a great chunky sweater for a relaxed weekend look, or with tights and a pencil skirt for the perfect stylish work look. Refinery29 did an article on ankle boots last month, and ever since then I have been on the hunt for some chunky ankle boots (I already have a black pair, but I am feeling the need for a camel colored pair!)

3. Plaid Scarves
Scarves are one of my favorite accessories in general, especially during the colder months. They are functional and such a great way to bring in some color or pattern to your outfit. Plaid is going to be big this season, and if you are unsure of how to incorporate it into your wardrobe, a plaid scarf is the perfect starter piece and a sure way to give your wardrobe the proper boost it needs!