Monday, January 26, 2015

Outfit // A Short Story



I may have been a tad overzealous with the amount of stuff I packed for Florida. Since the weather was a bit wonky during our recent trip, I reverted to some version of this outfit every day (long sleeves and shorts #ftw). What happened to all those cute dresses and tunics that I thought I'd be prancing around in? Yup, they all sat in the condo closet unworn. 

In my defense, facing down the barrel of 5+ more months of winter can really mess with your head when it comes to picking "essentials" for a warm weather trip in January. That being said, maybe 7 choices of footwear were a bit much. My sneakers, "fancy" sandals and "pool" flip flops would have been enough. I also wouldn't have had to yard sale the contents of my suitcase at JetBlue's check-in counter, frantically trying to get my bag under 50lbs. 

What's that sound I hear? Oh - that'd be a little voice in my head (that sounds an awful lot like Chad) saying "I told you so".






Monday, January 19, 2015

Travel // Naples, Florida


After surviving our first full winter back east last year (and a pretty brutal one at that), there was no way we were starting this winter without a warm weather escape on the books. So we cashed in some credit card points, cobbled together our frequent flyer miles and locked in a reservation at the in-laws' vacation condo for our family trip to Naples, Florida.

Anyone who's been to Florida in the summer knows the humidity gets so heavy that the air feels like a sopping wet towel you just want to wring out. In the winter, the air's more like a towel you yanked from the dryer just a few seconds too early - still warm and a little damp, but it dries on its own without getting smelly. In other words, much of Florida's winter feels like San Diego's every day weather - perfect.

Though the weather inconsistently alternated between cloudy/cool and sunny/toasty during our visit, we were able to adapt our schedule to make the most of the Florida sunshine when it did peek out. A day at the Naples Zoo, a hike through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and LOTS of pool time were the highlights of our trip. 

It's also pretty obvious from our vacation pics that the nugget is a bona fide water lover. These Speedo arm bands we picked up at Target were the best $12 spent all week. Of course, now we have find some way to get our little fish back in water this winter. Maybe we need an indoor pool in our basement? Or maybe we should just head back to Florida again next month.
Excuse me while I fire up Travelocity.





:: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary ::







:: Naples Zoo ::










:: Vanderbilt Beach ::



:: Pool ::







:: Flight Home ::


Friday, September 12, 2014

Greetings from Vacationland

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Life in Maine is pretty good these days. Busy (really busy), but also really good. I think it's fair to say that our family squeezed every ounce of awesome out of this summer that we could possibly muster. I'm pretty sad to see the sun officially set on the season in just a few short weeks, but at least I'll have my Instagram account to remind me that it wasn't always so darn cold here. And of course, this blog post will be a nice little reminder of why Maine's state motto is, "The Way Life Should Be". Indeed it is.

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Endless Summer

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

J.Crew Factory Shirt (full-sleeve version here) // Banana Republic Tweed Mini Skirt // Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats // Silver Stud Earrings (similar here) // Tiffany & Co. Letter "M" Pendant // Tiffany & Co. Bead Bracelet // Coach Watch (similar here)

What is with everyone talking about fall already!? And by "everyone" - I mean mostly bloggers, the new J.Crew catalog and Pinterest (mmm - not quite ready for Halloween ideas yet). I get that it's already August and another Maine winter is right around the corner, but COME ON people! Can we all pretend that summer will never end? Or at least hold out until I'm forced to turn on the heat???

As part of my season-changing protest, I refuse to wear anything "fallish" until I absolutely cannot hold out any longer. Except for this pink tweed mini skirt. I let this one slide because I've deemed it as an appropriate "summery" impostor.  And let's be real - even with tights I'm not wearing this sucker once the Bean boots come out of hibernation.

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

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