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I'm Back!

Hello! It has been far too long since I have updated my blog. I took time away from updating any of my social media while I focused on my personal life and career. I am finally at a place where I am making regular work again and thought it would be a good time to update my blog.

I spent the last few years working in college admissions (something I never really discussed on social media, mostly to avoid students finding me). Over the last year I’ve been taking on a lot more freelance work and in the Fall I started working with Brook There. I have always dreamt of working in a full time creative environment, and while making regular work for Brook There I felt inspired to do more. In March I left my full time admissions job to continue freelance and also work as a part-time Art Director for Quince and Co. I am regularly reminding myself that teenage me would be screaming right now if she knew what I’ve been up to, so I’m happy to say that I feel that I am right where I am supposed to be. Here are some images I’ve made lately:

Commercial work for Twig and Horn

Collaborations with Google Pixelbook, Moet and Chandon and Narragansett Beer

Recent work for Brook There


My Instagram feed has also become more personal as I step away from over-curation and post more about what I’ve been up to. If you didn’t get here via Instagram, you can follow me @aabbyylou !

If you’ve been a reader of my blog over the years, thanks for coming back. I hope you’ve been doing well and making progress of your own! xx

Midcoast Maine Getaway at 250 Main Hotel

Some of you may know that I've been traveling for the last six weeks. I wrapped up my travel season in Rockland, Maine last week and stayed at the most unique hotel. Jared came along and we stayed in Room 502, a cozy, mid-century modern space with a panoramic view of the ocean. The hotel features an art gallery on all floors and is full of art and design inspiration. Each night guests are invited to a complimentary "wine social" - which was one of my favorites - and a simple continental breakfast each morning. The hotel is centered in downtown Rockland and walking distance to great restaurants, the Vinalhaven ferry terminal and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. I absolutely fell in love with Rockland and I look forward to returning! We took a look around the hotel and visited some of the other rooms:

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If you have the chance to visit Rockland, I absolutely recommend 250 Main Hotel. Their staff are friendly and kind and have great local recommendations. In fact, I received a message via Instagram on my last day in Rockland from a friend who decided to book a reservation based on my posts from this hotel! Shoutout to Carla and her husband Matt for having their own little getaway during Halloween!

Special thanks to 250 Main Hotel for their hospitality. Book yourself a little getaway: www.250mainhotel.com

Photographs commissioned by 250 Main Hotel. All experiences and opinions are my own.

Staycation: Inn at Diamond Cove

Jared and I spent a few days traveling by ferry to Diamond Cove Island, a small and unique community right off the coast of downtown Portland, Maine. The island totally exceeded our expectations with a beautiful coastline, views of neighboring islands, a quiet atmosphere and a great dining experience. Jared and I planned originally to stay for one night, and after spending about an hour on the island we requested a second night because we wanted to spend more time there. We spent our two days waking up late, having breakfast, bike riding around the islands beaches, a dip in the hot tub, exploring the old forts and collecting sea glass. It was wonderful.

If there is ever an opportunity to take a ferry: take it. It's seriously one of the best parts of being close to the island. It's about thirty-five minutes and the views are beautiful. For dinner, we ate at Diamonds Edge Restaurant which is right at the front of the island as you get off the ferry. On our first night a massive rainstorm came over the island. It was actually so interesting to watch from the porch of Diamonds Edge. 

The island is small and quaint, and the best part is that it was the home of Fort McKinley, so the townhouses on the island make you feel like you've almost traveled back in time. When we first arrived, Jared and I both fell absolutely in love. There are no cars on the island, just golf carts, and it's one of the best places we've been to relax, live slower and explore. Thanks to the Inn at Diamond Cove for having us!

This post is sponsored by the Inn at Diamond Cove. All experiences and opinions are my own.

Annie-Made SS

Annie is one of my favorite people to shoot with as of late and I am excited to share some recent images for her clothing line, Annie-Made. For this shoot, I was going for a late-August vibe with a mix of muted tones and summer blue. 

Click on the image to view it in a lightbox.

To see more of Annie-Made visit www.annie-made.com or see @annie___made on Instagram!

Also, Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!


Camping at Acadia National Park

Jared and I spent this past weekend at Acadia National Park with a few friends. Acadia is just about in peak foliage right now and it rained almost all weekend, so we had a great opportunity to photograph beautiful views. We also had the chance to finally meet one of our longtime Instagram friends James Carpenter- his Instagram is @jamescarpenter if you haven't checked him out yet!

My Style + Adventure: LL Bean Boots / Lank Farm

For the last two years, I have been wearing Jared's moms L.L. Bean Thinsulate boots (which I love) but I finally got my own pair! Although the insulated boots are perfect for snow, snowshoeing and winter adventures, they are heavy to walk in and my feet get too warm if I am inside. These new bean boots are better for everyday winter wear. 

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

I love them! I thought I always wanted a taller pair, but I am so short that the taller boots hide a lot of my leg. I am happy with these ones!

We spent the day at Lank Farm, getting a jump start looking at Christmas trees and wreaths. We love taking photos around the farm.

Horses grazing in the field.

Horses grazing in the field.

Jared

Jared

SHOP MY STYLE:

Eats: Avocado Tartine

A few days ago I posted about my delicious brunch from Tatte Bakery + Cafe at Beacon Hill in Boston. Jared and I were craving it this morning so we attempted to recreate it in our own kitchen. It was delicious! 

Bread: Rye from Borealis Breads. I actually wish I hadn't toasted the bread. I think it was harder to eat this way with a fork and knife. I ended up eating it with my hands. If the bread was soft, it would have been a much better consistency.

I mashed up 1 1/2 avocado with a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. I wanted to keep some of the chunkiness without it being too smooth. This amount of avocado spread was perfect for two servings.

While the eggs cooked, I put the toasted bread on top of a bed of spinach and arugula. I wish I had drizzled some lemon juice or olive oil on top of the greens. Next time! 

I wanted to eat it before I even put the egg on top. SO GOOD

Okay...so I wanted to make an over-easy egg but I messed up. It was still delicious...but wait until you see the correct one!

Meanwhile, Jared was making a mean cup of pour over coffee.

Told ya! Doesn't that look delicious? It was!

*heart eyes*

 

The egg, avocado, rye and greens are a delicious and healthy combination. I just recently started to cook more and more and I am happy to have easy recipes to make. Try this recipe out if you like what you see! 

 

How I made it:

Yields: 2 Servings

Prep Time: Approx. 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper

1 cup Spinach

1 cup Arugula

4 Eggs

1 1/2 or 2 Avocados

4 Slices of Bread, your choice (I used Rye)

Cut and slice avocados in half and remove pit. In a small bowl, use a spoon to cut up avocados into a smooth yet chunky mixture. Add 1-2 squirts of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Set aside. Place a half cup of greens onto each plate. Heat stove and cook two eggs to your liking. Optional: while eggs cook, lightly toast bread. Place bread on top of greens and top with avocado spread. When eggs are cooked, place on top of plate and lightly salt.

 

If you make it or have any recommendations, let me know in the comments! 

 

My Style: Urban Outfitters Girlfriend Jeans

I am so excited about my new pair of UO Jeans. They are a perfect fit on my waist and my bottom (which usually isn't the case for me in any jeans). On my coffee date with Jared I wore these Urban Outfitters BDG Girlfriend High Rise jeans with my Forever 21 jacket, white tee and black boots and my H&M beanie.

*hair flip*

*hair flip*

At first I thought maybe the calf section was too baggy, but what was I thinking? They actually look great folded up a bit with these boots. I am so used to wearing tight jeans so I was happy to find these. 

At first I thought maybe the calf section was too baggy, but what was I thinking? They actually look great folded up a bit with these boots. I am so used to wearing tight jeans so I was happy to find these. 

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The latte I mentioned. Of course I had to photograph it.  *drools*

The latte I mentioned. Of course I had to photograph it. *drools*

I am still on the lookout for the perfect pair of vintage Levi's, but for now these are perfect. 

 

SHOP MY STYLE:



Amtrak Downeaster Holiday Getaway

This weekend, I partnered with Amtrak Downeaster for the Holiday Getaway. Jared and I had so much fun exploring a city we love and it was just a short ride along the Amtrak. I've been a frequent rider on the Downeaster for years so I was excited to review this experience. For the Holiday Getaway, Jared and I spent this weekend in Boston getting some of our Christmas shopping done and meeting up with some friends. 

Woke up at 4:30 AM to catch the 6AM train to Boston. It was amazing to watch the sun rise from the train.

Woke up at 4:30 AM to catch the 6AM train to Boston. It was amazing to watch the sun rise from the train.

My favorite part of taking the Downeaster is the access to wifi AND outlets next to my seat. I charge my gear right next to me and have enough room to work on the way. 

My favorite part of taking the Downeaster is the access to wifi AND outlets next to my seat. I charge my gear right next to me and have enough room to work on the way. 

Our first stop was at the Boston Public Market for a Kale smoothie. Good, but not as good as the Maine Squeeze!

Our first stop was at the Boston Public Market for a Kale smoothie. Good, but not as good as the Maine Squeeze!

It was colder than we thought in the city, so we stopped at Faneuil Hall to warm up and plan our day.

It was colder than we thought in the city, so we stopped at Faneuil Hall to warm up and plan our day.

Although it was cold, I was happy to dig out my winter hat! I'm wearing a vintage jean jacket, BDG High-Waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters and my boots and backpack are Forever 21. (of course, my whole outfit is from my two favorite shops.)

Although it was cold, I was happy to dig out my winter hat! I'm wearing a vintage jean jacket, BDG High-Waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters and my boots and backpack are Forever 21. (of course, my whole outfit is from my two favorite shops.)

One of my favorite places in Boston is Tatte Bakery+ Cafe. We ordered the Avocado Tartine for late breakfast. SO DELICIOUS. 

One of my favorite places in Boston is Tatte Bakery+ Cafe. We ordered the Avocado Tartine for late breakfast. SO DELICIOUS. 

I thought I would feature my new phone case. Loving it.

I thought I would feature my new phone case. Loving it.

It was cold enough to dig out my scarf. And of course...its from Forever 21.

It was cold enough to dig out my scarf. And of course...its from Forever 21.

Hannah from Amtrak Downeaster recommended that we check out the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory, something we had not yet been to (!!!). The view is amazing. 

Hannah from Amtrak Downeaster recommended that we check out the Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory, something we had not yet been to (!!!). The view is amazing. 

Thanks to Amtrak Downeaster for the opportunity to spend the weekend in one of my favorite cities. I am so fortunate to have a stop right here in Portland! 

My experience was truly wonderful. I had my tickets right on my phone, so when we boarded the train I showed the barcode and our ID's. We boarded at 6AM, so I was worried about the Cafe car opening late. Fortunately, it opened about ten minutes later and we got coffee and breakfast! Watching the sunrise from the train was so unexpectedly beautiful.

Our trip home is about two and a half hours and we were so tired from the day. We were out about a 45 minute walk to North Station so we hopped on the Green line which took us right there. The train was almost full on the ride back but remained pretty quiet. I started editing my photos but because the white noise from the train on the tracks is so soothing to me, naturally I fell right asleep. Both ways were comfortable and quiet and the crew on board was so delightful (we had a "host" on board-someone that welcomed us both ways and gave us maps to our destination. He was so sweet!) Our experience was great, as always, and I thank Amtrak for the opportunity to participate in the Holiday Getaway review to share my experience with my friends (a term I use for both my close friends and my followers).

If you're headed to Boston, some of my favorite places to hang and take photos are Beacon Hill, Tatte Bakery, Skywalk Observatory, Newbury Street, the Science Museum and the Aquarium! Of course there are so many great spots in Boston, these are just some of my most frequent stops!

If you're interested in traveling on the train, visit traintomaine.com! The Downeaster has deals for everyone like monthly commuter passes, ten-ride passes, college 6TIX, corporate share pass, and $5 Black Friday fares. The Downeaster also has a really awesome holiday deal from now until the end of the year! Take 5 – Pay $5. Gather your friends, coworkers or family on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of 2015 and take advantage of the Take 5 – Pay $5 promotion. Buy one full-price ticket for yourself and you can bring up to 5 companions for $5 one-way.

Another great gift opportunity: the Train to Maine BOGO deal. All you have to do is buy one full price ticket and you get to bring a friend for free! This promotion runs until December 31, 2015 and tickets must be purchased three days in advance of travel to take advantage of this discount. Offer valid on select trains. 

Be on the lookout here on my blog and on my Instagram as well. I will be hosting a giveaway with Amtrak to award one lucky winner two round-trip tickets on the Amtrak Downeaster!

Amtrak Downeaster Holiday Getaway Review and Giveaway

Amtrak Downeaster sent me travel accommodations and incentive to review my experience on the train.

 

Photo Adventure: Corn Maze and Lank Farm

We love going out and exploring new places. The roommates, Jared and I took a trip over to a corn maze and made our way to Jareds family farm in Kennebunk. Here are some photos from our excursion! 

Here are some photos via Instagram that Jared posted:

Lank Farm #iphone5s

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Lank farm back in October || #momentslikethese

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Seas of green 🌾🌾🌾

A photo posted by Portland, Maine 📍 (@jaredlank) on

Q979 Instagram Takeover

Q979 is Portland Maines #1 Hit Radio Station. I teamed up Kylie at the Q to takeover the Q979 Instagram and share some of my experiences with Instagram and how I edit my photos. Check out some of the photos from the takeover below followed by the video!