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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: New Hair

I finally have an updated hairstyle for the Spring and I am so happy with it! As some of you may know, I've been rockin' all sorts of reds and browns lately (sort of by accident):

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About two years ago, I bleached all my hair and went blonde. By myself. That was fun while it lasted (...about a month). See right. I was so hot and cold with blonde hair. I wish I had given myself a blonde ombre because the one thing I hated about the blonde was how fast my dark roots were growing out. I was so embarrassed by my blonde hair that when Jared and I won a contest with another local photographer to get a couple portrait session done...we never scheduled it because I didn't want photos of my blonde hair!

 

Well, in the last two years I let my hair do its own thing and the ends of my hair were still lighter than my roots and had turned auburn. I even received compliments often from people thinking I had red balayage. Embarrassingly, I would explain that my hair has just grown out to this and I haven't had a haircut in over a year...

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It did sort of have a balayage/ombre thing going on. Well, now my hair is all one color and I finally have a fresh cut. I'm loviiiinnnng it.

Let me know what you think! I love changing my hair but I am usually so hesitant to make major changes. Next time...I think I'll put some greyish highlights in there.

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I received a gift card for Christmas to Coco Cheveaux salon in South Portland. My hair was done by Meaghan who did an amazing job and was such a sweetheart!

All photos by Jared Lank.

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.