Spontaneously made our way to the strawberry fields with Abby to photograph in the tall grass at sunset. Days like these are the best days.
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 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.
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I finally met Kiki for coffee and spent the afternoon exploring some new spots to shoot! It was hard to narrow these down to a few favorites but here are some beautiful ones. Kiki has definitely become one of my favorite ladies to shoot with!
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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):
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...
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.
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.
My boyfriends dad always has the latest copy of Country Living magazine. The other night, I was flipping through and found their recipes for porridge. I was immediately intrigued by orange and cinnamon. The next morning, I tried to recreate something like it.
I made mine with steel cut oats because I've actually never had porridge! On top is mandarin orange slices, pecans and cinnamon. It was delicious.
Last year while visitng friends in Boston, I spotted these Ilse Jacobsen boots on the subway. I loved that they were rubber boots with ties and how chic they were for rubber boots! I was so excited when I was contacted by Lines of Denmark to collaborate with them, Ilse Jacobsen and a local shop that carries the line: Rough and Tumble.
First impression: the boots are fleece lined and super cozy. However, the ankle is a little big on me, so they felt different to walk in at first. Once I spent the day in them they became way more comfortable.
A fellow Portland Instagrammer, Gretchen Powers, also received a pair, so naturally we met up to take photos. We drove to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth-one of my favorite spots.
This collaboration aims to grow the Ilse Jacobsen line and support Rough and Tumble as a local shop. Ilse Jacobsen was founded by a woman 25 years ago. These signature rainboots are natural rubber, not plastic, and handmade in Europe. They have EVA soles and working gussets so folks of all calf sizes can wear them and are lined in cotton & wool fleece.
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.
I am still on the lookout for the perfect pair of vintage Levi's, but for now these are perfect.
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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.
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 sent me travel accommodations and incentive to review my experience on the train.
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!
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Thanks to Kylie and the rest of the Q team!
So far, Jared and I have been loving Portland. I upgraded my gear about a month ago and we took the weekend to walk around the area and shoot. Here are some photos of our adventures.
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