Northern Tropicana Americana

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Enjoying the last rays of sunshine before the New England fall sets in (yes it really changes that quickly) by returning to my favorite proletarian Fort Williams Park. So far my summer has been nothing but running around cafes (Portland Patisserie is divine, especially the crêpes salés), ice cream parlors (Kettle Cove Creamery is the seasonal, caloric little shack of an ice cream store that is a must-try), and reading The Lady in Gold, as well as contemplating my white and blue summer wardrobe (sometimes I wear khaki, for a pop of color) and imagining I was on a tropical getaway.

Hoping your (pre and) Labor Day weekend is as escapist and sunny as mine!

Also can we talk about how my new thing for this blog is going to be – awkward, original model poses (fancy way of saying candids?)

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Montreal In Stitches

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Just came back from a whirlwind weekend in Montreal – confusing addresses, blistered feet and a Pride parade that prevented us from leaving the city this morning for over two hours – I can only say that despite all this, the trip was a success in that it completely took my mind off all the mundane concerns that were driving me nuts and are now slowly returning as I settle back into Hanover life.

It was a trip of firsts – my first time using Airbnb, booked a cozy apartment in the Plateau, which is hands down my favorite neighborhood, thanks to this article (and Google Maps) which gave me a few pointers (still raving about Le Lab and their amazing innovative cocktails/service). Subsequently discovered I was a foodie – am very picky about restaurants and cafes – it all has to have the “right vibe,” whatever that means. Also that I have an intuitive sense of direction, like that compass in Pirates of the Caribbean that points you at what you want, not necessarily where you should be going. Like Parc la Fontaine that I found while aimlessly wandering around in the morning, with that jogger philosophically posing at the edge – it was perfect. And this flowering tea! Haven’t had it in ages – have a teapot like this at home…but alas laziness.

Highly recommend if you’re in New England and want another stamp on the passport. And most people understood my French, huzzah!

Summer School

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Finally dragged everyone out for some sunshine and cool rapids. Staying at Dartmouth during the summer isn’t all too bad, but it was good to get out and breathe a bit. Have recently gotten into a dogmatic rut of “This is How it Shall be for All Time” on the blog so this is a shake-up post. I just realized I can’t do one thing only, like I’ve been doing with the travel photos – I want to focus on photos of everything and everyone that interests me. It becomes a job otherwise, and jobs are uninspiring. I also almost never appear on the blog or share the things I wear. Mostly I go around like an upscale vagrant and fear exposing any skin, but it was hot and I really like my new bikini so I’m going to share it. Also have drooled over J.Crew’s panama hat for ages and finally went for it – makes me feel like a proper ’30s explorer.

So this outfit is what I wear when reality and dreams blur and I really, really like hats, but no one seems to wear them anymore in New England!

Happy Summer!