Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Over the Last Week and a Half: An Outfit Post and a Recap

This is- essentially- what I wore the entire time we were away:
In this outfit:
Top: Avalon Ex. ($10)
Shorts: Swapped and chopped
Sandals: Marshall's ($24)
Earrings c/o Noble Town Vintage (2011)
Bella Tote c/o BaliELF

Where I wore it: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and back again with some substitutions...

The next time I go on vacation, will someone please remind me that I don't need to pack anything but cut offs, sandals, and a few tops? Despite being excellent at doling out packing advice, I'm terrible at taking it, I was delusional enough to think that I would wear dresses on a trip that involved a good bit of carousing, scrambling, hiking, and messing around. Unrealistic. Comfort is king. Remember that, self.

Rather than breaking this up into a bunch of little posts, I'm doing this all at once, like ripping off a band-aid. Because, I want to go back now please. Ten days spent in all of my favorite places, with all of my favorite people wasn't nearly enough time:
Because the cost of airfare is so high this summer, we decided to rent a car and drive. After all, when Chris and I moved to Pennsylvania it was so hurried, we didn't have the chance to enjoy driving through the state (let alone drive together as he was in charge of the truck and I the car). We left for Massachusetts last Wednesday morning, and arrived that evening. After 11 hours behind the wheel, reuniting with friends over beer at our favorite dive was exactly what we needed.  

In the weeks leading up to our trip, something that I had become acutely aware of was how much I missed walking into a cafe or bar- or even just walking down the street- and seeing familiar faces, whether it be the face of an old friend or simply a face I had seen in passing a million times. I know this unfamiliarity is to be expected when you move to a new place (it would be completely insane to not expect that, right?), but even so, being consistently surrounded by strangers can take its toll, bum you out. Back in Beverly, I was home again. In less than 24 hours, we ran into almost every single person we knew there: old landlords, coworkers, college friends, Northshore friends, friends of friends, random strangers that I had passed on the street 1,000 times before and considered friends. It was the perfect way to begin a vacation that centered around us reuniting with everyone we love, all over New England.

From Beverly, we moved on to New Hampshire and Maine to finally see our families after a very long seven months. Before doing so, however, we made a stop at the Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NH. Because, along with missing our people, we missed our old haunts too. This trip was a food fest, let me tell you.

In the interest of avoiding a what I did on my summer vacation-style novel, I'll paraphrase the rest: breakfast in Belfast, a visit to the Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston, all my favorite thrift stores, four bonfires, too much wine, too many s'mores, swimming-holes, two barbeques, one hike around Black Point, one much needed ferry ride, not enough time with the ocean, never enough time with family.

It was incredibly painful to leave, and I'll admit, there were tears. But this trip also made me realize that, not only do I need to make more of an effort to call friends and family on a regular basis, but I also need to be making more of an effort to get to know our new home, to enjoy it.

In total we drove over 2,500 miles in ten days.


Marlena said...

aw, it sounds like you had such an awesome trip- but bless you for driving. i hate being cooped up in the car, even though I know road trips are supposed to be fun. I somehow don't seem to get it haha. And love all your pictures- you capture your days so well!

And amen to only needing cut offs and sandals :)

Melissa said...

New England was glad to have you back!!

I also adore the earrings in your outfit post. you've got me hooked on geometric jewelry.

<3 Melissa

A Wild Tonic said...

Looks like you had such a fun time! Jealous you got to go to Friendly Toast. I loooove their food. I make it a point to eat there at least once any time I'm in Portsmouth. :)

Bea said...

<3 You are good for our souls. Missed you guys the second we said goodbye. Glad you are back in Pittsburg safely.

Good measure: PEACE LUV GURL!*!*!*!

Morgan Erina said...

I'm so glad you had a beautiful trip :) I can very much relate, yesterday, i accidentally locked my keys in the car when it was still running (i dont know how i was that distracted) but I got so upset, even though it's not something to really get upset about, but i did because at that moment, i hated having a car and missed the trains, the walking, everything in my home town of new york city. Just wanted you to know youre not alone here in pittsburgh feeling kinda weird :)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Oh, I miss Portsmouth so much it hurts...

Jennifer said...

I always, always over pack and end up wearing the same thing too haha Sounds like you had a great trip!

xo Jennifer


Michal said...

I was just talking to a friend about New Hampshire (& New England in general) and how no matter how much time I spend in other places, NH will always seem sort of magical. The sense of community here is so incredible! No matter how long I spend away, when I come back, I feel right at home.

I'm glad you had such an awesome trip. The Friendly Toast is always a treat. :]

missris said...

I feel like I could have written this exact post, but replace "New England" with Chicago. Especially this "I also need to be making more of an effort to get to know our new home, to enjoy it." Hang in there. It gets easier, or at least that's what people keep telling me.

Heidi said...

It sounds like a great trip. I feel the same way every time I go home and come back to new home, home being San Diego CA and new home being Norway. So I totally know how you feel! It is so great to see your family and visit old spots. Glad you had a great trip! -Heidi

forefrontfashion said...

what are you favorite maine thrift stores?

hello DODO said...

Sounds like an amazing trip! Epic milage.

Moving somewhere new is tough, we did it too. After a couple of years though I'm starting to feel more at home here than anywhere else previously.

modern Suburbanites said...

adorable photos!


Jessica W said...

The perfect vacation outfit! I would wear that a lot of vacation too :)
The Lovelorn

KristiMcMurry said...

Sometimes I lament the fact that I'm in a kind of lame town, but being around so many people that I love really makes it worth it. I can't say I know how you feel, but I can definitely say I would feel the same! It's gotta be rough being away from all your friends. It's so nice that you got to enjoy some time back home though! It looks like it was a beautiful (and eventful) trip. Maine is one of my favorite states, scenery-wise, so I'm jealous you got to go there!

jamie cassell said...

Glad you had a great trip and I'm glad you're back! I've missed your posts!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

haha oh us females, notoriously overpacking! this trip looks amazing :)

Steffys Pros and Cons

Jessille said...

u look great! hope u have a great fun there
btw maybe we can fllw each other?

Anonymous said...

I lived in Boston for a year, but I recently moved to Salem. I'm having so much fun exploring the North Shore, but I haven't made it to Beverly yet. (Funny, I actually used to live near Pittsburgh, too.)I'd love to hear your recs for what to see on the North Shore :)


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