Crisp Autumn Air // Exploring Virginia

As cliche as it sounds, fall is truly my favorite season. To me, nothing beats waking up to cool, crisp air, watching the leaves fall, and having a warm drink in hand…it’s oh so cozy and I love every minute of it! Recently I moved down to Virginia for college and I’ve been having a thrill exploring a totally new place. Currently, I’m on fall break and what better time to explore the state than with some time to kill!? My roommate, her family, and I rose to the occasion and planned a fun, fall filled couple of days.

We started our autumnal adventure by taking a trip up to the mountains for an apple harvest festival! The drive there was absolutely breathtaking. My eyes were glued to the window of the car, staring in awe when I spotted the mountain ranges in the distance and peeped the leaves slowly starting to turn. Upon arriving to the festival, I was greeted by cool air, the smell of apple cider and cinnamon, and the sound of crunchy leaves beneath my feet…as you could imagine, I was in my glory. We started our day by taking a hayride around the apple orchard where I was welcomed by an explosion of fall colors; gold, red, orange, and green foliage covered the ground like a blanket. The longer we were on the hayride, the more visible the mountains became. Living in New Jersey, I don’t see mountains very often, so this was certainly a treat. After our hayride concluded, we snapped a bunch of photos with our apples and made sure to grab their famous kettle corn before we headed out. I dressed for the day by throwing on one of my favorite, cozy, blue and green plaid button downs, a dark wash denim skirt (fall staple in my wardrobe) and my trusty chestnut Tommy Hilfiger riding boots!

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It wouldn’t be fall without going to the pumpkin patch, so the next day we headed to Snead’s Farm for the ultimate fall experience. It was nothing short of magical! The property was stunning; fields of bountiful flowers and plants were ready to harvest, a quaint historic farmhouse sat in the middle of the grounds, lush pumpkin patches were in the distance, and the smell of cinnamon lingered in the air. I had a blast exploring the place, snapping everything in sight. I was shocked to see how huge of some the pumpkins were, going for $40 a piece! Not looking to carry something that large, we stuck to picking out pumpkins that were a bit more modest in size, perfect for painting or carving! Being so far away from home, this trip reminded me of the farm I grew up going to where I would go apple and pumpkin picking. It was surely nice to get a little taste of home for the day! My outfit for the pumpkin patch was a black, lightweight, v-neck long sleeve tee, a pair of dark wash denim, and my beloved gold jack rogers.

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I had an absolute blast this fall break, getting my dose of all things autumn! What is your favorite part about the fall? Comment below!

xo, lexie

Summer Sunrise // Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a complete and total morning person. I’m always the first in my family to get up and I do so happily, so waking up super early for this sunrise was a breeze! To me, there is nothing more exciting than the start of a new day. I can’t help but smile when I think about the opportunity that lies ahead.

A new day means that you have the power to create new memories, start a new adventure, even accomplish a goal. Personally, I start every morning by setting a positive intention for the day. This particular morning, I set my mind on doing something that I have been dreaming about for a while now! I’ve been vacationing at Long Beach Island (my happy place) for my entire life and I’ve never went to watch the sunrise. Surprising for a morning person right!?

I made my dream a reality and sprung out of bed throwing on my new striped coverup, my favorite white sunnies and silently slipped out of our beach house, careful to not wake anybody up. As I walked up to the sandy shoreline I was greeted by a salty breeze and saw the sky awakening before my very eyes. Soft pinks emerged from the horizon as the sun slowly began to rise. The colors quickly intensified into fiery orange and yellows as the sun rose higher and higher into the sky. The rich reflections of the brightly colored sunlight danced and glistened across the rippling waves.

It was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. While watching this beautiful miracle of a new day unfold before me, I couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect on how thankful I am to live and experience this life. It’s so easy to be consumed by the trivial parts of daily living but making time to see and experience something as simple and wonderful as a sunrise can completely change your perspective.

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My advice? Go out and explore, accomplish that goal, make your dream a reality. Tomorrow is your fresh start. The opportunity for greatness belongs to you!

xo, lexie

 

Nothing But Blue Skies // Spring Lake Beach, New Jersey 

Nothing brings me more joy than spending a gorgeous summer day at the beach with my family. The crashing waves, salt air, and warm sun are the perfect recipe for some serious r&r and unforgettable memories. Recently my family and I took a trip down to Spring Lake Beach to spend the day soaking up the sun and catching some waves!

We got there early in the morning and claimed the perfect spot on the beach right near the water. We set up camp, pitching the umbrellas, setting up our beach chairs, and lathering up on sunscreen! Spring Lake is a really special place. Locals ride their darling beach cruiser bikes around, people are so friendly, and the beach is so clean and absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dreamy beach houses!

We spent the entire day laughing our heads off, splashing in the ocean, and enjoying life to the fullest! As soon as lunchtime rolled around, we picknicked with fabulous salads and fresh fruit…my favorite summer meal! After fueling up, we headed back to the beach and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon together. I treasure family time and the memories we made are some that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Where are your favorite places to travel to with family in the summer? Let me know in the comments below! Currently, I am headed down to Long Beach Island for family vacation and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you! Look forward to lots of posts!

xo, lexie

Floral Print Maxi Dress

This spring, the fashion world is in full bloom. Floral print is one of the biggest trends of the season and it is quickly dominating my heart and my wardrobe! While shopping in a local boutique recently, this cream, off the shoulder maxi with red floral print instantly caught my eye. I knew that I had to have this darling number! The delicate red flowers printed on the soft cream fabric combined with the off the shoulder neckline give off a seriously sweet and romantic vibe. I styled the dress with my silver tiffany&co charm bracelet and some strappy leather wedges to add some height. I love how the shoes helped to showcase the slit detail in my dress. I played into the romantic vibes of the dress by doing loose curls and a bold red lip.

I can’t wait to wear more floral pieces this season! Get ready for lots of posts coming up; there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for me! I can’t wait to share everything with you! What floral prints have you been obsessing over this season? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Spring Style Preview // The Classic Trench Coat 

With the unseasonably warm weather that graced us last Monday, my family and I felt it was totally necessary to spend as much time as we possibly could outdoors! We took a trip down to the shore to bask in warm sun, watch the waves crash, and grab a bite to eat. The beach has always been one of my favorite places even if the weather was still not quite warm enough to swim! The weather was however warm enough to debut one of my favorite spring trends…the classic trench coat! I’ve wanted to purchase a trench coat for years but somehow always managed to skip the buy until a few weeks ago. I was scrolling through instagram when I saw that Old Navy posted how to style the classic trench a variety of ways. After watching that quick insta vid I knew I had to have it. I pulled out my card and ordered the coat right away. When it arrived, it was as perfect as I imagined it would be. The structure gave me some serious Burberry vibes and I couldn’t wait to style it with oversized black sunnies. I kept my look pretty casual for everyday spring wear and paired the trench with dark wash denim and a blush handbag.

After spending time on the beach summer can’t come quick enough! How did you enjoy the warm weather? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

West Village // NYC

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My birthday is something I look forward to celebrating every year; what’s better than a day all about you!? My mom and dad are seriously the best at making me feel so special on my birthday. This year I wanted to go to the West Village to celebrate my 18th and that’s exactly what we did!

We started our day off by taking an early morning train into the city. As soon as we reached Penn Station and started walking toward the West Village, we ran into a celebrity! Click here to find out who I got to meet! It has always been one of my dreams to run into someone famous on the streets of NYC and the fact that it happened on my birthday was the most perfect start to the day!

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After walking around 20 blocks we finally reached the West Village, one of my favorite neighborhood’s in the city! It is filled with lots of artsy restaurants, fantastic shopping, and the most beautiful homes. We decided to stop at The Butcher’s Daughter for my birthday breakfast! The menu is vegan/vegetarian based and has the most amazing food and the best service.

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After a delicious meal we headed to the High Line. This was the first time I have ever been and I loved it so much! The views were incredible and there was an abundance of cool artists and vendors throughout the park.

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As soon as the park ended, we made our way back to the Village to check out the gorgeous homes. I couldn’t help but pretend I was Carrie Bradshaw walking through the streets of the city…hopefully one of these homes will be mine someday!

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All of that walking around sure did conjure up an appetite. We stopped by Patisserie Cloud for pastries and coffees…it definitely hit the spot and satisfied my sweet tooth!

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Reenergized from all of the sugar, we took a stroll over to Washington Square Park. We couldn’t have had more perfect weather. The sun was shining all day and it was just the right temperature, around 53 degrees! It was so much fun getting to hang out in the park and people watch!

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I couldn’t have dreamed of having a more amazing birthday! I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for me. Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with me! I appreciate you all more than you can ever imagine.

xo, Lexie

Fall Fashion Favorites

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. I’m crazy about every little aspect that comes with it; the cool crisp air, changing leaves, endless rows of apple trees, plentiful pumpkin patches and the oh-so delicious spiced lattes! However, what I look forward to most about fall is the fashion. Warm earth-toned colors, cozy knits and fancy fabrics are the key to my heart. Today I put together one cohesive outfit encompassing all of my favorite fall trends of 2016! Let’s get into it!

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Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and rock statement sunglasses this fall! Sunnies are such a fun way to add personality and glam to your look. Urban Outfitters always has the best selection of unique, trendy, and well made sunglasses. Definitely check out UO if you’re in the market for new shades.

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The 90’s style resurgence has me over the moon. I am seriously crushing on chokers this season! Not only are they adorable but they are affordable. Available in a multitude of materials including velvet, leather, suede, lace, and ribbon, this trend certainly adds a little something special to your look. 

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Dusty rose is the color of the season and I couldn’t be happier about it! I decided to incorporate this color into my outfit by sporting this hue of pink in a structured handbag. I love how this muted tone adds a pop of color in a subtle, understated, and sophisticated way.

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Bold lips have always been a staple in my makeup routine. Fortunately for me, this fall it’s all about the dark, vampy lip colors! I’ve tried a multitude of different lipstick brands and I always go back to MAC cosmetics; they make my all time favorite dark lipsticks. Not only are they long-lasting but they are incredibly pigmented and glide on smooth and velvety.

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Whilst scrolling on Zara I came across these suede over the knee boots and it was love at first sight…I bought them immediately. These shoes look adorable with mini skirts, dresses, and jeans. Slip these boots on to make any outfit look fancy and luxuroious! I can’t wait to wear these shoes all season long.

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Floppy hats are a trend that I personally love so much. The delicate felt adds a sweet and feminine touch to your look. This soft caramel colored hat screams fall in the best way! My Grandman Marilyn always rocked a hat, so whenever I wear one I think of her!

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What trends are you obsessing over this season? Tweet me and let me know @lexieslifeblog or tag me in your #ootd picture on Instagram @lexieslifexo!

xo, Lexie

 

 

A Day in Marseille / Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde

One of my favorite parts about exploring France was getting to visit their churches. The gorgeous architecture and immaculate details never seized to blow my mind. Out of all of the churches that I’ve had the opportunity to tour, Notre Dame de la Garde stood out the most. Located at the highest natural elevation point in Marseille, this church offers a 360 degree view of the entire city and the Mediterranean Sea…truly a sight to see. Called la bonne mère (the good mother), this church is said to guard and protect the people according to the Marseille locals.

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The vibrant colors and gorgeous paintings took my breath away. From the perfectly sculpted exterior, to the unique and colorful tile floors, to the paintings and gold detailing, this church was nothing short of stunning. Write to you soon!

xo, Lexie

 

Golden Hour Under The Eiffel Tower

Seeing the Eiffel Tower has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I imagined for years how magical the moment would be when I saw it for the first time. I had high expectations nontheless for what this experience would be like, and when I started walking towards the Parc du Champs de Mars I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The soft afternoon light caressed itself around the Tower…one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Standing there in all of Her glory, the Lady of France is even more magnificent in person. Chills ran through my body and happiness surged. This moment was more amazing than I could’ve ever dreamed of. My beautiful friend Justine, who’s an incredible photographer couldn’t resist pulling out her camera to snap a few pictures. Standing under the Eiffel Tower I danced and posed in the golden light. This was one of the happiest moments of my life.

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Make sure to check out more of Justine’s amazing work on her website http://www.justinemaggiolino.com! Have an amazing day…write to you next week!

xo, Lexie

Sunrise in St. Tropez

St. Tropez, one of the most exclusive, glamorous, and most beautiful towns in the French Riviera. This place has been on my travel wish list for ages and I couldn’t believe that we were actually going to be visiting. Piling into the car before dawn, we maneuvered the windy roads through the mountains from Toulon and arrived in St. Tropez in a little over an hour…just in time to watch the sunrise over the mediterranean.

We parked the car on one of the many colorful streets and started to walk through town toward the port. Vacationers sat outside in wicker chairs at local cafe’s sipping their morning espresso and munching on all of the delicious french patisserie.

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Sweet little streets with colors that are sure to brighten any day are a defining feature of this glamorous beach town.

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High end stores and fancy little shops are scattered all over with the prettiest of window displays, catering to the classy clientele.

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Nearing the port I was allured by the crystal clear blue waters of the med…the morning light glistened on the crashing waves, truly a sight to see.

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Super yachts filled the port, some even bigger than the houses back at home. I was dazzled by how extravagant and massive they were; multiple party decks, perfectly polished silver detailing, and butlers bringing guests their morning feasts seemed too perfect to be true.

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I advanced toward the rocky coast, watching the birds soar through the pink and blue sunrise.

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The sun was slowly creeping higher and higher into the sky, projecting the most gorgeous golden light over the mountains in the distance.

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I could have stayed there forever, admiring the peaceful sea and insane views.

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One of St. Tropez’s specialties is their famous pastry called the Tarte Tropezienne. It is essential to try this dessert when visiting here! Buttery Brioche filled with rich vanilla pastry cream topped with sugar crystals is sure to be the dessert of your dreams. I still cannot stop thinking about it! I wish I could have snapped a pic but as soon as the pastry was in my hand it looked to good to not start chowing down right away…I guess you’ll just have to visit yourself to see and taste this delicious specialty!

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I certainly wouldn’t mind watching the sunrise everyday in St. Tropez!

xo, Lexie