Springtime Plaid

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Outfit Details

Denim: Target (love these)  //  Plaid Top: 7th & Park Boutique (here)  //  Heels: Old Navy (old) (love these)  //  Sunglasses: 7th & Park Boutique

It is a new week and a great day to share some springtime plaid with you.  Plaid is not a winter only print, this lightweight pastel plaid top is definitely a must have to transition into spring.  I love how simple this top is, but it brings so much to the outfit. Pale pink is not only a favorite of mine right now but happens to be the color of the year! It also has fringe which is in right now. Head over to 7th & Park to get this top, good news it is under $50.  I paired a nude heel with simple denim since this top does enough for the overall look.  Check out a pair of nude heels I am loving right now, linked above. The bright blue aviators were a great accessory to finish the look.  All of these items, minus the top, have been in my closet for sometime now.  You really can pair a new item with existing items in your closet to bring out your springtime wardrobe and give it a new feel.  What are some of your favorite springtime pieces?

 If you have been following along on Instagram and the blog you might see a more consistent post schedule.  Two to three times a week you will see outfit posts, travel posts, home posts and/or recipes. Be sure to follow @mybrunetteadventureblog on Instagram for daily happenings!

With Love,

Jessica

 

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Uptown Leather

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Outfit Details

Denim: Vici Collection //  Leather Jacket: Marc New York by Andrew Marc –Nordstrom Rack (loving: this & all these ) //  Booties: Nordstrom Rack  // Olive Tee: Old Navy  //  Bag: London Fog–TJMaxx  // Necklace: 7th & Park Boutique

Hello dolls! We are almost through another week and today I have another look from this downtown view.  Okay, when you are as busy as this girl, I try to shoot as many looks in advance.  More on that another day. Side note, if you have not seen the blog is now a .COM!! It only took me close to 2 years to finally get around to making the blog officially a .com.  Better late than never.

I love a simple and go-to kind of look. It is who I am and it fits my lifestyle.  You should always feel great in what you are wearing and be you.  Today was no different, I love  live in black and neutrals.  It is just what I gravitate towards. You probably have gathered that much if you have been following for some time now.  Busy schedules call for basics that can be mixed and matched to create a wardrobe. When styling this look, it reminded me of the uptown girl on the go with just enough edge.  This jacket is also stunning with a skirt and heels.  I just might have a look like that coming up on the blog soon. For now, this look was just what I needed while running weekend errands with my husband and stopping for pizza. Do you ever have days or weeks you just want to chop all your hair off? Well, that has been my thinking lately.  I have spent about 3 solid years growing this mane out but now I am loving the ‘long bob’ that hits just past the shoulders. Anyone else swooning over this style?

Did I mention a leather jacket should be an essential piece in your wardrobe? It pairs well with so many different looks and makes the best jacket to pack for travel.  What are some of your favorite pieces to pair with your leather jacket? I have linked some favorite leather jackets above in the details.

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With Love,

Jessica

Upper East Coast Road Trip

One of my favorite things in the world is on the blog today, travel. It was a must to put together this travel post for you as a way to document where we headed this past Fall.  We went on this road trip in October 2015 but its never too late to share the gorgeous upper east coast with my readers.  We spent 8 days just adventuring.

A little background on my traveling ways if you have just tuned into the blog.  Number one, I am more of a beach and sunshine girl. Give me the Caribbean and I am set! However, this beach girl at heart was at a loss for words to describe this trip. More on that later. Number two, on my husband and I’s first anniversary, we decided to take a road trip  and it has turned into an annual thing for our family. Yes, our family.  We do not have children yet, but our fur baby does tag along every year.  She is not a fan of photos so none of these photos have her included.  I know that is sad, but she likes to squirm in family photos so much that the photo ends up looking horribly blurry.  This is anniversary road trip numero dos for the Bryant’s! I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I really want to encourage you to make the trip to the upper east coast. You won’t regret it. Keep reading to see all the states we visited. This was also a ‘wing it’ kind of trip which if you know me, that does not happen! Like, not sure what towns we were spending the night in and how many days in each place kind of ‘wing it’. I am a planner of all trips, vacations, parties, etc. but this time around I let go and just took in the crisp Fall air and all the beauty this world has to offer.

Our first day we drove from home, Indianapolis, to right outside Gettysburg, PA.  Why Gettysburg, PA? Well, when you have a husband that loves history as much as mine and knows way too many history facts, you stop and take in a historic place. After staying near Gettysburg the first night and visiting for a few hours on day two, we headed for Philadelphia, PA.  I must say I had strange ‘must see’ things along our road trip, and Philly was one of them.  I wanted to see the Rocky steps and eat at Shake Shack! Go ahead, judge me. Quick pit stop in Philly then off to Mystic, Connecticut we went. Oh and how can I forget seeing NYC from a distance only to come to a screeching holt to sit in traffic for over an hour or so to go across the George Washington bridge. One word of advice if you take this trip, bring lots of cash! Those damn tolls are not cheap, literally! We paid $15 or so just to cross a bridge ONE WAY! Moving on….

Mystic, CT–Day 2 & 3

Yes, I wanted to stop to see where the movie Mystic Pizza was filmed. 🙂 I have always been a Julia Roberts fan. We ended up staying here for two nights! There we go wingin’ it again! Day two was mostly travel and day three was for sightseeing and the huge indoor mall/casino we found. So we happened to be wondering and came across the biggest compound in the middle of nowhere.  Of course we ventured in only to find out it was 9 million square feet of hotel, casino, restaurant and shopping mall run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.  Of course, we spent time and miles walking to explore! Good thing I have a husband who enjoys shopping. 🙂

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Day 4–traveling to Boston, CT & Providence, RI

We happen to stop at Wahlburgers for lunch and drove through Boston.  We didn’t stay long and on-ward north we went to Providence, RI for yet again a quick drive through.  Pretty town. (first photo is Boston, second photo is Providence)

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Day 4-6–Portland, Maine

Maine is always somewhere I was just not sure about, until I visited. It is also my husbands birthplace, so it was on our go-to places at some point in our life.  He did not live there long so he has no memory of it. Being a city girl, I can’t explain the calm feeling I got as soon as we entered the state of Maine. It was such fresh air and like no place I had been before. These pines trees smelled amazing!  When I travel, I love getting a feeling that this place, this moment is not like any other. I kept telling my husband these Main(e)ians must love it here! I know, that might be made up but it stuck with me the whole time we were in Maine.

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(Downtown Portland, Maine–‘alley restaurants’)

I absolutely loved the buildings, streets and the calm/quaintness it had to offer in downtown Portland. There are businesses on the main streets and then in the back ‘alleys’ are entrances to other restaurants and shops. So cool and I fell in love! Now you see why we stayed 2 nights! On my husbands must do list in Maine? A Lobster roll from fresh lobster!

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Lobster Roll ^^^^^

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The streets during the daytime! After exploring downtown Portland, we had to venture to the outskirts to see the beauty of nature.

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Can we say a scene from the Notebook?  I think I see Ryan Gosling about to paddle me away in that little boat. Okay, I kid! But this view and the picture! This view was maybe my favorite the entire trip.  It was so calm and peaceful I could have stayed on that dock all night. I felt like the daily weight of the world did not exist which seems to not happen to me often. We took a causeway out to this land of secluded homes.

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Ready for my boat ride! Okay, no real boat ride here but we can pretend, right? It was such a beautiful day exploring with my husband. We were a bit sad to leave Portland, but there were still more states to explore. On our way out of Maine we road along the coastline.  Oh and before we left Portland, not too far away was this lighthouse!

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You think I have a shot at it becoming a postcard? Ha! We can dream, right?

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Day 6-7–White Mountains of New Hampshire

After leaving Portland it was a couple hour drive west to New Hampshire.  We found a little cozy bed and breakfast in the mountains that had cottages.  It was so calming and quiet here.  Lilly loved it. The stars at night were amazing! The nearest town was 15-20 minutes which had the coolest coffee shop, sorry Starbucks! Look at those Fall colors! I enjoyed every bit of the Fall foilage while road tripping.  Thanks to my mom, my love of seeing the leaves change colors came from her a very long time ago. On a random Fall Sunday, she would round up my brother, dad and I into our minivan to go see the leaves change colors. As a child I despised this every year, but I grew to love it so much.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

(view from our cottage front yard)

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You know I don’t drink coffee, but Hubs lives on it.  How can I not take a picture of the pretty heart design! Cheers! p.s we are not big brewery people, but there are great breweries in all the states we went for those of you that enjoy it.

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Day 7-8–Burlington, Vermont

Our last and final destination before heading home to Indiana.  On our way to Burlington, Vermont we had to stop to take this photo in the White Mountains where it was snowing! This view was breathtaking!

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Through the mountains to Vermont we go! We arrived as the sun was setting, sorry for the dark image.  It was a cute town.  We wondered the streets that back up to the University of Vermont.  Coffee shops, restaurants and shops along this downtown area.  We had dinner down by Lake Champlain (a few blocks away) and then came back downtown for hubs to get his coffee(ness). And yes, I photograph the coffee(ness). 🙂 The trip went so quickly, I would defiantly recommend more time to cover all those states, but I know that is hard to do when you have to return to work. It was a great adventure to see places we have never been and were so hard to imagine.  I will definitely go back to a few of these spots again for longer stays.

 

Lake Champlain….the side we were on is Vermont the other side where you see the hills is New York state. If you continue north you would be to Canada!

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I hope you enjoyed this travel post of the upper east coast of the U.S.  I would recommend you to grab your significant other or a group of girlfriends and make this trip.  It was so much fun.  Even though it was a lot of driving (over 2600 miles roundtrip) it was to date my most relaxing and best road trip to date! If you have specific questions about lodging, restaurants or things to see/do, I would be happy to answer them! The outdoor sports, hiking are also a must if you go during warmer temperatures.

*Oh and since we have visited my husbands birthplace, next up is mine! Well, one day! Hawaii. (I know, fun fact that we were born in the two most furthest spots in the U.S.)

With Love,

Jessica