I like big views

Vista of Maine provided!

Had the pleasure of stopping by the venue today and wanted to share a couple quick (I mean as I was getting the tour, quick) shots. I had never been by the Tasting Room, or the Wedding Barn, complete with TWO large farmhouses. Renovated spaces with floor to ceiling detail celebrating the history of the vineyard and life in Maine.

The property is so diverse in the types of events you could have here. From family stays for the fun of it, (a family is staying this coming week for Thanksgiving) to grand weddings with views that sweep over Maine’s country scape – all the way to the White Mountains. It is a hidden gem Maine event and wedding industry professionals can get behind.

Who wants to join me at the Tasting Room this week?

> Also, big thanks to Harry Ricker for the tour and chat today!
Happy Thirsty Thursday!

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Pendleton NWM || Stocking Stuffers

Looking for stocking stuffers that last?

What I love about (everything) Pendleton is – the unmatched quality and excitement you get with each product purchase. I always ask for socks, and new blank cards for my stationary collection. Yes, I collect stationary, cards, notebooks, etc. Gimme all the beautifully bound paper.

I found a small bin at my local Reny’s with National Park Collection Pendleton socks! Saving a buck or two, I grabbed the Glacier Park set. Last year Chase gifted my the Acadia set and I love the colors in that print as well. They are truly so so so soft and the perfect height to bring a pop of color to your jeans and boots this fall. Get yours: Head West

 

I have linked my other favorite smalls from Pendleton: 
Cards
Notebooks 
Both of these products seem to be discontinued on the Pendleton site- get them while you can!

One other item I was gifted a few years ago has been a HUGE help! 
My Harding Zip Pouch – Is perfect for holding pens, highlighters, small hand lotions and whatever else may get you through the day at the office. I keep mine in my work bag and use it to conceal the clutter that would normally be rolling in the bottom.

While I was looking for links to this post I just came across their new Tuscan Portfolio and I am intrigued! Anyone else have a portfolio they can’t live with out? Looking for something to take with me into meetings that can hold my notes, business cards, etc. Drop a link in the comments below if you do!

Screen Shot – Image property of Pendleton NWM
Screen Shot – Image property of Pendleton NWM
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Basic Beanie Spotlight

The Tracy hat by True in Nock – only $10 bucks!
I’ve linked them here: GET MINE

Perfectly fitted and available in just about every color you could be looking for this season.

Photos by Rebecca at Beaux and Arrows of Maine

Colors available: 
Black
Black/White
Blush
Denim
Grey
Light Brown
Light Heather
Mustard – Color shown
Oatmeal
Peach
Tan

Make sure you check out the FULL collection for True in Nock! Always updating their inventory, I am in love with the new Carla and Demi styles! (I would also LOVE to see a coat like this one for sale) – This jacket was Rebecca’s personal and I am beyond in love with it. If you can find it online, link it in the comments 🙂

You will see I styled the leg warmers as ‘boot socks’ over my leggings. By pulling them up over the edge of your boot you can create the look for less – I have linked them here! (and only $6.95)

Photos by Rebecca at Beaux and Arrows of Maine

Happy Tuesday!

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True in Nock | Fall Preview

My latest collaboration with the team at @beauxandarrows_maine has introduced me to new wardrobe favorites and newfound GREAT friends.

Rebecca (Founder) of @beauxandarrows_maine

Their list of services is long – a testament to their collective drive to bring the best photography services to families and brands of Maine and beyond.

True In Nock, or TIN – is an online boutique curated by the team at @beauxandarrows_maine. Consider shopping it for weddings and other special events, photo shoots, and everyday wear.

The Piper Hat, by True in Nock. | SHOP |

Photos by Rebecca at Beaux and Arrows of Maine

 

 

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True Story

“When you argue with reality, you lose, but 100% of the time.” – Byron Katie 

You know that place you go to… to absolutely hide?  To be missing from the current worlds chaos and utter sabotage. I had been hiding out for a while, waiting for the cloud to pass over my horizon but I found it did not. Why was I running? Was I arguing with my reality?

I was. 

And these are the lessons from my lay off.

In late May of this year, I was laid off from my job. Yep – complete nightmare. The job I was so in love with. The word job had actually left my vocabulary all together. It was more or less who I was over what I did. I bled orange. I dreamed in stop motion, and ate content for freakin’ breakfast because I wanted to be better. I wanted to become a producer everyone knew.

Reality. [knocking] 

Project based work doesn’t always last. And, working for a cool agency won’t give you that security either. That was a lesson while at the time stung like a thousand bees but now, I am grateful to have learned before my thirties. Before I had kids or even more credit card debt. This was so so hard to come to terms with but in that state of confusion and loss, I could begin to understand some things with more clarity.

“Don’t be surprised at how quickly the universe will move with you once you have decided.” – Unknown

Getting there was harder than I thought. I avoided my friends and didn’t respond to most text messages. For weeks. They were messages that hurt me to ignore. Every defensive bone in my body would rattle at their words and I would just toss the phone.

How could anyone even understand?

They couldn’t. Not my pain. That was mine alone and I didn’t want to give it to anyone else. I worked too hard to be told I didn’t deserve the pain that felt so real.

And boy did it hurt. Each realization that came about drove the knife even deeper. My friends, I wouldn’t be seeing them as regularly… or even seasonally. Where I walked, ate lunch, parked my car – would all be different now.

Chase, my sweet, patient boyfriend. He got the brunt it of all. The tears, the screams, all of it. For the first two weeks I would wake in a sheer panic. Complete with sweat and a whole lot of waterworks. I couldn’t even figure out why or how I got there but I was drowning in self doubt, paranoia, and bills.

Ever heard of Black Friday? 

Yeah and not that Black Friday. It’s actually a term used when a company lays off an employee (or several) on the last Friday of the month. What’s the significance you ask? Well, some say it’s so that the employer can immediately stop contributing to that persons benefits, and that employee loses their health insurance immediately. When someone pointed this out to me – it was like I became a literal match and I was about to hit the forest floor. Something from my core told me enough was enough.

It was time to sit up straight and make myself wonder if I had this planned all along.

The applications went out in a mass storm. Sometimes, 5 or 6 a day. With detailed cover letters and custom resumes hinting at my biggest skill sets and favorite hobbies. I was determined not to settle, and I was determined to enjoy my time off. Hey, I haven’t taken 8 weeks off since I was in the fourth grade, okay? Stuff like this needs to be celebrated. I would wake up each morning and slip into my bathing suit. (Yes, BATHING SUIT) – and I would sit on my deck with my fresh brewed coffee, a notebook, my dogs, and the latest email from indeed. I would make a “hit list” of places to send my applications to, and I would make it happen.

I was able to celebrate my skills obtained at my last job (kind of like a previous relationship) – I began to reflect on what I had liked about that gig and what I didn’t. I began to see that I had let a job become who I was – and that wasn’t going to help me now. The truth was. I did learn a lot in that last position and I was valuable to another company if I just put a little faith in myself.

[Fast forward]

I got a job! It worked. It all worked. I was worthy to another company, and in the end – myself. I didn’t have to settle in order to make a paycheck. I didn’t have to worry anymore. Do I still think about my friends at my last job? Yeah, everyday. I’m still getting used to eating lunch alone, my new commute, and everything else that comes along with a new routine. BUT I’ll get there. My new job is perfect for me right now. I am excited to be part of a team that acts with passion and leaves impact wherever they go. It’s a good start.

For details on where I work now add me on LinkedIn 

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Birthday getaway

to The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel [NH]
[hello 28]

Treated my quarter life crisis to a couple days off work, and in this cozy studio mountain side room at The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.
Thank you, Chase – for whisking me away and reminding me what it’s like to be a kid again, sorta.
(If we were kids this trip would have been free)
😉

SKI & STAY – packages at the hotel were tough to beat when planning out our mini getaway. Under $250 – for the room, and two lift tickets. We had a blast and got to ski a mountain we had never seen. Tickets are good at both Wildcat Mountain and Attitash. Aka: Next time we go, we’ve gotta see Wildcat!
BOOK your stay here: Slopeside

GEAR DETAILS:

 MY board: Oh, my sweet [nearly] I don’t know, 15-year-old board? I have obviously been riding it for a while, stickers from every coast, broken parts, mismatched hardware. Really only the beginning but, they don’t make them like they used to! And I kinda stopped growing after I got this one so – that’s that! – A Burton Lux circa freshman year or so. The bindings are also original with the time of the board. Burton Stilleto’s. They have seen some “surgery” as my boyfriend likes to put it. Mix and match hardware, and as of after this trip – without some hardware. Whoops. On what would be my last run I noticed that two pretty critical screws were missing. Back to the “OR”

SOFT tech: My coat, and pants. Burton as well. Love shopping over at Backwoods in Auburn. Chase scored my coat on sale, and I love the details and HUGE pockets. Guys, can you tell I have a Powerade in my right pocket? Nope, you couldn’t.

NECK gaiter: If you couldn’t tell by my not so subtle hints with the animal print. I LOVE animal print details on my gear. Does it turn me into an animal on the slopes? Not always – but it has become my signature.

GOGGLES: Okay these might be even older than my board. I grabbed these Anon’s ages ago up at Sugarloaf in the ski shop with some cold hard birthday cash. I was a little, little thing. BUT they still work. Am I envious of the new look in goggles? YES. I have my eyes on some. But these work for now! Plus I am pretty sure the older style almost puts me a “vintage” category – and I like vintage.

BOOTS: Recently grabbed the boots in California, made by Thirty Two. There isn’t much to say about these bad boys other than the obvious. RAWR.

MITTENS: Roxy – love them. I am a mitten girl all the way. I have never been comfortable with gloves, I can’t move my little digits. Anyone else? I am also guilty of shopping the little girl’s gloves. LADIES. If you have small hands (like I almost do) You can totally rock the Large/Xtra Large kids gloves. Saves you some serious cash too. I find mittens (or gloves) can break the beer budget, just looking out.

 

Chase, darling. THANK YOU. This weekend was perfect. 

I always wear my helmet when snowboarding – always. BUT just this one time, on the chairlift. I took off my helmet to show you how perfect the WOODBOOGAH Kennebunkport Beanie in Midnight Black is. I do keep it in my pocket while on the slopes, then switch it out real quick before hitting the bar. (Because ya know, helmet hair) #BrandPartner

[BEANIE] GET YOURS: CLICK <

& Use the discount code “TAYLOR20” for 20% off! 

THE MUDDY MOOSE in North Conway, NH

Was a great stop on our way to the mountain. Complete interior goals, and good food! Highly recommended if you are passing through the area. We also made a stop into the outlet shopping area as well. Man, NH is kinda nice.

 

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Meet Woodboogah!

My favorite things are [usually] Made in Maine.

I say usually because I am pretty sure half my friends and family were not born here.
Excited to announce my new brand partnership with Woodboogah as their latest ambassador!

To kick things off you can shop their site using the discount code ‘TAYLOR20’ for 20% OFF.

I was thrilled to receive my two beanies to share with you all – for starters, they are both indescribably essential when living in Maine, or like state. One product, in particular, has got me really excited.  It serves a purpose and it’s comfy. It’s me. You need it.

And let’s talk about their beanie EXCHANGE program that directly benefits Maine’s homeless community and thanks you with $50 OFF your next Woodboogah beanie. [clapping]

Read my ambassador bio, and meet ALL the Woodboogah brand reps! MEET ‘EM

Because I may or may not have had to answer some pretty TOUGH questions. Nothing difficult like chemistry difficult but it may have been 😉 What’s your favorite drink, okay that’s [easier] to answer. And still not a walk in the park, I like to graze, sample, ya know? Harder questions, like: What’s a goal of yours? – Okay, stumped. I don’t know. But I do. But can I share, THAT? – HA. I know you’ve been there.

Excited to join this growing group of outdoor enthusiasts, make sure to check them out!

Wearing the Kennebunkport Beanie in Midnight Black > SHOP

The Cumberland beanie in HUNTAH orange

serves a purpose and provides a sense of style I can’t describe to my boyfriend 😉 It’s cashmere! Ladies, I know you know.

SHOP this wicked good beanie now >> I want one!

Today we went around the property with the pups, snowshoes and a couple cameras. The temperatures crested forty degrees and I was all smiles. Excited for the week ahead; I am turning 28! [takes a deep breath] We’ve got fun things planned – stay tuned!

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What a long week.

Generator fails and lots of take-out food. Luckily, that was the worst of it!

 

Hoping my neighbors reading this have their power back on as well. WHAT a week it’s been. Waking up Monday morning following the wind storm I thought I would be driving to work. We’ve lived out here for close to a year now, and I’ve driven almost every snow storm. On the roads back here in Maine, that’s no joke. Hills, turns and steep shoulders covered in ice and snow. It sucks.

SO I thought I had this! I was like okay, fine. We don’t have power but I can drive to work. Well, as you can see that was a big fat NOPE. I could not drive to work. In fact, I could barely drive anywhere for the first half of the day. As you can see from the photo above the roads surrounding our house were not a drive to Grandma’s house. They were littered with down trees and lines. Live wires (I am sure) and glass. It was truly a nightmare. I had ZERO idea it was going to be this bad. Had I known, we might have slept in the basement that night.

Keeping the house up and running was tough. We were challenged with the generator and keeping the gas stocked. We’re just glad we had one to begin with. (Thank you, Bill!) And that our house and property made it through the storm okay.

With the lights on now, I am happy we didn’t go a full “week”. The refrigerator is now stocked with fresh food and I can check my emails at home. Bam. Winter, we are ready for you. Sort of. 🙂

 

 

XOXO – Taylor

 

 

 

 

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NYC; I’ll be back soon

 

Alive. The city. Myself. It was an amazing change of pace. Early morning walks to grab coffee versus the typical country road drive. I mean, I missed my city blood. The quick-paced younger, college version of myself. Don’t we all go there?

In town for work, and blessed by my surroundings – Here are some highlights ss I dig out the remaining memories and plan my next trip to the upper west side.

You know, “I live here” type of vibe. It happened. And I wish I had the time to photograph more of the architecture – but, that will have to happen with my next trip. 🙂

And insert Amanda below. My work wife, and travel companion. Our favorite appetizers are lavish cheese boards and tacos. She drinks white wine, and I like a vodka margarita or beer. We both can appreciate some good shoes and good sights.

 

The upper west side found to be a quiet and beautiful trendy part of town. I hadn’t been to NYC in over ten years and I don’t recall seeing the area before now. Central Park was just a few blocks away from our hotel, NYLO – it was just what I was hoping for when the trip was announced. I got to start the day in a motivating city, we loved it.

Plans to return are in motion. The list of things I saw from the car window is too long. Like, the Highliner and tons of food. I could smell it, I just don’t exactly know where it was coming from… 😉 I will definitely look to take a bike ride through Central Park, or at least walk it more. I didn’t get to check out that fancy bridge I saw. I wouldn’t mind returning for the Holidays too. The tree in Rockefeller Plaza would be pretty neat. Anyone else play tourist recently?

It’s a nice change of pace.

xoxo. See you soon, NYC.

 

 

 

 

 

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One of my favorite times of the year

 

The color at this time of year is always, unbelievable. Burning reds and orange line the driveway and frame the house. The mornings are crisp and the dogs can tell change is on the horizon. This week I have to skip away for work, and will miss this view.

Sending my serious gratitude to October! You are gorgeous!

 

 

xoxo – Taylor

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