A Local Getaway

Fairfield County Connecticut has many hidden treasures. My personal favorite has to be the secluded places. Many residents do not know that there is a gorgeous oasis in both the towns of Weston and Redding. This is the Saugatuck Reservoir.

On a recent sunny day, me and my friends went to this location which we have never really been to before. In the past, I have driven past this reservoir and saw that is was clearly pretty, but I did not experience it’s true beauty until the other day.

When we got there, we were surprised to see that such a secluded place could be so popular. Around the reservoir, there are many small parking lots and pull over spots and nearly all of them were filled. It took us quite a bit to find a spot to park, but it was totally worth it.

The second you step out, it hits you. The breeze is refreshing even to those like me who really despise the cold. After climbing down a few rock, you are there, the waters edge. Let me tell you, this place is highly underrated. There are hiking trails around the water and every view is spectacular. However, the only downside is that there is no swimming permitted since it is a reservoir.

Above I have included a few images taken when we went. As you can probably tell, we had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back.

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A New Healthy Lifestyle

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When I first created this blog, I only had the intention of posting material relating to fashion. However, after discussing fairy tales, theatre, and a few other things that mean a lot to me, I thought I should include a few lifestyle posts as well.

Just for a brief background, for many years I tried to go vegetarian and I would go through phases where I would not eat meat for quite some time. Towards the end of last June, I was finally able to cut out meat completely and it was one of the best decisions I ever made both health wise and ethically. I could go into further detail, but I think that would require its own post! Along with that, I was never the most athletic person to be honest. However, I always enjoyed horseback riding which is good exercise. It wasn’t until last August when I stared going for short daily walks. Those walks eventually grew longer and longer to the point were I walk approximately 6-8 miles a day. Along with this, I’ve been doing some at home exercises as well and it is paying off.

Perhaps the entire point of this post is to show that one can absolutely make healthy changes to their lifestyles no matter how tough they may seem at first. Believe me, I used to dread the work outs and though I could never give up spaghetti and meatballs. However, within time I was able to reach my goals.

The images I’ve included were taken on a walk during a lovely spring day near a local lake. If working out is something you dread, add something fun to the routine such as a nice location, a photoshoot, or whatever makes you feel happy. Also be sure to reward yourself. After our long walk, me and my best friend made sure to get our favorite Starbucks drinks: strawberry açai refreshers!

Shine On

xoxo Dana

Merry Happiness

Though our lists may be filled with glittering shoes, furry coats, velvet dresses, and much more. There is one thing that everyone who celebrates Christmas wants more than anything; that being a Merry Christmas.

Whether it comes from food, traditions, giving, or spending time with those you love, it is the happiness and memories that count more than what is under the tree. Perhaps this is why people love the Christmas Season just as much as Christmas Day. The music, the lights, the parties, the spirit, whatever it may be, never fails to put a smile on anyone’s face.

To me personally, it’s seeing loved ones who I have not seen in a while that make Christmas time special for me. Whether it may be my friends, cousins, my cousins poodle mix, or my old choir; seeing those I have missed and having a good time are what I want most for Christmas. Just like last year, I was very fortunate to reunite with some good friends at my old school’s choral concert along with a few other occasions as well. Though every occasion was different and different friends were present, each time we were all equally happy to be together and enjoy the moment. From singing at my town tree lighting with some of my theatre friends, to a marvelous city trip with a good friend from my university, to reuniting with friends who were away at college, and of course, to feeling rebellious and cruising around town with my lifelong best friend and her boyfriend.

The point of this post is to show that no matter what it is, find what makes you happy during the holiday season. It is much more valuable than anything wrapped under the tree. Listen to music, bake some cookies, throw a party, just have a Merry Christmas.

P.S. My fashion highlight from this season is my brand new pink coat from Topshop also owned and modeled by my favorite YouTuber and Blogger Freddy Cousin Brown.

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Oodles of Poodles

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While living in New York, I saw many beautiful sights. The shimmering lights, the shining waters of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the sprawling Sheep Meadow, but most of all, the poodles that roam the sidewalks of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Here are some of the lovely poodles and other furry friends I have encountered.

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Manhattan Will Always Be There

At the end of August, I made the best mistake of my life. That mistake was moving to Manhattan. A few days prior to Christmas, I made the worst mistake of my life though it was only for the good. That was leaving Manhattan.

The only reason why I would ever classify moving to Manhattan as a mistake was that it raised my standards and expectations on everything. The scenery, the atmosphere, the night life, the activities, and even the food, no other place in the United States will ever compare to the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Whilst living in New York, I made some of the best memories. Not only did I make incredible friends, I had some unforgettable experiences. The memories of clubbing, exploring, and meeting Niall Horan will always make me smile.

Now that I am back in Connecticut, I realized how high my standards have been set. No longer can I go out and get take out at 2 am or go get a cocktail when I want one. There is no Central Park here within walking distance to explore. Also, don’t even get me started on the lack of style around here.

Moving on…

No matter how much I miss living in the city, I always remind myself how fortunate I am to live within a short distance away. Manhattan will always be there for me whenever I want to go back. Someday, I hope to be able to call the Upper East Side my home once again. IMG_5794