NYC: Quick and Easy Day Trips to the Countryside!

A few weeks ago, EscapeMaker and Dutchess Tourism invited me into my backyard. So, like the curious little cat that I am, I found myself aboard the 7:53 am train headed towards Wassaic, New York. In case you're wondering, Wassaic is nestled inside of Dutchess Country and was established in 1683 as one of the original counties of New York. It's easily accessible by car, train, bus, air and boat - but for today's sake we're taking the train.

A mere three hours and nap later I arrived ready to taste my way through the quaint little town.

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First order of business was stopping in the Village of Millerton to browse Harney & Sons Teas followed by Irving Farm Coffee. The tea shop (one of two in NY!) offers tastings on all of their 250 teas. And Irving Farm Coffee has the boldest and flavorful coffee I've tried all summer. On that note, there's something for everyone already!

At noon, we made our way to McEnroe Farm for a tour and lunch which incorporated fresh and local ingredients from Hudson Valley. Fun fact, it's one of New York’s oldest and most diverse certified organic farms and stands at over 1,100 acres of fields, pastures, and greenhouses.

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Later we made our way down to the Taconic Distillery - probably my favorite stop - for some homegrown bourbon whiskey! Everything here is made in small batches using only the finest ingredients, including natural spring water from Rolling Hills Farm. It was all very good and the views outside of the Distillery could not be beaten!

The final stop on the tour brought us to Crown Maple Estates. I'm actually a HUGE maple candy and water addict so it was really interesting getting to learn how my favorite sweets are made.

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In case you were wondering who exactly EscapeMaker were, they've been NYC's guide to local getaways since 2000. Dutchess Tourism has operated the Farm Fresh Tours program for about 10 years by providing bus shuttle service to train passengers arriving at Metro-North Railroad stations at select towns.

Their goal is to encourage car-less travelers to hop on a train from New York City and spend the day exploring local agriculture and way of life in the Hudson Valley. And by local agriculture, they mean apple picking, visiting breweries, learning about cheese making and more.

If you're interested in taking your own tour with EscapeMaker, they will have tours available and on sale to the public on escapemaker.com/farmfreshtours. I also want to note, the Metro-North has deals & getaways all summer long so click here for more information.

Let me know if you have any questions or plan to take a tour soon!

GA-DE Beauty Video

Finally! Another beauty video!

I really hope there comes a time when I'll be able to turn these around more quickly than six months. Regardless, I still really love how YouTube is bringing me back into the realm of filming and editing.

I do want to call out this is my first First Impressions video and GA-DE Cosmetics was kind of enough to gift me one of their full collections. I captured the good, the bad and the not-so-ugly on video. Take a look below!

Stay in the YouTube know by subscribing to my channel and if you like what you see make sure to give it a thumbs up.

If you have any questions about the products used, leave me a comment (or tweet me) and I'll get back to you. For simplicity, I've also listed the products used down below.

Products Used:
Cover Fx Mattifying Primer / Jesse's Girl Eye Shadow Primer / Maybelline Fit Me Foundation / Beauty Blender / Maybelline's BetterSkin / Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit / GADE Palette / Urban Decay Naked Flush / GADE High Precision Eyeliner / L'oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel / GADE Idyllic Mascara / GADE Soft Satin Lipstick / L'Oreal Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss

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The Little Pink Dress I Almost Forgot About

This season, I've been trying to go above and beyond to organize my little space of the internet and life. I cleared out my inboxes and then got rid of any old paperwork from 2016. And let me tell you... it felt great clearing out all that useless clutter.

Among the clutter, I found a few old photo sessions that never made it live - which sucks because if I were to think back to that day I clearly remember being frantic, late and/or cold.

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I need to do better about posting them all and on time.

Regardless, I'm going to go ahead and post them all even if it doesn't seem seasonally appropriate :). And with that I bring you the first "found" look - the pale pink Ramy Brook dress that I (still to this day) adore!

It's incredibly sheer so it's definitely not for the meek but I highly advise wearing a sheer tube layering piece underneath, like this.

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Dress: Ramy Brook (similar styleSunglasses: The Row (similar styleCoat: Planet London (similar styleBoots: Sam Edelman (similar & under $100)  Necklace: My Own (similar)  Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane (similar stylePurse: Rebecca Minkoff  Lip Tint: Rosy Lips via Vaseline

I recall taking these photos when there was a still a chill in the air which explains the wool coat haha. But I would still style it the same way at the same temperatures.

But once summer hits, I lose the coat and the over the knee boots and go with something a little more practical and cute like gladiator sandals and possibly an oversized denim jacket.

If this sheer isn't your style take a look at Ramy Brook for other options. They have so many cute dresses and tops for the Boheme in all of us.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

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