life in the fast lane

well hello again.


it’s been a little over 4 months since i’ve been here. over the course of those 4 months i’ve had a lot of time to self reflect – to focus on me and my physical, mental, and emotional well being. and, shit, it got real. i stripped down all these barriers [that i never knew i had] until i felt defenseless, vulnerable and naked. it wasn’t fun, nor easy. i’m not finished and, realistically, won’t ever be – self reflection and care is an ever evolving process that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

BUT let’s be real, it’s much easier to avoid those nagging little voices and jitters that can easily consume your entire day than face them head on. it’s easier to sweep things under the rug and forget about them. but when there’s no space under the rug, those forgotten “things” magically appear again while trying to hide the new things and it SUCKS. it can be a vicious cycle. it can consume your body, mind and entire being.


i’ve learned that during those times where you can’t quite get a freaking grip, you can rely on your people. find your people and stick to them like glue.

they’ll be there for you when it’s literally the most inconvenient time for them. if you want them to shut up and listen, they’ll do it. if you want them to give you advice, they’ll do it. and if you want to go to the bar and get drunk, they’ll do that too. 


THANK YOU to my people. these past couple of months i’ve learned that life isn’t always that much better in the fast lane. and i wouldn’t have learned that without them.

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trials and tribulations of packing

happy february peeps! where in the WORLD did january go?!

 comin’ at ya hot from denver, colorado – aka home sweet home. or my first home. now that i’ve lived in burlington for the last eight years, it’s kind of hard to say that where i live now isn’t home. but the house i grew up in, the childhood  memories with my childhood besties, where my parents live will always be home to me.

i wanted to get this post out yesterday but, you know, life happens…


i went to college across the country and flew back and forth for holidays so you’d think that i’d be able to pack a suitcase by the ripe age of 27. yet, it still might be one of the hardest tasks for me. i open my closet and find all of those lost items of clothing; you know, the ones that i haven’t worn in the last three months and i think to myself, “omg i’ll TOTALLY wear this at home, i can’t not bring it!!”

reality check, adison. you haven’t worn it for at least a quarter of the last year. you will not wear it on vacation. 


i wanted to be a better packer. i want to be a better packer. so, for this trip i packed my ski clothes, i packed some workout clothes. and i stopped. i told myself i could only bring 20 items of clothing/shoes to bring home. i’ll be gone for 8 days. no one needs more clothes than that. and if my bag is too full when i arrive in colorado, that means there’s less room for shopping. and who can’t make a trip to nordstrom when you’re around one….?

so i packed and ended up putting 22 items into my bag (obviously i lied and i’m counting my hat and scarf in my count.) and honestly, when i was counting everything, it was kind of hard to get up to the goal of 20.

here is how i did it:

1. avoided bright colors and prints. it’s winter and those things look weird in the winter. 2. steer towards neutrals and basics because they can all be worn together. 3. comfort, really is, key. 4. bringing layers that i can wear with multiple outfits is important. fullsizeoutput_12d4

i threw in my favorite black seven jeans and royal blue gap jeans. they both, are able to be worn multiple times without getting all stretched out and ugly.

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the sweaters i picked are reaaaaaal  versatile. the chunky cardigan on the far left is one of my favorties and it’s actually from tjmaxx and it definitely requires a shirt underneath because it lacks buttons or snaps. the patterned and black sweaters are from lululemon and the tan is from jcrew. lululemon actually has some of my all time favorite fitting sweaters – check ’em out.

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i brought two button up long sleeves, the grey from gap and the checkered from jcrew again. these are great because they can be worn buttoned up all the way or layered over a light t. i brought two other long sleeves, one from a boutique in burlington and the tan and black v-neck is from madewell – both of which can be very casual or dressed up for a night on the town with some jewels and bright lipstick.

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the collection of t-shirts and tanks i brought could be layered under the cardigan or other long sleeves but also, can be worn solo. but, realistically, when it’s february in colorado, you rarely wear bare arms – it’s COLD!

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i chose two pairs of comfortable booties to bring home. my bestie, madeline, is making me a pair of converse so i knew i’d have another pair of shoes to cart back with me…. stay tuned for those pics. the tan are lucky brand and the black are dolce vita from nordstrom rack.

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couldn’t come home without my trusty white and warren travel wrap and cashmere skida hat.

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like i said, i flew in today and leave in 8 days. i’ll be sure to let you know how the clothes end up… i might have nailed the whole packing thing and i might have royally f’d up.

experience bvt.

spring is right around the corner here in burlington and you all know what that means…. springtime means lighter, later. springtime means seeing people you haven’t seen in a while. springtime means pasty arms breaking free in t-shirts that haven’t been worn all winter. springtime means greener grass and budding flowers. springtime means chirping birds. springtime also means mud season. for those of us who haven’t experienced mud season, let me elaborate. mud season varies greatly on how mother nature treated us during the winter season. the snowier and colder, the worse the mud. so this year, we might not have mud at all! 😀 regardless, mud season is typically late march/ish-mid/ish may. and it is exactly what you think – muddy and sloppy. break out your rain boots, your waterproof boots, and the boots you don’t care about. keep your fryes, your jeffrey campbells and all your suede in for the next few weeks here.


spring in burlington is hard to beat. come and experience spring here in burlington with us. for those of you who do exactly as i say, good job and see you soon, but for those who need a bit more coaxing, here is a list of my all time favorite spring-time activities to help lure you in. oh and this picture might help you too…

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you’ll need somewhere to sleep – hotel vermont OR lakeview B&B – both downtown burlington. disclaimer: i’ve actually never stayed at either of these places. but i really want to! one is obviously a hotel with a great trendy little bar and amazing restaurant downstairs. the B&B will give you the expansive lake views with a gorgeous backyard.


they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

first stop – penny cluse cafe – downtown burlington. if you’re an early bird, good for you, and you’ll thank yourself. if you visit during the week, good for you. but if you go anytime between 830-11, expect to wait for a while. hard to miss this place as everything on the menu is amazing. their specials are to die for.

things you shouldn’t miss there: one of their famous biscuits, their coffee, their tangerine juice.


shopping on church street – downtown burlington. church street is 7 blocks in total, but 4 of those blocks are strictly a pedestrian mall located a few minutes from the lake. boutiques, restaurants, food carts and street performers fill the street – especially when it gets warm. the perfect place to spend a few hours – putzing around, people watching, or even grabbing a bite to eat!

places you shouldn’t miss there: stella mae, jess boutique, frog hollow, leunigs bistro, crow bookshoptons of other places to check out, these are just a few of my favorites.


renting bikes and biking out to the causeway – start by riding down the bike path towards colchester. after a while, you’ll be riding on a path in the middle of the lake. it’s super flat, and great for a big group. will take a bit with younger kids, but totally doable!


drinking at citizen cider – downtown burlington in the south end arts district. great place to go for a few lite bites, and a drink mid afternoon. throughout the week they have specials on select items – be sure to check a menu when you get inside! nothing beats a warm sunny day, sitting on the deck, listening to live music with a drink in your hand, right?!


check out a show at the flynn – depending on the schedule that’s out, you’ll be able to see a traveling show, or something local. it’s a great way to see some “culture” while you’re in town.  it’ll help split up the over induling eat/drink/shop road that i’ve sent you on.


i’ve given you a ton of ideas, and this is only an eighth of what you could actually do while you’re here. trust me and just plan a visit to burlington. all of burlington is accessible without having a car. all of the ideas i’ve given you are easy to get to without renting a car – should you be car rental scared or just want to park your car for the weekend.

hope to see you soon!

fall in vt. <3

i mean…. need i say more.

swoon.

fall is one of my all time favorite seasons. and fall in vermont is on steroids. like awesome steroids.

a week or so ago, it seriously felt like fall here. enough that one morning we woke up to frost. yes, you heard me. frost. mother nature, i love you moving forward and all, but frost is a bit too quick.

apparently, mother nature heard my cry because she has warmed up nicely again. high 60s and sunny these past few days. perfect for spending all my time outside.

at least now, i’ll be prepared for when she cools down again. can’t wait to snap some more pics during all my fall adventures.


photo 2battery park, burlington – soon, these trees will be a blend of gorgeous reds, yellows and oranges.


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driving home from work one evening. and yes, i was stopped when i took the picture.


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our view from the top of mount philo state park on tuesday night. we’ll be back once the leaves have changed. it’ll be here before we know it!


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a candid (secret) photo i snapped of juergen and his younger brother.

note: the pink martinis. HA.


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and then this. because fall is made for flannels and my all time favorite jcrew wedges.


oh, and in case i haven’t told you all the big news…. i’ve made an appointment. an appointment to dye my hair.

like, WHOA. scared out of my mind.

for those of you unfamiliar with this topic, please refer to my indecisiveness post.

happy fall!