A few weeks ago, looking for a little escape from the crowded city, we hopped in the car and took a drive out to Western Mass. After stops in Amherst and Northampton, we ended up in the sweet little town of Stockbridge and stayed at the most welcoming and historic B&B [1862 Seasons on Main]. It was the nicest, most relaxing weekend I’ve had in ages. I love my city life, but when the chance to get away for some peace + quiet arises, I can rarely turn it down.
Last month, I attended the launch of the United Scents of America’s Massachusetts fragrance launch. How fun is this concept? Founders and scent experts Sasha and Samantha have teamed up to bring you the reminiscent smells of some of your favorite states– in a perfume. They use focus groups to create the scents that aim to bring back memories and embody the aura of said the states. Massachusetts is the newest in the line– which already included California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Hawaii. I think they hit it on the head– a little woodsy, a little salt watery, and with an overall sweetness. It really encapsulates an autumn day in my favorite New England state.
The entire line is proudly made in America and can be purchased online, or in select stores in respective states. Purchase your Massachusetts candle or perfume here, or at Shake the Tree in the North End of Boston– 67 Salem Street, Boston MA 02113.
After a long day skiing at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass this past Saturday, we couldn’t leave town without a quick stop to the Wachusett Brewery. Wachusett happens to brew my most favorite blueberry beer– I do have rankings for my blueberry beers– and it was so fun to tour the brewery three friends started years ago after leaving their engineering day jobs. New England, you never cease to impress me.
Cable Knit Jumper, Ralph Lauren [similar] // Oxford, Ralph Lauren // Jeans, American Eagle // Pearls, Lauren Ralph Lauren // Stag Crossbody, Monsoon/Accessorize [similar] // Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]
Growing up, I spent every August in a New England beach town. I remember the first year I visited in the fall, when the temperature had dropped significantly, the wind had picked up, and the summer crowds were long gone. It was incredibly quiet and chilly, a different world from the harbor town I had grown up with, but so beautiful and peaceful. Now I make a point to take beach walks throughout the fall and winter, to savor the lack of crowds and brisk, but still salty, breeze.