Living in the Pioneer Valley definitely has it’s perks, especially in the Fall. While I am in a beautiful, picturesque location all on it’s own on any given day- I’m also just a short driving distance away from the Berkshires, Southern Vermont and New Hampshire- which is ideal if you love watching the leaves change colors as much as I do every year. I can just grab a hot cup of cocoa and hit the road to savor all the reds, oranges, yellows and golds in no time at all!
Which is exactly what I did this past weekend with an impromptu trip to Derry, New Hampshire. With peak foliage season approaching in my town this coming weekend and into next week- I knew that heading up a little farther North would give me an early display of Autumnal bliss- and I wasn’t wrong.
I took the scenic route (which I always do- even if I need to be somewhere in a hurry. Highways are overrated) and around every corner and with each turn- the foliage just got more and more bright and beautiful.
I stayed casual for the road trip- not only because I wanted to be comfortable for long periods of time in the car and for any light hiking I may have participated in- but because I had Oliver with me and when he wants to jump on you and give you lovable licks- it’s best to just be in loose-fitting fabrics that he can’t shred. He’s still very much an energetic puppy personality.
I opted for this stretchy black turtleneck and slate skirt- made out of super soft jersey fabric with my trusted black knee-high boots I’ve had for a couple of years now and recently pulled out of storage for cleaning and re-breaking in.
Also, please keep in mind that I had no intention of matching my outfit to my current hairstyle. It just sort of happened.
And to wrap things up (no pun intended)– I kept this knitted scarf within reach for when the sun started to set and temperatures started to drop. If my shirt/skirt combination matched my hair- then the scarf definitely matched my backdrop of changing New England leaves.
It was a beautiful day that Oliver loved and I cherished. I can’t wait to see how my neighborhood looks in the coming days since I’m surrounded by trees!