Me & Dad, early 1980s-style


Oct. 9th blog challenge – Throwback Thursday

My parents are coming up for my birthday next weekend and I’m stoked! No two people in the universe I’d rather hang out with on that day. Sharing these old pics I found of me & dad when I was home in July. Look! I was a total blondie as a baby. And I want all of dad’s clothes and accessories. Like, I’d wear all of those outfits now.

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October Weekend Around Stowe

Stowe, two days, two different views

Oct. 8th blog challenge – DAY IN THE LIFE

I actually had a really long day yesterday and not many pictures were taken, despite having my camera with me for most of the time! I went up Buck Mountain with some students for a full moon hike, but the moon was hidden behind a foggy layer of clouds and the weather was dark and the air quite windy and then it started to rain, so no good pictures were taken.

Here’s some promised pics from the weekend hiking around Stowe, Vermont. I spent Friday afternoon and all day Sunday hiking in the woods by myself.

Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views
Stowe, two days, two different views

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Ireland/Italy [video snippets]

Ireland/Italy from Sarah on Vimeo.

Here’s some video snippets from Ireland and Italy this summer. Take me back! I got some good beach time in both places.

Oct 6 blog challenge – SIX PET PEEVES

Walking behind slow people.
Drivers who tailgate (fast walker/slow driver, ha!).
Riding in a car with no music.
Vermont’s lack of happy hours (WHY? It’s already so expensive here.).
An unmade bed.
Slow and/or lack of internet. (They try to trick me abroad, by saying they have wifi, but then I’d be unable to join the network. Oh how it tortured me! This is a picture of me trying to get on advertised “free” wifi in a pub in Ireland.)


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Happy Sunday from the top of Vermont!


The same view as Friday, but on the flip side, and higher harder and much colder! I took the Long Trail up to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. I’ve climbed to the top of Mansfield multiple times, but never from the Stowe side. It’s gorgeous! But the drive – because the traffic getting to Stowe on a Sunday in the fall is heinous – and the hike all took longer than I expected, so I came down and could have eaten my hiking boots. I had only had an apple and a Cliff bar all day, so I stopped at Piecasso in Stowe for pizza on the way home and inhaled all of this in the car. I lugged my giant Nikon up the mountain, so better quality fall foliage pics coming soon.

Oooh and something fun this month. I read that Teri was doing this challenge, and I need some blogspiration lately, so I’m going to try to hop on board.


Geez, this is hard! First five that come to me, in no particular order.

Lost in Translation. Sixteen Candles. Like Crazy. Love Actually. Goonies.


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Happy Friday from Stowe Pinnacle.


Popped up to the top of Stowe Pinnacle to see the colorful leaves today. It’s gorgeous x 1,000 in Vermont right now.

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“Two Weeks”/FKA twigs


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9 lipsticks from the depths of my make-up bag


I’m terrrrrrrrible at throwing away old make-up, especially lipsticks. But it’s a Catch-22 because then they sit in a miserable little mess in some bag in a closet. Mostly forgotten. I’m motivated by all these people going minimal – or maybe I’m missing when I was living much more minimally in Japan a year ago – but I’m trying to clear out the clutter. Or just use what I have. Or just know what I have! I wasn’t going to post these pics, but haha – why not! I went through all of my tube lipsticks (not gloss, that’s another can of worms or bag of make-up) I have and tested them out to see what looked liked what on me.

*This was unplanned. My hair is dirty, and my make-up’s messy, and this is just a random lipstick selfie bathroom experiment before I wash my face and go to bed.

No make-up

My natural lips. They disappear and my sisters like to make fun of me for it.

NARS Mitzi

1. NARS Mitzi. ANCIENT, and almost gone. Laney told me about this shade.

NARS Schiap

2. NARS Schiap, a hot hot hot pink shade.

NARS Heatwave

3. NARS Heat Wave, a very very very red shade. It’s my newest lipstick (like I need more!) and I’ve yet to wear it out in public.

J. Crew's Poppy King

4. MAC Vegas Volt, a pretty peach shade. My sister Allison worked for MAC for a little while after college and picked this out for me.

MAC Vegas Volt

5. J. Crew’s Poppy King. Tempted by anything that someone wears in a J.Crew catalog.

L'Paige mood lipstick

6. L’Paige mood lipstick. I don’t know why I only got a pic with this face? I think I’m annoyed by my hair… My sisters and I all got this green lipstick that turns a pink shade one Christmas and it’s so fun!

Lancome Rose Petal

7. Lancome Rose Petal. One of those free lipsticks from the gift bag.

Yojiya RD-1

8. Yojiya RD-1, all the way from Kyoto!

Lancome Perfect Fig

9. Lancome Perfect Fig. This is another free lipstick from a gift bag. In certain light, it looks almost gothic.

I think my favorite is the Yojiya from Japan – OF COURSE! Japan makes the best make-up.


Do you have a go-to lipstick? Do you horde lipsticks, too:)

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