Living in New England, visiting local farms to pick whatever delicious fruit is in-season is one of our favorite ways to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city. Berry picking signals the juicy peak of summer, and apple + pear picking is a fall tradition not to be missed around here. Up until recently, however (starting with this wicked fun tulip farm), I didn’t realize that pick your own flowers was even an option in this region!
So when I found out zinnias and dahlias were in full bloom at this little gem of a farm, it jumped right up there to the top of our list. Parlee Farms is family-run (the owner, Ellen, was super sweet) and it’s clear how much hard work goes into the farm. There’s pick-your-own strawberries and cherries earlier in the year; flowers, peaches, and blueberries in late summer (go now and get the fresh, hot blueberry donuts, omg!); and apple season is starting next week! Located 40 miles north of Boston in Tyngsboro, MA (near the New Hampshire border), this was a slight trek for us but well worth it.
Cut your own flowers was $10 / pound, weighed at checkout. My bucket of beauty here was under one pound! A few tips, if you go (let me know in the comments how you liked it!!):
– Definitely check the “farm news” on their site beforehand for picking hours, which change daily
– Bring a bucket with a little cold water to transport your picked flowers, so they don’t dry out in the car
– This site has tips for cutting zinnias, and I’ve also read to add a little sugar & bleach to your vase water
This Kimchee Blue striped dress from Urban Outfitters also comes in three other cute prints! Sizing starts in XS, but I took one up in order to layer comfortably. It looks like their stylists and I were on the same page with the simple white layering tee!
The torso is a little more fitted and the bottom is a true A-line. Several reviewers complained about this dress being too short, but I found it to be a good length on someone petite. It’s only partially lined (torso is lined, skirt is not), which is too bad because many of UO’s other dresses at this price point do have a full lining. The fabric on this is like a cotton poplin material, with some stretch and a back zipper entry. I promise it’s not actually as wrinkle-prone as some of these pictures make it appear!
Urban Outfitters is also knocking it out of the park lately with their sunglasses, and several just got marked down to $10! As a lover of retro style, I was just a little excited when round and oval sunnies (a la Audrey Hepburn) came back on the map. Unfortunately, I probably tried on dozens that looked ridiculous on me, before stumbling across a few winners at UO. All of their styles are not created equal and some do feel like $10 quality, but I’m very happy with my circle tortoiseshell sunglasses (see them on me) that even pair nicely with work or dressier outfits! I also got this white oval pair (pictured above) for fun – oval is a little harder to pull off in my opinion, so the sleek frames and slim arms definitely help.
Can you spot me? ; )