Continuing on with the whole ‘recapping the summer’ thing, I thought I would dedicate a post to a huge part of my Summer that is my time in Southampton. My family has been going out to the Hamptons every Summer since we moved here, and we love it! Coming from Australia, I need my beach time, and so the Hamptons is perfect because it is absolutely beautiful but also close enough to the city that you can come back quickly if needed. As I’m sure you’ve all guessed, I have SO many pictures, and I wanted to share them without bombarding you all even more on Instagram lol.

Feeling very blessed to have had the Summer I’ve had, and praying that you all have a great week!

Talk soon.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.

 

You guys, it’s happened. Summer has officially come to a close. As sad as I am about vacation ending, I am feeling beyond grateful for the Summer I’ve had. It has been the most relaxing, fun, and rewarding Summer I could have hoped for. With this in mind, I wanted to wrap up the Summer by reflecting on a few more of this years experiences and adventures, and I thought I would start with my short getaway to Ocean Grove with my friends.

Every Summer, a couple of my friends and I go out to Ocean Grove, NJ to celebrate our friend Kate for her birthday. Kate’s birthday is actually in May, but since she goes to boarding school, none of us get to see her on her actual birthday. Because of this, our trips to her vacation home in Ocean Grove have become an annual occurrence.

The weekend was full of adventure, laughter, and joy as we all explored Ocean Grove even more and enjoyed being all together. My friends and I went to middle school together, but since we all now go to different schools and live in different parts of the city, it’s rare that we are all in the same place at the same time. Our days were jam packed, and we spent hours exploring, talking, eating good food, and generally just enjoying each others company.

I think my favorite part of the trip was on the last night when we were laying on the beach star gazing and singing old Taylor Swift songs (RIP)– literally the way to my heart.

Feeling very blessed to be able to do things like this with my friends, and am looking forward to many more weekends like this one.

Praying you all had a restful and restoring Summer.

All the love.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.

^^The sunsets were SO beautiful, so you know I made everyone stop to take pics haha.

^we bought this confetti thing-y in hopes of getting a really cute picture, but it was SUCH a fail. 10/10 would not recommend

OK, humble brag for a second, my friends are SO talented. This week, one of my best friends Sophia asked if I wanted to take some pictures while we were hanging out, and you already know there was no way I was going to miss out on some cute pics! Haha. But seriously, Soph and I have been friends for years and I am so proud of her! I mean, look at these pictures; they’re amazing! So instead of bombarding you all on instagram with these pictures, I thought I would just put them up here.

If any of you want to see more of Sophia’s work, be sure to follow her on instagram (@sophscope) and check out her blog here!

All the love.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.

 

Every Summer I try to do some sort of college program in the city. This means that I not only get to study at some of the country’s most prestigious schools, but I am also typically given the chance to explore the city with other students from around the nation. This year, I did the Summer Academy at The King’s College here in NYC, and similar to previous years, I was able to show my peers around my home. Different to previous years however, was the unexpected amount of joy and fun I had whilst doing so. This past week was probably one of the greatest weeks of my life, and I feel so blessed to have made such incredible memories with the most amazing people.

With this in mind, I thought I would share some pictures from this week, offering a glimpse into what was honestly, an unforgettable experience.

To the people I met + grew close to this week, y’all (yes girlypops, I said y’all) are some of the most unique and beautiful people I’ve ever met. Thank you for giving me the best week I could have ever asked for. I love you all.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.

^^still smiling despite there being literally no visibility at Freedom Tower

^^we took this boat ride around Lower Manhattan + The Statue of Liberty and despite it being ridiculously unstable and cold (for July), it was so beautiful!

^^yep. You saw that right. I went to Times Square TWICE. Outrageous, I know, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 

^^that guy is high key a supporting role in this picture lol

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love apple picking with a serious passion. So when I was introduced to the concept of berry picking, you can only imagine the excitement that ensued. Not only was I ecstatic that my fruit + veg picking experiences could now become a semi-annual affair, but I was also excited because I like berries way more than I like apples. With this in mind, I’m sure you could see why I was so ridiculously happy going into this day.

We ended up at Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY, and man oh man it did not disappoint! I knew that we would pick a lot of berries + cherries, but I was blown away by the pure extravagance of said fruits at this orchard. We went on Saturday morning, naturally expecting it to be a little busy, but it was so quiet! There was hardly anyone there, and it was so beautiful. We started by picking cherries, and one of the men working there climbed up to the top of the tree and broke off a bunch of branches for us– giving us the best cherries of the bunch! We filled up our punnet in no time at all and headed towards the berries with a slight detour to get some fresh garlic. The day continued as we collected extreme amounts of fruit and enjoyed being out in the countryside. My favorite things to pick were 100% the raspberries and blackberries because you really had to search for the good ones. My family and I had such a good time looking through the bushes to get the best ones! Walking back to pay, we decided to walk through the strawberry fields and have a look at what was left, even though the season has ended, and we were so surprised to find many amazing strawberries! They were so red and big and honestly the absolute best strawberries I’ve ever had.

Once back at the store we decided to pick up a few things before heading back to the city, and couldn’t miss the opportunity to try some of their homemade ice cream. They had the best flavor selection, but I ended up going for their strawberry ice cream made from the strawberries at the farm, and it was seriously incredible. 100% the best strawberry ice cream I’ve ever had. We also picked up cider donuts 🙌🏼, local honey, and some pork chip things that are super weird but super cool. I’ll have them linked here if any of you want to try them, but I can’t decide whether I absolute love them or hate them. Such a weird experience haha!

We left our day of berry picking with full tummy’s and hearts, and I already can’t wait to go back! I love making new traditions, and I am so excited about this one now too.

I highly recommend researching farms near you that offer berry picking, and would love to hear about your experiences as well.

Hope you all have a great week!

Talk soon.

 

Sincerely,

M. xo.