Local Charm

It's easy to be dismissive of what Connecticut has to offer, despite being a New England state, it has always seemed to be lacking when compared to the others. We aren't known for our beaches, blocked off from the Atlantic by Long Island, there are no mansions to tour, islands to visit for a long weekend, and despite being given credit for inventing the lobster roll, only a resident of Connecticut would bother to look that up.

Yet, if I'm willing to let go of the idea that I need to book a ferry to Block Island to soak in some New England charm and simply drive twenty minutes down the road, I can have breakfast on a stone patio overlooking a river that flows into the Long Island Sound, enjoy a beautiful garden bursting with color and flooded with monarch butterflies, and appreciate the beauty of New England without swaths of tourists getting in the way.

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The Rundown
Point Sur Square Neck Top J.Crew
 Denim Cut Off Shorts Gap similar
White Slides Banana Republic
Round Rattan Bag Etsy similar
Silk Scarf Loft similar
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
 White and Rose Gold Link Bracelet c/o JeweshopThin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
 Sunglasses "Caravan" Ray-Ban
Nail Color "Zip Me Up" Essie


  1. What a truly gorgeous place! The landscape looks absolutely breathtaking. I also love your bag and how you tied a little scarf to it! Such a cute detail.

  2. You cannot complain this is such a beautiful place ! Fantastic summer attire and is that monarch butterfly?!

  3. Such a pretty location!!!
    And yea, everyone always complains about CT but there are so many great places to visit!

  4. I love making local discoveries of interesting and scenic places to visit - and this place looks really lovely.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  5. Connecticut is one of my favorite New England states! I don't get down there nearly as much as I should, but I still love it!


  6. I think the history and quaintness of all of the New England states make them special. These photos are beautiful! The flowers are just gorgeous!

  7. so funny that you say that! i have always heard such great and glamorous things about connecticut as a "suburb" of New York!!

  8. Your top is so cute! I really want to explore CT more as it's close to NY :)


  9. This looks like such a pretty location! I love your blouse, the details are amazing!


  10. It looks like such a beautiful spot! :) I like your summer outfit too, the scarf on your bag is a nice touch! :)

    I think it's easy to forget how much we have close to us when places further away seem more glamorous and exciting, haha! But there are a lot of nice spots around if we look!

    Hope that your week is going well! :)

    Away From Blue

  11. Oh my goodness gracious these photos are absolutely breathtaking. This location is so beyond stunning. I want to visit up north so badly and enjoy these lovely places for myself!

  12. Cute outfit, and I love the field photos!
    Sarah Lindner

  13. These pictures are so beautiful! I love that bag that you are wearing!


  14. Connecticut looks pretty gorgeous to me. :) Love your classic summer outfit, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  15. Love all the beautiful blooms! This is full of local charm.

  16. What a fun way to spend the day! This place looks magical.

  17. I love that top!! The affordable one you linked at Target is almost an exact match too!

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  18. Well. I have admittedly never been to Connecticut, and have seen little of New England outside of major cities, but I must say - this looks pretty charming from where I'm sitting. As all of your photos do, really. I'm always envious of your vintage American backdrops, but this just might be the best one yet. All of those beautiful flowers and butterflies! I can't think of a more perfect setting to show off denim shorts and a classic white blouse.

  19. The things your own city has to offer can be impressive at times and local charm still rocks!
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