In the winter, the idea of jumping out of bed at sunrise makes me cringe and hide deeper in my covers. But because this is a fresh year, and also because sunrise in winter is essentially around 7am (versus 5am), I figured I’d have a go. The bonus challenge was to get out, and to hit the beach.

Part of that fitness goal for 2017 was to spend more time outdoors. Although the gym is my preferred way to get my workout during the cooler months, I decided the beach would be an ideal way to fulfill both goals of fitness + being outdoors. It was quiet, deserted and that sunrise was a retreat. As beautiful and invigorating as it was, it was quite cold. Hands down, the proper fitness gear helped me keep warm and stick to the hour long workout. The running, jumping and stretching would not be as enjoyable and complete at 32 degrees without it for sure.

So will I be back at it next week? Rain or shine, I’ve made a pact to get out there!

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Keep on going strong my friends, and don’t forget to work on your goals for this year!

Here’s a list of my outfit, location and photography credits:

Location: Lighthouse Point Park – City of New Haven, CT
Clothes: Nike from DICK’S Sporting Goods – Nike Tights, Shorts, Jacket, HatFootwear
Photos by: HK Photography
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Being a portrait photographer for a living requires a lot of movement as well as a lot of travel between different locations. While I’m on the job, it’s always dynamic in terms of movement. I’m bending, running, kneeling, laying on the ground – everything! So naturally I want clothing that can fit this need and move with me. Gear that is less fussy, stays put, and still makes me feel polished.

Out shopping the other day, I came across some pieces that do just this at Banana Republic. After finding one item that worked so well, I headed back and compiled an entire look that does everything I want to while photographing. It’s a clean, casual, yet polished look that lets me do my job freely. This was a quick (happy) check in the book!

Get the entire look from here: Pants: Banana Republic, Long-Sleeve Crew: Banana Republic, and Jacket: Banana Republic, Shoes: Penguin, Backpack: H&M

Photography: HK Photography

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The New Years’ clamored in with many new resolutions and wishes, the biggest one for me being to expand my love of travel and fitness in harmony with fashion. I wanted to get away from the mundane, to go ahead and experiment differently with these elements. Fancy Mission blogs this year will see a lot more of this and my ways of pushing the new ideas. Goal is to stay in fresh in both spirit, health and beyond.

A perfect way to kick off that resolution was heading out on a dreary, cold CT day to play around with some new findings at my recent shopping excursion. Which turned out to be ideal in having a chance to try out this gear and see how warm I can stay in it.

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Favorite piece right off the bat was this jacket from Black Brown 1826! Overall, the total look was put together from these pieces from: Jacket by Black Brown 1826, Sweater by NAUTICA, Pants by J.CREW, Dress Shirt by Bar III
Hubert (FM Team)
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Summer Day at the Buttonwood Farm

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When the beat of summer comes to a halt and the only thing that’s drumming down is the incessant sun, you know it’s time to get to the sunflowers. Nothing can make a hot summer day more fulfilling than resting your eyes on the sea of yellows and greens. Instant pickup for tired eyes and heavy heads stuck in a lull midsummer. The endless blanket of flowers is beautiful, captivating your mind as your eyes take in the gorgeous views.

Every year we visit Buttonwood Farm in Griswold. It’s tucked away in the middle of no where – quite fitting for a farm decked with all of the farm essentials – some cows, chickens cawking about, the sunflowers and of course ice cream. What farm is complete without ice cream?! Our little one has ample space to become wilder than ever and skip around the fields. Eventually, we will all settle in to the tractor bus hay ride around the farm outwardly rolling our eyes at having to endure this for the sake of our daughter (but secretly delighted with glee because it’s FUN).

For those of us who are devoid of the company of little gals and guys, don’t get thrown off the idea with the hayrides. Plan a trip to the casinos that are only 15 minutes away, stop here on the way, get some ice cream and take a stroll among the sunflower fields. Enjoying nature, ice cream and casino night? Killing two birds with one stone…or maybe three in this case??

Travel safe my friends!

 

Our Summer Day at the Buttonwood Farm – Instagram.com/fancy_mission/ and Facebook.com/fancymission

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We spent 7 amazing days in St. Lucia, and if you are planning and heading to the island on vacation, we have compiled our 5 favorite things we did in St. Lucia while vacationing there. Please keep in mind that these are the best in our opinion alone, and that there are many other incredible things to do and see on the island besides these. The list we made of our favorites was much longer than 5 so I pared it down to include our MOST favorite. Also, one other notable thing is to mention that we stayed at Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa and it was just perfect for our family of three, and for our friends with another small child.

Now, onto the 5 Things You Must Do in St. Lucia:

  1. Sunset Cruise
  2. Hiking the Piton
  3. Sugar Beach
  4. St. Lucia Botanical Gardens – Diamond Falls
  5. Mineral Mud Bath at Sulphur Springs & Taking a Dip in the Waterfall
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