let’s go out and see, darling, what shines tonight

Last week, the roommie and I decided to pack up a little picnic (we are such pro salad makers), and head to Prospect Park to watch the sun set over the cityscape.  The weather was absolutely perfect- warm enough to lay in the shade and read for a while, then cool enough to cozy up in my sweatshirt after the sun tucked itself away behind the buildings.  Prospect Park is one of my favorite places to admire the evening sky; The already gorgeous statehouse just illuminates under the glow of the setting sun.  These impromptu picnics in the park are something I’ll really miss when the weather gets colder…I’m so glad I decided to bring my camera along to preserve this truly breathtaking view.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Providence!

dog days

{A few photos from my instagram that have defined August thus far}

For me, these past few weeks have been bittersweet.  On one hand I am ready to get back into my regular routine and have a schedule again, but on the other hand, the beginning of fall means a whole lot less sleeping in, rarer beach days and my favorite cousin/best friend leaving to study abroad in Rome for a whole 4 months!  But, just as boots and scarves make up for a lack of beach trips, there is a silver lining: her educational enlightenment creates the perfect excuse for me to take a trip to Italy, where leather bags and boots are plentiful!  Until then, I’ll be clinging on to my canvas beach bag and flip flops as I absorb the last of those beautiful summer sunsets.

my favorite kind of weekend

Are you guys getting tired of my sunset pictures of Shorts Sands beach yet?  I really hope not.  Because this is one view I will never get sick of.  My favorite kind of weekend begins with a day at the beach (preferably with a delicious NY state peach), is followed by lounging by the pool and pie and thumbprint cookie baking, and rounds off with a quick trip to the most relaxing little town in New England.  York Beach.  It’s quaint, it’s cute, it’s beachy, warm, happy, calm…there’s seafood and happy hour and fresh tomato and mozzarella salads…there are boat rides and movie nights and long walks to the lighthouse…it’s my favorite place to fall asleep at night and I can’t help but smile when the first thing I see in the morning is the Atlantic Ocean.  It’s safe to say this location will have a special little place in my heart for the rest of my life.  I mean who wouldn’t love a place where the basil plants are nearly the size of small trees?!

This particular weekend happened to be my dad’s 55th birthday (happy birthday, wabs!), which of course required desserts of many varieties, singing, family, presents, and even fireworks! (Okay, maybe they weren’t exactly for his birthday, but they happen to light them off of a barge in the middle of the water, directly outside our house!  The rocking chairs on our porch could not be better seats.)

We also took the little boat tour from Perkin’s Cove, Ogunquit into York, past our house and around the Nubble Lighthouse.  Safe to say my mom and I definitely got a little seasick, but visiting the adorable Perkin’s Cove made it all worthwhile.  I thought the “Buoys” and “Gulls” bathroom signs were too funny not to document.

I hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as me!  And if you’re anywhere near New England and ever have the chance to visit York Beach, I (obviously) highly recommend you do.

The birthday boy himself, on our Perkin’s Cove boatride…always posing!