Vineyard Ride

Top SheIn (original version here) // Jeans J.Crew (an on major sale here) // Scarf, old (similar here and here) // Earrings Kate Spade // Bracelets J.Crew and Nordstrom // Sunglasses Tory Burch // Sneakers Nike // Sandals Jack Rogers // Purse Kate Spade // Lip Nars ‘Roman Holiday’

For my last installment of my time in Cape Cod, I am reflecting on my trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

Growing up I loved riding my horse around, but post-high school it has been hard to find opportunities to ride again. I knew Martha’s Vineyard was famed for some of its stables and riding trails, so this year I did a lot of research on different riding companies and ended up booking a private 2-hour ride through the large state park in the center of the island with Esperanza Riding Company.

It was such a special experience and we both said it was our favorite thing we did on the trip. Alex had never ridden before (outside of a formative childhood pony ride) and our guide was excellent at making sure he was comfortable and acquainted with his horse before we set off. The state park was beautiful and nearly abandoned even on a beautiful late-summer day. Our guide was a native of the island so she was able to tell us all about growing up there and many interesting details about the area. The best fact we learned from her is that originally there was never a Martha or even a vineyard on the island but the name is thought to come from the abundance of the wild grapes that grow there.

Any equestrian readers of Climbing Rose may raise an eyebrow at my outfit choice, but I assure you for an easy morning trail ride it worked! Like everyone else my obsession with off-the-shoulder tops has been unending this season (if you follow along on Instagram you have seen my blue gingham dress on shameless repeat). This top in particular is a dupe of a designer one that came out earlier this spring. I paired it with white jeans to give it a breezy, summer look that let the details of the top shine. My pop of color came from this great silk scarf I bought while studying abroad in Florence, Italy, during college. I love that silk scarves are showing up again this season as they are a great way to add a quick splash of color and pattern to any outfit. I am already thinking of ways to mix my scarf collection with sweaters as the temperatures drop. In addition to the scarf, this bright yellow purse is surprisingly versatile! I often use accessories as a way to incorporate colors or trends not present in my clothing wardrobe and this purse has really gotten me to consider yellow more when out shopping.

After our trail ride, we headed to charming Edgartown where we had a wonderful lunch at Behind the Bookstore Cafe. From there we walked around town and popped into a few stores while I shopped for a Christmas Tree ornament (my favorite souvenir to bring home from travels). Both of us loved the town and resolved to come back on our next trip to explore more!

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