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I didn’t want to give the #sponsored GS 350 F Sport back to @lexususa but alas it was time. It’s been such a nice week of driving to, and exploring, places like this in New York and Connecticut. I’m so grateful for partners that allow me to be an explorer with relatively little strings since that’s the way I come alive the most. Thank you, Lexus. #DriveLexus • One of the ways I used the car, was in the sending of some very big boxes that I could never have carried from our apartment to a mailing center. They are headed to help people affected by natural disasters, filled with clothes and toiletries and other things that were directly requested by those at shelters, displaced because their homes and everything they owned is just gone. I can’t relate to that directly because I have never had it happen to me but I certainly can help give of the bounty I have. That’s why I’m so grateful for my @gnbinfluence family that prioritizes helping others enough to have found a way for us to all to directly give, as well as to create the #InfluenceLove campaign where we are trying to raise money to send to organizations that are helping people in need in ways we can’t do directly. 👉🏼 I’d love to know how you are responding! What organizations are you supporting? What organizations should I give to? 👈🏼 So many people are in need right now, around the world, and it’s easy to forget when our own lives aren’t always as perfect as they look in one Instagram photo! 🙏🏼💛🌎

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The search I started more than a week ago continued today as I drove into Connecticut with the Lexus GS 350 F Sport, that @lexususa has loaned me, in search of Fall foliage plus cider & donuts. I found the cider and donuts at @beardsleys.cider.mill which I preceded to enjoy via a spontaneous little picnic. And I saw a little bit of the beginnings of some Autumn color in the trees but there’s even less here than there was in the Hudson area this past weekend. I’m not exactly sure what’s driving me (haha, pun intended 🚙) to continue this search but I think it is pure nostalgia. I grew up in Vermont and later my family moved to Michigan, so these things are just a normal part of life for me at this time of year. Yet living in New York City or traveling almost every Autumn for more than half a decade — I’ve sort of been deprived of both. This year, I didn’t want to go through withdrawal again. 🍁🍂 Tell me, what are some of your traditions and childhood favorites that you’d drive out of the way for, or make special plans for in order to experience? I know some of you are not from the USA but I still want to know, what’s your October usually like where you live? ♥️ #DriveLexus #lexusgs350 #sponsored #connecticutgram #beardsleyscidermill #fallroadtrip #autumn🍁 #roadtripusa #discovertheusa

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Driving into a new week and not sure where the road will take me. What are your plans? I have four more days with this Lexus GS 350 F Sport that @lexususa has let me borrow, before I have to give it back and I’m open to suggestions on where I should take it next... • This weekend’s adventure in the Hudson, NY area provided the backdrop for this photo. The Olana State Historic Site & home has beautiful winding roads all throughout the property. Some offer stunning views of the surrounding Hudson Valley, other areas provide that “tree tunnel” look that I adore so much, especially during Autumn. It’s not *quite* peak season yet in this part of New York State but I’m sure it will be before the end of the week! #DriveLexus #lexusgs350 #sponsored #iloveny #nyexplored #fallinny #nylovesfall #fall🍁 #autumn🍁 #roadtrip

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Raise your hand if you like shopping for antiques and vintage treasures! 🙋🏼 I have to raise all my limbs 😝 I’ve been partaking in this pastime since I was a very young girl with my mom and during the years I was nomadic, it was torturous to see all kinds of amazing treasures all over Europe that I had no reason to buy because I had nowhere to put them. So beyond having the ability to explore at will this weekend, while test driving the @lexususa GS 350 F Sport, I was REALLY excited that I’d finally have a way to shop for antiques in Hudson, New York. I think it is one of the best places on the East Coast for antiques. @dante.vincent and I visit frequently but because we always take the train, there’s just no way to transport anything larger than a plate or a vase. This time, however, the Lexus allowed me to score a marble-topped table! (It did not afford me enough room to buy that Bar Cart made from old car parts 😭 but that’s probably for the best. We do have a small NYC apartment after all.) I was so giddy about the table I did get that it’s just silly. It’s because I believe in reclaiming old things as much as possible, instead of buying new. I believe it’s better for our society and our planet if we can reduce and reuse whenever possible, not simply buy new just because it’s convenient. P.S. If you like antiques and vintage treasures as well, you should be following @jesselauzon. Not only does he have amazing taste, he also has some of the best captions you will ever read on Instagram. ♥️ #iloveny #DriveLexus #hudsonny #hudsonnewyork #antiques #vintagetreasures #antiqueshop #exploreny

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Happy weekend! What are your plans? • I’m still doing a Takeover on @theouterbanksnc with @borderfreetravels. Would mean so much to me if you check it out 🙏🏼 • Physically though, I’m driving around the Hudson Valley this weekend in a @lexususa GS 350 F SPORT with @dante.vincent searching for good Fall foliage spots. Since Autumn just really hasn’t arrived in the city yet, I’m trying to get my fill up here. It’s definitely something I recommend to any tourist visiting the USA who is able to rent a car and take a road trip. From New York City to Boston to Portland, Maine - the East Coast and New England in particular, further inland, is the best place in this country to enjoy Fall/Autumn. There is no shortage of scenes that look like this and better. I captured this photo not far from the towns of Catskill and Hudson at Kaaterskill Falls. It’s a little over two hours north of the City straight up the Hudson River. 🌊🍁🍂 #shotoniphone #fallfoliage #iloveny #DriveLexus #visittheusa #discovertheusa #ispyny #nyexplored #fallinny #nylovesfall

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Virtually packing my bags to return to The Outer Banks this weekend. @borderfreetravels and I are taking over @theouterbanksnc account to show you previously unpublished photos from our girlfriend getaway to the islands. If you’re making travel plans for 2018, this is the perfect chance to learn more about this underrated area of the USA in North Carolina. Soaring lighthouses, quaint small towns and some of the longest beaches in this country are waiting for you... • Thank you @raden for the gift of this smart suitcase. Do you use a smart suitcase with charging or other features? Kristen and I each had a Raden for our trip and I really enjoyed being able to charge on the go as we moved from one area of the islands to another. #raden #rollwithraden #theouterbanksnc #obx #obxnow #obxtravels #outerbanks #northcarolina #visittheusa

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After my last post lamenting the lack of availability of cider & donuts in NYC, where many of you expressed you are, like me, craving this less obsessed-over combo; I decided to brave the rain yesterday to see if we didn’t have more options than I knew about. I started with a TimeOut article that I’ve linked to in my Stories. I went to Chelsea Market to see if @doughnuttery’s Fall flavors would fit the bill (sadly, no!) and I purchased from a few different vendors at @unsqgreenmarket. The latter were too cold, stale and old. Not fresh from the oven like the ones in every Autumn memory from my childhood. The 🍎 cider was terrific though. So good I bought three to take home. 😍 I now think the best option is going to be the @carpedonutnyc truck that @paaaaaaaaaaaige was kind enough to tell me about....but they don’t open for the week till tomorrow! So, the search continues. Stay tuned! And tell me, are you: • Team Cider & Donuts • Team Pumpkin Everything #unionsquaregreenmarket #autumn🍁 #fall🍁🍂 #louisvuitton #autumninnewyork #kaNYguide #🍎

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Now that I’m home and know I’ll be in New York City for most of the month, I cannot. wait. for. the. leaves. to. turn. 🍁🍂 so the whole city is colorful and crisp. I love Autumn. I think it’s my favorite season in the City. My only complaint is that no one has a food truck selling cider and apple orchard donuts. (Business opportunity alert‼️) Because I crave them both at this time of year after growing up with them and it’s not that easy to just pop upstate to a cider mill when you don’t own a car. Which is funny, in that when I first moved to this city, I had grand plans of road trips every weekend and lots of sightseeing along the Eastern seaboard as well as New England. I dreamed of always being back up in Vermont, my home state, at this time of year. But those schemes and dreams died a quick death when I realized it’s actually easier and cheaper to just fly to Paris if you can’t own a car. I remember one summer when @dante.vincent and I rented a car with some friends to go on a weekend adventure and even splitting it four ways still ended up being more expensive than a plane ticket..... Well that was a tangent but if there’s a lesson to be learned I think it’s that life doesn’t always go the way you think it will; what’s important is to love the life you do have! 💛 #newyorkcity #autumninnewyork #centralparknyc #newyorkornowhere #autumncolors #latergramsfordays #iloveny

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After a month of work adventures on the West Coast, it was nice to say, “Bonjour, New York!” Even better to be able to catch up with so many favorites, so soon after returning home, at the new outpost of one of my favorite brands: @sezane. It was an evening of discussion about #TheNewParis and the new New York with @lostncheeseland et @obviousstate hosted by cutie pie @brightbazaar. The store did not disappoint, the company was out of this world lovely (humbled by how crazy talented my friends are!) and it was such a treat to simply be social for an evening without having to capture every detail. But I still did take this photo because immediately it occurred to me how nice of a moment this would be to announce on the feed that I was back home. 😝 Now, I hope this hot spell ends and the Fall leaves appear soon so I can share lots of colorful Autumn photos with you before it’s off to Scotland with @dante.vincent at the end of the month. 🍁 #fromwhereistand #newyorkbynewyorkers #bonjournewyork #sezanenyc #thefrancophiles

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First blog post is now live #linkinthebio from 19 days and more than 3,600 miles of road tripping through the state of #VisitCalifornia 😳🤣 The 5 individuals in this carousel of photos became like family. Right down to the fact that you don’t always like family but you do always love them. We endured some pretty crazy things together and leaving each other on the last day was a lot harder than I ever imagined it could be. 💕 There’s @borderfreetravels who I was already close to and have worked with before. Kristen’s films are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in travel media and I can’t wait for you to see the ones she is creating for #CaliforniaWild. 💙 There is @adamballard1978 & @kellyenglish78 of @explorecaliforniatravel who were our sainted docents/drivers/field managers/saviors. I want to move to California now so I can see them all the time. Or I’m just going to book one of their trips so I can travel with them again! 💚 Then there is Sherry of @ottsworld who I’ve known the longest but don’t get to see that often. I recently read a blog post by a travel blogger about how ridiculous travel bloggers are and immediately I thought of Sherry *because* she breaks all those molds that this other blogger was railing against. And she always has. I admire her so much and if I ever grow up, I want to be more like her. ❤️ And Kim of @stuffedsuitcase who I met for the first time the day we began in Sacramento. Kim’s blog is full of dynamic information about family travel and if you have kids I can’t recommend you check it out highly enough. Knowing how seriously she takes her job, I know her readers are in good hands. She and I often had to work the most closely together and I can’t wait to see all the photos she took! 💛 Who are your road trip besties? Who are the people you love to travel with? Tag them in a comment!

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🙏🏼 Thank you to @bose for gifting me this #Soundlink Micro that made our recent picnic at The Old Sugar Mill so much better. A long day of shooting meant it was nice to be able to take our time eating and the portability of the #Soundlink Micro made it easier to relax with some music we streamed to the speaker via its quick and simple Bluetooth connection. #ad

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