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Remember last year when Bubbles & Bloggers took a field trip to my old neck of the woods to get some of that country fall goodness you can’t get in the city? Well, when we were at Rocklands, I picked up some farm fresh pork for Kendall and now we’re spoiled and the stuff from the grocery store just doesn’t cut it. Since this past weekend was so gorgeous, we decided to take a little field trip of our own.

Content warning: if you’re a vegetarian who has a problem with my purchasing farm-fresh meat, you might want to stop reading. Nothing graphic, I promise, but I do love eating meat, and I’m a huge fan of buying local.

I didn’t realize this because last fall we made other stops, but Rocklands Farm is only about 40 minutes outside of DC, with a gorgeous drive to get there. There’s plenty of parking, and the farm isn’t so massive that you feel overwhelmed- everything for visitors is pretty much contained. Because it was such a beautiful day, there were a ton of families enjoying the sunshine, wine, and nibbles from the market- lots of littles running around.

Since we were going to my parents’ for dinner after, I picked up a bottle of their Sandstone to take my dad, and some fresh flowers for my mom. You can check out all of their wines here.

Kendall had never been to Rocklands before so we carefully took our time selecting the cuts of pork to take home. While they don’t deliver, you can order your meats/ poultry online and select a designated drop-off spot to pick up your product. Another option is to sign up for the Rocklands Meat CSA, which is a club for pasture-raised, grass-fed & finished, nutrient-dense and humanely-raised meats. The meat CSA share includes a monthly selection of a diverse variety of cuts, flash-frozen & vacuum sealed, of beef, pork, lamb and chicken, varying month to month.  We considered it, but it’s so nice to get out of the city occasionally and hand-select whatever it is you want that I don’t know if we’ll end up doing that.

I clearly decided to go all country girl for mu outfit. I may be mostly city-fied, but I do love my fresh air and wide open spaces from time to time.

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Dress: Island Gypsy||Denim jacket: Target||Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone||Stella & Dot Stack: Melody Bracelet; Wishing Bracelet – Bisous; Wishing Bracelet – Protective Eye; Pavé Wishing BraceletHarmony Bracelet||Similar Coach bag

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Saturday, 16 DC bloggers (and one more who met us there by car) hopped on a shuttle in DuPont Circle before 10am and headed out to the country for a day of fall fun. We started poppin’ bottles almost immediately, as more of us had brought a bottle of champs or two to share, and made our way to stop one, Butler’s Orchard.

I grew up going to Butler’s Orchard, so that leg of the trip was suggested by me. There a pictures of baby Caroline riding the ponies and sticking me face through wooden cutouts of ghosts and pumpkins. We used to always get our pumpkins there until my church started selling them. I remember always leaving with a fresh apple from their little produce market or a candy apple that I would eat all the goodies off of first, and not wanting to share my sweet potato fries from the bbq stand. It was, literally, like going home.

We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day, and some of us did leave with pumpkins! I got a mini and two gourds to add to my little fall display at home. Roxanne and I both stopped pulled pork at the bbq stand, and I got to watch some of my friends take their first hayride. One highlight for me was meeting Tyler Butler. His family runs the show of what are some of my sweetest fall memories. (His mom makes the candy apples!) Saturday was special… just pure happiness. I’m sure you could see that if you saw my instagram.

Stop two was Rocklands Farm Winery & Market. I had never been to this farm, and Dani found it while organizing the trip. I’ve actually never been to a winery before *gasp* so I had no idea what to expect, but we did know there were animals and immediately some of us went to follow the sign “To The Piggies”.

Oh. My. Goodness. If you have never seen baby piglets in person, they are the size and fuzziness of  kittens! And the big ones snore in little whimpers, which is hilarious. Dani and I even got to talk to the mother of the owner, and she took us to one little guy who’d needed stitches and he seemed to be doing ok beside the cut- apparently very angry that crated rather than back with his mama.

We did the tasting inside the market, where there were two little bars set up. Not sure how they did it, but some of the girls managed two rounds. I personally loved the Sandstone, but you can check out all their wine info here. I also picked up some pork chops (am I horrible for doing that after lovin’ on the piggies?) for Kendall, fresh goat cheese, and fresh apple cider. Back on the bus for a bumpy ride home, cleaned the apartment, and heading back out to Laytonsville to spend the rest of the weekend with my family. Phew. What did you do this weekend? Did you enjoy the fall, y’all?  Huge thank you to Dani for organizing!

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I have a confession- with my parents living not even an hour outside of DC, I essentially have double (at least) the storage of most of my city friends. This is usually wonderful as my off-season clothes can be out of sight, out of mind, out of coveted closet space in my apartment. Before I moved, I took most of my cold-weather clothes that were still in my Georgetown apartment to Laytonsville. There is just one issue with this. It makes navigating days where it’s 45 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon a little tricky. I have very minimal fall stuff with me right now, so I feel like my outfits for work have been a little mushy. One day last week I wore and Old Navy sundress with Uggs because whatever.

The fall clothes I do have here are mostly from my Chowderfest haul when I went down the shore a few weeks ago. My friend Tiffany and I are both obsessed with Island Gypsy, and this year we shopped smarter. After a lovely dinner of ALL OF THE APPS at Bistro 14, we headed over to Island Gypsy to scout our picks and try things on the night before their end of season sale. This at least eliminated the need to try anything on the next day in the huge crowds, but we still had to wait in line for a good half hour to pay. Worth it. As per usual, Tiff had to reign me in. No Caroline, you don’t need that t shirt in 5 colors, pick two! We did both leave with the grey duster, and actually both wore it to my housewarming party!

Let me just take a mo to also point out my darling little quilted Flora bag from Urban Expressions. I’m into little details so the quilted texture (kind of channeling Chanel, yes?) and the tassel were right up my alley. Urban Expressions has become one of my favorite brands for bags. I love the fact that they’re vegan, but such high quality. Guilt free glam, y’all! You can snag the Flora or anything else from Urban Expressions for 25% off with the code CLOVE25. You can also get 20% off my (or any other) Boho Betty bracelet with the code THECAROLOVE20.

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Like many of you, I had the day off yesterday. Kendall and I took full advantage and had ourselves a little adventure. You may have seen my Instagram post of Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Virginia. We spent a good hour or so underground learning about Anthodites, stalagmites, stalactites, and how the Smithsonian may or may not have killed an entire species of beetle and we had a total blast! I would say if you’re in the mood for an educational and different day trip from The District that this would be a good call.  They also have a mirror maze and mini train for little ones. Bring something warm- it’s 54 degrees in the caverns!

We hadn’t originally planned on the taverns at all, though. I saw an article a while back mentioning Dinosaur Land and I knew immediately I had to get there. It’s bizarre, but really sweet! For a small admission fee, you enter a park full of dinosaur models (and a shark and some tree characters and King Kong?). It has a kitschy feel to it without the sinister cloud of South of the Border, and it was actually really cute to see all the little kids running around the park picking out their favorite dinos.  The park is definitely geared to kids- little kids- but it’s kind of awesome to see this little park that’s been around since the 60s. The statues are crumbling but the people working there are the sweetest and it’s a gorgeous piece of land as well! I went for the nostalgia and was not disappointed. It was Kendall’s idea to hit the caverns after, and I’m so glad we did because it was a bit of a hike, about an hour and a half, to get down there and it would have been weird to just go home after. We grabbed hibachi on the way home and our little daycation was the best. We’ve seriously had the best time living together, and I want to say a thank you to everyone who stopped by on Saturday to see our new place. This weekend has me feeling truly, truly blessed.

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