our east coast trip {recap in pictures and what I learned while away}

{all images (c) jacin fitzgerald, please credit if used}

Oh east coast. I miss you already. We’ve only been back in SF for less than a day and I’m pining for hot {I’ll even take humid!} summer air. But we certainly enjoyed ourselves during our stay. From introducing friends + family to Rhody to quality time with friends + family to eating way. too. much {no seriously, I don’t think I stopped eating since the first cannoli I had at Mike’s in Boston}, we just did it up.

Here are a few things I learned during the trip:

No matter where I go in life, I will always be a New Englander and I definitely carry that aesthetic through in to what I do now. Give me sandy whites, ocean blues, beach plum pinks and beach grass greens anyday and I’ll be a happy girl.

It’s OK to take a vacation but even more OK to admit you are on one. Being a business owner, it’s really, really hard to take time off and admit that you are taking time off. You’re always worried you’re going to miss something, or someone is going to judge you being away, or people will assume you might just not have enough work to do. Oh trust me, I have plenty going on but if you are able to manage your time effectively and create time for you, that is just so key in my mind. The time I spent with my parents, brother, in-laws and friends I hadn’t seen in over a year was priceless and something I’ll never get back. Oh sure I checked my email daily for a few projects I have coming up this month and weddings next month, but I also tried not to give myself a hard time about sitting back and enjoying a bit of down time. That’s a hard thing to do!

{rhody was obsessed with my parents, and followed my dad everywhere he went. they considered him their “grandchild” for the week}

Driving with the radio off promotes the best kind of thinking. I am constantly wondering how I can improve - through my services, my actions, my letter-writing, my cooking, whatever. But in the world of rebrands every 6-months and constant change surrounding us everywhere we go, it’s really hard to keep that level of confidence, when something awesome pops up every day to make you question yourself. While driving my mom’s car up for a site visit in Cape Cod, I decided to turn off the radio for a while and just let my mind think. It was so refreshing to hear nothing but the wind and smell the salt air and refresh my senses but also my soul. I need a little check-out like that every once in a while. Maybe we all do?

Inspiration is everywhere. Though I am typically drawn to my favorite things, Nantucket ferry ride views, sandy beaches in LBI, beach plums galore, I found that everywhere I went, I was jotting down mental notes (or written ones when able!) about ideas and new things to try for decor & styling. I was so in love with the beauty that surrounded me, something I always took for granted growing up in a small shoreline New England town. Well, going back this time around I was really in awe of what a gorgeous place it really is, and took pictures everywhere I went, on all the little day trips and on walks by the shore. Here were some of my favorite shots:

{sea kelp is so pretty! we used it to make a pretty mermaid crown for my 3-year old niece who thought it was the most magical thing she’d ever worn}

{I fell in love with this pretty coral-y/peach shell sitting in the sand down in LBI}

{how gorgeous is the pop of color on this family’s coral front door?}

{if you know me by now you won’t question when I start taking pictures of the ceiling during a lunch with a lovely bride. I just loved the colors going on here - the soft blue, weathered gray + copper & browns}

{my 2 best girlfriends and I went to this little park in our hometown on my last day and set up beach chairs, dogs in tow. It was perfect.}

All in all it was such an amazing trip, but it is great to get back to the daily routine… hope you’re all enjoying your summers thus far!

  • Anni says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    These are beautiful photos! I love this post, Jacin, and relate to it so much! Your hard work and dedication definitely shine through this site and your whole online presence. You definitely deserve a vacation. I love what you said about the east coast always being home, too, because Ross and I are pining to move to a new city in a couple of years, but I know Chicago will always be home.

  • Jessica says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    Glad you had such a great trip and vacation! Love the pic recap!

  • Nicole says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    My hubby and I need the kind of jobs you and yours have! I swear. I get 2 weeks vacation a year, that’s it. right now he only gets 1. it is a little hard in that aspect, but I have a pretty crappy job anyway :(.

  • Christina says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    so glad you had such a great trip here! you really lucked out for the most part with weather while in jersey :) and i love your pictures! so pretty. it really is so important to truly go into “Vacation mode” and im glad you were able to!

  • Julie says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    what beautiful photos, Jacin! So glad you had a wonderful trip….I’m so happy to hear that you were able to take the time to relax, well deserved!

  • Nicole Ebbitt (@thecarameljar) says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    So glad you took the time for yourself and your family! It was SO great to meet you - finally! To many more “meet halfways!”

  • Kathleen says on July 16, 2012 Reply

    Yay for you! So glad you took the time and had such an amazing trip back home. I recently went back home to my husband’s home town on the Jersey Shore, we do it every summer. It really does reenergize me. And as soon as we get home to Chicago we start planning our trip for the next year! Our kids live for it, from summer to summer. It’s the only time, really, they spend with our extended families. We’re making memories of a lifetime I think! Oh, and did I tell you (not sure if I mentioned this when I commented about my love of PORK ROLL:))that growing up we vacationed on LBI many a summer? And I’m quite happy to find someone else who actually calls it “the shore!” Love the pictures!

  • bethany says on July 17, 2012 Reply

    So, so happy that you had a fantastic time! Loved seeing all your sneaks on FB and Instagram! It made me want to take a trip to New England…and also anxious to get back to my hometown in the midwest. Isn’t it amazing how you can leave your hometown, and then return to be inspired like it’s all brand new?

    I always find it refreshing when business owners (specifically creative businesses) unapologetically step away from their professional life for time with family + friends. It makes them human…and I love that. :)

    Btw, agreed about silencing the radio. Driving + silence = ultimate think time!

  • Kiele Gregoire says on July 17, 2012 Reply

    I’m so glad you had such a great time! And so proud of your new england love, so happy for you that you got to reconnect with it, and actually take time to enjoy. this is such a great recap full of so many inspiring thoughts. i love it! maybe new england trips are in order EVERY summer. or more.

  • Stacey says on July 18, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful photos and I love hearing about your explorations! I’m just sorry I missed you! Also, I just had to comment because I’ve recently discovered the art of driving-without-music too and it’s soooo nice for the soul and mind! XO

  • naomi says on July 18, 2012 Reply

    Going home can be some of the best vacations ever…glad you had a great time. You probably enjoyed all the lovely little details :-)

  • Bets says on July 19, 2012 Reply

    Those hydrangeas are breathtaking! Where exactly in the East Coast did you take that photo? I love it!

  • Ariel says on July 21, 2012 Reply

    These pictures are seriously beautiful!

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