Apple Picking | Twisted Front Tee and Leather Backpack
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As the weather started to cool, one thing my friends and I wanted to do was go apple picking. Luckily for us, there are quite a few orchards outside DC in Virginia and Maryland. We went to Stribling Orchard in Virginia and got about a half bushel of apples each. Right now, Brian is making apple butter with his portion and I’m planning on making apple pie with what’s left of mine tomorrow. Our friends also made sure to pick up apple cider (my favorite) for a warm cup on colder days. I seriously love apples! I actually don’t like the taste of pumpkins (I hate pumpkin spice lattes) so apples are my go-to fruit in the Fall. I gotta say though, after about 30 minutes of picking apples at the orchard… we were kind of over it. Even though the temperatures were cool, it was still a rather humid day so we were sweaty; most of the apples we liked were already picked; and carrying a half bushel of apples everywhere is heavy. I think we’ll skip the picking and just buy fresh pre-picked apples from the orchard next year #justbeinghonest.
I’ve been wanting this cute tee from BP for a while. When it finally went on sale on the Nordstrom website, I snatched it up (the last one in my size!) It’s such a great top that can be dressed up for work or down with jeans…for apple picking! The twist in the front adds an interesting element to what could have otherwise been a boring top. I paired it with brown elements like my leather backpack and my boots for a more autumnal feel. I can’t wait to wear this with a nice pair of trousers for work as well.
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apple picking tips
If you are planning a trip to the orchard to pick apples this fall and do a photoshoot, I do have a few recommendations for you.
First, wear comfortable shoes. I LOVE my Blondo booties and they seemed perfect for the occasion because it’s waterproof and they’re very comfortable. I found out how wrong I was when I noticed the heel kept getting caught with the apples that had fallen on the ground. I almost tripped and fell a few times because of it. Flat boots that can get muddy or wet will be your best bet (it would have been a great day for my Hunter Boots).
Secondly, there will be a lot of bad apples (heh) on the ground and lots of people around so you’ll have to find good angles to get the Instagrammable shots you came for. I think we did a decent job with the photos but there were A LOT of people there when we went. Luckily, Brian has a good eye for framing the photos so it made it look like we were the only ones there. It’ll take some patience and trial and error.
Thirdly, Stribling Orchard had about 20+ different apple varieties that we could pick. Apparently they all come into season at different times and some of our favorite varieties were either already gone or not ripe yet (like fuji apples). Be sure to check out the website of the orchard for details on what apples are in season so you’ll be sure you’re getting your favorite apples.