Tuesday, June 5, 2018

{yellow sundress in sonoma valley}

Over Memorial Day Weekend I went to Sonoma, California for a Bachelorette party for a close friend from high school. I flew in to San Francisco early Thursday morning and then we drove to Sonoma on Friday! We stayed in an insane AirBNB and enjoyed the pool, king size beds, a sauna/steam room. Saturday we hopped on a tour bus and got to visit a bunch of wineries in Sonoma... my favorite was MacRostie Winery and Vineyards. The view was amazing but the wine was even better! We did a comparison tasting - sampling three glasses of Chardonnay together and then three glasses of Pinot Noir. I loved tasting the subtle differences between each one!

My sweet friend Jenna snapped some photos of my outfit in the vines for me so I thought I would share them with y'all. This dress was so comfortable and lightweight for the summer heat - plus it's so dang cute!!
























Have you been to Sonoma before? I couldn't believe how beautiful and unique each winery was... and the views! Oh my gosh, sweeping vines up and down everywhere you looked. I am already dreaming about my next trip out to California... I used to spend every summer there with my family and have such amazing memories. Can't wait to make more!

Love Always,

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

{forever 21 try-on haul}

Last week I shared a couple of dresses/rompers that I got from Forever 21! Y'all were really excited to see my picks so I thought I would post them here as well so you can continue to shop them :) I still love shopping at F21 because it's budget friendly and when you want to buy something trendy that you know won't be in style forever this is the place to go. Right now I'm loving the tie-waist detail... more than half of what I purchased coincidentally had a cute little tie. 

I'm wearing a Medium in everything and am 5'-5" for reference! Happy shopping :)


This is such an easy cotton dress and is perfect to go from desk to drinks! I also LOVE to travel in maxi dresses and will pair this with a jean jacket when I travel to CA at the end of the month.





Calling all you bachelorette babes! We all have those bridal weekends where we need a cute black dress! This one juuuuuust hits my fingertips but what it lacks in length (lol) it makes up for in sass! I had a little bit of room around my rib cage so if you're a bustier gal you will still be good to go! [It's a little hard to tell but the front has buttons from top to bottom with a middle tie - you can see a bit of my skin.]




This maxi was the reason for my F21 shopping spree! It's so lightweight and feminine! The bottom is a little see-through but just make sure you wear nude undergarments. I also wasn't able to wear a bra with this but the top is double-lined and you can adjust the bow to make sure it fits properly. The straps are adjustable and there is a zipper up the back.




My high school preppy heart was fulfilled when I tried this on. I don't normally wear tight-fitted dresses (food comes first, always) but this didn't leave me feeling self-conscious at all! There is a bit of rubber around the top so it stays up and the bow is adjustable. It zips all the way up the back but doesn't have too much stretch to it.




So much feminine goodness in one beautiful red dress! I wore this to my high school reunion last weekend and got soooo many compliments on it. I love the wrap around ruffle - made it super easy to walk and dance in! The straps are adjustable and it zips up the side.




CAN I WEAR THIS EVERY DAY!? I love a lot of rompers but idk if I've ever loved one as much as this! Bring on the Fourth of July! The back zips up and has elastic around the top so that it stays up securely. The bow in the front is adjustable so you can loosen or tighten it and the best part is that the whole romper is lined - so it's not see through at all!




I love this dress but it was a little too tight on me - it literally fit like a glove but not in a way I wanted haha. The ruffle on the bottom has a slight hi-lo look to it that I couldn't get enough of! The straps are adjustable and the bra cups have padding in them so you don't have to figure out a bra! I'm wearing a M but probably would have been happier with a L.



If you have any questions let me know! I also am curious... do you like seeing these try-on hauls? I posted it on IG but then it disappears. Do you like seeing them posted on the blog too?

Love Always,

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

{weekend away at lansdowne resort}


I love the hustle and bustle of the city but sometimes you need an escape. Normally, my answer is to head out to a winery for the day or go on a hike but after a couple of stressful weeks at work some R&R was needed. So, Kyle and I packed our bags one sunny (but really, really windy) Saturday morning and headed out to Loudoun County to stay at Lansdowne Resort!

HOW TO GET THERE

I can't tell you how amazing it was to only have to drive 45 minutes to get there - our mini-vacation started so quickly! There were a couple of toll roads but you could easily go around them, it just may take a little longer. If you're flying in, the Dulles airport is only 15 minutes away.


THE ROOMS

Every single room has a view of the beautiful greenery that surrounds the hotel on every side! I love the simplicity of the beds and the lounge chair and bar cart sitting in front of the huge window. The desk area has a cute picture collage over it which makes it feel very home-y. The beds... oh boy y'all. They were like big pillows! Also, what is it about all white bedding that just makes it feel more cloud like?




WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Kyle and I explored the entire hotel after checking in to really get a lay of the land since the sun was shining. After walking around for awhile and peeking in every room we grabbed a bottle of wine at the market (they sell wine from local vineyards) and decided to take happy hour in our room. We were so thrilled to have a cheese and charcuterie board delivered! It's not a true vacation if you don't have room service and eat it in bed, right?


My favorite thing about Lansdowne was that we didn't have to go far to find food or drink. There were tons of restaurant options and they all had a different feel to them! We ate at Coton & Rye Saturday night for dinner and really treated ourselves to a meal... pre-dinner cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees, and dessert!! Everything was so delicious and it was an entirely new menu! They're constantly changing what is prepared so that seasonal items can be used and the chefs can stay sustainable. I absolutely loved sitting by the fire too - it just felt really romantic



The next morning, before our spa day, we had brunch at Riverside Hearth. I'm pretty sure a buffet brunch is the best thing ever... sweet and savory all on one plate (multiple plates, obviously). I didn't indulge in the mac&cheese and chicken tenders but I did have the most beautiful waffle made for me ever!


Be sure to check out the rest of Lansdowne's restaurants like Pub 46 for happy hour, Piedmont's Table for a fancy night out, and the new spots they have coming this summer! Guess that means I'll have to make a trip back ;)

WHAT TO DO & SEE

I was really shocked at all of the activities that Lansdowne hosts not only for the guests but for locals as well. Kyle and I were there during a really cold and windy weekend so we opted to stay inside for the majority of the weekend. We took part in a cooking class and learned how to make Irish Car Bomb bites (it was before St. Patrick's Day!) with one of the pastry chefs! She taught us lots of tips and tricks and we got to sample everything as it was made.


Before leaving we walked along the river and all through the golf course - even though it was cold everything was still really beautiful. I don't know how to golf but it is definitely a golfer's paradise and makes me want to learn (mainly because of the cute outfits, driving range, and the little food hut on the course haha).



In warmer weather there is an insane pool, hot tub, water slide, etc!! If I need a list of reasons to go back in warmer weather this is 100% on that list! There are also tennis courts on the property that are calling my name for summer ;)



The best part about Lansdowne, in my opinion, has to be the Spa! They offer everything from manicure/pedicure to facials to couples massages to hair styling. My massage was probably the highlight of my trip - it was incredibly relaxing and hanging out in the sauna and steam room after totally took away all of my Sunday scaries! I would recommend bringing a bathing suit and heading to the Spa early so that you can enjoy the hot tub with a glass of wine beforehand as well. There are showers with a Eucalyptus Steam that feel incredible after a nice massage and quiet time in the steam room! Just thinking about my time at the spa right now has me daydreaming



WHAT TO WEAR

The majority of the resort is pretty casual - I opted for blue jeans and boots on Saturday (post coming soon) and switched into heels and an off the shoulder sweater for dinner! All of the restaurants have their own vibe but you can dress however you want. Piedmont's is the only place where you really need to dress up and golf whites for the course obviously ;) The entire resort has a blend of fancy events and casual events so it's great to see that people are just comfortable and enjoying their vacations!


Has anyone been to Lansdowne before? Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions!

**Thank you to Lansdowne Resort for sponsoring my stay! All thoughts and opinions are my own!**

Love Always,
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