Wednesday, November 29, 2017

{tie sleeve sweater with heels}

Photography by Laura Lehman

We've all been seeing statement sleeve sweaters this season and I'm officially on board with any sleeve detail. Such a simple way to amp up a cozy sweater! I mean I'm basically wearing a sweatshirt that has bows on the wrists - and I can wear this to work and get away with it! Hello, sign me up and deliver all the tie sleeves please! The best part is there are so many different kinds. Whether you like big and bell sleeved or subtle with no bow. It's a fun way to amp up your sweater game.

Styled with jeans, a red lip, and green heels - you've got the easiest (and very subtle) holiday look for a night out with your significant other or the girls!

If you own a tie sleeve sweater then you know one thing... don't reach across the table at dinner! ;)

Love Always,

Monday, November 27, 2017

{cyber monday shopping deals 2017}

I started creating this last night and then my computer died... I always like to combine the best sales into one master list so that you can click and shop quickly. A lot of the deals are applied automatically but some aren't so be sure your discount is applied before you click purchase.
Now to help all of your holiday shopping I present to you the BEST DEALS of Cyber Monday 2K17. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Ann Taylor // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: BESTMONDAY
Anthropologie // 20% off full-priced items + free shipping orders $100+ (no code needed)
ASOS // 30% off everything with code: EPIC30
BB Dakota // 50% off select black friday items (no code needed)
Banana Republic // 50% off everything (no code needed)
Barrington // 10% off $150 or more, 15% off $250 or more, 20% off $350 or more with code: Holiday
Baublebar // 35% off everything with code: CYBER35
Bobbi Brown // 25% off everything + five free minis (no code needed)
Chicwish //extra 15% off orders $70+ with code: CBM15
Draper James // 25% off your purchase with code: MERRY
Express // 50% off everything + free shipping (no code needed)
Free People // additional 25% off all sale (no code needed)
GAP // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CYBER
Gigi New York // 35% off sitewide + free shipping (no code needed)
J.Crew // 40% off everything + free shipping with code: SHOPFAST
Kate Spade // 30% off full-priced items and 40% off sale items with code: GIVEJOY
Kendra Scott // 20% off everything with code: YELLOW20
Kiel James Patrick // 25% off everything with code: SETSAIL
Lisi Lerch // 30% off everything + $5 shipping (no code needed)
LOFT // 50% off everything + free shipping with code: CLICK
Madewell // 25% off everything with code: DONTSTRESS
Marley Lilly // up to 70% off + free gift with $50 order (no code needed)
Mark & Graham // 25% off + free shipping with code: FRIENDS
Minted // 25% off everything with code: CM2017
Moon & Lola // 30% off everything with code: CYBERMONDAY
Neiman Marcus // up to 70% off in online clearance and spend $200 earn a $50 gift card with code: GC4YOU
Nordstrom // extra 20% off select sale items (no code needed)
Old Navy // 50% off everything + free cozy sock with code: COZY
Parker NY // 30% off everything with code: CELEBRATE
Ray-Ban // 20% off everything, 30% off selected icons, 50% off selected styles (no code needed)
Rent the Runway // 30% off all rentals, even unlimited (no code needed)
Revolve // extra 20% off final sale with code: CYBER20 and 75% off new markdowns
Sam Edelman // 30% off sale styles + free expedited shipping with code: CYBERSALE
Shopbop // additional 35% off all sale items with code: WOW35
Sole Society // 30% off everything (no code needed)
Starfish Project // up to 80% off items
T3 Micro // 25% off everything + free shipping with code: MONDAY17
Target // 15% off online only (no code needed)
Tory Burch // 30% off $250 or more with code: THANKS
Tuckernuck // 20% off everything , 25% off $500+, %30 off $1000 with code: GONUTS
Vineyard Vines // 25% off everything with code: HOLIDAY17
PHEW! What a list... I'm wrapping up my holiday shopping tonight and maybe getting myself a couple of things ;) what are y'all getting this year? Do you love to shop for the holidays during Cyber Monday as well?!
Love Always,

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

{travel guide | richmond, virginia}

Two months ago I had the opportunity to finally experience Richmond over a weekend without being there for a wedding! I went with Kristyn and Laura, my two travel buds, to get a taste of the amazing history in RVA and all that it had to offer. We were also hoping for a little bit of cool weather but that wasn't the case haha. Every time I've visited Richmond it's been for a friends wedding - I've always stayed at the same hotel, and eaten at the same restaurants, and done the exact same thing. So when the three of us were invited to stay at the newly renovated Jefferson Hotel, I knew this was going to be a different type of visit to this awesome city. It's easy to say that I'm looking forward to going back and checking off more of the restaurants that were recommended to me and explore even more of the bars and views!


If you're close by on the East coast it's a really easy drive - only 2 hours from DC! There is also an international airport 15 minutes away from downtown Richmond.


I have stayed at a fair amount of hotels because of all the weddings I've been to... maybe almost 7 in RVA? Staying at The Jefferson Hotel was the most incredible place I've ever stayed in. The rooms were just recently updated, the staff was incredible, the rooms were massive, the beds were fluffy and perfectly white, the carpet was padded, and the bathroom mirrors had tv's in them (haha)! Oh, and I'm a bathrobe junkie and I really lived in the bathrobes when we were in the room... I didn't get dressed until the last second. They just recently redecorated and the colors and decor felt so regal yet warm and welcoming - it was so fantastic. One of the best things was the concierge provided us with complimentary shuttles wherever we wanted to go - they picked us up too. That's incredible in the land of Uber and Lyft! We loved being able to walk to a bunch of restaurants (and the river area was a quick jog away) but being able to take a bus to Carytown was great for helping us expand our exploring! I'm dying to go back around Christmas because the holiday decor is absolutely amazing!! The holiday spirit is in full force right now - just check it out on their website!


The Beer Trail - a group of breweries that are a must visit! The majority are in a neighborhood called Scott's Addition. We went to The Veil Brewing Co and Ardent. Next time we want to check out Hardywood too!
Stella's - Easily the best dinner I've had in a long time. Not only was the ambience perfect - I love a good candlelit restaurant that is still lively with people chatting - but the food selection was insane (I loved the dish "pasta no. 5" the best). I wish I could've taken photos of everything but it was too dark!
The Jefferson Hotel - theeeee most amazing champagne buffet brunch! Pretty sure I had 4 plates of food? There were waffles, oysters, honey ham, shrimp and grits, you name it! And THEN there was a whole table filled with every dessert your heart could dream up... I got every single dessert and tried them all hahah I couldn't help it!
Can Can Brasserie - we stopped here for french fries and a glass of wine after walking in Carytown!
Havana 59 - Cuban flair restaurant that has great dancing
Boathouse Rockett's Landing - great views of the James River. This is always a great group spot when the weather is nice and you can take photos out on the balcony
The Quirk hotel - rooftop drinks with an awesome view!
Maple & Pine - gorgeous pink accents and the perfect place to grab brunch with your girls

These were all suggestions from friends of mine!
Edo's Squid
Baker's Crust
Coppola's Deli
Kuba Kuba
The Daily
Mama J's (Southern food)
Wong Gonzalez
Belle Isle
Continental Westhampton (brunch)
Burger Bach
Laura Lee's


Hollywood Cemetery - Segway Tour
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Art Galleries on First Fridays
Edgar Allen Poe Museum
Maymont Park
Cary town - shopping, eating, music, etc!
Virginia Capital Trail
Tour the Tredegar
Take a run along the James River


Richmond is a pretty casual town. If you're out walking you'll want comfortable shoes (obviously) but dress them up with a fun sweater or accessories. Style is strong everywhere you go so it's a great opportunity to show your own personal flair! Even though everyone was dressed pretty casually people dressed up for dinner and brunch! It was fun to wear a pair of heels to brunch at The Jefferson - most people were wearing their Sunday best :) I loved wearing a bright skirt out at night and pairing it with my jean jacket too.

Any suggestions where the three of us should travel to next?!

*Thank you to The Jefferson Hotel and Visit Richmond for a wonderful stay and visit! All thoughts, photos, and opinions are my own.*

Love Always,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

{day trip to bluemont vineyard with DCAcar}

It's no secret that spending a day at a winery is my #1 hobby. It's the perfect way to spend time with friends and get out of the city! Sitting in the sun on a chilly day, laughing with friends, eating delicious food, trying new wines, and just making great memories. I could go on and on about my love for the Virginia Wine Country (I should probably write a post listing out my favorite wineries?!) because I've spent so much time adventuring out to explore the area.

I somehow manage to convince Kyle to go out to our favorite winery at least once a month ;) It's not hard to convince him... it's just the fact that he always has to drive. Not an ideal situation when you really want to relax and drink some glasses of wine without worrying about the trek back home! We always talk about wanting to try a new winery and spending the day with friends but the conversation of "who's going to drive" becomes the deciding factor on our weekend plans (I can drive... but Kyle drives a Jeep stick shift).

Then we were introduced to DCAcar Service!! Not only were we able to head out to a winery on a beautiful Sunday with Kristyn and Corey but we didn't have to worry about who was going to drive! We were picked up in a massive black SUV (complete with mints and waters) in the morning and our gracious driver, Zack, drove us out to Bluemont Vineyard where we spent our Sunday Funday!  The four of us did wine tastings, purchased a couple of bottles, and ordered lots of food and pizzas... probably one each by the end of the day haha! Bluemont has a fire brick oven pizza grill and it's such a game changer! Around 4:30 we got back in the car (with lots of wine in tow and full bellies) and Zack got us back to DC safe and sound! Pretty sure Kyle was the happiest because he didn't have to drive!

It was so nice knowing that our driver already had our agenda and we didn't have to wait around for him to pick us up or try to give him directions. Zack was even telling us that DCAcar can take you to Reagan National Airport, BWI Airport, and even Dulles Airport!  With the holidays coming up quickly I will be using their services to get myself and my family to and from the airports. Since my dad is no longer driving and I don't have a car I know this is the safest way to get everyone where they need to be!

Kyle and I had so much fun with the group that we've already started planning another outing with DCAcar service and more friends! I can't even believe we were able to spend an entire day out in VA wine country and we didn't have to drive!! Can I please spend every Sunday like this?!

*Thank you to DCAcar Service for providing us transportation. All thoughts, words, photos, and opinions are my own.*

Love Always,
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