There’s snow in the forecast here in the DC area, but let me tell you, I’ve got spring on the brain! Last week, there were a couple of warm days in a row, so I was able to ditch the parka and sweater tights long enough to snap some pictures of this gorgeous Shop the Mint Break the Mold Dress the boutique was kind enough to send my way.
This ruffle sleeve seersucker number is one of my favorite finds in a while, and at only $42, it’s a steal. I’m looking forward to wearing it at grad parties, bachelorette parties, and weekend brunches alike. The sleeves are so fun and I love the unique detailing around the neckline. Though it’s not lined, the fabric is thick enough you won’t need a slip. If you’re looking for spring dresses while you’re stuck inside this snow day, I seriously can’t recommend The Mint Julep Boutique enough!
Let me also just say, I am so thankful that there were a few warm days on the forecast last week as my initial plan was to shoot this look with my sister in Charlottesville. While the scenery might have been a tad better, it was 40 degrees at most this weekend, and let’s just say, after one chilly shoot this month, I wasn’t exactly game enough to freeze again!
Speaking of Charlottesville—where this dress would fit in perfectly!—I had a wonderful time with my sister there this weekend. A highlight for me was our Saturday night dinner and drinks plans. We went to The Local, which is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville that I haven’t gotten to eat at enough. They use as much local food as they can, and their menu is changing constantly. I had a wonderful gnocchi with tomato sauce and fried cauliflower and brussels sprouts with sriracha. The atmosphere is so fun, and was a good reminder Charlottesville has so much to offer beyond The Corner near UVA–which is where I tend to hang out when I’m back and trying to relive my youth.
After dinner, we went a few doors down to a new restaurant called The Southern Crescent. We had spotted it earlier in the day because of it’s Charleston-style porch and southern vibe, and made a mental note to go back later. It did not disappoint! This New Orleans style eaterie really made me feel like I was in the Big Easy for a night. The owners transformed their home into this restaurant, so you really felt like you were their personal guests. The mood was set with dim lights and lots of candles, and the bartender made us delicious mango margaritas. She eventually sent out delicious pimento cheese for everyone at the bar—we had made friends—to enjoy and the owners came out to introduce themselves. We traded stories about New Orleans and heard all about their journey to turn their home into a restaurant. It was seriously one of the best nights I’ve had in a while.
Also, funny story—I brought a smaller wallet to Charlottesville and didn’t realize until we were at a winery that afternoon that I’d left my drivers license at home. Yikes! Luckily, we didn’t get carded anywhere we go, which was truly a stroke of luck as I am usually carded everywhere!
My full Charlottesville guide will be up later this week, so be sure to check back for that. Hope you had a great weekend! x
Photos by GAM