A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my closet on Instagram Stories when I was packing last minute for my trip to Chicago. So many people sent me a message commenting on how organized my closet was and asked me to do a post on my tips and tricks for keeping it so neat. My response to those comments is that I’m lucky because my apartment has a ton of built-in shelving units in my closet which really help me maximize a small closet space. I’ve also always been an organized person—it just comes naturally to me. Since childhood, all my things have had a home, and I’ve always found that when things are out of place, it can really impact my stress levels. I also live in a small studio apartment that’s about 350SF, so it’s just much easier to keep things organized because there’s no place to hide from a mess when you can literally see your whole apartment from the couch!
So, I thought I’d do a quick post today, MTV cribs style—but instead of showing you the inside of my fridge, I’m showing you the inside of my closet. I didn’t stage these photos at all, I literally opened up the doors one Saturday morning and snapped these photos on my iPhone. I keep most of the clothes I fold in my green dresser, but the rest of my clothes, shoes, bags, and outwear are in this closet. I don’t store clothes under my bed, and I’ve cleaned out the clothes I had at my parents house I was never wearing. One of the benefits, I think, of having a small closet is that you have to be really selective about what you want to keep because real estate is scarce. Everything that is in my closet is a piece I truly love—or as Marie Kondo would say, brings me joy—and that makes it a lot easier to get dressed in the morning.
Last year after my trip to St. Michaels, Maryland, I made a pact with myself to do a better job of exploring the Chesapeake Bay. It’s such a beautiful place right in my own backyard that I haven’t explored nearly enough. So when Memorial Day was approaching and I didn’t have a long weekend trip plan, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to find a new place on the Bay to explore. I asked my sister Lindsey if she wanted to come with me, and we got to planning!
In my research, I found The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia. The hotel is on Carter’s Creek, which feeds into the Rappahannock River, which feeds into the nearby Chesapeake Bay. The region is called Virginia’s Northern Neck because it’s the northernmost peninsula in the Commonwealth—it’s bound by the Potomac River on the north and the Rappahannock River on the south. Even though I’ve been a resident of Virginia/DC since 1998, I had never made it to the Northern Neck prior to this weekend! It won’t take me 20+ years to get back, that’s for sure. It took us about three hours to get to The Tides, but it’s on the far end of the peninsula, so we hit the Northern Neck about an hour into our drive. Once we were off I-95, the drive itself was beautiful—there were lots of corn and tobacco fields, and we passed through some really cute small towns with gorgeous old homes. There were also lots of abandoned homes on the route, which are beautiful in their own devastating way.
We had such an amazing trip, so I wanted to give y’all a recap of what we did on our Memorial Day getaway, and would definitely encourage any DC, Virginia, or Maryland readers to head to Virginia’s Northern Neck and The Tides Inn as soon as you get the chance! Summer is definitely their high season, but I think it’d be worth it to go in the warmer months since you’ll be able to take the most advantage of all the outdoor activities the resort offers—sunset cruises, a gorgeous pool, a sandy beach, tennis, golf, paddle boarding, biking, live music outside, kayaking, fishing, yoga and more. (And, the majority of these activities are included in the resort fee—they give you a weekly summary of all resort activities at check-in so it’s easy to see what’s available to you in the resort fee and what’s at an additional cost.) Read more “24 Hours in Virginia’s Northern Neck”
Last weekend, I had a great Memorial Day. I stayed in town for the Friday and Saturday (and had a great wine night with Monica!) and then on Sunday, my sister Lindsey and I headed to The Tides Inn on Virginia’s Northern Neck. I’m going to write a whole blog post on our wonderful stay at the four-star hotel, but we had the best time and it was such a beautiful place. Before we took a sunset boat cruise, we were able to enjoy their Rappahannock Riverfront Beach during golden hour, which is where we snapped these pics of this super cute lemon dress I impulse bought after seeing an Instagram ad.
Before I talk about this dress, I did want to say that it was so nice to be on the water, in a seemingly simpler place, away from the hustle and bustle of DC. The Tides Inn is in a small town called Irvington, and the drive out there is largely on backroads surrounded by cornfields and beautiful old or abandoned houses. While there, I spent a lot of time thinking about how life seems so much more simple when I’m away from home and off the beaten path. It really made me think about how I can try to bring some of that simplicity home with me and incorporate it into my daily life. Since I work in an office and commute by train, I don’t spend a ton of time outside, so I’ve been trying to take more walks and enjoy the beauty of my own neighborhood, which has been helping me keep it simple. Sometimes you just need to take a step back from your daily routine to see the bigger picture and come back with a fresh perspective. Read more “The Lemon Dress I Bought from an Instagram Ad”