6.18.18

The Black Maxi Dress I’m Loving for Summer

Hello from colorful (and hot) Charleston! I’m currently posted up at The Dewberry Hotel’s Living Room Lobby Bar with a ‘Basically’ cocktail in hand—life is good!

This past Saturday, before I left for the Low Country, I met up with Jenn to shoot a few looks in DC. We met up at the Line Hotel, which was the cutest mid-century modern space. I want to go back ASAP to have a drink at their bar—the space actually reminds me a lot of The Dewberry! From there, we walked through Kalorama en route to our final destination in Dupont Circle—more on that in a bit. Though I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Adams Morgan near the Line Hotel, I hadn’t ever really walked through Kalorama. I can see why the Obamas decided to make their post-White-House life there! It was the cutest neighborhood with some stunning houses. Jenn and I found the cutest tree-lined street to shoot this maxi dress on, and I wish the pictures did the location justice!

After, we rewarded ourselves with bottomless brunch at Tulips. They have an awesome brunch deal where for $32 you get bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, or bellinis, bottomless oysters and beignets, and an entree. Needless to say, we parked ourselves there for a while and got caught up on life. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a good brunch deal!

Now let’s chat about this black maxi dress—it’s been my favorite summer piece for weekends!

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6.15.18 1

A Fun Summer Night at the Observatory at America’s Square

Happy Friday, friends! Apologies I have been MIA this week. I was out of town last weekend and then I had plans every night after work this week. I’m definitely not complaining since it’s been such a fun week—I just had very little time for blogging!

My life isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Tonight after work, I’m heading to the Kenny Chesney concert with my family. We saw him two years ago and it was a blast, so I’m excited to spend some time with No Shoes Nation again tonight. Tomorrow, Jenn and I are taking advantage of the awesome brunch deal Tulips has—bottomless mimosas, oysters, and beignets with an entree! Then, later in the day, I’m heading out to the suburbs to celebrate my cousin’s engagement. On Sunday, I head to Charleston for my solo trip! I’m a bit nervous, but I think it’s going to be so much fun—and I made myself a to do list of all the things I want to do. I’ll definitely be sharing in real time over on Instagram Stories and will give y’all the full recap when I get back.

Today I wanted to pop in with a few photos from a fun event I was lucky enough to be invited to at The Observatory at America’s Square, which is an event space available for rent that overlooks the Capitol Building. The night I stopped by to check out the space, the event was targeted to event planners in the DC area, so there were a ton of caterers and beverage companies on hand with their best creations. Jenn, Heather, and I had a great night eating and drinking our way through the event.

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6.11.18 2

Life Lately

Happy Monday, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? I thought we would just jump right into it on today’s life lately since the first thing I want to talk about is what I did this weekend:

UVA REUNIONS /

I took the day off work on Friday—which turned out to be a great idea after the Caps Stanley Cup celebrations!—and headed down to Charlottesville to attend my five-year college reunion. Lauren and I rolled into town around 1pm, checked in at Alumni Hall, and went with Molly over to Boylan Heights for lunch. It’s one of our favorite burger places—you can check out my full guide to Cville here—and it was as good as I remembered it to be! We then headed over to King Family Vineyards for a class of 2013 get together, before checking into the hotel and heading to our class party in the amphitheater. We rounded out the night signing God Bless the USA on the tables at Virg, as is tradition, and eating our favorite late-night sandwiches.

Saturday was packed full with a Bodo’s breakfast, a College of Arts & Sciences luncheon, an impromptu happy hour on the Lawn, and our class of 2013 dinner. A highlight of the day for me was going back to the Sigma Kappa house. Since I am lucky enough to get back to Charlottesville often for both my day job and to visit friends, I still get to see the Lawn and eat my favorite Charlottesville foods regularly. However, I hadn’t been back to the sorority house since we graduated! It was so surreal to see my former room—it really felt like I had the opportunity to revisit a former life, and was especially fun to do it with two of my former housemates.

On Sunday morning, the Alumni Association organized a brunch that Politics professor Larry Sabato spoke at, and then we stopped by the bookstore before heading home.

I am so glad me and my friends made the effort and had the time + resources to get to Charlottesville for the weekend. I definitely want to try to get to as many of my college reunions as possible in the future because it was so great to connect with classmates I haven’t seen in a while and make new memories with some of my fellow Wahoos that I see often. In some ways, it felt like no time had passed at all when we walked into our favorite bars and saw familiar faces, and in other ways, college seems like it was a lifetime ago. It will be fun to see where the next five years takes us!

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