July 13, 2016

The Clifton Inn


The Clifton Inn Gardens

Nestled fifteen minutes outside of Charlottesville, the Clifton Inn perfectly merges luxury with country living. My husband and I took a quick getaway here for our third anniversary, and we were more than pleased with our stay. The food was delicious, the grounds were immaculate, and our room was perfectly cozy. 

Our room, filled with a fire place and sitting area, overlooked the main grounds. We took our time exploring the area before heading to happy hour where an immaculate cheese plate awaited, and if you know me you know how much I love a good cheese plate so this was practically heaven. The gardens were pristine: trimmed boxwoods, lush blooming peonies, and ivy covered cottages fill the grounds. Don't even get me started on the food: every meal was better than the next. If you're ever in Charlottesville I cannot recommend the Clifton Inn enough. They will go out of their way to make sure your stay is immaculate, and in the end you'll end up feeling a little homesick for the Clifton Inn.

The Clifton Inn
The Clifton Inn Room
The Clifton Inn
The Clifton Inn Room
The Clifton Inn Peonies
The Clifton Inn
The Clifton Inn Room
The Clifton Inn
The Clifton Inn Bathroom
The Clifton Inn











July 12, 2016

Summer Polo

j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag

Spring is my favorite season, but summer is a close second. I live for the cloudless days and warm, sticky nights. Being able to throw on a pair of jean shorts, sandals, and a breathable polo makes getting dressed relatively simple. Whether you are headed to the farmers market, out of lunch, or just lounging by the pool a variation of this outfit can take you almost anywhere in July. 

After surviving a Charleston heatwave in an attic apartment last year, I know the importance of wearing breathable fabrics. This mesh polo allows for stylish airflow that I'll be wearing every week until September. 

j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag
j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag
j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag
j.crew collection mesh polo & market bag

J.Crew Collection Mesh Polo (similar) // Rich & Skinny Jean Shorts (similar) // French Market Bag (similar) // J.Crew Sandals // Krewe Du Optic St. Louis Sunglasses in blonde tortoise to champagne // J.Crew Straw Hat (similar) // Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave

July 6, 2016

Staple Shirtdress


There are few pieces of clothing more versatile than a shirtdress. I wear mine to work, out to dinner, and even on a cool summer day. I picked up this Equipment shirtdress on sale a few weeks ago and have already worn it multiple times. It was the perfect piece to wear in Richmond this past weekend during some unseasonably cool weather. We walked around the museum district and grabbed a few beers at the new Stone Brewery. 




 Equipment Delany Striped Shirtdress (here & here) // Tibi Loafers (similar) // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Karen Walker Perfect Day Sunglasses

July 5, 2016

In the Kitchen: Pesto Caprese Salad

Pesto Caprese Salad

I am like a kid in the candy store whenever tomatoes arrive at the farmer's market. I want to take them all home and eat them at every meal. And, one of those is possible during the summer. 

Cherry tomatoes are always the first to appear with their sweet flavor and juicy interior. I add them to any dish I can, but always look forward to making this salad. Caprese salads are good on their own, but I find the balsamic vinegar that accompanies many of them overwhelming. Adding a bit of pesto feels more aligned with the season. Plus, it is a great way to use basil if you have an overwhelming amount coming out the garden. But, having too much basil is never a problem for me. 


Pesto Caprese Salad
Pesto Caprese Salad


Pesto Caprese Salad 

2 cups tomatoes 
1 cup fresh bocconcini mozzarella 
2 tablespoons pesto 
1/2 tablespoons olive oil 
1/4 cup chiffonade basil 

Depending on your tomatoes (I used a mixture of slicing and cherry tomatoes) cut your tomatoes in half or wedges. You want them to roughly be the same size and be able to easily pop them in your mouth. Place in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and set aside to drain. 

Cut mozzarella in half and place on a serving platter. Dry tomatoes with a paper towel and place amongst mozzarella. Whisk together pesto and olive oil until pesto takes on the consistency of a vinaigrette. Drizzle pesto over mozzarella and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with basil. Serve immediately. 


June 21, 2016

Eyelet Midi Dress & Sunhat

j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat

Just like any kid, I loved summer. We lived three houses down from the pool so I practically lived in the water. When I wasn't at the pool you could find me catching lightning bugs with my little brother or begging my parents for another scoop of ice cream. I still enjoy summer as an adult, but now I look forward to wearing my oversized hat and drinking cocktails on the patio.  We've settled in to our summer weather pattern and this eyelet dress has been the perfect piece. It is light enough to wear on the hottest days, but looks more pulled together than a t-shirt and shorts.  


j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat
j.crew sundress & cuyana sun hat



 

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