The Greenbrier & a Giveaway

I wore this laid back look (notice any trends over here lately? I feel like even this is “dressed up” for me recently!) for a day of walking around the resort when we stayed at The Greenbrier. I love the tee shirt and cozy cardigan look- it just feels so “fall” to me and looks really great with a blanket scarf, plaid or solid would look cute.
This is a view of one of the golf courses (I think it’s the Old White TPC). Even though it was not playable because they had a devastating flood recently that wiped out 2 out of 3 of their courses (including the Old White which hosts the PGA tour every year), it was still beautiful. We had lunch at Sam Snead’s which was one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a long time. The vinegar chips with warm bleu cheese sauce were amazing!
This is the view from the President’s Cottage at the top of the hill (where 5 US Presidents actually stayed prior to the Civil War, though the Greenbrier has been host to 26 US Presidents in total). The history of this place is incredible! Aside from being a historic hotel and resort, it was also occupied by both sides during the Civil War and served as a hospital during World War II, after which Dorothy Draper was commissioned to redesign the hotel.
This dome houses the original spring for which the hotel was first famous (and was the initial attraction to the area). People would travel from all over to “take the waters.”
cardigan: Nordstrom, tee: Old Navy, jeans: A Pea in the Pod, booties: Sam Edelman, necklaces: Made by Mary c/o

If you missed it yesterday, I’m hosting a Facebook giveaway HERE with Made By Mary for a $50 shop credit! I’m wearing the Everly bar necklace (17″) with my two babies’ names engraved on it and the hammered crescent necklace (18″). I love both necklaces, especially when layered, but the engraved one is my favorite. It’s a sweet reminder of what (or who, rather) is nearest and dearest to my heart (besides Joe, of course, but that’s why I say it’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry next to my engagement ring) and I love that it’s totally able to be customized! You can have a piece engraved with just a word, date, names, initials, etc., which is why it also makes a perfect gift! Anyway, I hope you check out and enter the giveaway (it’s really simple!)! Have a great day, guys, and thanks so much for reading!!


A Mexican December

I’m not usually one for rompers, not because I don’t like them (I think they look phenomenal on other people), but because they never seem to fit me quite right. However, I found this one last week during one of our trips to Nordstrom and I’m in love! I love the sheer long sleeves, the ruffle hem of the shorts, and the pretty floral print (they make this same romper in a few other color options, too!)! Rompers are all over the place right now! In this particular case, I went out looking for a dress for Mexico and there were about 4 rompers for every 1 dress I could find (in Nordstrom, at least). What’s your take on rompers?
romper: Nordstrom, hat: Nordstrom (similar here and here), pumps: Steve Madden (old), sunglasses: Nordstrom, lips: Nars lip pencil in red square

We did a terrible job this trip of taking pictures with the actual camera, and, believe it or not, these are literally the only ones we took! If you follow along on Instagram though, I was much better about posting there. It’s always easier to take pictures on my iPhone, especially when you’re going back and forth from the beach and the pool, you don’t want to be lugging around a big camera… or exposing it to that heat. In any case, our hotel was beautiful and we had a really good time, though it was a little too close to Christmas- we’ve been running around like crazy since getting home! On another note, can you believe that there are only two days left in 2015?! Do you have any fun plans for New Years Eve? Are you thinking of any resolutions for the New Year yet? I’m trying to get mine in line!


Crystal Springs

Joe and I headed up to Crystal Springs Golf Resort (we stayed at Grand Cascades Lodge) right on the NJ-NY border, right outside of Hamburg, NJ and about 15 minutes from Warwick, NY. To say it was beautiful would be a serious understatement. The mountains were gorgeous on their own but the foliage this time of year was absolutely stunning (these photos don’t even do it justice)! I wore this outfit for the ride there because I wanted to be comfortable (hence the sweatshirt & glorified leggings) but still wanted to look put together in case we decided to stop somewhere along the way and because we had a tour of their world-renowned wine cellar at 3 pm that day. I added sneakers that look like flats (love Keds!) and a polished bag to complete the look.
sweatshirt- J.Crew (on sale!), top- J.Crew (this one is 30% off with code LAYERUP), leggings- Marshalls (similar here), sneakers- Keds, bag- Brahmin, sunglasses- Loft

As much as I wanted to get home to see Amelia, I didn’t want to leave! Though I usually consider myself to be a water girl (I could sit and stare at the ocean for hours), I would have to say this view was equally as riveting. Nature just amazes me and even though we’re surrounded by it, it’s such a different, awe provoking feeling when you’re away from the city & suburbs. Hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Monday!


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New York City

These photos are from our trip to NYC last week to see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It was my first time both seeing the show and being in New York during the holiday season (at least that I can remember) and I loved every minute of it! The show was amazing, seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center was so impressive, and the lights and decorations everywhere were beautiful! I also tried macaroons for the first time… they were delicious!!

If you’re still working on your holiday shopping, don’t forget to check out my gift guides that I posted yesterday and my under $50 gift guide from a few weeks back! Thanks for reading! Happy Thursday!


Charleston Part 2

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Prohibition: a really cool bar with great food and a wonderful staff.
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Tomato and mozzarella appetizer from the Peninsula Grill’s restaurant week menu. Everything that we had here was delicious- their coconut cake is amazing and their lobster and corn chowder was pretty yummy, too!
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Warm cookies for me and sorbet for Joe!
Me, Joe, and his parents.
The courtyard of Planters Inn, right outside the Peninsula Grill.
The Powder Magazine, the oldest public building in South Carolina, established in 1713.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Old, grand Charleston homes from our carriage tour.
How gorgeous is this front door?
This iron work reminded me a bit of New Orleans- so intricate!
2 Meeting Street: now it is a bed and breakfast but it was originally built as a wedding gift from father (George Williams, who built the Calhoun Mansion) to daughter (Martha Williams) in 1890.
Chalmers Street is the longest remaining cobblestone street in Charleston. The stones used here are actually from British ships.
The Calhoun Mansion: George Walton Williams had this house built in 1876.
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Tollhouse pie at Kaminsky’s.

Places to Eat (my favorites & some we wanted to get to but didn’t have time):
39 Rue de Jean
Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe (we went for breakfast)
Kaminsky’s (for dessert, wine, and dessert-like drinks)
Prohibition (for drinks and appetizers)
Peninsula Grill (for a nice dinner)
Tattooed Moose (on the list for next time)
Poogan’s Porch (on the list for next time- we tried to have lunch here one day but it was closed)

Places to See:
The Old City Market
Rainbow Row
The Battery
Aiken-Rhett House
The Old Slave Mart
Carriage tour (I didn’t want to do this at first but was so glad that I did! It’s so hard to see all of the city on foot and it’s so much better when you have someone telling you the history as you’re viewing the sites!)
Drayton Hall (we didn’t make it here but it’s on my list for next time!)

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!


Charleston Part 1

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Planters Inn reception room where they had tea and coffee every morning, iced tea and lemonade in the afternoons, and tea, coffee, and warm cookies in the evenings.
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Lunch at 39 Rue de Jean. Absolutely delicious!
Me and Joe outside of 39 Rue de Jean.
The City Market: this was right across from our hotel and was really cool to walk through and browse the authentic handmade straw baskets, pralines, and other Charleston goods.
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Dessert at Cypress.
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The view from the Market Pavilion rooftop bar.
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Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe: definitely a hole in the wall but their food was delicious! Also, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives ate here!
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Joe’s Dad got the waffles and fried chicken 🙂
The Old Slave Mart Museum: this was the actual location of the old slave mart. It was really sad walking through here but also really enlightening as there were so many things that I didn’t know before touring this museum.
Rainbow row. It was tough to get a good picture of all the houses because of all the trees and cars.
The seaside walk to The Battery.
These gorgeous old homes were everywhere in downtown Charleston. This particular beauty was on East Bay.
The pineapple fountain where children are allowed to play.
The Aiken-Rhett House (view from the side, I think).
The kitchen and laundry house with additional sleeping quarters above, most with fireplaces and probably for the enslaved who worked there.
The carriage and stable house with additional sleeping quarters above, probably for the stable hands.

Sorry this is such a photo-heavy post but I wanted to share as much as I could. I split the photos into two posts so stay tuned for the other half of my Charleston trip and also for a list of my favorites! Have a great day, guys!! Thanks for reading!


A Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island

The view from our hotel balcony. We stayed on Goat Island which was less than a 5 minute drive to downtown Newport (our hotel had a shuttle and ferry service so we didn’t have to drive)- it was perfect! It was threatening rain when we arrived on Friday afternoon so we took advantage of the spa at our hotel 🙂 I had a facial which was wonderful & I think Joe fell asleep during his massage!
This is where we spent a lot of our time. It’s so pretty and there are so many restaurants and shops here you don’t really have to go much farther.
The Black Pearl looked like the inside of a pirate ship (it was really cool) and had the best clam chowder!
The Clarke Cooke House is a must-see in Newport. We ate in The Candy Store (their marina level restaurant and bar) and the view was phenomenal and the food was really good!
My new handbag obsession continues (see this post for my favorite Brahmin bags)… lucky we stopped in here because Molly gave us some really good suggestions for where to eat.
This night was Joe’s favorite meal of the trip… and their margaritas were delicious, too!
A historic home in downtown Newport. I loved the yellow & blue!
This statue stood in front of The Preservation Society (they take care of all the historic homes and mansions in Newport).
This is THE Newport Mansion. They’re all super impressive but this is Cornelius Vanderbilt’s (Chairman & President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885) mansion, the most grand and gilded one of all.
This was where the groundskeeper lived.
Can you believe that this was their summer “cottage!” We weren’t allowed to take photos once we got inside but I can honestly say that the artwork and intricacy of the design in this mansion rivaled many I’ve seen in Spain and Italy (and I’ve toured El Palacio Real in Madrid). It was modeled in the Italian Renaissance-style, though the bedrooms were very much French in design. Oh, did I mention that there are 70 rooms here?!
The back of the house. Absolutely gorgeous.
The view from the “backyard.”
The expanse of the lawn and grounds were extremely impressive in themselves! Especially the view of the ocean.
Rosecliff. Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs had Rosecliff modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles, in 1899.
Rosecliff’s rose garden.
The view from Rosecliff’s lawn.
It was beautiful to see the waves crashing against the rocks.
Our view of the sunset from the deck of our hotel.
Such a pretty church in the center of downtown Newport (I think this is Trinity Church).
St. Mary’s Church, also in downtown Newport. It was really cool to go to Mass on Sunday where the Kennedy’s got married.
Bowen’s Wharf.
Newport was absolutely gorgeous. We had such a great experience, we left planning our trip back! If you’re thinking of visiting, I highly recommend it 🙂 Feel free to email me if you have any questions or want some recommendations! I hope you all have a great weekend! See you Monday! Thank you so much for reading 🙂



Jan-Mar 2013
April-June 2013
Oct-Dec 2013

Here’s a quick review of some of my favorite moments from 2013:

January: Aside from going indoor rock climbing for the first time, this was the first full month of blogging for me! I feel so lucky to have been able to start such an amazing journey and to have so many supporters to continue this blogging in 2014. I couldn’t do it without all of you!
February: I got my favorite red lipstick from Stila! I also got my bright pink Kate Spade bag from Joe for Valentine’s Day 🙂
March: A big month! We took our annual trip to Naples, Florida to visit my grandparents and my sister got engaged on St. Patrick’s Day! We also spent time with our families at Easter this month.
April: The weather finally started to warm up and feel like springtime!
May: My sister-in-law got engaged in Maryland!
June: Another big month! We traveled to Ireland (I can’t wait to go back!) and I partnered with Vieta Fashion!
July and August: These two months were full of good friends’ weddings, getting dressed up, and dividing our time between the Jersey shore and the Chesapeake.
September: September saw summer’s official end and my first trip to Chicago!
October: Our 3rd wedding anniversary… I still can’t believe it!
November: Just to name a few of this month’s highlights, I worked with Timex, had a collaboration with Banana Republic Factory Store and was chosen to be featured in their holiday sale email blast, spent some time with family on Thanksgiving, and did most of our Christmas shopping on Black Friday!
December: I went to high tea with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law in the city, had Candice’s bridal shower (a brilliant success, I might add), took a quick trip to Cancun with Power Home Remodeling Group, and spent priceless time with family and friends at holiday parties and on Christmas.

I know this seems like a lot of photos but honestly it was so hard for me to narrow it down to just these! 2013 has been an both an incredible and incredibly busy year but I wouldn’t change a thing about it! We’re planning on having a pretty low key night tonight since I’m still not feeling my best but I’m already thinking about my resolutions and my personal and professional goals I want to achieve in 2014. I’m actually thinking about getting back to journaling to keep track of everything (even though I still haven’t written about Ireland in my travel journal yet!)… or maybe to start writing again! I feel like good things are coming in 2014!

Here’s to a safe, healthy, and happy New Year! Love to you all!!



A room with a view!
The view from our balcony.
Watching the sunrise from our balcony.
All dressed up for the white out.
The view from our palapa by the pool (I spent a lot of my time during the day here reading and just taking in this view of the sea and staring out into the horizon, some of my favorite past times).
Kind of leaves you speechless, right?
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At CoCo Bongo for the Power Home Remodeling Group banquet.
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Snoop Dogg…
The water is so blue here.
The Paradisus, Cancun, Mexico.
Watching the sunset over the Caribbean.
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We spent our last night at an amazing Mexican restaurant at our resort. Delicious food and margaritas!

We had such an amazing time in Cancun last week. We had gorgeous weather, got to relax a little bit before Christmas, and got to wake up next to the sea for four mornings. There’s nothing better than being by the sea. Thank you to Power Home Remodeling Group for a wonderful trip (and for bringing in Snoop Dogg… yes, I’m serious!)!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?


Stripes & a Mini

I wore this for a night out in the city while we were in Chicago. It was a bit chilly but I love this BCBG bandage skirt so I paired it with my silk button down and my black blazer and booties (because I tried walking around the city in heels the night before… booties were a much better idea!). I’ve been debating lately whether or not to order these or these black booties for the fall, and I keep telling myself that I don’t need them, but I think I’m going to break down and buy them this week… I have so many outfits planned that I’m putting on hold until I get them!
skirt- BCBG Max Azria, shirt- J.Crew, blazer- Madewell, booties- Sam Edelman, sunglasses- Ray-Ban, lips- Nars lip pencil in damned via Saks Fifth Avenue, nails- OPI in you don’t know Jacques

I hope you all had a great weekend! I have a long week ahead of me… and I feel like I’m starting to get sick 🙁 I’m already looking forward to Friday and it’s only Monday! Ugh!