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Looking for a quick trip from DC? I've got you covered.

As much as I enjoy DC, I absolutely love getting away from the city for a quick weekend trip. Two days away is the perfect amount of time to reset without feeling like I'm falling behind on my daily to do list too much. Luckily being in Washington means there are gorgeous getaways within just a couple hours of the hustle and bustle. Whether you're looking for a rural retreat or a hip weekend full of history, there is something for you. Today I'm going to revisit two of my favorite cities in Virginia, both just 2 hours from DC. 


RICHMOND, VA 

First up, my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Back when I lived there, 14 years ago, there wasn't a lot going on beyond the history, but in the past several years the entire city has seen a sort of New South hipster renaissance.

It's just 2 hours down 95 from DC, or a quick train ride (trains only go into Main Street Station twice a day—ideally you'll take one of those), and is the perfect option for a weekend where you aren't necessarily trying to escape the cultural and food options a city, but want a change of pace.

In the past 6 months, I've stayed at both the colorful and contemporary Quirk Hotel as well as the luxurious and historic Jefferson Hotel. I'd recommend Quirk for a girls' trip where you're looking to feel a bit artsy, a bit swanky, and totally Instagrammable. The Jefferson is for a romantic splurge where no detail is overlooked.


Both of these hotels are right downtown so you'll be easily accessible to the restaurant scene, the breweries popping up over in Scott's Addition, and Carytown. If you feel like venturing a bit further and taking a relaxing stroll, Maymont and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are gorgeous places to visit in the spring. Don't leave town without checking out the new River Walk and the pedestrian bridge that will take you right through downtown.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 

And then there's my favorite city in the state of Virginia, Charlottesville. I went to school in Charlottesville and it's a place I like to visit at least a few times a year—a couple times in the fall for football games and then again in the spring just for the nostalgia of it. There's nowhere quite as pretty as the Blue Ridge mountains. I mean, seriously, how gorgeous is that view below? 

A couple summers ago I stayed at the Oakhurt Inn, which would be perfect for a football game weekend, but recently I've also stayed at a few Airbnb's. The most recent was out in Afton and was so perfectly Charlottesville. Out in the mountains, it was decorated perfectly horsey but rich at the same time. 


Whether you do the vineyards, hang out around the University of Virginia grounds, or check out the artsy Downtown Mall and the surrounding neighborhood of Belmont, there's delicious food around every corner and the most stunning views of the mountains. Even on a rainy day, you can't beat relaxing in Albemarle County.

UPCOMING TRIP IDEAS? 

For the DC people—what are some of your favorite DC getaway trips? I have Annapolis, MD on the docket next, but I'm always looking for new places to visit!

Off the Shoulder Spring Stripes in NoMA

I'm continuing my yellow kick for this spring with this off the shoulder top from J.Crew. I've been wanting to try out the off the shoulder trend, so when I saw it paired with stripes AND bows, I couldn't resist. It's a thick cotton, so it's been perfect for spring weather and I love it paired with jeans, though I know the crisp white will look fabulous with white shorts as it gets warmer. It's worth noting, the reviews on J.Crew aren't great, but I've worn this top twice since I got it a week and a half ago, and I have had no complaints about the shoulders riding up — as long as you get the right size and don't try to size down, you'll have no problems. 

Thanks to Dana for not only taking these pictures, but introducing me to all of the amazing street art over in NoMa. I have so many places on my mental checklist of future blog shoot spots now! 

Navy Clutch {similar here and here} - Earrings - Bracelet



Mellow Yellow in Costa Rica

This lemon linen dress from Tobi reminded me that yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear. It's one of those colors that so many people think they can't wear, but it's just about finding the right shade. Believe me, if my fair skinned self can pull off yellow, anyone can. Whether you go for a yellow with warm tones or cool, there's definitely a shade out there for you. A quick search even pulled up an article with tips on how to pick the right yellow!

Also, I definitely wondered if I'm past being able to pull off the midriff cutout look, but this dress is so perfectly feminine and a bit retro that it's going to be on regular rotation in my spring and summer wardrobe. 




Summer Bucket List with Häagen-Dazs



Spring has officially arrived in DC! While cherry blossom season was a chilly one this year, the temperatures are finally warming up, the sun is out, and the flowers are blooming. I'm ready to start spending all of my time outside and taking advantage of everything there is to do in this city. 


1. Take a bike ride out to Mount Vernon in Virginia
2. Make the Dupont Farmers' Market my Sunday morning routine
3. Read outside in the park whenever I get a spare minute
4. Do an outdoor yoga class
5. Stroll through the Botanical Garden and the National Arboretum (I've never been to either!)
6. Spend an afternoon out at one of the Virginia vineyards
7. Dine al fresco any opportunity I can get
8. Venture out to Annapolis for a weekend trip out on the water 
9. Host a cookout for friends with an ice cream bar

Of course, it's no surprise that almost half the activities on my Spring Bucket List are food oriented! Spring and summer foods are my favorite because you can eat an easy meal with minimal cooking and then it's ice cream for dessert! Whether in a cone or just a bowl covered in sprinkles, I've loved trying all of the new Trio flavors from Häagen-Dazs.

Deco at my Desk




Even in a small apartment like mine, getting wireless signal from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom can be a challenge, and it's especially shaky by my desk—I always take that for some sort of cruel joke that the exact place I need to do work is where I can't! That's why I was so excited to hear about TP-Link's new Deco M5 wi-fi system which is a whole home wireless system that takes your wireless signal and boosts it throughout the entire home.


High Waisted Jeans

Last fall I went into Trunk Club to find a dress and walked out with a pair of high rise jeans from rag & bone. I had a pair of the lookout high rise from J.Crew in white and another in a light denim wash, but this was my first pair of high waisted jeans where I realized that a shirt tucked in can be the most flattering and feminine look ever. Since then, I've worn this pair of jeans no less than four times a week. Seriously. I'm a complete high waisted convert. 


While this particular pair of jeans isn't available anymore—it's the Arlington High Rise if you can find it (that sounds like an apartment building outside of DC, but no it's the jean name)—I've rounded up a whole slew of other high waisted options for you. I even threw in some white and colored jeans, because why not go crazy with the high waist?


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