This particular day was all about the OUTDOORS- mountains, aspen trees, cave dwellings, and desert.
Last weekend in Santa Fe, we took advantage of perfect blue skies and crisp fall air to explore the great outdoors.
And look how great it was!
Tent Rocks Monument features gorgeous rock formations and sweeping mountain views. The 3 mile roundtrip hike is amazing through desert landscape and a winding narrow slot canyon.
On one mountain surface, we even found a rock carving of a snake!
Over the summer, I bought these Lysse denim leggings from Nordstrom which had awesome reviews, but because it was so hot in DC until just recently, I never had a chance to wear them until now.
I wasn’t sure how they’d hold up the first time with hiking, but they ended up being so comfortable. I have a feeling they will become part of my fall casual uniform with tunics and tall boots and I’m already planning to buy them in the other colors.
Admiring all the subtle colors, formations, and rock etchings inside the canyon…
Made it to the top at last… and was rewarded with this beautiful view.
Denim leggings/Calvin Klein vest
Ray Ban Wayfarers
Last weekend, I enjoyed a fall weekend getaway to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
It was the perfect opportunity to finally wear more autumn appropriate clothing like this off shoulder top and suede skirt.
My husband and I stayed at Hacienda Nicholas, a charming Southwestern style bed and breakfast.
I wore this look to the happy hour hosted in the courtyard and then out to dinner at a nearby cozy restaurant, Sazon (so much more to say and show about this beautiful dining experience!).
Hacienda Nicholas was really lovely. When traveling, small inns and bed and breakfasts appeal to me more than big hotels.
This inn had traditional desert New Mexico architecture, and I fell in love with the red adobe exterior, the colorful artwork, the hanging chili peppers, and that red and orange ivy hanging over our door!
I can’t wait to share more details from this trip including some truly gorgeous mountain views and (you know me) all my favorite meals and food experiences there!
It’s safe to say I’m officially obsessed with blue corn and green chili now…
Charles and David Black Pumps
Greece is beautiful and natural.. so of course, a big part of the experience there is enjoying the scenery. Here are three outdoor adventures I had in Greece on my summer trip.
Even though we’re headed into late September here in DC, it’s still Indian summer. It was 88 degrees last Saturday!
While I’m so eager for fall, I’m taking advantage of the warm weather to keep wearing a few summer pieces, but also give them a different spin.
Like this lemon yellow lace sundress…
Earlier in the summer, I wore it more casually with sandals, but for dinner out last weekend, I topped it with a blouse tied at the waist and swapped the sandals for two-tone pumps.
I’ve got even more plans for this dress as it gets cooler. I’m thinking a fitted black leather jacket or even a black turtleneck with black leather booties.
I’ve recently pared down my closet, donating a bunch of items and focusing on a “less is more” mindset. It’s amazing how much peace of mind a simple closet can bring.
In fact, I’ve felt much more appreciative of what I’ve got and I’m much more creative with my existing pieces. I can also more easily see the “gaps” in my wardrobe and what I should invest in next.
I actually love when other fashion bloggers “rework” their favorite clothing items and show how they wear them in different ways.
How do you feel about transitioning items into different seasons? Do you like seasonless pieces you can wear much of the wear, or do you tend to want more variety in your clothing?
Pumps (similar here)
Recently, Bon Appetite magazine named Washington DC as the Restaurant City of Year in the US. One of the finalists for their list of 10 best new restaurants in the states is the cozy neighborhood restaurant, Tail Up Goat.
The name is strange, right?
We started with a few interesting drinks including pureed watermelon and chili pepper, an Old Fashioned for my husband, and a “shrub” for me.
(Have you ever heard of shrubs? They actually go back to 17th century… these historic old timey drinks are made from rum or brandy and fruit.)
My version was rum infused with fresh green tomato and herbs. So refreshing!
We ordered a few appetizers such as the frittata below and rabbit sausage bites. My personal favorite, though, was the zucchini bread. A thick slice of toasted brown rice bread, topped with yogurt, marinated zucchini, and balsamic glaze.
The next course was a kale, anchovy, and goat lasagna with salsa verde. (there’s the goat you may have been wondering about…)
The slice of lasagna was massive and we shared it. it was certainly one of the most unique things I’ve eaten lately. Isn’t it beautiful (and kind of strange looking too?)
We loved this meal and can’t wait to go back and try some new dishes. Everything that came out of the kitchen and was served to nearby tables looked so good!
As mentioned in my Eastern Market post, the DC weather is still like summer.
On this night, I wore a LWD (as seen here in Santorini this summer). Trying to give it a more urban and fall feel (if that’s even possible right now?), I wore this denim trench vest (which is actually a dress from White House Black Market!)
I’m so ready for fall guys! How about you???
Eastern Market is one of my favorite places in DC. It’s a covered market with all the fresh fruit, meats, bakery items, and flowers you could want. It’s also located in an eclectic neighborhood has charming cafes, book shops, and plenty of locals.