Tweed Newsboy Cap and Stripes

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For Day 2 in Shenandoah (see day 1 Enjoying a mountain cabin getaway), I wore this tweed newsboy hat with a stripe sweater and layering vest.

Mountain mornings are the best, aren’t they? Fresh cool air. Bright blue sky. This unbelievable view. And a whole day of hiking and waterfalls before of us. It was a cool morning, but sunny enough that I didn’t need that many layers as we prepared hot coffee and breakfast over the open fire and then went for our hike.

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We hiked along a trail that followed a stream and led us by some beautiful waterfalls. I wasn’t expecting there to be much run off given the time of year, but there was enough for these spots to be really pretty.

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Of course, our dog Quinn completely love the rocks and splashing water. It was way too cold to go for a dip in any of the waterfall pools, but we’re already planning to  do this hike again during the summer and bring swimsuits along.

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Outfit details: Sweater: Ann Taylor, Vest: Calvin Klein, Jeans: Express, Boots: Vasque, Hat: Unknown (vendor in the mall), Scarf: Amazon

I love sharing my experiences here on the blog, but I’m curious about you. Do you enjoy hiking in the mountains? What would be your outfit of choice during the fall for comfort and style?

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Enjoying a Mountain Cabin Getaway

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Two weekends ago, my husband and I escaped the business of Washington DC to enjoy the quiet of Shenandoah National Park for the Columbus Day weekend. The orange, reds, and yellows were in full force.6

We try to spend the weekend in Shenandoah twice a year in summer and fall, but the hotel rooms, cabins, and camping spots book up fast! This year, we were lucky to go around mid-October when the scenery is absolutely gorgeous.1collage3collage1

As soon as we arrived to the Lewis Mountain Cabins, we unpacked our stuff and immediately went for a hike to breathe in fresh mountain air and cast off the  workweek stress.

Thankfully, the temperature was mild during the afternoon, so no jacket was needed! I wore this comfy sweatshirt from Anthropologie with jeans from Express and these excellent water resistant Vasque boots.

After our hike, we fired up the grill and enjoyed some wine and cheese while preparing dinner. I’m a huge fan of using Pinterest for inspiration and I found so many great suggestions for making pizza in a cast iron skillet on the open grill. You really need to try this the next time you’re looking for camping food ideas!

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As the sun went down, the temperature dropped and we spent a cozy rest of the evening bundled up sipping wine next to the fire.

As always, I love sharing my experiences with you here on the blog, but I’m curious about you! Do you enjoy the mountains? Where do you explore nature? Tell me in the comments!

DC Eats: Enjoying Happy Hour at Del Campo

2 Happy Friday lovelies! For this week’s installment of my favorite DC eats, series I’m taking you all to Del Campo for one of my favorite times of day- Happy Hour! And today, it’s South American style.

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Interior Dining Room and Bar: photo credit

Del Campo is a lovely South American restaurant in the Chinatown area of downtown DC featuring specialties from Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. I’ve encountered the owner, Victor Albisu on several occasions out and about in DC and he’s really a fun and gregarious guy. He obviously puts much of his personality into his culinary creations because the food is celebratory. Del Campo is fine dining, which means dinner there signals special occasion. However, the bar food menu is very affordable and makes it a great choice for  happy hour in the city. I was fortunate to enjoy a late lazy afternoon there towards the end of summer. We started with the grilled bread served with delicious fruity olive oil and sea salt. 1 From there, we ordered an array of appetizers from the bar menu. The cheese platter pictured above presents a variety of smoked cheeses with accompaniments. Have you ever tried quince jam? I highly recommend it as it’s the perfect sweet tartness to go with smoky cheeses.

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Interior Dining Room and Bar: photo credit

A huge fan of empanadas, we ordered the baked version which came alongside a dish of savory tomato sauce. 3 My husband is a meat-lover, so we could not leave out an order of homemade sausage served with a roasted red pepper and chimichurri sauce. 4 Finally, I love mini sandwiches, especially when they come with their own special mini sized bun. We ordered the chicken salad bites, which had just the right touch of herbs and creaminess. 5 Do you promise you’ll try Del Campo if you’re looking for a great Happy Hour with latin flair in downtown DC?

Tuesday Tip: MAC Whirl on your Wedding Day

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I’ll be celebrating my 8th wedding anniversary next week. It’s so fun to look back over the pictures and think about how life changed from that point on…  

I feel so nostalgic for that day and everything that happened in it. This strangely includes the lip color I was wearing– MAC Whirl (how I remember the color, I’ll never know).

Somehow recently, I came across an article about Kylie Kardashian (of all people) and her lipstick color of choice lately. I never thought I’d have anything in common with her, but her color du jour just so happens to be MAC Whirl.

Apparently, this mauve-brownish lip trend has been making a comeback. So, of course, I had to go to my nearest MAC counter and buy a new lipstick for nostalgia reasons.

What do you think of this new darker lip trend for fall? Are you a fan?