Late Fall in Paris

Paris… Virginia, that is.

There’s nothing I love more in autumn than clear blue skies and crisp fall air. You too?

It’s the perfect atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon drive into the countryside.

And this time of year is absolutely full of autumn color.

Once you get out of the busy DC metro area, there is wide open country in Virginia and Maryland, where you can explore little historic towns dating back 300 years.

Last weekend, we decided to take a short trip to Paris, Virginia, a tiny town in the foothills of Shenandoah Mountains.

This town is literally one main street long.

There’s a church, a school house, an apothecary, a few old houses, and the historic Ashby Inn and Tavern.

Drink. Food. Education. Religion. Medicine. Rest.

Everything you could want or need, really.

We stopped for lunch at the Ashby Inn and enjoyed some traditional country cooking (rich cornbread and banana pudding!)

I loved the ambience here. There were old creaky floors, a big veranda, old stone pathways leading though a garden, and gorgeous views of the mountains.

Because this is also Hunt country, there were horse motifs everywhere inside too.

It was a little bit too chilly to eat lunch outdoors this day.

So, I can’t wait to come back here in the summer time and eat outside in the sunshine.

How’s the weather where you are? Are you well into Fall now and gearing up for Winter?

 

A Few More Scenes from Nelson

Enjoying an afternoon at Neudorf Vineyard

I already gushed about the Abel Tasman National Park and lamented the fact that many New Zealand visitors don’t seem to make it to Nelson.

Well, here’s another reason to spend some time here.

The wine!

Nelson is home to so many great wineries that you could visit a different one every day for three weeks and still not hit them all.

We paid a visit to Neudorf Vineyards on a sunny warm Wednesday afternoon and had the place to ourselves. I loved the comfortable ambiance of the winery, and my glass of the Moutere Chardonnay was so delicious.  They even ship their wines worldwide. 

After a few hours here, we were hungry and headed to the Grape Escape on the way back to our AirBnB in Nelson.

We just made it before closing in late afternoon, and while they weren’t serving lunch anymore, we did snag a delicious piece of hazelnut and kahlua merengue cake.

This cottage cafe was so charming. I’m always taken in when greeted by a lazy cat sunning itself on the front steps!

Kimono Jacket in Old Town

Old Town Alexandria is one of my favorite neighborhoods. On the weekends, we love to take our dog, grab a coffee, and then walk around the brick-lined streets admiring all the historic houses.

This time of year is especially pretty too. There’s ivy everywhere and floral wreaths on every door. We also discovered this cute little courtyard for the first time tucked in between houses. 

So, this Kimono jacket is from Dodo Bar Or. I totally fell for it seeing it on Net-a-porter a few months ago.

Originally, I bought it for a trip to Florida a month ago. Imagined it would be great for sitting at a cafe or as a coverup at the beach. Turned out Florida was waaaaay too hot to wear something with long sleeves.

So, it’s making an appearance now. The weather here cooled off last weekend so it was perfect for a walk around Old Town.

This summer, I’m planning on wearing it with denim shorts and maybe even white pants. 

Current fashion trends normally don’t attract me too much, but the kimono jackets popping up everywhere lately have me dreaming of lazy summer days to come.

What about you? Do you have any summer trends you’re looking forward to?

Early Spring Daily Looks

Last week, after a very warm winter in DC, we had a random snow storm.

Yes, the daffodils had already bloomed. Cherry blossoms were poised to open. I had packed away most of my winter items. And I was on Spring break from work. Then there was snow.

Anyway, here’s what I wore. Because it wasn’t a normal work week due to Spring recess, my outfits were casual. I’m happy to report the weather forecast is sunny, warm, and temperatures in the 60s from here on out…

Sunday Afternoon

Anticipating being snowed in this week, my husband and I headed to a local coffee shop to get out of the house and spend a few hours reading, eating ginger scones, and drinking tea.

Monday

Inspired by the winter splendor (albeit in March!), I put on white jeans for the day!

Tuesday

This Zara sweater and Lysee denim leggings are the comfiest!

Wednesday

One thing  I will miss about winter is these long scarfs. Happy I got a chance to wear this gray wool scarf one last time.

Thursday

I did have to attend a work meeting this day, so this White House Black Market jacket fit the bill. I love the buttons on it and how it’s a dupe for a much more expensive Balmain version.

Friday Evening

Have you been watching the show “Love” on Netflix? The themes are pretty gritty but the writing is really really good and I recommend it. Through the first few episodes of Season 2, the main character wears a version of this leather mini skirt.

So that inspired me to wear mine, which I bought at Christmas, but somehow forgot about. Does that ever happen to you?

Wore it to my favorite restaurant right now, an Afghani restaurant where I ate the best spicy lamb.

I guess I should say something about this crochet sweater. I bought it when I was a senior in high school. (I can’t even tell you how long ago that was).

But the important thing is that I loved it so much then (and I still do) that I took extra special care of it through the years. I’m still kind of amazed that it’s lasted this long.

Do you still have something you wore in high school?

 

December in Northern Virginia

lysee-leggings

Late fall and early winter in the DC area makes for great outdoor time!

While temps are chilly in the morning and evening, the days are pretty mild. (Update: today we got our first winter arctic blast!)

Recently, my husband and I headed to Great Falls, Maryland to hike the Billy Goat Trail. The sky and scenery was beautiful, and I’m so glad we got to experience it before our proper winter arrives (which apparently it has!)

billy-goat-canyon

For the hike, I threw on this zip high neck sweater from Zara, my Lysee denim leggings from Nordstrom, and comfy Vasque Talus Treks. Both the sweater and leggings are still available! The sweater is so cozy and I like how it’s sporty but could be versatile for other looks too. These leggings are so flattering- the denim material is thick and offers a lot of coverage so you don’t feel like you’re wearing gym leggings out somewhere. They are offered in different colors too.hiking-outfit view zara-sweater vasque-boots

How’s the weather where you are? I already see snow storms and blizzards on the news!