Friday Chic: Southwest Inspired

2014.8.18SouthwestInspiredIf case you haven’t figured it out, I’m slightly taken by Southwestern/Native American jewelry. Both pieces here were purchased on the Navajo Reservation from mission trips in high school. All of the pieces I own are so unique and many reflect the craftsmanship of individuals or specific tribes. These  were an easy pair with a silk top (another basic I’ve hung on to and have recently been wearing a lot), thrifted heels (I believe these are a trend and in full disclosure they give me blisters which is maybe why they ended up at the thrift stores but I claim to husband it’s just because I haven’t broken them in yet) and my white pants (which have also gotten a work out the past few weeks).

2014.8.18SouthwestInspired22014.8.18SouthwestInspired32014.8.18SouthwestInspired42014.8.18SouthwestInspired5Outfit details:

top – Target / jeans – Citizens of Humanity from Clementine Consignment / shoes – Target from The Clothes Rack / necklaces – purchased at road side stand in Arizona, crafted by Native Americans / ring – Nest



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Event: Grand Opening of Soft Surroundings at Short Pump Town Center Friday 8/29

ss10Richmond has recently seen a huge uptick in major retailers coming to the area such as Kate Spade, Free People, Lush, Michael Kors, and most recently Madewell (J. Crew’s little sister) along with a host of other stores. So when I received an email invitation to attend the grand opening of something called Soft Surroundings my first thought was that I had gotten lumped into a home/spa/bedding type store. While I had never heard of the store, I was pleasantly surprised to find what looks to be high quality clothing, shoes, home decor and the like after checking out their website. Think of it like a grown up Anthropologie. What really drew me in from their site were the boots – so gorgeous and perfect for fall (albeit some very pricey ones)! I’ll be attending the grand opening and will have lots of details and photos for you later. All guests will receive 15% off their entire purchase that day, be given free beauty treatments by the SS beauty specialists at the Grand Opening, and rumor has it there will be drinks and treats. If you stop in, let me know what you think!

What: Grand Opening of Soft Surroundings

Where: Short Pump Town Center

When: 10 AM – 9 PM

This was not a sponsored blog post, I just love sharing new fashion finds in RVA!



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Wednesday Chic: Earth Tones

2014.8.21EarthTonesThis outfit was such an easy and comfortable wear comprised of basics with a little bit of flair. I found the t-shirt at Ashby and scooped it up. It’s soo soft, slightly oversized, and looks equally good tucked in, worn out, dressed up or dressed down. There is just something about basics that I love and can’t get enough of. Thank you to my little sister who is back for her sophomore year at VCU who snapped these pictures for me (husband was grateful he got off duty, but did note he could tell the “work wasn’t his”)!


Outfit details:

top – Alternative (similar if not the same, not an affiliate link) from Ashby / skirt – American Apparel / shoes – Vince Camuto / bag – J. Crew from eBay / belt – thrifted / earrings – Clothes Mentor Short Pump / ring – Nest



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Event: Not Fashion, but Fire, Flour, & Fork, a Richmond Culinary Event

fire-flour-forkYou don’t need to be a Richmond resident to know that Richmond is making its mark on the world. We could say it all started with a little thing called VCU Havoc but it hasn’t stopped with the basketball season. Richmond has been lauded as having some of the best restaurants in the South according to Southern Living,  a top travel destination by Frommers, one of the most romantic cities by Huffington Post, and the list could go on featuring Richmond fashion, food, festivals, and the outdoors. But what has really got Richmond buzzing (besides the onslaught of at least five new breweries, literally and figuratively), is the explosion of restaurants, chefs and their respective acknowledgements. So what does Richmond do? They create their own event: Fire, Flour & Fork. Not an event our chefs travel to, but one in which other chefs and food lovers travel here to attend, speak, and teach. The hype around this event has been most evident on twitter (follow along at #rvadine if interested) and it’s been fun to see the food blogs/writers discuss this huge event.


Simply put, Fire Flour & Fork is: ” a four day culinary event, organized by Real Richmond Food Tours and presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation, celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars. What to expect: a highly curated mix of dining events (including an Urban State Fair), demonstrations, talks, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs with Virginia ties, filmmakers, poets, playwrights, culinary historians, craft spirit makers and tableware designers. Beneficiaries include DNA, Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden and culinary scholarships.”

Triple F (my affection name for the event, not a wrestler) has a jammed packed 4 day schedule with a mix of public and paid events; something everyone can enjoy.  Virginia Blogger members (and specifically those in Richmond), were asked to put together our dream itinerary for Saturday’s events and wow, did they all sound amazing! Here is my schedule (which I confess was largely fueled by the promise of “samples”):


F I R E | 10 a.m.

Fire Roasted: What’s in a Cup Jen Rawlings Lamplighter Roasting Company
Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and Americans are the No. 1 consumers. From legends of dancing goats to written historical accounts of Sufis in Yemen brewing and drinking coffee, we will explore the history and cultivation of the coffee plant as it traveled the globe. (Richmond was a huge coffee port!) Learn about and taste some coffee with us. Sample 

F L O U R | 11:15 a.m.

DamGoodSweets David Guas Bayou Bakery
Combining his love of Creole and Cuban cooking, David Guas of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery shares his love of pastelitos, crêpes du Vieux Carré, red velvet cake, buttermilk beignets and bread pudding drizzled with caramel sauce. Demo and book signing

F O R K | 2 p.m.

Forks over Knives | Film
We’ve thrown down a lot of ham, barbecue and lamb at this event. Now it’s time for advocates of rarely consuming meat and eating more plant-based foods to have their say. In the film Forks over Knives, hear from researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they show and tell how, according to their research, diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, can be prevented–and sometimes reversed–by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Discussion with local docs and food advocates afterward. Film

F I R E | 3:30 p.m.

Burning Desire | Tim Gearhart | Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates
Former Marine Tim Gearhart, pastry chef and chocolatier, will talk about his burning desire, making artisanal chocolates such as the fiery Maya, one of 16 dazzling varieties that makes up Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates signature line. The words, “rich, bittersweet chocolate ganache flavored with cinnamon, Ancho chili and orange, dusted with cocoa” ought to get you in the mood! Sample

F O R K | 4 p.m.

Farm to Table Talking | Secretly Y’all
Gather round the proverbial table as we let Secretly Y’all chew the fat around the theme Farm to Table. Lap up tales from growers, farmers, servers, chefs and anyone along the food chain who has a good five-minute story to share. Corresponding snacks and beverages afterwards!

Are you a foodie in the nearby area? If so, browse all of the different tracks, purchase tickets here and head down to Richmond for a weekend of food that you will not soon forget!

This is a sponsored blog post by Virginia Bloggers and Big Spoon Agency. I was compensated a complimentary ticket in exchange for sharing this event (if I am one of the first 20!). But I love Richmond, I love food, and I love sharing what the people of #RVA are doing so you would have heard about this on Twitter regardless.

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Monday Chic: Accent Jewelry and Brown’s Island

2014.8.24AccentJewelrySunday after church, I talked my husband into taking a few quick outfit photos. I usually stick to brick walls because it just works better but the day was just too gorgeous so we illegally parked and used this bridge overlooking Brown’s Island for some quick snaps. This outfit is built around very old wardrobe pieces but spiced up with a few simple things: a standout necklace (from my recent estate sale haul) and using this shirt in a different way. I tried it tucked in, but it didn’t have the loose easy vibe I was going for, so I simply took the two longer hems, tied them in a knot behind me and tucked the whole thing up under. I tend to hang on to basic pieces and then end up getting wear out of them when I least expect it. I  mean, who knew I would pull this maxi skirt out after having abandoned it for the larger part of the past three years?


Outfit details:

black tank – Forever 21 / grey top – United Colors of Benetton / skirt – New York and Co / sandals – Zara / necklace – estate sale / bracelets – assorted / ring – Nest / earrings – old

BONUS! Because the day was, seriously, beyond gorgeous, a few shots of Brown’s Island from our view on the bridge (these few shots don’t do the area justice). One of the things I love most about Richmond is the ability to feel like you are not in a city on nearly any given day. Richmond was named Outside Magazine’s Best River Town and the majority of activities and festivals happen around the river: mountain biking, running, rafting, tubing, kayaking, and just plain exploring. If you hop down to the Buttermilk Trail or even spend a day on the rocks, you will forget you are in a small urban city. One of our goals for next year is to begin investing in outdoor gear so we can really take advantage of what Richmond has to offer. We just purchased Camelbaks (and ummm they are expensive!) but I’m already researching kayaks for next summer. The long and short of it is that the city/river is just amazing and beautiful and I’m proud to call it home!





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Friday Chic: Blushed Out

2014.8.15BlushOutAren’t white pants just the epitome of summer? I haven’t worn these nearly as much as I should (the typical fear of wearing white pants thing), but I love them. They make dressing easy and chic and these particular ones are jeans (with that nice hint of stretch) which makes them fairly durable and easy to machine wash and wear – a clothing aspect that I am starting to realize is pretty vital to my lifestyle. There’s nothing worse than spending a fortune at the dry cleaners!

2014.8.15BlushOut32014.8.15BlushOut22014.8.15BlushOut4Outfit details:

top – thrifted / jeans – Citizen of Humanity from Clementine Consignment / sandals – Zara / bag – J. Crew from eBay / sunglasses – thrifted / necklace – Baggio Consignment / earrings – Stella and Dot 



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NEW IG: @SHOPchicstripes

SHOP chic stripes IG screen shotThis week is the week of announcements, or so it would seem. I have started a new Instagram account called @SHOPchicstripes which will be dedicated to flash sales of closet clean outs, thrift finds, estate sale items, or other vintage goodies that I want to pass on to you. I have a confession: I come across a lot of awesome things in my shopping hunts and they aren’t always my size but I simply can’t NOT buy it and often do so under the pretex of “I need this for a photo shoot!” (another confession: there often aren’t actual shoots scheduled, just the potential of a shoot – must be prepared!). In the back of my head I’ve also harbored an idea of creating an online store to buy and sell all things second hand first (I’ve already got the named picked out too), so this is a small foray into that (plus it fuels my need to thrift and not leave behind all the awesome pieces).

The FIRST sale will feature closet items from my recent closet cleanse. I’ve got more than a few great cocktail dresses, casual wear, shoes and accessories; clothes will range in sizes XS-S with the occasional off size, shoes in 6-6.5. All measurements will be posted as well so you don’t have to just go by the size. Each item will be in fantastic condition or noted otherwise.

This sale will happen tomorrow night 8/21/14, starting at 7 PM EST. I’ve got all the rules over on that IG but it’s simple. See an item you want? Be the first to leave a comment and pay your PayPal invoice (sent the next business day, or that night if I’m feeling spry). Did I make it too easy to stock up on good things? Probably, but that’s why shopping second hand is so much fun. If you’ll be joining (and I hope you do), head on over to @SHOPchicstripes and give it a follow. Happy 2nd hand first shopping!


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