Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Interiors :: The Greenbrier Resort


I am beyond excited to be visiting one of my favorite places in the world, The Greenbrier, with my mom and her best friend for Mother's Day.  As a native West Virginian, this historic hotel {built in 1778} has always had a special place in her heart.  We visited together for the first time after my college graduation and since then I have just been dreaming about the day that I am able to go back to the majestic resort.  

The Greenbrier is one of interior designer Dorothy Draper's most famous designs, and I absolutely adore her 'Modern Baroque' style combining bold prints, vibrant colors, whimsical fixtures, luxe furnishings, and the perfect amount of Southern Prep.  And the indoor swimming pool, with it's light filled canopy ceiling, is one of the most magical spaces I have ever been in.  Follow along on Instagram and Twitter as I explore The Greenbrier in two weeks!


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Art :: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue


Sometimes we just need to get away, and what better than to be transported into one of Annie Leibovitz's visual fairy tales for Vogue?  Whether it's Kirsten Dunst as the ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette, model Natalia Vodianova portraying 'Alice in Wonderland' alongside a slew of high fashion designers {Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford?  Sign me up!}, or Andrew Garfield and a model that could easily be a young Grace Coddington channeling 'Hansel and Gretel,' her images are nothing short of magical.  I hope you enjoy getting lost in the images as much as I do!


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Travel :: St. Petersburg, Florida


The last two days of our trip to Florida were spent in St. Petersburg.  We stayed at the historic Vinoy Resort & Golf Club and absolutely loved it.  The hotel was built in the 1920's and overlooks the beautiful marina and town of St. Pete.  After nearly a week of bad weather we were thrilled to be greeted by endless sunshine, and spent much of our time lounging by the pool reading and drinking cocktails.  In the evenings we strolled through downtown St. Petersburg stopping in shops, eating ice cream, and taking in two very beautiful sunsets.  A few of my recommendations...

THE BIRCHWOOD: We absolutely loved this rooftop bar and wished we had more time to spend there.  They serve wonderful craft cocktails and small plates {the truffle frites were so so good}.  Go up at sunset and watch the sky turn vibrant orange and pink over the Maria and town of St. Pete. 

VINOY RESORT & GOLF CLUB: Out of all the hotels we looked at in St. Petersburg, the Vinoy was by far my favorite.  The location is top-notch and hotel itself is absolutely stunning.  The facade reminded me of The Royal Hawaiian hotel and the service was just as wonderful.  My only complaint was the room decor seemed a bit stale, but since we hardly spent any time in our room it was absolutely fine.  We booked our room on a website called Otel.com and were able to save $100 {YAY!}  If you're staying in St. Pete Beach, I would recommend the Don Cesar resort which has a similar ambiance.

400 BEACH SEAFOOD & TAP HOUSE: This restaurant has a great outdoor dining area with a casual seafood centric menu including Lobster Mac & Cheese, Florida Grouper Oscar, and fish tacos {Ryan said they were some of the best he has ever eaten}.  Plus, it was a five minute walk from the Vinoy which was that much better.

THE MARINA: Grab a scoop of ice cream and dangle your legs over the edge of the Marina and watch the sailboats go by.  So peaceful.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Travel :: Disney World


During our recent trip to Florida we decided to make the best of the imclemete weather and take a last minute trip to Disney World.  We hopped in the car at 7AM and were on the road.  As a girl, we would visit Disney almost every year, but it had been years since I had last been back.  To be honest, I was absolutely giddy with excitement to be going back to 'The Happiest Place on Earth,' but unfortunately due to absolutely insane crowds our trip to Disney definitely left a bit to be desired.

As a child, we rarely went to Disney World on Spring Break and instead would typically visit either over our Winter Break {in February} or my parents would pull me out of school for a few days to go. I have never, never seen anything like the tens of thousands of people literally shoulder to shoulder throughout the entire park.  We pulled up to Disney around 9AM, and didn't get on our first ride until nearly 2PM because it took that long to buy our tickets, get into the park, and wait in line for the Fast Pass.  The Fast Pass itself was an extremely frustrating experience, as after standing in line for over an hour {and still not even being close to the reservation booth}, we found out that all of the major rides {Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, etc.} were booked until 10PM.  So, dejectedly, we left the line and were almost ready to give up on our Disney dreams...but thankfully the tried-and-true Teacups had only a 20 minute line so we ran over and after 90 seconds of Disney magic were back to enjoying the day.

Overall, I was definitely a little frustrated by the experience.  We were only able to ride three rides {albeit good rides - the Teacups, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion} the entire day, and weren't truly able to get the full Disney experience because of the crowds.  There were lines to buy food, lines to get into restaurants, lines to get into bathrooms, lines to get in lines...literally lines everywhere.  I can only imagine how much more upsetting the situation would be if we had been there with children and had come to Florida specifically with the intent of visiting Disney.  Lesson of the story...if you go to Disney World, do NOT go over Spring Break!