Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Girls Weekend at The Inn at Willow Grove

Happy Sunday! We've been traveling like crazy these last few months, so you likely noticed along the way that I spent a weekend in Virginia at the Inn at Willow Grove. I have never really spent any significant time in Virginia, so I was excited to have the opportunity to explore, and what better reason than a girls weekend!?

When I think of a girls weekend, I think wine, the spa, great food, and beautiful accommodations. This weekend was just that! The Inn at Willow Grove is the first boutique hotel I've ever stayed at! Lots of "firsts" here! It's located in Orange, VA about 30ish minutes from Charlottesville, and is surrounded by some of Virginia's best wineries. The hotel was recently awarded #1 hotel in the South and #3 best hotel in the country! If I'm not mistaken, it's also known for being one of the most romantic. Outside of a girls weekend, this would be the perfect location for a couples getaway. 


We began our weekend with a tour of Montpelier Plantation. This is President James Madison's home and only a short ride away from the hotel! I'll be the first to admit I'm no history buff, so the walking tour was actually refreshing and interesting to listen too. It sort of felt like a class field trip with all the girls! 

From there, we took a shuttle over to Barboursville Vineyards. If I could, I'd visit a vineyard every weekend throughout the spring and fall, so this was my favorite stop on our itinerary! The views, service (we loved chatting with winemaker Luca Paschina), food, and especially the wine were amazing! I always take a bottle or two home from the vineyards we visit, but I liked them all at Barboursville, so it was hard to choose! The passion that went into this place really stood out to me. 

Our last stop was a visit to the Mill House Spa for a Signature Massage. After a long day of sightseeing, it was so nice to unwind and relax for a few hours! They also have a cozy little room with a fireplace that Bailey and I hung out in for awhile after our treatment. Your trip isn't complete without making a stop here. 


Our first dinner of the weekend was on Friday night at Forked On Main! It's about a 10 minute drive from the hotel, and located in the quaint town of Orange, VA. Everything ranging from the cocktails, to the appetizers, through our entree was delicious! The owner of the hotel actually also owns Forked On Main, so we were able to try a wide variety of options on the menu and you can't go wrong with anything! 

I previously mentioned the food at Barboursville Vineyards. We had lunch there on Saturday which was spectacular! It was a true Italian style lunch complete with homemade pasta, and again - very good!

Saturday evening we enjoyed dinner at the Inn at Willow Groves restaurant called Vintage. I had a fantastic cosmopolitan here, and rounded out the dinner with gold dusted chocolate covered strawberries, whaaat?? Mind blown. We liked Vintage so much, we went back for brunch the following morning, and indulged in blueberry pancaked and a basket full of delicious pastries. I highly recommend stopping by this restaurant even if you aren't lodging with the hotel. 

This is such a great little getaway spot! If you're looking for something cozy, low-key, and charming - this is your hotel. Those of you who know me, also know I'm a big time coffee lover - so I wanted to make it a point to mention that the hotel delivers fresh beignets and french press coffee to your room every morning. Yum! Right up my alley. The accommodations were fabulous. The beds were comfortable, the rooms were modern with luxury appliances and amenities, and I especially loved having a fireplace - all the cozy feels!


*In partnership with The Inn at Willow Grove

Monday, February 19, 2018

Distressed Denim in NYC

Wow, what - a - week! I don't know about you guys, but this week was especially emotional for me for some reason! One of my clients at work told me it has to do with an eclipse that's going on. I know nothing about those sorts of things, but I'm taking her word for it because it was a roller coaster week in terms of ups and downs! Work has been taxing, we found out Shane's dad had a heart attack at the beginning of the week, and we randomly came home to find part of our fence torn down - which apparently happened during a police chase while we were out of town!? Like I said, the emotions were at an all time high. 

Outside of the craziness, Shane and I took a quick trip to New York for the weekend as a late Valentines celebration. He has been traveling a ton for work lately, so our time together has been minimal since our honeymoon in January. A lot of you know we got engaged in New York City (you can read that story here), so it holds a special place in our heart. It's also so easy and inexpensive to get too from Charlotte, so we thought why not!? We really wanted to maximize our time there this go around, so we went into it with somewhat of a plan in terms of where we wanted to eat and what we wanted to see! We had never been to Top of The Rock so we decided to head up there Saturday afternoon. The view from the top is absolutely stunning! Although it was extremely cold and windy - so be prepared if you're headed there during the winter. 

I had lots of questions on my jeans while we were there from stories! They're only $88 and I've had them for about a year and a half now. Outside of a dark wash pair, these are probably the most worn jeans in my closet and they've held up great! Lucky for you all, they're still in stock in all sizes here, and they run true to size.

This week we are trading in our coats and sweaters, for shorts and swimsuits! Stay tuned to see where we are headed next!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our Lowndes Grove Wedding: Getting Ready

Looking at these photos brings tears to my eyes! Our wedding was nothing short of perfect and I wish I could do it all over again. As promised, I will be taking you through the different phases of our wedding day - so today, we are talking about getting ready! 

This went by the quickest for me! My girls and I arrived at the venue at 9:00 AM coffee in hand and ready to be dolled up from head to toe! We had Mimosas, parfaits, pastries, and even a Nespresso machine to keep the energy alive. If you know me, you know this was an absolute necessity! Coffee before talkie, all the way. Ash & Co Bridal arrived to start hair and makeup, and before I knew it - it was time to put on the dress! I wasn't lying when I said the morning flew by. I felt perfectly fine all morning long, and in all honesty I was probably too calm. As soon as my hair was done, I felt the nerves and anxiety settle in. I knew it was due time! Knowing you are about to execute on the day you've been dreaming of since you were a little girl, is such a surreal feeling and one that's difficult to put into words. 

It was time to put on the dress! At my last fitting, the alterations lady told me I needed to maintain my current weight for the dress to fit perfectly. But little did I know, I would be getting the flu that following week! I woke up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and had the flu until December 26th. Yikes! As you can imagine, I didn't eat anything over those two days so maintaining that weight didn't happen! Once we got to Charleston, it was time to carb load to gain some weight back! I'm pretty sure I had the opposite problem of every bride in America! Who carb loads days before their wedding, lol!? Lucky for me, I stepped on the scale the morning of - and I weighed exactly what I weighed the day of my last fitting. Pop the champagne, all is good again! 

This small window of time with just my mom and my sister was so special. I don't think I've ever seen my mom look at me the way she did once my dress was on. Again, another emotion that's hard to put into words. And can we just talk about how pretty she looked!? Maybe I am biased, but both my mom and sister looked drop dead gorgeous. 

My next post will be on our first look! Get your tissues ready, Shane may or may not be shedding a tear or two in it! 

Stationary: Minted
Planning: Candice Lorraine // OOH Events
Photography: Jessi Nichols Photography 
Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co Bridal Hair
Dress: Pronovias
My Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rentals: OOH Events 
Location: Lowndes Grove // Patrick Properties Group
Videography: Knotted Arrow 

Leave a comment with any questions! As always, thanks for stopping by!

XOXO, Mrs. Dyer

*Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Floral Swing Shorts in Hawaii

These shorts never get old! Every year they come out in multiple prints ranging from florals to paisleys, and all things bright. If you're not a fan of skirts because you like to twist, twirl, kick and flip - these are the next best thing. They fit just like a skirt, but they're shorts - can we say genius? They're also a great excuse to wear your collection of crop tops, or throw them over your bathing suit as a coverup like I did on this trip. I'm all about versatility and these give you options (they even look cute with a sweater). Click here to see how I styled them in previous summers!

I just got home from a girls weekend in Virginia and am watching the Superbowl with Shane this evening! I had so much fun catching up with some of my favorite girls, and will be doing a round up of our trip in the near future! Despite all the fun festivities, I'm so happy to be home this evening. I always leave those trips inspired and thankful for the friendships and opportunities presented, but also longing for a weekend from my weekend - this girl is exhausted! 



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