Send me Your Iceland Recommendations

Iceland Recommendations

picture of the Blue Lagoon, one of the Iceland recommendations I received for my 2014 trip 

If you’ve been reading for a while you might remember when I went to Iceland a couple of years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. I sadly didn’t get to spend more than a few days and for most of it I was stuck in the hotel because of record setting wind speeds, I’ve been dying to go back pretty much since the day I left and I’m finally making the trip with my family next month!

We are so excited to go, and will be there for quite a bit longer this time around. So far we are planning a pretty epic road trip (if I do say so myself) around the country. Over the next couple weeks, we’re hoping to nail everything down for the trip but right now are starting by just making a massive list of all the places we want to see, then narrowing it down to what’s realistic (then hoping that Mother Nature is on our side so we can see as much as possible!)

It seems like everyone has been to Iceland since I last made the trip, and as I’ve said in the past, some of my favorite travel moments of the last 3 years have been thanks to the recommendations from y’all! So if you’ve been I want to hear it all, all the Iceland recommendations you have.

Valentine’s Day Outfit for the Office

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

I love wearing color to the office. For me, sometimes wearing color seriously helps my attitude at the office, especially this time of year when everything seems to be 50 shades of grey around D.C. When I saw this suit back in September I knew I had to add it to my closet, and I have been seriously obsessed with it since.

Side note, these pictures are seriously making me miss my blonde hair! I love the change to the dark but seeing these are making me want to go a little bit lighter — Nadine if you’re reading, don’t kill me ha!

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

It’s really pink, and sometimes I feel a little bit like I’m channeling Elle Woods but I love it. It’s also surprisingly versatile and the absolute perfect Valentine’s Day outfit for the office.

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Unfortunately the exact suit isn’t available anymore (it’s this blazer and pants if you love this exact suit- I love the blush too!), but Banana Republic has an equally perfect, equally pink version available!

I’m not a huge fan of , but I’ll really take any excuse to wear as much pink as possible, especially to the office. I’m planning to do a little Galentine’s Day lunch with a few coworkers and you bet I’ll be wearing this!

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

Blazer // Pants // Tank // Purse // Shoes

In 2017 I’m really focused on having fewer, better things. Only buying pieces that I love and will wear a lot, and this outfit is honestly what inspired it. I would argue that these 4 pieces are the most worn pieces in my closet. Whether I’m wearing the blazer on it’s own for a girls night out, pairing the shoes with a simple black dress, layering the tank under other blazers or wearing the pants on their own with a sweater, this outfit gets a lot of wear and I always feel great in any combination.

Valentine's Day Outfit for the Office

I’ll be sharing a couple other Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day if you’re going to be hanging with your girlfriends like me this year) outfits in the next few days so keep an eye out!

Do you have a Valentine’s Day outfit planned for the office?

photos by Laura Metzler

Alexandria VA Travel Guide

Alexandria VA Travel Guide

One of my favorite places for a staycation in the DC area is Alexandria, VA. There is so much to do (see my post about Mt. Vernon from last fall, here) and it’s a great escape from the city, plus Old Town is so cute! Whether I just need to get out of town for a few hours or I’m looking for a longer staycation, it’s one of my favorite places to head to, I also highly recommend it if you’re planning a trip to DC and don’t want to stay in the city but want to be close by.

 In case you’re planning a trip, here’s my Alexandria, VA travel guide, full of my picks of where to stay, what to do and of course where to eat in and around Old Town!

Alexandria VA Travel Guide

Where to stay:

Y’all, I cannot recommend the Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa more! It’s right in Old Town, at the top of King Street and only a few minutes walk to the metro. From here you can easily hop on the trolley and make your way down King Street or jump on the metro and head into DC for a day trip in the city.

On top of being super convenient, it is amazing. I first stayed here when I was a freshman in college and it has remained one of my favorite hotels in the world. I have a soft spot for Kimpton’s in general, but The Lorien is my favorite. Incredible food at Brabo, the most comfortable beds in the world, amazing bathtubs and rain showers, plus a gorgeous spa. The list goes on but you get the idea. As far as Alexandria goes, you really can’t go wrong with The Lorien!

Another great perk of staying at The Lorien is the free happy hour they have every day in the lobby, after a day of exploring (or a day at the spa) stop by for a glass of wine and some amazing treats from Brabo!

Alexandria VA Travel Guide

Where to eat:

Brabo
Hanks Oyster Bar
Sonoma Cellar
Magnolia’s on King
Blackwall Hitch
Virtue Feed and Grain
Del Ray Pizzeria

Alexandria VA Travel Guide

What to do:

There is history around every corner in Alexandria, home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, one of the ten busiest ports and a Civil War supply center for Union troops are just a few things it’s known for.

 Explore King Street // There’s so many great restaurants and shops lining king street. Take a walk from the top of the street down to the waterfront or hop on the trolley.

Visit Market Square // Go see Alexandria’s City Hall and see what’s going on in Market Square, it’s home to farmers markets and other events daily. If there’s nothing going on it’s still a gorgeous spot to walk see!

Explore the Waterfront // If you’re not going to make it to Mt. Vernon definitely put the waterfront on your list. If you’re staying at The Lorien, it’s only about a 20 minute walk down King Street and so worth it. There are restaurants along the water or just take in the stunning views of the Potomac. You can also hop on a river cruise to Mt Vernon, the National Harbor, the National Mall or simply take a river tour.

Visit the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum // Take a step back in time to learn about Civil War Era medicine and the famous people throughout history who visited and relied upon the medicines from the Apothecary.

Go see Christ Church // For those of you who have been reading for a while you know I’m an absolute sucker for old churches. One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is just poke my head into churches, this one is no different. Like pretty much everything else in this city it is steeped in history and looks virtually the same it did during the Revolutionary War!

Get spooked on a ghost tour // Growing up in New England I know that old towns and ghosts kind of go together and Alexandria is no different. Whether you believe in ghosts or not (I definitely do) jump on a ghost tour to see a different history of Alexandria!

 Spend the Day Exploring Mt Vernon // Go spend a few hours walking in the footsteps of our first president. It’s one of the most beautiful spots in the DC area in my opinion!

Head into DC // You’re 20 minutes from DC, so pick a few museums you want to see or go walk around the mall. The great part about Alexandria is how easy it is to get to DC, you can take the metro or drive and be downtown in just a little while.

There is so much more to do in Alexandria, VA and I could go on and on. These are just a few of my picks but I always love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite spots?