Highlight: North Carolina Museum of Art

I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art back in August (and I’m so very belatedly sharing my trip). The stop was unplanned, and I cannot tell you how happy I was to have made the detour. It was just the perfect place to recharge and soak in the beautiful art. The pieces were incredible, and the space that the museums has is wonderful. My words are not justice enough – so I’m posting these pictures to entice you to visit (if you haven’t already). I’m already planning another trip in the new year!

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The grounds are incredible – vast and filled with amazing art work. It’s a wonderful way to explore art outside. There is a sustainable irrigation system (pictured above) that is a fascinating way of managing water and weather – definitely worth walking through and reading about. Below is a Jaume Plensa work that is absolutely stunning…. this was the first place that I had seen Jaume Plensa. I’ll never forget the moment I rounded the bend in the museum park and saw this work – it is so beautiful… words and pictures do not do it justice.

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The indoor collections are varied… I adore the sculptures (this gold one below is a fast favorite).

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You can find the NCMA on their website and on Instagram (they are very responsive, and just lovely!)

Thank you so much for visiting – tell me in the comments if there is a museum that speaks to your heart that I should visit! ❤

 

 

 

Scenes from Skyline and Blue Ridge Parkway

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In the summer, I drove from Virginia to Atlanta via the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. It was amazing.

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Tell me in the comments – have you driven the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline? What were your favorite stops?

Thank you for visiting!

Perkins Memorial and the Green Dress

A few years ago, I saw this dress at GAP…. Unfortunately, my size was nowhere to be found. A few weeks later, I saw the dress again, just a single one on the sale rack. Despite the dress being several sizes to large, I gleefully took it home. I cinch the volume of the dress down to my size with a wide belt, and it gives a little extra swing in the dress. Sometimes, like I did here, I layer a swingy petticoat under the skirt for a little extra oopmh. It’s a long time favorite, especially during the hot months when I want to be comfortable, cool, and put together. I think the wide belt adds that extra touch put-together-ness.

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I wore this favorite to a visit to Perkins Memorial. Perkins Memorial is a beautiful drive or hike in the middle of Bear Mountain and it has some fantastic views of Hudson Valley. I visited on a cloudy day, but it was still absolutely breathtaking to see the entire valley in bloom and green. The tower is open seasonally, and the view is even more stunning from the top.

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Petticoat: From another dress (Tons of beautiful options on Etsy)
Belt: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren (Similar here and adore this one)
Sandals: Kate Spade (similar here and love these)
Sunnies: Lacoste (this season’s here)

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Thank you so much for visiting! Tell me in the comments if you’ve visited this part of Hudson Valley before, and what your favorites are!

Three Days: Monterey to Big Sur

I arrived in Monterey late on Thursday, and departed Saturday afternoon. I spent plenty of time wandering and enjoying the beautiful scenery. These are my favorite kinds of trips – the kind where you wander and explore organically, without having any plans or deadlines. It’s incredibly refreshing and fun.

Day One:

  1. Arrive in Monterey, check into the Intercontinental Hotel.
  2. Walk from Cannery Row to Lovers Point along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail… enjoy watching the seals and pups!
  3. Dinner at The Beach House at Lover’s Point. Definitely recommend – excellent service and good food with a fantastic view.

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Day Two:

  1. Drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea
  2. Wander the galleries, and explore the beaches near Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Day Three:

  1. Drive to Big Sur (at least up to where Route 1 is closed due to road closure)
  2. Stop everywhere along Route 1 to take in the view! Pro-tip: Pack a lunch and plenty of water so you can focus on the view and enjoying yourself!

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Thank you so much for visiting! Tell me – what your favorite picture from my short little trip is!

 

To Walk on Clouds

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Coyote Hills Regional Park (location)

When I went to this park for the first time a couple years ago, I couldn’t help up stick my head out the window as I drove in, smiling my face off. That smile turned into gleeful skipping as I explored the park, stood on top of the hills and stared down the Bay into San Francisco, and finally slid my reluctant and tired legs into my car that night to go home.  I’ve been back many more times, and each time I feel as if I’m walking on the clouds. Rain or shine, this park is one of my absolute favorites in the Bay Area.

Tell me – what are your favorite parks to visit? Tell me where I should visit next!

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Thank you for visiting!!!!

Two Days: Sedona, AZ

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Day One

  1. Wake up bright and early head to the Village Grind for coffee and breakfast.
  2. Drive leisurely around, stopping at grocery for snacks and water (hiking essentials)
  3. Stop by local craft and farmers’ markets. Pick up a few adorable pieces of Navajo pottery (artist spotlight coming soon!)
  4. Afternoon hike at Grasshopper Point (bring swimsuit to enjoy swimming hole)
  5. Watch sunset over Sedona from Airport Overlook (get there early to get a good spot to watch!)
  6. Dinner at The Hudson (seriously amazing food and drinks)

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Day Two

  1. Sunrise at Bell Rock – hike and breathe it all in. (Pack a little breakfast to forget to eat because you’re busy taking pictures)
  2. Pick up lunch and snacks at the Village Grind (because you like their sandwiches that much), sit by the hotel pool while reading and eating.
  3. Make one last leisurely drive around Sedona, before heading the Phoenix for the airport
  4. Stop at a few of the outlooks on the way to Phoenix to take in the scenery!

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