Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Burlington, VT Travel Guide

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I received a lot of questions about where I stayed/ate/played in Burlington, VT, when I was there a few weeks ago, so I figured a Travel Guide would be helpful for anyone who was thinking of visiting! I have been the past two Septembers and honestly it is my very favorite trip I go on every year. The temperatures are amazing (60s/70s during the day in September), the food is even better (think local and fresh!) and the nearby mountains are breathtaking. Plus it's a very friendly place... I am already dreaming about going back. :)

I'm rounding up some of my instagram photos from the trip first so that you can see what I wore... scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full review!

Oversized sweater and faux leather leggings
B.P. sweater (less than $40) // Clare V Sandrine tote, similar HERE
old faux leather leggings, similar HERE & HERE // lace-up pumps

Travel Guide to Burlington VT
Gucci disco handbag // Zara jeans, similar HERE

Off the shoulder sweater dress

Leopard scarf, faux leather leggings, lace-up heels
leopard scarf (less than $30) // white tee // similar faux leather leggings HERE & HERE

How to wear a poncho in the fall
Gucci Dionysus bag

(The photos below were taken in Winston but feature some recent fall outfits so I'm including them!)

White on white in the fall

Fall neutrals
Clare V Sandrine tote, similar HERE // Aquazzura heels, similar HERE & HERE

leopard flats, cozy cardigan, AG jeans
Valentino leopard flats, similar HERE // Givenchy Antigona handbag

Like I said before, Burlington, VT, is my very favorite trip we go on every year! Here are some of our favorite restaurants and some tips: 

WHERE TO EAT
*Skinny Pancake: Hands-down my favorite restaurant! The Skinny Pancake is a breakfast restaurant that serves a million different types of crepes - both sweet and savory - they are the best crepes in the entire world (in my opinion :) When we're in Vermont, we go every single morning for breakfast. I seriously wait all year for it! 
*Cold Hollow Cider Mill: This little cider mill is off the beaten path and located about 30 minutes from Burlington, but worth the drive. It's an absolutely adorable cider mill that serves up fresh cider donuts and hot apple cider (and maple coffee if you're a coffee person). You can even walk to the back of the store to see where the cider is made. There's also a restaurant located right across from the cider mill - I had some sort of apple panini last year that was delicious!
*El Cortijo: This Mexican joint inhabits an old 1950s diner - and serves up some of the freshest, best Mexican food I've ever had. It's very small inside so come early or be prepared to wait a little bit. Try the Passionfruit Margarita and order a taco plate (they're all drool-worthy).
*The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: This restaurant is another farm-to-table restaurant that almost every single person recommended to us when we got to Burlington. They have a cool craft beer garden in the back, but the food is the real winner - their burgers are amazing. 
*American Flatbread: We went here a couple times for lunch for a pizza and diet coke. Again, the food is really fresh. All of the flatbreads are made with organic flour, organic tomatoes, and many organic and locally-farmed meats, veggies and cheeses. The "pepperoni and peppers" flatbread is amazing! Also, be warned, they ask you not to use your cell phone in the restaurant.
*Leunig's Bistro & Cafe: Another place that EVERYONE recommended. Located right on Church Street, it's really fun to sit on the patio and eat outside. The menu is French but they serve some American dishes too.  
*Uncommon Grounds: If you're looking for a great, local coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds is it. You can't visit Burlington or Vermont in general without trying a maple latte! DELISH!

WHERE TO STAY
*Hilton Garden Inn: This is where we stayed this past September. There were some pros and cons, so I thought I'd go through them! The upside is definitely the location: it's right downtown, walking distance from the park and all of the shops and restaurants. We didn't have to use our car once! The hotel room was also very spacious and we had a great view of the lake from our window. The downsides were that almost every single member of the hotel staff that worked at the front desk was never in a good mood! We had a couple of questions and tried to interact with them a few times and they were almost downright rude!
*Stowe Mountain Lodge: The lodge is actually located in Stowe, VT (about 45 minutes away from Burlington) but completely worth the drive. This place is a GORGEOUS ski lodge, with spacious rooms and beautiful views. We had a private deck, fireplace, large bath tub (I love baths!) and even a full kitchen in our room. I heard that it's even prettier in the Winter when everything is covered in snow! 

GENERAL TIPS
*Visit Church Street: Church Street is the main street in downtown Burlington where all the "good stuff" is located - coffee shops, pubs, cafes and boutiques. You could spend an entire week there trying different restaurants on Church Street! It's also very scenic and quaint - you'll want to take pictures.
*Rent a car: If you are flying into Burlington, you could definitely survive without a car if you're staying close to downtown (everything is walkable). But then you'd miss the amazing views that are only a short drive away! One day we picked a highway and headed northeast with no destination in mind, it was breathtaking - rows and rows of rolling mountains. I imagine that October is the prettiest month with all the leaves changing.
*Visit Stowe, VT: We stayed in Burlington for a few nights and then drove to Stowe, VT, to stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge. I'd definitely recommend breaking up the trip in two parts - plus you can stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill for lunch on your drive to Stowe. Both Burlington and Stowe are so beautiful, but completely different - you really have to see them both!
*Pack warm clothes: Despite what you may think, Burlington is very cool in September unlike the rest of the country (and Stowe even colder). It was in the 60s during the day and dropped down into the 40s at night while we were there. We were worried we didn't pack warm enough clothes - everyone else was walking around in beanies and had gloves on! If you during the Winter, you'll really want to bundle up.

Well I think that's it folks! :) If you have a question about Burlington definitely let me know in the comments and I'll respond there. Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fringe Vest


fringe vest // white long-sleeve tee (fall staple!) // flared denim (old), similar HERE & HERE
floppy hat // Morganite ring // J.Crew earrings // MAC liptensity in "eros"

Another post from Vermont! :) This fringe vest is unlike anything else in my closet... and I love it! Not only is it really unique, but it's SO cozy, it feels like you're wrapped up in a blanket when you're wearing it. I paired the vest with a white tee and flared jeans for a very 70s vibe, but it also looks cute with skinny jeans and booties. I've also worn it over different colored blouses, since it's a neutral it goes with everything!

I also want to point out really quick that MAC recently came out with a new line of lipsticks - Liptensity. They sent me a bunch of new colors to try so I've been wearing them nonstop the past couple of weeks - they are really pigmented and there are some GORGEOUS colors in the new line. Definitely check them out if you are in search for new lipstick!

xoxo

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Check Poncho in Vermont




This woven poncho from Nordstrom was one of my favorite clothing items that I brought with me to Vermont! I love how versatile it is and how easy you can take it on or off. This outfit also looks amazing with OTK boots (like these from Nordstrom)... The poncho also looks cute over a dress, and comes in a pretty grey color too! For more fall favorites from Nordstrom, check here.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today is actually my boyfriend & I's anniversary, but I'm going to be out of town all day and maybe the entire week (family emergency, not a cool trip). I can't wait to give him his present (he doesn't read my blog so I can let you in on the secret - it has to do with his favorite thing in the entire world, Clemson football :)

xoxo

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*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Backstage with Mary Kay x Lela Rose


Last week while I was in New York, I had the opportunity to work with Mary Kay and attend the Lela Rose Spring 2017 runway show! Today I'm sharing all the details from backstage - including all the info on the model's makeup and some skincare/makeup tips for the upcoming season.  

Lela Rose is a NYC-based fashion designer regarded for her elegant aesthetic. She employs a brilliant use of color and handcrafted details (think lots of florals!) into a totally wearable collection. Lela Rose and Mary Kay Global Beauty Ambassador Luis Casco worked together to create a look that's reflective of the Lela Rose woman's lifestyle... with glowing, luminous skin and an emphasis on the eyes, while still being wearable from day-to-night. 

Mary Kay empowers women to be beautiful and work at their own pace, which is also the Lela Rose woman! I'm including a bunch of photos from backstage and the show, but keep scrolling for the actual makeup products used.


Lela Rose herself (below!) even came in for a makeup touch-up before the show.


The actual show was held at a small restaurant in Soho, Cafe Altro Paradiso (one of Roses's favorite restaurants). Small salads and glasses of rosé were served while the models elegantly walked through the restaurant. 


Here's the rundown on the models' makeup: 

SKIN: Intense Moisturizing Cream & TimeWise Replenishing Serum + C are massaged into the face and neck to add a glowing base
FOUNDATION: TimeWise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation is buffed into the skin and Mineral Powder Foundation is applied to the T-zone with a  powder puff
BLUSH: Mineral Cheek Color in "sky blush" is dusted on the cheeks and drawn up to the temples
EYES: Eyes are prepped with Eye Primer and Mineral Eye Color in "hazelnut" is blended into the crease
Gel Eyeliner in "jet black" is applied midway along the lash line and dragged out to create a "half cat eye"
Two layers of Lash Intensity mascara are applied to the top lashes
LIPS: Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in "always apricot" 

Mary Kay did my makeup before the show using their new Runway Bold Collection. It's a beautiful collection full of metallics and bronze hues! Here was my makeup for the day of the show...

 
Caroline Constas top // Charlotte Russe ripped jeans // Givenchy handbag

You can check out Mary Kay's new Runway Bold Collection here! Let me know if you have any questions.

*Thank you to Mary Kay for sponsoring this post

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites - Fall Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Since yesterday was the first day of autumn, I thought I'd do a special edition of Friday Favorites. 

Below is one of my favorite outfits from my trip to Vermont last week! I love off-shoulder sweaters for transitioning into fall - there's something really chic about showing a little shoulder in the fall. And I totally don't go by the "no white after Labor Day" rule - I love white jeans in the fall/winter!


I took a trip to Target last week and they have the CUTEST fall items in store right now. I went in to get contact solution and left with an entire cart full of fall items! They have really cute kitchen towels, like this "Let's Get Stuffed" one.


I also picked up a mix for pumpkin bars (with cream cheese icing!) and these Pumpkin Pie Larabars. I've talked about Larabars before, but they are energy bars that are made of raw, vegan ingredients and taste amazing. The pumpkin pie flavor seriously tastes like pumpkin pie! I've been enjoying them with coffee every morning.
 

 I also picked up these white ceramic pumpkins from the dollar section. They look great on the coffee table or would be cute in your kitchen too! And for ONE DOLLAR that's a no brainer. :)



I don't know what it is about fall but I get in the mood to clean and organize. I have spent the past couple of days trying to get my life/emails/schedule organized so I bought a couple of planners from Target to help! This Day Designer (similar here) from Target is a LIFESAVER. It has a monthly calendar at the beginning of each month, and then a full page dedicated to each day. This monthly wall calendar is also from Target and is perfectly my style - dalmatian print!



I also wanted to share that some of my favorite fall candles from Bath & Body Works are on sale, including my favorite, Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte. Not only does it smell amazing, but it looks cute sitting on your countertop! I am constantly lighting candles around my house because it gives you that "cozy" feeling - and it smells good.


And finally, if you caught my blog post yesterday you may have seen that one of my favorite retailers Tory Burch is having their annual fall sale right now. You can get similar Tory Burch boots for 30% off with code FALL16.


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Oh and question for you guys... what is your go-to Starbucks drink in the fall?! I am wanting to try some new ones!

xoxo

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