Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Detour in Staunton

On our most recent road trip, we decided to take highways down through the western part of the state rather than sit in traffic on I-95 (anyone who's regularly driven the stretch of I-95 between DC and Richmond already knows what I mean...it's always awful and can easily add two hours onto your trip if you happen to be on it at the wrong time). The route we took is slightly longer, but much more scenic and relaxed. Also, we were sure to pass by several cute small towns, which you know I love!

After driving for about 3 hours, we were ready to get out of the car and stretch our legs, so we stopped in Staunton, VA for a not-so-quick pit stop. We got coffee, walked around a bit, and even did a little shopping in a cute store. (I'll share what we bought in another post.) To be honest, I was pretty smitten with Staunton and didn't want to get back in the car!

historic architecture in Staunton, VA
historic architecture in Staunton, VA
Staunton, Virginia
Staunton, VA
train station in Staunton, VA
train in Staunton, Virginia
historic architecture in Staunton, VA

I want to go back to Staunton for a weekend trip at some point to see more of this beautiful little town and the surrounding countryside. I got a good vibe from this place. :)

By the way, my ongoing obsession with small towns seems stronger than ever lately, so if anyone has recommendations for cute places to visit within driving distance of DC, let me know! It doesn't have to be super small, anything smaller than DC is usually a welcome retreat.

I have more pics from another stop on our trip to share soon. xo

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recent Travels

I'm back after a trip to the Deep South to visit family, exhausted but feeling revived too. We've been traveling a lot lately to see family, but we managed to sneak in a couple of detours to cute towns also. We drove through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen, lots of rolling green hills, mountains, valleys, and lakes...if I hadn't been doing the driving I would've snapped about a thousand photos!

I do have photos to share of stops along the way though, and I'll post them soon. It's hard to transition back to the busyness of city life when all I want to do is hang out and relax. I have a to-do list a mile long, but I'm doing the zombie shuffle and can barely type this post. So, you know, all in good time. First things first, more coffee. :)

Hope you all had a great start to the week. xo, Mary

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today's Finds

Ceramic tumblers from WRF Lab designed by Nobuhito Nishigawara, found at Cameron Marks

"Summer Solstice #1" by Alicia Bock

Brass earrings by SerenArT

Hand-printed bag from maiuki

Tank dress from Me & Arrow

It's 90 degrees today, and we haven't turned on the air conditioning yet. Feeling hot and spacey and dreaming of driving to the beach (hopefully) soon.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Last of the Spring Blooms

Here's a pic of this week's tulips cut from our yard. Sadly, I don't think we'll get any more because we've had to start mowing the grass. We put it off as long as possible because we had so many wildflowers pop up this year in addition to the tulips and daffodils, and the backyard looked like our own personal tiny meadow. It's too bad we haven't had any bunnies this year because they would've loved it. Actually, we used to get lots of wild rabbits, and this year we haven't seen a single one. We did see a fox a couple of times last summer living in our neighborhood (crazy, right?); we saw him skulking about when we went for walks after dark. Who knows where he came from or if there are several?? Anyway, I really hope the bunny population hasn't been wiped out! Sadness. You would think there'd be enough leftover food/garbage readily available for foxes to snack on in an area as densely populated as ours that they wouldn't bother chasing down all the rabbits. But maybe not?

I'm just going to pretend that everyone's getting along fine and maybe even having tea parties together in someone's backyard. That's what storybooks told me growing up, and I'm pretty sure it's still true.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Rooftops and Shadows

I feel like I've been racing this week, though to where I'm not sure, so I'm going to steal a few moments this afternoon to just be and do nothing, maybe take a walk, maybe just sit outside.

Hope you're having a good week, friends. xo

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Today's Finds

It's been forever since I did one of these posts, right? I happened to be looking for some cute studio/office stuff today and came across a few things I thought I'd share.

Vintage utility cart from The White Pepper

Custom business card stamp from The Stationary Boutique

Telephone wall clock from Decoylab

"Don't Forget" magnetic notepad from Quill and Fox

Vintage wire magazine rack from Nine Star Vintage

I don't know about you guys, but I could probably use one of those "Don't Forget" notepads in every room. Also, I'm pretty sure a transpondster is what I want to be when I grow up, you know, if the whole art thing doesn't work out.

Should I bring back "Today's Finds" posts? What d'ya think?