pink petals |

pink petals | style

Jul 5th, 2016 Featured, style paperyrain 1 min read

I’ve been feeling pretty yucky recently, so my sweet husband bribed me with lunch to get me out of the bed and out of my pajamas. We got a couple things to snack on and spent a little time under the trees at the capital with the squirrels. Sometimes just getting normal clothes on and being outside can make a world of difference.

old town alexandria va |

old town alexandria | swoon

Jun 20th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 4 min read

We headed to Northern Virginia with our pups to visit my husband’s family over the weekend. His parents were helping his youngest sibling get settled into her last apartment for her 4th year at UVA, so we decided to head into Alexandria, where it all began for Matthew and I. We love Alexandria and we have a lot of memories in Old Town (most involved…

lake johnson park |

lake johnson park | swoon

Jun 13th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 3 min read

you could tell this guy was the boss of all the geese the geese were starting to get a little unhinged The hubby and I headed out last weekend to Lake Johnson Park for a little fun in the sun. We had been craving some outdoorsy time, so we packed up a light picnic and rented some kayaks and made a day of it! The…

bethany beach babe |

heart not hate | style

Jun 6th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 4 min read

kate spade bandeau | j.crew high waisted bottoms (similar here and here) | target tortoise sunglasses | target floppy hat | target cover up Our trip to Bethany Beach, DE was awesome. While we were beaching and relaxing, I spent some time brain storming the blog (the beach has a way of clearing your mind). Since I’ve been blogging, I have honestly always struggled with finding my confident…

summer stripes |

summer stripes | style

May 31st, 2016 Featured, style paperyrain 5 min read

jord wood watch | bb dakota striped dress (similar, in navy) | target floppy hat | target tortoise sunglasses  Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer, so we started our summer travel by heading to Bethany Beach in Delaware. We had so much fun and the weather was so amazing; it really kicked off our wanderlust filled summer perfectly. We are trying to switch up our adventures from the…

fair weekend |

fair weekend| swoon

May 23rd, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 3 min read

 target sunglasses | factory j.crew dress (similar fit and super cute for this season, and on massive sale!! romper version here!) | joules wellies | kate spade studs I love fairs. I use to go to the West Virginia state fair with my grand parents every year and it was so special to me. (I don’t know if you know, but I was the West Virginia state fair…

strawberry patch |

strawberry patch | style

May 16th, 2016 Featured, style paperyrain 4 min read

peplum (old; other cute peplums here and here) | j.crew factory navy shorts | j.crew factory flats | kate spade studs |  Happy Monday! What better way to start the week than coming off of a fresh face lift over the weekend? (not me, just the blog, I’m not there yet you guys). In an attempt to stream line the blog a little more, I thought she could use a little pick me…

san francisco |

san francisco | swoon

May 13th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 4 min read

San Francisco is such a great city to visit, there is always something to do, delicious food to be eaten, and boozy drinks to be drank. During this visit, we stayed at The Fairmont, which is so classy and beautiful. I do have a confession though (no judgement). There is a chance that I kind of started a fight in the hotel restaurant (this is…

muir woods and sausalito |

muir woods and sausalito, ca | swoon

May 11th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 5 min read

We have visited California a couple handful of times and what’s amazing is you can always find something new to do. We had never seen the Muir Woods, so we started our Saturday by heading there as part of a half day tour. These trees are giant. Before you’re all like, no duh Captain obvious, if you’ve never seen these trees while standing in the middle…

wine country |

wine country | swoon

May 9th, 2016 Featured, swoon paperyrain 3 min read

The hubby and I went on a little weekend get away to San Fran/wine country a few weekends back. One of my favorite places in the world is California wine country (it feels like a dream, I mean just look at that photo!) Needless to say, we danced our happy wine dance all the way through some really amazing wineries (getting a little happier with each…