Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Beauty Seeking!

Lately, I’ve been craving some beautiful & inspiring scenery. Traveling can be so life-giving, & since I’m staying in Richmond this summer, I’ve been determined to find that same feeling right here at home. There are so many beautiful things that surround us daily & I feel so lucky to live in such a cool city. But regardless of where we live, I’ll bet that if we make it our mission to open our eyes to seek the beauty around us, we just might find it. First stop, visiting a butterfly garden!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

What I’m Wearing

Whimsical Dress // Espadrilles // Floral Bag // Polka Dot Scarf // Earrings // Bracelet // Lipstick


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden

Our Day Date

When it comes to exploring new places, my favorite travel companion is of course, Ben. Luckily, he had a day off when it wasn’t too terribly hot & it wasn’t raining, so we took a day date to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Our first priority on this trip was to see their “Butterflies LIVE” exhibit, but we also spent hours roaming through the colorful & incredible gardens.

The butterfly garden was totally magical! I saw some of the biggest & brightly colored butterflies I have ever seen. Occasionally, they would land on us which was just one of the coolest things ever! We just stood there, watching, in complete awe of these whimsical creatures flying about, eating, & exploring the garden around them. I was giddy! Since around April I had been wanting to come & experience this place, & it exceeded my expectations for sure.

Dressed For The Occasion

Chicwish very kindly gifted me this dress (which I picked out) & even before receiving it, I knew this was the dress I wanted to wear upon visiting the butterfly garden. It was even better in person & I fell in love (see my initial try on here). The whimsical botanical print is to die for along with the sweet buttons & feminine ruffles, this dress is too cute for words. These earrings matched this dress PERFECTLY!

I decided to go all out with the prints to carry on with my whimsical theme. This cute polka dot scarf tied in a bow on a floral bag…because sometimes more is more!

Halfway through our day trip, Ben & I sat on a bench & we realized that our looks were totally coordinated & were on theme with our surroundings! No doubt, he’s the man of my dreams!


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


Visiting A Butterfly Garden
Visiting A Butterfly Garden


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Designer Crush: Zimmermann + I’m In A Magazine!

Designer Crush: Zimmermann

Designer Crush: Zimmermann

First Things, First…

OMG I can’t even believe it! My two worlds have collided in the most amazing way. I have a two page fashion focused spread in a magazine I grew up reading. As a teenager, reading through Pointe Magazine & dreaming of becoming a professional dancer, I never thought that one day I would be featured in that very same magazine! The article in the April/May issue that I am a part of is called Studio To Street. In this article, I talk about Felix & Flora, my personal style, & how that also translates into my ballet studio style. Thank you, Pointe Magazine, I feel truly honored to have been chosen for this article. (Pointe Magazines are sold in Barnes & Noble stores if you want to see the print version. I will link the online version as soon as it’s live.)

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Designer Crush: Zimmermann

The Dreamy Zimmermann

Zimmermann is know for his flowing designs, feminine cut outs with dreamy floral ruffles, & the most figure flattering silhouettes. If Oscar de la Renta was my first designer crush, Zimmermann was definitely my second. Each Zimmermann piece is dreamy & iconic in it’s own way. He combines everything I love about feminine clothing & gives it just the right amount of edge.

Below are few Zimmermann images that I’ve been totally crushing on…(notice the sweater in the second picture!)


Designer Crush: Zimmermann
Designer Crush: Zimmermann

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Rainy Day Ruffles

Rainy Day Ruffles

Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles

R e – t h i n k i n g

T h o s e   R a i n y   D a y

B l u e s

It’s been raining quite a bit here in Richmond, like a lot. Instead of getting those rainy day blues & feeling uninspired by my outfits, I’ve been challenging myself to dress the way I feel regardless of all the dark clouds in the sky. Even if the rain makes me a little sleepy, I’ve found that dressing the way I want to feel often changes my outlook for the day. It even boosts my mood & my confidence for whatever the day brings. I mean, how could you not smile when wearing rainy day ruffles?!


Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Feminine Ruffled Dress from Chicwish, Silver Oxfords (old, similar here), Burgundy Cardigan, Earrings from Nest (similar here)


Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles

W h y   T h i s  

C o m b o

This dress is so gorgeous. As I’ve said before, Chicwish is an incredible brand that produces very unique & detailed pieces at a very affordable price. I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it & originally pictured myself wearing it for a more fancy occasion than a regular rainy day. The other day I just decided to put it on because of how happy I felt wearing it & decided I wanted to just keep wearing it the rest of the day. I love the challenge of trying to dress up & dress down pieces in my wardrobe, but this was one of my favorites.

Since it was rainy outside, I knew I had to wear leather shoes as opposed to suede shoes. I honestly haven’t worn these silver oxfords in quite some time, but I absolutely love how they look with this ruffled dress. In an effort to keep this look a little bit more casual, I paired it with my burgundy cardigan that has been a staple in my wardrobe for close to 10 years now. I love the navy & the burgundy together & I think the mixture of the two textures just works. 


Rainy Day Ruffles
Rainy Day Ruffles

What do you do to kick those rainy day blues? What do you think about this somewhat “extra” dress dressed down? Let me know in the comments below. x


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Lust List

Hello Everyone!

It’s about time I put up a new lust list, isn’t it? Summer is here & with a new season comes the need for some new additions to my wardrobe. As you will see below, I am having a moment with a few trends including bows, bardot, gingham, ruffles, red, & embroidery. You know I have been obsessing over my gold bow mules (seen here & here) & this pair in black might simply have to be mine. As I mentioned in my last post, Kate has been totally making me feel like adding some red to my summer wardrobe is something I desperately need to do, & I’m totally into these adorable pieces below. These embroidered mom jeans are right up my alley & a must-have for summer. I’m slowly building my collection of cute pajama sets, & it’s about time for another.

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