Thursday, November 1, 2012

     Virginia is for Shabby Lovers <3

Two weeks ago Daniel and I visited Orange, Virginia for (what we like to call) our second honeymoon :)  It was fabulous, but absolutely too short!  While we were there we visited one little boutique in particular that was just too cute.   In the little town of Orange, surrounded by woods and little outcrops of strip malls and historical sights was a boutique called "Shabby Love".  Inside was a whimsy of beautiful hand-painted and refurbished furniture, handmade jewelry and hair accessories, and other fun little shabby chic goodies.  I left with an adorable owl cushion, and I know I'll be back for more next year!  If you are in the area this boutique is a must-see, and the cafe next door (The Light Well) makes delicious lunches and desserts, (they're curried chicken salad is THE BEST) and they use a lot of local and natural food which I am a huge fan of (Daniel even tried their homemade veggie burger and loved it)!

If this shop were in my hometown, my wallet would seriously be suffering...
This bold citrus necklace was also found during my stay in Virginia. Just before dinner I stumbled upon an adorable little boutique called "Darling" in Charlottesville.  The green earrings are from "Cha-Cha's" a cute little novelty store chock full of fun quirky gifts and colorful jewelry and accessories for a truly affordable price.  I am a huge fan of Charlottesville, and love visiting all of the little clothing stores and independent vintage shops.  The city also has a wide variety of restaurants and cafe's, so there is sure to be something for absolutely everyone. One night we ate at a restaurant in the city called "The Local" that served only local dishes and drinks, and the food was outstanding.  Where else can you find quinoa and goat cheese stuffed acorn squash with cranberries and almonds? "The Local" has awesome food and a great atmosphere, we highly recommend it!

I really played up the citrus tones in this outfit.  Lemon, lime, and orange have always been one of my favorite pairings.  The dress really tied it all together with the extra punch of pink and blue to keep it from being too "matchy-matchy." 
Last but certainly not least is this little gem we found among the rocks- a little lunch time and catering cafe called "Real Food".  We found this awesome little shop just across where we stayed our first night in orange, and it was literally only a quarter mile from our B&B. It is such a kitschy and charming little nook- housed in an old ice cream stop- fully decked out in groovy 70's decor.  Their 70's trimmings go well with their food philosophy of keeping their offerings as close to nature as possible with whole food and naturally made menu options.  Daniel loved his ham and cream cheese sandwich on homemade cornbread, and I enjoyed my goat cheese salad with nuts and pears.  And with prices that range from $1 to less than $10, their affordable lunchtime menu is one you simply cannot beat!

Daniel Cheesin' :D

The little touches in this place really make it a simple yet charming place to sit down for lunch!

Authentic 70's chairs and trimmings- in perfect fall colors!

My brother used to collect these fans- they work amazing but don't put your finger in one!

So glad I could share my recent traveling discoveries with you all!  Have any of you visited Virginia lately or have any favorite spots there? It is such a beautiful place in the fall!  Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween! :) 


  1. i want to be everywhere in this post! that restaurant sounds so yummy. and i adore your dress

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails