colonial beach + a new addiction

Monday, 14 July 2014

A few months ago,  I signed up for my first (sprint) Triathlon. Jay signed up too, and it was his second. We've been training for each event and excited to see how we stacked up against others. We drove up to Colonial Beach on Friday evening and stayed with some great friends who were also planning on doing the race. Colonial Beach is on the Northern Neck, a small town and golf cart community with a whole lot of character.

It was a bright and early morning Saturday as we made our way to the event HQ to get ready for our early start times. It was such a learning experience for me about the transition areas, tri gear and the pre-race nerves. I read a ton of articles, but knew that going through the steps would be the biggest lesson.

I'll spare all the details, but it felt so great to run across that finish line. Having played sports through college, these days my work life is pretty sedentary Mon-Fri from 8-6pm. It's a necessary evil, which I'm sure some can relate to. With triathlons, I think I've found my newest addiction. Here's to many more swim/bike/runs! Plus, we can visit new towns and find some pretty cool things to do on our road trip. I didn't get many shots (all from the phone's camera because I can't seem to ever remember the actual camera) of Colonial Beach, but we had a few great stops along the way.

A lucky find: The Dog and Oyster Vineyard. Can't go wrong here – friendly dogs, delicious local oysters and tasty wine. It was the perfect pit stop for our Sunday drive home, and the owner/manager, Mark, really treated us well. We could have stayed here alllll day.

And of course a random antique store on the side of the country road. This one was an old two-story home with seven other buildings on the property, filled to the brim with antiques and architectural salvage. I left with an ice cream scoop.

artist spotlight // first landing woodworks

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

With Summer in full swing, that means tasty beers. The same goes for Fall, Winter and Spring too. I was lucky enough to meet Adam, one of the guys behind First Landing Woodworks, at a photoshoot a few months back. With my semi-new woodworking interest, I was immediately draw to this brand, and was excited to hear more about what he and his woodworking partner, Philip, were up to.

First Landing Woodwork’s mission is to provide high–quality products that are made with pride in the United States of America. We feel there needs to be attention paid to the products we use and those products should not be disposable, yet a quality heirloom piece that will last generations.
In addition to their signature walnut handles, they also use Maple, Bocote, Padauk and other hardwood...even the occasional antler! I love seeing the different wood grain shine through. It's awesome to have this kind of talent locally. 

Get your own bottle opener in their shop, or find them around Hampton Roads at a show or festival.

sophia amoruso

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

During an average work day, I spend too much time on the computer. Mostly designing in Photoshop, taking breaks to scroll through a few blogs and occasionally online shopping. Instead of shuffling through my Spotify stations, I'm opting for interviews, podcasts and videos. The latest interview I watched featured Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso. I'm reading #GIRLBOSS now, and I'm constantly impressed by her. Though I'm not even a fan of the clothes from the site, I admire her drive. She's genuine, logical and a total badass.

image via The Coveteur

work style

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Most (week)days are the same. Shower, brush teeth, get dressed. That "get dressed" part is always a mystery. I totally fall into that stereotype of girl with lots of clothes and nothing to wear. I've been doing an okay job of donating clothes every few months, but the story is the same. This mostly applies to work. Like many, I have a desk job. Our office isn't too strict about business attire, so most of the time I can get away with pants and a nice-ish top. If I could afford it, I'd just stock up on Elizabeth Suzann basics, be comfortable and happy. In the meantime, these are the types of pieces I'm on the lookout for...

images via my style board on Pinterest

a favorite

Monday, 30 June 2014

Though I haven't met a flower I didn't like, magnolia blossoms are among my favorite. Classic and simple with pure, silky white petals and dark green leaves. In my next life I'll be a florist.

photo source unknown. check out my entire floral board on pinterest

just a bit north

Monday, 30 June 2014

As much as I dream of traveling over seas, I still get excited to see new places not so far away. A few years ago Jay told me about this island (some is Maryland, some is Virginia) where wild horses roam the beaches and marshland. Oh, and it's only 2 hours away? Let's go.

We called this our anniversary camping trip. Just the two of us, some skydiving at a new-to-us dropzone, crab picking and camping/beaching/hiking Assateague & Chincoteague Parks to find those wild horses. Of course I forgot my camera, but we snapped a few from our phones. I love spending my time going on adventures with this man.

Just outside Assateague State Park we spotted the first of the wild horses. I was worried it would be difficult to find them, but they've gotten use to the visitors and just keep eating. We spotted quite a few throughout the trip. Most of them have this beautiful carmel and white coloring with a shaggy mane. I wanted to take them home with me.

Our morning view from the tent before skydiving. Corn field everywhere. And, I've been looking for a wood slab with a live edge for a headboard in the guest bedroom. Well, this totally random nautical gift shop on our way home had plenty to choose from. Sometimes things just work out for me.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Virginia Beach is such a neat place. It's so widespread. You can visit the beach (or the Bay), be amongst the forests in the state park and enjoy farm land in good ol' Pungo. My mother-in-law took me to her barn over the weekend, and I was so excited to meet the beautiful residents.

As we arrived, they were calling the horses back into the barn. This is Biggie. And rightfully so, he was huge. His stall is fortunately placed right by the lockers so he got the first apple treat. He was so gentle. I could have stared at him all day. I loved the colors on Pippa, the white horse with the brown spots in the photo below. She yawned twice as I was petting her long face, and I was able to catch her tongue out. So friendly and sweet. The barn was full of other animals too— dogs, birds and cats — each one thinking they owned the place.

A piece of my heart will always be in Florida with my family, but this sure is a special place to call home.
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