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May 2017

Farmhouse Living With MacKenzie-Childs

mackenzie-childs-farmhouseThere are those brands that we wear or have in our home simply because we like the way they look, and there are those that do just a little more in our lives. They tell a story, evoke our senses, and inspire the very way we live our lives. I’ve long known that MacKenzie-Childs falls in the latter of those categories, and earlier this month, I got to find out why for myself.

Nestled atop rolling fields of hay and blossoming gardens sits the charming MacKenzie-Childs farmhouse, a Victorian-style house that’s so picturesque, it feels as though a Virginia Lee Burton illustration from a children’s book has come to life before your eyes. In the quaint, historical town of Aurora, New York, you’re a long way from Texas, but it’s almost impossible to believe you’re in the same state that’s home to the hustle and bustle of NYC.

As you look just beyond the farmhouse, amidst the nostalgic chatter of roosters cuckooing, ducklings chirping and the all-too familiar (for this Texas girl) bellowing of cattle, you’ll find a former dairy farm-restored- MacKenzie-Childs palace. This is the MacKenzie-Childs Headquarters, a whimsical, wondrous property I thought only existed in fairytales.

Keep reading to explore the magic of the Mackenzie-Childs headquarters and the brand’s home town of Aurora, New York…an experience I was so lucky to be a part of earlier this spring.

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Pink Pooldeck Stripes

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TOP: Vince Camuto – on sale!!  //  JEANS: Articles of Society  //  BAG: Ban.do  //  SUNNIES: Prada  //  HAT: Nordstrom  //  WEDGES: Marc Fisher  //  EARRINGS: similar BaubleBar  //  HAIR EXTENSIONS: c/o Irresistible Me

Happy Tuesday friends!! I hope each of you found some time to celebrate or even just relax over the long weekend. My family had their annual crawfish boil Sunday, so this girl definitely took things slow yesterday with a little Netflix binging, pizza and online shopping thanks to so many of the amazing sales currently happening, and this day has been a little slow-to-start too. Speaking of sales, Nordstrom is having the absolute best sale right now, and both the striped top I’m wearing today and my favorite Prada sunnies are marked down 40% off!!

Pink has always been one of my favorite colors to wear, and I’m especially loving the bubblegum pink hue that’s showing up all over this spring and summer. I recently bought a little off-the-shoulder dress in a pink and white stripe print (similar to the one on this top) that was referred to as “pooldeck stripes” and I loved the vintage beach resort reference the name brings to mind, so I decided to call this outfit by the same name.

Click through to get the full scoop on this casual chic and oh-so-colorful summer look.

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Peachy Keen at The Greenbrier Pool

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BIKINI TOP: c/o Albion Fit  //  BIKINI BOTTOMS: c/o Albion Fit  //  HAT: Caslon  //  SUNNIES: Karen Walker  //  TURQUOISE RING:

If you follow me on instagram, you probably know that I haven’t spent much time at home in the month of May (hence the reason why I’ve hardly had a second to post on the blog at all this month – eeekkk, sorry y’all!) But I’m finally back at home for a while and I’m so excited to share my travel diary and photos I’ve stocked up on the last few weeks. While traveling does limit my time on the computer, it does offer up some gorgeous backdrops for blog shoots, and I couldn’t think of a better location than the amazing outdoor pool at The Greenbrier resort where my mom and I traveled a couple of weeks ago (a full review to come – stay tuned!) to shoot this darling little peachy keen, mix-matched bikini set I scooped up from my friends at Albion Fit.

Click through to find out more about why I’m all heart eyes over this swimwear brand + see more photos of the amazing outdoor pool at gorgeous, and oh-so-colorful Greenbrier resort.

ALBION FIT PROMO: you can get 15% off your purchase from Albion Fit w/ code VANDIFAIR now through June 3rd.

THE GREENBRIER SPECIAL: you can get a FREE room upgrade when you book your stay at The Greenbrier with code VANDI. 

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Romantic Getaway at The Brazilian Court Hotel

 

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BIKINI: c/o Everything But Water  //  COVERUP: Caslon  //  SANDALS: c/o Jack Rogers  //  PINEAPPLE CUP: c/o Stag & Hen  //  SUNNIES: Nordstrom

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that Cole and I were whisked away for a stay at the historic Brazilian Court Hotel in beautiful Palm Beach at the end of April. From the lush tropical courtyards to our perfect parts cozy and elegant room,  I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect experience for our first time ever in Palm Beach.

Keep reading to find out why the Brazilian Court Hotel is one of our favorite places we’ve ever stayed (we both agreed that we have to go back!) + see photos from our three night getaway at the stunning boutique hotel.

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My Top 3 Packing Tips

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RED SUITCASE: c/o Lipault  //  PURPLE SUITCASE: c/o Lipault  //  TEAL WHEELED DUFFEL: c/o Lipault  //  TOP: Chelsea 28  //  JEANS: Topshop  //  PUMPS: c/o Sam Edelman  //  BANDANA: Nordstrom  //  SUNNIES: Prada  //  EARRINGS: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Confession: I used to absolutely dread packing for a trip. I avoided it like the plague and would often wait until the morning I was leaving to pack or stay up until after midnight the night before (which always gave me zombie status on my first day of travel). Since I began blogging and have started traveling much more in the last couple of years, I’ve quickly learned that having a good packing strategy + the right luggage is key to a successful, stress-free trip.

I’m so excited to team up with my friends at Lipault and Dillard’s to share some of my best tips on packing perfection. Click on the read more button below to read my tips.

PS – calling all my DFW gals, I’ll be sharing the full scoop on my packing tips this Saturday, May 6th at the Dillard’s at Hulen Mall. Come join me at 1:00pm or 2:15pm to mix, mingle and hear all of my tips.

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