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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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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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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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12 Reasons to Run a RunDisney Race

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The mouse is out of the bag…this girl is a major Disney parks lover! Between Disney World and Disneyland, I’ve visited the parks nearly a dozen times in the last few years (and even had my bachelorette party there – catch the details here!), but you may be surprised to know that many of the trips were for RunDisney races. After completing my third and fourth RunDisney races at the 2016 Wine and Dine Half at Walt Disney World (I even got to be in a video with the Oh My Disney Team!! Click through to watch it!) and the Super Heroes Half at Disneyland with my friends from Mistfit (they make the most amazing activity trackers!!) I’ve decided to put together a post rounding up all of the reasons why YOU should totally run a RunDisney race, featuring photos and details from all of my RunDisney experiences. Whether you like or love Disney (or are a total Disnerd like me!); whether you’re an avid runner or have never really ran at all, RunDisney races are the perfect way to get fit and have a ton of fun along the way.

Click the read more button below to read all of the reasons running a RunDisney race is the best idea ever + read about my personal experience at the four RunDisney races I’ve completed, along with some tips for any first time RunDisney runners.

PS – you can shop my Misfit Rey tracker + my favorite RunDisney costumes by clicking on the icons at the top and bottom of this post + catch ALL of my Disney photos here!

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LONG WEEKEND IN LONG BEACH

vandi-fair-dallas-fashion-blog-lauren-vandiver-southern-texas-travel-blogger-visit-long-beach-california-palm-treesIf you follow me on instagram, you’ll probably know that I recently had the privilege of visiting the beautiful city of Long Beach to experience the active side of the California beach town. From bike riding to see the city’s gorgeous Pow! Wow! wall murals to long boarding for the first time and having a face to face experience with a real-life sea turtle, this trip was full of the exciting, the unexpected and the beautiful. We were even accompanied by two Long Beach locals who knew the best things to do, places to eat and where to go!

Read on to hear all about my long weekend in Long Beach (and we did A LOT in just 2 and a half days, so prepare for loads of photos!)

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