We leave for Belgium this Thursday and I’m hopeful that Tory Burch’s signature fragrance brings back fond memories long after we plant our feet back on American soil.
A trip to Kentucky over Memorial Day was just what we needed to curb our wanderlust until we head to Belgium next month. We had been itching to get something on the calendar earlier, but each time we talked about a destination (Puerto Rico! Miami! San Francisco!), our upcoming Euro trip reminded us that we really didn’t have the money to spend on a second significant vacation in 2014. Enter Louisville. We’ve already been to the city, but it was just a seven-hour road trip away—far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to avoid the expense of airline travel.
Outfit 1: LOFT dress | Rivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Hermes bracelet | Jennifer Meyer x J.Crew bracelet | Cynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals | Coach bag | YSL nail polish
- Celebrated my 31st birthday with the cutest daisy cupcake
- Visited Louisville and stopped by Please & Thank You
- Splurged on a Tory Burch scarf with the botanical print I’m obsessed with
- Purchased a Gray Malin print, which is the first piece of “real” art Dave and I picked out together
- Visited Churchill Downs
- Enjoyed evening drinks at Garage Bar in Louisville with my birthday present from Dave
- Discovered a fabulous pair of sandals at Kohl’s (c/o)
- Stuck in traffic just outside our destination, which gave me enough time to snap a decent photo of the Kentucky state sign
- Beat the 90-degree heat over cocktails at Proof on Main
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We’re back from our Memorial Day road trip to Louisville, Ky.! The city is only a seven-hour drive from Madison (eight hours with the inexplicably long construction traffic jams), which is close enough for a day-long drive and a great excuse to take Dave’s convertible on the road. Sunscreen should have been my top travel essential (I have quite the sunburn on my scalp from driving that long with the top down), but it was actually this Hayden Reis tote. It’s made of durable, lightweight sailcloth (read: packable, water resistant and wipes clean) and was large enough to stow all of my on-the-road essentials with plenty of room for souvenirs. My bag is the larger “Ditty” version, but Hayden Reis’ upbeat, preppy designs also come in a smaller “Middy” size, which is a bit more manageable for daytime use. There are also plenty of summer accessories like this darling pouch to stash your wet swimsuit and a mesh bag for beach-combing finds.
Lilly Pulitzer tunic | J.Crew shorts | Rivet & Sway sunglasses c/o | Tory Burch wristlet | Hermes bracelet | Golden Thread necklace c/o | Cynthia Jones ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o | Sam Edelman sandals | Hayden Reis tote c/o | Floto duffle bags
…and we’re off!
I won’t be updating the blog while we’re away (aside from Sunday’s scheduled “Bauble of the Week”), but there will be plenty of bourbon-laden Instagrams to document our trip to Kentucky. I hope you have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend!
The above photo is from our 2012 trip to Louisville. Yes, those are penguins on the roof of 21c. The staff moves them to new locations in the hotel-restaurant-gallery hybrid each day. I’d love to spend the night here, but a more budget-friendly hotel is just fine with me.