Richmond Rooftop Escape @ The Graduate

Hi there! It’s just me, overlooking the city of Richmond, with a cocktail in hand. Looking to catch a summer sunset? The Byrd House at the Graduate Richmond is high above the pollen, which makes it a refuge for allergy sufferers, like myself. Also, the view is great.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Looking for something to do on a Saturday in Richmond, VA? I recently went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for the first time on Saturday (yes, it was HOT!). I’ve been to Phipps conservatory in Pittsburgh many times but really enjoyed the gardens and greenhouse, here. It was also quite large, with plenty of walking and exploration area.

The butterfly room is probably the coolest part of our visit. I’ve never seen so many vivid and lively creatures fluttering around. I must admit, they kind of creeped me out when they flew too close by. I was able to get some nice photos of them when they would land on a leaf or flower but, the prettiest ones seemed to be moving too fast for me to snap.

I’m wearing a jean jumper I found at a yard sale for $1.00 and a 90’s lace blouse underneath. My bag is a boho beaded satchel from the 1970’s. Sometimes in the south, it’s just too damn hot for too much fashion.

Afternoon Trip to DC

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I took a half-day off of work to go up and visit my friend Thomas (follow him on Instagram @jt_womack) in DC to photograph the gorgeous buildings and scenery of the nation’s capitol while the spring greens and blooms are lush.

Friday afternoon in May means, few tourists, blue skies, and decent weather, though it was a little hot. For expensive as it is to live int DC, there is so much to do that is free of charge. We took full advantage of the museums and attractions. I also walked 7 miles and deserved a bowl of pasta when I got back to Richmond.

Like my little bird tee-shirt? It’s one of my summer favorites – a vintage 1970’s top, I found it a few years back. Paired with my trusty combat boots – because, being practical is important when walking 7 miles in an afternoon!

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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In Pittsburgh for the weekend? You better visit the strip district (before the city demolishes this charming, gritty area of town to make way for 750k one bedroom condos).  My girlfriend and I went out for an afternoon of overcast weather and exploration.

Like brick warehouses with back alleys? The strip has those. Like graffiti walls and half shelled out buildings? The strip has those. Like really good food, donuts and coffee? The strip has all those things, too. While the strip does have a peculiar fishy, garbage smell, it is fun to explore with plenty to photograph for those looking for interesting places to shoot. Did I mention the food? Check out Smallman Galley for a food hall style selection of gourmet fare.

I’m wearing a mash-up of vintage styles. My lace blouse was once an Edwardian dress. I paired this with an 80’s denim pencil skirt. The slouch beaded bag is vintage from the 1970’s, which is nice and easy to carry. Also, I got my 1940’s style turban from Rona Handmade Turbans.

 

James River Pipeline Walk

 

What I’m Wearing:
1910’s Edwardian Blouse
1950’s Black Sun Hat
Modern Black Shorts
Modern Bathing Suit Top
Modern Army Boots

The Richmond Canal Walk and James River Pipeline are located right in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. Belle Isle and Brown’s Island offer beautiful recreation space and shore banks, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer. The river water was quite high in these photos, but usually there is more beach and exposed rocks to lay on. The river and canal walks make for a fun afternoon.