Friday, May 29, 2015

Little White Dress

There's something about wearing a crisp white dress in the summer...especially when I'm out frolicking in the fields at Sweet Briar.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that I picked up this shift for only $12 from the J. Crew Clearance Center?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery: Nellysford, Virginia

The second stop on our winery tour of Central Virginia was the Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery in Nellysford.  This winery is unique in two ways.  First, all but one of their wines are actually fruit wines, meaning they are not made using grapes.  They also make meade, which means the wine is fermented with honey.  Second, the winery is owned by a Sweet Briar family and they have a strawberry wine called Sweet Vixen in honor of SBC!

If you like sweet dessert wines, you should definitely visit Hill Top.  We also appreciated that the person helping us with our tasting told us the kinds of meals that pair well with each wine.  For example, with the strawberry dessert wine, he suggested pairing it with something chocolate, brownies or cake.  He also suggested melting down some chocolate chips and coating the rims of the wine glasses with chocolate....sounds like a plan, to me!


Monday, May 18, 2015

rosam quae meruit ferat

"She who has earned the rose may bear it"

I did it!

(special holla to this sweet gal who drove all the way from Richmond just to see me graduate! Love you to pieces Julia!)

It's hard to believe these past four years have passed so quickly.  A lot has changed over the past several years, but most significantly, four years ago I was a shy college freshman, and on Saturday, I graduated from Sweet Briar as a thinker, a learner, a questioner, and a leader.

I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a minor in Latin American Studies, and a certificate in Arts Management.  I was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi, and was awarded The W. Edward Overly Award for excellence in Spanish.

Sweet Briar, it's been real, but I'm ready to see what's out there in this big world.  I'll be back with more about graduation and my four years at Sweet Briar, but for now I'm going to catch up on reading all of the books I've been hoarding the past four years and haven't had time to read.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pollak Vineyards: Greenwood, Virginia

With finals completed and a free weekend before Senior Week festivities began, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to tour some of the vineyards local to my college.  Before coming to Sweet Briar, I had no clue that Central Virginia was such a wine country, but as I started looking up local vineyards to make our itinerary for last Sunday, I was astounded by the sheer number of vineyards that were within a one hour drive!

While making our route, we tried to pick vineyards that were lesser known, had a selection of both dry and sweet wines, and had good ratings on yelp.  (I may have also looked up each vineyard's hashtag on instagram to see what the view looked like...aesthetics, people!)  We settled on Pollak Vineyards, Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery (owned by a Sweet Briar family), and Flying Fox Vineyard.

Our first stop was Pollak Vineyards in Greenwood, Virginia...

The wines were great, but the view and outdoor scenery was even better!  Katharine and I took a picnic of sorts...a loaf of bread, a wedge of brie, and a salami platter.  Pollak just so happened to have picnic tables that overlooked the gorgeous lake on their property.  If we didn't have plans to stop at two other wineries that day, I think we easily could have stayed at Pollak all day...provided we had a larger picnic and a bit more sunscreen!

Stay tuned for posts about our visits to Hill Top and Flying Fox over the next several days!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Oh Shift!

So I'm a little late on the whole "do an outfit post with your Lilly for Target purchase" train...but hey, better letter than never?  When I saw the previews for L4T, I fell in love with the shift dresses.  I knew that I would wear them often, and I appreciate how simple shifts are to style since you really don't need any additional accessories.

Also can we comment on these little Kendra Scott earrings?  They're the Kendra Scott Lee earrings in iridescent drusy.  I received them in my Rocksbox, and I've worn them almost every possible opportunity since!


Saturday, May 9, 2015


I'm sure most of you have already heard about Rocksbox.  But if you haven't, it's a subscription service that sends you a box of 3 pieces of jewelry to wear on loan.  The service costs $19 per month, and in that month you can return your box as quickly or as slowly as you like.  (I haven't tried to do this yet, but I'm guessing you could probably get two boxes per month if you timed it correctly.)  When you sign up to become a Shine Insider, you fill out a style survey and add pieces to your wishlist so the stylist knows what kind of jewelry to send you.  They have brands like Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, and Gorjana, just to name a few.

I had been meaning to try it out for a few months, but I finally bit the bullet the other day.  I added several Kendra Scott pieces to my wishlist, and in my survey I indicated a very classic and clean cut style.  The box shipped about three days after I signed up, and arrived three days after that.

The best part?  If you fall in love with something you get in your box, the $19/month includes $10 of Shine Spend that you can put towards one of the pieces you received.

I added those Kendra Scott earrings to my wishlist, and my stylist noticed that and built a set around them.  When you order your box, you can also indicate if you have any special occasions coming up.  I noted that I'm graduating soon and I wanted something dainty to wear with my robe for baccalaureate.  The rose gold Gorjana bar bracelet fit the bill perfectly!

Interested in trying out Rocksbox for yourself?  Use the code "rebeccabff317" at checkout to get your first month free!  You get a free month, and I get $25 in Shine Spend.  If enough of my readers subscribe using my code, I will use the Shine Spend to purchase a piece to be given away on my blog!


I was not compensated in any way for this post.  These are my own opinions.