a trip to rva

Last week Patrick and I boarded a very tiny plane and headed down to ole' Richmond Va. This was his first trip home in almost a year, so we were pretty excited to see friends and be in one of our favorite cities. 

richmond va
richmond va
richmond va

We had an amazing Best Cafe reunion for the VMFA Happy Hour. I can't tell you how many hours I've spend in this museum, how much I love it, yet how glad I am to NOT work there anymore. 

richmond va
richmond va
richmond va

Richmond really does hold such a special place in my heart. It's home to me (although I didn't grow up there, I only lived there for five years actually) but I can't describe how much I love that city or the people who are in it. I moved there the day after I graduated high school and never looked back.

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We spent time doing the following things: eating, drinking and that's it. I honestly don't think I've ever had so much food in that amount of time, or drank as much. I just crave the food in RVA - it's crazy. I know NYC supposedly has the best food in the world, but it's seriously either 1. too expensive or 2. hard to find. In Richmond, almost everything around you is incredible. 

Oh, and I bleached my hair. My friend Megan is a hairstylist and I literally walked in and said, "I want the exact cut and color as yours." So, we're #twinning again.

It felt so good to be in a beautiful, clean, cheap (!) and familiar city again. Going home was instant comfort - everywhere we went, we'd see our friends. It's funny how the first few days we were home, we were thinking "life is so easy here, everything is so nice!" but by the time our trip ended, we were so excited to get home to NYC. It felt really strange to call NYC home, but at the same time so good. We officially have a new normal. 

a few things lately

Every so often I find myself having to do a "where have I been?!" post. This is one of them.

I'm a little ashamed to say that I haven't been using my camera... like, at all for the last month. It's not that I haven't been out and about - it's because I've been out and about. I really need to remind myself that taking photos during this time in my life is so incredibly important, and I'll never regret a having my camera with me.

I thought I'd share a list of things I've been up to, as well as the very few photos I've taken.

What I've been up to in list form:

1. Lighting multiple candles of different scents at once in my apartment. Why have I never though of this before?
2. Having friends in town, hi Becky & Megan! 
3. Almost got a tattoo. Instead, watched Megan get one.
4. Planning my Amsterdam trip.
5. Went to a cat cafe & ping pong club.
6. Daydreaming so hard about my future neighborhood (we've decided on one!)
7. Giving in to the thought of buying tennis shoes (side note - does anyone else call sneakers tennis shoes instead, or is that a weird Southern thing?)
8. Absolutely killing it at my day job & freelance business - we have two new clients!
9. Literally given up on social media.
10. Feeling like the most organized person thanks to my planner.

What I've been up to in photo form:

Patrick and I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the cherry blossoms. Despite the hundreds of people taking the same selfies around the trees, it was pretty amazing. We also saw a dog having the time of his life in the fountain outside of the Brooklyn Museum and I've never laughed harder. 

Walking through our future neighborhood just puts me in such an incredible mood. I'll literally use any excuse to go through, can you blame me?

I know y'all are probably sick of this view -- but I'm not. Once again, here's what you'll see if you were on my office's rooftop bar.

Patrick being... Patrick. I really love this photo of us, but I feel like it's too suggestive to really use anywhere.

I accompanied Megan to get a massive snake tattoo on her arm. I was about this close to getting a daisy tattoo as well, but decided that's something I should probably spend some time thinking about. Her tattoo artist was amazing - check her out here.