21 Hours in Richmond / The Quirk Hotel.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA

After spending two nights in Charlottesville (read about our adventures in this post!) Deirdre and I were off to Richmond! I really didn’t know what to expect – all of my friends had raved and raved about Charlottesville, but no one had said much about Richmond. All I knew was that we’d be staying at The Quirk Hotel (I’d seen it on Instagram before) and that our itinerary involved art + oysters. Sounded pretty good to me.

We both ended up falling in love with the city and wishing we’d had more time. The topography and architecture are so diverse. Parts of the city felt a lot like DC, or even New England, whereas downtown felt like San Francisco in some parts, and Portland in other areas. And we absolutely ADORED The Quirk. There’s photo overload below but it’s such a neat spot!

We drove directly from C’ville to the VMFA. It’s a great space – we wandered around for about an hour and I was really impressed by their selection of artwork. From Warhol and Tom Wesselmann to Monet + Van Gogh, they had a little bit of everything! The museum is known in particular for their Fabergé eggs… I was so sad that they were out on loan. I guess we’ll just have to go back! 😉 We met up with the PR team from the local Richmond CVB for lunch at the museum’s restaurant, Amuse.

CCH Collection - Richmond, VA

After lunch, we drove around the city a bit, explored The Fan (a really cute area with rows and rows of Victorian homes) and then stopped by CCH Collection to do a little shopping and see our friend Carter. I’ve been a fan of the brand for some time now (and worn their clothing here, here, + here) so it was really nice to get to shop it in person and see the store. I ended up buying a great Fall jacket on major sale, and Deirdre bought a cute lace top.

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Pink Velvet Couches

And then we checked into our hotel! The Quirk Hotel is one of the coolest hotels I’ve stayed in. Apologies for the photo overload but I just loved it!!! Once upon a time, the building (built in 1916) was one of the largest buildings on Broad Street. It was originally a department store! Many original elements (the original hardwood floors, for example) are still in place and there is a great art gallery on the first floor.

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Sitting Area Main Lobby

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Art made from Coffee Top Lids

I was obsessed with the piece above and astounded to learn that it is actually made from coffee top lids! So cool. Maybe we’ll do a little DIY. Then again, that would be a lot of coffee to drink!!!

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Main Lobby

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Quirk Gallery

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Rooftop Bar Downtown Richmond

We’d heard that the best spot in town to grab a drink was the roof of The Quirk. It didn’t disappoint and is actually Richmond’s only open-air rooftop bar! We had an elderflower-pomegranate-prosecco concoction – yum!

That’s Deirdre’s hand and she is wearing her rice bead necklace (from her line, Candy Shop Vintage) wrapped around several times. I have it (in a few different metals) and it’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry as it is so versatile!

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Rooftop Bar Downtown Richmond

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe //

Rappahannock Oyster Company - Richmond, VA

Dinner that night was such a treat – especially as both Deirdre and I LOVE oysters, so so much. We went to Rappahannock Oyster Company (just a few blocks away from the hotel) for a seafood feast. Baked oysters. Regular oysters. Oysters + pearls (oysters topped off with caviar and melon granita). And delicious, fresh tuna. The photos aren’t very good (it was dark) but the food was amazing.

The best part was that Travis Croxton (the owner of Rappahannock Oyster Company) actually sat down and joined us for dinner! He was so incredibly nice, informative, and incredibly humble + down to earth given everything that his company has accomplished! Their company is doing very well – they have four locations with several more on the way. The best news of the night is that one of those new locations is actually going to be in Charleston (in the Cigar Factory). I can’t wait to visit! Travis explained how oysters grow and are harvested, walked us through the different varieties, and showed us around the space after dinner.

That dinner was probably the highlight of the trip for both of us – and I don’t remember the last time I ate so many oysters!!!

Rappahannock Oyster Company - Richmond, VA

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Check-in

We need to go back to Richmond – we both really loved the city but felt like there was so much that we didn’t get to see. A trip back is definitely in order!!!

The Quirk Hotel Richmond VA. Grace Atwood The Stripe // Quirk Hotel Coffee Cups

Copy our trip:

Stay: Quirk Hotel

Eat: Amuse // Rappahannock Oyster Company

Drink: Quirk Hotel Roof

Shop: CCH Collections

Do: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Thank you to the state of Virginia for an amazing trip!

Embellished Top.

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood
top // jeans // heels // bag

 

Hiiii from Montauk! We arrived yesterday early afternoon and I have decided that the best time to be out East may just be in the fall – it’s absolutely beautiful here!!! We’re staying at Gurney’s and it’s been absolute magic (+ so relaxing — workout classes, amazing meals, walks along the beach.. + breaks to get work done). I never want to leave!

Anyway, clothes! I bought this top (as I do with most of my favorite clothes) at Hampden Clothing when I went to Charleston for my birthday weekend. The embellished details immediately stood out to me, and while it is hard to see in these photos, it’s got the tiniest sequins sewn onto it. It’s become an instant favorite! I will say that Suno’s sizing is a bit all over the place. I’m wearing a size 6 in this top and it’s a tiny bit big… but I have pieces from them in everything from a 4 to a 10. It’s one of those brands that is really best tried on in person. But if you do decide to order it online, take your regular size or size down.

Outfit Details: Suno Top (also here, here + here worn over Splendid Tank) // DL1961 Jeans //J.Crew Pumps (these are very similar) // Chanel Bag // Celine Sunglasses

Look for Less: Top (or this)// Jeans // Heels (they’re pretty much identical!)

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

Suno Embellished Top | The Stripe, Grace Atwood

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Kelly’s Chic Under $100: Shades of Grey.

kellys-chic-shades-of-grey

Maybe it’s the recent weather, but I can’t get grey off my brain. It’s the perfect neutral: not harsh or too stuffy, it’s simultaneously soft and a just a little bit edgy. It goes with anything and is so easy to dress up or down (see this peplum tee or this lace dress).

I’m really craving all things grey suede (especially shoes!) like these gorgeous $99 ankle tie pumps, or these cute ankle booties that are perfect for fall, and this cozy beanie is giving me all the fall vibes.

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect under $100 grey coat, but in the meantime, check out my other coat selects under $100 here!

Xx

Kelly

Top: Knot Sisters Scotland Sweater // Jonathan Adler Candle // BB Dakota Faux Leather Jacket // Le Specs Sunglasses // ASOS Lace Dress // S’well Marble Water Bottle

Middle:  Chan Luu Bracelet // J.Crew Pencil Skirt // Cargo Grey Eyeshadow Palette // ASOS Dress with Tie Waist // Adia Kibur Grey and Gold Earrings // Steve Madden Ankle Strap Sandals // Rebecca Minkoff Knit Gloves // Grey Scarf // Lucky Brand Booties

Bottom: Cheap Monday Jeans // Marble iPhone 7 Case // Steve Madden Ankle Tie Pumps // Grey Tote Bag // Beanie // The Great Peplum Tee

My Three-Minute Frizz Fighter.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

When I was in college, I was completely, utterly obsessed with Aussie. My hair is thick with tendencies toward dryness and I loved how soft it made my hair (as well as the fragrance and the drugstore price point). Recently, the brand approached me about a collaboration and I was filled with nostalgia… so much so that I could actually remember exactly how it smelled (so good – like grapefruit + citrus). I also jumped at the opportunity from a selfish POV. My naturally thick, dry hair was completely fried + thirsty from a fun summer (a trifecta of salt water, chlorine, + heat styling) and I reallllly needed some deep hydration.

For my needs, my personal favorite product from the line is the 3 Minute Miracle. It deep conditions and leaves hair so, so soft, in just three minutes. It’s actually been around since 1979 (and since then, the brand has launched an entire line of products around the cult favorite). Did I mention it’s only $3.00!? You can’t even get a good cup of coffee these days for $3.00!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Aussie’s products are designed for the woman who has better things to do than worry about her hair being dry and damaged. (Hand raised!) There are so many masks + deep conditioning treatments out there that require leaving them on for ten, twenty minutes… even an hour. When you’re in the shower, that’s kind of a long time to have to wait/hang out in the shower. I’ll leave 3 Minute Miracle on my hair for those three minutes, and immediately my hair is more hydrated, smoother and softer; and my split ends look much better. On top of that, your hair is stronger, afterward, helping to prevent against future damage.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Review - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

In collaboration with Aussie.

Blush Leather Jacket.

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood
jacket // tank // bag // sunglasses // jeans // heels

 

You may not always be able to tell, but I love a good bargain. So when I spotted this blush leather jacket on Hallie (and found out that it was only $60), I immediately ordered it. The funny thing is, I had been looking for the perfect blush leather jacket for a long time now. It was something I really wanted and was willing to splurge on (I even ordered – and returned this IRO one), but I just couldn’t find the right one! And then this one shows up and it’s basically perfect. I do wish it were a littttle bit longer but I have a long torso – moto jackets are always short on me! I love it with jeans but can’t wait to wear it with my dresses to give them a little bit more edge.

Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was the perfect mix of restful and fun. On Friday night, I met a guy friend for margs at Diablo Royale, then met my friend Kat for drinks at Soho House which turned into a late dinner (meatballs!) at Morandi. Saturday was brunch at Ludlow House with three of my close girlfriends, and yesterday I got a massage at The Peninsula Hotel. In between, I watched an entire season of Goliath (the Amazon Prime series – it’s so good!!!) I know it can’t be considered productive to watch thaaaat much television… but I felt a bizarre sense of accomplishment, watching an entire season in one weekend. Granted, it was only eight episodes but still pretty good right? I still have a cold but am hoping to kick it ASAP – I head out to Montauk tomorrow and would really like to be feeling myself by then!

Outfit Details: Belle + Sky Pleather Moto Jacket // Splendid Tank // DL1961 Jeans // Jimmy Choo Laria Almond Toe Pumps (less expensive option here) // Chanel 2.55 Purse // Celine Sunglasses

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

Blush Leather Jacket - The Stripe | Belle + Skye Pleather Moto Jacket, DL1961 Instasculpt Jeans, Jimmy Choo Laria Pumps - Grace Atwood

photography by Lydia Hudgens.