A {Hands-Free] Girls Weekend in Southampton!

A fun little trip to Southampton with a few of my favorite girls (and the best bags!!)

Last weekend was the absolute best. My friend Gretchen (who makes the best belt bags) invited a group of us out to her beautiful home in Southampton. Honestly, we did all of the things. We went apple picking and picked sunflowers! We went to Wolffer for a little bit of wine tasting. Also, we topped it off with a fun birthday dinner (chocolate cake!!) at St. Ambroeus. It was the most fun.

While technically this was a work trip to learn more about Gretchen’s bags (hence the “hands free” element – Gretchen is all about empowering women with chic belt + holster bags that you don’t have to worry about fussing over). It felt more like a girls’ trip as it was just a fun group of good friends all hanging out. I have known Gretchen a while now and was already a fan. But I really  just love it when work and friends line up like that.

I’m so lucky to have made so many great friends through blogging. These girls are some of them and this trip was one of those moments where you’re just like, “Wow, I have the best job in the world!” I didn’t post very much of this trip to Instagram stories (we were all just enjoying being hands-free from both our bags and our phones). But Gretchen had a photographer on hand to help document the trip which made this little trip diary possible!

Outfit Details (Look #1- Apple Picking): Anine Bing Blazer // Good American Jeans // Cami New York Camisole // Gucci Belt // Krewe Sunglasses // Hart Hagerty Necklace // Sarah Flint Emma Slingbacks // GG Maull Belt Bag (c/o)

gg maull apple picking riding bikes in southampton

The crew:

Krystal, creator of This Time Tomorrow, Gretchen, Alex (one of my very best friends, owner of Le Brain, a boutique marketing/PR/events agency), and Blair, creator of Atlantic-Pacific. (Missing in action is our friend Mary of Memorandum!)

The crew: Krystal, creator of This Time Tomorrow, Gretchen, Alex (one of my very best friends, owner of Le Brain, a boutique marketing/PR/events agency), and Blair, creator of Atlantic-Pacific. (Missing in action is our friend Mary of Memorandum!)

This car was definitely amazing to drive around in and a little fun fact for you: it was a prize for Mary Kay representatives, way back in the day!

This car was definitely amazing to drive around in. A little fun fact for you: it was a prize for Mary Kay representatives, way back in the day!

Mary, Gretchen, and I - en route to wine tasting!

Mary, Gretchen, and I – en route to wine tasting!

Girl's Weekend in Southampton A fun dinner at St. Ambroeus!

A fun dinner at St. Ambroeus!

I am not positive but I have a feeling that Blair is showing us selects from her new clothing line in the photo above. I could be making that up, though…

bday cake riding bikes in southampton

The next day we were up and at ’em (sort of – we were moving a little bit slowly after wine + birthday cake!). We rode bikes to The Golden Pear (my favorite) in Southampton.

Outfit Details (Look #2- Bike Riding): Vince Sweater // Re/Done Jeans // J.Crew Belt // Gucci Jordaan Loafers // GG Maull Belt Bag (c/o)

riding bikes in southampton riding bikes in southampton

Thanks to Gretchen! GG Maull for an amazing little trip and making my birthday WEEK so special!

Photography by Taryn Anderson.

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  1. What a beautiful trip! The photos in the sunflower field look amazing! And your bags are the cutest! 🙂

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  2. Justine says 10.11.18

    Glad you enjoyed South! I think I saw you girls buzzing around in the pink car!

    xo
    Justine

  3. Jessica Camerata says 10.11.18

    You girls are too cute! I’ve been wanting to get into the belt bag trend but always feel like I may look so silly! You ladies have clearly proved that otherwise!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    • grace at the stripe says 10.11.18

      Thanks Jess! I 100% think, you could 100% pull it off, especially with all those cute girly dresses you wear. It would add a fun little bit of edge!

  4. Jenn Lake says 10.11.18

    I mean! Could you gals be any cuter?!

  5. Denise says 10.11.18

    What a fun week-end!!

  6. Shana says 10.11.18

    Love it and I’m so looking forward to Blair’s line especially that fun sweater she’s wearing in the photo 🙂 It looks like a great weekend!!

  7. Tracy Schwartz says 10.11.18

    It sounds like the best combo of work/life balance and fun! Love the photo on the bikes!

  8. Natalie Redman says 10.15.18

    Such stylish ladies, I love this!

  9. Cindy says 10.15.18

    Girl Time, So Powerful❣️

  10. Ella Jones says 10.16.18

    I love belt bags/ bum bags sooooo much! They are the most practical bags and they prevent me from bringing too much with me.

    http://www.ellacharlottejones.co.uk