Sorry I didn't post about my last two days but I have a good excuse. I've been car shopping!! My car was a really good first car but it was getting old and I had it for 5 years so it was time for an upgrade. I am so picky about everything I do so here was my list of requirements.
The car I ended up getting filled all these requirements except navigation. I don't really mind that because I use my phone anyways. So without further a due here's my car!
The guy who helped us find it was so nice and super knowledgeable about Volkswagens and has totally converted me into a VW lover. Also this checks off one of my "30 before 30" things since I am paying for it along with my parents.
Foxy Loxy is a new little cafe/ice cream shop in my hometown. OMG this place is so adorable! There was a fire in the fireplace giving it the coziest feel. There were all different seating options like couches and high tables and even a dining room table. Also everything my mom and I got was so yummy. The coffee cake was to die for.
Ending this post with a selfie, again.
Started today with getting brunch with my mom and Hank's. Hank's is a cute local diner that has amazing breakfast food. I got chip beef on home fries and it was to die for, I haven't had chip beef probably since my senior year of high school.
Hank's is so cute during spring and summer because they decorate the whole porch area with beautiful flowers. How cute does my mom look here?
After brunch we headed over to the Brandywine River Museum. Here are some of my favorite pieces! (I got yelled at for taking pictures haha)
The Brandywine River Museum always has a lot of Wyeth family paintings since they were local artists. One of the most famous Wyeth painting is the pig one at the start of the slide show (by Jamie Wyeth). He painted it after visiting a farm and the pig in the portrait ate 22 of his oil paint tubes. The third painting, called "In a Dream I Met General Washington", was by N.C. Wyeth. I liked that it depicts the artist talking to George Washington during a battle. One thing that I found incredibly fascinating was a style of paintings called trompe l'oeil, which are meant to look so realistic that the viewer can't tell the difference between what is real in the painting and what isn't. So again some of the pictures got flipped in the slide show and I just can't figure out how to get them right side up so you'll just have to twist your head.
One of my favorite things about the Brandywine River Museum is the actual building.
Of course I had to hit up the gift shop! I bought this book about modern watercolor artists. It is full of beautiful paintings and information about the artists.
I love water color art but I'm not very good at it so I'm hoping this book can inspire me.
I also found this adorable picture book that was written from the crayon's perspective to the little boy who was drawing with them. Each page had a different color and a drawing to go along with it. So cute!
If you ever get a chance to go the the Brandywine River Museum make sure to take it! I can't wait to go back in the summer and be able to enjoy their cafe, a walk by the river, and hopefully some new paintings.
I'll end today's post with a selfie by the river.
Started out today by getting a pedicure at 10am. Here is a warning that if you get a pedicure that early in the morning you will probably fall asleep haha. After my pedicure my mom and I went out to find my Ring Dance dress. I thought this was going to be a horrible, long, painful process. I was so wrong! The first dress I tried on I ended up loving so I spent the rest of the time shopping for the perfect accessories. I found some amazing shoes and got cute earrings too. After that my mom and I went to DSW to get me some new Keds. They didn't have my favorite kind of Keds (plain white leather) or the Kate Spade ones (I'm dying to get these) and I couldn't leave empty handed so I got two other really cute pairs of shoes.
I was desperate for new nude flats since my old ones, that I loved, got worn out and lost their shine (literally since the gold toe rubbed off). So I got some super cute leather ones that had little cut outs in them giving them a lacy effect. I also got some cute boot heels that I can't wait to wear with jeans.
After shoe shopping my mom and I grabbed some lunch at Panera and headed home. I spent the rest of the night relaxing and watching TV.
Sorry for the lack of pictures today I don't want to spoil my Ring Dance look. ;)
Today I went into Philly! We started out at Reading Terminal to get some lunch. It was so much fun, I'll have to make a point of going again when I have some more time to explore (and money to spend on baked goods). As Caroline kept saying "This would be such a fun place for a date." So if you're in Philly area you should go on a date to Reading Terminal to get some good food (they have food from literally every culture), Some amazing dessert (any baked good you could imagine), and just walk around and enjoy the fun atmosphere.
Next, we drove over to the Franklin Institute. I've been there about a million times for school field trips but not since like 5th grade. It was so much fun to go again especially since they had an exhibit on Pompeii that was so cool (no photography was allowed so there aren't any pictures).
Sorry some of these pictures are sideways, I tried so hard to flip them but I just couldn't figure it out.
So here are some things I learned today:
Hope you had a fun Monday! xoxo Natalie
A little about me
Natalie. 26. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, crafting, feminism, makeup, and reading.