Over the Weekend, A Day at the Races

Over the Weekend I traveled about two hours outside the city to spend the weekend with my sweet friend Lauren and attend the annual Virginia Gold Cup. Although I didn't travel that far outside of DC, it felt like a mini vacation in the country. I felt right at home, and loved spending a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the District.

Friday after work I took the metro out to Reston, Virginia to meet Lauren. It's about a 45 minute metro ride to Reston. Then, Lauren had to pick me up and we drove about another hour to her house. Yep, she lives in a house out in Virginia Wine Country. It's absolutely adorable and such a gorgeous area. I'm so jealous she lives around so many wineries! I'd be so tempted to spend every weekend at them, ha! I also now have great appreciation for how far Lauren lives outside the city. This sweet friend travels almost 2 hours quite often to come into DC to hang with all of us and attend blogger events! Such a trooper!!

When Lauren picked me up I told her I wanted to eat somewhere I couldn't find in DC. So she took me to the most adorable mill turned restaurant, Magnolias at the Mill. It looked like a barn from the outside, but had the most country chic decor inside. I was obsessed with the place, the food was to die for, and the prices reminded me just how expensive DC really is. I loved it! If you're ever in the area I highly recommend a visit.

Saturday we woke up early to meet up with her friends to attend Gold Cup. It's the big horse race held every May and the same day as the Kentucky Derby. While Gold Cup is no Derby, it definitely has its own charm and appeal. I've gone every year since moving to DC and it's one of my favorite events. You can dress up, where a hat, and hangout in a field all day while hoping to catch a horse race or two.

Since we got there really early Saturday morning we were able to get a prime spot right on the rail. We actually saw every horse race!! We really lucked out with our location. While the morning started off cool, the sun came out and the temps warmed up right after lunch. It turned out to be a gorgeous day!

I love being able to dress up and wear a hat at Gold Cup, so for this year's race I chose to rent a dress from Rent the Runway. I found this gorgeous lace color-block dress by Cynthia Rowley. I was obsessed and it fit like a glove. With her dresses I always have to size up, so if you're thinking of renting anything by her, make sure you take that into consideration.

I paired the dress with a feathered hat, and my Hunter Riding Boots (from Amazon - they're actually special edition so I sadly can't find them to link). While they weren't ideal or even matched, they were certainly warranted for the occasion. After eight straight days of rain, we walked straight into a massive mud pit. The grass also couldn't be cut, so it was up to our calves. The boots turned out to be a great choice. I also had a little fun with it!

We enjoyed the day with some good friends, delicious food, and refreshing Mint Juleps. Definitely a new favorite drink of mine. I had so much fun spending the weekend with Lauren and her friends. Thanks again Lauren for having me!! Xo

While I always enjoy a good Gold Cup race, I am hoping to attend the Kentucky Derby next year. It has been on my bucket list for years and I seriously hope to make it happen in 2017!

How was y'all's weekends?! Did you watch the Derby? Such an exciting race!! Looking forward to the Preakness in two weeks! Have a great Monday y'all!


Monica {Cake and Lilies} said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! Also that restaurant!! We'll all need to trek out there sometime soon! :)

Lauren Michelle said...

Aww, love you sweet friend! So glad you came out to visit me. Next time we will definitely have to make a longer visit and hit up some antique shops and wineries :)


Dana said...

Looked so fun - so happy you ladies got to get together!

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Primp & Proper said...

We definitely need to Monica!! The food was seriously amazing. Still salivating over the brussles sprouts and truffle fries!!

Primp & Proper said...

Of course!! Thanks for having me :) can't wait to get back out there soon!! Xo

Primp & Proper said...

Me too Dana!! August can't come soon enough so we can all get together!! EEEKKK, can't wait!!

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