The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is widely considered New York City’s social event of the summer. For the past 11 years, Manhattan’s elite and champagne enthusiasts alike have donned their summer best and flocked to Liberty State Park to toast the beginning of summer with Veuve Clicquot. I have wanted to attend the Classic for years, and, let me tell you, the thundering horses combined with the abundance of champagne and the splendid fashion set against the dazzling backdrop of the New York City skyline was everything I hoped it would be.
My week in London was an absolute blur of museums, English breakfast, cocktail bars, shows and afternoon tea. I was deliriously playing the whole trip back during my 5-hour layover in Reykjavik when I noticed a subtle link between many of my favorite London destinations. It seemed like much of my wonderfully blurry experience was strung together by a soft pink thread. So here they are, five of my favorite London spots that are either drenched in millennial pink from head to toe or interspersed with playful pops of my generation’s defining color.
After one of the coolest hotel’s I have toured, Graduate Richmond, opened this summer, I was thrilled to learn it was part of a boutique hotel collection that launched in 2014 and that one of the first hotels they opened was just up the road in Charlottesville! Since it is only an hour and some change west of Richmond, I have made many Charlottesville day trips to one of their countless wineries. We decided to book a fall weekend at Graduate Charlottesville for some quality family time before we head into the busyness of the holidays. It was our absolute best trip with Chloe and I just couldn’t wait to share all the details with you!
My girls trip to Louisville was full of delicious beverages from being welcomed by Yllena’s mom with much-needed coffee after a full night of driving to the bourbon tastings we did at the Woodford distillery on the way home. My absolute top drink recommendation in Louisville is champagne by Wendy’s pool with Laura and Tara (Yllena’s mom and her friends) but if you can’t get in there, here are some of my favorite backup recommendations from our Derby Festival weekend in Kentucky!
Coffee at Press on Market
I loved every place we ate on our visit to Louisville and I could honestly write a post about all of them but for the sake of time and lack of photography, I will stick to highlighting my recommendations for the most important meal of the day and the most delicious treat in Kentucky.
Brunch at Toast on Market
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby, and I will be here in Richmond cheering on Irish War Cry with my good friend and Louisville native, Yllena. Two weekends ago, we took a road trip to her hometown in Kentucky where I finally met her parents and got to know this town she has been raving about for as long as I have known her. I have to admit, a huge part of me assumed she was mostly biased, as we all are about where we call home, but I truly fell in love with Louisville. There is something so delightfully personal about getting to know a new city by visiting with a good friend who calls it home. Of course, it also helped that we got to be there for the kickoff of the Kentucky Derby Festival and to witness Thunder Over Louisville, the biggest air and firework show in North America!
This girls’ trip of three was kicked off very similarly to our ski trip– iced lattes, loud music and an all-night road trip! We hopped in the car around midnight and arrived at Yllena’s parent’s beautiful home just before 9 am on Thursday. The long weekend was absolutely packed and I couldn’t fit it all into a single post if I tried. I will focus this first one on my top two recommendations for places to see, but make sure you check out my highlights of places to eat and drink for your next visit to Louisville!