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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 



Rain in Style

Who wants to play a guessing game called "how many suitcases do I really need?"

Apparently, the answer to that question is four. Yes, I had four suitcases for a 3 day trip. That's almost a suitcase a day! To be fair, not all were filled with clothes; one was shoes and half of another was bags... LOL. But, what can I say, we all know that I am a style addict, so did you expect anything less? 

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Seriously though. My husband and I enjoyed a three day weekend away, without our kids. It was long overdue. We went to Kennett Square, PA, which is probably best known for Longwood Gardens, and that was our first stop! I had big plans of wearing a cute dress and sandals, but the weather changed without conferring with me first, and it was too cold. Weather is funny that way. I swear it doesn't matter how many times I check the weather, it's rarely accurate! I had to go with jeans and a jacket, but ya’ll my new bag (from Target! quick go there and get one!!) made its glorious appearance front and center! My shoes are Jessica Simpson brand from DSW.  Good thing that I packed a lot of different options as far as outfits go, but most of my choices revolved around using this bag. 

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I used to go to Longwood Gardens a lot when I lived in Maryland.  It's surprising that a place so beautiful is only a few hours away! If you've never been to Longwood Gardens, you should go. It's a beautiful place. It's also huge, so bring shoes made for walking. Mine probably weren't the best choice, but you know me... style before practicality. Plan on staying a while; we were there for at least three hours. And I'm thinking we didn't see everything! Take time to stop and smell the roses, literally! I know I'm not funny.

 

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After the gardens we made a pit stop at our hotel, changed and freshened up and then headed down to the historic downtown area. I let my husband choose my dress, and he went for red. I think he chose it because it matches the tulips that we saw at the gardens. LOL. In fact, I bet if I had worn this dress to the gardens and sat amoungst the red tulips, I'd be camouflaged. Except they probably frown upon hiding in the flower beds.    

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Let me just tell you, where we ended up eating and drinking, was the coolest place. Kennett Brewing Company will not disappoint. Their hamburger... the one with beer cheese... it's the thing dreams are made of. I'm not joking. Awesome beer and cider too! But back to the beer cheese... have you ever had beer cheese?!?!?

 

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We loved that place so much we bought shirts, and even went back the next night for more hamburgers and beer. And beer cheese. Always the beer cheese.

 

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Saturday, was spent shopping antique stores and winery hopping. It was rainy and cold so we only made it to two wineries, Chadds Ford Winery and Galer Winery. Both were nice. I wore one of my new Stitch Fix (if you missed my post about Stitch Fix, find it here) tops and braved the chilly weather. Because...style>practical. The window in the picture below is at Galer Winery. It's spectacular. The whole building and grounds are just spectacular.  We also loved the people and atmosphere at Chadds Ford, which also has beautiful grounds.  Both are must sees!

 

 

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That evening we headed out to downtown again. And yup, went back to Kennett Square Brewing Company for more hamburgers with beer cheese and drinks! I went with my faux leather pants outfit, because it was cold! Thank goodness I packed a million outfits and back up outfits!!! It's hard to see in the pictures, but my top is fringed. I like fringe; it added a bit of interest to this all black outfit. And of course my spiky shoes came along! I should mention that this entire outfit from head to toe is second hand! All from Thredup, and if you don't know about my love affair with ThredUp, you can read my post about it here.

 

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Sunday, we slept in and eventually worked up the energy to pack up and head home. But not before we stopped at Potomac Mills for a little light cardio...shopping=cardio am I right?!?! No seriously... I mean, it felt like cardio - that mall is huge.

This is what I wore for Sunday. The top is Daniel Rainn and it's one of my favorites that I've gotten from Stitch Fix. The back is lace. The color is beautiful. Love! My shoes are again from Thredup!

 

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I really enjoyed walking around Potomac Mills with my husband and yes, the shopping was fun too. I helped him pick out a few things, and he gave me his opinion on a few things. As a matter of fact, I will be writing a post about men's fashion soon, probably around Father's Day! Plus, we were able to look at our favorite stores without fussing with and entertaining the kids! If you are wondering what our favorite stores at Potomac Mills are: Lucky, Banana Republic, H&M, JCrew, and TJMaxx. The best part was when my husband said “let's go in TJMaxx... it'll take 5 minutes!” He's so funny... it didn't take 5 minutes. It took many more minutes...

 

We both agreed that this trip was long overdue and so very fun. Often in the craziness of life with kids, your partner and your connection gets lost in the shuffle. It was great just having to worry about ourselves. It might sound selfish, but sometimes it's ok to be selfish, necessary even.  That weekend away together reminded me of how blessed I am.  Our next time to be out of state and away from our kids will be in December for our 10 year anniversary!  We are planning on heading to Charleston, SC, and my outfit ideas are already brewing. I hope they have hamburgers with beer cheese.   

 

Don't forget to check me out over at www.raininstyle.com for more style fun.

 

-xo

 

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