It’s impossible to visit Charlottesville, Virginia without hearing about Thomas Jefferson–or Mr. Jefferson, as he’s referred to by locals. Born and raised in Virginia, Jefferson inherited a large amount of land outside of Charlottesville in his 20s. At age 26, he started building Monticello: his self-designed grand estate.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, Virginia

Honestly: I enjoyed the visit so much more than I thought it would! Not only is Monticello perched on a hill that overlooks the Blue Ridge mountains and the sprawling Virginian countryside, but the house itself is incredibly interesting. Jefferson was an entrepreneur and an innovator–and liked a good party!–and his home is filled with his inventions, trinkets and decor that reflects his personal belief. Highly recommend taking the house tour (although photos aren’t allowed!), along with giving yourself enough time to wander the gardens. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the spring and summer!

Keep reading…

{ 2 comments }

A weekend in Fort Lauderdale

My boyfriend’s birthday is January 6: not only does that make him a Capricorn (so grounded and laid-back and even-tempered he is!), but it also means that his birthday is right around that point in winter where the winter-wonderland-ness of Christmas and the cheer of New Year’s Eve is over and the fact is setting […]

January 20, 2015 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 1.16.15

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

January 16, 2015 Continue reading…

Postcard from Charlottesville

Over the holidays, I headed down to Charlottesville, Virginia to spend Christmas with my boyfriend’s family. Although my boyfriend is a born-and-raised Manhattanite, his uncle was a law professor at University of Virginia and his aunt worked in PR department at the university–so my boyfriend has years and years of fond memories of Christmas in […]

January 15, 2015 Continue reading…

Date idea: DiFara Pizza, a legendary Brooklyn pizzeria

One of the coolest things about working at Vimeo is that I can legitimately watch awesome videos as part of my job. A few weeks ago, The Best Thing I Ever Done popped up in my feed: the short film is “a portrait of DeMarco and his beloved pizzeria, an exploration of his rise to […]

January 13, 2015 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 1.9.14

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

January 9, 2015 Continue reading…

Postcard from a Brooklyn Bridge sunrise

One of my 2012 resolutions was to see more sunrises. Even though 2012 has long since come and gone, the simplicity of that statement continues to motivate me to wake up a little earlier and watch the day come in.On New Year’s Eve, I woke up to my alarm clanging at 6am. I brushed my […]

January 8, 2015 Continue reading…