Being a Tourist In: Charlottesville, VA + OOTD

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to another “Being a Tourist In:…” posts!  It’s been so long since I’ve written one of these, so I thought it was about time I start exploring again.

The place I’m going to be telling you about today is Charlottesville, Virginia!  As you might know, I go to James Madison University, so Charlottesville is only about an hour away from me.  Throughout my time at JMU, I’ve come here a few times, but this last time was definitely my favorite trip I’ve ever taken there, so I thought it was the perfect time to do a post about it!  I hope you enjoy!

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We started in the historic downtown, outdoor mall area and it was so cute!  I’d never been there before and the atmosphere was amazing!  They had typical stores that you’d see anywhere, like Urban Outfitters (my favorite!), but they also had cool little boutiques that are unique to this area.  All of the buildings in this area are older and beautiful and that just made it even cooler to be walking around!  We spent a good amount of time going through all the shops because there were so many to see!  Three of my favorite shops were Darling Boutique, Rock Paper Scissors, and Roxie Daisy.  Darling Boutique and Roxie Daisy were both tucked away so they were a little bit off the beaten path, but they were so worth stumbling upon.  Both were so adorable; I could’ve easily spent all afternoon in just these two shops!  Rock Paper Scissors was really neat as well because it’s a paper/stationary shop.  These kinds of stores are my absolute favorite because you can find anything you might need in there.  Need a planner?  They have it.  Need a card?  They have it.  Any paper good that you would ever need, they have it and I can promise that whatever you pick out is going to be beautiful!  This stationary shop in particular was very open and inviting and I really enjoyed looking at all the designs, especially the ones from local artists!

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Inside Roxie Daisy!

Our next stop of the day was The Shops at Stonefield.  This shopping area is neighborhood style and it’s probably the most beautiful strip mall I’ve ever seen.  They have a mix of restaurants and cafes, boutiques, and they even have a movie theater!  My favorite shop here was Altar’d State.  I’d never been in an Altar’d State before but I have heard a lot about it and it did not disappoint!  The style of clothing was so up my alley and it’s Christian-based, which just makes it even better!

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To finish off our trip to Charlottesville, we grabbed a bite to eat at the Burger Bach.  It was a beautiful fall day so we got to sit outside and the food was absolutely delicious.  I would definitely go back!

And, of course, to round out the day we had to do an OOTD!  To explore Charlottesville, I was wearing a comfortable, fall outfit that I love!  My white sweater and black jeans are from American Eagle and my booties are from Target!  I just got these boots the other day and they were only $25!  Definitely worth the $25 to have a black, staple ankle boot for the season!  The last piece of my outfit is the bag that I’m carrying.  I just got this for my birthday and it’s a beautiful cross body, fold-over bag from Nordstrom!  I’ve been loving this lately because it goes with the season and it can carry so many things!

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That’s about all we had time to do during this trip, but I hope to go back soon.  I really, really enjoy the area and I hope you will as well!  Please leave a comment if you have a favorite shop or area in Charlottesville that I didn’t go to!  Thanks for reading and I’ll be back next Tuesday with another post!  Bye!



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