del-ray-alexandria-1139del-ray-va-1134Sunnies: Wildfox / Tank: Target (similar) / Choker: ASOS / Jeans: NY&Co. (similar) / Flats: M.Gemi (similar)

This might be the cutest painted wall I’ve seen – right in Alexandria’s Del Ray in Virginia, when I visited one of my best friends, Michelle, at the tail end of my North Carolina trip. I’ve decided anytime I’m on the East Coast I’m going to see a friend out there because it takes so long to get there!

Michelle and her family were like my family when they lived in Phoenix and when they moved to Albuquerque I cried so hard it was worse than a breakup – really. Then when I married Mr. Wonderful I found myself living in ABQ for a few months (he had a job there) and there we were again, living in the same city briefly, just 15 minutes away, it was wonderful!

But now that she lives in VA, I try to incorporate any East Coast trip to seeing the family – she is also an incredibly passionate cook, with a food blog.

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So when she says a place is yummy, we check it out and Thai coffee is everything to me. Michelle also said at Pete’s Coffee they have great Thai coffee – and I’m going to have to try it because I actually very strongly dislike Pete’s since I have never had anything that tasted good there. So if Michelle says it’s good, I believe her.

Del Ray is historic, as everything on the East Coast is – and I find it SO charming. So I told her we needed to take some pics for her food blog, Pantry Lane.

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We let the tiniest one, the sweetest little 4-year-old play around in the park as he killed very large spiders for me, before we headed back to the car. Then, this wall, of course. Suddenly desiring a farmers market at this moment and missing the markets in France – Aix-en-Provence to be exact.