Treasure Hunting

One of my favorite things about living in northern Virginia is that it's bursting with historic buildings and small towns to explore. Although our towns are kindergartners compared to the urban Methuselahs of Europe, it's still inspiring to be surrounded by so many Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War-era buildings and battlefields. 

I spent last summer driving around Virginia with my friends and checking out new antique stores and coffee shops, or heading into D.C. to stock up on books and snack my way through the city, but the frigid weather provided me with the perfect excuse to procrastinate when it comes to making plans with people. School, work, and volunteering have been eating up all my time this month, so I thought Sunday would be the perfect day to unwind and break my new boots in by exploring downtown Leesburg with some friends. 

We grabbed raspberry mochas at Shoes and mentally prepared ourselves to brave the wind outside, before traipsing up and down King St., commandeering dark alleys for outfit photos (I dare you to find a photographer who doesn't get excited by interesting walls), and discovering a new bookstore and antique shop.

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Books and Other Found Things is the name of the book store we found. It's two floors of new and used books and is right across the street from a lovely little winter garden and cafe. It took all of my willpower not to walk out with more books, but the thought of carrying bags back three blocks to my car in the dark was enough to save my wallet. 

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Roaming around downtown was such a perfect way to break in my new boots (replacing my old pair, since they met with a very unfortunate end during the blizzard). My coat is from last season, so I've linked a few similar ones below. I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Disclaimer: Uniqlo provided my sweater for promotional purposes. I wasn't compensated in any other way to feature it, and I really do love it. 

What do you love most about your area? Would you rather spend your Sunday afternoons rambling around small town shops or scaling skyscrapers in the city? I love hearing people's perspectives on their hometowns!