Thursday Feature: Blogger Blitz

Hi VA Bloggers! I’m Eliza + I’m the voice behind Case Study, a blog about my life as a newlywed + soon-to-be grad student. I talk about being married, post little bits of inspiration, and share stories and pictures to document the seasons of my life. You’ll find gluten-free recipes, giveaways, and some fashion inspiration as well as a new series about taking care of yourself that debuted this month! I hope you’ll stop by and say hello :)
I’m pretty confident that if you read my blog, you also read Alison’s blog. Because really, who doesn’t keep up with Long Distance Loving? I’ve been reading Alison’s blog for over a year now + finally got to meet her in person at Blogger Blitz DC Sunday night! She’s just as sweet + charismatic in person as I had expected and I think the blitz was a major success. :)
I met up with Kate for a quick metro ride into the city, enjoyed meeting several beautiful bloggers that I’ve “known” for quite some time including Alison + Megan + Jenna, and spent two fun hours chatting with so many new-to-me bloggers like Erika + Natalie + Jayme + Mendi + Cara + Emily. Two hours of drinks + great conversation passed quickly and now that I’m settled at home I’m excited to go through the blogger directory and explore new blogs!
One last thank you to Alison for hosting a fabulous blogger blitz!! :)

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My friend Emily introduced me to this drink months ago and they’ve been a weekend staple in our house ever since 😉 I hope you pin this recipe, make this drink, and come back to tell me how good they were!!
Beergaritas are cold + refreshing + perfect for summer. A salted glass + lime wedges would really jazz this drink up :) Make up a pitcher + stick it in the fridge – they’re best icy cold!

Make it Naked: Recipe Round Up

Hi I’m Krissy from Make it Naked where I share my love for good, naked, gluten-free food. I haven’t always been gluten free, just over a year now, but it’s become my new way of life and let me tell you, it tastes good! The 4th of July is upon us, so I thought I’d share a few great recipes for the holiday. Let (gluten) freedom ring.

#RVAVegFest

Saturday afternoon was the 10th annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival, which was created specifically for people like Sarah and Me. Just kidding. But seriously. I went last year and the year before (pretty much as long as I’ve lived in Richmond) and this year was the best year, yet! There were tons of vendors and samples galore! It’s also awesome to be at a festival where you don’t have to ask “is there meat in that?”

A few of my favorites:

Kabab Grille was absolutely amazing. They were recently voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” by the Richmond Besties, and wow, did the earn it! I had a zucchini dish, with veggie rice, and it was seriously delicious. I can’t wait to go visit the actual restaurant. Maybe a future VAis4Bloggers meet up?

The picture really doesn’t do it justice. It was seriously delicious.

I also enjoyed the samples from Health Starts Here, (aka Whole Foods). The red quinoa salad was good, and the garlicky kale was awesome. They were giving out coupons for free tahini dressing (which is a blend of water, garlic, nutritional yeast, tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and liquid aminos), so I can’t wait to enjoy more kale! Normally, I just use kale for kale chips or green smoothies. This opens up a whole new world of veggie munching!

Tahini dressing + Kale = side dish, done.

I’m definitely going to keep this in mind, next time I find my self in need of a fast side dish. It was tasty and easy!

Lindsay and Sarah got some of the vegan gelalto, which they graciously let me taste, and it was quite delicious!

It was a great way to cool off in the 90+ degree temperature!

We also got to sample a bunch of Simply Bar flavors. They’re currently only sold online (in the U.S.) but they are considering coming to Richmond… so hopefully they sold lots of samples at the festival! I really liked the cinnamon pecan flavor!

Throughout the afternoon, I met Robin, ran into Brian, and unfortunately missed Lauren  and Brittany!

Did anyone else get to check out the festival this weekend?

Fashionista for a Day

I wonder if it was obvious when I walked in, that I’m not a fashion blogger. (Probably.) Thankfully, everyone was so nice they didn’t call me out on it. 😉

While I’m not much of a fashion blogger, I am someone who enjoys meeting other local bloggers around the area!

Larissa, the organizer of RVA Fashion Bloggers (and the brains behind From the Runway to RVA) allowed me to come to the meet up, even though I’m not really a fashion blogger. I was so excited to meet some amazing local bloggers! (And I finally got to meet Leney from A Girl Named Leney! Remember her awesome guest post about one of the RVA Fashion Week Events?)

So what goes on at a fashion blogger meet up? Lots of laughing, and lots of picture taking! (I could totally get used to this.)

It’s fun being somewhere where carrying a DSLR around is totally normal.

The two gorgeous ladies behind Notorious Styles

Shanon, Tiffany, Leney, Larissa, Brian, Bree, Me

It’s a little blurry, but you get the point! (Somehow, I don’t have a picture of Tori, but she’s adorable!)

I’m excited to add some fashion events to our events page, and expand our blogroll with some new local faces! Make sure you check back regularly for event announcements!

Any fashion bloggers out there?

Richmond Vegetarian Festival This Weekend!

Summer time is festival time.

And there is nothing I love more than a good celebration bringing the community together around a shared interest.

Especially when that interest is food.

Vegetarian food? Well, that’s just (non-dairy) icing on (vegan) cake.

I know where I’ll be this Saturday: the 10th Annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival at Bryan Park.

(Not to be confused with New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Just, you know, in case you made that mistake, too.)

Join me for a couple of hours of restaurants and exhibitors proferring their vegetarian-friendly wares, while we listen to local music and enjoy (what will hopefully be) a lovely summer day in the park.

The festival lasts from noon to 6:00, and the Virginia Bloggers will be meeting at 1:00 at the festival entrance, should you care to join the pack! [If you are late, tweet to us, or use the hashtag #VAis4Bloggers.]

May the greens and beans be with you. :)

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