Julia Engel’s Gal Meets Glam Team Takes Charlottesville

by Caroline Logan | Posted: Oct 11, 2019

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Julia Engel Gal Meets Glam

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As any fashion enthusiast knows, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam is one of the most influential tastemakers in the lifestyle space and has created a devoted and loyal audience thanks to her feminine style, beautiful aesthetic, and eye for everything classic and effortlessly elegant. After over seven years of styling like-minded fashion brands , Julia launched her own Gal Meets Glam Collection in 2018, available on shop.galmeetsglam.com and over 100 retailers and specialty boutiques.

As huge fans of Gal Meets Glam ourselves, we were over the moon to learn that the Gal Meets Glam team would be shooting their fall lookbook in the picturesque Charlottesville area. We spoke to the GMG team to get their behind-the-scenes take on why they chose this gorgeous Central Virginia location and the two anchor properties featured: The Clifton and Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.

 

Tell us about the Fall 2019 Gal Meets Glam Collection. What was the inspiration behind it?

GMG: The inspiration for this collection came from the beautiful seasonal palette of fall. When designing each monthly capsule, we imagine where our customer will be and what she will be doing at the time of the Collection’s launch. Fall sets the backdrop for so many meaningful traditions and celebrations. As the leaves change and the air grows brisker, even everyday moments hold a certain magic. We designed our fall Collection to add effortless elegance to each of these occasions, big and small.

 

There are so many beautiful locations to choose from when selecting a site for a photoshoot. How did you make your decision to shoot at these properties?

GMG: The effortless elegance and charm of The Clifton and Pippin Hill brought our visions for the fall Gal Meets Glam Collection imagery to life. The enchanting cottage and stable created the perfect backdrops for our new dresses, sweaters, and scarves.Julia Engel Gal Meets Glam Pippin Hill

Photo Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

We also have a special place in our hearts for places that offer both natural beauty and businesses founded on creativity and the pursuit of excellence. Charlottesville is absolutely one of these places. We were enchanted by the breathtaking scenery, the charming downtown, the perfect weather, and the inspiring businesses that made our stay even more memorable.

 

How was your experience at The Clifton? What makes this property so special?

GMG: Our stay at The Clifton was something out of a storybook. From the moment we arrived, we felt as though we were in a gracious friend’s home. The rolling green hills, luscious blooms around every corner, and inviting atmosphere served as the perfect backdrop for our fall Collection shoot. After a long day of shooting, we loved returning to our elegant rooms to put our feet up.Gal Meets Glam Clifton Inn

Photo Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

 

You also were on location at Pippin Hill. What were your first impressions when you stepped on property?

GMG: Our afternoon at Pippin Hill was filled with fresh, locally grown food, impressive service, and breathtaking views. While we didn’t get a chance to enjoy the wine (we were working, after all!), that is certainly a must for our next visit!Pippin Hill Winery

Photo Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

 

Charlottesville is known for its culinary scene. Did you have an opportunity to experience any of the amazing restaurants?

GMG: We happened to be in Charlottesville during Restaurant Week, which added a special element to the city’s food scene. Our team worked long days, making our dinners even more rewarding! As soon as we arrived, we met for a team dinner at Red Pump Kitchen, where we enjoyed the most flavorful, Italian-inspired dishes. The next day, we took a break for lunch on-site while we were shooting at Pippin Hill. The farm-to-table meal set against such a scenic backdrop was the perfect, rejuvenating break in the middle of a busy day. We wrapped up our time in Virginia with a wonderful, celebratory dinner at The Clifton’s signature restaurant, 1799.

 

Why should a Gal Meets Glam enthusiast visit the Charlottesville area?

GMG: Just like Gal Meets Glam Collection, Charlottesville brings together a fondness for elements of the past and an elegant, modern perspective. We saw firsthand how visitors to Charlottesville can enjoy both the relaxing countryside and the hustle and bustle of downtown—there is truly something for everyone. The fact that our fall Collection complements the colors and textures of the city this time of year makes Charlottesville a must-visit destination for GMG enthusiasts!Julia Engel Gal Meets Glam Pippin Hill

Photo Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

Be sure to check out the latest Gal Meets Glam Fall Collection by clicking here and see the full Gal Meets Glam Charlottesville Travel Guide created by local Robin from Verry Robin & Co. on the Gal Meets Glam Blog here.

 

Inspired? Plan your own GMG-inspired Charlottesville getaway today by visiting virginia.org.

 

 

 

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