Friday, March 10, 2017

For Your (Weekend) Consideration AND Big News!

Well, this week got away from me, but with good reason.  Big news: DT and I are moving home!

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This picture is from the night we graduated from college.  Almost nine years ago.  Holy smokes.  Since that time we've been in a long-distance relationship, lived in the same city, moved in together, traveled together, had really difficult life stuff thrown at us, made amazing new friends, and a million other experiences, both good and bad.  And now it's time for a new adventure - moving back to New England, back to our families, back to our high school and college friends, back to our roots.  We're nervous and excited.  Sad to leave DC, but looking forward to Boston.  

Ok, enough sappy personal stuff - let's do some linking!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago this week, just in case I wasn't already feeling old.

Seven charts that show how Trump & Putin are connected.  Are we ready to impeach yet? 

A guide to DC's best dumplings.  Definitely hitting some of these spots up before we go! 

An awesome part about being back in New England will be all the local traveling we'll get to do.  Definitely want to go back to Montreal asap!

Banana Republic has been fantastic lately and Olivia Palermo's latest picks are no exception.

Did you celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday?  I took the day off work, wore red, went to the rally at the Capitol, and had a lovely lunch at a small, women-owned business.  What could have been better?  I can't help but think that a literal day without women would make a bigger impact ;)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lazy Sunday

On a hectic Monday morning, it's good to look back on better times - a lazy Sunday.

We all have our weekend routines.  Whatever they involve, there's something comforting about having the same rituals.

Lately, I've been taking things a bit more slowly on Sunday mornings.

Staying in bed longer than necessary, enjoying a cup of tea, and reading the morning paper are the perfect start to the day.

I subscribed to the Sunday New York Times recently.  While it's important to support good journalism now, seemingly more than ever, there's also just something about reading the paper in its physical form.  Folding back the pages, having some ink rob off on your fingers - I find it soothing.

What's your perfect lazy morning?  I also encourage breakfast in bed!

Sweater: LL Bean; Tee: Forever 21; Sheets and Duvet Cover: LL Bean (love this set or these)

Friday, March 3, 2017

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Hill East, November 2016

The curmudgeonly owner of my favorite local bookstore only makes it infinitely more charming.

Casey Affleck won an Oscar last week.  Here's what that means.

Sunday's episode of Girls (S06:E03) was brilliant.  Watch it (twice, at least) and then read this recap.

Spring is all about the statement top.

Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all campaign-related investigations.  Michael Flynn has resigned.  Who is the Russian ambassador in the middle of all of these meetings?  Meet Sergey Kislyak.

Long read - a 752 pound emerald has wreaked havoc from Brazil to California to Vegas to Tampa.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Weekly Wishlist

If you look at my Wish List board, you can tell I'm craving camels, blushes, and whites.  It must be springtime in the air!  And it feels ok to admit that now that it's March.

I'm still trying out this "Wear Now, Wear Later" thing.  What do you think?

The Weekly Wishlist

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Daisy Street Oversized Sweater with Strap Back Detail, $34 - Oversized and with a back detail?  Sign me up.  This actually could work in the warmer weather too.  I'd through it over my bathing suit as the sun went down.  But for the time being, this is a great weekend piece while it's still a bit too cold for brunching al fresco.

Michelle Mason Layered Rib-Knit Turtleneck Sweater via, on sale $138 - You'll still get some wear out of this turtleneck, believe me!  I love the layering detail.  It's just a little something cool without being over the top.  And the slightly deeper shade of camel is beautiful.

Cuyana Wool Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $155 - So many turtlenecks, so little time.  I love how easy this piece looks.  Pair it with jeans on the weekends, or maybe throw it over (or under?) a dress.  Plenty of possibilities.

Boden Sally Coat, on sale $104 - You need a camel coat in your closet.  I'm obsessed with mine, which is a similar cut to this one from Boden.  A little oversized, a little baggy, infinitely cool.

Mi-Pac Tumbled Faux Leather Weekender, $53 - My weekender is about to kick the bucket and here's a great option for a replacement.  The textured vegan leather is a nice touch and makes it look far more expensive than its price tag.  Also, it's got a bit of a Longchamp vibe.

Ann Taylor May Patent Block Heel Sandals, $128 plus 40% off at checkout - My toes cannot wait to see sunlight.  This is the perfect pair of nude sandals for that.  A slight block heel, an ankle strap, and patent leather make these ideal for everyday wear.  

Asos Shell Top in Clean Ponte Rib, $25 - I like the look of a textured tee underneath a blazer.  The blazer dresses it up a bit, while the tee tones down any stuffiness.  This ribbed option is cool and reminds me of a similar DvF top I've been lusting after.

Cuyana Structured Cinch Bag, $295 - Investment piece over here aka expensive bag, but I can't stop looking at it.  I love the shape.  I love the color.  I love how effortless cool girl it is.  How would you even carry this?  Unsure, but I'm open to finding out.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Recent Purchases

This is just one of those shopping round-ups where I love everything and keep everything and that's that.

Recent Purchases

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Cole Haan Signature Stand Collar Wool Blend Coat, on sale $124.90 - A black coat is pretty much the staple of winter outerwear and yet, I didn't have one.  When this one went on sale, I picked it up hoping it would work and amazingly, it did.  It's gotten lots of wear!  It's decently warm (30 or above), the wool is high quality, and I really like the funnel neck on days when I forget a scarf.  As far as black wool coats go, this one is top notch.  Result: Kept.

Everlane The Twill Zip Tote, $48 - This bag was a Christmas gift from my best friend and let's just say she knows me.  Kindergarten what what.  Anyway, the tote is awesome.  The twill material is sturdy without being rigid, the leather straps are gorgeous, and the zip top is clutch.  What's with totes that don't have a zip top?  Do I look like I want all my shit to fly out of my bag at any given moment?  I've been reaching for this bag pretty much every weekend.  Result: Kept.

Iris & Ink Rebecca Basketweave Wool Sweater, out of stock -  When Iris & Ink goes on sale, I have a habit of scooping it up.  You've seen me wearing the brand here and here.  It's really great, high quality basics at a decent price aka everything I've ever wanted.  I'm always in the market for more sweaters, and this one looked really cute, with a cool basketweave texture.  The only negative is that the sweater is definitely a cropped style, but it wasn't marketed that way.  While I've been pairing it with high-waisted denim, I would've gone up a size or two to combat this.  It's sold out not, but there's something similar here or here. Result: Kept.

Sam Edelman Blake Bootie, on sale $89.90 - Black suede bootie, where have you been all my life?  These are new favorites, for sure!  With a little break in time, they're incredible comfortable and I can walk around in them all day.  The heel is a good height, the suede is soft, and the almond toe is a sophisticated look.  Sam Edelman to the rescue again!  Result: Kept.

New Balance 1400v4 Sneaker, $99.99 - When your toes are poking out of your sneakers, it's time to retire them.  I found myself in that exact situation right before the holidays and was able to grab a new pair on serious sale.  So far, so good!  I'm not a major runner, but these have held their own on trips to and from the gym and on a couple runs.  They're bright, comfortable, and have a little bounce to them.  I'm happy.  Result: Kept.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

That Time We Got Married: Part 4 - Party Time

Alright, the ceremony is over, we've had a delicious evening with our family and closest friends, we've partied a little too hard, and now we're back at it.  Day 2!

Despite the fact that I wanted approximately zero people at our actual wedding, I did want to have an epic dance party with all my friends, so we did things a little differently and had our "reception" the following day.

At a mother-effing whaling museum.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum, to be specific.

When we were looking for locations, DT sent this to me as a joke (he's a marine his dreams), but we ended up really liking it.  Since we were in DC, we sent our mothers on a little expedition to check it out.  They called us afterwards and basically told us it was perfect, we had to book it.  So we did!

There's a huge whale skeleton (in the first picture) and you get to have cocktail hour on a whaling ship.  We were sold.

The view is also pretty sick, with all of the harbor right there.

We stuck pretty hard with the whaling theme because it's both really us and also a little bit hilarious.

DT designed our invitations and menus, which I'm still obsessed with.

And let me just say that we worked with Russell Morin for the catering and all that jazz, and they were incredible.  The food was so good.  We did a family style menu, which I loved, but the food was seriously delicious.  So many people complimented us on it.  I really care about three things: eating, drinking, and getting down with my bad self and Russell Morin took care of numbers 1 and 2.

The tables were even more beautiful than I expected.  We didn't do much with them because a) it wasn't really a priority, and b) since we were doing family style dinner, we wanted room for the food!  We did pick out the coral print table runners and I love how they added some color.

We opted for coozies as party favors because you can never have too many coozies.  Does anyone want one?  I seriously have one million extras.

Instead of paying a florist hundreds of dollars, we bought some buckets of fresh cut flowers from a local flower farm and Vanessa, one of my unofficial bridesmaids, did all the floral arrangements.  In my hotel room.  In between hair and make-up.  She's amazing.  And the flowers looked incredible!

I found these vintage looking table numbers on Etsy and had to have them.  They matched the invites so well!

I'm not normally one for tablescapes, but don't mind me tooting my own horn over here.

All photos by Doug Levy.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Oh Captain, My Captain

When you get a seriously warm weekend in February, you head to the water.

Even if that means hanging out underneath an urban waterfall.

But really, global warming is so great in the moment, even though it will probably eventually kill us all.

I was going for a whole "springtime in Paris" look and had grand plans about where to shoot, but we discovered that the quiet little cafe I had planned on shooting in front of was absolutely crawling with people.

So we headed down to the riverfront instead and I think it was for the best.

I opted for a navy and white outfit, pairing a striped turtleneck with my favorite blazer.  And yes, I did in fact feel like a very fancy boat captain.

Ankle-length denim and lace-up flats were the final touches, letting those bare ankles get some sunlight!

After shooting, we went in search of sustenance and found ourselves on the sun-drenched patio of Agua 301.

We ordered some tacos and discovered that bottomless sangria is only $14.

We sat in the sun, got a little bit day drunk, and I may have even had a sunburn by the time we left.

February, you're ok.

Blazer: Zara (similar here or here); Turtleneck: Lands' End (LL Bean version); Denim: Banana Republic; Flats: Halogen (similar here, here, here, or here); Bag: Kate Spade (sold out, but love this and this); Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane; Shades: Forever 21 (similar)

Friday, February 24, 2017

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Not to be that person who only talks about the weather, but seriously, it feels like summer outside and I am here for it.  As such, here's a photo of the beach last summer that I'm feeling today!

Baker's Beach, August 2016

I love Ashlee's take on what to eat in DC - she breaks it down in such a useful way!

Your annual reminder that the Oscars are meaningless because the voters know nothing.

Alexandra's rainy day outfit tips will definitely be useful for spring!

Trump's rollback of rights for transgender kids won't last long, thankfully! #seeyouincourt

Maxine Waters is a boss and the writer of this article is a beautiful unicorn of a human being.

Dani checked out the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn and it's amaaazing.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mom Jeans

What's better than a good pair of jeans?

Mom jeans!  aka high-waisted denim.  It's become my new favorite.

As someone in their 30s, let me tell you that gravity is real.  The best part about high-waisted jeans is that it lifts everything up.

And when paired with a heel, you look about a foot taller.

Which is always my goal.

Blouse: Lands' End (old; similar here or here); Denim: Levi's; Boots: Stuart Weitzman (consignment or similar) ; Bag: H&M (very similar); Belt: Banana Republic (similar); Earrings: Amrita Singh (exact or similar); Shades: Saint Laurent (similar)

Photos by Dani 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Currently Reading

So  many books, so little time.  Still playing catch-up with these posts, but here are some goodies you should check out!

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Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving - I picked up this book because a) I'll always grab the new John Irving, and b) my mom could not stop talking about it.  Unfortunately, she and I didn't see eye to eye on the story.  Set mostly in Mexico, the book sees Juan Diego, an elderly man, embark on a trip to the Phillippines, while dreaming incredibly vividly about his childhood living in a dump with his sister Lupe.  As usual with Irving, the story is outrageous, hilarious, and filled with odd sexual interactions.  All of that said, I simply couldn't get into it.  I'm not sure what was missing, but it didn't hook me the way Irving usually does.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy - The Turner Family has lived in Detroit since their parents settled there, in the big house on Yarrow Street.  For decades, that house has been home base for the Turners and their 13 children.  Now, the house stands vacant, unsure of its future.  I loved this book for its depiction of Detroit, of a black family, of the American dream and what that means.  It's very much a book about the importance of place, of home and the feelings associated with it. 

The Cider House Rules by John Irving - After the disappointment of Avenue of Mysteries, I needed an Irving palette cleanser and realized I'd never read The Cider House Rules.  The orphanage in St. Cloud's, Maine is run by Dr. Wilbur Larch.  He takes care of pregnant women by either taking in their unwanted children or by performing abortions, illegal at the time.  One young orphan, Homer Wells, becomes something of a mentee of Dr. Larch's.  He cares for the younger boys, and assists Dr. Larch with his duties.  The cast of characters is incredible, from the damaged and abusive Melony to the sweet as pie Candy Worthington.  The book is a bit long and did drag for a portion in the middle, but overall, this is Irving at his best.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - Nick and Dara are sisters, one year apart.  Dara is brash, daring, popular, while Nick prefers the background.  One summer night, a terrible accident leaves Dara's beautiful face permanently scarred and she and Nick have a terrible falling out.  Despite their estrangement, when Dara goes missing, Nick knows that she's the only one who can find her.  Is Dara connected to another missing girl, Madeline Snow?  Nick is on a mission to find out.  A bit YA, but generally entertaining, Vanishing Girls is a fun read.  There's a good twist that I didn't see coming (but probably should have).  If you want something to keep you entertained, this is it.