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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That Time We Got Married: Part Three

Ok, back to wedding photos!  We've got a few more of these posts to go, stick with me!

After our beach ceremony and our photo shoot, we shot over to the Inn on Shipyard Park for what we called our "rehearsal dinner" even though we had already done the damn thing.

Photo by Robert Doherty Jr.

Photo by Robert Doherty Jr.

Our extended families were there, along with our best friends.  It was as small as we could make it (we both have big families) so we were able to talk with everyone and our families were able to mingle.

We kept it pretty casual with a barbecue dinner.  What can I say, marriage makes me crave pulled pork.

Various family members had met before, but it was great to have everyone in one room, all together.

Photo by Robert Doherty Jr.

There was lots of laughter, lots of wine, and lots of food.  Everything you need for a good time.

This was also where we heard all the toasts.  My favorite part!

Photo by Robert Doherty Jr.

Dan's parents' spoke, as did my uncle, Bubba, and my two best friends.  I laughed, I cried, it was everything.

Dan's aunts and uncles even made some impromptu toasts, which was lovely and hilarious.  And then his cousin Bryn sang Skinny Love for us and I lost my shit.

It was such an awesome night and again, like our ceremony, just what we wanted it to be.

After dinner, we ended up at the bar for a bit.  There may have been shots involved.

And we headed back to New Bedford to meet up with other friends who had gotten in that day.

Luckily, there are no pictures from that portion of the night!

I can't thank DT's parents enough for throwing this dinner.  It set the tone for the rest of the weekend in such a fun way.

Next week - our reception!  And I'm wearing a different dress there, so there's that to look forward to!

All photos by Doug Levy unless otherwise noted.  Again, he's the best, hire him for everything.

Friday, February 17, 2017

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

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50 Things to Eat in DC Before You Die.  I've actually had quite a few of these, but I'm happy to work through the rest of it.

Lemonade didn't win Album of the Year, but Beyonce won something much bigger.  I'm a huge Adele fan and think she's fantastic, but Lemonade was an experience.  It was beautiful, heart-breaking, genre-making visual poetry.  It wasn't for me, and that's ok.

Free online Ivy League classes.  For those of us who would happily stay in school forever.

Crystalin's blog is one of my favorites and her dressing room diaries are such good and informative posts!

Keeping up with everything that comes out of the White House is exhausting, but this Politico article still shocks me, a week after it was published.

Nordstrom is having a K-Beauty Pop-up Shop and I have way too many things in my cart right now :)

Nighttime voice mails from the White House.  Not totally sure it's satire at this point, but damn, it's good.

Omaze has an awesome "Nevertheless, she persisted" t-shirt and the proceeds go to The United State of Women.  I love fashion for a great cause!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Weekly Wishlist

We've hit mid-February, which is when I am officially done with winter, even though I'm sure winter is far from done with me.  Like, my brain knows there are a few more weeks of layers and long-sleeves and bundling up, but my heart wants open-toed sandals and pastels and bare skin.  So today I'm giving you a little bit of both!

The Weekly Wishlist

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Loft Spotted Funnel Neck Coat, final sale $149.88 plus 50% off at checkout - Is everyone else as sick of their coats as I am?  A bright color or a fun print is just the pick-me-up I need to get out of this rut.  This coat is the latter, but I think with the color palette, you could actually wear this as more of a neutral.  And that funnel neck will keep you warm until spring does come!

Hinge Strap Back Sweater, on sale $47.40 - Again, we're slowly moving away from winter.  A sweater keeps you cozy, but a slightly exposed back screams warmer weather.  I love the detail here.

Asos Lounge Knitted Dress with Elasticized Waist, on sale $37 - Honestly, this just looks super cozy and they had me at "elasticized waist".

Asos Bright Brocade Clutch Bag, $28 - Now we're talking!  I know I'm usually all about neutrals, but warm weather is the perfect time to bust out something bright and bold like this clutch.  I would wear this to all the weddings, brunches, events, etc.

Off the Shoulder Woven Blouse, on sale $34.30 - Yes, I'm still trying to make off-the-shoulder happen for myself, despite knowing better.  I'll either find the one magical top that works (maybe this one?) or I'll improve my posture.  One of those is way more likely than the other.

Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal, $119.95 - These sandals are awesome.  They come in one thousand colors (slight exaggeration) from neutrals to brights.  I may end up buying myself more than one pair of these.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Recent Purchases

Hi there!  I'm fast-forwarding through some past purchases to bring you my recent haul from Old Navy & Banana because last time I waited to share things in chronological order and everything was sold out by the time I told you about it!  So, we're jumping the line a bit to share all these beautiful blue and black pieces with you.

Recent Purchases

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Ruffled Off-the-Shoulder Tencel Shift Dress - I keep trying to make off-the-shoulder work on me and it keeps chewing me up and spitting me out.  The problem is that I have horrendous posture and the style emphasizes how rounded my shoulders are.  That said, this dress was super soft and if you have non-hunchback posture, I'd highly recommend it for spring.  Result: Returned.

Go Dry Mid-Rise Textured Print Compression Leggings - Is it bad that I'm a total Old Navy workout gear convert?  Take these leggings for example.  They're basic, but with some edge to them with the textured detail.  They're super comfortable and not see-through, my biggest pet peeve.  Result: Kept.

Go Dry Mesh Cool Trim Support Tank - This tank top on the other hand, didn't quite make the cut.  The style is great, the material is nice, but the fit was off.  It was really, really tight, which I would normally fix by just sizing up.  However, the support cups in the bra portion of the top were oddly bright against the whiteness of the top, so it looked like I was wearing literal headlights.  Not a good look on anyone.  Result: Returned.

Stitch Detail Flannel Dress - I've been on a work dress binge.  Maybe because I'm old now and feel like I should dress for it?  Anyway, I loved the lines on this dress and the color, which makes it look like chambray, when it's actually flannel.  It was beautiful in person and felt nice, but the fit was way too.  It was tight in the arms and super loose in the waist.  Bummer.  Result: Returned.

Tie-Waist Jumpsuit - Do I need this?  No.  Is it so comfortable and soft that I felt like I was wearing pajamas?  Yes.  Am I keeping it?  Hell yes.  Result: Kept.

Sculpt Skinny High Rise Ankle Jean - A good jean is hard to find.  Where my Flannery O'Connor fans at?  Ok, I digress.  But when you find a pair of jeans that fit you right, you buy them.  Honestly, but 3 pairs of them if you can.  These jeans have a great fit, although I'd call them more of a mid-rise than a high-rise.  But they hit me on the perfect spot on my ankle.  Ideal for wearing with flats.  Result: Kept.

Chambray Cocoon Dress - When will I learn that these shapeless sack dresses don't fall on my body correctly?  Apparently never, because I ordered this one knowing that would be the case.  When I tried it on, in the biggest non-surprise ever, it was totally unflattering.  I want this easy style of dress to work on me so badly and just need to come to terms with the fact that it doesn't.  If you're skinny and flat-chested, this dress would be perfect on you.  Let me know all the fun ways you wear it.  Result: Returned.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

That 70s Vibe

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day everyone!  

30 Rock fans out there?  Bueller?  

It's Valentine's Day and while that is a silly, fake holiday, I'll use it as an excuse to show you an outfit where my obnoxiously hot pink coat is involved.

Now that I think of it, this is actually a great Valentine's Day date outfit.  A cute cropped sweater, high-rise jeans to hide your inevitable food baby, and boots that make you a solid 4 inches than you really are.

I wore this to Hank's a few Saturdays ago when DT and I went to an oyster shucking class there.  The shucking part was pretty quick and then we all dug into a dozen oysters, complete with wine pairings.

That's my type of "class".

Things I learned:  shucking an oyster is pretty easy...once you get the hang of it.  Just don't let that knife slip!  And everything tastes better with wine, although I probably knew that already!

Coat: J. Crew (old; similar on sale plus extra 30% off); Sweater: Iris & Ink (sold out; love this one); Denim: Levi's (sold out; similar); Boots: Stuart Weitzman (old; love these); Bag: H&M (similar); Shades: Saint Laurent

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nighttime Skin Care Routine

You saw my morning routine, so now let's find out what I do at night!

First, there are a few more products than there are in the morning, but luckily, I don't use all of them every night.  Simplicity!

After I've washed my face (Cetaphil again), if I wore heavier than usual makeup or mascara that day, I'll swipe it off with Rimmel's makeup remover.  It's efficient, very gentle, and doesn't irritate my skin, even around my eyes.

Next, I move onto the most important past - the eyes.  Or, the nipples of the face.  Bonus points for anyone who gets that quote :)  Using my ring fingers, I dab eye cream along the edges, focusing on the under-eye area and where I know my crow's feet are just waiting to come out.

Also, it's impossible to do this without looking like your hands are claws.

Next, I treat my trouble spots (mostly chin and forehead) with Retinol.  Definitely talk with your dermatologist before using a Retinol product because it can be harsh on your skin.  Also, you must must must wear sunscreen if you're using Retinol.  It makes your skin highly sensitive to the sun.  All of that said, it's really cleared up my skin and prevented breakouts.

My skin is always dry in the winter, so I like to use a face oil at night, sometimes on its own and sometimes mixed with a moisturizer. The Tarte Maracuja Oil smells heavenly and provides some much needed moisture.

Now for the fun stuff.  Once or twice a week, I like to bust out this pore refining mask.  It makes your face feel suuuuper tight as it dries, but once its washed off, my skin feels super soft and my pores definitely appear smaller.

And for those times where I feel like my skin needs a total reset, I'll layer on this beauty sleeping mask by Shiseido.  Put it on with the handy applicator before bed and sleep with it on.  In the morning, you'll look refreshed and radiant.  Seriously, this always makes my skin look brighter the next day.

And that's it!  Fresh, clean skin!  Let me know if you have any questions or any recommendations for products you like!

Friday, February 10, 2017

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

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Allie gives great advice as always, this time about blogger envy.

Didn't think Lady Gaga's half-time Superbowl performance was political?  Then chances are you weren't paying attention.

GQ's cover profile on Tom Hiddleston is giving me life.  It's the best!

I'm still looking for a one piece bathing suit (the never-ending story) and this Ted Baker one could be promising. or navy?

In honor of Valentine's Day, my alma mater is sharing love stories that started there.  I love this!