June 22, 2017

..Wizard of Oz Gingham

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The deets: Anthropologie dress (sold out, similar, similar under $50); J.Crew hat (sold out, similar); Loeffler Randall block scallop heels (similar, similar under $40); Old Navy bag (similar).

I mentioned this dress when I was talking about my Wednesday Adams dress (here). I purchased them on the same day and realized I was costume shopping. All I need is my little Toto and some red heels and I am off to see the Wizard. I am not mad about it though because Dorothy is kind of everything in that movie, isn't she?

I wore this look to a little shared birthday brunch at Barrel and Bushel last weekend. My birthday was the 15th and another girlfriend's was the 17th. You can get a little bit fancy even for a simple brunch when it's yo birfdayyy, so I did. Always in a dress when I am feelin' celebratory! This particular one I got for a steal at Anthro but I have found some similar ones below!

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June 13, 2017

..Je Vous Aime

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The deets: Madewell jeans; Lovers + Friends tee (also here); Loeffler Randall sandals; J.Crew hat (similar); Kate Spade bag (similar under $20); Ray-Ban sunnies (similar under $20).

I can't help but break out my star spangled sandals and my red white and blue tee around the patriotic holidays. I wore this outfit during my Memorial Day Weekend trip to Philly but can guarantee you I will rocking this whole look again for July 4th. Maybe I'll swap out the jeans for some shorts as we have been nearing the 90's every day recently but either way I am ready!

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June 5, 2017

..Yellow Bell Sleeves & Leopard

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I wore this cute little sunny yellow dress to dinner when we were on our Philly trip last weekend. The color alone drew me to it in the store, I just felt it's warm marigold vibes asking me to purchase her. After a fully historical tour we hit up Parc brasserie which was around the corner from our beautiful hotel, the Rittenhouse 1715. We also went to a really authentic speakeasy, the Ranstead Room which was tres sexy so I highly recommend you go with your beaux if you're in the area. Also - can we talk about how THIS clutch is an exact dupe for my Clare V. one and it's UNDER $50! Run don't walk. I have a feeling it won't be around for long.

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May 31, 2017

..Wednesday Adams Vibes

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The deets: Zara dress (fancier version, similar under $25); Ray-Ban sunnies (identical under $13); Adidas sneaks; Knox Thomas Designs necklace & cuffs; Kate Spade mini bag (similar under $18).

I purchased this dress at Zara last weekend when I went on a little shopping trip with my sister. I then purchased this cute gingham dress for a steal at Anthro (sold out there, sorry). I got home and realized I basically went costume shopping as this one appears to be Wednesday Adams and the other one is basically Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I guess I was just feeling in touch with my inner child that day! I wore this on our last day in Philly to a couple historic spots, a brewery, and lunch. Super easy, felt like I was in pajamas all day.
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May 30, 2017

..Easy "Going Out" Dress

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The deets: Free People dress; Madewell heels (similar under $35); Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar under $20); Baublebar earrings; Knox Thomas Designs bracelets. You can find all the patio details here.

Here you can see a not so rare photo of me in my natural habitat - at home with a glass of rose in hand. I had my family in town last weekend and we had drinks on the patio before heading out to Circa for dinner. We spent the morning walking all over DC in the heat and I just didn't feel like fussing so I threw some dry shampoo in my hair and this easy Free People dress. We ate, we laughed, we cocktailed.
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May 23, 2017

..How I Transformed My Apartment's Outdoor Space for Under $500

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So it only took me 1.5 years and a nudge from one of my bests but I finally got my act together and decided to make use of my huge terrace area. As a renter, this kind of space is unheard of. Normally you get a "balcony" that has about as much use as a wet match in the dark if you know what I mean. Our last one wasn't even wide enough for one chair let alone a whole table so this is a REAL luxury, especially in Arlington, VA. We also like to let Alba, our pup, roam around while we eat dinner out there. It's a game changer. ANYWAY, the point of this post is to share how I did the entire thing for under $500 without having to sacrifice style. Those "all in one" sets that fall in the price range I was looking for just weren't what I had envisioned so I decided to take it seriously and get a plan going. I talked recently on how I do not like to invest a lot in apartment pieces because they are so tailored to a space you might move from in this post. My same top five rules apply here. I got it in my head I wouldn't go a cent over $500 and I stuck to it. You may think that isn't that cheap but considering one single chair can run you over half that cost I think I have achieved something special here. I basically added a extremely usable and practical additional room to our apartment! We already had the plates, utensils, napkin rings, and glasses from our wedding registry but everything else is new.

Table: $79
Rug: $60
4 Chairs: $165 ($41 each)
Leaf napkins: $25
String lights: $35
Tree: $50
Light holders: $19
Basket: $35
Planter: $15
Grand total: $485

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