May 31, 2017

..Wednesday Adams Vibes

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

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


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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May 17, 2017

..The Coziest White Cotten Dress

The deets: Moon River dress; Loeffler Randall scallop heels (similar under $70, under $35); Old Navy crossbody (sold out but this one is similar); Karen Walker sunnies (similar under $11); Baublebar necklace.

I wore this little white dress on the most gorgeous sunny Mother's Day last weekend. We had a very delicious lunch at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and afterward Mike and I finished up some last minute work on our terrace area (I will be sharing details on the blog soon). The dress was perfect for the over-indulgent afternoon since it's nice and billowy in the food baby region. I have some family coming to visit from out of town this weekend so I'm taking off Friday to play tourist in my own city, I may be breaking it out again for that since it's so comfortable!

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May 15, 2017

..A Target Dress for a DC Wedding


I had a very "DC" wedding to attend last weekend, it was held at a really chic art gallery right next to one of our favorite bars and we never even knew it was there. We headed into Church Key for a pre ceremony drink then walked over to Fathom Gallery where they had a gorgeous rooftop wedding and reception. I wasn't planning on wearing this dress but the day was much colder then originally anticipated and my only appropriate jacket was a leather one so I bacially changed my whole look around that. I had picked up this dress impulsively at Target (like most things I buy from there, duh) and it seemed like the perfect time to wear it.
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