August 31, 2017

..Red Fuzzy Love

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The deets: H&M tee; J.Crew shorts & hat (similar); Anthropologie earrings (gift, similar); Alexander Wang bag (similar on sale for under $55); Loeffler Randall wedges (also here); Nixon watch (c/o).

In general I like to let my intuition and over all gut feeling about things guide how I navigate all aspects of my life. It's led me so far to a happy marriage, a solid group of amazing friends, and a job that I don't hate to go to every day which in today's world is something to be proud of. Even though it wouldn't look like much to someone on the outside, I wake up most mornings feeling so thankful for the life I have created for myself - which then by the universe's law of attraction brings me closer to more things to be thankful for. It's a mentality that I strive to stay within as best I can. I know it sounds silly, but when I saw this t-shirt hanging in H&M it just gave me a warm seventies flower child vibe that instantly made me feel like I absolutely needed to have it. When I wore it this day, a night we were hosting some friends for GoT night, my husband looked at me and said "Red Fuzzy Love, huh?" and smiled at me (bless him for enduring my quirky sense of style). It made me think..that must be why I was so drawn to it. Everyone could use a little extra "fuzzy love," however you bring those vibes into your life, be it a loved one, a stranger, or a tee shirt.

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August 28, 2017

..The Colors of Summer

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The deets: J.Crew shorts & earrings; Zara tank; Madewell sandals, (also here, similar under $40); Rebecca Minkoff mini bag (similar, similar under $90); Quay sunnies.

There is something about blue and white stripes, jeans, and pops of red that make me feel very authentically summer-dressed. Stick a Coca-Cola or Pepsi in my hand and I'd feel like an American woman poster child. I wore this outfit to Don Taco last weekend for a friends birthday dinner (the food and jalapeno margs were great). When the night winded down and everyone went their separate ways, my husband and I decided to grab NiceCream - also delicious - across the street. As soon as we sat down inside to share our cup of Nutella chip it POURED rain down harder than I have ever seen all season long. We were in window facing bar style seats all to ourselves so we watched people sprinting around without umbrellas, frantically trying to figure out what to do in the sudden monsoon. When we finished and were ready to hop in an Uber it totally stopped and I didn't get a drop on me! Things like that make me believe in magic and I try my best to be present in those moments to savor them.
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August 25, 2017

..Game of Thrones Finale Dragon Egg Cake

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I know it says "finale" in my post title but I actually made this for last weekend's episode and I got so many DMs about how I made it I decided on the spot to take some photos of it and attempt to get the directions on here for you guys before the finale this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't think that it would be so popular so I didn't take any "in process" photos to help guide you so bare with me.


What you need:
1 box any old cake mix
2 cans chocolate icing 
Red & green food coloring
Wax paper

Directions:

1. Bake your cake according to box instructions in two nine inch round pans, let cool. 

2. While your cake is baking, melt your chocolate candy melts in two bowls. Dye one with red food coloring and one with green. Insert the dyed chocolate into two piping bags and squirt the chocolate out into little tear drop spikey shapes on wax paper (make as many as you think will cover the cake). Let them cool and harden.

3. Ice one of your cakes and then stack the other on top of it (looks like a normal cake at this point) then with a knife, carve around the circular stack until you get an egg shape. I even plopped some of the carved pieces onto the top to make it higher in the middle. ice it a little to help it keep its shape.

4. Dye the rest canned chocolate icing with green food coloring (makes that awful green color). Place it into another piping bag and ice your cake in pointed dollop motions all around (doesn't have to be perfect since the spikey chocolate will cover some).

5. Push your hardened chocolate spikes into the icing all over as you like.

THEN YOU SERVE YOUR DRAGON'S EGG LIKE THE BAD ASS KITCHEN KHALEESI THAT YOU ARE!
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August 22, 2017

..Being an Outfit Repeater

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The deets: Style Mafia dress; Zara heels (similarsimilar under $40); Topshop earrings (similar); Rebecca Minkoff mini bag (similar, similar under $100); Kat Van D lipstain in"Bachelorette."

I know I already wore this dress on the blog back in April (here) but I pride myself in being a "real" and "honest" blog (I mean it does say half-assed blogger right in my insta profile..) so why not just own my outfit repeating ways. I wore this dress last weekend at the cocktail class (deets on that here) and many other occasions since that first post. It is that dress I reach for when I have no idea what to wear. It's not too fancy (works for brunch) but also can be cocktail attire with the right shoesies. Also it covers up all the right places for if I am not feeling super sexy...so yes it comes out A LOT.

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August 16, 2017

..Work Wear

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The deets: J.Crew dress (almost out, similar under $40!) & necklace (sold out, similar, love this one); Banana Republic heels (similar); Quay sunnies; Kate Spade bag (similar); Knox Thomas Designs bracelets; Kat Von D liquid lipstick in "Bachelorette."

Per my reader survey I know you would like me to share more work outfits. There are two major problems that really get in the way of this happening. The first is I don't have a fancy photographer or do weekend "shoots" to capture a bunch of looks at once and then share them later. I just have a friend or husband photograph me when I am actually wearing whatever I share on here - there isn't really a whole lot of time for me to take photos of a work look before work since my husband leaves before I even roll out of bed and also every second counts for me before 9:00am #notamorningperson. The second is because I never get around to it in real time, the stuff ends up selling out and what's the point of sharing if ya'll can't get any of the stuff I am wearing? I decided I will try to be better at this by attempting to recreate one look from the week on the weekend if I can and then link to similar items so you guys at least get the over all vibe, how does that sound? Please yay or nay me on this.

Anyway - I wore this outfit my first week at my new job (I think on day three to be exact) and I love reaching for it becaue its so darn easy for the summer. Dress with puffy sleeves (basically PJs) a statement necklace and lace-ups (to make it seem less like PJs). Done!

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August 14, 2017

..An Awesome Cocktail Class - Alchemia Americano!

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Photos by Jonny Dubon. Event hosted by Coppi's OrganicFabian Malone, and Sean Douglas.

Do you like day drinking?
Do you like learning?
Do you like pizza?
Do you enjoy the company of friends and a bomb bartender while you do the aforementioned things?

If the answer to these questions is yes (and if it's no we probably can't be friends), you need to check out this brand spanking new cocktail class being offered at Coppi's Organic in Cleveland Park. Weather you are a DC area local or traveling through for a weekend trip or bachelorette this is such a fun thing to put on your calendar. I was invited with a coupe other locals to preview the class before it actually opens up to the public.

The bartender, Fabian Malone (@roninbartender) takes you on a history trip through all the different kinds of alcohols you will be taste testing before getting into the actual cocktails. In our case we ran through roughly eight different rums from all over the world. We learned how each of them were distilled and how that process came to be. We then crafted our own Jungle Birds and a wicked Peach Coconut Batida (which I am holding below, clearly my favorite). The first official class that will be offered is called 'Alchemia Americano,' where you will get to make four different cocktails (not all rums - and do some tastings first of course), and eat some delicious organic pizza (to make sure your buzz stays a buzz and not a blackout). The whole thing is super fun and you get to #DrinkAsYouLearn. Seating is pretty limited so get your tickets now if you want in (here). I am thinking this would be a great birthday gathering or gift, a bachelorette party event, or just for folks who are interested in making better cocktails.

The deets for 'Alchemia Americano'

When: September 3rd from 1p-4p
Where: Coppi's Organic in Cleveland Park, 3321 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC
How Much: $125/person (includes the tasting, four cocktails, pizza)
Tickets:  Find Tickets Here via Open Table.

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