June 13, 2017

A Day in Alexandria

June 13, 2017

A Day in Alexandria




This past weekend, my mom, my sister, and I took a trip down to D.C. to visit my aunt.   While I say we went to D.C., we actually spent most of our time outside of the district.  Having spent my entire life visiting the area, it wasn't until a few years ago that I was introduced to Alexandria, VA.  I fell in love with this city immediately!  I couldn't wait to go back to Old Town and spend the day among the shops and admiring all of the old charm that the city offers.

As it happened, we parked the car directly across from the most beautiful boutique, Coco Blanca.  I could have easily spent all day in that shop.  The entirely neutral color scheme, inspired by the soothing color palette of a coconut by the sea, is so tranquil.  And the owner was so lovely.  From there, we wandered up King St and popped into several adorable boutiques.  One of my favorites is lou lou, which is just a dream for any accessory lover (as we know I am!).  I grabbed a few gifts for upcoming birthdays.  I love buying gifts when I'm out of town.  It's so fun to give something that has a little story behind it.

We turned off King street and wandered a little more, admiring the pretty houses.  Everything is just so beautiful.  It's the most charming area.  We grabbed dinner on the water at the Chart House (order the Peneed Chicken- you're welcome) and enjoyed listening to a New Orleans style band play as we ate and people watched.  We finished off the day with ice cream from Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, which was highly recommended and did not disappoint, YUM!

We had the most beautiful weather and it was such a great day.  I can't wait to go back!







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June 7, 2017

What's in My Suitcase: Weekend in D.C.

June 7, 2017

What's in My Suitcase: Weekend in D.C.



I am so excited to be heading to D.C. with my mom and my sister this weekend for a very brief, much needed break. Technically, Washington is my hometown. But as we moved away when I was 2 and I really grew up in CT, I find that claim sometimes hard to make.  But my mom grew up there, my parents met and were married there, and I have been going there my entire life.  It is one of my favorite places (if not definitely my favorite).
I'm always so happy to go back, to see friends and family and to visit places that I have seen my entire life that always seem new, yet comforting to me.
This trip will just be a quick one, but I know we will get to do some fun things and I will definitely share them here!  Until then, here's what I'm packing:



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June 4, 2017

5 Easy Summer Hair Styles

June 4, 2017

5 Easy Summer Hair Styles



My hair is naturally curly.  Curlier on some days, wavier on others.  You will rarely see me sporting my curls.  I just feel undone unless my hair is blown out.  In the summer, however, it gets harder and harder to fight the frizz, so there are days when I will embrace my curls and waves and just go with it.
Summer is also a great time to try out fun new hairstyles.  As my fashion tastes lean more toward the boho vibe in the summer, I am also drawn to pretty braided looks and messy updos.
Here are a few looks that just say summer to me:

(click on each photo for a tutorial)








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May 27, 2017

Style Crush: Ruffled Dresses

May 27, 2017

Style Crush: Ruffled Dresses



Middle: first, second
Bottom: first, second, third

I'm that girl who just lives in dresses all summer. While the past few summers I have been all about my striped dresses (and I still am, don't get me wrong, haha), I have been drawn to ruffles this year.  I love the soft feminine look of a ruffled dress.  They can make the most basic silhouette look so pretty.
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March 26, 2017

Style Crush: Statement Earrings

March 26, 2017

Style Crush: Statement Earrings


Owning a jewelry boutique, you might expect that I am dripping in jewels at all times.  Hardly.  Most days, I wear simple studs (usually these) and either my Grande Monogram or my Roman Numeral Necklace.  I have pretty simple taste.

I do, however, love to perk up a simple outfit with a great statement earring.  A simple sweater and jeans looks so much better with a flash of sparkle.
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March 19, 2017

Roasted Veggies and Chicken

March 19, 2017

Roasted Veggies and Chicken


I have been attempting to be a little healthier lately.  Two weeks ago I did a great job, last week I didn't.  Oh well ;)

One thing that is really easy for me to drop the ball on is lunch during the week.  It's just so easy to
run out and grab a deli sandwich.  And you have to have chips with that, right?  So better to just bring my lunch and not even put myself in that position.
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March 12, 2017

Spring Fashion Trends

March 12, 2017

Spring Fashion Trends


cold shoulder top / slip on sneaker / cross body bag / mule / bomber jacket

Up until a few days ago, I (like most of us) thought we were going to just forget about winter and glide right into spring.  As it is currently 28 degrees out, I can admit that I was very wrong.  So instead, I have been dreaming of spring fashion.  It's always so nice to put away the coats and the boots and say goodbye to sweaters.  I can't wait for lighter tops and less layers!  Here are a few trends I am loving for spring:
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