Friday, August 28, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Ferry Beach, July 2015

I love Betsy's strategy of following people, not brands.

A (too) frequently updated list of all the mass shootings in the US so far in 2015.

35 DC based Instagram accounts to follow!

Why is it so difficult for companies to make pro-women policies regarding maternity leave and health care?  One woman's story from her time at Amazon.

Baguette shortage!

M. Gemi teaches us how to wear pumps.

Have a glorious weekend, summer's not over yet!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

It's late, but it's here!

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Row 2: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Zella Live Free Long Sleeve Top, $54 - Soon I won't be able to go from home to the studio in just a tank.  Cooler weather means layers, especially for workout gear.  I love the back of this top and think it's perfect to throw on before or after a class.  I'd actually wear it in barre class too.  Also comes in white, grey, red, and baby blue.

LL Bean Scotch Plaid Shirt, Slightly Fitted, $44.95 - Black watch is my favorite plaid pattern.  Put in on a slightly fitted LL Bean flannel and I'm basically not taking it off until spring.

Theory Cibella Striped Pima Cotton Top via The Outnet, on sale $47.50 - There are so many great deals on summer clothing to be had.  This pretty striped top from Theory is one of them.  I like the over-sized sleeve.

River Island Jacquard Blanket Coatigan, $108 - Obsessed.  I saw this and knew it would be mine.  All manner of vests are huge for this fall and winter, but I'm obviously going for the one that has "blanket" in its' name.

Iris & Ink Allie Stretch-jersey Tank, $32 - Filling in my wardrobe's holes is harder than it sounds.  I was under the impression that I had a casual gray tank to pair with denim or whatever, but I somehow don't.  This looks like the perfect solution to my problem.

Asos Jumper in Mohair, $69 - Giant, cozy, navy, turtleneck sweater.  Done.

Old Navy Faux-Leather Bucket Bag, on sale $24 - If you want to try the bucket bag trend, look no further than your local Old Navy.  And if you're worried about the faux-leather looking fake, don't be.  My faux-leather Old Navy tote has worn beautifully and people think it's way more expensive than it was.  

Banana Republic Circle Lace Tank, on sale $74.99 plus 50% off w/ code BRSALE - Since I gravitate to a more neutral colored wardrobe, I've got to mix it up with texture.  This tank looks gorgeous.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Currently Reading

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What Was She Thinking? {Notes on a Scandal} by Zoe Heller -  Sheba has an affair with an underage student.  Barbara, her co-worker and friend, takes her in when everyone else rejects her.  Barbara keeps a journal of the events leading up to and including the affair, as well as the aftermath.  While Sheba seems like the villain from this standpoint, it is Barbara's cold and calculating manner that is truly disturbing.  A biting, intelligent look at loneliness and the lengths some will go to to avoid it.  (Now I have to watch the movie!)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins -  Tom Robbins is absurd.  I mean that in the best way possible.  This novel is the story of Sissy Hanshaw, born with gigantic, humongous, incredible thumbs.  Rather than let those thumbs render her disabled, Sissy uses them to the best of the ability as the tools for hitch-hiking.  She becomes the best hitch-hiker in all of America.  Kerouac is in awe of her hitching abilities.  Through a series of random events, Sissy finds herself on a Dakota ranch, run by cowgirls.  This book is pure fun and hilarity.

On Writing by Stephen King - Part memoir, part "how-to", Stephen King deconstructs his own career, what he's learned about his craft, and gives useful tips to aspiring writers.  It's smart, it's funny, it's everything you'd expect from the horror master.  He touches on his childhood writings, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and the writing procedures that work best for him.  A must read for someone who wants to write (or just know more about King's life).

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst -  I came really, really close to not finishing this book.  That is something I do not do.  For the life of me, I just could not get into the story or the style or the writing or anything else.  It wasn't bad, but I just could not bring myself to be interested.  Maybe next time?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Golden Gray

Dress: Sanctuary via TJ Maxx (casual grey dresses here, here, and here); Sandals: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom; Necklace: Jane (similar); Bag: Kate Spade (almost identical); Shades: Ray Ban

Popping in for a quick hello!

Remember that Sunday rooftop dinner I mentioned yesterday?  It happened to occur at the perfect time for taking photos :)

Monday, August 24, 2015


Shirt: Lands' End; Shorts: Old Navy (old, similar); Sandals: Forever 21 (old, similar); Tote: Street Level (similar); Necklace: Moon & Lola via Rocksbox; Shades: Ray Ban

This was just about as close to perfect as a weekend can get.

From Friday night food shopping and porch drinks, to Saturday spin class, museum visits, iced lattes, and pool parties, it was everything I want out of a weekend.  And it was all capped off with a gorgeous rooftop Sunday dinner with friends.

Even Monday morning doesn't seem so bad when you're still basking in the post-weekend glow.

Friday, August 21, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Finally, finally! A weekend with no travel, no obligations, and no plans.

This summer has been absolutely insane with trips and parties and family events and a million other things.  It will be nice to have the next few weeks off from all that before everything gets nuts again in the fall (3 weddings in a six-week period - Colorado, Massachusetts, Virginia).  

Life is great, but I need a nap.

36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont.  This isn't how I spent most of my weekends in college, but it still sounds like a good time :)

Gloucester, MA has been trying out a program where they help drug users get into treatment rather than arrest them.  While it's early, things look promising.

If you've seen or are planning to see Straight Outta Compton, know that there is a story that was neglected from the film.

These photos (not to mention the outfit) are stunning.

Who doesn't love a good personality test?

Another thing to worry about if you're having surgery.

15 men were asked to respond to the concept of taking their wife's name after marriage.  Is this satire?  Because wow.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

What a week.  

I spent Monday in Maine, laying on the beach and soaking up every last bit of Maine summer I could because that was *tear* my last trip up there this season.  Don't wanna talk about it.

That night, I got together with my favorite bride-to-be and another bridesmaid to do a little dress-fitting at the mother of the groom's house.  Hem job complete!  There was also pizza because that just make sense when you're doing a dress fitting.

Tuesday I was up at an ungodly hour to fly back to DC and head straight to work for the day.  I may have been in bed and asleep by 9pm that night, but who's counting?

Yesterday I was a mad woman who went running before work and then got her spin on after work.  My legs are feeling it today.

And now it's Thursday.  I've got another busy day, but that's nothing a little online shopping can't fix.

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5 // 6 // 7 // 8

Blue Life Bachelorette Dress via Shopbop, on sale $66 - If you don't have time or a place to wear this beauty this summer, just save it for next year.  An adorable white eyelet detail dress never goes out of style.

Gap Mixed Knit Sweater, $49.95 plus 35% off w/ code STYLE - Even though I was disgustingly dripping sweat after my run this morning, I can't help but be excited by sweater season.  It's the best.  I love this hunter green shade and the different knit patterns.  Don't forget that coupon code!

Theory Vinata Striped Cotton Top via The Outnet, $95 - Looking to try the off-the-shoulder trend?  I found the perfect top.  It's striped, it's cotton, and it's by Theory.  You're welcome.

Lands' End Ponte Sheath Dress in Colorblock, $79 -  I love this dress.  It's a great work sheath.  Or throw on a funky necklace and some fun heels to go out.  That price isn't bad either, but I'd hold off until it either goes on sale or Lands' End has a 30% off code (which happens quite often - you won't be waiting long!).

LL Bean Grab and Go Jacket, on sale $69.99 - Field jackets have been popular for a few years now and LL Bean naturally makes a gorgeous, quality version.  I'm partial to the black, but it also comes in blue, silver, and olive.

French Connection Ditton Lace-Paneled Sweater via Saks Off Fifth, on sale $39.99 -  I've got a thing for white sweaters with details.  There's my LOFT sweater with the front detail, then the other white sweater with the perforated back.  I can't get enough of it.  The lace back on this sweater is beautiful.

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Tone Earrings via The Outnet, $39.37 -  A cool way to do the nautical look without all the navy and anchors (which I, obviously, have nothing against) is to add some coral to your look.  Not the color.  The plant.  Is coral a plant?  Anyway, these earrings are great.

Asos Floral Palm Split Halter Beach Dress, $51 -  A black and white palm print beach dress just sounds right to me.  

As always, you can find these items and many more on my Wish List Pinterest Board.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Foggy Beach Day

Sweater: LOFT (sold out, similar); Tank: Banana Republic (similar); Shorts: Asos (similar); Necklace: Rosie & Rockers (similar); Earrings: J. Crew Factory (old, similar); Shades: Ray Ban

After our friends' wedding a couple weeks ago, DT and I shot up to Maine for the rest of our long weekend.  My family does a little reunion party every summer and it had been 4 or 5 years since I'd last been able to make it, so I was psyched that we would be around this year.

The party was great, as always.  There's tons of food, adult beverages, a million adorable children running around, and a horseshoe tournament.  It's an all-around pretty awesome day.

One of the other days, it was dreary and cool out, but DT and decided to take a walk on the beach just to get out of the house for a bit.  It was super foggy and you could barely see in front of you.  Obviously, that was super cool, so we started taking photos.  While we were shooting these pictures, all of the fog blew away and burned off.  It was eerie how fast it happened.  Suddenly, we could see the length of the beach that had all been hidden.

Friday, August 14, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Hello from Maine!  Or the car.  Or the airplane, depending on how early you're reading this.

I'm in New England for an extra long weekend for some major family time.  Could not be happier.

Pennsylvania Avenue, July 2012

Rose McGowan is calling out the film industry for their sexist behavior.  

Bernie Sanders, shamelessly pandering to those Americans who want to hear the truth.  Outrageous!

A long read in The Atlantic about the coddling that many college students are demanding.  While safe spaces are a wonderful concept, how far is too far in censoring what we see, discuss, or read in class?

Pretty, pretty pictures.  Stunning shots from cinematic history.

Ever wanted to get a degree in Men's Studies?  Now you can!  

Katie Armour discussed Serena & Lily's fall fashion line on her gorgeous blog this week, and I couldn't help but share this shirtdress.  Please go on sale.

Have a great weekend!  Even though I'm away the beginning of next week, I've got posts lined up to keep you entertained!