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Friday, August 15, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

If you're reading this, I'm somewhere in New England having a ball!  I flew up to Boston yesterday and today we're off to Portland, Maine for a high school friend's bachelorette party.  It should be a very fun weekend and I'll likely get an ab workout from all of the laughing.

Ok, this was sort of a terrible week for humanity, so let's just get right into it.

The death of Mike Brown.

The militarization of the police force.

The arrests of reporters.

A man on reddit has been keeping a live feed of all the news coming out of Ferguson.  It is horrific, yet shows the power that social media can have when traditional media has been blocked out.

One of the most terrifying things I've ever read.

I have mixed feelings about The Giver as a movie, but Lois Lowry is still wonderful.

Ever been catcalled?  This video is SPOT ON.

Maisie Williams aka Arya Stark makes me feel really, really old.

Robin Williams' death really hit me.  And that's ok.

Alright, let's hope the weekend is better than the week was. Have fun and be kind!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Four on Thursday

1 //  As if you don't already know, I can't get enough white.  This top is unlike anything else I've seen.  It's structured, slightly formal, and very chic.  

2 //  Lightweight scarves aren't something I normally reach for, but I love the look of this navy and white striped one (shocking, I know).  This makes a good transition piece.

3 //  Plain tanks are my go-to.  Rather than going for a ribbed tank, which can be a bit too casual, this luxe top from Banana Republic is a nice option.  It comes in all your basic colors and will match any outfit.

4 //  Maxi dresses are great transition pieces.  And I never met a stripe I didn't like.  The wrap top is flattering and the side slit shows just enough skin to be a little fun.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tony and Whit Get Hitched

Here's a look at the wedding where I wore yesterday's baller outfit.  In case you didn't believe how fun it was, let me direct you to the dance floor photos.

The first four photos are mine and the rest are Birds of a Feather Photography, who were amazing.  The wedding was on a Saturday and I think W had the fully edited photos by Tuesday.  

I can't say enough about this couple and how much happiness and love there was during the whole shindig.  Down to the smallest detail, everything was wonderful and perfectly represented the two of them.  And believe me, whittling down all the photos to a select few was not easy.  That's just what happens when all of your friends are really, really, ridiculously good-looking.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Emeralds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Dress: DvF via TJ Maxx; Clutch: J. Crew Factory; Shoes: Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx (similar); Earrings: Amrita Singh via TJ Maxx (in red here); Shades: Ray Ban

I hate to brag, but I was super pumped with how this outfit came together.  I wore it to that super fun wedding a few weeks ago and was cool, comfortable, and all over the dance floor.  Also, I didn't realize until I was putting this post together that the majority of the items came from TJ Maxx.  I clearly spend a significant amount of time there.

This past weekend was a doozy.  A quiet Friday night in turned into dinner at a friend's, which turned into lots of wine, some games, and a very late night.  Saturday was a recovery morning, followed by a little pool party action.  We grabbed dinner with a friend (spinach burrito, I love you) and then hit up a house party.  Jumbo Slice may have been had very late in the evening.

Sunday was a slow, lazy morning with smoothies and almond croissants.  I somehow managed to bike about 6 miles, back and forth from Foggy Bottom to go see About Alex, which was written and directed by one of my former soccer teammates.  Sunday night was low-key, as it always should be.  

I've got a short week to look forward to and am heading home this weekend for a bachelorette party.  The fun never ends around here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Happy weekend!  This is the last summer DC weekend that DT and I will have together this year.  Pool party, perhaps?  My other plans include yoga, potentially some baking, and more closet cleaning.  I'm hopping on the minimalism bandwagon (yes, I've been saying that for years) and really trying to only keep what I love.  This becomes difficult with shoes that I never wear because I can't walk in them, but are so beautiful that I just like to look at them.  Please tell me I'm not the only one with this problem.

It must be difficult being the voice of reason on a reality show.  Carole Radziwill, you are a gem.

If you live in DC and enjoy both eating and saving money, check out Washingtonian's 2014 Cheap Eats.

Can you fat-shame a man?  TMZ is doing their darndest.

Yet another reason to love the Spurs.

A great chat with Carrie Brownstein.

I have all of these problems when I read in public.

I have a morbid fascination with Charles Manson and the Sharon Tate murder.  One of the Manson Family members speaks out from prison.

After Ellen is a fabulous website that looks at how LBGT people are portrayed in the media.  It's wonderful.  They do hilarious recaps, great interviews, and share amazing stories.  This Pretty Little Liars recap perfectly hit on one of my major problems with the show.

I may not have kids, but I certainly have a lot of opinions on how kids should be raised.  This is one topic that I don't think gets talked about often enough.

It's the Year of the Pratt.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Four on Thursday

1 //  It's that weird time of year where stores are cramming pre-fall sweaters and boots down our throats, but it's 90 degrees outside and all I want to wear is a bathing suit.  Or, if bathing suits aren't location appropriate (the workplace and such), a little white dress. This BR dress is twill cotton (aka cool), adorable, and exactly what I want to end my summer wearing.

2 //  When fall does eventually come, I hope to be wearing this skirt.  It's a big pattern, but toned down by the neutral colors.  It would match everything and be perfect for the office.

3 //  I'll never give up my stripes, no matter what the season, but this cranberry/maroon color is a perfect way to keep that nautical summery thing going into the cooler weather.  

4 //  And another white dress, because why not?  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Currently Reading

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling - If you're looking for a beach read, this is it.  Mindy Kaling (not her real name!) writes exactly like she talks, so you can basically just hear her reading the entire book to you.  It's sort of a memoir, mostly funny anecdotes.  I liked Tina Fey's Bossypants slightly more, but that's because I like Tina Fey slightly more.  Mindy is funny and if you want a quick, funny, happy book, this is it.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - There's something magical (no pun intended) about Neil Gaiman.  His books are often about supernatural or fantastic creatures, but there is an innocence to them as well.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane made me feel like a child reading a fairy tale for the first time.  That's probably the highest compliment I can give.  The story is sweet and scary and it's about heroes and villains, good vs. evil.  I was filled with a childlike sense of wonder as I read it.  In short, I loved it.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - JK Rowling can do no wrong.  There was a lot of chatter post-Harry Potter about whether or not she could be successful outside the world of Hogwarts, but between The Casual Vacancy and this, her first Robert Galbraith novel, I think it's safe to say she's killing it.  The story follows a down-on-his-luck detective investigating the apparent suicide of a supermodel.  He is hired by the supermodel's adoptive brother who believes that the suicide was actually a homicide.  The novel is like all of Rowling's work: smart, funny, observant, with an ending that wraps everything up, but not too neatly.  Her second novel in this series (allegedly seven books - sound familiar?) just came out and I'm dying to pick it up.

Under the Skin by Michael Faber - This book had me hooked from the get-go.  Isserley spends her days driving around Scotland looking for hitchhikers.  They must be male and they must be built, tall, muscular, strong.  What exactly does she want from them?  The first chapters show her on one such drive, experiencing the thrill of spotting a good one, the excitement of having him hop in the car, her quickness of breath as she realizes that he is perfect.  Is this a sexual encounter or is it something more sinister?  Unfortunately, once I read far enough to discover what the reasons were, the story became much less interesting for me.  While it covers a fascinating topic and expands on it in a way I've never read before, the rest of the novel didn't hold up to those first few exhilarating chapters.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Dress: via clothing swap (similar); Tote: Old Navy; Sandals: Sam Edelman; Shades: Ray Ban

Here are a few photos from our weekend jaunt to Charlottesville last month.  We did some winery-hopping and tasted just about every wine in Virginia.  Barboursville is still my favorite.  We were able to do the tasting there (Reserve Chardonnay for the win) and then wander over to the Barboursville Ruins.  And of course, snag a bottle or six to take home.  Not a bad little Saturday.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Adventure Farm, drinking a bottle and eating a picnic outside.  The space is absolutely gorgeous, with a big pond, rolling hills, and cattle grazing nearby.  Luckily, they sell beef, so we were able to get some steaks that we grilled for dinner that night.  Best steak I've ever eaten, hands down.  I still dream about it.

My other favorite Charlottesville things to eat are bagels at Bodo's, tapas at Mas, and late-night pizza at Christian's.  Basically, go to Charlottesville, drink wine, and eat all of the food.  I'm getting really good at that.

Monday, August 4, 2014

That Golden Glow

Dress: Vince Camuto via Nordstrom; Sandals: Jack Rogers; Necklace: Rosie and Rockers (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

Summer weekends go by way too fast.  I did a lot and also did a lot of nothing, which was the perfect combination.  

Friday night, DT and I stayed in and watched a movie.  Exciting stuff.  The next day I went to a yoga class, did some quick grocery shopping, watched some soccer, ate District Taco, and spent the night at a friend's going away party.  Sunday started off with brunch at Queen Vic with friends before they head off on their honeymoon.  Then I may or may not have taken a four hour nap.  There was more grocery shopping and a really delicious Sunday dinner.

In other random news, I'm canceling our cable today.  This is a big step.  We've still got Netflix and Hulu and all that good stuff, but I'm hoping that this will help me not waste mindless hours.  So, someone will need to fill me in on the rest of the RHONY reunion.