Friday, May 22, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

The City of Los Angeles is raising their minimum wage to $15/hr by 2020.  But where can you live on that wage?

In this week's bullshit, Cannes has been turning away women from the red carpet for not wearing heels.

Last week's episode of Game of Thrones really upset me.  Here are a couple articles on why it was a problematic episode.

These are the people who run the Capitol at night.

If you're in DC for the long weekend, here's your ultimate Memorial Day Weekend guide.

Asos is having a 20% off sale with code LONGWKND.

And as I'm sure you know, because everyone and their mother has made a Sale Guide, it's Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale, too.

DC blogger?  Tickets for this summer's Blogger Scene party are on sale here!

After this winter, I didn't know if summer would ever arrive.  But it has! Enjoy the official unofficial start to summer with the long weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

Clockwise from Left

9seed Tulum Coverup Dress, on sale $89.60 (Persimmon) - Is it weird that I want flowy dresses that barely touch my skin?  DC's humidity just makes you want to be naked all the time and as that's not socially acceptable in most situations, I want as little fabric touching me as possible.  Enter, this dress.  I'm smitten with the persimmon color, but it also comes in a bright mint and gorgeous orchid shade.

ASTR Embroidered Crossback Tank, on sale $32.40 - This comes in white,, which is the color I'd go with.  It looks light, breezy, and fun.  Sort of the perfect summer top,

Gap Sleeveless Flared Mini Dress, on sale $38.99 - After Tuesday's post, I'm rethinking the fit and flare.  I don't know why I don't seek it out more often.  This Gap style looks super comfy and easy to wear.

Warehouse Striped Tank, $29 - This also could be the perfect summer top.  Stripes are my favorite, as you well know by now.  White and navy make up the bulk of my warm weather wardrobe and this would slide in easily.

Elizabeth & James Talisa Cutout Jersey Mini Dress via The Outnet, on sale $155.25 - How cool is this dress?  Both literally and figuratively.  I love the flared skirt and the cutout back especially.  The color is pretty, too.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recent Purchases

Recent Purchases

1 // 2 // 3

[1] LL Bean Signature Knit Maxi Dress -  Well, considering you already saw me wearing it this week, it's safe to assume that this one is a winner.  My maxi dress hunt took me lots of different places, but I should have started at my old standby.  LL Bean continues to make the best quality pieces, and their Signature Line is more modern and stylish than you might expect.  This dress is incredibly comfortable.  The material is so soft and has some stretch to it.  Also, I wore it to Mount Vernon's Wine Festival and at the very first booth, the server managed to get red wine on me, right on a white stripe.  I doused the stain in white wine (glad it was so handy!) and one trip to the washing machine later, the stain was gone, so this dress has serious staying power, too.  Result: Kept

[2] Lo & Sons Catalina Tote - Back in my first Needful Things post, I discussed how I was in need of a weekend bag for all my summer travel.  When I saw that the Lo & Sons Catalina Tote was 20% off, I scooped it up, hoping the the best.  First, the good: it was huge.  Like, enormous.  It definitely would have fit everything I needed, including shoes, for probably a week-long trip.  And the extra bottom compartment was a great touch.  But, the bad: It's canvas, and not the sturdy LL Bean canvas I'm used to.  Even when it arrived, it already had a few spots where the canvas was pulling.  Also, the dove gray color I ordered, while beautiful, would just absorb all of the dirt around it.  It would've been filthy within a week.  So while I'm not turned off by Lo & Sons, I did have to send this bag back.  Result: Returned

[3] Cole Haan Cassidy Booties - I've been lusting after Rag & Bone's Newbury booties for a long time now, a couple of years.  But upwards of $500 for a pair of boots is just not a commitment I was ready to make (they're actually on sale for $265 right now, but my point remains).  When I saw these Cole Haan booties, on sale, I snagged them.  Nordstrom has the best return policy, so I knew if they didn't work, it would be easy to send them back.  They came and I wore them around my office all day.  They were comfortable.  Really comfortable.  The color was a little more orange than I expected, but it's grown on me.  They're not my dream booties, but they are pretty damn close.  And for real nubuck leather, comfort, and style, they're the best deal I've found.  And accordingly, they're now sold out.  Result: Kept. (Sold out, but similar here.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fit & Flare Farm

Dress; Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx (similar); Sandals: Sam Edelman; Bag: Old Navy (current version); Shades: Ray Ban

Here I am, straight chillin' with some cattle.  

Let's call this outfit "farm chic".

Monday, May 18, 2015

Down Home Stripes

Dress: LL Bean Signature; Bag: Danielle Nicole (old, love this one); Sandals: Forever 21 (similar); Necklace: Sophie Harper via Rocksbox; Shades: Ray Ban

I need a weekend after this weekend.

We started off by going to Mt. Vernon's Wine Festival on Friday night, which is always one of my favorite events.  Bright and early the next morning, we were playing soccer.  It was less than ideal.  Afterwards, we headed down to Charlottesville for a friend's surprise graduation party.  

It was a packed weekend and I need some serious sleep to recover from it all.

Mondays are for naps.  Now to convince my office of that...

Friday, May 15, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

I'm wearing this same blazer today, so it was time to share how I rocked it almost two years ago.

If you're in DC next Thursday with nothing to do, look no further than Margarita Wars.

Also in DC, Sunday Funday drinking spots.  I'm partial to Vinoteca, myself.

Anyone else think this is a disgusting display of wealth and privilege?

Quiz time!  Which feminist icon are YOU?

This striped and tasseled maxi dress is gorgeous!

Center Stage is the greatest dance movie ever made and this list agrees with me.

Speaking of movies from my childhood, please don't remake The Craft.  It's already perfect.

19-year-old-girl takes down Jeb Bush.

Charlottesville is the happiest place on Earth.

I spent way too much time playing around with this name/age calculator.  It was eerily correct, except for my mom's name, which threw it for a loop.  Congrats, mom!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

Four on Thursday is now The Weekly Wishlist.  Sometimes I was limited by only four items, sometimes it was a stretch to find four things I really liked that week.  Now, no more rules to follow!  Just things from around the wide world of online shopping that have caught my eye.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 //

Forever 21 Leaf Print Palazzo Pants, $27.90 - I have this image of myself at the pool this summer, wearing a great bikini and palazzo pants, peering over my giant sunglasses as I sip my frozen drink.  Too much to ask?  Whatever.  I'm very into palazzo pants for unknown reasons, but like the idea of getting an inexpensive pair to try out the trend.  This pair is navy and white, so it already matches 90% of my summer wardrobe.

Banana Republic Boyfriend Shirt, on sale $55 plus 40% off w/ code BRFIND40 - In other beach things, while I'm a fan of all my brightly colored and patterned cover-ups, an oversized white button-up is just it.  It's classic and simple and perfectly sexy.  And on sale!

DvF Zoe Printed Stretch-Jersey Dress, on sale $184 - My DvF dress is my favorite thing in my closet.  I need more, but never for full price.  While I keep an eye out at my local TJ Maxx and Marshalls, The Outnet also has discounted pieces, like this brightly printed tie-knot dress.  The colors are fun and the shape is great.  Work or weekend, this dress would be a stunner.

Cole Haan Benson Leather Satchel, on sale $161 - This should probably turn into another Needful Things, but I've been looking for a structured tan bag for way too long.  It would mostly be for work, so I want something structured and professional, but with some fun details.  This Cole Haan satchel caught my eye, with it's great shade of sandstone and the fun braided handle.  It's a contender.

ASTR Racerback Print Maxi Dress, $78 - Wedding season is upon us and you're probably looking for dress ideas.  This maxi looks so pretty.  Without seeing it in person, I can't speak to the material, but it looks like it would be good for almost any type of outdoor wedding, from the beach to a garden.  The racerback is a nice touch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

White on White on White

Jacket: Zara (similar or here); Dress: White House Black Market (old; similar here or here); Tote: Old Navy (current version); Pumps: Christian Siriano for Payless; Necklace: Sophie Harper via Rocksbox; Shades: Rayban

I've been slacking on the blog front lately.  I know it.  

But I've been getting newly inspired recently and hope to get back into the swing of things.

Consider this a clean slate of sorts.  A blank canvas.  

And what better way to showcase that than an all white look?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Needful Things: The Weekender

In Need: Weekender
Row 1: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Row 2: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Row 3: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Row 4: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

I'm starting a new series over here.  With trying to both whittle down my wardrobe and have everything I need to complete it, I've found some holes in my closet that need to be filled.  Needful things (10 points if you get the reference!).  

Since it's basically summer and I'm traveling constantly, I need a good weekender.  For those weekend trips where I don't want to drag my whole suitcase (which needs to be fixed, must get on that), this is the perfect solution.

Of course, finding a bag that is a) large enough, b) sturdy, c) classic, and d) reasonably priced is proving more difficult than I hoped.  I always pack too many shoes, so I need something that can hold multiple pairs.  This thing is going with me all over the place, so it needs to be able to stand up to a beating.  Nothing too trendy, that's not me or my style.  And finding all that while additionally keeping my wallet happy is a challenge.  

LL Bean Signature makes a great bag (Row 1, #3), but it's a bit more expensive than I'd like ($179).  My front-runners right now are the Le Sport Sac bags (Row 3, 1-4).  Nylon seems like a good choice in terms of durability and I like how basic they are.  I particularly like that they have both handles and a cross-body strap.  

And only because they were having a sale last week, I bought the Lo & Sons Catalina Tote (Row 4, #5) in Dove Gray.  My fear is that it's too small for what I need, but I'm excited to check out its quality.  

If you have any suggestions for weekend bags, duffels, anything you think I might like, drop me a note!  And here's to summer travels!

Friday, May 8, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Bernie Sanders announced that he is entering the Presidential race.  Vermont!

Shit People Say to Women Directors.

If you live in DC (or plan on visiting soon), here's the 2015 Outdoor Drinking Guide.

Floyd Mayweather is a Coward.

The voices of the current civil rights movement.

The empathy cards one cancer patient wished she had received.

Chris Hayes shows how language matters.

Peaks and Valleys: The Career of Blake Lively.

A shocking article.