Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Things I learned while putting this post together:

-Half to three-quarters of my wardrobe is navy & white.

-I still own and wear almost everything I had 3 years ago.

-DT's blogtographer skills have improved exponentially.

Happy 4th of July!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Playlist - July 2015

It's July, I'm on vacation, and we need some tunes.  There's some oldies, some new stuff, but they're all goodies.

Mostly, I want to have a bikini dance party to this playlist, which very well may happen during this holiday weekend.

In the words of Madonna, get into the groove.

Friday, June 26, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Happy Friday from New England!

Lake Champlain, August 2013

Just discovered this homegoods site and now I want everything.

This striped maxi is gorgeous. And perfect for the 4th!

In DC? Try these places for slushy boozy goodness.

Noelani set up this awesome Greek backyard dinner.  Need to recreate, if only I had a backyard!

I never knew I needed stemless pineapple wine glasses.

Long read of the week:  Part 1 - A love that's too good to be true.  And Part 2 - People don't change.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

I've been a shopping fiend lately.  So many sales.  I'm getting good stuff, but my wallet is depressed.  You'll see what I mean when I do my Recent Purchases post soon.  In the meantime, here's some other stuff I've got my eye on!

Clockwise from Top Left:
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

Asos Hampton Heeled Sandals, $76 - These aren't "me" at all, but I still sort of love them.  The bright pink color is so fun and summery.  If you paired these with a white dress (or black for that matter) it would look amazing.  

Halston Heritage Sleeveless Jersey Midi Dress, on sale $195 - Is this way more expensive than what I would usually spend on a dress?  Yes.  Do I love it anyway?  Double yes.  From the midi length to the gorgeous back, I cannot stop looking at this.  Please go on sale even more!

LL Bean Sea Stripe Tote Bag, on sale $29.99 - I've got beach bags on the brain since I'm headed home to New England tonight for 11 days of fun in the sun (hopefully!).  I'm into this nylon tote from LL Bean.  It's simple, but high quality and really everything you need for a beach day.  It also comes in orange.

Splendid Stripe Tank Dress, on sale $70.80 - I may have many striped dresses, but I don't have any in pink, so this one makes the cut.  Splendid always uses the softest fabric and I like the slightly longer length here too.

Old Navy Cross Strap Slides, on sale $20 - Slide sandals are huge this summer, but why splurge when Old Navy makes a perfect pair for so little cash?  These are minimalist in the best way.  

Soludos Striped Cotton-Canvas Tote, on sale $38.50 - More beach totes!  This time, a cotton-canvas version, which is my usual go-to.  Again, I like the stripes.  I only know Soludos from their shoes, but this bag looks like a winner to me.

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-tone Tassel Earrings, on sale $27 - How pretty are these tassel earrings?  I'd wear these to a wedding, to brunch, to the gym, whatever.  And the price is pretty good too for designer jewelry!

In other news, I'm off on vacation tonight, so while there will be new posts going up, I won't actually be spending time in front of a computer.  Hooray!  

Follow me on Instagram for how I'm spending my time at home!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Currently Reading

1 // 2 // 3

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins is a sort of companion novel to Life After Life.  It follows the life of Ursula's brother, Teddy, both during and after his stint as an RAF bomber during World War II.  It's a compelling novel, taking Teddy's poet heart and dropping it in the middle of one of the most destructive wars we've ever seen.  His life after the war is somewhat quiet, but those experiences never leave him.  They bleed into his relationship with his wife, his daughter, and his grandchildren.  Teddy is a wonderful character and spending time with him is very worthwhile.

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon - Miles has spent almost his entire adult life searching for his missing twin brother.  Lucy has run away with her history teacher.  Ryan has found out that his uncle is really his father.  These three lives are all connected by the same thread, although they don't know it.  Part thriller, part identity origin story, this novel takes awhile to get a feel for, but it eventually comes together in a beautiful way.  What constitutes an identity?  How fluid can our identities be?  Await Your Reply explores these questions while giving you a hell of a story to read as well.

Perfidia by James Ellroy - This is my first James Ellroy.  It's Book #1 in his 2nd LA Quartet (the first quarter including The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential).  The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor and Los Angeles is reeling.  The novel follows the stories of the Los Angeles police department, including drunk Captain William H. Parker, Japanese forensic scientist Hideo Ashida, and Irish assassin turned copper Dudley Smith.  Kay Lake, local ingenue, also becomes embroiled in the dark world of policing.  The novel is highly stylized and has taken me a long time to work through, but it is brilliant in its depiction of December 1941.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shopbop Sale on Sale

Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off sale items with code 25MORE.  There are serious deals to be had.  Shop quickly because sizes are few and far between and things are going fast!

Here are some of my picks:

Shopbop Sale on Sale

Clockwise from Top Left:

Theory Tank, $133 - The perfect navy basic from one of my favorite brands.

Bop Basics Clutch, $47.40 - A raffia clutch is a great summer accessory.

Alexander Wang Drape Dress, $297 - Such a great color and a sporty cut.

Reverse Romper, $58.80 - For when you don't want to wear anything at all.

Joie A La Plage Slides, $129.50 - Easy, chic slides.

Rebecca Taylor Dress, $247.50 - We all need a LWD.

A.L.C. Fay Dress, $146.40 - This checks all my boxes:  blue & white, stripes, named after me.

Rebecca Minkoff Bucket Bag, $192.50 - Adorable and easy to carry. *Update: SOLD OUT*

Susana Monaco Maxi, $172.80 - You could wear this to any event and be perfectly dressed.

Yosi Samra Flats, $96.60 -  Rose gold is my favorite type of gold.

Joie Dress, $124.60 - Another striped dress because you can never have too many.

Tory Burch Coverup, $147.50 - A fun, embroidered cover-up for those beach days that turn into beach nights.

All prices listed are pre-extra 25% off!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Whites

Tank: Banana Republic (similar); Skirt: LOFT (sold out, similar in cranberry here); Sandals: Chocolat Blu (old, similar here); Belt: Forever 21 (identical); Tote: Old Navy (current version); Necklace: Eastern Market (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

This weekend was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

DT's best friend from home was in town and staying with us, so we had to show him a good time.  Friday night we grilled dinner at home, had some beers, and then headed out to meet a couple friends at Bar Pilar.  If you find yourself there, order the "Charles Is Not In Charge".  Mezcal, aperol, and peach soda make for the most refreshing cocktail I've had in a long time.

After a drink, we headed to U Street Music Hall to see Miami Horror, who put on a great show.  It was fun and dancey and everyone had a good time.  After dancing for a couple hours, more food was in order, so we made a late-night stop at Taylor for sandwiches and risotto balls.

Saturday morning was lazy, but we eventually made our way over to the pool for more hang time with friends and more drinks, all before heading over to Red Rocks for another friend's 30th birthday party.  There were cupcakes and happy hour prices, so I was happy.  And then the rainstorm rolled in and we had an incredible view of all the lightning.  It was epic.  

That eventually turned into a dance party, as it is wont to do with us.  We had to duck out and run across the street to meet up with DT's friends from his study abroad program, one of whom was in town from Cairo.  More drinks, more food.  Rinse and repeat.

Sunday morning was equally as lazy as Saturday, but we got our acts together to make it to Cafe Berlin's Sunday pig roast, which was just as delicious as it sounds.  Suckling pig, German potato salad, red cabbage, dumplings, a liter of beer, all topped off with apple strudel.  

As you've probably guessed, I'm quite a bit heavier and my wallet is quite a bit lighter after this weekend.  But all of the calories and the dollars were well worth it.

And now, a 4-day week before heading north for a trip home through the 4th of July!

Friday, June 19, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Big weekend coming up.  DT has his high school best friend in town and staying with us.  He also has a friend he studied in Austria with who is visiting DC from Cairo, so we'll get together with her too.

We're headed to the Miami Horror show at UHall tonight, which should be a dance-filled, sweaty good time.  We're also celebrating a friend's 30th birthday tomorrow on H Street.  And I'm sure the rest of our time will be filled up with other fun stuff.  

I already need a nap to recover.

Westport, Summer 2008

More and more women are choosing not to have children.  Does that make them selfish?  Hint: no.

I often have meatless days by choice, but soon we all may be forced to forgo the meat.

In soccer related things, here's everything you need to know about every World Cup Team. PS.  The US made the knock-out stage and play on Monday night.  Watch!  Also, an amazing read about the most iconic soccer photo ever taken and how it almost didn't happen.  I remember watching that game and being so excited, so in awe of those women.  And that ending was just spectacular.

The Bro is dead.

How the cultural icon Lolita killed the literary Lolita.

The president of NARAL is pregnant and pro-lifers don't get it.   Best line?  "What don't you get about choice meaning choice?"

The formula for the perfect salad, every time.

Wednesday night's shooting in Charleston was horrendous, as every mass shooting is.  Rather than focusing on my anger towards the situation, let's focus on the victims and remembering them.

LL Bean is having an up to 60% off sale.  And Zara is having one of their semi-annual sales as well.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

Column 1: 1 // 2
Column 2: 1 // 2 // 3
Column 3: 1 // 2

Betsey Johnson Popover Jersey Maxi Dress, on sale $58.80 - A dress that checks all my boxes:  blue & white, striped, maxi, easy to wear.  And on sale.  This thing is a unicorn as far as I'm concerned.

LL Bean Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater, Washed, on sale $79.99 - Is there anything better than pulling on a summer sweater on the beach to watch the sunset?  If you've found anything, let me know.  The faded wash of this blue sweater is great and would pair perfectly with denim.  

Forever 21 Elephant Print Weekend Bag, $19.90 - Yes, I just bought a weekender, but how could I turn down these elephants?  I can't comment on the quality, but for less than $20, I think this bag is a steal.

Saks Fifth Avenue RED Drawstring Shorts, on sale $17.49 - These look like the most comfortable shorts ever.  A cotton blend with a drawstring, these would work over a bathing suit or for a casual night out.  

Gap Stripe Straw Tote, $44.95 plus 40% off w/ code SAVE - Beach bags are so fun!  I like the look of a casual straw tote that you can just dump out at the end of the day.  The stripes don't hurt either.  I'd wait for a sale (plus a coupon code) on this one.  It also comes in white.  

Equipment Shane Stripe Sweater, on sale $99.20 - Yes, it's expensive (even though it's on sale), but I love the look of this sweater.  The stripe pattern is just different enough.  And the alternating neckline is a cute touch.

VIX Swimwear Moorish Giovanna Caftan, on sale $83 - Caftans for everyone!  They're my new favorite.  The more shapeless (less shaped?), the better.  The giant ikat print on this is fun, as is the leopard detailing.  It's a perfect poolside cover-up.