Friday, October 2, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Finally, after 3 weeks of travel, I've got a weekend here in DC.  And it's going to hurricane!

I'm taking that as a good thing because it means I can hole up in my apartment, finally do my closet switchover, and catch up on some serious Netflix.  Yay for being lazy!

Pinehurst, NC, Fall 2013

If you haven't already ordered your Duck boots, you're probably out of luck.  Here's why.  (Hint: super high quality.)

Senator Warren, kicking ass and taking names.

A friend and I were lamenting this week about all the weddings we've already been invited to in 2016 (I think I'm up to 6 at this point).  Weddings are the best, but the cost and travel and time all adds up.  This 29-year-old gets it.

Just because, here are a million pictures of Tim Riggins.

This story is heart-breaking.  After her rape, a girl was encouraged by the police to report the crime, only to then be charged with filing a false report.  And that's hardly the worst of it.

The incredible story of a Boston doctor who treats homeless patients and the unusual problems that they face.

Planned Parenthood was all over the news this week.  This is my favorite article. #StandWithPP

This article on the true meaning of "gender neutral" struck me.  Why do we behave as if "feminine" things are weak or inferior.

San Francisco just voted to hopefully fund a memorial to the comfort women of WWII.  Unfortunately, Japan has some revisionist history regarding that issue and many others.

Finally, there are no women hosting late-night shows.  What's up with that?  Here are 37 women on whether they'd like to host or not.  My biggest takeaway is that the ones who do want to host want to do it in a new and unique format.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Playlist - October 2015

October is one of my favorite months.  Fall really kicks into gear, Halloween happens, and it's my birthday!  To celebrate all of those wonderful things, let's get down.

The Weekly Wishlist

This whole hurricane/tropical storm, crazy rains, and 20 degree drop in temperature is not really working for me.  Cue the bottomless cup of tea and all of the blankets.

1 // 2 // 3
4 // 5 // 6

Free People Blanket Poncho via Nordstrom, $198 - On this cold and rainy Thursday, I would love to wrap myself in this blanket poncho.  Any time the word "blanket" is used in the description of a clothing item, it's a pretty good indicator of whether or not I want it.

Athleta Passage Sweater Vest, $118 - Speaking of cozy things, this sweater vest with a tie-waist seems perfect for adding an extra layer or warmth (and style).  Also in oatmeal.

Forever 21 High Slit Longline Jacket, $49.90 - Forever 21 is doing good things with a minimalist vibe.  The slit and the length of this jacket make it a great, chic topper.

River Island Dark Denim Shirt, $51 - I wear my chambray shirt all the time, but a darker version might be a good addition for cooler weather.

Asos Premium Jumpsuit with Structured Lace Bodice, $99 - The holidays are coming up and that means lots of parties.  Rather than pulling on that same red dress, I'm picturing this gorgeous jumpsuit instead.  It's a great shape and the lace cutouts are beautiful.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In Photos - Bridal Shower

Recent Purchases

When Banana Republic has a whole bunch of their new fall collection (and some of their summer stock) on sale, and then offers an extra 60% off, you (I) buy it all.

Recent Purchases
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

[1] Sloan-Fit Vented Pencil Skirt - This skirt is great.  I love the color, the fit is perfect, and the vent is a great touch.  All that said, I just don't need it.  Back it goes.  Result: Returned.

[2] Ninah Pump - Shoes with a higher than 3" heel?  Nope, not for me.  And yet somehow, this pair is incredibly comfortable.  I need to have to toebox stretched a smidge, but these babies are keepers.  The slightly pebbled leather is gorrrgeous!  Result: Kept.

[3] Drapey Pant - I wanted to be the type of cool city girl who wears this type of pants with pumps and a blazer, running around town from meeting to meeting.  Alas, I am not.  Result: Returned.

[4] Drapey Tie-Front Pant - These were actually much cuter than the olive drapey pants (what a difference a belt makes!), but ultimately, I knew these wouldn't get the amount of wear that I wanted from them.  Result: Returned.

[5] Boyfriend Shirt - A boyfriend shirt should be oversized, no?  This shirt was just barely large on me.  Bigger boyfriend!  Result: Returned.

[6] Sloan-Fit Burgundy Pencil Skirt - Again, just like the earlier pencil skirt, everything about this is good.  Great even.  But I don't need need it.  Trying to be more deliberate with wardrobe building is hard, you guys!  Result: Returned.

[7] GapFit Racerback Mesh Panel Tank - This tank was great except that I assumed it would come with some sort of built-in bra and it did not.  Support was needed.  Result: Returned.

[8] Ikat Patio Dress - Best dress ever.  I cannot wait for next spring/summer to pull this out and wear it everywhere.  Seriously, you're going to be so sick of seeing me in it.  Result: Kept.

[9] BR Monogram Ribbed Sweater Tunic - I'm undecided on this one.  As in, I keep putting it on and making different outfit combinations and not being able to decide if they work or not.  But I want them to work.  Result: TBD.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Long Layers

Dress: Stem via Nordstrom; Vest: Halogen (sold out, similar here or here); Sandals: Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx (similar); Tote: Street Level (similar); Earrings: Perry Street via Rocksbox (similar here or here); Shades: Ray Ban

It's fall!  And my outfit finally almost looks like it!

I spent the weekend in Colorado at the most beautiful wedding.  From the landscape to the reception, everything was absolutely stunning.  So much fun and so much exhaustion.

Lots of Colorado pictures coming soon!

Monday, September 28, 2015


Top: Theory via TJ Maxx (similar); Shorts: American Eagle (super old, similar here or here); Sandals: Jack Rogers; Clutch: LL Bean (current version); Earrings: Etsy (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

I promise I'll start posting some fall looks soon, but every time we go out to shoot, it's a casual 90 degrees.  I can't be pulling on leather and faux-fur and chunky knits in that.

We got back from Denver super late last night, so I'm spending most of this Monday in recovery mode.  


Friday, September 25, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

This week we officially said hello to fall and since I'm off to the mountains of Colorado for the weekend, I can be pretty sure I'll be feeling that colder weather!

Ferry Beach, August 2015

Lo & Sons is having a sample sale featuring products for up to 70% off!

My brother made a short film that packs so much story into a short amount of time.  I'm completely biased, but I think it's beautifully done.

Character likability kills movies and saves books.

This video is hilarious even if you don't know people who really talk like this.  Surprise: I do.

Sunday night's full moon should be crazy!  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

What a week!  I sneakily flew home last weekend to surprise my best friend for her 30th birthday. So worth it!  That put me flying back to DC mid-day on Monday, going to work for a few hours, working on Tuesday, going to a birthday dinner on Tuesday night, working from home on Wednesday for #PopeDay, working a 3/4 day today due to commuting issues (Pope Day Round 2), and finally, heading to Denver bright and early tomorrow morning for a wedding.  Ahhh!

I'm sleepy and excited and hungry and anxious and a million other emotions.  Yet my wishlist this week is pretty dark.  I guess that will happen when the first day of fall officially arrives (yesterday).

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

Banana Republic Sloan Fit Faux-Leather Front Skinny Ankle Pant, on sale $70 - Banana is putting out such good stuff lately.  I should know, I'm currently looking at a huge box of my most recent order.  These pants are great, even though I wish they were faux-leather all around rather than just the front.  

W118 by Walter Baker Ollie Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Twill Trench Coat via The Outnet, on sale $114 - This trench isn't exactly waterproof or what I've been looking for, but it's so chic that I can't help but stare at it longingly through my computer screen.  Leather trim!

Asos Sketchy Floral Hitchcock Pencil Dress, on sale $47 -  Dark florals are gorgeous for fall.  If I had had my act together, I would have ordered something like this for the wedding this weekend.

River Island Saddle Bag with Charm via Asos, $55 - The 70s are back and they are bringing saddle bags with them!  I love the look of this style of bag because it's both retro and modern, preppy and casual.  It's the perfect weekend bag.

Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny Coated Mid-Rise Skinny Jean via The Outnet, on sale $99.20 - More dark coated denim, but at this price, for this brand, I had to include them.  

Gap Fringe Bag, on sale $39.96 - Fringe is also a huge trend for fall and while I can't get on board with a lot of it, this bag has the perfect amount.  It comes in four colors, but I'm partial to the navy.

Banana Republic Spotted Cocoon Coat, on sale $180 - I love a good statement coat.  We're approaching the time of year where coats are necessary, so why not have one that's fun and you won't hate pulling on day after day?  From the shape to the pattern to the black & white coloring, this one is at the top of my list. 

Old Navy Mesh Back Tank, on sale $16 plus 35% off w/ code COOL - Workouts are just easier to convince yourself to get to if your clothes are cute.  This mesh-back tank is just that.  

J. Brand Skinny Jeans via Saks Off Fifth, on sale $69.99 -  Yes, more dark skinny jeans, but again, the price (for the brand) is too good to pass up.  I think these may be the same pair that I bought during Nordstrom's anniversary sale, and if so, they are super soft, incredibly comfortable, and so flattering on the body.  Scoop these up!