Thursday, July 29, 2010
It's all porch-blogging from now on! I might be out here when it snows. I might be a little obsessed because I've been porch-deprived for so long, but I doubt the novelty will wear off anytime soon.
This outfit was from a few weeks ago, when I went to dinner with B and the fam at this great place called the Ice House Cafe in Herndon. I'd forgotten how quaint the old part of Herndon is, because I've grown so accustomed to urban sprawl in the surrounding area. It's quite refreshing to visit old Virginia towns that have somehow managed to maintain some of their charm on the main drag. B and I keep meaning to do more weekend trips to historic parts of Virginia. Hopefully we'll make it to Richmond sometime soon... Have any "off the beaten path" suggestions for a weekend road trip?
vintage Joseph Picone blouse
vintage Louis Vuitton purse
Ralph Lauren scarf
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Moving has me absolutely physically and mentally exhausted, but I love our new house and exploring the neighborhood. Not having a functional kitchen for a few days has given us the excuse to check out some local establishments. We hit up Eat Bar on Saturday night, which we’ve been meaning to try for ages, and it might be my new favorite upscale bar. Great cheese selection and B's broccoli fettuccine was light and fresh, with a nice bit of heat. Crisp & Juicy has been a delicious take-out option with all the moving activity. Also had a yummy cinnamon croissant from Pastries by Randolph Sunday morning.
Somehow this has ended up being my going-out uniform of late, even though I can’t help but feel it’s a bit, erm, shall we say “Miley-ish.” Though having forgone some sort of corset deserves a pat on the back.
Topshop leather shorts
PS Sorry I’ve been a little out of touch the past couple weeks – little-to-no internet access. Fios man came today and I’m praying to the Internet gods that it is the land of milk and honey that I have built it up to be in my head. Though, to tell you the truth, it could be two cans and a piece of string and I would be happy just because it's not Comcast.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sorry if I've been a little MIA this week. B and I are in the process of moving, which always blows, but it's our home, so it's a little exciting, too :-). Soon I'll be posting about such thrilling topics as spackling and interesting color shades of grout. Just kidding. I would never torture you all with such things. However, I am going to be trolling the interwebs for home inspiration and creative ideas - so if you see anything cool, send it my way!
Jeffrey Campbell clogs
PS I am so obsessed with this jacket/cape hybrid thing that I busted it out in over 90 degree weather. Whatever.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I found this beautiful necklace tucked in a case amongst a myriad of lovely old things in an antique store when we were in Annapolis. I was almost afraid to ask the price, because I assumed it would be too expensive. Thank God I did - $10. Say what? Oh and everything in that case was 20% off. Uhh, ok.
Seriously, I had no idea they made costume jewelry this delicate.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Currently packing for a friend's wedding on Long Island this weekend, so I thought I might share some of the more unglamorous essentials that I can't live without when I travel:
Safety pins - If you don't have a bag of at least 50 at your disposal at this moment, go out at buy a giant bag right now. Do it! The last thing you want to do when you're running late and suddenly discover the pivotal piece of the only nice outfit you packed is losing a button or a hook-and-eye closure, is struggle with a needle and thread: enter safety pin.
Static Guard - Equally effective on the obvious clingy fabric issue and not-so-obvious hair frizz. I don't usually use a product to control fly-aways, so this is nice to have when traveling to a different climate that might have an adverse effect on my hair (ex: arid places like New Mexico turn my head into a lightning ball).
Shout Wipes - I tend to spill on myself (a lot).
Lint brush - The old-fashioned red-faced ones, not the crappy masking tape rollers. Not only do they last forever and work wonders on the obvious lint removal, they are also the absolute best tool for removing deodorant from clothing (no water required!).
Travel steamer - Wrinkle releaser is all well and good for cotton, but likely to stain more delicate fabrics, and I have yet to get the "shower steam" method to work in a timely or effective manner. The steamer is key for traveling with silks and satins. I have this one and it's served me well (think I originally found it on Overstock). I'm sure there are nicer ones out there, so feel free to share any recommendations :-)
What are your travel essentials?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
One of DailyCandy's evil discount emails prompted me to do a little summer dress shopping at Need Supply. They have such a great affordable selection! How have I not noticed this before? Of course the Givenchy-like print of this dress caught my eye. The open back made a perfect piece to break out on an unbearably hot day the weekend before last.
Need Supply dress
New Mexican turquoise jewelry
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I don't have any fun beach vacations planned for this summer, which is perhaps why I've been digging on the beachy/Hawaiian look lately. Totally jealous of any of you who are going someplace tropical soon.
Nabbed these bangles during the Topshop sale. I'm always surprised by what great jewelry they have.
J. Crew belt
bag from a random boutique
Thursday, July 8, 2010
For whatever reason, I've had crappy luck with shopping lately. I'm in the market for a new "everyday" purse, but nothing wows me at the moment and, even with all the sales going on right now, no article of clothing has been worth the effort of trying on. Aren't I a Debbie Downer? I did, however, happen to discover this perfect summer top amongst the masses of discounted things at Anthropologie (sometimes, I feel like digging through their sale stuff is not at all dissimilar to thrifting - have to have the energy for it). Anyway, I could stand to add a few realistic staples like this top to my closet full of terribly unrealistic things.
Love the back of this top.
This wolf pendant is from a gallery in Beaver Creek, Colorado. My mom gave it to me for Christmas ages ago.
A couple readers asked for a close-up of these shoes I got via Chictopia Rewards.
Abercrombie and Fitch jean shorts
wolf necklace from a gallery in Colorado
PS Major thanks to the Fashion Cloud for featuring my look in the white jeans trend post!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This was my July 4th outfit. Since it was hot as Hades, I wore the most ventilated, yet still adult party-appropriate dress I own. I've worn it for about a zillion weddings.
Usually, you couldn't pay me enough money to brave the crowds on the Mall to see the fireworks, but B and I were lucky enough to be invited to a party with the most incredible view, so who am I to say no?
No room for the big camera, so we brought along the little Powershot. I was actually quite impressed with the nighttime photos.
M Missoni dress
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Happy 4th of July! What do you all have going on this weekend? Other than the recent inauguration, July 4th is pretty much the holiday that's actually exciting to spend in DC, so I usually stick around here. Although, the only cool thing I have planned this weekend is a party at the Willard, which has a totally sick view of the fireworks on the Mall. Other than that, I plan to spend as much time as humanly possible outdoors, freeloading off anyone who has a pool/roof deck/small patch of grass. Yesterday, some friends and I gathered a relatively abandoned dog park for cocktails and bocce ball. So far, my weekend plan is working marvelously. Hope you all are having a great weekend, too!
Urban Outfitters belt
necklace from a boutique in Hoboken
Miu Miu heels