Thursday, July 29, 2010

I only came here to watch you watch me leave.

I only came here to watch you watch me leave.

I only came here to watch you watch me leave.

I only came here to watch you watch me leave.

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.

I only came here to watch you watch me leave.

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 locket
Seven jeans
vintage Louis Vuitton purse
Ralph Lauren scarf
Hermes bangles
Zara flats

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

cocktails and dreams

cocktails and dreams

cocktails and dreams

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.

cocktails and dreams

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.

Gap top
Topshop leather shorts
KMRii bag
Givenchy boots

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

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

the streets are swimming with the sharks

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!

Topshop jacket/cape
H&M dress
vintage locket
Topshop bangles
KMRii bag

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

learn how to hang

learn how to hang

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.

learn how to hang

Seriously, I had no idea they made costume jewelry this delicate.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Styling Tools for Travel

 
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

hot hot heat

hot hot heat

hot hot heat

hot hot heat

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
H&M sunglasses
KMRii bag
80%20 wedges

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

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.

Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Nabbed these bangles during the Topshop sale. I'm always surprised by what great jewelry they have.

Topshop top
Topshop bangles
vintage bangles
J. Crew belt
vintage skirt
Nicole sandals
bag from a random boutique

Thursday, July 8, 2010

rock 'n' roll high school

rock 'n' roll high school

rock 'n' roll high school

rock 'n' roll high school

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.

rock 'n' roll high school

rock 'n' roll high school

Love the back of this top.

rock 'n' roll high school

This wolf pendant is from a gallery in Beaver Creek, Colorado. My mom gave it to me for Christmas ages ago.

rock 'n' roll high school

A couple readers asked for a close-up of these shoes I got via Chictopia Rewards.

Lilka top
vintage belt
Abercrombie and Fitch jean shorts
80%20 shoes
KMRii purse
H&M shades
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

fire it up

fire it up

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.

fire it up

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?

fire it up

fire it up

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
Ray-Ban wayfarers
Hermes bangles
Chanel purse
Theory sandals

Sunday, July 4, 2010

banana puddin'

banana puddin'

banana puddin'

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!

banana puddin'

banana puddin'

banana puddin'

Missoni cardigan 
vintage tank
H&M skirt
Urban Outfitters belt
Bally bag
Hermes bangles
necklace from a boutique in Hoboken
Miu Miu heels