"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Go bold or go home

Hiya pals! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend. I, on the other hand, did everything I could just to avoid melting. Aka I basically just wasted time. Marathon of The Office, lots of puppy cuddling, not moving from the couch. In case you are also in need of some genius heatwave-beating ideas, I would give a resounding recommendation to all of the aforementioned suggestions. I only really moved all weekend to head home for what was supposed to be a family dinner and turned into a 48 hour stay. Sometimes you just don't want to leave home. Although, I have to say that it is so weird going home now, sleeping in the guest room and not staying in the bedroom that I lived in for 20 years. But, we all have to grow up eventually right? C'est la vie. 
smithsonian museum
One of my favorite buildings in DC: Smithsonian Museum
orange and purple color scheme
Tank: Madewell, Skirt: Banana Republic, Sandals: Nine West via DSW, Belt: LOFT, Earrings: Forever 21, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring:Charlotte Russe, Ring: Gifted
outfit photo
Orange has never been a favorite color of mine. And never in a million, million years did I think I would not only wear an orange tanktop, but that I would pair it with a purple skirt. But after trying on just about everything in my closet and throwing it on the floor in frustration, I tried this on just for giggles and ended up very happy. Go figure. 
bold colors
How can you recreate this unique, original hairdo with hair going every which way you ask? Oh it really is quite simple. One: Attempt to put your hair in a high bun, semi-fail but leave it alone out of a lack of caring. Two: Venture outside for a day of museum exploring and find out that it will immediately start raining. Three: Get caught in the rain, leaving your hair in a frizzy-ed state.
skirt and tanktop
These plain jane flip flops have gotten more action this summer than they (or I) ever expected, due to a mysterious disappearance of all summer footwear during my move. It is either these, or turquoise sandals when the day calls for flats. And I wasn't sure this outfit could handle anymore color. 
outfit of the day photo
Those earrings also have not left my lobes for the majority of the summer except during showers, runs or sleepy time. 
bold colors
So roommate and I joined a kickball league just to give us a fun summer activity each week, and an easy way to meet others in DC. It starts tomorrow and we play on the national mall. Neither of us seems concerned that we haven't played the game since about elementary school. Should be entertaining to say the least. I'll report back tomorrow. :)


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm baaaaack

Bonjour blogilicious babes! This post is coming at you from the comfort of my own bed. Yes sir-re, I am home indeedy. Coming home from vacation is always bittersweet. You never want to leave the people you were visiting (especially when you have awesome family), but you are looking forward to all the things you left behind (especially when you have an awesome roommate and pup)! So we will suffice it to say that I miss my diva girl and batman, but I was very happy to see roommate and Eli's face at the airport :) Oh and for all you florida babes, I have major respect for you. How you find the energy to dress up and look cute in that darn heat every day is beyond me. I don't have a single picture to share of me from my trip, which is a good thing because I looked like  sweaty mess all week. I didn't even blow-dry my hair. And I wore the same three outfits over and over. So lazy!

Ok, I know EXACTLY what you are thinking when you see these photos: we've seen this outfit before! Ah, young grasshopper(s), look carefully and you shall see many subtle differences that allow me to not feel shame in posting this as a new look, not a repeat. Notice the glowing white legs which have replaced the tights necessary for braving the colder weather, and of course how could you miss the fact that I am sporting purple wedges instead of purple flats? I know, big changes here people. Let's not forget that where there were previously two twists, now there is only one LC-like braid. And do I even need to mention the myriad of jewelry changes? I think not. So there you have it folks. The remixing genius of moi. No need for applause. I can feel your awe radiating through the computer screen. 
boho style
Dress: Vendor at Shecky's Girl's Night Out, Wedges: Payless, Earrings: Forever 21, Bangle: Georgetown Flea Market
outfit of the day
I think this dress may be the best $20 I ever spent because it always leaves me feeling like a whole new person after I wear it. Like a little bohemian gypsy woman! Ah, the power of a dress :)
I have always loved Lauren Conrad's style- hairstyles in particular. And what is she better known for than her little braided part! 
blue dress purple wedges
So I am realizing that my nails don't match my outfit at ALL, but hey its summer! It is ok to be a little crazy. 
bohemian style
I kept it very simple with jewelry because I was heading to trivia night, where I knew I would be baking like a bun in the oven. And I personally hate when I am so sticky that my jewelry is clinging to me. No bueno. 
bohemian style

Since I am now officially back from vacation, I think it is time to let my worry wart side kick me into high gear on job searching! Time to get cracking, so wish me luck and I will keep you updated on my progress :) Ciao bellas!


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Time to party

Hi dolls! Look at me, blogging two days in a row, keeping promises and shiz. It's like I'm a whole new blogger. Or, I'm the blogger I used to be, finally getting back into the swing of things. That is more like it. So, a little update for those of you who were curious. My year-long fellowship ended and I have been officially unemployed for a week and a half. It feels.... odd. That is really the only word to describe it. It isn't all bad, because I am enjoying the relaxing time off, and the increased amount of time I have to do the things I enjoy (aka blogging). Plus, I am currently down in sunny, hot (as in surface of the sun HOT) Florida visiting family. I really can't complain. But the lack of a paycheck rolling in today is definitely a reminder that I need to find my next job asap. As in, I needed it yesterday kind of asap. But, I am not worrying about this until after I get back on Monday. Worrying has no place on a vacation. 

Yesterday I showed you photos from the incredible press preview of Nectar Skin Bar, and only gave you a little preview of my outfit. Don't fret, because today I have full photos for you! I know, you probably lost a lot of sleep over my little game. I am sorry dears. 
lace dress
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Watch: Michael Kors, Clutch: Banana Republic, Ring: Amrita Singh, Necklace/earrings: gifted
outfit photo
Excuse the glistening face I'm sporting, but trust me you'd be sporting it too if you were walking around in 100 degree weather. 
oversized clutch
Lace, snakeskin and 6 in. wooden heels... oh my! Some may say I was over the top. I just call it your typical Monday night attire. You understand.
Blogger event
Thank goodness for roommate finding a hair style to get my hair off my face, and it partially hid the hideous amount of sweating that was occuring. 
spa party
I owe Ms. Simpson a big thank you, because man oh man did her little Dany platforms garner me quite  a few compliments and conversation starters! 
Jessica Simpson Dany's
I just had to show you how cute roommate looked in her coral and turquoise outfit! And no, she was not double fisting- just holding my drink for me :)
Tomorrow I plan to do nothing but soak in the awesomeness of time with family, so you probably won't hear from me. Maybe on Sunday. Notice that I used the word maybe, which means I am under no obligation to follow through. Gosh darn, I would have made a great lawyer. Always finding the loopholes! Until the next time, dearies.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nectar Skin Bar

Aloha lovahs! I'm feeling rather tropical right now as this blog post is coming to you from... ok well it is from the DC airport. I know, anti-climatic. But, I am heading to Florida so I think the tropical mood is still totally justified. For the next six days I will be doing nothing but spending time with my family, many of whom I haven't seen in YEARS, soaking up sun, relaxing and checking in with yall of course :). You know what I will NOT be doing? Worrying about my job hunt. I made a deal with my worry wart side. If she gives me the next six days, she can then go on worry over drive the minute we return. She reluctantly agreed. (Creepy that I just referred to myself as two people? Peut-etre....) I am actually going to get to see a cousin who I haven't seen in 10 years, and meet her two precious little babes! Plus, I will see my godson who I also have not seen in 4 years. I am beyond excited, people. 

But believe it or not, this post is not about me. Shocking, I know. Today it is all about an incredible new spa experience nestled right in my very own corner of the woods: Georgetown! When Catherine invited me to the press preview party for Nectar Skin Bar, I was thrilled and the evening definitely did not disappoint. It was honestly one of the most amazing events I have ever been to. The spa was immaculately decorated, the cocktails delicious and the products offered were top of the line. Everything was absolutely first class and the staff members felt more like friends than anything else. Friends who know about the best beauty products. Is there any better kind? When I am  back from my Florida jaunt I will be returning to try out one of their new services, the Chocolate Sun Organic Sunless Tanning! Some of the girls hosting the event last night were sporting the tan and it looked more natural than any tan I had ever seen. Plus, it is an organic treatment meant to hydrate your skin while adding a sun-kissed glow. I only wish I had known about it pre Florida, so I could have a little color on the beach this week. Roommate and I also decided we will be treating our moms to a mani/pedi spa day this Thanksgiving when they are both in town. We can't wait to take our moms out in style! If you are in the area, definitely check out Nectar Skin Bar for an unforgettable skincare experience!
Nectar Skin Bar
The adorable 18th century row-house (1633 Wisconsin Ave.) where Nectar Skin Bar is located
Nectar Skin Bar
I love their coloring and branding
Delicious cocktails
The delicious cocktail served on the back patio
Is this not the cutest mani/pedi room you have ever seen? You are probably packing your bags and booking your appointment as we speak. If not, you should be :)
Beauty Products
One of many shelves of top of the line beauty products
Outdoor patio
The inviting back patio for outdoor treatments
Beauty products
The beauty room where genius Adrian does his work
Lace dress
Thank you, Nectar Skin Bar for including me in this wonderful event! I will most certainly be back :)
Outfit post
A little preview....
Check back tomorrow for a full outfit post! Until then, lovahs. 


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


...I'm over here! I know you probably thought I had died or some other equally over dramatic occurence since I have been missing in action for a week, but I am in fact alive and well. And I plan on having plenty of time for you my blog lovies, so never fear. I will be back in action tomorrow, but for now go check out the amazing Wear To Go Girls Tumblr, and you might just find my personal recommendation of what to see in DC! You'll laugh, you'll cry, a good time will be had by all. I promise. And make sure you check out all the other awesome recommendations of previous Wear To Go Girls' city recommendations, and poke around on the site in general. Mel and Jamie are up to awesome things!

Now remember the plan: I'll be here tomorrow, wearing some clothes and talking about them. Well probably not the last part since I don't usually talk about my outfits actually at all. Usually I ramble. So revised plan, I'll get dressed tomorrow and talk about random events. Aren't I just the most interesting person ever?? :)

UPDATE: I'm also over here, today. Can you say life goal accomplished (be in two places at once)? I knew this blogging thing would lead to great things :) Make sure you check out the rest of Jessica's Haute Household series. I know you will find some awesome decorting inspiration!


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