Where I take my parents to eat in DC

Everywhere I visit/ live, I divide restaurants into two categories…yummy and yummy and classy enough for my parents. I’m not saying they have to be super nice or anything like that, but probably not the hole in the wall diner I got to past 10 pm. No, I’m not just rambling here, there is actually a point to this! My parents came up to visit with some friends last weekend and we tried some awesome restaurants that I wanted to share with you. So, here are some of my favorite DC places that are also parent/ anyone you are trying to impress approved!

Italian: After living in Italy, Italian food is definitely one of my favorites.

Ghibellina: Do not look at the menu, I am telling you what to order…get the pizza. Do not order anything else, the pizza is incredible, you can thank me later.

Filomena: This was one of the first restaurants my Dad ever took me to in DC. It is a little pricey, but worth it. They bring you enough food to feed an army and it is absolutely incredible. The restaurant itself is also extra as all get out and I love it.

Al Volo Osteria: This is one of the first new restaurants I tried in DC and it has become one of my favorites. It is cozy and yummy and great for almost any occasion.

French: Escargot is my favorite food. Hands down.

Le Diplomate: You might recognize the name, and trust me, it is worth the hype. They have escargot so it is immediately a yes for me, but also the rest of the food was delicious! Plus I love the vibe. Vibe is very important for me…I have to like existing in the place.

Brussel Sprouts: They are my favorite vegetable, I am obsessed.

The Line- Brothers and Sisters: Now this is a place with vibe. The Line is a church that has been converted into a hotel with multiple restaurants and bars. The restaurant in the lobby is called Brothers and Sisters and is “asian-inspired” according to their menu. Whatever you want to call it…order the Brussel sprouts and the cheesecake…trust me.

Doi Moi: Another restaurant on 14th St– anyone sensing a trend here? Delicious asian food. Obviously order the Brussel sprouts but everything else was amazing too. Plus it is vegan and celiac disease friendly!

Hen Quarter: Y’all know I love Southern food and this is some of the best I’ve had outside NC. The fried chicken and sweet potatoes were delicious as were the Brussels! It is in Old Town, but worth the trek.

That is all for now! Do you guys like these DC/ city related posts? I’d love to hear. Also, did I miss any of your favorites? I’m always looking for new places!

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A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

Hi everyone! It has been awhile and I am so excited to be back! I am currently working on rebranding so any comments or suggestions about things you like or don’t like would be even more helpful than usual. But, back to the fun stuff.

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

First of all, this jumpsuit. I was just as surprised as you when I got this in the mail from my mom for my birthday…my mom who has previously talked smack about jumpsuits picked one out for me! I was thrilled to open this present and even more excited because it is from J.Crew. As of now, it is still a little chilly, but as you can see, it layers really easily and I’m sure it is going to be even cuter once it warms up!

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

Also, did I mention it has pockets? The most important part of any outfit? Well it does and they are awesome.

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

As fabulous as this jumpsuit is, I actually wanted to talk to y’all about something else today…my new favorite shampoo from Maple Holistics. They sent me their newest product to try out and I have to say, I’m a fan.

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

Sure, my hair looks good, but maybe even more exciting, the shampoo smells like cake batter in the most amazing way. Every time I get out of the shower now, I am craving baked goods…I mean nothing shockingly new about that, but I’ve been thinking about cake a lot more than usual!

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

While it doesn’t necessarily recommend it, I still use my regular conditioner with it because my hair can be persnickety. But, my hair really seems to like it and I have been more than happy to incorporate it into my hair routine.

A New Jumpsuit and Cake Batter Shampoo

Ok, that is all for now, but happy Tuesday and have a wonderful week. Until next time, XO

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Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

Hello lovelies! Where has the month of February gone? It has gone so fast for me that I forgot that my birthday is tomorrow! But that’s life huh? When you are busy, time seems to just fly by.

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

This outfit is by far one of my favorite outfits of 2019! It has all of my favorite things: burgundy, pink, turtlenecks, and loads of patterns. I totally understand that this look isn’t for everyone, but if you like the idea, it is so easy to simplify to fit your style.

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

At the core, it is just a layered jumpsuit with a sweater thrown over my shoulders. I picked my bag, earrings, and turtleneck by pulling the burgundy from the sweater. The pink of my shoes is also from my sweater.

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

For a more casual daytime look, I ditched the clutch and the fun tassel earrings in favor of this fabulous beret and sneakers…both the same pale pink from my sweater.

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

It is times like this when it is handy that basically the only colors in my wardrobe are black, pink, and burgundy so they normally look pretty good together!

Aggressive Patterns Two Ways

I love taking looks from day to night and vice versa and sometimes it really is as easy as switching your shoes. Then, I get to wear my favorite outfits multiple times and it makes it so much easier to plan! Until next time, XO

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Flowy Stripes

Flowy Stripes

Hello my darlings! I know, I am officially the worst about blogging but I am back and I’m going to try to be better! In exciting news, the website was having some issues but now is back to normal, so at least I can post now! I had talked about doing a giant round up of all of the red carpet looks so far from 2019, but I was not impressed with any of the looks from last night’s Grammy’s so I’ve decided to just skip it and to go back to regular programming.

Flowy Stripes

So I am obviously back in DC and let me tell you, winter is here haha! I am all about the layers right now and I’ve been wearing a lot of hats to stay warm! But, I finally invested in long underwear and I have no regrets. Maybe a little nerdy but it means that I can wear all of my fun flowy pants that aren’t always the warmest.

Flowy Stripes

As we know, I’ve never been able to say no to a flowy pant which definitely gets me in trouble. While I am not short, flowy pants can definitely overwhelm me sometimes so I always try and wear a little heel and keep the top half of my outfit fitted.

I am so in love with these pictures because it was about 15 degrees outside when we took them, but we went into the Botanical Gardens which were very warm!

Flowy Stripes

I feel a little like a slacker because I’ve already lived in DC for six months and I have not done near as much exploring as I should have. But I am trying to be better. The Botanical Gardens were a spur of the moment idea but I adored them and I can’t wait to go back!

Flowy Stripes

Hopefully I will have even more time to explore in 2019 and more opportunities to wear tons of flowy pants! Until next time, XO

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Hot Pink Wool

Hot Pink Wool

Happy 2019! I can’t believe it is already here, but I am so excited! 2018 definitely had some ups and downs but I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me.

Hot Pink Wool

If you don’t subscribe to my newsletter, go check out my Insta stories to see the fabulous new addition to my family. I’m sure there will be lots about her in the future.

Hot Pink Wool

Anyways! For my first post of 2019, I thought we should talk about one of my all time favorite subjects…pink. I know I talk about pink a lot, but first of all, it is my favorite! And second of all, every time I wear something super pink like this, people always ask me how I incorporate it into my wardrobe. For me, it is second nature to add pink to any and every outfit. But, I know that is not as easy for everyone. So today We are going to do a quick run down on easy ways to wear hot pink.

Hot Pink Wool

My first tip? Don’t make it harder than it has to be! If you don’t want to mix tons of colors or patterns, then don’t! Wear a neutral. When in doubt, throwing on a fabulous black top or pants can give a look that extra chic vibe you were searching for. Pink also looks great with grey, brown, and white. Tan can sometimes be weird depending on the orange tones so maybe stay away from that to start.

The real key though is to be comfortable. If you don’t love your outfit, you won’t be confident in it and confidence is key when pulling off a new look. So don’t push yourself too far past your comfort zone. Stepping outside of the box is good. But make sure you are comfortable going there! Until next time, XO

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French Girl Vibes

French Girl Vibes

Ever since my first French class in kindergarten, I have idolized French women and their style. Now, while it is not necessarily my style, because I love accessories and color way too much, that doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to it.

French Girl Vibes

Some how, no matter what the situation is, they always manage to look chic and put together. That is always my goal and sometimes it is hard, but it is fun to aspire to.

French Girl Vibes

The epitome of French style to me has always been the beret. As we know, I adore hats, but have never felt like I could pull off a beret. For Christmas, my family gave me this fabulous pink one and I am already in love and can’t wait to find a million ways to style it! Until next time, XO

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Neon for Days

Neon for Days

Hello lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful weeks so far…I certainly am. It has been filled with family and food for me, which is just how I like it.

Neon for Days

Do y’all get that urge when you get presents (especially if they are clothes or accessories) to wear them all at the same time? I am definitely that person and my family has started giving me gifts to reflect that.

Neon for Days

My mom now gives me outfits or pieces that look good together instead of just random pieces that I will wear together even if they don’t look good together at all!

When I opened this box though, I was shocked! My mom’s style is definitely quieter than mine and I wasn’t sure about this outfit. But, of course, I’m in love.

Neon for Days

Sometimes an outfit is too crazy, and sometimes it’s just crazy enough. This one is definitely the latter! Until next time, XO.

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White on White

White on White

Winter white is one of my favorite trends and I especially love mixing different shades of white this time of year.

White on White

I think the key when wearing a lot of white, the key is to add some darker pops so that you first of all don’t blend into the snow (if you are lucky enough to have any) and second of all aren’t completely washed out.

White on White

A sweater like this is perfect because it already has the navy stripes. You can easily add another dark under layer like this navy turtleneck and dark shoes. Plus, it’s not pure white but more of a cream which is a nice contrast.

As always, I like to add some jewels and with all white, you can easily add some color with your jewelry or just some fabulous sparkles!

Of course, I can never leave an outfit without adding a little a little color. And right now, I always want to add a fun lip. I love this color because it is not too orange or pink and goes great with almost everything. Until next time, XO

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Color Combo: Burgundy and Pink

Color Combo: Burgundy and Pink

Hello! Happy Friday! How was your week been? Mine has seemed to be busy with all of the traveling, but these last couple of days have been very nice and relaxing. Plus, as I’m sure all of you on the east coast are experiencing, it was nice and warm today!

Color Combo: Burgundy and Pink

I will be the first to admit that trying a new color combination is scary. But, I have a couple tips to make sure you can experiment with colors in your own wardrobe! First thing before you do anything though, is make sure you look good in the colors. I love yellow and orange, but they are not great colors for me so even if I want to mix them, I typically avoid them. That way, I know that I whatever I am wearing will actually look good on me.

Color Combo: Burgundy and Pink

Once you have figured out what colors look good on you, the next step is deciding what colors to mix. I always find this easier when I am obsessed with the colors. Burgundy and pink are my two favorite colors in general so mixing them has always seemed like an easy transition.

Color Combo: Burgundy and Pink

This can all seem rather daunting, but the thing I have found most helpful is actually seeing your clothes. This year instead of organizing my closet by style then by color, I just organized by color. I have found so many new combinations! No matter how you do it, sometimes mixing up how your closet is organized is just what your wardrobe needs. Until next time, XO

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Cozy for the Holidays

Cozy for the Holidays

Hello everybody! No excuses, I have been absolutely terrible about blogging as of late. I always promise myself that I am going to post more consistently and be better, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. So here’s to hoping I can keep it up this time!

Cozy for the Holidays

Anyways, I am officially done with my first semester of grad school! I can’t believe it is going so fast, but I am having an absolute blast so far. DC is amazing and I love being able to do what I am passionate about everyday.

Cozy for the Holidays

Now, that I am home on break, I am in full swing for the holidays and nothing screams holiday to me like red and green flannel. However, as much as I want to be festive, I never want to go overboard.

Cozy for the Holidays

My favorite mustard sweater was just the thing to take this look from overly festive to winter cozy. I don’t normally wear a lot of mustard or red for that matter as neither are my favorite color. Together though, they are magical.

Cozy for the Holidays

This sweater was perfect for my cozy first day home! I will hopefully be back on here before you know it and stay tuned for some very exciting news coming up! Until next time, XO

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