Stripes at the Fireside

Stripes at the Fireside

Hello all! As usual, I am the worst about updating the blog, but I am actually working on rebranding so exciting changes on the horizon and lots and lots of new blog posts. 

Stripes at the Fireside

But…Happy belated Thanksgiving! If you have been following me for a while, you know that Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I love that there are no expectations and it’s all about the food. 

Stripes at the Fireside

In addition to Thanksgiving, I love when it’s cold enough to bundle up in front of the fire. I mean what’s not to love about cozy layers, the fire, and Mariah Carey Christmas music?

Stripes at the Fireside

On that note though, I have to head to work. I hope your week isn’t too hectic after the holiday and enjoy those layers! Until next time, XO

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A Weekend in DC

 A Weekend in DC

I know I haven’t lived here very long (so there are definitely more things I would add to this list), but Kate came to visit me this weekend and we had a fabulous time and I wanted to share some of our finds with you! 

A Weekend in DC

On Friday for dinner, we went to Hen Quarter. Let me tell you this was all of my Southern girl food dreams! I would highly recommend the biscuits, fried chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and Brussel sprouts! It was all so good and the vibe was very cool. The food was so good, we didn’t even order dessert…I know, shocking. 

A Weekend in DC
Some of the best grits I’ve ever had

Saturday was our museum day. We started with a big breakfast at Bus Boys and Poets. I love this place because it is a restaurant and bookstore combined. They also have some of the best grits I have ever had. Of course the first museum we went to was the National Gallery (one of my favorites) and then we went to the Spy Museum. I hadn’t been to the Spy Museum since I was a kid, but it was so fun! We ended the day at a Mexican restaurant called Mission that has a wonderful happy hour and is conveniently right across the street from my favorite bookstore, Kramerbooks and Afterwords so of course we stoped in! 

A Weekend in DC
Morning options at Firehook

Sunday started off slow with a yummy breakfast at Firehook. I highly recommend the seven layer bars and the chai latte! We then wandered around 14th St. This area is not too far from my apartment, but I had yet to explore it. It is a wonderful area to wander around and has some great shops and food options that I can’t wait to explore further! We ended the day at a fun sports bar called Nellie’s. Different than your typical sports bar, but so fun! 

A Weekend in DC

I had such a wonderful time this weekend hanging out with Kate and getting to explore a little bit more in my new city! Until next time, XO 

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Mustard Chunky Knit

Mustard Chunky Knit

Hello my darlings! I am going to keep this post short and sweet because I think the fabulousness of this sweeter speaks for itself and I need to go to bed soon! 

Mustard Chunky Knit

But, I did want to show y’all this beautiful sweater that I just picked up. It is incredibly cozy and warm, but cute enough that you can definitely still wear it to work or just casually hanging out. 

Mustard Chunky Knit

As much as I love this color, it is one of only two pieces I have in my wardrobe! So definitely something for me to start working on! 

Mustard Chunky Knit

Also, I just color coded by wardrobe (it looks like a piece of art and I would definitely recommend) which made it so easy to see that I could definitely use more mustard! 

Mustard Chunky Knit

Now that it is starting to get chilly here, I am all about the cozy sweaters. Y’all know how cold I get and there is nothing like a soft sweater when I am in the office or at school. 

Mustard Chunky Knit

That is all for now, but I hope your weekend has been wonderful and you have a great week! Until next time, XO

P.S. Anthropologie doesn’t have my sweater on their website even though I only got it last weekend! Check your local store and I also linked some similar ones and some ones I love below! 

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Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

Hello my darlings! I know, I’ve been a total slacker…even for me. Let me tell you, while this new chapter has been absolutely amazing, it has been challenging in ways I didn’t expect. Moving to DC and adjusting to city life has been much easier than expected, but incorporating my blogging life with my school life has definitely been difficult. I’m working on it and hopefully will be better in the future! 

Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

Another thing I have had to adjust to is not having my car to just throw everything I need in. I’ve always had a sensitive back so carrying a huge back chock full of stuff never works and I have been searching for a good bag since I got here. 

Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

Do I really need to say how obsessed I am with this backpack? It is super light weight, has the right amount of pockets, and is so stinking cute! It was designed by DesignLoveFest for Target and I am in love! 

Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

In other news, it is finally turtleneck weather! I talked about this a little on my Instagram stories earlier this week but, last year, I had an unofficial contest with myself to see how many days in a row I could wear turtlenecks and I am going to do it again this year! 

Turtleneck Weather and My New Bag

Of course, I already started last Friday, but I have been basically bedridden with some kind of cold for the last four days. So, I am going to start again officially tomorrow! If you have any ideas for styling turtlenecks, specific styles you want me to try, or other turtleneck related questions, comment below, email me, or check out my instagram which is going to be full of turtleneck content! Until next time! XO 

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

Hello! Happy Wednesday! How is everyone doing this week? Good I hope. Since you asked, things are going well for me. Just busy with school and ecstatic about fall weather finally being here! Anyways, on to what this post is actually about…shockingly not fashion, but not so shockingly about art! One of my favorite things about living in DC so far is the access to museums and art. So many of them are free and they are all pretty easy for me to get to! 

I love this piece. It is right in front of you when you step out of the elevator and a great way to start your experience. 

I am definitely going to be talking about the different museums, both art and otherwise, here in the city and I thought the National Museum of Women in the Arts was the perfect one to start with. As you might have guesses from the name, this is a museum completely devoted to female artists from all different periods. They have some fabulous works from the early modern period (my area of study) but also some other really great pieces that I wanted to highlight here. 

The galleries are nice and large so you have plenty of space to move around and interact with the pieces. 

I know it sounds like a pretty normal thing to have a museum devoted to female artists, but let me tell you, it is amazing to have such a place. Women artists have been excluded from the art historical discipline for so long and to have enough pieces and interest to devote an entire museum to them is absolutely amazing! 

This is part of a series by Andrea Higgins that are detail examinations of fabric worn by famous women. This one is called Jackie (India). I just love the idea of this and the detail is incredible. 

Probably my favorite thing about this museum is that it is organized thematically instead of chronologically. That means that there are pieces from lots of different periods all displayed together and in conversation with each other. This is kind of an unusual practice but shows changes over time and also helps to create a larger dialogue within the field of female artists. 

Abstract pieces normally aren’t my thing, but for some reason this piece really spoke to me. I love how textural it is. 

I’ve tried to include some of the pieces that I thought were especially unique in the collection here. I would highly recommend a trip. It is not one of the free museums, but it is definitely worth buying a ticket and they have free days fairly regularly. So make sure to add it to your to do list the next time you are here! Until next time, XO 

There were a couple of these pieces on loan and they might have been my favorite. This one is made from lead crystal pitchers that are melted down and then mirrored with silver nitrate. It is such a unique piece and the fact that they are made of melted pitchers is so interesting! 
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Burgundy and Pink

Burgundy and Pink

If you have been following me for a while then you already know that Burgundy and pink are one of my favorite color combinations. This is definitely easier to wear in the winter just because there aren’t very many summer pieces that are burgundy. Since, it has finally started to feel like fall here, I thought I would post one of my last summer outfits of 2018 with one of my favorite color combinations! 

Burgundy and Pink

Before I get to my outfit, let me talk about my hair really fast. I obviously don’t know that much about hair and I don’t normally do too much with it, but since moving to DC I have had to get creative. It was so toasty here that I needed something to get my hair out of my face in the heat. Pinning my hair back has been a lifesaver.

Burgundy and Pink

I saw this double bobby pin look on Pinterest and absolutely love it. Especially with a colored bobby pin like this, it adds just the right amount of pop to an outfit. Plus it is super easy for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about hair. 

Burgundy and Pink

Another thing that save me this summer? Flowy pants. Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for shorts or a skirt. But you know what is almost as cool? Flowy pants like these or these from my post last week. 

As much as I have have loved summer, I am so ready for fall! I am already pulling out my turtlenecks and sweaters so get ready for those coming up soon! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and see you soon! Until next time, XO 

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Red Carpets and Royal Carpets

Hello my lovelies! Happy Friday! I am not going to lie, this week was a little rough for me but now it’s the weekend! Anyways, on a more fun note, this week was full of fun fashion moments, specifically the AMA’s Red Carpet and the Royal Wedding today! Here are my top looks from both! 

Of course, as usual, none of these photos are mine and I do not take credit or claim any of them. 

Amandla Stenberg

So, let’s start with the AMAs! So who would have thought that jeans on the bottom and a tux on top would be cute? I would have laughed in your face, but now I might have to reconsider because I am really loving this vibe! 

Amber Heard

Oh man, oh man, oh man. Do I even need to say anything? That leg, the smoky eye, the shimmer! I love it all. I would love to wear a look like this on the red carpet, if only I was so bold. 

Taylor Swift

And last, but certainly not least, the shimmery disco ball of Taylor Swift. While the boots are not exactly my style, but I am absolutely obsessed with this mock-turtleneck mini dress. A plus from me Miss Swift! 

Princess Eugenie's Wedding

And now, on to the magnificent wedding. I am not going to make any comparisons with anyone else because that annoys me to no end. I absolutely love her dress. I think she looks incredible in it and I love that she chose to show off her scar. Elegant with a hint of modern. 

Kate Middleton

Ok, Kate always looks amazing, but this might be one of my favorite looks of hers to date. I love the raspberry color and the matching velvet pumps. I just love everything. 

Cara Delevingne

Oh my gosh…Cara Delevingne wore a suit and a top hat and looked absolutely incredible!! I am so jealous of this look and would love to wear such a look. 

Princess Eugenie's Wedding

Ok last one I promise! Look how cute and happy they look! I love it! 

Until next time XO

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Monochrome in Blue

Whenever I think of a daring outfit I think of bold colors and patterns, not wearing all of the same color. But, sometimes wearing all one color or shades of one color creates an even bolder look. Sure, wearing all shades of one color doesn’t seem unconventional, but in some cases it can make a really bold statement and I am so into monochrome as of late. 

This trend is one that I have really been waiting to explore because it is not easy to do in the heat. Without layering, wearing the same color shirt and shorts can just look boring. But now that it is finally beginning to cool down (only on random days but a girl can still hope!) I can’t wait to start experimenting with lots of monochrome layers.

This is my first winter in a while that I won’t have to be business professional everyday and I am excited to try some new outfits and styles. Are there any outfits or styles you are looking forward to this fall? Any that you want to wear but are having trouble with and want me to write a post on? Let me know! Until next time, XO

Monochrome in Blue

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Fall Flannel

Everyone has always told me that North Carolina weather was crazier than anywhere else. Well, let me tell you that is just false! DC weather is just as unpredictable and crazy so far. 

This past Friday was one of our first days that felt like fall, so of course, me being me, I immediately pulled out my favorite fennel and a leather jacket! Then, of course because I’m contrary, I went to a rooftop bar and had frozen margaritas…ha! 

Fall Flannel

But, either way, it was an absolute blast and I was so happy to have the chance to wear some of my fall clothes. I can already tell that flannel and fuzzy layers are going to be my go to this fall/ winter. I am doing so much more walking being in the city and I will definitely appreciate those warm layers when I’m outside!  

Fall Flannel

But I am definitely excited for winter, even if I’m a little intimidated by the prospect of a “real” winter. It is definitely going to be different than my North Carolina winters! But just an excuse for more turtlenecks and coats! 

Fall Flannel

I have to say, roof top bars are so much more fun in the city because you have amazing views and the people watching is incredible! I mean the people watching wherever you are here is awesome but even more so from the roof! 

Fall Flannel

This bar was a new one that is in the Hotel Hive right near George Washington University. It is a super cute area and they have a specialty pizza restaurant in the lobby! On the rooftop (which was HUGE) they had frozen margaritas and frose as the specials. Our bartender mixed them for us and it was the perfect mix of sharp and sweet. I would definitely recommend it for a casual drink if you are in town! Until next time, XO

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On Wednesdays we wear pink

I don’t know how I never thought of a weekly pink series before. I know that the Mean Girls wore pink on Wednesdays, but let’s be honest, I wear a little pink every day! It is my favorite color! So of course, I pulled out some of my pink today, but today has also inspired me to start a new pink series! What a fabulous day! In honor of all of this fabulous pink, here are some of my favorite pink looks from the last couple of months! XO 

This Pearls and Stripes might be one of my favorite looks from the spring. It has all of my favorite pieces in it and I love the pop of neon pink! 
I know that Coco Chanel always said to take off one thing before you go out, but I’ve never really been good at that and this pink summer layers look is proof of that! 
The benefit of having so much pink in my closet is that it makes it super easy to mix patterns and layer. When it all matches, it is so much easier! 
This is so counter-intuitive for me, but monochrome always seems to  be bolder than a pop of color. This pink on pink look from this summer turned out to be one of my favorite looks of the summer! 
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