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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Halloween Holdover and New Clothes for Sale

Hello all! Life has been a little crazy as I have been sick, busy with work, and studying for the GRE/ applying for grad school. Sadly that means my baking has been put on the back burner so these cookies are a little late. As you know from my many adventures with cookies (here, here, and here) I love my recipe for sprinkle cookies and I love experimenting. For Halloween this year, I wanted to do Halloween themed cookies which meant Halloween sprinkles. These cookies are so easy to adapt for any occasion or holiday and they are delicious. I’m not going to lie, this batch, might be my best one ever and I am definitely enjoying them even though Halloween is over. If you are tired of candy, I’d be happy to ship you some! Just donate to the go-fund and message me with your info and I will send you a whole box! 
In other news, there are also a few new items up for sale on my ebay page! Now that it is starting to get cold, it seemed like the perfect time to start looking at coats and sweaters. Check it out and if you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know because I might have just the thing! 

 Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions:
With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. 

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Leather and Polka Dots

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2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,

2017, fall, layering, vest, polka dots, leather, top knot, J.Crew,
Staying with the layering theme, an easy way to begin a layered outfit is with a black skirt and a white button down. This is a classic combination that you know will look good and is probably in your comfort zone. You also could substitute the black skirt for jeans or black pants. From there, add a crew-neck sweater with a fun pattern or a little color to brighten up the look. To finish it, add a brightly colored, but solid vest so it isn’t too much with the pattern of your sweater.
For finishing touches, I like a big, but simpler necklace and fun shoes. The white soles on the bottom of these shoes was the perfect tie in to my white button-down. The key to an outfit like this is to inject your personality to make it yours. For me, that meant my leather skirt instead of jeans and fun, neon polka dots. But for you, it could be something completely different. You can still follow this formula, just personalize it so you are comfortable in it. 
Not only is an outfit like this fun, but it is also extremely comfortable and will keep you warm on these crisp fall days. Happy weekend! 
P.S. As always, my glasses are from The View on Elm…for more info on these or my glasses in general, just email me! 

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Fall Layering

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2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,

2017, fall, layering, cheetah, leather, OOTD, flannel,
My favorite thing about fall is layering, which is probably pretty obvious from this outfit. I am naturally very cold-natured so I always need a jacket or something like that in addition to my outfit. So layering is right up my alley. Whenever I wear an outfit like this, I always get questions about how I put it together and let me tell you, the answer is gradually. 
You need to start with your base first, which in an outfit like this is the flannel, jeans, and shoes. It is finally starting to get cool here so I knew I wanted at least one cozy layer and I wasn’t really feeling a necklace so my next layer was the vest. If I had added jewelry, that makes it easier to determine the other layers because I would have wanted to keep them relatively simple. Anyways, to choose the cheetah vest, a lot of it came down to the fact that I hadn’t worn it yet and I was dying to wear it. 
Once my vest was on, I needed one more layer, but it need to be really simple to not be over the top with the flannel and the vest. Thus another fabulous reason to have a leather jacket for fall! Yay for fall weather! 

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Happy Halloween!

Hello all! While Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, I have finally found a costume that I love to wear and is perfect for Halloween…Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This outfit is so easy to put together with things you already have in your closet and it fits well into my style. I think what I don’t like about wearing a costume is because it makes me feel uncomfortable. This outfit though, is almost something that I would wear on a regular day so I still feel comfortable and fabulous even though I’m wearing a costume. I hope you had a fabulous Halloween and Happy November! 

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A Big Knit and Sequins

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2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,

2017, turtleneck, OOTD, fall, winter, sequins, J.Crew,
I am so exited about this outfit! As soon as I saw this skirt online, I knew I wanted to wear it with a big chunky sweater and motorcycle boots. I’ve just been waiting for it to be cold enough to actually wear my outfit. It is finally cold enough here to start wearing winter clothes and I was so pleased. Sometimes when I imagine an outfit, it doesn’t always come together as I expect it to. But this outfit, was exactly what I was hoping it would be. The chunky layers and boots toned down the sequins a little and were a nice juxtaposition between textures and and vibe. This is normally what I am looking for in an outfit because it is fun and girly, but definitely has some classic elements. So yay for sequins and winter weather and have a fabulous week!

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Leather and Lace

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2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,

2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,
One of the reasons I love layering so much, other than the warmth and the turtlenecks, is mixing textures and patterns. Mixing textures can be so unexpected, but even if they are all neutrals, it adds an extra oomph to any outfit. I especially love mixing leather and lace. They are an unexpected combination, but the lace gives the leather that girly touch that I am always looking for in an outfit. In turn, the leather helps to toughen up the lace and make it more sophisticated. Adding a chunky turtleneck and cheetah print heels into the mix was icing on the cake to this otherwise neutral outfit. What are your favorite things to layer in fall? Until next time, XO

P.S. I just realized it’s Thursday so this marks the first official Turtleneck Thursday of fall 2017! 

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Layering a Turtleneck

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2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,

2017, fall, turtleneck, J.Crew, sparkly, OOTD,
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I love turtlenecks and try and wear them whenever possible. My favorite turtlenecks are these thin, form fitting turtlenecks from J.Crew. First of all, they are extremely comfortable and come in a bunch of colors. These are great to wear on their own or under a jacket. The best thing about these turtlenecks though is that they are relatively thin so they are very easy to layer. I love wearing them under a dress like this or a chunky sweater. Don’t let a turtleneck scare you or make you think you can’t do lots of interesting things. Especially this time of year when the weather is unpredictable, a turtleneck is a great way to transition some of your summer pieces into fall or your fall pieces into winter. Turtlenecks might have a bad name, but they are really the perfect layering piece and the basis of my fall and winter wardrobe. Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend and make sure to check out my baking recipe from last night on my Instagram story! Until next time, XO

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