Belmont Jewel Cocktail

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Happy Tuesday! We’re starting early this week with the cocktails and since you’re my kind of people, I figured you’d be okay with this change in posting schedule. This just means there’ll be another cocktail for Thursday. Two cocktails in 4 days? Heaven.

Maker’s Mark challenged me to put a fun twist on the Belmont Jewel, the official cocktail for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes and I couldn’t say “neigh.” Lemonade + bourbon + pomegranate make up this refreshing, sweet drink and even if you don’t consider yourself a bourbon fan, the Belmont Jewel may just change your mind.

I had fun horsing around with variations on the Belmont Jewel but this one made it to the winner’s circle. Three words: Sphere ice molds. I whipped up a big batch of fresh lemonade but before I added the pomegranate juice, I added pomegranate seeds to the bottom of the ice molds and then topped off with the lemonade. I put them in the freezer and added the remaining pomegranate juice, seeds and bourbon to the big batch cocktail. Voila! You have a delicious cocktail that keeps you feeling festive and ready for the races AND the fun ice spheres won’t dilute your bourbon. Put on your sundresses, break out the seersucker, polish off your fascinator and whip up a Belmont Jewel because life is good 👌🏇🏆

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Belmont Jewel Cocktail
 
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Ingredients
Fresh Pomegranate Lemonade
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 7 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups pomegranate juice (To be added later)
  • 4 cups Maker's Mark bourbon (To be added later)
Pomegranate Lemonade Ice Spheres
  • Sprinkle of pomegranate seeds
  • Lemonade
Instructions
  1. Pour the lemon juice, water and sugar in a large pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar, whisk to combine ingredients. Add ice and lemon slices for garnish. Time for the ice spheres!
  2. In each ice mold, add a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds to cover the bottom of the mold.
  3. Pour in lemonade to the fill line and freeze for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
  4. Before taking the ice spheres out of the mold, let them sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes in order to easily remove.
  5. Back to the big batch lemonade, add in the pomegranate juice and Maker's Mark bourbon. Once again, stir to combine. Drink immediately (recommended method) or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

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How To Build a Professional Network (+ a FREE Organizational Tool!)

Happy 🐪 Day!! Lately, you might have noticed that Wednesday has turned into “Workwear Wednesday” here on the blog. I read quite a few blogs but I’ve noticed that most workwear posts either aren’t my style, are way out of this working girl’s budget or aren’t appropriate for DC’s conservative work dress code.

Last weekend was a complete downpour, making outfit shoots a total bust. But what I’m lacking in workwear style today, I’m making up for with tips to how to build a professional network. Including a organizational tool! Whaaatttt.

Anyone else hooked on Google docs?

How To Build A Professional Network | dcgirlinpearls.comFour years ago almost to the week, I graduated from American University and was kicked into the Real Adult World. And I had to find a j-o-b. It wasn’t a pretty time. My roommate and I had both been very involved in college with internships, part-time jobs and extracurriculars. Instead of running around on campus and DC each day, we both were sitting at our dining table with our laptops, poring over cover letters and searching for job listings. When I say we were going crazy, I truly mean it.

I was blindly sending my resume to job listings and refreshing my “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” tab on LinkedIn like it was well…my job. I was determined to make it on my own until I had an experience that made me realize it was time to call in the big guns and create a network to help me get to where I wanted to be.

The short story of that experience: I applied for a job that I felt more than qualified for. I went to the interview and thought I knocked it out of the park. The interviewer told me I had the best answers to her questions so far and we discussed next steps. I walked out of there on Cloud 9. I sent the interviewer a handwritten thank you note and when a week went by, I sent a follow up email. Radio silence. I was bummed about this since I felt I’d handled it like an entry-level pro. I didn’t want another job to slip through the cracks so I sat at my laptop and did what I always do when I’m feeling stressed/overwhelmed: I made a list.

I made list of every single person I could think of who worked in political communication, the field I wanted to work in. It was a pretty small list so I added a list of people working in the political world at-large. Even if you think you don’t know a single person in that field, think hard and dig deep. Chances are you have a family member, family friend in that field. Or you have a professor, college advisor with a connection or two. These are networks already in place so use them! You never know who knows who, your aunt or cousin just might know someone in the biz. Once I made a list, I began sending out emails.

In each email, I said upfront that I was looking for a job in the field and included a blurb about my past internship experiences. I politely asked to meet for coffee or just 15 minutes of their time. A vast majority of people said yes, that’s one of the many things I love about DC. I’ve found that most people in this city are more than willing to pay it forward and offer career advice, look over your resume and go to bat for you when you’re interviewing a job. And most will pay for your coffee because you’re unemployed and broke. So how did I leverage these coffees to grow and effectively multiple my professional network?

  • Give them a TL;DR version of internship experiences, your skill set(s) and what jobs you’re interested in/applying to.
  • Ask them their own professional journey. People love to talk about their own experiences and it’s helpful to get some pearls of wisdom from others’ experiences.

But probably my #1 tip to growing your network is a question I’d always ask when these informational interviews were winding down. A college professor told us this nugget and it’s so brilliantly simple.

  • Do you know of anyone else who’d be willing to meet with me?

So simple, so obvious yet such a game changer. This person would brainstorm ideally 1-3 of their contacts and pass along their contact info to me. I’d send these new folks emails and my network grew steadily.

Okay so you’re building a professional network but how do you maintain these connections? This is where my Google doc comes in.

The hardest part for me of my job search was feeling helpless and not in the driver’s seat. So networking became a facet of the job hunt that I had some control over and this helped me when I panicked about never getting a job. I wanted to keep these connections strong without being obnoxious or a pest. Google doc to the rescue!

At my internship with Ogilvy, I cut my teeth on media relations. My supervisor would give me parameters on what media markets, publications we were looking to hit and I had to provide her with a media list. Name, publication, beat, whether they wrote online or print, when I initially reached out to them, when I last reached out, when they last responded and how I had contacted them (via email or phone call). That was the summer I got over my millennial fear of cold calling. This system kept us on the reporter’s radar without being too in-their-face. I took this theory and put it work on my networking efforts.

I created a Google doc with cells for Name, Title, Company, When I First Reached Out, Last Reached Out as well as a new cell called “Details.” During our conversations, I’d aim to remember a detail or two they’d mentioned to give our follow-ups a personal touch. This also helps to follow up with a purpose. If it was time to appear on their radar again, I would use one of these details to organically reach out. For example, if Person XYZ was really interested in XYZ policy and I read an interesting article on that topic, I’d shoot them an email with a link to the article (“Hey XYZ, Hope everything’s been great with you, I just came across this article and thought of you.”). Chances are, they’ll respond and ask for a job search update. Even if they don’t respond, you’re back on their radar. Details could also be personal, like they’re a die-hard fan of a certain team.

I’ve gone of plenty of informational interviews with recent college grads looking for a job and I’ll say that the vast majority do not follow up. But it’s the ones who follow up that stick the land and get a job.

Okay that was a LOT of text to get through so I’ll sum it up here:

  • Use your existing networks (family, family friends, college) to get your name out there and that you’re interested in XYZ career field
  • Send emails asking to meet for coffee or even 15 minutes of their time
  • Follow up appropriately to make sure you’re still on their radar. Use this Google doc to keep track of your network.

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One Pot Pasta Primavera

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Guys, I made this one pot pasta primavera on Sunday and it’s already gone. Yup, it’s that good. And would you believe me if I told you it was good for you? I know what you’re thinking: Pasta during 👙 season?!?!

Thanks to the rise of Atkins during my high school years, I viewed pasta as Public Enemy #1. But I’m older and wiser now and I’ve gotten a grip on my food phobias. So when San Giorgio asked me to create a recipe with their linguine, I jumped at the chance to show pasta can be👙-friendly. And with this ingredient list, we can all agree this pasta primavera is clean eating comfort food at its finest 👌

Ready?

  • Homemade vegetable broth (Courtesy of the last time I had a cold)
  • San Giorgio Linguine
  • Baby Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Salt + Pepper + Red Pepper Flakes
  • Garlic
  • Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk (To give the pasta primavera a creamy sauce with 0% guilt)

Oh and in case you’re still uneasy about pasta (I’ve been there), 40 of San Giorgio’s pasta products — from ziti to spaghetti to rigatoni — are now Non-GMO Project Verified, the most trusted sign that a product is produced through best practices for GMO avoidance. Over 200 pasta products from Ronzoni®, Creamette®, San Giorgio®, American Beauty®, Prince® and Skinner® now carry the non GMO Project Verified logo. Do pasta right and whip up this one pot pasta primavera. Oh, and only one pot to clean?! That’s amore 😍

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One Pot Pasta Primavera
 
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. linguine
  • 1 lb. baby broccoli, chopped in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and chopped in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (I used more because I like the heat 🔥 so ½ tsp is just a suggestion, you do you)
  • 4 garlic cloves (I used the frozen cubes)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
Instructions
  1. Toss in the linguine, baby broccoli, asparagus, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic cloves and vegetable broth into a large pot. Drizzle the olive oil on top.
  2. Heat on medium-high until the broth begins to boil.
  3. Using tongs, continuously toss the pasta and veggies for about 10 minutes.
  4. Work through the pain and hand cramping.
  5. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, add in the almond milk and toss to thoroughly coat.
  6. Heat for another 2 minutes and let the pasta sit off the heat for about 3 minutes to let the sauce thicken.

 

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Easy Weekend Look

Coral Shift Dress + Turquoise Beaded Necklace with Cork Clutch | DC Girl in Pearls

Shift Dress (similar: Old Navy Swing Dress) // J.Crew Factory Cork Clutch // BaubleBar Turquoise Beaded Necklace // Aviators // Jack Rogers

Remember the sun? It feels like it’s been forever since it’s made an appearance in the city. So seeing next weekend’s forecast of sunny and 85 is enough to get me planning and plotting to get the most out of the sunshine. I’m thinking bottomless mimosa brunch, reading in the park (I’m just starting Me Before You, not sure if I’m prepared to publicly ugly cry), long walks around Eastern Market and maybe even a day trip to Annapolis to feast on crab cakes chased by Pusser’s Painkillers and Dark ‘n Stormys.

I get really ambitious about my weekends. But with the extra Vitamin D, I think I’ll have the energy to knock everything off my weekend list.

I’m planning on breaking out a roomy swing dress with a bottomless brunch on the menu. And I’m taking advantage of the summer sun by adding a bright turquoise beaded necklace for an extra burst of color.

I know it’s only Monday but what are your weekend plans?

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Strawberry Citrus Sangria

Strawberry Citrus Sangria via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Don’t you just want to swan dive right into this pitcher of sangria?

Of course you do because you get it. And because this week has been nonstop, go-go-go and you deserve a nice (large) glass of sangria.

It’s been one of those weeks where I get home, make myself dinner, put away the dishes and look up at the clock and suddenly it’s almost 11. I collapse in bed, set my alarm and manage to read a few pages of a book before it’s lights out. Last night, I finally managed to make it to barre class for the first time this week and as I’m typing up this post, my legs are officially dead. That does not bode well for Friday’s Platform class…

My motivation: This big ol’ pitcher of sangria loaded with strawberries and orange slices. Because I’m really concerned about my Vitamin C intake and I’m sure you are too. And in this case, “C” stands for Cocktail. 😉

The beauty of sangria is that you need only a few ingredients to make the magic happen. I started with IZZE Sparkling Clementine for this sangria because I love a little fizz in my drinks. And things escalated quickly…🍓🍊❤️

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Strawberry Citrus Sangria
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups IZZE Sparkling Clementine
  • 1 bottle rosé (see notes)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Strawberries (halved) & oranges (sliced)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and lower the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes and then remove from heat. Allow it to return to room temperature.
  2. In a pitcher, add the IZZE Sparkling Clementine and the bottle of rosé (I won't tell on you if you take a sip or three). Now add the simple syrup (make sure it's at room temperature) and stir to combine.
  3. Toss in the fresh strawberry halves and orange slices for garnish.
Notes
I used La Granja Garnacha Rosé for this sangria, which I purchased at Trader Joe's for $5 because frankly, they have a flamingo on their label and I love flamingos and rosé and figured this bottle was made especially for me.

It drinks well on its own and is the perfect balance between sweet and dry. And c'mon, it's $5!!

 

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Casual Chambray Friday

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Chambray Shirt (c/o) // White Pencil Skirt // Wedges (similar) // Old Navy Tote // J.Crew Multistrand Pearl Necklace // Aviators // Belt (similar)

We’re halfway to the weekend! I’ve been trying to add more work wear style posts because honestly, I’m not really seeing any blogs that post work wear that I could actually wear to my 9-5. DC tends to be more conservative when it comes to office dress code so it’s a balancing act to create an outfit that’s both professional and non-stuffy. I like to think of my work wear style as “colorfully conservative” so Monday through Thursday, you can find me in bright blazers and dresses paired with printed pencil skirts. On Casual Friday, I get to play around a bit more and push the boundaries a bit.

I styled this chambray shirt for the weekend thanks to my collaboration with Potomac Mills Mall but wanted to show you how I’d wear this shirt for a comfy Friday look. Okay, there’s that whole rule about not wearing white before Memorial Day but this pencil skirt is just too easy to throw on and wind up looking put together. Even if you overslept. Take a step on the wild side with open-toed wedges 🙉  and add a cognac leather belt to balance it all out. Friday Post-Work Happy Hour, I’m comin’ for ya 👊

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Favorite Healthy Snacks from Trader Joe’s

I’m a snack fiend. In the battle between an entree and snack food, snacks win every time. But there’s a hitch: I’m a notorious mindless snacker. If I’m watching TV, you can bet I’ve got a bowl of chips and salsa with me. A 3p.m. trip to the vending machine, popcorn while I’m making dinner…guilty. In the last few weeks, I’ve been making an effort to be more mindful of my eating habits and add new healthy dishes to the weekly menu like this copycat Sweetgreen Guacamole Greens. I’ve rounded up my favorite healthy snacks from Trader Joe’s, what are yours?

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  1. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cashews: Sweet with just the right amount of coconut, these cashews are a delicious handful on their own for an afternoon snack. But if you’re a late night sweet tooth person like me, they also make a 👌 topping crushed on a scoop of ice cream.
  2. Trader Joe’s Fruit Bars: For 99 cents each, these fruit bars are a steal so stock up on these to stash in your desk drawer for afternoon cravings and long work days.
  3. Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pita Crackers + Hummus: If I could swan dive into Trader Joe’s hummus section, I would. Zero shame. My favorite hummus flavors: Roasted Red Pepper, Spicy and Jalapeño Cilantro. I typically will eat hummus with crackers but Trader Joe’s pita crackers have a reserved spot in my cabinet.
  4. Trader Joe’s Quinoa + Black Bean Chips + Island Salsa: These chips have been my #1 Trader Joe’s snack for close to 4 years now. Yup, we’re pretty committed. Each week, they find a spot in my cart. No idea how that happens
  5. Trader Joe’s Cold Pressed Watermelon Juice: Okay so this isn’t really so much a snack as a drink but I had to include it because I.am.hooked. Especially in the summer when DC becomes a swamp. I could probably write an entire post on how refreshing and life-changing it is but then you’d think I’m crazy. Trust me when I say you should add this to your Trader Joe’s shopping list immediately.
  6. Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas: My late night sweet tooth strikes again. Chocolate covered frozen bananas is clutch when it’s 10 p.m. and all you can think about is how if you don’t get your sweet fix soon, you’re going to go (ahem) bananas. I couldn’t help it 🙈
  7. Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bread + Organic Peanut Butter: PB + J was a staple of my childhood like every other kid but we drifted apart for years. Lately, a slice of TJ’s gluten-free bread and a spoonful of peanut butter has become my go-to post-barre snack.

What are your favorite snacks? And what are your thoughts on more TJ’s centric posts? No way or keep ’em coming?

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Chambray + Pineapples

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LOFT Chambray Shirt (c/o) // Talbots Pineapple Infinity Scarf: similar here + here // J.Crew Factory Boardwalk Shorts // Vera Bradley Chain Strap Crossbody // Jack Rogers

I haven’t been to a mall since probably Christmas when I was picking up last-minute gifts…until this weekend. With the Robin Sparkles’ “Let’s Go to the Mall” in my head, I visited Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, VA to check out the shops and pick up some accessories to style this LOFT chambray shirt. Side note: LOFT’s chambray shirt is the softest chambray EVER. I kinda want to wear it to sleep. But I won’t.

In full disclosure, Potomac Mills invited me to participate in their “Work the Shirt” campaign and asked me to accessorize this chambray shirt. Challenge accepted, Potomac Mills! I’m styling the shirt for a casual weekend look today but visit back on Wednesday to see how I styled it for 9-5 life.

I’d never been to Potomac Mills Mall before and I have to say, I was a happy camper. They had a great variety of stores and outlets, where I found some seriously awesome deals on the accessories in these looks.

With chambray as a neutral, I wanted to go for bright, colorful accessories to balance out DC’s gray weather lately. I spotted the pineapple print infinity scarf at Talbots Outlet and it was 😍. It’s unreal how soft and lightweight this scarf is, definitely going to get a lot of wear this summer from sundresses to white jeans.

But my FAVORITE accessory from this trip to Potomac Mills Mall has to be the Vera Bradley crossbody. It was a STEAL. $31. Yup, it doesn’t get better than that. I’ve got a saver’s high still going from this weekend.

You know there will be a ton of sales ‘n deals going on Memorial Day weekend so plan a girls’ trip to check out the outlets at Potomac Mills Mall. Happy wallet, happy closet 👌

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5 Years

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Five years ago, I had just wrapped up my junior year at American University and was home in Orchard Park for a month before my summer internship with Ogilvy started to spend time with my family. I decided in my sophomore year that I wanted a career in political communication and public affairs and in fact, I had a e-note on my Macbook mapping out internships to bring me closer to my goal. Ogilvy was a goal over a year in the making and I was beyond ecstatic to join their team that summer, I had a tremendous experience that’s significantly shaped my post-college professional career. But I’m getting off topic.

While I’m a self-admitted political junkie who loves CSPAN, I have non-political hobbies. I love to cook, try out cocktails, and put together outfits. I needed an outlet for that side of me. So on a whim on my month-long break, I started a WordPress blog. I didn’t read blog or really know anything about them before I started mine. I just knew I needed an outlet and a blog seemed like the best platform.

Incidentally, the name DC Girl in Pearls was a couple of months in the making unbeknownst to me. In January when I applied for Ogilvy’s summer internship, the application had a couple open-answer questions. I breezed by the “Why do you want this internship and what do you hope to get out of it?” No sweat. The next question, “What is your brand essence?,” threw me through a loop. I immediately researched brand essences and read up on what the essences of well-known brands were. How was I supposed to boil myself down to 6 words or less?! How was I supposed to find my essence?! I had visions of me climbing up a mountain in a foreign land to meditate, achieve inner peace and discover my “essence.” But I was on a college campus in DC and would have to figure it out. I imagine I was a bit of a nightmare for the next 48 hours as I pretty much accosted my best friends demanding to know what my essence was. Finally, I came up with “vivacious, pearls-wearing, go-getter.”

Flash forward to May when I decided to start a blog. I signed up for an account and needed to name my blog. Without hesitation, I typed in DC Girl in Pearls and hit enter. And this blog was born!

Thank you so much for following along, your comments, tweets and emails mean the world to me and seriously brighten my day. And thank you so much for sticking with me through this emotional rollercoaster of a spring. But I promise you, content is coming!!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on the other side 💕

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Florals for the Workplace (+ Summer Work Wardrobe Essentials List)

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Floral Shift (c/o ThredUp) // Chambray Blazer (c/o ThredUp) – similar // Kendra Scott Connely Necklace // Bandolino Nude Heels // Sunglasses

Remember Monday’s dress from ThredUp? We’re gonna shift gears here and take this floral print shift from brunch to business. But first, in case you’re new here, I’ll bring you up to speed. ThredUp is an online consignment shop where you can buy and sell designer threads from the comforts of your bed. They are truly doing the Lord’s work. 🙌

I snagged this floral print shift for $25 and I loved that with its modest hemline, I could wear this dress any day of the week. It’s all about the bang for your buck, people. And this dress has it! I work in a conservative work environment so sleeveless shifts are a no-go, gotta cover those shoulders up. Most days if I’m just going to be at my desk, I’ll throw on a cardigan (J.Crew’s Jackie cardigans are a long-time favorite but Factory Clare cardigans are identical + usually on sale!). But some days, I want to go for a more sophisticated, polished look I reach for a blazer. I shunned blazers for the longest time because I thought they made my shoulders look broader but then I got a grip on myself and my ridiculous hangup. I opt for a more fitted petite blazer so I know the sleeves will end where I need them to and I don’t feel like I’m swimming in the blazer.

I’ve been searching for a chambray blazer for over a year to add to my spring wardrobe so when I spotted it on ThredUp, I pretty much jumped for joy. The quest was complete and like this floral shift, I’ve worn it as much as humanly possible since it arrived. True story: I’m wearing it today. Right now, LOFT has an identical chambray blazer 40% off 💁

With DC’s swampy summer humidity kicking in any day now, I rounded up a bunch of blazers + dresses to mix ‘n match to keep you cool as a cucumber and looking professional. It can be done!

Cotton + Linen Blazers 

LOFT Herringbone Linen Blazer

J.Crew Factory Striped Blazer

J.Crew Factory Keating Blazer

Land’s End Chambray Blazer 

Talbots Cotton Pique Blazer

Talbots Gingham Check Blazer

Talbots Aegean Stripe Seersucker Blazer

Shift Dresses 

LOFT Laser Cut Floral Dress

LOFT Ottoman Flare Dress

LOFT Pleated Flare Dress

Factory Laser Cut Floral Dress

Factory Striped Pleated Ponte Dress

L.L. Bean Signature Poplin Dress

Talbots Edie Fit & Flare Dress

Talbots Flowers & Vines Matelassé Sheath

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Chambray Blazer + Floral Print Shift via @DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Photos by Abby Paredes 

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