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Wine + Art Girls' Night at Merlot's Masterpiece on U Street in DC1. Have a fun girls’ night at Merlot’s Masterpiece on U Street! Sip wine and create a beautiful piece of art for your home. I visited the studio yesterday and had an absolute blast painting my “Washington Monument At Night.” Keep in mind I haven’t walked into an art class since I was in 8th grade!

2. Step-by-step guide to cleaning out your closet for spring. I took copious notes…

3. I decided to save up for this Kate Spade beauty in dark geranium. I need to break my “big bag lady” habit!!

4. Taking a major walk down memory lane after watching the first trailer for Girl Meets World

5. What I’ve packed for my Arizona vacation so far: Jacks, bathing suit + sunnies.

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thirsty thursday: margarita madness

Mexican restaurants have always been a favorite of mine. If it wasn’t for my waistline, I would gladly indulge in chips, salsa and guacamole every single day. You think I’m exaggerating. I’m completely serious.

I remember when I was about 8 and with my mother at our favorite local cantina. I distinctly recall her telling me that when I’m old enough to order a margarita, I will love Mexican restaurants that much more. Lo and behold, she was right! I’ve tried and dabbled with various flavors but my go-to is a swirl (strawberry + lime). I do love the unique seasonal flavors but, of course, you cannot do wrong with the original!

Thirsty Thursday: Margarita Madness

 

Grapefruit // Classic // Blood Orange

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get vacation-ready with jack rogers + marley lilly giveaway

I’ll be on vacation in Arizona next week and I don’t think I can express how excited I am!! I’ll get to see family members I haven’t seen since high school and spend a week laying out in the bright sunshine. I’m trying to pack this week but I know that because of a busy schedule, I’ll be packing on Friday evening. But I have already tossed a couple of travel necessities into my tote: a couple of books for the long plane ride + my Jacks.

I cannot wait to slip into my Jacks and soak up the lovely sunshine on my vacation. They are a constant in my warm-weather wardrobe so to me, spring doesn’t truly start until I can pull out my Jacks.

I was really excited to see that two of my favorite brands Jack Rogers + Marley Lilly teamed up for a fantastic giveaway!! After all, there are multiple monograms involved…

Enter here to win a pair of monogrammed Jacks and a tote + hat from Marley Lilly! I know I will : )

get vacation-ready with jack rogers + marley lilly!

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nobody’s perfect

Today’s post is a far cry from the one I originally planned. I scheduled a baking post to celebrate Easter but last night, I just couldn’t make it work (to paraphrase the deity Tim Gunn). As I whipped up the cream cheese frosting, it was smooth sailing and looked like clear skies ahead. Then, pesky food dye came into the picture and I couldn’t get even close to the shade I was aiming for. And I was covered in frosting thanks to my exuberant mixer.

One of the blogging phenomenons (or really, social media phenomenons) is this perception that bloggers have it together at all timesThat they look effortlessly stylish all the time, their souffles rise magnificently and their apartments are lavishly furnished. Well, at least for this blogger, that is simply not true. And last night’s frosting fiasco was a prime example.

I am a 24 year old who experiences bumps in the road like everyone else. It might be major like financial worries that cause me to lie awake at night crunching numbers in my head or something trivial like food dye malfunctions.  For me, the pivotal part of these anxieties is picking yourself up and figuring out a way forward. Whether that means creating a budget and kicking your Starbucks habit to save money or simply accepting the fact that your frosting isn’t going to be the perfect shade. But it’s cool, because you still have a bowl of delicious frosting. And all the ingredients for cupcakes. And the show must go on.

Please share your thoughts with me!!! I’m especially interested in hearing from you about the perception that bloggers have it all.

The show must go on

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monogram monday: color dipped wine tote

With spring weather finally deciding to show more than fashionably late, I am already making my list of things to do this summer. Brunches, museums, I may even throw a picnic into the mix. Although let’s be honest, the closest I’ve come to a picnic has been Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. But summer 2014 could be the year. Monogram Monday: Color Dipped Wine Tote

Color Dipped Wine Tote from Shop Dandy 

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spring 2014 style lookbook

I thought about doing a little April Fool’s joke today but I decided with the nonstop-rain-and-snow/hail that Mother Nature gave us over the weekend, I’ve had enough of pranks and would prefer a happy surprise. Since it’s April 1st and I am wishin’ and hopin’ that the winter blues are behind us, I’m sharing my Spring 2014 Style Lookbook with you! These items are the ones I’ll be reaching for in my closet or putting on my wish list for one of my favorite seasons. I’ll be updating my lookbook as I find more sartorial gems so be sure to visit the spring lookbook  at the top of the page for the latest! 

What’s ahead on my spring style forecast? Lots of stripes, florals, pastels and unexpected neutrals like cork!

 

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monogram monday: design darling’s acrylic business card holder

In DC, it is vital that you keep your business cards on you at all times. America may run on Dunkin, but DC runs on networking. In line for coffee, on your way to a hearing, at a friend’s happy hour, networking is a nonstop athletic sport as far as DC goes. I keep my business cards in a Kate Spade holder in my work tote at all times but at home, I like to have them on my entryway table, ready for me to replenish my stash as I head out the door. I think that Design Darling’s acrylic holder is the winner in my search for a new holder!

 

Monogram Monday: Design Darling's Acrylic Business Card Holder

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blush peonies

1. Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain looks just like a crayon. And I totally dig that.

2. Goal for the weekend: learn how to frost a cake like a pro.

3. Waterlogue turns your favorite photo into a watercolor. This means I can justify the 100 photos of flowers on my iPhone, right?

4. Beautiful cherry blossoms are almost here!

5. Absolutely obsessed with this Washington Post flow chart. Are you Team Trader Joe’s or Team Whole Foods?

6. Kate Spade’s wicker shoulder bag just makes me wanna say “Cheeeeeeeeeese!”

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happy birthday, dad!

Happy birthday to my dad, who taught me to ride a bike, swing a bat, how to push myself to achieve my goals. Thank you for your corny sense of humor that bring groans and laughs, for your practical jokes even when they make me jump out of my skin and for telling me to “cheer up, lil buckeroo” when I’ve had a bad day. I love you, Dad! Enjoy a slice or two of your German chocolate cake! You’re the greatest : )

Happy birthday, Dad!