Union Market Hearts

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Factory Boardwalk Shorts // Gap Perfect White Tee // Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf // Panama Hat // Coach Bag // Jack Rogers

Union Market is one of my favorite weekend spots in the city, it’s like a personal oasis from 24 hour news and politics. I love strolling around and checking out the vendors and stalls, visiting tried ‘n true favorites like Salt & Sundry and Buffalo & Bergen while also exploring new-to-me spots to get some inspiration for my own kitchen adventures. Whenever I visit Union Market, I feel like I’m hitting a creative reset button and I always leave buzzing with ideas for my blog, recipes, home decor, you name it. Do you ever feel so excited and recharged with ideas that you feel punch drunk? Or, if you visited Bidwell, mimosa-tipsy. Need more excellent reasons for visiting Union Market? I’ll give you three!

  1. People watching: Some call it eavesdropping or just flat out spying. Call it what you will but I LOVE people watching. If you’re a people watching enthusiast like me, Union Market is the spot for you. It’s all walks of DC life together in one place and it’s magical.
  2. DOGS: I won’t be able to have a dog for awhile so for the time being I rely on watching funny dog videos on YouTube and being able to pet other people’s dogs. And let me tell you, Union Market has adorable dogs ready to be loved on in spades. Seriously. When Abby and I went to take photos for the blog, I saw the fluffiest dog imaginable proudly holding onto a stick. I’m not sure anyone’s ever been more proud of something than that dog was of that stick. My heart was in a puddle.
  3. Murals: DC can get a bad rap as a drab city with gloomy government buildings. Union Market’s turning that around with several amazing murals, including this hearts one. It might just have to become the official blog photo background because I am that in 💕 with it. You can’t help but break into a goofy smile when you look at it! Honorable Union Market mural mentions: Zebras with a bright pink backdrop.

And I should probably ease up on gushing over Union Market to chat a bit about this outfit, right? Okay, these boardwalk shorts are going to be a summer staple, I can already tell. I bought them just before my Phoenix trip and wore them about three times that week. Incredibly versatile and with an elastic waistband, boardwalk shorts hit the jackpot of flattering meets comfort. I can’t wait to show you how I’ve dressed them up for a night out on town! 😉 Basic pieces like navy shorts and a white tee need serious color to jazz them up and you know how I feel about bright accessories. Lightweight Murfee scarf and my go-to green weekend bag are all this look needs to go from hitting snooze to hitting Union Market up with friends.

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Navy Shorts with Perfect White Tee and Colorful Scarf via DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com Navy Shorts with Perfect White Tee and Colorful Scarf via DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com Navy Shorts with Perfect White Tee and Colorful Scarf via DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Photos by Abby Paredes 

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Hello, it’s Me

Hearts Mural in Union Market via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Oh hey, I’m back! I feel like I’ve had to write this post a couple of times at this point and to be honest, I really hate feeling like I’m neglecting my blog and you, my readers. Creating content and writing posts is part of my routine and in the last few weeks, I’ve felt just off not posting here on my blog, Instagram, Twitter. It’s been radio silence except for Snapchat (👻: Lauren_Anne2989) and it’s driving me crazy. Normally, my routine is working a 40-45 hour work week and then going to barre or a happy hour and then come home to make dinner (I can’t get enough of zucchini noodles with pesto lately), write posts, edit photos, schedule tweets, update my editorial calendar and respond to emails. Usually with Parks and Rec on in the background because if anyone’s going to inspire you to GSD, it’s Leslie Knope. From the Parks Department.

I felt like I was barely in DC last month between Utah and Arizona. And then I got back to DC and felt like I was getting back into the swing of things when BAM! Woke up with an awful cold and was in bed forever (read: 5 days) living off DayQuil/NyQuil and matzoh ball soup. I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept that much. I’m still getting over the cold but this weekend I finally got back to shooting outfit photos (TWO WEEKS’ worth of outfit posts) and despite my naturally goofy reactions to being in front of a camera, it felt so good to be creating content again. I had a serious creative content buzz and couldn’t fall asleep because I was so excited about the cocktails, outfits and recipes I have planned! Do you ever get like that? 

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in, say hi 👋🏻 and  also touch base to see what kind of content you’d like to see on DC Girl. Career content, outfit posts of what I actually wear 9-5, DC neighborhood guides, how-tos…vlogs?! Email me, snap me, tweet me, comment! I’d love to hear from you 💕

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Summer Work Dresses

Oh hey, I’m alive (kinda)! Out of nowhere last week, I felt a sore throat come on and by the next morning I had a full-blown cold. Coughing, sneezing, aches, the works. I looked SUPER pretty, you guys. I quarantined myself all weekend and lived on chicken noodle soup and matzoh ball soup. UberEATS was a serious lifesaver this weekend because I had zero energy/strength to walk to my kitchen, let alone put a meal together. Normally, I’m not a big order-in person because if I’m going to spend money on food, I’d much rather be in a restaurant. But just the idea of getting out of my pjs was exhausting and I wasn’t about to show my sneezing, coughing self in public. UberEATS to the rescue!!

Besides eat as much soup as humanly possible, I also slept more than I think I’ve ever slept in my entire life. Seriously. I never take naps and I’m a night owl but man, I really must’ve needed sleep because I’m fairly certain that was my only activity this weekend. I felt like I was in a fog from Wednesday until mid-Sunday afternoon. So sadly, I didn’t get a chance to shoot outfit posts this weekend but next weekend, it’s happening. And I’m really pumped about it!

So, am I the only person who routinely looks at 10 day weather forecasts? I just like to know what’s ahead so I can mentally prepare and plan my work outfits. Am I standing alone on this? I hope not. And I just admitted it so that’s potentially embarrassing. Well, anyway, I’m happy to report that it seems like winter is FINALLY over and I can fully swap out my closet. My favorite clothing item in my arsenal to beat the DC heat? Flowy, loose-fitting summer work dresses.

They’re incredibly flattering, won’t show signs of heat exhaustion aka sweat (because I sweat) and dresses are so much more comfortable to commute in, especially on a packed Metro train. Toss on a blazer or sweater over the dress when you’re heading into your office building and you’re all set! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite summer work dresses that I have my eye, especially the LOFT floral print shift 👌Bring it on, Summer 2016!

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Sedona, Arizona

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Can I go back? I don’t know about you but I could absolutely definitely use another couple of days outside in the warm sunshine – hiking around Sedona or hanging by the pool buried in a book with a cocktail. I think I’m especially in need of some good ol’ Vitamin D with this wacky weather and the beginning signs  of a cold. Does anyone else’s immune system completely go to pieces when the weather fluctuates? Because seriously, I feel like I went from normal to sniffly and sneezy with a sore throat in about 15 minutes. Get it together, immune system! In the mean time, I’m going to sip chicken noodle soup, load up on Vitamin C and echinacea and will myself to get better STAT. And scroll through my photos from vacation because Sedona might be the most beautiful place on Earth. The red rocks are absolutely majestic and totally worth it to be covered in red dust for days after visiting. I’ll try to do a lengthier post on Sedona in the future but for first now, I’m taking some Emergen-C and calling it a night.

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Little White Dresses

If you wear it, spring will come. That’s the theory I’m currently working on. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to say sayonara to my boots, heavy sweaters and leggings until next fall. After being in 70+ degree weather on my Arizona vacation, I am vehemently opposed to wearing anything but light, flowy dresses and my Jacks. Tragically, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be quite on board with the whole spring weather vibe I’m feeling. Which brings me to my “If you wear it” theory.

The tricky part about little white dresses, I’ve found, is that when you really need to find one, little white dresses seem to be nonexistent. So let’s do some summer prep work and stock up while we can! I mean, it’s Monday morning. A little retail therapy to start the week right 👌

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Paloma Cocktail with IZZE Grapefruit Juice

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Okay, I’m easing back into the Real World after a week of spending as much time as possible outside and eating as many tacos as possible. At the same time. But it’s back to reality and I’m signing up for barre (and platform!) classes like crazy and prepping kale and quinoa for the week. I then went crazy and got raw shelled hemp seeds. I even liked them. Who am I?!? But I can’t go from tacos to hemp seeds just like that. It’s gotta be a slow transition. And I certainly can’t give up cocktails…

The answer: Palomas with IZZE sparkling grapefruit juice. Think of it as the Skinnygirl of Palomas. Grapefruit is one of my favorite IZZE flavors and works perfectly into my semi-detox. No added sugar, no preservatives and no high-fructose corn syrup. Just pure grapefruit juice and a splash of sparkling water. And a shot of tequila.

Like nature intended it.

Paloma Cocktail with @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Paloma Cocktail with @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Paloma Cocktail with @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Paloma Cocktail with @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Paloma Cocktail
 
Author:
Cuisine: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle IZZE Grapefruit Sparkling Juice
  • 1 shot tequila
  • Fresh squeeze of lime
Instructions
  1. Combine the grapefruit juice and tequila, stir to combine.
  2. Add the lime wedge and cheers!

 

 

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Desert Style

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Stripe Tank Dress (Option 1 and Option 2 // Panama Hat // Gold Jacks // Aviators

Oh hey, remember me? I’m the girl who jetted off to Phoenix for a week and left you high and dry 😳 But it was for a good reason: I spent the last week hanging with my parents, blowing bubbles with Tommy (Who told me he was proud of my bubble-blowing skills 💁), visiting family, hiking in Sedona, had a psychic reading, not wearing any makeup, working on a tan, and feasting on all the tacos I could get my hands on. Which brings us to this dress. It’s from Vineyard Vines circa 2014 but I’ve linked a few similar options. Let me tell you, I’ve gotten some serious mileage out of this stripe tank dress. Surprisingly, it was last on the blog here back in 2015 but in the summer, I think I wear it about once a week. It’s breezy for the DC humidity, soft enough to make you feel like you’re getting away with wearing PJs in public (!!!) AND it’s incredibly forgiving when you’re like me and have never met a taco you didn’t like. So, naturally, it was the very first thing I tossed into my suitcase for my trip to the desert.

After years working outdoors as a lifeguard, I tan pretty well but without fail, no matter how much sunscreen I put on, my nose and cheekbones always get a little red. The solution: Add a hat (along with serious sunblock). I lived in this Panama hat from lounging by the pool to dining al fresco. I refused to come back to DC looking like a lobster and I’m proud to say I succeeded. This hat made me feel like my outfits were complete, even the most casual (cough white tee and shorts cough) so expect to see this hat make a number of appearances here on the blog and my Instagram. And now that I’m thinking of it, are we Snapchat friends? Let’s get on that. 👻 Lauren_Anne2989

The finishing touches for this outfit are a chunky turquoise necklace because hey, I was in the Southwest, gotta load up on the turquoise!! And of course, I slipped into my Jacks because it’s not a vacation without my Jacks.

Oh, and can we ooh and aah over this gorgeous bougainvillea?!?! It was EVERYWHERE and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Back to the real world in 3…2…

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Desert Style ft. Stripe Tank Dress, Gold Jack Rogers + Panama Hat via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Desert Style ft. Stripe Tank Dress, Gold Jack Rogers + Panama Hat via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

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Travel Essentials

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In exactly 24 hours from when this post goes live (6AM), I’ll be boarding a plane bound for Phoenix, Arizona.

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With DC’s pretty gloomy weekend weather, I’m especially excited to say sayonara and head to the valley of the sun. Just add 🍹 (Recipe here) and I’m all set. Gah cannot wait to be in the sunshine!!! And eat as many tacos as possible. And In-n-Out. Note to self: Pack workout gear.

But first…a 3AM wakeup call and a four hour flight. Oy vey. I’ve become pretty spoiled in the last few years with my average flight being 50 minutes long. I get on the plane, have a Diet Coke, read a few chapters or doze off and before I know it, we’ve landed. A four hour flight…yikes. I recently flew on a direct flight from Salt Lake City to DC and the first three hours were fine but the last hour, I was ANTSY to say the least. I just had to move. I’m not repeating the same mistakes and packed my carryon with quite a number of activities to keep me from bouncing up and down in my seat out of boredom – counting down the hours until the plane lands.

Books: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD

Magazines: Bon Appetit, Living + Real Simple 

Misc: Mandala Coloring Book (Yes, I’m serious – it’s incredibly relaxing)

Podcasts: My podcast feed list

And, of course, I’ve got a blog to-do list to tackle. This should cover four hours, right?

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St. Patrick’s Day Moscow Mule

Not a green beer lover? No problem! Try out a St. Patrick's Day Moscow Mule with IZZE via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

If you’re like me and don’t drink beer, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at a bar can be kinda tricky. The green beer and Guinness is flowing but the cocktails? Not so much. You want to feel in the spirit of the holiday, especially if you grew up in an area that pretty much lives for this day, but your stomach churns at the idea of beer and stout. The good news is I have a cocktail that’s so festive for St. Patrick’s Day, green beer’s gonna be green with envy. Sorry, I had to. You understand. Moving on.

Moscow Mule copper mugs are already festive by themselves but for St. Patrick’s Day, they seem especially appropriate. If a mug that could easily pass for a leprechaun’s pot o’ gold with a cheery sprig of mint sticking out doesn’t say “Erin Go Bragh,” I really don’t know what does. Except maybe a Shamrock Shake. Fight it, Lauren. You have been in a swimsuit next week.

This St. Patrick’s Day Moscow Mule starts with vodka, goes into IZZE Sparkling Apple and ends with a whiskey floater. But it’s St. Patrick’s Day and you gotta go big, am I right? So put on your green and make yourself a crisp St. Patrick’s Day Moscow Mule.

P.S. If you want an EPIC breakfast to soak up all the green beer and whiskey, check out my Lucky Charms Cereal Milk Overnight Oats!

Not a green beer lover? No problem! Try out a St. Patrick's Day Moscow Mule with IZZE via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

Not a green beer lover? No problem! Try out a St. Patrick's Day Moscow Mule with IZZE via @ DC Girl in Pearls | dcgirlinpearls.com

St. Patrick's Day Moscow Mule
 
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Recipe type: Easy
Cuisine: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz. vodka
  • Ice
  • 1 bottle IZZE Sparkling Apple
  • Splash of whiskey
  • Mint for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill up a copper mug with ice and pour vodka over.
  2. Top off with IZZE Sparkling Apple and a splash of whiskey as a floater.
  3. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.

 

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Spring Break Packing List

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Target Aqua Straw Tote // Target Striped Fish Print Scarf // J.Crew Factory Boardwalk Pull-on Shorts // Vera Bradley Tote // J.Crew Factory Tank // Ray Ban Aviators // Land’s End Panama Hat // Vera Bradley Clutch // Jack Rogers

In exactly a week from today, I’ll be in sunny Phoenix, Arizona! March is seriously West Coast Travel Month and considering DC weather yesterday predicted snow on Sunday, the desert cannot come soon enough. I know March is “in like a lion, out like a lamb” but seriously?! Where is the unsubscribe button?!

Between Utah last week and Arizona the next, this is the farthest I’ve gotten out of DC since Christmas. I love DC and all but sometimes you just need a change of scenery, you know? To distract myself from the gray ‘n gloomy weather this week, I’ve been making a list of outfits to pack for my trip to Arizona and getting more and more excited with each minute. No joke. Fair warning: I’ll be talking about my vacation from here until next Tuesday.

I’ve been warned against overpacking so I’ll be taking my Vera Bradley duffel bag, which I swear is like Mary Poppins’ bag because it miraculously holds everything I could possibly want. Just when I thought it couldn’t possibly zip, it goes and zips. How?! Since my space is limited, I’ve started making a list of everything I could need ( just realized I forgot my swimsuit😳) and spoiler alert: It involves a lot of mix ‘n match pieces, especially with these J.Crew Factory boardwalk pull-on shorts.

Who’s ready to sit by the pool and soak up some sun? 🙋🍹👙

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