Airport Musings

Travel Style - DC Girl in Pearls

Shirt: J.Crew // Shorts: J.Crew // Shoes: Jacks // Camera: Nikon // Hat: Target // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Lipstick: Estee Lauder Defiant Coral // Mani: Essie’s Mod Squad

I’m probably one of the few people who actually doesn’t mind the airport. Granted, I could live with faster WiFi right now but que sera, sera. It usually takes me longer to get to the airport than the time I actually spend at the place. But I like using those extra hours to hunker down next to an outlet and get some work done or to stretch out, casually flip through some magazines and do some good ol’ fashioned people watching.

The only time I really get to read magazines is when I travel or am on vacation. Aside from that, any magazine I purchase largely gets ignored (proof: the Living magazine pictured above is probably 2 months old) but I love checking out the glossy images, circling and starring inspiration for future blog posts.

I have a theory about why I’m scary (to me) productive at airports so just hear me out. I’ve always done my best work under a deadline. If I’m told I absolutely must stop working on a project in an hour/in a day etc, I get an adrenaline rush and hammer out my project. When I arrive at the airport and get through security, the countdown is on until I have to board the plane. Anything I don’t finish will take away from precious vacation minutes. God forbid that should happen. So I bury myself into my laptop, notebooks and #GSD.

Like this here little baby blog post for instance.

I’m sorry, that was the Chipotle talking.

Moving on. Nothing left to see here, folks.

I am over the moon excited to go home to Buffalo for the long weekend to decompress and come back fresh with new posts for you. Get ready for some outfit shots with beautiful architecture that only the Queen City can provide. For you foodies, expect nonstop food porn on my Instagram this weekend. I’ll be rolling back to DC rocking elastic waistbands.

See you on Monday!

P.S. Any Buffalo gals reading this? Say hi!

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Labor Day Weekend with Skinnygirl Cocktails

I spent a good portion of Wednesday thinking it was Thursday. Convinced it was Thursday. Thank goodness for the long Labor Day weekend so I can remember how a calendar works, get in a good BBQ and soak up some sun before we have to say au revoir to summer.

Thanks to Skinnygirl Cocktails, we are kissing Summer 2014 goodbye with a whole lotta zest + fewer calories (because swimsuit season isn’t officially over just quite yet!). If you’re planning a backyard jamboree or you’re BBQ-hopping this weekend, I have three stellar cocktails to take your Labor Day weekend get-together to the next level.

Easy to make, check. Delicious, double check. Get ready to be the life of the party!

Labor Day Weekend Skinnygirl Cocktails - DC Girl in Pearls

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Sunshine Sipper 

Ingredients

5 parts glass of Skinnygirl® Pinot Grigio

2 parts frozen lemonade

1 part soda water

Lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

Blend ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Finish with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Sea Breeze Spritzer 

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka

2 parts lemon-lime soda

2 parts club soda

Lime for garnish

Directions:

Pour ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with lime.

Tropical Tea-se 

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka

6 parts green tea OR diet green tea

Pineapple wedge for garnish

Directions:

Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

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Fall Style Favorites

If Starbucks is already selling the #PSL, I guess we can talk about how to dress for fall now. I’m still clinging to summer with all my might and I know the swamp known as Washington, DC won’t really get into fall weather until late September. But I’m torn between my love of summer and my love of layering. You can take the girl out of Upstate New York, but you can’t take the Upstate New York out of the girl.

As an Upstate New York expat, I know my way around autumn style. We all know layers are key but exactly what pieces do we need?! The solution is finding prints + colors that can mix ‘n match. You’ll look put together and can create a variety of outfits. Your bank account + your closet will both be very happy.

You guessed it, it’s time to break out the collegiate stripes! Though to be honest, my very favorite item in this mix is the burgundy midi skirt. Swoon. I think it’d look awesome with my leopard chunky heel pumps or the leopard loafers.

When I started writing this post, I was pretty meh about fall’s arrival (and the chilly weather) but now I’m pretty pumped! Bring it on, autumn.

P.S. The J.Crew Factory items are 40-50% off online only so hurry + stock up!

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District Doughnut

District Doughnut on Barracks Row - DC Girl in Pearls

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to have a playdate with doughnuts. Yup, you heard that right. I visited District Doughnut‘s new digs on Barracks Row and it immediately turned a rainy Saturday right around. Doughnuts are all-powerful, you know. You just can’t help but smile when you see a doughnut. Science.

Side note: do you prefer doughnut or donut? I know it’s officially doughnut but the word donut just looks so cute!! Yes, words can look cute. I swear.

The awesome crew at District Doughnut were hard at work that day filling wedding favors with mini Brown Butter and Dulce de Leche doughnuts. Fair warning: mini doughnuts are dangerous because they are just too too easy to pop into your mouth. The Dulce de Leche was the perfect blend of sweet and salty with a rich filling. But my favorite were the Brown Butters, hands down. I like it simple + sweet and these babies really delivered. I can’t stop thinking about them. I’m like a schoolgirl with a crush. Need proof? Just check out my #doughface here:

District Doughnut on Barracks Row - DC Girl in Pearls

Additional evidence of my Brown Butter crush. Lauren + Brown Butter Dougnuts = True Luv 4 Eva.

District Doughnut on Barracks Row - DC Girl in Pearls

 Shorts // Stripe Top // Pearls // Jacks // Essie: Waltz

District Doughnut also offers coffee for you java fiends. You’ll have to share how it is (I’m one of the 3% of humanity who doesn’t drink coffee)!

OMG! In case I wasn’t already head over heels for District Doughnut, Christine, pastry chef + doughnut extraordinaire, grew up in WNY like me. Desserts + chatting about Buffalove are two of my favorite things. Combining them was the glaze on the doughnut.

District Doughnut is currently open on Fridays in August and will open its doors full time on September 8th. I just know it’s going to be a big hit so DC cupcakes better watch their backs!

Okay, I’m going to stop talking and let you scroll through the doughnut food porn. To see the photos that didn’t make it onto the blog and continue the doughnut love, visit my Facebook page here.

District Doughnut - DC Girl in Pearls

District Doughnut - DC Girl in Pearls

District Doughnut - DC Girl in Pearls

District Doughnut - DC Girl in Pearls

District Doughnut - DC Girl in Pearls

District Doughnut on Barracks Row - DC Girl in Pearls

Photos by Caroline Holman

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Monogram Monday: Favorite C.Wonder Pieces On Sale

In case you’re still going through sale withdrawal after last week’s Lilly #AfterPartySale bargain-bonanza, C.Wonder is the cure. The whimsical shop is currently 30% off full price! While I love C.Wonder’s totes + jewelry (the # necklace is an all time favorite), their home section currently has my undivided attention. Their decor pieces’ price + touch of personalization will make your home + wallet very happy. But why the nesting mentality?

Over the weekend, I did a major deep cleaning (I’m wild ‘n crazy, I know) of my apartment. Wiped down every surface, dusted each item, did several loads of laundry. I even ironed my linens. Once you pop, you just can’t stop.

So I’m on a bit of a home decor bender, if you will.

My next home project: closet organization + storage. Oy vey. That’s one daunting task so in the mean time, let’s dive deep into denial and instead focus on the pretty monogram pieces from C. Wonder? And on they’re on sale too! Winner winner.

Gotta love a good sale! The jewelry box is the most expensive in this set and it’s $40! And that cheese board with spreader for $10?! Get at me.

Have your Lilly sale items arrived yet? Happy Monday!

 

 

 

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Top Trader Joe’s Frozen Meals

I’ve loved to cook since I was in grade school though I would have considered myself more of a baker than a cook. Layer cakes and brownies? I was your girl! I didn’t really start cooking until the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college. I moved off-campus and cancelled my campus meal plan. Chicken tenders (pronounced TEN-dahs) and insanely greasy quesadillas were no longer an option. I could’ve forked over the $6 or $7 to get these dishes but after feeling like I had eaten them for free for two years thanks to my student ID, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was a matter of principle. Though I wasn’t above begging underclassmen friends to swipe me in. But now I’m getting off topic.

It was around this time I discovered Trader Joe’s. I’d heard about it from West Coast friends but I assumed it was just another version of Whole Paycheck Foods. I’ve carefully documented my love/obsession of Trader Joe’s so for those of you DC Girl veterans, I won’t bore you with a repeat performance. New readers (Welcome!!!), you can read my love letters to Trader Joe’s here. Click here to read my scientific thoughts on Trader Joe’s microwave meals.

When I go to Trader Joe’s, I usually do about 3 laps in the frozen section. Not because I’m crazy, though if you see me at Trader Joe’s you might think that. I once spent at least 10 minutes staring at the olive oils. But because there are so many hidden gems in that section.

Like I said, I love to cook and get a genuine thrill over conquering a recipe and creating a delicious meal for myself. I will channel my inner Barefoot Contessa and imagine my paperclip sized kitchen is Ina’s impeccable Hamptons one. Maybe I am crazy.

But I’m human and there are nights where I get home later than usual. And I still have to write tomorrow’s post and oh yeah, I’m usually ravenous when I get home late. I need a meal in minutes so I don’t just inhale everything in my pantry like some kind of Hoover vacuum. I know I will pay the price for this binge dearly the next morning when I have to zipper up my outfit.

So, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Lauren. Get to the d*** point.” The point is I make sure I have a couple of frozen meals from Trader Joe’s locked and loaded in my freezer to get called into active duty when I need a meal and I need it now. Even if you’re not in a rush to eat, these meals are delicious to keep around for those nights you’d rather Netflix binge Parks and Recreation than cook + do dishes. Been there, done that.

Favorite Trader Joe's Frozen Meals - DC Girl in Pearls

Cioppino Seafood Stew: This bad boy was the inspiration to pull this post together. I tossed it into my basket on a whim and had it for dinner last week after a particularly exhausting day. I was pleasantly surprised with how generous the seafood serving was. The shrimp was a tad chewy but other than that, I was a happy camper. This dish is spicy and had my lips burning for several minutes after eating it. Note that one bag makes two cups. And I ate both cups. Sharing is overrated when a dish is this tasty. If you are cooking for two, I’d suggest getting each person a bag or making this an appetizer instead of the main course. Add crusty bread to soak up the spicy seafood stew if you’re feeling fancy.

Burritos: I think we can all agree that burritos are a gift from above to humanity. Soft carb pillows nestled with veggies, beans, cheese, chicken or beef. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Frozen burritos are a great freezer staple: perfect for dinner + next day lunch. Or if you wake up feeling (ahem) “under the weather” over the weekend. Dip into Trader Joe’s salsa or reduced guilt guacamole for extra taste points. The only winners of that game are your tastebuds. 

Arugula Pizza: I’m pretty certain my naan pizza is the easiest pizza recipe of all time. But sometimes, you don’t have the ingredients and sometimes, you just want the satisfaction of taking a pizza out of the box and immediately put it in the oven. No fuss, no mess. I love TJ’s Arugula Pizza for these times: the crust is crispy and the arugula and tomatoes taste like they’re fresh. Again, if you want to feel fancy, drizzle the pizza with balsamic vinegar or sprinkle some feta because let’s face it, sometimes four types of cheese just isn’t enough. Or add fresh arugula for double the peppery flavor.

Lamb Vindaloo: If there’s one cuisine that Trader Joe’s does right frozen, it’s Indian. If you are a fan of spicy dishes, you will achieve nirvana with this dish. Large chunks of lamb in a deliciously heat-happy sauce paired with fragrant basmati rice. Just YES. I always keep this meal in my frozen rotation, serve with a slice of Trader Joe’s frozen naan for a fuller meal. 

I might have to do a Part Two of this post because there were so many other wonderful frozen meals that didn’t make the cut. I’m talking about you, Linguine with Clam Sauce. I’m comin’ for ya.

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s frozen meal? Have you also lapped a section in the grocery store three times? Please please please say yes!!

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Thirsty Thursday: Skinnygirl Vodka Lemonade Cocktail

Skinnygirl Vodka Lemonade Cocktail - DC Girl in Pearls

Yesterday was National Lemonade Day and I know, I know it’s Thursday but hey, I think National Lemonade Day can have a Part 2. Lemonade is so delicious it deserves more than just a measly 24 hours.

A couple of summers ago, my favorite cocktail to make involved citrus vodka + pink lemonade. I tossed in lime slices and felt oh-so-fancy sipping my drink in a pink flamingo tumbler. Ah the good ol’ days…of 2011.

The years have passed and while some things have changed like my feelings on mixing prints, some things haven’t. Like my love of mixing lemonade in cocktails. And flamingos. I love flamingos.

Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka + Trader Joe’s Sparkling Lemonade (or any lemonade your little heart desires, we’re equal opportunity lemonade here). The result? 100% summertime happiness.

Oh and my flamingo tumbler has transformed into a flamingo cocktail stirrer. Birds of a feather happy hour together.

Skinnygirl Vodka Lemonade Cocktail - DC Girl in Pearls

Skinnygirl Vodka Lemonade Cocktail - DC Girl in Pearls

Skinnygirl Vodka Lemonade Cocktail - DC Girl in Pearls

 

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This post was sponsored by Skinnygirl Cocktails®.  All opinions and product sentiments are my own.

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Stripe Pullover + Lace Pencil Skirt

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in PearlsTop: J.Crew // Skirt: J.Crew (similar) // Sandals: Guess (similar, also love this gold pair) // Bag: LL Bean // Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer (similar + ON MAJOR SALE!!) // Mani: Essie Mod Squad // Lip: Maybelline Baby Lips ‘Pink Punch’

While T Swift is shaking it off, we’re mixing it up today on DC Girl. I’ve always been a matchy matchy kinda gal but decided to step out of my comfort zone for this look. I went a little crazy and I…mixed prints!!! *Gasp + clutch your pearls*

Continuing my noble quest to feature more “wear to work” looks, I brought back my favorite lace pencil skirt and re-styled it for Casual Friday in the office. And that means learning how to mix prints for work.

Fridays typically involve a more laid-back dress code and the promise of cocktails after work with friends so we have a little more wiggle room in the style department. Swap the closed toed heels for nude wedge sandals and add a whimsical, colorful necklace. Tuck a stripe popover into a lace pencil skirt: the stripes on this popover are soft enough to complement the feminine vibe of the lace pencil skirt. Voila! A polished look. And if this matchy-matchy girl can step out of the box, you can too. I promise. Just think about how many unexplored combinations are waiting in your closet right this very minute to be discovered!

You are ready to go immediately from desk to drinks with just a lipstick touch up. Overall a forgiving look for later when you decide to indulge in those happy hour nachos. Because they’re nachos and because they’re 1/2 off from 5-7. Speaking from experience, guys.

Are you pro or against mixing prints? Do you have favorite combinations?

P.S. Tonight’s the Washingtonian Sample Sale! Great style deals, cocktails + hors d’oeuvres, it’s going to be the perfect way to get beyond Wednesday. 

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in Pearls

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in Pearls

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in Pearls

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in Pearls

How To Mix Prints For Work - DC Girl in Pearls

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Carnelian Boutique x DCanter

Just when I think I’ve got my neighborhood figured out, it goes and surprises me. On weekends, I’m usually out ‘n about Eastern Market and Barracks Row: farmer’s market + an abundance of delicious brunch options. It has everything I could hope to do on a Saturday or Sunday.

Corrine from Carnelian Boutique invited me to celebrate her boutique’s second birthday with her at DCanter, a wine boutique on Barracks Row (8th Street SE, just a couple of blocks from Eastern Market Metro) on Saturday. I’d never been to DCanter and cute clothes, sparkling wine, and desserts spell out a good time to me!

Corrine’s boutique has an adorable selection with wear-to-work dresses and comfy, flowing tops for nights out on the town. The best part? The prices won’t break this DC girl’s budget! I had a wonderful time chatting with Corrine and her friends, Dana of Something Good + Tiffany of Domicile Magazine. I seriously eyed up the beautiful metal disc collar necklace from Chloe + Isabel but resisted. Until next time…

But I did walk home with the purple floral pencil skirt pictured below, I can’t wait to show you how I style it for work + fun!

P.S. Eastern Market/Capitol Hill people, DCanter hosts classes like Wine 101. If you’re like me and haven’t the faintest idea about wines (aside from picking them based on their price and how pretty the label is, a proven scientific method), a wine tasting class would be an awesome idea for your next date night or girls’ night out. Or maybe we could all do a Thirsty Thursday Live at DCanter! Thoughts on this?? Please say yes!

P.P.S. Speaking of fun things to pencil into the calendar, I’ll be at the Washingtonian Sample Sale tomorrow to check out the awesome sales + enjoy a cocktail (or two). I hope to see you there!

Carnelian Boutique - DC Girl in Pearls

Spotted: My pencil skirt on the far right!!

DCanter- DC Girl in Pearls

Carnelian Boutique - DC Girl in Pearls

DCanter- DC Girl in Pearls

DCanter- DC Girl in Pearls

Chloe and Isabel - DC Girl in Pearls

Chloe and Isabel - DC Girl in Pearls

 

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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale (The Sale Formerly Known as The Endless Summer Sale) is an Internet-stopping yearly event. Literally. There are so many Lilly lovin’ people who flock to the site for unbelievably good deals that usually the site crashes. I’m sure as I type this, Lilly has IT people working around the clock to make sure the website is working perfectly. All the better to scoop up your favorite shift, yes?

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - DC Girl in PearlsIf you are new to the sale, Kelly of Kelly in the City has a wonderfully thorough guide: her advice is spot-on.

I tend to gravitate towards the same Lilly pieces because I know they will fit and flatter, while we don’t yet know which goodies will be on the virtual sales rack until tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, here are my favorite Lilly pieces. And may the odds be ever in your favor :)

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - DC Girl in Pearls

 

Callahan Shorts

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - DC Girl in Pearls

Janice Shift

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - DC Girl in Pearls

Murfee Scarf

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - DC Girl in Pearls

Elsa Top

 

 

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