Thursday, April 24, 2014

Goodwill x Monroe Street Market #ForwardYourFashion

Happy Thursday ladies! I just wanted to let you all know about a really fun event that's going on this weekend, & the best part is that it's F-R-E-E :) If you live in the DC, MD, or VA area you need to swing by the Monroe Street Market for fashion, shopping, music, & fun. The video below explains more about the event, & all the good that it's doing. To sign up for your free ticket, click here! One of the coolest parts of the day is the #ForwardYourFashion Fashion Show, it's going to be a fashion show of 12 different looks styled by 4 thrifty DMV bloggers, & I'm one of them :) Our challenge was to create 3 different looks using strictly Goodwill items, oh yeah & we had to keep all 3 outfits under $100! I can't wait to share with all of you the complete looks, but for now I'll leave you with some teaser detail shots. 


Look 1: Casual Outfit for Running Errands
I'm usually pretty timid about print mixing, so I chose two mild patterns. The army print is pretty much a neutral & the fact that the polka dots on the blouse are so tiny makes this look very easy to pull off. I loved the bold gold earrings to liven up the outfit, & I couldn't pass on the perfume vial necklace #amaziiing <3 
Look 2: Formal Outfit for a Summer Wedding
For this look I wanted to showcase the fact that you can score amazing designer-like pieces for a fraction of the price at Goodwill. Since the dress was a bit dark for Summer I wanted to keep the accessories bright & brought in more color with the fun statement earrings. 
Look 3: Effortless Outfit for Brunching with Friends
Black & white outfits are always trendy, but I wanted to take this look in a more funky direction so I added some bold primary colored accessories for flare & a bright blue belt to break up the dress. I could totally see myself wearing this outfit to go meet up with friends for mimosas :)

To see the complete looks, as well as all the other outfits that the other bloggers styled be sure to stop by this Saturday April 26th!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OOTD: Easter Stripes

As I mentioned previously, I'm trying to "grow up" my closet ... aka fill it with better quality pieces & more versatile pieces! This dress fit the criteria & was on sale at Express for $35, which is more than I'd normally pay for a dress but I had to make an exception. When I received the dress in the mail I was happy to see that the material looked like the pictures online, & the construction of the dress was flattering :) I decided to debut my dress at Easter Brunch (thanks Tammy & Brea!) this past Saturday & Trisha snapped some post-brunch outfits of me in my new dress! I wish that you could've seen the two guys who were watching us take pictures, they had so much great "modeling" advice to offer *side eye* anyways, at least they provided a little entertainment lol.    
Dress-EXPRESS, Heels-JESSICA SIMPSON via MACYS, Clutch-THRIFTED

I'm thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather that has graced DC, & I do NOT miss winter coats & cardigans at all! However, I've already thought about how I'm going to style this dress once the cold temps come around again .. you can never be too prepared :) Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays: Cutthroat Kitchen

Since moving in with David's family I haven't watched as many of my old go-to TV shows .. yes, they were mostly reality crap #dontjudgeme! I know you're like what does your garbage taste in TV shows have to do with food ... ahem TASTY TUESDAYS?! Well, since you asked it has everyyything to do with it, because now that we're all sharing one TV I've started watching a lot of the shows his mom watches, which many times are food/cooking shows. My absolute FAVORITE show that she watches & now it's my show too, because I love it is CUTTHROAT KITCHEN!!!! I mean it really is fantastic, the host is absolutely hilarious & totally has the whole mad scientist thing going on .. but it totally works for him :) The other day one of their challenges was to create the Canadian dish Poutine (fries, brown gravy, & cheese curds) which of course gave me a craving for the decadent dish! I've only had them once before at Victoria Gastro Pub & they had an extra ingredient duck fat, so I had to make the journey again for more poutine!
Do you see all this ooey-gooey goodness?! If you're in Columbia, MD & in need of some good food I would definitely recommend Victoria Gastro Pub & the duck fat poutine. The service is great & they have a really delicious menu that is reasonably priced. Sorry I don't have a recipe for you today, but I had to share the glory that is poutine :) If you know of any local places in the DMV area that serve poutine, let a sista know!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was non-stop in the best type of way! The weather was beyond gorgeous, I got to eat lots of delicious food, & most importantly I got to hang out with some of my favorite people :) The only sad part about the weekend, was that I had to say "see you later" to a close friend who I know I won't be seeing again in person for at least a couple months :( To stay positive we both agreed to just think about it in the sense that we now have new vacation options lol. Anyways, to send off my beloved Shelby we had a DEEEELISHIOUS farewell dinner at Founding Farmers!!! Ashley was the only one who had dined there for dinner before, & so she ordered the apps which turned out to be even better than I could've imagined!! I mean bacon lollipops .. #SOLD!! 
Smears, Dips, & Table Bread aka get in my belly now!!  L to R in sauces we have: 
Romesco Sauce, Green Goddess Dip, Pimento Cheese Spread 
The bread was perfectly crusty & drizzled with olive oil & sea salt <3
Spring is finally here to stay! **crosses fingers** So many beautiful flowers 
A lovely little Easter Brunch with some of my favorite ladies at Bistro La Bonne 
It was awesome getting to see this Bunny twice in 1 week <3 Thanks for the pic!
It's official, I've tried almost every dish on Bistro La Bonne's Brunch Menu .. & I'm not ashamed :)
Usually I go for savory over sweet, but this time the Banana's Foster Waffle lured me in. 
It wouldn't be a blogger brunch without bottomless mimosas & outfit posts after. Lucky for me, Trisha snapped some shots of me in my new favorite dress from Express, more on that Wednesday <3
I had to get in as many #selfies as possible with Shelby before she left lol
There's nothing better than relaxing with good company, binge watching Lindsey Lohan & RHONY, & completely demolishing an entire container of butter pecan gelato in a matter of minutes :) Then waking up the next morning to a yummy breakfast of french toast & pretending to be 5 years old & having a "photo shoot" .. it was pretty epic <3

On another note, this week I'm going to be an alcohol-free hobbit because my race is next weekend!! I've never thought of myself as a runner (I still don't lol) but I have truly enjoyed training for this race, because it showed me how strong I truly am. Before I started training the most I'd ever ran was 5 miles, after this Sunday I'll be able to say that I've ran 13.1 miles :) Wishing you all a wonderful week, by the way can you believe we're already 111 days into 2014 .. this year is flying by!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

#StyledByShellBCheri X Vivi [[Heart, Print, & Style]]

Happy Friday!! Today I'm bringing you the second look that I styled for the Shell B Cheri shoot. I got to style Vivi, from Heart, Print, & Style another fellow PG County blogger :) I have to include that like Trisha, Vivi also had an amazing closet! When she showed me her textured 3-D Floral Top which was her "problem" item I was ecstatic, because it had so much personality & was totally unique. Since it was longer I wanted to layer a skirt over it, & knowing Vivi as well as I do, I knew that I'd have a million beautiful skirts to choose from. Since the shirt was so dainty & girly I wanted to pair a "tougher" bottom to balance it out. When I came across her black leather skirt in her closet I knew that it would be the one, because it was the complete opposite of the girly top & would be the perfect compliment. As far aw jewelry we stuck with mostly gold pieces that matched the gold plating on her heels, in addition to some fun color block earrings for an added burst of color.  

I also have to talk about the clutch, as soon as I saw it & its delicate details I knew that it had to be a part of the outfit! It's even prettier in person, and it has a dainty strap which can transform it from a clutch to a crossbody. I had an absolute blast playing around in Vivi's closet, thanks for being such a great sport my dear you looked beautiful<3

Q&Q

Describe your style in tree words? Prints, Color, & Subtle-Style, it's subtle at first & then you look at it a little longer & see all the thoughtful details.
What is your least favorite season to style? I hate Summer! I hate hot weather & feeling sticky. Everybody loses their style in Summer because they just want to be cool in t-shirts & shorts.
What designer would you like to be buried in? I like Elie Saab it's just more my style, it's girly, dreamy, & fantasy, I would like to be buried in one of those evening gowns.
If you could pick any celebrity style bff, who would you pick & why? Gwen Stefani, easily she just has it, it's effortless. She's not trying too hard, it's ingrained in her. Even in her maternity stage & style it's like who is this woman?! 
What style blogger is your everything? Atlanta Pacific- she never does too much, but she does enough. The Werk! Place- she's an engineer so elements of that fall into place with her style, like textures & structures. 
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