chevron doorOn Friday, my husband and I took the train to Philly to visit with some cousins.  It was fast and furious but tons of fun.

My cousin took Friday off and set up an epic walking tour of the city. We explored a couple of new (to us) neighborhoods like Fishtown and Northern Liberties. This crazy door is the entrance to Frankford Hall, one of the many beer gardens that populate Philly. We also stopped off at the La Columbe and grabbed a snack from Snap Kitchen.

Side note: I’m fascinated by Snap Kitchen. It’s a fast casual, healthy meal shop and I can eat the majority of the stuff in there.  Do you know HOW EXCITING that is???  I asked if they were going to open on in DC and they said “real estate is expensive”.  Le sigh.  Anyway..I tried their Silken Chocolate Mousse and it was delicious.  Imagine-Vegan, Dairy and Gluten Free mousse and it was actually *delicious*.  See why I got excited?

minima

My cousin also knows how much I love decor shops and took us to one of his favorites, Minima. This store is incredible! FYI-they said a lot of their clients live in DC.  If this type of furniture is your jam, check out their website or better yet, go visit.

poppies

On Saturday, there was an art fair in Rittenhouse Square. We meandered through the show and my favorite part was the poppies. Next we did some shopping. Just like on our last trip to Philly, we hit Joan Shep, EYEsite and Egan Day.  Do not miss these shops next time you’re visiting.  They’re so fun!

In between all the walking and shopping, we also ate and drank well. We had lunch at High Street on Market (my husband LOVED his roasted pork with fermented broccoli rabe sandwich), cocktails at Circa Green and dinner at Veda. 

While it was a whirlwind trip (we were there a a little over 24 hours..I had to work on Sunday) we had a blast. Thanks for showing us your city, cousins!!

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J.Crew DCWise 5.19.15I’m excited to announce that J. Crew Georgetown is partnering with DC Wise to host a shopping fundraiser on 5/19/15 from 4-8pm.  This year, DC Wise chose to raise funds for FAIR Girls, a non-profit that helps girls escape exploitation.  Please stop by and enjoy an exclusive 20% off purchases of $150 or more.

PS- The J. Crew in Georgetown has Crew Cuts, Mens and Petites Fashion.

 

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thread dc

Remember when I went to Thread last year at Union Market and I waxed on and on and on?  Guess what?! The next Thread event starts tomorrow and I can’t wait!  This year it’s changed locations to a warehouse next to the Angelika pop up.  There’s 14 retailers (Billy Reid!  what?!) and I’m bound to buy a few holiday gifts.  Don’t miss it.

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Thread-@-um

Last weekend, Union Market hosted it's first retail event at Dock 5.  Thread is a curated event with multiple types of merchandisers: apparel, home and beauty, shoes and accessories, and art.  Union Market hopes to make this a monthly event and if they do, you should check it out.  It's a cool assortment of items and the participants will vary at each event.  I snapped up some turkish kilim pillows at Meg Birams's outpost plus a great necklace from Scarpa.  I oogled all the pieces at St. Clair Jewelry and perused the home items at MACK home.  Thread also included a lot of items for men.  My favorites were Mutiny, Hugh & Crye, Moore & Giles, and Shockoe Denim.  There were 29 vendors and I've neglected a bunch. Below is a map of the event and a list of everyone that participated.  

Threadphotos top from left to right clockwise: thread welcome sign, mutiny, st. clair jewelry, MACK home.  photos by me via my iphone.

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Md1

What are you doing this weekend for Mother's Day?  My Mom is out of town touring the Amalfi Coast with my Dad for their 45th (!) wedding anniversary trip. I gave her my gift before she left (#1) which is the perfect size for running around on vacation.  In honor of my Mom and her obsession with blue and white, here are few additional gifts she'd like.

1. half circle bag $160 2. navy george oblong scarf $138 3. hamptons link lamp $480 4. italian pottery $210

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feelin’ dotty

Polka
One of my favorite Fall trends is polka dots.  My personal preference is black and white or tone on tone.  It's such a playful pattern and mixing dots on dots in different sizes is one of my best tricks.  What's your favorite fad this year?  

1. polka dot jeans  2. polka dot satchel  3. polka dot shirt (excuse the boobies!) 4. polka dot shoes

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Hair
As soon as the weather starts to cool, I want to cut my hair.  It happens every autumn.  I didn't do it last year because to achieve the cut I want, my hair needed to grow.

It's been growing for a year.  It's really long and my bangs are half way grown out. Currently, it has platinum streaks in the back and is carmel colored all over.  My goal has always been something like the haircut on the left.  In between, I've been coloring it to jazz it up.  Otherwise, I would have chopped it off months ago.

Lately, I've grown restless.  I can't stand for my hair to look ho-hum.  Should I go ahead and cut it off like the picture on the right or persevere and wait till it's ready for the haircut on the left?  Is it risky to get such a radical haircut like the one on the left?  I'm a real estate agent not a fashionista but it's so bad ass.  I'm conflicted! What do you think?

photos left to right: citizen couture, vogue

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fall goodies

Fall-goodiesI don't remember how I came across the Blair Ritchey website but I'm glad I did. Her cute bags and accessories are stylish and affordable.  These two goodies came in the mail this week and I can't wait to use them.  The Katner cross body bag in cobalt blue (so pretty!) is the perfect size for nights out.  It also comes in leopard and a bevy of additional colors.  I'm also loving the snakeskin glasses case.  Oh la la!

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spring shifts

Spring-shifts

Every year when Spring arrives, I purchase several new dresses for work. Yes, I wear dresses not suits. My job consists of walking around DC, going into homes that may be filthy, and searching for lock boxes in odd places.  Once the weather turns warm, dresses are the only way I can look professional but not overheat.  

So far this year, I've found two wonderful options.  The outfit on the left is my take on color blocking.  The outfit on the right is my interpretation of the neon trend. Although I love fashion, I'm not keen on purchasing clothing that's super trendy. I go for classic silhouettes with fun (cheap!) accents.  

1. purple dress 2. wedges 3. navy dress 4. belt 5. flats

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put a sock in it

I've been growing my hair for months to achieve a bun.  It's so chic and I love when I see girls sporting a top knot.  Yet every time I tried one, it was a sad, sad little nugget on the back of my head.  It was not cute and it's been frustrating.  My hair is currently the longest it's been since high school (2 inches below my shoulder!) but it's fine.  Fine hair is not good for bun making.  I was seriously considering chopping it off because I decided the bun was no longer an achievable goal.  Until I discovered this sock bun tutorial and it's genius!!!  

Yes, I said sock bun.  That's right, I put a sock in it and it's adorable.  See!  Try it immediately.  Isn't this fun?

Sock bun

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perfect chambray shirt

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Ever since I saw this photo of Ashley Olsen, I've been searching for the perfect chambray shirt.  I've looked at a million.  Unfortunately, all the shirts I found had pockets on the chest vs. the clean look of Ashley's without pockets.  I'm happy to report a chambray shirt without chest pockets does exist.  I'm looking forward to rocking my version of this outfit.

Chambray shirt outfit copy

1. sunglasses 2. chambray shirt 3. watch 4. jeans 5. booties

 

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work it out

It's January and everybody is going on and on (and on) about getting healthy, new year's resolutions and going to the gym.  I love to work out so going back to the gym is never a problem.  Finding something to wear IS a problem.  I've been stuck in a gym clothes rut.  I found what I liked (Nike, Nike, Nike) and I clung to it. Recently I realized I should branch out and purchase some new attire.  In the spirit of the new year, below are a few items that have put some pep in my step.

Work it out1
1,2,3,4

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