Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining...

Here are some fluffy whites and sparkly silvers to mix and match this fall:

Angora Knit Beret- White Wool Hat- Fur Hat- Women- Fall Fashion- Winter AccessoriesSequin Animal Sleeve SweaterWhite Sparkly Angora Large Loop SCARF- Ready to Ship

Fall ... Finally!

Autumn Sunrise autumn
Autumn Dock

Autumn finally arrived to the DC area at exactly 3:37 pm this past Saturday. I was hot when Lucy and I ran out to do some errands on Saturday morning and very chilly at our friends' welcome home/wedding celebration bbq on Saturday evening.

I love Fall so much. The way the air smells, crackly leaves on the side walk, soup cravings at lunch time, and getting to wear cozy sweaters with tights, booties, and scarves but not really needing a coat yet.

Here's an adorable outfit, perfect for this time of year and not too tough on the budget:

Image 1 of Vero Moda Raccoon Intarsia Knit SweaterOld Navy Womens <em>Chunky Infinity Scarves</em>Velvet ShortsMerona® Women's Ribbed Fashion Tights - Assorted Colors

Storm Troopers

I'm a little obsessed with my new sneaks. They are comfy, easy to put on when Goalie, Lucy and I go on our walks around the harbor, and I think they look pretty cool.

I spend a lot of time in my comfy clothes these days since I work at home, but I try to keep my sweats a bit styled up and these sneakers with the hidden wedge make it easy. 
Truth is, I have been yearning for a pair since I first saw Isabel Marant's version a year ago. So far out of my price range that I figured I'd just have to wait til I win Powerball, but then I found

They have some many ADORABLE pairs for under $50 (!!!) in so many great color combos,  but I can never resist black and white. 

Patton mentioned they look like something a Storm Trooper would wear to workout in, which just makes them even cooler.

Storm Troopers

Big Bun

BIG sock bun
Big Bun

I am utterly untalented when it comes to styling my hair. Growing up I always had really long hair... the kind other people love to play with, so I made it straight through to college graduation knowing that I could always get one of my more hair-stylistically-talented friends or family members to do something fantastic with my hair if I asked nicely. 

I have LOTS of thick hair which is very heavy (but thankfully shiny) and doesn't hold a curl without a crazy amount of product to hold it in place, which really  limits a lot of my options. In addition, I am can be a bit impatient and so I either wear my hair straightened and down, half back in a barrette, up in a high pony tail, or braided at the base of my neck... so BORING.

I really like the looks of a big updo and found one that I can actually do myself!

The BIG bun. 

big bun
Back View

Big, messy bun
Blond and Messy View

Here is the tutorial that taught me how. It involves one of Patton's long, black athletic socks, which is kind of weird, but whatever.. it looks totally cute, all said and done.

Have to say though, it was a bit embarrassing when the hostess from this restaurant (the soft pretzel appetizer is heavenly) was raving about how cute my hair looked a little while ago at dinner, and asked me how I did it and I had to tell her there was a rolled up gym sock hidden in my bun. 

PS... The bigger the sock, the bigger the bun.

Basics - Denim Jacket

I couldn't live without my denim jacket. It is perfect...  dark rinse denim with penny colored buttons and the exact right amount of stretch. I would wear it everyday if I could get away with it. The best part is I got it about 10 years ago on sale from The Gap for $13.99 and it still looks fantastic! It will be getting a lot of play this fall, and, let's face it, for the rest of my life.

Here are five ways to wear this basic essential this Fall:

1. With white ankle length pants, brightly colored heels, a popped collar and some fantastic sunglasses


2. With a white cashmere scarf, and grey t-shirt, black leggings, leather knee high boots and a big leather bag

jean jacket

3. With a big bun, a pristine white dress, Audrey Hepburn glasses and a gold belt

jean jacket

4. With a pleated skirt in a bold hue, tons of fantastic bracelets and a white button down. PS... this lady has the most fantastic wardrobe and sense of style... I'm drooling.

jean jacket <3

5. With a slouchy wool hat, a cotton bodycon dress and some badass high-tops (I am loving this pair... sequins! and this pair with the hidden high heel thing going on)

Jean Jacket

Snuggle Up

Sweet Little Lamb

As the days start to get a bit chillier, who doesn't want to be as snuggly as a little lamb. Here are some really cute and cozy shearling and sweatery items to keep you toasty and on trend.

Zurich Shearling Jacket Adult Pant w/Roll Over WaistImage 1 of ASOS Shearling Backpack

Basics - Leopard Print


It may seem a little wild, but I view leopard print as a neutral, and definitely an essential. It matches EVERYTHING and gives a bit of a bombshell twist to whatever you are wearing.

Here are five fun ways to let your wild side show this fall:

1. As a loopy scarf with a slouchy t-shirt, sunnies and your favorite jeans

leopard print scarf

2. Boldly on a bag and just peeking out on shirttails with a leather motorcycle jacket, bright colored sweater, black pants and some tough boots

Leopard Print

3. As the main event on a fitted cardigan with an over-sized necklace and powerfully colored pants

leopard print

4. On a knit skirt with your classic navy blazer and a white tank top

classy leopard skirt.

5. On pony fur pumps and bucket bag with cuffed jeans

leopard shoes

Basics - The Little Black Dress

Every girl HAS TO HAVE a little black dress, or four. I have about a dozen in my closet and I love them all. Here are five ways to take your LBD  from Summer into Fall:

1. With a tailored leopard coat, black opaque tights and black booties

2. With long sleeves and a fantastic hammered metal statement necklace

black dress and necklace

3. Belted with brown leather knee high boots and a distressed leather clutch

black dress and boots

4. With peep toes and a big smile


5. Strapless with a big satin pink sash and a jet beaded necklace

Black and pink dress

The Fab Five Does Fashion

Just wanted to say.. how fantastic did the Fab Five look at the VMA's last night? 


Absolutely Adorable... all of them!

Necklaces and Knobs

Jewelry Display

I love the idea of displaying your prettiest necklaces on almost as pretty knobs.

Here are some fun combos and where to get 'em.

Rock Crystal Knob
Silvered Mirror Knob, Prism
Oostpoort Knob
Rabbit Portrait Knob
Carp Tail Knob
Gilt Knob, Triangle

And, while I am on the subject of necklaces, I don't think I will EVER get over the incredibly sparkly double diamond strand that Gwyneth Paltrow wore in Country Strong  (such a good movie... almost makes me a country music fan and DEFINITELY made me a Garrett Hedlund fan). 

Check out that necklace
I found a similar faux version here.

Basics - Navy Blazer

Essential item number three for a go anywhere fall wardrobe is, in my opinion, the classic navy blazer... all the better if it has shiny gold buttons.

Here are five ways to rock the preppy must-have this Autumn:

1. With a grey t-shirt, a delicate necklace, cropped skinny jeans and ladylike heels

navy blazer.

2. Like a total princess, with a colorful scarf, white tank top, bright colored denim, VERY shiny hair and a sparkling smile

#navy blazer

3. With a flirty ballet pink skirt, striped boat neck tee and pointy pumps

Navy blazer

4. With a hooded sweatshirt, dark rinse jeans and a slouchy hobo bag

jewels, blazer, and a sweatshirt!

5. With a classic white shirt, denim mini skirt, lather satchel and suede fringed booties

Blazer, Shirt and Skirt

Basics - White Button Down Shirt

Of course, we all have a simple white button down shirt, and if you don't, your man has one you can borrow. 

It's another wardrobe essential and here are five chic ways to wear it this Fall.

1. With black leather pants, high heeled pumps, classic black sunglasses and a structured bag.

White button-down

2. With metallic jeans, d'orsay heels, and chunky leather accessories.

white button-down

3. With a jumble of necklaces, rolled up boyfriends jeans and leopard print booties

BF jeans and white button down

4. Knotted in front with a maxi skirt and oversize sunglasses

maxi + white shirt

5. With flared jeans a camel blazer and a skinny belt

Classic...white shirt and jeans.

Basics - Black Leggings

USA High Waisted Cotton Leggings Black
Basic Black Leggings

Girls, we all have a pair of black leggings tucked in somewhere in our drawers. Fall's just around the corner... here are five great ways to wear this wardrobe staple.

1. With a rolled up button down, loop knit scarf and chunky boots

street style leggings scarlf (1)

2. With a peasant top and ankle boots

Leggings and Boots.

3. With a Sheer Blouse
Sheer blouse with leggings and boots.

4. With a slouchy sweater and ballet flats

Leggings and cute.

5. With a t-shirt, blazer and over the knee boots

kate moss + over the knee boots

Solid Gold

Golden Girls

In honor of the spectacular Olympic Gold Medal Winning US Women's Gymnastics Team, Here's some London Gold for you from the UK based ASOS:
Image 1 of ASOS Chunky Link Chain Bracelet  Image 4 of Warehouse Foil Print Cardigan  Image 1 of ASOS ARK Wedge Ankle Boots  Image 1 of Club L Metallic Top With Scallop Edge  Image 1 of ASOS Skater Skirt in Metallic  Image 1 of ASOS Large Curved Spike Earrings

Chunky Bracelet / Cardigan / Metallic Wedges / Scallop Tank / Skirt / Spike Earrings

These beautiful golden treasures at these prices make me feel like this!

McKayla Maroney celebrating her PERFECT vault

Pink Flamingos

pink flamingo By Georg Scharf 

I love flamingos. They are so decadently pink and strangely beautiful that they look like something out of a storybook and don't seem like they should actually exist in real life. 

Here's a Pink Flamingo inspired outfit 

 Flamingo Crystal Pave Animal Stretch Adjustable Fashion Ring Gold Fuchsia Pink
Clutch  / Dress  / Peeptoes / Earrings / Ring

and a cocktail of the same name.

The Pink Flamingo

pink flamingo..

Mix 1.5 ounces of Vodka, 1.5 ounces of Cointreau, and Orange Juice with a dash of Sloe Gin. Shake it all up and pour into an iced filled glass garnished with a long lime twist.
Then stand on one foot like a flamingo and sip it in the sun.

Nothing but Blue Skies

blue lace / blue sky

The perfect outfit for a clear blue sky day.....

Peacock Feathers in Blue clutch - white with blue and turquoise peacock feathers - Bridal - silver metal frame clutchantigua skies lace dressLondon Stiletto
christmasinjuly Sale Aquamarine Ring - Swarovski Crystal Rectangular Blue Cocktail Ring- Sterling Silver Plated, Handmade, Statement Ring, Cara Accessories 'Tropical Flower' Hair Clip

 Clutch  $29/ Dress $44 / Heels $29 / Cocktail Ring $20 / Hair Clip $36  

... and the perfect cocktail to match.

Horizon Blue Sky

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. triple sec

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass

Nothing but blue skies from now on.

Cute Outfit, Cuter Price

Michael Kors
Michael Kors

Such a casual yet luxurious look. 

I found this adorable Michael Kors look on  my  Mom's Pinterest  board (she pulls so many cute, clever and beautiful pins together).

I think this outfit was from Kors 2011 line,  but I definitely want the wallet friendly version for this fall and I searched the web and pulled it together for under $200... Woo Hoo!

Cardigan /   White Skinny Jeans / Aviators / Boots / Belt / Bag

Anchors Aweigh!


Maybe it's all those summers I spent in Avalon, NJ or the Navy towns I've lived in, but I completely adore anything nautical. I love sailboats, navy blue and white (especially striped) clothes and have a hard time not buying anything involving an anchor, like these fun items below:

image of Sand Bar Bottle Openerimage of Tally Home DoormatVintage nautical Print  - Nursery wall decor- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDEFactory large critter socksproductImages/small/Cape-Spencer-Approached-Monogrammed Anchor & Stripes iPhone CoverImage 1 of ASOS Anchor Buckle BeltPortofino Gold Charm Wrap

Stars and Stripes Forever!

Red, White and Blue

Happy Birthday, USA!!

Some Old Glory inspired items:


Smooth for Summer

great legs, great shorts

BzzAgent just sent me a new Bic Soleil Savvy disposable razor and four refillable cartridges just in time to start wearing shorts... it has been sooo hot at the Harbor this week! 

Bic Soleil Savvy's pivoting head and lubricating strips offer a nice close shave and left my legs smooth and moisturized... I'm a big fan after my first use! Plus, you can't beat the price for cartridge refills. 

Now, just need to get some cute new shorts for summer ... I am thinking about these:

Shorts - Neat As a Spin Shortsforever in my heart sequined shortsBeach short2 1/2" SATIN CUFFED SHORTS

Shop Shorts Here: 

And my favorite product for a golden glow:

Summer Soirees

Jason Brooks Illustration

Some chic and cheap outfits for summer parties... each under $125!

Pool Party 

Outfit Total $124

Garden Brunch

Outfit Total $125

Image 1 of ASOS Midi Skirt With PleatsHead Clover Heels Top

Pleated Midi Skirt $49 / Drapey Top $30 /  Sandals $35 / Stone Bracelet $11

Beach Bonfire

Outfit Total $125
Cocktail Party

Outfit Total $112

augusta beauty lace dressGold Satin Faux Leather Studded Closed Toe Platform Pump Heels

Beige... the Right Way

I spent seven LOOONG days in the hospital last week bringing my gorgeous and super sweet baby girl into the world. Both the labor room (where I waited in frustration and pain for three days) and the recovery room (where I smiled and stared and hugged and kissed my little Lucy for four days) were completely beige, and not in that luxurious, understated chic way, but in the most offensively boring way possible.

In an effort to not dislike the neutral tone for the rest of my life, here are two truly beautiful beige rooms

Living Room


and some beige treasures from around the web.
For Home:

Jullian Beige Shag Rug (5'3 x 7'7)Ashton HeadboardNorthpoint Cuddly Regal Microsherpa ThrowPremier Prints Beige and Cream Striped Pillow Cover- 18x18 inches- Hidden Zipper Closure

To Wear:

Future Paradise Combo PulloverFish Hook Bracelet Beige BACKORDERED UNTIL JUNE 20th
Suede MacAlister boots

And next time you are at National Harbor, be sure to check out the fabulous home decor and clothing at Coco Blanco, where the beautifully neutral curated collection never fails to inspire me.

From Outfit to Entryway

When it was on, I LOVED super funny, super creative decorator, Thom Filicia's show, Dress My Nest.

The premise was that an interior design challenged person would present Thom with his/her favorite outfit and Thom would redo a room or sometimes an entire apartment inspired by that outfit and always managed to make a fun and extremely stylish space that expressed the personal style of the person who lived there.

In keeping with that idea, I've taken a stab at interpreting this adorable summer outfit and creating an entryway inspired by the look.

Navy and Yellow and White

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Ice Cream, You Scream

Ice Cream Truck

It's getting more summery by the day. Here are few fun and cute outfits inspired by my favorite summer ice cream treats. And the best part... each look costs under $200!

Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich:

Layered Eyelet Blouse
Brown Beaded Necklace

Pink Jeans $40 / Eyelet Top $78 / Ballet Flats $36 / Necklace $32 

Orange Creamsicle

Belted silk-charmeuse dress by BCBGMAXAZRIALady waist <em>wide</em> elastic fashion <em>belt</em> features diamond flower ...Gold Earrings Fire Opal Orange Earrings Cubic ZirconiaOrange Multi Faux Silk Fabric Upper Ruffle Open Toes Pumps

Ice Cream Cone

image of The Spanish Steps Top

Dot Top $35 / Shorts $66 / Striped Pumps $79 / Colorblock Earrings $4

Boat Drinks

bathing beauty!

In addition to operating the wonderfully convenient water taxi between National Harbor and Old Town Alexandria, Potomac Riverboat Company has a number of fun river cruises including Monument Sightseeing tours, boat rides to the baseball stadium, and pirate cruises. 

Hopefully, Patton, Lucy and I (and maybe even Goalie if we decide to take one of the dog friendly tours) will get a chance to branch out beyond the water taxi this summer and take a nice boat ride along the Potomac.

Perfect Outfit:

Heart Shaped Sunglasses

Perfect Coconut Cocktail
Lime and Coconut Cocktail
Lime and Coconut Cocktail
2 Oz of Coconut Rum
2 Oz of Lime Juice
1 Oz Coco Lopez
1/2 a Lime
Splash of Sprite

Add all ingredients to a blender along with one glass of ice and blend until smooth
Garnish with a Lime Wedge and Start Drinking!

One Piece, Three Ways

Don't shy away from a bold article of clothing. Many items are more versatile than you think. 

Take, for instance, these bright kelly green wide leg pants... a steal at $50! 

Here are options for one pair of great pants paired with basic black & white for three different aspects of your life.

For the Office (Outfit Total $299):

Cool Atmosphere Green Pants  - Click Image to CloseIllustrated People People Boyfriend 'Void' T-ShirtImage 4 of ASOS Lion Head Chain Belt 

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A Night Out (Outfit Total $211):

Cool Atmosphere Green Pants  - Click Image to CloseBridal Rhinestone Sash, FRANCESCA, Crystal Sash, Bridal Belt, Black Sash, Ribbon Sash, Wedding Sash, Bridal SashCrocodile Embossed Black Patent Rhinestone Clutch Bag (HB01653)

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Casual Afternoon (Outfit Total $177):

Cool Atmosphere Green Pants  - Click Image to CloseProduct ImageGreen Hemp Flat Bracelet

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Modern Gypsy


Goalie, Patton and I were cuddled up on the couch the other night watching an insane show called My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

Picture some very tough teenage girls in some extremely gaudy and crystal encrusted ENORMOUS ball gowns getting married to boys with spiky blowouts who they've never even smooched before.

Not at all the romantic and beautiful image I had in my mind of gypsy life (think a sort of Southern California version of Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in Chocolat , which is one of my all time favorite movies), but riveting, interesting and slightly horrifying, none the less.

I am rejecting the TLC version of American Gypsy in this posting and drawing inspiration from the more mysterious and soft version I've got in my head.

Rio <em>Coin Bracelet</em>Belle Noel Enamel Hair ChainBandana Bleached ScarfDaisy TunicLaced Maxi Dress - MochaBebe Charissa Print <em>Scarf Wedge</em> Sandal Refracted Ikat Sca 1Sun and Moon Tarot [With Booklet]Silver Shoulder Harness Necklace - No. 3

A Week's Worth

Here are five great outfits, perfect for the warm weather. Better yet, each outfit is under $100!

Monday - Staff Meeting $94.57
    Image 1 of ASOS Cami Top In Rib ACC Black Dangling Drop Earrings
 White Shawl Jacket 49.00 / Black Tank 9.09 / Bermudas 10.00 / Cuff 4.80 / Paisley Mary Janes 19.99 / Earrings 1.69

Tuesday - Lunch in the Park $98.69

Short Leatherette Slouch Boot
 Apericots Natural <em>Cotton Tote</em> With Fishies Print Size One Size

 Eyelet Dress 44.90 / Cowboy Booties 29.50  / Belt 9.50 / Necklace 6.80 / Fishy Tote 7.99

Wednesday - Happy Hour $99.88
Motel Dress Cut Out Sleeveless in StripeAEO Women's <em>Denim Jacket</em> (Medium Rinse)
Large Plastic Hoop Earrings

Burglar Dress 45.45 / Denim Jacket 49.50 / Flip Flops 3.94 / Plastic Hoops 0.99

Thursday - Zumba Class $95.78

Studio 54 SneakerC9 by Champion® Womens Cardio Tank w/Piping - Assorted ColorsDanskin Now - Women's Half-Zip Jersey Active Hoodie

Dance Sneakers 36.55 / Yoga Pants 22.25 / Cardio Top 16.99 / Hoodie 10.00 / Duffle 9.99

Friday  - Date Night $98.09

ASOS Scallop Midi Body-Conscious Dress    ACC  

ACCApt. 9 Camelot Floral Clutch 
Scallop Dress 39.99 /  Peep Toes 29.90 /  Rosettes 3.80 /  Pave Bracelet 10.00 / 
Clutch 14.40

Favorite Colors

If you've seen pictures taken in my home (or if you have seen my dog Goalie), you'll know that I deeply love the color combo of Aqua, Black and White.

But not just for home decor... it's also a very chic and crisp palette for fashion as well.

Here is a weekend's worth of very affordable outfits (each under $200) in my current favorite combination.

For Your Friday Night Date (Outfit Total = $199)

Chrysanthemum  silk lined clutch purse bag Bag NoirImage 2 of Aqua  Parnassus  Shoulder Pad Panelled Low Back DressTurquoise Patent Faux Leather Rhinestone Dangle Open Toe Heels

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For Saturday Afternoon at the Farmers Market (Outfit Total = $100):

 Personalized White & Black Canvas Tote image

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For Sunday Brunch with the Girls (Outfit Total =  $160):

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For Sunday Night HBO & AMC Watching while Snuggling on the Couch
(Outfit Total $170)

Warm Whiskers Microwaveable Hot/Cold Aromatherapy Polar Bear Spa Slippers

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Fun with Fringe


I find fringe and tassels to be so festive! Add a little fringe to anything... string a tassel garland along a wall, finish your outfit with a fringe bag, or add some fun to your outfit with a pair of fringe earrings ... and you're ready to party

Camilla Fringe Mini Dress by Plastic IslandMint Long Fringe Earrings tasselStatement <em>Tassel Belt</em> - Black Galian Fringe purse Drawstring Fashion Shoulder Bag FuchsiaL Space Fringe Benefits Stardust One-Piece Swim Suit - Women'sTopshop peach layered fringe shorts Flapper shorts at Topshop: your thoughts?

Find your own Fringe:

The Offshore Pirate

#vogue #1950 #tom #palumbo #photography #editorial #fashion #swim #swimwear #vintage

The Offshore Pirate, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite stories ever. I've read it at least a dozen times and love it more with every reading. The bratty but chic Ardita, charming and handsome Curtis Carlyle, lovable Babe and the musical crew of the Hula-Hula, the romance and the humor... It's the perfect read to get you ready for summer. Here are some fun things inspired by this terrific tale.

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Image of Sweetheart SunglassesBoys' <em>Nantucket</em> Knotworks™ Turk's Head rope <em>bracelet</em>Sterling Silver Sand Dollar and Scottish Sea Glass Necklace ....... DRIFT AWAYBenefit Cosmetics sun beam
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And something incredibly refreshing to sip on while you read:

Claro con Limon:

Fill Old Bay Rimmed Glass with Ice
Add about 1 can of Light Beer
Pour in 3 oz of Lemonade
Squeeze in the Juice of Half a Lemon
Add a Lemon Wheel to the Rim and Enjoy!

summer shandy beer cocktail

Floating Away

Maybe it's this big baby belly I've been toting around for 34 weeks, but today I am in the mood for floaty, light as air items like these.

Catalina Bedding, AquaOFELIA Blanket IKEA Stretchable; fits beds up to 70 7/8&quot; wide.Image 4 of ASOS Embellished Printed Beach PantPointed Cape Dress:eternal bond flower necklaceforever fancy rosette boleroLittle Missy Chiffon Flower Headband - Cream Statement Headband head bands Hair Coverings

Achieve Weightlessness:

"May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor"

Only one more day! Are you as excited as I am about The Hunger Games movie? The Suzanne Collins trilogy completely hypnotized me and I read all three books in as many days. I pretty much couldn't focus on anything else until I finished them all. That was about a year and a half ago. Since then I've forced the books on a dozen or so friends and family members and have waited impatiently for the first movie to arrive in theaters. Sooo excited to see it this weekend!

Here are some Hunger Games inspired looks to hold you over until showtime.

Capitol Inspired:

:High Waisted Faux Leather leggings Main Weddings, Hair Accessory, Feather Fascinator, Large Purple Puff, Ostrich Feather, Head Piece, Hair Clip - Batcakes CoutureProduct Image

Shop the Capitol here:

Katniss Inspired:

Huyana Cuff, <em>Arrow</em>Free People Woodstock <em>Suede</em> Tote - Tobacco One SizeCalf Hi 3-Layer Fringe BootHunger Games Inspired Mockingjay,Arrow with Peeta's Pearl broochMen's Tall Portuguese <em>Chamois</em> Double Pocket <em>Shirt</em> - Lands' EndBB Dakota Alston Brown Leather Jacket  - Click Image to Close
Hunt through District 12 here:

Cherry Blossoms
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Cherry Blossoms in DC
Sometime over the weekend, Washington, DC's Cherry Blossoms went into full effect, making my drive into the city much more dreamy than usual. I look forward to the next few weeks as the flowers deepen from white to pink and fall like cotton candy snow to the sidewalks.


Here is a lovely selection of floaty, dreamy kimonos perfect for the beginning of spring. Kimonos look great with nearly everything... jeans, leggings, over dresses or paired with skirts, and have become an easy and pretty way from me to dress up as my baby bump gets bigger everyday.

pagoda peak kimono open cardiganOsaka Kimono Jacket Photo 1 of Navy Embroidered Kimono:Oasis Kimono JacketAnthroPrinted KimonoView Producteternal heart sequin top
Shop the Japanese staple here:

And here's a fun and easy craft project:

Make your own Cherry Blossom wonderland at home with tissue paper pom poms strung from the ceiling
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And even the Angry Birds are celebrating this beautiful time of year... download Angry Birds Seasons from your App store and get the Cherry Blossom series today!

Under the Sea

Beyond the ken of mortal men, beneath the wind and waves, 
there lies a land of shells and sand, of chasms, crags and caves
Where coral castles climb and soar, where swaying seaweeds grow,
and all around without a sound the ocean currents flow...
 ------ Graeme Base, The Sign of the Seahorse

photo found on French Frosting 

Sometimes I dream about how wonderful it might be to have been born a mermaid....

I want to be a mermaid.
 and get to eat this for lunch every day
How fairy tales really end...The Little mermaid 

Luckily, for those of us who live on the land, Joss Sushi exists with their Little Mermaid worthy Sushi and Sashimi Combo Lunch Special. Patton and I have lunch (and sometimes dinner and then lunch again the next day) every time we are back in Annapolis.

Enjoy your own mermaid magic by grabbing a copy of this fun, guilty pleasure-ish spin on the fairy tale and give your closet, your baby and your home an under the sea update. 
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale

 Siren Tail Wrap AroundRecycled Pearl Bib Necklace - Mermaid Farts -  Creamy White and Brass - Eco FriendlyThin Finger Starfish barrette or broach by IndianSummerGirlsBaby Mermaid Costume Photo Prop Flower Headband Bikini Top

Allover Stencil Scallop - reusable stencils for walls instead of wallpaper - DIY decor Canape Dish Natural Scallop Sea Shell - 5.5 Inch
Shop Like a Mermaid Here:

In Bloom

The weather has been gorgeous all week and each day when I come home to the Harbor these roses on my dining room table just look more beautiful as they open.


Other pretty rose inspired things....

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN by Carolina delRivero.Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet with Blush Pink Champagne Silk Ribbon Tie ( 1 1/2" WIDE / Ribbon color customizable)Image 1 of Lipsy Ostritch Feather EarringsGlint Ruffle Front ClutchProduct DetailsMichael Kors Very HollywoodSALE-Ruffle Blanket--BLACK ONLY1Headbandz Dusty Rose Scrunched Baby Leg Warmers

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Bubbles @ Breakfast

Last spring my husband and I hosted a group of friends for a pre-Food and Wine Festival champagne brunch...

We served scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and dill on crostini, mixed berries and homemade pop tarts from a delicious recipe I found on Cupcakes and Cashmere  

My pop tarts weren't quite as pretty as Emily's but they were certainly delish!

I made half the tarts with granny smith apples and honey, and the other half with Nutella and bananas

Everyone just grabbed cocktail plates and forks and helped themselves. 

The best part, of course, was the champagne bar that we set up on our  bar shelf... we had plenty of bubbly, and a yummy selection of juice mixers... like orange-peach-mango juice, lemonade, and blueberry-pomegranite juice, and bowls of fruit garnish... sliced peaches, strawberries and blueberries. 

It definitely got our fantastic day at the National Harbor Food and Wine Festival started out right.

You can buy tickets for this year's Food and Wine Festival here:

Throw your own Bubbly Brunch!

The Necessities.... Bubbly, fun flutes, cute bowls for berry garnishes, snack plates for those yummy tarts, beaded cocktail forks and chic faux gator studded coasters

  Square Sculpted Dish

Tinge Turquoise Appetizer Plate Shimmering Sea glass blue copper cocktail forks for your best pals soiree

Veuve Clicquot / Flutes / Bowl  / Snack Plates / Cocktail Forks / Coasters 

The Look... dressed up pajamas with whimsical accessories and classic ballet slippers

rachel roy bird print pants imageFeather Necklace, Black Leather Feather Jewelry, "RAVEN" Statement Necklace by LoveatfirstblushAnthro

 Hanky Panky Retro Lace BraletteProfessional Canvas Ballet Shoe  Bridesmaid Wedding Set of 3 Nautical Silk cord White and Black Bracelet with sailor knot by pardes

Bird Pants / Necklace / Cardigan / Earrings /  Bralette / Tank / Ballet Slippers / Bracelet

The Night Circus

If you haven't gotten swept away in the wondrous novel,  The Night Circus, by the endlessly imaginative Erin Morgenstern, start reading it immediately. I finished it a couple months ago and clearly I can't stop thinking about it...

You can be a Reveur, too.....

Qi white and black striped cotton-cashmere sweater dress

Red Rose Stud EarringsRed necklace with white pearls

Image 1 of ASOS Pattern Sheer TightsSale 15% Off - Hand Knit Hat - Pixie Hat in Red Cranberry - Winter Accessories Winter Fashion Chunky Knit Winter Hat Spring FashionOranguCoo

Bon Bon Zebra

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Ooh La La Armchair, Black StripeRed Rose on Red Pillow

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un Homme et une Femme

Could Anouk Aimee have looked more gorgeous in every frame? The long sleeve sequin dress... the crisp white mens-style pajamas... that fabulous suede and shearling coat... those eyelashes? Wishing...

Dress / Pajamas / Shearling Coat / Lashes Pin It Now!

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