Easiest Fall Outfit, Period

It’s beginning to feel like fall in DC!! Ok honestly, it’s in the 80s today and I’m kind of bummed, but the past week has been in the low 70s with a chill in the air, and it has me so happy that my favorite time of year is almost here. This past weekend we visited President Lincoln’s Cottage here in DC (a really cool and under the radar site that I recommend adding to your itinerary if you’re coming into town), and I got to bring back my favorite, easiest, comfiest fall combination.

Swing Dress

The dress and the scarf are both from last year, but I’ve linked to a bunch of similar options that make for the easiest outfit planning! Also, I just got these booties and I love them! DSW for the win again. I’ve had them for two weeks and worn them almost every day (oops), and I can’t recommend them enough.

 

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Chambray for Spring

Dress – here // Earrings – here // Purse – here

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I left the city for a trip to Charlottesville,VA. This is one of our favorite places for a getaway (I’m working on a travel guide that I’m so excited to share this week!). The weather was absolutely perfect, which gave me a chance to take this chambray one-shoulder dress for a spin.

I loved this dress – the one shoulder ruffle and cinched waste were so flattering, and it was so simple to throw on for travel and still look chic! The best part is that the chambray is the softest, and I felt pulled together and comfy all day! At $35 this is such a steal. Scoop this bad boy up here before it goes out of stock – trust me, you’ll be wearing this one all summer long.

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Classic Trench for $60

Classic Trench Coat

 
Before this season, I’ve had the same trench coat since college, and it was AMAZING. I scooped it up at a vintage shop in Cleveland one day for I think $12, and it was literally perfect. Perfect weight, perfect details, such a flattering shape… I would have been content to wear it forever.Until, that is, last spring, when I just painted my nails and was late for work ad grabbed the trench, only to smear bright purple marks all over the shoulders. Insert monkey hands over eyes emoji.

A few weeks ago I went on a hunt and ordered two, and I thought I’d review!

I was convinced that I would love this Banana Republic Trench. I typically love their clothes, especially office-wear, which I feel like trench coats fall into. This trench was $198 (I got it on a 50% off sale), in the tan color. Even in an extra small, this trench was WAY too big. Even tying the belt up behind me didn’t really help. Also, it was unlined and super lightweight, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. Although, the blush pink color is to die for!

Enter this $60 Old Navy trench. This coat in Clay Mate is the perfect tan color, and has all the quintessential trench details. Pretty buttons, a back vent (also with a button), and it’s the perfect weight for spring. This is coat that will keep you warm in 50 and 60 degree weather, and look effortlessly chic and lady like. I also love that it’s lined with a pretty white and light blue striped lining! Right now it’s 30% off with code MORE.

Classic Trench Coat

 

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Pastels and Lace for Spring

Lacy Tank

Lacy Tank

 

Guys, spring has finally started to kinda-sorta-maybe arrive in DC. Last week was the cherry blossoms (photos to come!), which is always one of my favorites times of year. So of course, all of this has had me doing some spring shopping. I did a Loft haul last week, and got some amazing pieces that I’ll post about soon, but this grey, lacy, drawstring tank has got to be my favorite!

I wore this around on a walk my boyfrend and I took yesterday through one of our favorite spots in DC, Meridian Hill Park. You guys, this top is PERFECT for spring.

Lacy Tank

Lacy Tank

Disclaimer – the color in real life is a true grey, even though it looks purple-y in the photos. But the lace is stunning in person. The way it falls is so, so flattering, and I can see wearing this again and again throughout spring and summer. I have it paired with regular denim here, but seriously how perfect would this be with white jeans and shorts? This is one of those pieces that you throw on in two seconds and automatically feel ladylike. I can’t recommend it enough!

Stay tuned to see what else I scooped up at Loft!

Lacy Tank

Top: Shop Here

Jeans: Shop Here

Wedges: Shop Here (mine are in the cognac color!)

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Winter Baking Traditions

Hello friends, and happy 2017!! I’ve been taking it easy the past week and trying to recharge my batteries (oh hello, waking up later than 7 a.m.) before starting a new semester on Monday, but getting back to the office this week has been tough. Breaks just never seem to last long enough!! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday, and are having a great start to 2017!

For me, after the holidays, one of the things I miss most of all is the excuse to bake overly extravagant foods. Yes, I miss the gift exchanges, parties, and fun sparkly clothes, but the post-holiday thing that I seriously pine after is the food! So, because I am obsessed, I wanted to share one of my very favorite recipes with all of you.

These glorious, homemade, gooey cinnamon rolls have become a holiday staple in my family and are seriously addicting. For the past couple of years I’ve prepared them on Christmas Eve, refrigerated them, and then popped them in the oven and added the frosting on Christmas morning (so everyone can wake up to delicious cinnamon-sugary smells floating throughout the house, obviously :)).

These make an appearance in my kitchen multiple times throughout the winter. And if you’re not an eggnog lover, fear not – you really can’t tell it’s in there, and yet it gives the entire dish a creamy, flavorful quality! Do you guys have any favorite dishes for winter? I’d love to hear them!

You can find the recipe here! http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/easy-fluffy-eggnog-cinnamon-rolls/. Y’all, if you haven’t explored this food blog yet, try it! Everything I’ve made from here has been delicious.

Fluffy Homemade Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls recipe
Because one pan is never enough…
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It was the Week Before Christmas…

off the shoulder sweater

off the shoulder sweater

off the shoulder sweater

off the shoulder sweater

Off the Shoulder Sweater dupes here, here,
here, and here
Faux Leather Leggings: my exact ones here, and a similar and cheaper pair here!
D’Orsay pumps
Michael Kors Watch

Y’all, I can’t believe that Christmas is only a week away! I’m so excited! Tomorrow I’m heading to my parents house in Cleveland to spend the holidays there, and I can’t wait (even though it’s even colder there than it is in DC…. brr!) Being finished with law school finals and able to take some time off from work starting tomorrow feels amazing!I hope everyone gets to enjoy a well-deserved break over the next week! What are your plans?

I don’t know about you guys, but I still have some holiday shopping to finish up when I get home. Even though Christmas is only a week away, there are still plenty of awesome retailers online who will ship in time for Christmas! I’ve rounded up my favorites below.

One new sweater that I know is going to be a staple over the next few weeks is this cozy waffle-stitch off the shoulder number from Nordstrom Rack. It’s not available online yet, but I’ve linked below to some similar ones in fit and price! It is soo comfy, and less than $30! I also love that it’s long enough to wear over leggings! Pair it with some cute booties and you’re all set! Here I’m wearing it with my favorite David Lerner faux-leather leggings – they’re linked below, along with some similar options! They fit tts and are insanely comfortable.

Happy shopping!

Amazon – Always comes through with speedy shipping, especially if you are a Prime member! Plus every Amazon device is on sale today – Kindle’s make amazing gifts IMO!

Banana Republic – Offering 1 day shipping for the holidays through 12/22! Also, all their sale items are an extra 50% off!

Bluemercury – Offering free overnight shipping through 12/20!

J Crew – Guaranteed holiday delivery if you order by 12/20, and everything is 40% off with code HOLIDAY.

LOFT – Order by tomorrow to guarantee delivery by Christmas! Everything is 40% off with code FESTIVE40. They have so many cute accessories right now that would make perfect stocking stuffers!

Madewell – Offering holiday delivery if you order by 12/20, and everything is 25% off with code LATEBIRD.

Nordstrom –  Free delivery by Christmas Eve , and up to 60% off designer items!

Old Navy – Guaranteed by the holidays with one day shipping through 12/22! They are having an awesome store-wide sale right now – up to 75% off!

Sole Society – Free three day shipping on purchases $50 or more today only!!!

 

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Crushing on Velvet

Velvet DressVelvet Dress


Mystic Velvet Swing Dress • LOFT • $98
Women’s Givenchy Small Crystal Stud Earrings • Givenchy • $32
Express pointed toe d’orsay pump • Express • $59.90

It’s that time of year for holiday parties, elegant happy hours and dressing up just because! I wanted to share one of my new favorite finds!

You guys, this dress. I got this dress during Loft’s incredible Black Friday sale this year – when I saw it online I thought it was so interesting and different! When it arrived, I was a little iffy – but then as soon as I put it on, I fell in love.

The fabric is thinner than it appears online, which means this dress drapes PERFECTLY and creates a gorgeous swingy silhouette. The velvet literally feels like a dream. I have to admit that when velvet first started appearing on the scene again, I was hesitant (I think I was still haunted by the velvet track suits my fifth grade self used to rock… yeesh), but now I am firmly on the bandwagon. I think my favorite thing about this dress is the stunning pattern and the colors that aren’t traditional Christmas-y colors but are at the same time perfect for standing out this time of year. All you ladies that want a dress for a holiday get-together that isn’t red or green, this is the one for you.

I hope everyone’s having a wonderful holiday season so far!

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What to Get the Friend You Don’t Know How to Buy For

Tocca Eau De Parfum Viaggio Travel Fragrance Set • Tocca • $45
Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet – Black • Street Level • $48
Women’s Bp. Heritage Plaid Square Scarf • BP • $25
Sonix ‘Liana’ Portable Iphone Charger • $45
Women’s Nadri Initial Pendant Necklace • Nadri • $45
Voluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Tin Candle Trio • Voluspa • $40

I thought I’d quickly share some fun gift ideas for all of you who have a friend, family member or co-worker that you need a gift idea for! These are all thoughtful and functional – and would make perfect stocking stuffers for anyone else on your list!

1. Tocca Travel Fragrance Set : Not only is the packaging stunning, but these fragrances are always a crowd pleaser! These are perfect for traveling and for stashing in your purse before going out for the day.

2. Street Level Reversible Tote and Wristlet: Who doesn’t love a brand new tote? This is super affordable for gifting, and is extra special because it’s reversible, and comes with a matching wristlet. Win.

3. BP Heritage Plaid Scarf: You seriously can’t go wrong with gifting a scarf for the holidays, even if the person you’re shopping for already has a gazillion. This pretty Christmas-y plaid would be a perfect addition to tie together any gift.

4. Sonix Portable iPhone Charger: I know I can’t be the only one whose phone is constantly run out of battery by the end of the day. This is an adorable and thoughtful gift for any girl who loves her iPhone this year! Also, the pineapple pattern is too cute.

5. Voluspa Two Wick Candle Trio: Not only do these candles smell incredible, they make for an adorable decoration! These burn for ages, and have such a fresh clean smell.

6. Nadri Initial Pendant Necklace: These are great everyday necklaces, and make for a sweet and thoughtful gift! Each one comes in rose gold (my favorite!), gold, and silver, so there are options for everyone on your list.

Happy Shopping!

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Staying Sane During Finals


Women’s Nordstrom Knit Cocoon Cardigan • Nordstrom • $79
Women’s Bp. Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee • BP • $19
Ponte Leggings • Ann Taylor • $69
FOREVER 21+ Cable-Knit Pom-Pom Beanie • Forever 21 • $5
Mia Shawna Lace-Up Booties • Mia • Sold Out
similar here, here and here

Guys, it’s that time I’ve been dreading all semester… my first round of law school finals (insert scrunched-up eyes emoji here). Being an evening law student while maintaining my full time job has been a wonderfully exciting and rewarding, and despite all the long nights and constant coffee runs during the day I’m so happy that I finally decided to take on this challenge!

But, for all of you who might be facing finals in the upcoming weeks (especially if, like me, you haven’t taken a test since undergrad!), I thought I’d share a few tips that have maintained my sanity over the past few weeks.

Work hard, but take time for YOU 

No matter how tired I am, I try to take time – even if it’s seriously just 5 minutes – to myself before bed. Usually I’ll either put on some music and pick out my outfit for the next day, take a hot shower (or bubble bath if it’s one of those best days ever where I have extra time), catch up on TV with my boyfriend, call my parents, or read a book before bed that is strictly for fun and not school related. Currently I’m reading  Swing Time by Zadie Smith and loving it. Even these little activities help me feel refreshed, and like I haven’t spent the entire day tuning my needs out.

Caffeine is a god send, and consume it as often as you can 

I mean, this is pretty obvious, but oh my god coffee. I’m slightly alarmed at the rate my coffee spending has shot up over the past four months,

Get that beauty sleep

Before starting law school, I got a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Recently I’ve been working on coping with something in the 6 hour range. I know, I’m a grandma. But I’m a firm believer that sleep, especially when finals are approaching, is so key. I know it’s tempting to stay up til all hours to study just a little bit more, but I honestly feel like I absorb information better when I’ve slept on it. Figure out other ways you can maximize your time during the day, because it’s worth it get an extra hour or so of beauty rest in!

Don’t be afraid to say no

As hard as it is during the holiday season to turn down invitations, you can only do so much. There are only so many hours in the day, and you simply do not have time to do everything. If you need to study and need the night to be productive and get work done, take it! I’m definitely someone who always feels like I need to say yes to everything, but I’m finding that choosing to skip events on occasion for a quiet night at the library actually makes me feel more productive and happier over all because I feel less stressed out! (And that’s something my family definitely appreciates.) Keep in mind that everyone understands – school is a HUGE commitment, and you only get that particular degree once. It’s alright to make the most of it.

Take the night off

I know this pretty much the opposite of what I just said, but life is all about balance, right? This is one thing that I’ve been a firm believer in since undergrad – when you need a break for an hour, or even a night, take it. Your body knows what it needs and most of the time, in my experience, it’s best if you just listen. If your brain is shutting down on you, the best way to kick it back into gear is to take a break, shake it off, change your scenery and then come back to your work with fresh eyes. I know that some of my fellow classmates are going non-stop, studying at all hours of the day, and if you can power through like that more power to you! But I think for most of us, give yourself a break, and don’t feel guilty about it.

Have something to look forward to

I know for me, committing my weekends and every night after work to studying at the library or a coffee shop can leave me feeling burnt out and kind of, well, sad. One way I’ve gotten around it is having something fun to get you through the day! Last weekend, my boyfriend and I planned fun date nights out or in each night, and knowing that I had something enjoyable to look forward to made it infinitely easier to focus and give it my all all day. And, also – we’re right smack in the middle of the holiday season! Although this year is particularly stressful, this time of year always puts a smile on my face. So enjoy the little things, look forward to all your holiday parties, and bake yourself some cookies to keep you going during your next study session (or, you know, lunch the next day.)

Good luck to everyone!

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The Dress I’m Loving for Fall

Hello there, friends!

Really, is there anything better than fall fashion? Mixing layers, patterns, and most of all fun scarves and vests make getting dressed for fall so much fun (and make me spend a serious amount of time playing in my closet… oops!).

Right now there’s one fall staple that I’m reaching for over and over again, and it’s this swing dress from Old Navy. Every time I wear this dress I get compliments, and it’s so easy to style with blanket scarfs, a fur vest, or a moto jacket, and even heels for a more dressed-up look. Best part is it’s currently 30% off with the code WARM. For how often you will wear this dress, it is beyond worth it!

Swing Dress

 

The blanket scarf I’m wearing here, aka my favorite blanket scarf ever, is one I scooped up at H+M last winter, but a similar one can be found here and here!

 

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