Birthday Musings

IMG_9627.JPGWith it being my birthday, one year older and all that jazz, I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and what being in the world of fashion and blogging means to me and to others. So this post will generally be my musings and goals for this year.

I’m constantly excited to learn new information, tips and tricks and interact with other bloggers while sharing my sense of personal style. I have so many things I want to research and learn about, and so little time in the day. I’m just discovering sites like Chictopia and Lookbook.nu. Pair that with an Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and the glorious blog in itself and it’s a LOT of work. I’m learning about photography, different senses of style and new makeup tips and tricks galore. I’ve been working and learning for almost a year now and I voraciously attack any article or message board I can get my hands teaching how to improve while building readership. (Any advice on this end would be taken into thoughtful account and greatly appreciated!) I obsess over new magazines and trends, and especially (my weakness) what bag is that actress or super accomplished blogger sporting?  One day I want to share all of the advice I’ve garnered into a well-written, helpful blog post for new bloggers. But I’m just so excited about all of this that I wanted to share it with my readers.

I’m trying to find new, creative ways to incorporate history into my posts, though I’m not one to half-do anything so those are typically the most difficult posts because I put in legitimate research. I’m thinking perhaps of sharing a fun history fact related to the clothing or style I’m wearing in each post. I’m also incredibly interested in different designers, and coming from a very small town I never had the opportunity to learn about brands like Moschino or Tatanaka. I plan to research established and new designers, give my honest opinion of their lines, and try to incorporate either one of their pieces in the post or model after their style.

Ultimately, this started because I’ve always loved clothes and style and makeup and hair and I wanted to find some way to incorporate that love in my life more fully and I wanted to share it with others. Yes, of course it’s nice to get the hype and it can be an ego boost or a negative addiction for some, but that truly isn’t what blogging is about. It’s about pursuing your passion, whatever type of blogger you may be. Now one year older, I’m realizing that if you love something then why hold yourself back and not try to do/get involved with what you have passion for? People always stay at an arm’s length because they are scared of rejection, or getting told that’s a stupid idea, being judged, or that it’s just a pipe dream. But it isn’t, and you shouldn’t let what anyone else thinks affect how you conduct yourself. Be you, and go after what you love. That’s all for now, but have a great one!

| Top- Thrifted @ Buffalo Exchange | Shoes- Kathy Van Zeeland (out of stock)  Similar | Shorts- Loft (Just sold out!) Similar | Watch- Michael Kors | Bag- Kate Spade (similar) |

 

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Little Black Dress, Lotta Starbucks

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When I put this outfit together, I had zero intentions of writing a post about it. My goal was to go to Georgetown, pick up some new foundation and lipstick and perhaps peruse some of my favorite stores (shoutout Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Barneys New York, Madewell) for birthday present options, surely to be a purse or watch. Sidenote- my birthday is next week and I am pretty stoked. I love birthdays, and I am going home to Florida for a week to spend time with my friends and parents, go to the beach, hit up my favorite coffee shop (shoutout Karma Cream– seriously if you’re ever in Gainesville, FL go there!) and watch the Gators have a hopefully-improved season opening game of football.

Moving on- Brett and I decided to go on an adventure to our favorite spot in DC, a hidden little place right near Georgetown to relax in nature and read books (we are cool, no shame in my nerd game). As evidenced by literally every photo, I also enjoyed a half-priced Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Until the end of this very-nearly-ending summer you can get your own half priced beverage too, post 2 pm. Whilst on this adventure, I found lots of fun places to take photos, and the above are some fun ones.

| Dress- Incredibly Old (Similar) | Shoes- Article& Article& Article& (on sale!) | Bag- Kate Spade (similar)  | Nails- Nails Inc. Soho Place Gel Effect |

Nautical Maxi

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first event as a new member of the Junior League of Washington. They told us the attire was to be “summer casual” and I always stick with the thought process that it is better to be a bit over-dressed than to walk in and feel like an idiot because you are visibly too casual (unless that is your MO, then go ahead and rock that). So this is the look I came up with, and it fit in quite smashingly.

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| Dress- Thrifted @ Buffalo Exchange | Sandals- Kathy Van Zeeland (out of stock)  Similar | Watch- Michael Kors  | Belt- Francesca’s |

Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit

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I recently visited Delaware, Wilmington to be specific, with some of my friends from college. (Go Gators!) This was our first trip here, and we decided to visit Wilmington’s beautiful historical estate, Winterthur. Winterthur was formerly owned by the Duponts, and is now a museum for all to enjoy. If you are a DC resident like me then Dupont will ring a bell for you (yes, they are one and the same). Their DC namesake is one of the city’s prettiest neighborhoods, and it has a really great nightlife scene.

Their Delaware legacy is a much more natural, slow-paced type of lovely. Rolling hills, an “enchanted forest” and tons and tons of antiques and history to tickle anyone’s fancy. However, one of the greatest things they have to offer right now- the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit, running through January 4, 2015. If you love this show as much as I do, then these photos will be a real treat and you should check it out yourself. Shown below are some of the amazing costumes worn on the show by various cast members. You may recognize the backdrop to the first photo from the opening credits to the show. 

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The photos above show the Harem pant outfit worn by Lady Sybil, which was by far my favorite outfit in the collection and from the show in its entirety. Read the description above to learn about the tricky issues they encountered while constructing the costume.

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| Shoes- Madewell (out of stock) Similar | Skirt- Preppy Pink Shop (Check out her store!) | Bag- Kate Spade (similar) | 

Loafing around

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Let’s talk about loafers, the fabulously comfortable (always important for me as a permanently-injured-of-foot human) yet simultaneously stylish foot covers that are quite the trend currently.

It’s funny, though it appears in this sketch of crazy Henry VIII, famous for his ability to murder wives, that he is sporting loafers, according to good old Wikipiedia they were not officially fashioned in England until 1847 (Crazy Henry was around at the turn of the 16th century)

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I found this nifty print at a local bookstore while I was perusing for information about loafers. Also spotted these beautiful books that probably have a reference to loafers in them somewhere.

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While reading an article from the Christian Science Monitor from the 1980s I happened upon this quote that I love from “Preppy is trendy”author Phyllis Feldkamp:

“With its Fair Isle sweaters, cable-stitch cardigans, its penny loafers, oxford cloth button-downs, reversible wrap skirts, and Lacoste shirts, the prep-school look — or what designer Ralph Lauren calls “Brooksy Ivy” — has been doing just fine, thank you.”- Feldkamp

This isn’t the first time loafers are cool again guys. Fashion is on the mad repeat. She also references duck boots, down vests and monogrammed bags (though she refers to them as “button-on covers,” not sure what that means). Who are we trying to kid; we just aren’t that original… Nevertheless, this demonstrates the loafer look is a timeless classic. To give ourselves some credit, we have updated and modernized to the extreme. And added tassels. Tassels on everything is my motto right now.

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This photo demonstrates a modern, updated twist on a pair of loafers I recently purchased from Madewell on super sale. I absolutely love the tassels and the easy ability to dress them up or down. Loafers have manifested in all sorts of styles these days, another popular style includes the slipper with prints on them (see below).

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This photo is from the men’s Prada collection as displayed by @savvyslippers (check out their IG for some fantastic shoe posts, mostly menswear)

Loafers are so styling right now, one of my best blogger friends IGer @loafersoflondon’s entire premise is dedicated to them. (Check out her blog at londonloafers.com for edgy meets preppy meets fallinlovewithherstyle) This photo is from a recent post.

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Whether you are powering out at the office, vigorously taking notes in class 😉 or just lounging in your slippers at home, loafers are one of those constantly recycling trends that are here to stay.

Brunch in the Big Apple

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This weekend I took a mini vacation with one of my best friends (and Phi Mu little sister) and Brett to New York City. After a *very* chilly first day, we were able to have a fantastic day on Saturday beginning with a delicious brunch at The Kimberly Hotel Rooftop.

If you’re acclimated to the lifestyle of NYC (or DC for that matter) you understand brunch is a big deal to all of these northern city folk, and it’s quite a fun time. I highly recommend The Kimberly as a brunch spot if you’re in the city. As some of you may have seen in my excited Instagram post, it was fantastic to be offered french fries alongside eggs, french toast and waffles. We had a reservation for noon and the rooftop wasn’t nearly as crowded as a vast majority of the brunch spots in NYC. Also, as you can see from the photos, the hotel offered a beautiful view, and had a gorgeous salt water fish tank. We honestly spent a good ten minutes just treasure hunting through all the beautiful fish and anemones.

Look out soon for more posts from our New York trip, and the upcoming history post of the week. It’s a bit different than what you may normally see on the blog, featuring a former high-fashion model (who will remain anonymous) and her experiences in the industry.

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Found Nemo!