Those Poor Zebras

“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.”
-Michel Pastoureau, “The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric”
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“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.” Ouch. According to author Emily Eakin (When Fashion Decreed Stripes A Capital Crime,) a negative viewpoint of stripes was prevalent by approximately 1100 AD and even the ever-magnificent, style-inspiring zebra was not spared. In fact, zebras were considered “Satan’s bestiary.” I must say that I consider myself fortunate to live in an era that the zebra can now freely roam the earth without judgment or fear and designers from all walks of life can create wonderful pieces such as my top shown above. Apparently these stripes-hating shenanigans were basically the norm until they were cleared up in the late 1700s, and ever since then stripes have grown in popularity and been incorporated in clothing and decor. While I’ve never been stripes-obsessed, my fondness for the pattern has been increasing and as such my purchasing has aligned with this so prepare yourself to find me sporting a variety of striped pieces on the blog this fall. I hope you all enjoyed this nugget of information, and feel free to use it as a conversation starter at your next social gathering.

| TopCentury 21  | JeansForever 21 (Similar) | Shoes– Old (Similar), (Similar) | Bag– Steve Madden |

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Overalls. Love them or hate them, they are making a comeback and I’m personally a huge fan. I vividly remember the Winnie The Pooh dungarees (a British-coined term) I lived in as a young tot and I say with total honesty that if someone recreated them for me I would rock that look like it was 1998. This is certainly a more “grown up” (whatever that means) manifestation, and I tried to keep it fresh and unique by pairing them with a polka dot button down that I adore from UNIQLO. I’ve noticed a lot of people have been pairing overalls with stripes, so if that is more your speed it’s also pretty easy to pull off. There is also the option of no shirt, which I have seen trending, but personally I think that’s a dangerously precarious option. Wikipedia (one of my favorite go-to sources) makes reference to “Shortalls” and “Skirtalls.” I’ve never heard an article of clothing referred to by those terms in my life, but it’s a pretty swell way of being more specific for other overall options. So what say you about the repeat trend- yea or nay?

| Overalls- Similar | Shoes- Steve Madden (Old)- Similar | Belt- Ann Taylor | Bag- Steve Madden | Watch- Michael Kors | Necklace- Century 21 | Nails- American Apparel| Top- UNIQLO |

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 |

Cinnamon Java

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You may know this about me if you have followed along with my blog, Instagram or Twitter very much (Check it out, SK_Ontherun), I have a slight obsession with cinnamon iced coffee. Be it Dunkin, Starbucks or Caribou, that’s my jam. Here are two fun facts about getting more reasonably priced beverages. I used to only purchase iced cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks, until I recently discovered that you can purchase just a plain cinnamon iced coffee and it tastes exactly the same for literally half the price (I’m not sure why I didn’t realize you could get cinnamon dolce syrup in an iced coffee?) So if you love it as much as I, it’s a great money saving go-to. Also, if you love chai tea lattes, (this only works with hot) you can order a misto with a chai tea bag in it, also half the price. I’ll leave you with these glorious tips.


| Skirt– Ann Taylor | Top– Anthropologie | Bag– Tory Burch | Necklace– Vintage | Shoes– Julianne Hough | Beverage– Cinnamon Iced Coffee |

 

Cherry Blossom Festival

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This weekend, one of my good friends and fellow sorority sister alumni came into DC for the first time just to see the cherry blossoms we have to offer. We went down to the Tidal Basin, where they are in full bloom, and they were absolutely gorgeous. I actually had no plans to go there, but I’m so glad she came down because I would have missed one of the most lovely things my new home has to offer. (There were, however, tons of tourists, which was insane and rather overwhelming!) For this look I chose something summery and cheery to celebrate the warmest day of the year thus far, and I was so happy to be in shorts! Originally, I started the day in a pair of sandals I had just purchased (Joe’s) and on my way there the shoes broke. Thus, I popped into H&M and got these cute, extremely cheap tennis shoes. Brief fun history lesson- Did you know the Japanese gifted the DC cherry blossom trees to the United States in 1912? As a history nut, it was very interesting to hear about how this occurred. In recognition of our friendly ties to Japan, the country gifted America with several thousand trees, the first two being planted in the exact same spot I stood by our very own first lady Helen Taft, and the wife of the ambassador involved in the transfer. (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/history/)

Top– Cotton On | Shorts– Nordstrom Rack | Shoes– H&M | Necklace– Bealls Outlet | Watch- Michael Kors | Shoes– H&M | Bag- Top Shop | Sunglasses– RayBan

A Rainy Saturday Calls for the Brightest Colors… and Salvaging Damaged Goods

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Brett is in the process of moving into his new apartment in the most gorgeous part of DC (in my opinion) DuPont. While I had hoped to take some pretty shots outside on Saturday, apparently America decided to flood and it’s been pouring nonstop. I actually had a mini freak out because I thought I had ruined my brand new bag from Madewell (see below) because the white parts turned all blue and the leather was stained all kinds of wet. It seems to be drying nicely though the leather is still in the stage of questionably stained (any advice?) So, instead of nature or monuments, you can get a glimpse into his bright, cheery new place.

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 I always try to wear something colorful or exciting when it is raining. I’m not one of those people that loves cozy days spent snuggling in the rain, that’s not my jive. I like sunshine and joy and an utter lack of wetness, unless I am intentionally jumping into an ocean, spring or bathtub. So, to fit the theme, I chose this acid green top from Loft that I purchased last summer. It’s almost tissue-like, and has cute little polka dots. It’s also pretty sheer, so I had to pop an undershirt under it. The jeans are a dark wash from Nordstrom Rack, and my necklace is actually a great steal from Bealls Outlet! I’m not sure if any of my readers have every been there, but I bought a ton of statement necklaces there while I was home in Florida for Christmas, so if you have one, definitely peruse the jewelry section, very, very cheap.

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The only time I will give you a bathroom selfie on the blog, considering it’s new and has a cool black and white pattern 😉

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Here is a close up so you can see the lipstick I’m wearing, recently purchased and am obsessed with- Revlon Colorburst. This is a mix of two shades, the matte “Showy” and the shiny “Vivacious.” I highly recommend the lacquers they offer, though the matte seems to be a bit drying, so I always mix them.

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The carpet is pristine, so of course I had to go barefoot since my shoes were all wet! Very nice view of rowhomes though.

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This is the full outfit, including my Steve Madden oxfords which if you look closely at the laces you can see also got a bit drenched.

So friends, if any lesson is to be learned from the shoot, drape yourself in bright, cheery colors on rainy days, and never EVER bring your favorite new items out to play in the rain, you just might regret it! Check out my Insta and Pinterest for more photos of my life and times.