Surrounded By Florals

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Growing up in Florida, I took advantage of year-long sunshine, and beautiful scenery everywhere I went- tropical beaches, rolling fields that were the brightest green, basically paradise. Well, moving to DC certainly provides one with beautiful sights as well, though in a much different format- museums, famous sights and beautiful architecture being the most prominent. I must say that I’m a fan of both, though I am a sucker for nature and trees. And the past 2 weeks I have realized that DC has something Florida never boasts quite so wildly- spring blooms.

After this incredibly long winter I thought the world was brown and cold forever and that everyone hated everything and that’s how eternity was going to be (dramatic, and illogical to be sure) But somehow, all of that started to change in the last few weeks. Daffodils are springing up everywhere, grass is actually growing, snow has stopped falling, legs are starting to creep out of pants and tights (yay!) and trees are blooming into fairy tale status beauties. I had the opportunity to spend some time strolling through some of the local parks in Foggy Bottom yesterday, and below are some pictures from my adventure.

For this look I went with crazy bright colors and kept it very blue. Thus, I didn’t overly accessorize because I didn’t want my outfit to go from wild and flashy to a little bit insane and gaudy. (It’s a fine line, that one 😉

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I was a bit overly enchanted to come across this cutie. (Fun fact, I had a pet duck growing up!)

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Top- Francescas / Jeans- Forever 21 / Shoes- Madewell / Watch- Michael Kors / Bracelet- Vintage Egyptian Piece

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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.

 

 

Style Me Chambray

I think a lot of people struggle with the best way to style chambray tops. There is a fine line between awkward middle school teenage jacket circa 2005 (my Abercrombie & Fitch days, stylin’ and profilin’) and trendy, stylish 2014 life-liver. To be honest, I only just purchased my first chambray top last week (and I bought 2!). Crazy, crazy, I know. I also know that chambray tops are a staple in many people’s wardrobes, and if you haven’t gotten one yet and you live in the DC area hop on over to Nordstrom Rack because they have them for 10$!!!

Personally, I don’t typically buy clothing or accessories unless I can picture myself wearing it in at least 3 different ways, be it a shirt with jeans, leggings, or a skirt or a necklace that can be dressed up for work or going out, or dressed down with a simple tee and jeans for my lazy days, etc. Of course I don’t always follow that rule, but it’s a good way to prevent impulse buying for myself when I shop.

Displayed below you will see three ways you can easily style chambray (including the often faux pas “denim on denim”) for a fun way to make your clothing more versatile!

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For the office, a chambray top tucked into a simple, professional black skirt paired with pearls is an easy way to look stylish and put together. I often throw my hair into a quick sock bun if I’ve happened upon a terrible hair day.

20140303-115724.jpgIf you’re having a casual day shopping, or maybe a day of class that you want to dress up a bit, or even a date (and it isn’t snowing outside), this outfit might be for you. A little bubble skirt with pockets paired with sandals and a necklace that incorporate some of the colors of your look is a fun way to go.

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Finally, if you want to go out and you have been wearing that chambray top all day to the office or class and want to keep it going, throw on a pair of contrasting skinny jeans (if your chambray top is dark, go with light jeans, etc.), trendy boots and over the top jewelry to accessorize. (Shoutout to Grandma for the flask!) I actually did style this outfit this way to go out this weekend, so see below. Have a happy Monday and please like/comment/follow as you will. Check out my Instagram and Twitter at SK_OnTheRun

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