Happy Friday

Snow Day in Washington D.C.
Snow Day in Washington D.C.

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all have a good week? It was a snowy one in D.C.! My husband had his first ever snow day on Monday, and we went out to see what D.C. looked like after the storm. Seeing the Washington and Lincoln Memorials covered in snow was surreal, almost like walking through a living snow globe! I even got to throw some snow balls into the ice covered reflecting pond.

Snow Day in Washington D.C.
Snow Day in Washington D.C.

Are you excited for a holiday weekend? I love how right when you finish getting organized after the holidays a long weekend sneaks up on you, it’s always the best surprise. We are hoping to enjoy ours with a local ski trip, weather depending. I haven’t been in a number of years and I am so excited to get back on the slopes! 

Here are some things online I’ve loved this week- 

New Gal Meets Glam dresses are out! I love the collared and puff sleeved Alison, and the Lola dress and jacket set are divine

If you are at all interested in buying a Chanel bag Grace at The Stripe breaks down the different bags and the wear of them really well

I loved Kate Middleton’s outfit here, and seeing all the gorgeous fabrics used by the royal opera and ballet! 

I just ordered this puzzle of “the Greatest Bookstore in the World” and I can’t wait to start putting it together

Apparently neon green is the new thing

What a good book does to your brain  

Arent these rooms beautiful? 

 Some good reading inspiration

I’m so excited to try this new facial massage technique

Some mental health advice everyone should keep in mind

J.Crew is having 70% off sale right now; these gingham flannel pajamas bottoms are now $16 and this plaid set is $28 (orginally $98)

 The nail polish shade Cute as a Button is the perfect pink and lovely for Valentines Day

I hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend!

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Jewelry To Add Glamour To Any Outfit

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again - a well placed piece of jewelry can transform any basic pairing of clothes into a stylish outfit. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces are a wonderful way to update your wardrobe and add so much glamour to your wardrobe staples. Take jeans and a basic tee and wear different earrings or a different necklace and you have ten outfits, no problem. Plus, those outfits have so much style and personality because of the way that you accessorized them to look like you. For instance, my style is to add big and colorful statement earrings to a white tee, whereas my friend Samantha might add some drape-y necklaces and the top looks completely different - but both look glamorous! Here are some of my favorite pieces right now to bring on the glam to dress up winter’s basic sweaters, or a basic tee in the summer!

Jewelry To Add Glamour to Any Outfit

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One - Hart Hagerty Topknot Earrings - Aren’t these tassels gorgeous? Plus they come in a variety of colors to match all your tops.

Two - Lisi Lerch Ginger Earrings - These earrings add instant glamour to anything, and they also some in silver and with different colored beads to add even more pop.

Three- Kate Spade New York Full Flourish Earrings - I love the blush color of these earrings, and they way that they add some drama without being overpowering because of the compact size.

Four - Kate Spade New York Multicolor Crystal Linear Drop Earrings - Aren’t the glass gems on these so glamorous looking?

Five - Baublebar Laniyah Frince Drop Earrings - I love how much drama these add to an outfit! They’d stand out so well with a solid colored sweater.

Six - Kate Spade New York Perfectly Imperfect Linear Bracelet - I think the name says it all!

Seven - Cloverpost Bay Bracelet- This dainty gold bracelet will add some sparkle to every outfit.

Eight - Lisi Lerch Button Earrings in Pearl - These earrings add some Old Hollywood glamour to any outfit and match anything.

Nine - Tai Starburst Ear Cuff - These earrings are two pieces so they actually cuff around your ear, which looks quite cool

Ten - Baublebar Adrita Hoop Earrings - A fun new take on the hoop. I love all the fringe!

What are your favorite jewelry pieces right now?

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Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose - Swatches and Review

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

I have been looking for the perfect “my lips but better” lipstick for ages and I finally found it right before the holidays. Chanel’s Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultra Wear Lipcolor in Merry Rose is, quite simply, the perfect shade. It is a nude pink that adds warmth to your face but still matches everything. Plus, it lasts forever, even through eating, and has a lovely shine that makes your whole face look awake and happy.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose
Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Chanel’s Merry Rose comes in a double sided applicator. One side has the long wear lipcolor, and the other side is a gloss. I like to put on a couple layers of the lipstick, wait a minute, and then add the gloss. I then touch up with the gloss throughout the day.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Here, I paired Merry Rose with a light smokey eye, a subtle contour, and a little bit of bronzer. Plus lots of mascara. To be specific, I used on my eyes I used Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 for eyeshadow, Charlotte Tilbury eye kohl in Audrey to line my waterline and her black eyeliner on top, Trish McEvoy voluming mascara and Anastasia brows in taupe plus her clear gel. On the rest of my face I used my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and Magic concealer, her Filmstar bronze and Glow, the Tom Ford Soleil bronzer and as a finishing touch the Glow and Cheek blush which adds the prettiest subtle pink glow (truly, this blush glows).

I’ve used Chanel’s Merry Rose with a nude eye, a smokey eye, a cat eye and every shade of pink blush and or bronzer and it matches everything. Plus it matches every outfit. It’s one of those shades that if you could only wear one lip color for the rest of your life Merry Rose would be it.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

Finally, I like that the Le Rouge formula lasts all day but isn’t drying, especially if you exfoliate your lips at night. I’m not the best at reapplying lipstick throughout the day, so a long wear shade is perfect for me.

Chanel Le Rouge in Merry Rose

What’s your newest lipstick addiction? Do you have a my lips but better shade?

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The Perfect Winter Treat

Apple Rum Cake Recipe

In anticipation of our D.C. snow day I have been laying in lots of warm and cozy food, sweet treats and fun movies. Since it will be our first real snow storm, I wanted to bake something special for the occasion, and this apple rum cake was perfect! It’s sweet without being cloying, and the top has cartelized sugar on top for the perfect crunch. Plus, since it’s full of apples it’s appropriate to nibble on all day long!

Apple Rum Cake Recipe
Apple Rum Cake Recipe

It was super simple to make-

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a cake pan (I love, love this PAM baking spray with flour. It really stops baked goods from sticking to the pan). Next, combine 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt in a mixing bow and set aside. In another bowl, combine 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp vanilla. Once creamed together, add in 2 eggs. Next, mix in the flour mixture and 2 tbsp rum (the rum is optional). Once everything is combined and there are no lumps, stir in 2 peeled and chopped apples.

Transfer to prepared cake pan, and sprinkle the top with 2 tbsp sugar. Bake for 40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Then, eat! And watch the winter world go by.

Apple Rum Cake Recipe

How are you enjoying these winter nights? And to all my Florida friends, is it still warm? Are you enjoying walks in the sunshine?

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Happy Friday

Lisi Lerch Cameron earrings

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all have a good week? Mine was okay, I got sick over the weekend and was on quarantine most of this week which made the days kind of drag. I’m a person who loves to be on the go all the time so some forced relaxation was not my speed but also just what the doctor ordered. On the bright side, though, I got a lot of reading done and re-watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - there are so many jokes I didn’t catch the first time I watched it!

Here are some things I loved online this week -

Some of the best Golden Globes dresses

The perfect cocktail for awards season

Opalhpuse for Target has some beautiful home decor right now; I really love this floral patterned decorative vase and this heart wreath will look so sweet around Valentine’s Day

Ashley Brooke has a great reminder about finding and sticking to your personal style

All about sequels to Crash Rick Asians

I love Mackenzie’s tip for how to repurpose an Ikea dresser!

This Vineyard Vines tote looks perfect for weekend getaways - it’s beige with a lovely raspberry bottom and large enough to fit most of what you need - and over 50% off!

6 Healthy Habits to be happier in 2019 

 Five new beauty products to try this year

Charlotte Tilbury came out with a loose setting powder

Happy birthday Kate Middleton!

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My Favorite New Pink Sweater

J.Crew 1988 rollneck sweater

Now that the temperatures are dropping in D.C. it’s time to bring out all my heavier sweaters. My favorite is this J.Crew 1988 rollneck sweater in pink. I love the light pink color, and it’s heavy without being itchy. Aren’t itchy sweaters just awful? Plus the way that the sweater is knit down the sides is very flattering.

J.Crew 1988 rollneck sweater
J.Crew 1988 rollneck sweater

The rollneck sweater runs large, I sized down and it is still loose fitting. It’s comfortable to wear all day, and it washes really well.

I paired the sweater with my skinny jeans and my Ugg McKay boots, thought in the pictures you see I switched to my Superga sneakers because we had to walk through some mud and it hailed out for a few minutes. My ankles were cold but my boots were saved, which is really all that matters.

Pink sweaters are my favorite item of clothing right now. They make me feel cozy yet feminine, and I think the hue brings out winter’s rosy cheeks. Here are some more of my favorites -

What’s your favorite item of clothing right now? And is the warm spell breaking? We are supposed to have snow this weekend and I am so excited!!

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How to Brighten Your Winter Wardrobe With Pastels

I love adding pastels to my winter wardrobe. Once Christmas is over I put away my burgundy and evergreen colored sweaters and start reaching for colors like light pink and light blue. I find that a pretty pop of color brightens my mood, even when the weather is continually cold and cloudy. It’s also a great way to have fun with accessories - a lilac nail pairs so well with a cream sweater, and a pastel scarf can liven up a black sweater! Here are some of my favorite pastel items out right now:

Pastels to brighten your winter wardrobe

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  1. Peach sweater - Isn’t this color beautiful? Plus it’s longer in the backs so you can pair it with leggings.

  2. Pink Lantern Earrings - These earrings are a classic! They’ll go with everything plus they are super light.

  3. Blue Rollneck Sweater - I love these cotton roll neck sweaters. They are warm, but light enough for spring. The colors are gorgeous, they wash well, and the knit pattern is very flattering.

  4. Bow back silky top - How gorgeous is this top? There is a giant bow in the back!

  5. Crewneck cashmere sweater - Super soft and a gorgeous mint green.

  6. Floral silk scarf - The pattern on this scarf makes me swoon.

  7. Tie waist sweater - The perfect neutral sweater for all your pretty accessories.

  8. Valentines Socks - Cocoa with hearts for cold winter days.

  9. Star earrings - These glitter stars will make any day a celebration!

  10. Pink v-neck sweater - This sweater is loose fitting, and I love the detail at the sleeves.

  11. Lilac floral pointelle sweater - This pointelle sweater is such a lovely lilac, and the pointelle pattern makes it feel very special.

  12. Fun dog socks - Aren’t these pups with scarves adorable?

  13. Madewell sweater - I love that this sweater has a classic pattern but it’s pink and cream.

  14. Glitter Mary Janes - Glitter shoes! Enough said ; )

  15. Blush crystal earrings - I think these earrings are darling; they add a pop of color and the shade is so unique!

  16. Pink cashmere sweater - Cozy and warm and such a pretty color.

What’s your favorite way to add color into your winter wardrobe?

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Homemade Pasta Recipe

Homemade pasta with a Kitchenaid mixer

Last week, to kick off the New Year, I made homemade pasta. It felt like the perfect way to start a new year - a new challenge that involved delicious food in our home, that was also a nod to our anniversary trip to Italy. IThe whole process took a bout an hour an a half, but it was so worth it! The pasta tasted delicious, and we felt like we were back in Rome. It was also a lot easier than I anticipated, and now that I know what I’m doing I think it will take a lot less time in the future!

Homemade pasta with a Kitchenaid mixer

As you can see in the pictures, I used my Kitchenaid mixer and the pasta maker attachment. While using the mixer is not necessary by any means, I think having the mixer attachment made the process a lot easier since I could use my hands to feed and catch the dough. My parents got the attachment for us for Christmas, since I have wanted to make pasta ever since we got back from Italy. It was the perfect gift; thank you!

Homemade pasta with a Kitchenaid mixer
Homemade pasta with a Kitchenaid mixer

For my first batch of pasta I used this recipe. You start out by using a mixer to mix the water, flour, eggs and salt in the mixer to combine, and then kneading the dough with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Next, you knead the dough by hand a couple times and let it rest for 20 minutes. After that, you feed it through the pasta attachment - feed the dough through the flat roller a few times on each of settings 1-4, and then switch to the spaghetti cutter. That’s it! You’ll have about 5 servings, and can freeze the extra.

I felt so accomplished when it actually looked like pasta! And then when it tasted good, well let’s just say I go by chef Allie now ; )

Homemade pasta with a Kitchenaid mixer

Have you ever made pasta? Do you have any good recipes? I’m excited to make it all the time now, and it’s how I’m going to lure people to come visit us. If you come to D.C. you get spaghetti… : )

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Updated - Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - Winter 2019

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Updated - they just added lots of cashmere and popover to the sale! I particularly love the popover dress, it looks so bright and so cozy! Here are my favorite new items-

Today’s the day - the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is live! There are so many amazing finds this year for amazing prices - I looked in store yesterday and online today and am so pleased with both the selection and deals. Plus, there are a ton of sweaters so you can wear all of your finds right now, including cashmere. Lilly cashmere is high quality, I bought a cashmere sweater during the August sale and it’s one of my favorite pieces in my closet; it’s cozy and warm and the most perfect pale blue - who says you can’t wear color in the winter? Here are some of my favorites, and I talk about sizing at the end of the post-

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

As to sizing, I think Lilly clothes fit true to size with a few exceptions - pants run a little small, swingy sweaters/athletic wear run big, and size up on swim tops. Also, if you haven’t shopped the sale before there is a virtual line, which you can read all about here.

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

There are more items being added tomorrow, so I will keep this page updated!

Happy Shopping!

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Glitter factory

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all have a good first week of 2019? Have you remembered to date things 2019? I’m not quite there yet… Also, I feel like 2019 sounds pretty normal, but 2020 sounds so far away and so futuristic! Is it just me?

This weekend we are staying low, it’s supposed to be pretty dreary and we are still recovering from the holidays. It was the best Christmas ever, but I am tired and need to take down my, sadly, very dead Christmas tree - we decided that our family tradition is going to be to take it down on Epiphany every year, to make it feel a little special. Do you have any traditions surrounding the removal of the Christmas tree? Neither of us did growing up, and it always felt a little arbitrary and capricious, the way it would come down early some years and late others. The twelfth day of Christmas however seems just right!

Anyways, here are some of my favorite internet finds of the week -

The Lilly Pulitzer sale is here! It starts in stores on Saturday and online on Monday through Tuesday, with more inventory added on Tuesday. You can read all my tips about shopping the sale here. The prices on the sale are always such a great deal - I’ve gotten tops and shorts for the same price I’d pay at Target! On Monday once everything is released I’ll post all the best finds from the sale :)

I loved this article about a glitter factory - I had no idea that glitter is so hard to define

If you love the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel you’ll love these books

I’m in love with all the Libby VanderPloeg home goods at Anthropologie - these city themed juice glasses and the rainy day towels look like the perfect way to add some color to the kitchen during these dark winter days

I love Julia’s take on winter dressing - bring on the pastels!

How darling is this cozy pink and cream heart blanket at Target? And it’s under $10!

Jenn has some great thoughts on achieving New Years Resolutions

Some great clean beauty product recommendations

I am obsessed with these tassel earrings! I think they’ll be my next statement earrings, but what color? The blues are just so pretty.

I really want to catch up on Victoria on PBS before the new season comes out - have you watched it?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Yellow Silk Top for Winter - Everlane Boatneck Blouse

Yellow Silk Top For Winter

During the winter I tend to gravitate to blues and whites, with hints of pink and purple as a nod to the upcoming spring. I love a bright pop of color every now and then, however, and couldn’t resist this lovely Everlane Silk Boatneck Blouse in Mustard Gold. It’s such a lovely take on yellow; it’s adds a bright pop of color without seeing discordant with the winter season.

Yellow Silk Top For Winter

This is my first Everlane purchase and I am so happy with the quality of the top. The silk blouse feels very luxurious, and it doesn’t wrinkle or crease easily. All of the fold lines from shipping steamed out easily, and it dry cleaned perfectly when I got a little stain on it. All important to know when talking about silk!

Yellow Silk Top For Winter

I found the cut of the Everlane boatneck blouse very flattering to my hourglass figure. It drapes very nicely, and the boatneck collar lied flat without any fussing. The top runs slightly big, but since it is supposed to have a relaxed fit I did not size down. I like the way it flows, and I don’t think it would drape as nicely if it wasn’t a little big.

Yellow Silk Top For Winter

Everlane Clean Silk Boatneck Blouse / Jeans / Purse / Flats

I paired the Everlane silk top with my favorite blue bag and some black flats. I love the way the gold hardware makes the outfit feel more glamorous! When paired with jeans the ensemble feels appropriate for a casual dinner or cocktails out on the town. In addition, if you swapped the jeans for slacks or a skirt the outfit is perfect for work too.

Yellow Silk Top For Winter

Finally, I love that Everlane is committed to what they call “Radical Transparency” - which means partnering with ethical factories, using quality materials, and informing customers about the costs of producing their products. It makes me feel good about shopping there, and my wallet is happy that the prices are significantly lower than other stores with similar products. Here are some of their other products that I love -

What colors do you love to wear all winter long? And have you found any great pieces at Everlane?

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