Happy Friday

Washington DC tulips

Happy Friday and Happy Easter! Are you doing anything fun for the holiday? We are going to go to Mass at the giant Basilica in DC, the Church is so gorgeous and so stately - I’m excited to go and see everyone decked out in their Easter best. After that we are having an early dinner at a D.C. Italian spot called Filomena. They go all out with their decorations and when I peeked in the window I saw Easter decoration overload, which is right up my alley ; ) Plus, I got JD some Easter surprises so I’m sure we’ll have a good time being in a sugar coma when we get home, as is the case every Easter in my family!

Here are some other things I enjoyed online this week -

Kate Spade has one of it’s lovely Margaux bags on sale plus 30% off!

I made these hummus quesadillas and they are so good

The cult favorite Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask comes in a travel size now!

I love Carly gingham skirt so much!

The best coffee in every state

I love the colors in this mini NARS eyeshadow palette

How to paint anything

These Easter recipes look delicious

Where do you fall on the purse raincoat debate?

All of Charlotte TIlbury’s new highlighter line - I can’t wait to get my hands on it and review it for you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress
Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress

I was so excited to receive my first ever Rachel Parcell dress in the mail. I’ve been following her blog for about a year, and I love her feminine style. It’s always so pretty, and I love that it’s also modest. That can be hard to come by on the internet now a days! So, when I saw that Nordstrom had picked up her line I couldn’t wait to receive my dress in person.

Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress
Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress

When I saw the pink floral fabric I knew it would pair perfectly with all of the tulips outside. They are blooming everywhere, and in such vibrant colors! The fabric is a very light pink, perfect for spring and Easter, and the flowers on it are really pretty in person.

Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Dress / Sandals / Similar Earrings / Basket Bag

I love the detail of the sleeving on this dress, the tiered ruffles are so beautiful in person. I also really like that the faux-wrap style included a hook and eye on top so that it isn’t too revealing. I thought the dress fit true to size. It’s a little loose, but I think that’s the style.

Rachel Parcell Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Dress

I also managed to get my hands on her thread wrapped earrings and I love them! These Rachel Parcel ones are sold out, but I found these on Etsy and they look very similar, and come in a bunch of colors. I highly recommend the style. It’s super light but adds so much color and interest to an outfit. I wore them with just jeans and a white tee the other day and got so many compliments! They are definitely an instant mood booster.

Have you found any new spring dresses you love? Or seen the Rachel Parcell collection?

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Pretzel M&M Blossoms

Pretzel M&M Blossoms
Pretzel M&M Blossoms

How cute at these Easter desserts?! I’m obsessed with them! I wasn’t going to make any big Easter dessert this year, but when I saw these online I just couldn’t resist.

Pretzel M&M Blossoms

They were a breeze to make too. All you need are pretzels, white chocolate, M&Ms and a microwave. What’s even better than how cute they are, though, is how delicious they are! It’s the perfect mix of salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy. Plus they took under 10 minutes. Here’s how to make some of these blossoms for yourself -

1 bag waffle pretzels

1 bag white chocolate chips

1 bag Easter M&Ms

Lay out the waffle pretzels on a microwave safe plate. Place 5 white chocolate chips on each pretzel; microwave for 30 seconds and then 20 seconds more (or until the chocolate is slightly melted). Arrange the M&M’s on top in whatever pattern you would like. Done!

Pretzel M&M Blossoms

Aren’t they just darling for Easter? And they would make a great activity with kids!

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The Most Marvelous Earrings

It’s no secret at this point that I love a great statement earring! I think they make every outfit feel fun and special, and can add so much glamour and style to your wardrobe. These past few weeks I’ve been blown away at how many amazing statement earrings are out right now, and at all price points. I’ve been constantly scrolling through sites like Baublebar, Lisi Lerch, Antrho and Nordstrom with a giant grin on my face while I look at all the fabulous, marvelous designs! Below are all my favorites, which I think have enough style and pizazz to even wow my favorite Mrs. Maisel!

the most marvelous earrings

1. Lisi Lerch Shelly Earrings - I think you are going to see a lot of scallop earrings this spring and summer. I really like the drama of these oversized stud earrings, and the pearls add a little bit of glamour. Aren’t they perfectly preppy? I also like the seashell topped hoops for a more subtle take on the trend.

2. Renata Raffia Heart Earrings - How cute are these pink hearts? I love the texture of the raffia, it makes them less sweet and very on trend. Extra texture is a great way to add interest to an outfit, and I love the bright pop of pink!

3. Cayman Drop Earrings - When I saw these online I let out a squeal of delight! How fun are they?!! I think they would look amazing with a solid color or white top and some patterned shorts or skort. Slick your hair into a low bun and you’ll have the cutest outfit in the trip-state area : )

4. Orchid Earrings - I have these stud earrings in white and I love the pink option too! They literally go with anything, and the petals are this cool clay-feeling material so they don’t add any shine or glare to your outfit (other than the small rhinestones in the middle). I love them!

5. Metal Petal Drop Earrings - I love the 3-D aspect of these earrings, and the hammered gold makes for such a lovely sheen. Kate Spade has done so many cool new things with their spade logo lately, and these earrings might be the best yet!

6. Azure Fiesta Earrings - These oversized earrings are the perfect blend of bright and whimsical. The fringe detail is so fun, and I love how bright they are! They come in pink too!

7. Kate Bamboo Earrings - I love the bamboo design of these drop earrings. I think it looks both modern and mod and adds so much drama. Perfect for summer! Also, the earrings are a bit heavy, but they come in a clip version to better distribute the weight which is so smart!

8. Flower Statement Earrings - I think these earrings are so sweet and retro. Plus, they go with any outfit! I really love the shape of the flowers, they look like something Drew Barrymore would wear don’t you think?

9. Crystal & Blossom Clip on Earrings - I love the yellow! The enamel color is just so fun. Don’t yellow earrings just make you want to bounce around all day? Plus they are super pretty.

10. Camila Drop Earrings (on sale!) - These simple pink earrings will add a touch of shine and a lot of glamour to your outfit. They are just the prettiest shade of pink!

11. Parrot Earrings - I mean, how cute are these! If the sparkle of the cayman earrings was too much for you, then I think you’ll love these fringed parrots!

12. Kiera Raffia Statement Earrings - These earrings also come in a rainbow, but I love these natural ones so much. I think the textured neutral dangles will pair perfectly with a more colorful outfit. The ivory color means you can wear dramatic earrings without going over the top with the look.

13. White Vivi Earrings - These earrings are dramatic and I love them. I first saw them on Cameron on Southern Charm, and I was initially skeptical of how big they are, but now I’m pretty much obsessed with them. They are just so glamorous!

14. Tricia Lavender Earrings - These earrings are made to add some glamour! I like the unique shape a lot, and they come in lots of colors. I’m hoping to add them to my collection soon!

15. Sierra Raffia Stud Earrings - It’s really hard to find light green earrings, and these are the perfect color. I also love the flower shape and the fact that they are textured. I think they’ll pair great with some of my shifts that have a little bit of light green in the pattern.

16.. Ring Hoop Earrings - I think these hoops are a great every day earring that isn’t boring. A great wardrobe staple you’ll wear on repeat.

What pair are your favorite? Have you seen any good earrings I need to know about?

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Why I Love Basic Invite for Graduation Invitations

Basic Invite Graduation Invitations

Today I am so excited to share a card company called Basic Invite. Basic Invite is an online card company that allows you to create custom cards and invitations, including custom photos, fonts and colors! With graduation season right around the corner, it’s the perfect online destination for all of your graduation after party invitations and highschool graduation invitations. I love ordering invitations for major life events, like graduation, but in the past I’ve constantly gotten frustrated at how little I can customize my design. That’s not so worth Basic Invite! Instead, the company’s graduation invitations templates and all of their customization options make it easy and fun to create the perfect graduation card!

Here’s a screen shot of one of the graduation invitation templates - look at all the different color shades available!

Here’s a screen shot of one of the graduation invitation templates - look at all the different color shades available!

Basic Invite

I played around on the site for hours creating my own sample graduation cards and invitations, and had so much fun using all of the customization options Basic Invite offers. It is one of the few websites that allows you  almost unlimited color options - over 180 different colors, plus foil options in gold, silver and rose gold! I loved being able to choose from so many different shades for all the different aspects of my cards. On the sunflower card, for instance, I could choose the exact shade of yellow I wanted for the flowers! In addition, there were numerous fonts, and you can choose the font spacing and size. All of these options show up on your online template in real time, so you see exactly how your card will look.

Once you have your perfect custom design you can order custom samples of your design so that you can see exactly how they look in person. I made the samples pictured above of graduation announcements and high school graduation party invitations, and I am so thrilled with how they turned out! Aren’t they the perfect custom graduation invitations?

Basic Invite Graduation Invitations
Basic invite graduation invitations

Finally, I love that Basic Invite provides address capturing services and 40 different colors of envelopes. The address capturing services allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses. These addresses are then stored in your online account so that any time you order cards you receive free recipient address printing! Such a time saver!

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

In short, I think Basic Invite is the perfect place to create all of the graduation after party invitations and highschool graduation invitations that you’ll need this graduation season! Their lovely graduation invitations templates make it so easy to create the perfect custom card!

Have you used Basic Invite before? Isn’t it the best?!

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post!

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Happy Friday

Washington DC tulips

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you don’t mind all of the flower pictures these last few weeks, they just make me so happy and I figure I should spread the joy! This week I realized that while the cherry blossoms are just about finished, there are tulips blooming everywhere; they are in so many vibrant colors, and then every once in a while a different flower variety pops up in the middle, like in the picture above. All of these flowers have gotten me to pause for a second and take in the beauty around me, reminding me to find joy in every day moments. I hope my pictures inspire you too!

Here are some other things bringing me joy this week -

My favorite sneakers are on sale as part of the ShopBop sale! They are the Classic Cotu sneakers by Superga and I highly recommend them!

I really enjoyed this interview with the founder of Vitner’s Daughter

Lisi Lerch is 30% off for Easter! I’m in love with the Ginger Earrings (Cameron Eubanks wears them on Southern Charm all the time)

Martha Stewart’s egg dying tips

The trailer for Amy Poehler’s new movie is out!

Kate at The Small Things Blog has a great primer on retinol

If you are looking to start a Podcast Grace has some great info on The Stripe

Thoughts on why book clubs are popular again

Have a great weekend everyone!

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My Spring Bucket List

Spring Tulips in Washington DC

Is it just me or has this year just flown by so far? There is so much I want to do before summer sets in (and the corresponding heat!) and yet I blink and weeks of spring are gone! To combat the problem I have created a bucket list of everything I want to accomplish before spring is over, and I thought it would be fun to share in case it gives you any inspiration!

1. Make soy wax candles

2. Record my family recipes

3. Go on a picnic  

4. Take a drive through the countryside to see more spring flowers 

5. Make a meal on the grill and eat outside

6. Finish another jigsaw puzzle

7. Update our framed pictures with new photos  

8. Go Kayaking and or hiking 

9.  Call all my friends who live far away and I haven’t spoken to recently 

10. Do something touristy - Mount Vernon or Monticello or even the zoo

11. Master the perfect monitor recipe

Whats in your list this spring?  

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My Beauty Empties

my beauty empties

As much as I love trying new products, I have a few tried and true favorites that I replace again and again! A few of them ran out at the same time recently, which inspired me to share them all with you! Here’s the list- 

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer - This has been my go to moisturizer for several years. It’s very thick and great for dry and sensitive skin. I also love the simple ingredient list.

Pillow Talk Lipliner - This is the perfect lipliner for almost any shade of lipstick. It defines your lips beautifully, and makes your lips look fuller. I also like to cover my whole mouth and then put a glossy balm on top for a my lips but better look.

Glossier Milky Jelly Face Wash - I don’t know how many bottles of this I’ve gone through! It cleans my face but never irritates it, which is exactly what I’m looking for. (don’t forget to get 10% off your first Glossier order with my rep link).

Nars Cyprus Eyeshadow (on sale!) - This might be the first eyeshadow I’ve ever “hit pan” with. It’s the perfect every day color that makes eyes look defined but not overly dramatic.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - I love the finish on this foundation. It looks velvety, but not dry or overly matte. It also lasts all day, even in the humidity. Finally, it blends like a dream and can be layered for a sheer to full coverage finish.

Fresh Sugar Petal Lip Treatment - This lip balm has the opacity of a lipstick but it is so moisturizing. I use it whenever I want a pretty pink but my lips are too chapped for lipstick (I.e. almost every day, lol).

Beauty Blender Brush Cleaner - I love this solid makeup brush cleaner. It gets all the stubborn makeup off my brushes without any hassle. Plus, since it’s a solid it’s convenient to store and travel with. I haven’t bought any other brush cleaner in years!

Glossier Lash Slick - I love that this mascara never flakes or clumps or smudges, EVER, and it’s easy to remove in the shower. It is a more “natural” looking mascara if you apply only one coat, but it can be layered to add drama.

What are your beauty empties? Anything I need to try?

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All The Cutest Easter Dresses

I have always loved dressing up for Easter. When I was little I would wear the dress, a giant hat (with a rubber band under my chin), gloves, party shoes - the works! Since then I have toned down on the accessories but not the excitement. It’s just so fun to get so dressed up in flowers and pastels, wouldn’t you agree? I’ve seen so many great dresses this year! I already got this dress, but it’s so tempting to pick up one of these! Here are all of my favorites -

the cutest Easter dresses 2019

Top Left - Lace Shift Dress (on sale!) - This white less dress is so pretty. I love it paired with a low bun, it’s so classic and feminine.

Top Middle - J.Crew Liberty Faux Wrap Dress - Liberty prints make me so happy! The little flowers are so timeless and gorgeous, and the faux wrap silhouette is super flattering.

Top Right - Seersucker Shift Dress - The seersucker fabric is so preppy and so timeless! It’s the kind of dress you can wear for years and always be in style.

Middle Left - Striped Pop Embroidered Shift - I love the pop of pink! It’s so fresh and fun, and the detailing makes the dress extra flattering. It’s just such a great mix of classic and fun.

Middle - Gingham Jumpsuit (on sale!) - It ties in a bow in the back! How adorable is that?! It’s just such a modern twist on a classic fabric, I want to wear it everywhere!

Middle Right - Rose Floral Dress - I love the tiny flowers all over the fabric, and the silhouette is so retro. I just love it. It looks just like something Midge Maisel would wear!

Bottom Left - Edith Crepe Dress - This dress is a full circle skirt. That means it twirls beautifully! It looks like such a classic Easter dress!

Bottom Middle - Courtney Rio Stripe Maxi Dress - Isn’t this just the sweetest shade of pink? I love the ruffling detail along the sleeves, and the maxi length makes the dress feel more fancy and Church appropriate. Plus, it can be paired with sandals for a casual day out or even a picnic!

Bottom Right - Lilly Maya Shift Dress - This dress combines seersucker and lace for a class yet preppy Easter dress. I love the lace on top, it’s such high quality and looks beautiful on! Plus it has little ruffles on the sleeves.

What’s your favorite? Do you love dressing up for Easter too?

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Fisherman's Stew Recipe

fisherman's stew recipe
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Last weekend I made fisherman’s stew for the first time, and I’m - I’ve always wanted to, but the recipe intimated me. I decided to finally pull the trigger this Lent, since we’ve been eating the same fish recipes again and again. I found a recipe in an old cookbook I have, One Pot Meals, and altered it. Here’s the recipe:

Pinch of saffron threads

olive oil

3 minced garlic cloves

1 1/2 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

2 red bell peppers seeded and chopped

2 cans chopped tomatoes

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 cup fish stock

1 cup blanched almonds, toasted and finely ground (buy peeled almonds)

2 lbs clams and/or mussels (your choice in the assortment)

1 lb cod fillet

1 lb shrimp

Place saffron in a small bowl with 4 tbsp almost boiling water. Let soak for at least 10 minutes.

In a large pot cook heat olive oil and add in pepper, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes and paprika and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the fish stock, saffron and the soaking water and almonds; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in fish, shrimp, and cleaned clams and mussels. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until shrimp are pink, fish is flaky and shellfish open. Serve with thick and crusty bread.

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Do you have any great seafood recipes? Please share!

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Happy Friday

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Happy Friday everyone! What a week! It was so unexpectedly busy, and JD was away on a business trip for a few days, so I’m looking forward to the weekend! We are finishing the birthday celebration with a great Italian dinner at Piccolo (a Georgetown restaurant) and some college basket . Or rather, JD will be watching the final four while I read ; )

Here are some things around the internet that I enjoyed this week -

Some home organization tips from the master

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially on Instagram

What jobs the Disney princesses would have now - so clever!

The “Italian Girl” beauty formula

I am so in love with these gingham Jack Rogers

Can’t wait to see what Gal Meets Glam cardigans are going to be like

Too Faced Chocolate bronzer is one of my all time favorites and today it’s 50% off at Ulta!

Rachel Parcell’s entry way is #housegoals

Tuckernuck’s classic Lantern earrings are in turquoise now! so pretty

This self-tanner sounds amazing

Chard and almond pasta for a delicious dinner

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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