Happy Friday

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Sorry I was a little MIA this week! I thought I had scheduled a post, but it got scheduled to a section of the website that isn’t visible (#newappproblems) and then, honestly, the daily logistics of life took over. I had to call the dentist like 5 times one day to schedule 2 cleanings, same with the optometrist, etc.. It sounds like not a big deal, but it was stuff like that non-stop all week and it just takes so much longer than you think and truly saps all of my patience and attention span. But, on the bright side, while I was on hold so long I found some fun internet articles, lol. Did anyone else have a week where the smallest items on your to do list take up ALL of your time?

But, back to finding joy : ) Here are some articles that made me smile this week-

I really enjoyed this interview with the former Glamour UK beauty editor

Men’s polos are on sale and an extra 30% off at Ralph Lauren, a great last minute Father’s Day gift!

The recipe for the perfect mascara application

Some good restaurant recommendations if you are going to Savannah any time soon!

I’m in love with Lilly Pulitzer’s navy new arrivals, especially this dress!

How to help save the bees if you live in a city

A great high low list if you are on the market for a new purse

I love Kate Middleton’s casual look, especially the pleated collar

I can’t wait to make these salmon burgers this weekend

Essie nailpolishes on sale for $6.59 at Target!

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

The arrival of the summer heat has me day dreaming about all the fun summer activities I want tompartake in this year. Picnics, kayaking, trips to the beach, the list goes on and on! In order to make sure I actually do any of it, I’ve been working on my summer bucket list. Sometimes too many options can just be daunting, you know? A short(ish) list can make it a lot easier to make sure you actually accomplish what you want! So here’s my list:

  1. Take a trip to the beach and go in the ocean

  2. Eat all you can eat crabs somewhere fun

  3. Kayak down the Potomac

  4. Grill Friday night dinner outside

  5. Go on a romantic weekend getaway

  6. Finish knitting my cousin’s wedding afghan

  7. Watch fireworks over the Capital

  8. See a show (Aladdin is coming to town and I think that could be fun!)

  9. Go to a fair and ride the potato sacks

  10. Never get a bad sun burn

  11. Start wearing SOF in my hands daily

  12. Make homemade ice cream

Whats your summer bucket list?

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Happy Friday!

Georgetown Flowers

Hello Friends! Did you have a nice week? Does it feel like summer? It sure does here in the capital! While I wouldn’t mind it the humidity backed off a little, I am here for it! I can’t wait to sit by the pool, where my Jack Rogers everywhere and anywhere, sip pina coladas and enjoy summer meals by the grill. How about you?

There’s a script for Legally Blonde 3!!!

The Kate Spade Canvas Sam, the perfect bag for the summer, is 30% off! I picked one up in navy and paired it with this parrot scarf. I’m obsessed!

How to tell if you exfoliate too much

Ever wondered what sauce paired with that fun pasta shape? Here’s a guide!

I bought some kinetic sand to make a centerpiece for our kitchen table for summer, and the stuff is so darn fun to play with! I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids around to play with you

I really enjoyed this Fat Mascara podcast with a podiatrist - I learned so much about taking care of my feet!

Summer reading recommendations

I guess I’m staying away from this mask

June dinner recipe ideas

Adorable new Target finds

Have a great weekend everybody!

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May Reading List

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I feel like May flew by but was also rather long. Anyone else? One positive side effect of that phenomena is that it was full of so many good books! I’ve been in a reading habit lately where I either tear through a book or it takes me a week or two. This month was no exception, though I really enjoyed most of the books (regardless of how long it took to read). I’m hoping June is as successful from a reading standpoint, fingers crossed! 

Ghosted - 4/5 -  This is a mystery romance centered around a woman who dates a man for a week, falls in love, and then stops hearing from him. She is convinced that something bad happened to him, but all of her friends try and convince her to move on because he’s just not that into her. The book is sweet, a little sad, and kept me on my toes. The twist near the end of the book completely took my by surprise, which is hard to do!

Next Year in Havana - 4.5/5 -  This is a love story that takes place in the present age and also right before Castro took over the island. I didn’t know much about that period in Cuban history, and I feel like I learned so much about the island then and now. I loved feeling like I was stepping into the past, and the love stories were very poignant. If you like romance and historical fiction this one is for you. 

The Light We Lost - 4/5 - I think I should start by warning you that this book was so sad. It’s about a couple that falls for each other in college and keep leaving and entering each other’s lives. It was very compelling, I couldn’t put it down, and I think it had some very insightful things to say about different types of love and relationships. I highly recommend, it, but have a box of tissues close by!

The Other Woman - 3/5 - This book centers on a young woman in London who met her dream man and can’t wait to get hitched - the only glitch is his mother, who hates her and will stop at nothing to break them apart. There are a few twists at the end, one of which I guessed and the other one took me completely by surprise. It was a fast paced read that I enjoyed, but I give it 3/5 instead of higher because the main character really bugged me sometimes. 

 The Immortalists - 3/5 - In this novel four siblings go to see a psychic when they are young kids in NYC. The psychic gives them each the day of their deaths, and the prediction shapes the rest of their lives. The book questions the idea of fate, and destiny, and how much predictions come true versus us making them come true. It was a bit of a slow read, but I thought that the author made the characters emotions come alive in a heartfelt and beautiful way. If you want a book that makes you ponder I recommend it. 

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Happy Friday everyone! Is it me or is May already flying by? I know it just started but I feel like it’s already almost over. I have a feeling that that is how the whole summer is going to feel, between holidays and vacations and family visiting. You know the saying, time flies when you’re having fun (or rather, busy!) This week had a bit of time to catch up on life - chores, errands, phonecalls. Plus, we made it to the zoo on a Wednesday so I’ll just call it a success! The weather is so nice here I think we will continue playing tourist this weekend and see Mount Vernon before it gets too hot. What are your plans?

Welcome to the world baby Archie!

The best beauty looks from the Met Gala

I love these floral print pajamas

So excited that Southern Charm is coming back!

I love this cute white handbag, I think it would look so good monogrammed

I’m excited for the new Nancy Drew show! I used to love those books!

Have you seen the new Aladdin trailer?

These “beautifying” drinks sound like such a refreshing mid-day treat

Tips on how to air dry your hair

I love Duchess Kate’s nautical look here

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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What I Read In April

what I read in April

Happy May everyone! Another month, more books and more reviews! I didn’t read quite as many in April as I would have liked; I was on the library wait list for a while which slowed me down, and then I read American Pop at a slower pace than usual. Overall, I’d say in April I either loved what I read or felt very meh about it. We’ll see if that holds true for May too.

Here’s what I read, in order of reading -

State of Wonder - 3/5 - This is another book by the wonderful Ann Patchett. I really enjoyed the writing of this book and found it very creative and unique. It is the story of Marina Singh, a doctor who works for a drug company that is developing a wonder fertility drug. Her colleague goes down to the Amazon to investigate why the drug has been delayed and he succumbs to fever and dies. Marina follows him down to the Amazon to retrieve his belongings in the hopes of bringing the wife closure, and finds something completely different than she intended. There is a big twist in the middle, which I really liked. Overall it was good but not outstanding.

American Pop - 2/5 - This is a novel about the Forster family over multiple generations. The Forsters developed a drink akin to Coca Cola and became American royalty over the years. It follows various family members through their lives and is written like a biography. My gripe with the book is that every chapter is about a different character and takes place at a different time (completely out of order). It made it very hard to “get into” the book, especially since I didn’t develop an affinity for any of the characters. Overall it was a slow read and a just okay book.

Bad Blood - 4/5 - This is a non fiction account of Theranos, the blood testing company, and it’s founder Elizabeth Holmes. The book follows the company from it’s beginnings, and details all of the ways it went wrong over the years, ending in the present investigation. I learned a lot about Silicon Valley, how start-ups a valued and funded, and about Theranos in particular. I found it very fascinating, especially since it’s still a big news story. If you want to read some non-fiction, it’s very engaging and very interesting!

Kingdom of Ash - 5/5 - This is the final book in the Throne of Glass series, which is a YA series about a magic world being invaded by demons and the cast of characters who seek to save it. If you like adventure and fantasy books, I highly recommend it! It’s fun and engaging and keeps you on your toes, plus the characters are very likely. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that you should read it!

I’ve really enjoyed writing these monthly reading recaps! I love giving people book recommendations, and it’s also held me accountable to my goal to read more non-fiction and less trash. I hope you’ve found some books you like!

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Happy Friday

Georgetown in the Spring

Happy Friday everyone! Or rather, happy Avengers weekend! LOL I’m so happy and sad to see the movie, I can’t believe the series is ending - what do we have left to look forward to?! I can’t wait to see it with lots of popcorn and La Croix (after we re-watch the last one, of course). That, and grilling on the roof. The air is the perfect 70ish degrees with no humidity, and I’m enjoying it as much as I can before the summer heat comes.

Some other things I’m enjoying-

45 things to know/remeber before you watch Avengers End Game

Amy Sherman Palladino (creator of Mrs. Maisel and the Gilmore Girls) is coming out with a new show!

Easy lifestyle swaps to make your day more environmentally friendly

Sounds like the royal baby will be here soon!

Love these pink scallop shell earrings - I told you guys scallop earrings would be everywhere soon!

I also love these pink heart earrings, so cute!

Rachel Parcell, of Pink Peonies, makeup routine

I love this look on Grace at The Stripe! And isn’t the tote bag just stunning?

Any other Marvel fans out there? Did you get tickets?

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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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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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