This season, I’m stocking up on summer staples and this Limonada Ruffle Mini Dress is topping my list of favorites. I can already tell I’ll be wearing it nonstop as the days get warmer. It’s so fun and flowy – I had the best time shooting in it. Because the print gave me serious Florida vibes, I paired the dress with a straw bag tote and cork wedge sandals to keep the tropical theme going.
A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.
If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.
I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂
I’m back from my weekender on the Eastern Shore with Dex feeling refreshed and ready to carpe the diem (seize the carpe). On Saturday night, Dex and I went to the Stars Restaurant at the Inn at Perry Cabin for dinner, which is located in St. Michael’s. For those of you that may not be from DC or Maryland, the Inn at Perry Cabin is stunning and a good portion of the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed there. (Think: “The painting was a gift, Todd.”)
To dinner, I wore a this LIKELY dress that I’m low-key obsessed with. The cut and shape are making it my new favorite desk-to-drinks option. (Here, we see it shining in the “drinks” department.) The dress color is perfect for spring. It’s technically called “Twilight Mist,” but I’m calling it lilac because that’s extra, even for me. I got the dress from Bloomingdales for $168, but because I love it so much I just ordered it again in a “English Manor.” I got smart this time though and snagged it on sale at Neiman Marcus for only $100. Bloomies has way more color/size options, but NM is obviously cheaper – so whichever works for you! For reference, I’m wearing a size 4. I sized up after reading the reviews and am so happy I did! It definitely runs small.
To stay warm, I also have on this oversized duster coat from Missguided. I’m wearing the nude color, but, again, I fell in love and stocked up on a variety colors. The fit is just too good. Plus, each duster is only $34 (!) and Missguided frequently runs large discounts. As I write this, everything on the site is 50% off with the code: gobabe.
Last weekend Dex and I headed up to Annapolis to watch the annual Navy – St. John’s croquet match and visit his college friends. We lucked out because it turned out to be a incredible spring day.
For anyone who hasn’t been to Annapolis, it’s a cute cobblestone city (the capital of Maryland, too!) on the water. I highly recommend making the trip from DC, because it’s about an hour away give or take.
I wore this by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress the spring day event. And while I got a lot of compliments on this dress, I wish I could say it was the best dress ever. Truth is, I bought this dress a few months ago and had every intention to return it. Even though I liked the style of the dress (that OTS situation is killer), the material is very thin, has little give, and feelscheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.
All that being said, I was thanking my lucky stars now that I had this dress in the back of my closet – tag still on and everything (!) – for me to bring to Annapolis, just in case. Despite the fabric, I do love the color, clean lines, and simplicity of the dress, which gives it a tailored look and feel. The dress is sold out in light blue, but pink is still available! For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I paired the dress with a hat I got at TJMaxx.
Do you ever have an outfit that is so easy and simple, you throw it on without thinking? That’s what this turtleneck/mom jean combo is for me. This Saturday was unseasonably cold and the only way I could muster the energy to venture outdoors was in my comfort clothes. While I’m a massive turtleneck advocate (and I’ll take any chance I get to wear them), my favorite item here is definitely the mom jeans – I love them. Not only were they cheap, they fit so well that, for all practical purposes, I consider them de facto leggings.
To level up my outfit, I opted for big chandelier earrings. Everyone is obsessed with tassel earrings right now, which I get, but there’s something so bold and fun about hardwear. I bought these earrings (and a few others) from Forever 21 when I was living in Florida to dress up bathing suits and cover ups. While I don’t remember the price exactly, I think I walked away with 4 pairs of earrings for around $20 total. The idea here was simple: go bold, go cheap, but, whatever you do, do not go tacky. (What constitutes tacky is hard to describe, but, as one of the supremes famously said, “I know it when I see it.“)
After almost 10 years these $5 earrings have paid for themselves several times over. Below are three similar earrings from Forever21:
Turtleneck: The one I’m wearing is from Lulus (XS) and only $46! (5% wool)
Jeans: These are the Eastcoast Staple High Waisted Skinny Jeans from Rollas. I’m wearing size 27. They are out of stock currently, but they go for $99
Sunglasses: These are the Black Havana Round Frame Sunglasses from Stella McCartney and cost $315 (I got these for the holidays – thanks mom!)
Nail Polish: This is Wet & Wild (always cruelty-free!) and the color is called “Putting on Airs.” I picked this up at Safeway the other day, but can purchase online for ~$1.50
One thing I’m loving right now is the straw handbag trend for Spring and Summer. I got this tote from the Etsy shop seaandgrass. It’s the Camryn tote (which runs between $65-$85 depending on what size you get), and I’ve totally fallen in love with it. It’s very well made and I just cannot wait to hit up the beach with this bad boy on my arm. (Note: the shop does make some purses with leather, but this one is cruelty-free!)
I’m also in the market to get a round straw crossbody, similar to this one on Free People. I’m hesitant to buy, however, because the reviews make it seem like it falls apart right away. If anyone has a suggestion for a quality round straw bag, please let me know in the comments below! Thank you 🙂
As a category, makeup brushes tend to be the forgotten cousins of the fur industry. They are frequently made out of fur from They are commonly made out of fur/hair from mink, horse (look for it being called “pony” or “camel”), goat, and even squirrel. It’s pretty crazy.
But thankfully MOTD has these AMAZING makeup brushes. My sister got these for me over the holidays last year, and they are absolutely incredible. I cannot rave about them enough. First and foremost, this set is total quality – absolutely no shedding, ever. Plus these beauties are ridiculously soft, antibacterial (!), and perfect for blending. But I have to say, my favorite part about them is the style – I adore the rose gold and black combo. It’s super sleek and fun.
The essentials set is $75, which is a steal since a bronzer brush can run you anywhere in the $60-$80 at Sephora.