Fashion, Lifestyle

The Dress & Jacket I Just Can’t Get Enough Of

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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.

Outfit Recap:

 

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Fashion

Dress Up Your Basics with Chandelier Earrings

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:

Faux Pearl Chandelier Earrings
$5.90
Beaded Chandelier Earrings
$5.90
Pleated Chandelier Earrings
$5.90

 

Outfit Details:

  • 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

 

Fashion

Trend Alert: The Straw Handbag

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!)

Outfit Details:

  • Purse: Camryn Tote (L)
  • Off-the-shoulder Top: Lovers & Friends (XS)
  • Jeans: Hudson (26)
  • Earrings: Also from Esty! Laalee Shop
  • Wedges: Stuart Weitzman (6)

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 🙂

 

Fashion

Awaiting Peak Bloom

Peak cherry blossom bloom is a big deal in DC, at least for me anyway. For a few brilliant weeks, the city I know and love transforms into a real life Instagram – no filter needed!

Cherry blossoms are very temperamental by nature, so peak bloom (aka the point where the blossoms are at their pinnacle of picturesque-ness) is dependent on slight changes in weather – something I track almost religiously. And this year, peak bloom has been pushed back several times from mid-March to its current prediction, this weekend. Good things come to those who wait, right?

I’m not exactly an early bird, but I really hope to dig deep and get up early before work to shoot some blossom pictures this week. Two, possibly three, years ago I took this photo on my iPhone (below). I’m still quite proud of it and it remains one of my favorite shots to date. I’m not sure if I can get a better one this year, but boy I am going to try.

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Have you been to DC to witness the cherry blossoms? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below!

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Also, good news – I saw a dog today.
Fashion

The CUTEST Swimsuits For Under $50

Finally the weather is starting to warm up (hallelujah!) and I can’t help but think about summertime and the ocean. Increasingly, I’m finding myself wandering over to the swimsuit section. Every year, almost without fail, I have the same reaction:

$250 for a bathing suit? You have got to be kidding me!

Are they getting more expensive over the years or do I just suffer from some sort of seasonal pricing amnesia? Don’t get me wrong, I will splurge every now and then, but I can’t help but ask myself: “Why I am paying the same price as a dress for less fabric?” In terms of cost per square inch of coverage, the ratio of a bathing suit is outrageous. (Side note – can we talk about how it’s a straight up crime that most of the time we have to pay for the top AND bottom of a bikini set? Someone needs to be held accountable for this.)

So I decided to search the internet for cutest, most affordable swimsuits for under $50. Here’s what I found:

Bikinis 

One-Piece Swimsuits

If you have any suggestions or additions to this list, please let me know if the comments below!

Beauty

Pick of the Week: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This week’s Pick Of The Week is my hands down favorite bronzer of all time: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. I stumbled upon this product years ago (probably around 10 years ago!) when I was desperately looking for a matte bronzer that didn’t have any orange tint or shimmer. It sounds like a simple ask, but it is oddly quite difficult to find. When I finally found the matte chocolate soleil I think I jumped for joy.

Since then, I’ve dabbled with a few other bronzers when I’ve run out and had to buy something quickly, but the others have never compared. I always come back to this one. It blends well and because it is made with real cocoa powder (what!) it smells just like chocolate. After all these years, I’m so happy it’s still on the market and I’m even more happy that it just so happens to be cruelty free!

It’s available at Sephora and retails for $30.00.

What is your favorite bronzer or Too Faced product? Tell me in the comments below!

Food

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

One of the reasons I enjoy working in metro center (downtown DC) is how many restaurants and food options there are – especially for plant-based eating. Since expanding to DC last year (it’s Philly-based), HipCityVeg has quickly become one of my favorite lunch options.

Hip City Veg is a fast-food style restaurant with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. and everything is 100% plant based. Just walking in you know off the bat that’s it’s not a regular fast-food joint, it’s a ~*cool*~ fast-food joint. For starters, they’ve got a full wall with plants and, my favorite, plant-based books! I almost cried with happiness the first time I walked in and saw The China Study displayed prominently. And, everything that comes with your meal (napkins, bag, cutlery) is compostable. How awesome is that?

Their philosophy:

Embracing healthy bodies, a healthy planet, and compassion for all living things, we bring delicious vegan food to people everywhere.

This place “gets” me.

I’m a creature of habit and while I’ve tried lots of items on the menu, like the Ziggy burger, which is their flagship item, and chick’n nuggets, I usually stick with my go-to: the arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n on top (pictured below).

How delicious does this arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n look?

If you’re in the city and looking for a quick meal, I highly recommend Hip City Veg. It’s directly across from the Capital One Arena (formally Verizon Center) so it’s a great option for pre-game bites. I wouldn’t recommend coming with a large group for a sit down meal, however. Seating is limited.

Have you tried HipCityVeg? If so, what’s your favorite meal?