Photo Credit to the very talented Chaq Daniel (@oneshotcd)
I don’t care what anyone says, I love floral patterns. It’s possible I love them a little too much. If I was the early 90s, there’s a 60-80% chance I would have a floral-pattern couch or drapes… or both. Once, in college, before I really started to understand fashion and what works, I wore a floral dress to a party and a guy told me I looked like a couch. My immediate reaction was a big non-sarcastic “Thank you!” It took me a solid couple of minute before I realized it was not a compliment.
Luckily for me, I grew into my fashion sense and can embrace my love for floral patterns in a stylish way. Privacy Please kills the game when it comes to feminine floral patterns. This Brisco Dress is one of my all-time favorites and a spring/summer go-to item the second it gets warm enough. It pairs perfectly with my round straw bag, which is cruelty-free! I can’t even begin to tell you how long I searched for a top notch, vegan straw bag. Most straw bags have got some sneaky leather somewhere on them, usually the straps, but not this one! Credit goes to Mama Kath for this one. AND it’s only $67 – what a steal.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Oversized coat: English Factory – out of season to purchase (also not cruelty free) but you can rent it on Rent The Runway for $30.