My Go-To Summer Outfit

My Go-To Summer Outfit


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.

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Trend Alert: The Straw Handbag

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 🙂

 

Pick Of The Week: MOTD Makeup Brushes

Pick Of The Week: MOTD Makeup Brushes

POTW - motd brushes (1)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.

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

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!

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

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).

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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?