Happy Friday everyone! I’m not sure if it was the blustery weather, long days at the office, or a combination of both, but this week was exhausting and I’m more pumped than usual about the end of the week. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I should be getting excited about the festivities (what’s not to love about parties filled with endless bubbly and delicious meals?!), but right now my idea of a good time is to bunker down in my apartment with a good book and a cup of tea, snuggled up in a giant blanket.
Thankfully, I wore one of my warmest scarves a couple weekends ago when Bryan and I ventured out to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium. It was a beautiful day, but super windy by the water, so it was blanket scarf to the rescue! I picked it up at the H&M in Union Station last year on my way to New York, and it was one my best purchasing decisions ever. I appreciate when something that I love to wear is not only fashionable and comfortable, but I can continue to wear it year to year. A big “thank you” to whomever invented this thing. Now I can take my cozy bundled up feeling with me wherever I go.
H&M Blanket Scarf
Premise Studio Blazer similar from Zara
Stella & Dot Ally Double Wrap Bracelet
Stella & Dot Icon Convertible Watch
A couple weekends ago I took a slightly spontaneous trip to visit my best friend, Brittany, in Chicago. I had been trying to make this trip happen for about a year, when I realized that I had to get there before winter rolled into the windy city.
We landed on a perfectly brisk and sunny weekend, the best kind for exploring. One of my highlights was walking around Brittany’s adorable neighborhood of Andersonville, drinking coffee, and getting brunch at a local spot – Big Jones – where we had the tastiest shrimp and grits, griddle cakes, popovers, salt & pepper biscuits, and complimentary beignets. It was carb overload and I was in heaven.
We also did a little sight-seeing and visited the “big hits” like The Bean and Dylan’s Candy Bar, and caught an amazing view of the city from the Willis Tower, cocktail in hand.
My friend Sarah and I celebrated National Thrift Shop Day by visiting the Buffalo Exchange shop on 14th Street, D.C. I was in heaven, looking through racks upon racks of lightly worn trendy clothes. With so many retail options, it’s easy to forget that there are some really great shops dedicated to recycling clothing at reasonable prices. Buffalo Exchange, in particular, boasts an eco-friendly approach with bag-less shopping and targets local customers. It also has a flair for vintage, which is right up my alley.
After trying on about 20 pieces, I landed on a versatile polka dot dress, a retro striped sweater, and the best find ever: a perfect pair of pink suede pumps with a heel low enough to wear all day. You know how much I love a pop of color, and comfiness is just gravy.
Photography by Sarah Stuart Walters
It’s official. B and I are roomies. Not the college dorm forced-to-live-with-each-other kind or the I-can’t-afford-to-live-by-myself type of flat mate, but true bonafide roomies, happy in our new apartment in Del Ray, Alexandria. I know, it’s a shock: I am no longer a D.C. resident. I really didn’t think that day would come, but here I am, happily back in Virginia. There have been a lot of changes in the last couple of weeks. A big move, and an intense shift in weather and mood. It seems like everyone is pushing for fall to come faster, and I am all aboard that train. I have loved these last few summer nights, but I can definitely use the slower pace and cooler days of September. Hello fall!
Vintage Pleated Skirt
Stella & Dot Slim City Clutch
Photography by Paul B. Jones