This blue and white top just screams “take me to Morocco!”, doesn’t it? Little does it know, it will in fact be accompanying me on my journey to the exotic lands of Morocco very soon – Friday in fact! I’m not quite sure how this trip snuck up on me as it did. A few months ago our family vacation to Africa seemed forever away. Now, it’s just a few hours. Crazy how that happens, huh?
My intent was to write a post on “how to pack for an exotic vacation” , but that clearly was a lofty goal as I have not taken photos for or written said post. Instead, you will have to settle for many, many photos from my trip and maybe a note or two on how my packing worked out… or not. I’m actually feeling pretty confident that I packed enough basics and layers (without over-packing, huzzah!).
I have managed to fit 7 days worth of outfits, four pairs of shoes, light camera gear, and entertainment material into one carry-on and a mid-sized suitcase (with room to spare!). I’d call that an accomplishment.
I tell you what. I am LOVING this bright blustery beautiful spring weather [although the wind turns my hair into a stringy tangled mess, c’est la vie] and T and I took full advantage the weekend after last with a visit to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms. Our “visit” was actually more of a long nightmarish excursion in stop-and-go traffic across town. I guess that’s what we get for venturing out on a gorgeous Saturday amongst tourists galore. Once we finally found a parking spot, T and I eagerly leaped out of the car in our crisp spring outfits ready for our cherry blossom adventure.
We have recently changed our dress code at work to just pure “casual,” meaning I have actually been able to pull out my denim during the week. This has been a completely foreign concept to me these past couple of years, so I feel like I’m going through a reacquaintance phase with my blue jeans. A pair that I have had and loved for years are a light wash pair of Levi’s. They are simple: not too tight around my waist and not too loose in the knees, can be dressed up with cuffs at the bottom and worn with a blouse and heels, or my personal favorite: worn with boots and a snazzy blazer.
I’m pretty sure my standard spring uniform will be comfy jeans paired with a graphic tee and blazer. It’s perfect because you can wear boots with it when it’s a little chilly out, or slap on a pair of leopard flats on a sunnier day! I gravitated toward a more summery look for our cherry blossom adventure because it was so warm out, and nothing screams summer more than white and blue. Teddy even jumped on the blue train with his light blue cotton shirt!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, and for those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a very merry Christmas! Between the boisterous game nights, delicious meals, services, singing, and cocktail drinking, T and I were able to escape for a couple peaceful hours at the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Northeast D.C. It’s a hidden gem on the other side of the National Arboretum [both just minutes from our apartment] in Anacostia. You would never know it’s there… and unfortunately I think a lot of people don’t. We visited on a Thursday afternoon and the entire park was empty, save for a few mallards splashing in the ponds and a couple of frisky doe romping in the woods.
It was absolutely gorgeous out. We didn’t need coats and I was glad to get outside for some fresh air in this little pocketed sanctuary of the city. T and I were heading to his brother’s holiday party later that evening, so I was already dressed in a new gold lace cocktail dress with an aqua cardigan for a pop of color. I’ve been legitimately obsessed with this color palette this season – I even wrapped all my gifts in gold paper with aqua and neutral rafia and ribbon!
Last week my colleague and I attended RSVP Catering’s Fall and Holiday Open House Tasting at the Anderson House, D.C. The “house” is more of a mansion with it’s grand staircases, marble structures, and statues fit for a museum and, in addition to the delicious food and “Lavender Louvre” cocktail, the decor was beautiful inside the house, and out. Navy and aqua blues filled the backyard garden and complemented a serene reflecting pool.
And blue is just the beginning! Here are some other popular event themes that have been trending lately:
Pink and Gold
Hints of gold have been popping up everywhere on Pinterest and in several blog posts from The Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty. I’m loving this feminine look that can be used for showers, weddings, or even a backyard party!
I tried my hand this summer at making a cake topper for my birthday cake. It didn’t come out perfectly, but it was an easy and cute way to jazz up a dessert. Check out these beautiful and intricate toppers featured on The Wedding Chicks.