Sale Alert // Shopbop Friends and Family 25% OFF EVERYTHING!

Well, 25% off full price and sale items. Basically everything! Maybe I’ll finally take the plunge on this little number I’ve been eyeballing. What a great way to brighten and dreary Tuesday! Thanks, Shopbop!

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Happy Cherry Blossoms, D.C.!

It’s kind of absurd that I’ve lived 45 minutes from D.C. my entire life, and 10 minutes from the city for the last 13 years, and there are still memorials and museums I’ve never seen. It’s just too easy to take it for granted when “there’s always next weekend,” you know? As if the perfect marriage of time and sight-seeing ambition will just magically fall in my lap. Yeah right! Add to that that I went to school here and most of my best friends are also locals — I literally never have out-of-towners to entertain and show around — I’m never pushed to see the city. So this year I decided I’d welcome the idea of just being a tourist in my town. Which is actually really fun!

This weekend, we celebrated the District’s un-official start to spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival. And since I’ve made this new commitment to play tourist and experience and appreciate all the things I love about D.C., it was an event I knew I couldn’t miss. I invited the nephew, seen below enjoying the breeze in front of the Capitol and just toured the entire length of the Mall. My only regret is that I didn’t any pics from the river side. *sigh* next year. I’m just glad I finally got some of the shots I’ve wanted for too long. Now which to frame?! And bigger question.. black and white or color?? I think for the frame I should go black and white…

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Spring Uniform // Gray Denim + Stripes

I’ve wasted no time embracing sandals, short sleeves and soft tones. Helllllloooo spring! Despite the fact that it’s still been a little nippy, there’s already an outfit I’ve found myself wearing more than three times — I like to force these things as if the Universe won’t let me freeze if I just reduce coverage… Ever since I found a pair of light wash gray jeans that I can wear with literally anything, I’ve been in heaven. So easy to pair with stripes, a plain white tee or a cozy knit, if there’s a little chill in the air. If you don’t already own a pair, I highly recommend investing. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been living in!

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Summery Summer Tees That Will Surely Bring Summer

Have you seen the new spring/summer tees from Sincerely Jules? I love! They have such a Venice beach-meets-glam feel — too perfect for summer. Give me some worn and faded denim cut-offs and a pair of Ray-Ban flash lenses aviators (these? perfect.) and I’m good to go until September. Don’t they just scream summer?! Here are a few favorites from her line.

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OH! She has most of her pieces available on her site, but she also has a few pieces for sale over on Shopbop. If you order from her site, though, you can get free shipping on orders over $100 with code OFFDUTY, woot woot!

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To Ombre Big, Or Ombre Small

Like many, I’m considering a little spring makeover for my hair. The problem? I’m like beyond brunette. As in, I have the kind of brunette hair that just turns bright orange when you try to lighten it in any capacity, so my colorist has to walk a fine line when lightening my hair; there’s maybe a 60-second spread between brassy, bleached and breaking off… But, nonetheless, every few years I muster up the courage to take the risk.

As I was browsing… something, I cant remember, I spotted a pic of Khloe Kardashian’s new summer do and instantly texted my guy A.C. at The Shop. Will my hair do this? — I always have to ask. He assured me it was possible and told me it wouldn’t look ridiculous — so of course I’m chickening out. What do I do!!!!!? The last time I had the quote, unquote courage to do a dramatic ombre I did chicken out and then I regretted not going bigger. My favorite ombre among the below is the sand-kissed one, but will my deep brown locks with red undertones cooperate? Thoughts?

Also on spring hair: Beach Hair 101: The Best 4 Products For Perfectly Beachy Locks

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Bethesda Row // A Weekend in My ‘Hood with Some Favorites

I’ve been so excited to share this post! As many of you know, I’m a big HUGE fan of my ‘hood. I honestly feel beyond fortunate to live in such a fun, upbeat area. I can walk everywhere (major bonus), it’s super dog friendly (gotta look out for Mitz!) and there’s always an incredible restaurant I’m dying to try.

One of my favorite areas of town is called Bethesda Row, affectionately known as “The Row.” It’s where my office is located, and only a nice stroll from my apartment — so needless to say I spend about 98% of my time there. Yet, somehow I never feel bored or short on options; there’s just always so much to do and see, ie right now one of my favorite local events is happening: March Martini Madness! If you missed it last year, you’ll DEFINITELY want to check it out this year. As you’ll see later in this post, I’ve already tried a few!

So, for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working with Bethesda Row to highlight and share a few of my favorites things about living, shopping, eating, working and beautifying in my town. Truth be told, I was hardly sure where to start. So, I figured we could start exactly where I like to start every morning/day/week: My gym.

Stop 1: Weekend Yoga at Equinox. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I don’t start a week without first clearing my head with a little yoga. The yoga classes at Equinox are beyond fantastic — better than most studios I’ve been to. (Actually, ALL of their classes are amazing, so definitely check out a few if you can!) Double bonus, the Equinox shop sells the best Lululemon gear, in addition to selling a few other super chic athletic brands. Love.

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After my Sunday morning yoga class, I typically grab a smoothie at Puree then head to browse a few of my favorite shops.

Stop 2: Shopping Around! There are a MILLION amazing places to shop in the area. Two of my favorite go-tos are Ginger Boutique and Luna — though, truthfully, I feel bad singling them out because every shop in town offers such unique and gorgeous pieces. Honorable mentions to Lulu and Sassanova for sure! Talk about dreamy – I got to go into two of my favorite shops and play dress up with a few Spring trends!

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Dont live in Bethesda? Check the links for the “similars”

Collage one: Pink Stitch Trapeze Maxi Dress (similar in gray | similar in black) | KUT denim jacket (similar)
Collage two: Joie Rain blouse | Joie Kaylea skirt
Collage three:  Love Stitch deco-embellished tank (similar-ish) | KUT jeans | Botkier bag

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Stop 3: Cupcakes! After shopping around — or on any day I just need a pick-me-up — I head to none other than Georgetown cupcake for a Vanilla squared! My absolutely favortie delight.

And, of course, no gal can hit the town without first getting glammed up. Where to for a little beautifying? Enter my two happy places: Bluemercury and Drybar.

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Stops 4 & 5: Beautify. Bluemercury is a mecca for beauty addicts, and they even have their own signature line which I’ve completely fallen for. The Power Glow Peel leaves you with the most perfect evening glow. Warning: it is totally addictive! And what woman doesn’t love a good blow out? When Drybar first opened I figured it would be a destination for special occasions — which it is — but it’s also so much more than that! I mean… clearly the place for “no cuts, no color, just blowouts” knows the best solutions for everyday haircare. I love stopping in for their heat protector and dry shampoo — definitely two products I can’t live without! And their shower cap? While perhaps a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny. Water is not gettin’ in there, let me tell you. Makes your blowout last at least one day longer.

Collage one: Bluemercury m-61 Power Glow Peel | Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil | Orbe Texturizing Spray | Jo Malone candle (mmmmmm)

Collage two: Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector | Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo | Drybar The Morning After Shower Cap

Stop 6: Delicious Food and Martinis. To top it all off — Martinis!!! As I mentioned before, this month Bethesda is celebrating March Martini Madness. So many restaurants are participating this year and the martinis I’ve tried thus far were delicious!

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If you end up heading to Bethesda to dine, dress or drink, let me know! And if you try a martini, shoot me a note to let me know your favorites!

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