One Dress, Two Ways

I blogged about this dress a few weeks as one of my updated fall wardrobe picks, and since it's still one of the best pieces I have seen this season, I'm showing you two different ways to style it. One dressed up look, one dressed down.

The dressed down version is a sophisticated version of outdoorsy. Ribbed sweater tights are a rugged complement to cognac colored riding boots and I love the look of a quilted vest over a dress. In fact, I wore an ivory quilted vest over a navy wrap dress this evening to my Junior League meeting. A little touch of peach for lips and cheeks is all you need for this casual look.

To dress up the drop waist dress, a leopard scarf looks gorgeous with the dark peacock green color. While I would actually wear just solid leopard, I couldn't resist using this scarf that combines leopard AND stripes - two of my favorites in one scarf. A classic black quilted bag, sleek booties, opaque tights, and red nails round out this evening out look.

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Lucy Activewear

It's safe to say I'm obsessed with workout wear. I try to fit in a class almost every day, and since I have had the opportunity to try out ClassPass this past month, I've been checking out pretty much every studio in DC. This means I'm always running to or from a yoga, pilates, or barre class, and I need workout wear that is functional yet also looks stylish for running errands or grabbing brunch.

When lucy contacted me last month about some of the new styles that they have in their collection, I jumped at the chance to try out a few of their pieces. I snapped a few shots from my sister's rooftop while I was in NYC this past weekend (I had taken off my makeup right before realizing the lighting was perfect for taking pictures, so you're getting the true picture of me working out!)

Both the Flexibility Leggings and the Feel the Beat Tank have a dance influenced look, which I absolutely love. The Flexibility Leggings have a contrasting ribbed legwarmer built in that extends above the knee, in addition to a substantial stirrup at the foot. I usually run into workout pants being far too long, but these actually fit perfectly. They are snug and flattering with a thick waistband that even has an internal pocket. 

The Feel the Beat Tank is a long tunic length with a shirttail style hem. It's not skin tight, but allows just enough room to have some movement, while not flipping up in downward dog. The back features an XY detail that is reminiscent of a leotard and the shelf bra is slightly padded and would allow women of any size to go without an additional sports bra. 

Both the leggings and the tank are made of a moisture wicking fabric that dries quickly and is ideal for a tough workout. lucy also sent me Power Training Headband, which has grips on the inside that ensure it stays in place and doesn't slide around. This was perfect for me, especially since I recently had layers cut into my hair (along with cutting off about 4 inches!) and they just refuse to stay back in a ponytail.

Check out the rest of lucy's stylish workout wear here and shop a few more of my favorites using the links below!


Honest Hazel Eye Gels (and a giveaway!)

When Honest Hazel contacted me to try their new eye gel treatments which promise to reduce puffiness, brighten under eye circles, and deliver anti-aging benefits, I was obviously game.

With cactus collagen, aloe vera, and vitamins C and E, these eye gels provide a soothing, cooling effect that's perfect for an at home spa evening. The gels come sealed in the adorable black and white striped pack shown below and mold to your under eye area. Leave them on for 20-25 minutes if you only have a short amount of time, or sleep with them on for a deeper treatment. I chose to use mine while I was doing some work last night and kept them on for around 45 minutes which was the perfect amount of time to feel refreshed.

In addition to loving the under eye relaxation, I am just obsessed with Honest Hazel's packaging. Lime green, black, and white is such a striking combo. Everything about these eye gels is perfect for a relaxing bit of pampering.

Want to try Honest Hazel for yourself? Check out their online shop here and to win a three pack of Honest Hazel eye gels, enter the giveaway below!

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Serena and Lily

Hope everyone had a great Columbus Day holiday! Mine was spent deep cleaning my apartment (who knew baseboards could get so dirty?!) and trying out a new pilates studio and a new barre studio (love classpass!) I also made a run by the J.Crew Factory store to finally pick up a pair of Gigi pants. I swear that's all I'm going to wear for the next six months.

Most of the Columbus Day sales are over, but Serena and Lily's Friends and Family sale runs through today. I put together this coral, navy, white, and gold living room vignette with items from the sale and I just love the bold, but timeless, look. It's red, white, and blue without appearing patriotic or even hinting at an Americana theme. And how stunning is that coffee table?!

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With everything at J.Crew Factory 50% off for Columbus Day, it's the perfect time to stock up on classic pieces. A fabulous clustered pearl necklace, a sumptuous pink cashmere sweater, an iconic trench coat, bow flats perfect for work or play, a statement windowpane dress with a touch of mod appeal, or a pair of lived in jeans - they're all the pieces that make up a timeless fall wardrobe. 

Distressed Jeans - Cluster Pearl Necklace - Pink Cashmere Sweater

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Benefit Eyes

Last month I was selected to host a Benefit Beauty Bash featuring the They're Real! Push-Up Liner and a few other great Benefit products including Lolli-tint and Porefessional. It was an evening of girl talk, cupcakes, cheese, wine, and goody bags of samples to take home.

I have sworn by Benefit's They're Real! mascara for ages, so I was excited to try a few other products. The They're Real! Push-Up Liner has been much hyped on blogs since its release earlier this year, but it has mixed reviews on websites like Sephora. Even though I don't often wear eyeliner, there's no time like the present to try out a subtle cat eye. And, since brows are the frame of the face, I obviously couldn't turn down a chance to try Gimme Brow.

First up, the much debated Push-Up Liner. I'm not going to lie, it was difficult to figure this out at first. My first eye ended up clumpy with eyeliner all over my eyelashes (you do not want this!), but I think it was just the nature of the product first making its way to the applicator. Once I had a handle on how the flexible edge of the applicator worked, it made applying the liner super easy. It's also a true black gel that only needs one coat, which obviously makes for easy and quick application.

The They're Real! Mascara is a jet black mascara that literally does make lashes look like fake lashes, in a good way. It's far more lengthening and curling than volumizing, but it creates lashes that stand out. There's no flaking and it looks just the same at 5 PM as it did at 9 AM. This is my go to mascara whether I'm just running errands or going out on a Saturday night.

Brows are so important and are definitely getting their moment in the sun thanks to models like Cara Delevingne. Gimme Brow is a natural looking brow gel that fills in brows just enough to make them a bit more defined.


Since a pictures days a thousand words, here's how my eyes looked this morning after using the liner and mascara. Even for a cat eye novice,  with the help of the push-up liner, I think I did a pretty good job! On a daily basis, I'll still probably stick to my trusty Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, and whenever I'm looking for a more retro look, I'll pull out this eyeliner. The mascara and brow gel, however, are everyday musts.

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Updated Storage Bench

As many design fans are, I'm constantly in redecorating mode. Whether it's adding to my coffee table book collection or redecorating with some seasonal accents, there's always a little something that can be changed. In my bedroom, one of the corners that has been nagging me for a little attention is the bench directly across from my bed.

In Glover Park, it's not unusual for houses to pass down between groups of girls for several years. Someone will leave Washington, another will move in with a boyfriend, before long it's hard to remember who actually lived in the house when the lease was first signed. This bench was a result of that process at my house on 37th Street. I was in the group that moved out completely and as we inched closed to August 1, we discovered that we were stuck with sifting through years of accumulated items that had been left behind. This bench was an ugly brown Gunlocke coffee table hidden underneath a few old t.v.'s, a bunch of moving boxes that had mildewed beyond use, and a bag full of half rolls of wrapping paper. It was covered in tiny spiders, and was bound for the dumpster until I decided its simple lines might be worth salvaging.

A couple coats of turquoise paint later and I had a pretty bench that added a pop of turquoise beneath an otherwise plain window. 

It still felt a little bland, however, and for the longest time, I wasn't quite sure how to spruce it up. Then, I got the idea to draw in the same print from my bedding and tie the entire room together. With the help of two Euro Shams and a stunning starfish pillow, this painted bench creates a cohesive look and a soft haven on a side of my room that was otherwise a blank canvas. I added white storage baskets underneath to house my laptop, blogging books, and calendar in one and hand weights, resistance band, and barre ball in the other (I'll be more likely to use my exercise gear if it's not hidden in a crate in my coat closet, right?!)

Check out the euro shams here and the starfish pillow here. The starfish pillow is from an Etsy shop that has great embroidered pillow shams with pretty much any motif and color combination you could want. The euro shams are from PBTeen, which I swear by for bedding. They carry so many bright, graphic prints that are far more sophisticated than you would expect. I love that my navy and white bedding looks slightly inspired by Japanese wave prints, and people are always shocked when I tell them it's from PBTeen.

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Kale Chips

I'm making a concerted effort this fall to eat my way through all the delicious superfoods that are in season this time of year. First up, kale. I have this recipe planned for later this week, but for an evening where I'm short on time, kale chips are an easy way to get in some antioxidants, as well as detox from a weekend that included a burger involving whiskey cheese.

These kale chips require roughly 20 minutes and you're done. So simple.

Kale Chips

1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper (this helps crisp the chips!)
Remove stems from leaves. In large bowl, toss leaves with olive oil. Leaves should be coated lightly rather than saturated. Spread leaves on baking sheet in an even layer.
Mix together seasonings. Sprinkle over leaves and toss slightly to coat.
Bake for 10 minutes, checking on chips every couple minutes. It's easy to scorch them, so keep a close watch!
Let cool before eating as they will continue to crisp after baking.