Hush Puppies Spring Launch Event

This Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend a fabulous event at Masseria to celebrate the launch of the Hush Puppies spring line and it was a blast. You probably recall Hush Puppies from back in the day – I remember a lot of private school students used to wear their shoes as part of their uniform – but oh boy has the brand elevated its style! I mean how cute are these Sherlyn Malia sandals I’m sporting? 

While the new spring line is more far more fashion-forward than the shoes I remember from grade school, the brand holds true to its core values of crafting their shoes from high quality materials and prioritizing comfort. The sandals I’m pictured in above are so comfortable, it feels like I’m walking on little cushions of air. I had a brief stint with plantar fasciitis a few weeks ago from walking too far in shoes with no support (FYI plantar fasciitis feels like your arch is being pinched 24/7, it is not fun) so I’ve been much more cautious about the types of shoes I walk long distances in and think I’ve found a great stylish solution in the offerings from Hush Puppies!

Check out some of my favorite snaps from the beautiful event and shop my outfit below!

Shoes | Hush Puppies

Pants | TopShop

Top | Zaful

Gingham For Brunch

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The gingham trend is everywhere this spring and while it usually conjures up images of my childhood raggedy Ann doll, when spotted in a black and white patterns and elevated silhouettes, it’s easy to see why this is one of spring’s hottest patterns. The fabric makes a statement but can be dressed up or down and mixed with other patterns. I’m a whimp when it comes to mixing patterns, but I feel like a pro could pull it off with florals and look awesome! 

The cut of this top made me feel so chic and of course, I’m obsessed with the statement sleeves. Since the top was pretty girly, I paired it with my favorite moto jeans to toughen it up. I knew I would be walking to see the cherry blossoms after brunch at The Smith downtown and back to my apartment (approximately a 5 mile trip) so I opted for sneakers instead of high heeled sandals (which is what I really wanted to wear with this!) Side note, The Smith was amazing — get the Mac n cheese skillet and thank me later.

When I posted this on my Insta stories and on my feed, I got a lot of questions about StyleWe. They have an insane amount of retargeting advertisements so chances are their ads have probably popped up on your Facebook or web browser if you’re an avid online shopper. Before StyleWe reached out to me I hadn’t heard of the brand, but I was definitely curious to check it out! I have to report back that I was seriously impressed with my experience with them. The shipping was quick – approximately a week -, the tracking numbers were valid, and the packaging was way nicer than the standard, crinkly plastic bags I’m used to getting. The tops I ordered looked exactly like they did on the models online and fit true to size. The quality was definitely on par with the price tag, I walked 8 miles in this top in the sun and while I got a little warm, it definitely still let my skin breathe unlike cheap polyester blends. All in all, my experience with StyleWe was a win! 

Blouse | StyleWe

Jeans | TopShop

Backpack | Rose Wholesale

Off The Shoulder Dress Round Up

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In less than a month, the manfriend and I will be back in Seaside, Florida! (You can catch my recap posts from the trip here and here.) We went last year and had the best time so I’m super excited to go again. Of course, a trip to the beach means two things 1) I should probably stop eating all the candy from the office treat jar and 2) I’m going shopping.

I actually got my first off the shoulder dress (pictured above) in Seaside last year when the trend was really starting to kick off, and this spring the trend is back and better than ever. Since everyone is wearing the feminine silhouette, I’ve rounded up some unique finds that have differentiating details so you won’t be wearing the same dress as the girl next to you at the rooftop bar. Psst, if you’re looking for some affordable finds, click here!

Happy shopping!

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  1. High Low Striped Off The Shoulder Dress | Zaful: I love the almost masculine inspired shape and pattern with the feminine neckline on this bold piece
  2. Embroidered Off The Shoulder Dress | Zaful: embroidery is another one of season’s hottest trends, nail two birds with one stone in this number
  3. Midnight Rose Dress | fab’rik: you guys know I can’t resist a black floral and the dark colors stray away from the typical pastels and chambray patterns you typically see in this type of dress
  4. Calin White Off The Should Dress | Shoptiques: how many off the shoulder dresses do you find corset detailing on!? Something about this just really intrigues me
  5. Off The Shoulder Ruffles Mini Dress | Zaful: do I even need to comment on this one? The sleeves say it all
  6. J. Lo Embroidered Off The Shoulder Dress | Kohl’s: I really just picked this dress because it’s from J.Lo’s line. Just kidding. Statement sleeves, check, embroidery, check, dark florals, check! Why don’t I have this?

 

This post was a collaboration with Zaful

Moody Florals

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For some reason, I struggle with putting together outfits that can take me from a 7 PM dinner to a night out on the town, but I think I might have pulled it off with this look. For a girls night out that started with margaritas at El Camino then transitioned into dinner at Red Hen and drinks on U Street, I opted for a roomy swing dress that would let me eat all the things but not look out of place at a crowded bar. 

I’ve always been a big fan of moody florals. While I like looking feminine, I wouldn’t exactly describe my style as girly, so I like the juxtaposition of the delicate print against a dark background. This is also a perfect transitional pattern to take you from winter to spring. (Read more about transitional fashion in my girl Marisa’s post on Alexandria Storybook!) 

Does anyone else struggle with putting together an outfit that’s appropriate for dinner at a family-friendly restaurant but will work for a night out on the town? Leave your tips in the comments below if you’ve nailed the secret style formula! 

Shop My Look: 

Dress | ASOS

Boots | Steve Madden

Bag | Rebecca Minkoff

Fashion For Paws Recap

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Fashion For Paws was probably one of the most fun events I have ever been able to attend. I mean, puppies, fashion, and champs for a good cause? The only thing that could have made the night better would have been if it involved Mexican food. I have to send a huge thank you to Undeniable Boutique and the Mosaic District for not only inviting me to the event, but dressing me in this amazing cape dress and fabulous earrings as well! Alicia (the owner and founder of Undeniable Boutique) even lent me her own personal shoes to complete the look. By the way, Alicia and Delta were the cutest on the runway!

The event had SO much positive energy and I had a massive smile on my face the entire runway show. The pups were hilarious on the runway and of course, the fashion was amazing. The evening finished with a high-energy dance party and a killer DJ, the perfect ending to a fantastic night. I was so impressed with how organized everything was and I highly recommend snagging a ticket for next year!

You can learn more about why this event benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance meant so much to me here, and if you are interested in donating or volunteering with the Humane Rescue Alliance you can here or feel free to reach out!

Check out some of my favorite snaps from the event below.

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Why Fashion For Paws Means So Much To Me

As someone who thinks that dogs are the gift we don’t deserve, I cannot contain my excitement about attending Fashion For Paws benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance this weekend! Fashion For Paws is an annual runway show featuring pups and their fabulous owners, plus cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a giant dance party afterwards — pretty much my dream event. I’ve always wanted to go and finally have the chance this year thanks to Undeniable Boutique and their animal rights advocate founder and owner, Alicia, who invited me to attended the event on behalf of the boutique and the Mosaic District because of my mutual love for animals and the HRA. Alicia and her gorgeous dog Delta will be strutting their stuff on the runway tomorrow and are SO close to reaching their fundraising goal of $12K! If you’re interested in donating, you can check out their page here.

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Seriously, how cute are they?

Tickets for the event are only $100, which is a pretty fabulous deal considering you get an open bar, small bites, and live entertainment, and there are still a few general admission tickets left! You can scoop them up here. 

You’re probably wondering why I’m making such a fuss about this event, so I wanted to take the time to tell you about my personal history with the HRA and why this event and supporting the foundation mean so much to me. 

When I first moved to DC, my roommate Sharlene and I immediately bonded over our love of dogs and devised a plan to become fosters for a local rescue so we could enjoy the company of pups without the financial burden and long term responsibility. One bottle of wine (…maybe two) and an application later, and we were signed up for foster orientation at the Washington Humane Society. I’m fairly certain we both cried after orientation because the sheer amount of dogs at the shelter was overwhelming and we felt so terrible that we couldn’t take them all with us. A week later, we brought home our first two foster pups and in less than a year were able to foster 15 dogs and help them find their forever homes. While we spent a LOT of time, energy, and our own money while fostering, these dogs saw us through heartbreaks, career changes, and overall just trying to figure out that whole adulting thing. Their companionship was seriously invaluable — who doesn’t want unconditional love!? Aside from that, helping a terrified dog come out of its shell and find a family to call their own made all the work it all worth it, especially when we get to see them bouncing around the city with their forever moms and dads, happy as can be. Check out some of these unreal foster transformations! (Gotta credit Shar for these.)

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Due to some life changes (new roommate, new job, selling my car, etc.) I took a hiatus from volunteering and the Washington Humane Society merged with Washington Animal Rescue League to become the Humane Rescue Alliance, the largest all access shelter in DC.

In 2017 I decided I needed to start giving back more heavily so I signed up to start volunteering with the newly rebranded HRA and couldn’t be happier I got back into it. I now spend time helping out at the shelter with dog walking and typical chores like laundry and dishwashing, but it’s definitely worth it knowing I’m contributing to the animals wellbeing and helping out the insanely dedicated and caring staff. 

If you’re interesting in volunteering at the shelter or as a foster, please feel free to reach out and I can answer any questions you might have! If you want to help but don’t have the extra time, donating to Fashion For Paws is a great first step! 

Of course, I had to share a few of my other favorite foster photos. Give your pups extra kisses for me tonight!

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Tips For Shopping With Overseas Retailers

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Okay first of all, I  need to tell you that I couldn’t get the song “Paparazzi” by Lady GaGa out of my head while I was editing these photos.  I felt like Caro was my personal paparazzi while we were shooting this dress!

While Caro was zipping me into this velvet number, she remarked that she was surprised at the quality of the dress, considering it was from an overseas online retailer. As a blogger partner of Zaful, SammyDress, and Rose Wholesale, I’ve had my fair share of orders from the overseas websites, and I can truly attest that I think the quality of their clothing has improved over the last 9 months that I’ve been working with them! I’ve personally placed some orders where the sizing was off or it looked different in the online photo, but I’ve become much better at picking out items from them, so I wanted to pass some tips along to you so you can snag some of their fun, trendy pieces at their stellar prices for yourself.

  • No model? Proceed with caution: it can be misleading when an item isn’t displayed on a model, be wary of purchasing items that are just shown on a hanger. I got lucky with my blue velvet cold shoulder top, but I ordered a dress that I thought was all the same length but had a major high-low hem that I couldn’t see because it wasn’t pictured on a model
  • Check the model stats: while I certainly don’t share the same body measurements as most of the models on retail sites, looking at their measurements can help me determine if I need to go up or down a size and it’s such a simple step to take to ensure a better fit!
  • Take a peek at the brand’s Instagram: what’s a better gauge than a model? A real life person! Check the Zaful, SammyDress, or RoseWholesale hashtags and Instagram handles to see what the pieces look like on real live people. You’ll definitely see trending items so those are pretty much a safe bet!
  • Steaming can make a huge difference! I don’t personally own a steamer, but as soon as I get a package from one of the online retailers, I either hang it up in my bathroom to steam while I’m in the shower or toss the piece in my dryer with an ice cube (one of my favorite tricks!). The clothes are coming from pretty far away, so naturally they will be wrinkled. Don’t judge the article of clothing until you’ve smoothed them out

Shop My Look:

Velvet Dress | SammyDress

Sunglasses | Zaful

Heels | LuLu*s