City Girl in the Country (Kinda)

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I go through phases of music genres like I go through phases of my personal style. There was the time in college where I was obsessed with rap and wore body-con dresses, that lovely phase where I would only listen to alternative bands and decked myself out Pac Sun and Hot Topic graphic tees (sorry, mom), and right now I’m into Indie music and a bit of an edgier meets boho look. One thing will always stay the same though, there’s nothing like cowboy boots and a country concert in the summer.

Fun fact – these cowboy boots are from 8TH GRADE. I don’t know what compelled me to beg my mom for a pair when I was 14, but I do remember that everyone made fun of me when I wore them to school. Well haters, I’m one of the few people that didn’t have to run out and buy boots for WMZQ because these bad boys have had a permanent spot in my closet for over 10 years. I used to wear these boots a lot with dresses in college and when I first moved into the city, but now I keep them reserved mostly for music concerts. (Honestly, it’s kind of hard to walk on uneven city sidewalks in them because of their long pointy toes.)

I try to go to at least one country concert each summer and this year it was The Band Perry at Wolf Trap – *raise your hand if you have a major girl crush on Kimberly.* As soon as I got tickets I knew this was the outfit I was going to wear. I’ve worn this matching skirt and top set to both a Florida Georgia Line concert and WMZQ, so I guess you could say it’s my country concert go-to. I love matching sets because they give the illusion of a dress or romper, but the crop top and skirt combo makes the look a little more unique. I got this set at Urban Outfitters off the sale rack a few years ago, but I’ve linked some of my favorite matching sets below!

Forever 21

ChiChic

Azbro

Whistle & Wild Sneak Peek

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I love supporting locally owned businesses, but I especially love supporting them when the woman behind the business is a certified #GirlBoss. That being said, I’m super excited to be partnering with Whistle + Wild, a new online boutique launching in September, whose founder, Amanda, is as HBIC (in the best way possible) as they come. Seriously, this woman is doing it all on her own from the branding to the buying to the logistics – told you she was a Girl Boss.

Boho chic meets affordable style is what Whistle & Wild is all about, and I’m pretty obsessed with what I’ve seen so far! I’ll be sharing a full fall look book in a few weeks with The Caroløve, but couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek.

This dress pretty much screams NYE and holiday party to me. I had my fall package sent to my office and as soon as I opened it a coworker exclaimed that I HAD to wear this dress to the company holiday party. The crushed velvet and leather-like details are the perfect amount of girly meets glam and this color is just amaze.

Stay tuned for my full fall look book with Caroline and head over to Whistle & Wild for launch date deets!

The Perfect Tee

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This may sound silly, but I’ve been on the search for a perfect tee for awhile. I’ve never been a t-shirt girl, but some days you wake up and just want to throw on something easy. I pooled my friends for the best types of tees to buy that will hold their quality, and they confirmed what I already knew was true – that Splendid t-shirts were the ones I should invest in.

I immediately knew where to go for the super soft tees – Refine Boutique. I’ve been a fan of Refine since it opened and absolutely love Tanya’s curated selection of high quality and unique items. She frequently stocks the Splendid brand (amongst AG and Show Me Your MuMu) and the personal one-on-one experience is way better than sending your friends selfies in a Forever 21 fitting room mirror for their opinions. Additionally, supporting a woman-owned, local business is a huge plus in my book! The best part though, is that Refine is 50% the ENTIRE boutique this month!

I felt like a kid coming home with a brand new pair of back-to-school shoes, but I couldn’t wait to sport this tee and wore it the next day. I paired it with a my favorite boyfriend jeans, fun peep-toe booties, and accessories from my RocksBox to help elevate the casual styling, and I can definitely say this look will be on repeat through the rest of the summer!

Tee | Splendid

Jeans | GAP

Shoes | TJ Maxx (similar)

Bag | Rebecca Minkoff 

Taste Test | Tasty Burger

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I’ve expressed my love for the Shaw neighborhood before, but the excitement I feel when a new spot opens on my turf never gets old. Chalk it up to the fact that when I first moved here the closest gourmet restaurant to my apartment was a Subway and the bar down the street closed a few months into my lease, but now I have a plethora of options within a 15 minute walk and I couldn’t be happier I choose to plunk down in the “sketchy” area before it exploded with growth.

Needless to say, when Tasty Burger invited me to come sample their burgers and boozy shakes at their new location in North End Shaw, I was thrilled because 1) French fries and 2) I could add another eatery to my list of neighborhood restaurants.
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Tasty burger is originally a Boston-based restaurant (they’re the official burger of the RedSox) and this is their first location in the Mid-Atlantic area. I got to chat with their CEO, David DuBois (who was seriously one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve met) and you can tell he really puts his heart and soul into what the restaurant does. David and his team fell in love with Shaw the same way I did, except they saw through the grittiness over 4 years ago, which is how long Tasty Burger has been planning to set up shop in the Atlantic Plumbing neighborhood.
As someone who works for a design and strategy firm, (even though I’m on the marketing team) I’m intrigued by restaurant design and seeing how the designers envisioned the space is one of favorite things about visiting a new spot. The amount of detail that went into the decor is amazing. They pay homage to General Shaw (who the neighborhood is named after) in a mural of the Metro, incorporate the Howard University mascot into its wall art, and have fun quirky accents like a Coca-Cola bottle chandelier all throughout the space.
Now let’s talk about this bar – I’m obsessed. David told us their architects nearly cried when they saw the space due to the small square footage but they worked some magic and created an awesome beer garden atmosphere by centering the bar between interior tables and garage doors that open up to create a covered patio. Genius. Did I mention this is right next door to the 9:30 club? Literally the perfect spot to hang out before or after a show when it’s nice out.
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Now what you’re really here for – the food review. I’m a vegetarian and have been for almost 6 years (we’ll save that for another post) but I can still appreciate burger joints and nowadays nearly every restaurant has a veggie friendly option. Tasty burger is no exception. The veggie burger tasted like it actually had some thought put into it, versus the frozen black bean burgers that most restaurants stick between a bun and that I have to slather with ketchup. My coworker got the regular burger and she said it lived up to the hype, comparing it to an In-And-Out burger, and I almost broke my vegetarian streak to try a bite of her chicken parm sandwich – that think looked dank. As if the photos don’t speak for themselves, the french fries, onion rings, and tater tots were ON POINT. I’ll definitely be back for them. The cocktails were dangerously good, and the boozy milkshakes tasted as amazing as I imagined they would.
I’ll definitely be back with the boyfriend in tow!

Event Recap | Cera Wax Party

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I’m so proud of the group of DC bloggers I’ve become close with lately. Caroline rebranded her blog to TheCarøLove, Dani of Blonde In The District slayed it a few weeks ago at the IconiqStyle launch party, Roxanne of Glass of Glam is up to her ears in collabs, and a new friend, Angelica, just launched her blog Angelica In The City. It’s pretty inspiring to be surrounding by such passionate and successful women who empower each other!

To celebrate the launch of Angelica In The City, Angelica hosted a beauty party at Cera Wax Studio in Bethesda and we could tell this wasn’t her first rodeo – this woman knows how to throw a party! The champagne was flowing, there were amazing door prizes, and the team at Cera was absolutely lovely. The best thing though, was how genuinely kind each of the bloggers and DC area creatives were that attended the event. I’m a pretty outgoing person, but walking into a room full of beautiful, successful women intimidates the hell out of me.

It was so refreshing to be able to spend a night meeting new people who share the same interests as me without feeling like I was being sized up the entire time. I’m sure the fact that we were in a slightly vulnerable environment (getting your first wax is scary, guys!) helped create a vibe where we could instantly bond, but I’m definitely not mad about it.

I’m not one for voicing emotional opinions on my blog, but we have GOT to stop making other women feel inferior. I’m not talking about people in the fashion industry, I’m talking about real people. I’m guilty of it, I’ll see someone on the Metro and think “she should not be wearing that” – but I made a rule that if I think something negative in my head about someone I instantly have to say something positive about them. I’m not proud of it, but lets be real – we’ve all done it. Women face so much pressure in today’s society to adapt to a certain standard, and we’ve fallen into the trap too so it’s up to us to change it.I got a glimpse of it at this party and I want, and we need to see more of it.

*Rant Over – sips rosé*

Cheers to my blogger pals on their recent successes and to surrounding yourself with women who lift you up instead of putting you down!

Skirt | H&M

Top | Forever 21

Shoes | DSW

Midi Skirts

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My signature skirt in college was definitely a mini skirt – pour one out for the spandex fold over bottoms I had in every color. If you had told me that a midi skirt would become one of my favorite styles, I would have laughed in your face and said something like “I’d never be caught dead in a knee length skirt.” Well the times have changed, and my collection of midi skirts is growing. I’ve worn this white skirt countless times this summer and I definitely plan on wearing this fun island-inspired piece from the ModCloth IRL pop up quite a few more times before fall rolls around.

Since I’m fairly petite (5’4″) there are some key things I keep in mind when I’m shopping for and styling the longer pieces so that they don’t overwhelm my frame. If you’re looking to add some own midi skirts to your collection, here are my tips!

  • High-waisted cuts are the most flattering. The shape of the skirts are so voluminous that the high cuts help further define your waist and show off your shape
  • Since you’ve covered up on the bottom, crop tops are my favorite thing to pair with a midi! HM has a plethora of crop tops that are under $10 and are usually the perfect length to show a thin silver of skin
  • If you want to make the look work appropriate, be sure to tuck in your top or tie up the ends of a button down to define your waist
  • For my height, skirts that hit right below the knee are the most flattering. Unless you’re wearing a body-con midi, I wouldn’t go any further than two inches under your knee to avoid looking frumpy
  • Add some height and lengthen your legs with a heel – sandals just don’t have the same effect
  • Go crazy with fun prints! It doesn’t really show up in these pictures, but my top is actually striped and I loved pairing a pattern on top with a printed skirt
  • POCKETS! This isn’t really a tip, but for some reason all of my midi skirts are equipped with pockets, and who doesn’t love a pocket in a dress or skirt?

Skirt | ModCloth

Top | ZARA (similar)

Shoes  | Vestique (similar)

 

 

Event Recap | Bitches Who Brunch Midsummer Soirée

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If you live in DC, you’ve probably heard of Bitches Who Brunch – a blog that reviews the best boozy brunches in the area, as well as in New York and Chicago. Each year the Bitches host a Midsummer Soirée and it always sells out. I missed out last year and was super bummed so I recruited a friend to go to this year’s the second it was announced.

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The event was held at The Gibson and featured a braid bar by Logan 14, bottomless cocktails + rosé, an awesome photo booth, Chaia tacos, a pop-up shop from South Moon Under, blooms from Urban Stems, and some pretty stellar swag bags. Yes – it was pretty awesome and yes, we had some serious hangovers the next day.

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The theme was “Garden Party” which I absolutely loved because I have a slight obsession with floral prints and look for any excuse to wear them. We drank all the rosé and may have slightly abused the photo booth (these aren’t even half of the photos.) Our swag bag featured cookies from Whisked (which I drunkenly devoured the second I got into my Uber home), macarons from Olivia Macaron, and the DC Passport which we’ll definitely be taking advantage of! All in all it was an super fun event and I’m looking forward to next year!