Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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I can’t believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner already! A great gift for your mom can be sharing something you know she loves, or a great new product that you’ve discovered. You’ll never go wrong with a flower arrangement, and The Bouqs delivers the best bouquets. Tunic tops are another great bet for moms as they are as comfy as they are stylish. I know that my mom enjoys using essential oils, and this collection from Beautycounter is free of toxins and any other harmful chemicals you wouldn’t want to put on your face. A spritz of floral cologne, a statement making cuff, and she’s off to take on the town! She may even need a new tote to tackle all those errands. What are you gifting your mom this year?

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London Calling

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Maybe it’s the anticipation of the arrival of the new royal baby, my mom and sister’s upcoming trip to London, or the new episode of The Royals airing tonight, but I couldn’t resist this picturesque skirt of the London skyline at night. When studying abroad, I spent a week in London soaking up as much as I could from theatre to touring the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey, and anywhere else that might be considered Royal stomping grounds. I even did some shopping on High Street! All of this reminiscing is making me think it might be time to start planning my next vacation. Where are your travels taking you this summer?

Skirt: Chicwish / Clutch: Elaine Turner from Bishop Boutique

Photos courtesy of Ted Fyock Jr.

Springtime Sunday Afternoon

Even though the cherry blossoms have bloomed, the weather in the DC area is still waffling between the warm and sunny spring days we’ve all been looking forward to and those when there is still a bit of a chill in the air. For a simple, chic springtime ensemble for those chilly days, I like to pull on a pair of white jeans with a lightweight pastel hued sweater. I love this look since it’s bright and cheery enough for spring, but still warm enough to keep you comfortable to head out for a stroll sans jacket. We often enjoy stopping by Buzz Bakery or Slater’s Market for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Buzz has all sorts of flavored lattes and other goodies like maple bourbon glazed bacon donuts and gluten free vanilla bean scones while Slater’s Market is the closest stop for gelato. What’s your favorite way to enjoy a weekend afternoon?

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Sweater: Ted Baker (no longer available) / Jeans: J. Crew / Pumps: Louise et Cie / Watch: Henri Bendel / Ring: David Yurman

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Art & Elegance

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful springtime weather! Ted and I were glad to get out and about after spending the morning in the car driving back from visiting my parents in Pinehurst, North Carolina. We always enjoy getting back to the South and savoring sweet tea, a slower pace, and good ole Southern hospitality. We ventured down to Canal Center Plaza to take in the views of the Potomac and see if we could catch a glimpse of the cherry blossoms. A big thank you to Ted for taking a few photos of me as well! I finally bit the bullet and bought this dress after having eyed it for days on end while passing by J. Crew on my lunch break. I’m so glad I finally stopped in because by the time I did, it was the last one in the store. It’s such a great dress for work or some of the springtime events I have coming up like fundraisers and baby showers. I can already tell it is going to be one of my favorite additions to my wardrobe this season.

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J. Crew Dress (mauve) / Heels from The Shoe Hive / Kate Spade Newbury Lane Clutch (sold out, similar style here) / Gorjana Rings from Rocksbox / Kate Spade Sunglasses (outlet only) / photography by Ted Fyock Jr.

Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a blessed and happy Easter Sunday. There were no egg hunts this year, but we spent the afternoon sharing a meal with a few of our neighbors that also live several hours from their families. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday and I always enjoy when neighbors become friends. Happy Easter!IMG_1759IMG_1705
IMG_1707 IMG_1703IMG_1747 IMG_1792Lilly Pulitzer “Janice” Dress / Kate Spade Necklace (factory store only) / Pink Peonies Collection Ring / Stella & Dot Earrings (old; similar style here)

Easter Tablescape: Patterns at Play

In decorating the table for Easter, I let myself have a little fun mixing and matching colors, patterns, and textures to create a bright and energetic spring tablescape. I found the Nicole Miller Home floral napkins at Homegoods and just had to use them, but could only find four. I also realized that I had donated my go-to “Mint Candy Apple” hued placemats in our move last year. Luckily, matchy-matchy is out and pattern play is in! I started with the napkins and the pieces that I knew I could use throughout to keep the table cohesive and played around with different combinations and finishing touches. Since my table is oblong rather than round, I chose to have the ends of the table set the same instead of alternating the two place-settings as I would around a round table. The finishing touch was the pair of adorable bunny salt and pepper shakers. What makes your Easter table complete?
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