Fringe on Fringe

Tad took an abnormally long nap today so I only had a few minutes to take a few snaps of this fringe on fringe look (without even stepping off my back porch!) before heading out to our afternoon plans, but I am loving the fringe and tassel trend this spring. These chandeliers are my absolute favorite new earrings because they combine three fringe tassels with gems and accents in tones of blush, grey, and cream. This means they go with just about everything in my wardrobe!

As excited as I was about sharing this look with you all, the more exciting news is that Tad decided that he wanted to be a walker today. He’s been taking steps here and there for weeks now, but has preferred to crawl for the most part. Today he saw some of his friends running around and wanted to be just like them. Thank goodness we are at the age when peer pressure can be a good thing!

How are you embracing the tassel/fringe trend this spring? …and for the new mommas…how are you encouraging your kiddos walk on their own?

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Earrings, ring, and sunglasses by Stella & Dot

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding My Perfect Fit

We all know that an errant bra strap, the wrong bra, or an unsightly v.p.l. can ruin the perfect outfit. In thinking about revamping my wardrobe, I needed to start with the foundation. I started branching out from Victoria’s Secret for lingerie basics a few years ago when I discovered Journelle, but had to admit that it was time to give my drawer a refresh. With being pregnant and then breastfeeding, investing in new bras hasn’t been at the top of my list in quite some time. Needless to say, it’s also been since pre-baby that I was properly sized. The thought of trekking out to get measured wasn’t appealing in the least, so I decided to give ThirdLove a try.

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You download the app to your phone and the fit finder guides you through taking two simple photos. Based on markers that you set on the photos, and your answers to a few basic questions, the app magically generates your predicted perfect fit. The truly amazing thing is that it is precise even to the half-cup size (which ThirdLove has introduced)! After learning my new size, which included a half, I went back to browsing their beautiful collection. In the spirit of buying what I need and is practical for my life, I settled on their basic 24/7 t-shirt bra in naked 1 (really a soft pink), the 24/7 lace t-shirt bra in evening-blue, and the front closure lace racerback in soft-pink because it’s really too pretty not to. I also threw in a few matching seamless cheekies for good measure.

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When my new bras arrived, I was pretty happy overall. The fit finder truly did it’s job, and the quality is just beautiful from the gold hardware detail and lace down to the ribbon trimmed straps on the 24/7 t-shirt bra. Ribbon straps…be still my heart. I may exchange the 24/7 t-shirt bra in naked 1 for the same thing in naked 2 since the color is a bit too light to be a true nude for me, and ThirdLove has recently introduced a range of nudes so not only can you find your perfect fit, but also your perfect match!

Have you tried ThirdLove yet? What is your favorite color/style?

If you’ve been wanting to try them out or your lingerie drawer needs a refresh, get $15 off your first purchase.

xoxo,

Kristen

 

Valentine’s Inspired

Despite the cold weather we typically have in Alexandria in February, I always think of feminine fabrics like lace and tulle when planning an outfit for Valentine’s Day. I also thinks it’s fun to incorporate pink and red hues, but favor blush and burgundy to typical bright reds and pinks. A flirty dress in a bold color would have been an outfit of choice in my younger days, but now that I’m in my thirties I look for more refined pieces that can be part of my everyday wardrobe and not just for special occasions. A well made neutral lace top can be a great investment and is easily styled with skirts or jeans.

What are some of your favorite finds for a Valentine’s Day date night?

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Desk to Dinner to Date Night

Since I spend so much time at work or traveling for work events, I shop for pieces that easily transition from day to night. Simple sheath dresses are a great option that can be dressed up or down, but this statement necklace is truly a versatile piece that’s lots of fun! I was drawn to the mixed media design of the soft chiffon and leather petals against the heaver metal chain. The petals detach for a simple necklace that is office appropriate, and easily clip back on to transform a boring work ensemble to something with a little more interest for evening. Despite spending so much time in dressier, more polished outfits, my favorite way to wear it is dressed down with jeans and a jacket.

I pulled pieces that I already had in my closet to style this necklace, but love the current styles below to complete the look as well. The necklace, tote, and clutch are all available from Stella & Dot.

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Snow Play

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We survived winter storm Jonas! Though we saw a couple of feet of snow, we were lucky not to lose power, and welcomed the sunny day today. After Ted helped the other guys in the neighborhood shovel our sidewalks and a path between our houses, we bundled up and headed out for a walk around the block. The snow was almost up to my knees, and Tad’s snowsuit was a tad too big, but we had fun anyway. (Hint to new mamas shopping for a snowsuit…Ralph Lauren sizes run quite large. This was a 3 month size, the smallest I could find, but it was still very large.) Hope everyone is staying safe and warm!

My jacket: Laundry by Shelli Segal

Boots: Hunter. If you live in Old Town, The Shoe Hive is offering a 30% discount on Hunter products tomorrow!

 

Date Night with Rocksbox

It’s true what they say, “You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl.” Since moving to Alexandria, we’ve been saying that what Old Town really needs is a great southern restaurant, and I couldn’t have been more excited when I heard that a new place was opening on King Street called Magnolia’s. If Magnolia’s isn’t a classic southern restaurant name, I don’t know what is! In true southern girl style, a hair appointment is always a reason to go out to dinner, so that’s exactly what we did and Magnolia’s did not disappoint. Wanting to dress up a little, I selected an eyelet peplum top paired with white jeans and blush pumps for a pop of color. My latest arrival from Rocksbox contained the perfect assortment of sparkle to glam up a classic black and white ensemble. The classic color scheme allowed the jewels to take center stage, and we all know that I love a little (or lots) of sparkle. The delicate Wanderlust + Co heart ring and SLATE studs were a lovely complement to the bold necklace so that the look wasn’t over the top. I was so taken by the Perry Street Floral Crystal Necklace that I decided to purchase it. Unlike other subscription services, Rocksbox allows you to opt to purchase pieces you love instead of giving only a short window to return the things you don’t, and operates under a wear and return model. This allows you to request special occasion pieces that you may only want to wear once without feeling pressured to buy, or having to fret over precise timing since you return whenever you’re ready and the subscription is on a monthly basis, much like Netflix. You even get $10 each month in “shine spend” towards any piece you’d like to purchase, and the purchase prices are discounted from retail. Every girl knows that jewelry can truly transform an outfit, and Rocksbox allows endless options. What are you waiting for? A free month? Well, go ahead and give it a try! As a special gift for Peonies & Prosecco readers, use code peoniesandproseccoxoxo for your first month free!
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Thank you for reading and thank you to Rocksbox for sponsoring this post.

xoxo,

Kristen

Hair: Nadine Matar

White & Pink on Princess Street

Besides the many boutiques and restaurants, one of the great things about living in Old Town is the rich history behind many of the historic homes and streets. Princess Street is one of the few streets that is still paved with cobblestones, and though not friendly to a stroll in heels, is a popular spot for engagement photos with couples from across the metro area. Ted and I enjoy strolling around the streets of Old Town on the weekends, often stopping for lunch or an ice cream cone. We usually vary our route around town because we always notice a historic plaque or cute town home that we haven’t seen before. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend heading over to this part of town for brunch at Jackson 20 or Virtue Feed & Grain and shopping on a Sunday afternoon. Bishop Boutique, Duchess M, and The Shoe Hive are a few of my favorites!IMG_2246IMG_2239 IMG_2225 IMG_2228 IMG_2229 IMG_2230 IMG_2233 IMG_2235IMG_2236IMG_2283IMG_2280IMG_2289IMG_2303

Dress / Pumps / Necklace and Earrings from Rocksbox, c/o (try out Rocksbox free with code peoniesandproseccoxoxo)

Thanks for reading!

xo,

Kristen

Girls’ Night Out

Getting dressed up for a night on the town is always a great way to end the week! What is more fun than getting all dolled up for some quality time with your best gal pals? When I lived in Atlanta, getting dressed way easy. A night out meant silky dresses, sky high heels, and a set of falsies to finish the look. When I moved to D.C., I quickly learned that the Atlanta night out uniform looked pretty out of place, and was less than practical without curbside valet on every corner and chilly nights stretching into June. I still haven’t added flats to my night out ensemble, but swapped out silk dresses for silk tanks, skinny jeans, and more practical heels. This breezy tank layers well under a jacket for chilly evenings, but has a twist strap detail (similar to the straps on my wedding dress) for a little extra interest when worn alone. What are your favorite looks for a night out with the gals?

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Silk Tank (Banana Republic (old), similar style here) / Tweed Jacket (C. Wonder (old), similar style here and here) / White Jeans (on sale!) / Silver Pumps / Aviator Sunglasses (Kate Spade Outlet – store only) / Clutch (Elaine Turner via Bishop Boutique) / Ring and Necklace from Rocksbox (Thank you to Rocksbox for offering readers your first month free with code peoniesandproseccoxoxo!)

The Front Row with Aliza Licht

I am always on the lookout for fashion related events in and around the DC area so I could not be more thrilled when I heard about The Front Row fashion show at Bethesda Row. Although a fashion show featuring perfectly wearable pieces by Lilly Pulitzer, Milly, and even Lululemon is enticement enough, I was even more excited by the opportunity to meet Aliza Licht, better known to some as DKNY PR Girl. Not only does she have a successful PR career in fashion, she is also known as a social media maven, and most recently an author. On top of all this, she will even tweet you back! I knew I had to seize the opportunity to meet Aliza when I was no more than halfway through her new book, Leave Your Mark. I admit, I was listening to the book on tape, but I think that made it even better as I was listening Aliza’s own voice dispensing invaluable advice on finding your dream job, advancing your career, and rocking social media – all infused with wit, humor, and a peek behind the curtain into the fashion industry.    The evening began with a book signing and reception at Redwood Restaurant and Bar in Bethesda where fans had the opportunity to meet Aliza, and snack on these adorable cupcake minis by Georgetown Cupcake.A few minutes before the show was set to begin, guests were asked to make their way to their seats under the tent. I have to admit I always love a swag bag. Inside were coupons to almost all of the retailers being featured in the show, gift certificates to local restaurants, perfume samples, a nail file, and custom-named nail and lip colors as a nod to Aliza’s signature red lip and nails. True to form, she wore a bright red dress, which I can only venture to guess was Donna Karan, and had her thick red mane slicked back in a chic low pony, with a bright red lip to finish the look. Almost showtime! Signed book in hand, I settled in the for the show.Georgetown Cupcake sisters, Katherine and Sophie, kicked off the show in bold, bright dresses. I love the floaty geometric dress on Katherine! One of the first looks down the runway was this two piece ensemble by Milly, available at Sassanova  A dress by another boutique shop favorite brand, Trina Turk, made a trip down the runway. My favorite look of the evening was this classy crop-top ensemble by Yumi Kim. I could just imagine myself stepping off a private jet somewhere on the Riviera in this jetsetter chic look, can’t you? Also available at Sassanova.    Always a perennial preppy resort-wear staple, Lilly Pulitzer lit up the runway with coastal inspired prints and splashes of color. Available at The Pink Palm. The models take one final trip down the runway in their Fall 2015 Preview looks.

Sunny Days

I couldn’t be happier that warm weather is here again! Bright colors and florals are de rigueur. I fully embraced spring from head to toe last weekend while running errands and enjoying the start of outdoor dining season. This Ann Taylor dress just begged to be paired with “The Right Bright Lip” (M·A·C Lipstick in “Speed Dial”) trend featured in the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show last weekend. What are your favorite spring fashion trends?

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Necklace (on sale!) / Shoes (similar style) / Kate Spade Grainy Vinyl Floral Jules Tote (no longer available)