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.

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Kristen’s Day Off

Since moving to Alexandria, we had been wanting to make it over to local restaurant and watering hole, Brabo. Everyone buzzed about their amazing upscale happy hour specials, most notably the mussels, frites, and glass of wine for a mere “Jackson”. Making it anywhere by 6:30 on weeknight is a rare occurrence, so my birthday was the perfect opportunity since I had taken the day off work to have a “me” day. Ted (bless his heart) had made reservations at the new restaurant that opened on the ground floor of my office building, but I couldn’t bare the thought of trekking to the office on my day off! It was the first time I’ve ever taken a vacation day to just do nothing, and it was amazing. I woke up without an alarm, had a leisurely breakfast, enjoyed my coffee while reading my favorite blogs, and made it over to Solidcore, a new boutique fitness studio in my neighborhood, for my first class. The instructor and former ballerina, Alexandra Perrin, sure knows how to kick booty on the megaformer! I was sore for days, but have already been back for another class. I spent the rest of the afternoon testing out some of those beauty product samples we’ve all been saving for a rainy day, stopping by my favorite stores, and re-organizing my closet for spring. If you’ve never taken a day-off just to have a “me” day, I highly recommend trying it!             Jacket (C. Wonder, no longer available), Blouse (J. Crew, no longer available), Necklace, Ring from Rocksbox (use code kristenbff188 for a free month), Shoes by Butter from The Shoe Hive

Thanks for reading!