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This year, I will actually be in Mississippi for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th for those of you who need to plan!). Kendall is about to be gone for a month so we’re driving down together, going to New Orleans with his sister and her fiance, then I’m flying back up to DC that Monday. I was actually so upset to have to tell my mom that I would be missing it, but in true Downing family fashion, she shrugged it off and agreed we could celebrate the following weekend.

I’m really close with my mom, and I cherish the time we get to spend together the two of us now that I’ve really flown the coop. She’s coming to the Strong Women in Fashion show, and actually bringing her teammates from work along! She always has my back but will certainly tell me how it is (no naked cakes for the wedding, certain cuts of clothes are not flattering on me, and stop making that face).

I’m super excited for her as she now has 30 something days of this school year left and then gets to retire after teaching for 40 years! (40? Did I get that right Mommy?) Not that she won’t keep busy, but now she has a chance to travel to warmer climates when she wants and not have to worry about getting a sub. In fact, she’ll probably sub herself when she starts missing the classroom! I’m so proud of her and even though I won’t get to celebrate with her on Mother’s Day, I do have some surprises for her when I return. My mom wears a lot of hats, so let me break it down how my thought process goes when I shop for her (I also like to shop in themes/ sets). And no, Mommy, nothing on here is exactly what you’re getting. 😉

Tropical Mama loves fun in the sun with her pals: 1.Handmade Straw Tassel Tote||2.Swell Down Under Cap||3.Boca Clips 2-pack Margarita Clip

Perfect hostess Mama keeps an immaculate and color coordinated kitchen (Papa D had to put a stop to all the blue I kept bringing home from Pier 1): 4.kate spade new york Charlotte Street Collection Pitcher||5.ARTLAND Artland Cambria Set of 4 Stemless Glass Tumblers||6.Bormioli Rocco Murano Dinner Plates – Tempered Glass, Set of 6

Preppy Mama has a timeless style that gave me the bones of my own: 7.Women’s Lilly Pulitzer Suzette Sheath Dress||8.Women’s Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop||9.Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace

But most of all, she’s just my mommy. And these are a few of her favorite things: 10.I Love Love Cheap And Chic by Moschino Eau de Toilette Women’s Spray Perfume – 3.4 fl oz||11.Marine Candle||12.Lilly Pulitzer Exotic Garden Tumbler

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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 2/17/16

This past weekend, I finally had a chance to play with the COLOR BAR™ at Kendra Scott in Bethesda. I was lucky enough to win a COLOR BAR™ party for a few friends and myself, and it was a great way to spend a Galentine’s Day! The staff at #KSBethesda is so friendly and hospitible while we hung out in the bright + warm store on such a miserably cold day.

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Greeted with mimosas + cookies for days

The funny thing was, I went in thinking I knew what I wanted- a rose gold Rayne Necklace in Rose Quartz. But then I was tempted by all the bright, candy colors and my imagination ran away with me.

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When you pick out your pieces, they make them right in store!

Basically, you create your design on a computer screen the size of a wall. All of the jewels are in coordinating drawers, and you get to see your piece being made from start to finish.

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I didn’t even think I wanted a bracelet, but here we are.

I ended up with the Brynn– ready for spring! (plus a gift for an upcoming spring birthday) It was fun to see what my friends chose as well- a great way to spend a cold morning. I got my bracelet for free by winning the party, and my girls got 15% off their purchases. You can enter to win your own party by stopping in an filling out an entry card. Easy as pie!

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Thank you #KSBethesda for having us and letting us all hang out with you!

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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 2/24/16

This may be my favorite shoot of all time ever for several reasons. Firstly, Dani of Blonde in the District is a joy to work with and a total sweetie. She actually organized the brunch for a little group of us at Ambar– there were new bloggers and experienced bloggers and in betweens, like me. No judgment of anything that anyone was doing, just advice and problems we’ve all had and a great feeling of girl-power. I actually got some amazing advice from Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. I’m going to paraphrase here but when I told her that recently I’d felt discouraged and even considered saying goodbye to LBC1, she told me to not give up on my blog, but since it’s mine all mine, mold it to be exactly what I want it to be. There is no right or wrong here.

Secondly, Dani picked this amazing spot for our shoot. The Fridge is a cool gallery down by Eastern Market, and apparently their mural outside changes all the time. I can’t wait to go back.

Thirdly, I was kinda diggin’ my outfit. It was actually decently warm on Saturday, and I was so happy to be without the bulky coat.I’ve been doing so much business casual on my blog that it was fun to break away from that. I’m also obsessed with my little milk purse. For whatever reason, I’ve wanted a milk carton purse for like a year. Kate Spade had one, Betsey Johnson had one, SkinnyDip London had one… and I wanted one, but didn’t want to spend a ton on a novelty bag. Hi Amazon.com for under $10 🙂

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ok- so this is technically an outtake- but this may be my favorite

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photos by Blonde in the District

Aerie poncho [last seen here]; similar here, here, here||almost identical Milk carton purse||Stack: Wanderer Cuff; Kendra Scott Colorbar bracelet; Mini Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet||ECENTRCQ sneakers||leather leggings here, here, here

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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 3/24/16

I was born the day before St. Patrick’s Day, so I’ve combined the two holidays since I can remember. It started with green glittery sprinkled shamrock cookies for my birthday snack in grade school and evolved into (for the past couple of years) sharing a hat at The Madhatter with some close pals on the 17th. This year, I really did attempt to cancel my birthday, which is very unlike me, because I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. But I’m kind of surrounded by a ton of amazing people that wouldn’t let that happen. My parents, my friends- everyone I know has made this month special. I even got to see my favorite band and hang out with them for a bit after the show- that was a present to myself.

Parts of my look today were presents as well. The green dress is from my 21st birthday (edit: no it is not? I def got this dress for my 24th or 25th.) and has obviously become my St. Patrick’s Day dress. The jewelry set from Baublebar was a gift from two of my best friends and the tumbler was from my Little- one of my coworkers calls me kitten and I needed a new tumbler when the lid on my trusty giant mason jar broke. Perfect gift, perfect timing.

Anyway, it’s been a great March, and I’m feeling so lucky.

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Phlox Drops-Pink||Phlox Collar-Pink||Dark denim jackets here, here, here||Green skater dresses here, here, here||Quilted mint purses here, here, here||Kendra Scott Color Bar bracelet||sip sip tumbler with straw – ticket stripe||Leopard loafers here, here, here

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Up until last year, I was a total princess brat about my birthday. With my Year Of Weddings, I just didn’t have the energy and I tried to skip it all together. Even so, I ended up with a low-key bottomless pizza brunch with some of my closest pals and a v silly trip to Mission and Mad Hatter.

It’s no secret that I have a deep and unending love for Mission’s happy hour. Since my birthday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to go grab a drink there on the 17th to celebrate. A couple pitchers and a chorizo quesadilla later, we thought it would be brilliant to head down the block and split a Mad Hatter hat full o’ alcohol. I ended up wishing everyone a very happy Patrick De Queso and now I want to make it a tradition to head to my favorite Mexican spot on/ around my birthday/ St. Patrick’s Day. Makes sense, huh? Whatever.

This year, Mission and I are sharing a birthday party on the 16th. I’ll be working all day because it’s, like, on a Thursday, so no uber-cute St. Patrick’s Day gear for me. But if you’re doing something fun that weekend you probably need a fun top or a little something green so you don’t get pinched.

the carolove st. patrick's day

1.Gold Pleated Midi Skirt||2.Sequins & St. Patty’s Tee||3.Gold and Silver Sequin Pencil Skirt

4.St. Patrick’s Day Lucky AF Crewneck Sweatshirt||5.St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake Raglan Tee||6.St. Patricks Day You Punch Me I Punch You Wideneck Sweatshirt

7.Lucky Sweatshirt||8.Glitter Rainbow Clutch Handbag

9.BAUBLEBAR Bliss Bib Necklace||10.Vanessa Mooney The Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings||11.Kendra Scott Danielle Statement Drop Earrings

12.Venessa Arizaga Rainbow Bracelet||13.Stella McCartney Rainbow iPhone 6 / 6s Case||14.Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Metallic Canvas Ox

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