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I cannot stress this enough, and I’ve said it before: if I could only wear one style for the rest of my life, striped cotton dresses would be it. And they would likely all be from Old Navy. I’ve honestly been wearing Old Navy striped dresses for the past two days. Not only are they easy AF and hold up forever, but I can consistently slip into one and Kendall will be like, “you look beautiful!” No fuss, but much reward.

And I’ve always been a dress girl. I think it would confuse people when I was younger because while most girls opted for jeans or shorts on out-of-uniform days, I reached for a sun dress. After swim team practice- same thing. I’ve just always felt the most myself in a dress. I may not always know how to properly girl, complaining about heels most female would laugh at, but a good dress will win over jeans every time. Pair with a sweet pair of flats or a cute sneaker- I’m set. It’s my uniform, and I’m sticking with it.

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Denim jacket: Target||Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Faith bag c/o Urban Expressions||Sneakers: Steve Madden||Heavy-Knit Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy

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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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This past weekend simultaneously seemed never-ending and entirely too short. Saturday was our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch at Hawthorne, and it could not have been better! That will actually be a separate post tomorrow because it was so amazing- we had an absolute blast! Dani and I got there entirely too early to set up- not much actually had to be done thanks to the Hawthorne crew, so we set out to take some pictures before the rest of our party arrived.

I have been saving this sweater since late January (and now it’s on super sale) specifically for this brunch after spying it on McKenna Bleu. The neon pink is a little insane, but this may actually be the most cozy thing I own, and it definitely makes a statement. I actually was really proud of myself for organically pulling of a street style look. I feel like sometimes I want to, but it looks almost costume-y.

My street-style Barbie look was very Caroline at its root- just fun. I love playing with color (and a little glitter) so the theme, which admittedly I picked, was super fun to dress for. I hope everyone else thought so too, but judging by the outfits yesterday, all the ladies were game! I ordered my Bride hat the weekend after I got engaged. It came in on Friday and I was literally happy dancing around DC with it, super excited that it came in on time for the brunch. I will be shamelessly rocking it from now until forever.

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Outfit details:

Bride Doll Style Pink and White Hat with Pink Print: DentzDesign||whimsies fun bangle: kate spade new york||Navy scuba top: Loft||Silence + Noise Ally Neon Chunky Cardigan: Urban Outfitters||AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging: American Eagle Outfitters||Betseyville Girls’ Betseyville Pallas Hidden Wedge Sneakers: Target||Lucite Garden Pretty Necklace: t+j designs

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How ’bout this weather, huh? I’m currently putting this post together at 1:33PM on Wednesday and it’s 77 degrees and looks like  storm might hit in a little. There is also a chance of snow on Friday. WHAT?! And this is why everyone is sick and miserable.

Last Saturday, in the middle of my feeling pretty nasty, it was simply gorgeous out in the morning in DC. Because I wasn’t feeling so hot, I was actually extra warm and the thought of wearing much of anything was not appealing. Kendall was gearing up for his monthly trip to Mississippi for drill, and I was heading out to my meet my mom for lunch and light wedding planning. Of course I’m going to grab a good old Old Navy sundress and go from there. Urban Expressions had sent me a couple new pretty bangs to replace my broken Gia, and I couldn’t wait to take my Faith for a spin. The light blue + pink combo was giving me total rose quartz + serenity vibes. Of course my music-lovin’ self is adoring the guitar strap purse trend, and the studs make it even just a little bit edgier.

Something else I’m loving right now? I stepped from my silver to a lavender CELEB LUXURY VIRAL COLORWASH shampoo. It’s definitely more bold, but I love that it goes in and out of my hair so easily. In couple washes with “normal” shampoo, I can be back to blonde. I’m just having fun with it. I kind of like my unicorn/ fairy/ troll/ whatever hair, and I’ve been getting compliments from just about everyone but Mama D who I think is having flashbacks to when I was Avril Lavigne for several months in college. If you want to try it yourself in a more contained way, DCists can hop over to Illusions and get some fun color up in that hurr professionally. My DC stylist, Amanda, has me hooked!What do you think about it, honestly?

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Outfit details:

Necklace + earrings: BaubleBar||Bar III Flyaway Faux-Leather Jacket: Macy’s||Faith bag c/o Urban Expressions||Dress: Old Navy||Rose gold sneakers: Steve Madden

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Say that 5 times fast.

But no, really, I fully endorse any purchasing of products that leads to a healthier, and therefore, happier life. It took me a while, but I have found my fitness thing at CorePower. I’ve had one or two people that yoga isn’t “enough,” but I’ll tell you what- when I was going several times a week last summer, I got super toned super fast AND my head space was just better. Also, their sculpt classes get in that cardio and also, don’t tell me how to live my like while I’m doing something good for myself.

Within CorePower, I am part of SET- the Studio Experience Team. This is just a fancy way of saying that I get a great discount because I help maintain the space I love so much. Luckily, my day job is flexible so I can leave work at 4 on Wednesdays to head to my home studio in Glover Park. I adore my studio and the people who work/ practice there. It’s like a little yogi family. CorePower also has a great little retail situation going on- and between my style blogger searches, whimsical wants, and advice from my favorite instructor/ my manager, I’ve come up with a little wish list to motivate me in my practice.

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I got my first (and currently only) pair of Goldsheep leggings when I got to practice and discovered that my water bottle had leaked all over the pants I bought. They are fantastic! They don’t fall down, ride up, or get sweaty. I’m eyeing the Pink Leopard leggings (cropped) with the matching crop top.

Speaking of leaky water bottles- they suck. I’ve collected a bunch of cheap water bottles over the years free from events and such. Guess what? They all leak. Hands down, S’Well water bottles are the most popular. They come in a range of colors and patterns (the marble + rose gold staying on trend!) but I really love the Bondi Beach style!

Another studio favorite is the LuLu Lemon mat. I asked my manager about this because my current mat, while adorable, is just about shredded and generally looking loved. Her only critique is that it’s heavy (it is!) but since I can keep my mat at the studio as an employee, it doesn’t matter much to me. Since I am going to keep it there? She suggested a color since so many people have the black one. That popular.

Now, I know that yoga is a barefoot activity (just another reason to love it!) but Kendall walks me home from yoga and it’s about a 15 minute walk. It’s actually pretty nice to walk home together and cool down after being in a hot studio. Unfortunately, I usually forget my sneakers so I’m walking home in my flats or boots from work. If I’m going with the crazy outfits for practice, I’m thinking I should go all out and add the 80s retro Reeboks! My mom actually had a pair of these she sacrificed to a muddy field trip when I was in 7th grade. I wish wish wish I had salvaged them so I could have the real thing.

I always pack a long sleeve or a sweatshirt for two reasons: 1. because it’s cold right now and while I’m cleaning it can be a little chilly. 2. I hate sweating into my coats after class. This particular graphic top is on sale for under $10- making it the perfect situation to throw into your bag and sweat in- while still making a statement literally.

Last but not least, I know I said the mat on my wish list is a little heavy for lugging around, but I can’t resit personalized gear. The Essential Canvas Yoga Bag from Mark & Graham is just the thing if you are traveling with your mat.

What gear motivates your work out? Or what brands do you trust for your fitness needs?

Pink Leopard leggings||Pink Leopard crop top||S’well Gray Malin Bondi Beach 17-oz. Reusable Bottle||The Reversible Mat||Reebok – Freestyle Leather High-top Sneakers – White||DreamWorks Trolls Juniors’ Cold-Shoulder Graphic Sweatshirt||Essential Canvas Yoga Bag

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