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Although technically Sarah‘s engagement party wasn’t a holiday party, it was a party during the holiday season so close enough, right?

Dani and I totally Lucy and Ethel-ed it the whole day. We met up for pics in the chilly morning, ran a couple errands in Georgetown, got a bite to eat, and off we went. One might think that a couple of girls who text mostly all day every day would run out of things to talk about and one would be wrong. We bounced around ideas for Bubbles & Bloggers, our own blogs, weddings, relationships, friendships- it was perfect girl time.

It was also the perfect excuse to wear my jazzy jumpsuit. It’s somehow comfy, elegant, and unexpected all in one. That’s why I wore it to NYFW last year. The jumpsuit is great base for an outfit to accessorize and doll up as necessary. This time around, I paired it with another one of my favorite jackets and leopard heels I’ve been waiting for a reason to wear. Plus I brought along my leopard loafers just in case I wimped out on heels. I didn’t because my little Steve Maddens were actually super comfy!

The party itself was held at Pippin Hill Farm and was absolutely lovely. Sarah was absolutely glowing and such a sweet hostess, making sure to introduce everyone. Her fiancé’s family hosted and there was a beautiful selection of wine, beer, and nibbles. The backdrop was really the icing on the cake and I would love to go back to spend more time there. Congrats Sarah + Gerald! I can’t wait to celebrate more with you both!

Outfit details:

Jumpsuit: Loft||Heels: Steve Madden||York Necklace: Stella & Dot||Betsey Johnson #Basic Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Chain Strap Crossbody: Macy’s||Dainty sparklers bow studs||BB Dakota Women’s Peppin Drape Front Jacket, Army Green

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I promised that I would get to the guys. Gifting is my love language so I have so much picking up things I know Kendall needs and wants. He’s picky but also very specific so I don’t have a hard time. My dad on the other hand… he just doesn’t really like STUFF so I have fun shopping for kitchen tools or gourmet goodies. (You know what’s really good for that- TJ Maxx!)

  1. Have him rock varsity letter in style with this fun backpack from Steve Madden, in classic flannel with a retro patch. A wealth of pockets inside and out keep your essentials organized.
  2. The finest premium oak from the American heartland is chiseled by lasers to expose every capillary which enables cask-quality aging in just day for any cocktail or spirit of his choice. Each element allows him to add robust and complex flavors like vanillins, sugars, and tannins while filtering out toxins in his spirits in just 1-4 days. Remember to taste regularly!
  3. The best-selling product in the Baxter of California range, this pomade blends natural Clay and Beeswax for unrivalled hold and texture.
  4. Plenty of card and slip pockets make this men’s Dockers wallet a must-have for any man.
  5. This ruggedly handsome hardcover collection brings together new and classic advice from Worst-Case experts to help readers master the manly arts from wrestling an alligator to calming a crying child to extinguishing backyard barbeque fires.
  6. Clinique for Men Face Scrub clears the way for the closest shave. It contains fine, non-abrasive grains that de-flake, lift his beard hair and help reduce ingrown hairs while reviving and smoothing skin.
  7. Warm him up this winter with a knit beanie that has a lining so soft he won’t want to take it off.
  8. A spiral-bound Rollbahn notebook from Delfonics of Japan- to help keep him organized in a very sleek way.
  9. Keep his beard looking exactly how he likes it whether he’s at home or on the go with the Beard Envy kit by Billy Jealousy.
  10. Organize his charging cables, power bricks, adapters and other electronic equipment in this roll-up burrito pouch guaranteed not to drip sour cream all over his backpack.
  11. Life is full of tough decisions- like choosing between matte or glossy frames. Well, enjoy the best of both with these oversized flat top square shades that offer a mixed matte and glossy finish! That was easy.
  12. This handy set contains a refreshing, moisturizing cream blended with 12 natural oils and extracts including Marula Oil and Eucalyptus and a post-razor balm mixed with soothing aloe.
  13. My Kendall loves unusual tie clips and cufflinks. The Wild & Wolf Hold It Together Cufflink & Tie Clip Set even comes with a little case to store them!
  14. Cold weather, exercise and even soap can exacerbate dryness. Save his skin with Haeckels’ nourishing balm, which has been made in England with Geranium to promote cell repair, as well as soothing Sea Lavender and Clary Sage, a natural antimicrobial.
  15. With so many different ways to style this classic accessory, the Seven 91 Buffalo Check scarf is the best way to stay warm all season long!
  16. He’ll forget how to make the perfect martini again with this recipe pocket square. He can pull this bad boy out and whip up the best drink of the night.
  17. Even tough guys need a little help to get through the winter. These patterned tech gloves fit the bill with blended fabric warmth and text-easy convenience.
  18. Anyone else’s fella go nuts over fun socks? Kendall LOVES them!
  19. Refreshing, adventurous and clean, C.O. Bigelow Elixir Blue Cologne blends aromatic watery notes, lavender and rosemary with hints of clean white musk and woody undertones.
  20. MONTBLANC Legend is the modern, signature scent of a confident and charismatic man. The deodorant stick provides long lasting protection with the seductive scent of Legend.
  21. Infused with Makers Mark bourbon and premium maple sugar, these smooth caramels have just the right amount of kick.
  22. Lucky that Kendall loves candles as much as I do, especially cozy, not overly sweet ones. The hearth candle brings the aroma of a wintertime fire, created by combining rich oud wood with frankincense and hints of smoky embers.
  23. Guys have it easy right? The can legit use one product for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash!
  24. My Mississippi man is always cold. Layers are key, and I can’t believe the price of this Perry Ellis Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Ribbed Sweater.
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Millennials do a lot of stupid crap. I would know- I am one. Being a blogger AND a millennial I’m probably extra annoying. I like documenting what I’m doing and what I love and thinking that people will actually care about it. While I don’t use the word influencer to describe myself and would never stand on a chair at a restaurant to ‘gram my food (I have VERY strong opinions on this) I’m just as guilty as the next kiddo born between 1982-2004 of being self-involved.

But we’re not all bad. We grew up with technology- as in it grew with us- and we keep finding fascinating new ways to use it. We want to be better and make the world better. While Snapchat certainly isn’t going to solve any world issues, our involvement in social media means we can share ideas at the speed of thought. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me. And being a generation who grew up hearing we’re special and can do anything we put our mind to- of course we would have our own freakin’ color that is ridiculously hard to describe.

I actually had to Google Millenial Pink to figure out how to actually tell you about it:

It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon.The Gardian

 In general, Millennial Pink is a soft pink with some gray tones to add subtlety and sophistication, and a slight hint of peach, making it a warmer and rosier pink and less a magenta-pink.houzz

 The answer, I think, is that millennial pink isn’t so much a color as it is an idea — hence the great difficulty in pinning it down to a single shade. Millennial pink, whether pale or desaturated or salmon-y, is a kind of non-pink pink, an aesthetic distillation of the ideals of contemporary feminism: unabashedly female, but removed from the constraining associations of the past. It is, in a lot of ways, defined more by what it isn’t than what it is: not Barbie. Not bubble gum. Not princessy.Apartment Therapy

 I use it a little interchangeably with blush and rose gold myself.

As I’m writing this post, within eyeshot (I wasn’t sure if that’s a word but spellcheck is not rejecting it), I am wearing a millennial pink sweater, my phone case is partially millennial pink, and my wristlet with work FOB and important cards is glitter on one side and millennial pink on the other. I know what I like. Also, creepy, I just opened Facebook on my phone and the first ad that pops up is for this bag set from Away only the ad didn’t call it blush. The ad called it millennial pink.

Anyway, I found a millennial pink list on Amazon and wanted to create my own. What do you think of this color?

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I am proud to say that I am a success story of art therapy. After my sister died, I think that weekend, actually, our pastor’s wife suggested that I go into therapy and that art therapy would probably be a good option for me. I didn’t only not object, I enthusiastically agreed to go. Despite what my high school suggested, I stayed off any medication to “help me focus” and went the talking route instead. (I also threw myself into dance company, photography, and hanging out in any free art studio where I wasn’t underfoot after school.) I got back on honor roll in time for graduation, which I consider one of my biggest successes.

One thing that I learned about myself, aside from working through some very complicated emotions for a child, is that I’m extremely tactile. What I mean by that is that anything I created with Wendy, my therapist, had to have texture for me for it to feel complete. My favorite thing to do with her was paint. So one week I would paint and talk and the following week I would either continue working on what I was doing or sit with the painting on my lap, telling her what I created and why. After a few times of this, Wendy realized that as I talked about my painting, I’d run my hand over it pretty much constantly. A lot of my pieces had things stuck to them- CDs or sequins or anything to make them 3D. I was really unsatisfied with one, and Wendy realized it was because it was too flat.

This wasn’t a huge revelation. Honestly, I’m a walking bundle of sensory overload in all ways, but touch has always brought me a sense of comfort and security. I was one of those kids who always had to be reminded “touch with your eyes not with your hands.”  I still sleep with Little Pillow- once a pillow and now essentially a square of flannel. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but when I get upset I rub my face on it.

Whatever y’all. I’m weird. You should know this.

Fall is great because textures start to come out to play. Summer is all about lightweight cotton for me, but with fall comes suede and heavy sweaters and velvet and oooohhh I can’t wait. What are some of your favorite textures to wear?

collage made with PicMonkey

Velvet Twist Headband||Floral Embroidered Velvet Kimono||Steve Madden Women’s Clever Block-Heel Sandals

Faux Fur Tippet Scarf||Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie||Billabong Furever Love Faux Fur Vest

Cable Knit Loose Sweater||Women’s Bp. Tiered Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater||Johnstons of Elgin – Cable-knit Cashmere Headband – Gray

BB Dakota – Wade Faux Suede Drape Jacket Women’s Coat||Mur Mur Faux Suede Cape Jacket||Mia Monique Faux Suede Booties

 

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One of the best parts of Bubbles & Bloggers is the fact that we support our own bosses in their entrepreneurial endeavors. A couple weekends ago, we had a Shop The City meetup to check out and support a relatively new business venture by our friend and member Sahra. It’s exactly how what it sounds like- a shopping tour of some amazing local spots. I won’t spoil it for you- go on the tour and see it for yourself! We started on 14th Street, hitting up some spots I’ve heard up but had never been to, which was pretty awesome. After a brief(ish) stop to take pictures in front of the totes-appropes WORK IT GURL mural (where I quick-changed into my new rose gold skirt in the parking lot), we hopped in our own private bus and headed to Georgetown. We saw a few boutiques there before a massive storm hit and we ran to the Graham for Amanda’s Whistle & Wild popup and Marisa’s mini styling session.

Really late in the game, Dani thought it might be fun to pop a Sex and the City theme on our day. B&B usually themes our events, and this theme made a lot of sense for a day of shopping with lady-friends. I’m not sure if I totally nailed it, but Dani said I was a Carrie Diaries version of Carrie Bradshaw. I’ll take it! What do you think?

Yes, I got this skirt while shopping.

photos by Sarah

Outfit details:

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson||Asymmetric Acrylic Bar Pendant: BaubleBar||Top: Macy’s||Striped Skirt: Loft Outlet||Rose gold skirt: Current Boutique||Backpack: Betsey Johnson||ECENTRCQ sneakers: Steve Madden

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