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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 c/o 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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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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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 4/21/16

I think Spring has finally sprung in The District, you guys! The sun is shining and it’s warm enough I don’t need to layer if I don’t want to. It’s funny, until recently, I never would have thought put these pieces all together. I was kind of inspired by this look from Hallie to actually play with neutrals + grey. I ended up loving it! It felt fresh and light and amazingly easy. I’ve said it before how I rarely work grey at all before working at the firm, and I certainly never, ever thought I’d like it paired with khaki/ nude/beige/tan whatever. That was, ironically, a pretty big risk for me. I also love how the length of this denim skirt made it a-ok for work. And yessss my Gia bag did make another appearance, but I just love it so much!

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Gia bag c/o [use code LBC1 for 25% off the entire site]||Charter Club White Denim Skirt||Holographic Leather Triple Wrap Tassel Bracelet||Chunky Pearl Necklace||Animal sweaters here [fox], here [giraffe], here [cat]||Nude mules here, here, here||Similar pink sunnies

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Velvet came around in a big way this fall and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime fast. I’m actually wearing a red velvet dress for NYE- so much more comfortable than sequins let me tell you! I started noticing blue velvet and how rich it was before my friend Jenn’s wedding. I wore this dress with a killer pair of gold strappy heels, but I was considering a pair of block heel navy velvet pumps- I looked around a bit but decided since the rental was about how much I would have spent on a new dress, I didn’t need to splurge on new shoes as well.

Unlike blush velvet (which I still love, by the way), the dark blue/ navy family has an elegance about it. From the age of about 4-13, my Christmas dresses were black, navy, or hunter velvet, so I always associate dark velvet with getting fancy for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. However, I like the idea of an oversized velvet t or funky boots just as well as a festive frock. How do you velvet?

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Women’s Free People Ellie Burnout Velvet Minidress||Women’s Everly Floral Velvet Cutout Dress||Aphrodite’s Kiss Navy Blue Velvet Halter Maxi Dress

Women’s The Fifth Label The Seeker Off The Shoulder Velvet Crop Top||Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Velvet Cold-Shoulder Top||Maeve Velvet Swing Tee

WORTHINGTON Worthington Novelty Pleated Full Skirt||Design Lab Lord & Taylor Velvet Jacquard Skirt

Steve Madden Women’s Bertie Velvet Lace-Up Sneakers||Betsey Johnson Carly Velvet Sandals||Women’s Steve Madden Edit Bootie

Bp. Mini Velvet Backpack – Blue||Dannijo Vix Velvet Choker Necklace||Women’s Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Velvet Burnout Bomber Jacket


What? TWO posts today?

Let me explain. I obviously got way too into my feelings in my last post to make it about anything other than the music and my feelings about the music and loving Yellowcard and memories involving Yellowcard. I couldn’t bring myself to make those words about my outfit or accessories. It didn’t seem right or authentic or very me.

But I did want to share with you the adorable custom iPhone case I made with Caseapp. So here we are- my casual Friday outfit details from last week. You can make a custom case for your iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, MacBook and more with their unique designing tool! I honestly just googled “gold marble” to get the background for mine, but I think I’m going to go back and get this design in a “tough” case. You can kind of edit their pre-made designs as well so I think I’ll still add my logo since I love all things personalized. Don’t get me wrong- I love how my case looks I just think I need to up the ante since I’m clumsy and tend to drop my phone all the time. Luckily for me,  Caseapp is having a black Friday sale. You can use the code BLACK25 (valid Nov 24th – 27th) to get 25% off your custom phone cases/ custom laptop skins.

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Outfit details:

Chatham Scarf c/o Fornash||Lynx Faux Suede Cuff Bracelet: Boho Betty{use code THECAROLOVE20 for 20% off}||belt: Loft||denim: American Eagle||Gia bag [sold out] c/o Urban Expressions {use code CLOVE25 for 25% off}||sneakers: Steve Madden Factory||custom iPhone case c/o Caseapp {use the code BLACK25 (valid Nov 24th – 27th) to get 25% off}

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