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Sometimes the best weekend are planned last minute. A couple a of weekends ago, I found myself with a Sunday by myself and tagged along with Dani to a fun brunch that Tonya hosted at The Ashburn Pub. Tell you what- if the pub was closer to DC I would be back constantly! If you’re in the ‘burbs in VA, you should definitely go check it out! Not only do they have very yummy noms for brunch and great drinks (think bloodies with shrimp in them!) but they have great theme parties. Make sure to follow them on Instagram for updates!

On our way home, Dani needed gas, so we pulled into the cutest brand new shopping center in Sterling. After getting really turned around (like, literally in circles) we found the Colada Shop and grabbed some coffees to perk us up for the drive after shoving our faces at brunch. The light was just too good and the blogger bestie in Dani was sweet enough to shoot a few pics of my weekend casual outfit. My outfit is actually mostly from American Eagle, but not recent, so I’ve linked some of my current faves from there below.

It was kind of awesome stumbling upon an area I’m not familiar with just outside of the city. Do you have a suburban find you want to share my way?

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Outfit details

Antonia Tassel Necklace||Mermaid Earrings||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Similar Sandals||Similar Lace Top||Alice bag c/o Urban Expressions||American Eagle Outfitters AE Skinny Bermuda Short

Currently at AEO

 

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A couple weeks ago, I sent a text to some of my best girls to find out if anyone wanted to shoot. It’s been harder for me to get blog pics since Alex, the girl who used to take my pics, left my firm. Sarah told me she had plans but I’d be welcome to come along and she would snap for me while we were there. I had a totally free afternoon and the plans… oh ma goodness!

Pints & Puppies

Literally. I spent the day in the sun with one of my closest friends, day drinking and petting dogs and looking at dogs and contemplating kidnapping some dogs. A portion of the proceeds went toward local charities supporting dog rescue. Can’t get any better than that. I wasn’t even thinking about it at the time but I was rocking my Turquoise & Yellow Sporty Chic Hippy – Hand-Beaded Necklace c/o Dirty Hippy Swag and they donate a portion of their proceeds to help animals too! So it was a day celebrating our furry friends.

In that vein, I have a little call to action for you guys. I have been following Hannah Shaw aka Kitten Lady on Instagram for quite a while now, but one of her newest tiny but mighty rescues has totally broken my heart. Little Chloe has a damaged spine due to abuse and no use of her back legs, but Hannah has not given up on her. It’s likely a long, expensive road ahead for this little one, who through no fault of her own is in a very rough spot. If you can, I am encouraging you to donate to help save not only Chloe but the other little lives under Hannah’s care. I myself am a new monthly donator- think about it like this- 2 trips to Starbs or help save a little life. It took me less than 5 minutes to sign up.

photos by Sarah

Outfit details:

Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone (2)||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Alice {sold out} c/o Urban Expressions||Turquoise & Yellow Sporty Chic Hippy – Hand-Beaded Necklace c/o Dirty Hippy Swag||AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging

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I was only gone from last Thursday through last night, but it feels like I just got back to DC after two weeks. Kendall is gone for a month doing Army Things, so we decided a while back that I would do the 14ish hour drive down to Mississippi with him, see some family, and go to New Orleans for a day with his sister, her fiance, and the cutest baby ever. There are many things I can brag about in our relationship, but traveling well for extended periods of time has to be at the top of the list.

I’d never been to Louisiana before, much less New Orleans, and let me tell you it did not disappoint- I just wish we had more than a day to spend there. I came up with this way to describe it: New Orleans is like if Savannah put on a pair of gold leggings and went out with the intent to only have ONE DRINK but we all know how that goes… basically it had the charm of Savannah but more noise.

It was a little overwhelming at first for me. I tend to get a little jumpy in big crowds, especially if I’m unfamiliar with the area. Luckily, for me, Kendall’s sister Brittneigh is the same way so she totally got it, especially with little Ryker in tow. But then I had a spiked lemonade, heard When the Saints Go Marching In from a street corner jazz band, and fell in love.

Since we had such limited time, Kendall had a few New Orleans things he really wanted me to experience. We HAD to go to Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and check out Bourbon Street (specifically Tropical Isle for Hand Grenades). My agenda was to check out the variety of art being sold seemingly everywhere. I actually found a piece I LOVED but Kendall did not so I may order a smaller version to put somewhere.

We really spent most of the day meandering and just enjoying, with no set agenda. I will say that pretty much everyone we came in contact with was super friendly and I really enjoyed the vibe of the city. I probably wasn’t the best blogger that day (I really don’t tend to be while I’m on vacation) but I cannot wait to go back and make more memories in a new favorite city!

Outfit details:

Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone (2)||Futurino Women’s Bohemian Embroidery Floral White Tassel Accents Shift Mini Dress (M, Dark Blue)||zeroUV – Womens Laser Cut Open Metal Mirror Lens Round Cat Eye Sunglasses 48mm (Pink / Pink Mirror)||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Alice {sold out} c/o Urban Expressions

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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.

Photos by Sarah

My outfit details:

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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Ok. Wasn’t sure if I was going to post it but as I sat to type this post, I think it’s needed. For me, for anyone else having a hard time with body confidence right now.

When I left the house to go meet up with Sarah in this outfit, I honestly thought I looked really cute. But then I saw these pictures and had a very long moment, like a week, of who is this whale?

I am not kind to myself. I never have been, consistently at least. I’ll have dayum girl moments, but it feels as though they’re few and far between these days. It’s something that I’m working on and probably something I will always have to try for. My weight has been up and down pretty much forever. When I graduated from college, after 4 years of whipped cream vodka, bagels, and late night Fatshack, I was only what I could call swollen. I’ve shown friends pictures from my college graduation and they’re surprised it’s me. A combination better diet, a lot less drinking of sugary cocktails, a fun-employment the following summer to allow for max gym time, and then working at Pier One (moving furniture for a living) led to a loss of 30/40 pounds. Then I got an office job, twenty of those came right back. Recently, I was weighed at my well-woman exam, and I’ve surpassed my previous heaviest weight.

I’m at a little bit of a loss, you guys. I’ve been making my own vegan lunches for work, I pack my own healthy breakfast, I can’t even remember the last cheese steak I had, and I do yoga/ work out a few times a week. I don’t drink soda, rarely eat pasta, and prefer a salad to a burger. I even get enough sleep- which I now know thanks to my tracker. What am I doing wrong? Is it just my metabolism slowing down? Do I even look as bad as I feel? I really have no idea.

I appreciate any feedback from women (or even man) who have been/ are going through the same thing.

And I guess I should just be kinder to myself, for starters.

photos by Sarah

Outfit details:

Joanna bag c/o Urban Expressions||Holographic Leather Triple Wrap Tassel Bracelet

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