10 THINGS… PLUS A FEW MORE THINGS

August 29, 2014

Thanks to your survey feedback, I’m planning on running this ‘new series’ (that I still can’t think of a proper name for, clearly) once per week on Fridays. But you already posted a round-up on Monday. Yes, but we have SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT. So let’s get started, shall we?

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Think you won’t want the new iPhone 6? Think again.

This is likely the most accurate portrayl of Instagram vs. reality. It’s also the cutest.

I’ve decided to toss all products in my home that are tested on animals, starting with makeup. You can find a full list of cruelty-free makeup brands here.

Won’t be in New York but don’t want to miss any of the runway action? You can livestream from here & here because this is important enough to have a backup bookmarked.

If you’re not following this Instagram account you need to. Now. RIP, Friday morning productivity.

Looking to grow your Twitter following? Make sure you’re following these 7 tips.

It’s taken me all of 27 years to realize that it only takes a pair of blackout curtains to drastically increase the quality of life. Especially on hungover Sunday mornings.

Ciroc Pineapple hits shelves on Sept 15 but restaraunts, lounges, & clubs exclusively in DC & NYC are serving this yummy end-of-summer liquor now! Head to your favorite nightlife destination to drink down summer before the leaves start to change.

Thanks to Hyperlapse, my Instagram followers are in for a treat once those models hit the runway next week. Thanks for being so tech savvy, Dad!

19 reasons why this individual is my spirit animal. She’s a Kardashian but I’m not even judging myself because she’s that good.

& now onto the good stuff. We wait an entire year for these sale. So, put on your thrifty pants & get to shopping, ladies. Below are my favorite Labor Day Sales that start NOW:

BaubleBar | 50% off no code needed

Express | 40% off everything & free shipping over $50

JCrew | 40% off final sale styles with code WEEKEND

JCrew Factory | 40-60% off everything no code needed [This one you cannot miss. Mostly because of this top. & these pumps. & these loafers.]

F21 | Buy one get one free with code BOGOFREE

Ann Taylor | 50% off all sale styles + select full-price styles no code needed

Banana Republic | 40% off everything with code BRLABOR

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In semi-unrelated news, you guys are the best. Like, actually the best. District Sparkle is a place that I hope you continually visit for inspiration but it’s also a place I come to for inspiration. This hobby turned tiny business of mine has led to many wonderful opportunities including “meeting” so many of you wonderful women. I read every comment you submit, email you send, & tweet you publish, & comments like “my friends and I determine our day’s outfit from DS” & the constructive criticism I receive really just makes me happy that this is a forum that is beneficial to you & one that’s utilized. So keep sending me that feedback, whether it’s here or via social media. & don’t forget your Hawaiian Tropics SPF 4 tanning oil this weekend. Those legs aren’t going to tan themselves.

DECODING LIKE TO KNOW IT

August 28, 2014

So you follow me on Instagram & you keep seeing this situation after the witty commentary & monkey emoticons: #liketkit www.liketk.it/iK6U @liketkit but you still don’t know what in the actual hell it means. In 7 days I’ll be on my merry way to N(ew) Y(ork) F(ashion) W(eek) & I’ll be Instragramming up a storm, tagging most pictures via Like To KNOW it. It’s important we decode this mystery before you’re bombarded with a whole bunch of this #liketkit www.liketk.it/iK6U @liketkit  – from me & every other blogger under the tents.

So, let’s break it down. Bloggers have the option to upload images to Instagram through a third party app: rewardStyle. rS’ offspring, Like To KNOW it was recently rolled out and offers publishers the same perks as rewardStyle but the program is specific to the Instagram platform. I upload this image to Instagram & this >> #liketkit www.liketk.it/iK6U @liketkit appears below. That means that I have linked those exact products pictured & you will be able to shop them by ‘liking’ the post. You then have 1 of 2 options. You can 1. shop the post from your Like To KNOW it account (an entire page of all your ‘likes’ is populated within your account) or 2. shop the post from an email Like To KNOW it will automatically send to you instantly or once a week (you need to set this up when you register if this is how you’d like to shop the looks). Get it?

Register. ‘Like’ on Instagram. Get the product information delivered to you via email or access it by logging into you Like To KNOW it account.

So what does this >> #liketkit www.liketk.it/iK6U @liketkit actually mean?

Decoding LikeToKNOWit Disrict Sparkle

Wow! That’s so helpful! Thanks a mil!

This is an example of what will appear in your inbox after you’ve liked this picture of my brand spankin’ new Wayf dress that’s currently on sale at Nordies for $30. Nbd.

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How ah-mah-zing, right? In the past, I’ve included items that are similar to those that appear in the picture but you all get like RUL pissed when I do that so from now on I will only be posting the EXACT items that appear. High fives all around.

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Still confused? Have additional questions? Submit them in the comments section below & I’ll respond back to each & every one later this evening! Thanks for your patience, peeplez.

FYI…

rewardStyle links, publishers (me) will be able to see the traffic (you) that is directed to each product link. Once you’re on the product page, if you purchase the item I linked to I may receive commission. This is how small blogs like mine are able to stay in business, pay for website hosting fees, business cards, & the occasional badass sale shoe at ShoeDazzle.

JUST DO IT

August 27, 2014

Remember that time I asked you to fill out a 6 question survery & YOU DID!? You guyyyyyyyyys.

I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to submit a little feedback so that I’m able to make this the best space possible for fashion, home decor, life, man problems, & lady problems. SO, THANKS. Love you too. Feelings. ::Dry heave:: Let’s get back to the fashion, shall we? To the reader that answered every question with requests for more Wendell, you’re my favorite, & your wish is my command.

Just Do It District Sparkle White Dress Nordstrom

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NORDSTROM DRESS [SIMILAR UNDER $40] | TULLE JACKET [SIMILAR] | SHOEDAZZLE HEELSNINE WEST BAG | BAUBLEBAR NECKLACE | ANNA BECK RING 

This dress has been sitting pretty in a plastic hanging bag in my closet since 2010. I’ve never worn it. Not. once. Why? Because it’s relatively unforgiving, meaning it’s not the best choice when attempting to conceal your mac & cheese loving gut. So why’d I opt for this little number? My top 2 choices were at the cleaners & for some reason, I didn’t give a flying Fig Newton about a potential gut bearing situation. I was having a very Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits of the SATC2 movie & was going to make it happen, gut or not. I had two choices as I stared down that dress, deciding whether or not it was to be the chosen one to make birthday magic happen. I could continue to reach for flowy dresses that hide the areas I’m uncomfortable with or I could do something about it. I decided that night would be the last night I would down a bowl of mac & cheese till Christmas. It was also the night I decided I’d be enrolling in Crossfit the following Monday afternoon. I’m two workouts in & I feel great. Until I need to breathe, or, you know, move. In general. P90X has been working just fine but motivation I get from working out with other humans interested in getting swoll in shape can’t be compared. The people are supportive, I feel the workouts actually working, & most importantly, I just ordered pink lifting gloves since I’m already getting pretty gnarly callouses. I really am such a lady. Don’t worry your pretty little heads, DS won’t be turning into a fitness blog any time soon but I am excited to potentially fit into my pants sans muffin top at some point before Thanksgiving.

Photos by Amanda

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