monday must–haves

Must Have | W118 BY WALTER BAKER Trench

September 21, 2015

A high of 68 today in DC means two things: I couldn’t be happier and it’s now actually time to unearth your Fall clothing. Finallyyyyy. It also means it’s time to invest in a trench. Yes, you. You nearly 30 year old woman without a trench. Shame on you. It’s a wonder you’ve gotten this far in life. Kidding. Kind of…

Typically around $250, all flavors of this ah-mah-zing trench are now 50% off at The Outnet. Sizes run true and all styles fit like a glove. I may or may not have found these at Nordstrom Rack and tried them all on. Where’s that wide eyed blushing emoji when you need it?

Summer Beauty Must-Haves

August 10, 2015

Summer Beauty Must Haves 2015 District Sparkle

It takes a village to get me through summer. It really does. I’m not a fan of the heat, or the humidity, or the tourists, or the melty-ness, or what feels like an overwhelming lack of oxygen. So, to be able to get out the door and to my office in one piece, there are a few beauty treasures I cling to during these sticky summer months. These are the MVPs. The products that might not always be in my bag, but are used on the (almost) daily to help me look put together when in reality I’m 800 degrees and dying on the inside.


THE RUNDOWN | product reviews

DryBar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot | This is the ultimate thirst quencher for dry hair. Spritz it on in the shower, let it soak in, then continue with your daily routine. The best part? It’s cruelty free :)

Clarins Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | True, this SPF lotion is meant for those boating trips and beach weeks but it’s so light and non-greasy I’ve started using it as a daily SPF along with my moisturizer.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector | Thanks to this miracle worker, I’ve completely given up what I like to call “face makeup”, i.e., concealer and foundation. I’ve wanted to give my skin a break and this tool has been the perfect transition. I’m always skeptical of products that appear too good to be true but this stuff works. It blurs your skin. It has something to do with the rose pigment – actually blurs while staying true to your skin color. Magic.

Sara Happ Lip Scrub | You’ve been living under a rock if your medicine cabinet isn’t stocked with at least three of these tubs. Clementine is my favorite flavor for the warmer months and the chunky crystals in this pot make exfoliating super quick and easy.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm | I use this balm after I’ve already taken my makeup off with wipes and behold, there’s always more makeup left. Gross. This stuff not only helps to create a completely clean palette but moisturizes like none other. I highly suggest this balm for those of you looking for the cleanest clean.

Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener | Even before giving up “face makeup”, this little tube has been a lifesaver. It’s a liquid which means you won’t be spending the better part of your life trying to blend it seamlessly and its bright, not glittery; Those of you on the hunt for the perfect brightener can appreciate this. DS tip: Use a little on your cheekbones as highlighter. You won’t regret it.

m-61 Power Glow Peel | I’ve been using these “peels” for over a year now and am totally hooked. I say “peel” since they’re gentle enough to use every three days and it’s actually recommended that you build up to that frequency. It’s a great little refresh throughout the week that’s totally worth the price point, in my opinion.

Airelle Exfoliating Cleanser | Hands down, the best exfoliator I’ve ever used. I’ve been searching for the best cleanser/exfoliator duo that I could use every morning. This is it. It’s incredibly gentle, smells ah-mah-zing, and a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. 100% DS approved.

Playing Catch Up

July 6, 2015

Well, if this isn’t the Monday of all Mondays… 

I’d planned to get life in order this past weekend but per usual, those plans went to shit the moment I decided an impromptu road trip was the ticket. Destination: Smith Mountain Lake. I assume the rest of you accomplished absolutely nothing so let’s catch up, shall we?


I “created” a new hairstyle while I waited for AAA on the side of 495 this past weeked. You’ll need a handful of bobby pins and a really bad attitude. Tutorial coming soon.

Wedding season is upon us. God help us all. Give that lace-overlay dress a break and try a chic romper, like this one, instead.

I picked up a one piece for the weekend and was glad I did after getting roasted on day 1 at the lake. It’s hot pink, strapless, and $40.

Feel like throwing your mascara tube against the wall after it wilts the lashes you just spent 5 minutes curling to perfection? Behold, the greatest mascara there ever was.

Into this palm print trend? Old Navy now has a cute romper in that print. And today only get 30% off your ON purchase with code: SPARKS

That Ann Taylor maxi dress I’m obsessed with is still available and STILL on sale! Only medium and large is left so snag it while you can. The fit is divine.

Those banded sandals I’ve been living in are sold out but Steve Madden just came out with a gold pair. Yum.

Looking for the perfect cutoffs? These are my favorites. And totally worth the price tag. They run a little large and sit like boyfriend jeans so size down if this isn’t your jam.

Yes, it’s white but this pleated midi dress has become my favorite easy summertime bbq look.

I’m engaged in a new love affair and his name is Bastiste: Original. In fact, I’m penning an ode to him that will go live on Thursday.

I bought these Madewell bar studs two weeks ago and was so afraid I’d lose a few or they’d sell out that I bought another set this weekend. Whatever. They go with literally everything.

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