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August 18, 2014

Late Twenties Birthday Wishlist District Sparkle

 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 [on sale!] | 11 [on sale!]

I officially enter my late twenties on Thursday & while I’m feeling pretty good about crushing a Carvel cake with chocolate crunchies, I can’t help but feel a little pang of anxiety every time I think about changing that ’6′ to a ’7′. I can’t put my finger on what the exact cause of this little bit of stress is but I sure as hell wouldn’t go back to being 25 for any amount of Chanel you offered me. So, late twenties? Bring it on.

There are a few more things I’d like to accomplish & a few more birthday dresses I’d like to sport before I hit that big 3-0 in a handful of years. In the meantime, I’m happy as a clam distracting myself with these gorgeous items I’ve been coveting & sifting through my closet trying to find the perfect little bit of birthday sparkle.

Entering into your pre-30 years, too? I found comfort & hilarity in articles like this, this, & have one more year to complete the following.


July 7, 2014

summertime staycation with kohls

Sunglasses | Headphones | Outdoor speakers | Pool bag | Towel | Cups

Hat | Coach fragrance | Romper | Birks | Backpack

Mason jar mugs | Summer cocktail machine | Portable grill

If you’re a DS regular you know that summer’s not really my thing. I much prefer downing cocoa in a log cabin somewhere in Park City while I watch a Skins game as opposed to sweating my face off during a DC summer. But I’ve gotta be honest with you – this past July 4th weekend was pretty great. After a day of running errands, scheduled fun, & fireworks, I needed a weekend to be the keeper of my own schedule & do absolutely nothing but enjoy the only two days of summer sans humidity in DC.

My Friday errands brought me to Kohl’s, where I found more than enough essentials to get me through my staycation. I had no idea Kohl’s carried more than discounted fragrances & the Lauren Conrad line but YOU GUYS, they have e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. & it’s all on sale. Plus, they have Kohl’s cash, where you’re given money to spend on your next spree after your purchase. It’s like shopping…for free.

I spent more time than I’m proud of casing the Kingstowne Kohl’s like a Jehovah’s witness to ensure I was fully prepared for my mini-vacation at home. I stocked up on summer kitchen ware like fun glasses, grilling tools, & an infuser pitcher, great for that detox water or white sangria you’ve been itching to try. I picked out a few light weight outfit options for milling around Georgetown & a Saturday night out with girlfriends & of course, stocked up on all poolside essentials. Right now, Kohl’s is having MAJOR sales on their beach + pool gear so head over to check out their stock! The sales are also going on online.

These are just a few of my favorite staycation essentials from this weekend. What would you add to your list?


This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. Thank you for reading along & supporting the brands that help make District Sparkle possible!

red white and blue

June 30, 2014

This weekend is another perfect opportunity to honor the men & women in your life that have spent their lives serving their country. It’s also the perfect opportunity to do a whole lotta nothing with them. There’s absolutely nothing on my agenda come Thursday evening but if there were it’d go a little something like this: crab feasting, beach going, Wendell chasing & family QT. It’s one of those weekends that casual wear is more than encouraged & a coozie in your hand is nearly mandatory.


july 4

Panama hat | Chambray top | White cut offs | Sandals [50% off] | Sunglasses | Red Lip

Beach backpack | Bikini top | Bikini bottom | Water bottle | Sunscreen | After sun lotion | USA towel


These are a few of my July 4th weekend staples. What are your favorites for long summer weekends?

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