monday must–haves


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?

monday must-haves // summer office heels

June 2, 2014

summer work heels

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve

I find it’s more difficult to differentiate what is & what is not ‘office approriate’ in the summertime. Mostly? Because it’s too damn hot out to care. These are a few of my favorite summer office heels – Invest in kicks like numbers one, three, seven, & nine & get extra use out of them after hours!

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