monday must–haves


September 8, 2014

If you need me this morning I’ll be napping in a bowl of coffee. The last 4 days took. it. out of me. but in the best way possible, of course. It’s always my favorite week of the year until February NYFW which is only a mere 6 months away, you guys. TIME TO START PLANNING. I’ll dish up all the news & details in my recaps that will start tomorrow. In the meantime, know that I made it through with not a single blister, the best eye cream I’ve ever used helped me through some roof mornings, & I’m happy as a clam to be back with this little nug. Until tomorrow’s recap, I’m reminiscing of mornings like this, friends like this, & 18 hour days in these (joking, obv, these hurt so badly I’ll be in Toms for the next 5 days).



Wide leg pants. These are a no brainer. Srsly. You know those mornings you roll out of bed not wanting to change out of your pajamas before work? These. I’m telling you. Sidenote: They take your chic to the next level.

I’ve always gone for coats that are more practical & less fashionable. But this Vince hooded coat is a game changer. No more snowflakes on the back of your neck & say goodbye to that whipping wind that attacks you from the front. The hooded, wrapped goodness is no joke.

Faux fur vest. Because why in the hell not. When the temperature drops, I almost immediately start tossing faux fur vest on all my jackets & coats. It’s an easy way to take the fun up a notch & it’s toasty warm! DS tip: On super chilly days, wear your vest on the inside of your coat.

At long last I’ve found the perfect clutch. Black. Multi-textured. Gold hardware. & it comes with a strap. Stop. You need it now.

Is it a pump? Is it a boot? It doesn’t matter. These SS kicks are the comfiest things in the world. After 18 hours in them I thought I’d want to die. But they did me proud. & they’re 100% worth spending around $80. In fact, I might just snag them in nude for Spring.

I’ve been raving about this tote for awhile & now that it’s the time of year when the rest of the world recognizes it’s appropriate to wear black for every occasion now is the time to snag this bag for under $50.

I’m new to the whole hat thing but after wearing this felt panama hat over the past few days up in NYC, I’m completely on this panama hat for Fall thing. Bad hair day? Just stepped out of the shower? Just having a day? This bad boy is your saving grace. Promise.

Leopard flats have always been a staple in my closet & this season is no different. It’s the perfect neutral for work & play.

While these black boots are a major splurge, I can’t get them off my mind. If someone can find a nearly identical pair for about, oh, a fourth of the price I’d be forever grateful.

A classic trench is always a good idea. No matter the season, a trench is an essential. This one has been on my radar for awhile now.


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?


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