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April 10, 2014

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Photos by Julien

Darling dress via Lou Lou’s | Tildon shoes via Nordstrom [similar] [craving these] | Dareen Hakim clutch | Hanes tights c/o | ILY Couture necklace c/o | Essie School Boy Blazer mani

It wasn’t until yesterday, when I was planning Sunday brunches for the next month, that I realized Easter is next Sunday. Next Sunday, you guys. Wasn’t it snowing last week? Listen, I’m not complaining. It’s finally jorts weather & I’m one happy camper. Just wanted to catch you before the Easter season is upon us with a little PSA to shop those Easter Sunday dresses now to get them shipped + delivered before the big day. Because let’s be honest… that Easter bunny is one judgmental sonofa-

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April 9, 2014

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Photos by Julien

H&M dress [similar option] | Baublebar necklace | Ivanka Trump heels | GiGiNY clutch c/o [love this one for nearly 2K in my dreams] | Sole Society ring c/o | She’s Unique rings | Tulle jacket not pictured

After seeing this skirt on Cathy weeks ago, I knew I had to own the very same one. Whether or not it’s a Tibi knock off is beside the point. It’s amazing & I immediately feel in love. Naturally, I scoured every H&M within a reasonable radius, ahem 20 miles, with no luck. Every time I walked into a store to describe the print & shape of the skirt to a sales person the ‘I have no effing clue to what you are referring’ face broke me heart a little more. I had high hopes that I’d wear this skirt to a friend’s wedding on April 5, knew exactly which black scuba top from ASOS I’d buy to style it with, & what accessories I’d throw on but that dream was fading fast.

After a less than pleasant encounter one Saturday morning, I stopped by the Metro Center H&M to see if I could indulge in a quick fashion pick-me-up. I walked through the aisles of H&M goodness, running my hand over the hangers as I passed, thinking of how the security guards & staff must be judging me as it was 10:01 & I was the only customer in the store. I wondered if I could, somehow, squeeze my 5’8″ you know what into Cathy’s petite skirt. It wasn’t going to happen. & there was no skirt to be found that morning. At 10:08 I was prepared to leave, unsatisfied. I gave a smile to the sales man who clearly knew I’d had my heart set on something I couldn’t find. I stopped to look at a huge gold necklace that was one of those absolutely necessary $14 purchases. I probably need this. I’d wear it all the time. I have 6 others like it but I really do love gold. It would go with everything & it’s just so inexp-

THE PRINT. I SAW THE PRINT. Is that a mirage? Am I dreaming? Am I drunk? This is why I should carry my glasses with me. Is that a skirt? It looks like too much fabric to be the skirt. Is that a… IS THAT A DRESS?

It was peaking out behind a black sequin shift dress on one of those racks that houses rejects & sale items. I literally dropped the necklace & ran to the dress, afraid that one of the other 3 people in the store would see it & get to it before I could. I knocked over a stack of jeans & a manequinn or two in the process but I was more than happy to clean up my mess after that dress was in my hot little hands. I had already made a deal with myself that if I found the skirt, I’d buy it no matter the price. So when I found the same print IN A DRESS I quickly made the same deal. Instead of seeing a price I simply saw my size. For those of you that frequent H&M, you know this is a miracle made possibly only by the gods of fashion & fate. I’m never just my regular size at H&M. Sometimes I’m a 4, sometimes I’m a 10. & on this day, this dress was my size. I tried it on anyways, just to make sure it fit. It did. That’s also the moment I discovered it had pockets. I all but started weeping. At this point, I blacked out a little but I’m almost positive I sent a SnapChat to all of my contacts & a text including 18 or so friends – males included – at 10am on a Saturday morning about how I’d found this dress. 4 immediately texted back with responses that were out of sheer joy. Ah, friendship.

I made my way to the counter & chatted with the sales man I had previously sad-smiled at about my  journey to this dress. At some point I remembering asking him if the skirt version was available at that location. He laughed at me & said that me finding that print in any shape was a miracle. Touche, sir. It surely was.

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[east v west style] pastels

April 8, 2014

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pastels white vest district sparkle meaghan moynahan

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pastels white vest district sparkle meaghan moynahan

pastels white vest district sparkle meaghan moynahan

floral print pastels utility vest military vest metallic flats district sparkle

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Look 1 // H&M dress | Lulu’s vest c/o | Capwell necklace c/o | Candie’s heels c/o Kohl’s // *on sale!* | Danielle Nicole clutch c/o | Capwell ring c/o | Love Always Couture monogram ring c/o

Photos by Julien

Look 2 // H&M dress | Old Navy vest | Rebecca Minkoff metallic flats | Baublebar necklace | “@districtsparkle” necklace from Eve’s Addiction c/o | Sole Society ring c/o | GigiNY clutch c/o | Nars Schiap lip color

Photos by Ashley // Styled by Shell B

Similarly with the neon challenge, I was a little apprehensive about styling pastels since you all know how keen I am on dressing in color. But I figured it could be a fun way to step out of my comfort zone & prep for Spring so I tried my damndest & whaddaya know? I’ve worn this pastel shift with that white vest more times than I’d care to admit over the last 2 weeks. Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to venture outside your sartorial  comfort zone.

The first look is my favorite for a girls’ night out or for a patio dinner outdoors since the weather has been stellar in DC recently. The strappy heel & white vest dress up this big pop of color without making an obnoxiously loud statement. It also doesn’t hurt that the dress + vest + heels were all under $100!

The second look is actually one my girl, Shell B, styled for an amazing project she’s working on; Talk about girl power. She dove into the closets of some of DC’s fashion bloggers to help style a ‘problem piece’ they’d always had issues styling. For me, it was these Rebecca Minkoff stunners. I’d worn them once at Fashion Week last Fall but they’ve been collecting dust on my shoe rack ever since. I’d try pairing them with shorts, pants, & dresses but I felt like an elf each time I’d look in the mirror. Thanks to Shell B, I now have a few great looks to wear these flats in! Pairing this pastel dress with a cargo vest & flats gives it a whole different vibe.

How do you wear your favorite pastels & florals in the summer?

 

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