Wednesday, June 14, 2017

{off the shoulder stripes with turquoise tassels}

Off The Shoulder Top // Elyse by Nicole Turquoise Tassels c/o // Old Navy Jeans // Platinum Jack Rogers // Scout Clutch (with an Inslee monogram) c/o // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille"

We have a heat wave hitting DC right now... I walked home from work at 8:00 last night and it was still 91 degrees! Phew! Maybe blue jeans aren't the best for this heat but this top is perfect! It's technically a crop top so I got a size large so that it would be a bit longer. I love the loose fit and the material breathes really well - it was hot when I shot these photos and it didn't show anything! I knew I had to pair this shirt with these shoulder grazing tassels. They're the perfect accessory to draw even more attention to your shoulders. Y'all know I love turquoise and these are no exception (I can never have too much). Can we talk about my clutch too?! I got it at a SCOUT event last month and Inslee was there making custom monograms *insert heart eye emoji* I absolutely adore her work!

How is everyone's week going? I have had an absolute insane two weeks at work so I haven't been able to keep up with my usual blog posts. I apologize for that! It seems the second I get a handle on things and get into a groove something else pops up. Perhaps I'll never be able to fully balance work, the blog, friendships, and my relationship... I'm not sure. It's frustrating to me that I can't do everything I want to do - I'm in trouble when I have to plan a wedding or when I have kids or when I get promoted again (PS none of those things are happening soon haha)! But, that seems to be how life is recently. I'm attempting to focus on the positive things and not stress out about the bad things. There's too much good in my life to allow the negative to take over.

So on that note: I'm going to go buy more peonies (if you follow me on IG you know I've got them at work and at home @jennrog) and rock some turquoise tassel earrings ;) thanks for reading!!

Love Always,

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

{blue gingham off the shoulder shirt}

Gingham Top // White Jeans // Gold Earrings // Yellow Clutch // Bow Heels, old from Nordstrom (similar) // Rose Gold Bracelet // David Yurman Bracelet // Gold Cuff

It's officially time to pair every top you know and love with your white pants! I picked up this gingham top from Abercrombie (I know - of all places) because I loved the buttons down the front and poplin sleeves. It comes in adorable stripes and plaids too and is under $35. Top it off with some chunky gold earrings and a yellow clutch to brighten up the look!

Did everyone have a great long weekend? I'm already missing the long days in the sun, beach walks, and bike rides. We were lucky to have three gorgeous days of sunshine in the OBX

Love Always,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

{nordstrom half yearly sale}

It's that time of year! No, for once I'm not specifically referring to Memorial Day Weekend ;) It's time for Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale!! That's right - the best store is back with one of the best sales. We're talking up to 40% off designer items, y'all.

The greatest thing about this sale is that a lot of these items are currently in season so you can order at an amazing price and then enjoy it all summer! There are so many gorgeous pieces to choose from... I sifted through them for 2 hours last night... yeah... there's a little bit of something for everyone but I narrowed it down to the best of the best (in my humble opinion).

I always like to use these sales to stock up on items that I will wear constantly (ex: in the Fall I always grab a cashmere scarf that I know I'll wear all winter and then for years to come). This summer I'm going to grab a new pair of sandals - I gave away over 20 pairs of shoes at the end of last summer! I know a new pair of sandals will serve me well this season and next year as well. Plus, it's always fun to get a new pair of shoes :)

But, this is also a great time to splurge on something you've been lusting over. Like that Milly top or a new purse that you've been saving for! Prices like these just don't happen every day!

What do you have your eye on? Happy Shopping!
I've made shopping really easy - just click on the photo!

As things sell out I'll try to remove them from this list and keep adding if I see more things that I like.  Sales at Nordstrom commonly tend to sell out quickly - so if there's something you can't live without order it right away. Place multiple orders if you need to!

Love Always,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

{preakness 2017 with the stronach group}

This past weekend I had the honor of being invited to attend the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, with The Stronach Group in Baltimore, MD. It was a day full of friends, gorgeous outfits, horse racing, celebrity sightings, tasty food, and delicious drinks. The night ended with a crazy dance party! I took a ton of pictures during the day to try and capture the excitement of everything (from the Bloody Mary and Bellini bar to the trophies being brought in to the Winner's Circle). I'm also sharing the details of what I wore below - maybe next year I'll have the courage to find a really fun hat/fascinator to pair with my dress!

Lulu's Dress (wearing a M) // Baublebar Earrings c/o // Elaine Turner Heels, old (Cork Version, Similar) // J.Crew Purse, old (similarsimilar) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Gold Bracelet //

If last weekend was a glimpse as to how great this summer is going to be we're off to a phenomenal start! I've been to the Preakness before but only to the Mug Club (a verrrryyy different experience haha) which is a massive field party full of kegs and live performances in the Infield. The experience this year was so amazing I feel like it was still a dream. Being that close to the action was a rush like no other - you could feel the horses run past you right next to the finish line! Of course there's no adrenaline rush like cheering for your horse to win ;) The Stronach Group's tent was right next to the Winner's Circle and in front of the finish line - we were able to stand right next to the trophies and see the final seconds of the race. I didn't win any money gambling on some of the races but it was sure fun to try. Maybe next year I'll do some more research beforehand - but nobody could have predicted the Always Dreaming upset!! I thought it was pretty neat that Cloud Computing's owner was from Baltimore though!

I'd say one highlight of the day was meeting Kevin Spacey. I mean WOW! Wasn't anticipating seeing that face on Saturday! We also saw Sam Hunt, Carson Kressley, the Mayor, and a couple of Baltimore Ravens players - Pimlico Race Track was the place to be y'all!! I can't wait to go back next year and relive the action all over again :) A huge thank you to BrandLink DC and The Stronach Group for inviting Kyle and me. It was a day for the books!

Love Always,
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