Thursday, March 15, 2018

{the one shopping email I don't unsubscribe from}

Photography by Allie Provost

Tuckernuck Scarf // Old Navy Jeans in Cyan // Tory Burch Purse, similar // J.Crew Flats

A couple of years ago my friend introduced me to an email "helper" called Unroll Me. It basically takes all of those shopping emails (you know, the ones you shop from and the ones you just like to window shop from) and compiles them into one big email for you at the end of the day. So instead of my inbox exploding every morning, I get one nice little email at the end of the day that shows me a screenshot of everything that would have been taking over my inbox. It helps the most important emails not get lost in the clutter. I love Old Navy and my CVS coupons but I don't need 5 emails a day telling me about the 40% off sale they're having... I scroll through my Unroll Me email before I shut down for the end of the night and open web browsers of things I want to check out!

But there is one shopping email that I will never unsubscribe from... Tuckernuck! Not only are their emails graphically pleasing - can I get an Amen! for use of good white space - but I love every single piece of clothing they sell. Most weekends I take a walk around Georgetown with Kyle and we always make a stop in their flagship store down Connecticut! Their emails always tell a story with their pieces and they do a great job showing you how you can finish a look with their accessories and shoes. Each outfit appears so effortless and I love how they show a range of office appropriate to beach friendly.

When I spied this pink scarf in January via one of their emails I instantly bought it. I'm talking no second thoughts... add to cart, purchase, done, all in one minute. Did I mention that I had to wait a month for it to even ship? Haha yep! I loved how big it was and the different ways you could style it. It may be 20-40 degrees in DC this week (and last weekend) but that didn't stop me from dressing like it was spring. In the sun I felt wonderful ;)

Allie spotted these flowering trees last weekend (she surprised me with Dana and Elle along with the help of Kristyn!!! Best. Surprise. Ever!) and we all couldn't help but snap some photos. It was a friendly reminder that we will be through with the wind, snow, and rain so (so?) soon!

This scarf keeps selling out and getting restocked but you can finally preorder it right now and it will ship on April 1st. I love the other colors it comes in too - red is next on my wish list!

Love Always,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

{NYFW 2018}

I had the incredible opportunity of attending NYFW again this year! The coolest part? It was an entirely different experience from the last two years!

If you were following along on my IG stories (my highlight reel is still up on my Insta) then you saw that my two worlds collided. I went to NYC with a carpet company, Mohawk, that I work with at my day job! I work for a large architecture firm in corporate interiors so I've specified their carpets on multiple projects. When I got the invite I could hardly contain my excitement!! NYFW is one of the most incredible things I've ever had the opportunity to experience - the rush and adrenaline from watching a show in person is indescribable. I always get so much inspiration from the colors, textures, and experience the designers create. My coworker, Carissa, and I joined our Mohawk rep, Stacy, for the weekend - a true girl's trip to NYC (we still have a fashion inspiration IG thread going).

The weekend kicked off with happy hour at the new Mohawk showroom. We met other designers from Texas and Boston who were there for the weekend as well and then checked in to our hotel before heading off to dinner.

We were lucky to have snagged a reservation at the exclusive restaurant, The Lobster Club. I wish I had taken photos of everything we ordered and ate because it was easily the most incredible meal I have everrrr divulged in!

We then popped upstairs to The Grill to have a quick night cap (and photoshoot of the retro ladies lounge haha).

Saturday morning was bright and early! We grabbed some coffee/tea and checked in to the VIP lounge at Spring Street Studios. Mohawk had purchased an "experience package" where we could go to shows and also see the set-up and runway from a skybox. It was amazing to be able to see the behind the scenes go on...

But of course the best part was being able to attend the shows!! We sat in the skybox for two and got to be seated for the rest. The adrenaline that you feel with the opening of every show will always be a surreal feeling for me. I can only imagine how the designer feels! They've been working and waiting for this moment for months and it's all over in 10 minutes max! I wanted to soak in every single second and detail... I try not to take too many photos so I can live in the moment (esp since I had forgotten my camera) but I couldn't help but capture some of my favorites with my iPhone - can you blame me?!

Dan Liu //
Red lips, James Bond vibes, sunglasses, feminine silhouettes, classic pumps, and shiny hair.
Colors - blush, yellow, navy, red, and black.

Dion Lee //
Cutouts, mesh, booties, slick hair, transforming fabric as it moves, and monochromatic style.
Colors - black, navy, grey, blush, olive, and red.

Taoray Wang //
Gorgeous wispy hair, deep side parts, subtle skin, feminine suits, sexy lace, and bold red lips.
Colors - red, olive, black, and crisp white.

Son Jung Wan //
Bold blues, sparkles, rosy cheeks, embellishments, slick hair, and glamour.
Colors - Cream, sparkle, blush, blue, turquoise and bright yellow.

One of the coolest and most unique parts about our NYFW day were the interviews we got to partake in. We sat in a cozy room with a fire place or up in our skybox meeting people who had different takes on the fashion world we were surrounded by. I can't imagine not having had Stacy and Carissa there with my to obsess over every little detail and talk about what inspired us the most. We also chatted about how the color palettes were going to inspire us at work - you could say we geeked out a little bit!

Russell James //
This man was such an interesting person. He started off making trash cans for a career and is now a photographer for Victoria's Secret. Russel told stories about shooting for multiple celebrities and magazines. He spoke about empowerment vs exposure in the industry and how he helps people feel comfortable in front of the camera. His book, "Backstage Secrets", is next to him - I spent a long time drooling over every photo. It's easily my new favorite coffee table book!

Senior Talent Managers at IMG Models //
They referenced Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill, and Ashley Graham as models they've worked with. One of the biggest takeaways was when they said "my customer base wants to book people and personalities. not just looks!" With social media being so huge they want their models to feel approachable and help create a story with the brands they work for.

Christian Cowan //
We chatted briefly with him right after watching his show! He told us the inspiration for his collection and how he decided to turn the batteries from his neon outfits into purses. [Check out photos from his show here.] He also brought his new puppy, Dot, with him! He had to leave quickly because he was off to London to prep for a top secret show!

And as quickly as NYFW started, it was over... but our weekend wasn't! We had a little time before dinner so we headed back to the hotel to change. Then we went to dinner at Black Barn before rushing off to see a Broadway show!

So at this point it began pouring... and the traffic through Times Square was horrendous (I know nobody is surprised). We ended up having to get out of the cab, with no umbrellas, and sprint to the theater. With 10 minutes to doors closing and all of us being in heels (myself in 4" stilettos) it was absolute madness. Spoiler alert: we made it. Only after I ran into the wrong theater because my head was under my jacket trying not to get soaked and I legit had no clue where I was going. I was the last person let in to the theater hahaha #dramatic. We saw Hello, Dolly! with Bernadette Peters and it was everything and more. I can't wait to get back up to NYC to see another show!!! [On my wish list: Anastasia, Frozen, and Wicked]

What a Saturday... Sunday morning brought in more rain and a quiet hour in bed reading before we had to pack up. Pretty much the only quiet time we had all weekend! After walking through Grand Central (my first time seeing it!) we grabbed brunch at Lexington Brass and decided to imbibe in a cocktail because we were still on vacation :) I ordered the avocado toast (duh) and was blown away at the flavors. Will definitely be recreating on my own at home. Then we were whisked back to the train station and heading back to DC before we could even realize the weekend was over.

What. A. Weekend. I love how NYFW and NYC are always different each time I visit. I've only been to visit 5 times in my life but I'm excited to get back to explore more and see all my friends that live there (looking at you Mandy)!!

My insta stories from my trip is still up on my Instagram if you want to see more behind the scenes and photos. If you're curious where any of my outfit details are from let me know in the comments below! xoxo

Love Always,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

{why wearing all black is anything but boring}

Sure, some people think that wearing all black is a cop out and one of those "easy, go-to looks"... it is, don't get me wrong. But, that doesn't mean it has to be basic and boring!

Black Sweater, similar, similar from Target // Black pants (my everyday go-to's) // Black Suede Booties // Gigi New York Clutch // Lisi Lerch Tassel Earrings (cheaper version) // NARS Lipstick in "Heat Wave"

To me, wearing all black is anything BUT boring. It's an excuse to really show off some details or make a statement piece pop. It's also the perfect backdrop for a bright lip or mixing neutrals (brown, navy blue, white, leopard). This look is purely winter (it's still in the 40s right now) but I've been adding in some bright silk scarves over a black tshirt and pants and breaking out some of my spring jewelry with black dresses and tights - does anybody else categorize your jewelry into seasons?

This sweater was a Target find and I've worn it so many times I lost count (now sold out but this one is similar). The ruffles make this all black look lots of fun! Big sleeves seem to be the new statement go to and I have no problem with that! I love that ruffles and statement sleeves are finding their way into spring/summer pieces. I added my gold Lisi Lerch tassel earrings and camel colored Gigi New York clutch to dress it up.

I got these booties during Black Friday and wear them at least 3-4 times a week. They're super easy to dress up and I love that they're comfortable enough to stand in all day. The heel is nice and chunky so walking distances is no problem. I sprayed them with a suede protector so they've stayed very black! I've worn them to work with tights - the back of the ankle is elastic so they make your ankles look skinny and disappear up into your legs, creating the illusion of length! You know how everyone says if you really love something you should buy it in every color? Should've gotten these booties in brown and in black leather!!

Love Always,
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