Wedding Guest Dress Shopping…Continued

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I’ve written a few other posts about shopping for wedding guest dresses, but I checked out a few more stores last Monday on my day off, and here’s what I found…

While I had originally ordered a dress on Poshmark for the wedding that I’m attending in April, I just didn’t like how it looked and decided to save it for another occasion. It was inexpensive enough and I’ll find another time to wear it, but I didn’t want to wear something I’m not crazy about when I know there will be tons of pictures!

Sounds silly, yes, but I’m definitely the photographer among my group of friends (we’re talking iPhone quality, people!) and I know there will be tons of pictures taken on the night of the wedding. Hence my reason for buying a cheap dress. If I don’t plan on wearing something again anytime soon (or possibly at all), why spend more than $50? Of course, many people feel differently, but this is just my philosophy and honestly, having a price range makes it that much easier to narrow down choices.

On Monday, I decided to check out a few stores around DC. I didn’t find anything great at TJ Maxx, for maybe, like, the first time in my life. I tried on a couple of the dresses that were available in my size (there were limited choices overall) and they just weren’t flattering. I’ve found other cute dresses at TJ Maxx before, as have some of my friends, so I figured it was worth a look, but I just didn’t have luck this time.

I then went to Nordstrom Rack, where there was a huge Presidents Day sale going on. I tried on dress after dress, but many of the ones in my normal size were just too big when I put them on or again weren’t flattering. Even when I sized down, things just didn’t look right. I was bummed, too, because some of the dresses would’ve been a steal!

I finally decided to check out Buffalo Exchange, and after trying on a variety of items, I settled on a J.Crew dress two sizes smaller than my usual size. This makes me really glad that I didn’t try to order anything from J.Crew or J.Crew Factory online, because I never would’ve ordered this size when in reality, it ended up working out best. Stores like J.Crew and LOFT can be so unpredictable for me size-wise, so I’m glad I had the chance to just try something on in person and not have to worry about returns. Better yet, the dress was 50 percent off (final sale), and as I was checking out, I spotted a cute necklace that looked adorable with it! Grand total? About $34. Yup, that’s right, $34 for a J.Crew dress AND a fun necklace. Buffalo Exchange, I think we’re going to get along very well.

Glad I can cross that task off my to-do list! Where do you all like to shop for wedding guest dresses?

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Sunday Shopping

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What’s better than some online shopping on a lazy Sunday? It’s not as if you need an excuse, but if you do…Nordstrom’s winter sale ends TODAY, and there are tons of cute items marked down! I’ve rounded up my favorite items that are either on sale or are full price but still a good deal. Sign me up for one of each?

1) I don’t have pierced ears because I have a metal allergy (boo!) but these tassel earrings are the cutest and would make a great gift!

2) I have this print and absolutely love it. If you love all things cheeky and sassy, it’s the perfect addition to your gallery wall.

3) This bag would be perfect to use every day to carry work or school supplies, and it’s also roomy enough for travel. Nothing like a good classic!

4) Cooking becomes more fun with a preppy apron. Would be a wonderful gift for mother’s day or even for a wedding!

5) A monogrammed tray is always a fun staple. This one would be a great hostess gift.

6) Valentine’s Day may be over, but this pillow can make a statement all year long. How sweet would it be in a nursery?

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Six Months of Blogging

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I’ve officially been blogging for over six months now (woo!). Am I anywhere close to where I wanted to be by this point? Omg, no. As someone who is very goal-oriented and number-driven, it can be discouraging to look at my Google Analytics or following on social media–numbers that are minuscule compared to “real” bloggers or even other bloggers who have started out more recently. But that’s ok. For me, blogging is a hobby, and a very fun one at that. There are some weeks where I bust out post after post, and there are other weeks when all I want to do after work is either 1) finish an assignment for my job or 2) work out, watch Netflix, read, and be in bed by 10:30 pm (or even just do one of those things). I also have the most energy around 9 or 10 am. I always kind of envy full-time bloggers who can write their posts at that time of day, but for me, that just isn’t feasible!

I started subscribing to Blogging for Keeps last fall, and they raised one point that really resonated with me. Honestly, when I first subscribed, I didn’t think any of their advice would apply to me at that point. But, Jess and Blair said something along the lines of this: “No matter how small your following is, think about how you would feel if you were in a room reading your posts aloud to that many people.” As someone who used to get major anxiety presenting in front of a group of even 10 people who I knew very well, this statement really stuck with me. Reading my posts aloud to a room (even a small room) of strangers? Yikes!

What would you like to see on the blog going forward? I’d love to do some more outfit posts if I can find someone to shoot them, but man, those do seem tiring! I was exhausted after having my apartment shot a few weeks ago, and I was barely in any of the pictures! Stay tuned for a February book roundup coming soon, and of course, more decor-related posts. But I’m open to new ideas, too, and would love to hear from ya!

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Some Exciting News!

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I’ve been a bit delayed getting this up on the blog, but…my apartment has been featured on Apartment Therapy! This has been a longtime dream of mine and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to share my space on such an amazing website. There have been so many nice comments from AT readers, too, which really means a lot. 🙂

What’s everyone up to for the long weekend? It totally snuck up on me, but I’m enjoying having some extra time at home to read, relax, Netflix. I just started Parenthood and I’m loving it! On Friday night, I took a quick spin class after work and checked out The Smith, which just opened in DC. I’d been there once before in NYC and was excited to try some new dishes. Their Brussels sprouts are so. good.

I’m also planning on checking out Kensington’s Antique Row with my mom…it’s been on our list for several months, and I can never say no to a good flea market!

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Six Months (Back) in DC

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Somehow, time has flown, and I’ve been back in DC for over six months (and I tried to capture “DC style” above)! While I did spend the first 18 years of my life living here, it’s different living anywhere as an adult. I’ve loved exploring new restaurants, stores, and neighborhoods, and feeling more at home here each month. When I went away over the holidays, I couldn’t wait to come back home and resume the little life I had created here.

Here are a few things I’d tell my six-months-younger self:

  • Yes, it’s a bummer that you can’t bring coffee on public transportation, and even when you drive to school, you aren’t going to make grabbing that morning cup of Starbucks part of your daily routine. But k-cups at home will become your new best friend, and you’ll save money in the process.
  • There will be times where you’ll feel weird that you don’t work in politics or government, and you’ll wonder if this is a path you should take down the road. But you’ll also enjoy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to work in a different field and in a different location.
  • You’ll lose your SmartTrip card at least once, and you’ll always forget that you have to take it out of your bag again before you exit the metro. Y’all, this is an unnecessary step and does not exist in other cities.
  • You’ll fall in love with every DC-themed book, blog, or Instagram account and develop a strong sense of city pride.
  • You’ll take advantage of historic events happening in your own backyard and take part in the Women’s March  on Washington. #girlpower
  • You’ll absolutely love having family nearby, but they’ll come to you more often than you go to them. Because it’s more fun to do things in the city than in the suburbs. 😉
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What to Bring to a Wedding

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Let me preface this post by saying that I’m no expert…I recently attended my first-ever “friend wedding” and am going to one more in April, so it’s not as though I have years of wedding guest experience under my belt. Additionally, not all of you will be staying in a house with nine other girls during said trips…so some of these tips may not apply to you! However, if you are traveling to a wedding or another big event with a big group of friends, this post is for you!

When my college friends and I attended a wedding in Palm Beach earlier this month, we all stayed in an Airbnb that was centrally-located, spacious (enough), and close to the airport. For the most part, we were thrilled with the place we chose (sure, some of the sleeping arrangements were a little cramped, but the homeowner had a MASSAGE CHAIR in the living room. I mean, can you beat that?!). Staying in a house with nine girls and one guy meant that we had to adequately plan out bathroom time (there were only two showers in the house) to ensure that everyone had enough time to get ready (we wanted to look our best, after all!). However, there were plenty of mirrors/outlets to do hair and makeup, which did make the process easier.

With that said, bringing your own hair straightener/curler/dryer/whatever you use is key. Sure, you probably don’t need nine hairdryers in a house, but it’s nice not to depend on using someone else’s products (and her own getting ready schedule) when preparing for a big event. Coordinate with friends beforehand to see who is bringing what–four or five hairdryers is likely more than enough, but it’s better than only having one or two in the house!

Snacks. We were in Palm Beach, not the middle of nowhere, so we were able to pick up some personal and sharable snacks to last us the duration of the weekend. However, power bars (I love KIND and Luna) are super easy to bring from home and will come in handy whether you’re out and about sightseeing, looking for a cheap, quick breakfast, or need an afternoon snack before getting ready for a dinner or cocktail event. Weddings are filled with alcohol-related events, and if you’re unsure how much food will be served, you’ll definitely want to show up with something in your stomach! Plus, since I’m used to eating lunch around 11 am during the work week, bars definitely helped tide me over until our group ventured out for food around 2 pm after a morning at the beach.

Makeup. This should be a given, but while it’s always a blast to take advantage of your friend’s amazing makeup skills, do not use her products! Bring your own, and have your stylist friend make you over. It’s much more sanitary than using someone else’s stuff.

A book or magazine. Normally on vacation, I’ll bring at least five books (not kidding) because I love to relax and catch up on my to-read list. However, I knew that when traveling for the wedding, I wouldn’t be spending the weekend with my nose in a book, because when else was I going to see all of my friends at once?! However, a few of us did enjoy bringing books and magazines to the beach (and on the airplane, of course), and traveling with reading from home will prevent you from spending $20+ at an airport bookstore.

Regionally-appropriate items. Oftentimes a wedding is taking place in a completely different area or climate. I definitely messed up here, and I blame it on packing my suitcase for Florida in the middle of winter! A bunch of us totally forgot to bring beach towels, so we ended up using bath towels from the Airbnb, which worked out ok but meant doing a few loads of laundry to ensure we also had enough clean towels for showering. I totally blanked on sunscreen and picked some up at the grocery store (which was fine, because I couldn’t have packed it in my carry on luggage anyway). Thankfully I bring sunglasses everywhere I go, so I did have those!

Anything you’d add to this list?

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The Latest

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Long time, no talk! I blame it on the fact that I had an amazing time at a friend’s wedding in Palm Beach last weekend and have been trying to get things back on track ever since. Oh, vacation…why do you have to end? While I normally like to have jam-packed weekends, some quiet time at home was just what I needed these past few days.

After going out with a friend on Friday night, a relaxing Saturday (doing everything while also kind of doing nothing) was exactly what I needed. I finished a work project, worked on an online feature that I can’t wait to share with you all in a few weeks (!), and watched the first episode of “So Cosmo,” the tv show about Cosmopolitan Magazine. I wasn’t sure what to expect having worked in the magazine industry in NYC myself, but I really liked the show. Of course parts seem a bit scripted, but the characters all have a ton of personality, and Joanna Coles kind of reminds me of…Anna Wintour? Has anyone else watched?

I’ve also caught up on some of my favorite blogs and now have some new beauty items on my radar that I hope to try. This lip scrub is one of them, and this time of year, it’s certainly a must have! I’m also curious about these caffeine makeup wipes and hope to pick some up at Sephora this week to see what all the fuss is about!

Happy Sunday, all!

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Reading and Reviewing: January

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I got off to a good starting reading at the start of January, but it kind of fell to the wayside by the end of the month as my work piled up! Here’s to a less busy second half of February! In the meantime, these are a few of my faves:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld: This book is a “modern telling” of Pride and Prejudice that follows a family of four adult sisters and their respective love lives. Each sister ends up making drastically different choices and aspects of the book definitely surprised me a bit! The story was pretty long, but I thought the ending, which focused on the middle sister Mary, was hilarious. Anyone else think so?

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance: I’ve mentioned this book on here a few times already, but it’s because it was THAT good. I tore through it in about a day and found it so fascinating. As a former sociology major, I was enthralled by the author’s tale of his childhood in Appalachia and how his upbringing shaped his family and the person he became. This is truly a must-read and a book that makes you feel smarter and more informed just by reading it. I was recently in the process of verbally recommending it to someone only to be stopped and told that they’d read it already! Don’t miss out– go add it to your cart on Amazon stat!

The One That Got Away, by Leigh Himes: I LOVED this book! I picked it up at my favorite used bookstore in NYC because the title sounded somewhat familiar (I mean, it’s a common title, but I was pretty sure I had heard of this specific book!). I loved the way the author explored the “what ifs” of a woman’s life and illustrated how completely different things would have turned out had she married a rich, famous man from her past. I also loved that it took place in Philly and talked a lot about Center City, Penn, and the Philly suburbs. #throwback Plus, the ending definitely threw me for a loop!

The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware: As I mentioned earlier, this one definitely reminded me of The Girl on the Train. After seeing it on Instagram this summer and fall, I couldn’t wait to read it. I finished it in like a day and was creeped out–but fascinated–by the storyline.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story, by Liane Moriarty: I love Liane Morarity, and her stories never seem to disappoint (although I like some of her books better than others). I thought this story about a woman dealing with her new love’s stalker (yeah, a bit confusing sounding but I promise it’s super easy to follow, haha) was hilarious and a fun “chick flick” type of read.

Now to tackle the many books on my to-read list…I don’t know where to start! I can’t wait to dive into Small Admissions first, though!

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An App for Home Goods?

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It’s no secret I love decorating my apartment. I always stop in the home section of any department store before going remotely near the clothes and shoes. I love flea markets, Craigslist, and yard sales. I’ve even searched for home items on Poshmark before!

Yes, I like home items and I love deals. So can you imagine my surprise when I found out about an app that is just like Poshmark, but for the home?

The app is called Upflair, and I actually found out about it while browsing Poshmark. The only downside is the selection is pretty limited–there’s only a teeny tiny percentage of items available compared to what you’ll find on Poshmark. However, my hope is that the app will continue to grow, because let’s face it–it’s a genius idea! Why resort to selling random picture frames and throw pillows on Craigslist when you can just pop them in the mail and still make some money in return?

Have any of you heard of or tried out this app? I haven’t spotted anything that I need at the moment, but I’m keeping it on my phone to scroll through just in case!

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