I Wanted Everyone To Know That You’re The One For Me

It’s time to run, they’ll string me up for all that I’ve done
I’m going soon, gonna leave tonight by the light of the moon
I did it all for you, I hope you know the lengths I’ve gone to

A little edgy with just the right breeze for summer; double light wash denim with some stark black cut out bra and layered gold chains make for a perfect menage of styles. My aesthetic has always erred on the side of edgy punk, but lately the DC influence has brought me up to a more prep state (read: I now own J.Crew and Ann Taylor). Seeing this bra and putting it on brought me back to my days in NYC where I was always breaking out and putting on something shocking and bold. I like the way I downplayed it’s sexyness with making it more of a background for the whole look. What do you think?

Tokyo Darling jeans from Aeropostale (available here)
Zara Basic chambray shirt
Bra by Ajour via Le Bustiere Boutique
Nine West pumps

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Every Woman Deserves a Perfect Fit

 bra available at Le Bustiere Boutique

Imagine, if you will, that you are out on the streets. You’re homeless and haven’t had a shower in days. You have no clean underwear, your skin is starting to burn and itch… There are over 1,750,000 homeless in the United States, 40% of which are women. 25% have claimed abuse in the past year, whether that be domestic or sexual. The average American woman has nearly 30 pairs of underwear, whereas women in shelters have none. Lingerie may seem like a luxury we take for granted at times, especially when underwear is persistently the most needed item at homeless shelters around the county, alongside feminine hygiene products (which aren’t free, though condoms are). If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my recent interest in these issues; they are emotionally charged full of angering statistics. Thankfully, I’ve been finding many corporations, small and large, doing something about this, even in my own backyard of Washington DC.  Upon meeting Stephanie, owner of Adams Morgan’s Le Bustiere Boutique, you encounter a woman who has found her calling. Not only is she passionate about sexy little undergarments, she speaks so emotionally about her upcoming work with Thrive DC and how they will be donating over 500 pairs of underwear and bras to DC based homeless shelters. “These women, they don’t have clean underwear, they don’t have access to pads or tampons, and they run the risks of skin and internal infections. Not only that, but there is so much sexual violence, and to many women underwear is their last barrier in their fight against rape”, says Stephanie on why she feels it is so important to supply women with things we may take for granted. “Putting on clean underwear makes you feel human again.” Having a proper fitting bra does wonders for a woman’s confidence, and as we all know, all women do not fit one size. When reached out for donations, Stephanie was hoping to be able to procure 50 donations, but has managed to bring that number to over 500 with sponsors and donations. A Perfect Fit DayUndergarment design veterans Curvy Kate and The Little Bra Company have donated past and undersold styles in varying sizes to the cause. Want to do your part? Feel free to join me at Le Bustiere Boutique on July 7th from 1-4pm as Stephanie and her team measure and give out free bras and underwear to those in need. Thrive is also still taking donations via their Amazon Wishlist for smaller cup sizes. What do you think of what these companies are doing? What can you or have you done in your hometown to help those in need?

Blush bra available at Le Bustiere Boutique

Le Bustiere Boutique is located at
1744 Columbia Rd NW #2
Washington, DC 20009
202-745-8080

Self Date Sunday: Shop Small Sugar Scrub

If there’s one thing I love about being a millennial it’s the insurgence of “shopping small” and supporting local businesses. More times than not, these small batch products are exceptionally better quality than the mass produced counterparts. The only bad thing, sometimes the small label products you find on a whim of a random trip to another state are horribly difficult to find on the internet. Little Matey’s is one of those brands.

Hand made in Newport, RI, Little Matey’s creates all organic products for your skin. From Shea butter lotion to sugary body scrubs they have all things to give you the smoothest skin possible. And with my annual beach vacations coming up I figured it was time to exfoliate my skin and drive some new life into it before it’s bared for the sun and sand. Similar to my previous body scrubs I’ve used, this one smoothens skin while blasting cellulite. While each scrub has a different balance of exfoliator and oils and lotions, I love that this one is high on soothing oils and minimal on the lotion. It helps to give me a little extra summer sheen!

Now, while you may not be able to find this exact product or be able to adventure to a craft fair in Rhode Island you should check out your local vendors. See what small business minded women are cooking up in their homes; you might be surprised by what you find when you shop small!

Do you shop local small businesses? What’s your favorite locally owned business in your neighborhood? Seriously, I want to check out more local businesses and travel to visit cool creatives so give me ideas!

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Still You Know I’m a Fool For You

Now I see shades of roses
Your love, I suppose, is an ocean the ebb and the flow
An undertow
But I can feel the rogue inside my veins
A way to crash the castle we made of sand

I was once a punky-teen; headed to Vans’ Warped Tour annually decked out in my favorite printed shoes (of that summer). I had solid pairs but my favorites I remember were pastel star print and pink flamingo on black canvas print, all before those things came into the sartorial spotlight. And while I haven’t been to a Warped Tour in years it will forever be a piece of nostalgia that I cling to.

These days I’m less likely to be caught in flat sneakers wandering vacant lots turned music venues, but when the boyfriend pointed out these leopard Vans I knew it was meant to be. I needed a new casual shoe for weekend errands and these have made their way into my regular footwear rotation. And of course, they go with everything!

top c/o Olive and Oak

Levi’s Curve ID jeans c/o

Vans shoes (get them here!)

“Nikki” Clutch c/o Linell Ellis

YSL Lipstick in “Le Orange”

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Nothings Ever What We Expect

they keep asking where I go next
all we’re chasing is the sun sets

Summer nights in style….This look is what I’m wearing to the DC Style Factory party tonight to celebrate my friend Allison’s 10 year Bloggaversary. The photos were shot in collaboration with my good friend, Linell Ellis who designs handbags and you’ve definitely seen her featured here a bunch! And don’t worry, there’s more to come of her gorgeous bags and more about her!

NastyGal Catherine Dress (get it here!)(also in white!)

Nine West pumps (here!)

Linell Ellis “Nikki” clutch (get it here!)

vintage belt

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Spring Wishlist: Marble Everything

Marble isn’t just for dreaming up your ideal kitchen plans anymore! Prabal Gurung and Helmut Lang (among others) have made it a spring trend on the rise! The stone printed trend has infiltrated all aspects of stylish aesthetic from accessories to workwear, athletic attire to phone cases. I’ve already hopped on the bandwagon with my Society6 phone case, but these wishlist items are on my radar, and hopefully soon in my closet!

adidas by Stella McCartney ‘Run’ Print Tights

H&M – Long Chiffon Blouse

Jordan Carlyle Ocean Drive iPhone 6 Case

Kiind Of Slit-Front Marbled-Print Midi Skirt

THE WALART The Black Marble Travel Wallet

Rebecca Minkoff Marlow Mini Bag

00:00:Mm Midnight Methods marble print sweater

Robert Rodriguez Carrara Marble-Print Short Skirt

Olive + Oak Marble Print Box Tank

What do you think of this trend? Do you own, or are planning to own, any of these pieces?!

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Summer Reading with Annapolis Bookstore

 Ah, summer. As a kid it means no more school, no homework, trips to the park and beach, and a few books you need to read (but probably won’t) because you’re reading the latest and greatest sci-fi or young adult novel. As an adult, however, it means continuing your work schedule and if you’re lucky a trip or two to the beach.
I’m a lucky one, and every year in preparation for beach week I pick out a slew of books I want to read, easy reads that are more engrossing than my usual “read on the metro but can put down while at work” books.

I recently ventured to the acclaimed Annapolis Bookstore as recommended by my friend Natasha to stock up on my summer reads. After grabbing a coffee in their cafe we ventured to the garden with my pile to start fine tuning my list. While I’ve already started reading through my list I’m hoping we all can inspire each other to get through as many of these as we can! Because reading is still important, if not more so, than when it’s required of you.

1: The Martian by Andy Weir
THIS BOOK GUYS. If you haven’t read it or added it to your GoodReads list DO SO. It’s so good, about the last man on Mars struggling for survival on a daily basis; A not-so-distant future where Murphy’s Law isn’t just for those stranded on Earth. Bonus: the movie is coming out later this year and starring Matt Damon. Be prepared by having read the book first!

2: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
I just finished this book last week, and it took me all of 5 days to read. Reminiscent of Gone Girl this story follows a seemingly spoiled rich girl in both past and present tense. I was reading it at the dinner table, sneaking a few pages in during my work day…

Yeah, it’s THAT good. No spoilers here, just do it!

3: Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
(and it’s sequel, The Mime Order) are the perfect read for anyone interested in sci-fi fantasy books. A young adult novel simlar to all other fantasmical reads follows the main character as her world gets turned upside down and she fights for her freedom. Great for the Harry Potter fans this book is all about merging the living with the dead in a menage of magical mystery.

4: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
If you were a fan of Gone Girl and the above The Good Girl, you’ll love this. Another captivating thriller of a strong but sometimes questionable heroine. It’s already a top hit for 2015 reads so basically…hop on the train and get reading! (lame puns, I know)

5: Paper Towns by John Green
Can we all just admit that we’re saps at heart? You cried reading/watching The Fault in Our Stars and it’s totally okay. In this alternate but equally moving book by the legendary YA novelist about young love (surprise) you get thrown back into the nostalgia of youth. BONUS: It’s coming out as a movie starring Cara Delevigne and is already getting a ton of buzz.

6: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
If you’re an avid reader you’ve probably already at least heard of Donna Tartt’s “Goldfinch”. This book boasts higher reviews and a more thought provoking story line. Set in my home locale of New England I can’t wait to get into this book !

7: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
You may know Chimamanda by now for her work as a feminist and human rights activist, or maybe from her voice over on Beyonce’s “FLAWLESS”, but there’s more to her than just all that. This secondary novel hits home to all the humanitarian issues being discussed in politics and the world right now all while documenting a story of true love.

8: We Were Liars by E.Lockhart
This book has been on every single “best books” list I’ve seen of 2015 so far. A suspenseful novel about lifelong friends who turn from fun to destructive. And with it being on the road to becoming a summer classic I cannot wait to dive in!

9: Love and Miscommunication by Elyssa Friedland
In today’s day and age of oversharing, overtexting, and screens everywhere, this book chronicles one woman who decides to put it all down. What happens when you exit the internet aether and enter the real world? Read this and find out!

10: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians was a hit, and now Kevin Kwan is back with another novel of social climbing and debaucherous billionaires. Another book to tuck into your beach bag and read amidst sand and sun.

What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them so far? Will you be reading any so far? And any other suggestions!?

And if you love books, consider donating to keep the Annapolis Bookstore in business! They are losing out on business due to smartphones and kindles, and people “growing out of” reading. I am not one of those people, and I prefer hard copy books as opposed to another screen in my life. If you love books too, considering keeping one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world alive. And if you live in the area or visit this summer, be sure to check out the Annapolis Bookstore! They carry both new and rare print editions of books, including this adorable copy of Little Women that happened to make it home with me!

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