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All My Desire to What I Aspire


Rocking out in all my faves; vintage classic Gucci paired with this fab jumpsuit I found at The Vault in Providence. Mixed with a classic gold chain belt (reminiscent of Versace or Chanel) and the of-the-moment velvet booties have me feeling like a bad biddie with some serious style.



Vintage jumpsuit (similar here for $26)
vintage belt (similar here, here)
Cape Robbin boots (get them here)

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Rock Around the Valentine


Coming in hot for my third Valentine’s Day look of the year! The lovey holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, making it a work day so I thought I’d create a fun look that you can wear to work while also wearing the heart print of the season on your sleeve.




Vintage trousers (similar here)
Heart Print Shirt from Romwe (get it here)(similar here)
Short Sleeve Sweater from Saks (vintage) (similar here)
Platform brogues from Amazon Fashion (get them here)(similar here)

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The Best Valentine’s Gifts to show You Care 

Some may argue that Valentine’s Day is a capitalist marketing scheme created to stifle the mid-winter retail slump and give restaurants an excuse to overcharge. Others may relish in the dark history of the day. Me? I’ll take any excuse to shower the ones I love (and enjoy our pizza + champagne on the couch tradition).

While many may opt for flowers and chocolate I’ve put together a list of unique gifts to show the one/S you love just how much you care. Flowers and chocolates can still be added as a sweet bonus!

Adopt an animal.
Okay, maybe you can’t have pets in your apartment or maybe your fiancé has said “no more” after the last stray you brought home. Thankfully, this gift won’t poop on your floor or hog the bed. I recommend the following rescues that allow you to symbolically adopt a cutie.

  1. David Sheldrick Wildlife allows you to adopt elephants that have been orphaned. You get monthly updates and photos as well as heart warming stories of other rescues.
  2. World Wildlife Fund has a wide range of animals you can “adopt” and they give you a plush stuffed animal to commemorate your new family member!
  3. The Sierra Club is known for their conservation efforts, and now you can be too!

Take a Class
In the age of materialism it’s good to get hands on. I love the idea of taking a class together; pottery, painting, bee keeping, a new language…no matter your vibe there’s something you two can do together!

Experiences
Massages are a quintessential v-day gift but this year up the ante. Check out your local Groupon and find something fun to get your S/O’s heart pumping just like it did on your first dates. I recommend sky diving, bungee jumping, growlers and a tour at a local brewery, a concert/show, or a relaxing weekend staycation.

Classic Upgrades
Some classics are around for a reason. Grab a Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Spanish and English Edition)“>book of love poems for your love but up the ante by writing a personal inscription in the beginning, drawing hearts on the pages of your favorite poems, or leaving a note of a memory next to one that reminds you of a piece of your relationship. Or, upgrade the scent of your s/o to something that will make them feel special and a new.

What do you think you’ll be getting your significant other for Valentine’s Day? How will you be celebrating?

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A Very Ruffled Valentine


Soft pink and berry hues are an obvious choice for your Valentine’s Day date. Show some skin and add some ruffles to up the sexy appeal and top it off with a trendy half-bun and a deep berry lip for the ultimate look.



Dress c/o SheIn (shop it here)
Kate Spade bag (get it here)(another V-day perfect pick here)
Lip: BiteBeauty

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Monthly Musings Vol. 10

**Warning: Political Opinions Ahead**

The first month of the year is done; through; kaput. It’s been a trying one to say the least. While I started strong with my New Year’s Resolutions like many others the facts of the future of my nation quickly took a stronghold on everything going on in my life. Mid-January I spent a full day in the cold, surrounded by 500,000 + other people packed into the small space known as The National Mall. A day of peaceful protest as we prepared for the unknown. A few days later we were given a glimpse of what’s to come and it’s worse than we could have thought. Our brothers and sisters detained, unable to return to their homes and families. Rights of peoples of all walks of life are being threatened and questioned. Not one week after that man was brought to power did we force ourselves to get back out there with freshly made signs ready to let our voices be heard yet again. A narcissistic ego-maniac is getting hurt by proven facts and denying them. We’re on the brink of a Great Regression in human rights and society.

This January round-up will be a little different. In addition to the normal glitzy inspirations from around the World Wide Web I’d like to highlight some groups and organizations that are in need of donations to keep fighting the good fight, offering their services. Products that submit donations, humbling and heartbreaking stories revolving around the current state of affairs, and similar. I hope you’ll join me in supporting these businesses and organizations in the hopes for a brighter future.

  1. On January 21st WE MADE HISTORY. I am still getting very emotional looking back at how many people across the city, our country – even the world – stood together in solidarity. THREE MILLION PEOPLE. It was definitely the highlight of the month and such a great positive in an otherwise negative and heart breaking month.
  2. Have you seen those “We The People are greater than fear” posters? There are so many and they’re all amazing; I love that they showcase different kinds of women with the same message.; children, muslim women, Native American, latina… we’re all here, and we are all human.
  3. Create a safe and cozy space in your home with these tips from your favorite hotels.
  4. One non-political thing I’ve loved this month is all the street style from Berlin Fashion Week…I’m totally getting inspired to pick up some track suits and some vintage logo tees and pretend it’s 2001 again.
  5. Over 40 years ago America was in a similar situation, fighting for the rights of our people. These MLK quotes ring true then and even more so now.
  6. Don’t get us wrong, Z and I know we’re #blessed; living in a progressive city as white educated middle class citizens. Even still, we keep thinking of fleeing the States in the midst of this cultural regression and these cities top our list for opportunities.
  7. In a post-Trump world of “alternative facts” it is amazing to see people sticking to their guns, even if it means going rogue. National Parks and NASA (and more) are becoming the cool-rebel-nerds we’ve always known them to be.

Socially Responsible Wishlist Wears: (1) By shopping The Outrage you get a cool, modern shirt that waves your feminist flag and 15% of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood in Donald’s name. My Favorites? The Future is Female and Nasty Women Unite tops, and their collection of pins are the perfect accoutrement to your denim jacket look. (2) Everlane (your fave go-to basics) has come out with the 100% Human collection in which a portion of the proceeds benefits the ACLU. (3) The safety pin has become a ubiquitous symbol of solidarity and support. Grab a tee shirt and choose where you’d like your money to go: Black Lives Matter, the DAPL, Scaramento LGBTQ Community… (3) Feminist Apparel is another that allows you to choose who you support. Their tops are cute and stylish and done by aspiring designers, so you also support budding girl bosses. (4) When Trump said government agencies couldn’t tweet about climate change/science/crowd sizes many went “rogue” and it was kind of the best thing ever. Grab a “Rogue NASA” tee here and 50% of the proceeds with go to Black Girl Code and FIRST. (5)Just a few more places to shop for benefiting wears right here.

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Experience: The Dean Hotel


Every time our country comes out of a recession working class cities embrace a renaissance. Local artists and rising stars transform these cities into cultural mainstays; we saw it in Richmond, Alpine, and now Providence. The Dean Hotel in Providence seems to be at the forefront of this New England capital’s rise to a cultural center.

The Dean Hotel is the epitome of a hip boutique hotel; Le Labo candles, neon signs lighting the hallways, a vintage elevator system, greenery in modern white pots…. the in-room amenities include boxed water, small batch tonic, and Harry’s shave kits and the bathroom is decked out in Waterwork brass furnishings, black tiles, and soft white linens.







Located in the heart of the city, The Dean Hotel is walking distance to the largest mall in the region, the convention center, hockey stadium, local shops, public transportation, and a slew of other amenities that make it the perfect mainstay for your visit. Or, if you’re more into the “never want to step outside” route, The Dean has a coffee shop (Bolt Coffee Co. – we recommend the passion fruit or the earl grey donuts!), Restaurant (Faust), bumping Karaoke Bar (The Boombox) and a speakeasy bar called the Magdalanea Room – perfect for an intimate cocktail with your lover of choice.

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Stripes + Silk Bomber


Weekends are for casual wear. I’ve been upgrading my wardrobe basics lately and this Everlane top is a cozy favorite. Taking a nod from the “Franco-files” I paired my stripes with a silk printed bomber, high waisted jeans, and casual sneakers to get me feeling bright and fun and ready to take on the weekend!



Everlane crew neck (get it here for $20!)
Philosophy Silk Jacket (similar here, here)
ASOS jeans
Adidas Originals sneakers
lips: ColourPop Ultra Matte in “Mars”

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Gone to Market


A little throwback post here guys; I told myself I wouldn’t let my blog become infiltrated by “wedding” posts and I think I’ve done a fair job of that so far. That being said, consider this lovely set from our engagement shoot just another outfit post among the rest.

This was the final look of our engagement shoot (going backwards here – the rest will come soon!), shot at one of our favorite little markets in DC, Union Market. We’ve been shopping here since they opened, when we were young(er) and lived a mere 3 blocks away. Four years later and we still love popping in for some afternoon shopping at Salt and Sundry or Righteous Cheese and then grabbing a drink at the outdoor bar, Suburbia. While Union Market hasn’t always been so popping it’s been made insta-famous by the murals that were put up about two years ago. Couples and singles alike have flocked to the Northeast walls for their photo op, and many have done their engagement shots here (which we had not known prior but hey, great minds think alike).




Adelyn Rae Offshore Blue dress via RentTheRunway (rent yours here!)
Banana Republic Heels (old) (Similar here, here)
photos by Sara Bee Photography

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White Valentine


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, guys! Whether you’re single and looking for a date, or in a relationship you’re bound to have some sort of festive gathering or date night out. I’ve teamed up with SheIn to bring you some outfit options to inspire based off of different dates that I love for the festive celebration!

This white out look is fun and trendy.  It shows that you’re not afraid to go against the grain and be yourself – perfect for a Valentine’s date at a cocktail lounge, whether your date is a blind date set up by a well-intentioned friend or your lover of a unspecified time frame. Pair it with a fun pink lip (red is too on the nose for Valentine’s day IMHO) and get ready to let loose!



Top c/o SheIn (shop it here!)
Frame jeans via TrunkClub (get them here or sign up for Trunk Club here!)
Aldo pumps (on sale right here!)

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Iceland Travel Diary



Hoth, it looks like Hoth. The fictional land of ice and snow from a galaxy far far away feels all too real as you step out of Keflavik Airport and into Iceland’s December air. We follow our paths to our rented Toyota Rav 4 (we rented through Arctic.is) and piled in before our weary legs freeze and drive the 45 minutes into downtown Reykjavik, arriving to our apartments just before snow begins to fall. The blanket covering the city for Christmas Eve is a welcome sight for travelers hoping for a white Christmas, ourselves included, so we ditch the warm apartments for wandering downtown among the closing shops and enjoying what little daylight we have left (roughly 3-4 hours of sunlight in December).




Christmas in Iceland can be such a magical time what with the constant snow, the local folklore of the 13 YuleLads, and the general wintery ambiance. Though many shops are closed from Christmas Eve until December 27th, if you have good weather and a proper car you can still manage to see some sights and enjoy your trip. With only a few roads open during the winter months you’ll still be able to see the Golden Circle (a 3-4 hour roundtrip drive from Reykjavik), the Blue Lagoon, and most places along the Ring Road (the national highway of Iceland) if you are staying more than a long weekend.

Traveling with our family we knew we wanted a more leisurely experience so after the 27th we drove north to the second largest town of Akureyri. Our Arctic Rentals car was, thankfully, a 4×4 Diesel SUV which greatly came in handy along the stormy, windy drives on the winding thin 1 Hringvegur (“ringroad”, the only highway in Iceland that circumnavigates the entire country). After driving north we relaxed along the bay before sightseeing.


We explored Godafoss waterfall, Myvatn Lake, Myvatn lake’s lava fields, mud flats and geysirs,and other beautiful scenery. After running around in the freezing cold all day it was finally time to indulge in what everyone goes to Iceland for – hot springs! We had heard that the Blue Lagoon was “just for toursits” and with intense and impure water. We did our research and were excited to check out the Myvatn Nature baths instead and boy was it ahhhh-mazing. 100 degree water while the air is below 30 degrees, taking in the landscape of far off volcanoes and snow capped mountains was the perfect way to end our day with a sunset and a soak.



After our long day of sight seeing it was back on the winding roads headed back down south to end our trip; short but oh so sweet. It’s a beautiful country, and though it was cold and windy and full of storms I cannot wait to get back….except maybe next time in spring or summer!

Stay tuned for a few follow up posts jam packed full of information! In the meantime, I hope these images evoked some wanderlust in you!

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