People Dress Up Celebrating Something

let’s invite everyone

Memorial Day has come and gone, the start of Summer has arrived with barbecues and bonfires. I spent mine at work (oh, #retaillife) but thankfully barbecued post-work with Z’s family. Fresh grilled veggies are about to be my JAM. Along with changing up the diet to more fresh produce, I’ve made the switch from red to white wine, whiskey to fresh gin. My parents brought some lemonade shandy (Narragansett’s Dell’s Shandy, for any New Englanders) and it is SO GOOD. Perfectly light for afternoon sipping, and it tastes like my childhood summers, but all grown up.

What are you imbibing in to enjoy this summer?

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I’m in My Right Place

I’m actually good
Can’t help it if we’re tilted

A final look from my trip to South Africa…These photos were shot the last day of our stay at the Aquila Game Reserve and Park. I wanted to take advantage that the horses were in their enclosure, though they clearly had very little interest in posing for pictures with this camera-happy lady. Oh well. I wore this safari-perfect dress I found at DC’s number one consignment shop, Current Boutique (and number one isn’t a personal superlative; they’ve won every local award for the position!) and found the hat at its competitor, Buffalo Exchange. A match made in heaven, found in the States but perfect for the desert of Africa. #ThriftedWin

Also, can we talk about this song?? Thanks to Songza’s “Obsessively New 2015″ playlist I have become obsessed with Christine and The Queens. Her smooth voice swapping between French and English mixed with her sweet dance moves has me on a musical bender. Not to mention this Kate Mara look a like has menswear inspired style down pat complete with cropped trousers and loafers to covet. Now if only she would play a show this side of the Atlantic I’d be the happiest gal.

Dress by Tracy Reese (similar)

Printed Village scarf

thrifted hat

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Longing For You is A Part Of Me

Make up your mind in this State of Low
Take me with you when you go


skirt c/o Olive and Oak (get it here!)
“Frida” crop top c/o The Girl That Loves (in other colors here!)
“Kitty Kitty” Sunglasses via Shop DisClothesure (right here!)
H&M hat
vintage/thrifted jacket

When you’re too busy spending time with friends and enjoying the sunshine and only get one photo of your Sunday ensemble….it’s okay.

A little update as to what I’ve been up to: I’ve joined SnapChat (find me: QueSeraSahra), had a battle with le boyf over how much I should be snapping. Had a friend in town, Cinco De Mayo party, and started a new volunteer experience…Busy Busy and I ain’t even mad. And can we talk about this vegan brunch I ate before snapping this outfit shot? I can still taste those wings and man am I salivating at the thought of them!

Anyway, hope everyone is enjoying their spring and I can’t wait to share all that I’ve been working on with you all!

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Colors of the Masquerade, Watch As They Fall Away

weeks went by but felt like hours
Spring would lie in summer showers
In my hair were winter flowers

Nothing says spring in DC more than the cherry blossoms that litter the sidewalks. A sea of pink is the perfect backdrop for all things feminine, including this day time look. I’m loving the need to not wear a jacket until after the sun goes down and that I’ve been able to bring back this perfect blouse!


top c/o Cooper and Ella
UniQlo legging jeans
clutch by Charming Charlie
necklace via Side Dish Mobile
LifeStride flats

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3 Ways to Enjoy Mezcal for Cinco De Mayo

Less than one week until my favorite party of the year! Last year I was unfortunately terribly ill, but this week I have a friend in town and friends coming over and I’m so ready; give me all the guac! And Mezcal…

I’ve always been a fan of mezcal; it’s like tequilas funky flavorful aunt. They share the same genetics (agave) but mezcal is a less processed, younger form. It’s like tequila but with a smokier, less bitter bite so it’s better for sipping and enjoying, not that we don’t enjoy a few shots of tequila but it’s a different enjoyment that doesn’t end with us in smeared lipstick half-dressed asleep on the floor.  Last years trip to Mexico only exacerbated my love for this liquor and I’m so excited to share with you some of my favorite  recipes! Also, if you’re looking for a good mezcal to try, La Marca Negra is my favorite that I’ve found here in The States, and it’s only $55 a bottle!

First up is Z’s favorite way to enjoy this liquor- in a “red and stormy”. An updated dark and stormy, this drink calls for ginger beer (2oz), mezcal (1-2 oz depending on how frisky you want to get),  grapefruit juice (1/2 oz), simple syrup(1/2oz), and lime juice (a squirt!). Mix and pour over ice you get a smokey yet gingery-spicey drink that you won’t be able to put down!

Next up, the Mezcal Mule. Another twist on a classic, this one also involves ginger beer (6oz). Grab your mule glass, or a classic rocks glass, and a pint glass. In the pint glass muddle simple syrup with 3-4 leaves of fresh mint.  Add your ginger beer, 2oz of mezcal, and 2oz of lime juice, mix and strain over ice into your glass. Garnish with extra mint for a refreshingly smokey afternoon sipper.

Lastly,  like I said Mezcal is a great sipping drink; the easiest way to toss it back is the way they do it in Mexico. Take two shot glasses, fill one with your mezcal, and the other with orange juice*. Sip the mezcal, follow up with the juice, and sit back and enjoy the intoxicating flavors of a Mexican summer.

** other options include rimming your glass with spices, having a side of sliced orange, or a slice of spiced orange.

Have you ever tried Mezcal? What are you doing this Cinco De Mayo??

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I Was A Hot Mess In My Sunday Best

Turn on that smoke machine
magic and make believe

This song lately is my jam! So good! And so is my denim jacket (good, and my jam). I’ve got to say, this influx of spring is making me so happy; the sun is shining and if you follow me on social media you see that the happy hours are happening, the yard is being tended to, brunch is being enjoyed outside, and the animals are enjoying the sun as well. Vitamin D for everyone!

Here’s another look from my trip to South Africa (I promise newer looks coming soon!). I wore this lacy tank and cotton denim to dinner at Kloof Street House, which was my top meal of the entire trip. I enjoyed some vegan “meat”loaf and local wine and cocktails by candlelight, with the love of my life. While Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate the nights were chilly and warranted a light jacket. The perfect casual yet put together accoutrement to my look.

What’s your favorite thing to wear to a warm weather date night?


Lace tank by H&M (similar here)
leggings pants by UniQlo (so comfy I have 3 pairs! and less than $30 each!)
Nine West pumps
vintage jacket and purse

 

Once we were a fire burnin’
Now you’re just a lesson I’m learnin’

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But FIRST: #LemmeTakeASelfie

It’s the 21st century and we are already well aware of what is defining our era. Culottes, sneakers for daywear, succulents, and…selfies. While my InstaGram tends to stay void of self-shot face pics my trip to South Africa really brought out the millenial in me. Something about snapping a shot of me and my beau with a city or an elephant behind us just seemed so “once in a lifetime” it had to be done.

Lucky for me 2Kamp products prepared me with their selfie stick The Pole to help capture all the must-have shots on my adventure. The easy to use, portable and collapsible pole made it easy to carry in my day bag and easy to whip out on a whim as needed. It connects to your phone via bluetooth and keeps the phone safe and secure (important when holding it over the railings of a speeding boat). The battery, as I learned by accident, lasts a really effing long time. Z accidentally left it on for over15 hours straight once, and I left it on basically an entire day while keeping it at the ready. During my whole two week trip I only had to recharge once, so that was a definite perk!

Another perk? The lengthy expandable arm makes this stick great for capturing more full-body shots. Where as a regular selfie you can only get a bit of your face, The Pole allowed me to share full outfits and body shots, like the above of my beau and I enjoying Camps Bay Beach in style.

Thanks to 2Kamp I was able to capture all my favorite moments without having to ask strangers to handle my fancy camera or trusting locals to not take advantage of the tourist with the iPhone. While it’s a little intimidating to be at a breathtaking view and whip out the quintessential contraption, it was well worth it!

Have you tried using a selfie stick? What have you thought? What do you think of my selfies?! If you’re interested in trying one, be sure to grab 2Kamp’s The Pole for only $30 by clicking the underlined link!

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary The Pole in exchange for my review. All opinions and photos are my own.

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