Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Happy Anniversary!.. As in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! Gotta love stocking up on sweaters for great prices while it’s a record degree outside! Here’s a few of the items that I picked up from the Anniversary sale and some others that I might add before the sale ends on August 6th!

If you have a Nordstrom Card your sale starts now! And everyone can take a peek at what’s available!

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ALL SOULS

All Souls

All Souls

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I forget exactly how I came across ALL SOULS but as soon as I did it was on my places to go list! And probably bumped a couple other places down a notch or two! We don’t venture over into Shaw too often but we’ve been exploring more and more places. (Like here when we dined at Espita Mezcaleria!) All Souls is absolutely true to it’s word- it’s a Corner Bar located at 8th & T NW, serving only cocktails, beer, and wine… that happen to be quite delicious! We opted to try drinks off the cocktail list which includes 22 simple yet tasty drinks made with some fun ingredients and definite attention to detail. And speaking of simple, All Souls decided instead of naming each cocktail they’d just number them so pick a number any number- it’s going to be good!

First Round: I went with No. 22: Bayou Rum, Cynar, Fresh Orange Juice and Regan’s Bitters. The Cynar definitely shines through making this cocktail a refreshing, bittersweet drink. Sounds a little like an oxymoron but I would definitely recommend! J ordered No. 6: Maker’s Mark, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Fresh Grapefruit and St. Germain. I actually preferred his over mine, it had a smoother less bittersweet taste.

Second Round: I wanted to order something that would be a good transition from my first cocktail so I decided on No. 1: The Barcelona. It was Maker’s Mark, Cointreau, Fresh Sour Mix & topped with Cava. I’m a sucker for anything with bubbles and this one intrigued me since I love a whiskey sour. It was good, very good, and the sour left you wanting more! J let me order his second round so I picked a cocktail that I was excited to try as well! I ordered the No. 4: Juan’s Chilean Afro. Kappa Pisco, Aperol, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, and Regan’s bitters. Once again, his drink won.

Final Round: Ok, let me remind you- All Souls is a corner bar, not a restaurant. So at this point we had two very delicious, but strong drinks and a small bowl of olives. We could have very easily stopped there but I am a sucker for namesakes and the last cocktail on the menu is named “The All Souls.” How could I resist?! It’s a sparkling Rose with a Maker’s Mark neat. Very pretty and aromatic Rose and it was amazing how the flavors exploded with the combination. But to be honest, I probably didn’t need that last drink… 😉

 

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls NW DC Bar All Souls Corner Bar

All Souls A Corner Bar NW DC

Shaw Cocktail Bar All Souls

C’s Tip: All Souls is the perfect spot to grab some pre-dinner cocktails at a simple but fun bar with a cool vibe. Since they don’t have food menu, you are able to order food to be delivered to the bar OR you can pop around the corner to Haikan for some of the best Ramen in DC. Add a vegetable spicy bomb if you like your Ramen spicy!

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Blind Whino

Over the weekend J and I were driving down the interstate after running a few errands (mostly my returns) when we decided to take a little detour. Instead of getting off on our usual exit to go home, we veered off a couple exits early, took a few turns, and ended up in front of this magical place.

Just off the interstate in SW DC is this 15,000+ sq. ft. old Church. Originally, the space was, as you can probably tell, a church. The Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886, has a Victorian and Romanesque facade. The church was reimagined in 2012 and given a very eclectic paint job. It has now transformed into this somewhat hidden gem in the city, the Blind Whino!

The Blind Whino is a space dedicated to supporting the community arts and culture. Local artists and events are hosted in the space year round. Currently the Blind Whino has an exhibit for the Cherry Blossom festival and another with really cool pictures of Nikes! Yes, a whole exhibit full of shoes. Not my favorite type of shoe, but still shoes! This place is magic and you can’t help but let your creativity run wild!

Stop by on purpose or accidently – whichever one feels right to you! The Blind Whino is open every Wednesday at 6pm for free Yoga & Saturday and Sunday for an Open Gallery from 12pm-5pm.

700 DELAWARE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON DC, 20024 | https://www.swartsclub.org/home

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Girls Night In

Girls Night In

TGIF!! J has been traveling a little the last couple of weeks and as much as I miss him, I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to have a night to yourself to put on your face mask with no judgement, slip into something more comfortable than work clothes, and light your favorite candle before settling into a night of trashy tv with a {large} glass of wine! And in case you didn’t know, it is Rosé season so to celebrate why don’t you just pour yourself two big glasses! 😉 (I love this Rosé & this Sparkling Rosé! Both are under $15)

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite girls night in things… A cute little PJ set (love this one too), Diptyque candles, lip scrubs that you’ll want to eat, and Sephora’s eye and face masks. I plan to this Pearl eye mask this weekend so I’ll report back what I think about it!

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Blue Jean Baby

We would joke and call my dad Captain America growing up. Every summer we would have bunting displayed at our house, the American flag flew all year round, and the 4th of July is most likely his favorite holiday. We would always be out on the Potomac River anchored under the Washington Monument to watch the DC fireworks! As soon as I put this look on I thought of him. Yes for the obvious- it’s red white and blue… but if he’s Captain America then I’m his All American Blue Jean Baby.

It’s a fail all look, blue jeans, a red stripe shirt, and a denim jacket. Plus, without getting too political, little All American looks serves as a good reminder that some may think that we’re in rough shape right now, but it’s all of us and our love for America to rally together and appreciate how good we have it!

Now let’s talk about these jeans. I talked about how much I am loving the high rise trend in this post, but in all seriousness I can’t believe I ever wore low jeans! They’re so uncomfortable to me now! Another surprise to me is how much I’m loving J.Crew’s jeans right now. In the past I found their jeans to be too stiff and made for women who are tall and slim. I’m short and curvy so I had written off J.Crew’s jeans for a long time until purchasing these jeans. They are so comfortable, not my typical skinny jean, and I love the button fly detail! They really make me feel like an All American Blue Jean Baby!

C’s Tip: J.Crew’s Straightaway jean run a bit big so I would suggest sizing down. I also suggest getting the Horchata Latte @ Mia’s Coffeehouse on 15th & A NE D.C. 

 

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Overalls Afterall

How to style overalls

During our first year of dating J went home to Alabama for a week spent at the lake. His buddy’s uncle was wearing overalls all week and swore by them. When J returned home he couldn’t stop looking at overalls online. I was so confused – was he joking or being serious? I seriously couldn’t tell until a package arrived and he did indeed order a pair of overalls for himself. I couldn’t help but laugh! He hardly wears them, pulling them out for a few “special” occasions like big Auburn games or road trips. It’s definitely more of a joke than anything, but he made sure that I too had my very own pair of overalls!

That Christmas J gifted me these. (I got other presents too, don’t worry! 😉 ) They stayed in the back of my closet for a good while but turns out overalls are pretty darn comfortable… and dare I say, stylish!? I’ve noticed quite a few popping up in Spring arrivals online like these cherry blossom printed ones and these floral embroidered pair – how cute?! I love the bows instead of buckles! There are so many styles, cuts, colors so there’s definitely a pair out there for everyone! I have a feeling I’ll pull my overalls out more often than I thought… I’m even considering these shorts or dress styles to add to the collection!

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Trench | ASOS Sunglasses | Overalls | Gucci Bag | J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck

Pink Trench Coat

How to style overalls

Pink Trench Coat

Adult Overalls

C’s Tip: To ease into the overall trend, add a trench coat to balance the look out!

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Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms DC

Cherry Blossoms

Mini Gucci Marmont Purse Ivory

Boater Hat

I would not be a “DC Blogger” without having any mention of the Cherry Blossoms this time of the year! Cherry Blossoms take over the city late March to early April. There’s bars that join forces to turn into the magical Cherry Blossom bar, donuts are adorned with the pretty pink flowers, and there’s even a Cherry Blossom ice-cream flavor! D.C. loves the Cherry Blossoms and despite the freezing weather recently, they were still just as beautiful as in years past!

J and I spent our Saturday morning strolling through and around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. The weather was wonderful and it made me so happy that all the tourists and DC residents still came out to view the Capital’s treasure. Last year we did not make it down to the Cherry Blossoms and I was super sad about it so this year I was determined to go! Plus J has actually never been to them despite living in the city for years now so it was also fun to check this off his “DC Bucket List.”

P.S. It’s always funny as a blogger trying to spot the other bloggers during these prime moments… I’m definitely going to search on Bloglovin a little later to see if I can find some of their blog posts from this past weekend as well!

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Cherry Blossoms Washington DC Monument and Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC Monument

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C’s Tip: After visiting the Tidal Basin and admiring the beautiful Cherry Blossoms, walk up the mall and past the Capitol building to Hank’s Oyster Bar – Capitol Hill for brunch. Start off with some oysters & cocktails and I highly recommend the Croque Madame on Dark Rye w/ Dill Havarti, Apple, Bacon, Honey Mustard, Sunny Egg & Hollandaise!

Hank's Oyster Bar - Capitol Hill

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Weekend Trench

I thought when I purchased this cute sweatshirt that we’d be close to saying Bon Voyage to winter weather but instead I’ll be keeping all my sweatshirts and sweaters in my closet – hopefully for not too much longer though! If you’re on the East Coast you’re in the same boat as me – just wishing that all those spring arrivals and pretty dresses could be put to use already! I mean today is the first day of Spring!! I’ve had some major envy reading blogs showcasing new spring dresses, sandals, and skirts. I mean thank goodness for sunless tanner because there’s no way I’d be showing my bare, pale legs without it! I always have a can of this spray tanner & recently tried this mousse by St. Tropez and love it!

Speaking of things you can’t live without… a trusty trench coat! I had a favorite trench that I wore all. the. time. but after years of use, it was time to say goodbye. I wanted a new trench that was actually a waterproof material (my last one was cotton) in a classic khaki shade and style. Pretty easy request right? Ehh not so much. I tried on trench after trench all varying in different lengths, shades, button styles, etc. All cute, but not the one. Finally I found this London Fog trench that is truly a staple trench coat, and I know will get a lot of use this Spring… once Spring actually arrives! And I’m definitely packing it on our trip to London! You can’t go to London without a trench coat!

P.S. This sweatshirt is super comfy, super affordable, and perfect for traveling! Love this one too!

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Ankle Jeans | Sweatshirt | Givenchy Antigona Purse | London Fog Trench | Booties | Neck Scarf

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Sunshine & Daisies

Spring

 

I am sitting here in March wishing and hoping that I could be slipping into one of these slides instead of boots. I can’t really complain though. Our Fall here in D.C. was warm and our winter mostly mild. A snow storm to close out the season isn’t the worse thing in the world & Stella was a lot less of a storm that predicted- But it doesn’t change that I’m ready for a wardrobe switch! And I have to tell you… I am LOVING the mule/slide trend! These sunshine yellow double strap slides and these crochet slides are both from Target. Yes, you read that right! Who What Wear collaborated with the mega store for a line that is super cute! I’ve already picked up this skirt & top set, these pants, and this tank. I can’t wait to mix and match and wear the eyelash tank with some white jeans, black strappy heels & a bright pink lip for date night when the weather warms up. I’m also loving the look of adding a little neckerchief with my more casual outfits. (Post to come soon!) It adds that little something to the look! You can go traditional bandana print or try something different like  this cute boat printed one or this gingham one.  Ok yeah… definitely safe to say that I am ready for some warmer weather, sunshine & daisies! So winter you’ve been real but the snow can melt and Stella can storm right out of the D.C. area please!

P.S. I splurged on this crossbody… yay or nay?! It’s definitely a small bag, and a pretty penny, but I love how versatile it can be and the cream color for Spring and Summer…. What do you think- Should I keep it?

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Parisian Brunch

 

Pretty much as soon as we touched down I was swept away and completely in love with Paris. I have only been that one time, but dream about going back to my favorite city of lights often. Since a weekend away in Paris wasn’t in the books, I decided to bring Paris to my little home in D.C. for a celebratory birthday brunch.

I kept my spread simple and allowed people to make their own brunch cocktails by providing a mimosa and bloody mary bar. I did  have the glass rims decorated with pink sprinkles for the mimosas and a smokey chili salt for the bloodies but the rest was left to our guests’ preferences.

I found at my favorite grocery store (Trader Joe’s of course) frozen croissants that you let proof overnight and bake. Let me tell you- the smell it leaves in your house is enough to buy these pups, but they taste just as delicious as they smell! I had plain, almond, and chocolate croissants, a brie wedge, cured meats, jam, vanilla yogurt with granola, and a household favorite on cold winter mornings- a seasonal frittata. No birthday celebration would be complete without a couple of desserts so we had a chocolate cake, raspberry cookie sandwiches and some coconut thins.

Since we registered for all white serving dishes I love adding color with flowers and little details like the lemons for a pop of yellow. Flower arrangements can be scattered around your house to make sure your “theme” is consistent. J bought me flowers for my birthday and I just spruced them up a bit with some eucalyptus branches to add a whimsical and romantic feel. Speaking of romantic, I’ve posted a few of my favorite wedding pictures to my C’s Love Story pages! Jump on over to that page after you’re done reading this post! (Hope you like them as much as I do!!) 28 is off to a great start and already scheduled for some fun adventures so keep following along!

C’s Party Tip: Having pre-salt or sprinkle rimmed glasses is a way to add just a little bit more fun to a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar! For Bloodies make sure you have pepper and some hot sauce for those that like it a little spicier. If you’re not crazy about adding OJ to a perfectly good glass of champagne, you can always muddle some berries or fruit for a little flavor!

 

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