I teamed up with one of my college besties/roommate's boyfriend to SURPRISE her with a birthday weekend with me in D.C. It was SO fun! (Watch the video below to hear the LAME lie I made up on the spot when I told her she was coming here, like, 5 hours before her flight!)
We made this vlog for you to see the FUN of winter in this city, how ridiculously goofy we are, and the power of girlfriends in your life. (Did you know that if you stay friends for 7 years, you'll be freinds for life?!) Or you can watch this vlog to see me almost fall on my face while ice skating in from of the National Archives (AKA - where the Declaration of Independence lives!). Enjoy!
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LIST OF PLACES WE WENT IN D.C.:
- Two Birds, One Stone
- Ted's Bulletin
- Founding Farmers
- Medium Rare
- Boulangerie Christophe
- The National Mall
- The National Archives (Declaration of Independence)
- The National Sculpture Garden + Ice Rink
- The Washington Monument
- The Lincoln Memorial
Photos by Corbin LeGrand
FREE PERSONAL SHOPPER POST: Not only am I sharing three of my favorite fashion trends for Fall 2017, but I am providing you direct links to specific pieces you can buy to add the trend to your wardrobe -- FOR FREE! Making your Fall a little more stylish and easy is my goal. There are pieces from so many stores (from Target to Anthropologie), options for every budget, and sizing from "petits" to "plus size" and every where in between!
There are waaay more than three trends that I'm gushing over right now (shout out to my collection of berets!), but these are EASY to work into your everyday style. I also picked three trends that compliment every woman, whether your style is more relaxed or if you've trained your feet to walk in heels all day like I have. This list is for every woman to feel proud of her fashion game this Fall! Let's do this!
01. Japanese floral patterns
The Japanese florals! Florals? In fall? YES! The vintage patterns nod to Fall's love of tradition. Think these are a little too "out there" for you? Absolutely not! (Style tip: try new things in pant or skirt form! Keeping it away from your face will make it less overwhelming while trying a new trend for the first time!) I went super bold (per usual) with my favorite heels to call out the color in the blooms. I did this only because my top was a classic, simple ivory (always have one "supporting" piece so your statement piece can be the focal point!). But black heels or some discrete flats would set the stage for the Japanese florals beautifully!
Also, you may have seen some Japanese floral, satin button downs. This is often referred to the "pyjama trend" (no reference to Asian culture). So many people are against it, but I LOVE it! Bold and oh so comfy! Click through the photos below, they each link you to its product page to buy pieces that fit this trend!
02. sweaters with flair
Guys, this one is EASY! Sweaters with a little (or a lot) of flare is in, in, in for the rest of the year and into early Spring! Ruffles, bows, bell sleeves -- oh, my! Here, I'm wearing some subtly puffed sleeves from Anthropology (got it on sale, sorry!). This trend is so exciting because you can choose how big or small (literally) you want to go! I'm including several examples that you can click through and buy below!
03. Relaxed Business Attire
I just made up the trend name "relaxed business attire" but, regardless of what else it could be called, I'm catching the trend! This could also be described as "masculine fashion for women" -- which is super in right now, too. Call it what you want, but the button downs, striped dress shirts, slacks (or in my case leather pants), and loafer shoes are 10/10 this season! It's a favorite because it's "relaxed" but still put together! (PS - I LOVE CAPES!) There are so many ways to bring this trend to life in your wardrobe, and some pieces are linked in the slideshow below!
I have a few more Fall and Winter fashion blogs lined up, but let me know what YOU would like to see (fashion-related or not) in the comments below or on my Instagram, and I will be happy to cover it!
Hope you are loving everything that comes with this Fall season!
There are things in life that, at first, have repulsed me because I didn't know anything about them. But when I familiarized myself with the background and benefits of that thing, I felt so silly for avoiding it for so long!
I have experienced these feelings with trousers and Kylie Jenner.
Confession! It's Saturday, and to procrastinate doing my grad program homework, I watched a new show (which is already odd, because I usually re-watch the same 4 sitcoms or British dramas). To take the abnormality a step further, it was a reality T.V. show, which I don't think I've ever watched voluntarily. I watched Life of Kylie. (Yes, as in Kylie Jenner. Yes, as in the Kardashians.) To convey how foreign of a territory this is for me, I just spelled it "Kardatian." To be honest, I used to shy away from Kylie Jenner. I didn't get her. I don't get anything about her, from how she looks 28 when she's 19 or why people like her so much. So, even though I felt repelled by how much I didn't think her celebrity fit into my life, I watched her new show to follow a trend.
And I don't regret it! Is it my favorite show? No. Is it a guilty pleasure I'll probably revisit? Uh, yes. But I'm not so intimidated by Kylie Jenner now because I've learned more of her history and things that make her relatable to me and my life.
Trousers are like this. Many people shy away from them because they don't know if they can pull them off, don't know if they're too masculine, or don't know what to wear with them. But let me tell you, when you familiarize yourself with trousers, you will thank me. They are comfy, chic, and an instant upgrade in your fashion game. Below, I've got a quick history of trousers (you can love anyone(thing) when you know their story), trousers that you will see this upcoming season, and how to pair a top with those free-flowing, high-waisted pants.
If there's something I like more than fashion, it's fashion magazines. If there's something I love more than magazines, it's fashion history. People often used the terms "trousers" and "pants" interchangeably. However, trousers refer to tailored garments with fitted waistlines. For our Western society, French designer (there is so much to thank the French for) Paul Poiret (1879-1944) was one of the first to design loose-fitting, wide-leg trousers for women to wear in 1913. In the 1930s, multiple photographs of Marlene Dietrichand and Kathrine Hepburn wearing trousers eased fashion-conservatives' worries about how leaving dresses behind might negatively change women (what?). In the 1960s, long trousers for women were introduced as a fashion item, leading to the era of the pantsuit and designer jeans and the gradual erosion of social prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace and in fine restaurants.
Trousers for Fall 2017:
Trousers are popping up everywhere for fall in a myriad of colors, fabrics, and textures. Fall 2017 fashion is leaving its mark on trousers this year with color pops, Japanese floral patterns (which I just bought today and cannot wait to share on an upcoming post!), and short, flared bell bottoms (don't fight the bells, ladies; embrace them!).
"But What Will I Wear?"
Here are some free style tips to help you wear trousers:
You won't regret adding trousers to your fall wardrobe. Take a break from those jeans, and step it up from those sweats. You've totally go this, girl. Any questions? Comment below. I read and reply to every single one! Don't forget to click those social media buttons. I share only a select few on here as there's so much more to be seen on my Instagram and Pinterest. Fall is upon us, people!
Photography of me by Joshua DeSouza
Inspiration Photos from my Pinterest
I've always been a girl with high regard for seasons. In every stage of life, there has always been a reverence deep in my heart for those that have passed and the new season ahead. While leaving a season, there is a sense of reflection, gratitude, sealing in the lessons learned, celebrating what grew, and mourning what is no more. While standing at the brim of a new season, there is expectancy, maybe fear, hope, a sea of unknown that is filled with possibility.
In June, I moved my life to a D.C. flat, quickly to have traveled back to Florida to for work, putting on a conference for 500 women in Nashville and directing the creation of our Spring 2018 fashion catalog. Five weeks later, and I'm going back to D.C. this week. I'm very excited to borough my life into D.C. and all she has to offer me, to grow me, to reveal more of the world to me. But this transition back does have me reflecting. I thought spending time in Florida the last month or so was just a practical decision for work; however, it was so much more. It was like a boot camp for inner growth: forcing me to face some fear, opportunity for loving confrontation, and directing my eyes to larger goals for the future. I love so many people here, and this summer in Florida as been a gift.
As I lift my foot to step into a new season, I have spent time this week reflecting on some of my life’s past seasons of change and transition. I have revisited full journals, skimmed old letters, and reread past blog posts. There are three truths that repetitively resurface, and I’m holding onto them dearly these days:
Making intentional decisions with aspects of life we can control makes it a lot easier to weather seasons when life throws us something out of our control.
For me, this has looked like making a list of things I have always wanted to do (traveling to a specific place, reading a classic book, watching a popular movie I’ve never seen) and doing those things within 3 months (a standard time frame for each of our earth’s seasons). Making that intentional decision of how I will spend my time, money, and awe allowed me to feel a sense of control. Recognizing what parts of my life are still dictated by myself (what I eat, what I wear, what I schedule) has brought me peace when everything around me feels chaotic.
Your experiences are yours to label and no one else’s.
Nothing needs to be justified or summarized. (It can’t be, the experience just is.) And that’s wonderfully okay and enough. Social media makes it easier than ever for people to have an opinion about your life. But your life change and how you decide to handle it is only fully known by you. It is your experience. Trust it. Own it. Claim it.
“Who do I want to be regardless of circumstance?”
I always ask myself this when change is spinning me in circles. The great thing is, because my answer to this question is a list of characteristics, I can start working on those things now. Character is separate from circumstance. I don’t grow in a linear progression – no human does. So I’ll fail sometimes at developing these traits during hard days. But as the saying goes: “calm storms don’t create skilled sailors.”
Some change is brought on by ourselves (just like my transition at hand), some change is brought on by another person (been there), and some change is amazingly circumstantial. Regardless of how you got your new season, there can be peace in the chaos, resilience in the fear, and possibility in the mysterious unknown.
Minimalist's Transitional Style, Summer to Fall 2017
This is one of my favorite summer-to-fall transition outfits. (Your girl doesn't jump from bikinis right into PSL. I need a few transitional steps.) It’s super easy to throw together and wear. The light sweater offers the cozy feel without sweltering outside. And the linen pants (bell bottoms and all) lengthen the legs in true fall fashion, but remains upbeat with the bright white fabric. They’re very comfortable but, as most white offers, still look refined.
Sweater - Thrifted
Pants - Banana Republic Factory
Shoes - Nine West green mules from TJ Max
Accessories - Trades of Hope: Northern Lights Studs and Chelsie Necklace
Photos by the gifted Joshua DeSouza
This has been my go-to outfit the last few months! It's so easy, pretty comfortable, and a fun conversation starter. I got these overalls on clearance a couple years ago, but I've linked below all the pieces I'm wearing (from overalls, undershirt, to lip color) or pieces that are remarkably similar!
Let me know if you have any other questions + what your favorite style or trend is right now!
With relentless ambition + passion I live intentionally to take my dreams from plans to reality + empower other women to do the same. I'm a Trades of Hope founder, public speaker, and designer living in Washington, D.C. When I'm not following fashion trends, catching airplanes, or playing with my redhead pup, I'm offering up fashion shortcuts, life lessons I'm learning, and free wallpapers to remind you of how much you've got this.