Daily Looks April

Hey there friends… Happy Easter!

I was incognito last week due to a hectic work schedule, but this week I’m back.

Here’s my latest round up of outfits for early April.

Saturday Breakfast Outing

This long navy blue dress from Nordstrom is one of the most practical purchases I’ve made in the last year or so. It’s works most seasons of the year and for so many occasions (summer work days with a lightweight sweater, fall with boots and jacket). I wore it this morning for a fun casual breakfast at a pie shop.

Tuesday Work

This shirtmaker style dress is so comfortable. The blue chevron print works great year round too.  This morning was a little chilly, so I topped it with a trench coat, which was quickly shed by noon.

Wednesday Work

This day was a little more casual than usual, so I wore jeans with this white dress shirt and long sweater. The sweater actually attaches on the ends and wraps up and around my neck. But I figured out I can wear it long this way like a duster too. You know, I’m all about finding new ways to wear my items.

Thursday Work

Recently, I found a wonderful youtube channel, Justine Leconte. Justine is a French fashion designer and she offers up so many helpful tutorials about dressing for one’s body shape. After watching her channel, I have so many ideas for things that are way more flattering for my figure, and this outfit was born out of applying her advice. (Milly A-line skirt to skim the hips and wide shouldered top to accentuate the upper body more). Check her out and you might get some inspiration!

Easter Sunday

How many peeps did you eat this year? I managed to get through without a single one… This comfy Tahari sheath dress was front and center for the day. It’s the second time in two weeks I’ve worn it after it’s been hiding in my closet.

Advice when you feel like you have nothing to wear and you are tempted to buy something new? Shop your own closet. What’s been sitting in the back, unloved for months, or even years?

Daily Looks: End of March

The weather finally warmed up in DC!

We’ve had some really lovely days lately, which meant I could break out a sundress, wear spring blazers instead of a puffer coat, and even put on sandals!

Saturday afternoon

While cherry blossoms didn’t bloom as gloriously as usual this year due to a late spring cold snap, it was still nice to visit the Tidal Basin and see a few blooms. This was also our first warm day in a while, so the yellow sundress was in order.

I’m always a little unsure of how this bright yellow dress will go over. But at a restaurant, a random guy told me he loved the color.

I’m also wearing my new comfy classic black flats. You guys, I just can’t seem to do high heels most days anymore, especially if there’s any degree of walking involved. You with me?

Sunday

As big fans of Chinese food, my husband and I had to try District Dumpling, a new restaurant serving a dozen different kinds, including creamy edamame and bulgogi beef. So good!

Monday 

It was a nice warm day, which called for bright pink. This pink dress is knit material and so comfortable, but it feels more like a going out dress because of the color, I think. To tone it down for work, I topped it with a denim blouse.

Tuesday

This Banana Republic linen blazer is one of my favorites, but it always seems to get lost in my closet. This year, I’m bringing it out front and center so it can get the wear it deserves.

Thursday

Thursday was on the cooler side and a little rainy. I wore this pearl Zara sweater over a black linen dress with a full skirt. I really like the retro vibe of this outfit… I felt a little like Audrey Hepburn the whole day.

Friday

We headed to Orlando for the weekend, and this is my travel outfit for the airplane. Hurray for blue jeweled sandals!

Early Spring Daily Looks

Last week, after a very warm winter in DC, we had a random snow storm.

Yes, the daffodils had already bloomed. Cherry blossoms were poised to open. I had packed away most of my winter items. And I was on Spring break from work. Then there was snow.

Anyway, here’s what I wore. Because it wasn’t a normal work week due to Spring recess, my outfits were casual. I’m happy to report the weather forecast is sunny, warm, and temperatures in the 60s from here on out…

Sunday Afternoon

Anticipating being snowed in this week, my husband and I headed to a local coffee shop to get out of the house and spend a few hours reading, eating ginger scones, and drinking tea.

Monday

Inspired by the winter splendor (albeit in March!), I put on white jeans for the day!

Tuesday

This Zara sweater and Lysee denim leggings are the comfiest!

Wednesday

One thing  I will miss about winter is these long scarfs. Happy I got a chance to wear this gray wool scarf one last time.

Thursday

I did have to attend a work meeting this day, so this White House Black Market jacket fit the bill. I love the buttons on it and how it’s a dupe for a much more expensive Balmain version.

Friday Evening

Have you been watching the show “Love” on Netflix? The themes are pretty gritty but the writing is really really good and I recommend it. Through the first few episodes of Season 2, the main character wears a version of this leather mini skirt.

So that inspired me to wear mine, which I bought at Christmas, but somehow forgot about. Does that ever happen to you?

Wore it to my favorite restaurant right now, an Afghani restaurant where I ate the best spicy lamb.

I guess I should say something about this crochet sweater. I bought it when I was a senior in high school. (I can’t even tell you how long ago that was).

But the important thing is that I loved it so much then (and I still do) that I took extra special care of it through the years. I’m still kind of amazed that it’s lasted this long.

Do you still have something you wore in high school?

 

Daily Looks

Hi ya’ll… how are YOU all doing this week?

Here’s my latest round of looks and a recap of what I’ve been up to here in DC lately.

Sunday 

Sunday is brunch day and Net-a-porter inspired me to wear this off-shoulder black top (perhaps more suited for Saturday night) with a crisp white button up. Also, I’m so excited that long statement earrings are IN. Happy to bring mine out of the jewelry box.

Once again, brunch is at my absolute favorite spot, Le Diplomate. I know I sound like a broken record, but what can I say? The pancakes are really good! off-shoulder-top-white-blouse

Monday

Monday morning and it’s off to work. Today features a tie-neck blouse with a chunky sweater and ankle black pants from Theory. These suede pink pumps add a nice contrast of color, don’t you think?

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Tuesday

This day was rainy but on the warmer side. This green skirt is actually a silk sundress with a black turtleneck on top. (You may have noticed I try to get as much mileage as I can from the same pieces.)

My mom bought me this floral umbrella for my birthday, and today it came out with me. I did not coordinate the umbrella with my outfit. It just sort of happened like that.

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Wednesday

These pants were purchased from a Michael Kors online sale last year, but I almost didn’t keep them. They were an impulse buy and deep down, I really prefer solid pieces to prints. Somehow I took the plunge, and thankfully they are actually versatile and comfy.

These shoes are from an Italian brand called Fornarina. I bought them ages ago, but have loved them so much through the years that I’ve taken them to a cobbler several times.

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Thursday evening

Some Thursdays, my husband and go somewhere casual for dinner. This night we went to Five Guys for burgers and fries. It was a nice evening, so we took the dog and ate outside.

These stretchy pants are from Athleta and can I say, they are so worth the price. I think I paid about $60 for mine, but the quality is really good and they are so comfortable.

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Casual Friday

Working from home on Fridays, this is what I wore for errands around town. It turned COLD again, so the puffer coat (which I thought had retired for the season) was pulled out of the storage.

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Work Day Lunch at Central

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This post 2 weeks ago  talked about a coping strategy for those non-stop busy and stressful work weeks: fancy lunch!

Central Michel Richard in downtown DC is one of my favorite places to enjoy a weekday lunch. The food is so delicious and I love seeing the new seasonal items they add to the menu every few months. In particular, the desserts are heavenly and I always try something unique.

On this day, my husband and I got a bowl of french onion soup and shared a Manhattan (pictured above). It was a Friday at the end of a long work week, after all.

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Next up was shrimp risotto with saffron. This dish was so delectable. Risotto is one of those things I rarely eat at lunch since I don’t want to fall asleep from carb overload afterwards, but this day, ordering the risotto just seemed right. img_2363

We also shared the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. If you’re ever in DC and stop by this restaurant, you must order this just to taste the potatoes, which are the silkiest potatoes around, I think.  (I’d argue they’re actually the star of the dish)

For dessert, the Napoleon called to us, and look how beautiful it was!  This dessert tastes so good with a bitter latte.

You might be wondering how to eat this since it’s sky high. You just take a fork and smash down all the layers, so in essence you’re eating a bunch of cream with shards of phyllo pastry. It’s so light and creamy and perfect after a heavy meal. img_2367

Most workdays at my desk, I eat a rather uninspired lunch of salad or a sandwich brought from home.

But during rough weeks, it feels so luxurious to go out to somewhere nice. Looking forward to it definitely helps getting through those long days.

How do you handle your long busy weeks?

Daily Outfits

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Personally, I love bloggers who showcase their daily outfits, not just on special occasions or when they have something new, but on average days.

I thought it would be fun to let you all in on what I wear during the work week and relaxed weekend.  So, I’m starting a new weekly series to do just that.

Some days I’m literally rushing out of the house and don’t have time for a photo, or maybe I repeat an outfit or go extra comfy with sweats. So, the number of looks might vary from week to week.

Anyway, here’s 4 looks that show what I got up to last week.

Sunday Brunch

This is what I wore to have brunch in DC with a friend at Liberty Tavern. This restaurant has the best brunch spread and it’s only $25! Although it has been warmer in DC lately, last Sunday was on the cooler side, hence the wool wrap coat from Nordstrom.

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Monday Work

This is my “1960s secretary look”. I love all the pearls on this sweater from Zara. This skirt is actually a silk dress with a fitted bodice and thin straps. Definitely not work appropriate, but worn with a tie neck blouse and sweater, it’s disguised.

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Wednesday Work

This is such a typical outfit for me on most work days- black pants, neutral blouse, and trench coat. This look just never goes out of style.

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Thursday Night Dinner Out

The Mosaic district is such a fun shopping and entertainment area in Northern Virginia with tons of new places to eat. This evening was gorgeous, so I popped on this high low hem dress after work and we headed to this casual restaurant for dinner. I’m a big fan of grain bowls now.

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