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?

black-chunky-sweater

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.

printed-pants

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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Thoughts on the New Year

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a healthy, prosperous, and exciting 2017! I’m currently in Charleston, SC soaking up some sun (yes, it’s 70 degrees here) before heading back to Washington DC.

This outfit was worn in DC before my trip on a cold gray winter day. I was trying to brighten up the day with a bright pink dress … but more about the outfit later.

First, let’s talk about the New Year.

Do you go all out on Dec 31st? Do you have a list of resolutions? Does Jan 1st represent a fresh start, or is just another day for you?

I’m one of those people who LOVES the blank slate of a new year, and I usually have a lofty list of resolutions.

But this year, I’m keeping it simple with a few goals focused on GIVING and EXPERIENCING.

My main resolution for 2017 is to make OTHER people front and center. I want to listen more than talk, give more than take, have more fun with my relationships.  To get the ball rolling, I’ve invited groups of friends over for two separate brunches in January. (Bloody Mary’s and omelettes, oh yes!)

The other big resolution is to pursue more new experiences. A couple of fun things are already in the works for this year including a road trip through New Zealand, my parents 50th wedding anniversary in Florida, and a two week visit from my 9 year old niece at my house over the summer. I’m sure all of these events will have their ups and downs, but you know what? I’m taking it all in. Accepting everything.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the New Year? What are your goals and what are you looking forward to?

Outfit details: Tahari Seamed A-line dress/Leather jacket (similar here)

Get To Know Me

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Pretending to be a geisha in Kyoto, Japan, 2011

A few months ago, the lovely blogger Allegra Ghiloni nominated me for an Internet blogger award and presented some questions to answer so readers could get to know me better.

I haven’t shared too much personal information here, so I thought this would be a nice way to do that.

I also love getting to know all of you, so please feel free to share in the comments!

1 – What inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing and been interested in fashion, though I veered towards punk and alternative style in my younger days. In high school, I made a few odd pieces out of fabric and felt so creative (though I can’t promise they were anything nice to look at!)

Through the years, my style got more conservative after living abroad in Africa for 2 years. I started to feel that focusing on personal style was excessive, considering poverty in the world and other more important things going on.

However, in my 40s now, I really appreciate the creativity that goes into putting together outfits and presenting yourself in the best way possible. I love bloggers who are resourceful and come up with great outfits without spending a lot of money. I also felt like blogging would be a fun way to tap into a sense of personal style that I lost through the years.

2 – Do you do any writing outside of your blog?

I do a lot of writing at my job and also have a travel blog, where I go into more detail about my travels and life with my husband in Washington DC and beyond.

3 – What gives you inspiration for your post topics?

I get inspired by travel and seeing how other people dress and adorn themselves around the world. I also happen to love street fashion.

4 – Who do you hope reads your blog?

Women interested in travel, culture, food, and small pleasures in life.

5 – Where is the best place you have traveled to?

I’m a travel fanatic, so it’s really hard to narrow down to just one or two. I love Mexico, Japan, Cambodia, and Ireland. You can see a few fashion posts here and here from my trip there last summer!

6 – Which three people inspire you the most? (Famous or Non-Famous)

In terms of style inspiration, I’d say Audrey Hepburn, because her style is timeless, Amal Clooney because she balances professional looks with cool outfits, and I love how creative Blaire Eadie of Atlantic Pacific is.

7 – What is your favorite book, song and film?

My favorite book is Time and Again by Jack Finney. It’s a time travel book in which the main character goes back to 1870s Manhattan on a special government top secret mission but then falls in love with a girl who lives in his boarding house.

My favorite film stars Kate Winslet in the movie Hideously Kinky. The title sounds so weird, but it’s about her character’s adventures in Morocco in the late 60s. It sort of reminds me of my Peace Corps time in Africa, so I related to it well.

8 – What is your perfect day?

My perfect day is actually really simple. There would be no plans really except hanging around the house with family all day, playing music, talking, laughing, cooking, and sharing food.