Monday, September 22, 2014

Time Balm-A Post in Which I Am Very Brave

Time Balm-A Post in Which I Am Very Brave

Let me start this off by saying that I am insecure about the dark circles under my eyes. To the point that I'm defensive about them. So I'll start off by getting this out of the way: yes, I've had my allergies tested, yes I eat for my food allergies, yes I have trouble sleeping, yes, my thyroid is under control, thank you.


Phew! Glad to get that out of the way. I rarely go out in public without coverup on under my eyes. In the spirit of being #bodyproud, I've decided to post pictures of myself without makeup for you all to see. The point is to share with you a product that I use all the time and love. If you have a need for major concealing, you might want to try Time Balm. And no, this is not a sponsored post. (I don't do sponsored posts, if you haven't noticed. Not that I wouldn't if the right product offered!)

You can get it on Amazon and at Sephora and maybe other places. Those are the two places where I've gotten it. I get the mid-medium. I'm fairly tan and quite yellow. My tips are these: use a brush to apply it and don't skimp around your tear ducts or they'll look super dark.

Pardon my bathroom selfies, but it's all I've got. I was getting ready in the morning one day and thought this could be useful for someone. But not so useful I needed to wake my husband up to take pictures of my eyeballs. On the left, the not quite-blended eye with product. On the right, no makeup on that eye.


Want a close up? Here ya go!


Here I am with both eyes covered up and blended in. And yes, after these pictures I started using my eye cream more religiously before bed. The puffiness is not indicative of the product but rather of my own puffiness!



Let me know if you try it out and like it-or hate it!  And don't forget that brush! This is a thick product, and you can do some serious pulling if you try to apply with your finger.

Dear Sugar: No is Golden


Flowers from my own wedding. I did not invite my father.

I recently read the most incredible book. It's called Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar. It was published in 2012 and contains some columns previously published in what was an anonymous advice column at the time (the author was revealed when the book was published, and the book contains newly published entries, too), but I just read it over our trip to Las Vegas of all places.  I'm not affiliated in any way with the author, but I want everyone I know to read this book. It matters to me so much that I'm going to start posting some of the columns from it here in the hopes that you will read-and share-them. If you're offended by swear words and graphic language, be aware that she uses some. If you'd rather only read my posts about personal style, come back soon. Today, I'm going to underline the parts that stand out to me. Please feel free to comment if you are so moved.

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Here! Why I'm Obsessed with Piccadilly

It's Here! Why I'm Obsessed with Piccadilly

Styling, event planning, design, and creative consulting are what the dream team at the newly re-launched Piccadilly list as their services. But I think you'd better read this before you decide exactly what they offer. Because while they'll help you plan a kick-ass wedding or corporate event or bump your branding to the next level or make your window display the one that people stop and take pictures of, it's more than that. Here's a taste of what I'm talking about.
If everything in you yells "YES!" when you read that, you need some Piccadilly in your life.

4 Easy Ways to Feel More Stylish This Fall

4 Easy Ways to Feel More Stylish This Fall


Recently I read an article about a trend forecaster. First, that's a thing?! How fun! Where do I sign up? Second, this blog post is not that. This blog post is about looking at what you already own and making it cooler with very little effort. Maybe about buying one new thing (shirt, belt) and wearing it with pride. Not about hats made from one piece of fabric to wear to fashion week. Although, that would be cool...

1. Wear a belt not in belt loops. Wear a belt over a skirt. Wear a belt over your cardigan around your waist. Wear a belt over a dress. Wear it, wear it everywhere! Do not match your belt exactly to any other item you are wearing, including shoes, bags, etc.


2. Wear one thing that's baggy and one thing that's tighter. This could be a loose shirt and skinny jeans or a pencil skirt and a comfy sweater or wide leg pants and a fitted blazer.



3. Cuff your pants. Cuff them above booties or sneakers or (if you're currently doomed to comfortable shoes like I am) even clogs. (Yes, Ashley. I said clogs on my blog.) Works with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, and slim leg trousers. (See how I said both clogs and trousers there?)


4. Tuck your shirt in. Whether you do the half tuck, the side tuck, or don't know what the TUCK I'm talking about, take a piece of your shirt or your entire shirt and tuck it in. Don't wear a belt with it.


You can find all the links from today's post on my Fall Finds board.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day Trip from DC: Paradise Springs Winery

Day Trip from DC: Paradise Springs Winery

Dress: Old Navy, Hat: Eastern Market flea market, similar here or Panama style here
A few weekends ago, my husband and I were going to go to a food festival in a northern Virginia town. However, I hadn't noticed that it was extremely expensive. Changing gears, we decided to check out Paradise Springs Winery, which is located in Clifton, Virginia. It's a short drive from DC.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Personal Shopping: Where to Buy Tall Length Skirts and Pants and the Belt You Must Buy

Personal Shopping: Where to Buy Tall Length Skirts and Pants

A couple weeks ago, I got an email that I had been waiting for. It was a young woman whose father had contacted me in May about a gift certificate to take his daughter shopping. Her mother thought it would be a good graduation gift, and I agreed! My understanding was that the daughter was interning on Capitol Hill and would be contacting me soon. As the summer passed, I didn't hear anything. 

Then, she emailed. She's a savvy woman, and she is, in fact, living and working in DC. It made more sense, she thought, for us to go shopping now that the fall was coming. I was thrilled to hear from her and ready to go shopping! I didn't take many pictures because we had just three hours and a lot to cover.


This client, like so many women, has a great sense of style, but she struggles with finding things that fit her six foot tall frame in ways that feel both professional and still youthful. We had some misses, but between that shopping day and my follow up emails, we found some versatile pieces that were just what she needed. 

One White Button Down, Three Ways

One White Button Down, Three Ways

Lately all I seem to want to wear is black and white. Not in a creepy Kris Jenner way, but it seems to be what I gravitate toward. Lately I'm particularly excited about crisp white button downs. They have to be soft, cover the butt, and not show a bra underneath. I like the thicker ones like men wear but that are harder to find for women sometimes.

Here are three ways I suggest you wear a  basic white button down (upper left) this fall.


Under a dress like a jumper. It's amazing how different a dress can look with a shirt underneath it. I've loved this look before with a collar shirt, but I thought it also worked well with a collarless. If you like this look but aren't sure what shirt/dress combinations to use or what shoes to wear it with, look at Boden for styling inspiration. You'll see this idea also works well with a basic long-sleeved tshirt. I think this combination is dying for a bold necklace or a skinny belt around the waist, tights when the weather turns, and a low brown bootie or knee high boots.

Under a stiff sleeveless shirt. I was playing around with the textures so the bottom two shirts look fairly similar; however, the bottom left is quite stiff. Using a stiff sleeveless shirt over a button down is a great way to wear it beyond the summer and show off a fun texture or embellished neck. I'd love something like this Boden sleeveless top over a basic button down with so-called "cigarette pants" like these from TopShop, these from Lane Bryant, or these from Asos. Add shiny tie up shoes or leopard print flats, and you're done.

Under a flowy lace shirt. This is the opposite end of the spectrum, but it still works and may be a way to wear lace to work without looking too casual or too sexy. It's also a way to take a shirt (like this) that you might already own that reads as very sweet or slightly Western and make it a little more preppy.  On the flip side, it also adds a boho feel to an otherwise stiff shirt.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Staycation: 29 (Gluten Free) Hours in Navy Yard, DC

Staycation: 29 (Gluten Free) Hours in Navy Yard, DC

Inspired by the extremely popular "36 Hours" New York Times Series, here is my itinerary for what you should do on a staycation or vacation to Navy Yard, DC. 

Skip the dry GF bun and burger from Blue Jacket, but get the fries if you're ok with a shared fryer


Saturday, 11AM Early check in at the Courtyard Marriott

This clean, affordable, convenient hotel is

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Roundup: DIY Boho Boots, Giant Pom Poms, Finding Tiny Shoes, and More!

Weekly Roundup: DIY Boho Boots, Giant Pom Poms, Finding Tiny Shoes, and More!

Happy Monday! I'm coming off a weekend of a dinner date to see The Giver (just as spooky as I remember the book) with my husband, a solo movie night on Friday to see Skeleton Twins, a trip to the outlets and a NOVA vineyard with a girlfriend, and my first facial ever! It was my treat to myself after what was a long week last week.

The temperatures are falling (pun intended) around here, are they in your neck of the woods? What do you have planned for this week? I'm taking a personal styling client whose closet I did a few months ago shopping for fall clothes tonight, and I can't wait! I'm trying some new recipes from my Paleo Lunches cookbook in an effort to ditch the never-ending salad rut I've gotten into.



If we were having lunch together and talking style, I'd talk to you about these jewels from the past week or two.

Did you see

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Sugar: Tiny Revolutions

 
I recently read the most incredible book. It's called Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar. It was published in 2012 and contains some columns previously published in what was an anonymous advice column at the time (the author was revealed when the book was published, and the book contains newly published entries, too), but I just read it.  I'm not affiliated in any way with the author, but I want everyone I know to read this book. It matters to me so much that I'm going to start posting some of the columns from it here in the hopes that you will read-and share-them. If you're offended by swear words and graphic language, be aware that she uses some. If you'd rather only read my posts about personal style, come back soon. Today, I'm going to underline the parts that stand out to me. Please feel free to comment if you are so moved.