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Nothing like good ole country dirt roads and corn fields…down in Southern Maryland, that’s about all you’ll find! But just because we live in the middle of nowhere, where this farm is literally on my street and the nearest Target is 20 minutes away, doesn’t mean we can’t dress nicely ;) Here, I’m wearing a thrifted gingham dress I found at my local thrift store with a contrasting statement necklace. I was a little unsure of this dress when I found it in the thrift store, but I actually love its feminine and flattering shape! I originally wanted to wear it with this over-sized jean jacket I stole from my dad years ago because I love pairing girly clothes with a masculine piece, but it was just too hot! Luckily, the dress works wonderfully by itself, too! Perfect for a summer day in The County.
Derek Heart Dress (similar here, here and here), Ann Taylor Blouse (similar here and here), Nina Ninatini Heels (similar here), Michael Kors Ring, Kohl’s Cocktail Ring, Alex & Ani Bangle, Pearl Bracelet, Monogram Bangle (I love this one), Monogram Pendant Necklace (similar here)
One way I always look to update a dress is by throwing a blouse or top over it. All of a sudden, you have a new look! I also like mixing animal print with denim–I feel like it’s something everyone reverts to at some point. I loved how the collar of this dress peeked out of the boatneck cut of my blouse, giving it a little preppy vibe. I’m always in the middle between edgy, street style and northern prepster! I can’t ever decide (#thestruggle). The blouse is also slightly hemmed in the middle to have a barely-there peplum slim fit, perfect for slipping over a dress without billowing out. Do you guys have a unique way to mix up your outfits?
(You can tell I use these Revlon ones a lot! Hehe : )
Happy National Lipstick Day, ya’ll!! Lipstick used to be a mysterious, adult “thing” to me. The dark, pigmented hues were only reserved for older women that could actually pull it off. Even in college, I thought lipstick looked absolutely ridiculous on me, especially since I was only ever attracted to the bright fuscias and corals that popped in the makeup isle. About a year ago, I finally found my happy place with lipstick and I have to say, I am obsessed! I don’t know if I’m OK with it now because I think I look older, or because I have a lot more muted lipsticks now, but my collection has grown!
I love pairing a bold, red lip with a neutral outfit or a bright pink for going out. Sometimes you just need that extra pop of color to finish your look! I used to have the hardest time finding colors that worked well with my skin tone, but I find that layering different lipsticks together help. And to make it all last, I dust a bit of loose face powder on my lips between coats! It makes such a difference.
I stumbled upon this amazing and hilariously entertaining “interview” with Blake Lively when I was reading Noor De Groot’s Queen of Jetlags blog here. I’ve read interviews of Blake before, but I LOVE this one from Vogue– it reminds me how fun, bright and down-to-earth Blake is! She takes everything in stride (something I am trying to convince myself I would do but I probably wouldn’t) through this fast-paced, quirky, mad-lib-esque convo. Since Noor shared it with me, I’m sharing it with you!
Nothing says summer like an all-white ensemble! I love the classic look of a matching blazer and shorts combo — so fresh and clean! These black platform heels are the perfect complement to this leggy outfit. Plus, they were from Rugged Warehouse for $5!!! You can take the girl out of College Park, but you can’t take College Park out of the girl ; ) And, of course, I had to let Black Beauty tag along (aka my precious MK bag).
What a jam-packed weekend! It started out with our date night in Solomon’s on Friday night. We woke up super early Saturday (6 a.m.!!! We don’t play) and drove up to Great Falls which is basically a baby Niagra Falls of MD/VA. We hiked the trails and boulders all morning. It was beautiful and so much fun! I felt like we were serious wilderness people…there’s something about the raw crunch of rock and earth underneath the soles of worn sneakers that I love. I haven’t climbed boulders like that since I was a kid and it felt exhilarating (and sore the next morning)! Afterward, we drove to Bethesda for lunch at ShopHouse, an Asian-Chipotle-esque restaurant, and shopping. We stopped by a consignment shop called Mustard Seed where I couldn’t resist picking up a dress for work and J.Crew high-waisted shorts! We ended the day cooking dinner at home and relaxing : ) I’m sure going to be dreaming about this weekend all week! Hope you had an amazing one too : ) Happy Monday, ya’ll!
Cliff and I had an amazing weekend bopping around Maryland and Virginia! Here’s a quick look at what I wore while we shopped in Bethesda: I put together a little denim on denim combo with this chambray button up and jean-ish skirt but stayed with contrasting colors to make it work. I got the skirt from Walmart in high school for dirt cheap! Absolutely no shame in my game. I added a pop of color with these cute J.Crew jelly sandals, perfect for summer! Bethesda is such a ritzy, preppy place; I was glad I dressed up a little! More details about the rest of the weekend to come : )
Yesterday, Cliff and I went to dinner in Solomon’s at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar. His friends play an acoustic duo called Landing Mary that play gigs all around Maryland and were doing a set there. We got a perfect front row seat to his friends and got a table right on the water, too! It was so lovely and we enjoyed delicious Southern Maryland crab dip with a view of the sunset. I chose a more casual outfit since we were going to be on the water and dock bar. I usually throw a simple tank with these high waisted jean shorts, but dressed up the outfit with some polka dot detailing.
This outfit literally costs less than $10. The jeans and top are thrifted from GoodWill and the blazer is from Rugged Warehouse, the “Ross” of College Park, if you will. You know when you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? I feel that way ALL the time, but I’ve realized that I DO have a ton of clothes and should just try to reinvent them into new outfits before I go off on an unnecessary shopping spree. I’ve been putting together outfits from my closet to post, but my mom has been away for a week and stole our nice DSLR camera! So this quick iPhone snap will have to do for now.