Dress Obsess: The Maxi

It took me far too long to jump on the maxi bandwagon, but in the hot hot heat of summer 2014, I’m glad I did.  I bought my first maxi dress at the tail end of last summer on super sale from LOFT, after searching long and hard for one that didn’t boast a giant floral print and was long enough to actually graze the tops of my feet.  Luckily, I found this navy and off-white number that I now just about live in on summer weekends and leaves me saying ‘maximize me!’ Continue Reading

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Wear To – Fourth of July

Keeping it calm, cool, and collected this Fourth of July with a breezy tank, comfy shorts, and simple sandals.  For our Fourth plans, we’re staying local (in the nation’s capital, of course), and will be attempting to avoid the massive influx of tourists for three days while still partaking in the holiday festivities.  Luckily, we can skip trekking downtown this year, and instead, can see most all the firework displays in the DMV area from the comfort of our own roof. Continue Reading

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Pattern Play

Dots and tribal and lemons, oh my!  I decided to kick off summer in a cheery, pattern-popping way by toying around with several of the patterned pieces taking up residence in my closet.  And with this pattern play, I focused on mixing neutral textural patterns with bolder statement patterns (see below for more on mixing patterns) to create a subtle patterned look.

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Wear To – Casual Friday

With the summer season comes pool days, beach vacations, and…casual Fridays at the office!  I jump at the chance to temporarily escape from suit separates and button downs when the sun is beating down on me and the humidity is already at 80% by 8am.  Speaking of the heat/humidity — it’s never easy dealing with the summer sun outside while the office building inside is colder than the polar vortex.  To compensate, I try to reduce my outfits to layers  — like sleeveless shells or dresses with blazers or fitted jackets.  (Blazers are also a quick way to professional-ize my outfit if I suddenly get called into a more formal meeting.) Continue Reading

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Wear To – Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner (literally, it’s in five days), which means that most everyone is gearing up for a weekend full of backyard barbecues, pool openings, and general outdoorsy time.  I, too, plan to soak up the (almost) summer sun this weekend with a burger and cool drink in hand, so to optimize my time outside, I planned my barbecue-attending outfit in advance. Continue Reading

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