On this weeks Weekday Wardrobe, a *new* weekly blog post intended to inspire your weekday fashions, I was inspired by the rustic colors of the end of Summer and beginning of Fall. The crisping air and early sun sets signal the end of the bright summer days. But of course, it’s difficult to let summer fashions go without a final wave goodbye. The following looks are a hybrid between chic summer street wear and early fall fashions.
MONDAY: Rough Around The Edges
TUESDAY: Sweet Tooth
WEDNESDAY: Modified Masculine
THURSDAY: Constructed Boho
FRIDAY: Rustic Cobalt
I hope these looks brought some inspiration to your weekday wardrobe selections!
Clutch: Thrift Store Find | Top: Buffalo by David Bitton | Wedges: Reaction by Kenneth Cole from TJ Maxx | Ring & Bracelet: Forever 21 | Jeans: Target | Necklace: World Market
After a long week there are two things I crave: good drinks and comfy clothes. Luckily, there is something so incredibly effortless about a bohemian style outfit. Relaxed, comfy and whimsical– it fit my mood for the night. The wonderful thing about boho style is that it is nearly impossible to mess up. Gladiator style sandals?– Check! Flowy top?– Check! Whimsical print?– Check! Congrats, you just successfully put together a boho look! Piece of cake, huh?
The one difficult thing about this outfit is the top. It is a low cut, oversized tank that works better as a coverup (one of which I never really wore). I have been dying to wear this out, but the only thing it pairs well with is jeans and leggings. Nonetheless, it is probably the MOST comfortable top I have ever worn out to dinner.
The leather, hand carved clutch is one of my high school thrift store finds that I recently found shoved in the back of my closet underneath my suitcase sized purses. It originally had short purse handles (not my fav) that I removed to create a cute, earthy styled clutch that thankfully fits all the essentials (phone, wallet, Mophie).
TGIF and enjoy the weekend!!
During the summer, there is a delicate balance between finding an incredible experience and finding something that doesn’t break the bank. I’m sure you have wasted away multiple days at Six Flags or Kings Dominion thinking, “I’m just going to pay the entrance fee and won’t buy a thing so I can save my money“…….only to walk out $80.00 poorer and a stomach full of soggy chicken nuggets. Its okay, we’ve all been there, don’t feel bad!! As Summer comes to an end the list of affordable, worthwhile “To-Do’s” seems to be an impossible feat. Well, look no further! If you’re a true DMV resident and a part of the HTTR Nation, you are in luck! From July 24- August 11, the official Redskins Training Camp will be held at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA…FOR FREE!! That’s right people, you can stare at the wonderfully chiseled athletic goodness of every NFL Redskin Player without paying a dime! Of course, growing up in a die-hard Redskin fan household, my families attendance to this event was almost implied.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be the worlds coolest chick that knows everything about gel nail polish, baked goods and football all at the same time, because to be honest, I know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT SPORTS. Not that I’m saying that a girl can’t know everything about gel nail polish, baked goods and football– because I’m sure that mega-super-cool-sport-girly-chick-hybrid exists, I’m just not her.
Let me break this down for you, in middle school PE class I was single-handedly the reason why my team always lost in every game. I would literally run away from the ball every time it came within a 4 foot radius. But, I am happy to report that my trip to Redskins Training Camp was just as fulfilling for a non-sporty chick– my only complaint would be the 8:30AM start time..
I was shocked at the end of the two-hour practice how dedicated and loyal the players were to the fans. RGIII, along with many other players, literally walked right up to massive crowds of fans to to sign and take pictures for a good 30 minutes. Ultimately, the cherry on top of a great day was when one of the players pulled a little boy onto the field with him and suited him up with football pads, helmet and all. Of course, the adorable little boy fell over with the weight of the pads and the crowd went hysterical.
If you’re looking for a quick day get-away and don’t mind waking up early, I highly suggest you check out the Redskins Training Camp. You can’t beat a newly built facility with awesome food, beverage and entertainment vendors, NFL players and no entrance fee!
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to brunch at some of the most adorable places around the DMV. With vacation season upon us, it is almost impossible to NOT brunch while away. Luckily, I don’t have to go very far to brunch like a queen! I have been blessed by the brunch gods and am located near some of the best breakfast spots around, that admittedly, I frequent often.
Most people think brunch is all about the food….they, my dear, are dead wrong. Every fashionista knows that the outfit you wear to brunch says more about you than the three-egg veggie omelet and a side of french toast you just ordered. Everyone needs to indulge every now and then!
Although you may feel like sliding out of bed and into a pair of VS Pink sweats, a wrinkled tee and some Vans, I would advise against it. I can promise you once those #foodie, #brunchingitup, and #endlessmimosas Instagram shots fill up your newsfeed, you will regret it.
So, as a preventative measure, it is essential to have an array of wardrobe options on hand.
These are a few of my favorite “Brunching in the City” looks…
#1. | Relaxed Vamp
#2. | Wild Thang
#3. | Flirty Floral
#3. | Geometric Guru
Hope you enjoy!
I think most of us will agree that breakfast is just about the most amazing meal of the day. Lets be honest, it’s 99.5% of whats on my mind as soon as I wake up. However, the remaining .5% is fixated on how to make breakfast delicious without completely ruining my caloric intake for the day. So, as a result I’ve come up with a few of my go-to breakfast favorites, the Mediterranean Egg White Sandwich being one of them. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Follow the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions below to duplicate my favorite quick breakfast grab 🙂
- 2 Sun-dried Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Eggs (separated)
- 1 Tbsp. Butter
- 3 Tbsp. Milk
- Bread of Choice (toasted) *Pita bread tastes amazing with this recipe*
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic
- 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
- Salt & Pepper
- Small Skillet
STEP BY STEP:
1. Break the two eggs and separate the yolk from the egg white. (Hint: I recommend using a the “Shell Transfer” method, unless you wanna use the fancy empty plastic bottle method– Google it! I have to say, it’s pretty cool)
2. Pour the milk into the egg whites and whisk until foamy.
3. Use 1/2 of the olive oil mixture to line your skillet and turn the stovetop on medium heat.
4. Take the egg white mixture and pour into your skillet, add salt and pepper to taste, wait until the edges solidify and the center bubbles to flip. Place to the side.
5. Use the remainder of the olive oil mixture to line the skillet once again.
6. Add the chopped garlic and spinach. Cook until spinach is slightly wilted and remove off of heat.
7. Now, we are ready for sandwich assembly!
8. First butter each side of your toast. Then add mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, and spinach in that order.
9.Voila! The perfect breakfast !
There have been many times in my life where a significant change or transition has occurred. Since I can remember, I have been constantly reminded that the only consistent thing in life is change. Gaining friends, losing friends, moving away from home, moving back home, seeking out new jobs, leaving old jobs, losing weight, and gaining weight, etc. Ehhhh, you get the jist. In most of these instances, I have felt completely ready for the change at hand. College graduation and planning the rest of my life, however, has been another story.
For four years I have felt the overwhelming want to “just be done”, but now that the day has come and gone, I surprisingly find myself missing those half-assed lectures in the scummy smelling classrooms at Marymount. Maybe it’s the fact that I expected myself to have my future planned out a little better than I do. Maybe I expected to feel just a little more prepared that I currently do. Maybe its because my life has taken a complete 360 in the past year and has undergone one too many changes. Or maybe it’s because, for once in my life, I actually have no idea where I am meant to be next.
For the first time in my life I am being 100% honest with myself when I say that maybe I don’t want to be the typical 9-5, give-everything-but-my-kidney-to-my-job kinda working girl. I want to be able to express my creativity. I want to truly live life. I want to work to live and not live to work. I want to truly LOVE what I do. Then came the heavy realization that in order to find a career that I am passionate about, I literally have to be willing to do ANYTHING to attain it. Thoughts start to race through my mind. Am I really the type of girl that “has” what it takes to create herself out of nothing? Do I truly have the drive? Am I willing to move away from the only true support system I have ever known? Most of these questions are things college freshmen face as they head out into the “real” world that us adults consider “pre-reality”. I’ve been there, done that and trust me when I say this is in, no way anything like that feeling. This feeling is the overwhelming worry that one wrong step, one too hastily accepted job, or one mistake could lead to a lifetime of being lead down the completely wrong path.
Thankfully, my dad gave me a piece of advice that has resounded now more than ever. “Life goes on”.
To me, meaning, I have made mistakes. I will continue to make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes have led me to the “wrong” place and to realizations that eventually led me to the “right” place. It is so cliché to say this, but life is a journey and I find solace in that. Knowing that these feelings of being led down a “wrong path in life” is an irrational one. There is no such thing as a “wrong” path. Sure, I’ve made my share of mistakes, but the lessons I’ve learned in return have been much, much greater.
To really live life, you have to be willing to throw yourself into it with all you’ve got. There are some people in my life, as in anyone’s, that would advise against that. They would opt that you “play it safe” and stay within your “comfort zone”. But what they are really saying and wanting is for you to stay within their comfort zone. If you never explore the bounds to your own comfort zone, you have no idea where the limits lie. So I challenge you, as I challenge myself to really live life. Although you may be a broke recent college grad, I challenge you to explore life and realize the true richness of every moment. Now more than ever, I have realized it is impossible to recreate “moments” in life, so take it in—Live it, Breathe it, Experience it and remember it forever.