Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jetsetter Style: What to Wear to the Airport


Remember when people used to dress up to fly? No? Me neither — that was long before my time. Nowadays, most trips to the airport feel like an extended episode of What Not to Wear. And while it's certainly fun to observe the eclectic runway of fashion misfires, I for one prefer to wear real pants when I fly (or any time I'm in public, for that matter).

No, you won't find me teetering around in high heels or squeezing into a pencil skirt for a six-hour flight, but I do like to make somewhat of an effort to not look like I just rolled out of bed (even if I did).

Here are my necessities:

Jetsetter Style

  • Dark skinny jeans with a moderate amount of stretch — cute but comfy on the plane. 
  • Several layers of shirts (tank, long-sleeve, sweater) — for easy changing upon arrival.
  • Mid-sized purse with carry-on necessities
  • Ballet flats.
  • Sunglasses — make fun of me if you will, but fluorescent lights suck at 5 a.m. Plus, it's great for people-watching.
  • Massive scarf — doubles as a blanket on the plane.
  • Lipstick — makes any outfit look more pulled together.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Favorites: Cleaning House

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Happy Friday, y'all. Have any fun plans? I'll be catching up on a bunch of freelance articles that I'm pretty excited about. Here are some things I'm enjoying this week:

  • It's still January, which means I'm still in purging mode. This Apartment Therapy article has some good ideas for getting rid of tons of stuff that's probably cluttering up your house.
  • I wrote about some weird but tasty beers for Paste magazine. I've also recently started blogging for their Design section
  • I've been slowly moving toward more organic/natural foods for awhile now, but this Tedx talk by Robyn O'Brien (which is a couple of years old) really inspires me to go all in.
  • This is a meal I'm eating a lot lately.
  • To be honest, I rarely use cookbooks, but I love to have them in the kitchen. This one is gorgeous.
  • When Todd's out of town, I watch a lot of British dramas. This is my current fave.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

In Defense of a Uniform


Like a lot of women I know, I'm guilty of having a closet full of clothes that I rarely wear. Instead, day after day I reach for the same pair of dark-wash jeans and a small rotation of V-neck Ts and striped shirts.

Every day as I peer into my closet deciding what to wear, I urge myself to mix it up — why not wear a dress today, or that new sweater I haven't worn? But more often than not, I reach for the familiar favorites.

I used to think this meant I was boring and uninspired, that I was intimidated by style. Then I realized, this is my style. Call me basic if you want, but these few pieces are the ones that I feel comfortable and confident in, and the older I get, the easier it is for me to embrace that.

Some people take the concept to extremes, filling their closet with multiple copies of one type of shirt, pants, and shoes. Uniforms themselves have become a fashion statement, which is pretty funny when you think about it. I'd rather not limit myself so severely, but I do love the idea of having a simple closet filled only with those few, easily interchangeable pieces that I feel good wearing.

What about you — do you have a uniform, or do you like to try a new look every day?

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P.S. This is one of the first sets I created on Polyvore three years ago — and I still love every piece today.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Packing List: Mexican All-Inclusive Resort

Packing for Mexican All-Inclusive


I'm deep in planning mode for our winter vacation to Mexico, and since it's my second trip to an all-inclusive resort, I feel more prepared than the first time around. Besides the obvious, here's what I'll bring:
  • A Turkish towel. Because sometimes the resort's towels aren't great, and they don't dry nearly as fast.
  • Glam pool wear (huge hat, cat-eye sunnies, and black bikini). Because I like to pretend that I'm a D-list celebrity when pools and cocktails are involved.
  • Waterproof mascara and bright lipstick. Because that's all you need to pair with your sun-kissed glow.
  • EWG-approved sunscreen for face, lips, and body (3-ounce bottles). Because I will not get burned on my first day again. And I won't slather questionable chemicals on my skin, either.
  • A fun float. Because floating in the Caribbean Sea surrounded by angel fish is pretty much the best thing ever.
  • Cup and koozie. For getting extra-large drinks and keeping them cool.
  • Travel candle. In case the room smells like a jungle.
  • Meds. Because I don't want to spend $20 on Tums and aspirin in the gift shop. 
  • Paperbacks. Because I don't want to worry about leaving my Kindle alone when I go for a walk.
What did I forget?
P.S. Here's the post from my last trip to Mexico.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Merry: Christmas Favorites

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Merry Christmas Eve, y'all! I hope everyone is gearing up for a relaxing, fun, delicious holiday. It's pouring rain and nearing 70 degrees here in Virginia, but I'm pretending that it's snowing.

I'm excited to not be spending hours in the car this year (last year we logged close to 30!). Todd and I had our own little celebration in Richmond last night, sharing oysters, champagne, and crab legs at Pearl Raw Bar before exchanging gifts. I'm thinking that might need to be a new Christmas Eve Eve tradition.

Here are a few Christmasy things I'm liking this year:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Favorites: Twentysomething Edition

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To ring in the big 3-0, Todd and I are heading up to D.C. for the weekend. The weather's looking rather dismal on Saturday, but I'm still excited to stroll around Georgetown, see the National Christmas Tree, and eat some good food (reservations here and here).  Here are a few other things I'm liking during my last few hours as a 20-something.
  • The renovation of this Brooklyn townhouse is pretty perfect. 
  • I love all the end-of-year best book lists coming out now. Time to load up the ol' Kindle!
  • The New York Times wrote about one of my favorite Richmond neighborhoods, Church Hill.
  • I would love to do this with River. He's already grown so much!
  • We're having a few people over for a holiday open house and I definitely plan to do this.
  • Christmas is making me feel extra crafty. Love this gold DIY garland.
  • This garlic cheddar beer bread was a big hit — and super easy to make.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Etsy Gift Guide 2014

When it comes to thoughtful, unique gifts, Etsy is one of the best resources online, but I'll be honest — sometimes you have to sift through a lot of crap to find the gems. My best advice is to find a few shops you love, and then look at who they follow. Before you know it, you'll have tons of favorite shops, and plenty of gift ideas for everyone on your list. Here are a few of my recent Etsy favorites!


Sparkvites makes affordable customized rubber stamps as well as cute stationery. Imagine how cool this would be stamped on your Christmas cards!


Sweet Peony Press has some really fun little prints starting at just $10. I like the idea of the His and Hers prints hanging in the bathroom.


Blackbird Tees is based in Richmond, and though their tea towels are a tad pricey, they're undoubtedly adorable. 


Remember I wrote about Finkelstein's Center for Charleston magazine awhile back? Michelle has an Etsy shop filled with dozens of animals who need a loving home. These Finks aren't just for kids, either. I'd love to have one for myself.


You've never seen cross stitch like the cross stitch from Bananya Stand. Choose your favorite pop culture reference or ask her to customize something just for you.


Of course, if you love vintage anything — books, blankets, clothing, brass figures — Etsy has it all. I especially love it for glassware.

You can see more of my favorites here and here! What are yours?