Sarah Flint Trunk Show

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Do you remember when I got to wear these GORGEOUS heels while attending Fashion Week last summer? They were the handiwork of Sarah Flint, aka the most incredible shoe designer under 30 who I have the pleasure of calling a friend. The exciting part? Sarah’s in town this Monday (April 28) for a trunk show of her beautiful creations.

If you happen to get off of work early enough to stop by, I really hope you’ll join me at Sarah’s trunk show in Georgetown. Details below — I know it’s a daytime thing and might be a challenge, but I KNOW many of you will be as smitten with Sarah’s origami-meets-’40s-inspired designs as I am.

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Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show + TOPSHOP

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Some of you may have seen my inordinately early tweets and Instagram pic on Saturday morning, but I wanted to take a sec to explain the fun I got to have up at Westfield Montgomery’s Nordstrom this weekend! When Nordstrom’s wonderful marketing team reach out to a few weeks ago about attending their Beauty Trend Show, I was definitely interested. Given how much of a hike the mall was, I was hesitant — but with so many activities on deck, I decided to give it a go.

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Outfit | Neutrals and Sunshine

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So I don’t know how many of you have heard my spiel before, but I’ve been a pescetarian for my whole life, occasionally going weeks at a time as a full-fledged vegetarian. My dietary choices have never been really driven by animal rights or environmental concerns or anything over the years (my parents just raised us pescetarian so I went with it), but in more recent years I’ve taken more of an interest in thinking consciously about how my diet or daily choices play into the bigger picture. So when Miakoda got in touch about showcasing one of the line’s entirely sustainable and cruelty-free items, I was more than happy to jump on board.

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What Dress Code? on Pinterest | Tips For Building Your Following

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Pinterest might just be my favorite thing ever. I know a few of you have lamented how Pinterest has ruined weddings or how it’s made all of us overthink every food or décor or entertaining choice we’ve ever made. But I can’t help it, I’m hooked.

I’ve been closing in on 1,000 followers — a following that I’ve grown organically over time — and I wanted to take a few minutes to share some tips I’ve learned along the way. I know there are tons of great blogger write-ups on the best ways to leverage Pinterest so I know some of this isn’t news, but I still thought I’d share my personal experiences since I’ve been able to grow my following from scratch…

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Cherry Blossoms and April Showers

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Considering it’s absolutely pouring outside and supposed to dip below freezing this evening, I think it’s safe to say the cherry blossoms will have officially met their match by tomorrow. But I got the chance to capture a few shots on a slightly less crowded day Thursday (don’t even get me started on visit número dos on Sunday), and I thought I might just share…

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Outfit | In Bloom + Giveaway

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The weather finally perked up and I finally got back out for some outfit photos! And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?

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Coffee Table | Bedside Table: April Reading List

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So I decided it’s been WAY too long since I did a Coffee Table | Bedside Table post — you might not even remember them from… July… but, considering the fact that I’m trying to amp up my reading habits this year, I thought it was about time. So here are a few recent favorites, and I hope you’ll share what you’re reading lately — I’m always looking for new picks to put my nose in! Here we go, two picks for end-of-day reading and two for that coveted place of honor on your coffee table…

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#WednesdayWisdom | Success

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I genuinely didn’t know Mickey Rooney’s career all that well — outside of seeing his performances in National Velvet and his still-controversial role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s — but when I saw Ariana Huffington’s tweet of the above sentiment yesterday after the film icon’s death, I couldn’t help but stop for a moment.

It’s not that I’ve had any big-time failures or let-downs lately, but there’s definitely room to grow. To get better. To give more. Whether to this blog, or to my job, or to my relationships and everyday living. This is a welcome reminder that messing up or experiencing growing pains is normal — in fact, essential — to the road toward that thing we call success.

Have you ever had a big (or small) failure that you realized was an essential stepping stone in retrospect? It seems these things are always seen in retrospect, but it’s worth thinking about…

Happy Wednesday!

{Image is Mine | Words are His}

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Recipe | Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Oatmeal Pretzel Streusel

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Did you know today is National Beer Day? I know, I know, it feels like there’s a holiday for everything lately, but this one’s actually kind of cool. On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a law allowing people to brew and sell beer as long as it stayed below 4% ABV. So it’s only fitting on the same day more than 80 years later, to enjoy a brew in celebration of the beginnings of the end of Prohibition. And I’ll probably pour a cold one this evening, but in the meantime, let’s put beer in baked goods, shall we?

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Happy Friday! / Loving Lately, Volume 12

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There’s been a bit of a Friday Favorites hiatus around here, but I’m back to it.

I’ll keep things simple, though. Lately, I’m…

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