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Clarke County, VA, USA

a straight saturday.

Get-A-Way.
When I feel that I need a recharge I tend to head back home to rural North West Virginia.
It's not too long of a drive from Northern drive and it is a completely different world.

Large yards. Space between houses. 3 stop lights. Smiling strangers. A slower pace. The river.
Dogs. A lot of dogs.

These things all help me relax from the hustle and bustle of my city/suburban life outside of DC when I really need to escape.

This past weekend, I was able to take a less than 24 hour getaway to really unplug and unwind. 
I enjoyed the beautiful weather outside on a patio where I couldn't see inside my neighbors house.
I played with all the dogs I hadn't seen in awhile, and I sipped wine and enjoyed some grilled dinner.
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teej.crew | glasseswarby parker

With the feeling of being relaxed comes the relaxed outfit.
This outfit, to me, is basically the perfect lounge and relax outfit that is a step-up from leggings.

The oversized cardigan is always a comfy go-to outfit staple.
Surprisingly, these cropped straight leg jeans are a newer comfortable addition to my closet.
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Denim has been having a moment and really changing things up.

While classic denim is just that, classic, there are so many fun new denim choices and trends recently.
With trying a new trend I obviously went looking at my favorite denim brand, Current Elliott, for a fun selection of options.

These jeans are a little different than the style I normally go for.
The cropped loose hem is big change but to my surprise they are slowly becoming a favorite.
I am loving the more loose feel that these cropped straight leg jeans give.
Since, they are Current Elliott the fabric is true denim which I believe adds to their comfort level. 
It is nice to have a more free feeling style of pant option versus my normal straight skinny preferences.
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tee: j.crew | glasses: warby parker

While I am drawn toward their comfort, I am still uncertain about their length.
I may opt to hem them a little big so they don’t feel as overwhelming for my frame.

I am still playing around with different styling options so I am sure you will see more of these jeans on this blog in the future.
Have you tried any new denim trends recently?
Which ones are you loving?

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825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

2016 Washingtonian Style Setter Party.

This is a very overdue outfit.
Last October my roommate had an extra invitation to the 2016 Washingtonian Style Setters Party.
Needless to say, I was excited to be attending this exclusive gathering.
However, there was one small problem - I had to come up with an amazing outfit with only three days to spare! For those of you who have been in these types of situations it can be quite difficult finding a last-minute outfit.
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Although, it’s situations like this that make me love Rent the Runway.
I’ve talked about them extensively (look here) and honestly swear by their services and pieces.
Anyways, I jetted over to the Rent the Runway site and scoped all the dresses that were available the day of the event.
Since it was last minute, there wasn’t an extensive selection in terms of edgier pieces.  After all, this was a style setters event so I couldn’t disappoint.
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As I was scrolling through my options, I kept coming back to this particular dress.
It’s a classic black and white color combo, but it had some great details that made it stand out to me.
The kimono style of the dress not only stuck out to me, but it provided the edgy yet stylish look I was seeking.
Not sure if you can tell, but the belt has a great fringe detailing that moved while I walked, and these are the types of details that can really make a classic outfit stand out and make a statement.
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The plunging neckline may be my favorite attribute of this dress.
Though it was certainly not the most stylish outfit I saw that evening, I was very pleased with my last-minute outfit, and it certainly garnered quite a few compliments!

Overall, the night was fun and filled with a plethora of fashionable people, as well as a variety of great bites and beverages from local restaurants around the district.

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101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA

Clarins 2017



You’ve probably heard of this world-renowned French brand that focuses on plant basis to form their beauty and makeup products. “Real beauty - made in France”.
I went to preview their collection back in 2013 at Bloomingdale's at Tysons Corner Mall.
At the time, I had heard of Clarins, but never used any of their products (you can read my post about it here).
Years later, I have added a few products into my beauty rotation and was thrilled when I received an invitation to preview their new 2017 products.
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I was even more excited when I realized this preview would occur at the new MGM Casino, located at the National Harbor right outside of DC, because it was home to an exclusive ClarinsSpa.
Whenever Clarins  debuts new products, they are unveiling new formulas that are distinct yet complementary to their current products.
The main example in this launch is the Body Fit.
Clarins used a new plant, Baccharis, to help reduce and minimize the appearance of cellulite.
This is a product that takes time to show results, but I have been using it consistently for the past 2 weeks and can already start to feel a difference. In terms of texture, the non-greasy feel is amazing and the smell is delightful.
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We had a quick presentation to go through the new products and then we set out to explore the spa and receive mini treatments.
It was amazing. The staff knows what they’re doing and the products were obviously top of the line.  A later post on the spa to follow, but here are some of the products I had the opportunity to try.
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These will be heading with me overseas when I am travelling. 
This is the perfect travel size, and I love the slight variances in shades that really match your skin.  And who doesn’t love smaller pores?
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I have found myself using this product more and more. 
The powder and blotting paper compact combo is a game changer. 
Light and easy to carry – there’s no reason to not have one, especially as the weather will only get warmer and more humid as we enter into Spring. 
Stay matte with ease
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These two products are, hands down, my favorite.  
I have been stepping up my beauty game recently and these two products have been an easy and much needed addition to my regime.  
The bi-phase serum is first to go on. It is designed to help your skin retain moisture no matter the situation.  It’s also light yet very moisturizing.  
If you seal it with the Hydra Essential Silky Cream, it is basically a lethal weapon to kill dry skin.  
Again, it is very hydrating (a theme with this season’s products), but also light enough that you don’t realize you are using a moisturizer that is designed to provide extra hydration.  
Oh, did I mention it is SPF 15?  Yep it has it all.
This is the perfect smoky eye palette with an easy to use guide on how to apply it - perfect for any ladies out there who are lost in terms of makeup application.
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I hinted at this product at little bit above, but it’s another stellar item that has me very excited. 
A lot of people consider Clarins as their “go-to” brand for cellulite fight products, but this lotion is incredible.  
To fight the dreaded ‘C’ word (I know it is a long battle), this product takes consistent and extended use, but is worth the discipline and, more importantly, the results. 
One of my favorite attributes about the lotion is the non-sticky feeling after application, which I thoroughly enjoy, as well as the great smell. 
Overall, I think most of us know how hard it is to find the right lotion and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.
This is such a simple but effective face contouring palette.
The diagram on how to use the palette corectly is beyond helpful and the fact that Clarins has included an actual brush with this kit is a game changer.
The brush is soft but firm to make your contour as soft or harsh as you desire.
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This is an innovative and great priced product.  
The company went full throwback by honoring everyone's favorite elementary/middle styled pen.
  This functions the same way the one we remember – press the color you want (eyes - blue, brown, black | lips - brown/nude), use, then throw the pen in your bag and go. 
Beyond easy and perfect for those mornings when you’re in a rush or travelling and want to downsize on some products.  Plus it has four different colors!  
The added bonus here is that it is only $30.  It’s such a great deal!

What are your favorite Clarins products?
Have you tried any of these?

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With the weather slowly warming up, I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits that I wore on a regular basis last fall that’s perfect for either season.

I often like to describe myself as a dressy yet casual person.
When I do decide to go out on the weekends, I love to opt for my most comfortable jeans and assorted tops depending on the setting for the evening.
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crop topthe fifth label | denimcurrent elliott "super high waist stiletto"(last worn here
pumpsschutz | bagold navy

If you aren’t familiar with Arlington, Virginia, it’s a pretty casual place.
In terms of weekend bar options, almost every local establishment is either a sports bar or wine bar.
Because of these fairly simple options you can understand why denim is the best and safest outfit of choice (especially in colder weather).


As I have mentioned before here, these Current Elliott super high-waisted jeans are my favorite irrespective of the occasion.
The fabric, hem, fit, and rise are my definition of the perfect jeans so these tend to be my normal “go-to” jeans.  
My favorite casual, going-out outfit is the high waisted jeans and crop top combo.

The crop top can show as much, or little, skin as you wish depending on the hemline of the top or the rise of the jeans.
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This particular top from The Fifth Label has a little bit of a longer hemline that hits right above my jeans.
I love the fun print and the sliver of skin that peeks through depending how I’m standing.

Even though I have been in a non-heel mood recently, I love these d’orsay pumps from Schutz that I purchased a few years ago.
Even though I’ve had them for awhile this is their debut on the blog.
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crop topthe fifth label | denimcurrent elliott "super high waist stiletto"(last worn here
pumpsschutz | bagold navy

The heel height can be a little scary, but these beauties have nice little grippers in the back so your foot doesn’t flop in and out.
The great thing about this outfit is that I can sport these amazing heels or throw on a more casual shoe depending on how I am feeling for the night.

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