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redo wedding.

This is such a great dress I had forgotten about in my closet.  I wore it to a wedding a few years ago here and haven't worn it since.  It is amazing how a few years and slight styling changes can really transform a simple dress.  
A great fitting dress with a fun print gives you an easy go-to piece for any wedding or formal function.
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For the most recent wedding I attended, I wore this dress (also worn here). 
To style things a little differently this time, I wanted to go with more retro waves in my hair and different heels.    
Keepsake is one of my favorite brands that I can always count on for great quality pieces.  I love the style of this dress and it is such a great item to grab for a more casual wedding if I don't have time or money to shop or rent something for the occasion.  
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dress: keepsake (last worn here) | shoes : zara

As wedding season is winding down, this is a great time of year to score some classic dresses that are marked down in end of season sales.
It is the perfect time to stock up for next year's round of vows!

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wrap skirt.

Summer has come and gone so quickly I can hardly believe it.  I feel That I was booked with traveling celebrating friends engagements but also had a low-key summer that kept me in DC more than in years past.  
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skirt: madewell | top: madewell | wedges: joie

One of my favorite weekends was when I was able to get away to Myrtle beach to celeb my friend Sarah and her new fiancĂ©e, Trent, engagement.  My group of friends has all ended up in different areas, South Carolina, Ohio, Richmond, VA, and DC.  We don't see each other as often but when we do it is always a blast.
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I have been on a major shopping freeze but did decide to make a purchase when I saw these items at the Madewell sale.  The top is sold out but the skirt is still available here
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skirt: madewell | top: madewell | wedges: joie

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Cheers to the future Mr. & Mrs. Ammons :)

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culotte jumpsuit.

The summer and year have really flown by.
While I didn't have too many solid plans at the beginning, things have slowly fallen into place that has made Summer 2017 full of so much love and happiness.  
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jumpsuitanthropologie (sale!) | sandalsmadewell
hat: urban outfitterssunglassesrayban

This is what I wore to the last engagement party of the summer (I had three in total) in Richmond, VA.  One of my oldest friends, elementary school, college roommates and beyond, got engaged earlier in the summer.  They are a great fun pair and their theme for the party hosted by the Maid of Honor was "Fiesta!"
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I knew I had to break out a cool outfit for the festivities.
I was very very tempted to rent this dress from Rent The Runway but ended up finding this perfect jumpsuit on sale a month earlier.

A friend had worn this jumpsuit to a wedding we had both attended earlier in the summer and I thought it was amazing.  I loved the straps.  Even though I am not normally a fan of partial sheer bottoms, but I really loved the way these were constructed.
They were flowy and unless you really noticed each leg separately, you would never guess this was a jumpsuit.
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Not that I ever doubted it wouldn't be fun, but it ended up being one of the most fun nights I've had this summer.  We ate lots of tacos, hit a pinata filled with ring pops, and danced so much my feet hurt the next morning.
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jumpsuit: anthropologie (sale!) | sandals: madewell
hat: urban outfitters | sunglasses: rayban

photos by Tara Butler 

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Here's to celebrating the more milestones with this crew!

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For Love & Lemons in Ko Phi Phi.

As I am slowly sharing the last photos of my Thailand trip it is making me eager for my next adventure.
These photos are from Day 2 in Phuket.
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You may notice I am a little red in the rest of the photos from my trip.  
That is because on our first full day at the resort (seen here) we had a few too many watermelon long islands and a little too much fun in the sun that hindered us from applying sun screen properly.  
Oops.  
While planning our Phuket portion of our trip, we knew as a group, we wanted to have a day touring the islands but we didn't have anything pre-planned prior to arriving at the resort.  
We went with a tour that had partnered with our hotel which made things very seamless.  
The speedboat tour included transportation to and from our resort, snacks, water, snorkeling, and lunch were all included for our 8-hour adventure and cost about $91 (I KNOW!)
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We visited a few destinations on Ko Phi Phi which included Maya Bay (very very crowded), Koh Phi Phi Leh, Krabi, and Rang Yai Island.
These particular bathing suit photos were shot on  Rang Yai Island.
All the resorts were completely wiped out by the tsunami that happened on Christmas Day 2004.  Because of that, the beach is small and not as many boats/tourists visit the island.  
It really made you feel that you were in the middle of a tropical paradise.
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The only thing I wish is that we would have spent more time on the islands.

One second about this bathing suit: I snagged it via a Revolve sale months and months before my trip.  I had been eyeing this maillot from For Love & Lemons since last summer so when the price dropped I knew I had to scoop it and make sure it made it to a proper tropical paradise. 
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And yes, I brought my own flower crown, especially for these photos :)

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Maya Bay
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Maya Bay
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Koh Phi Phi Leh
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Koh Phi Phi Leh
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Rang Yai Island
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Krabi
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Brigitte in Phuket.

Yet another little break has happened in my corner of the internet.
I have been pretty off the grid recently for a much-needed life detox.
Unplugging and unsharing my life with the world is something that I feel that I have to do to feel sane.  
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swimsuitsolid & striped "the brigitte"(bottom - small .|. top - large) | 
hatsole society | sunglassesrayban

Unplugging and being completely relaxed brings me back to Thailand.  
This is the first swimsuit post I am sharing with you all.
I've been in love with high waisted styles of clothing(helloooo my obsession with Current/Elliot stiletto jeans) but had been struggling to find a swimsuit to fill that void. 
Enter this Solid & Striped "Brigitte" suit on sale via NastyGal. 
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It was over 50% off so obviously I took this as a sign that it needed to be mine.  
The bottoms fit better than I had anticipated, but the top not so much.
I am slightly bustier (34D) with a smaller rib cage, finding bathing suit tops is THE WORST.  
So the cups of the "Brigitte" fit perfectly, however, the band was beyond loose.  
With no option to return the top, the negatives of final sale items, I decided to fix the issue and take it to a tailor.
I am so glad I did and now have solved all of my ill fitting bathing suit issues.
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swimsuit: solid & striped "the brigitte"(bottom - small | top - large)
hat: sole society | sunglasses: rayban

These photos were taken in the main infinity pool on our first day in Phuket.  
We drank too much and forgot to reapply sunscreen so these are the only photos I was able to take without looking like a total lobster.

So more to come of Phuket!  
Our resort, another GoPro video, more swimsuits, and a few outfits I was able to take pictures of before my hair ballooned from the humidity.

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summer's little black dress.

Last week I found my way to one of my favorite cities in Virginia, Richmond.  
The drive can be under 2 hours depending on traffic and is a perfect little getaway from everything DC.  
One of my favorite aspects of the city is how you can walk almost anywhere. 
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dressurban outfitters (last worn here) | hatsole society (UNDER $30!) | sandalsjoie
sunglassesray ban | pursecoach

After going to a local farmer's market in the morning we headed to a newer brewery, The Veil.

It was a little warmer out so we decided to sit inside versus their outdoor seating to chat and reminisce about our college days.

From The Veil, we walked to another brewery a few blocks away.
Along the way, I bullied a friend into taking these photos for me.
On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than an easy summer dress.  
This dress, last worn here, was one I scored on sale last year from Urban Outfitters. 
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I love the faux wrap style so I never have to worry about it actually coming undone and it accentuating my waist.  
It is the perfect little black dress for hot summer days and I wish I had it in multiple colors.
After the second brewery and a little summer storm, we went to a Mexican restaurant, En Su Boca, for more drinks and dinner.  
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dress: urban outfitters (last worn here) | hat: sole society (UNDER $30!) | sandals: joie
sunglasses: ray ban | purse: coach

One thing I love about this place is that you can add fruit and champagne to any drink for $2.  SOLD!
I hadn't been to Richmond since December so I love reconnecting with my favorite little town.  
I'll be heading back to my favorite little city once a month for the next few months so I will be sure to share my adventures with you all.

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short story.

A short a sweet post today.
This outfit was from one of the days in Chiang Mai that didn't have any set plans.  
Another girl and myself girl decided to just explore the city on our own.
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shorts:  j.crew (last worn here) | topabercrombie(last worn here) | bagkate spade | sandalsjoie

We discovered a day market that a lot of locals shop at and I ended up with this orange ice drink.  
We only managed to wander the streets for a few hours due to the extreme heat and humidity.
We ended up back in our hotel infinity pool by early afternoon where we worked on our tans and planned for our stop in Phuket.
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shorts:  j.crew (last worn here) | top: abercrombie(last worn here) | bag: kate spade | sandals: joie

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Elephant Nature Park.

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Everyone keeps asking me "What was your favorite part of Thailand?"  That is such a tough question to answer because the entire experience was amazing.  However, I have consistently mentioned The Elephant Nature Park as the highlight.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love elephants. A. Lot.
Prior to leaving for Thailand, we had only made 1 concrete plan for our entire 2-week trip and that was to visit this park.
The original elephant conservatory in the country, Elephant Nature Park.  
ENP was the first of its kind in the country founded in the late 90's and it is completely funded by donations and people visiting the park.
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No, you do not ride elephants here.  They actually rescue elephants from work camps, trekking, the circus, wildlife injuries, etc.  Essentially a retirement home for elephants due to most of them being too old to work anymore and being too much of a financial burden on their original owners.

Once here, the elephants are able to roam the 250 acres at their will.  Every animal has their own mahout which is essentially their own personal caregiver they are constantly being fed and aren't being too mischievous with guests.

My video recap of Chiang Mai including this post and my Elephant Nature Park experience.

It was really such a special experience to spend time with these amazing creatures and was a dream come true.

I HIGHLY suggest this place - they not only rescue elephants but also cats and dogs.   If you decided to visit another elephant community while in Thailand make sure that they do not ride them because, despite their size, that is not what these animals are for.
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Tips:
Book early! We booked our day trip about 3 to 4 months before we arrived and there were only a few slots for our large group left within our time window in Chiang Mai.  

The have day trips (what we did), overnight and extended stays depending on what type of experience you want to have. 
Our day trip which included, transportation to and from our hotel (about an hour away), lunch, water, and the entire day feeding, bathing, and petting elephants.  
We paid 2,500 baht which is equivalent to around $75 (half paid at booking and half paid upon arrival so make sure to bring enough for the experience and the gift shop!)