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My World of Lighter Packing

21 May

In college, I would show up for a weekend away with little more than an overnight bag and my purse. My friends would gape at me and wonder how the hell I was going to make it through the weekend with so little “stuff”. It’s easy, people. REALLY easy. Packing 17 outfits for a 5 day trip, including two practically identical pairs of brown heeled wedges is idiotic on so many levels. Why do we girls, in particular, do this to ourselves? Why pay for checked luggage when we can fit everything into the overhead bin?

Over the past 20-plus years, I have perfected the art of packing. I believe this comes from decades of camping with my family, weekends visiting my dad, and of course that little stint abroad – including the time I spent 10 days in Italy with only an over-the-shoulder bag (which also carted 10kg of parmigiano cheese). It’s officially down to a science.

In just 24 hours, 4 of my favorite ladies and I will be heading down to Myrtle Beach for a long Memorial Day weekend of celebrating our nation’s finest by saluting them with tequila sunrises. We’ll be gone for 4 full days, and are cramming ourselves and our stuff into a little toyota camry. Our bags, which need to be kept to a minimum, will contain bathing suits, bar attire, warm clothes, something to sleep in, and “normal clothes” to wear during the day. Not to mention hair supplies and makeup! That’s a lot to fit into a carry-on sized bag. So we must be prepared. Not all trips are created equal – obviously a trip to the beach is a little different than a trip to the mountains. But for this standard Beach weekend, here are my staples.

 

The Duffel Bag:
There are literally thousands of options to choose from. Whether you keep recycling your old Vera, switch to a sturdy yet stylish L.L.Bean or Northface, or simply grab one from Walmart, a medium sized duffel bag is integral. Backpacks are my second choice. I find them to be much more efficient for trips where you need to take your stuff with you at all times (i.e. a European adventure!). But for our purposes, a duffel gives me more space, and the ability to simply toss it from the car to our rooms.

Swim Stuff:
A bathing suit takes up basically no room in a bag (also, hi let’s discuss how cute ModCloth’s suits are). Same goes for a coverup. But the towel is a traitor. There is literally no reason to bring more than one. Never. If it gets wet, wash it (or just don’t). You are likely staying at either a hotel or a friend/relative’s house which means you don’t need a second one for showers – there are always extras…

Comfort Clothing:
These will be used in multiple ways. A pair of thick black capri leggings, long/short sleeved t-shirt, and a hoodie provide a magical combination for traveling women of all shapes and sizes. You can wear them on the car/plane/whatever both to and from your destination. They are also perfectly acceptable sleepwear. And there is certainly no shame in wearing them around the house or in the evening on the beach when you and your ladies are just downing one bottle of wine after another watching the waves come in.

Day-to-Day Attire:
You’re at the beach, so let’s be honest… I don’t need much of this. I’ll be basking in my suit under the UV rays til the cows come home. But just in case I do need something to wear between the beach and the bars, here is what is going into my own bag:
1 pair of black shorts
1 grey maxi-dress (or substitute for a maxi-skirt)
1 colorful loose-hanging top
1 solid-colored tank or blouse
Choosing individual articles of clothing that can match with more than one other option will double your outfits. Besides, you’ll likely be wearing them for less than 4 hours each day. It’s not like you’re getting them dirty.

In-Da-Club:
Friday and Saturday nights in a warm environment are not difficult to prepare for. I feel like describing the clothes you should bring for a night out is ridiculous. We all know what we like to wear when we go to the bars. My personal preference (and plan) is as follows.
Night One – A Fun black sundress with a red belt
Night Two – A bandage skirt and bright top

Shoes:
You need a total of three pairs of shoes for all of the above outfits. One of each. That is all.
1. Sandals – These will be paired with your comfy clothes and swimwear
2. Flats – Choose your color wisely, because these should be able to match both your casual clothes and possibly your bar outfit
3. Heels (optional) – If you’re feeling bold. But if you can already tell they’ll be staying in your bag, do yourself a favor and leave them behind and go for a sparkly pair of flats
There is seriously zero reason to bring another type of shoe.

Note: For those of you who think you need to pack exercise clothing and tennis shoes on this trip, I laugh in your face. You’re on vacation. Just stop. You will not be invited to my beach house.

Misc:
Make up, shampoo, shaving stuff, hair dryer, straightener sunscreen… If you’re going in a group, which is generally the case, it is completely unnecessary for each individual to bring their own version of the previously stated items. Bring your own razor and makeup, and then divvy up the rest. 2 hair dryers and straighteners, one bottle of shampoo/conditioner, and one bottle of sunscreen can easily be split between a group of 5. Sharing is Caring, ladies. (PS, for Sunscreen, no matter what your skin type, you don’t need more than 30 spf.)

Oh Em Gee Look at all this extra room I have! Now what do I do??:
Here is your chance to add in an extra shirt, or a jean jacket to complete an outfit. (Note, I’m not saying this is absolutely necessary…) I guarantee your bag is lighter and happier, so there’s so much more room for activities!! (This is also known as shopping.)

Welcome to my world of light packing. I hate sifting through mountains of clothing when I’m on a trip. And I love having extra room so I can bring more stuff home with me! The key points to remember here are to be prepared. Try all your clothes on before you pack them, and come up with your actual outfits. Pick clothes that mix and match well. And don’t forget that you’re with your girlfriends… SHARE YOUR STUFF! Feels like college…

Belle

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Anne’s Signature Travel Look

16 May

I’ve been traveling A LOT lately. Planes, trains, and automobiles. Every Friday, I’ve found myself throwing on the same outfit in preparation for my post-work, weekend adventures.

The Lilly Pulitzer Travel Pant (hello perfectly named) has been an absolute godsend. They transition beautifully from work to a long evening of travel. They’re made to look like nicer pants, but feel like leggings. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them I would wear them every day of the week if I didn’t think anybody would notice.

 

In my more casual office, I’ve been pairing with an old chambray popover, but this J Crew Linen Popover would also do the trick in a more casual environment.

Linen popover in stripe

 

More business casual, formal office? Tuck in this silk top instead.

As for shoes, I’ve been wearing my signature, beloved, and unfortunately discontinued Cece Flats, or Reva Flats (some styles currently ON SALE!).

Cece leather ballet flats

 

This outfit is seriously so comfortable, but does not sacrifice style or class. Especially in DC, you never know who you’re going to run into at the airport, on the metro, running through Union Station, or even as your seatmate.

Tomorrow, I’ll be changing up my go-to ever so slightly, as I’m leaving at 7am Saturday, instead of 7pm Friday, to a tropical locale (okay it’s not that tropical, it’s still in the lower 48), and I have BIG, LATE NIGHT PLANS for tonight. I’ll want to look good while being extra comfy and not worrying about wrinkles. So, I’ll be throwing on my travel pants with a couple changes…

Introducing my new favorite wardrobe staple: The Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Popover

 

UM. Hello perfection. If prints aren’t your thing (leave), they have a solid option as well. Again, I’ll still look like I didn’t roll out of bed, but I’ll be even more supremely comfy on my early AM jaunt south.

To complete this look, I’m going to wear the shoes I’ll be wearing for most of vacation: My  trusty ole’ Jack Rogers

Eep! I’m so excited to jet off tomorrow morning for a quick vacation.

What are your go to travel outfits? My officemates MAY be getting a little sick of my weekly repeat…

In Which I Give Sephora a Ton of Free Marketing

7 Feb

My friends often ask about my makeup routine or what products I recommend. I’m no expert at makeup application, but I LOVE experimenting with products. My vanity looks like a Sephora store (the day I was presented with my brand new VIB card felt like the day Elle Woods got her VERSACE card). My favorite beauty blogger is by far Kate at the Small Things Blog, we have similar coloring, skin, and a distaste for a cakey or over the top looks.

First of all, my makeup obsession began because I look like this, but scary, without makeup:

I have been #blessed with very good skin. Sensitive and a bit dry at times, but overall, very very good. That being said, most drugstore makeup is not compatible with my skin, which is the SECOND reason for my makeup obsession. In fact, during a summer in DC, the drawer where I kept my makeup got jammed and I ran to CVS to pick up some basics. My face was bright red and blotchy and my eyes were itchy within minutes. I don’t mind spending the extra money on makeup because hi, it makes me more beautiful!

My everyday routine is very similar to my “going out” routine, except for nighttime I have a BAD bronzer addiction (irrational fear (not an actual fear) of looking pale) and a Naked Palette addiction.

Mosturizer: in the winter, I pack on the Clinique Moisture Surge immediately after taking my makeup off and washing my face. If it’s a while before I go to bed, I usually then put on Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, which I also use in the morning. In the summer, I switch to Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

*I know there is a 3-step program in which the gel and lotion are used together or something, but….

Tinted moisturizer: I adore this NARS product, ESPECIALLY the color and coverage, but unfortunately, it was drying out my skin! I switched to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, but wasn’t loving the lack of coverage. Now, I use a good dollop of LM, and add a little NARS to the mix, and I HAVE A PERFECT COLOR AND BASE LAYER (clearly I’m thrilled).

Primer and Foundation: I didn’t use primer, or really foundation, until very very recently. I switched my routine actually from ONLY foundation, to tinted moisturizer right to pressed powder, to include the T M, primer, foundation, and then pressed powder. Anyway. Primer and Foundation! Estee Lauder Double Wear is an absolute LIFESAVER. I bought the limited edition kit complete with primer, concealer, and brush. I like that it was all smaller than the full-sized, so I could try it out. I’m SOLD! I’ll be re-purchasing all (except concealer) in full-sized once I run out. It goes on smooth, and somewhat sheer, it’s not cakey, and it blends beautifully.

Powder: I used to use Bare Minerals Loose Powder, but Sephora was out on a recent re-stocking trip, so I switched to the Bare Minerals Pressed Powder and again, I’m in love! Bare Minerals lasts FOREVER. I think it had been almost a year since I needed to restock.

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola is probably my best friend in the entire world. A few years ago Benefit made the packaging smaller and upped the price, but I quickly forgave them.

Eyeliner: For my blue eyes, Sephora Nano in Blue Jean is striking. It’s a blue-grey that slides on beautifully. Caveat: it does not last long, and is often sold out. I buy in multiples when I find it available in store. I also own a few other colors and have no complaints. You can’t beat the formula for the price.

Mascara: I’ve been loyal to Benefit “They’re Real” the last year or so, but I’m still not sold on it. I’m convinced that my eyelashes change what works on them in the same manner hair does. Also, I’m OBSESSED with mascara. I’ve been known to use 3 or 4 different mascaras to achieve one look. My all-time favorite mascara is Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara that I thought was no longer sold in the US until right this very moment and I’m purchasing it NOW. I also like Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara and Dior Iconic Mascara.

Eyeshadow: Any of the three Urban Decay Naked Palettes will be your friend. You don’t NEED to own all three, but if you do, I will not judge you, and I will be jealous of you. I’m still waiting on lucky #3 (hi mama! my birthday’s coming up!)

Other favorite products:

All of my brushes are Sephora brand. I’m on my second set, and I take fantastic care of them with Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo. I used Latisse all through college, and I really need to get a refill. It was amazing and truly made my lashes LUSCIOUS. Sephora brand Eyelash curler is perfect. I usually swipe it clean with makeup remover once a week to avoid leftover mascara buildup.

I’m still trying to get the hang of contouring…a la Kimmy… and once I perfect it, expect a post to come!

I have a ton more I could write, but if you’re still reading at this point, congratulations, it’s PROBABLY 2015!

XOXO

Crimes Against Humanity

24 Jan

*please take this with a grain of salt, my loves. these are merely suggestions based on what i feel appeals to humans’ eyeballs. i’m all about making people feel good and helping others, you know?

Have you ever been personally offended by an outfit?

I have.

And let me tell you, it sure doesn’t feel great. Last weekend, I saw so. many. crimes against fashion, I was forced to do something drastic: call Joan Rivers write a blog post about it.

Ladies and gentlemen of DC, why? WHY? Most of us are gainfully employed by people who care very much about their image (if you claim you don’t, somebody’s lying to you honey). Not to mention, most of us are always on the lookout for potential power moves. Ahem, Betty’s post yesterday? All of that being said, why do some of us dress in the most unflattering, terrifying clothing?!

Dressing well is, contrary to popular belief, not always expensive. One of my favorite places to shop is Target (pronounced Tar-jay, a French couture fashion house, obvs). A few weeks ago at Nordstrom Rack I snagged a $648 blazer for $19.99. Yes. A penny less than TWENTY DOLLARS. 97% off. See?

Please allow me to share some of the horrifying things I saw last weekend.

Flared jeans with converse at a party on a girl my age. And I’m not talking Kourtney Kardashian bell bottomed, wide legged jeans, I’m talking the things of Abercrombie & Fitch circa 2004. Homegirl could have so pulled off her converse with a slightly less sugary sweet attitude, a completely different non-Loft shirt (don’t get me wrong, I love Loft, but her peplum didn’t work here), and skinny jeans. Throw on a casual white blouse, skinny jeans, and a studded necklace with your converse?! YES PLEASE!

Fishnet stockings and a too-short, neon, skin tight skirt with motorcycle boots on a 30+ year old. Honey. HONEY. That may look good on your college aged sister, and I’m not saying it looked TERRIBLE on you, because your body definitely can wear a form fitting skirt. Remember that rule from high school where your skirt had to touch your fingertips? Apply that, plus a few inches after college, ESPECIALLY after 30. The boots cut her off in a very unflattering spot. I’m just saying, she had better options and could have looked HOT.

Remember this picture?

I saw way too many girls wearing the same color nude leggings this weekend. They will never look good on anybody. I understand they are popular. They do not look okay. Thank you.

Now, some are opposed to leggings as pants. I am generally not one of those people. Personally, on me, I prefer my Joes jeans legging resembling pants with zipper and pockets, but on some girls, leggings as pants do look good! That being said, don’t push it. Your leggings should not be able to multitask as tights or to go running. (exceptions: bumming around with your girlfriends, a gross grungy hungover brunch). Parties and bars? Pass on the cropped yoga leggings with boots that barely reach, PLEASE.

I’d probably let Belle wear these.

Boys. Boys, boys, boys. Just a few comments for you.

1. Pull your pants up. Is it the 90’s? Is MC Hammer your close personal friend? What about Justin Bieber? No? Then pull them up. If I want to see your underwear, you will know.

2. What do you need all those pockets in your cargo shorts for? Are you building a house after you go to the bar? Aside from the unnecessary space, they are just simply not flattering, and they are very very casual. Please wear them to do yardwork, that is fine. Back away from me at St. Ex if you are wearing them.

3. Sometimes, sneakers at a bar are okay. Most times are not sometimes.

4. The truest crime of the weekend I saw were CARGO JEANS. On a non-European male. I was not okay. I needed my childhood inhaler. And I just don’t know that I’ll ever be able to trust a man ever again.

5. Sometimes men in DC dress phenomenally. Button ups and khakis, I’m lookin’ at y’all.

In sum, dress for your body type, dress for your personality (it’s okay to venture out sometimes! but make sure it still LOOKS GOOD), dress in what makes you COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT. Don’t show your underwear, and don’t have too many pockets.

Boys and Their Scarves

8 Jan

Thank you, Polar Vortex.

As much as I dreaded leaving my apartment to enter the gaping wind tunnel that is my walk to the metro, I did have one thought that kept me going.

Something warm, and soft… long and thick… Attached to seemingly every attractive man that I passed by…

Scarves.

It’s common knowledge that girls, myself in particular, adore scarves – in all of their magnificent forms. But I don’t think it’s been discussed how attractive I find the men that wear them.


(And there are soooo many more…)

Bask in this ladies… Bask in the glory that is the knitted neck protector.

Is it just me, or is this post making you a little hot?

I think the most beautiful thing about the marf (male-scarf) phenomenon is that it doesn’t just apply to celebrities! Your average DC fella flings one over their shoulder and looks DAMN FINE.

I find myself walking to work surrounded by yo-pros of all shapes, sizes, and ages… and the large majority have decided to taunt me in their plaid, patterned, woolen neckware… standing on the corner of 15th and K looking like a friggin J Crew model. Hold. Me. Back.

I have a problem ladies… What’s a girl to do??

I know this cold weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, these same bros who look so devilishly classy in their winter attire will trade them in for boat shoes and pastel button downs. So I’m going to take advantage of it while I can.

I am making it my goal to take as many mental pictures of these boys and their scarves for as long as I’m stuck in this arctic tundra. And somehow, I think it’ll keep me a little bit warmer…

I feel it is only appropriate to end this post with a few more pictures of the guy who, undoubtedly pulls off the marf better than pretty much any other dude around.

You stay perfect, Mr. Cumberbatch.



10 Things Men Do that Definitely Help me Keep my Pants On

10 Dec

by Stacie Smack
inspired by Belle’s recount of Long-Fingernails-Guy

Dear Employed Male Yuppie who lives in NW DC (or H St) who is trying to put the moves on me, please see below on why I will not be going home with you tonight (or if I did, I won’t be calling you back…):

1. Your jeans are too short.

You are in your 20s and probably have an income that allows you to buy adult jeans. Unless you’re 6’5’ or taller (in which case you were them short on purpose), there is no excuse for me being able to see your (not even ironic) socks.

2. You own New Balance sneakers (or generic replicas).

Go watch Crazy Stupid Love and watch Steve Carrell, closely. DO NOT be that guy.  Which leads me to…

3. You wore sneakers on on a weekend night out

Dear man whose pants I most definitely won’t be removing. Please never ever wear your sneakers out again. Like ever ever again. Consider the slew of alternatives of boat shoes, loafers, casual dress shoes, the list goes on and it does not include your New Balance white sneakers that your mom bought you. I mean seriously.

4. You have a stubbly chest.

At some point (thanks Channing Tatum and your perfectly smooth body), some dudes that seem to like picking up what Stacie is putting down decided to start shaving their chests. I get it, maybe if you shave, you’ll fake a six-pack better (hint: not). You will also give me stubble burn from not your beard in places where I definitely do not intend on getting stubble burn. Rug burn? Maybe. Stubble burn? STOP REQUESTED. Alternatively, go and get your chest waxed if you really think you can pull off the look (see below for reference). And, if you think it hurts, then grow a pair of balls before you try to talk to me again.

5. You don’t have condoms

Let’s pretend that somehow, you manage to get me back to your place. We start fooling around. And you have NO. CONDOMS. Excuse me? No, hoping that your roommate has some is not a valid alternative, and no, expecting me to carry some (which by the way ladies, do) is also not an option. There is literally a CVS everywhere in this city. I’m not saying that you have to be a mature adult, but like basic responsibilities dude. Handle them.

6. You wear/own old boxers

I don’t have a penis, I’ll give you that. But is it really that uncomfortable to wear boxer briefs? I mean look at those ads with David Beckham in them. They look DAMN good. And if you’re going to wear boxers (which I guess is fine because otherwise I’ll be giving up sex for a long time), please no holes, no strings, no stains. You are a grown-ass man. Just put yourself in my shoes, and imagine that moment when you’re fooling around on the couch, pants are coming off, and here’s a pair of orange boxers that you’ve had since eighth grade. Never. Time to Uber home.

7. Greasy Hair

There are a handful (maybe a dozen, but probably not even that many) men who can pull off the greasy hair look. You are definitely NOT one of those, sir. Please talk to me when you’ve taken a shower WITH shampoo. I don’t care if it’s the 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo/toothpaste situation. Also, if you try to convince me to talk to you by saying it’s not greasy, it’s just hair product, please rotate in a 180 degree angle and walk away as quickly as possible.

8. Sweatpants that don’t fit me

Here at #SRDC, we LOVE shack outfits. LOVE. If you are so tiny that I can’t borrow your pants to shame-walk home, then I don’t really want anything to do with you. BAI.

9. A Twin Size Bed

So this one night I went to see this DJ at Black Cat. I started chatting this kid up. He was kind of funny. Worked for the senate. Went to college and graduated. Was taller than me by enough inches that I’d be able to wear my favorite four-inch heels. I mean in #thisTown, that’s already a pretty solid foundation. So maybe he was wearing a male fashion ring, but he bought be a vodka soda and I kind of stopped seeing it. To make the deal even sweeter, he lived in Columbia Heights (this was while I was living Red-Line land). Basically he seemed to be the ideal #boyfriend material to supplement my perfect 20-something lifestyle. UNTIL. Until we walked into his room to find a bed. A bed for one. A bed like the one I slept on in college. I am no longer in college. You’ve been living in this apartment for A YEAR. And given how much you spent on drinks that night, I know it’s not a money issue. Call me when we can both sleep on that bed without me having flashbacks to Senior Week.

10. Also stop wearing fashion rings.

Just stop. Please

Tights Time!

4 Nov

by Capitol Jill

With the onset of cooler temperatures, the most noticable change in the hallways of the Capitol is the sudden absence of bare legs, and the resurgence of tights (or pantyhose, as my mother would say). Its now time where my legs don’t see the sunshine for around 5 months, and since I am eternally single, and you know what that means

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The best perk of winter, if you ask me!

Shaving aside, tights are great – you can wear almost anything with tights, and it is suddenly weather appropriate. Skirts that were a bit too short for the office are suddenly rendered wearable again with the right opaque legwear. Not to mention, no more spanx necessary, because the tights do it for you! Can I get an AMEN for control tops?

HOWEVER: There is one rule. Tights can NEVER be pants.

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It had to be said. I don’t support it.

Even though it can be a pain (handwashing, what?) I still rely on several pairs of go-to tights that get me through the winter. For work, my dependable favorites are Hue Super Opaque Tights, in black and brown. These guys are warm, very opaque, and last forever. You can pick them up at a bunch of places, but my go-to is always Macys, as they have the largest selection and the most colors, and you can often find them two for twenty!!

Super Opaque Tights with Control Top

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I found these babies through my go-to style guru, the amazing Belle of Capitol Hill Style. She has a few more recommendations that I am dying to try out!

By the way, if you never read her blog, GO FOLLOW HER.  She also has this great rule, the Two out of Three rule, which changed the way I chose my tight/skirt/shoe combo. Its that groundbreaking, folks.

Warning about the Hue:  The navy is a bit odd, so I am in the market for a new navy tight brand if anyone has any ideas!

I work in a very conservative office, so patterns or bright colors are out for me, but I think it could be very cute for someone in a more creative workplace to mix a few bright colors in!

For casual wear, I prefer sweater tights or knit tights, something a bit cozier. Target has a great, affordable selection. I have also heard great things about fleece-lined tights, so those are definately on my christmas list!

What are your favorite tight brands? Do you still shave your legs, even if you are wearing tights the next day? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Capitol Jill

#PSL

20 Sep

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Oh, this is about me. I absolutely LOVE FALL. (If you’ve got that summertime sadness, please click here). I purchased and tweeted about (obvs) my first venti non fat extra hot Pumpkin Spice Latte (#PSL) of the season on September 4th, when it was 85 degrees here in the district (caveat for not purchasing on September 1, I was on a 4 day bender somewhere south of the Mason Dixon).

After somewhere around four too many vodka sodas last night, I found myself wasting away this beautiful feels-like-fall day on my couch. I trekked to Starbucks for a PSL and am bundled up in last year’s lulus and fratagonia, (p.s. didn’t you always love your boyfriend’s Patagonia more than yours because it was roomier and lightweight? They now have a women’s version of my favorite men’s design, adding to my shopping list for a rainy day or another paycheck) watching Kardashian reruns with the air conditioning off and the windows wide open. I decided if I’m not going to spend this perfect day outside, despite my fellow SR ladies’ best efforts to get my ass downtown to shop and nosh (Happy Yom Kippur Stace, how’d that fast go?), I might as well gear my closet up for fall!

My country-club-Republican-but-secretly-backwoods mother has owned these for as long as I can remember; seriously, the EXACT. SAME. PAIR. For 20 years! I’m currently super into “investment” pieces for my closet; timeless, high quality pieces that my daughters will be begging to borrow in 30 years (maybe I should find a boyfriend first). Of course, now that I’m off my parents’ payroll and supporting my shopping habit with my teensy tiny D.C. paycheck, I’m lusting after these classic Bean Boots on steroids, and absolutely have to have them in case shit gets real again this year.

Next up, another “investment” piece. I already have a beloved late fall jacket, but am in the market for something a little more versatile and casual. Cue another classic, the Barbour Utility Jacket. I can add a liner for chillier days, or go au natural on crisp days to pop over to brunch or the office! I’m also coveting this Barbour for J Crew version, but the price is a little steeper than I wanted to go. #Protip: for the same style, but a fraction of the price, go this route.

Aside from WUN too many of these in various styles, my final purchase of the day was a serious game changer. Drum roll please, for the sweater I will surely try to get away with wearing every day….merino. leather. pocket. SWEATER. TUNIC. Oh baby. I hope you all love this because I plan to purchase this variation as well, and you will be seeing a lot of it. The only thing I love more than investment pieces are versatile pieces, and this sweet thing has got it all goin’ on. One more plus, use the code FALLSTYLE at checkout for 25% off at J Crew!

I’ll give my bank account a break for the rest of the day, but I make no promises as to what’s in store for next weekend….

#brohugs and kisses

AB