Weekend Reads

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I'm writing this in advance because as this goes live I will be at a sleepover at the National Aquarium in Baltimore with my daughter's Girl Scout troop.  Yep, your girl Allie sleeps with the fishes! And I'm doing that instead of watching the Royal Wedding. While I'm not the type to be drinking tea in my fascinator at 5am, I did want to see it so my DVR is scheduled. …

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Before and After: Six Months with Elite Technique

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A couple weeks ago, I shared my workout journey. At the beginning of December, I signed up with Elite Technique, a personal training gym in Beltsville, Maryland. I had come to love my body, all 200+ pounds on a 5’3” frame. Since having my daughter almost a decade ago, I had fluctuated with my weight but was usually around a 14/16. I learned to dress this body, to cherish it,…

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Be the Change: Diversity in Blogging and the Washingtonian I’m Not a Tourist Campaign

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In 1727 Benjamin Franklin created The Junto, also known as The Leather Apron Club. The members of the Junto were drawn from diverse occupations and backgrounds, but they all shared a spirit of inquiry and a desire to improve themselves, their community, and to help others. The goal of the club was mutual improvement. My friend Alison told me about The Leather Apron Club in 2014 and I was obsessed.…

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Capsule Wardrobe: Chic Week in a Carryon Suitcase

Capsule Wardrobes Fashion Advice

A few of you have contacted me asking for suggestions on what to pack for a week-long vacation and how to fit it all in a carry-on. Most of you are looking to visit places that aren’t terribly hot or cold, so I made this capsule wardrobe for spring-like conditions. Below is a vacation capsule wardrobe for one week, one carryon suitcase. I am planning a 10-day trip to Copenhagen…

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What I Wore: ELOQUII Flare Sleeve Maxi Wrap Dress

Outfit Posts Spring

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be on a local morning show modeling ELOQUII fashion. One of the looks they had me in was this ELOQUII flare sleeve maxi wrap dress and I totally fell in love with it. It's a breezy fabric, a true wrap, but fits so well there's no hidden safety pin at the bust and I didn't have to have it shortened! Dress:…

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Weekend Reads

Lifestyle

This week was a wild one, which explains the reduced number of blog posts.  Saturday was Emerson's school's spring fair which included a talent show.  Emerson performed, singing the song “Stay” (we changed rum and cola to Coca Cola). Right after we headed to our friend's baby shower. Sunday I met ump with eight friends from college at our alma mater for brunch and a tour around town, including the sorority…

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Lands’ End Friends & Family 40% Off: My Picks

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Lands' End is my secret for summer style.  Sure, they have some of the best bathing suits, but they also have pretty amazing fashion especially for the warmer months. Find me at the farmer's market, a backyard barbecue, or running errands at the mall and it's likely at least one thing I'm wearing is Lands' End.  Lands' End Friends & Family is taking place through May 15 where you get…

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What I Wore: Universal Standard Geneva Dress in Petite

Outfit Posts Spring

I cannot express how PSYCHED I am that Universal Standard now carries petites! I got the Universal Standard Geneva dress a year or so ago after seeing it look so great on fellow bloggers and on the US site.  However on me, it just didn't work. I struggled to style it for the blog and to be honest, I never wore it again. Universal Standard hinted that they were coming…

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