Thursday, April 21, 2016

Look of the Day: Handmade Strapless Sundress

I wish I had bigger boobies so this dress would fit better. If I were in to sewing at all, I'd downsize the bust. Instead, it's for sale in my Etsy shop. How perfect would it be as a prom dress or low-key wedding gown?

Handmade sometime in the 80s or 90s, it features boning, pockets, and a sweetheart neckline. It also comes with a matching belt!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Look of the Day: Corduroy Baby Doll Dress

 I just love this dress. I don't wear it often enough. I'm not a huge fan of corduroy, but sometimes you find that one piece that goes against all your style rules.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Long Weekend: Virginia is for Lovers

One of my husband's oldest friends married his long-time girlfriend last weekend, and we had the pleasure of celebrating with them. 

Funny story, she's the 3rd Katherine (she spells it Kathryn) to marry one of Trevor's friends. And then there's me!

It was a morning wedding, which freed up the evening for sight-seeing. Trevor was exhausted, so I drove out to Menassas by myself. I've explored many places by myself (London, San Francisco, New York, Disney Land), and I enjoy having full control over what I see and how long I stay.

This is Henry Hill. It's one of many stops in the Manassas National Battefield Park and the sight of the first battle of the American Civil War. Appropriately, this was also the first Civil War battlefield I've ever visited. 

Growing up, this was my dad's "thing", so I was never too into it. Now, though, I think I would even go to a reenactment. It's a huge part of my family history. My great-great-grandfather, James Nesbit Beatty, was a private in the 81st Ohio and my great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Nesbit Beatty, was an abolitionist and part of the Underground Railroad. I'm sure there are many other parts of my ancestral past that I would be less proud of, but fighting for human rights should always be celebrated, remembered, and continued.

 It was incredibly peaceful. Not much has changed since the war, but there have been some roads added and the Henry house was rebuilt. This is what it looked liked a few months after the battle.

 After the park, I went to downtown Manassas in search of postcards. I found a few at Propspero's. The whole downtown area looks like a movie set. It's just adorable.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Look of the Day: Denim Dress & Miu Miu Sweater

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I can't believe I passed on this sweater the first time I saw it. A first look, and it's just a giant, ridiculous sweater, right? Well, I went back to Value Village a few days later to return something, and it was still there. I looked a little closer and realized it was Miu Miu! It's funny (and a little embarrassing) how a designer name can change your mind about something. Honestly, though, Miu Miu makes beautiful pieces of amazing quality, so it's easy to look past the fact that I'm slightly drowning in this sweater. It smells like baby, Italian lambs. And this might be a little gauche to talk about, but the original price point is mad. Somewhere around $1,000!

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This is not your run-of-the-mill cardigan. I'm in love with the shape.

The Dooney & Bourke purse is another recent thrift store find. It's in fabulous condition, so if you're looking for a new bag for Spring, visit my Etsy shop!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Look of the Day: A taste of the tropics

As luck would have it, my day off was sunny, so I spent a good portion of it photographing things for Etsy, like this Hawaiian print dress. I can't wait till it's actually warm enough to wear things like this for longer than 15 minutes.

I almost didn't buy this dress when I found it at the thrift store. It requires me to do a lot of sucking in, but it photographs so beautifully!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Review: Royal Rose Hydrating Serum by Valentia

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This past month, I've been experimenting with a new skincare routine. First off, washing my face regularly! I get super lazy at night, but I've been trying to start the routine before I'm too tired to care. Second, I got La Roche-Posay's Eau Thermale on super-sale at the local drug store. It's basically French mineral water in an aerosol can. Très chic and perhaps très silly. It feels nice, though.

Lastly, I added Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, sent c/o Valentia. I've only been using it for about 7 days, but so far I'm really happy. It's definitely good for sensitive skin, as they claim. I haven't seen any increase in redness and no rash, which is always a risk for me when I try new products. They recommend using it at night, but since it's so lightweight, I like to wear it under my make up.


It smells lightly of roses
It's lightweight and absorbs quickly
Soothes & calms
Contains only natural ingredients

If you have sensitive skin, I really do recommend giving this one a try!

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