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Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Three more days, guys. Three! Am I ready for Christmas? Absolutely not. I still have a little odds and ends to pick up. Most of my major shopping is done, now I just want to sweeten the deal with a few stocking stuffer surprises. I think I enjoy opening my stocking the most on Christmas morning. My mom is always awesome at putting the cutest little unexpected gifts in my stocking. These are some little surprises that I would love to open up on christmas morning!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Foodie Files | Eat The Rich

photos by: lisa chiu

outfit details: 
jacket: pink blush // skirt: ann taylor

restaurant details:
1839 7th Street NW 
Washington DC 20001

I think that one of the reasons why me and Lisa are such good friends is that we both love food and always want to try new restaurants. Seriously, we're trying something new every other week! This past Sunday, we snuck in a super late brunch at Eat The Rich. I'm a Maryland native so naturally, I'm obsessed with any type of seafood. I was in heaven with all of the seafood-type brunch dishes (also, hello: any place where I can get an oyster shooter along with my mimosa is a win in my book!)

The menu is limited and changes on a seasonal basis, but there are options for everyone. For appetizers, we split their hash with an egg on top (if you get this dish, make sure to mix it all up) and the hush puppies. We also split our entree. This dish wasn't your traditional scrambled eggs -- it was a seafood scramble. This is a refreshing and unexpected change from the typical egg dishes I order at other spots around town.

I definitely plan on going back to Eat The Rich. And maybe bringing all of my friends who drooled over my Instagram with me. They also have a late night oyster happy hour ($1 oysters!) after 9:30pm, so the next trip back will be after hours.

What to wear: Eat the Rich's brunch is super laid back, so I would dress down a bit. The day we went was one of those glorious 60 degree days in December, so I opted for a sleek leather jacket instead of my heavy winter coat. Wear flat shoes so you can explore the neighborhood of Shaw after brucnhing!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Style Round Up

Phew, guys: I've posted a slew of holiday looks these past few weeks! It's been an amazing experience participating in Style Scenario this season with some of my favorite bloggers and getting a rush of holiday style inspiration. I figured I would round up some of these looks in one post just in case you missed any of the action!

A common theme this year for styling has been to try to purchase pieces that can be worn outside of the holidays. An ugly Christmas sweater is great and all, but because of my entry-level budget, I'd rather spend money on something I can wear throughout the rest of winter. Aren't we all tired of those pieces in our closets that we only wore once? I plan on layering sweaters over the sequin and fringe dresses to dress them down a bit for a night out on the town.

Happy holidays everyone! What do you plan on wearing this season?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Style Scenario: Glitz and Glam

 Tilden @ To Be Bright // Corbin @ Classy South Blog // Katherine @ Style Tab

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I have to be perfectly honest here: I think I enjoy New Years more than Christmas. I start brainstorming plans and outfit ideas for NYE long before I buy my first Christmas present. This pretty little JOA Fringe Dress has been sitting in my closet for a few weeks now. I knew it had to be mine as soon as I spotted it while online shopping. Fringe dresses are probably the most fun piece to go out in and they instantly make you look like an amazing dancer. Also, I'm not gonna lie: as soon as I got this dress in the mail, I tried it on and had a little dance sesh to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off". Because who doesn't like a little T.Swift?

I wanted to keep my accessories pretty minimal since the dress really speaks for itself, so I picked out some of my favorite Hanuel pieces to accompany this ensemble. I'm majorly obsessed with this brand; all of the pieces are super affordable and very sophisticated. Not to mention, this brand is local! If you need some jewels for your New Years look, I would highly recommend checking them out.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Angles + Giveaway

PHOTOS BY: lisa chiu

TGIF, everyone! This dress has been my go-to for winter nights out lately. I love a good long sleeve bodycon for cold weather outings outings. I also am digging the asymmetrical hemline. It's also super easy to dress down with a vest or a jacket. I also love pairing this dress with my over-the-knee boots as well.

Guess what? I have not one, but two giveaways in today's post! Firstly, you can win a $50 to AMI Clubwear. Second, you can win this exact dress photographed here! The dress available is a size small. This would fit someone who's a size 2-4.

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