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Saks Beauty Week Tyson's Galleria

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This past year I've made beauty regimens a serious priority of mine. While I'm still guilty of "forgetting" to wash my face after a night out from time to time, I'm working on improving my overall skincare and beauty routine.  For me, this was starting with better quality products. Less drugstore, more department store.  Saks Tyson's Galleria truly has it all so when I found out about their beauty week, I was thrilled.  

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If you follow along on my Instagram stories, you saw that I stopped by Saks last week for the dreamist La Prairie facial.  I also had a chance to check out some of their latest and greatest products for beauty week. 

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You can find so many of my favorites from the store in The Spring Beauty Book.  My overall favs would have to be the Estee Lauder Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme for Face and Eyes and Hydrating Creme Cleanser. Another goodie was this Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Palette, which I desperately needed for everyday use.  In addition, thenSaks Beauty Dept includes offerings from Kilian, La Prairie, Chanel, La Mer, Dior, YSL, Clinique, Lancome, Kiehl’s, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Jo Malone, SKII, Cle De Peau, Sisley, Tom Ford and more.


I also love the beauty ritual guides that Saks is offering for Beauty Week.  We have our eyes set on the Trish McEvoy 'Power of Brows' tutorials on Thursday 2/23. 

Make sure to shop soon. Saks is offering this complimentary tote bag (in stores and online) with any $150 or more purchase. Even better, at $300, you'll get an adorable wristlet to match. Say hello to my new beach bag!  Saks Fifth Avenue in the Tysons Galleria is located at 2051 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102.

7 New Nail Colors for Winter

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1. Vintage on Vine

One of Lauren B Beauty's prettiest nail colors of the season, this true, creamy mauve warms up even the palest skin tones and has a lovely, chameleon-like quality: Depending on the light, the effect wavers between dusky purple and a gorgeous, Instagram-vintage-filter taupe.

2. Rose Quartz

Consider this your new favorite neutral. Rose Quartz polish is at once warm, romantic and charming. Make sure to check out some of the other amazing new Kendra Scott nail lacquers

3. Noot

Noot by Zoya can be best described as a very dark grey cream with strong blue-green undertones. Smoky, smoldering dark grey nails with a twist from the addition of green tones.

4. Slate Grey

This is the grey polish you've been looking high and low for. Thanks again Kendra Scott!  A clean, crisp slate hue with eye-catching shine, this gray nail lacquer is anything but neutral.

5. Departing LAX

For those looking for a little bit of fun, Lauren B Beauty has got you. Glints of silver and lavender illuminate this shimmery gray-brown enamel, lending it the shiny iridescence of a jet-plane. It’s an unexpected neutral that soars.

6. Miley

Eeeeee! This is my favorite polish for fall by far!  I discovered this Zoya color when getting a regular mani at my favorite DC nail salon, Varnish Lane. Miley by Zoya can be best described as a pale, delicate lilac creme with light blue undertones. A lovely botanical shade with high-fashion edge.

7. PCH

This Lauren B Beauty polish will take you places this fall. Imagine a cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway on a cool, clear fall afternoon. That’s the stunning freshness of this opaque cobalt blue. Tinged with purple undertones, it’s festive and on-trend and instantly lifts your mood. 

How perfect are these shelves at Varnish Lane? If you're in DC, you can find Zoya and Lauren B Beauty polishes there! Also, special shout out to Kendra Scott in Bethesda where you can find the latest nail lacquers at the store! 

Which colors and brands do you prefer for winter?
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Redecorating? Here's Where You Should Shop

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One Kings Lane

What could quite possibly be my favorite furniture/lifestyle store, One Kings Lane never lets me down.  There's something for everyone here and many times, the items are one of a kind and get snagged pretty quickly. Whether you're looking for a tufted floral headboard, a Gray Malin print and yes, even a Birkin, OKL has it all. Their shopping features set them apart from the rest. I personally love the Shop By Style option. 

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CB2

What did we do before CB2? That is the real question. Created in 2000, and formed from Crate and Barrel, CB2 specifically caters to the young and the bold.  The company is my go-to when looking for anything and everything brass. And don't get me started on the infinite acrylic options this store offers.  Last Saturday, I spent a good 2 hours wandering the Georgetown store...

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West Elm

West Elm is an affordable classic that I feel really caters well to couples who are looking to combine their decorating styles for their new place.  It has sleek yet comfortable elements with the perfect blend of masculine and feminine elements.  I personally love the lighting at West Elm, particularly, this Mobile Chandelier and this Glass Flushmount

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Serena & Lily 

I have a theory that we all just really need a fully decorated summer home. Anyone else? Serena & Lily's designs keep that damn dream alive with its whimsical hanging Rattan chairs and blue and white decor elements. P.S. did you catch our latest post on Gray Malin's Bedroom Makeover? Well he teamed up with Serena & Lily and it's adorable. 

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Studio McGee

If you haven't heard about Studio McGee yet, you're truly missing out. I've been a big fan of this husband & wife design duo for years and have loved seeing them work their way to the top. Any really, they have worked and it's paid off.  Now they're more than just literally the most sought-after design studio, they have a SHOP

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Watercolor Floral Pillow / Nina Tapered Lamp / Batik Bench / Florence Sketch / Gold Bookends

Lulu & Georgia

As best described on the Lulu & Georgia site, "Lulu & Georgia is for the next generation of trend-seekers. It's for the modern woman: the 9-5er, the housewife, the artist, the executive, and the one who's all four. Glamorous, bohemian chic, vintage eclectic or cutting edge, Lulu & Georgia offers a bit of shine for every personality." I personally love the price points at Lulu & Georgia and the well curated selection of interior decor. It's a must when looking for the latest and greatest designs. 

Where do you like to shop for your decorating needs? 
Let me know! I'm working on a fun master list!

New In The Shop: GENTS

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We now have a SHOP section just for the guys. Great to use as a gift-guide for the men in your life! 
Check it out here or see the latest and greatest below! 

Gray Malin's Banana Leaf Bedroom Makeover

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So it's really no secret here, we're big big big fans of Gray Malin here at Libby Living Colorfully. 
Whether it's lining our bedroom walls with his breathtaking beach photography, watching his adorable and sunshine-y Snapchats, or overall, his personal design aesthetic, we really can't get enough of all things Gray. 


Clearly, his banana leaf print bedroom makes the cut once again. Recently, Gray and his hub underwent a little design update to their bedroom to achieve that "serene coastal cabana vibe." Mission accomplished.  
 

Let's talk more about this banana leaf headboard situation shall we? While Gray's canopy is truly one of a kind, we found this adorable alternative on Etsy for just $350. Yes please.  

Interested in where to find some of these great bedroom pieces? 
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Gray Malin Artwork: Left of Bed: The Swimming Pool /White Frame/ 24” x 36”, Right of Bed: Poipu Beach Vertical /White Frame/ 24” x 36”, Above Large Dresser: The Den/Custom Frame/32” x 48” and Next to Plant: Montauk, Point Beach Vertical /White Frame/36” x 54”

Check out the full post on Gray's blog with more before and after photos! 

I Stopped Using Proactiv and This is Why

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Here's the deal, I started using Proactiv when I was about 14 years old.  Like most teenagers, I had some bumps and blemishes here and there that I wanted to get rid of but overall, nothing too serious.  I swore by this skincare routine well into adulthood, thinking, “if it works, it works.”  While this may be true for some, I found that I was ready to start thinking about my skin in a different way.  What did I want to solve, and what did I want to prevent?  As I’ve mentioned in my 26 Before 26 List, I’ve made it a serious priority of mine to wear sunscreen on a daily basis.  With the exception of getting a little crispy over the 4th of July weekend, I’ve held true to my promise and have made sun protection a daily part of my skincare routine. 

This however, was a step that the Proactiv skincare system was lacking for me.  At 25, I’m thinking less about acne and more about skin protection and rejuvenation.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved using Proactiv, I just needed to switch things up.  Luckily, I didn’t have to stray too far from the brand that I loved and used for so long.  Shortly after making the decision to switch, I was in touch with my friend Mary Utsey, a consultant for Rodan + Fields. Yes, the same dermatologists that developed and created the Proactiv Solution.

I chatted with Mary for a bit on what I was looking for in a skincare line.  I made sure to mention the importance of including a sunscreen in my skincare routine. We also discussed some of my other skin woes; dullness, brown spots, and discoloration.

Mary then suggested the REVERSE regimen to target all of these skin issues.  Essentially, this skincare could help turn back the clock on my younger days of sitting in the sun sans sunscreen, in just 4 easy steps.  Similar to what I did with my Proactiv Solution, using the REVERSE products in the morning and at night, or whenever possible, has helped to brighten my complexion, prevent and repair sun damage, and even restore skin cells for a more youthful look.  Here’s a little more info about each step and what I like about it!

Step 1: Deep Exfoliation – First, I’ll begin by getting my skin wet with lukewarm water.  I’ll take about a dime-size amount onto my entire face and neck and will massage for about 30-60 seconds.  Many times, I think we forget to spend a little extra time in our exfoliation.  Really let the product do the work and keep working it into the skin. Rinse thoroughly pat dry.  I started out using the products every other day per instructions and have worked up to use every morning and night.

Step 2: Intensive Brightening Toner – I think there’s a common misconception that toners aren’t really necessary in a skincare routine.  For me, they’re critical.  Toners help to remove oil and traces of dirt and grime.  Essentially, if you wear sunscreen, or makeup, you should use a toner.  For this brightening toner, I use a gauze pad or cotton ball to apply the toner to my face.

Step 3: Dual Active Brightening Complex – This is quite possibly my favorite step of the process.  The dual process features vitamin C and retinol, to enhance skin brightening while helping to diminish the look of fine lines, along with kojic acid and licorice to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone over time.  After cleansing and toning, I use an equal pea-size amount of each tube next to one another.  Then, I simply blend the two and apply over my entire face until entirely absorbed into my skin.

Step 4: Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen – The final and arguably most important step is the REVERSE set is the sunscreen. Unlike many sunscreens, this product contains Vitamin E and green tea that fight free radicals and prevent future sun damage, while licorice extract and mulberry help to brighten dull skin. 
 

So far I’ve used the REVERSE products for about a month and have already seen fantastic results.  Overall, my skin looks brighter and my skin tone, especially on my forehead and cheeks is far more even than when I started.  Initially, I had a small breakout here and there, but Mary ensured me that it was the change in my skincare routine, and the REVERSE products essentially working up the dirt and oil to the surface of my skin.

I cannot recommend this regimen enough, especially if you are looking for a skincare that targets signs of sun damage and aging, rather than simply acne.  Interested in more? Make sure to check out the other Rodan +Fields skincare lines and talk to my good friend Mary about which one works best for you.  Also, unlike many other skincare treatments I’ve considered in the past, I never once felt pressured to try or purchase something I wasn’t interested in. Added bonus, you can try the products for a full 60 days with the guarantee that they will produce visible results or your money back. I loved this, it really takes away from the pressure of investing in our skin! 

**GIVEAWAY** Anyone who contacts or messages Mary in relation to this blog post will be entered into a drawing to win the latest Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and mini eye cream! 


*The products in this post were provided courtesy of friends at Rodan + Fields. However, I only post and promote products I genuinely use, and more importantly, love. 

Design Crush: Lilly Bunn Interiors

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Crisp, fresh, fun, & playful come to mind when looking at Lilly Bunn's interior design work.  Lilly describes her firm's style as "Interiors that are high in style but not in pretense. All projects are meticulously curated and expertly built by the best tradespeople in New York."

Lilly's work has been featured in Vogue, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Elle, Elle Decor, Veranda and Lonny. And for good reason! 

Love the decor in these designs? Make sure to check out my SHOP DECOR page on the top of the blog for more amazing products! 

Living Better with Living Threads

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I’ve made it my mission to start to become a more conscientious consumer. Whether it’s wearing chemical-free deodorant or buying ethical, pasture-raised eggs, I’m slowly but surely learning more each day about the little things we can do as consumers to make a difference.  While I’ve always been aware and skeptical of the social and economic (damage) impact of purchasing “disposable” clothing and home goods, I’m just as guilty as the next gal at H&M.  Countless articles and documentaries have exposed the dangerous outcomes of low consumer prices and the strain and dangers it imposes on those overseas making these items.  Most notably, would be the awful treatment and work conditions of those who work in the textile industry. 

Sometimes with awareness, comes frustration.  I know I’m often torn with possessing this knowledge as a consumer, and not knowing where to go with it.  Then I met Amanda Zehner, founder and owner of Living Threads, a company dedicated to bridging artisans and sustainable markets around the world.  Essentially, Living Threads helps to empower artisans they work with by providing a reliable income while in turn, producing amazing quality woven goods to their consumers. Living Threads directly supports the artisans: allowing them to provide for their families while also supporting ancient traditions. 

What I found most incredible were the colors and the vibrancy of the fabrics.  Many of the threads are dyed with plants, vegetables, and fruits.  The table runners and napkins are one of a kind and are handwoven on traditional Mayan back-strap looms in Guatemala.

Here are some of my favorite items from Living Threads

Lyn Placemats from Nicaragua
Kus Napkins from Guatemala
Zuru Throw Blanket
Root Brush from Mexico
La Basico Striped Pillowcase from Guatemala

Make sure to stop by Living Threads in Reston or shop the store online and check out their Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook 
 

Monday Roundup

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Let's Catch Up!

It's been a busy few weeks.  A lot of fun meetings and collaborations underway.  I'm really excited for the next few months and I can't wait to share it with you! If you're in need of catching up, here are a few of my more recent posts!  

Also, you might have noticed, I made some changes to my SHOP page.  I'm considering adding a section for Gents. What are your thoughts?

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How To: Make an Avocado Rose

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If you follow me on Snapchat, you know I'm no stranger to topping my eggs, salads, or a piece of toast with an avocado rose.  There's also a good chance you've spotted some on Karen McLean's feed @secretsquirrelfood. They're hard to miss but are actually incredibly easy to make! Follow along for the easy steps!

1. Pick the Perfect Avocado. This can always be tricky, but when it comes to an avocado rose, you will actually want an avocado that is a little more firm.  If it's too ripe, you'll run the risk of it falling apart or having brown spots.  Really ripe avocados are great for guac, not so great for avocado roses.  Tip: A nealry ripe avocado's "belly button" if you will, will be green underneath when gently pulled off. A ripe avocado, for guacamole, will be slightly brown and will fall off easily. 

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2. Cut the avocado lengthwise and gently peel off the skin.  The perfect avocado will be firm enough to do so.  It's very important that you don't scoop the avocado out of the skin, as you would while making guacamole.  This will leave you with a dented avocado.  You need to pull the skin off piece by piece to keep the avocado smooth. Obviously, remove the pit as well. 

3. Slice Evenly Across. Lay the avocado down and begin slicing it thinly and evenly from one side to the other. Move slowly enough to make sure you aren't bringing up any pieces on the knife. 

4. Slowly Fan Avocado. Create a semi-circle by fanning the slices out.  Make sure the slices are still touching one another on the sides, but don't be afraid to really spread them out for a larger, more spiraled avocado rose. 

5. Spin into a Rose. Slowly cupping the sides, continue to gently spin the slices into a rose. Make sure it's tight enough that the outer edge of the rose stays neatly on the sides. However, you want it to look like a rose, (kinda) so keep it loose enough to keep the blossoming effect.  Tip: Use a little lemon juice to keep the rose from browning. And remember to move it with a spatula if you are plating it or placing it atop a salad, or piece of toast. Tip: It helps if your cutting board is a little damp. 

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Products I love: The Multistick by Bite Beauty

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So truthfully, I didn't really start wearing lipstick until this year.  I always hated the sticky consistency and frankly, the upkeep of reapplication after every hour, or more. Then I received the Multistick from Bite Beauty to test out and now I don't leave the house without it. 

The Multistick is the ideal product for the low (or high) -maintenance gal on the go, who still likes a little cheek contour and lipstick now and then. 

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What it is: 
A multistick that applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application. Just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. 

What it does: 
With 35% powder in each Multistick bullet, this silicone-free formula creates a soft focus finish that's blendable, breathable, and buildable. It features universal shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks that compliment all skin tones and are formulated to use anywhere on the face. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: 
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: 
Bite Beauty products are free of petrochemicals and silicones.

In my kit, I was sent three shades: Blondie (nude beige) Macaroon (pink) and Cocoa (deep chocolate brown) 

The Multistick formula comes in 18 shades which can each be used as a lipstick, a blush or contour, or a soft eyeshadow.  They apply like a cream but look like a light powder, keeping you looking light and effortless.  

Everyday, I use the Cocoa shade under my cheekbones and along my forehead for a light contour. While it looks super thick and dark, the stick blends right lightly and evenly when blended with a brush. I use the medium-sized angled brush from my Sonia Kashuk brush kit to blend in the contour. 
On my eyelids, I use the Blondie shade for added color. This is where I love the creamy yet powdery consistency of the Multistick the most.  It's light enough to blend in with my Laura Mercier highlighter on my brow bone, yet creamy enough to stay put. Lastly, or my lips and cheeks, I use the Macaroon shade, which I highly recommend for any skin tone. 

 
 

Still interested? Check out this fun video about how the Multistick works! You can buy the Multistick here, at Sephora

Special thanks to Refine Boutique for my new favorite piece of clothing, this (similar) Rory Beca jumpsuit! Make sure you check out Refine and book your appointment to shop! 

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The Only Cookie Cut-Out Recipe You'll Ever Need

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This past year, on my 26 Before 26 List  I noted that I wanted to create a little recipe book, using the recipes from friends and family.  It's been a great way for me to connect with those who have contributed as well as keeping track of new and old favorites of mine.  Most notably, is the recipe my wonderful Mother submitted, my Grandma's Christmas Cookie Cut-Outs recipe.  I've used this recipe countless times for traditional cut-outs to Drake and Frank Ocean lyrics.  This time, I was feeling a little homesick and made Wisconsin cookies using my favorite cookie cutter

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Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
3 eggs
4 cups sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Using an electric mixer combine sugar and butter until well blended.
  2. Add eggs one egg at a time. Add vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate dough for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. Roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 - 10 minutes. Cool before frosting and decorating.

Lastly, for the royal icing, I followed this helpful video from The Joy of Baking and separated the frosting into individual bowls for the different colors.  

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Happy Baking!

My Interview about DC on Krrb

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A few weeks ago I had a great interview on Krrb, "Locals Share What Gives Washington DC Its Distinct Flavor"
Check out my responses in the article or below!
 

If you had to explain the vibe of DC in one sentence to an outsider, what would it be?
LR: A city of young, passionate, type-A’s who work hard and brunch harder.


We know certain foods are synonymous with different cities. What foods or recipes would you say best represent DC?
LR: While most would probably say a half smoke, I think great crab dip or Hank’s Oysters and a fresh orange crush by the waterfront rep DC pretty well.
 

And what local restaurants do you frequent?
LR: A little bit of everything. Thip Khao for amazing Loation food in Columbia Heights.Maketto for the best bao buns and coffee on H Street. Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill for the obvious reasons. (Quit complaining about the line and hire a Taskrabbit to get your food.) The Red Hen to feel like you’re getting a home-cooked meal in Bloomingdale. Fiola Mare in Georgetown for the freshest seafood tower. DC really has it all. You just can’t get stuck in the Founding Farmers and Old Ebbitt Grill tourist traps. Explore the city and try new places.


Which music style would you say best represents Washington DC?
LR: I think was makes this city so great is the cultural and regional influences. To narrow it down, I feel as though the music scene that comes into 9:30 Club sums up the mixed bag that DC caters to. Just this past year they’ve had the range of Beach House, Years & Years, Shakey Graves, to Pusha T, and DC favorite White Ford Bronco.


Are you fans of any local bands or musicians?
LR: I was actually just introduced to music by Aaron Estes of Black Hills not too long ago. I love a good synth album now and then for summer rooftop relaxing and his song, “Glass” sets the scene perfectly. I’m also a big fan of folk and bluegrass and try to make it to theKingman Island Festival in DC every year. It’s a great way to hear more local talent, even if it’s just a random group sitting in a circle jamming.


If you had to describe one design style or local designer as best representing DC, what or who would it be?
LR: Traditional and predictable. Not in the worst way but I’m always reminded of how vanilla DC’s style is when I go up to NYC and see the variety.
 

Which stores or shopping destinations would you say summarize the fashion/style of DC locals?
LR: J.Crew is the first that comes to mind. It’s a great one-stop shop for suits and office attire and also a fun sundress for the weekend. I also love Tuckernuck for both men and women’s clothing and accessories. It’s preppy, it’s professional, it’s very DC. It can be a challenging place to find inexpensive antiques and flea market finds in the city. When I want to go on a “hunt” I head straight for Loudon County, Virginia to my all-time favorite,The Old Lucketts Store. You can find everything from deer antlers to crystal decanters to a clawfoot bathtub. I highly recommend taking the trip in fall when they sell pumpkins and spiked apple cider next door.
 

And lastly, where do locals gather to hangout and enjoy the best of DC?
LR: You can usually find my girlfriends and I on 14th Street enjoying a glass (or four) of rosé or an Aperol Spritz at Pearl Dive. Sunday brunch at Le Diplomat is always a must. And I can’t get enough of the burrata and burgers at Duke’s Grocery. Extra truffle oil please.

Thanks again for the interview Krrb! 
Remember to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram for more DC ideas. 

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How to Successfully Wear Your Clap Back

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Sometimes you just got to speak your mind via fashion. Thankfully, Jac Vanek does just that.  With hilarious shirts, clutches, and phone covers, there's bound to be something that really speaks to you.  This clutch in particular, said the words loud and clear.  Too often I've had moments of seeing over plucked, or over drawn brows and thought, WHATARETHOOOOSE?! 

Now, I just have a clutch say it for me.  #clapbacksuccess  

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Also, while we're on the subject of brows, I'd like to give a huge shout out to the ladies at Shobha for keeping my brows looking natural and shapely.  At Shobha, I get my brows threaded about every 5 weeks. I also use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Brow Gel. 

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Design Crush: Black Lacquer Design

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Meet our newest design crush, Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design.  Caitlin's talented eye for mixing color and texture in her designs are showcase in every room she touches.  We're loving the bold-color cabinetry and use of statement pieces. I mean, can we talk about this floor lamp
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For more design inspiration, check out Black Lacquer Design on Instagram and Facebook.
 

Fresh and Easy Thai Chicken Spring Rolls

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Fresh spring rolls, are easily one of the top ten food items I regularly crave but shockingly, had never made for myself. Until now. In fact, just a few weeks ago I tried making them for the first time and I will say, it takes a little practice.  After two or three practice rolls (which I happily ate) I finally got into the swing of things and was rolllllling through, with each roll getting better and better.  Regardless of the appearance, again, I'm still working on this, the spring rolls taste amazing. 

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Ingredients 

Basil Leaves
1/2 pound chicken breast
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Pinch of Sesame seeds
1 tablespoon honey
Scallion
Asian rice noodles
Shredded carrot
1/2 cucumber julienned
Rice spring roll papers
 

Sriracha Chicken

1lb Organic Chicken Breast
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of sesame seeds
Coconut oil or cooking oil of choice

  1. Slice chicken in thin strips and place in a bowl. Add Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and any other seasoning of choice.  Let marinate for at least 10 minutes. 
  2. Cook chicken in coconut oil or oil of choice until ready and tender. 

Thai Peanut Chili Sauce

¼ cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons of chili-garlic sauce

Instructions

Before assembling the spring rolls, make sure you have all of the ingredients prepared and ready on a cutting board separate from where you will be making your rolls.  Have a frying pan filled with lukewarm water next to you for getting the rice papers damp. 

  1. Place one rice paper in the shallow water and flip.  Do not keep in the water longer than 5 seconds or so.  The paper will continue to soften as you are preparing the rolls.  Tip: it helps if your cutting board is wooden and a little damp for the paper to roll more easily.
  2. Once on the cutting board, assemble your rice noodles, carrots, cucumber, chicken, basil, and scallions neatly in a line on the rice paper.
  3. Carefully begin working the rice paper and fillings together in a way you would roll a burrito.  Nice and tight and make sure the edges are folded in on the sides.
  4. Remember, practice makes perfect.  It took me about 3 rolls to get it just right. And the rejects still taste just as good!
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A few weeks prior, I explored with Shrimp Spring Rolls with more fun ingredients!  Really with spring rolls, the opportunities are endless. Make sure to check out my friend Annie from Take a Bite.  She made Chrissy Teigen’s Summer Shrimp Spring Rolls recipe the other night and they looked amazing! 

What ingredients do you like in your spring rolls? 

Shop Private Party

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I've always been a big fan of speaking my mind and Private Party lets me wear it.  Whether it's a BRUNCH bikini or Drake lyrics, I love the snarky collection like no other. Shop some of my favorites below! You can get my tank above at ASOS here