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Bra Fitting 101 and Other Things I Learned at Coup de Foudre Lingerie

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Let's talk BRAS baby. Candidly, up until last week, I hadn't given much thought to. As a woman who is, ehem, pear-shaped, I've spent more time shopping for jeans and pants that fit my thighs and rear than what's on top. Is this a curse or a blessing? Well, for me, it's always kind of worked out in my favor. I haven't had to struggle with backaches, awkward high school gym class moments, or heartbreaking fittings at the mall. Life with bitty buds is kinda easy. I pretty much survive off of sticky bras, sticky petals, sticky tape, or honestly, no bra at all (full transparency, I am writing this blog post sans bra.)  It's been well, really nice.  But, I have been avoiding something important for every woman, a real bra fitting.  

So here's what I did. 

My good friend Sophie from Rosé Media reached out to me to stop by one of her client's lingerie shops, Coup de Foudre Lingerie, for a bra fitting.  Located next to Dry Bar (hellllo new bottle of dry shampoo) I immediately felt at ease when I met the owner, Kiersten Ballman. She's awesome. 

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Kiersten didn't skip a beat.  We chatted about what I was looking for, and she grabbed some beautiful pieces, and we got straight to the point, the bra fitting. 

 

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I learned a lot during this fitting:

1. I'm not wearing the right size - so I figured Kiersten was going to tell me this. But her answer wasn't what I was expecting.  Like many women, I was told, I make the mistake of sizing up in the band when a bra feels uncomfortable.  Looser is better, right? Wrong. The brand should, in fact, be tight because bras are meant to, well, lift and support you. Duh Libby. 

2. I'm wearing my bra too low - another point that surprised me.  After I was given my proper bra size, I was shown exactly where on my back my bra should fall. LOL, my old bra lines on my back showed just how low low low my strapless was sitting on my back. No bueno. We got me up where I should be and it really did change the way I looked and even the way I stand. 

3. No, you don't need 25 bras - "A woman really only needs 3-5 bras for her everyday rotation." Kiersten explained. The key word here, ROTATION.  I like many women, get into the habit of wearing my bras to death. Literally death. And then forgetting that different bras serve different purposes.  You should have a great strapless bra for sure, and 2-3 everyday bras in black and nude. And then, all of the fun stuff that you want to integrate. 

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4. Not all bras are made the same - this may seem like a no-brainer, but I really didn't think about it until I saw the beautifully framed piece (below) in the shop.  It displays all of the beautiful and important materials that go into making a high-quality brassiere. Spoiler alert: you won't find this quality in your Victoria's Secret bra. Coup de Foudre carries a high line of affordable lingerie that will last you for quite a while.  

5. They accept bra donations! Woohoo! I loved this.  You can bring in your used bras and Coupe de Foudre will donate them to women in need of support.  

6. Bra Fittings at Coup de Foudre are FREE! Can't beat that. 

After trying on a few fun pieces, and wow, it actually was more fun than I thought, I made my selection. I wanted something that felt like me but also felt like spoiling myself. I decided on Coupe de Foudre's most popular set, The Marie Joe Jane.  It's super elegant and sexy with just the right amount of intricate embroidery over the black tulle. 
The best part, it's so comfortable.   

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Special thanks to Sophie, Kiersten and the team at Coup de Foudre Lingerie for answering all of my questions, and making me feel comfortable and sexy.  *Disclaimer: the pieces I selected were gifted to me. Thank you thank you thank you! 

Make sure to pop into Coup de Foudre Lingerie soon and follow them on Instagram for the latest and greatest. And remember, all bra fittings are FREE! 

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My Thoughts on the NEW Glossier Mascara - An Honest Review & 10% Discount Off Your Purchase

Beauty, ShoppingLibby RasmussenComment
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So it's no secret that I love Glossier's products.  I've written about before here and here. I was, like many of you, skeptical of the new mascara when it came out a month ago.  I'm a mascara FANATIC. Lashes are everything, I mean, everything to me. As you know, I occasionally get lash extensions, when I don't want to apply the endless coats of mascara every day (which I admittedly, love to do, time permitting.) But, this month, I've been giving my lashes a little break and am working on conditioning them regularly and having a more natural look.  

Enter the Glossier mascara, Lash Slick.  

MY THOUGHTS 

I love it. Really. It's a really great mascara. Especially for those who love more natural, separated lashes. Important: this is a big deal coming from me, Queen of the Chunky, Layered, Spider Lashes.  I typically love my mascara, dark, thick, and heavy.  This isn't that. But, it CAN be if you let the coats dry in between.

Application: I start by curling my lashes, though I don't do this every time. I then use the Lash Slick to carefully comb out my lashes.  The fibers in it help coat each lash nicely without it smudging or bleeding onto my lids or under eyes. I like to wait a few seconds between coats to let the previous coats dry and have the strength to be layered on with another coat - just like you would when you're painting your nails. 

If you want a little extra...
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, and will probably write it on my damn tombstone at this point.  IF YOU WANT THICK, LONG LASHES, YOU NEED TO USE A LASH PRIMER. I love love love L'Oreal's lash primers and so does my HERO, Lara Pia Arribio. 

LPA swears by GrandeLash, a lash conditioner and enhancing serum which, I'm going to buy before I even finish writing this post. 

Any who, back to Lash Slick. Let's talk about the removal process because I'm sure like all of you, nothing erks me more than hopping out of the shower with raccoon eyes that I need to remove with a makeup wipe.  Not here.  If you have the Glossier Milky Jelly, or really any face wash that you can use on your eyes (some use baby shampoo) you can easily remove the Lash Slick. I've never had any bleeding or smudging with this mascara and for that alone, it's worth the purchase.   

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Glossier's Key Ingredients (as listed on their site):

Japanese Fiber Technology: One and two millimeter-long curved fibers hook onto lashes, adding length. Consider these your lash “extensions.”

Vegan Biotin: Conditions and strengthens for healthier, softer lashes over time.

Natural Shine Polymers: Enhances the formula’s black pigments so lashes are extra shiny and sleek.

Tapered Comb Brush: The tiered bristles and precise tip separate top and bottom lashes at the root, ensuring even application.

**Side note - did you see that Glossier now has GIPHY stickers on Instastories? Fun Fun Fun. 

What do you think of the new Glossier Lash Slick? Let me know!
I'm giving away a tube! Check out my latest insta for deets. 

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The Perfect Rainbow Wrap Dress for PRIDE

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DC Pride has come and gone and I can truly say it was one of the best weekends of my life. Nothing I did was really planned per say, but the concerts, events, and parties I went to will be cherished in my memory forever.  That being said, the parade was incredible and I had the best time wearing this Aqua dress from Bloomingdale's.  It was heavy enough to carry some beautiful movement but also light enough that I wasn't super warm.  I know that NYC Pride is coming up, and if you still don't have anything to wear, or if you just really want a fun dress for the summer, I can't recommend this number enough.  Check out my other favorite Pride outfits below. Most importantly, show love and kindness to one another EVERY DAY, not just during Pride month. 

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Colorful Gay PRIDE Outfits and Accessories I'm Loving

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It's PRIDE month baby and there's nothing I love more than supporting ALL LOVE! If I could have 100 outfit changes next weekend for DC Pride, I would. There's still time to snag an outfit or two. Here are a few things I'm loving! 

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The Gina Julian Piece That Completed My Bedroom

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Instagram is incredible. We all know this. The positive connections I’ve established thanks to this social media platform completely outweigh the occasional jealousy that it can simultaneously create.  But long before insta, blogs were my primary source of finding artists and designers I loved.   One of the very first, was Roxy Te Owens, from Society Social or, as some of you may know her from the HGTV show, “Carolina Reno.”

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Photo: David A. Land 

Roxy’s blog and more importantly, online shop, was one of my most visited sites. It’s not difficult to see why either.  Roxy’s style is fun, colorful, and still classic.  So naturally, when I got Instagram in spring 2013 (I was actually very late in the game) Roxy was one of the first people I followed.

Fast forward to earlier this year, when Roxy posted this photo with a giveaway promoting the one and only, Gina Julian’s incredible paintings. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t win the giveaway, but I did gain a new favorite artist and hoped that someday, I too would have a Gina Julian piece.

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That dream came true when Shannon and I decided we were going to completely redo my bedroom.  We had a theme, well kind of, enter “retro-Palm-Springs-groovy-den-meets-Grandma-chic-sexy-coffin-esq.”  Yes we are crazy and no, we don’t regret a damn thing about this design.

When I say Gina is incredible, I mean it. We were looking to tie in a piece that would capture this #vibe and also integrate the colors of the room.  So we sent a mood board off to Gina, and VOILA, she created this masterpiece.

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Titled, “Get Your Groove On”, my mouth was wide open the entire time I was unboxing it and for about 48 minutes after and then another 5 hours after that.

Shannon and I knew that the piece needed to be the first thing people noticed when they walked through the door, so placing it right in the entry of my room was a no-brainer.

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Currently, Gina just launched her new Op Art on her site.  She has an amazing variety of colors and sizes that are perfect for any room. Get yourrrrrs! Also, make sure to follow Gina on Instagram for more beautiful art in your life, and feed. 

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - WEEK TWO - With Shannon Claire Interiors

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We’re well-past WEEK TWO of the One Room Challenge but I wanted to highlight some of the fun things that happened the second week of ORC.  As always, be sure to read my designer, Shannon’s posts on the challenge.  Here is her post from WEEK TWO.

At week two, Shannon created the most incredible mood board for the room. Exhibit A:

Shannon also created design boards for the bedroom, bathroom, and hallway.  AND THEY’RE AMAZING.

BEDROOM

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I told Shannon that I really wanted a seating area in front of the windows in my room. Then I regretted it because I was worried about said chairs becoming a dumping ground for clothes and clutter. And then she sent me the link to these STUNNING velvet persimmon chairs and I immediately took back my reservations. I couldn't fathom putting anything on these beauties other than chic pillows.  

I also went CRAZY for this retro-inspired Deny Designs credenza from Overstock which would look perfect with this Gray Malin Lemonade print from the Parker Palm Springs.  

BATHROOM

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Yes yes yes. The bathroom is going to look sooooo clean and fresh. Currently, the bathroom is a horrible cream color that is everything but fun.  Shannon found this incredible wallpaper from Bellacor and I am in love. 

Additionally, there will be a lot of fantastic artwork from Minted. I love this Hold My Hand piece that Shannon selected. It's romantic and interesting and I would have never thought of it here but of course, SHANNON IS GOD AND KNOWS ALL. Duh. 

HALLWAY

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This cracks me up every time, but if you've been in my apartment, you know that I have some verrrrrrry inttttteresting-shaped stains on the floor of my apartment, particularly in the hallway. Shannon and I cannot stop laughing about floors and knew that a runner in the hall was essential.  Shannon found this stunning peacock runner from Bellacor which did the trick for hiding the silly stains.  

Well that’s all for now! Stay tuned for my next One Room Challenge recap of WEEK 3. And as always, make sure to follow Shannon on Instagram for more One Room Challenge updates!

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The Velvet Persimmon Chairs I Can't Stop Talking About

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These velvet persimmon chairs.  All I can really say is wow. 

Something I’ve always wanted in my room was a grown-ass sitting area.  A place where I could unwind in the evening, read, blog, or have a martini. (lol half kidding) I mean, we all want this right? But most of the time, if you have room for a chair in your bedroom, it becomes ‘the everything chair’ and you know what I’m talking about.  It’s where you pile up all of your clothes, dirty or clean, higher than your own self. Or maybe it’s where you throw all of your purses or mail. Go ahead and pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I know the truth.  

So when I told Shannon, my interior designer (and idol) for the One Room Challenge that I envisioned said chairs, I almost took it back immediately.  Was I ready to commit to keeping a chair clean or rather, TWO CHAIRS?! While I realize this is sounding a tad bit dramatic, I am actually totally serious. 

While the goal to keep them pristine 24/7 is up in the air, what isn’t, is my obsession with them.  When Shannon sent me the link for these velvet persimmon chairs from HomePop, I audibly gasped in the grocery store.  Not totttttalllly unusual for me considering how horrible my local Giant’s produce is. But, hello, these chairs are stunning. 

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So, I knew they were going to be pretty, but I didn’t realize they were going to be this damn good.  They arrived just last week and I immediately assembled them after my event with Fiverr. Took me a whopping 7 minutes to assemble and about another 47 to get my chill back after taking them out of the plastic.  

The velvet on them is SO soft and the color is incredible. Persimmon.

What a fun word right? Fun fact actually: this summer I learned why unripe persimmons make your tongue numb.  Persimmons are full of tannins (like wine) and the tannins in the skins make your tongue and cheeks feel like your chewing on chalk. Yum right? Actually yes, they are so good when ripe. Check out this yummy persimmon recipe below by Alison Roman. 
A few of us gals made it for our Fifth Annual Fall Fete on Fairview and it was a hittttt. 

 Photo: Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott, Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Photo: Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott, Courtesy of Clarkson Potter

Persimmons and Pears With Blue Cheese and Spicy Pecans

1 cup pecans
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Bosc pears, cored and thinly sliced
2 persimmons, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
3 ounces firm blue cheese, such as Valdeón or Bayley Hazen Blue, thinly sliced or crumbled

Combine the pecans, maple syrup, and Aleppo pepper in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the maple syrup bubbles, reduces, and crystallizes around the pecans, 5 to 8 minutes. They will look all white and fuzzy with an even layer of crystallized sugar coating each nut—this is what you want. Add the olive oil and remove from the heat; season with salt and pepper, and let cool completely before coarsely chopping the pecans.

Scatter the pears and persimmons around a large serving platter or bowl and drizzle with the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and finish with the pecans and blue cheese.

 When we made the recipe for our girl's weekend 

When we made the recipe for our girl's weekend 

Okay back to the chairs – I love them. Did I say that already? When I’m sitting in them I feel like I’m on a talk show and my five-year-old self is twirling at that daydream. Anyway, highest recommendation for these chairs.  I’m so excited to feature them in the room for the One Room Challenge.  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, refer to this post of mine or this post from my designer, Shannon’s blog for details!
Yay! 
 

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A Few Jumpsuits For Spring

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Ask and you shall receive.  Here a few jumpsuits I'm currently coveting for Spring (if it ever shows up for more than a day!) Click on the photos to shop!

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A Few Favorite Fall-ish Jumpsuits

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In 2015, I made it a goal of mine to wear a jumpsuit. Yes, singular.  I had yet to wear one in my adult life (jumpers were big in my infant years, I'm told) but frankly, as an adult, I was intimidated by them. Until I got my first jumpsuit, and my thoughts (& wardrobe changed drastically.)

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And now, I thought I would do a little roundup of the many many rompers that I've been collecting and coveting lately.  The one pictured above is this little frilly number from ASOS.  I wore it to a cocktail tasting at the new Pod Hotel in Chinatown! Special shout out to Jarrett Hendrix for snapping this shot of Lauren and me! 

Click through the photos to shop my ASOS favorites! 
Happy Friday!

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My Favorite Las Bayadas Beach Blanket (On Sale)

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Photo from FeatFashion9 shot by Renee Rogers 

Last weekend on my instagram story, I talked about my obsession and frankly, hoarding of my favorite beach/casual/couch/picnic blanket from Las Bayadas, and I got a ton of questions about it!

I purchased this multicolored blanket from Shop Waiting On Martha two years ago and have used it for EVERYTHING. At the beach, as a picnic blanket, as a pool towel, as a bed "eating blanket" yes, I eat in bed, and no, I don't care if you think it's gross.  

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Here's a little bit about the company from the founders themselves:

Eight years ago my husband and I arrived in this small fishing village called Sayulita in Mexico, we literally fell in love with the Mexican culture. Living on the beach, we started thinking about the perfect beach towel.

We were inspired by a Mexican fabric used to decorate houses, and we started to turn it in a beach towel. We just added colorful stripes to put our colorful and personal touch. Also the environment part was essential for us. Thus, we decided to collaborate with a firm that provides us recycled cotton to make our towels. We received a warm welcome from Mexican people, consequently for us it's normal to give it back. 10% of the profits of each Las Bayadas sold will be donated to support a scholarship program for the local Mexican students going to the Costa Verde International School. 

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Alright, lets discuss the SALE part. 

Madewell sells them for $34.99
Shopbop has the El Pablo Tote $55
Nordstrom sells the mult-stripe for $45
Saint Bernard has the pink-green combo for $34.90

And yes, I'm 100% in fullll denial that summer is over. 
Thanks, adios. 

Small Biz Spotlight: Bodnar Bags

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Lets talk about a little series I've wanted to start for a while now, Small Biz Spotlights.  I started my business back in 2015 and have since learned SO much about the ups and downs of running a company.  Between expense reports and taxes, there's a lot that goes into making it all run smoothly.  And let me tell you, every business owner I meet, whether it be someone in starting their first restaurant or in this case, an online boutique, I'm always fascinated and admirable of all of the hard work that others put into it.  

Which leads me to my friend Laura...

Laura Zobar, recently started a small line of adorable bags, Bodnar.  I first met Laura when she was considering starting the business.  Like many of us small business owners, Laura was a little nervous about outing herself "out there" (girl we know the feeling) and getting things started  but she did it and I'm IN LOVE with these bags. 

Here I'm wearing the Mackenzie clutch which is actually super spacious.  The morale of the story is, these bags are seriously just plain fun. Ideal for a date, the beach, or brunch, the Bodnar bags are too cute to pass on. Let's chat with Laura a little bit about the company shall we...

Q: Tell us about the bags! 

A: So the bags are made of a colorful woven cotton blend that I discovered in New York City's Garment District last summer. The fabric was originally created for a well-known fashion designer who opted out of using it but when I found it, I knew I had to have it and bought the entire roll. There are five different bag styles but all are unstructured, which is great because they can easily be folded into a suitcase if you're traveling or tucked into a work or school bag. Personally, I think they're perfect as the type of bag you take with you when you want to go grab a midday coffee but don't want to bring your whole bag with you. 

Q: Where are they made/how are they made?

A: Each bag is made of the recycled material I mentioned above, which is super soft (think American Apparel t-shirt) and lined with a thin canvas. Although the styles and sizes vary, each bag features rainbow colored tassels and poms. The Cece Clutch is a zippered pouch, while the others have a top flap closure. As for how they are made, I sew and hand-stitch each bag here in my studio in Washington, D.C. so they are Made in the USA, which is really important to me. I'm also working on incorporating organic fabric and natural dyes in future rounds of production. 

Q: What was your inspiration for the bags?

A: A year ago, I was studying fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York, and one of our assignments required us to make a handbag. While shopping for materials, I fell in love with the bright and colorful pattern and immediately knew I wanted to make an oversized slouchy clutch. I think at the time I was carrying a lot of things around with me in the city and needed something that could go from day to night, and this bag really worked for that. I carried it everywhere I went for the rest of summer. 

Q: What made you decide to make a business out of it?

A: When I finished the bag I posted a picture of it on my Instagram and immediately had friends messaging and texting me asking me to make them one, which was really exciting! A few weeks later at our final exhibition, which is basically a showcase of everyone's work, I was walking around looking at other students' projects when one of my friends texted me that a girl was asking for me and wanted to buy one of my bags. The exhibition is more like an art show so the pieces aren't actually for sale but this girl was dead-set on leaving with one of my bags, so I named a price and she became my first customer! I think together these two experiences made me think I ought to give it a shot.

Q: Where did you come up with the name, Bodnar? And am I saying it right?

A: Yeah, so Bodnar (\bod-ner\) is a family name. It was the last name of my great-aunt and uncle who were clothiers in Budapest, Hungary. They owned a shop in Paris and made clothes for members of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's royal family, which I thought was pretty cool. I also liked the name because it didn't box me into anything specific, so whichever direction I decide to expand in the future I'll still be able to use the same brand name.

Q: What is the best part of having your own small business?

A: I love being able to work on something that is meaningful to me and where I see the impact of my work. I didn't always feel this way when I was working in an office and it's something I really appreciate. I also enjoy being able to bounce between being creative when I'm designing, social when I'm engaging with customers, and strategic when I'm running numbers or working on the business side of things. It's fun that every day is different! 

...and what is the worst?

I think the hardest part is doing it on my own. I don't have a business partner or team so every decision rests on my shoulders, which can be a little overwhelming. That being said, I'm incredibly lucky because I have the most supportive friends and family who have helped with every decision I've made. They also happen to be my best customers! So it goes without saying that without them, Bodnar wouldn't exist. (Thanks guys!!!)

Q: How would you describe your target customer?

A: I'd say our client is a woman with a classic, preppier style. Definitely someone who "lives colorfully"! The bags are perfect for a woman-on-the-go because they transition from day-to-night really well. My current customers use their Bodnar bags for everything from a smaller pouch to hold essentials in a large work bag to the clutch they take out when meeting friends for drinks or traveling abroad.

Q: If you could have any celebrity or influencer carrying a Bodnar bag, who would it be?

A: Well I loved the shoot you did and seeing the Bodnar MacKenzie Clutch featured on Libby Living Colorfully was really exciting! It's hard to pick a celebrity or influencer because there are so many talented and incredible women, some of whom I've been lucky enough to engage with already. I think also because Bodnar is so new it's really exciting when anyone purchases or is carrying a Bodnar bag. As I mentioned earlier, so many of my girlfriends have been so supportive and it's the best feeling in the world when we go out or run into each other and they're using their Bodnar bag!

Q: So what's next? 

A: I'm playing around with new styles all the time and planning colors and fabrics for the upcoming seasons. Right now our five styles include the Original Milly Oversized Slouchy Clutch, the CeCe which is a smaller zippered pouch, the MacKenzie Oversized Slouchy Clutch, the Mini Mac (a smaller version of the MacKenzie), and the Perfect Kate Clutch.

In planning for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons, I'm focused on a color palette that includes blush, navy, and shades of red and tawny brown, maybe olive too! I'm also looking at how we can incorporate organic fabrics and outsource to ethical manufacturers (within in the U.S.). And I'd love to see Bodnar bags in local retailers like Tuckernuck, Salt & Sundry, and Take Care Shop but for now our bags are available at www.shopbodnar.com

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Make sure to shop ALLLLLLL the bags from Bodnar and follow them on instagram

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My 10 Beach Essentials - LDW Edition

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1. Sunscreen - I'm really trying to be a stickler for sunscreen, especially when it comes to my face. Lately I've been loving this roll-on sunscreen that looks like a stick of deodorant. It goes on really clean and blends into my skin without feel heavy. Something else I've learned, that your hair also needs sun protection.  A friend also suggested I try this Brush on Broad Spectrum sunscreen, which is literally a bronzer brush that has mineral powder sunscreen to keep you protected when you don't necessarily have a bottle of sunblock on you.  Very intriguing. I'm also very into this Coola Makeup Setting Spray with SPF 30 - for those of us who like to wear a little makeup to the beach (I know you're out there.)

2. Beach Blanket  - I have a serious bias toward the colorful Las Bayadas beach blankets.  They're lightweight, easy to wash, and more importantly, colorful.  I got mine from the Waiting On Martha Shop.  Here are some other colors:

3. Sunnies - I'm not typically someone who owns more than 2 pair of sunglasses at a time. When I like something, I want to wear it all the time and I want be able to wear it with whatever. This is no exception when it comes to sunglasses.  After what honestly felt like years of searching for the perfect pair, I finally found this pair of Ray Bans.  When I say these look good on everyone, I really mean it. My guy friends have worn these, and even 6 of my best friends tried them on, all with different complexions, hair color, face shape, etc. and they looked great on everyone.  I think I may have found the Traveling Pants of sunglasses. 


4. Cover Up - Cover ups are a great way to keep clothing light and easy at the beach. Lightweight linen coverups are breathable and easy to dry. What I didn't know is that there are a lot of great companies that make coverups that have sun protection built in.  Take Cabana Life for example, all of their items have built in sun protection. I own this Moroccan tile printed tunic in blue and absolutely love the look and the feel. Best part, it blocks 98% of UV rays. 

5. Swimsuit (Duh) - Do we need to discuss in detail? Prob not, so here are just a few swim suits I'm laaaaaahving. Also, here's the first one-piece I've owned in about 14 years and it's the softest, most flattering suit ever. 

6. Drinks on the Go - Finding the perfect and more importantly, portable drink for the beach is v. important.  So when Seagram's sent me their new line of Escapes drinks, I immediately saw myself bringing them to the beach with me.  

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7. Sandals - I've become a woman obsessed with Madewell's sandals. If I could have a pair in every color, I obviously would. These are also a great option (I wear them almost every day.)

8. Water Bottle - I got my first S'well water bottle a few years ago and have since been hooked.  If you haven't used one yet and have only heard the hype, believe it. 100% This bottle keeps my water cold in spite of how hot its surroundings are.  I'm sure you can only imagine how crazy I went over this collaboration that S'well did with my favorite photographer, Gray Malin

9. Light Reading - So I'm pretty bad at sitting still, especially at the beach. I've never really been able to nap or read at the beach but it's definitely something I could improve on.  A few light reads that I've enjoyed lately include: The Girls, Men Explain Things to Me, The Interestings, and I Take You

10. Beach Bag -  My friend recently started her own company and these Bodnar bags are some of my favorites for summer. As a larger bag, a highly recommend this straw tote. And my other favorite, SCOUT bags. I take this big bag everywhere, the grocery store, weekends away, and yes, the beach. 

Where are you all traveling this Labor Day Weekend? I can't believe it's already (almost) September. Eek.

Four New (Affordable) Rugs From My Apartment

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Rugs are expennnnnsive. Everyone who has ever shopped for one knows this.  Old or new, they are a pretty penny but truthfully, worth the investment.  I never really realized how much my apartment would be transformed with the right size and amount of rugs around the floors.  While of course they're a practical way to keep the floors clean and interesting, they add a great pop of, drum roll please, color. Here are the four new (affordable) rugs in my apartment that I am loving.

Chroma CB22 Tribal Tree Of Paradise Medallion Rug (7'10"x11) $321

This rug fit my living room to a T.  And while I was a bit hesitant about getting a pink rug, I could not be more happy with my decision. The pink tones are just subtle enough and are balanced out well with the reds and blues. It's incredibly versatile and a great alternative to some of the price Turkish rugs I've seen in the past. It also compliments this navy Moroccan pouf that I have and love. (Similar here & here.)

Bavoda Moroccan Diamond Pole Rug (Runner) $99

This. Runner. I want to make it very clear that I don't typically gravitate toward pinks and purples but this runner was the absolutely welcome exception to my rule.  Featured here in this Instagram I just posted, you can see the colors are more and lavender and more subtle then in the photo below. I love it and it's the perfect size for a hallway or entryway.

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Berber Moroccan Diamond SM18 Rug (3'x5') $69

For my kitchen sink area, I knew that I needed to get something that was on the darker side. Between cooking at the stove and unloading the dishes, there’s a lot of potential for stains to show up on a rug. I love the large, more modern print on this rug and the other color options are equally as fun. The best part, this rug is less than $70. Win.

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Tuscan Fading Printed Medallion Rug (5'x8') $192

I absolutely love navy and orange together so this rug immediately caught my eye. The pale robin egg blue coupled with the subtle tones of yellow were perfect for under my dining room table. The rug lays slightly under my console (pictured below) that has two large navy garden stools and ginger jars to compliment it. I also added the luxe Hermés lacquer tray from The Kellogg Collection to tie it all together.

A special thanks to my friends over at Rugs USA for providing my home with these beautiful rugs. While this post was done in collaboration, as always, all of my selections and opinions are my own. Where's your go-to rug shop? Do you buy new or vintage? 

Either way, happy hunting! 

Living For The WEEKEND

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Tassels, acrylic lettering, and bright colors. Say no more. When I got this sweater I was hooked and immediately put it on, on a Wednesday.  Because, let's be real, we could all use a little weekend fun during the week.  The sweater is from Rails and can be found at Bloomies, Nordstrom, and Shopbop

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What puts you in the weekend mode?
Special thanks to Kara Schab at Right Foot Creative for the photos!

 

 

I Finally Tried a Subscription Box & It Wasn't Filled with Junk

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One of the best parts of blogging for me, is getting to know other small businesses, especially those owned and operated by women. So when my good friend Kara (also owner of a small biz) told me about her friend's company, Luxor Box, I knew I wanted to hear more about it and get on board! 

For the longest time, I couldn't really get behind the whole subscription box thing.  My friends that have tried Birchbox seem to really like it, but I was hesitant. To me, most of those boxes seemed like well junk. Tiny samples of small lipsticks that didn't match my skin tone or obnoxious colored nail polishes that companies were clearly trying to get rid of - it just felt like something that would immediately go in my bathroom "junk drawer" in my bathroom (we all have them.)

In my opinion, what makes Luxor Box different from other subscription box companies is the quality. Take this Ciro Cell Daily Hydration sunscreen - it typically sells for $50 and is sold out on its own site.  I loved getting this sunscreen in the box because, one, sunscreen is life. #teamnowrinkles and two, it's clearly an item that people love, not some junky free sample that I could pick up from CVS. 

Overall, I genuinely enjoyed and wanted the products in the Luxor Box. They were so well packaged and curated and would make a perfect gift for a bride-to-be, mother, or friend. 
Special thanks to Kara Schab @rightfootcreative_ for the intro to Luxor Box and for these beautiful photos.  Make sure you check out Luxor Box and their insta for more info!

Whimsical Decor I'm Loving Right Now

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It's no secret that I have an affinity for colorful, and sometimes pretty cooky things. I'm no stranger to neon signs, or wearing clementines as necklaces. So when I decorate, I want it to be anything but plain and simple. Who doesn't want a little FUN now and then? Here are my current favorite cooky decor items. 

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What whimsey do you decorate with?

Photos and products via Waiting On Martha 

Gifts for Her - A Few Ideas for Mother's Day

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Mother's Day is less than 2 weeks away which means you have juuuuust enough time to get the amazing woman in your life something special.  While I'm a big proponent of sending some quality snail-mail, a little somethin' somethin' for, THE AMAZING PERSON who raised you (shout out to my very own, M-O-M) is always a good idea.  And, I made it easy for you by featuring some of my favorite items from Amara, which essentially screams "all the things I want my kid to get me for Mother's Day." You're welcome. 

My Favorite Statement Earrings At The Moment

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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! 

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