currently. obsessed. // alex. and. ani.

Loving Alex and Ani's Collegiate Collection
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving + productive Black Friday (whether you braved the crowds or shopped online from the comfort of your own bed)! In addition to outlet mall shopping on Friday, I also participated in Small Business Saturday by heading out bright and early to shop at some of my favorite local businesses (including Duo!). As much as I love certain big-box retailers (J.Crew and Madewell, I'm looking at you), I'm just as enthusiastic about shopping small and giving back to my community.

Still in search for the perfect gift for your bestie, sister or roomie? Don't fret! I wanted to take a moment today to share one of my latest obsessions: Alex and Ani. If you haven't already heard about this jewelry brand that promotes positive energy, then you're in for a treat. While Alex and Ani carries necklaces, rings, earrings, etc., I'm primarily a fan of their expandable charm bangles. From collegiate-inspired charms to pretty birthstones, and even pineapples, you're bound to find something that fits your personality. Another selling point for me is that these bracelets are super lightweight and noise-free (read: no loud clink-clanks here). It's a subtle accessory that can be worn alone or stacked alongside any arm party for a casual #ootd.

I've rounded up a few of my favorite Alex and Ani picks below. Weighing in at around $30 (give or take), all of these would be great Secret Santa gifts or fun stocking stuffers. Oh, and before I forget: Between now and 11/30, you can receive free shipping + 15% off your purchase. No code required! The only items excluded from this offer appear to be their "Charity by Design Bangles." Get shopping!

Which Alex and Ani bangle is your favorite? Leave a comment below!


sundays. at. the. vmfa.

A few Sundays ago, I spent the day at the VMFA checking out the latest art exhibits + revisiting old favorites. If I could visit an art museum every Sunday, then believe me I would. While I'm definitely not an artist myself (I did major in art history, though!), there's nothing more inspiring to me than getting lost in a museum. From ancient Greek kraters to contemporary art, I love it all. Luckily for me, the VMFA is just a day trip away, so I'm able to make the trip quite often. While I enjoy exploring the art museums up in D.C. (the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn and the National Portrait Gallery, just to name a few), they're not quite as easy to get to (read: traffic on traffic). Anyway, I thought that I would share a few snapshots from my day at the VMFA. If you're ever in the Richmond (VA) area, then I'd strongly encourage that you check it out. It's such a gem, that I myself, only discovered a few years back.

Nicholas Krushenick.  Jungle Jim Lieberman, 1969. 

Patrick Caulfield. The Mysterious Suspicion – After Magritte, 1974.

Richard Roth.  Untitled (yellow corner), 1971

Ed Ruscha.  Noise, Pencil, Broken Pencil, Cheap Western, 1963. 

A quick #ootd snapshot. The weather was a bit gloomy, so black skinny leg jeans + a field jacket were obligatory.

What's your favorite way to spend #SundayFunday? What do you do to get re-inspired? Leave a comment below!


kate. spade. // the. joy. ride.

If you weren't already beginning to slowly get into the holiday spirit (one Starbucks red cup at a time), then Kate Spade's latest installment of the #missadventure series is sure to bring on the holiday cheer. Starring Anna Kendrick and Zosia Mamet, The Joy Ride definitely leaves me lusting for all of KS's seasonal goodies — some of which I've rounded up below! Between the extra sparkly party heels, taxi cab clutch and cheeky Goreski glasses ring, it's safe to say that I want everything. Sigh.    
What are your favorite items from Kate Spade's holiday collection? Leave a comment below!


indian. fall.

I don't know about you, but I have been l-o-v-i-n-g the unseasonably warm fall temps that we've been having lately. It's safe to say that I can't believe that it's November — just this week, I was wearing a mini skirt paired with a three-quarter sleeve t-shirt (sans tights)! While I wish that the 70-degree temperatures would stick around (who needs winter anyway?!), I am happy to say that I haven't had to break out the heavy coats, cold weather accessories and tights just yet. Below, I've rounded up some of my favorite #OOTDs from the past month or so that exhibit "indian fall" dressing, as I like to call it. Also: I am totally aware that I wear my field jacket entirely too much, but to my defense, I just can't get enough of how versatile + practical it is.


Into the woods...

Bright red chino shorts + my favorite Lacoste polo (similar) for the win!

Green + white stripes have been my jam lately. Photographed here are my go-to Industry Standard jeans in the Simone Midrise fit.

Field jacket on the daily. (For a similar look, check out this J.Crew Factory field jacket and Foley + Corinna tote.)

Mad for plaid. Get the look with this plaid button-down that has the cutest elbow patches. 

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What are your fall essentials and favorite trends for the season? Leave a comment below!

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