Friday, July 21, 2017

Red, White and Bleu

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

top | jeans | shoes | bag

This year a few different people have told me they were less inclined to celebrate the fourth of July. It seems the current administration is making some folks less than enthusiastic about screaming 'Merica and shooting off fireworks. I was casually out of town for Independence Day like any native Washingtonian who is allergic to tourists so I sort of let the day come and go like any other. However, Friday July 14th - Bastille Day - that's a holiday I could get into. 

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you'll know I love me some French culture...and French beauty products...and French fashion...and French department stores. Listen if it's French I'm probably down for it. So I was very excited to don my tres chic red, white and bleu outfit in honor of la Fete nationale. Do you celebrate Bastille Day? 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Fresh Wave at Republic Restoratives

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

top: Hands on Drums | bra: Agent Provocateur | jeans: Madewell | heels: Ann Taylor

I recently got a chance to attend one of the monthly Bubbles and Bloggers events in DC. I'm usually travelling for work so I miss these events; you'll recall the last one I attended was way back in December of 2016 when I attended the vintage themed Bubbles and Bloggers brunch

This month's theme was green and the event was sponsored by the all natural odor eliminating brand Fresh Wave. This woman-owned company has created natural odor removing products that use simple, pure ingredients  - water and natural extracts of lime, pine needle, clove and cedarwood - to get rid of smelly situations. Think febreze that's so safe you could spray it directly on your child or pet, both of which stink from time to time.

The event was held at another woman-owned business - Republic Restoratives - a crowdfunded distillery located in Ivy City. The pairing between Fresh Wave, Republic Restoratives and Bubbles and Bloggers was genius! All three women led enterprises. The food and drinks were beyond delicious - my cocktail had a twist of lime... an ingredient found in both our drinks and the Fresh Wave products and included some yummy candied ginger.

I didn't have much green in my wardrobe - especially for summer - so I paired this African print top with a pair of lime shoes and called it a day. In the gift bag from the event we received several full-size products from Fresh Wave, which was nice but we also received a travel size room deodorizer spray which I've already used in an airplane bathroom and in my hotel room. I'll definitely be on the look out for the laundry booster next time I'm in Target or Harris Teeter because my dog's toys, bedding and blankets could use a deep clean. Have any of you readers visited Republic Restoratives or tried Fresh Wave?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

American Field: A Made in the USA Pop-Up

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

dress- Madewell & Old Navy (underneath) | belt- Lapis of Luxury 

boots- borrowed from photographer | clutch- gifted from the Philippians | headwrap- Ruby Sampson

Over the weekend I was invited to attend American Field, an all American Pop-Up Market focusing on brands made in the USA. I love it when my work life and my blogger life collide. During the day I work with labor unions, which are organizations grouped by profession (teachers have a labor union, firefighters have a labor union, even retail workers at Macy's and H&M have a labor union) that advocate for safer working conditions, living wages and the rights of workers on the job. So being able to connect with entrepreneurs that are creating products and jobs here in the US was a treat. There were tons of great items for sale and some especially great pieces for men (just in time for father's day). I walked away with a new fragrance from Abbott NYC that I'm obsessed with for summer, a sick B.A. Superhero cape teeshirt  for a special little girl who is a DC native, a cool new key ring from Craighill for my dog walker so she doesn't have to carry around her janitor key ring and a new found obsession with Polar Seltzer (Rose wine spritzers anyone?) and Virginia Dare Winery, which are luckily both available at the Harris Teeter near my office.

The event will return to the DC area this fall so make sure to follow American Field on social media for more information; and if you're in Boston or Brooklyn they're headed your way this year as well!