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24hrs in Norfolk, Virginia

It takes a little over 3 hours to drive from DC to Norfolk, Virginia but once you arrive it's like you've been transported to a cute coastal town. I spent 24hours there recently and I'm sharing the perfect itinerary. 
10:00amPull up to Hilton The Main leaving your car out front with the valet; cost is $26/night, which is half the price of what it would be at Hilton a property in downtown DC. Ride the escalator to the hotel's second floor where you'll find the check-in desk. You're early so if a room isn't available just yet, leave your bags with the concierge and explore the hotel's art exhibit. Start with the Becky Rosa piece located in front of the hotel room elevators. Titled the "Birkcream" this pop art sculpture depicts a larger-than-life Hermes Birkin bag melting atop an ice cream cone. ~ 11:00amBrowsing a good bookstore is always a good way to pass the time. Prince Books is a lovely locally owned bookstore right across from the hotel. Ther…

OTK Boots with Dresses

I've mostly seen over-the-knee (OTK) boots styled with jeans. Skinny jeans in particular, but here's the thing...I have large calves. I considered it a success that these Stuart Weitzman boots fit over my bare calves so adding a layer of denim between myself and these boots makes for a snug fit. Instead I prefer to wear my OTK boots with dresses. That means I can wear my sundresses well into the fall (I've layered a turtleneck bodysuit from Madewell under this dress from H&M) and tones down the spiciness of any dresses that are a wee bit short. It makes that little sliver of thigh that peeks out from the top of the boot pretty exciting doesn't it?

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PS I'm obsessed with my dainty top handle bag from Rebecca Minkoff; this season she has an even more badass version.

Packing for Cuba

Last year around this time I traveled to Havana, Cuba, and I want to share my tips on what to pack for a trip there. It was cold when I left D.C. but I knew it would be humid in Cuba so on the flight I wore leggings a tee-shirt and a long packable down coat which folded into a small ball and doubled as a pillow during the trip. Once I landed I stuck to flowy dresses and bright colors to match the warm weather and lively atmosphere.

What I Packed:1 day dress 1 breathable cocktail dress 1 beach cover up 1 casual dress 1 pair Converse 1 pair colorful heels 1 pair flip flops 1 packable raincoat 1 clutch w/ crossbody strap 1 tote


A Wrap Dress for Day or Night

I got this dress from Goodwill some time ago. It had shoulder pads, but I knew it would be chic if I removed them. It was kind of 80's Dynasty era fly with the shoulder pads. If the Real Housewives franchise existed in a few decades ago, this is what they would wear to lunch to drink wine and talk smack about each other. I like to pair it with a lacy bra, because the neckline drapes pretty low, and a pair of simple heeled sandals. For evening I like to dress up this piece with a fancy belt, sexy pumps and stockings.
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Slip Dresses For Fall

I recently had the chance to preview a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You'll recall I previously previewed the museum's "Revival" exhibit, which included this stunning piece "Blue Gowns" by artist Beverly Semmes. The museum's current exhibit "Magnetic Fields" showcases abstract art by black women artists and is on display through January 2018. The works are intense and inspiring. Many of the pieces have striking patterns that would be amazing prints on a dress. 
WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!I originally purchased this black slipdress for Coachella. It was such a great price from Goodwill and is an actual slip. I love balancing the sexiness of a piece meant for the boudoir with the banal like a sweatshirt with my sorority crest on it and a pair of iconic Stan Smith sneakers. Below is my take on slip dresses for fall, framed by the "Magnetic Fields" exhibit, including the triptych for which the collection is named.

Royal Blue Party Dress

Do you have a color that you think might be your color? That's how I feel about this shade of royal blue. I don't wear it nearly enough, but when I do I always feel radiant. I'm also figuring out silhouettes that are the most flattering for my body and this simple a-line is on my short list. This dress from BCBG is so perfect to throw on for a birthday dinner, cocktail party or even as a guest to a wedding.
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Work wear with Riders by Lee

Do you guys remember Riders jeans? Well the brand is still around, still churning out affordable denim and has now added "work wear" and "weekend wear" to their portfolio. They sent me a pair of knit trousers to try out and I must say they're pretty comfortable. Perfect for a professional airport look when I'm flying cross country for work.
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A long weekend in New Orleans

I celebrated my birthday in New Orleans this year. I'd never really been there before so it was great exploring a new city. Below I've provided tips on how to spend a long weekend in NOLA. We didn't visit Bourbon Street (it's under construction and narrowed by lots of scaffolding) but we did eat some great meals, hang out at some cool places and have a really great time so enjoy!
WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!
FRIDAY: Laissez les bon temp rouler!
:: 3:00pm (The Nopsi Hotel) :: Play hooky on Friday, because it's your birthday! Book a direct flight from National Airport in DC to Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans; the flight is about two hours. Choose a flight that lands around the same time as hotel check-in so you can drop your bags and hit the ground running. Or in my case, hit the hotel's rooftop pool at peak sunshine time.
Choose a hotel based on the type of weekend you're looking to have. I wanted to relax and be pampered and I'm a big fan of the Salamand…

Wear Yourself to Work

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!peplum top | necklace | blouse | pants | shoes
I'm sure you've wondered to yourself...does she really wear these outfits to work? Or does she just get all dressed up, find some amazing location and shoot these outfits just for her blog. Well the answer is... both are true. 
I work full-time in a job that has nothing to do with fashion or blogging and takes up a large majority of my day and sometimes my weekends if I'm travelling on business. That means I simply don't have the time to leave my desk and take beautiful photos in real time of what I'm wearing at work. So I will shoot several outfits in the same day (usually on a weekend) and then wear them to work all throughout the week. 
On some very rare occasions someone will offer to take my photo during the work day because they are practicing their photography (this has actually happened to me more than once) and these photos are the result of that; shot by my coworker and budding photograp…