Girls Night Out with DogVacay.com

After our whirlwind trip to Miami, we were in desperate need of a night of pampering and relaxation. The Miami heat, high heels and countless hours waiting in line for the next show took a toll on our face, back, feet and overall well being. So you can only imagine how excited we were when Dogvacay.com contacted us to try out their pet sitting services.

Their site is so easy to use and we have read nothing but positive reviews and feedback about the company and their sitters. We started by searching their site for a local host and were thrilled to have found a well reviewed sitter that lived near by to come watch our little guys while we headed to the spa.

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We both went for a casual and comfortable look and carried our new Signature Collection bags from Free Endearment. Sarah is wearing her go-to boyfriend jeans by Zara, white blouse and carrying the Dana bag.

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Michelle is wearing her favorite white J Band jeans, J Crew chambray button down, white lace tennies by Superga and is also carrying the Kristel Signature Collection clutch.

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Patiently waiting for a treat before our departure.

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Old Town Alexandria is rich in history, charm and houses some of the best restaurants and spas in the area. On our way to the spa, we dropped in to Flat Iron for a quick glass of cabernet while we recapped on our Miami trip.

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Next up were our much anticipated spa appointments at Sugar House Day Spa, which interestingly enough is an old 19th century house that used to be part of a sugar refinery. Michelle booked a deep tissue massage and Sarah decided on a HydraFacial (highly recommend), which were both exactly what we needed.

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We finished off our night of relaxation with a delicious dinner and a glass of wine at Jackson 20, located inside of The Hotel Monaco on King St. We highly recommend the cheese board, deviled eggs and tomato salad…our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

Our doggy sitter was amazing! All throughout the night we received fun pictures and updates on how our pups were doing (below pictures were all sent to us that night, plus more!). Our lil guys mean the world to us, so knowing that they were in good hands while we were out made us feel at ease and almost as if they were right there with us.

Coming home to see our babies was probably our favorite part of the night, and to see that they were all hanging out watching TV with the sitter when we got home rather than hiding under the bed solidified our trust with DogVacay.com

DogVacay.com was nice enough to provide any new users with a promo-code for $10 off their services!! Just enter 52THURSDAYS to book your sitter!  We can’t wait to use them again the next time we travel and we hope you do too!

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DogVacay is a website and app that makes finding great pet sitters simpler than ever! Pet owners can search for pet sitters nearby, book stays and pay online, all with a couple clicks. All DogVacay reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo “pup”dates, so pet parents can rest easy knowing that their best friend is in great hands.

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This post was sponsored by DogVacay.com but all of the views and opinions were our own.

xo

Sarah and Michelle

Beyond The Runway: Miami Swim Week

We arrived in Miami early Thursday morning with great anticipation and a very packed schedule ahead of us. We wanted to take full advantage of our visit and take in all that Mercedez Benz Fashion Swim Week 2015 had to offer in the little time that we had.

As soon as we unpacked our bags we were off to the Ford Artists Beauty Suite on the Venetian Lady yacht for makeup and hair styling hosted by the ladies behind the charity Style Saves. This was much appreciated after a rough, early flight. Our Ford makeup artist and hair stylist were phenomenal and we thank them for their amazing work and help getting us ready!

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Poko Pano kicked off MBFW with the very first show on Friday at The Raleigh Hotel pool. We all clinched on to our fans and drastically tried to keep cool in the blistering heat. Thankfully the show was a splash, literally, and we soon forgot about the heat and humidity and enjoyed the show and MBFW 10 Year Anniversary party and opening night event.

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After a long and exhilarating first day of shows we were finally able to take a breather, relax… EAT…and enjoy some free time at the Salon Allure After Party held at the W South Beach. They had a poolside fashion show of their favorite pieces from each designer.

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We were super excited to attend the WILDFOX exclusive brunch and trunk show on Saturday. We snagged some amazing deals and goodies at their trunk show, tried out our very first oxygen bar, took a dip in the pool to cool off and all while soaking in the view Miami had to offer.

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The Issa de’ mar Pool Party Presentation at the Shore Club was a very special and intimate event to attend. We were honored to meet Marissa Eveland and Melissa Jasniy, the creative designers behind the swimwear while viewing their 14/15 Cruise collection. The active surfers and best friends live in Oahu, Hawaii and have just recently launched their line of functionable yet fun and stylish bathing suits. Issa de’ mar is definitely a brand to check out for your next pool party or beach party!

What we wore to the shows that night…

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Michelle Martin Marcinowski – Top (ALC), Skirt (Hemlut Lang), Embossed Chain Clutch (Stella McCartney), Body Chain (Marrin Costello).

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Sarah Gargagliano Phillips- Dress (Mara Hoffman) Shoes (Nasty Gal)

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The Guess Pool party was held at the top of Soho Beach House. They were serving up refreshing Heineken drinks and delicious Desperados while DJ Caroline D’Amore spinned the sickest beats. We left with matching sunglasses, fanny packs and some pretty fun polaroids to take home. Talk about a blast from the past.

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BECCA is one of our favorite swimwear companies, so naturally we had to rep some of her suits on the beach and to the Guess Pool Party.

Sarah is shown wearing the Mayan high neck top and matching bottom (similar here) with white crochet cover- up pants

Michelle is shown wearing the white crochet halter top and matching bottom (similar here) with the It Girl cover-up

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Sarah wearing 6 Shore Dress & Michelle wearing Elizabeth & James 

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Michelle is wearing the pinstriped bikini and Sarah is wearing the pinstripe cutout monokini, both by Karla Colletto. mercedez benz fashion swim week
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As you guys know from our past post and interview with local swimwear designer Karla Colletto, we are pretty big fans. We had the great opportunity to check out their Cruise 2015 swim collection while in Miami at the Convention center and can’t wait to find their pieces in store soon!

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We had such a blast attending Mercedez Benz Fashion Swim week and all the fun events and parties that came along with it. Thanks for having us!

Peace Out Miami

xo

Michelle & Sarah

 

The Best of Miami Swim Week

Big hair, snakes, barely there suits, celebrities and steamy temps are just a few words to describe what we experienced at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 this past week in Miami.

This was our first time attending Swim Week and we are sure it won’t be our last since it was quite the experience. We attended pretty much every show and after party that was held at The Raleigh Hotel which left little down time to eat or sleep, so as you can imagine we are a tad bit exhausted. So sorry for the late share!

Below are a few of our favorite “stand out” runway moments that we had to share with you right away.

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Who doesn’t love a Britney Moment? We Are Handsome nailed it.

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A.Z Araujo show was the most entertaining by far. We loved the variety of shapes and sizes to all different ages of beautiful models walk that walk.

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Even Adriana de Moura from The Real Housewives of Miami strutted her stuff on the runway!

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Mara Hoffman never disappoints. Her new collection was inspired by her recent travels to Guatemala with a fresh take marrying bold prints on one side and striking solids on the other.

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Two words for the Minimale Animale Show… Bad ass. Seriously.

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Poko Pano started off Swim Week with a splash by taking the runway to the pool.


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Creative Director of Suboo, Sue Di Chio summed up the collection perfectly…“This season we were inspired by the aesthetic and movement of modern dance. This collection is all about taking a classic piece and deconstructing to both respect and free it simultaneously.”

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Mikoh kicked off their show with some energetic Polynesian dancing to get us in the mood.

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Looking to rock a pool party? Beach Bunny girls always know how to have fun!

Check back next week for a post on the parties behind Swim Week and also a Video Montage of our favorite collections!

XO

Michelle & Sarah

Prepping for #MBFW Swim in Miami

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The count down is over and our much anticipated trip to Mercedez Benz Miami Swim Week is finally upon us! We have been so excited about our trip because it’s the perfect excuse to take a mini vacation with our hubbies while checking out the latest swim trends strut down the runway.

In preparation for our trip, we have discovered some great products and tips to share for a smooth and stress-free packing experience.

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We headed back to our favorite micro-juicery in town to pick up a quick 3-Day Cleanse to prep us for our trip to the beach.  As you all know, we love South Block’s juices and this cleanse was just what we needed to get us back on track and help get us bikini ready.  To enter to WIN your very own 3 Day Cleanse ($150 value) from South Block Co send a quick email to freecleanse@southblockjuice.com with 52Thursdays in the subject line!

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We love these travel kits by Luminance because their products are not only amazing but they are also TSA approved for carry-on travel! There are many different kits to choose from for every skin type out there.  Our Luminance kits will be making the trip to Miami with us and if you are planning a trip soon, you should give them a try!  Luminance is also offering Fifty-Two Thursday’s readers 20% off by entering promo code: 52THURSDAYS at checkout.  Also you can enter to win $150 of their products by entering here.

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Sunglasses, sandals, sunscreen and a beach towel are all essentials when traveling to any beach, so those were obviously things we threw in our suitcases but since we are headed to South Beach we couldn’t forget our lashes!

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We think its important when prepping for a trip like this to really plan out your outfits for each day. That way you don’t overpack and bring a bunch of pieces that you won’t end up wearing or don’t even work together.  If you plan ahead, you may even be able to fit everything in to a carry-on bag and also have room to bring back a few items you may find while on vacation. We recommend carrying your bag on whenever you can for an important trip so that your luggage doesn’t have the chance to get lost and you can also save yourself from paying that pesky luggage fee.  (Sarah learned this lesson the hard way on her trip to Greece!)

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While outfit planning and packing the perfect clothing items are definitely important, what we are really going to Miami for is to document the entire experience so we can share it with you!   To make sure that we are able to capture each moment without missing a beat, we decided to prepare our camera bags with tech gadgets that will keep us charged and ready to snap away. We packed our Canon 6D DSLR camera, extra lens by Sigma, extra memory cards, batteries, a tripod and a portable iPhone charger by Anker.  All of these products are super portable and absolutely essential for any traveling blogger, especially when you are covering multiple fashion shows/interviews in one day.

Our bags are packed and we are so excited to attend all our favorite swimwear designer’s shows to check out their latest collections and we can’t wait to share them all with you! Follow our journey on Instagram and check back soon for a post on Swim Trends for 2015 so that you will be ahead of the game when shopping for suits for next year!

Adios!

Sarah and Michelle

52 Thursday’s 5 Favorite Things

We have been introduced and now officially hooked on some amazing new designers, products and artists this summer. We wanted to share some of our top favorites, in case one may become yours too!

1. Zella Woods Jewelryinitial_heartNKLC

We are absolutely loving everything about up-and-coming jewelry designer, Zella Woods.  Ashley Henderson, the designer behind Zella Woods, makes personal and custom pieces that are perfect as a gift to a friend, new mother, or even to treat yourself! You can tell she puts her heart and soul into her work and it really shows in each piece of jewelry she crafts. She has a wide variety of pieces to choose from (she even does bridal jewelry!) and all within an affordable price range. We also love that she paired up with Agape Attire to collaborate on some pretty amazing cuff bracelets.

“The motivation behind Zella Woods Designs is to make jewelry that people treasure like memories, pieces that speak to the individual rather than the masses.” -Zella Woods

2. Finding Mr. Righteous by Lisa DePasquale

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Finding Mr. Righteous is the perfect beach read! Author, Lisa DePasquale, writes about her trials and tribulations of dating men from various religious backgrounds while living and working in the Nations Capital. She is brutally honest about her dating life, lets down her guard, shows her insecurities and even finds religion amongst it all. The book is a quick and fun read that many of us can relate to. Highly recommend packing this book along on your next trip!

3. Rose’s Luxury

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Rose’s Luxury is hands down one of our favorite new DC restaurants. It is a quirky and exciting dining experience that is sure not to disappoint, with a menu full of small dishes to share as well as family style meals. Some of our current favorites include the lychee salad, strawberry pasta, gnocchi, brisket, and the foie gras french toast dessert is to DIE FOR.

The decor is as delightful as each dish they serve, the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting yet hip and luxurious. The staff is extremely knowledgable about the menu and is engaged with you during the entire dining experience. Rose’s also has a bit of exclusivity to it since they do not take reservations. Our tip is to show up when they open (or before) at 5:30pm and wait in the line to get your seating time. Do not shy away from the long line, we promise it will be well worth the wait!

4. Lana Del Rey’s Album “Ultraviolence”

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 We seriously love this new album which was released last month on June 13th. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 selling 182,000 copies, becoming Del Rey’s first number-one album on the chart and the best-selling debut week of her career! Some of our favorites from the album include West CoastBrooklyn Baby and of course Ultraviolence.

Lana Del Rey does a fantastic job climbing her way to the top with out heavily promoting herself like almost every other American singer/ songwriter out there. We love her care free attitude and beautiful, effortless vocals that embody the genre “dream pop”. This album is easy going for the Summer time and can be very relaxing and mystical after a long day of work, relying on sonic textures as much as the melody. A great buy for any mood you may be in.

5. Exofab Phone Cases

We are completely obsessed with these new phone guards by Exofab! Watch this video and you will be too! The best thing about the thin gel case is that it not only protects your phone but also sticks to glass, so that you can take the first ever hands-free selfie! Buy your own case online here or head to Nordstrom on Saturday to pick yours up at their Anniversary Sale.

xoxo

Sarah and Michelle

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Skewers

Easy Southern cooking at its best!

cajun shrimp and sausage skewersMy husband received a new grill for his birthday and every night since we have been grilling out for every meal possible. I can’t complain because every dish has been amazing and flavorful, while learning new favorites to save to the recipe binder for years to come.

These cajun shrimp and sausage skewers are definitely a keeper. It’s so easy to make and even easier to clean up. The perfect attraction to any BBQ or party this Summer.

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What you will need

6-12 wooden or metal skewers

2 ears of corn

6 small potatoes, halved

24 large shrimp in the shell (about 1 lb)

1 lb sausage

2 tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning

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To make your own Cajun Seasoning …

3 tablespoons granulated garlic

3 tablespoons granulated onion

3 tablespoons of sweet paprika

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

4 teaspoons of dried thyme

4 teaspoons of dried oregano

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Start by boiling waiter in a large sauce pan and cook corn and potatoes for 5 min. Drain and immerse in cold water to halt the cooking.

Next snip open the shell along each shrimp with kitchen scissors. Cut a shallow groove along the length of the vein and lift out.

Thread the shrimp, vegetables and sliced sausages on to each skewer. Place on tray and sprinkle evenly with cajun seasoning. Let sit while you prepare the grill.

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Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Place skewers directly over the fire and cook turning once until the shrimp turn a creamy white and potatoes are tender.        About 3-5 min. on each side.

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Slide pieces off the skewer on to a platter and enjoy immediately!

Xo

Michelle

Greek Adventure Part 2: Santorini

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Santorini was the inspiration for our entire trip to Greece; it was the destination that I needed to see, the one I had dreamed about.  Transportation was significantly less painful than our Athens to Mykonos experience and thankfully I was able to keep my luggage with me.   We always adore Starwood Resorts and had the great fortune to stay at the Vedema for three wonderful nights. The only thing better than the resort itself was the fantastic staff that made us feel at home 5,272 miles from Arlington.
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Playing in the sand wearing the Sazarac monokini by Indah Clothing.
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One of our favorite spots on this island was the black sand beaches of Perivolos. The Vedema offers access to the private beach and resort amenities at the fantastic Black Rose beach club, where we spent much of our beach and pool time.  Word to the wise, black sand is really freaking cool looking but in the heat of summer it is really freaking HOT! Make sure you wear your sandals all the way to the water because otherwise you will be sprinting and diving head first on your lounge chair to stop your feet from burning, I found out the hard way.  Nevertheless the Agean Sea is extremely refreshing and has a very high salt content so we thoroughly enjoyed our cool downs by floating around carelessly.

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We took the ride to Fira one night on our trusty rented ATV to catch the sunset, do some exploring and have a romantic dinner by the water.  This town reminded me of everything that I had seen in pictures of Santorini before we booked our trip and it is way better in person.  If you are brave enough you can take a donkey ride all the way down the giant cliff to the bottom and back up again but the view from the top can’t be beat.
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Santorni wines are as distinctive as the way they grew their grapes.  In the picture above I am in a vineyard getting a first hand view of the process. Because of the scorching sun, desert climate and reliance on humidity for moisture Santorini growers actually grow-weave their vines into a basket shape instead of the more traditional trellises. This allows the canopy of leaves protect the grapes from the intense sunlight and the proximity to the ground helps the grapes gain and retain moisture.  The soil is obviously volcanic and departs some very intriguing mineral flavors into their white wines especially, I suggest you check them out for yourselves.

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People travel from all over the world to see the sunsets in Santorini.  This picture does not begin to do it justice.  Unsurprisingly, we spent most of our time enjoying the view rather than snapping pictures of it because the setting is indeed magical.  The town of Oia is known to be the best point to see the famous sunsets but the trek there is substantial from the southern part of the island so leave ample time for travel.

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Even in foreign countries I can’t stop reppin ‘merica, especially since our world cup team was still alive (#sadness). One of my favorite new swimwear companies, Tavik Swimwear,  makes this patriotic suit that I rocked at the interestingly volcanic Red Sand beach of Santorini. IMG_1518IMG_7812

 The second coolest beach we discovered was the red sand beach, also known as Akrotiri.  Visiting Red Beach requires a short hike and unlike the more developed beaches there weren’t day beds lined up on the sand and cocktail waitresses handing out refreshing drinks but we found tranquility in the less populated beach and enjoyed the carefree nature of it with our fellow sun worshippers.  The red sand was beautiful and unlike I had ever seen at any other beach; but another tip, wear water shoes or some kind of foot protection because the sand and pebbles are a bit larger and more jagged here and will hurt your feet.

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Santorini, it’s a long way from home, it’s volcano ended two civilizations and probably sunk the lost city of Atlantis, some of it’s wine smells like sulfur and we nearly got run over by a bus but I already want to go back.

xoxo

Sarah

Fun & Easy 4th of July Recipes

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When you think of the 4th of July…fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts and baseball games come to mind first…right? Of course, but we can’t forget the real reason why we are all here and what we are celebrating.

4th of July flowersWe are so proud and thankful to be here in the heart of America to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the many reasons why we love the red, white and blue!

To get in the spirit we wanted to share our favorite 4th of July inspired recipes which include a Sangria, appetizer and dessert. For those of you lacking on time or dare we say creativity…these easy recipes will delight any party or crowd!

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The Star of the Show…The Star Spangled Sangria!!!

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All you need is

Half a pineapple- cut in to star shapes
Handful of strawberries, sliced
Handful of blueberries
2 squeezed lemons
2 bottles of dry, white wine
1 cup of Triple Sec
1/2 cup Blueberry Vodka

Mix and Enjoy!

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Red, White & Blue Kebab Appetizers

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Sweet Ending – Festive Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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4th of July Dessert

This one is always a go to for any occasion. Simply microwave the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute. Stir the chocolate to break up any lumps, dip the strawberries (wait 10 seconds) then dip into bowl of desired sprinkles.Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Happy 4th of July!! Be safe, eat well and have fun!

#merica

xo

Michelle

Turn The Radio Up-52 Thursdays On WTOP Radio Today

We were pretty pumped when we got the call from our local news and talk radio station, WTOP 103.5,  for an interview on their radio show!  We will be on the air this afternoon (June 27th) talking all about what is appropriate to wear to work in the summer time, so tune in and listen for us.  You can also find our story featured on their blog site today by clicking here!

Below is a slideshow of some of our favorite pieces and accessories that we spoke about that are perfect to wear to work in the summer time or to take your look to the next level.

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xoxo

Sarah and Michelle

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