Designer Spotlight: 52 Minutes with Marrin Costello

We were lucky enough to meet with rising jewelry design star, Marrin Costello and her fabulous director of marketing, Jaclyn McKethen in DC a few weeks back.  After a few cappuccinos and lattes our energy started flowing and we got to talking about MARRIN COSTELLO as a brand, who they are and what they are striving for in this industry which places them apart from their competitors.



We felt like little girls playing dress up in mommy’s jewelry box, trying on different pieces and lusting over the next one that caught our eye.  However, this was real life and we were being styled and layered with jewelry by the designer herself!  All of MARRIN COSTELLO’s attainable luxury pieces are designed and handmade in LA with love.  Each piece we laid our hands on had the perfect mix of edginess while still feminine, which allows for endless possibilities with future outfitting!


You can see in Marrin’s designs that she has an appreciation for genuine artistry and craftsmanship.   With an entrepreneurial background and a passion in accessories starting at a very early age it only made sense to turn her hobby in to a business after her studies of Art History and Egyptology at UCLA.


Marrin Costello believes that every aspect of one’s life can be polished, it just “needs a little encouragement.”  There is a piece for everyone and every age.  Whether you prefer a bold statement piece, dainty gold jewelry, studs and skulls…the options are really endless!


With Marrin’s keen eye, she knew immediately what pieces to style us in that perfectly matched our personalities and our wardrobe.


Sarah is seen above wearing a bold statement necklace in silver called the Sharlyn with stacked Bowzer bracelets (their signature piece) in matte and silver along with the Stellar ring.

IMG_0884Michelle is pictured showcasing the newest addition to the collection, the Thursday Necklace, which is obviously our favorite and not just because it was named after us.  Marrin layered this piece with the Helix to complete the look and stacked the infamous Bowzer bracelets along with the black Juliette (another signature piece) and the Dede to finish off the arm candy.


Marrin is shown here featuring one of her hottest items, The Deanna Body Chain, which we are obsessed with and both immediately ordered after the shoot.  She layered the look with the Brooklyn necklace and finished it off with her signature Hammer and Hide Double Wrap bracelet in white.



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Michelle and Sarah

Fresh Sesame Tuna Salad

We just finished a 3 day juice cleanse at South Block Juice bar which has really helped me reevaluate what I eat and drink.  That’s what I love about juicing, it helps break the cycle of dependence on saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and excess caffeine and alcohol.  It truly has helped ease my food decision making while reducing my appetite which is why I wanted to share with you guys an easy, healthy and very delicious meal that I have been obsessed with since completing my juice cleanse.  We call it…Fresh Sesame Tuna Salad!


This is one of my favorite dishes that my husband and I came up with because it’s light and refreshing for warmer temperatures and will help you build and maintain that beach bod we are forever striving for.  Sigh.

I am not a big seafood fan, but have tried several big girl times to eat more fish as they are beneficial to our health.  (Fish has Omega 3 which helps lower your blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s and signs of Schizophrenia and Depression. Oh, and it also helps improve your skin and hair. Bonus points!)  I believe that we came up with a nice balance by pairing the tuna with fresh ingredients and seasoning for a healthy and flavorful meal that helped mask any fishy flavor there ever may have been.

What you will need…


  • 1 lb of Tuna
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbs. Sesame Oil

IMG_1415IMG_1419Dice up avocado, cucumber, mango and red pepper and place in bowl.  Cut strips of Tuna and layer each side with salt, pepper & sesame seeds.  In a frying pan lightly cook each side of tuna in sesame oil for less than 2 min (for med. rare) on medium heat.  Place tuna on top of freshly cut fruit and vegetables and drizzle fig glaze to your liking.  (If you don’t have this glaze you can easily substitute for Balsamic Vinegar).

My husband served this dish with rice for a hardier meal but alone is quite refreshing.

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52 Thursdays Celebrates Fashion For Paws 2014

We were very fortunate to both attend Fashion for Paws this year which was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  You can always count us in for charity events especially when animals are involved!

For those of you who have not heard of this runway show, it is a nationally acclaimed luxury brand event to help benefit the Washington Humane Society.  The models who walk in the show agree to raise a minimum of $5,000 in just 10 weeks leading up to the event by taking part in a friendly fundraising competition.  They are the bread and butter of this amazing fundraiser.

We had so much fun watching these models strut down the aisle with their pups by their side, wearing the latest pieces that DC’s local luxury retailers carry.  They were able to raise over $404k by the end of it all AND helped numerous sheltered doggies find forever homes that night!  Such a fun event to attend, combining our two favorite things…fashion and dogs!  Brilliant idea.

Check out what we wore to the event and the shots we captured below:


 Michelle is wearing- Dress: Herve Leger; Blazer: ALC (old, find similar here); Necklace: Auden; Shoes: Jimmy Choo;  Clutch: Hunting Season.


Sarah is wearing- Jumpsuit: H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection (sold out, similar here); Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Jewelry: H&M; Hair: by Ashley DuruIMG_8453


Ashley Duru, Will Thomas and Melanee Montalvo


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Ashely Duru and Seyhan Duru


Dr. Lauren Talarico in Alexander McQueen


ALC Dress


Sarah Nielsen in Iro Top



Mimi Zaw-Pham in ALC with Michelle Martin



Sarah and Michelle

South Block Juice Cleanse Review + Giveaway

We partnered up with South Block Cafe to give one of our lucky readers a Free 3 Day Juice Cleanse but first we had to try it for ourselves! And here is our review..IMG_1392

Michelle Day Before Prep: I have tried several juice cleanses in the past and strongly suggest prepping before and after a cleanse.  Considering the prep is just as important as the actual juices used.  I do this by cutting out all meat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol from my diet a few days before hand.  For this prep, I started my morning off with a warm mug of water and lemon along with a bowl of mixed berries.  I made a green smoothie to go and drank it when I started to get a little hungry at work.  For dinner, I ate a spinach salad topped with cucumbers and tomatoes and used lemon juice for dressing.  This was followed by a light salmon and cooked spinach.  By prepping with food from ingredients contained in the actual juices, it made the process so much easier and even caused me to crave these foods after the cleanse rather than burgers and fries. Oh and don’t forget to drink tons of water before and during the cleanse. Hydration is key!!

We picked up our juices the day before the cleanse at our local South Block shop located conveniently in the town of Clarendon in Arlington, VA but they also deliver if you can’t make it to the store!  We wanted to try out South Block because it is local to where we live and we had heard such amazing things about their juices.  They make cold pressed juices which deliver 3-5x the nutrients of an at home juicer and they stay fresher longer too!


Sarah Day 1:  The first day was a breeze for me.  The excitement of starting the cleanse and trying new juices got me pumped to take on day 1 and the cute little bag they gave us to carry our juices in also helped!  To my surprise all of the juices tasted amazing, with the exception of Greens for me.  I also had to pee A LOT the first day, I think every couple hours or less I was heading to the bathroom but this subsided after the first day.  Even with frequent trips to the bathroom I still had to remember to drink as much water as possible in between juices, since it is important to stay hydrated during the cleanse and also to help flush out toxins.  I loved how satisfying all of the juices were, especially the Caveman Mylk (cashews, H20, vanilla, cinnamon, dates and pink Himalayan sea salt) at the end of the night. I am used to having a pretty big dinner so this helped me get through bedtime without too many cravings.


Michelle Day 2: My morning started off feeling great.  I was slightly craving my morning ritual of caffeine which I substituted for warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice.  It really helped energize my morning and a great kickstart for the digestion process for my day which is important when juicing.  I noticed the day going by pretty quick as I’m always on my feet at work and found myself constantly grabbing the next drink.  Since there are 6 juices for you to drink throughout the day, there isn’t much time to get hungry and I honestly enjoyed every one.  After my long commute home from work, I felt a bit more sluggish.  I managed to do a light 30 minute cardio workout which gave me some energy for the rest of the evening.  I went to bed early around 9pm an hour after my favorite cashew juice which helped take away any temptations lurking in the kitchen.


Sarah Day 3: I woke up feeling energized and was almost sad that it was my last day on the cleanse. I think I could have gone 5-7 days on this cleanse, it was that good!!  Cure was also one of my favorite juices, it had such an intriguing flavor that I always found myself craving it (probably due to the cayenne, I am addicted to spice). Cure is made out of pineapple, carrot, lemon, turmeric, cayenne and ginger.  I found myself hungry around 3:00pm but after I finished my juice, I felt much better. I did another light workout this day including light cardio and attended a lower body strengthening class, I felt pretty tired after but when I went home and had a juice for “dinner” it made me feel a lot better.


Sarah and Michelle Recap and Days After:  We both felt that this cleanse was on one of the best and easiest we have done thus far. We have both tried Blue Print, Cooler Cleanse, Puree Juice Bar and also have made our own juices at home but South Block’s cleanse was hands down the most satisfying and tasty.  We highly suggest cleansing with a buddy, having someone to cleanse with helps to motivate each other to power through and to not give in to temptations.  Days after the cleanse we found ourselves being more conscious of what we were eating and have been eating whole and fresh foods and staying away from processed foods.  We both weighed ourselves before and after and found that we lost between 3-4 lbs and found that we were a lot less bloated then normal.  This is not meant as a diet method and was not why we did the cleanse but feeling a bit leaner was a nice side effect!   Think of a cleanse more as a reset for your body and mind and a way to get you on the right track towards a healthy everyday lifestyle.


If you live in the DC/VA area and want to try a juice cleanse, we highly recommend you try South Block! Did we mention they also deliver?? The cleanse will normally run you $150 for three days, which is a fair price for a cleanse of this quality.  They also have other healthy meal options to help you stay on track before and after your cleanse.  Find more info South Block Cafe here and you too can gain #Blockstarstatus!

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Just for Fifty-Two Thursday readers, South Block is offering a free cooler tote with the purchase of a cleanse (normally $10 extra) when you enter code 52Thursdays in the comments section of checkout. And don’t forget to enter our Giveaway for a chance to win your very own Free 3 day Cleanse!


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Light Spring Layering


The sun finally made an appearance this weekend and we were very anxious to make our way outside.  There were a few chilly breezes, so we were really feeling the layering pieces for this post.  I always feel most confident when adding a blazer or leather jacket to an outfit to pull together a complete, effortless look which can easily be dressed up or down (depending on the shoes and accessories, of course.)  We chose flats and a statement necklace as we took Louis on a walk before heading off to brunch to enjoy the weather.


IMG_0320IMG_0314IMG_0322IMG_0354IMG_0218Pictured above- Jeans: Zara bf Jeans. Top: Enza Costa. Blazer: Rag & Bone (similar here). Shoes: Alexander McQueen (similar here). Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim.
IMG_0350IMG_0323IMG_0332Pictured Above – Jeans: rag & bone. Sweater: Enza Costa. Jacket: Gap. Necklace: Nocturne (similar here). Bracelet: Proenza Schouler. Bag: PS1 medium.



Sarah & Michelle

Best of DC Fete 2014

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Join us on April 9th, 2014 as we hit one of DC’s hottest soirées, Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Fete! It will be held at The Carnegie Library from 7:00-10:00pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful night of delicious food, live music, and mingling with the top restaurants, mixologists and more local businesses that were voted best in D.C. in their fields.  We even have discounted tickets for you!! See below to find promo-codes and link to purchase your tickets and we hope to see you there!


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Purchase your Tickets Here

Promo Codes to use at Check Out:
BestofDCVIP: For $35 off VIP Tickets 
BestofDCGA: For $15 off General Admission Tickets

Spinning for our Nation’s Heroes in Pheel

Last weekend we headed out to Bethesda for the day to spin and join Patton’s Veterans Project at Zengo Cycle to support some of our Nations Hero’s who are coping with post traumatic stress.  We were so happy to be able to help raise money and awareness for such an amazing organization that is run by such wonderful people and benefitting a cause we truly believe in.  Special thanks to Elizabeth Mclure for putting this event together and for Zengo Cycle for hosting us!


If you have never attempted a spin class and are looking for an intense full-body workout, we highly recommend you try a class at Zengo Cycle.  This is not your ordinary spin class, they turn out the lights, blast the music and really get you pumped for a killer work out.  They incorporate upper body exercises while you cycle so you feel the burn everywhere. You will leave a sweaty mess, so don’t plan to meet your friends for drinks after but it will all be worth it because you will have sweat out the chips and margs you had the night before.




Michelle and I wore one of our favorite new fitness brands, Pheel, to the spin class and to our surprise Pheel is actually sold at Zengo Cycle as well! Pheel’s workout gear is made in the USA, is well made, comes in all kinds of funky patters and is super comfortable while working out.  Pheel was nice enough to offer us a 10% discount to all of our readers by using promo code 52THURSDAYS valid now through April 11th.  Shop our looks below.


Sarah is wearing the Essence Tank and Chizel Pant by Pheel



Michelle is wearing the Essence Tank and the Go-2-Pant by Pheel.


“Strong is the new Skinny”


A huge thank you to Elizabeth McClure, Zengo Cycle and Pheel!


Sarah and Michelle

Behind The Scenes with Marrin Costello

 Last week one of our absolute favorite jewelry designers, Marrin Costello, came to town and we played dress up in her jewels and chatted over lattes. We were over the moon excited that Marin made the trip all the way from LA to meet us, after numerous emails and phone conversations about collaborating/possible world domination.

Here is a sneak peak of the shoot that took place in a cute little nook of Georgetown.  Be sure to check back soon for a full post on Marrin Costello and her edgy, fashion-forward baubles!


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Marrin Costello is featured on Gilt City until April 10th. Click HERE to save over 50% off on her amazing jewelry!!


Sarah and Michelle

Spring Leather and Detail

We are so excited that it’s finally starting to warm up here in DC and beginning to feel more like spring, especially after the bizarre weather we had just a few days ago.  With the sun finally out and temps reaching close to 70 degrees today we felt it was about time to bring out the skirt and bare legs!

For our look of the day, we choose to pair this flared leather skirt with a lightweight, detailed sweater and added a statement necklace to make this outfit really pop.  Click the links below to shop the look!




Skirt: 10 Crosby Derek Lam (love this!)

Top: H&M (similar here)

Necklace: Nocturne (similar here)

Shoes: Jean Michel-Cazabat (buy here)


Sarah & Michelle

How to Dress Warm for Spring?

Spring is finally upon us, yet we are still bundled up here in DC with snow still covering the ground and temps in the low 30′s and 40′s.  It’s kind of hard to think of wearing shorts and silk dresses, in the near future, when all we want to do is throw on sweats and a hoodie.

This week we felt inspired by the the sporty trends that strutted down the Spring 2014 runways.  We paired this must have rag & bone v-neck sweater with a pair of Zara boyfriend jeans and a pointy toe pump to create a soft, casual look yet still appropriate to keep us warm in this brutal weather.  Definitely looking forward to pairing this sweater with a cute black skort or cut off boyfriend shorts once the temperatures warm up!



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IMG_0172Thanks to this sweet boy, Louis, for modeling with his mommy.  Lucky for him, he has a full fur coat to keep him warm!

Outfit Details

Sweater: rag & bone (buy here)

Jeans: Zara Women’s (sold out online, try these)

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Studded pump (sold out, love these!)

Lip Stain: YSL babydoll kiss & blush (buy here)


Michelle and Sarah

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