From the Farmer’s Dish and Giveaway

IMG_4775Signing up for our weekly delivery from From the Farmer has been such an amazing experience. Of course it’s so nice to have fresh, local food sent directly to our door step, but it’s also a huge time saver during our busy work week. No more rushing in and out of the grocery store for fresh fruit and veggies. I always forget my shopping list when I go anyway.

One of the challenges can be deciding what new creation to make with all the delicious goodies at hand. This week our box contained mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, spinach and kale. My first thought was to make one of my favorite dishes… pasta. I’ve blogged about this before too (you can click here for that recipe), but it’s fun to find new ways to eat it! We used these fresh ingredients to make a chunky sauce to top those scrumptious noodles.

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Halloween Costume Ideas 2014

halloween-fashionAre you one to have your Halloween Costume planned out 6 months in advance or that guy, scrambling around the morning of pulling something together out of your own closet then picking up cat ears at your local party city?

Whichever Halloween fashionista lover you may be, we wanted to help and share our own Halloween Costume ideas for 2014. Each of us put together costume picks and inspiration boards to inspire you this Halloween!

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A Trip Down 95 to RVA

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My husband and I took a trip down 95 to RVA to met up with some old college friends for the weekend. That, coupled with the fall weather, had me reminiscing about those care free days when I would throw on a college hoody, skinny jeans and a pair of Uggz. Yes, I know how cliché that is and I’m not going to lie…I still own a pair and still wear those Uggz when I walkthe fur-baby below 30 degrees. Don’t judge.

Well as I mentioned, the overcast skies, scattered showers and brisk, cool weather in Richmond made for perfect cozy, sweater weather. My favorite go to in the fall now is a silk or denim button down shirt layered under a chunky knit sweater. This simple combo creates an effortless element to any fall look and if the weather brings a surprise warm up, you just shed a layer! I added my new joie crepe joggers to complete the look which was perfect since they are incredibly comfortable and perfect for weekends like this.

We were sad to say goodbye to our RVA friends after such a relaxing weekend and, although it had me feeling nostalgic about college, I’m glad to say my style has evolved some over the years. How about you? Do you have any favorite fall staples, new or old,that you love?

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Fall ’14–Fashion or Fail?

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Do you guys remember a few years ago, when everybody—no, literally everybody—was rocking the Juicy Couture velour tracksuit? You know what I’m talking about? The one with “JUICY” emblazoned on the backside? That is, if you were “hip” enough to grab the original. Later the trend came to encompass bottoms that advertised “PINK,” “RUTGERS,” “ED HARDY” or assorted other brands on the asses of America.  (more…)

Fighting Breast Cancer with Sylene

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 Did you know that 1 in 8 women living in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime?  Scary statistic, right?  We have made so many strides in the fight against breast cancer but we have not won the battle yet.  There is still a long way to go with fundraising for research and new treatments that we must do before we can cure this deadly disease for good.  The good new is that there are so many ways that each and every one of us can do our part to help.

In our search to help and to get the word out to our readers, we approached our favorite local lingerie and swimwear shop, Sylene, to find out how they do their part to help fund the Breast Cancer battle.  Cyla and Helen, the sisters behind the Chevy Chase based luxury lingerie store, were extremely welcoming when we came in and toured the store. It was just as if we had just entered one of their homes. They take such great pride in their store (which has been in business for an astounding 39 years!), it’s easy to see that every piece of merchandise has been meticulously selected with their customers in mind.

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They may carry the most luxurious lingerie and sultry swimwear in the DC area, but their main focus is on the fit.  After many years in business they have discovered that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra! Crazy right?? Cyla, Helen and their talented staff have been working hard to change this statistic and are beyond helpful finding bras that will fit you both beautifully and correctly. (more…)

Boot Day

boot dayIt’s coming up on one of my favorite days of the year… this day is honestly like a holiday to me and, I suspect, other fashionistas. The problem is, it takes a bit of concentration and (I’m not gonna beat around the bush here because I know that you, dear readers, will understand) psychic ability to discern the exact date. It’s not on any calendar I have and it varies depending on what city (or country) I’m living in, but it like the sun rising each morning it arrives every year.

You know how every year, late Indian summer gently turns to early fall. The leaves slowly turn reddish and gold and the morning dog walk has that crispness – a tiny shiver before walking into the sunshine. You briefly consider putting on that cute bomber jacket you just bought, but then it’s only a short walk and your neighbors are sort of scrubs, anyway. You make a mental note: this weekend, it is time.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Because you (and I) are not the only ones with this original thought. That weekend, at brunch or shopping at the farmer’s market or out whimsically apple picking with your husband, you and every other woman age 20-40 has magically received the same signal like a beam from on high:

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Work Dress Codes w/ Capitol Hill Style

Every weekday morning I stand in front of my closet, coffee mug in hand, completely baffled about what to wear to work. When I finally make a decision (at the last possible moment) I leave behind a disaster zone—clothes and hangers cover nearly every inch of my closet, my bedroom and sometimes even my dog.

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I have a problem. I know that. But I don’t think I’m alone. I can’t be the only one questioning every outfit choice I make: Is this sweater too casual? Am I showing too much skin? Does this dress seem formal or does it cross into cocktail? The list goes on and on. Not only does my indecision make me late, it means I come home from a long day’s work to a room that’s a mess. Does this sound familiar? We need help!

To help what is, and is not, appropriate in the work environment, we asked an expert, Belle of Capitol Hill Style, a “fashion blog for professional women who don’t want to sacrifice their sense of style for professional success.” I think we’re all familiar with DC’s terrible reputation for being too conservative and boring. If you live here, you know this is sometimes far from the truth, but other times DC women need a push in the right direction. Belle does an amazing job inspiring women in the DC area to, as she says, “strive for excellence in their career and their closet.

We asked Belle a few basic questions to help lay out the various work dress codes, along with a few helpful tips to help make your outfit selection easier in the morning. For those of you who have just graduated from college, those looking to advance in your careers, or for some who just flat out don’t know what to wear to work, like me, Belle offered some wonderful guidance.

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Farm To Front Door

From The Farmer

Did you know that your produce doesn’t usually arrive at the grocery store until a week after harvest?  Shocking, right?  I’m sure we all want the freshest and most nutrient-rich foods that available, so why is it so hard to obtain high quality produce?

Well, I have some good news! The founders of From The Farmer have heard our cry loud and clear and created the most genius and convenient way to get farm fresh foods to us, the consumers, in record time.  The creators do just what their catchphrase claims:  bring produce from “Farm to Front Door”! They deliver seasonal items to your home on a weekly basis. Best of all? It”s surprisingly affordable!  Baskets are completely customizable and there is no commitment—something we love since we travel so often!

From the Farmer works with local farms that love what they do. You can almost taste the pride in their work in every bite.  We were lucky enough to partner with this amazing local company to try out their service, taste their food and report back to you with our honest opinions—and a few recipes we came up with just for our readers. (more…)

Label Whore

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If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you love style and fashion. Maybe you love dresses, especially? Or specifically Diane von Furstenburg dresses? Can you remember when you fell in love with those dresses? Do you recall what started you on the sometimes heartbreaking and often bank account breaking fashion road?

Here’s my story: I was raised in the racks of Loehmann’s (R.I.P.). This was back in the day – before we became spoiled with outlets and eBay. This was when Loehmann’s was the only (magical!) place you could buy designer clothes at a bit of a discount. Thousands of items hung squished together on enormous racks, but because it was so heavily discounted, the brands didn’t want their presence there known so designers made the store cut the tags out of their clothes. Imagine for a moment, walking into a store filled with both good stuff and garbage, and not having any obvious clues about what was Chanel and what was Anne Klein.

Of course, I was six so I just ran headfirst into enormous piles of sweaters and giggled. But for my mom – the most stylish woman I’ve ever met –shopping was therapy. I remember her carefully, methodically, going item by item, pulling out the occasional jacket to finger the fabric, inspect the seams and tailoring with a master’s hand. She’d squint her eyes and assess in a split-second whether something was dressing room-worthy.  An hour (and sometimes a trip to the tailor) later and she looked like she walked out of the pages of Vogue. That, my fashion friends, is some old school, gangsta shopping.

I’m reminded of these humble beginnings as I watch the craziness of New York, London, Milan and assorted fashion weeks and the amazing street style fashion captured on this site and other places. Would I be so crazy about some of these runway creations if I didn’t know they came from the workshops of Proenza Schouler or Alexander Wang? If this fanny pack didn’t have the golden interlocking cc’s wouldn’t it be the fashion equivalent of a polyester scrunchie? Have I become, in these days of constant runway coverage, a label whore? (more…)

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