A Quickie Pickie

Good Tuesday friends! 
This weekend I went to Austin, Texas and had a fun Sunday brunch with old friends where we snapped the above pic at the Quickie Pickie. I recently scored this white and black Free People dress on Shopbop's major sale and decided to take it with me to Texas, where the weather is still mild. (It has already sold out, but this one is quite similar, in case you're interested.) I have really been enjoying the transition to fall that is happening in DC as of late. I snapped a few quickie pickies on my phone, and though not great in quality, they give you a taste of the eye candy I'm witnessing up here on my daily strolls.

Inventive door knockers
Symmetrical mums and pumpkins
A leaf medley with my trusty ash-colored Toms
Cafe au lait on a rainy day at my new favorite spot in Chevy Chase, Maryland

A fiery leaf matches my Tory Burch flats
Micheladas at Rosa Mexicana are a newly-developed habit. So. Good.
A cascading stoop of gords and pumpkins. Impressed.


Fall Splurges

Fall is in full swing here in Georgetown and cool weather is calling for some fresh wardrobe staples. I am happy to announce that my favorite, Shopbop, is having a great 3 Day Sale with 25% off your entire order. Just use the code FAMILY25.

My Favorites:
I am loving the length of the relaxed drape on this classic sweater and the chunkiness of this dark heather cable knit. From experience I can tell you that Joie makes some of the most comfy shoes, and these ultra chic black suede numbers are cute to boot (no pun intended!) Lastly, for a real style statement, I've got my eye on this feathered blazer which would be killer with a black mini and opaque tights or over your favorite little black dress. I've got a trip planned to New York later this year and am thinking this would be the perfect weekend wear with all.



Blue Print Pop Up Shop

Calling all San Antonians! Stop by the annual Blue Print Pop Up Shop Tuesday, October 14th, from 5-9 PM at Sunset Ridge just next door to Aquarius. This is always such a fun event and there are tons of great holiday gifts, from pretty coffee table books to paintings, accent pieces and knick knacks. I'm super proud and excited to say that my Mom, Liza Lewis, will have some of her art in the show this year. Stop by and check it out!



Tuesday Flowers

It's been a while since I've posted some flowers here on BBforSal. These pale pink garden roses and carnations have been lighting up my house this week and my blue juice glasses from Anthropologie have made for a great makeshift vase with a little contrast.

Have a happy day


Thinking of Cabo

Last month I was invited to go down to Cabo San Lucas for a last of summer get away. The gorgeous beaches and the relaxing Baja vibe was just what I needed before school started. I can hardly believe that the place I just returned from a few weeks ago is suffering so strongly from Hurricane Odile. The storm was the most powerful to ever hit the Baja Peninsula and it brought with it one hundred and twenty five mile per hour winds and a wake of destruction. I am thinking of the wonderful people and the beautiful city as it recovers. On a happier note I hope you all have a great Monday and a positive start to your week!



Weekend Joy

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This weekend is the last of September....Where has the time gone? I am looking forward to a number of fun things to distract me from my school work. First, I'm meeting one of my old friends from Florence at The National Gallery of Art for the Degas/Cassat Exhibition. Edgar Degas and Mary Cassat were like minded artists and were always attracted to and promoters of one another's work. They were friends for over forty years until death and their portrait studies are mementos of classic impressionism. This exhibit has been here since May but I'm just now getting around to see it and I couldn't be more excited. Afterwards, my friend and I are going to trot over to the much talked about Rose's Luxury for dinner, which was just named the Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. Needless to say I have high expectations! Saturday I am meeting up with my fellow blogger gal pal, Lindsay, for drinks in her neck of the woods. What do you have in store? I hope it is lovely. To get you on your way, here are a five links to start you off on a happy foot:

  • This quote is an inspirational motto for me and one which my grandmother used to live by.
  • If Moscow Mules are a favorite of yours like they are mine, these copper mugs will be right up your alley.
  • I'm excited to have stumbled upon this travel magazine...new fav!
  • These fringed booties have been promptly added to my fall wishlist- aren't they cute?
  • Whether you're an avid napper or an avid traveler, this little lovie will be your best friend.
  • If beautiful marbleized paper a la Firenze turns you on, this how-to is a must read.



The Joy of Letters

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There are few things I enjoy more in this life of mine than giving and receiving letters. After Christmas or a birthday I can't wait to sit down with my favorite stationary and write my thank you's in pretty ink.  Aside from the obvious holiday, however, some of my favorite times to send and receive notes is when they are unexpected. Out of the blue. It is a small gesture but it adds another dimension of thoughtfulness to it when there's no apparent reason for it. It's no new story today that the art of letter writing has slowly been trumped by the ease of sending emails. Though there are definite advantages to the latter, I for one am keen on keeping up with the age old tradition. When I studied abroad in Florence, I grew all the more intrigued by the infinite possibilities and beauties of letter writing. Stunning marbleized papers, charming stationary shops with gorgeous writing desk accessories, thick card stocks, elegant fountain pens, classic monograms, the list goes on and on. For my special letters, I use my custom wax-seal set that I got in Florence.  This one shown below is very similar and comes in number of different wax colors if you're interested in taking your letter writing to the next degree. As for stationary, there are so many options and people are getting more and more clever and creative (how about these cute safari note cards)? However, it is hard to go wrong or be more classic than Crane & Co. who makes beautiful custom cards and also has great boxed card sets ready to go, like these cute gilded pineapples. As for pens, that is purely a personal preference, but if color strikes your fancy, be sure to check out Poppin!