It's officially the Christmas season- happy holidays everyone. It's hard to believe this year has already reached its final month. It seems like just yesterday that I was moving up to DC and starting this new adventure in my life. I'm looking forward to getting in the holiday spirit here pretty soon. This week I'm going to crank up the Xmas music, make some hot cocoa, buy gifts for family and friends, and head to Middleburg, Virginia this weekend for their annual Christmas parade.

As I've gotten older, my tastes have certainly changed on the gift front. Now that I am living in my own apartments without roommates, it is such a pleasure to receive gifts that bring subtle luxury to the homefront. One of my most favorite gifts to give and receive is a pretty candle. I've been known in my day to gift a Diptyque to loved ones; they are lovely. My family has always been big Backgammon fans, and I'm really hoping to find a fun backgammon board for our ranch this Christmas. (This one is a funky contender.) Gift giving is also made simpler these days with the plethora of gift guides and inspiration boards out there, and I am really loving just about everything on this "Retro Cool"guide. For the host or hostess, this pretty glass wine decanter is a no-fuss, elegant gift, and after seeing these Blue/White French Country Planters, I wish all the more that I had a pretty balcony or garden patio to relax in after a long day. (At 60% off swoon they are extra swoon worthy.)


Cyber Specials

Happy (late) Thanksgiving, everyone and happy December 1! I hope your holiday was special and filled with good food, family and friends. There's no better time to knock out all your holiday shopping than with a good Cyber Monday sale. I am going to be picking up a few gifts at Gigi this Christmas. There are so many pretty bags in a kaleidoscope of colorways and they never fail to make an awesome gift (the affordable price point doesn't hurt either!). Shopbop is also having a great Cyber special as well as One Kings Lane (hello free shipping). I've got my eye on these cozy pom pom slippers. Hoping you all find something you love and enjoy this holiday season!



Winter Wardrobe

There's something about thigh high boots, when done the right way... This look below pretty much sums up my winter wardrobe for the next few months. Cozy knit sweaters, a good pair of slim-fit dark jeans or leggings and some comfortable sued thigh highs are my go-to as the cold weather seeps in. I currently have this pair of boots from last season, which are an investment but they're still in great shape (you get what you pay for!), and I have my eye on this classic black poncho and these chic black J Brand jeans.

Image from Lolobu.com


Gail Albert Halaban

To say it's been a busy past few weeks is quite the understatement. It makes me feel terrible to keep this poor little blog on the sidelines for such extended periods but I'm afraid time has gotten away from me once again. Between midterms this semester, work, and my sister's wedding, I have been wrapped up in a whirlwind, I do apologize. I wanted to share an artist that I discovered recently through my friend Mary's site (which, by the way just got a new name + new re-haul and it looks amazing). I am absolutely enraptured by the wildly-talented photographer Gail Albert Halaban and her stunning large-scale photographs, particularly the Parisian collection. There is something very voyeuristic about these portraits of people in their homes. Not to mention the Parisian rooftops, windows, balconies and details make it all the more magical. Halaban was actually born in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s which makes her all the more exciting to be since we're sharing a stomping ground.

Don't these make you nostalgic? For what, I'm not quite sure but they really spoke to me and illuminated something about our inner and outer worlds that is quite beautiful. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 



Fall in the District

Image via Inspiration Lane
What a fun weekend it was. Fall was in full glory the past few days with blustery, crisp air and ripened red and orange trees. It's about that time again to pull out my favorite over the knee boots! All the row house stoops in Georgetown are filled with bright yellow mums and carved pumpkins. It's a festive place to be! Over the weekend I went to the National Zoo for the first time, checked out a handful of great restaurants, took a boat ride on the Potomac and made it to the Air and Space Museum where I saw the Concorde, the Enola Gay B-29 (which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima,) an SR-71A and ultralights, to name a few. There is so much history in this new home of mine and it was really nice to have a weekend here spent exploring some of it. Next weekend my sister is getting married and there are so many wonderful emotions that I'm feeling. I'll be donning this blush number for the wedding and will be going up to New York just before to celebrate my grandmother's birthday. Life is good. xo


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.