Got that fall feeling

It’s OFFICIALLY fall! Trick-or-treaters will be parading around Georgetown in super cute – hopefully not resembling Miley  – costumes and knocking on our door asking for Halloween goodies.

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Photo by McKenna

Fall is always a busy time of year, but as I walked down the street this morning I couldn’t help but notice the calming effect the red, gold and orange hues of leaves pressed against a grey sky have on me.

I wish it could be fall all year round. Take a minute and take in those beautiful colors! I feel so lucky to have this scene right outside my front door.

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

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DC Dining: Unum

My girlfriends and I recently made a pact to try a new restaurant/have a girl’s night out twice a month. First on our list – Unum – a “neighborhood restaurant with American contemporary cuisine” in the heart of Georgetown.  Conclusion: It’s 12 hours later and I’m still drooling/thinking about all of that deliciousness.

My personal favorite: Sesame crusted scallops with wasabi risotto with edamame, shiitake & tobiko, spiced shishito peppers, pickled vegetables & nori beurre blanc.

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Sesame crusted scallops. Photo by McKenna

Other top rates: 

Grilled quail with sauteed spinach with dates, pistachios & date demi-glace

Boneless shortrib pasta with tagliatelle, baby root vegetables & red-wine braising jus

Grilled hanger steak with roasted sunchokes, white & green asparagus, horseraddish & port sauces

Looks as if our dining pact is off to a scrumptious start!

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De-stressing with distressed home goodies

Moving is always a difficult process – but also a very fun one! It’s a chance to make a space your own. I am a huge fan of distressed wood, antiques and family heirlooms. I knew I wanted clean cut lines – a white, charcoal grey and mint color scheme – but with a rustic feel for my brand new room.

This antique trunk is one of my favorite furniture accents of all times. The history of my trunk goes as follows: my mom has had it “since she was a little girl” – and thank goodness. I’m in love. It’s a unique accent to my room, while practical for storage at the same time. So happy you didn’t throw this one out, mom!

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I’d have to say my second favorite piece of furniture in my room is my bedside table, which the lovely Ms. Natalie discovered with me at HomeGoods. I love the combination of wood and splashes of color – not to mention how it acts as a perfect stand for vanilla candles, a sisterly love photo and a good book.
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Now for the comfy part – my beautiful white Anthropologie Rosette Quilt bedding – equipped with grey, turquoise and mint accent pillows. Although white makes me incredibly nervous – I went for it because I wanted a versatile arrangement just in case I decide to make a spontaneous transition into another color scheme. The grey accent throw, also from HomeGoods, tops it off!
Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 6.14.37 PMI guess my first attempt at making a room “truly mine” wasn’t TOO disastrous 🙂 What’s your home decor style?

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Turn to the peacoat

This morning was chilly – and I mean CHILLY. But, it’s not completely unbearable if you’ve transitioned to that fall wardrobe of yours. I think I’m finally ready to accept the fact my boots and scarves are creepily starting to dominate my light, not-so-summer-y (anymore) closet. This was my go-to attire for today’s crisp Tuesday autumn morning (and now afternoon!)

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My Zara peacoat, Michael Kors knee-high leather boots and MMS studded satchel from Marshall’s were my essentials for today. I also threw in a splash of gold jewelry with my faux turquoise stackable gold rings from Forever 21, as well as my gold and black statement necklace from Nordstrom.

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Just a few of my favorite accessories. What are yours?

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A star-studded ensemble

This fall, studs are everywhere – and thank goodness – because my obsession with these gold and silver accents is growing exponentially. From arm candy to fall flats, sheer collars to evening clutches, studs are in full swing.

Here are some of my favorite ways to add that little bit of edgy gold shimmer to both day and night looks.

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What’s your favorite? How do you rock the studs?

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