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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Skip spooky! Chic pumpkin decor

It’s almost Halloween! This year, my roommates and I have decided to make a night of it while waiting for Georgetown’s little trick-or-treaters to knock on our door looking for sweet treats.

We were thinking pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, chilled Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc and butternut squash ravioli while watching Hocus Pocus (it better be on TV!)

My best girl friend Natalie spotted this amazing white, studded pumpkin online last week – a perfect way to add a little Halloween spirit without the ghouls and goblins. When did pumpkin decorating become such an exquisite art form? I cannot decide which one to make first. They’re all the die for.
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Photos via Pinterest

The chic way to decorate this Halloween. Trick-or-treat!

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Unwinding at the ballet barre

Pointe shoes, tutus and leotards. Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Don Quixote.

Oh, ballet. I spent countless hours in rehearsals and performing in full-length ballets starting at the age of 4. And I absolutely loved it – but couldn’t make the time commitment anymore towards the end of college. But low and behold, I have finally found a PERFECT compromise – barre fitness classes.

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Photo via Pinterest

Ballet, pilates and yoga enthusiasts – this is your calling. Barre classes combine small, concise movements to create an amazing workout for those looking for the long, lean muscles of a dancer. Tone up, not bulk up! You’ll find pilates mats for floor work, light dumbbells for arm toning and the sturdy wooden ballet barre – of course!

I took a look at Barre3 in Georgetown – I was blown away. First of all – THIS STUDIO is some serious eye candy. The instructor told me the building is one of DC’s oldest and that it served as one of George Washington’s tobacco warehouses back in the day. I could not get over the exposed brick and stone as I walked through the door.

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Photo via Instagram @mckenna

Now down to the important stuff – THE WORKOUT. Who would have thought the smallest, tiniest leg lifts and planks would work up such a sweat. I’m already feeling it the soreness start to creep in. Should feel lovely tomorrow.

Barre is my new fitness obsession. What’s yours?
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