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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Picture perfect fall Fridays

TGIF – and isn’t that the truth. There’s just a undeniable happiness that goes hand-in-hand when you’re able to use the words “fall” and “Friday” in the same sentence. Festive fall scenes have been calling my name all morning (and now lovely afternoon.)

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A bright, beautiful stroll to my car this morning. Photo by McKenna

I recently read that the “magic hours” to capture autumn’s best angles are in the early morning and late evening – and boy, were they right. I snapped this gem this morning. Look at those gold, red and orange leaves glow.

I know, I know – I am guilty of incorporating a little Instagram filter here and there, but I have no shame. Nature’s color combinations are impossible to beat – so why not highlight them? I also really enjoy the filters and photo enhancements Aviary provides. Definitely an app to check out if you’re a wannabe-photography like me!

Fast forward to lunch time. After sitting at my (very cute) desk for five hours, I’m ready for some sunshine. I cannot resist an outdoor lunch with a good friend – and especially with this weather. Clubmasters on, taking in the beautiful day. It’s always a relief to me that I’m not the only one with a mild obsession for photography – my lunch buddy is the same. Needless to say, lunch turned into a mini photo shoot. 

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Photo by Cheeto Charo

What do you like to capture quick snapshots of? Nothing more therapeutic than dishing into your creative side – we all have one somewhere! 

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My favorite time of the month … Birchbox delivery!

Who doesn’t love receiving packages? I know I do, and especially when I know it’s my perfect little Birchbox package full of beauty goodies arriving on my doorstep. For those of you who are not yet familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly package packed with beauty samples – everything from designer fragrances and lipstick hues to headbands and organic shampoos and conditions.

I think I may be Birchbox’s number one fan after discovering Serge Normant’s Meta Revive Dry Shampoo and Tan Towels Self Tanning Towelettes in my box a few months ago. I’m beyond obsessed with these two products now – might not have found them without my trusty and convenient Birchbox, which is only $20/month. You’ll see, you get a lot of bang for your make-up buck!

Here’s the rundown of my October box, which was amazing, as per usual:


1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth CleanserApparently this facial cleanser is a UK favorite! The Liz Earle Cleanse uses a two-step ritual to purify and exfoliate your skin. It comes with two pure muslin clothes. I tried it today and felt 100% refreshed. I’ll keep you updated on if I see some major skin-glow in the next few weeks as I use it. Full-size price: $21.50

2. Fake Up Eye Concealer by Benefit: This may be up there with Serge Normant’s Dry Shampoo and Tan Towels for me. This eye concealer by Benefit is pretty great. Definitely brightened up tired-looking eyes. It also doesn’t apply on too thick, which is hard to find. Definitely a keeper! Full-size price: $24

3. Pop – Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss in “Floating Rose”I personally am more of a lipstick girl than a lip gloss girl. But on the bright side, my mom loves gloss so I threw this product her way – she is a fan! The “Floating Rose” hue was a pretty color but there was way too much sparkle for me personally. I’ll stick to classic reds and plums thank you very much. Full-size price: $14

4. Hydration Lock stick by Chapstick: This product was one of the many “Birchbox Finds” meaning it was an extra sample thrown in – which I’m always a fan of. And this Hydration Lock Chapstick was no exception. I don’t know how many times I’ve needed Chapstick and cannot round one up in the bag of my big, unorganized satchel.

So go ahead and glam it up with Birchbox. You will not be disappointed!

via Pinterest
via Pinterest

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Back in the writing game

After a full year (or possibly two?), I am back in the creative blog-writing game and it feels so good. As you may have read in my “About” section, I am a 22-year-old with a variety of girly – and I mean girly – interests.

Wine nights with the girls, finding that perfect new shade of lipstick, discovering a new heavenly cocktail (I love anything with ginger and mint involved) or snatching that last perfectly fringed knitted scarf off the display table of a little corner boutique, all fall under my list of feel-good things. So of course when I moved to Georgetown in Washington, D.C., I was beyond excited to be living in the middle of one of the cutest neighborhoods for post-grad life – if I do say so myself.

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Me in front of my new humble abode.

And now September has passed, October is flying by – Fall is officially here. What better time to move to a new city, explore new things and start a new blog. I think F. Scott Fitzgerald hit the nail on the head.

F. Scott Fitzgerald via Pinterest
F. Scott Fitzgerald via Pinterest

So loves, get ready for posts on food (and cocktails!), style, travel, home decor, beauty products and a little light reading on Coffee and Cobblestones. Beyond excited to be able to call myself a blogger once again! Oh, and Happy Hump Day!

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