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I had to snap a picture of this lovely situation before mailing it out to a client earlier this week. The sophisticated combination of chocolate browns, taupes, and blues just makes me giddy.

Pulling together fabrics will always be my favorite part!

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The Pursuit of Style

Re-discovering the ephemera I’ve invariably tucked away in various pockets of my bags is always my favorite part of unpacking from a trip. I spent this past weekend in New York with my mom for my first wedding dress fitting (can’t believe we’re under two month!) and I think it’s safe to say that I fall in love with the city a little more with each visit.

My NYC restaurant ‘to-visit’ list is about a mile long and on this visit I was excited to check off Prune, Freemans, and The Breslin. All were fantastic. Prune’s hot pink branding is as on point as the food–I was pleasantly surprised to realize that owner and chef Gabrielle Hamilton also authored Blood Bones & Butter which has been on my reading list for far too long. Changing that immediately. Anyone else love reading about food?

I’m still dying to know the paint color of Freemans’ doors which beckon you from the end of an unassuming alley, and wouldn’t mind having the ricotta stuffed squash blossoms with prosciutto, tomato, and eggs that I had at The Breslin every Sunday for the rest of my days. Yum. With an hour before my fitting and still no wedding shoes to actually fit the dress to, a trip to the Saks shoe salon was in order. Thankfully Stuart Weitzman came through for the win.

NYC friends, I’ve checked three restaurants off my list, what are the next three to add?

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The Pursuit of Style

I spent the weekend doing some last minute zhushing around the apartment in preparation for an upcoming magazine shoot (!!).

I upped the ante on the tortoise shell addiction in the bedroom with the two shells above that I picked up several months ago at Lauren Liess’s fantastic studio in Great Falls, VA.

I’m loving the added pattern and texture they’re adding to an otherwise bland corner. To be honest, after living in our current apartment for just over 3 years, I’m really itching for change, so every detail I can switch up makes a difference.

Hope it’s cooler wherever you are than it is here in DC. We’re melting!

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The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

Cape Cod | The Pursuit of Style

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I fully intended to be back at it on Monday, but instead spent the past two days hunting around for my camera cord to upload these photos. Where did I ultimately find it you ask? At the bottom of a ginger jar. Yup, I’m as confused as you are.

Our weekend was the perfect mix of work and play. The antique French naturalist book plates above (there are three more) were framed and hung, window treatments were finalized, and millwork and bathroom renovations discussed.

Brody was able to get some swimming in before the storm rolled in, and once it rolled out Garrett and I were able to spend some time on the boat with my family. Coming back to DC just gets harder and harder!

Can you believe we’re almost mid-way through July? Someone hit the pause button, I never want summer to end!

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The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley