THE RED WHITE & BLUE

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Oversized Hepcat Shades | Seersucker Bikini | Linen Scarf | Blue Dragon Picnic Set | Turquoise 360 Studs | Tri-Color Tote

Have I ever mentioned that the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday? I’m obsessed. It’s the perfect summer day and one that triggers many memories of lazy days spent on the beach or boat, low-key barbeques with friends, and bonfires at night with the fireworks in the background. Perfection.

We decided to make a last minute trip up to the Cape to celebrate, and even though it’s looking like there might be rain, there’s still no place I’d rather celebrate. If I had gotten my act together, my packing list would have looked a little bit like the above: oversized white sunnies, a seersucker bikini, a linen scarf to warm up inevitably sunburned skin when the sun goes down, and a perfectly festive beach bag.

I’ve also been meaning to share these genius tin picnic plates by Mottahedeh. Our wedding caterer tipped me off and now I have to buy a set or two. So chic, right? I’ll be signing off early to enjoy some time at home, but I hope you have a wonderful Fourth!

THE GLOW

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Violet Gaynor | Calgary Avansino | Molly Guy | Jenni Kayne | Rachel Hruska | Rebecca Taylor

It’s been so heartwarming seeing all of the love going out to moms today. Every Instagram photo, Facebook post, and tweet makes my heart swell a little bit thinking about how special the relationship is between mother and child. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my mom; she’s my confidant, cheerleader, sometimes therapist, role model, and is always up for tag teaming an antique mall with me. You know, she’s mom.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share some photos from one of my new favorite sites, The Glow. Dedicated to giving us an insider’s look into some of the chicest mommas out there, I’ve easily spent hours oohing and ahhing over chubby baby cheeks and nurseries that I wouldn’t mind taking up residence in. Fashion and design aside, the site captures motherhood so beautifully through its ethereal photography. I’ve already ordered a copy of their recently released book, The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood.

So, to all the moms out there, often the unsung heroes, thank you and a very happy Mother’s Day!

VALENTINE’S DAY DATE NIGHT

The candy hearts and cards are starting to appear on store shelves which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! After seven years together, we keep things pretty low key around here. I’d rather have a handwritten note than a dozen roses, and we tend to favor making a special meal at home than fighting for a reservation–last year I found the cutest heart shaped lobster ravioli at Eastern Market!

If there’s one thing I am a sucker for though, it’s a love story; and A Winter’s Tale scheduled to be released this Valentine’s Day looks to be a tearjerker! Watch the trailer above and you’ll see what I mean. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, the film follows the unlikely romance between a burglar (Colin Farrell) and the sick young daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay–Lady Sybil!!) of the wealthy family he attempts to rob. Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Will Smith round out the star studded cast.

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See it with your girlfriends or capitalize on the one night a year you can get your significant other to watch a romantic movie with you. We’re just under three weeks away, but to get you feeling festive I’ve started pinning some inspiration for the perfect Valentine’s Day right over here.

A Perfect Valentine's Day | The Pursuit of Style

Keeping it Real: This post was sponsored by WB Winter’s Tale through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about WB Winter’s Tale, all opinions are my own.

CHEERS TO 2014

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As I spent this morning reflecting on the past year and getting started on setting goals for 2014, I was reminded of how I was feeling just one year ago today. 2012 had been a tough year and it was hard to think back to that time, but more importantly, the post reminded me how immensely grateful I am for this past year’s successes.

I kicked off 2013 with a career change and joined a residential interior design firm. It was the best professional decision I’ve ever made and completely set the tone for the rest of the year. Funny how doing what you love will do that, right? The Pursuit of Style got a makeover and I sourced some amazing vintage pieces for a design blogger tag sale with One Kings Lane.

I traveled to High Point, Brimfield, Charleston, and New York and came back from each trip feeling inspired (and usually with a heavier suitcase). I accepted the fact that our apartment would never be “ready” (in my perfectionist mind) but was still proud to share it with you with tours on Glitter Guide, Apartment Therapy, and in a print publication here in DC, D/City.

I hosted an event with kate spade new york and InStyle in Charlottesville and took the opportunity to finally visit a store I’ve long admired. I was illustrated, visited a favorite artist’s studio, crossed off most of the items on my 26 for 26 list, and we had a pretty great chat about blogging.

 Who knows what 2014 will bring (hope, peace, and cookies wouldn’t be a bad start), but at the very least I know I’ll be marrying my best friend and that’s not too shabby.

Cheers to 2014!

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style