BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | Christmas

Annnd just like that we’re two weeks into December–can you even believe it? I can’t, but I’m determined to not let the holidays pass me by in a blur. We picked up our tree last week and got to work decorating it this weekend.

Our tree skirt–black watch plaid with hot pink pom pom trim–was my very first (and to-date only) foray into sewing. Let’s just say I have an even greater appreciation for my workrooms! The playful twist on tradition still makes me smile–although this tree skirt is pretty fantastic if you’re still on the hunt.

I’ve been adding to my collection of vintage Shiny-Brite ornaments over the years with help from my mom and nana and love re-discovering my favorites each time it’s time to unpack the holiday décor.

Are your halls decked yet? I always feel hopelessly behind on this front. You day after Thanksgiving folks impress me!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY | #SHOPLOCAL

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Did you participate in the Black Friday madness yesterday? We ended up at the mall rather unwillingly thanks to a broken iPhone, and let me tell you, shopping online is an infinitely more pleasant experience!

We shopped “big” at the major retailers yesterday, but now it’s time to  show all the wonderful local small business owners our support. Here’s my guide to shopping local. Please feel free to add your favorite shops in the comments!

Georgetown
A Mano
Moss & Co
Marston Luce
John Rosselli Antiques
Christ Child Opportunity Shop
Georgetown Emporium
Jean Pierre Antiques

U Street
GoodWood
Miss Pixies

Capitol Hill
The Foundry
Frame of Mine
Hill’s Kitchen
Salt & Sundry (inside Union Market)
Eastern Market (outdoor flea market, vintage is on Sunday)

Alexandria (VA)

And a few online small business owners that constantly inspire me:

TGIBF!

Consider the piece of pie you just ate for breakfast necessary fuel for the day’s events because it’s the big one: Black Friday! We’re shopping locally today so I got a head start on perusing last night and oh are there deals to be had!

I know we’re technically supposed to be shopping for others, but I’ve pulled together a few things that struck my fancy and have highlighted my favorite sales to shop below. Happy shopping and I’ll be back tomorrow with local recommendations for Small Business Saturday!

Holiday Party Style | The Pursuit of StyleSilk Tassel Earrings | Lightbeam Skirt | Cut-Out Booties | Chunky Cashmere Sweater

Party season is officially underway which means gold lame skirts are not only acceptable, they’re encouraged! I’m loving the look of festive full skirts paired with chunky knits for the holiday party circuit.

J. Crew // 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping

CODE: HOLIDAY

Kate Spade Saturday // 30% off sitewide + free shipping

CODE: DEALME

Shopbop // 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000

CODE: GOBIG14

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 La Superbe Sweatshirt | Paige Riding Boot | Pearl 360 Studs | Crossbody Clutch | Oversized Grid Checked Scarf

I spent most of the day yesterday wrapped in my sister’s blanket scarf which I think means it’s time to pick up one for myself (attempts at “borrowing” hers were thwarted).

ASOS // 30% off

CODE: TGIBF

BaubleBar // 15% off 2 items, 35% off 4+ items

CODE: FRIDAY15 // FRIDAY35

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase

CODE: GIFTON

Piperlime // 25% off sitewide

CODE: THANKFUL25

Revolve // select items up to 80% off

A few others worth shopping:

Everlane // Everlane has established The Black Friday Fund–donating all profits for the day to their factory partners in Hangzouh, China. All proceeds will go towards updating recreational facilities for the 300 people who live and work at the factory. Looks like I’ll be updating all of my tee shirts!

Joie // 25% off sitewide

CODE: THANKS

Lulu & Georgia // spend $250, get 20% off; spend $500, get 25% off; spend $1000, get 30% off

CODE: PUMPKINPIE20 // PUMPKINPIE25 // PUMPKINPIE30

L.K. Bennett* // Black Friday 30% off sitewide

CODE: LKBBF

*I have it on good authority that these are the most comfortable heels. 30% off is good incentive to test ‘em out for myself!

Theory* // 40% off sitewide

*After hunting for months I finally found the perfect black blazer. Looks just as great with a tee shirt as it does with a dress!

THANKSGIVING COUNTDOWN

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It’s almost here! I’m watching the clock waiting for it to be time for us to start our drive down to Virginia (fingers crossed we beat the snow!) and I’m looking forward to the holiday in a big way. We’ll be meeting my sister’s new puppy Penelope and I know that there will be pie in our future–it doesn’t get much better than that, right?

If you’re equally eager to start celebrating, here are a few distractions…

To Make Holiday Travel A Little Less Painful: This American Life is our go-to distraction when our 8 hour trip inevitably turns into a 10-12 hour trip thanks to the never ending traffic and construction on 95. We got hooked on their latest venture, Serial, on our drive up for the wedding back in October. It’s so addicting. If you have some combination of planes, trains, and automobiles in your future start listening!

Last Minute Entertaining Tips from Martha: A few tips and tricks from the master. I can personally attest to the fact that number two is a game changer–no more “where should we put the mashed potatoes?!” which I swear happened in my family every year.

  • Lay out all of your place settings to ensure that you have ample plates, utensils, and linens.
  • Label your serving dishes to help get organized, and relieve stress on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Choosing the Perfect Roasting Pan:
    • SIZE – The pan should be just large enough to hold the roast and no larger.
    • ROASTING RACK – Use either a V-shaped rack or a flat grid type rack for even browning and clean pan juices.
    • POSITION – Top of the roast should be in the upper-middle part of the oven for maximum air circulation for even cooking.

Getting a Head Start on Sale Shopping: When it comes to spending, my wardrobe almost always comes in runner up to my home, but I really can’t ignore it anymore. After donating and consigning three huge bags of clothes it’s time to re-invest! Financially, it’s super daunting, but with all the crazy good sales, this is the time of year to start. Here are a few I’ll be hitting up:

  • Shopbop: Up to 25% off with code: GOBIG14. My strategy? Shop the sale section first and double dip on the discount. I have my eye on this jacket and am thinking this will be the perfect opportunity to try out this denim line people are raving about.
  • Net-A-Porter: The site keeps crashing because it’s just.that.good. I’m going to keep looping back on this one because I’ve scored amazing deals in the past!

Happy Thanksgiving!

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG WITH BENJAMIN MOORE

When the wonderful team at Benjamin Moore invited us to spend a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg  for a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for their Williamsburg Color Collection my RSVP was an immediate YES. All the better that the trip happened to fall exactly one week from our wedding because at that point I really needed a distraction!

Neither of us had been to Williamsburg before, and I can honestly say that it surpassed our expectations. I’ve been told it’s even more beautiful when it’s all decked out for the holidays, so if you’re in the area, definitely consider making the trip–the drive was surprisingly painless from DC!

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We kicked off our visit with a tour of the grounds led by Matt Webster, Director of Architectural Resources, at Colonial Williamsburg. The Wythe House was our first stop. Its manicured lawn, perfect symmetry, and classic red brick made this one of my favorites.

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The appreciation for color and pattern in historical houses never ceases to inspire me. Of course, there was an element of keeping up with the Jones’ behind these seemingly bold choices, and a home owner’s ability to paint and paper their home indicated a degree of wealth and status.

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The Governor’s Palace, with all the pomp and circumstance you would expect for the home of the King’s representative in America, really is breath taking.

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Sans the massive gilt framed oils, the Prussian blue walls and patterned carpet could be contemporary, right?

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With its intricate molding and chinoiserie inspired pediment and door frame, the vivid green Supper Room was my favorite from the visit.

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Can you even imagine the level of craftsmanship that went into carving that dentil molding?!

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The arms room cleared up any questions about who was boss…

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I loved this grouping of black and white engravings on mustard walls.

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I left the trip desperately wanting a canopied bed…

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Definitely one with scallops…

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After our tour we headed over to the lab where we learned more about how the colors for the Williamsburg Color Collection were created. The level of historical and scientific research that goes into the process is actually really fascinating. The Colonial Williamsburg team has some pretty high powered tools at their disposal that enable them to analyze the tiniest specimens–looking back through centuries of paint layers to get to the true color.

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Once they establish the make-up of the paint they grind the pigment by hand with mortar and pestle to recreate the color. Verdigris (formed by giving copper an acid bath) is one of the key pigments for some of my favorite colors.

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After our science lesson we headed over to the museum to take in their beautiful collections. The import porcelain was one of my favorite exhibits.

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But there was also inspiration to be found in the textiles–I thought this quilt would be beautiful framed.

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We had free time on Sunday to explore on our own and given that it was a week before our wedding and our vows weren’t exactly written we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to find a quiet spot and spend some time working on those. The gardens at the Governor’s Palace proved to be the perfect spot.

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I mean, look at this…

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The sentimental sap in me thinks it will be pretty cute to re-visit the same spots when we’re old and gray.

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We stopped by Williamsburg at Home on our way out of town where I picked up a bolt of leopard print fabric for a steal. In typical fashion I have absolutely no projects in mind for it at the moment but I know the perfect thing will come up eventually–maybe a pair of x-benches?

A big thank you to the Benjamin Moore and Colonial Williamsburg teams for hosting us for the weekend. If you’re not already familiar, be sure to check out the Williamsburg Color Collection it really is an exceptionally well curated collection and learning more about the research process gives me even more respect for a brand I (and I’m sure you) already know and love!