Christmas Union

When I saw snow on the weather forecast, I was skeptical and when I woke up and opened my blinds, only to be greeted by a dreary gray sky, I was disappointed. Yet, as the day went on, the snow didn’t stop as I’d anticipated. Instead, flurries continued to fall, making me feel as if I was living in a snow globe. This single day of snow has me wishing for a white Christmas, especially since we haven’t had one in forever!

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To celebrate the snow, the end of finals, and the start of the Christmas season, I put on my most festive flannel, most toy soldier-esque jacket, snow-white jeans and bean boots and headed out to see some lights, trees and decorations around the city. I ended up at Union Station where I accidentally ran out in front of a few busses and enjoyed wandering around. A few people even came up to me and complemented my outfit, saying I looked just like Christmas.

Flannel // Similar Jacket // Jeans // Bean Boots

Country Roads Lead Home

Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, Rhode Island is one of my favorite spots in the state. I can’t make a trip home without at least driving under it a couple of times. It’s so nice to have a bit of New England charm so close to home. I just love covered bridges!

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I am obsessed with the navy color of this plaid shirtdress. It pops against the red and the white in the print. How cute is the bow tie on the front?!? It lets you customize just how fitted it is and leaves you with the possibility of making a bow or another sort of knot. This dress even has pockets. Although I’m pretty short, I ordered the dress in a tall so it would be long enough and I’m so glad I did! The smaller the size, the shorter the hemline so getting a tall is absolutely crucial, even if you’re short like me. Because I was feeling extra, I paired the dress with a patent pair of point toe pumps. I got them a few years back and adore them; any time they even remotely match my outfit, I eagerly pull them out! Speaking of excited, Delila was extremely pumped to visit the bridge with us. The whole way there, I kept looking in my rearview and all I could see was her happy face. I took a picture and posted it on her Instagram, check it out here!

Dress (50% off with an extra 30%) // Similarly Colored Shoes // Necklace

 

Leopard Lookout

I love being home! While I’ve lived in Rhode Island my entire life, there are still a few nooks and crannies I have yet to explore and Prospect Terrace on the East Side of Providence was one of them! Located in a quaint, historical section of the city, the park boasts stunning views of the State House. It’s amazing how high up it is!

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When I saw this faux fur leopard vest, was in love and when I realized it was 63% off, I knew I had to have it!  It’s so soft (can’t stop petting it!) and warm. Because it’s Black Friday, it’s still on sale as J. Crew has marked nearly everything down. Knowing you got a great deal on something makes wearing it all the more enjoyable. I paired the vest with a berry top, jeans and black leather booties.

Leopard Vest // Similar Top // Jeans // Similar Booties // Eyeshadow

Thanksgiving Silverquette

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My day started bright and early as I was scheduled to lector the 9am mass. After the mass had ended, I headed home and set the table for dinner. I was totally lost when it came to placing the silverware, so I was thrilled when my mom pulled the Silverquette book out of the dining room table’s drawer so I was able to orchestrate proper place settings. I even lit candles down the middle of the table. Let’s pretend I didn’t throw a lit match not once but twice at the table-cloth and carpet because of how hot they were!IMG_2614IMG_2619IMG_2616IMG_2622IMG_2603-1IMG_2618IMG_2604-1IMG_2629Going for a walk with Delila is absolutely crucial following a day filled with eating. I’m so blessed to have this wonderful dog in my life. She’s pretty thankful I’m home too; I got lots of kisses! IMG_2623IMG_2613IMG_2625IMG_2627

 

 

The Great Falls

Although it wasnt that long ago, my trip to Great Falls Park in Virginia feels like it happened eons ago. I can’t believe it’s just about time to head home for Thanksgiving!  While I uploaded a post about the fun weekend I had directly following it (read it here) I’ll talk more about our trip to the falls. Surprisingly, parking here was a pain in the butt but the little walk from the parking lot to the Potomac and then to the falls was pleasant and eventful. I ended up going with three friends: Hannah, Zac and Jack. Hannah and I are both comfortable in the outdoors but our two counterparts were very much not. It was so funny to watch two city slickers attempt to do the simple tasks such as step from stone to stone and deal with absolute horrors such as mud.  It’s always fun to retreat from the city with friends and I’m definitely going to start doing it more often. In under a half hour, I can be driving down a suburban country road, feeling like I’m hundreds of miles away from the city. Going here made me really want to drive over to western Virginia and get some hiking in!

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Sweatshirt (on sale!) // Jeans // Boots

Leafing Through Washington

Fall has arrived in the District, bringing with it temperatures in the high thirties. While I’m happy to see the leaves finally change, the frigid temperatures are a slightly less welcome addition to the season. Since the temperatures dipped, I have essentially become a walking L.L. Bean advertisement. For the next 4-5 months, you will rarely catch me wearing anything but my bean boots! Because I didn’t get my coat mailed down to me until a couple of days ago, I’ve found myself layering as much as possible to stay warm. This means a flannel (L.L. Bean’s are the warmest), a sweater and a down vest, all paired with jeans and accented with lace socks. The outfit was perfect for a frigid walk to work and a fun (but freezing) day out frolicking in leaves by the Tidal Basin.

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Flannel // Sweater // Vest // Jeans // Bean Boots // Socks

The White House Garden

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On Sunday, October 22, I went for a tour of the White House garden with my friend Zac. That morning, I had a previous commitment and was upset that I wouldn’t be able to go. Fortunately, Zac woke up bright and early, walked all the way to the White House, and was able to get us tickets for that afternoon.

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It was so cool to be that close to the White House. The sun was super harsh and the crowds were insane, but we waited both out and were able to get some cute photos. The White House was the perfect backdrop! My favorite photo is the one where three of the security are watching me strut and spin to get just the right shot! The funniest part is we were one of the last ones out and only left because they were casually following us out trying to get us to leave. Being able to do things like tour the White House garden is a huge reason that I came to school in D.C. so outings like these are a welcome addition to my itinerary!

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