3.27.2014

Let Me Introduce Jamie, Alex and Alyssa

In the final post from last Sunday's Sips and Snaps Brunch, I want to introduce y'all to my good friends Alex, Alyssa and Jamie. All three have very different styles, but are similar in the fact they love statement and staple pieces. 

Alex is originally from Florida, so she brought with her to DC a love of versatile pieces you can wear year round. 
Alyssa, who moved south from Boston, enjoys a good preppy look and statement jewelry.
Jamie hales not too far from here, Charlottesville, VA. One of Jamie's gotos for her style is to mix and match pieces, whether its multiple patterns or lots of jewelry. She says, "I am a firm believer in wearing things you love. I don't think too much if things 'match' or if I have the best brands."

Take a look at these lovely ladies' outfits from Sunday's brunch below. 


Meet Alex, 24
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2L at American University Washington College of Law 
and current Student Body President
(Snaps to you Madame President)

Style Icon: Olivia Palermo or her mother, Kim
Favorite Stores: Madewell, C. Wonder, Gap, BaubleBar and Bloomingdale's!!

"Being from South Florida I favor shorts, wedges and breezy/flowy pieces all year round. I tend to stick to beachy neutrals (creams, navy, tans, etc.). To add a pop of color, I choose colorful jewelry or shoes to accent the outfit!"



David Yurman Ring (old, was her mother's and passed down, aww precious)
Necklace (gifted) 




Ring, Watch and Sunnies (same as above)
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Meet Alyssa, 24
Originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts 
(My one and only northerner friend, ha, love her!)
Works on Capitol Hill

Style Icon: Jamie Grigg
Favorite Stores: J. Crew (side note, she works there... you'll probably be able to tell when you scroll down further and see where her outfits are from :) ha), Vineyard Vines, Banana Republic

"When I find something I like, I buy it in every color. I tend to favor classic and preppy pieces; ones that make a statement. Since I work on the Hill, I need outfits that can transition from day to night, so I look for versatile items."







Jewelry is same as above 
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Meet Jamie, 24
Hales from Charlottesville, Virginia 
Director of Accounts at a Public Affairs Firm in DC
Also creator/founder of Exposed Brick DC (check out Jamie's blog/site for all your housing needs)

Style Icons: Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Aniston 
Fun Fact: Jamie's ears are not pierced, so all earrings you see are clip-ons!

"I tend to lean more towards a tom boy look. I'm most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt; adding jewelry and other feminine pieces is a must." 




Belt is from Virginia Horse Show / Earrings (Great Grandmother's)
Saxton Silver Heels (from Downtown Richmond)

"My boyfriend likes when I wear preppy clothes, so this outfit is for him! I always want to put a twist on what's considered classic."



Earrings (vintage) / Caspari Clip (Charlottesville) 

Hope y'all enjoyed this little "mini" series of posts from Sunday's brunch. 
A Sips and Snaps brunch is something anyone can host, any time of the year. 
Have one in the fall to take some snapshots of your friend's fall wardrobes, hire a local photographer to take the pressure off having to take your own photos, or have the brunch at a fun restaurant and take pictures of everyone's outfit of the day outside.
The options for hosting this type of gathering are endless. 
Be sure to share photos from your Sips and Snaps party using the hash tag #sipsandsnaps.

Have a great weekend friends,

XOXO 

kristyn

3.26.2014

Let Me Introduce You to My Friends, Sarah and Darby

On Monday I featured an event I hosted this past weekend with my good friend Sarah, the Sips and Snaps Brunch. 
I hope y'all enjoyed the writeup and photos!

When the "sips" portion of the event was over, it was time to prep and freshen up for the "snaps."
There are soooo many trends I am loving this spring. The scalloped edge, bar earrings, mint green accents, and d'orsay flats! While I have my own personal style and trends for which I favor, my friends do as well. So I asked everyone to bring two "spring" outfits; ones that showcased pieces they are loving for this season, making sure to add their personal touch.

For the next two posts (today and Friday) I am going to introduce y'all to my friends, adding photos of the outfits they brought and of course including details on where to purchase individual pieces. 

Meet Darby and Sarah...


Darby
Age 23
Originally from Dallas, Texas 
Works at a consulting firm in downtown Washington, D.C. 

"Fashion is a way I express myself. I enjoy pairing fun colors and patterns to finish my look."








Jewelry, same links as above


Sarah
Age 23
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee 
Works on Capitol Hill by day and event planning by night

"This dress is a dream! Not only is it mega-comfortable (reason enough to love) but it is fabulously fun. I am free to move around yet feel completely polished. These VC pumps have carried me from the dance floor to the kitchen floor in comfort and style. They are my go-to heels. Also, this ring is one of my most prized possessions found at the flea market. The tiny mosaic flower is so beautiful and makes for a great conversation piece. This dress will always be first in the line up of outfits I'd wear to host a brunch party!"






"This outfit is very 'me'. It is girly, yet laid back. I'm super comfortable and that is of the utmost importance to me (nobody wants to be self-consciously tugging at their outfit all day). I've mixed lace and leather and feel like a million bucks! I'd wear this to a concert at Wolftrap or maybe afternoon drinks at the W."



Jewelry, same links as above

Later this week I will introduce you to Jamie, Alex and Alyssa!! These three have very different styles, but all brought together by their love of statement pieces.

Stop back by on Friday to meet them!

kristyn

3.23.2014

A Fun Morning of Sips and Snaps!


Since I started my blog two months ago, I have been itching to host an event of some kind with a friend or fellow blogger. It just so happened that I found someone who was both a friend and blogger to co-host a gathering with. 

Sarah and I both went to the University of Tennessee, but didn't meet till mutual friends introduced us here in DC. Sarah is just a fabulous person all around, loves event planning, blogging (check out Sarah's blog Two Girls, Two Cities) and works/lives not too far from me. She's my go to blogger friend when it comes to advice, throwing around ideas and of course, hosting an event together.


I had been thinking for awhile that I wanted to host some sort of brunch, combined with a fun spring fashion shoot. I am surrounded by some pretty fashionable friends, so I wanted to feature their styles and spring inspirations. So Sarah and I began planning what we call a Sips and Snaps Brunch. Sips, of course comes from sipping some Champs (Champagne); Snaps comes from snapshots, since we were going to take some photos. 

When it came to who we wanted to invite, we decided to keep it small. We wanted to have an ease of moving about (since my apartment is super tiny) and plenty of time to take photos. Our guests included fellow bloggers, some fashionistas and friends who have really supported us through our blogging journeys. 

We kept the food light, probably not that healthy (oops), but all around delicious brunch food. I wanted to mix an old recipe with a new one, so we had my homemade sausage croissants and a Pinterest find, mini quiches with bacon, tomatoes and green onions. To round out the menu we added some fruit skewers, a tossed salad and Olivia Macarons for a take-home. 

Here are some more photos from the "sips" portion of the morning: 












Once brunch was over, everyone began freshening up and getting ready to take some "snaps." 

More to come…. 

Here is a sneak peek from the photo shoot fun! 
Be on the lookout the rest of this week with details and more photos of everyone's Outfits of the Day (OOTD). 


kristyn

3.17.2014

Mission DuPont: Bienvenidos


Washington, D.C. is a thriving market for new restaurants, bars and nightlife venues. 
Unlike a lot of other cities, D.C. is home to a younger crowd who start their weekends on Thursdays and finish with bottomless Sunday brunches.
These attributes make the District the perfect place to open a new eatery or local hangout. 

Two of my favorite places to be on the weekends are Glover Park's Mason Inn and Georgetown's, George. If you frequent either of these places often, odds are you've met their owners Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry. With both of these bars bringing in many accolades, it's no surprise they decided to venture to another area of the city.

Mission, DuPont's newest restaurant and bar, is set to open later this week (in the same location that used to be One Lounge) and is co-owned by these two young entrepreneurs. 

Fritz Brogan, Executive Chef Rodrigo Albarran and Reed Landry
My friend Alyssa and I with Fritz Brogan
Walking into Mission, you immediately forget about the trials of the day and are transported to an environment that mirrors a cool summer night down in Mexico. The decor offers a Spanish flair, with mini tea lights and colorful wall tiles. 


The lights are slightly dimmed, drawing your eyes to the sky, where a glass ceiling hovers over the bar space. You get the feeling that your outdoors, even though you're inside.


Throughout the two story row home, there are five separate dining and event areas. Grab a table downstairs or head up the brick lined staircase for a more open environment upstairs.


If you wish to cool things down a bit, step outside to DuPont's largest outdoor patio. 
This space will be perfect for those warm summer afternoons enjoying a margarita or two.



Speaking of margaritas, Mission offers more than 50 types of tequila (some bottles costing north of $600). Too early to start sipping on some margs? Then try a nice cold glass of Corona Light. Mission is the FIRST bar in Washington, D.C. to offer this beer on draft.

If the atmosphere and alcohol selection of Mission aren't enough, how about adding an award winning chef to the mix? Executive Chef Rodrigo Albarran, has been featured on hit shows like Diners, Drive-In's and Dives, and his R&R Taqueria was recently awarded the #1 Mexican restaurant in the Baltimore metro area by Zagat. Chef Rodrigo has put together a menu for Mission that will be sure to please any taste buds. (**The guacamole and rice are amazing… seriously, amazing)

Guacamole and Chips, Spanish rice and Chicken tacos.
Between the welcoming atmosphere, extensive tequila selection and award winning food, Mission should be at the TOP of your list to visit. Whether you stop in for their opening weekend, a warm afternoon on the patio, for a late night dance party or for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday, there is something for everyone at Mission. Come early or stay late!
 
If Mission is anything like Mason Inn and George, it will surely be just as big of a success.
 
Mission is set to open later this week for full dinner service, bar service and open till 3 a.m. on the weekends. 
kristyn