5/22/17

Things to Wear - 12 Cute Shirts for Spring/Summer

New Yorker recently published an article about J Crew's possibly bankruptcy, coupled with a few theories as to what might have gone wrong (you can read it here).

In college, I was J Crew obsessed - dreaming of the day I'd be able to afford a whole wardrobe purchased solely from their catalog (from PJs through business wear). But somewhere along the way the prices kept escaping my comfort zone - hundreds of dollars for a simple pair of flats seemed crazy. Plus the models became skinnier and the styles quirkier.

After reading the article, I realized that I've barely shopped at J Crew in the last five years. So I decided to look online and see if they still sold clothes I coveted. And once I started shopping, well, I ended up with this post.

I love easy/flowy boho style tops and this spring they seem to be everywhere.

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1. Gap ($44.95)
2. J Crew ($88)
3. Anthropologie ($118)
4. Zara ($39.90)
5. Madewell ($98)
6. Anthropologie ($98)

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7. Madewell ($98)
8. Zara ($39.90)
9. Zara ($49.90) (I have no idea where I'd where this, but I find the photo's shirt/pant combo killer).
10. J Crew ($68)
11. Zara ($49.90)
12. Zara($35.90)

5/19/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy weekend everyone! If you have a chance, don't forget to check out this week's awesome on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime!


RANDOM LINKS:

* KidFriendly DC's summer fun guide.

* I actually want to see the films in Flavorwire's reasonable, low-expectation summer movie preview.

* Suburbia in photos.

* 6 healthy recipes for when you barely have time to cook.

* Doesn't this dessert look delicious (and easy to make)?

* A science podcast for kids - this sounds awesome!

* 7 new books to read this May.

* Movie scenes influenced by famous paintings - this is pretty cool!

* I keep trying to listen to more podcasts, but I usually end up watching TV instead. Maybe these will inspire me to switch.

* This new pet-sitting site looks awesome if you (like us) love to vacation.

* 50 best high school movies, do you agree? (My favorite will always be Pretty in Pink).

* My friends' moms - I found this the perfect read for Mothers' Day.

5/17/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 15 & 16

I accidentally downloaded bigger photos, but I think I like them better this way.

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WEEK 15 - Spring Break!

(1) Walker World Organic Artists' Retreat for Kayla Coleman's photography workshop
(2) The yard at Walker World
(3) Photographing a gorgeous couple at the photography workshop
(4) One of the many random dogs of Walker World
(5) Sunset in Sandbridge, VA
(6) P at the beach
(7) Random rainbows
(8) Soccer at dusk
(9) This wasn't even all the children in the beach house
(1) Downtime in the beach house

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WEEK 16 - This week ended up having a red theme - not sure how or why that happened, but it's kind of cool that it did.

(1) This kid continues to love the dog park
(2) Outside Nationals' stadium
(3) Dinner at Chipotle
(4) Laundry folding
(5) Easter baseball game
(6) The gang after school
(7) P reading the paper after soccer practice
(8) The nature center with my favorite 5 year old
(9) Spontaneous happy hour on a rainy Saturday
(10) After preschool

5/12/17

Places to Go - Spring Break 2017, Part III - Easter Baseball (Washington D.C.)

For the final chapter of spring break 2017, we spent Easter Sunday at a Nationals game. (They won!). It was 90 degrees in April (seriously?), but we had shady seats so all was good.

I don't usually bring my DSLR to such events, but I thought it would be fun to try photographing during the harsh light of early afternoon. Plus, I like to take photos.

The signs on the neighborhood balconies were cracking us up.

Anyways, have a great weekend everyone! See you next week!

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5/10/17

Places to Go (Vacation) - Spring Break 2017, Part II - Chill-axing at the Beach (Sandbridge, VA)

We spent the second half of spring break at a beach house with friends. Even though the water was too cold for swimming (though P still tried), listening to the waves and binge reading A Separation made for a few wonderful days. Plus, the nightly concerts/jam sessions could not be beat.

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I love when rainbows appear in unexpected places.

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Downtime.

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The kids made colored sand. Purpose unclear.

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And this isn't even all of the children.

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Live music = awesomeness.

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I love beach sunsets.

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For our last night in town, I talked a group of kids and adults into taking sunset photos at Backbay National Wildlife Refuge. The sky was crazy beautiful.

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Finally, a decent photo of all three.

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My mom-daughter twin moment (photo credit goes to T).

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Deer!

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