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Tell Me About it, Stud | Draped Dress and Studded Heels

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Dress: ASOS || Accessories: Kate Spade crossbody, Ray Ban sunglasses, Zara necklace, Essie polish in "Ballet Slippers" || Shoes: Sole Society Tiia in "Black Adobe"

I'm all for comfort so when I saw this dress on ASOS I knew I had to have it. The draped front with elastic waistband ensures that not only would I be comfortable wearing it, I would have built-in space for a food baby should I choose to gain one (which, let's face it, is always the case). I also like that I could dress it up like I did today with these studded heels, or dress it down with a pair of sneakers and a denim jacket in the fall. 
While I featured these shoes a lot on this blog, I bought a nude version of it as well, seen here. I like these studded shoes - they're comfy and make me feel like a badass!

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Wiggle | Pastel Dress and Studded Heels

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Dress: ASOS || Accessories: Tory Burch Robinson tote, Ray Ban sunglasses || Shoes: Sole Society Tiia pumps in "Adobe"

I fell in love with this dress at first sight on the ASOS website. I wanted to grow my collection of dresses I could wear to work and this certainly fit the bill. I loved the color, the heavy yet stretchy material, and the midi hem - all perfect for the office. They called this a “wiggle” dress on the website and had no idea what that meant so I looked it up. Apparently, a wiggle dress is any dress where the width of the hem of the dress is narrower than the hips. Because of the width difference, it brings your knees together that causes a ‘wiggle’ when you walk. The more you know!

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Currently...(Vol. 24)

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Another hot week and I'm surprised I haven't melted into the ground! DC is being struck with a heatwave with highs in the 100s and lows in the mid 80s. It is HOT!
This currently post is what's distracting me from the fact that the minute I step out of my house I will be a puddle of sweat so here we go:
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls on Netflix - This show is a gem and I can't wait for the revival! I'm rewatching this and I'm on the second season, remembering how much I hated Jess for Rory. (#teamlogan). 
  • Wearing: Essie's Gel Couture polish in 'Rock the Runway' - Like every other blogger lately, I've been adoring the new gel couture line of polishes by Essie. I LOVE Essie polishes as it is as I find they have an excellent range of colors but if I had one issue, it would be their staying power. They ALWAYS chip on me! I had high hopes for this polish range but unfortunately they chipped on me as well. To be fair though, I am kind of hard on my nails so it may just be me. In any case, I loved this bright scarlet red and I can't recommend it enough!
  • Eating: Jaffa cakes - I used to munch on Jaffa cakes in Britain with my tea and I was able to get my fix when a coworker came back with some on his vacation to England! So yummy!
  • Reading: Freedom's Child by Jax Miller - I'm still reading this! I've been so busy I didn't have time to finish but I got a good chunk of it read this weekend and I should have a review of this soon.
  • Drinking: Naked 'Green Machine' smoothie - I've been really into smoothies (I know, I'm late in the game), and the 'Green Machine' smoothies by Naked are my favorite! 
  • Playing: Pokemon Go - Like basically everyone in the world, I have been bitten by the Pokemon bug! My starter Pokemon of choice? Charmander of course. Also, I'm Team Mystic! :]

How to Create the Perfect Flat Lay

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I've become something of an amateur photographer thanks to this blog and my favorite type of picture to post are my flat lays. 
If you're an Instagram addict like me, you've probably seen tons of these photos by bloggers who've carefully curated the perfect "mess" to share. Despite appearances, these photos can be difficult to set up and capture but once I got the hang of it, it's been my favorite image to incorporate into my blog and Instagram feed. Today, I wanted to talk about this popular style and what makes for a good flat lay aesthetic: 
  • Lighting, lighting, lighting!: I can't stress good lighting enough! You want to chase natural light - that means a nice cloudy day (not sunny because that casts too much shadows). If you take your flat lay photos indoors, experiment around the house at different parts of the day to see where your photography looks best. I take mine right near a window in the middle of the day.
  • Get the angle: Most of the time, I have success with a bird's eye view, meaning I stand up and take my photo directly on top of my flat lay but I've seen people who take their photos from the side and the results are stunning. 
  • Mind the backdrop and props: The background of your flat lay can make or break your photo - you don't want something to distracting that takes away from the subject. I find a nice white backdrop to be perfect. I have a white bedspread and a white desk that I often take photos off and it works well. I'm also thinking of getting a foam board and covering it with marble contact paper to add texture to my photos in future flat lays which could also work well. Adding props also adds more to the photo so I'll add an accessory or two (like my cosmetics and such) while keeping in my mind to maintain a consistent color scheme. It really adds interest.
  • It takes practice: Sometimes it takes me a while to get everything set up just right and it takes a few hundred shots. Don't be afraid to experiment, stand in different places and be patient! 
Do you guys have any tips for creating good flat lays?

Brush Off | Off the Shoulder Dress and Prada Bag

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DressTobi || AccessoriesRay Ban sunglasses, Prada bag (similar here), H&M bracelet (similar here), Essie Gel Couture polish in 'Rock the Runway' || Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)

Here's for a bit of change in scenery - we took these photos in front of the National Portrait Gallery! I have to walk by this place to get to work and while the inside features a beautiful art gallery, the exterior steps are just a fun place to hang out. In fact, on most nice days people sit on these steps and eat lunch. 
I wore this outfit this weekend for a day party. My good friend was celebrating her birthday and she called for a "west coast beachy" dress code (she's from Arizona). I wore this outfit to run a few errands and snap a few photos before heading to my friend's birthday in this exact outfit. I had never worn an off-the-shoulder anything before so I wasn't quite sure how to style this.  I thought about this post by Jackie from Something About That and tried to find a scarf that would work but it was so hot and humid I couldn't bear to do it. I would have liked to have worn this with a choker but alas, I didn't have any on hand. I also tried a few necklaces that didn't quite work so I just went for a simple and minimal approach.

Do you guys have any styling tips for this dress?

Photo Credit: Brian C. 

Google Chrome Extensions Worth Having

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My favorite browser is Google Chrome - in fact, it's all I've used since they first launched it in 2008. I love the extensive list of extensions (ha) that you can download and customize your browser with. Here are four I can't live without:
  1. Bloglovin - Ever since Google Reader was discontinued I came to rely on Bloglovin to give me a rundown of all the blogs I follow! When you download the extension, you will get a small button next to where you type in the url with the Bloglovin logo. When someone puts up a new post, it'll give you a red notification so you'll never miss a blog. Follow me on Bloglovin if you aren't already!
  2. Hola! - Once you download this extension, the world is at your fingertips! It offers free VPN access to websites that are blocked in your country! All you have to do is click on the extension and change your country to whatever country the website originates and voila! Instant access! This is perfect for when you're traveling with your laptop or when I need to get my Doctor Who fix on BBC. 
  3. Momentum - Momentum is an extension that replaces your new tab page with a dashboard that you can personalize with your own to-do lists. It's designed to help you become more productive and boy, does it! 
  4. Honey - Shopaholics rejoice! Honey will automatically apply coupons at any web store during checkout so you can be sure to get the best deals! I used to go hunting on but this extension will do the hunting for you! All you have to do is pay at the end once the coupon is automatically applied. 
For other Google Chrome users, what are some of your favorite extensions?

Workhorse | Striped Peplum and Studded Heels

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Top: Zara (similar by River Island) || Bottoms: J.Crew Minnie pants (similar Martie pants here) || Accessories: H&M earrings, Tory Burch York bag, Ray Ban sunglasses || Shoes: Sole Society Tiia pumps in 'Black Adobe' 

It's been a scorcher the last few weeks here in DC. On hot, muggy days I like to reach for my lightweight peplum shirt - it's cool, it's breezy, and it can be dressed up or down. For work this week, I paired this shirt with my twill pants from J.Crew. 

Stay cool out there this summer!