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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Bluemercury Celebrates 15 Years

If you are not already familiar with Bluemercury, you absolutely should be. Bluemercury is a fantastic luxury beauty products and spa retail chain that actually first launched in Georgetown – gotta love the local connection!  And tomorrow, they are celebrating their 15h Anniversary with complimentary makeovers, mini facials and treatments at all their shops, including a special celebration at the Georgetown location (3059 M Street, NW). The first 15 customers in each store will receive a gift from Bluemercury’s proprietary skincare line M-61: a full-sized cleanser of their choice (up to a $34 value). Also, Bluemercury will have some amazing beauty exclusives to celebrate the anniversary including deluxe sample bags available all month long and the launch of the Best Seller’s Collection.

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PLUS, Georgetown Cupcake (3301 M Street NW) will be selling special Bluemercury 15th Anniversary cupcakes and with purchase of the cupcake, customers will receive a coupon with which they can head over to Bluemercury’s Georgetown location to redeem for a deluxe sample bag from M-61 Skincare! The coupon is valid tomorrow, September 12th and Saturday, the 13th. Hope to see you there!

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Fall Favorites

So school is back in session, and even though it’s still pretty warm out, I’m definitely ready for fall. In particular, I’m loving all of the latest from Banana Republic, bucket bags, anything in French (still desperately missing Paris), everything from Madewell (their denim is extraordinary), lilac, burgundy, and long necklaces. If only it could just stay fall forever!

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Banana Republic Leather Jacket & Skirt / Madewell Bag / Madewell Sweatshirt
J.Crew Blouse / Madewell Jeans / J.Crew Flats / Madewell Shirt
J.Crew Skirt / BaubleBar Necklace

Paris Part 1

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I was in Paris! Honestly, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. There was something really exciting about traveling alone – it was certainly a challenge to be completely by myself (without access to phone or internet during the day), attempting to speak French, and trying to find my way around, but I felt really brave and centered and just lucky. And everything went so smoothly! I arrived in Paris on a Thursday morning, found my apartment in Le Marais, and immediately went to a cafe for a croissant and coffee (of course). Other than cafes, I spent a lot of time reading in gardens, drinking wine, wandering around the Seine, and really just absorbing as much as possible. See below for some of my Paris highlights, and stay tuned for more!

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One of my favorite gardens, Jardin du Luxemburg

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Dinner at Ma Bourgogne and flowers at the Tuileries Gardens

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