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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

Banana Republic Fall

I’ve been a loyal fan of Banana Republic for some time now (evidence here and here) but I think this fall collection takes it to a whole new level (of note: J.Crew alum Marissa Webb was named the new creative director and executive vice president of design last spring). You can shop a few pieces early here, and the whole collection goes live tomorrow! Also, a couple weeks ago I picked up this skirt, this skirt, and these pumps, and am seriously obsessed. THANKS Banana Republic!


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Forever 21 Tysons

Over the weekend, Forever 21 opened a newly remodeled and expanded store (over 26,627 square feet) at their Tyson’s Corner location (1961 Chain Bridge Rd). And it’s just in time for fall! I’m loving their fall collection (see below), which features trends like oversized, luxe boho, minimalist and textured, with lots of knits in camels and grays, plus prints. Also, don’t miss The Outerwear Edit, featuring Anja Rubik.


On the new store, Forever 21 General Merchandise Manager Linda Chang says, “Our remodeled and expanded location in Tyson’s Corner Center will continue to serve Forever 21 fans in the McLean, Virginia and greater Washington, DC area. The new store layout and overall concept will ensure the best shopping experience and environment for our customers.” Be sure to check it out!

Fall Layers

Believe me, I know it’s still pretty warm out there, but I can’t stop thinking about layers already! Fall is just so perfect… scarves, jackets, pumpkins, boots, coffee, leather… For more of my fall favorites, see my Pinterest board here, along with this old (but still applicable) post here!


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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!



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


One of my favorite gardens, Jardin du Luxemburg



Dinner at Ma Bourgogne and flowers at the Tuileries Gardens

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