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Dark & Stormy

It’s been a dark and stormy spring in New York… and seemingly everywhere else, seeing as every time I turn on the news there’s report of another record storm “capable of spawning tornadoes” as the weather.com describes them. I’m now terrified for my life, the safety rest of the country and for the farmers almanac predictions for my wedding (admittedly, not necessarily in that order)

But meteorological fears aside, can we take a moment on this busy Monday afternoon to think about a different kind of dark & stormy? The kind that comes in a highball glass or perhaps a copper mug?

I’m meditating on dark & stormys today because this week I am celebrating the arrival of my very own Society Social bar cart!

I’ve been pining away after one of these carts for the past two years and my dream is finally becoming a reality! I’ll instagram the crap out of it once it’s set up and fully stocked for dark & stormy making, don’t worry.

dance academy seniors 2013

Congratulations to the graduating senior dancers of the Dance Academy of Loudoun! I’m becoming something of a tradition around the DAL, as each year the moms ask me to paint the seniors as their farewell gift. Loved getting to sketch this group – they each had such a unique style.

suitcase secrets

Meet Rachel of Suitcase Secrets! Rachel blogs about staying chic, no matter where her travels take her. I was so happy to meet Rachel and to sketch her blog header because I love a woman who respects the adventure of travel by dressing nicely. And I respect a woman who even wants to look chic in her blog header. As I always say, when you look good, it happens to make the adventure all the more fun… both on the road and on the web.

Speaking of travel, there’s been lots and lots of talk lately of where a honeymoon might take me and my wanderlust-filled fiancĂ©. We’ve spun the globe but haven’t quite put our finger down yet to see where it stops. It seems so absurdly luxurious to just pick a place in the world to go, purely for the sake of exploring it together. How do you ever chose!? Wherever we pick, I hope I’ll be as streamlined in my travels as Rachel is in her outfit posts.

summer of superga

Things I love right now – voluminous hair in the form of extremely high buns, retro swimwear and supergas. I am hearby declaring this the summer of these three things. But mostly the summer of superga. Have you tried these shoes? They are blowing my mind. Wearing lace-up shoes is really increasing my walking speed/versatility. And luckily, the higher my bun, the less height I am forfeiting by not wearing heels. win-win!

it’s June!

Happy June! Time to dip your toes in the water and start enjoying summer!

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