Way to spend Week

Spending My Weekend

3 Ways I’ll Be Spending My Weekend
— JUNE 29, 2012

  1. Enjoying many delicious meals and laughs with my friend Meg, who’s visiting from Vermont. Last night we met two girlfriends at Open City on the Red Line, a great little coffee shop and restaurant. I mean, how cute are those animal crackers that come with your cappuccino? I had the turkey burger and fries below and what seemed like gallons of water (thanks, DC, for the long hot days!). Tonight we’ll be joining another friend in Capitol Hill – it should be tasty! (I’ll be sure to snap a lot of photos).
  2. Catching up on episodes of Lifetime’s The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. Ladies, if you haven’t seen this show you need to make a new tab immediately and head to the show’s website. Every episode features four influential women and deals with a different theme central to the experience of being a woman; nothing is off limits, from loss and heartbreak to sex positions. My favorite guest thus far was definitely Gwyneth Paltrow – hearing about how she’s allowed the loss of her father to shape her as a person was so moving! Amanda is also a fantastic host, and her photographic prowess is certainly inspiring to me as a budding shutterbug. You’ll feel like you’re just chatting with your girlfriends in your living room.

Amanda de Cadenet, as photographed by Norman Jean Roy

  1. I hadn’t realized how photo heavy this weekend would be! I’m also planning to re-”see” Jamie Beck’s archives over on From Me to You, her breathtakingly beautiful photography blog. I could get lost in her website for hours. Isn’t this still of model Rosie Tupper for Katie Ermilio‘s lookbook so lovely?

Photo by Jamie Beck

What are you up to this weekend, fabulous readers?

Posted in My Life
Tagged open city, amanda de cadenet, food photography, jamie beck
Jun
29

Best of Washington Happy Hour in Bethesda Row
— JUNE 28, 2012

Last night I had the opportunity to go to the last Best of Washington Happy Hour in Bethesda, Md. This sampling of fantastic Capital area fare was in anticipation of Washingtonian Magazine‘s Best of Washington Party on July 11th, an event that I am very excitedly attending with my bosses! I was especially thrilled for last night’s gathering because Bethesda Row has become my absolute favorite spot (thus far) in the D.C. area. You might think of it as a glamourous alleyway, complete with strung up globe lights, a cobblestone pathway, and a handful of très chic restaurants and boutiques. It makes me smile just thinking about it!

One of my favorite aspects of D.C. life is seeing how fashionable everyone is, and last night didn’t disappoint my sartorial sensibilities. Here are some photos I snapped while dining on delicious mussels, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Lebanese delights:

If you’re in the D.C. area, I hope you can come to the Best of Washington Party – if it’s anything as fabulous as this Happy Hour, it’s sure to be a blast! Get your tickets here.

UPDATE: The State Street Edit readers get 10% off their tickets with the code BLOGGER10!

P.S. – I took all of these on my brand spankin’ new Canon 7D! If anyone is interested in taking a semi-broken (needs a new shutter but is otherwise fab!) Canon T1I off my hands, let me know!

Posted in Parties & Soirees
Tagged best of washington, bethesda, blue dress, canon 7d, cupcake, fashion, happy hour, neon purse, open back, washingtonian magazine
Jun
28

Celebeauty: Emma Stone
— JUNE 27, 2012

My admiration for Emma Stone goes back to Cornell’s dimly lit student movie theater, where, after screening an early version of Easy A, I got a chance to talk to her on the phone. Not really, of course – Will Gluck, the film’s director and a fellow Cornellian, had called her on speakerphone and let us ask her questions about what it was like to be an on-the-rise ingenue. Still, the girl was funny and down to earth, and since her meteroric rise in the world of fashion began last summer, I’ve become an even bigger fan.

I’ve noticed Emma has a go-to makeup look: a bold, bright lip and a low key eye. That’s why this month’s Vogue feature is so fabulous: they’ve dressed her down. Don’t get me wrong – I love a bright pink lip as much as the next girl. But there’s something so soft and lovely about her makeup in this spread – she looks graceful and timeless, like a movie star of yesteryear.

Emulating this look should start with natural, radiance enhancing products. I’ve been a fan of Josie Maran‘s line for a few months now – this blush and illuminizing powder will change your life (they’re so well made and all natural)! Dap the blush onto your cheekbones and brush the powder onto places you’d like to glow (I usually pick above the cheekbones, the temples, and the bridge of my nose.) Swipe on Dior’s new mascara New Look, create a quick and subtle cateye with Make Up Forever’s Aqua Liner, and add a final touch up of super light and peachy Revlon Just Bitten Kissable stain to complete the look. Optional for blondes: enhance those buttery summer locks with lightening spray.

You’ll be looking like a Stone cold fox in no time.

*Image of Emma via Vogue Magazine, as shot by Mario Testino.

Posted in Celebeauty
Tagged josie maran, revlon, make up forever, john frieda, dior, emma stone, beauty, natural beauty, natural, easy a, vogue, mario testino
Jun
27

How I’d Style It: Airport Sophisticate
— JUNE 26, 2012
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Because I decided to spend my summer days in a completely new city (hello, Washington!), I’m not traveling anywhere else exotic for a while. This may make you question my sanity, but I love airport travel – the lines filled with other travelers, the Hudson newsstands, the abundance of Starbucks – I choose to look at it all as a reminder of the great adventure I’m about to embark on (or just came home from)!

The clothes I wear can make or break that optimistic vision of airport hopping, so I take the effort seriously. If I were racking up miles this summer, I’d stick with comfortable classics that have extra “fancy” details, like DKNY’s leather lined leggings or Tory Burch’s color-popped sandals. I never shy away from brights in my travel uniform – the all-black ensemble makes it too easy for the experience to feel dreary (or worse, ordinary). I also keep accessories to a minimum, but make the ones I have count – this white J.Crew necklace is big and bold, just the way I like it!

What have you worn in your in transit adventures? Am I the only one who secretly loves being at the airport?

credits: Rebecca Minkoff yellow blouse; J.Crew necklace (no longer available in white); T by Alexander Wang cardigan; Tory Burch sandals; DKNY leggings; Banana Republic leather tote; Marc Jacobs travel wallet

Posted in How I’d Style It, Personal Style
Tagged airport style, Alexander Wang, Banana Republic, DKNY, fashion, leather tote, Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, style, Tory Burch, travel, travel style, travel wallet, vacation
Jun
26

Wedding Weekend in Review
— JUNE 25, 2012


When a few members of my sorority posted about the start-up Lemon & Lime Event Design on Facebook last fall, I was pretty darn determined to get in on the party planning action – so determined that I asked them for a summer internship, and got it! L&L’s founders Ashley and Katey are two of the funniest and most welcoming people I’ve ever known, zapping the intimidation I felt from moving six hours away from home to work with their talented selves almost instantly. They put on ah-mazing events and make me laugh the whole time, even when we only have three hours to set up an entire carnival themed reception (see Saturday’s wedding below).

If all of the other weddings we’ve done this summer were trials, this weekend would equate to the wedding Olympic Games. We had three events in a 24-hour period. If you think that’s nothing, you haven’t ever hung red and turquoise orbs from a nine-foot ladder on swollen ankles.

SARAH & AARON’S WEDDING

1/Me in my Ann Taylor Loft maxi & Anthro cuff; 2/Lovely place cards hung on a wire & frame; 3/Bride & Groom’s first look; 4/The wishing tree, a place to leave well wishes to the B&G, is tradition in Sarah’s family; 5/The gorgeous bridal party; 6/The signature drink, Saarondipity; 7/The father of the bride gave a rousing toast; 8/Me, all fuzzy but still rockin’ it nine hours in; 9/The glowing table numbers; 10/I wanted to take this napkin home; 11/The cake, complete with flower topper; 12/Dinner is served under a draped white tent.

Sarah & Aaron’s wedding on Friday evening was probably the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. The two of them are so in love, and their D.C. & NYC-based friends and family are some of the most stylish people I’ve ever seen outside of a society magazine. I was dying to snap some pics of the mother of the bride and mother of the groom, both in knockout navy evening gowns, but wedding planning duties called! The rain luckily held out until after the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, and everything went off without a hitch! Plus, this couple’s friends can boogie!

SUBARU DEALERSHIP OPENING

1/Tiki hut!; 2/Me, all excited in my lei; 3/My fruity tooty virgin daiquiri (complete with umbrella!)

Next up was the car dealership reopening at 8:30am the next day. Beach balls upon beach balls and a tiki hut filled with fruity drinks made the 100-degree day a lot more bearable. I only got a few photos because as soon as the event started, Ashley and I ran down to the Inner Harbor to start setting up for Joan & Patrick’s nuptials.

JOAN & PATRICK’S WEDDING

1/I grabbed lunch in the Inner Harbor and had this view; 2/Pinwheels made by the mother of the bride backed chairs; 3/The centerpieces were so whimsical!; 4/My candy station styling masterpiece! So proud. 5/More of my candy styling prowess on display; 6/The bride’s cousin dressed up as a crab – only in Maryland!; 7/The harbor is so lovely at dusk; 8/The cake and mini cupcakes made me swoon; 9/My bosses and I hopped in the photo booth – should that hat become a wardrobe staple?

The ceremony took place out at sea, but the reception was set up under a huge white tent at the Baltimore Aquarium. Because we couldn’t get any of the couple’s decor from the Aquarium offices until 3:30pm (with the reception starting at 6:30pm!), things were a little hectic for us. We did it though, and the final result was a colorful carnival looking out on the glimmering harbor.

All things said and done (and having slept for 11 hours post-craziness), I can pretty happily say that this may actually be the career for me. Despite my aching feet, executing and designing weddings is something that speaks to me – telling the individual love story of the happy couple through decor and all of the other little details is pretty magical, and a pretty darn fantastic thing to call your job. Ashley and Katey are going to have a hard time getting rid of me in August (in fact, I just decided to take the train back to Maryland before school starts for one last wedding – I know, I must be addicted.)

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Posted in My Life, Parties & Soirees
Tagged Baltimore, carnival, National Aquarium, nuptials, party, wedding
Jun
25

Too Cool for Jewels
— JUNE 22, 2012
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necklace: old Francesca’s Collections; cuff: Anthropologie

necklace: old J.Crew Factory; earrings: gifted

I’m a fickle friend to my jewelry collection. (Can you even call four pieces a collection?) Much like a novice wave rider whose surfboard has been shelved in the garage summer after summer, I, too, have every intention of getting up and draping myself in stunning jeweled accessories, only to call it a lazy day and skip the bauble donning in favor of extra time at Starbucks. I’m not sure if the role of jewelry aficionado is one I’m ever meant to fill, but I thought I’d share the four pieces that do have a regular spot in my posse of glitz.

The canary-colored dazzler at the top is definitely my favorite – it takes my neutral tops from yeah . . . to y-ello! The Anthro cuff is a recent purchase (on sale!), and despite how strange it is to feel the weight of a bracelet on my wrist, I’m reminded it’s a keeper every time I get lost in its curves and twists. The pearlier numbers are for dressing up everyday basics – I like how the necklace puts a “pizzazzled” spin on a classic piece, while the earrings make me feel pretty without getting caught in my wavy, usually tangled hair.

My aversion to the actual wearing of jewelry doesn’t mean I don’t like to window shop. I can just imagine these pieces in my jewelry box – where, unfortunately, they would almost definitely stay.

sources: Kate Spade necklace; Givenchy earrings; Kate Spade ring; In God We Trust necklace; J.Crew bracelet

Posted in Personal Style
Tagged everyday basics, fashion, kate spade, style
Jun
22

TSSE Guides: American Woman
— JUNE 21, 2012

sources: Monki button down; Current/Elliott shorts; Madewell cross-body bag; Rachel Zoe sandals; Carven sunnies

As a kid growing up in New England, I thought American history was where it was at. Sure, a lot of it gets majorly sugar coated (or totally rewritten) for the textbooks, but I’ve always been a sucker for good ‘ole American tradition. That’s why I’ve got a serious holiday crush on the Fourth of July — sparklers, sliders, and sipping on sweet pink lemonade make for quite the summer soiree, no?

Dressing the part of the stars and stripes is also pretty darn fun. Why not wear these Current/Elliott star-emblazoned cutoffs paired with Monki’s bold red singlet? (Just don’t forget your bandeau!) Brown leather accessories and retro sunnies take the look from flag-friendly to full-on American Dream.

Whatever you do, don’t lose the “me” in Americana. If there’s ever been an occasion to show your stripes, this is it.

Posted in TSSE Guides
Jun
21

Let’s Do This!
— JUNE 20, 2018

After countless discussions over coffee, late nights poring over blog posts upon blog posts from my favorite sites, and a lot of encouragement from friends, I can say with so, so much happiness that I’m finally starting my own blogging journey! I’m kind of freaking out since I’ve wanted to do this for so long, but hey – sometimes you just have to jump in and go!

I’m hoping The State Street Edit will be a place for me to cultivate my own sense of style, as well as a place to connect with other people who are reveling in all things creative out in the world. I also hope it will help my mom understand why I spend so much time hoarding old issues of pretty much every fashion mag I can get my hands on. No matter what, I know this blog is going to bring me a lot of joy – here’s hoping it brings you some, too!

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