Every winter I make a promise to myself that I won’t shoot outfits outside in the freezing cold, and every winter, I find myself outside shooting the outfit I want to be wearing instead of what I’m actually wearing—Uggs, my parka that’s essentially a sleeping bag, and 17 other layers. One day I’ll learn, but for today, I’m posting these slightly over-blown photos because this sunny corner in Georgetown felt nearly 10 degrees warmer than its shady counterpart. And, let’s face it, Jenn and I really needed the reprieve. While we were shooting, we tried to use our imagination and pretend it was warm spring day—it almost worked, and I know those days will be here again before we know it, but I wish they’d hurry up.
Since I picked these Loft Jacquard Marissa Skinny Pants after seeing my friend Kristyn rock them right before Thanksgiving, they’ve quickly become a go-to pant in my work wardrobe. This time of year, I definitely gravitate towards black work pants—as has been well-documented here, hah!—but I love that these are a twist on the classic black pant as they’ve got a beautiful light purple, blue, green, and gray floral pattern. Loft has two types of cuts for work pants—the Julie and the Marissa. I like the Marissa cut so much better than the Julie cut—and I’ve found most of my friends do, too. Once you know what kind of pant cut you prefer, it’s really easy to buy pants at Loft—there isn’t much of a size variance between different Marissa pants (i.e. my Marissa Skinny Ankle Pant and these fit pretty much the same, though these jacquard ones aren’t quite as slim cut).
Recently, I’ve had two people comment and tell me that they knew I’d show up wearing a chic all-black outfit. It’s no secret I love black, and tend to gravitate towards all-black outfits in the winter, but those comments got me thinking and browsing through past outfit posts. While some of my favorite outfits here on the blog are definitely of the all-black variety, many are of more colorful outfits—and I don’t really buy that many colorful clothes anymore! I think I use black at a crutch because it’s easy to pull outfits together, but I’d love to bring more color back into my wardrobe this year.
Happy Monday, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great—I kicked things off with an awesome dinner at Dyllan’s Raw Bar & Grill on Friday night, which I’ll talk about more in a minute, and then spent Saturday afternoon with Jenn shooting some new outfits for the blog in the freezing cold. Even though we couldn’t feel our fingers by the end of it, we had a lot of fun walking around Georgetown and enjoying all the beautiful houses. Once I defrosted, I spent Saturday night making tacos and guac with some friends, and then spent the majority of Sunday after Soul Cycle just hanging out on the couch working on the blog and reading. My weeks have been really go-go-go lately, and so by the time Sunday rolls around, I’m in need of a lazy day solo—the best kind of self-care!
I am lucky that A Touch of Teal has opened many doors for me and provided me with many opportunities I would have never had otherwise. On Friday night, I was invited for dinner at Dyllan’s Raw Bar & Grill with a handful of other Washington, DC lifestyle influencers. I had a great time not only because the food was absolutely delicious, but because I also got to meet and get to know several new people. Though I am not one to shy away from networking events, it had been a while since I put myself out there in the DC blogging world—and pushing my comfort zone is definitely something I want to keep doing in 2019!
Located in Canal Square right off 31st Street in Georgetown, Dyllan’s Raw Bar has some of the cutest decor ever. (Jenn and I seriously considered stealing some of the lamps, hah!) When you walk in, there are two long bars, which lead you into the dining room, where we enjoyed our meal. The vibe is nautical, but not in an overly theme-y way—it’s a great mix of blues, whites, woods, and golds. There also was a roaring fire going, which was much appreciated since it was freezing outside on Friday night! They also have a great patio I look forward to enjoying when it’s warmer out!
Happy, happy Friday! I am very excited for the weekend to roll around this week as things have been super busy on my end. DC had a wonderful break from the brutal cold this week—it was in the 60s on Tuesday, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to walk out of work and be greeted by daylight and the warmth. I’m also at that time in winter where I am getting pretty tired of all my winter clothes, but don’t really want to buy anything new. I’m not one to wish my life away, but let’s just say, I won’t complain when we flip the calendars to April.
This weekend should be a fun one—tonight I am meeting up with some DC bloggers for a fun dinner at Dyllan’s Raw Bar in Georgetown! I’ve never been before, but I love any excuse to eat scallops, shrimp, mussels, and crab cakes. I’m not a huge oyster fan, but am really trying to develop my palate for them, so I’ll definitely be trying one or two! Then, tomorrow, Jenn and I are meeting up to shoot a few outfits—I’ll definitely snap a few workwear looks since I know those are popular.
A week from today my sister and I head to Austin, Texas for Presidents’ Day weekend! This is my first time having the holiday off from work, so I wanted to take full advantage. We tossed around a few ideas of where we wanted to go, but ultimately settled on Austin since we’ve both been dying to go and it won’t be freezing like the northern half of the country. Several of you reached out to me with awesome ATX recs, so thank you! If you have any thoughts on must sees / eats / dos / drinks in town, don’t hesitate to send them my way!
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you’re up to! x
PS. I REALLY, REALLY HOPE UVA BEATS DUKE TOMORROW! WAHOOWA!