Thursday, June 23, 2022

$16 Dress Perfection

 How has your week been? After getting back from vacation, this week has been relatively calm. I started working with summer school students on Monday. It's a partially online experience, so I only meet with students once a week. 

This summer, while I have the time and things are quiet, I've set a goal to organize and clean one room a day. I took everything out of the china cabinet, and then returned it to its original spot. It feels so good to give things a deep clean every so often. 

Like many of you probably do, I spend a lot of time on Amazon, picking up everything from household basics to last minute items that I need quickly. But lately, I've discovered that so many clothing items on Amazon are high quality, in addition to the amazing price. 

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This adorable gingham dress is on sale right now for $16.50 and is available in 9 different colors. It fits true to size, and I'm wearing a size small. With no zippers, buttons, or ties, it's easy to wear and get dressed quickly. 

I paired the pretty grey color with a Lele Sadoughi headband and pom pom slides

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Now that summer is officially here, I'm spending as much time as I can outdoors. All of the flowers around the neighborhood are in bloom. 

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This weekend, we're going to get together with some friends for a party by the water. I'm making my standard no bake graham cracker cake that I bring to most summer gatherings. Easy and delicious. 

How are you enjoying summer?

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Sale Dresses You Need Now

 Hello! Hope that you're having an amazing week. Last week, John and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, so stay tuned for some updates from our trip. 

Today, I have to share an incredible deal with you. Lately, I've been living in smocked dresses. The stretch around the bodice is forgiving, comfortable, and cool for summer. So when I saw this dress from Sea New York on super sale, I knew that I needed it. Honestly, I'm debating buying the other color, because the dress is that fabulous. 

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If you're familiar with Sea New York, then you already know the excellent quality of their clothing. The smocking details are exquisite and the dress fits true to size. It's not too short, and I felt comfortable in it all day. The dress zips in the back and offers lots of stretch. 

Depending on the day's activities, the dress can be casual or more elevated in style. Today, I paired it with some basic earrings and one of my favorite Lele Sadoughi headbands, the Veronica Bow Mixed Crystal Headband

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To top off the outfit with a bit of elegance, I picked the Perfect Emma Shoes in Gold Saffiano from Sarah Flint. Between the inset block heel and added paddinng in the footbed and anatomical support arch, I could walk for miles in my Flints. If you use my link, you'll get $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flint Shoes. Enter the code BABETHANYB at checkout or click the link above. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about fit or sizing. 

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What dresses are you wearing this summer? 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Brunch at the DC Wharf

DC offers a seemingly neverending array of brunch options. Now that the weather is warm and beautiful, I opted for a brunch spot at the DC Wharf. Parking can be a bit complicated, especially on a beautiful, busy weekend day, so it's a good idea to reserve in advance if you can. 

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We had already enjoyed an incredible brunch at La Vie, but the look and vibe of Mi Vida, located right next door, intrigued me, and I'm already a fan of many of the celebrity chef's other restaurants. The decor is bright and inviting. We sat inside along the window in a booth with a water view and beautiful pink wall of butterflies on the other side. 

While we perused the menu, our friendly server brought water and offered us drinks. 

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Everything on the menu tempted our tastebuds, so we decided to get the Sabores de Mexico tasting menu. What a wonderful decision. For the first course, we got the naranjas enchildaas, guacamole, and chips. The tiny orange pieces come alive with flavor with a spritz of lime juice and a sprinkle of tajin. This is one idea that I can re-create at home. The generous serving of guacamole equally impressed us, although our waiter warned us not to fill up on chips, because more food was on the way. 

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The food was brought out in perfect time intervals, not too quickly, but we never had empty plates or seemed to be waiting for the next course. Service was attentive and flawless. Initially, I have to confess that I was a little disappointed that we would each only have one chicken enchilada suiza, but the portion was perfect. The salsa verde was creamy and bursting with flavor, and the enchiladas were stuffed with delicious shredded chicken.  

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Just as I was finishing the enchilada, one of my favorite dishes arrived. Whenever I'm in Mexico, I eat shrimp cocktail as often as I can, because it's so hard to find authentic Mexican shrimp cocktail the way I like it. The shrimp were large and plentiful, but the twist that I loved, were the crisp strips of jicama entertwined among the shrimp. The spice level was perfect, and I appreciated that it was served with crackers. 

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After brunch, we explored the area around the wharf. I'm still wearing clothes that I bought on super sale during the pandemic; today, this little dress from Tuckernuck took her maiden voyage. I'm also wearing my Grear sandals from Sarah Flint on repeat. The reverse detail on the sandal is so playful and fun. Get $50 off your first pair of Sarah Flink shoes with my code BABETHANYB.

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I've saved the best for last. Dessert. The dessert course on the menu was listed as "French Toast" and "Churros." Words don't do justice to the beauty of the french toast. It's a sugar coated baked loaf, topped with cajeta, caramelized pecans, and bananas. The brown sauce is basically melted sugar, and you better believe that I dipped each morsel in that delicious sauce. 

After all, as a dear friend says, "Dessert is not for the stomach; it is for the soul."
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What's your favorite brunch spot? 

Friday, June 3, 2022

6 Reasons Why I Wear Dresses All Summer

Summer is my season. Sunshine, vacations, and lots and lots of dresses. Believe it or not, besides a handful of rompers, I do not own any shorts. None. Not a single pair. 

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Why do I wear dresses all summer?

  1. Easy morning routine. Getting ready in the in the morning is effortly stylish. No complicated decisions to make; slip on the dress and you're good to go. 
  2. Feel the breeze. Even on the hottest day of summer, a dress lets the breeze flow through and keeps you cool. I especially love midi and maxi dresses for this reason. 
  3. Nothing to tuck in. Forget about tucking in shirts, or worrying about belts. Even if you cinch a maxi dress, it's still easier and more comfortable than the alternative. 
  4. Easy to fit. In addition to being very figure flattering, many summer dresses are not sized numerically, especially knit and cotton fabric dresses. 
  5. "You look so nice." I receive compliments from strangers almost every day when I wear a dress, even if it is something that I consider to be so simple. You'll look polished and will be perfectly dressed for almost any occasion when you wear a dress. 
  6. Twirling. Who can resist the urge to twirl in a fabulous summer maxi dress?
Last weekend, we went to a graduation party for my cousin, who just graduated from high school. It was so incredibly hot that day, almost 100 degrees, along with the swampy Maryland humidity. But this Lilly Pulitzer dress kept me cool all afternoon. 

What's your go-to summer wardrobe?

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Why You Need a Midi Dress this Summer

As long as I can remember, I've always preferred a more conservative and modest approach to my wardrobe. I know that I'm not getting taller, but some hem lengths sure seem to be getting higher and higher. 

Luckily, I've found the perfect solution - the midi dress! 

What is a Midi Dress? 

Technically speaking, the midi dress falls about mid-calf, although since I'm petite, at around 5'2", I find that most midi dresses actually fall just below mid-calf, giving a slimming look to my leg. 

What's the Shape of a Good Midi Dress? 

Midi dresses come in all shapes and styles, perfect for any season. For my petite, pear shape,  I find that spaghetti straps or ruffles at the sleeve are very flattering. A fit and flare shape, cinched waist, or belt also helps to give shape and movement to the lower part of the dress. A full skirt provides fabulous spin value; making any outfit instantly elevated and classic. 

How to Style a Midi Dress

A midi dress works for any occasion, whether you're spending the day at home, out on the town, or even attending a formal event. For casual every day looks, pair a midi dress with a jean jacket or cropped sweater for air-conditioned buildings. Choose tulle, silk, or lace midi dress for a more formal event, pairing it with strappy sandals. 

Lilly Pulitzer's Midi Dress I Have on Repeat

Lilly Pulitzer knocked it out of the park this season with this gorgeous midi dress. Immediatly I noticed the high quality of the dress. With adjustable shoulder straps, a built-in bra and elastic back, the dress is comfortable and flattering. Additionally, the dress is fully lined, giving extra flair and pouf to this classic midi dress. Best of all, the dress has deep pockets. I love a dress with pockets. 

For a casual look, I paired it with a simple jean jacket, my headband of the day, and platform slide sandals. 

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How are you wearing your midi dresses this summer? 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Draper James Pajamas Under $25

 Why are nice pajamas so important? 

After a long, busy, tiring day, there is something so luxurious about putting on something pretty to go to sleep. It makes your night time rourtine just as pretty as your daytime outfit. 

And these days, pajamas, ahem, loungewear, may be your go-to choice. Curl up on the couch with a good book and a sweet drink, and you're cute and comfortable. 

I absolutely lived in my gingham set from Draper James for the longest time, so when I spotted these Draper James pajama sets an such an incredible price, I knew that I needed them ASAP. 

Pick up a 2 piece set with a top and matching pants for $24.99. A top and shorts is only $14.98. If you prefer a nightgown and robe, that's another excellent option, also priced at $24.99. 

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All of these set are available in three of Draper James' most iconic prints, navy floral, coral floral, and pink stripe. 

What kind of pajamas do you prefer? 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Summer Ready

Splish splash! Pools opened their doors to eager visitors this weekend, and sun seekers set up shop at the beach. Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite must-haves for summer season, no matter what your day includes. 

Unfortunately, this weekend COVID spoiled my plans. Natalia and I packed our bags to take the train to New York for the weekend. Show tickets, wonderful restaurant reservations, and a beautiful hotel. All cancelled. 

Believe it or not, during the entire pandemic, none of us has tested positive for COVID...until now. Thankfully, Natalia's symptoms are manageable, and I am negative as of right now. 

But moving on to sunnier thoughts, summer officially arrived this weekend. So many times I've admired beautiful furniture at beach front resorts, but never found anything quite like it in stores. When I stumbled upon this exquisite beach umbrella, my heart skipped a beat. 

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Paired with a luxe quick-dry, oversized beach towel, and upcycled beach bag, you're ready for the perfect day at the beach. 

If you're a fan of blue and white stripes, this umbrella is another winner, with an even better price tag. 

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Check out some of my other summer favorites to get you beach ready!

Hopefully, I'll stay well and my sweet Natalia will improve quickly so that we can enjoy the sunshine. 
What did you do this weekend? Have you been to the pool or beach yet this year?


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