► RECIPE: BLUE CHEESE MAC

 
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Work has been ROUGH (all caps status, guys) this week and yet it's somehow only Wednesday?! Lol--I'm lulzing because that's how delusional I feel over this realization. I can honestly say I have never wanted the weekend more than I have these last few days. 

Do you ever just come home and hope that comfort food will appear inside your mouth?

Recently I've been turning to this updated classic at least once a week. The food is ready in under twenty minutes and you probably have everything in your kitchen--half and half, pasta (brown in my case), garlic, spinach, salt, pepper, blue cheese--simple, easy, delicious, filling. It's one bowl of genuine happiness that helps patch up any wounds you have from the work grind.

So I've been meaning to post this recipe for weeks, but every time I make the pasta, I end up eating all of it before I can get around to taking photos--coincidentally, the same thing happened last night so you only get one.....in which the pasta is beautifully plated in a large mixing bowl. 

You can find all the lovely details of this recipe on A Cup of Jo. YUM (also all caps status).

► LOVE AFFAIR: REBECCA MINKOFF

 
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Guys I have a new lover and her name is Marlowe. I recently picked up the Rebecca Minkoff Marlow Mini through Shopbop's friends and family sale and I have been waiting impatiently for it to arrive ever since. I'll keep this short since there are quite a few images--but I always like seeing real photos of an expensive product before buying so hopefully you appreciate these! Also we'll just pretend that my lack of makeup and super messy room aren't included in the last photo. I was just trying to show what the bag looks like on an actual person!

Anyway, the color is beautiful in person. The leather is nice and the small bag has a surprising amount of organization. There is a fairly large back pocket, a small front pocket, and two small pockets within the main compartment. The only thing that is less than stellar is the somewhat finicky magnet closure, but it isn't so much of a problem that I would return the bag. I would say its a great buy and you should snatch up one of the great colors for spring/summer below!


► LOVING: NEED SUPPLY CO.

 
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I am infatuated with all the accessories at Need Supply Co. right now. I really identify with their curation to create a simple, clean, elegant style. And I need everything. Like, hold me back because otherwise my credit card bill is going to be out of control. After my recent handbag purchase, additional spending is out the window for the month of April, but once I can buy things again, this watch is at the top of my list. I've never heard of this brand before, but I'm loving the rose gold and rich leather band. And how cute is that business card holder? I just love all of these little details--and the shoes, oh yes, the shoes. #helpme Happy Monday!


► DC WEEKEND PICKS

 
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Friday

My mom is in town for a week so I'm expecting to do a lot of sightseeing and eating (clearly two of my favorite things). Because we're going to save the majority of the sightseeing for tomorrow, today is the day for gluttony! I haven't decided if we're going to brave the infamous multi-hour wait that Barcelona is known for--we'll probably end up eating dinner at another 14th street establishment within walking distance to my apartment--but a girl can dream. Barcelona is one of my favorites.

Saturday

I got tickets through work for a tour of the East Wing of the White House, so my mom and I will wake up at the crack of dawn (aka 9am) to see if we can spot Michelle in her element. It's funny, one of the things on my DC wishlist was to go inside of the White House, but after this weekend I will have been twice already. I guess I had no idea how often I would be able to go. Exciting stuff! After the WH tour, we're planning on stopping at Founding Farmers (my 4th time since moving here, oops!) for brunch, and then heading over to the National Mall for all of your classic tourism and photo ops.

Sunday

My good friend Shannon hooked me up with some tickets to see a matinee performance of part one of Henry IV at the Shakespeare Theatre on Sunday afternoon. I actually don't know how into Shakespeare my mom is--what better time to find out than by going to a 2+ hour Shakespeare production! The rest of the day will likely be pretty chill. I'm hoping my mom will take me grocery shopping and cook for me. I spout frequent soliloquies on being self sufficient, but I can just as quickly revert to my college mindset. AKA I'll take any free food I can get.

Shop the post below! Also, I bought that Rebecca Minkoff bag during the Shopbop friends and family sale. I'll let you know how it is, once it gets here!


► LINKS A LA MODE

 

I'm so excited to be chosen for the IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) weekly roundup. Be sure to check out all the other posts below!

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What Makes You Beautiful?

They say "Beauty comes from within," but then, why are we constantly trying to perfect our outsides? Beauty issues have been making waves on the internet the past few weeks. What makes us beautiful? What is beautiful? Well, those are some pretty heavy questions and perhaps the answer cliche as it is, you know, coming from within... That "within" also encompasses self-care and self love. This week we have some wonderful beauty posts, along with posts that share the love.  

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