#OTBloggerCrawl Alexandria Event

Happy TGIF! About a week ago, I was asked to be part of the #OTBloggerCrawl — the first one in the Alexandria area where ten other bloggers and myself had the pleasure to visit 11 local boutiques (Coco Blanca (home interior dream), Hysteria, Current Boutique, Bloomers (cutest undergarment store ever!), Mint Condition, Bishop Boutique (best donut bar to date as well as plenty of handbags and shoes to choose from), Red Barn Mercantile (cutest home knick knacks and unique cards), She’s Unique (obsessed with their dainty jewelries here), 529 Kids Consign, and the Shoe Hive) and shop till our hearts’ content. This event was a way of introducing bloggers and remind ourselves to shop and support local boutiques. You never know what hidden gems are located right in your neighborhood.

As part of the #OTBloggerCrawl, I was asked to be ambassador for a local beauty boutique called BellaCara. The boutique has been around for over 13 years right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria carry wide range of products ranging from high end cosmetic, skin care and hair care products to smaller brand names– some of which I haven’t heard of. The products are carefully curated by store owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store before bringing only the best to be carried in the store. You can find products such as Kiehl’s, Fresh, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Mario Badescu, Kevyn Aucoin, Butter London just to name a few. Every so often, BellaCara will hosts brand events bringing in pro makeup artists to do demonstrations and tips and tricks on how to apply the products. If you’re nearby, be sure to stop in and browse around! You won’t be disappointed at all with the selections.

The event lasted through the wee hours of the night and I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that we felt absolutely spoiled by each of the boutique gifting us with parting souvenirs. The event ended with a beautiful and romantic cocktail event styled by Katie at PetiteSocial at our last stop, The Shoe Hive. Everything was more than I could have imagined and I was so glad to be part of this event. I’ve met and hung out with some of the amazing ladies/bloggers in the DMV area and could not have asked for a better night. See more photos after the jump.

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Fall Workwear Wednesday | Navy Blazer + Burgundy Pleather Pencil Skirt

Hello everyone! I have another workwear Wednesday post for you now that the weather is getting a little chillier during the early morning and night air. This outfit below should help with the in-between temp changes as the day warms up and sets into the cooler nights with the help of a lightweight turtleneck, blazer and pleather skirt. I love pairing navy with burgundy together with the deep rich colors–perfect for fall.

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Product Review | Veet Infini’Silk Home Hair Removal System

Hey everyone! So I was excited to try out Veet Infini’Silk which is a hair removal laser system that was sent to me to try at home. I’ve typically used an epilator to remove unwanted hair from my underarms and bikini area, so for the purpose of testing out this product, I refrained from doing that for about two months. The reason being is that the light only works on searching for dark spots to zap. If I epilate, this typically removes the hair from its root leaving no dark spots for the light to find and zap. See more of my thoughts after the jump.

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Brotherly Love | Workwear Wednesday in Prints + Color Pop

Happy Wednesday! For today’s Workwear Wednesday post, I wanted to play with pops of color against this printed skirt also seen here. For those of you who are a little shy in wearing bright colors to work, this will help inject a little bit of color into your workday wear without feeling overwhelmed.

Also I’ve been on a hunt forever for a trench coat that does not look overpowering on my frame. I must have bought a few in the past that I had to send back because they just didn’t seem to fit right. Imagine my surprise or lack thereof that I happened to find this trench coat in the kids section of Zara. Needless to say, finding the right fit will save you money in the alterations department and I’ve been wearing this trench coat nonstop for fall. I can’t seem to find the coat online to link it but knowing Zara, you may find it in your local stores.

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