About Me

family sept 2017

photo cred: Ashley Bara Photography http://ashleybara.wixsite.com/photography

Hi! If you want to know a bit about me and how I came to have this blog, I decided to do a little Q&A about myself.

Q: Who are you? ūüėČ

A: I’m a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend – basically a woman who wears many hats! I am primarily a stay at home mom who spends her days doing all sorts of things which include taking care of my family and household but also doing the bookkeeping for my husband’s residential design/build contracting company,¬†LeVine Construction Group, LLC, and¬†working on this wee little blog. I also go to a local gym regularly, run errands, meet friends for coffee or lunch…..

Q: Where do you currently live?

A: I currently live in Potomac, MD, where I actually grew up. I went to college at the University of Miami where I studied business and happened to meet my husband, who is also a native to the DC area. After college we moved back to the DC area and eventually settled back in Potomac.

Q: Do you have a family?

A: I have a wonderful husband whom I’ve been married to since 2003. We also have 2 lively and loving daughters who are 9 and 6. Plus, our dogs, Buster and Lucy, who are both rescue dogs from Puerto Rico.

dogs sept 2017

Lucy (left), Buster (right)

Q: What are your passions?

A: Besides my friends and family, my passions include shopping, reading (you can find what I’m reading from my Goodreads page), cooking, exercising, traveling (when I can), watching TV, and catching up on lots of fashion blogs. ūüôā

Q: What is your style?

A: My style is basically simple and classic with modern updates. I feel most like myself in jeans and a nice tank top with simple classic jewelry. I enjoy trends but if a trend isn’t my style or a good fit for my body type, I have to skip it. I don’t tend to be very preppy or conservative or wear a lot of prints. I prefer a solid shirt that I can add a delicate necklace to for more visual interest. I have a secret obsession for soft but practical and fun pajamas! I don’t own a ton of purses because I tend to go towards classics and practicality. For the years I had little kids, I often used the Marc by Marc Jacobs Lil Tate¬†Black Quilted Purse. I finally retired it and found this leather tote from Rebecca Minkoff in December 2015 (See post about it here). I switch between that and my navy¬†Gigi New York Zip Taylor Tote¬† (The ‘Mini Taylor’ is the older version) while occasionally mixing in my small Gucci tote. Due to my little feet and high arches, my favorite shoes are stylish and comfy flip flops, sandals, flats or a casual shoe/sneaker. And honestly, I wear Ugg’s like everyone else when it’s freezing out!

Q: Whose style do you admire?

A: I’d say that Jennifer Aniston’s style is one I emulate the most. She has a classic style with modern twists and generally stays true to herself. She doesn’t wear a lot of prints or too many bold colors which I relate to. I also think Cate Blanchett is just beautiful and has such grace in how she hold’s herself and while she takes style risks, she always looks impeccable!

Q: What trends right now are you enjoying?
A: I am loving the ripped jean trend. I have quite a few pairs of ripped jeans¬†at this point and love them with a simple top. I also really like long necklaces, delicate necklaces, stone necklaces (like agates or druzy’s), print or colored shoes, cross body bags, and leather/vegan leather.

Q: What size clothes do you usually wear?

A: I’m petite at 5’1 and I tend to wear an XS in tops and 26 in jeans. I have a little bit of hips so my build is a little more curvier then athletic. I wear a size 5 shoe and have really high arches so unfortunately it makes shoe shopping for me a bit more of a challenge. (Boo!)

Q: What are some of your favorite brands?

A: Splendid is one of my all time favorite brands, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Yosi Samra or Tieks for flats, Stella & Dot jewelry, and currently obsessed with Jslides footwear. I honestly have 4 pairs! For exercise gear, I wear a lot of Athleta and lululemon.

Q: What are some of your favorite places to shop?

A: I have a few “go to” places I like to shop which are Nordstrom, Gap, Bloomingdales, Loft, Shopbop, Revolve Clothing and occasionally Zara and Anthropologie. Also, South Moon Under (which is a local boutique with a bunch of stores all over the east coast plus an ¬†awesome online store) is a big favorite, too.

Q: What do you know about beauty?

A: Honestly, I don’t know anymore then the next person but I enjoy make-up and since I turned 35 a few years ago, skincare has been a big concern for me. So, I am often trying new products to help combat wrinkles or testing out the best moisturizers for dry skin in the winter. I love lip glosses but in general, my make-up is on the simpler side as well. I am always open to learning new tricks to help improve my look. I do have thick wavy/curly hair so products that help combat frizz and allow me to straighten my hair are key to my routine (I try to straighten my hair every few days). I get a Brazilian blow-out at the beginning of the summer since living in the Northeast means otherwise having HUGE hair as soon as you walk out the door no matter what products you use (Let’s not discuss how I had 4 ¬†years of big hair while going to college in Miami. Ha!).

So, there you have it! ūüôā

beach baby

Such a beach fashionista I was back then. Ha!

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