Girls Staycation Weekend

Girls Staycation Weekend and Cher

The weekend before last, my DC girlfriends and I had planned a staycation at the Gaylord in National Harbor and all of this was based around the Cher concert on that Sunday night.  Each year, we try and get away…Key Biscayne, FL and Rehoboth, DE are a couple destinations we have visited together…but with kids and school and sports schedules getting busier with each year, staying local seemed like the best idea.  We knew though, that if we stayed at our individual homes, it just wouldn’t have been the same as it’s so much harder to leave the kids and hubbies.

Cher was performing at the MGM but the hotel rates were astronomical and they weren’t willing to budge (they were holding the Cher card in their pockets :-)).  So, we stayed at the Gaylord which worked as it was convenient to restaurants at the National Harbor and a 4 minute Uber ride to the MGM.

In each group of girlfriends, there is an organizer.  Ours is Melanie.  What would we do without her?!?!  3 of us were texting a couple days before about the schedule for once we arrived and all of us had the same answer “I am not sure, I’ll just do and go where Mel says to”  Melanie purchased the concert tickets, made the dinner reservation and set up GlamSquad (hair and makeup).  And for proper call outs, Carin set up the massages!!

I arrived first (clearly so excited) and Kelley, Tonya and Carly arrived shortly after me.  We were teenage girls so ridiculously giddy…it melts my heart each time I think of our excitement seeing one another.  We headed up to the rooms, got in comfy clothes and once the other gals arrived, headed to the Spa at the Gaylord.  Massages were AMAZING.

Immediately following those, GlamSquad met us in our rooms and we each got our individual services down.  I had only chosen hair, but boy did I regret not getting my makeup done…the makeup artist was PHE.NOM.INAL.  Next time 😉

Girls Staycation Weekend

I wore a sequin mini dress from ASOS because we were heading to CHER and I obviously wanted Cher to see me in the theatre 🙂

Girls Staycation Weekend

// ASOS Sequin Mini Dress // Stuart Weitzman Heels // YSL Clutch //

Next, we headed to Grace’s Mandarin for dinner.  At this point we were running a bit late (the concert was next) so we didn’t get to enjoy dinner as much as we have liked because everything everyone ordered was AMAZING!!  If you are ever in National Harbor and wanting Asian…you won’t be disappointed.

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You guys, CHER.  The concert was all it’s cracked up to be.  She’s 70 years old!!  I am going to repeat that.  She is 70 years old!!  She performed incredibly as did her dancers…it was quite the performance.  Born in 1978, I worried that I would only know 2 or 3 songs…boy was I pleasantly surprised…I knew way more than I thought!!  We were on our feet most of the concert.

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A great time was had afterward…dancing and catching up till the wee hours of the night.  We don’t get this time together very often, so we literally take advantage of every single second.

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We ran into “Cher” after the concert and she requested a picture with US?!?!

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The next day, we were able to take advantage of the Spa Services like the sauna, whirl pool and lounge from yesterday’s services.  Kelley, my bestie that so many of my readers know so well too, brought a moisturizing mask (clearly she knew our skin would need it after the night out :-))

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Followed by lunch, a bit of shopping

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and dinner at FISH at MGM

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// Sea Duchess Sleeve Top // Levi Jeans // Stuart Weitzman Heels // YSL Clutch //

As much as I LOVED my time with my girlfriends, I was up and out of the hotel by 7 AM the next morning to get home to see my babies!!!

Ladies, if you have the opportunity to take time for you and your girlfriends, please don’t hesitate!!  My mom and I talk about this often.  She didn’t do it when we were kids and is trying to make the time now to do it.  I don’t think she regrets making her life solely about her family, but she agrees some “her” time would have been GREAT!!

Sea Duchess Sleeve Camel Top

Casual Outfit with Boyfriend Jeans

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I purchased this top during the Shopbop Sale a couple of weeks ago.  It was on my list that I sent you here.  Unfortunately, it is sold out 🙁  However, you can easily recreate this look with bell sleeve tops.  I linked one that I think creates the same casual chic look.

Also, guys…I cannot tell you how much I ADORE these jeans!!  And, they are classic Levi’s.  I will seriously be wearing them all. the. time.  They fit perfectly (I am wearing a 24) and they are current with the hole-y knees. (no plastic in front of them ;-))   They currently have sizes 24, 25 and 32, but keep checking as they keep re-stocking.  If they have your size, don’t hesitate, you will not be disappointed…especially at $88!!

// Sea Duchess Sleeve Top (Sold Out) // Similar Top // Levi’s Jeans ($88) // Shoes // Similar Shoes // YSL Handbag // Similar Clutch ($25) // Stella & Dot Covet Initial Necklace // Stella & Dot Signature Engravable Necklace //

Photography by Tom Turk

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Shopbop Sale March 2017

Shopbop SALE Picks

Shopbop Sale March 2017

By now, most of you know, Shopbop is one of my favorite online stops to make.  It’s pretty a one stop shop for all the best looks.  And when they have a sale…I get really excited!!  I have picked out my favorite tops, pants and dresses.

Things sell out quickly and the sale ends tonight at midnight.  It’s  a “BUY MORE, SAVE MORE” sale.  15% off orders of $200+, 20% off $500+ and 25% off 800+ with code GOBIG17


Shopbop Sale March 2017

BB Dakota Nanette Drape Front Jacket

This is pretty much the perfect top layer on any outfit!!

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Amanda Uprichard Sleeveless Mock Neck Top

How gorgeous and chic is this top?  It also comes in black.  This is definitely a top that can be worn to work or dinner with your girlfriends.

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Madewell Off the Shoulder Gingham Top

I am obsessed with this Gingham top.  It’s so classic yet on trend with this cut.

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Sea Duchess Sleeve Shirt

I am not even sure why I am so obsessed with this top.  It may be the color, those sleeves, the simplicity…but it’s a must have on my list.


Shopbop Sale March 2017

Levi’s 721 High Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans

I bought these jeans a couple weeks ago and have worn them literally nonstop.  They fit perfectly and those holes in the knee are just perfectly placed.

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Citizens of Humanity The Principle Girlfriend Jeans with a Raw Hem

If you haven’t purchased jeans with the raw hem, now is the time to do it.  They are the “it” jean this Spring and Summer for sure!!

Shopbop Sale March 2017

re:named Day Dream Pants

These scream comfortable and I love how you can dress them up or down!!

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Free People Everyone Loves This Jogger Pants

If you wear these joggers, you are just cool.  Look at these guys!!


Shopbop Sale March 2017

MLM Essential Dress

Again, gingham is such a classic print, but add the ruffles and it’s on trend now.  Also, wear this dress with flat sandals, wedges or tennis shoes

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Stylekeepers Return to Splendor Dress

I love the subtle Southwest vibe of this dress.  The white is so crisp and clean and colors are perfectly placed.

Shopbop Sale March 2017

Maison LaBiche BouBou Dress

A chambray dress like this will never go out of style.  The ruffle sleeves offer the perfect amount of feminine detail.

Shopbop Sale March 2017

MLM Pillar Shoulder Dress

I love this dress.  It is actually pretty simple except those fun sleeves!!  I also love that their long sleeve.