The Look for Less: Madison Boat Cruise Edition

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Heading out on the boat this weekend? Shop these looks from Amazon Prime that can be #YoursByFriday!
My three golden rules for serving looks at sea:
– Bring a hair tie or headband, ALWAYS. It may be hard to believe in the cloud of humidity known as the District of Columbia, but boats are windy AF and a #hairnightmare. Keep scrolling for some cute ways to keep that mane out of your face.
– Also pack a jacket or wrap. Same principle here! It’s cooler on the water and by nightfall you want to be comfortably sippin’  a spritz — NOT shivering!
– Last but not least: remember coolers can be cute! Leave those clunky, plastic monstrosities on the shore — I’ve rounded up some adorable bags that keep those drinks cold, too.

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starfish hairclip // pom-pom bag // silk scrunchie // tortoise sunnies // basket bag // shell earrings // leopard headband

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Thanks so much for joining me! Doesn’t it feel as though we just went on a boat cruise together ALREADY?! If you’d like to keep up with more fun and fresh looks from Amazon Prime and others, be sure to follow me on Instagram; @abby_colby!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Madison of DC, get started here.
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The Wedding Guest Outfit Guide: Tradish Edish

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BABY BLUE FRINGE EARRINGS // C/MEO COLLECTIVE RUFFLE DRESS
DREW BY DREW BARRYMORE DRESS // NAVY FRINGE EARRINGS (STEAL ALERT!)

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TRINA TURK DOBBIE DRESS IN PURPLE // TURQUOISE FLOWER EARRINGS // STRAW CLUTCH (STEAL ALERT!)

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GREEN AND WHITE PATTERN DRESS // EARRINGS

C/MEO MIDI RED FLORAL DRESS // BLUE CLUTCH

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LIKELY PATTERN MIDI DRESS // BOYFRIEND BLAZER // TEAL BEADED EARRINGS
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C/MEO FLORAL MIDI DRESS // BOYFRIEND BLAZER

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TRINA TURK DRESS // NAVY WRAP // TEAL FLOWER EARRINGS // TORTOISE CLUTCH

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PINK FLORAL DRESS // NAVY WRAP // CHANDELIER EARRINGS // FLORAL BEE RING

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NAVY JUMPSUIT // PATTERN SILK WRAP // HOOPS
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LIGHT BLUE MIDI DRESS // NAVY BLAZER
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BLUE LACE DRESS // NAVY BLAZER // TURQUOISE HOOPS

The Real Real Wedding Guest Guide

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Sky Blue Alice + Olivia Dress, Size 6, $40 with code REAL // Kenneth Jane Lane Embellished Hoops

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Embellished Blue and Gold Alice + Oliva Dress, Size 6, $128 with code REAL // 14K Royal Blue Studs

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Alice + Olivia Striped Ruffle Midi Dress, Size 8, $136 with code REAL // Kenneth Jay Lane Red Clips-ons

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Alice + Olivia Floral Midi Dress, Size 0, $60 with code REAL //  Arme de L’Amour Hoops

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Alice + Olivia Halter Maxi, Size 10, $245 // Alex Bittar Druzy Drop Earrings

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Alice + Olivia Vintage Printed Maxi, Size 4, $145 // Givenchy Drop Earrings

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Alice + Olivia Strapless Dress in Navy, Size 0, $40 with code REAL // Oscar de la Renta Pearl x Crystal Earrings

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Alice + Olivia Floral Midi Dress, Size 2, $140 with code REAL  //  Alexis Bittar Crystal Drop Earrings 

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Alice + Olivia Floral Maxi Dress, Size 6, $325 // Tom Binns Door Knocker Earrings

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Alice + Olivia Cold Shoulder Midi Dress, Size 4, Size 6, $68 with code REAL // Onyx Drop Mini Hoops

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Alice + Olivia Hot Pink Low-Back Mini Dress, Size 2, $40 with code REAL // Tory Burch Banana Tree Earrings!

 

 

 

Fake it ‘Til You Make It: #BandierBabe Edition

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I’ll be the first to say that I LOVE Bandier. The loud colors, the bold prints, and the intense pang of anxiety I feel every time I see a Georgetown student bounce out of SoulCycle wearing a matching set worth more than my car has been a welcome addition to my Instagram and IRL feed.

The aesthetic this high-end athleisure collective has curated provides a maximalist response to the Goop-promoted “neutrals or GTFO” approach to workout wear. It’s a fitness wardrobe that I’ve really come to appreciate…on Instagram. That’s because in order to be a daily #BandierBabe one must be willing to invest at least one-third of their monthly earnings into buying brightly colored hoodies you will likely wear in 10-minute increments (from car to yoga, from yoga to car.) 

I definitely understand the idea that workout clothing is worth investing in. As someone with weird bodily proportions, my first Lululemon leggings were a straight-up game changer. That said, companies like Bandier are marketing an aspiration as much as they are quality, well-made clothes, and it’s not exactly impossible to replicate. In fact, my inspiration for this post came from a run-in with a retro-inspired hoody at Wal Mart that — apart from the giant “~Peace and Love!~” overlay on the back — definitely could have passed the #BandierBabe test with flying colors.

Turns out, there’s actually not a lot that physically separates the high-end designer products on Bandier and the God-only-knows-where-this-was-made finds on Shein, etc. Most leggings are made of a combination of spandex and polyester (the proportions vary) and the other gear is made up of a combination of cotton and spandex. I did notice that the cheaper brands did sub in nylon in place of spandex or polyester for certain pieces, but it doesn’t look like there’s a big difference there, either. Obviously, higher end stuff comes with its list of benefits: more consistent sizing, durable stitching, and better for washing/drying. Whether it’s worth paying 4-6x as much is up to you. As I said, I will gladly fork over a lesser-used organ for high-quality leggings. But a cropped hoody? Catch me in the bottom of the internet’s metaphorical bargain bin for that one.  

Take one scroll through the Bandier or Outdoor Voices Instagram and you’ll start to catch the vibe: bright colors, fluid, non-committal poses, lots of $$$$. And again, if you’re someone who likes to invest in your workout gear, then that’s great! But, if you’re a fairweather gym member who loves to get the #LookForLess, then follow me. I can’t drag you to your hot yoga class, but I can make sure you look as a good as a 20-year-old GW student who gets 500 likes on every Instagram post when you show up. Godspeed! 

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SHOP: ADAM SELMAN SPORT VIA BANDIER // SHEIN ZIP-UP

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SHOP: BANDIER STRIPE HOODY // SHEIN STRIPE ZIP-UP

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SHOP: BANDIER RAINBOW HOODY // SHEIN RAINBOW HOODY

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SHOP: BANDIER LEGGINGS // AMAZON LEGGINGS

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SHOP: BANDIER JOGGERS // SHEIN JOGGERS

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SHOP: OV COLORBLOCK LEGGINGS // SHEIN COLORBLOCK LEGGINGS 

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SHOP: BANDIER COLORBLOCK LEGGINGS // TARGET COLORBLOCK LEGGINGS

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SHOP: BANDIER FLORAL SPORTS BRA // TARGET FLORAL SPORTS BRA 

VTNF’s Best Vests

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You’ve probably noticed by now that I’ve recently procured a fur vest. Since receiving, I’ve laughed in my vest, cried in my vest, wiped my nose on my vest (post aforementioned crying), shoveled snow in my vest, slugged oysters in my vest, and, perhaps most outrageously, paired my vest with a plaid blazer (see below.)

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SHOP MY BLAZER // SHOP MY EARRINGS

I’ve had “vest I can pet” on my shopping list for a few winters now, but it was hard for me to justify a purchase of this sort. It felt like a luxury that, while useful during the colder months, would not offer much versatility. I stand corrected. So far, I’ve ventured far beyond the black turtleneck I originally thought I would be limited to, and I have a feeling there will be more where that came from. From candle lighting to “last call” lighting, I love the  texture and warmth this piece adds to a time of year that is markedly uninspired (sartorially and otherwise.)

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SHOP MY EARRINGS // SHOP MY BOOTS // SHOP LOOKALIKE VEST

I found my vest on The Real Real, and as you can see, I made the right choice. That said,  I was a little disappointed to find it was made of rabbit fur (I’ve noticed it’s hard to get material details on a lot of items from TRR.) Although I am a failed vegan many times over, I do prefer to wear faux fur (mostly by virtue of being poor, but also by virtue of liking rabbits.) Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring myself to return the vest my dreams are made of, instead opting to live in near-constant fear of getting powdered by PETA and their many vigilantes. 

Below, I’ve linked a lookalike version of my fur vest, along with a few other faux fur vest options (customer review approved!) that I absolutely love. That said, if you are in the market for real fur, I recommend Pologeorgis — they have fabulous items at many different price points.

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Shop The Real Real’s current selection of fur vests here

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Best Life, Best Price: Frivolous Shoes Edition

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THE SONGBIRD BY BIRDIES VS. AMAZON 

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M.GEMI LOAFERS VS. AMAZON 

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FOUR STARS // AVAILABLE ON PRIME
TORY BURCH VS. AMAZON

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STUBBS & WOOTTON SLIPPERS VS. AMAZON
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SOMETHING NAVY SLIDES (PRE-LAUNCH) VS. AMAZON 
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FIVE STARS // SHOP THEM HERE
ALEXANDRE VAULTHIER VS. SOMETHING NAVY 
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TORY BURCH CLARA FLATS VS. AMAZON (ROUND 2)
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(SOLD OUT!) PHOEBES BY BIRDIE VS. AMAZON
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The Best of 2018

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VTNF’s most clicked, most liked, and most LOVED of 2018. I hope you enjoy! 

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15 Ways to Maximize Sales on Poshmark

This is my most-viewed post every single month. Do you guys want to see some tips for shopping on Poshmark, too?!

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Framing Things with Sarah B. Keating

A few months after this ran, baby girl’s eh-mazinngggg bedroom was also featured in Washingtonian. BIG 2018, KEATS!

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Resident Cool Girl: Nikki Blank of Sip City DC

In similar fashion, this exact picture turned up on signs all over Whole Foods a few months after this went live! YAS, Sip City! Am I the Nostradamus of the blogging world or WHAT?!

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Dairy Detox: One Year Later, I Feel Good

Update: I’ve caved (a little) and started adding in  goat cheese, Bleu cheese, and some higher-end hard cheeses. Also working on a post to discuss what else I gave up to 2018: EGGS!

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Drinking Wine in Bed: a Beginner’s Guide

TBH this is how my seasonal depression manifested itself this year but I’m glad you guys were there to commiserate. #SelfCare

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An Ode to Wearable Blankets

In December, I hopped back on the blogging saddle to celebrate my favorite accessory of all (and recommend a few looks, of course!)

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Paraíso Perdido: Gabby Buda Talks Picking Up the Pieces in Puerto Rico

Loved working on this piece with one of my besties six months after Hurricane Maria.

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Prime Find: this Top is Probably, Definitely From Amazon

Once again, #theshirt reigns supreme.

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Winter Skin Must Haves

For when your complexion is literally about to crack.

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The California Lookbook

V happy my first trip to the left coast and corresponding lookbook made the cut! I absolutely loved this trip and can’t wait to return in 2019.