Faux Crop Top at Dumbarton Oaks

August 20, 2015

 Zara Skirt (similar here-- Gap Wedge Sandals (similar here or here) -- ChicTreat Bag (Michael Kors option here) -- Feline Meow Top (also in pink here, and similar here, and here)
photos by Melanie

The long days of summer are starting to get shorter, but the temperature is still very hot! One of the trends that Steph and I love for these warm-weather days is the crop top. While crop tops are amazing for hot weather, they are not as practical in the cooler months and are less versatile than regular t-shirts. So, we thought, why not make your own faux crop top out of your favorite tee? One of my favorite t-shirts is my "Feline Meow" top designed by Brian Lichtenberg. There are several reasons this makes a lot of sense. For one, crop tops are often not a one-length-fits-all article of clothing. Some people have longer torsos than others, some people have smaller waists than others, and it becomes difficult to find a crop top that is designed exactly for your figure. Tying up your favorite tee into a faux crop top is a great solution because you can tie it at a place that accentuates your figure the best, while still keeping on trend and having the option to wear it as a regular tee in cooler months. Also, should the crop top trend ever disappear, you still have the t-shirt. Having versatility is key :).

x Kell

a paris engagement

July 16, 2015

On me: Reformation Dress -- Massimo Dutti Sandals -- Lo&Sons Bag;  On him: Denim Shirt (similar here) -- Massimo Dutti Suede shoes -- Gap Corduroys
photos by Pictours Paris

It has been a whirlwind of a month! As those of you who follow us on Instagram may know, I'm engaged to an amazing man :D. After finishing up my MBA program, my sweet significant other treated me to a European getaway in Paris. Little did I know what he had planned, as he was being somewhat difficult leading up to the trip (apparently to throw me off the trail)! They say hindsight is 20-20. This is how it all happened!

One of the things I love to do when on vacation is document everything via lots and lots of photographs :). I think that photos are the best kind of souvenir and help bring me back to that moment in time. Plus, they are free! Because of this, you can often find me toting my Lo&Sons bag filled to the brim with my DSLR, alternate camera lenses, and my GoPro when traveling. The day I got engaged was no exception - clever Trey told me that there was an uncrowded bridge with incredible views of the Eiffel Tower. That was enough to get me out of bed bright and early for a quick breakfast in Champs Elysee followed by a hike to Pont de Bir-Hakeim.

I guess a photo is worth a thousand words, so I'll let the photos tell the story from here!

x Kell

^Trey said that he wanted to snap some photos of me on the bridge - I should have known then that he was up to something! He is more of a landscape photo kind of guy then a portrait person ;). One of the sneaky and extremely sweet things that Trey did was hire a photographer to capture the moments. I had no idea any of this was going on, and it probably required a good deal of coordination/secrecy. As someone who is extremely family oriented, this meant a lot to me because the memories could be shared with those who were not there with us! A big thank you to Lindsay from Pictours Paris for capturing everything! I love him.

cruise with me, baby

March 2, 2015

The wintry mix we've recently been stricken with on almost a daily basis calls for some reminiscing of warmer days.  Here's a roundup of my favorite pictures taken from our cruise in January to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays (a little island owned by Princess Cruiselines)!  At first I was apprehensive about taking a baby on a cruise, but it turned out to be the perfect type of vacation because we always had a home base back in the room for naps, diaper changes, etc.  It was also super cute because almost everyone we encountered would stop and play with her- which of course, she loved! One piece of advice when cruising with a baby:  opt for a mini suite with a balcony!  Getting extra space in notoriously tiny ship cabins is crucial, and the balcony makes it much nicer for enjoying room service and reading a book during baby's nap time! Another fun part about cruising: LOTS of opportunities for dress up!  Every day pretty much requires two outfits- a lounge-y beachy outfit during the day, and a nicer, dressed up outfit at night.  Let's just say I had a little too much fun coordinating the baby's outfit with mine on nearly every occasion. ;)

x Steph


February 18, 2015

 Yetunde Sarumi Ankara skirt -- She's Unique Necklace -- H&M Top -- Zara Bag (similar here and here) -- Ann Taylor Shoes
When Steph and I started this style blog, our goal was to document our lives and things that we learn about, discover, and love with our readers. Our hope for this next year is to continue with that vision, and we have a couple of big plans up our sleeves including much more frequent posts on a variety of lifestyle topics.  As I am wrapping up my MBA and Steph's little bundle of joy, N, is beyond the age of infancy, we are looking forward to this new chapter for Stylesmiths!

Recently, we learned about a new D.C. based clothing line, Yetunde Sarumi.  The geometric cuts of the label, fun prints, and interesting story behind the brand have made it one of our new favorites and we are so excited to share our love for this fellow "made in the Capital's" designs with you.  In a sea of winter blacks and greys, the seasonless pieces really stand out. 

Go to http://www.yetundesarumi.com/ and use Stylesmiths10 to get 10% off your total purchase by March 31, 2015!

x Kell

suedes of grey

November 25, 2014

Grey Suede Shoes (similar here) and Cross-body bag - c/o Bishop Boutique 

I've always had the hardest time choosing accessories, and developed a habit of letting my co-blogging sister choose these complementary pieces for me, as she has a better eye for them.  However, since starting Stylesmiths, I have had the opportunity to learn about new brands and boutiques and being able to see these accouterments first-hand has improved my selection abilities.  I hate compromising between style and comfort, and thought that it had to be a zero-sum game.  However, I now know that does not have to be the case, thanks to these lovely suedes of grey.

x Kell