Flowers + Strawberries

After being cooped up indoors all winter, we’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible these days – at least until the oppressive DC summer heat and humidity set in. Over the past couple of weekends we visited one of our favorite DC spots – the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks – and took Sophie on her first strawberry picking adventure at a nearby pick-your-own farm. She enjoyed exploring the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, but I’m pretty sure the afternoon of strawberry picking is her definition of the Best Day Ever.

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Sophie particularly loved the fountain – and fish! – located within the Ellipse at the center of the gardens. And while we sadly missed most of the spring flowers like peonies, lilacs, and tulips, the roses and iris were at peak bloom during our visit. Heavenly.

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Our strawberry picking adventure started with feeding clover to the goats and saying hello to the farm’s piglets. Sophie has been really into learning animal names and sounds lately, so I’m pretty sure she would have been happy if the afternoon had ended here…

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…but she was pretty stoked once we got to the strawberry fields. She spent a few minutes pointing out berries for us to pick – “Strawbey!” – and she also enjoyed carefully placing the picked strawberries into our bucket. It didn’t take long for her to start dipping into the accumulated pile of strawberries. Pure joy for this tiny toddler.

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My people. I do love these two so very much.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper (last photo via Instagram)

Pretty + Paper

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Dress by  Rue De Seine Sadie from The Dress Theory + Styling by Emily Newman for Once Wed // Margaret + Patrick’s Understated Wedding Invitations by Sideshow Press

Photo Credits: Meghan Kay Sadler for Once Wed Sideshow Press

Calligraphy Inspiration: Allison R. Banks Designs

I love nothing more than happening upon beautiful calligraphy to find out that it’s by a calligrapher I haven’t yet had the chance to showcase. This month, I would like to introduce you all to Allison R. Banks Designs. I was wandering around the internet looking at monograms when I landed on her portfolio of stunning calligraphy and monogram work. Allison creates intricate and gorgeous pieces for her clients, with little details that will amaze and delight. – Julie

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I can’t help but wonder if one would need to worry about their mail being stolen with calligraphy addressed envelopes like these. They’re basically pieces of art!
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I love the gradient wash of color, from opaque and deep to rich and vibrant. The mix of calligraphy with uppercase lettering is such a great way to lighten the look.

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Allison also creates some amazing monograms. It’s such a wonderful way to add a traditional, elegant tone to your suite. The detail in her work is fantastic, isn’t it? For more, check out Allison’s portfolio and  Facebook, or download her portfolio to your iPad.

Photo Credits: Allison R. Banks

Sophie Style: Summer 2014

Thanks to the Longest Winter Ever, we pretty much skipped straight from winter layers into summer clothes, which means lots of short sleeves, dresses, and light fabrics. And Sophie is growing like a weed these days – particularly when it comes to shoes – so it’s time for a wardrobe update! Here are a few summer pieces that I have my eye on for Sophie these days:

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1. dress + espadrilles from Baby Gap; 2. shirt from Carter’s, pineapple shorts from Target; 3. shirt from Baby Gap, leggings from Theif + Bandit; 4. straw hat from Baby Gap, pineapple shirt dress from Egg Baby, and Saltwater sandals; 5. cotton bow tank + skirt from Carter’s

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