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Up until a year ago, shopping at Topshop during my trips to New York was like adding chia seeds to my bowl of Cheerios: I didn’t really “get” the craze, yet somehow found myself doing it anyway. Things finally clicked when Nordstrom introduced the retailer to its stores; it became less intimidating than its SoHo counterpart and navigating the collections was an easier feat. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it online, but it was sold out before I could order it. My regular perusal of US Weekly revealed that no other than Queen Bey wore the same dress in London, so naturally I stalked the website and prayed it would come back in stock (and it did!).

Last weekend, my sister Natalie and I met our parents downtown for happy hour followed by dinner at Wit & Wisdom. Blacklane Limousines offered me a ride in one of their luxury cars, so a private chauffeur picked us up and drove us to The Four Seasons. With a gorgeous view of the Baltimore skyline and an indulgent dinner (truffled macaroni and cheese, foie gras burgers, and glasses of red wine), it felt like a mini staycation for night.

Oh and for the record, adding chia seeds to almond milk will never compare to Snack Pack pudding.

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||dress, heels, necklace, nail polish, sunglasses, watch (on sale!), bracelet||

Disclaimer: Blacklane Limousines offered me a complimentary ride but no compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Sea of Sunflowers

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I never fully understood the necessity of a little black dress until I was older and constantly reaching for one on multiple occasions. When I came across this embroidered lace dress, I knew it would be a versatile piece to have in my closet. I loved the femininity of the bell sleeves and scalloped hem, two details that always are appealing to me. Proving its practicality, I’ve worn a variation of this outfit three times over the past few weeks, easily transitioning it from day to night. It was just right for a bachelorette party last weekend when paired with cutout heels and a sexy red lip. If you subtract a few champagne stains, trade stilettos for my favorite ankle booties, and add a field of sunflowers, you’ll have a relaxed look for an afternoon in the country. Or at the very least, a pretty backdrop for a basic girl Instagram photo.

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||dress, ankle booties, sunglasses, double ring gifted, watch, ‘K’ necklace, nail polish||

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Mint Julep

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Having never bartended before (not unless you count my college-approved ability to mix just about anything with vodka) and being that my strengths don’t go far beyond popping open a bottle of champagne, I was a little weary of creating a drink that involved bourbon. To celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month, Four Roses sent me samples with the task of mixing a cocktail that highlights the whiskey. I settled on mint juleps, adding a few berry-infused ice cubes for a refreshing twist on a hot day. The verdict? I definitely have to work on my muddling, but Four Roses is so dangerously smooth that it outshined my less than stellar skills anyway.

Mint Julep

3oz Four Roses single barrel bourbon

2 teaspoons sugar

club soda

fresh mint leaves

ice cubes

orange slice (for garnishing)

Using a mortar and pestle, muddle the mint with a splash of club soda and sugar. Transfer mixture to a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes, then add Four Roses bourbon and club soda. Stir well and garnish with an orange slice.

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Disclaimer: Four Roses Bourbon and Whole Foods partnered to provide me with samples and the necessary means to make this post possible. However, this is not sponsored content.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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