brighten up

While the weather in D.C. for the majority of this week has been sunny and fantastic (sorry, Rocky Mountain friends), I’m relying on these shoes to brighten my mood, as I battle a strep throat. I’m loving color block lately, and am always excited to find amazing flats I can wear to teach. I was on-board when Kim Kardashian started Shoe Dazzle, another monthly  online “shoe club,” a couple of years ago, but I have not fallen in love with anything lately and skipped the last several months of shoes. Rachel Bilson’s new pricier alternative, Shoe Mint, boasts Steve Madden craftsmanship and trendy styles, that are worth the extra money. Both sites send you an email with monthly personalized styles on the first of each month, and you have until the fifth to peruse and skip the month if uninterested.

Now, it’s too bad these shoes didn’t have unexpected healing properties for my sore throat…


TO DO [this week]

1. Wednesday: Buy a pair of Toms ballet flats, which debut tomorrow. Fab Sugar has a fabulous preview here. Personally, I’m in love with the burlap pair above.

2. Thursday: Hit up Cleveland Park Wines & Spirits to see if they have gotten their shipment of Dogfish Ale’s new seasonal gluten-free brew, T’weason Ale (um, did you hear that fellow celiacs: seasonal gluten-free beer!). The new brew mixes tastes of molasses, strawberry and buckwheat honey. Yum!

3. Friday: Head up to NYC for a long-overdue weekend with my good friends, the “gibbah girls” (as we’ve been calling ourselves for the past decade), including Ashley, Heather and Whitney.