• Rose gold everything

    rose gold everything

    Rose gold is everywhere right now, and it’s right up my alley: pink and sparkly! But, like blush pink, it can be a little tricky to wear, and even trickier to order online. I’ve tried rose gold dresses before, and they did not work at all with my skin tone. So I was pretty shocked […]

  • Pink pineapples

    Barcelona rooftop bar

    Y’all know I’m a sucker for a colorful print, and when that print involves pineapples and is on a dress with super cute self-tie spaghetti straps and a twirly midi skirt? I couldn’t resist. I usually try to keep my shoulders covered in Bahrain, but my trip to Spain earlier this summer gave me a perfect reason to wear […]

  • Shopping and camels

    camel closeup

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when we moved to an island so tiny it only takes 30 minutes to drive from one side to the other… particularly since a significant portion of the land is desert and/or oil refineries. But it turns out that there are tons of good restaurants and lots of interesting […]

  • Ombre and henna

    henna and ombre

    Happy 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season — my family came to visit us, and we traveled to Dubai and Italy, so I have tons of photos and information to share with you soon. However, I realized that I never really told you about our move, and I thought this Middle […]

  • Shopping for fitness fanatics – and a giveaway!

    gifts for runners and Spartans

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but if you’re anything like me, you haven’t crossed everyone off your shopping list yet. Today, I wanted to share some suggestions for the fitness fan in your life, whether she loves running, obstacle racing, yoga, swimming, or barre. And, because I love you, I’m giving away […]

  • The Marine Corps Ball

    marine corps ball

    Celebrating the U.S Marine Corps birthday is a hallowed tradition for Marines all over the world, and Bahrain is no different: We attended a fabulous ball a few days before Nov. 10, and I baked some cookies in dress blue uniforms for the actual 241st birthday (I will share a step-by-step of those later!). Shopping […]

  • My two weeks as a unicorn

    pink hair

    Perhaps because I never went through a Kool-Aid/highlighter hair phase in middle or high school, I’ve been wanting to dye my hair pink or blue or purple for a few years now. Unfortunately, it seems like there is rarely a good time for an adult with my particular job to look like Frenchie after her beauty […]

  • Colorful in California

    socal sunset

    If you’ve ever lived in (or even been to) the South, you’ve probably seen Lilly Pulitzer clothing. The uber colorful brand, which started from uniforms at a juice stand in Palm Beach, Fla., tends to be extra popular at Southern sorority houses and the beach towns south of the Mason-Dixon line. But like sweet tea […]

  • The Kentucky Derby

    jenandtobyderby

    I am so sorry for my extended absence. In the last two months, we moved out of our townhouse in Virginia, I dyed my hair pink and then reddish brown, we went to Michigan, Kentucky, and Disney World, and we moved to the Middle East. I will write more about all of those adventures, obviously, but first, […]

  • Ladylike

    stripes

    When capri pants first started being a thing, circa 1998, I remember thinking I couldn’t wear them because I am too short. I had read some magazine that said anyone under 5’5″ should avoid them, because the length visually cuts you off mid-calf. I eventually got some anyway, of course, and they were fine. I am short, […]