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New Year Favorites

Happy New Year!

Things have been a little quiet the past two weeks on here as I took some time “off” from my day job and blogging to spend the holidays in Florida with my good friends and family. The R&R was much needed and while I was so sad to leave sunnier skies and 80 degree weather, I am so excited to kick off another year of H&T. Thank you so much for your continued support and for reading.

If you haven’t already noticed the “facelift” H&T got for Christmas this year, I hope you like the new layout. Be sure to subscribe to get all the latest posts and updates in your inbox too.

I thought I would start off the year by sharing some of my recent favorites – I often share many new items on my Instagram so one of my goals this year for the blog is to update you here too!

First up, Barrington Gifts new monogram stripe collection – OBSESSED. I have a few of their totes and I can’t tell you how many compliments I receive when I wear my Black Watch Plaid one and I can’t wait to get one of these new beauties in the mail very soon. Below are a few of my picks but there are several colors, stripes and patterns to choose from to make it your own. AND for all my mommy-friends – it comes in a diaper bag version too (your welcome).


Maybe it’s the fact that I went from laying out poolside recently to trekking through the snow in Georgetown during DC’s first snowfall this week – but I’ve been eyeing lots of new rain and snow boots alike recently too. How cute are all these? I love them all but these might be my absolute favorite.


To go with the boots – fun socks, patterned leggings, ear muffs and hats, of course! I’m guilty of stocking up on all these this season for lounging, bed and arctic weather days.

Thanks to my barre obsession, I justify all my new workout gear purchases accordingly.  (I take classes at Barre Tech 6-7 times a week now and have noticed such a big change in my arms, thighs, abs and overall strength! H&T readers also get 10% OFF with BarreTech10 so be sure to join me in class soon if you live in the DC area.)

And last, but certainly not least – beauty picks to get your new year started! Not shocking, Drybar tops my list plus yours truly received my very own Buttercup for Christmas this year (

 There you have it – hello 2015! Stay warm everyone, it was 9 degrees last night in DC!

Recap: BeautyBarre Event

Last week, I hosted an event for readers with two of my favorite blog partners – Barre Tech and Beautycounter. If you missed my last posts on these two brands, check out my Barre Tech one here and my Beautycounter routine here.

Ashlyn, Faith and I worked with Barre Tech’s owner, Amy, to fill their studios for beginner barre classes in the evening followed by a Beautycounter trunkshow hosted by the lovely Reagan who joined us from NC. It was so nice to meet everyone and sip on much-needed bubbles after class. We also enjoyed “burn” and “shake” gluten free cupcakes a la Happy Tart Bakery and cheese and crackers a la Cheestique.

IMG_2050Everyone went home with gift bags a la Lululemon full of treats from Skinnygirl, complimentary barre passes and passes to try out Barre Tech’s new sister cycling studio, Swet Ride. It just opened up last weekend and I tried my first class last already. Along with barre 5-6x a week (and sometimes 7, ah! #addicted) – I am adding in more spin too so the opening could not have come at a better time.

If you are a veteran #barrebabe or new to barre in the DC area, be sure to check out Barre Tech’s two studios in the area and Swet Ride. (There’s a special promo code for classes for H&T readers on my side banner too.)

Be sure to also shop the BeautyBarre social on Beautycounter for more of my picks! How gorgeous are these products?

Special thank you again to all our sponsors!

Up next –  more of my sister’s wedding planning, gift guides and more! Stay tuned and warm for those of you experiencing this winter cold front this week like us in the nation’s capital.

You’re Invited: Barre + Beauty + Bubbly

You’re Invited!

Hope you’ll join Ashlyn, Faith & I for an event with Barre Tech & Beautycounter next week on Tuesday, November 11th!

We will have a beginner barre class and then bubbly and a Beautycounter trunk show after!

I’m so excited to be working with two of my favorites on this fun reader event and hope to see you there!

Please RSVP here as space is limited.

Barre Tech Gear & Promo Code

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have been addicted to Barre Tech and my routine lately. Not only is it a challenging workout but you see results quickly and it builds amazing strength. (I need strong arms to carry all those hostess trays I own, right?) I have been sticking to a 4-5 times a week plan alternating between a more rigorous 45 minute class and the 1 hour class. They also offer yoga mixes and more cardio-based classes too.

What I also LOVE about barre is all the cute little workout outfits I can now justify buying if I’m going to be there 5 days a week. From Lululemon, Athleta and even Old Navy – the barre loose top and tight bottoms (read: leggings) is so comfortable. Truth be told, I even run errands on lazier days in barre gear.

I’m super excited to show off some of Barre Tech‘s new branded workout gear  in my first ever fitness outfit post – no make up, side braid and my new kicks! I love their leggings, tanks and these off-the-shoulder tops to wear on cooler mornings and over tanks.  I wear branded barre socks to class but love these new ASICs from Off Broadway. They are part of their cancer awareness collection and from now until the end of October, they will donate $10 for every pair sold to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. There is also a breast cancer awareness pair.

What’s even better news? H&T readers now get 10% off all Barre Tech classes with promo code: barretech10 (click on my side banner and hope to see you in a class in the Arlington or Alexandria studios soon!)

{Workout Attire c/o* Barre Tech // ASICS c/o* Off Broadway // Sunnies: Karen Walker}

Life Lately – H&T Updates

Things have be a little quiet this past week on H&T so I wanted to do a quick post today to check in and let you know what I’ve been up to! I don’t often reveal too much of my life here on H&T outside the “hosting and toasting” but I think a little glimpse from time to time is needed. First & foremost, I’ve hired a new fall H&T intern – Ashley is the greatest and a tremendous help!

Some more BAC updates?

I just got back from Florida last week after a quick visit to see my family and attend an engagement dinner party that was hosted for my sister. If you followed along on instagram, you know that this past weekend was spent in the DC area with friends – brunching, sailing and celebrating.

On the events front, I am working on some exciting collaborations and events soon with some of my favorite brands and bloggers (more deets to come). AND in just a few short weeks, I will be a presenter at DC’s Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show! Don’t forget to get your tickets and come and see one of my Holiday Tips & Tricks workshops the weekend of Nov 8th-9th (Bobby Flay is also a good reason to come!). I’m so excited to share with you how I host & toast in person and meet everyone!

On the fitness front, I have been on a non-stop barre class plan at Barre Tech (4-5x a week) and am determined to have Jennifer Aniston’s arms by the time my sister’s wedding comes along, ha! If you haven’t tried a class, you’re missing out! There will be a special promo code for H&T readers who purchase classes so stay tuned. I’m working on styling some of my favorite Barre Tech gear this week for my first ever workout outfit post too.

On the beauty front, I have also been following a strict skincare routine with the help of Reagan and Beautycounter and OMG – my skin is absolutely radiant! I’m also excited to try their new lip colors soon in an outfit post. Shop my picks here and click on “Hosting & Toasting Social” for more.

On the hosting front – next weekend, I will be hosting a small fall-themed brunch for a group of friends (spoiler: pumpkin pancakes will be involved) with my good friend, Cori Sue of Bitches Who Brunch.

On the fashion front, the H&T Shop has been updated for Fall – and check out some of my staples in my latest post too. I have a slight obsession with vests and leopard as evident by my picks and new outfit posts are also coming next week (see below).

And finally, if you liked my Labor Day weekend recap post series – stay tuned next week for a fall trip recap. This weekend I am headed to The Omni Homestead for a girls weekend full of wine, dining, spa days and skeet shooting. I have partnered with GM again on this road trip and The Homestead has been so gracious to host us – it’s one of my favorite spots and just a few hours from DC. Much needed R&R!

I have a few more trips lined up this fall and am headed up to NYC soon too – cannot wait! Carly and I have already made some fun plans and I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends up there.

 On top of all that, I have been feeling a little under the weather this week (#seasonsarechanging) and there seems to never be enough hours in the day as I also work full time as an event planner. Who else can relate to this?  So thank you for baring with me as I took a little blog break to catch up on emails and light a few pumpkin candles.

Up next? Stay tuned this week as I share some of my “Fall” tips & tricks to get your house ready and check out my pumpkin patch post from last year & fall drink recipes in case you need some inspiration early!

Phew! Happy Tuesday!