macarons & mimosas: dagne dover trunk show

I have some exciting news! H&T will be co-hosting a great event NEXT weekend in DC with Dagne Dover handbags & PopInShop. My friend Carly of The College Prepster first introduced me to Dagne Dover a few months ago. She, too, is a big fan!

(Watch the video below and you’ll see WHY we love the totes so much).

Rightfully so, Dagne Dover has quickly become one of my favorite handbag brands – especially the totes for the work day or for travel. They are not only organized, but pleasing to the eye too. Not to mention, they are the exact opposite of a “bottomless pit” that so many other totes we know and love are. The clutch + wallet fit right in the totes too.

{Tote in Onyx}

So please join me next weekend in Georgetown for Macarons & Mimosas!



RSVP HERE and invite your friends!

You will also receive 20% OFF all full-priced items at Urban Chic plus amazing giftbags – this is a great time to start searching for those holi-dresses! And in true #hostingandtoasting fashion, we will be serving Pumpkin Spice Macarons courtesy of Macaron Bee + Apple Cider Mimosas by yours truly.


Abbey from District Dressup is hosting this great event with me. She was recently featured in Glamour and is quite the fashionista.  If you live in the DC area or have friends that do, I hope you’ll stop by and pass along!  We would both love to meet you over a macaron and mimosa!

big apple weekend

As promised, a little NYC recap today!

This past weekend was absolutely wonderful in the city. The weather was perfect and so was the company. Don’t you love those friends where you don’t miss a beat? No matter how much time goes by you always just pick right back up!  Well, that’s my BFF, Kasey and I, (since kindergarten).

On Saturday, Carly (or to whom most know as the College Prepster) and I enjoyed a catchup brunch at Maison Kayser  followed by a stroll in the Upper East Side where we captured her adorable new elbow patch sweater in a mini photoshoot (check out her adorable photos!).

The rest of the weekend, my BFF and I wined, dined, shopped and pampered ourselves (read: mani + Shobha + yoga + run in Central Park). We also enjoyed a lovely evening event at The Whitney Museum of American Art and more than enough brunches to spare. Finally, we broke out her Barefoot Contessa cookbook for an amazing homecooked Sunday meal (a la her, not me) over the season premiere of Homeland.

I could of not asked for a better long weekend to end September!

(PS – HOW is September already OVER!?)

Below is a recap of the Big Apple as told by Instagram.


[Snapdragons in Union Square Greenmarket]

[Hazelnut + Vanilla Gelato at Eataly]

[Pumpkins & more Pumpkins at Eataly]

[Red Wine & Cheese at Murray’s Cheese Bar]

[Elbow Patch Photoshoot with Carly]

[Night at The Whitney Museum of American Art with my BFF.]

[Homemade Barefoot Contessa Sunday Dinner – gluten free, too!]

travel: new york minute

 I am off to the Big Apple for a few days of wining, dining and retail therapy all in the company of good friends and perfect weather!

My love for New York began at 8 years old with the time I spent alongside my aunt, who brought me on business trips and for-fun excursions several times a year. We shopped, dined at fabulous restaurants, saw shows, went ice skating, took in all the sights and discovered the New York Palace long before the days of Serena van der Woodsen and the cast of Gossip Girl.

By the time I was a freshman in high school, there was no place in the world I wanted to be aside from New York City (other than Los Angeles but that probably had something to do with my aspiring acting career at the time, ha!). I competed in theater and film competitions in the summertime and loved every single thing about the city lights. Somewhere in those four years of all-girls school, college football, sororities and collegetowns became more appealing and I traded monologues for politics and events. However, with NYC just a short train ride away from DC, it’s one of my favorite weekend trips (especially come fall weather).

This weekend, I am staying with my lifelong BFF in her adorable apartment and have fun dates planned with some of my favorite NYC bloggers —  Carly (The College Prepster) and Evann (Evann Clingan).

Expect a full report from the weekend come Monday!

{Image + Sketch via Inslee}

Happy Weekend!


Fall Inspired Brunch Party

The past few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of hosting, toasting and traveling. Perhaps H&T needs a name change? (kidding!) After I returned home from my Homestead trip, I spent the next week prepping for fall work events and a fall-inspired brunch.

I co-hosted the brunch with my good friend Cori Sue at my house in Georgetown. After much discussion and re-scheduling the past few months, we finally found a Sunday that worked for the both of us and got to work on the details.

First & foremost, the menu. I worked with my friends at DC Taste to come up with a custom menu for the eight of us. We made sure to include the #basic elements of fall from pumpkin to apples and just about everything in between. It was nothing short of delicious and some of the items were even made gluten free for yours truly.

The Menu:

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Manchego & Brie

Mini Pumpkin Pancakes with Nutella filling & Maple Syrup

Apricot + Sage Glazed Sausage Links

Fresh Chopped Fruit Salad

Mini Fried Chicken + Sweet Potato Waffles

Maple-Glazed Bacon

Caramel Cinnamon Apple + Gingersnap Granola Yogurt Parfaits

Our friend Brie of Monumental Sweets also brought over some fall leave sugar cookies for everyone to indulge in (not that we didn’t have enough carbs to keep us full already). For beverages, we sipped on homemade apple cider (also from DC Taste), mimosas with Zardetto prosecco, hard sparkling apple cider from Eve’s Cider and freshly brewed coffee from Compass Coffee. There was also plenty of OJ and pellegrino to go around. I sometimes assume that just because I enjoy a lot of drink options that everyone else does too!

I set the table with pumpkins (fresh and Pottery Barn bought), a golf leaf tablecloth, gold chargers, a white ceramic coffee pot and a white ceramic pumpkin full of coffee fixings.

We arranged fresh orange roses from Urbanstems and spider mums that I picked up at the store in vases around the house. Each place setting had a different Moon & Lola mug from their new mug shop and of course, a champagne glass to accompany them (rimmed with cinnamon sugar for the hard sparkling cider).

Every place setting also had a custom Rewined champagne candle with either Cori Sue or I’s initials and the date on it (these would also be great customized bridesmaid gifts or wedding favors). I tied name cards to the candles as a favor for each guest to take home. Guests were also given a custom October print and thank you note from the hostesses. Dani from Drafts & Crafts worked on all the prints for us – aren’t they beautiful?

Special thank you again to all our partners on this brunch and our lovely friends for joining us.

Hopefully this will inspire a fall menu or party of your own!

I’m off to Boston today and hope to meet some of you with Carly tomorrow at our event.

It’s not too late to RSVP!