80s-v-day-49As I mentioned here, Piccadilly recently had the opportunity to partner with another awesome DC-based events company, JBC Events to throw the coolest 80s dance party to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We had so much fun working with them and coming up with crazy, fun styling for the evening.JBC Events - 80s Valentines - Red (2)

My wonderful friend Erica, from Erica Baker Photography joined us as we set up for the evening and took some fun detail shots of the setup process. I thought you might enjoy them too!






Photo credit : Erica Baker Photography


Confront Your Fear

Fear is a pretty big liar.  I know because I’ve heard its voice many a time.  It tells you that you can’t do it.  It tells you that the worst thing you can imagine isn’t really the worst.  It tells you that you are alone.


When I was five it told me I wouldn’t have any friends.

When I was eight it told me I would never have siblings.

When I was twelve it told me I could not sing.

When I was fourteen it told me I’d never be accepted.

When I was sixteen it told me I’d never have a boyfriend.

When I was eighteen it told me I couldn’t make it on my own.

When I was twenty it told me I wouldn’t make the grade.

When I was twenty-two it told me I didn’t have what it takes.

When I was twenty-four it told me I was unlovable.

When I was twenty-seven it told me I would never reach my dreams.

When I was thirty it told me I would always be alone.

When I am thirty-two it tells me all of the above (and more)… daily.

LaurenModny_WarriorGoddess-11The thing is though, fear can say whatever it wants.  It can talk until it’s blue in the face for all I care. That doesn’t make it true.

I have a choice on what I listen to and what I allow to influence my life.  I daily have to make the decision that fear does not get to have the final say in my life.  Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s loud. Yes, sometimes it can appear as truth. Yes, sometimes if feels impossible to hear anything else.

Just because fear speaks, doesn’t make it truth.

You (and I) are responsible for what we choose to allow in our lives and what we choose to confront.


Someone wonderful told me recently that confronting is simply choosing to face.  To turn around and face head on the thing that has been chasing you all along.  To plant your feet and believe that you are not alone in that moment.  Believe that you have what it takes.

Today, let’s commit to confront our fear.  I can promise you the voice will come. It will tell you that you are not enough.  It will tell you that you don’t have what it takes.  It will tell you any number of things, but I’m here to tell you. It’s not the truth.


It’s only when you choose to face your fear that you realize it’s been powerless all along and it is only then, that you can experience true freedom.


Photos : Lauren Modny Photography

Styling & Creative Direction : StartCloseIn & Piccadilly

Model : Ashlynn


WSP : Hillsong & H St

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This weekend was cray-cray but in the best possible way.  It was one of those I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened-super-full-but-really-fun kind of weekends. Oh, and it included a nap #winning.


Photo Credit : Thanks Ron!

On Friday I had the opportunity to go to the HillsongNo Other Name” Concert at the Baltimore Arena.  Saying it was amazing doesn’t really do it justice.  If you’ve not heard of it, Hillsong is a church out of Australia that has pioneered so much.  Their music is sung round the world, with songs such as the old classic “Shout to the Lord” to some of their newest like “Oceans” and “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)“.  What’s more than their music though is that everyone I have come into contact with that is associated with their church has such an amazing heart and desire to serve and help people. It’s truly inspiring.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to meet a few members of their band before the concert. I was so encouraged by their openness, kindness and genuine desire to see people connect to Jesus.  They were super down-to-earth and didn’t even make fun of me when I referenced the kazoo (seriously, who let me out of the house? Good Lord)  They’re heroes in my book.  On top of that the concert was amazing! So creative, so inspired and so fun! I’d highly recommend checking them out if they’re coming to city near you.
IMG_3452Behold… I have found the perfect cupcake.   It’s called the “Katy Perry” and is the genius of the creative masterminds at Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, VA.  It is pink and has sprinkles and a cherry with glitter on top (aka the Disco Cherry).  I don’t think it gets any better.

In fact, I loved it so much that I felt it was deserving of it’s own photoshoot. Don’t judge.  So I had a photoshoot with a cupcake. What’d you do with your Saturday afternoon? (I feel like maybe this is something I should be embarrassed about and thus not posting but….)

Aaaaand the true cherry on top of this weekend (hehehe…see what I did there) was spending time with my wonderful friend Ella!


We stopped by one of my new favorite neighborhood spots, Impala, for tacos, elote and margaritas.  Be on the lookout for a LocalLove on this place soon. It’s so good.

This is what happens when bloggers eat dinner together.  We take the first 5 minutes to take pictures of our food. 🙂  Any time spent with Ella is time well spent. I left encouraged, inspired and super excited about this next season!

Hope your weekend was just as fun!


WSP: Feathers & Ferns

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I loved everything about this weekend.  My wonderful friend Ella and I have been planning a staycation together for quite awhile.  It definitely lived up to all our excited planning.  On Friday afternoon I headed out to the mysterious and alluring land beyond the Potomac (aka Virginia) and met up with Ella.  What followed were endless hours of girl talk… yummy gelato… window shopping… chick flicks… trashy magazines… totally cute and snuggly pups… pool time (and WATER SLIDES… first time since I was a kid)… cooking lessons… homemade margaritas…fresh flowers… the farmer’s market…hat shopping (I mean everyone needs a visor for their cruise…right?)…exploring in the woods.


Speaking of the woods, this weekend we also shot our next #YouSparkle shoot with our beautiful friends Lauren and Ashlynn.  It was amazing.  Ashlynn was our fierce warrior princess in the midst of an enchanted forest.  (Doesn’t everyone do this kind of stuff with their friends on the weekend?).  The pictures included above are just a little sneak peek. I can’t wait to show you what Lauren captured. I saw a few shots on her camera and let me tell you… THEY ARE FREAKIN AMAZING!

I hope your weekend was just as relaxing and fun!

Like A Boss

It’s January.  The new year is upon us and that mean’s one thing.  It’s time to set some goals.

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I’m not one for making big blanket statements like “I’m never going to watch reality television again” or “I can’t even look at chocolate“… let’s be honest, we rarely keep those types of emotional resolutions.  It would only take one E! TV marathon of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” for me to fall off of that wagon.

It’s just not going to happen.

That being said, I do whole-heartedly believe in being intentional with your life.  We all know how fast time can go.  It was just yesterday I was watching “Reading Rainbow” and loving it… oh wait, that was yesterday… well, whatever, you get my point.  Time slips away from us quickly and if we’re not intentional, life can happen to us instead of for us.  I know that’s been the case in my life many, many times.  I keep saying someday I’m going to do x,y or z.  I hate to break it to me you, someday is

This fact is just as unsettling to me as it is to you.  That’s why I’ve recently started taking time at the beginning of the new year to get away from the every day and think big picture about my life.  I ask myself, and more importantly God, the big questions like “What are the things that I am dedicating my time to?” “Is this what I should be focusing on?” “What are the dreams that God has put in my heart?” “What makes me happy?” “What makes me sad/angry?” and the list goes on…

I have to be honest and say that these are rarely fun conversations.  I am forced to confront the reality of the life that I am living on a daily basis. It’s not always pretty.  The good news is that, when you invite God into the conversation, you don’t have to face them alone. What’s more, He has a perspective and a plan that always leaves me a bit overwhelmed at His grace and goodness.

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This time away, is not just about big thoughts, though, it is also about concrete plans.  That’s the part I have trouble with.  Since I find this part particularly challenging, I’ve reached out to a number of people that I look up to over the years and have asked their advice on this process.  One thing I’ve heard on numerous occasions is the term SMART goals.  Awesome. That seems like a no-brainer. Who’s going to say, “Actually,  I prefer DUMB goals.”?  Upon further review though, I’ve learned that SMART actually stands for goals that are:

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

wow… right? I’ve seen how adopting these types of goals can take your dreams from wishful thinking to actual concrete plans.  Less you think I have it all together, I should say that I’ve, more often then not, seen it work in my friends’ lives because they actually adopt it. I’m clearly still a work in progress.

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Another technique that a friend told me about this year is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Since I’m pretty sure that the first habit includes actually buying and reading the book, I wasn’t so sure I was on the path to success with this one.  My friend kindly gave me the cliff notes though and talked about the idea of mapping out the various roles that you fill in your life… such as mother, friend, employee, blogger, superhero… and then setting just one goal (might I suggest a SMART goal?) for each of these areas. One goal… I can get on board with that.

So this weekend I took myself off to Charlottesville, VA and holed up in a coffee shop to ask the big questions and set some SMART goals.  I can’t say it was easy, but I’m excited for what came out of it.  Now it’s just time to actually do the work. Bring on the fun!

I know we’re already a few weeks into 2014, but you haven’t missed your chance to set a few goals for yourself this year.   Maybe you can’t actually leave town, but you can go to a new coffee shop or even room in your house for an hour or two.  It’s worth the time commitment… trust me.  Who knows where you could be in a year from now if you intentionally put a plan to your dreams.  I believe you can do it! I’m going to try (and trust God) my hardest to do the same!

In closing, can we all just agree that Sharlett is the coolest?  My main resolutions for 2014 is to be more like her.  I’m working on breaking it down into a SMART goal now.  I just need to find leather pants and start wearing my sunglasses inside.



Photos: Lauren Modny Photography

Styling : Start Close In Styling

WSP : Dreams & Doodles

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One of the things that I’ve tried to incorporate into my life over the past few years is taking time away at the beginning of the year to spend time with Jesus, dream and set goals for the new year.  This year I convinced a few of my gal pals to join in the fun.  What followed was a weekend full of… cozy coffee shops… Charlottesville… some favorite books… journals galore… spreadsheets… SMART goals… raspberry hot chocolate… yummy brunches… new friends… sparkly shoes… cobblestone streets… house hunting in Belgium… incoherent conversations… a trip to my happy place aka Anthropologie…lemon drop babies… pillows, glorious pillows… mani/pedis… a fancy French dinner… prayer… dreaming big and wild dreams and making plans to see them happen.

Hope your weekend was just as inspiring!


WSP: Stripes & Squash

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The best part about this weekend… It’s still going! YAY for Columbus.  YAY for 1492.  YAY for a day-off.   This weekend was filled with… rainy days… prep for the next edition of Shop My Closet (it’s all about the stripes!)… Union Market… Salsa Dancing… Roomie date nights… Baggage Claim… amazing (and long) day at church with our first ever service run-through at our CapCityChurch Kingstowne location…Mayday Parade…puddles… rainy leaves…couch time… lots of fun with friends!

Hope your weekend was just as great!


WSP: Peaches & Pleather

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It officially feels like Fall! Bright blue skies and sunny cool breezes.  Honestly, I’m in heaven.  I love this time of year!  This weekend was no exception.

It included a road trip to the country…peach picking… car charades… apply blossom mardi gras… Charlie, Anastasia and KEVIN!… rolling hills… homemade muffins…unicorns… small town murder mystery… bluegrass Macklemore… a luau… George Washington… Girls Just Wanna Have Fun… awkward alumni… Vendetta…twirling… Cyndi Lauper…disco balls… rockin the Cusbah (on H St.)… Peach Playaz… hay bails… #selfiewarsaturday…no cell phone service…the birth of a new indie band…early mornings…Christmas planning…and wonderful time with friends.

Hope your weekend was just as fun!


LocalLove: Cowbell Kitchen


While antiquing a few weeks ago I came across the cutest outdoor kitchen/food truck.  With pixie sticks, colorful pennants and a proprietor, Cheryl Ann, that instantly makes you feel like an old friend, Cowbell Kitchen is not to be missed!  Nestled conveniently right outside of Old Lucketts Store, they serve up delicious and gourmet food – FRESH!  I was lucky enough to sample some of their fare during my antiquing venture earlier this Summer and it was delish!  I would whole-heartedly recommend them!

On top of all that, they’ve created this super awesome thing called… get this… “Twinkle Bell Secret Dining Fellowship”.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be apart of a secret dining fellowship (and I don’t mean eating girls scout cookies at home alone).  Described as “… a laid back evening in cahoots with The Old Lucketts Store…we will present a creative food, outdoor and atmosphere adventure somewhere on this inspiring property.”

I mean seriously… this is not to be missed!

You can read about their last edition here. How fabulous!

Their next dining adventure is taking place under the stars on Saturday, August 24th (RSVP by August 17th to  You can see all the details for their next one here. Go check it out and let me know all about your adventure!

You can find out more about Cowbell Kitchen here, here and here(with a video!).


WSP : Bluegrass & BBQ

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Summer is going by much too quickly.  We’ve had the most gorgeous weather over the past few days.  It’s been gloriously cool and sunny and reminds me so much of summers growing up that I’ve been a bit homesick for them.  I decided it was time to get my country fix and headed out to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA for the Bluemont BBQ Bash & Blackberry Bonanza with my friend Ella and her family.  It was such a blast!  Definitely had the yummiest BBQ ever and cole slaw with coconut in it is a game changer… for reals.

This weekend was full of sunshine… fresh air… a ginormous jumpin pumpkin… barnyard animals… some more StyleLove photoshooting… fresh squeezed lemonade… catching up with friends… a stroll through my happy place (aka Anthropologie)… re-organizing… really bad English reality TV (don’t ask)… birthdays… a trip to the new Walgreens in China Town (uh-mazing)… a great message on rest… appropriately followed by naps… mani/pedis… and giggling like a 12 year old girl with my roomies.

Overall, another weekend that makes me stop and realize yet again how blessed I am.

Hope your weekend was just as fun!