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Washington, DC – Jefferson Memorial – Ode to my Father

One of the earliest lessons my father taught me was to always honor your commitments.  Integrity is one of my dad’s greatest virtues and it guides him in all aspects of his life.  With my dad, if he’s committed to doing something, he ALWAYS follows through.  He is simply a man of his word.     (more…)

Lizzy’s Latest – White House Black Market Rebel Suede Moto Boots

The weekend we took these pictures, we had no particular destination in mind.  Surrendering to wanderlust, we headed to Richmond, our default destination for adventure.  Eventually, we settled on the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden named after one of Richmond’s beloved citizens.  (more…)

Richmond, VA – Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield – Happy New Year!

Back in early December, my dad sent me, my mom, brother, and sister separate emails with the following question:

“Who in our family is the most excited by, desirous of, jazzed over toys?”

Our response was unanimous:  MOM!

Yes, even Mom said, “Mom.”  😉  (more…)

Lizzy’s Latest – Marc Fisher Kava Tasseled Booties

Is it just me or are you still scrambling to get “everything” done before Christmas?  Time always escapes me this time of year, but even more so this year!  With only 4 days left until Christmas, I’ve yet to send out Christmas cards.  (more…)

The Battle of Antietam

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Beautiful mountains and lush forests surround the quiet town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The tranquility of nature is inviting, like a sublime melody on constant repeat. It is hard for me juxtapose the peacefulness of today with the tragedy of bloodshed and carnage 153 years ago at the Battle of Antietam. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history with approximately 23,000 men dead, wounded, or missing. (more…)

Lizzy’s Latest – Vince Camuto Nihal T-Strap

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For this heel/outfit combo, I was searching for a location that was serene and unspoiled.  Mount Carmel Monastery in Port Tobacco, Maryland came to mind after I remembered a conversation I had with a priest one year.  Without going into too much detail, he wanted me to talk to a nun at Mount Carmel about religious life.  I had thought about becoming a nun when I was in high school, but that thought dissipated when I started college.  I did as he asked and as magnanimous and humbling a cloistered life in a monastery would be for me, it was definitely not something I wanted to pursue.  I walked the grounds after my conversation and even sat in the little chapel for a bit noting the beauty of this hidden treasure built in 1790.  It was the perfect setting for this chic heel/outfit combo.    (more…)

Mount Carmel Monastery – ‘Tis the Season for Volunteering

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During the early years of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), my dad and I visited many Civil War battlefields and museums for the first time.  After visiting the Museum of the Confederacy (MoC) where the White House of the Confederacy is located in Richmond, VA, I fell in love with Southern history and heritage.  I was enthralled and engaged, but I wanted more.  I had thought about volunteering and my dad even suggested I look into volunteering at the MoC, but it never came to fruition.  Yet, the yearning for something more lingered. (more…)

Lizzy’s Latest – Marc Fisher Tailynn Ankle Booties

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I purchased these booties during the height of my enthusiasm for burgundy/wine colored heels.  I knew they would look perfect with this plaid skirt I paired them with.  I was going for a school-girl vibe with this photo shoot.  I even brought along some graduate school books that matched my outfit.  Thank you, Managerial Economics.  😉

The boots are super comfortable with a nice footbed and a heel height of approximately 3 inches.  I had to walk through some gravel as we navigated our way through an elementary school and a high school.  I swung on swings at the elementary school and even attempted to climb on the monkey bars. The kid in me was smiling!  

The boot is an almond toe with a side zip closure.  It has a suede upper and comes in black, dark blue, and dark red (my purchase).  I really love the side buckle because it adds a charming detail to the booties.  These boots are still available at Macy’s in all the colors I mention above, at least at the time of this post.  A quick internet search for “Marc Fisher Tailynn booties” will bring up other options as well.     

I highly recommend adding these booties to your Fall collection.  I’ve gotten several compliments from co-workers, friends, and even strangers.  I love the skinny heels and the wine color is so sexy and in the moment!  Pair them with mini-skirts, leggings, and jeans.  They will definitely amp up your look and get you noticed.    

Style with a smile! 

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary – Holiday Traditions

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September through December is my favorite time of year.  The oppressive heat of Summer dissipates into the more comfortable temperatures of Fall.  Leaves begin to change colors putting on a spectacular show before dancing their final act through the air in a random spiral to the ground.  Halloween comes and goes and before I know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. (more…)

Lizzy’s Latest – White House Black Market Hawaii Sandals

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For this heel/outfit combo, I can’t remember what came first:  the heels or the dress.  Whatever the sequence, I remember my satisfaction when I wore the look to a summer concert, of the boy-band variety, of course.  😉  This time around, it was summer fun at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.     (more…)