Cinched and Curved | Style Savvy Weekend Rewind

To celebrate his birthday, The Honey and I headed to National Harbor in southern Maryland. The quaint little waterfront spot is a fairly new addition to the area, and is perfect for a quick getaway. We had a great time shopping, strolling along the pier, and checking out the merchants in the street market. 


Pinkberry Watermelon with mango, strawberries and yogurt chips

On Friday night, we dined at Grace’s Mandarin, a sexy Asian themed restaurant with tons of large-scale d├ęcor, from Buddha statues to massive Chinese lanterns. The ambiance made it too dark for food photos, but everything was definitely delicious. I opted for the crab cake meal with asparagus and sticky rice. The asparagus was drizzled with the most delectable sauce! He decided on the Mandarin chicken, which was smothered in a sauce that starts out sweet, but finishes with quite the kick! I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods, but I still found it pretty tasty. Dessert was in the form of mango mousse, and though I wasn’t sure what to expect when Honey ordered it, I couldn’t stop digging in until that sweet little mound was completely devoured. 

Following dinner, we had drinks at WXYZ Lounge, which was located in our hotel. It’s quite the trendy little lounge with several seating areas comprised of large, brightly decorated couch clusters, and a bar that’s lit with tiny flecks of light. Super cute. 

To my surprise and delight, there’s a Pinkberry at National Harbor so of course I couldn’t resist stopping in. I tried the watermelon yogurt (pictured above), a new addition for summer, and was not disappointed. It’s light and sweet and perfect for the season. 


Sartorially, this weekend ended up being about casual outfits and stepping outside my style comfort zone in form fitting cotton dresses, and a shorts romper. 

Friday night - dress: Calvin Klein / belt: Nine West / clutch (not pictured): DSW /
pumps (not pictured): Nine West; Sunday - dress: Marshall's / flats (not pictured):
Steve Madden / grey bag (not pictured): Urban Outfitters / new pink statement necklace: Francesca's

In general, I tend to go for dresses that are fitted at the top, have cinched waists and slightly flared or A-line skirts; this style shows off my waist, while hiding my hips. But I found that I actually liked wearing these more form fitted striped dresses that accentuated my curves. 

sunnies: Nordstrom / romper: Banana Republic / bag: South Moon Under / tribal print wedges:
Madden Girl via Marshall's / rings: GLITTERRINGS

On Saturday I spent the day in this shorts romper from Banana Republic. I wanted to keep it really simple this time, but I did try print mixing by adding a tribal print wedge, which I think worked nicely. However, I do have other plans for it as well. The leafy print gives it kind of a tropical feel, and styled with my bright orange statement necklace (seen here) and orange espadrilles (seen here) I think it will be totally beach vacation-ready. 

This weekend was the perfect combination of fun, snuggling and relaxation to lead into a rather busy week. Looking forward to a new endeavor that I hope to share with you on Friday! Stay tuned.