so long summer

Dare I say it? That time of year that I have been impatiently waiting for has finally arrived. Hello, fall. How I've missed you. It's just about that time to fire up the grill for your tailgate favorites, dust off your comfy & oversized cardigans, get your fire pits in working order & make sure you've got this season's Redskin's parking pass. You won't catch this girl crying over her two-piece & sun tan lotion - I've got my pumpkin bread recipe ready to go. To ring in my favorite season in style I'm giving away a fall favorite from one of my beloved DC designers - keep reading for the details. 
So long summer, it's been real.

Top: Unknown [similar] | Skirt: Camilla Tree c/o Violet Boutique [similar] [love this one] | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Jacket: Thrifted | Bag: c/o Gigee Marie | Necklaces: Stella & Dot, Lillyput Lane | Bracelets: c/o Jeweliq, LouLou, c/o eeCuffs, Watch: Michael Kors | Nails: Essie Marshmallow | Shades: Ray Ban

Photos by Lacey

One of you lucky ladies will WIN this stunner from the Gigee Marie fall line. It's as easy as 1...2...3. Here's what to do:

1. Follow District Sparkle on Twitter & 'Like' on Facebook
2. Follow Gigee Marie on Twitter
3. Follow Gigee Marie on Pinterest
[To have a valid entry you must do all of the above]

For additional entries:
Tweet about the giveaway! [Don't forget to mention @districtsparkle & @gigeemarie]
Leave a comment in the section below with your email address.

[Total possible number of entries: 3]

Winner will be announced Friday, September 7 - Good luck!



We're kicking off DC's Fashion Night Out with a big bang tomorrow. Stop on by for a giveaway from one of my favorite DC designers & a little announcement. As for now, I'll leave you with some weather-appropriate outfit inspiration. After all, you'll be needing a fierce outfit for what's in store for next week!

All images via Pinterest

CONGRATS to Courtney from Coco in Pink! You are the brand new owner of two gorgeous GiantLion bangles :)

Thank you so much to everyone that entered. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for my best giveaway yet!


friday favorites

This week was particularly special in that I celebrated my 25th birthday in style with one of my favorite blogger loves, Morgan. Bonus, she's also a fellow Hoosier :)

Thank you so much to everyone who has made this week special. I am one lucky girl!


[the original] fall preview

Last week one of my favorite local boutiques had their fall preview & I am now completely ready for this next season in full force. Hobo's new bags & patterns are an absolute must-have this fall season. They have something for everyone which is a huge plus - you know how much I love to have options :)
From their large totes in muted fall colors to their smaller clutches in fun, fresh prints, Hobo is a force to be reckoned with this fall & may just make the perfect holiday gift!

Photos c/o Melissa


mid-week link love

In my absence this week [follow me on Twitter & Instagram to follow my adventures] I am sending you, my lovely & loyal readers, to a few of my favorite blogs around the interwebs. I hope you enjoy these ladies as much as I do!

Photo via Pinterest

Samantha & Taylor are rocking some fierce end-of-summer ombre nails.

Alicia makes work wear super chic.

Some of the best advice from one of my blogger bests :)

A recipe for the best good karma chocolate cookies you will ever have.

& speaking of good karma, Kate reminds us to watch out for those little things in life...

Loving Liz's weekend recap of her Eastern Market morning & visit to some of my DC boutique faves: eeCuffs & Carnelian B!

Dy-ing over this Carrie Bradshaw inspired jumpsuit that Krystal is rocking.

Looking to bulk up your arm candy? Don't forget to enter my Giant Lion giveaway!


quarter of a century

Photo via Pinterest

I'm celebrating a bit of a milestone today! Thank you for all of the warm wishes & for making this a day to remember. Today is a special day for me & for a few of those that I love...

Happy BIRTH day to Tate & congratulations to his amazing new parents & two of my best friends, Sara & Dustin. I cannot wait to meet this little nugget :)

Happy ENGAGEMENT to my best of 10 years, JW...soon to be JS. I couldn't be happier for you, JeWo :)


cupcakes & cargo

Vest: Old Navy | Skirt: Unknown [similar] | Heels: Mia Limited Edition [love these] [& these] | Necklace: Eastern Market [similar] | Lips: Nars Heat Wave | Bag: c/o Hobo | Arm Candy: JCrew, c/o Jewelmint

Photos by Lacey

Weeknights with the CapFABB ladies are always a fabulous time. Last night we dabbled in some fall fashions, the latest beauty products, the fiercest outfits, & tasty hors d'oeuvres. My beloved Hobo Blythe made her CapFABB debut & was a force to be reckoned with. Can't get enough of our local bag hub? Head over to their Fall Preview Event tonight, August 16th from 6-9pm. The Preview will take place at Hobo's Flagship Store: 194 Green Street, in downtown Annapolis.  Press & local fashionistas will be attending to view the new Fall 2012 Collections for the first time.  It's sure to be a stellar night of fashion, champagne, appetizers and more!


spots + studs [+ a giveaway]

Jumper: Lush [love this one] | Shoes: Sam Edelman [similar] | Shades: RayBan | Necklace: Vintage | Bracelets: c/o Giant Lion | Cuff: eeCuffs | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: c/o Hobo | Lips: Nars Schiap

After scouring the racks at one of my favorite shops, Secondi, I uncovered this gem just in time to get some wear in before the leaves change. I had yet to find a summer jumper that I loved beyond words & was prepared to give up all hope until I stumbled upon this Lush piece. Paired with my favorite & majorly coveted, custom eeCuffs arm piece, this number is a solid go-to for these last days of summer.

In addition to my eeCuffs stunner, I've been layering my favorite Giant Lion bracelets all summer long [Both of these DC based jewelry designers showcased their merchandise at G.L.A.M.'s Inaugural Fashion Event]. This etsy tycoon knows her stuff when it comes to one-of-a-kind pieces & I can't get enough --- so today I'm sharing the wealth :) One lucky winner will win two of the Giant Lion bracelets pictured above.

To enter, simply:

Follow Giant Lion on Twitter
Follow District Sparkle on Twitter
Like District Sparkle on Facebook
Leave a comment on which Giant Lion piece is your favorite
[all one entry]

For additional entries:
Follow District Sparkle on Instagram
[entry 2]
Follow District Sparkle on Pinterest
[entry 3]

[Please leave one comment per entry]

Winner will be announced on 8/23


the mexicana wrap

Dress: Mexicana Wrap Dress c/o Wallis | Shoes: Zara | Clutch: Lou Lou | Sunglasses: RayBan | Necklace: Eastern Market | Bracelets: JCrew, Lou Lou | Watch: Michael Kors | Lips: Nars Schiap | Nail Polish: Essie Ballet Slippers

Photos by Lacey

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