Oh do I have a good Friday Favorite’s for you today. Still on “Cloud Nine,” thinking about our D.C. trip I shared with you on Monday. So excited to have gotten in a couple pool days this week. A couple of the kids are headed out of town this weekend so Mr. Nine and I are going to go to The Parade of Homes and watching a movie out on the lanai. Hoping for another day in the pool on Sunday. Hope you're all enjoying Summer so far and soaking up every last second!

1. Blogger Spotlight: 
Rachel from A Blonde's Moment
As I also mentioned in my Monday Post, I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel in person on our trip as she lives nearby. Rachel was one of the 
first bloggers I followed and we just said it feels like we've 
known each other forever. We have so much in common; from both being only children from the midwest to loving and studying Political Science, wineries, both having little white doggies with the middle name "Mae" and adoring Ronald Reagan! Rachel is just as precious in person as she is on her blog. She is a lifestyle blogger who blogs a lot like fashions with yummy recipes thrown in on Tuesdays. I've made several of her delicious dishes and they are always so good. I love how Rachel takes short cuts like I do with low fat Dairy and subbing things like cauliflower rice for carbs. We do both love our sweets and recently Rachel had a twist on  that has my whole family excited and raving. Her Reese's Peanut Butter S'mores are perfect for summer! Her Blog, A Blonde's Moment, is always up to date on all the latest fashion and trends. I love when she does her Save vs. Splurge posts, spot on collages and some of the CUTEST Dresses. A hotel on her recent trip to Napa and Cali offered the Perfect backdrop for the prettiest dress I've seen this Summer! Her Tropical Print Maxi Dress was a last minute before trip purchase and under $40!! It's absolutely stunning!
Hop over to Rachel's Blog and see why I adore her so much!

Just LOVE this gorgeous Summer Dress too on Rachel!

2. Father's Day Fun
The first swim day of the year…finally…for the entire crew. It was HOTTT let me tell ya, heat indexes of 104 so we were literally in the pool the entire day except to eat and unwrap presents. First time our little Daisy was ever in a pool and she loved it!! 

 Of course college boys got Dad party pong, lol

3. Week's Attire
Nordstrom tee, Levi's shorts HERE, Nike flip flops HERE

Target dress, old..Tory Burch Miller sandals HERE, necklace, gift 

Old Navy Top HERE, Loft distressed capris HERE

4. Catch Me If You Can Top Outfit
High Waisted Jeans, Pointy toe pumps and a crop that’s not too short as to not show the belly and you’ve got a great date night ensemble. I wore this to Fig and Olive for one of our dinners in D.C. and love how it turned out. The Bauble Bar Aimee choker necklace was perfect with it. I just love the ties on the side of the sleeves too. Ho funny is it that this Free People top is called “Catch Me if You Can!” I took flats along for our walking after and trust me, after all those steps, Mr. Nine could easily “catch me”, lol!


5. Misc. Fun
Our Hotel: Marriott Marquis
Mr. Nine and I don’t stay at Marriott hotels that often unless it’s a JW but when work is fitting the hotel bill, you go where you are supposed to. We were so happy with this hotel. Beautiful lobby, several restaurants, late check-out and lovely people. Great location too. One to check out if you’re headed to D.C.

And while he was at a dinner, I had the whole 8,000 sq. feet 2 story gym all to myself. 

Pineapple Tee 
Being a girl who not only loves pineapples, but all things Americana, you can imagine how excited I was to find This Tee on Etsy! This One is super cute and patriotic too! And This Tank!

Wine Slushie
Pool time means slushie time…..any frozen concoction will do but boy have I found the perfect and easy recipe for 
Strawberry Peach Wine Slushies! 
1 ½ cups frozen Strawberries
1 ½ cups frozen Peaches
1 cup white Wine..sweet, like Riesling or Moscato..Prosecco is good too
1 cup ice
1 tablespoon simple syrup…optional
BLEND in blender until slushy!! J

Have a fabulous weekend darlings! 
Hope there is concoction you love involved!
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Yes friends, I am in yet another jumpsuit!! Last Summer, at a local winery, I saw the cutest jumpsuit like this on a gal and I was on the hunt for one like it. I am happy to say I found this Soprano brand and love it. Today’s Style Perspective theme is one I selected: Nautical looks, so I paired a red bracelet with it and I think it says, get me on a happy hour boat cruise!! Well, that didn’t happen but a fun night out to dinner with cocktails did when we were in Chicago last month did. 

Thinking I just might pull it out again for a Summer winery trip this year! 

Nice and flowy, just the way I like em' and a tie side belt is a great asset too!


Now Let's Link-Up your fabulous style and head over to The Blended Blog for a little more of my nautical loving!


We’re back from a great trip! I was so happy to tag along to DC on Mr. Nine’s business trip. Being the first trip to DC for us both, we were able to stay on a couple extra days and soak in as much as we could. We were blessed with phenomenal weather and being a lover of all things political science and government, this proud American girl sure was excited! Let’s get to it as I of course included “9” things I loved from our trip to Washington. 

1. Lunch with Rachel 
It is so fun to meet fellow bloggers you follow in real life because you feel so close to them already. I was so lucky to have a wonderful lunch with one of my favorites: Rachel from A Blonde's Moment.
Much more to come on Rachel when I feature her as a Friday Favorite Blogger Feature. If you don’t already know her, she’s the best! Our lunch was at a great place Rachel found called Farmers and Distillers and it was delicious. In fact, Mr. Nine and I went there the next morning for breakfast where I had the best creme brûlée doughnut. 
Rachel and I
Gingham Top on sale HERE

2. Gelato & Kate Spade 
I had the rest of the day to explore while Mr. Nine was in meetings. Near the hotel was an upscale shopping area called City Center DC. When I saw they had a Kate Spade, I was so in. What a delight it was. Darling items, super sweet sales ladies, a serious discussion with them and some fellow patrons about her death. Plus, I splurged and bought the CUTEST Pineapple Jumpsuit . I’m taking it on our upcoming family vacation and I’ll make sure to get a photo shoot in it. I treated myself to some of the best gelato I’ve had since Italy while I was there too at a great gelato and coffee shop called Dolcezza. 

The dressing room was beautiful and the DRESS so cute but it was too big and they didn't have a smaller size. Still so excited to share my Jumpsuit soon.

3. Fig & Olive 
In the same complex I had been in for shopping, was a restaurant called Fig and Olive. Since the restaurant we wanted didn’t have any time slots that worked, we decided on this one. It was great food that was satisfying but didn’t cause you to feel stuffed. The Crostini's On focaccia were delicious.  

4. Capitol
Probably the most beautiful building in the entire United States. I was in awe. We were lucky enough to have a private tour via our state representative and the intern tour guide was a Notre Dame student, which was awesome. The House was in session so she gave us tickets to sit in on the workings of the House and we got to see several House Representatives speak. My favorite part, our photo with the statue of my favorite President, Ronald Reagan. 

5. Tortilla Coast
Hello deliciousness!! This amazing Mexican Restaurant was a recommendation from Rachel and it was sooooo good. A short walk from the Capitol building and the perfect place for our lunch before starting our 25,000 step trek for the day to all the sights. The Stars and Stripes margarita Rachel suggested was so good!!! 

6. National Archives
Again, a great recommendation from Rachel as she is a fellow political science nerd like me and knew I’d love it. I sure did! The archives house the Original documents that shaped our Nation; the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It was such an honor to view these documents in the Rotunda. No photography was allowed but we did snap these hilarious photos in front of the massive 37 feet doors. We look so small, lol. 

7. Washington Memorial
This Memorial is the first one I saw when we made our way in to DC from the airport. It is so majestic. Unfortunately, due to deterioration from weather it was closed and a fence surrounded it but so amazing to see and it was, at one time, the tallest structure in the World. 

Target Dress HERE

8. WWII Memorial 
Honoring the 16 million who served in the US forces, this is a beautiful memorial completed in 2004, in between the Washington Memorial and the Reflecting Pool/Lincoln Memorial. I loved how each of the states was represented and the beautiful fountain in the middle. The Lincoln Memorial at the end of these sights was cool too but it was quite crowded so we didn’t stay long. 

9. Arlington National Cemetery
We were going to go to Mount Vernon on Saturday but wanted to take a water taxi but due to time constraints and our flight in the afternoon, we decided to go to Arlington instead and are so glad we did. We saw the grave sites for the Kennedy family and all the soldiers who grace this cemetery in death. It is amazing and we were able to witness several wreath laying ceremonies and when we crossed our hearts and Taps played, we both got teary eyed.

 At the Tomb of the Unknown Solider 

We also saw the Whitehouse on Trump’s birthday Thursday, saw where they were filming some scenes for Wonder Woman 2, accidentally went in the Senate chambers area where we weren’t supposed to be, got in trouble for standing too close to a portrait at an art gallery (we’re such rebels) and saw the Presidential helicopter take off, not sure if it was Marine One (Trump) or Marine Two (Pence). We were really surprised not only how pretty everything was but how expansive the city is. We logged over 75,000 steps in 3 days. Trust me, we were so tired each night but so happy seeing one of the greatest cities in the Nation! 

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