Holiday Spirit

Happy Monday! Gosh, it feels like Thanksgiving was just yesterday. Where does the time go?!

I spent the long weekend in Alexandria, Virginia visiting my aunt for the holiday. It was SUCH a fun weekend! I remember really liking Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown when I visited in 2007, but OMG — I want to move there. Like tomorrow. L.O.V.E.

I just can’t get over the fall foliage in the DC area. AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS. Weeks past peak and the leaves absolutely blow NYC out of the water. Times 5,000.

I wore this festive ensemble for an afternoon of wandering the Georgetown area. The very first J.Crew store I ever went in was the one on M Street in Georgetown so we had to pay a visit… I guess you can say that’s where it all began! We also stopped in Vineyard Vines, Madewell, LOFT, Anthropologie, etc. to check out the weekend sales. Lots of window shopping! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The line to Georgetown Cupcake was INSANELY long, but I really wanted to try GTCC as a part of my pumpkin cupcake crawl. I know there is a NYC location, but I’ve yet to make it in and it felt more authentic to have my first one in D.C. We weren’t going to wait the 45 minutes in the freezing cold, so I took my aunt to Sprinklesย down the street because she was a first-timer. We, of course, had the pumpkin!

In true cupcake-connoisseurย fashion, we swung back by Georgetown Cupcake right after they opened on Sunday morning. No line, woo hoo!ย And yes, their pumpkin spice cupcake is to die for. The Soho location will be seeing a lot more of me, that’s for sure!

I love the leather detailing on this Juicy Couture top. Good thing there are some gold tassels because I definitely forgot to put on jewelry before I left my aunt’s house. I think the cold weather freezes my brain some days…

Tahari Burgundy Coat / gifted Juicy Couture Lace Top / Paige Jeans / Ivanka Trump Leopard Flats / Target Plaid Tartan Scarf / Essie Smokin Hot Nail Polish

Thank you for playing photographer all weekend, Aunt Anne! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. 11.26.12
    AJ said:

    I’ve never had Georgetown Cupcakes, Sprinkles are my FAVORITE! Will you be doing a small recap on the pumpkin cupcake tour?!


  2. 11.26.12
    Rachel said:

    Lovely photos- I’m in serious envy over that coat and top!

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  3. 11.26.12

    Love everything about this look – burgundy, plaid & lace = perfection!! Wish we still had the colorful leaves on our trees here, but the snow has hit in NY now ๐Ÿ™

  4. 11.26.12
    Amy said:

    Your shirt is adorable! I hope you had a great weekend! Sounds like a great time, I love georgetown!

  5. 11.26.12
    Stacey said:

    I love everything about this outfit, the red plaid looks amazing with the green!


  6. 11.26.12
    Maura said:

    So Nice to meet you in Old Town! Glad your time here in our city was fun, Gtown is and has always been the best place to shop, hands down.

  7. 11.26.12
    Allison said:

    You picked a great spot to take photos. Your green top and plaid scarf look great against the red leaves!

  8. 11.26.12
    Lauren said:

    love that scarf, cant believe its from target!

    and the DC area is so charming! my sister’s bf lives there and im jealous every time she goes down to visit!

  9. 11.26.12
    Sarah said:

    Great outfit, the detail on the top is beautiful.

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  10. 11.26.12
    Rose said:

    I’m so glad you got that top-I love it!! (and everything else about this outfit, it’s perfect holiday cute). I love that the leaves are still bright even two weeks after I was last there!

    Blonde in this City

  11. 11.26.12
    Lauren said:

    Next time you’re down in Georgetown, you have GOT to try Baked & Wired cupcakes. I think they totally beat Georgetown Cupcakes. They are large and dense but never dry ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 11.26.12
      Jessica said:

      Oh girl, I did!! I got the pumpkin one, SO GOOD! They put pumpkin in the cupcake batter so it’s extra moist. Pumpkin in the cream cheese frosting, too. It will be in my pumpkin cupcake crawl roundup! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 11.27.12
        Lauren said:

        AWESOME. That sounds amazing. My sis lived in DC for two years and became quite the connoisseur, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 11.26.12
    Aunt Anne said:

    So great to have you with me for Thanksgiving!! I knew you would see the area with new eyes post your college years. So fun playing your photog! The colors were perfect to compliment your festive outfit! Next fall you will have to visit when colors are in peak. Soak up your first holiday season in NYC! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 11.26.12
    Ashley said:

    I’m so glad you loved DC! I take all of my out-of-towners to GTCC. Here’s a tip: Call ahead or place an order online for pickup…then you still get the experience of going to the shop, but get to bypass the line! (Red Velvet in Chinatown is also amazing!)

    • 11.26.12
      Jessica said:

      Thankfully my aunt is a GTCC frequenter, so she knew all about ordering ahead! We were just kind of playing it by ear on Saturday. I’ll have to check out Red Velvet in Chinatown next time I am in the area!

  14. 11.26.12
    Agi said:

    Great outfit. Very Christmasy!!!!


  15. 11.26.12

    The little leather accents on that top are awesome. Love the mix of prints too in this look.


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  16. 11.26.12

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!! My sister just went to GTCC on a recent trip and said their cupcakes are the best- why she didn’t send me any is still a question I ask daily.
    Looking into that Juicy top- love the leather dets!

  17. 11.26.12
    Amy said:

    This outfit really is so adorable. I love it. I love Alexandria as well, there is just a certain charm about it that I cannot get enough of ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 11.26.12
    Rachel said:

    Love your shirt! It is so super adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 11.26.12

    ok….i need something in this exact plaid color combo! love it!

    xoxo, jenn
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  20. 11.26.12

    Great outfit… I love how you combined your jeans with a lace top, a plaid scarf & the leopard print flats…

    xo, Violeta

  21. 11.26.12

    such a festive outfit and the background makes these photos so pretty! xo

  22. 11.26.12
    Alex said:

    LOVE that lace top the color is gorgeous on you!!

    XO Alex

  23. 11.26.12
    jen said:

    So awesome you were in my ‘hood! No place like Alexandria ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you got your cupcakes but my fav in the area is at Best Buns Bakery in Shirlington! Try it next time.

  24. 11.26.12
    Ann said:


    Love the outfit! The red leaves in the background make it even more beautiful! I am going to try to go to Target tomorrow to get that plaid scarf! I think it looks great with the LV. I also love everything Pumpkin. If you ever see Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale you have to try it if you haven’t already – it’s awesome!

  25. 11.26.12
    Erica said:

    Those gorgeous red leaves looks amazing as your backdrop! And now i totally want a plaid scarf ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Jessica!

  26. 11.26.12
    Michelle said:

    Such a pretty background for photos! I cannot believe it’s still so “Fall” there! I love your coat & scarf, too cute! Jealous of the cupcakes, I’ve wanted to try them for awhile now!


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  27. 11.26.12
    Hallie said:

    You look a-ma-zing! What a gorgeous backdrop. That Juicy top is PERFECT. So happy to see you had a great Thanksgiving, love!

  28. 11.27.12
    Erin said:

    The texture of that top is so chic! And I love all the christmasy colors.


  29. 11.27.12
    Christine said:

    Cute outfit! Love the detailing on the top. And you can’t go wrong with leopard or plaid ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. 11.27.12

    I’m originally from TX, and this is my second fall here in VA. We actually are about a five minute drive from Alexandria, and this is the one thing that I love about VA-experiencing real seasons. In TX we have warm and hot weather, and the leaves stay green pretty much year ’round. The red leaves are by absolute favorite. If you’re ever back in the area, there’s a Georgetown Cupcake in Bethesda which is a simple train ride and short walk to get there. I refuse to stand in the line in Georgetown. Too long!

  31. 11.28.12
    Ellen said:

    The colors are beautiful in these pictures! You got your leaves!!!

  32. 11.29.12

    this outfit is great head to toe. love the mixture of prints and texture.

  33. 6.27.13
    Hip said:

    I think it looks great with the LV. I also love everything Pumpkin.

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