Bling on the Gold! Nail Polish I Love Right Now!

September 28, 2013 § 3 Comments

I was reading Real Simple a few months back and came across a feature that had the most amazing nails I have ever seen (see bottom picture). The only problem is that with my job, those nails would call too much attention to my hands so I came up with a slightly less flashy version (by day I am a technical writer for a government contractor here in DC)! I grabbed this pack of 10 mini nail polishes from e.l.f. for $9.99 a few weeks ago and was so excited to see the Nude and Gold Star colors because I knew I could create a fun look inspired from the Real Simple shoot! What do you guys think? I’m also pretty excited to try out some of the other colors in the pack–I’m feeling green this season! I’ll paint my nails that color on a non-meeting day ha!
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Perfect Pumpkin Treats

September 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

This past Friday I walked into Williams Sonoma to check out some of their espresso machines and ended up walking out wanting to buy every single pumpkin-related item in the store! I was seriously impressed with the selection and thought the store display was so gorgeous! One of my good friends recently sent a pumpkin/Halloween themed box to her friend in Afghanistan and it got me thinking about all of the delicious pumpkin-flavored items that are out on shelves right now. Of course, we all know there’s the coveted pumpkin-spice latte (now referred to as PSL) from Starbucks but other than that I didn’t realize how many fall-themed treats existed. Who knew there was pecan pumpkin butter or pumpkin peanut brittle?! I also included a few products I spotted at Trader Joe’s last night when I stopped in to grab some ingredients for chili (recipe to be posted soon!). I hope you enjoy this little roundup of pumpkin products as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat–and if you haven’t already, make sure you enter the giveaway that ends this Friday for the TJ Maxx/HomeGoods giftcard! XOXO

Perfect Pumpkin Treats


Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Williams-Sonoma Muffin Mix

Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Cozy Wool Rugs

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Cozy Wool Rugs
This morning when I woke up to make my coffee there was a chill in the air…and my feet were freezing! I had slept with the windows open and although it was refreshing, it was like an icebox in my apartment when I got up. I was really happy I purchased a new wool rug last fall because it is one of the most warm and comfortable things to walk on during these almost-fall days. I decided to do a little browsing to see what is out now and fell in love with the sweater rug from West Elm so I thought I would share with you guys! It makes me want to lay on the floor it looks so cozy and the best part is that it’s on sale right now (I love me a sale!). I tend to go for the blues and creams when it comes to rugs so I shared a few of my favorite out there right now with you. I finally logged into my Polyvore account and created this little beauty for you! I hope you enjoy and stay cozy!
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! XOXO

A Little Love in the Sculpture Garden

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment


I’m a Philly girl at heart and one of my favorite places to go when I lived there was Love Park.  It was on my walk to/from work and there was something magical about passing by the Love statue and the beautiful water fountain that reminded me Philly is the City of Brotherly Love. Well, now I can get my Love fix at the Sculpture Garden! Robert Indiana, the same man that created the Love image back in the ’60’s recently built the Amor sculpture (2006) and it’s at the Sculpture Garden! It was gifted to the National Gallery of Art  in May 2012 by Simon and Gillian Salama-Caro in memory of Ruth Klausnerred. I can’t wait to go check it out…and maybe sneak a kiss in front of it for good measure!

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! If you snap any photos in front of the Amor statue, feel free to send them my way and I will post ( XO


Fair Trade Rugs in Old Town this Weekend!

September 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great week! I wanted to share a fun event that is happening this weekend in Old Town Alexandria at Ten Thousand Villages (TTV): from the 12-15th they are holding their annual rug event where hundreds of Bunyaad rugs will be on display and for sale. The Bunyaad is an artisan group in Pakistan made up of over 850 families and about 100 villages where the workers are all paid a fair, living wage. They are also paid per knot rather than per rug so it lends itself to a higher quality product, according to TTV. “It’s a win-win situation” says Kathleen McMahon, store manager. “Artisans in Pakistan earn a living wage and North American consumers get an excellent quality rug with an excellent mission behind it. Home decorating was never more meaningful!”

TTV held a class on Thursday night, a Rugs 101 they call it, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend. I’ve never purchased an Oriental rug myself but think they are beautiful and maybe one day when I live in a bigger house rather than a small one-bedroom apartment I will be able to get one! If you missed the class like me but are interested in learning about Oriental rug making, decorating tips, quality, different designs, and care instructions, check out some of the other stops this rug tour will be making here. Who knows, maybe they will be coming to a TTV near you (I did see a few stops in PA and NY)!

As always, thanks for reading the blog! I hope you get to check out some beautiful, handmade rugs this weekend! XOXO










Electric Run in DC

September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hey everyone! Last night my friends and I did the Electric Run 5K out at National Harbor and it was a blast! If it rolls into your town I would highly recommend it. It felt so amazing to jog at night by the water with the cool breeze–made me want to run outside more often. The run was good because there were all types of participants from hardcore runners to kids and it had a real party atmosphere. The number of glow sticks and tutus that were out and about last night was unreal! The entire course had fun, bright neon decorations and the music was loud and pumping for most of of the course. Hope you enjoy the pics below! I’m excited for my next 5k!
















HomeGoods and TJ Maxx Open in Georgetown Tomorrow! (*Plus a Giveaway*)

September 6, 2013 § 16 Comments


“Holy crap-this store is big!” was the first thing I thought when I rode the escalator down the stairs of the brand spankin’ new 50,000 square foot HomeGoods and TJ Maxx combo store in Georgetown (3222 M St NW ). The space is what used to be the really sad, often overlooked “mall” where the only place I ever seemed to visit was the DMV (I’m happy I’m a real Washingtonian now though!). The megastore opens tomorrow morning at 8am for its grand opening celebration and will close at 8pm; regular store hours will be M-Sat 9:30am-9:30pm and Sun 11am-8pm.

20130906-205732.jpgSo, what can you expect? Well, I’m not supposed to “name names” but the Runway section has some amazing deals on leather bags and I can tell you you won’t be disappointed with the variety of clothes either! The minute I stepped foot in the section–it’s a special little slice of heaven in the front of the store where you can find high fashion designs for women (sorry, guys!) at drastically reduced prices–my Fall shopper mode came into full effect. Some hot trends like leather accents mixed with tweed stood out to me and I can’t wait to go back tomorrow and shop!

20130906-205740.jpgBesides the Runway, the store has a wide variety of men’s, kids, home accents and even specialty food items (black quinoa stood out to me along with some yummy looking British teas). Their pillow section is about a mile long (again, heaven!) and the table linens I peeked at were amazing–great fall colors like burnt orange and teal with modern, Moroccan-inspired designs were some of my favs. They also have a great selection of handmade items from India and hand-painted glass from Italy.

20130906-205758.jpg20130906-205835.jpg20130906-205856.jpg20130906-205846.jpg20130906-205810.jpgGiveaway Time!!!!

Thanks to the amazing team at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx, you my dear readers can have a shot at your very own giftcard! I have one $25 giftcard to HomeGoods and one $25 giftcard to TJ Maxx to give away! Yes, a freebie–what a wonderful way to get back into the blogging mode! So, here’s how to enter and win:

Pick two of the activities below and post a comment saying what you did in the comments section:

-Like A Fresh Coat on facebook

-Follow me on Twitter

-Follow me on Instagram

-Subscribe to the blog

The contest will end September 27th at midnight and is open to US residents only.

Thanks to the team at HomeGoods/TJ Maxx for the tour of the new store, the giftcards and treats, and thanks to you guys for coming back to the blog after a summer hiatus! Now that my travel plans have calmed down I am back and so super ready to share some great things with you guys this year!

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! xo





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