City guide: Washington D.C.

Hello loves! Today I want to tell you all about the amazing long weekend I spent in Washington D.C. with my babe Yana (from @MissYanaCherie). D.C. is very different from most American cities I've visited: its historical neighborhoods, famous monuments and magnificent old buildings remind me a lot of European cities. The atmosphere there was one of timeless charm and we had an absolutely incredible time exploring the city. So if you're planning to visit D.C. in the future, here are the top things I would recommend.

Staying

We were lucky enough to partner with Marriott during our trip and got the opportunity to stay at the Marriott Georgetown. The hotel was the first Marriott built in the country's capital and has recently been renovated to showcase a reinvented hotel experience. Boldly transforming itself for global travelers who blend work and play (aka bloggers!), Marriott leads the industry with innovations enabling the next generation to #TravelBrilliantly. The location of the hotel is perfect: just a short 10 minutes stroll to Georgetown and a 20 minutes walk to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and all the Smithsonian Museums.

Our suite was extremely spacious, modern and comfortable. From cozy robes to a huge smart tv to top of the line bathroom essentials nothing was missing! 

The personal handwritten note and this delectable welcome tray were such a nice surprise!

Shopping

Because our hotel was in Georgetown we were there basically every day. The historical little town is the perfect destination to walk around, shop, eat and discover a few points of interest such as the Old Stone House and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. 
You'll find there all the main street names from Zara to Forever 21, Intermix and even a TJ Maxx! (which, I'll admit, is on of my favorite stores ever!)

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Dining

We had most of our meals at the Marriott Georgetown, taking full advantage of the M Lounge Club that offers an amazing breakfast buffet every morning, snack throughout the whole day and small bites and appetizers in the evening.

However we did indulge in a Italian dinner feast at Flavio, in Gerogetown. The cute outdoor seating area will catch your eye but the bite of margherita pizza they let you sample will steal your heart! Special mention goes to the uber popular Lobster Diavolo pasta: believe me when I say it's their most popular dish for a valid reason!

For a quick sugar fix there is plenty of choice: Sprinkle cupcakes, Laduree and of course the original location of Georgetown cupcakes

Sightseeing

The Old Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom are historic neighborhoods, all within walking distance from each other where the buildings are beautifully preserved. Walking down those streets early in the morning we just felt like time stopped.

The Library of Congress turned out to be one of my absolute favorite places I have ever visited in my whole life. No joke! The architecture inside the building was simply breathtaking and we just got lost in its stunning rooms. We also saw a couple of newlyweds taking their pictures there and let me just tell you that is actual #relationshipgoals!

Of course no visit to D.C. is complete without a stop at the National Mall. There are so many museums, memorials and monuments around it that we spent a whole day in the area and still didn't get to see everything!

It was such an emotional moment getting to stand where so many incredible men that shaped the history stood and walk their steps. 

The Smithsonian castle and its gardens were our favorite part and the Hirshhorn museum of contemporary art was definitely the most interesting museum I've ever been at! They also hold very instagrammable temporary exhibitions there, unfortunately we happened to visit while they were right in between exhibitions! (just our luck..)

Have you ever been to Washington D.C. or anybody lives there? What are some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comments!

My secret to beautiful hair

Happy Friday loves! 
With the sunny days approaching I wanted to share with you my best kept secret. I always get tons of compliments on my hair and so many people think it's all just fake (and proceed to stare at me in disbelief when I tell them it's actually my real hair and I do not wear extensions). 

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I take my hair care very seriously and I've gotten into the habit of doing a few little things that really have huge impact on how my hair looks and feels.

- Try to wash your hair as little as possible: it may vary for different types of hair but what works for me is once every 5 days. It will take some time for your hair to adjust and you could use dry shampoo in the meantime to extend the life of your blowout but you'll find that your hair will look healthier when it doesn't get stripped out of its natural oils every day. To that end I love using Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: they provide a gentle cleansing while moisturizing with organ oil and other replenishing nutrients.
- Use a hair mask weekly: on top of my shampoo and conditioner I regularly apply the Intense Hydrating Mask to my hair once I'm done showering. This treatment improves texture, elasticity and shine. I'll leave it on and usually put a face mask on as well and rince both off at the same time after 10 minutes.


- Let your hair air dry: I always use hot tools to style my hair so I do what I can to avoid applying unnecessary heat. I usually wait for my hair to air dry before styling it with my flat iron and curing wand and always apply the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream beforehand. This not only conditions, hydrates and tames frizzy hair but also provides an extra layer of protection to your hair before the styling. 
- Try to chop off at least an inch every other month: this will make them grow faster and stronger and it will keep your haircut looking polished and fresh because all of the hair will be or the same length and your ends will look healthy and shiny.

Moroccanoil has an amazing range of hair products that perfectly adapt to everyone's needs. Not only they are super effective  and make your hair feel amazing but they also smell great!

This post was written in collaboration with Moroccanoil. All opinions are my own.

Handbag collection

Today is #NationalHandbagDay and what better to to celebrate this fun day than to bring all of my babies out for a family picture?? :D I have loved and cherished every single one of them from the moment I bought them and have used all of them so much! I am ashamed to admit that there are still a ton of bags on my wishlist but I am so very grateful for everything I have! Not that I haven't worked my ass off to be able to afford every single one, because I really have.

So to us, handbags lovers out there, may our collections keep on growing! :D

(Of course I realized only after taking these that my Drew and a Chanel bag were missing but all of the others are here i promise!)

Chanel collection

Today I share with you guys my little Chanel collection. In part because I've been asked a few times and in part because I am always super curious to see other people's beautiful collections of designer items. This is meant to be a fun post, showing you the result 5 years of shopping! I am not trying to be pretentious or brag in any way of course. I am extremely grateful for everything I own but I must admit that my wishlist is still pretty long! Haha #firstworldproblems
Of course on top of my wishlist right now is a Boy bag. Hopefully I'll be able to get one before the end of this year :)
Anyways, hope you'll enjoy the pictures!

Every time I am at a Chanel boutique eying different bags I am always attracted to bright colors but for some reason I always end up choosing the black bags. Maybe because to me Chanel are such classic pieces that I could only wear in the classiest of colors: black.

Bags aside I love Chanel brooches. I only have 3 for now, 2 with pearls and a baroque looking one but I am thinking about adding a crystal one very soon!

Of course I couldn't forget about Chanel shoes. I own 2 pairs of espadrilles, a pair of patent leather ballerina flats and the camelia flip flops. All very summery shoes that I end up wearing literally all the time while I am in Guadeloupe.

Last but not least, the only Chanel piece I own that is not black nor white. A pink (DUH) Chanel mini bag that looks a lot like the half moon WOC. I got this cutie pie several years back and my mom actually got the same one but bigger and in black and we used to wear them and match all the time!

Here's another group picture of all of my goodies! What's your favorite Chanel piece? And what's on your wishlist?? Let me know in the comments down below loves :D

Best summer ever!

June is here which means summer has officially started! Forget all those grey winter days and the rainy spring time, from now on it's all about sunshine, friends, cool trips and lots of fun :D
And in the spirit of that I rounded up a list of essentials you are going to need if you want this to be the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.
 

FASHION

- Straw hat: a summer staple that will never go out of style. There are tons of options from very inexpensive ones (just try at H&M or Forever 21) to designer versions or even customized ones. Not only a great fashion accessory but it will also prove extremely useful to prevent a face burn ;)

- A "feel good" bikini: I'm not saying it's going to be easy to find. We are all beautiful in our own ways but there are always specific items that make us feel even better about ourselves. That's what I mean when I talk about a "feel good" swimsuit. It doesn't really need to be a bikini, if you love one pieces, just go for it! But find a piece that will be your holy grail all summer long!

Book - Sunglasses

- Sundress: and I don't mean just one. You'll need a whole bunch of sundresses this summer because DUH. White lace, off-the-shoulders, bright floral prints, super long, the possibilities are endless!

- Sandals and espadrilles: when you're not going to wear flip flops you'll need cute but still comfy alternatives and lace up sandals (even better if adorned with colorful pom poms and charms) and espadrilles will be your new best friends!

ACCESSORIES

- Metallic flash tattoos and a bright nailpolish: because these are the only accessories worth of wearing on the beach really. I have seen too many of my friends lose valuable jewelry in the sea so I refuse to wear any type of accessory that I could possibly lose. Plus bracelets and necklaces would leave ugly and very annoying tan lines! I prefer to stick to colorful nailpolish shades and metallic flash tattoos to spice up my beach looks!

- Books and magazines: between a jump in the water, a nap under the sun umbrella while sipping on a refreshing and yummy drink you are going to want (actually NEED) some distractions! I love taking books and magazines (my faves are Cosmo, Vogue and Glamour) with me to the beach and calmly go through them. In fact I rarely have the time to do sit down and enjoy a book or a magazine in my hectic everyday life, so I really treasure those precious quiet moments.

- Sunglasses: forget your expensive designer sunglasses at home and just bring a few very cheap sunnies with you. Chances are some are going to get ruined because of the salt water, other you'll forget in hotel rooms or planes and you also might sit on some. So better safe than sorry when it comes to packing sunglasses for a summer trip!

- The perfect beach tote and a super cute beach towel: this one goes without saying. There are so many inexpensive options for sun beach totes and towels! Every summer I buy a new beach towel (yes I have quite a collection now) and a alos have a plethora of beach bags to choose from! Canvas, plastic, cotton, colorful, all white, printed, you can never go wrong with any of these basically.

- Mini crossbody bag for long summer nights: perfect to throw in your phone, wallet, lipstick and keys and make sure your hands are free to dance, eat and have all the fun you should be having.

BEAUTY

- Lip balm (even better if it has with SPF): we never really think about it but our lips tan too and it's imperative that we don't forget to moisturize them after spending a whole day in the sun.

- Sunscreen!!!: Do not only bring it on vacation with you, but apply it every day, multiple times a day! I know that we all want to get to a beautiful bronze tan as fast as possible but not applying sunscreen especially on the first days of sun exposure is the worst idea you can possibly have.

- On-the-go makeup pouch: a bright lip color to put on right before a fun photoshoot with your friends, waterproof mascara, a rollerball of your favorite perfume to make sure you always smell fantastic, a compact mirror and a few makeup wipes just in case.

- Body lotion: because after all those hours in the sun your skin will have an extreme need of hydration. Choose aloe vera or even an oil to restore your skin's smoothness and softness and get it ready for another magical day in the sun!

RANDOM

- A cool passport holder and luggage tag: you can go crazy with these! Accessorizing your travel essentials says "I'm so used to jet setting around that I have to have personalized items". It's the details that make the difference believe me.

- Headphones and a portable speaker: when travelling my headphones are my best friends. Not only the reduce the outside noise (in a plane or if there's a screaming baby in your train) but you'll need some kind of distraction during all those hours spent in a moving vehicle. Music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, anything you'll want to listen to starts with your headphones! And of course what's cooler than a portable speaker (even better if waterproof!) when you're laying on the beach or by a lake with all of your friends? I can't think of anything really :P

- Polaroid Camera: taking pictures with you phone is perfectly fine but there is something so much more special about having an actual printed Polaroid picture that immortalizes the most magical moments of the summer.

 Donut pool float (also love this chocolate one)

- One-of-a-kind inflatable floatie: these are all over Instagram and if you've always wanted one but never actually got one, this is the perfect time! You'll have a whole 3 months to use it and not only they're super comfortable to just lay in while at the beach but they look beyond amazing in pictures! ;)

- Fruits and water: because during summer all of the yummiest fruits are in season! Either cut a bunch of different fruits into small pieces and put the in a tupperware to bring with you or make delicious smoothies. Of course don't forget to drink tons of water to stay hydrated throughout the day!

I hope this article was helpful and put you on a summer vacation mood! I also created a fun checklist so that you can just save the picture and pull it up on your phone whenever you are packing!

My top 5 must-have bags

If you're anything like me you have a closet full of bags that you love and cherish dearly. Every piece you own is unique and has a special place in your heart. But there are undoubtedly some bags that you wear more often than others. Either be their color, leather or shape, you find that they complete your outfits perfectly and never let you down. That's how I feel about these 5 bags, which are definitely my must-haves. Forget about diamonds, I think purses are a girl's best friends!

5. The everyday tote: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

So incredibly spacious yet lightweight this bag is perfect for everyday errands and traveling. It can comfortably fit a laptop, a planner, your wallet, your makeup bag, a water bottle, your dog, your mom and everything that's in your room! Haha, jokes aside I have purchased this bag over 6 years ago and used it extremely often and it still looks superb!

4. The structured bag: Givenchy Antigona

So sleek and sophisticated the Antigona is a total class act. You can transition it from day to night and goes with literally everything! It carries a lot even though it gets pretty heavy if I fill it up too much: in that case the shoulder strap comes in very handy and saves you a pretty annoying eventual backache. I have this bag in black and I am seriously debating getting a beige one as well, that's how much I love it.

Bracelet: Hermès - Sunglasses: Céline

3. The party clutch: Alexander McQueen skull clutch

" 'Cause the party don't start til I walk in!". LOL. Well this bag is definitely an attention grabber slash conversation starter. I've had it for the longest time and it still looks new and has survived many crazy nights out. It's the kind of piece that elevates any outfit: pair it with a monochrome ensemble for a more sober look or with wild prints to make an over the top style statement.

Ring: YSL - Clutch: Alexander McQueen - Skull bracelet: Alexander McQueen - Roman numbers bracelet: The Peach Box - Link bracelet: J. Crew - Nailpolish: YSL number 26 Blanc Symboliste

2. The nano bag: Chloé Drew

The mini bag craze is far from over and everyone is always on the hunt for smaller and cuter bags. Personally I think it doesn't get any cuter than this Drew: I love the soft neutral color, the intricate chain details, the yellow gold hardware and its perfect shape. 

Skirt: Kora Rae - Rings: Forever 21

1. The classic: Chanel flap

The little black dress of bags, the fairest of them all: a Chanel classic black flap is my holy grail. The elegance and sophistication that a Chanel bag can give to your outfit is almost surreal. It's been a must have and celebrity favorite for many years and will probably never lose its status.

Gift guide: favorite color edition

The holiday season is almost here and of course I am already thinking about all the gifts I will be giving to my friends and family this year! For my first Christmas on Shop Wear Repeat I wanted to make a different kind of gift guide and thought about what items I really loved and I realized all of them were so appealing to me because they were my favorite colors. So I went ahead and created these flatlays of things I already own and personally love to give you some awesome ideas on what to gift to all the people on your list! Best thing is all you need to know is their favorite color and you're good to go!

GOLD

This is one of my favorite colors especially when combined with white. I think it's very elegant and sophisticated and it's the perfect accent color in an all white room. Here are some of the things I have and love and think would be great gifts!

- Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish: it looks amazing in flatlays and is great to store small jewelry items.
- Gold skull candles: I got these in a set of 4 from Michaels last year for Halloween decor but still use them all year round! I couldn't find the exact same ones but I absolutely love this one as well and I'm thinking of getting it too!
- The Peach Box bracelet: an inexpensive alternative to the Tiffany and Co. atlas collection, love this bracelet to pieces, I wear it almost daily and it still looks new!
- J. Crew chain bracelet: such a classic statement.
- Michael Kors watch: I got mine a couple of years back and use it all the time!
- Buxom glittery eyeliner: perfect for festive make up looks!
- YSL lipstick: great lip product and so pretty it doubles as a room decor item!
- YSL nailpolish: The gold packaging of all the YSL makeup line is TDF and the quality of their nailpolishes is by far one of the best out there!
- Urban Outfitters macaron tinket box: perfect room decor item and it holds all the small little things the create clutter around the room. I am not hashamed of saying that I own these in almost every color!
- White and gold canister: so clean and sophisticated, it's the perfect gift for that messy friend of yours that needs a little extra storage space and motivation to declutter her space!
- White iPhone 6 case with gold glitter polka dots: because everyone needs one in their life.
- Gold foil wall art: mine is from marshalls but you can easily DIY some!
- Designs by Maria gold foil mug: the saying on this adorable mug ("Good things come to those who hustle") is inspirational and kick-ass, perfect for all the #bossladies out there!
- Victoria's Secret mist: what girl isn't in love with anything by VS?
 

PASTEL PINK

Baby pink is so girly and dreamy and is a color you can never go wrong with!
- Romper Room Essie nailpolish: this might be THE most perfect pale pink nailpolish: full coverage with just one coat and very long lasting!
- Ladurée macarons: because who doesn't love them?
- Pink heart-shaped sunglasses: too cute to handle
- Lemon West Peony soy candle: ok this one isn't pink technically but it basically smells like pink.
- Polaroid camera: the perfect way to immortalize all the fun you'll have together!
- Gina Made It bun bow: because everything's better with a bow.
- Bath and Body Works shimmer swirl lotion in A thousand wishes: make you smells and look like a million dollars!
- Notebook: because staying organized in style is important (this one is from Marshalls!).
- Monogrammed beauty pouch: so pretty and versatile!

TEAL

Another pastel color girls love and dreams of, probably because we always associate it with Tiffany and Co.
- Essie nailpolish in "Strut your stuff": I usually buy my Essies at TJ Maxx where they are only $4 (compared to $8.50)!
- Mini owl lip balm: this cutie pie from forever 21 is adorable and will keep your lips hydrated and beautifully scented!
- Urban Outfitters macaron trinket: once again, just buy it in every color!
- Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer: with this miracle worker you'll always be one second away from smooth, poreless skin. Best part? You can find it at your local drugstore!
- Tiffany and Co. bracelet: nothing says I love you like this heart pendant bracelet!
- Smith's Rose and Mandarin lip balm: This ultra-hydrating lip balm bursting with an intoxicating natural rose and mandarin scent helps keep lips soft, and also makes a lovely vanity piece.
- Hello hair mask: another haircare product perfect as a stocking stuffer! This all natural oil treatment is engineered to repair and revitalize dry hair. And smells like coconut!
- Nip+Fab kale range: this is basically what my skin care routine looks like. This gentle and nourishing kit is packed with a load of super-food ingredients to invigorate the skin and protect it against free radicals whilst softening and hydrating dry skin. I love it and totally recommend it for your girlfriends (and youself!).
- Tiffany and Co. bow mug: snagging a Tiffany and Co. piece for only $40 is basically winning at life.

BRIGHT PINK

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If pale pink wasn't pink enough.. Because the pinker the better!

- Essie Bottle Service nailpolish: once again, a gorgeous nailpolish shade by essie! Great quality and so inexpensive!
- Milani lipstick in 64 Matte Orchid: another drugstore brand with a luxury feel! Espacially love their lipsticks.
- NYX Intense butter gloss: or basically anything else by NYX would make a great gift for the makeup addict on your list!
- Victoria's Secret PINK pouch: I love this to store daily essentials, especially since it's transparent and I can see all that's inside.
- Hello kitty wipes: always handful and hello kitty makes everything cuter.
- SL Miss Glam Brushes: these fluffy dreamy pink brushes are so soft and luxurious they will make you want to stare at them the whole time!
- 100% Boys tears iPhone case: because #girlpower!
- Pecksniff's Rose and Peony hand and nail treatment cream: luxuriously soft and enriched with keratin, this rich cream will leave hands and nails smooth and deliciously fragranced.
- Votives: perfect little gifts because who doesn't love pretty candles?

RED

The color of passion, the color of love and the color of Christmas of course!
- Mophie portable charger: this @RED Mophie juice pack saves you more than just my iPhone battery. It also saves lives! Every time you buy Mophie @RED, you can provide life-saving HIV medicine to those who need it most. Because Christmas is about giving.
- Kate Spade candle: with so many fragrances and designs to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect candle for everyone!
- Scottish Fine Soaps Rasperry soap: I am such a sucker for pretty little knick knacks and my stocking's gifts are always my favorites and this raspberry scented soap makes me want to shower every hour!
- Strawberry jam: before you laugh at me think about how delicious home made jam is! My mom makes a killer one and all my friends always beg me to give them a jar (or ten!).
- Funny flask: for that friend of yours that parties a little too much!
- Essie Happy Wife Happy Life nailpolish: the perfect red shade for the holiday!
- Marc Jacobs lipgloss: not sticky, pigmented and very long lasting, basically everything you might want from a lipgloss!
- Notebook: everyone needs to write down stuff, right? :)
- Skittles: because who doesn't love candy?!
- YSL lipstick: one of the best formula for lipsticks out there! It goes on so smoothly and is super moisturizing!
- Twinings Chai Tea French Vanilla: this is my absolute favorite tea for the fall time and holiday season! I always add a little bit of cashew milk (I'm lactose intolerant, I'm sure normal milk will work just as well!) and it's so delly!
- Gina Made It bun bow: just put a bow on it!

BLACK

A classic with which you can never go wrong.
- Chanel: from lipsticks to brooches and earrings or even bags if you have the budget, you can never go wrong with Chanel!
- Sequins coin pouch: this is something I use daily to keep all my coins so they don't ruin my Louis Vuitton wallet!
- Makeup bag: because you can never have too many!
- Céline Thin Preppy sunglasses: these are my newest obsession! The Thin Preppys are the perfect size (not too big like the Audreys) and the always look so chic!
- The world according to Karl book: a funny compilation of Karl's life maxims and the perfect gift for your fashion addict friend!
- Julia Engel Miami Black Aibi watch: this watch is so elegant and classic! I love wearing it and goes well with so many of my things! An absolute must have in my opinion! (You can even SAVE $20 with the code "SARAHG" on your purchase!)
- Valentino rockstud bracelet: perfect to add an edgy feel to your arm party!
- Dior mascara: I love the formula of Dior mascaras as well as the stylish and sleek black and silver packaging!
- MAC lipstick: because there's like a billion shades to choose from and every single one is just PERFECT.

I hope you found this post interesting and helpful and now you have the perfect excuse to go shopping! Let me know what you will give to your loved ones in the comments down below!