Coffee Shop Hopping + collab with Stephen Leininger

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It’s no secret that I love coffee – but the only thing I love more than coffee is….sipping a cup while exploring the shops that brew it. New or old, dim or light, iced or hot – Baltimore has all the coffee shop and drink options a caffeine addict could want (check out more pics + details on some of my favorites via my Caffeine Chronicles!)

So, amongst my many Instagram posts featuring my drug of choice, Stephen Leininger reached out about doing a photo collab while doing what I do best, wandering the streets/alleys of Mount Vernon, sporting a casual outfit + with latte in hand. I was excited to work with a new photographer, and Stephen’s latest stuff has been awesome (check him out!) I’m always excited to spend a Saturday AM walking around sipping, chatting, and shooting!

Stop 1: The Bun Shop 

I grabbed a skim vanilla latte at The Bun Shop, one of my favorite cafes, and we were out the door. As we walked down Park Ave, I glanced down cross streets; and we stopped for a few shots as I spotted this beautifullllll door set of carriage doors. All the heart eyes.

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Stop 2: Mount Vernon Place Park

As we walked over to Charles St., we stopped in the North Park of Mount Vernon Place. Fun fact you may not have known: you can actually climb to the TOP of the Washington Monument! A great Saturday activity – get your tickets here!

If you’re afraid of heights, the parks surrounding the monument are great for people watching, picnicking, or sipping an cold brew coffee from Dooby’s (it’s right next to the park!) during a sunny day.

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Stop 3: Ceremony Coffee Roasters

We were blessed with such a beautiful Saturday for shooting. Therefore, I suggested our next stop be Ceremony because 1) it has tons of natural light 2) it was a perfect day to utilize their outside seating!

I grabbed a small coffee, and Stephen and I chatted about his book 20/40 before heading outside to snap some more shots!

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Outfit details

I really love the idea of mixing patterns, and there is certainly a way to make clash classily. As I was looking through my closet for something to wear, I wanted to stick to something that was both unique and true to my own style — and this is what I came up with!

The vintage turquoise cuff + my color-blocked shoes added a perfect touch of color while also complementing the overall neutral tones of the look. Lastly, I thought I lost my choker (I found it about a week after this haha) so I made this one from the string that comes with new shirts for support when hanging. Sometimes you gotta get creative!

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Dress: Marshalls (old) // Sweater: Nu New York // Turquoise Cuff: Vintage via my grandmother // Shoes: DSW (old) // Choker: DIY

Stephen even managed to catch a rare pic of me laughing as we were finishing up 😉

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Check out other shots from our explorations that didn’t make it into this post by following Stephen (@stephenleininger) & I on Instagram! And again, a huge THANK YOU to Stephen for these photos and tolerating the morning with my overly caffeinated self! 😂

Looking to go on some coffee hopping adventures of your own?! Check out pictures from my Baltimore favorites and reviews via my Caffeine Chronicles page! And don’t forget to share pictures from your coffee shop hopping adventures with me on Instagram by tagging me, @stylishlytaylored! I’m always looking for new suggestions 😉

Until next time, keep sippin’.

Xo,

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