Monday, September 29, 2014

the top of the washington monument!

this past august the washington monument re-opened after being closed since it sustained damage from the earthquake back in 2011. my friend and i decided to see if we might be able to tour the monument despite not having tickets. well... we got lucky and we were able to go up. this was such a neat experience and the fact that it was free made it even better!
we started our morning with bagels in dupont circle then decided to bike down past the white house and over to the national mall!
after waiting in line we loaded into the elevator and went up over 500 feet in just 60 seconds. i have seen this city from many different places but these views were like nothing else!
check out the urban art to the left of the photo below (do you see the face?!)... you can read more about the artist and his work here
hello white house!
between the gorgeous weather and the remarkable views this was the perfect way to spend the day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

decisions, decisions! and a new app to help!

making decisions has never been a strong point for me....from what to order at a restaurant, to what to wear or what to buy while shopping for clothes. this last one has always been especially tricky for me as my sisters and friends can probably attest. i am constantly taking awkward pictures of myself in the dressing room and texting them to ask for their opinion on a certain piece prior to purchasing it. i am usually anxiously waiting (and waiting) for a text back and when they don't text back quick enough i end up giving up and forgetting the whole thing! because let's be honest who likes having to return something they just bought. well i'm happy to report that i recently discovered a new app that can help with this decision making problem... it's called the FittingRoom App! the app allows you to take a photo of your outfit and submit it for a thumbs up or thumbs down from those also using the app. and on the flip side you can help determine if someone else's outfit is a go or not by voting for their outfits. pretty cool, right? 

i am also happy to report that i will be doing some guest blogging for this genius idea! you can read my first post about products i'm currently loving on the FittingRoomBlog now! thanks to this app my friends and sisters can be expecting a few less texts from the fitting room! 

twitter: fittingrmapp
insta: fittingroomstylist
fb: don't worry about it - we're kind of over facebook

Friday, August 29, 2014

concert going!

i never considered myself an avid concert-goer, but when i look back on the last few months i have been to quite a few concerts in and around the city. i wanted to write about the concerts i have been to so that i (one) remember them and (two) can highlight some of the awesome venues around dc. 

i may have mentioned this before but the hamilton live is by far my favorite concert venue. i love the idea of really being able to enjoy live music without worrying about bumping into people or having to stand for hours on end. also, their food is amazing... i mean really great. so what could be better than amazing music and amazing food! ;) 

jammin' java is an awesome, intimate venue out in vienna, va. this is another venue where you can enjoy the music while eating dinner which is nice. the only downside is it's a bit of hike to get there from the city... especially in rush hour.

i ended up going to this concert alone... have you ever done that? the tickets sold out fairly quickly, but i really wanted to go so i decided to get a ticket at the last minute and go solo. what a neat experience. i have never thought of concerts as being things to go to on your own, but when you think about it you are being entertained the entire time so it's not so bad. the lincoln theater was an amazing venue and at least for this show the seats weren't assigned so once the doors open there is a rush to fill in the seats. another plus of going solo = i was able to snag a random seat in the front, center between two groups! 

 // the 1975 // 9:30 club //
another great, intimate dc venue. i didn't have tickets for this concert either but luckily my friend erica was willing to wait around with me until the show had already started and they released more tickets. 

jiffy lube live is a great outdoor concert venue although the drive there and back was pretty rough. i don't think i'll be heading back to this venue anytime soon, but it was certainly good to check it off my bucket list. 

// sara bareilles // wolf trap  // 
wolf trap had also been on my bucket list so i was happy to check that off a few weeks ago when some friends and i went to see sara bareilles there. wolf trap has a similar feel to jiffy lube but was much closer to the city. i will definitely return to this venue!

there are still a few more venues that i have yet to check out which is pretty cool considering i have been to a bunch already. definitely keeps things exciting for me here in dc ;) 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

a quick trip to the us botanic garden

i went to college across the street from the ny botanical garden which made it very easy to take spontaneous trips to explore the grounds. while wandering around dc this weekend i passed the united states botanic garden and decided to pop in since i couldn't remember the last time i was there. along with most things on the national mall, the gardens are free to enter which is great and doesn't make you feel as bad if you only have a little bit of time to spend exploring! although the gardens are very beautiful they are hard to compare to the ones in ny (which i like better), but it was still nice to take some time to wander around and learn about all the remarkable plants they have.
i was so inspired by my visit that i decided to try my luck at 'gardening' and bought the succulent plant seen below while at the dupont circle farmers market the next morning. i tend to have a black thumb so wish me (or should i say the plant) luck! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

bread furst

prior to moving to dupont circle i lived in the van ness neighborhood of dc for just about three years. although i liked the neighborhood for many reasons (proximity to my job, great apartment, easy parking, etc) it always lacked the charm that so many other dc neighborhoods have. despite the fact that i no longer live in van ness i was thrilled to see a new shop called bread furst open up there a few weeks ago. i knew i had to check it out... not only because it received rave reviews but also because it is so exciting to see such an awesome spot open up across the street from my old stomping grounds! i decided to pick up lunch on my way to the pool one day and i am happy to report that bread furst is everything i hoped for and more! the decor alone was enough to make me want to come back but the food... oh the food was legit! there are a variety of lunch options, as well as tons of pastries. after much debating i ended up getting a tomato mozzarella sandwich which was out of this world. my only complaint is that the prices are a bit high but at least the quality of the food makes it worth it. i am certainly looking forward to my next excuse to grab lunch there! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

photobooth fun!

what a whirlwind of a weekend! my older sister tied the knot this past saturday in philadelphia, pa. the entire weekend was beautiful and it was incredible to be in the presence of such a special union. below are a few photos from the photobooth at the wedding! cheers lori & denis...
 many, many more photos to come! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

fourth of july in the hamtpons!

as with most of my posts this is a little late... but hey it's still july right?! this year i spent the fourth of july in the hamptons with some of my good friends from dc. this was my second trip to the hamptons and it was even more relaxing than i had remembered. there is something about waking up on the water and having nothing to do and no where to be that is so refreshing. and the spotty cell service certainly helped the feeling of being disconnected from the real world. we all arrived at different times but by thursday night the gang (including one of my favorite dogs piper) was all there! most of our weekend was spent eating... nothing new there.. but we also managed to fit in some morning runs, window shopping, world cup watching, and most importantly relaxing! 
 one of the highlights of the weekend was the annual pig roast that took place on saturday. this was my first pig roast and i was not disappointed. unfortunately i didn't take any photos of the pig or the food... probably because we all were so excited to eat! we ended up staying on the dock all night (with a view like this how can you not?!) and the evening will certainly always be a memorable one!
// seeing as this was one of the first times i have ever held a dog i had to document it! //
// oh hey, rob! //
//it's always amazing to watch a sunset but there was something extra special about this sunset//

thanks to my friends for including me in this awesome weekend getaway! 
looking forward to our next beach weekend already! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

lake anna

you know your road trip is off to a good start when you stumble upon one of your favorite places on earth (see photo below!!!) within the first hour of being on the road! after stocking up on hoagies and snacks my friend liz and i continued our journey to lake anna where our friend emily has a house and graciously invited us to join her and some friends for the weekend.
i haven't spent a day on a lake in a while so i was pretty excited for all the activities that were in store for us. from jet skiing, to boating, and tubing we certainly took advantage of the beautiful weather and also managed to get quite a workout in! i had forgotten how exhausting it can be to hold onto that tube for dear life! below are a few pictures from our adventures! not pictured - liz and i on the jet ski.... i'm pretty sure we could have stayed out on them all day due to our need for extreme speed... so so fun!!  
not a bad way to spend a sunny saturday in the summer!
10 out of 10 on my rooftop jump! 
thank you to emily for hosting us for the weekend! can't wait to come back! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


 i went back and forth about writing a post tonight but as i sit here and reflect on the past year i think this day deserves a little place on this blog of mine. one year ago today marks the anniversary of my fathers passing from an eight year battle with cancer. needless to say this past year has been a struggle but not a struggle without reward. the experiences that my sisters, mother, and i have shared can not be fully expressed in words but i think it's safe to say that each of us has been changed... and changed for the better. during this past year my younger sister graduated with honors from an amazing university and is about to embark on a year of service in ecuador. my older sister continues to excel in her career and will marry one of the most amazing men i know in just a few short weeks. i have transitioned into a new role within my company and moved into an apartment on my own. and my mother has been there for each of us during every step of the way. i know my father would be proud of each of us and i also know that even if he hasn't physically been here to witness all that has taken place he is still with us on this journey. it's certainly hard to believe it has been a year but also pretty amazing to reflect on all that my family has been able to accomplish in this truly difficult time of our lives. so here's to you dad!

Monday, July 21, 2014

summertime dresses!

i was really excited when eshakti reached out to me regarding their clothing site. the concept behind eshakti is to provide customized clothing based on your height, size, and style. one of the biggest challenges i face when shopping for clothes is the length of dresses, skirts, and pants due to my height. finding a summer sundress that isn't super short is tricky so a site like eshakti is ideal for me! not only was i able to enter my height when ordering this dress but i was also able to select where i wanted the dress to fall (i chose knee length). the dress arrived on friday and i was eager to see if it would be long enough and also have that custom feel the site promotes. i am pleased to say it had both these things. and the best part might have been discovering the dress had pockets...always a plus!  
thanks to eshakti for the chance to try out your site! and thanks to my little sis for playing photographer for the day!