Friday, December 19, 2014

hello there!

hi friends! what a whirlwind of a month it has been... from moving out of dc, to starting my new job, finding an apartment in nyc, and now gearing up for an international trip. it feels exhausting even typing it out! despite all the hecticness that has been my life these days i wouldn't have it any other way because i am beyond thrilled to be back in this electric city. it feels like it took no time to settle into life in nyc and to say i am absolutely loving it is an understatement. there is nothing like walking out your door and hitting the streets of new york.  here are a few pictures from my first weeks in the big apple. and of course more updates to come once things settle down!

Friday, December 5, 2014

studio living

there are many things that i will miss about living in dc but one of the hardest (material) things to say goodbye to was my studio apartment. as i have mentioned before i absolutely loved living in dupont circle and having the opportunity to live alone. i remember when i first set out to live on my own i was so nervous and i questioned if i would feel lonely or get scared being totally on my own. i am happy to say that my time living alone turned out to be quite the opposite of my fears. in the wise words of my mother there is a big difference between being alone and being lonely and i learned this lesson over the past year.  i also learned to love the quiet time that living alone provided me and i have to say i am going to miss it as i embark on my nyc housing adventure. i thought it would be fun to include some photos of my old apartment, as well as some tips for decorating a studio. 
this might go without saying but it's best to separate your living space from your sleeping place. this can be done in a few ways such as using a room divider or even positioning your bed in a separated area if you are lucky to have that. none of these options were possible in my studio so i decided to set my bed farther from the door to encourage guests (and myself) to use the couch before considering sitting on my bed. i also played with the colors and set certain tones for my living space and certain tones for my sleeping place.

even the smallest of studios will have wall space to play with. i have always loved accent walls and since i decided not to paint this apartment i knew i wanted one wall to really make a statement. most of the items on the wall were picked up at yard sales or from my travels around the world. i absolutely love when decor has a story and walls like these are great talking points!
storage is key in just about any city apartment, but especially in a studio. i was having a hard time finding a place to store my hats and also knew i didn't want to spend any more money on wall art so this turquoise wood piece shown above served both purposes. this area also ended up being a table and bar and even my desk on days i worked from home. the fact that the table had wings that expanded is also key when decorating small spaces! 
i wish i had more photos to show overall the layout of the studio but to be honest it was difficult to get certain shots because of the tight space.
on my way out of dc a friend told me that my apartment was featured on exposed brick which is an awesome website that features local listings in dc. it was so fun seeing my studio up there but it made it even harder to say goodbye! the only plus to saying goodbye is that i get to say hello to a new apartment that is just waiting to be decorated!

Monday, November 10, 2014

some exciting news!

i have some exciting news to share... i am moving to nyc! this is certainly a bittersweet move because i love dc, but i am excited for all of the new adventures and opportunities that await me in nyc. 

the past four years have been some of the most fun and also challenging years of my life. i am so thankful to have met so many amazing people that have helped shape who i am. i know i will be back to dc often and that this city will always have a special place in my heart.

new york city. here i come!!!

ps - how cool is that picture! i found it in my grandma's attic a few years ago and love it!

Monday, November 3, 2014

UNIFAT // Gulu, Uganda

this past weekend i had the privilege and honor of meeting a very influential woman in my brother in laws life. her name is abitimo odongkara. abitimo is responsible for founding the upper nile institute for appropriate technology (UNIFAT), a school my brother in law attended while he was in uganda. UNIFAT is a non-profit organization that was established to improve the lives of children in uganda. this school allows teachers and students a safe place where they can teach, learn, and interact with respect, love, and understanding. one of the many ways the school fundraises, in addition to donations,  is by the sale of bags and jewelry from local artisans. abitimo brought over some beautiful pieces to be sold here in the states and my sister and i thought it would be fun to share some of the jewelry here on the blog! all of the items seen in the photographs bellow are available for sale in a variety of colors and styles. for more information including pricing and how to order any of these pieces please email
photo credit // lori boccuzzi

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

diy // dresser + mirror

what a beautiful weekend! this spring-like weather in the fall is the best of both worlds! i spent most of my weekend outside, however, i did find some time to help a friend complete a diy project that had been on her to-do list. 

my friend eileen purchased the dresser and mirror seen below from the person leaving her apartment for quite a steal. although the pieces were in great shape, they looked a bit outdated in her room, especially against the yellow walls. 

here are a few before pictures of the dresser and the mirror. 
the first step in this project was to sand down both pieces. this is always my least favorite part of re-doing furniture but it is definitely a necessary step, especially with old furniture. after this step was complete we painted the dresser with two coats of black paint.
while the dresser was drying we turned our attention to the mirror. we wanted a different look for this piece so we decided it would be fun to cover the border with an old farmers almanac and paint the existing cork board black to match the dresser. 
the final step in this diy project was to re-assemble the dresser and distress it for a more rustic look. 
aside from the cost of the dresser (which was a steal) the only other supplies needed to complete this project were the black paint (which i already had), sand paper ($1), and the farmers almanac ($6).  

 since this was eileen's first diy project it was fun for me to show her the ropes! as she continues to get settled in her space i have a feeling there might be a few more projects in store for us!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

weekend getaway // charleston, south carolina

i never really gave charleston, sc much thought until i moved to dc. it seems as though everyone that lives in dc has been to charleston and raves about how wonderful it is and how they wish they could live there forever. with all the hype surrounding this place it quickly shot up on my travel list so you can imagine how excited i was when my friend (and the bride) kristen decided that this would be her bachelorette weekend destination. 

we were lucky to find a long weekend that worked for all the bridesmaids so we could make the most out of our visit. after lots of planning we came up with a great plan to see the sites but also relax and enjoy this mini vacation. aside from the charm of the city my favorite thing (this might not be a surprise) was the food scene. every meal we had was amazing and it was fun to get my fix of southern favorites... hello grits! 

here are a few photos from our adventure!
charleston city market - while here we purchased benne wafers which are a yummy seasame seed cookie. if you ever make it down to charleston i suggest you try some!
folly beach!
one of many nights out to celebrate the bachelorette!
on the way out of town we stopped by middleton plantation which was beautiful! i wish we had more time to visit the other plantations... guess i'll just have to come back!
where we ate:

Friday, October 17, 2014

how to spend a weekend in washington, dc!

in honor of living in dc for four years i thought it might be fun to compile a list of some of my favorite things to see and eat in this great city! as this city continues to grow and expand my favorites change but here are a few of my go-to's sorted by neighborhood! 

// dupont circle //
dupont circle has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods and i feel lucky to call it home. filled with cute shops, restaurants, and row houses this is the perfect neighborhood to explore.

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// where to eat //

// adams morgan //
i have decided to higlight some fun things to do in the daytime in adams morgan, although this neighborhood is best known for its nightlife. if you end up there late-night make sure to get a famous piece of late night pizza from jumbo slice

// what to do //

// where to eat // 

// capitol hill //
i don't spend a ton of time in this neighborhood but every time i am there i love it more and more. this neighborhood is perfect for walking around and admiring all the beautiful homes and shops! 
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// where to eat // 

// georgetown //
home to some of the best shopping in dc this neighborhood has a wide range of restaurants and activities to keep you busy!
// what to do //

gardens of georgetown

// where to eat // 

// the national mall // 
you can't visit dc without visiting the national mall. make sure to give yourself enough time to visit all the monuments, memorials, and museums that are along the mall. 
// what to do //

explore the monuments and memorials

 all of which are free!

// where to eat // 

mitsitam cafe inside the smithsonian museum of the american indian

// chinatown / penn quarter //
this neighborhood has the most hustle and bustle and shouldn't be missed especially since it's not far from the national mall! 
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// 14th street/ U street //
this is one of the newest areas in dc and is home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife. you pretty much can't go wrong with anything in this area but i picked a few spots i have currently been loving! 
// what to do //

coffee at peregrine espresso

// where to eat // 

as i mentioned these are just a few of my favorite things to do in the city. each neighborhood has so much to offer, especially when it comes to food! for those visiting dc i hope you enjoy your time here and for those that live in dc feel free to add anything i missed!