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! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

sisterly love in baltimore

while casually g-chatting with my older sister i mentioned how much i missed her and our other sister. to my surprise the next message that popped up on my screen asked "want to meet in the middle?" of course my answer was "yessss!" with my sisters (and future brother in law) being in philly and me being in dc we settled on meeting in baltimore. since i have been to baltimore a few times i was hoping to explore something new and i'm lucky to have so many friends that are from the area to provide me with suggestions! we deiced to meet in the inner harbor and from there we made our way over to the american visionary art museum. the amva is america's official national museum and education center for intuitive, self taught artistry. i think it's safe to say i have been to my fair share of museums (thank you smithsonians!) but this museum was really unique. its out of the box art and overall architecture were really captivating and we spent quite a few hours admiring the work (both in and outside the museum).
following our time at the museum we grabbed a quick bite to eat and met up with some friends in fells point. the day ended up turning into a bit of a sunday funday which was a pleasant surprise and i finally got to introduce my sisters to the popular orange crush drink. we finished our time in baltimore with a bbq with friends before parting ways.  
thanks sisters (and denis) for 'meeting me in the middle'. xoxo

Monday, June 9, 2014

outdoor movies in dc!

summer in dc is certainly one of the best times of the year! there are so many free activities to do that i find it hard to fit them all in during these summer months. one activity i can't seem to get enough of is the outdoor movies that pop up all over the city. last year i made it a point to go to most of the movies on the mall despite it being a bit inconvenient to get to after a long day of work. that being said this year i was thrilled when my friends and i discovered that a nearby park also shows outdoor movies. we decided to check it out a few weeks ago and i'm so glad we did. between the beautiful weather and all the fun snacks and drinks we brought it was a great way to spend a tuesday night! there are only three movies being shown in this summer series so be sure to check them out! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

st. michaels, md

this was the first year i spent memorial day weekend in dc and i have to say the weekend shaped up nicely! my mom came down from philadelphia and i had just about every minute of her visit planned. memorial day weekend just wouldn't be the same without being near some body of water so i knew i had to plan a fun day trip for us. after wracking my brain and talking to a few friends i decided upon st. michaels on the eastern shore of maryland. my co-worker had recently been there and had great things to say and since my mother and i had never been it made sense to check it out. we left dc around 11am and made it to st. michaels in time for lunch. thanks to my co-workers recommendations we ate lunch at the town dock right on the water. our food was phenomenal and the view wasn't too bad either! 

following lunch we set out to explore the town. one shop was cuter than the next and we both walked away with quite a few things from graduation gifts to engagement gifts...and maybe a few things for ourselves!
as we were strolling around the main street we heard a few people say that we were right near the best ice cream place in town so even though we might not have been hungry we decided we had to try the ice cream! well... it lived up to the expectations and was so yummy!
while we were wandering around we also noticed that a few companies offered sailing and boat trips. since neither of us had been on a sailboat in a while we decided to go on an afternoon cruise. we went out on a skipjack and learned all about oysters and the surrounding waters. the cruise was very educational but i think the best part was being out on the water at sunset.
following the cruise we headed back into town for a quick dinner before checking out the perry inn (where wedding crashers was filmed) for a nightcap. i would definitely recommend st. michaels for a day or weekend trip. the town was adorable and it was a fun and easy place to spend the day outside of the city!
see you next time st. michaels!