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 although the pieces were in great shape, they looked a bit outdated in her room, especially against the yellow walls.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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// 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

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

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// 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. 
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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



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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! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

four years in dc!

i can't believe this month marks four years in dc for me. i never thought i would be here this long but i am glad things worked out the way they did. this city is responsible for shaping me career path, providing me with life long friends, and giving me an opportunity to know one of the 'coolest' cities inside and out. so thank you dc for four wonderful years!

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!