Wednesday, February 27, 2013


most week-nights all i want to do is get in my sweats and watch tv. seeing that it's been pretty cold lately this after work scenario is even more appealing. despite the relaxation that comes with being a couch potato, after a few nights i feel like i am wasting my evenings away. so... when i saw my roommate knitting a few weeks back i asked her if she would teach me. well teach me she did and i've been on a roll. i just completed my first cowl neck infinity scarf (made while sitting in front of the tv)! after doing a little more research it seems my roommate and i aren't the only 20 somethings picking up a new hobby as illustrated in this article.

has anyone else been extra crafty during these winter months?
the finished product!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

weekend getaway // durham, nc

empty promises are one of my least favorite things in life and a trap i try to never fall in. with so many of my friends moving all over the country for grad school it's pretty easy to say i'll visit them but then never actually follow through. since i have a few of those 'promises' floating about i decided to check one of them off last weekend by visiting my good friend from college down in durham, north carolina! i took friday off so i could beat the traffic and start the weekend a little early. i arrived to beautiful 65 degree weather and kristie's generous hospitality. after a little tour of duke's campus, we dined at the greer street garden then explored some of the surrounding neighborhoods. 
on saturday we woke to a wintery mix that must have followed me down from d.c. we switched our plans around since the weather was so gross but we still managed to fit a lot in! we had a great brunch at beyu cafe and then arrived at what would become the highlight of my trip... the scrap exchange! the scrap exchange is a DIY'ers paradise and i'm not exaggerating when i say i could have spent the entire day there. if i lived close to this amazing establishment i know i'd be in there on a weekly basis hunting for deals! i ended up getting an old window, a wooden tray, and a bunch of old shutters for $15!
on sunday we explored chapel hill and had an amazing brunch at acme (not to be confused with the grocery store).
eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes... yummm!
just as i was getting ready to head out, kristie told me there was one last place i had to see... straw valley cafe. since this place is way too cool and complex for me to try to explain here, you can go to their website to read all about it!   
 all in all it was a great weekend! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

friday's fancies // red carpet ready

whose's ready for the oscars? a and i made it our goal to watch all the 'best picture' nominations this year so we are excited to see who takes the win on sunday!

ps - how about those shoes?! i'm in love!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

the filmore

i have been making an effort to fit concert-going into my busy schedule. a while back i had mentioned that i wanted to see ellie goulding at the filmore. as the weeks went by and life got busy i sort of forgot about it but then something reminded me of the show so i decided to get tickets!  needless to say the show was amazing and we had an awesome night.

while we were at the concert we saw that penatonix was coming... you might recognize them from this awesome performance or from the show, 'the sing off' (they were last seasons winners).  since i love acapella i knew i wouldn't want to miss this. there are no words to describe this show....i was blown away by this group. i highly recommend checking them out if they will be in your area. here are a few clips from last night!

^^^i think this might have been the best part of the show for me ^^^

 i think it's safe to say we are two for two at the filmore!

Monday, February 18, 2013

SOME Junior Gala

last weekend my friends and i attended the SOME junior gala at the corcoran art gallery here in dc. attending this event has become an annual occurrence for us and it is always a highly anticipated night. we had a little get together at some of the girl's apartment before heading over to the gala. it's always nice to get all dolled up and have a fancy girls night out on the town, especially when the event is for a good cause! i'm already looking forward to next year's gala! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

friday's fancies // red + pink

linking up with {long distance loving} for this week's friday's fancies... nothing better then some red & pink so close to valentine's day! xox

 sweater // pants // watch // iphone case // necklace

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

sister, sister!

my sisters came into town to celebrate my birthday and we had quite the weekend! since they come to d.c. fairly often we were looking for a fun daytime activity that they hadn't done before. we ended up deciding on old town alexandria and we lucked out because the weather wasn't too cold. we did some serious shopping (hello gap outlet) and had a great brunch at jackson 20
there is an actual store named 3 sisters... pretty cool! 
that night we went to my all time favorite restaurant, aqcua al 2 (which has become sort of a birthday tradition while i've lived in d.c). words can't even describe how good this restaurant is. i think my sisters and andrew would agree it was arguably the best meal. ever.
thanks for visiting me sisters! xox

Friday, February 8, 2013

friday's fancies // lovely layers

happy friday! lovely layers for this cold front we are about to get hit with! bundle up! ;)

 pants // sweater // scarf  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

around town // dc

i decided to spend the day soaking up everything this beautiful city has to offer! here are a few pictures from the saturday outing around town!
where we went!
 brooklyn bagel // old post office // pitango gelato // national gallery of art

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

my new toy!

for my birthday i got the ipad mini and i couldn't be happier. i had been wanting an ipad for a while but couldn't really justify the purchase when i have a perfectly good iphone and macbook...but then came the mini. this ipad is so light and easy to hold that i don't think i've put it down since i got it. despite my joy over having a new toy i can't seem to make a decision on a case (thanks a lot etsy)! this may not come as a surprise to those who know my struggles with decision making. so i come to you looking for advice and recommendations... anyone have a great case/sleeve for the ipad mini... if so i'm all ears!

Monday, February 4, 2013

happy monday!

what a weekend! for starters the blog got a makeover thanks to my dear friend over at {long distance loving}! there are still a few more tweaks to come but overall i'm so excited with the re-design!  this super busy (but still awesome) weekend was filled with birthday brunches, quite a few out of town visitors, and a superbowl party to top it all off! more to come once i have a chance to breathe! hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, February 1, 2013

friday's fancies // hitting the slopes

happy friday! i decided to spice up everyone's favorite weekday here on the blog by teaming up with my friend {av} at {long distance loving} to feature friday's fancies. this weeks theme is 'hitting the slopes'. let me just preface this post by saying i have only been skiing once with my dear older sister a few years ago... and let's just say it did not end well. so my idea of hitting the slopes is a bit different from most. either way i hope you enjoy this new little addition to fridays on the blog! 

Sweater // Scarf  // Boots