Friday, December 20, 2013

annual holiday party

this year marked the third annual hanukkah party hosted by my dear friend meredith. you might remember last year's party which you can see here. i'm not sure what it is about this night but it always turns out to be the most fun. from the food, to the friends, to all the festive decor it is a night i am really glad to be a part of. the white elephant this year was pretty great and much better than last year! i ended up with the most adorable nyc mug which i am very happy about. i don't have a ton of pictures from the party because we were honestly having so much fun that no one really stopped to take any... so you will just have to trust me that it was great. as always. thanks for hosting mer and rob! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

a morning at the zoo!

this past sunday i headed to the national zoo with my friend to check out the baby tiger cubs. i am not sure exactly why i love the zoo so much... but i do! whatever the reason i find myself there fairly often and i am really lucky to have a friend that likes the zoo (mainly the tigers!) as much as i do. i couldn't believe that i still had not seen the cubs so when my friend told me he was going i knew i couldn't pass it up! the cubs only come out for a few hours every morning so we made sure to get there early so that we were ready and waiting for them. it was so neat to see the cubs interact with one another - they are such beautiful and graceful creatures. i am already plotting my next trip to see them because i am pretty sure i could have stayed there all day long!

photo credit: patrick christy

Monday, December 16, 2013

diy // coffee table tray

this weekend was the first time in a while that i had some time all to myself. i decided to use this seemingly rare alone time to cross off a few diy projects from my list!

i purchased this wooden tray a while back when i went to visit my friend in raleigh, nc. it cost about $4 and i figured it'd be a fun piece to spruce up. i decided to use mod podge to cover the outside with newspaper. i have a few other pieces in my room that i mod podged newspaper onto - it really is such an easy thing to do because the newspaper is so easy to work with. next, i painted the inner rim yellow and the top with black paint. i really liked the natural vintage look of the base of the tray so i decided to keep it mostly as-is by lightly sanding and adding some yellow paint to tie in the rims.

the project cost about $10 and took an hour or so. the best part is it will be pretty easy to re-do this piece if i ever get sick of how it looks - i can just re-mod podge and re- paint it!



Friday, December 13, 2013

eastern market

i have been very lucky to have so many weekend visitors over the last few months. there is so much to do in dc on the weekends but i find that i am always taking my visitors to eastern market come sunday. it's a good thing i love it there so much because it is becoming a weekly habit! 

my friends, kathleen and lex, had been wanting to visit eastern market for a while... especially because we didn't make it there the last time they came to visit so i was glad to show them around. we spent the morning browsing the stalls and each ended up picking up a few things. we didn't make it to brunch because we got a slow start to the morning so we will just have to go back next time they are in town! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

annual wine tour!

this year my roommates from college were able to join in my friends annual wine tour! i was so happy that they could experience the beautiful vineyards in virginia. i always feel very fortunate to live in a city that has so many wonderful escapes just a few hours outside the city.

we lucked out with the perfect november day and made it to three different vineyards (not always an easy feat with so many ladies)!
can't wait for next year! 

where we went