This and That

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Happpppy Monday! I always enjoy a good personal post and especially love when other bloggers do little Q&As, so here’s one of my own. Chime in with your own answers if you’d like!

Song that always pumps you up: This may seem silly, but it’s been Countdown for the past several years (since I was a junior in college, to be exact!). I think I heard it at just the right time (a particularly insane point in my life/the semester) and it gave me the boost of positivity I needed (thanks, Bey!).

Song that makes you laugh: Ok, this is definitely a nontraditional one, but I’d have to go with Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. My sister and I both love it to the point that we’ll randomly text each other, “Jade?” and the other person will always respond with “Alexander!” without a pause, haha. But I remember telling this to a friend another time and she was like, “Uhh, this was my song with my ex boyfriend.” To each their own, hahaha.

Song that never fails to make you cry: Oh gosh. Lately it’s been The Luckiest by Ben Folds. I first heard this song in high school (I think someone sang it at our talent show) and thought it was sweet, but lately it’s made me tear up every. single. time. I think the lyrics can be interpreted in a lot of ways (I love the message about fate/chance), but…omg, sob.

Website that’s your biggest time suck: Honestly for me, it would be Pinterest (follow me here!). I love hopping on there whenever I have some extra time and always leave feeling insanely inspired (and wishing I had time to do a DIY/redecorate my entire home, haha). I think it’s a great site for when you only have a few minutes, because you can easily bookmark items for later and don’t have to worry about emailing yourself links, saving pictures, etc.

Dream road trip destination: It’s embarrassing for me to say this as a DC native, but I actually have never been to Richmond or Charlottesville and would love to make a trip down there soon! It’s easy enough to hop in the car and get to both of these places within a couple of hours, so I just need to coordinate it with someone.

On my DC to do list: Brunch at Le Diplomat! It’s embarrassing to say that I haven’t done this either…but now that it’s right around the corner, I have no excuse! I may have to go there when one of my college friends visits in a few weeks!

Craving: I seriously had a dream the other night that I was in line at CAVA…but honestly any Mediterranean food sounds amaze right now.

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FRIDAY FEELS, #13

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Switching up my format a bit this Friday with a few new categories to keep things exciting around here…(it’s the little things, guys). Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Bookmarked: Check out these ginger jar pumpkins…need I say more? I saw this article on my Facebook news feed of all places and immediately sent it to myself to share on here.

DC to-do list: I need to check out Jeni’s Ice Creams, especially since it’s practically around the corner from me! The flavors look delicious and let’s be real, the spot is v Instagrammable from what I’ve seen. I have friends visiting next weekend and over Halloween, so I’ll likely wait to go there until I have a guest in town!

Pinning: Can someone do my hair like this?

Tackling: We have a big work event this Saturday during the daytime, but otherwise the weekend should be pretty relaxing! My sister is home from college for her fall break, so I’m heading home tonight to see her, and Saturday evening is an engagement party for a couple I know from college (although we actually became friends over the past year in DC, which is kinda cool!). Excited for good company and some cocktails, and Sunday will hopefully be pretty restful!

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Checking In

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with some life updates…so here goes!

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1) New apartment: We’re loving the new place, and I finally was able to finish unpacking/styling some things this past weekend. We have great built ins in the living room which makes it easy to store all of our books, but I’ve been struggling with how to style them. We don’t want it to look to library-ish and I’ve drawn some inspiration from Pinterest (see above). I managed to recreate this look a bit but am still not 100 percent in love with it. Any ideas are welcome! This past weekend, I had a few friends over for wine on the roof which was a blast (especially because it’s still insanely warm out), and I’ve loved exploring my new neighborhood and getting into a routine (having a Trader Joe’s just a few blocks away has been a game changer!).

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2) A home tour: Speaking of apartment updates, I discovered this home tour the other day and absolutely love it. It definitely encompasses the look that I’ve been trying to create in my loft area.

3) GNI book club: The Girls Night In book club last Tuesday was wonderful! I loved discussing Anne Helen Petersen’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud with an amazing group of women. Everyone was so friendly and had a lot of interesting comments and perspectives (not to mention, wine and donuts were served). I highly recommend signing up for a book club (GNI or otherwise) in your city if you can!

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4) A wish list find: I came across this lidded basket on Amazon the other day and love it! It’s exactly the style that’s super popular right now and doubles as a storage unit, which is always a plus.

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FRIDAY FEELS, #12

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It’s moving weekend, so today’s post is a quick one! I took today off to finish cleaning my apartment, etc, and tomorrow the movers come! I’ll have to admit that I was pretty sad about leaving Georgetown until I found a place I love (and then it became, “Ok, when do I get to move in?!”). I’ve made a lot of fun memories in this apartment and am thankful so many of my friends from various parts of life were able to see it! Can’t wait to make new memories in this place, though–and being right on the metro will make it much easier to see various friends around the city, too.

On my playlist: This catchy jam has been on repeat.

On my nightstand: Still working on last week’s book, but it’s so interesting and is one I’d definitely recommend picking up if you have the chance. It’s been a slow reading month for me with the move and weekend work, but I’m enjoying being able to read when I can!

On my mind: So much to do…but I’m excited for some of the posts I have coming up next week! Anything in particular you’d like to see later this month?

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On my wish list: How cute is this striped weekender from LLBean? It’s so preppy and classic but looks extremely functional, too (wouldn’t expect anything less from them!).

On the agenda: Basically, unpacking and more unpacking…and hopefully celebrating/exploring the new neighborhood a bit on Sunday! A good friend from college will be in town for work on Monday, so we’re grabbing Mexican food and margs for dinner. Can’t wait to see her! Then Tuesday is the GNI book club (so I better finish reading before then!). Happy weekend, everybody!

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FRIDAY FEELS, #11

Bye, Georgetown!
Bye, Georgetown!

On my playlist: Ok, so I went down a rabbit hole the other day and discovered this website which lists every song played in every episode of Grey’s Anatomy (you’re welcome). Also, the descriptions of each scene are pretty hilarious and only slightly biased. 😉

On my nightstand: I started this book and it’s a bit different than what I was expecting, but a good read so far. I probably won’t get a ton of fun reading done in September, though, because the move is taking up most of my spare time (and 95 percent of my books are packed away in boxes!). I also ordered this book for the Girls Night In Washington, DC, book club meet up–but I’d been wanting to read it anyway, because I LOVE Anne Helen Petersen (post for another day, though!). I can’t wait for it to arrive, as it definitely appeals to the soc major in me.

On my mind: I was so thrilled when I realized that “Big Little Lies” was available on Amazon (I don’t have HBO, so I watched the first episode when it came out and then had to abandon the series after my free trial ended!). I love Reese Witherspoon–who doesn’t–and the show is keeping me intrigued! It’s making me want to re-read the book again when I’m done, because it’s been a couple of years.

On my wish list: Carrie and I have been busy picking up lots of fun stuff for the apartment. I need to hold off on getting anything more for now, but I’m really excited about what’s arrived so far. I do want to possibly order a chandelier at some point!

On the agenda: Packing, working, and some Friday/Saturday evening fun…the usual! My mom is coming to Georgetown for bunch and packing on Saturday, so it’ll be nice to do something fun in the neighborhood on my last weekend here (yes, I realize I sound like I’m moving 2 hours away, not 2 miles!). I can’t believe that in one week I’ll be unloading the first boxes in my new place! It’s been fun to have a little input on the actual apartment this week, too! They’re going to be building a door to my room and adding a window to that wall, I’ve gotten to give some design input along the way. 😉 It’s awesome that the owner is willing to make some upgrades for us, because the building is actually registered as a historic property, which has me geeking out and wanting to know everything about the socialite who lived there long ago and had the whole building to herself. On the whole building/decorating note, does anyone have tips for hanging artwork on brick? I ordered some “brick clips” on Amazon that are supposed to do the trick without leaving any residue, but I’d love to hear a success story or two!

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7 Weird Facts About Me

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I love when other bloggers do these posts, so I figured I’d try my hand at one…without further ado, here we go!

  1. My prime time for productivity is probably from 9 or 9:30 am until 1 pm or so. I have the most energy during this spurt and wish I could somehow get all of my projects/blog work/freelance pieces done during this time.
  2. I once interviewed Morgan Freeman over the phone and still have a recording of his voice. It’s exactly how you’d imagine!
  3. My three cousins, sister, and I all attended the same high school (from 1998-2015!), and I was the only one to not participate in track/cross country. The summer before my freshman year of high school, I was determined to be a runner like everyone else, and my mom would drive me to the high school track so that I could run every morning before the season started. But soon I realized that I just couldn’t hack it (though I’m sure the DC humidity certainly didn’t help!) and actually ended up being a “techie” (who assists with theater/other productions) that year instead…building sets didn’t end up being my thing either, although maybe part of me enjoyed the DIY component?! I was also terrible at math and science growing up (which is funny because my degree is technically a Master of Science…) and always took the bare minimum in both of those subjects…to this day, I still haven’t taken calculus!
  4. I’ll rarely ever eat unhealthy food the same day that I take a workout class that I paid for (unless I already have plans to attend a party or event where I know there will be good stuff!). I have a weird thing about wanting to get my “money’s worth” all day long and not undo my workout with a treat…but the next day is a blank slate! 😉
  5. Almost all of my close friends from growing up had moved or transferred schools by the time we were in 7th or 8th grade, and I was also really, really shy in high school. So meeting my group of college friends and having everyone live nearby for four years (and continuing to stay in touch with one another) was a very welcome change! My two closest friends from high school and I have tons of hilarious memories, though. Both are starting grad school this fall for their master’s in public health degrees, and it’s making me want to go back (though not for that–see above, ha!).
  6. I majored in sociology in college after taking the intro class on a whim during my freshman year. My major was very small (I think there were 12 or so people from my year in the department) and it was an awesome, tight-knit group of people. We definitely bonded over weird assignments and professors and the dreaded, “So, has anyone found a job yet?” question that our department chair would ask each week during our fall senior seminar.
  7. When I was a freshman in college, my sister, who was 12 at the time, sent me a different letter EVERY day. It was the sweetest thing and I have them all in a box at home (although I was a little mortified at the time about what the people in the mailroom must have thought about my constant mail!)
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FRIDAY FEELS, #10

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I’ve been so bad about writing these lately! I usually schedule my other posts in advance, but I like to keep this series as current as possible, and my Thursday nights (and weeks in general) have been absolutely insane lately (apt hunt + lots of huge work projects and one 12-hour day at my desk last week + working part time–which has been a blast + trying to have a social life/exercise = little time and energy left to blog at the end of the day!). But I also view blogging as a huge creative outlet, so I need to be better at staying in the groove throughout the week.

On my playlist: Like…nothing? Legit I’ve just been zoning out on my commute, haha. I need some new song recs. Send ’em my way, please!

On my nightstand: I’m in between books right now after having just finished a good one (see below), so I’m not sure what I’ll start next! Hoping to get some reading in this weekend, though.

On my mind: I read Option B this week and loved it (longer post coming soon once I finish tying all my thoughts together!). It’s been on my mind for sure, so I’d like to share a longer reflection at some point.

On my wish list: I LOVE this jewelry holder but would probably use it for other stuff (like sunglasses, clutches, etc)…definitely don’t need it, but everyone knows I love campaign-style furniture. 😉

On the agenda: Tonight I’m catching an outdoor movie with a friend, tomorrow I’m grabbing brunch, viewing an apartment, and packing, and Sunday I’m working for just a few hours and hopefully relaxing/reading/working out/etc in between all of that! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend–it’s really starting to feel like fall, and I can’t wait for seasonal decor, crunchy leaves, pumpkin carving, Halloween parties, and more…’tis the season!

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Colorful Paris

Thank goodness for keeping my phone on airplane mode all day while in Paris (seriously something I thought I’d never say because I’m generally glued to my iPhone), because it meant I had plenty of battery left for taking picture after picture (no fancy camera for this girl yet…but for the most part, I’m happy with the way my iPhone snaps turned out!). I’m still pretty new to photography so I can’t justify splurging on a fancy piece of equipment yet, but I also was thankful for my phone’s light weight–when you’re out on your feet all day, being able to carry a relatively empty tote or wear just a crossbody is definitely nice (but that doesn’t mean I’m not lusting over these professional-looking shots…#swoon).

I had a great time photographing door after door (they’re just so beautiful here!) and, of course, taking plenty of pictures of macarons. Here I’m rounding up some of my favorite images from my week away…

My first (of many!) Instagrams in Paris. We had just arrived at our apartment and I was so excited to stand outside on our little balcony and take some pictures of the classic buildings. I posted this one and then napped for at least four hours, haha
My first (of many!) Instagrams in Paris. We had just arrived at our apartment and I was so excited to stand outside on our little balcony and take some pictures of the classic buildings. I posted this one and then napped for at least four hours, haha.

 

I had read this book in full a few summers back (it's so on point and hilarious) and had to bring it with me to flip through again. A good book + good coffee (thanks to the Nespresso maker in our apartment) was the perfect post-travel treat!
I had read this book in full a few summers back (it’s so on point and hilarious) and had to bring it with me to flip through again. A good book + good coffee (thanks to the Nespresso maker in our apartment) was the perfect post-travel treat!

 

And so began my obsession with blue doors! But in my defense, they're the perfect #ootd backdrop!
And so began my obsession with blue doors! But in my defense, they’re the perfect #ootd backdrop!

 

A very Parisian afternoon snack--these macarons were from Eric Kayser, which is related to Maison Kayser, one of my favorite brunch spots in NYC!
A very Parisian afternoon snack–these macarons were from Eric Kayser, which is related to Maison Kayser, one of my favorite brunch spots in NYC!

 

In love with this shot of the Eiffel Tower at night. It lights up after dark but starts shimmering for about five minutes at the start of each hour, making for an even more festive experience.
In love with this shot of the Eiffel Tower at night. It lights up after dark but starts shimmering for about five minutes at the start of each hour, making for an even more festive experience.

 

Love locks! I was happy to see that these were up because they're so adorable and fun to photograph, but they get taken down a lot...so add yours while you have the chance!
Love locks! I was happy to see that these were up because they’re so adorable and fun to photograph, but they get taken down a lot…so add yours while you have the chance!

 

Beautiful macarons at Laduree (I actually went to two of the locations because I just couldn't stay away--and yes, I know we have Laduree in the States but I couldn't resist!).
Beautiful macarons at Laduree (I actually went to two of the locations because I just couldn’t stay away–and yes, I know we have Laduree in the States but I couldn’t resist!).

 

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An outdoor lunch for one.

 

The most colorful little street. I took a walk one morning just to find it and snap some photos (because let's be real, I saw it on IG but knew I had to see it IRL).
The most colorful little street. I took a walk one morning just to find it and snap some photos (because let’s be real, I saw it on IG but knew I had to see it IRL).

 

I didn't get to eat here but walked by after visiting the Notre Dame. How beautiful is the exterior?!
I didn’t get to eat here but walked by after visiting the Notre Dame. How beautiful is the exterior?!

 

Andddd last but not least...the little pink restaurant of my dreams. It was closed (lots of places are in August because all of the Parisians are away!) but still adorable from the outside (and worth a long metro ride + hilly hike up the street to see it!).
Andddd last but not least…the little pink restaurant of my dreams. It was closed (lots of places are in August because all of the Parisians are away!) but still adorable from the outside (and worth a long metro ride + hilly hike up the street to see it!).
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FRIDAY FEELS, #9

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Above: The delicious brunch Shelby and I enjoyed in Morgantown last weekend! I’m still salivating thinking about the egg white veggie omelet (with goat cheese!) that I ordered (along with the yummy hazelnut cold brew!).

On my playlist: I discovered this song last week and kinda love it…don’t listen to it unless you reallyyyy like country.

On my nightstand: I packed a bajillion books for Paris (I’m heading there tonight–more on that below!) because I love using long flights to catching up on my never-ending reading list. One that I can’t wait to start? This hilarious-looking book by Jen Lancaster, which has gotten amazing reviews. I’ll do my usual monthly recap in a couple of weeks and hope to share lots of good reviews with you all!

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On my mind: Ok, I have a new show recommendation and you better love it. 😉 A few of my friends told me about “The Bold Type,” a new tv show on Freeform (which is apparently the new name for ABC Family, guess I’m super out of the loop). It follows a group of three best friends who work at the same magazine in NYC (a publication that’s basically modeled after Cosmo), and I’m obsessed. It reminds me of my own experience working in magazines with Shelby (and when we’d get ready for dates in the work bathroom after hours, which totally seems like something the characters would do) and actually presents the profession in a serious light, which is refreshing. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season unfolds and hope it gets renewed! Has anyone else watched? Also, I caught Legally Blonde 2 outside in NOMA the other evening and it did not disappoint (even watching it for like, the 10th time!).

On my wish list: I’ve never jumped on the whole BBG bandwagon, but I spotted Kayla Itsines’s cookbook at Target last week and really want to order it! I’ve mentioned before that I’m no chef, and I’m often at a loss when it comes to brainstorming dinner ideas (especially healthy dinner ideas), so maybe this will help. Adding this to my Amazon cart, stat.

On the agenda: I’m flying to Paris with my family tonight! I’m so ready for all of the croissants and delicious French food (macarons, anyone?). I traveled to Paris for a couple of days during my semester abroad, and my friend and I managed to see a ton during the short time we were there, but I’m excited to explore the city at a more leisurely pace this time around. Expect lots of Insta posts/stories, and I also have a few pre-scheduled blog posts that will go out while I’m gone, so check back here next week for my usual content!

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Winery in WV

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I’m back from West Virginia and had an amazing (albeit short!) weekend with Shelby. We managed to squeeze in birthday celebrations, a delicious brunch, a trip to the most adorable donut shop (which apparently is a chain–so check it out if there’s a location near you!), lots of shopping, and an afternoon trip to the most gorgeous winery, Forks of Cheat.

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I mean, how gorgeous is this view?

Shelby and I sampled a couple of West Virginia wines (we picked sweet flavors, like peach and raspberry) before ordering glasses to drink outside. The winery also sold various meats, cheeses, and crackers that you could take outside, although we’d kind of been eating all day and weren’t super hungry at that point. 😉 While it was super quiet on the balcony where most other visitors were sitting, we walked a little bit out of the way and had a mini photo shoot (because, what else would we do in such a scenic location?!).

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It was a little rainy when we arrived, but thankfully the weather cleared up a bit and we could enjoy some time outside (this DC girl is very appreciative of cool summer afternoons, since they can be a rarity!).

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Honestly, there’s nothing like a good friend, good wine, and some peace and quiet! I’m already itching to go back here next time I’m out for a visit…and touring some of the local wineries in Virginia is on my list, too! If you have any recs, please let me know!

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