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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5 Accent Walls I Love

As much as I love a good gallery wall, I think it’s sometimes fun to pick a nice accent piece and let it tell its own story. When decorating my apartment for my Apartment Therapy shoot in June, I decided to order a colorful piece from Furbish Studio (shown above–it’s sold out on Furbish’s site now, though), and I love the dimension it added to that little nook. I had originally wanted to place it in a white frame (and it’s in one now), but the frame I wanted didn’t arrive in time for the shoot. I like how the black frame looks with my bar cart, but I’ve moved the print to a new space now (#typical) and it looks better in a white frame where it is now.

Since I’m now considering how I’d like to decorate my future place, I rounded up a few pins and would love to get your input on looks that you like best! I can be so indecisive and love to move stuff around over and over again, but I also don’t want to nail a million holes in the wall. 😉

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Image 1: Funny story–this is actually Shannon’s apartment (I LOVE all of her design work!) and I had pinned this image because I absolutely loved the white mirror and how it looked over her bar cart. I had been searching and searching for a similar one when Shannon announced on IG that she was selling the mirror. You can guess who messaged her right away! I picked it up a few days later and it’s now hanging in the bar cart area. It’s a great mirror and the huge size makes it great for #ootd pics (if we’re being honest!).

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Image 2: I’ve almost always done gallery walls over my couches, but this large abstract piece is making me want to go simple. This is actually another home that Shannon designed in DC, and I love the elegant, simple look. Who wouldn’t want to come back to this living space after a long day in the office?!

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Image 3: I love a good witty piece of artwork, and this black and white photo looks amazing over this couple’s bar cart. I’ve been trying to incorporate more photography into my home and this show-stopping piece is a great find!

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Image 4: For a preppier look, see above! This Slim Aarons photograph definitely makes a statement (I’ve gotten a few of his prints recently and love them), and I really like the simplicity of this look–gallery walls are my jam, but there’s nothing wrong with highlighting one really good piece.

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Image 5: Last but not least….This abstract face piece is amazing and kind of reminds me of my Furbish print. I love how it’s so dramatic and truly makes you stop and stare!

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5 U.S. Cities I’d Love to Visit

Which city is always my favorite? Well, I think it's a tie between DC and New York. :) Side note: How awesome is this view from my friend Molly's apartment?! This uptown girl is #impressed.
Which city is always my favorite? Well, I think it’s a tie between DC and New York. 🙂 Side note: How awesome is this view from my friend Molly’s apartment?! This uptown girl is #impressed.

Earlier this year, friends’ weddings brought me to two fun, new-to-me cities: Palm Beach and Seattle. In addition to attending wedding festivities, I did have a bit of time to explore the surrounding area in each place (well, in PB we spent most of our free time on the beach, but it was so worth it!). BUT the next wedding on my radar isn’t until fall 2018 and will be in DC (super easy for travel this time around!), so I’ll need to make more of an effort to do some traveling on my own. A few other destinations on my must-see list?

Charleston: Charleston is definitely a “hot” city right now, and it’s a place I’ve been wanting to go for awhile. It would make an easy weekend trip coming from DC and I’ve seen amazing flight deals on JetBlue…I just haven’t been able to nail anything down! I have a few friends who are interested in going and I’m hoping we’ll be able to make it happen soon. I’ve heard that October/November is a great time to go.

Chicago: My dad grew up in the Chicago suburbs but doesn’t have immediate relatives there anymore, so we never made it out as a family. However, I feel like Chicago has become increasingly popular in recent years (or maybe that’s just because it seems like half the bloggers I follow live there!). I know the winters are brutal, but it sounds like there’s a great mix of touristy (and let’s be real, cutesy) things to do.

Nashville: This doesn’t fully count because I did travel to Nashville for a few days, but I was hyper-focused on selecting a grad program and mainly stayed in the area immediately surrounding Vanderbilt. I did really like the program and the area but ultimately decided I wanted to stay on the East Coast for school (and eventually work)…although the lure of country music and Southern hospitality sure was tempting! Nashville truly has so much to offer that I’d love to go back for a vacation (and a honky tonk bar or two).

New Orleans: One of my friends from growing up did a five-year program at Tulane and I always talked about going down to visit at some point (especially for Mardi Gras!) but never did. However, my grad school friends and I have talked about making this a possible destination for our next girls trip…guys, let’s get on it?! From the food to the music to the culture, I’m itching to soak it all in.

Los Angeles: This seems like a given—who wouldn’t want to go to LA at some point? I’d love to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer, including the cliché activities like touring a movie or TV show set. San Fran (and now Seattle) are the only major West Coast cities I’ve seen, so I’d love to keep my tally going!

Sidenote: Can we talk about how amazing this fall foliage train ride looks? Sign. me. up.

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Why I Decided to Move

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A lot of you are probably confused with all of this moving talk lately, so I thought I’d take a moment to stop and explain why I’m leaving my apartment (insert sad face here because I absolutely loved my little setup and am sad to see it go!). That’s right, on October 1 (well, technically September 30), I’ll be parting ways with my little abode.

I moved to my apartment in Georgetown last August after living at home for a couple of months, and I was so, so thrilled to call this space my own. I really enjoyed having a separate bedroom after years of living in studio, and the location itself was very practical (surprisingly so–Georgetown isn’t really known for easy access to grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, etc, but I really lucked out with my spot). I’ve made a lot of fun memories in this apartment, was finally able to fulfill my dream of having it photographed (twice!) and featured in three publications, and enjoyed all of the freedoms that come with living alone. I’m also about 10 minutes from my parents’ house (although I rarely go home…I’m a city girl and prefer to have them come to me!). All of this made for an excellent living experience, and I’m truly grateful that it worked out for as long as it did.

However…living alone is 1) a bit lonely and 2) expensive, especially in DC. In terms of point #1: I describe myself as somewhat of an extroverted introvert, and since my job is very social (I work at a school, after all!), it was definitely nice to come home an unwind at the end of the day all by myself. But I’m often envious of the spontaneity that comes with having roommates–there’s always someone around to enjoy wine and trashy TV or check out an event on the weekends, and living with other people is a great way to expand your social circle as a whole. Even simple things like ordering takeout seem easier when there’s another person to chip in. 🙂 In college, I actually preferred living alone (I need downtime!), but it didn’t really matter, because my friends were either in the same dorm or a couple of buildings away. In real life, though, many of my closest DC friends are actually fairly far away, and no one is really nearby enough to just do things on a whim (I was lucky that in New York, Shelby and I lived two blocks from each other and were constantly meeting up at every hour of the day, no matter what day of the week!). Even though I absolutely loved my neighborhood and all it had to offer, I began to feel a bit isolated from the young DC social scene (ok, saying that made me sound old, but you know what I mean).

And in terms of the finances part: it’s no surprise that living alone is expensive, and while I definitely prioritize my home space over other things–I mean, throw pillows and wall art are clearly more important than food ;)–I decided I wasn’t happy with the lifestyle I was living. As a single 20-something, I’d like to spend more time with friends and take advantage of all that the city has to offer rather than hunkering down at home and trying to avoid spending money. So my hope is that I’ll be able to do just that–and wherever I end up next will also likely be closer to the things I want to do and the people I want to see.

So that brings me to what I guess would be factor number 3–my commute! Since I work in McLean (and don’t drive…eek!) the commute is quite long when I’m unable to hitch a ride or Uber (it can take between 1 to 2 hours each way depending on the time of day/traffic, versus 15-30 minutes in the car). I rely on two buses and the metro to get to work, and that’s because Georgetown isn’t on a metro line. Finding a place near the metro is one of my top priorities, and I’m hoping that I’ll shave major time off of my commute as a result–not to mention, I’ll save some extra money by being able to take the metro around the city to see friends and run errands (I definitely rely on Uber wayyyy too much right now!).

I’m definitely excited for what lies ahead, even though apartment hunting can be insanely stressful. More on that (and my roommate situation!) when everything is final…I have to leave some things a surprise, right?!

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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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New Bedroom Inspo

Hands down, the best part of moving (at least in my opinion) is redecorating. That certainly doesn’t mean you need to start entirely from scratch, because it’s definitely easy to style pieces of furniture in totally different ways and get a whole new look without having to toss/sell things and re-order brand new pieces. When I move later this fall, I’d like to mix and match furniture/decor I already own with some fun new items in order to get a brand new look.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love how my room in my current apartment (pictured above) turned out and will be sad to leave this setup, but I’m feeling like going for something that’s a little more bohemian and funky versus classic and preppy. I’ve been drawn to colorful oriental-looking rugs, gold sconces, and…for the first time in my life…dark wooden furniture.

Below is some inspo (thanks to Pinterest, of course!) for my new space. I realize that many of these looks are all basically variations of the same thing…don’t laugh at me!

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And a few products that are on my wish list (one of which I’ve already ordered, oops!):

So I ordered this after seeing it on Alaina's and Jackie's Insta stories and can't wait for it to arrive!
So I ordered this after seeing it on Alaina’s and Jackie’s Insta stories and can’t wait for it to arrive!
I'm realllly liking these gold sconces for either side of my bed. They're currently on sale at Urban Outfitters and are such a great shape and size.
I’m realllly liking these gold sconces for either side of my bed. They’re currently on sale at Urban Outfitters and are such a great shape and size.
Love, want, need this mirror and will probably be ordering when I settle on a place (and if Ballard has a coupon or two!).
Love, want, need this mirror and will probably be ordering when I settle on a place (and if Ballard has a coupon or two!).

I also scored a brown, vintage-looking dresser (like the ones shown in the Pinterest images above) on Craigslist a few weeks ago and love it! I’m considering painting it white but that may make it look a little more shabby chic, and while that’s definitely a fun style, it isn’t really what I’m going for here. Another great find was a boho-looking rug that I purchased during a “sample sale” that Rugs USA was having online. It’s about 5 by 8 and was only $44! That isn’t a typo–similar looking rugs from sites like Lulu and Georgia (which I absolutely love) go for about 10 times that much, so I was happy for mine to arrive and have debuted it in my current room for the moment. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks/months! First step is to actually find an apartment 😉

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August Reads

Had to bring an old favorite with me to Paris!
Had to bring an old favorite with me to Paris!

I’m was a little behind on reading last month…I actually didn’t crack open a single book when I was in Paris (!) but did get through a few on the plane and toward the end of the month. A few were work/life-related and not necessarily interesting for the blog, but there are a couple that I’ll still share here because I think they’re generalizable for everyone.

10% Happier, by Dan Harris: For work, we had to read two books this summer, and this was one. A few of my coworkers started it earlier on and were raving about it (one even passed it along to her boyfriend!), plus, Dan Harris is a Colby alum, so I knew I’d like his work. 😉 In short, this book chronicles Dan’s experience discovering meditation (which he first couldn’t wrap his around but grew to love). I considered taking a meditation class last fall and think I’d enjoy trying it at some point, so it was interesting reading about someone else’s experience and also examining how other people manage stress as a whole.

Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work, by Sarah Vermunt: Shelby gave me this book for my birthday after having bought her own copy, and from the cover (and hilarious title) I knew it would be a good one, and I was right—I felt super pumped up and ready to #GSD when I was finished. The book is truly for people of all ages—whether you’re halfway through your career or just starting out. It encourages you to step back and take a look at what makes you happy—in the workplace and life in general—and also evaluate what makes you stressed and irritated (and to consider your physical reaction, too, as you do this evaluation). The overall takeaways are: Don’t hold back from pursuing that passion/dream, don’t waste time doing something that you don’t love, don’t be afraid of what others think (easier said than done!), and don’t not try something just because you’re afraid you’ll fail. Sarah shares her own ups and downs while giving professional advice (she works as a career coach), and the book overall kind of reminds me of The Big Life, which I reviewed in last month’s roundup.

Stories I’d Tell in Bars, by Jen Lancaster: I didn’t know much about Jen Lancaster but picked up this book because of its amazing reviews on Amazon (I always read the reviews, and when one commenter noted Jen’s clever take on the Lilly Pulitzer for Target sale, I was sold!). This comedic memoir is full of stories and anecdotes that will leave you nodding your head in agreement (she makes some great observations on millennial culture but makes it very clear that she feels bad for us, hah). I’m now excited to read her other work (I think I actually have a copy of one of her other books, Bitter is the New Black, which I’ve been meaning to start forever!).

How to Pack, by Hitha Palepu: I was silly and actually didn’t pick this up until after I’d come back from Paris, but hey, I suppose the tips are always going to be useful! This book has been mentioned many times throughout the blogsphere and while I feel like I’ve gotten to be a much better packer, who couldn’t use some helpful hints? I liked how Hitha began her book classifying the different types of packers–although I’m pretty sure I kind of fall into all of the categories–I’m either over-prepared, under-prepared, or sometimes, a little impractical, so her tips were very useful!

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6 Closet Staples I Can’t Live Without

Welcome back to reality, all! Hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Mine was full of relaxing (lots of naps), work at my part-time job, packing for my upcoming move (more on that once I actually have deets about where I’ll be living, ha–but I’m staying in DC, just changing neighborhoods!), seeing a few friends, scheduling some blog posts, writing a freelance piece, and enjoying a free birthday spin class (whew!). Last week was insanely busy at work, so it was nice to not have a ton of solid plans and just hang out (especially since Saturday was extremely rainy in DC). Who’s snagged their first PSL of the season? I heard rumors going around on Friday that some stores began offering them, but it seemed like that caused some major controversy, and I didn’t grab mine until Tuesday!

Hint: These black pants are EVERYWHERE in this post ;)
Hint: These black pants are EVERYWHERE in this post ;)

Spending a week in Paris and living off of a limited wardrobe made me realize how much I appreciate certain items in my closet that can be styled in multiple ways. I’ve mentioned before that I actually get kind of overwhelmed by a huge wardrobe so I like to keep mine kind of paired down (andddd this is why I’m thankful for friends whose closets could basically be mini boutiques…every time I’m at Shelby’s I end up borrowing a top or two to switch things up!). But traveling obviously forces you to really pair down, and it helped me rediscover my favorites.

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For starters, I’m obsessed with this one pair of black skinny pants from LOFT. The style is “Zoe skinny,” but I don’t think LOFT sells them anymore. I bought my first pair in 2014 and they lasted until summer 2016 (they were starting to get super faded but I don’t think I actually tossed them until there was a tear…THAT’s how much I loved them–they were truly perfect for work and weekends alike!). After trying LOFT’s Marissa pant and returning it, I ended up ordering a Zoe pair from Poshmark last fall and haven’t looked back! I wore them multiple times in Paris (not super original or fashiony, but hey, they’re so versatile that I just couldn’t say no!). I’m wearing them in the picture above as well as in the one below.

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Next up is my large Longchamp tote. I don’t often use it for travel because I don’t love carrying a shoulder bag when I’m hauling around my laptop (my shoulders are pretty messed up as it is!). I do sometimes use it as a work bag (does anyone else change up their work tote from time to time? I need variety!) and always used one of these as my “backpack” in college. On my most recent trip, I folded this bag up in my suitcase and used it for day-to-day outings in Paris–it was perfect because it could hold a sweater or raincoat in addition to the usual (wallet, sunglasses, glasses, maps, etc). BUT then two days before I left, one of the straps randomly fell off in a museum! It was so sudden that I just kind of laughed and ended up holding the bag weirdly for the rest of the day. I’ve had this baby since the summer before my junior year of college and it’s held up quite well (love that dark Longchamps really hide any stains!), so that was a surprise! Thank goodness for Insta friends who have messaged me and said that the store will likely fix it for free!

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When it comes to jean jackets, I definitely don’t cut back (I definitely have 2-3 in my closet at any given moment!). I love how they look with any type of outfit and they just look good on everyone, simple as that! I wore mine a ton this most recent trip and get lots of use out of it in my daily life in DC, too.

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Note my Lilly lunchbox in the background!

I also believe in the importance of a good, versatile scarf. I have two Murfee scarfs and really don’t give them the love they deserve! They often sit unused in my closet until I find myself wearing a non-patterned shirt or dress (which is a rarity, let’s be real) and then I realize that they’re the perfect addition and become obsessed (only to forget about them for another month or two). However, whenever I wear these I feel so much more put together and let’s face it, peppy, due to Lilly’s fun prints. Scarves can really transform an outfit in general and while I personally have like…30 (blame it on my study abroad days, when I purchased them nonstop!), one or two great ones are definitely important staples. Wear them as shawls at a wedding, dress them up for work meetings, you name it.

I’ll never be that person with a million different pairs of sunglasses, because once I’ve found a flattering pair of sunnies that I like, I’ll wear ’em forever and ever! I still need to get a new pair of Raybans, but anything tortoiseshell is good in my book in the meantime. I snagged these (pictured throughout this post) on Amazon of all places (for under $10, can you believe it?). I lived in them in Paris and know they’ll be a fun accessory in the months to come! If you’re also looking to go the cheap route, LOFT has great sunglasses that often go on sale and are very flattering. They always have tons of different styles in stock, from aviators to big, funky frames, so definitely look there!

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Last but not least? A multi-purpose crossbody. I snagged this brown leather crossbody a few months ago (but don’t have a ton of pics with it yet, hence the dressing room selfie…). However, I absolutely love it because it’s 1) suuuuper roomy and 2) can work for both night and day. I spot a lot of crossbody bags that are cute and functional but are either black or have a chain-link strap, which to me says “night time.” I like this one because it’s super practical for a day of errands but also doubles as a carry-all after dark. I’ve gone through many different crossbodies over the years and this one is definitely a favorite! The best part? I snagged it from Mustard Seed for under $15! Only downside? Since it’s pretty sturdy, it doesn’t fold down flat and therefore takes up a ton of room in a suitcase, which is why I didn’t bring it to Paris.

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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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Raspberries and Rosé

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Summer may be on its way out, but I’m still milking rosé season for as long as I can. After making a batch of frozen rosé, or frosé, over Memorial Day Weekend (sidenote—what?! That seriously feels like last week), I decided to try it again but with…raspberries!

Raspberries are hands down my favorite fruit (although frozen grapes are definitely making their way up the list, haha), and I always pick up a box (or several) when they’re priced decently. When I came home from Paris, I headed to the store to do a big shop for the week and saw that raspberries were two for $3!!! Usually the best deal you can find is 2 for $5, so this was a steal. I grabbed two boxes to enjoy fresh and two to freeze for the rosé, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Oh, and the best part? It couldn’t be easier to make. All you have to do is blend the two ingredients together and garnish with additional raspberries on top. The result? A pretty, refreshing summer drink, perfect for a night in or as a pre-going out treat.

 

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