Genuine Liquorette at Home

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I keep seeing the cutest Instagram pictures of Genuine Liquorette, a new bar that opened up in Manhattan and is famous for serving canned drinks with mini bottles of alcohol on top. I’ve been wanting to go and didn’t get a chance to try it out this trip, but one of my friends pointed out that it’s really easy enough to recreate their funky cocktails at home. So, off I went to pick up some airplane-sized liquor bottles (I already had the fun variety of sodas, juices, and seltzers on hand)…

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And the drinks couldn’t look cuter! You’ll definitely want to pour some of the soda/seltzer/etc out of the can before pouring one of the mini alcohol bottles in, or else it’ll overflow…as I learned the hard way. I mean, duh. I don’t know why I thought executing this idea wouldn’t be as effortless as it looks on Instagram 😉

I also don’t know how all of the pictures I’ve seen show somewhat full bottles of alcohol…like, do they pour some into the drink and put the cap back on? Or just never take it off at all when they hand you the drink? Inquiring minds want to know. All in all, though, this is a fun way to try mixing a few new cocktails without shelling out tons of money for ingredients. Plus, it makes for super cute pictures.

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An Easy Gift Idea

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Need a gift for the funny girl in your life? I’m still super pleased with one of the Christmas presents I put together for my sister–she loved it! With Valentine’s Day coming up, this would be an adorable gift to give to your BFF (or anyone else who is the Amy Poehler to your Tina Fey!).

I had long seen this card during my (very frequent) trips to Paper Source, and I always thought it was hilarious. I love both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but my sister, an avid SNL watcher, is an even bigger fan of the duo. When it came time to think of Christmas gift ideas, I had the perfect idea–why not give her a copy of each comedian’s book and pair it with the card? Creative, personal, budget-friendly, and easy to transport = the perfect gift in my opinion!

My sister has already started reading through Tina’s book, and I’ve read both before–go check them out from the library ASAP if you haven’t read them yet!

If the funny girl in your life isn’t a huge reader, you could alternatively pair the card with a Sisters DVD (kind of kicking myself for not thinking of that idea earlier!). Or, honestly, the card itself would look adorable in a frame. I’m all about keeping cards on display, and this one would definitely be a conversation starter!

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Richmond Road Trip

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Even though Richmond is only 2 to 2.5 hours away from DC, I’ve actually never been there, so when my friend and I were talking about possible travel for 2017, I had to put the city on my list for a weekend trip! One of my friends grew up there, so I’m currently hounding her for recs (thanks, Ashley!), but I also decided to do a little research of my own. So far, #RVA is looking pretty good!

A few places I know I want to go:

Carytown Cupcakes: Because how can you experience a city without trying its cupcakes? Plus, the to-go boxes are too cute.

Clementine: Who doesn’t love a good consignment store? This one looks too cute and carries some of my favorite brands.

But otherwise I’m fairly stumped and would love recs. I’ve also wanted to visit a vineyard in VA at some point, so maybe that could be combined with this trip, too!

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Loving Lately, Part 2

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I had fun sharing some of my favorite things in my last “Loving Lately” post, so I’m back with round two!

1. It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Coloring Book//The title of this adult coloring book made me laugh, and at $7.99, it makes a clever gift, too!

2. White Frame//I ordered a few framed Instagram prints from Framebridge this fall and love them, but I recently realized that I could re-create the look for less buy purchasing a similar-looking frame on Amazon and popping in a photo by hand. I’m liking how this one looks, but just search “square frame” and you’ll find a ton of options.

3. Be My Guest Tray//I love the quirky look of this tray and it would look adorable on a coffee table or bar cart.

4. Essie Gel Polish//I’ve actually never had a gel manicure (!) but I’m intrigued by these new Essie bottles.

5. Small Admissions//I can’t wait to read this book (waiting for the Amazon price to go down a bit, though!) since I also work  at a private school and have worked in admissions in other settings in the past. It’s gotten great reviews, too!

 

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Wakey, Wakey

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Lately I’ve been the worst at getting up for work in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, I get plenty of sleep (I’ve always needed an unbelievable amount), but recently, getting myself out of bed has seemed like the most challenging task ever.

In high school, I woke up around the same time that I do now and basically bounced out of bed. I’m probably a lot happier to start my day now than I was then, so I don’t think my difficulty getting up in the morning has anything to do with my emotional being…I’m just TIRED.

Carpooling with someone else means that I have it easy when it comes to getting to work, and I literally have a monetary incentive to wake up on time. I carpool with someone who needs to be in a little earlier in the morning than I do, meaning that technically if I WANT to sleep in, I can get an extra 30-45 minutes. However, this then means that I would have to take an Uber to work (by then it would be too late to rely on public transportation), and that ranges anywhere from $3 to $10 (not bad overall, but the pricing is unpredictable and definitely adds up).

The other day, I woke up FIVE minutes before my coworker was coming to pick me up. Thankfully, she was also running about five minutes late, but man…thank goodness I know how to get ready quickly! If you’re also someone who finds herself rushing out the door more often than not, I have a few tips for you…

-Make sure you have something to eat. Most mornings, I set aside even five short minutes to make and eat an English muffin with peanut butter. Super quick, super cheap, and super healthy and filling compared to many other breakfast options. I like to have a few Luna bars on hand for mornings that I’m running late. Since I work in the suburbs and can’t run out to grab anything, it’s important I bring a small meal or snack from home to make it through the morning!

-Take your coffee to go. Just because I sometimes wake up late doesn’t mean I sacrifice my beloved caffeine. I have a million travel mugs on hand that I place directly under my Keurig and then take in the car. Waking up late = no time to run to Starbucks down the street = money saved…or something.

-Master a quick hairstyle. If my hair needs to be straightened but I don’t have much time, I like to run my straightener through my hair lightly and tame some of my curls so that they look a little wavier. Honestly, curling my hair with my straightener = my go-to move.

-Refresh email on my phone. I like to head into work knowing about anything new that will be on my plate, even if I don’t respond until I get to my desk. I also look at my personal email, although almost nothing I receive over the course of the night is worth reading (the other weekend I slept in super late and woke up with over 30 emails from stores…).

-Make bed. If I have time, this is definitely something I’ll do. I feel more productive starting the day if I’ve checked this off my list, and it’s definitely nicer to come home to a put together room.

I also always have an outfit set out the night before and my work bag packed and ready to go (there isn’t really much to bring since I eat lunch in the cafeteria every day). If I’m going directly from work to a workout class or other commitment, I’ll have packed up all of my belongings that night before.

I definitely wish that I could take more control over my routine and wake up earlier, enjoy a cup of coffee on my couch or at my table rather than on the road, take my trash out, etc…if you have any tips on getting out of bed earlier, let me know!

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Gifts for the Working Girl

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I was browsing Nordstrom the other day and came across the cutest items in the “gifts” section but then realized…so many of them are perfect to give to the girl starting her first (or a new) job. I mean, did any of these adorable things exist when I was graduating from college? They’re too cute…and at this point, graduation season will be here before any of us know it (second semester always seemed to go by faster than first semester, does anyone else agree?). Stock up and gift away come May, or if you’re a soon-to-be grad, bookmark this page for yourself!

1. Reusable tote//I’ve mentioned before that I always like to keep a reusable shopping tote in my work bag, mainly because DC charges tax on plastic bags and nice to save that extra change (and be kind to the environment) while shopping! While I have plenty of totes and large reusable bags that will do the job, this option is great because it folds up so nicely in your backpack or purse. You would never know that you’re carrying around an extra bag, but once you do need one, it’s a great size and holds a lot. No more walking home from the grocery store with plastic bags breaking and canned goods rolling down the sidewalk…not that I would know what that’s like…. 😉

2. Business card holder//Business cards are a funny thing. I received mixed feedback about using them while still in school, but in the professional world, I think they’re fair game, and it’s always good to be prepared! If you work in the media industry and attend lots of press previews or other events outside the office that can double as networking opportunities, just throw this baby in your bag and you’ll be squared away!

3. Lip Balm//There’s nothing like lip balm that’s also a bit luxurious, and this three-pack will come in handy! Keep one container in your desk drawer, one in your bag, and one on your nightstand, and voila, you’ll always be prepared.

4. Pinch Coffee Kit//Perfect for the girl who’s all about the informational interviews and coffee dates. Just throw this in your purse and you’ll be all prepared for back-to-back Starbucks meetings.

5. Coffee Mug//A reusable tumbler is a must for any working girl, and this one is both cute and classy. I have probably four tumblers that I use religiously and it’s nice to be able to sip coffee in the car on the way to work without spending $$. Now if only DC would allow coffee on public transportation!

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Reading (and reading and reading)

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In New York this past weekend, my friend Allison and I made sure to visit our favorite used bookstore in the city. It’s actually located in the basement of one of the public libraries (Webster, if you’re wondering!) and has the BEST deals on books. Most are between $2 and $4, and new releases run about $7. I picked up $40 worth of books (a great deal when you think about how much books cost at Barnes and Noble, but a little difficult because I then had to transport them all back home!) and now my to-read list is growing and growing.

Above are most of the books I picked up this weekend, but I already have an even bigger pile on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I love to post book reviews on the blog, so keep an eye out for plenty more coming soon! I’m trying to branch out from my usual feel-good books and start more mysteries and obscure novels, but honestly my stack right now is all over the place genre-wise.

What are you reading and loving? I’m all ears.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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It’s official…Valentine’s Day candy is already lining drugstore shelves (grab me a bag of anything cinnamon flavored or gummy, please!), and what better way to treat the leading ladies in your life than with some small gifts in honor of the holiday? Whether your friend loves Valentine’s Day or absolutely cannot wait for it to be over, my guess is one of these gifts will make her smile.

1. Kate Spade Drinkware//These blush glasses are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, but they’re also totally acceptable to use all year long!

2. Volupsa Candle//I’m on a huge candle kick lately, and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love receiving this as a gift!

3. Heart Trays//Here’s another gift that’s easy to split up among friends and will add a fun touch to her home.

4. Earring Set//Three pairs of earrings for $16?! Divvy up the pack and treat three friends to a little something.

5. Cozy Coloring Book//A little something to help her de-stress. I’ve been getting back into adult coloring books lately and love how this one includes recipes!

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NYC Weekend

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I’m now back from an amazing weekend in NYC and had the best time catching up with friends I met at all points of my life and eating and drinking my way through the city. Honestly, is there anything else to do on a trip besides eat? My friends and I were joking about this because there were so many restaurants and bars that we wanted to try, and it seemed like our entire schedule revolved around food. So now I’m back in DC and very full (but feeling good thanks to a SoulCycle class and a delicious salad #smallvictories). This week is a short one because of MLK day off today and Inauguration Day off on Friday…I’m pretty much planning on hibernating inside and staying within Georgetown this weekend. Tomorrow I’m planning on running over to Trader Joe’s after work to FINALLY go grocery shopping and stock up on some things that’ll last me through the weekend–throwback to the Pope’s visit to Philly when I lived there last year! I actually haven’t made it to Trader Joe’s in forever (since I get lunch at work every day, I do big grocery trips fairly infrequently and instead run into Safeway several times a week to grab items as I need them, oops).

Switching gears to NYC food…I had the chance to go to two amazing brunch spots (one old fave, one new fave) and had a blast. On Saturday, my college friends and I went to Sarabeth’s on the Upper West Side. They have several locations throughout the city, but I’ve only been to a couple. I always order the exact same thing, the farmer’s omelet, and it’s super delicious and filling. I’ll have to admit I was pretty bummed that they were out of scones when I went this time, because their scones are seriously SO good and come with the dish. However, the chocolate walnut cookie I got at Levain later in the morning made up for it 🙂

On Sunday, my grad school friends and I went down to the West Village to try Jack’s Wife Freda. I had been wanting to go there forever (mainly because of the adorable sugar packets, not gonna lie!) and everyone was equally excited about the menu once we arrived. We ended up each getting something different, but everyone’s meals (pictured above) sounded so good. I went with the avocado and smoked salmon toast and it was delish and left me feeling healthy rather than stuffed! We joked that ordering a bunch of different meals reflected our different personalities but also made for an even better Insta (trust me, we all spent a few minutes trying to get the perfect aerial shot of our food and I think my friend Ashley, who took the picture here, had the best eye!).

While being back in the city for a short time was a little chaotic, it honestly was the perfect weekend escape and made me miss living there so much. I guess I’ll have to daydream and re-watch Younger and Manhattan Love Story until I can make it back up (such good shows if you’re into the typical 20-something in NYC/SATC storyline).

 

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The Cutest Chinoiserie Finds

I am lusting over all of these products lately and had to share them with you all. If you love all things chinoiserie, classic, and preppy, this is a roundup for you…

1. These glasses from Anthropologie. I have one that I use to store straws on my barcart, and it’s adorable. Who could say no to Staffordshire dogs on a cup?

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2. Kitchen decor is usually my last priority, but these towels from Mintwood Home are calling my name…

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3. Waiting on Martha also has the best accessories…how fun are these blue and white vases?

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4. Yes, TJ Maxx never fails in my opinion. Start your ginger jar collection with this affordable lil’ number.

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