Friday Mornings

I’ll tell you, these allergies¬†kicked my ass this week. The weather forecast is calling for rain all weekend which I couldn’t be happier about (wash all that pollen away, pleaseandthanks). I’ve got a super packed weekend of March for Science protesting, birthday parties, a friend’s DJ set/art show, and more. It’s great to have a weekend off, but I also relish the weekends that are already packed to the brim with fun stuff. I can’t wait to kick it all off with drinks with the girls in a few hours somewhere that apparently specializes in frozen cider.

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“Girlboss” on Netflix premieres today
Wishing everyone the most fulfilling of weekends, whatever that means to you ūüôā
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This past week…
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  • The Most Interesting Thing I Read | this NY Mag article about the quirks of female socialization and why we are drawn to certain types of women is fascinating
  • The Most Delicious Thing I Made | in an effort to proactivey waste less food, so when live gives you about-to-go-bad apples you make these
  • The Most Inspiring Quote I Heard |Stay around people who look more like your future than your past.” – personal trainer¬†Anna Victoria
  • The Most Useful Thing I Listened To |¬†this¬†podcast with Tony Robbins’ son, Jairek. I listened to it twice and took notes, which never happens.
  • The Coolest Event I Attended | I bought tickets to a tiny, intimate show where the artist and specific location wasn’t revealed until the day before and it was SO worth it
  • The Most Adult Thing I Bought | suns out, sunscreens out with the help from these lightweight¬†lip,¬†face, and¬†everyday¬†protections
  • The Most Excited I Am | I can’t wait to binge watch this Netflix series which comes out today 4/21 #GIRLBOSS

“If your Nerve, deny you‚ÄĒ¬†
Go above your Nerve. ” – Emily Dickinson

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Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s day or not, this is a year when we especially need to celebrate those we love more than ever. It’s¬†silly that we dedicate only one day to this, but February 14th does act as a helpful reminder when we’re so easily wrapped up in our day-to-day lives. In past years, I’ve hosted Galentine’s Day brunches and spent the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day writing to my best girlfriends, sending little gifts to them to tell them how much they mean to me. I plan to do the same this year. Zach and I also will be carrying on our tradition of eating pizza and drinking wine, which I’m also looking forward to.

Here are some items I’m considering gifting this year to inspire your own Galentine’s Day gifting.

  1. a card for that [new] special someone you met on tinder
  2. nourish your own body with this sweet smelling body polish
  3. ¬†a simple but sexy mesh bra that you’ll wear well past valentine’s day
  4.  give the gift of relaxation with this chic and sturdy candle
  5. ¬†finally start planning that trip you’ve been talking about
  6.  hop aboard the essential oil train and uplift your drink, bath and life
  7. ¬†everyone deserves a little “lol” with their morning cup
  8.  a pretty little coin purse for a night out with the girls
  9. ¬†for everyone’s favorite cat-lover friend
  10.  flash your heart hands with this lovely little patch
  11.  this delicate but structured bracelet would make the perfect gift (hint, hint)
  12.  this refreshing drinking vinegar would make a great gift for almost anyone
  13. the perfect card to send to your long term besties

Thursday Things

My soul had other plans. Reminding myself to bring back into my daily practice of being present, that I need to be tender with myself. We are imperfect beings, growing and changing everyday and a little tenderness is like water, cleanses, nourishes, and allows for the clarity to set in.

-A valuable reminder. Aleksandra Zee, woodworker, shopowner, and self-described ‘one-woman show’

  1. We finally have a healthy house here after a week of lots of coughs and boogers. I impulse bought these at CVS earlier this week and probably will never be going back to regular tissues.
  2. Spent Tuesday night watching Obama’s farewell speech and feeling all the feels (sad, inspired, helpless, enraged, proud, etc.). I sure am sad to see this family go.
  3. Yesterday was a *big* day in terms of news (i.e. Rex Tillerson’s Secretary of State Nomination Hearing, Ivanka’s Dad’s first press conference in months). I was particularly moved by testimony that was part of Jeff Sessions ‘ Attorney General hearing, both from¬†Amita Swadhin, a sexual assault survivor and also New Jersey Senator¬†Cory Booker.
  4. Anthro’s spring arrivals like this and this are making me v happy, and wishing for some warmer weather (and more hours of daylight).
  5. Women’s March on Washington is in just over a week! Have you registered to go yet?

thursday things

LOVE THIS:

  1. i initially heard about fakespot on buzzfeed and put it to use while searching for a bamboo pillow on amazon. it scans reviews of a product, and assesses the reviewers of that products based on reviews they’ve made of other products (a mouthful). before fakespot, i would¬†purchase items on amazon solely on products with over 100 [good] reviews. but i found out that a lot of amazon reviews are bullshit! (i ended up purchasing this pillow, then subsequently falling in love with.)
  2. did you hear that fros√© ‚ÄĒ frozen ros√© wine with berries ‚ÄĒ is taking over the world? have you had it? did it change your life? my goal is to find some this weekend.
  3. will this dress look white in photos? i’ve been thinking about wearing it to a friend’s wedding in boston this weekend.
  4. i just started watching anthony bourdain’s ‘part’s unknown.’ ¬†it’s a similar format format as his previous shows in that¬†it mixes food, culture and history. i would still highly recommend checking it out. as a sidenote: anyone else weirdly attracted to mr. bourdain? ‚̧
  5. after watching¬†weeping through obama’s speech last night, it’s even more clear why it’s so important we all promise to do this.
  6. i’m not a huge animated movie person, but we saw¬†‘the secret life of pets’ and it was hysterical. the movies are a great way to beat the heat, and kevin hart as ‘snowball’ in the movie¬†will surely make you ugly-laugh.
  7. this guy is one of the most entertaining and substantive voices on twitter during this political season so far.
  8. i’m current reading maestra by l.s. hilton¬†and all i’m going to say is that it has all the great components of a great beach read (i.e. thrills, sex, incoherent nonsense, travel, etc.)

photo via sandra juto

friday afternoons

a few of my favorite things to take us into the weekend

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a shot from memorial day weekend

cheers to the weekend! i’ll be sitting in a philly chapel watching two dear friends wed instead of a coffee shop in dc this afternoon. here’s what¬†i would be perusing this friday afternoon.

have a relaxing weekend!

  • been thinking about creating¬†a ‘wake-up routine’, too via life hacker
  • which wine goes goes with which glass via¬†my domaine
  • 6 really helpful work tips via man repeller
  • my new gold embossed, customized mouse pad¬†via the leather shop
  • you are what you read via qz
  • 17 apps to make your life easier via the muse
  • utilize these tips if you’re heading to the beach this weekend
  • getting lost in¬†this blogger’s ireland photos
  • will be utilizing some of these tips¬†this weekend
  • my first time wearing yellow this weekend via asos

half moon bay to monterey [pch trip part 2 of 5]

this 5 part series outlines a two-week road trip my brother, sister and i took down the pacific coast highway. on our trip, we started in napa, drove to the muir woods, spent a few days san francisco, drove from half moon bay to monterey, then big sur and finally ended in los angeles.

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after san francisco, we did a lot of driving down the pacific coast highway from half moon bay to monterey. it was probably the longest leg of our trip, and what i remember most about this leg is lots of car snacks and driving music, overcast weather, incredible views over every bend, insane surfers fighting to the death to get their waves, and lots of laughs in the car.

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we didn’t really have any specific places we wanted to checkout during this part of the drive, which made it extra special. we drove and stopped when we wanted and as we pleased. theres an element of this that i find relaxing — it’s the reason why i’ll always favor taking the long road in a car (when we can go at our own pace) over other transportation options.

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friday afternoons

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my friend laura is also a remote worker. she and i usually spend most friday afternoons finding new places to do work together throughout the city. this past friday we were able to finally checkout kafe bohem in shaw.

we were really excited to checkout this euro style cafe, but i must say we were a bit let down. there were no other¬†patrons¬†in the shop when we arrived which should’ve been our first hint. the barista was very nice, but she had ‘somewhere else to be’ so they were only able to offer us drip coffee and hot tea. 3 pm on a friday is probably a slower time than most for coffee shops. but if that’s the case, they should close if they are only able to offer espresso drinks. i did have a warm lentil salad topped with greens, goat cheese, and honey mustard that wasn’t bad. i’d love to go back and try their schnitzel.

after kafe bohem, we were still in need of real coffee so we went to the mecca of dc coffee shops: compass coffee. if you follow me on snapchat, you may have seen me lose my mind when i learned that their mint cold brew on nitro is back (!). and it was as good a i remembered.

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after proper caffeination, it was suddenly 5 pm and we decided to walk across the street and checkout takoda¬†since it was opening day. takoda opened that day at 5 pm, and by 5:15 the roof was already at capacity. we did manage to snag a seat by the window which was glorious. we each tried 2 different cocktails which were delicious, but shockingly small for their price (even for dc). i’m excited to go back and try some of their interesting food offering, as well as the beer garden-style roof — once there’s no longer a line out the front door.

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las vegas, nv

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last weekend we jumped on a plane for a super quick trip to¬†vegas!¬†we were there to redeem a trip that zach and i had won on the ellen show¬†last spring. we won a two-night stay and tickets to see jennifer lopez perform!¬†my siblings flew in from la and san diego to meet us…i never knew my brother was such a j.lo fan until that night ūüėČ

we spent most of the weekend having a pretty typical vegas experience, traipsing around the town, eating, drinking and laughing until our stomachs hurt. some highlights included: seeing j.lo perform and my first vegas show ever at the axis theater at planet hollywood [that woman is an ageless, magical unicorn], indulging in delicious sweets and champagne at the wooden spoon in the cosmopolitan casino [never have i seen a more extensive array of all-you-can-eat food], walking around fremont street and feeling like we went back in time in old las vegas.

it was a quick trip, but i know it won’t be my last.

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san diego

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by some miracle, i got one of the last flights out of dc this past weekend before the #snowicane2016 hit. i¬†was¬†visiting my brother, kevin, in san diego who moved to the west coast about a year ago.¬†while i’ve been to california a number of times, this was my first time in san diego. ¬†my sister and her bf, kimmy and chris, made the trek down from LA and the four of us spent the weekend exploring all that this wonderful city had to offer. it was so great¬†to spend time with friends and family now living a coast away.

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food

  • nicos: tiny mexican hole-in-the-wall in ocean beach, aptly voted the #2 california burrito in america. $6 will get you a incredibly delicious california burrito stuffed with carne asada¬†and¬†crunchy french fries, the size of your forearm.
  • neighborhood: american-style loungue/gastro pub in the downtown area with¬†pimms cup¬†cocktails on tap and incredible mussels. i later learned¬†that there’s a hidden speakeasy in the back, so¬†i guess this means i’ll be going back.
  • crushed: special little place in pacific beach serving brunch and beer. we were taken with the pretzel bread, cinnamon roll pancakes, and make-your-own mimosa flights with interesting flavors such as grapefruit rosemary. super nice servers, too.
  • mad beet: this place was a godsend the morning after two late nights in a row. they have made-to-order healthy fare such as acai bowls, smoothies and juices. the best part though is the ¬†hilariously clever names of their products (i.e. “beyoncai”, “canteloupe fiasco” and “honeydewtang clan”).
  • baja beach cafe:¬†we ate right next to the beach here in pacific beach with a+ views and decent¬†fish tacos and bloody marys.

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