Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Happy Anniversary!.. As in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! Gotta love stocking up on sweaters for great prices while it’s a record degree outside! Here’s a few of the items that I picked up from the Anniversary sale and some others that I might add before the sale ends on August 6th!

If you have a Nordstrom Card your sale starts now! And everyone can take a peek at what’s available!

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ALL SOULS

All Souls

All Souls

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All Souls

I forget exactly how I came across ALL SOULS but as soon as I did it was on my places to go list! And probably bumped a couple other places down a notch or two! We don’t venture over into Shaw too often but we’ve been exploring more and more places. (Like here when we dined at Espita Mezcaleria!) All Souls is absolutely true to it’s word- it’s a Corner Bar located at 8th & T NW, serving only cocktails, beer, and wine… that happen to be quite delicious! We opted to try drinks off the cocktail list which includes 22 simple yet tasty drinks made with some fun ingredients and definite attention to detail. And speaking of simple, All Souls decided instead of naming each cocktail they’d just number them so pick a number any number- it’s going to be good!

First Round: I went with No. 22: Bayou Rum, Cynar, Fresh Orange Juice and Regan’s Bitters. The Cynar definitely shines through making this cocktail a refreshing, bittersweet drink. Sounds a little like an oxymoron but I would definitely recommend! J ordered No. 6: Maker’s Mark, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Fresh Grapefruit and St. Germain. I actually preferred his over mine, it had a smoother less bittersweet taste.

Second Round: I wanted to order something that would be a good transition from my first cocktail so I decided on No. 1: The Barcelona. It was Maker’s Mark, Cointreau, Fresh Sour Mix & topped with Cava. I’m a sucker for anything with bubbles and this one intrigued me since I love a whiskey sour. It was good, very good, and the sour left you wanting more! J let me order his second round so I picked a cocktail that I was excited to try as well! I ordered the No. 4: Juan’s Chilean Afro. Kappa Pisco, Aperol, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, and Regan’s bitters. Once again, his drink won.

Final Round: Ok, let me remind you- All Souls is a corner bar, not a restaurant. So at this point we had two very delicious, but strong drinks and a small bowl of olives. We could have very easily stopped there but I am a sucker for namesakes and the last cocktail on the menu is named “The All Souls.” How could I resist?! It’s a sparkling Rose with a Maker’s Mark neat. Very pretty and aromatic Rose and it was amazing how the flavors exploded with the combination. But to be honest, I probably didn’t need that last drink… 😉

 

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls

All Souls NW DC Bar All Souls Corner Bar

All Souls A Corner Bar NW DC

Shaw Cocktail Bar All Souls

C’s Tip: All Souls is the perfect spot to grab some pre-dinner cocktails at a simple but fun bar with a cool vibe. Since they don’t have food menu, you are able to order food to be delivered to the bar OR you can pop around the corner to Haikan for some of the best Ramen in DC. Add a vegetable spicy bomb if you like your Ramen spicy!

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Mezquiri

I always thought that Daiquiris were the frozen syrupy drinks that make your head feel like it’s going to pop off when you wake up the next morning. Quickly I would skip over the Daiquiri on the menu while out sipping at cocktail bars deeming the Daiquiri ‘not worthy’ of being served at cocktail bars… until a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if it was because cold weather was lingering just a little too long & I had found myself wishing for a tropical drink or what, but J and I went to Church & State, a cocktail bar in the H Street Corridor that serves “All American” cocktails with homemade syrups and mixes.Thanks to their Daiquiri, I’m now singing a different tune.

Also, the Daiquiri also might be the simplest cocktail out there to mix up so all you “I’m not a mixologist” drinkers out there, you too can whip this up and impress your friends. Serve it with some tacos or if you’re feeling really sassy, swap out the traditional base, Aged Rum, with the smoky cousin of tequila- mezcal! I can’t wait to play around more with this recipe now that warm weather has made it’s arrival!

Here’s the recipe I came up with for the birth of the Mezquiri…

The Mezquiri | makes one cocktail

2 ounces Mezcal (I prefer Vida)
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 lime wheel, for garnish

1) In a cocktail shaker, combine the mezcal, lime juice and simple syrup.
2) Fill the shaker with ice; cap and shake for 15 seconds.
3) Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with the lime wheel. Serve immediately.

C’s Note: If you’re taking my recommendation and serving with tacos, try this recipe for Green Chile & Tomatillo Chicken tacos! You can garnish with cotija cheese & some thin jalapeno slices. Cheers!

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Blind Whino

Over the weekend J and I were driving down the interstate after running a few errands (mostly my returns) when we decided to take a little detour. Instead of getting off on our usual exit to go home, we veered off a couple exits early, took a few turns, and ended up in front of this magical place.

Just off the interstate in SW DC is this 15,000+ sq. ft. old Church. Originally, the space was, as you can probably tell, a church. The Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886, has a Victorian and Romanesque facade. The church was reimagined in 2012 and given a very eclectic paint job. It has now transformed into this somewhat hidden gem in the city, the Blind Whino!

The Blind Whino is a space dedicated to supporting the community arts and culture. Local artists and events are hosted in the space year round. Currently the Blind Whino has an exhibit for the Cherry Blossom festival and another with really cool pictures of Nikes! Yes, a whole exhibit full of shoes. Not my favorite type of shoe, but still shoes! This place is magic and you can’t help but let your creativity run wild!

Stop by on purpose or accidently – whichever one feels right to you! The Blind Whino is open every Wednesday at 6pm for free Yoga & Saturday and Sunday for an Open Gallery from 12pm-5pm.

700 DELAWARE AVENUE SW, WASHINGTON DC, 20024 | https://www.swartsclub.org/home

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Girls Night In

Girls Night In

TGIF!! J has been traveling a little the last couple of weeks and as much as I miss him, I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to have a night to yourself to put on your face mask with no judgement, slip into something more comfortable than work clothes, and light your favorite candle before settling into a night of trashy tv with a {large} glass of wine! And in case you didn’t know, it is Rosé season so to celebrate why don’t you just pour yourself two big glasses! 😉 (I love this Rosé & this Sparkling Rosé! Both are under $15)

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite girls night in things… A cute little PJ set (love this one too), Diptyque candles, lip scrubs that you’ll want to eat, and Sephora’s eye and face masks. I plan to this Pearl eye mask this weekend so I’ll report back what I think about it!

What are your favorite things to do on your night in?

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Blue Jean Baby

We would joke and call my dad Captain America growing up. Every summer we would have bunting displayed at our house, the American flag flew all year round, and the 4th of July is most likely his favorite holiday. We would always be out on the Potomac River anchored under the Washington Monument to watch the DC fireworks! As soon as I put this look on I thought of him. Yes for the obvious- it’s red white and blue… but if he’s Captain America then I’m his All American Blue Jean Baby.

It’s a fail all look, blue jeans, a red stripe shirt, and a denim jacket. Plus, without getting too political, little All American looks serves as a good reminder that some may think that we’re in rough shape right now, but it’s all of us and our love for America to rally together and appreciate how good we have it!

Now let’s talk about these jeans. I talked about how much I am loving the high rise trend in this post, but in all seriousness I can’t believe I ever wore low jeans! They’re so uncomfortable to me now! Another surprise to me is how much I’m loving J.Crew’s jeans right now. In the past I found their jeans to be too stiff and made for women who are tall and slim. I’m short and curvy so I had written off J.Crew’s jeans for a long time until purchasing these jeans. They are so comfortable, not my typical skinny jean, and I love the button fly detail! They really make me feel like an All American Blue Jean Baby!

C’s Tip: J.Crew’s Straightaway jean run a bit big so I would suggest sizing down. I also suggest getting the Horchata Latte @ Mia’s Coffeehouse on 15th & A NE D.C. 

 

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Wedding Video

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Today marks 5 months since we tied the knot! Honestly it feels like it was just yesterday! …And then there’s some days it feels like we’ve been married for so much longer! We’re probably definitely still in the honeymoon phase. I still getting confused on what last name to use, we have a “date night” every 5th of the month, and I think married life is the best!

While honeymooning in Italy we couldn’t stop recalling fun stories and events that happened on our wedding day. At the very end of our honeymoon we got a sneak peek of some wedding photos. It was the best way to keep the newlywed excitement high. When we returned home I was anxiously awaiting our completed wedding video and the rest of our photos. When our video arrived in my inbox a couple weeks later I couldn’t stop watching it! I’ve never played something on repeat so much!

It’s so fun watching and reliving our wedding day festivities. Seeing all of our family and friends together having a great time and everyone’s dance moves makes me laugh. The wedding day flies by so fast, but the video takes me back to having the best feeling in the world! I still can feel the giddiness of walking down that aisle! I hope you all enjoy watching our wedding video and in case you missed it, you can view some of our wedding photos here!


Photography, Voyage Photography @rachelsimon | Videography, D.P. Weddings |Venue, Historic Rockland Manor | Bride’s Dress, Enzoani via Love Couture Bridal | Brides’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo | Catering, Country Lane Catering |Band, The Bachelor Boys | Rentals, Capital Classic Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses, J.Crew, Dessy, Show Me Your Mumu, Jenny Yoo, Asos, Joanna August | Hair, Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar | Groom & Groomsmen Suit, Tommy Hilfiger | Groom Vest, John Varvatos | Groom & Groomsmen Tie, The Tie Bar

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London Bits ‘n Bobs

Churchill Arms London
© London News Pictures. 26/07/2013 . London, UK. Gerry O’Brien, landlord of the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church road, West London, waters the flowers on his pub on a summers day. Gerry, who has been the landlord of the CHurchill Arms for 30 years, spends 2 weeks every year planting the flowers which are watered twice a day.

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In just over a month we will be off to explore London! I’ve recently been watching The Crown on Netflix to get me in the right state of mind and it has me itching to hop over the pond now! (If you haven’t seen The Crown, I highly recommend it!) We have our flights & hotel booked but nothing else other than a few super touristy things on our list to do! We’re staying in Soho at Hazlitts which I can’t wait to see in person. From the look of it [& reviews] I have high expectations of it being a super charming, quintessential London boutique hotel! We’ve tossed around the idea of heading out of the city after a few days of exploring to Cotswold or Bath but haven’t decided on that quite yet…

If you’ve been to London, from London, live in London, or just have some London Bits ‘n Bobs to share, we’d love (love!) to hear them!

  1. What are the “can’t miss” spots?
  2. Favorite restaurants and/or pubs?
  3. Is high tea worth the price tag?
  4. Do you have any day-trip recommendations?
  5. And most importantly….What should I buy from Harrods?! 😉

 

I’ve done a bit of shopping for the trip too… Here’s a few things I’ve picked up to pack…

 

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Overalls Afterall

How to style overalls

During our first year of dating J went home to Alabama for a week spent at the lake. His buddy’s uncle was wearing overalls all week and swore by them. When J returned home he couldn’t stop looking at overalls online. I was so confused – was he joking or being serious? I seriously couldn’t tell until a package arrived and he did indeed order a pair of overalls for himself. I couldn’t help but laugh! He hardly wears them, pulling them out for a few “special” occasions like big Auburn games or road trips. It’s definitely more of a joke than anything, but he made sure that I too had my very own pair of overalls!

That Christmas J gifted me these. (I got other presents too, don’t worry! 😉 ) They stayed in the back of my closet for a good while but turns out overalls are pretty darn comfortable… and dare I say, stylish!? I’ve noticed quite a few popping up in Spring arrivals online like these cherry blossom printed ones and these floral embroidered pair – how cute?! I love the bows instead of buckles! There are so many styles, cuts, colors so there’s definitely a pair out there for everyone! I have a feeling I’ll pull my overalls out more often than I thought… I’m even considering these shorts or dress styles to add to the collection!

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Trench | ASOS Sunglasses | Overalls | Gucci Bag | J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck

Pink Trench Coat

How to style overalls

Pink Trench Coat

Adult Overalls

C’s Tip: To ease into the overall trend, add a trench coat to balance the look out!

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Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms DC

Cherry Blossoms

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I would not be a “DC Blogger” without having any mention of the Cherry Blossoms this time of the year! Cherry Blossoms take over the city late March to early April. There’s bars that join forces to turn into the magical Cherry Blossom bar, donuts are adorned with the pretty pink flowers, and there’s even a Cherry Blossom ice-cream flavor! D.C. loves the Cherry Blossoms and despite the freezing weather recently, they were still just as beautiful as in years past!

J and I spent our Saturday morning strolling through and around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. The weather was wonderful and it made me so happy that all the tourists and DC residents still came out to view the Capital’s treasure. Last year we did not make it down to the Cherry Blossoms and I was super sad about it so this year I was determined to go! Plus J has actually never been to them despite living in the city for years now so it was also fun to check this off his “DC Bucket List.”

P.S. It’s always funny as a blogger trying to spot the other bloggers during these prime moments… I’m definitely going to search on Bloglovin a little later to see if I can find some of their blog posts from this past weekend as well!

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Cherry Blossoms Washington DC Monument and Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC Monument

Pink Cherry Blossom

Spring Outfit Cherry Blossom

C’s Tip: After visiting the Tidal Basin and admiring the beautiful Cherry Blossoms, walk up the mall and past the Capitol building to Hank’s Oyster Bar – Capitol Hill for brunch. Start off with some oysters & cocktails and I highly recommend the Croque Madame on Dark Rye w/ Dill Havarti, Apple, Bacon, Honey Mustard, Sunny Egg & Hollandaise!

Hank's Oyster Bar - Capitol Hill

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