Fashion, Lifestyle

A Saturday in Annapolis

Last weekend Dex and I headed up to Annapolis to watch the annual Navy – St. John’s croquet match and visit his college friends. We lucked out because it turned out to be a incredible spring day.

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Finally, a frameable photo together!

For anyone who hasn’t been to Annapolis, it’s a cute cobblestone city (the capital of Maryland, too!) on the water. I highly recommend making the trip from DC, because it’s about an hour away give or take.

I wore this by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress the spring day event. And while I got a lot of compliments on this dress, I wish I could say it was the best dress ever. Truth is, I bought this dress a few months ago and had every intention to return it. Even though I liked the style of the dress (that OTS situation is killer), the material is very thin, has little give, and feels cheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.

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All that being said, I was thanking my lucky stars now that I had this dress in the back of my closet – tag still on and everything (!) – for me to bring to Annapolis, just in case. Despite the fabric, I do love the color, clean lines, and simplicity of the dress, which gives it a tailored look and feel. The dress is sold out in light blue, but pink is still available! For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I paired the dress with a hat I got at TJMaxx.

Dress: by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress ($72)

 

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Fashion

Awaiting Peak Bloom

Peak cherry blossom bloom is a big deal in DC, at least for me anyway. For a few brilliant weeks, the city I know and love transforms into a real life Instagram – no filter needed!

Cherry blossoms are very temperamental by nature, so peak bloom (aka the point where the blossoms are at their pinnacle of picturesque-ness) is dependent on slight changes in weather – something I track almost religiously. And this year, peak bloom has been pushed back several times from mid-March to its current prediction, this weekend. Good things come to those who wait, right?

I’m not exactly an early bird, but I really hope to dig deep and get up early before work to shoot some blossom pictures this week. Two, possibly three, years ago I took this photo on my iPhone (below). I’m still quite proud of it and it remains one of my favorite shots to date. I’m not sure if I can get a better one this year, but boy I am going to try.

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Have you been to DC to witness the cherry blossoms? I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below!

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Also, good news – I saw a dog today.
Food

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

One of the reasons I enjoy working in metro center (downtown DC) is how many restaurants and food options there are – especially for plant-based eating. Since expanding to DC last year (it’s Philly-based), HipCityVeg has quickly become one of my favorite lunch options.

Hip City Veg is a fast-food style restaurant with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. and everything is 100% plant based. Just walking in you know off the bat that’s it’s not a regular fast-food joint, it’s a ~*cool*~ fast-food joint. For starters, they’ve got a full wall with plants and, my favorite, plant-based books! I almost cried with happiness the first time I walked in and saw The China Study displayed prominently. And, everything that comes with your meal (napkins, bag, cutlery) is compostable. How awesome is that?

Their philosophy:

Embracing healthy bodies, a healthy planet, and compassion for all living things, we bring delicious vegan food to people everywhere.

This place “gets” me.

I’m a creature of habit and while I’ve tried lots of items on the menu, like the Ziggy burger, which is their flagship item, and chick’n nuggets, I usually stick with my go-to: the arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n on top (pictured below).

How delicious does this arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n look?

If you’re in the city and looking for a quick meal, I highly recommend Hip City Veg. It’s directly across from the Capital One Arena (formally Verizon Center) so it’s a great option for pre-game bites. I wouldn’t recommend coming with a large group for a sit down meal, however. Seating is limited.

Have you tried HipCityVeg? If so, what’s your favorite meal?

Fashion

The Little Red Dress

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This weekend my John Farrell and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It’s been a crazy year, but I’m so happy to have him by my side. He’s my best friend and my rock. To celebrate, we went to the Kennedy Center and saw Shear Madness – a murder mystery comedy and filled with jokes for locals. I’ve never been to the Kennedy Center before, which is basically a crime in DC so I was SO excited to finally go and see this play I’ve been hearing all about. If you are in the DC area, I highly recommend checking it out. Tickets are only $54 and it’s a riot!

I wore this firetruck red off-the-shoulder dress from John + Jenn, which is available for only $70 (60% off at Nordstroms!). Shout out to my mom (#MamaKath), who basically styled this entire outfit. Everything I’m wearing (except the shoes) were a gift from her over the past year. MamaKath, you rock!

Fashion

My Spring Snow Day

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It’s almost April, but mother nature had different ideas for us on the east coast. Here in DC we’re having one of the biggest snow days of the year! I love a good snow day and even though I have a full day of meetings, I always try to find time to step outside and enjoy the weather.

This outfit is super causal, comfortable, and easy to throw on to face the weather! I love wearing my rain boots in the snow because I can step in snow and puddles and know for a fact none of the moisture will soak in.

I do wish I was wearing another jacket, however. I bought it in Stratton, VT in rush and felt confident because the fur trim is faux. (I’ve become an expert at spotting real fur from fake fur just by looking at it.) I read the filling was “fill power down,” which I’ve never heard of before, but assumed it was a play on words for down (similar to how in food chick’n is the vegan version of chicken) since the trim was clearly faux.

Boy was I wrong!

I wasn’t vigilant enough and after looking into it more I learned it’s not cruelty free. I debated what to do for a few minutes. The goal of this lifestyle blog was to show how easy and mainstream living cruelty-free could be. And while that’s mostly true, this is a journey and mistakes happen. Rather than hide the photos, I decided to post these to remind myself that the goal is not perfection, it’s improvement. I’m learning just like everyone else.

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Lifestyle, Uncategorized

A Different Perspective on Tourists

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“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

DC is especially beautiful this time of year. The city and its famous cherry blossoms are in bloom, and it’s breathtaking. And as sure as night and day, the change of seasons inevitably comes with tourists.

People from all over the world come to DC to experience the cherry blossoms and tour the monuments. Most people hate tourists. Not only are they outsiders in an insider city, they are everywhere, blocking sidewalks and stopping traffic. I used to be bothered by them because they would make my day-to-day life harder. I, too, wanted to experience the best of my city and felt I had a greater right to it than others because I live, work, and play here.

But my mindset changed this weekend. Tourists are great. They are great because they are a reminder I get to live in a city people actually want to vacation in. And that’s pretty cool. I’m fortunate enough to live in a place full of beauty and history and power, and others come from all over just to see what I see every day.

Lifestyle

Best Moments of Spring 2015

Include:

This sunset in paradise during Easter break:

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This breathtaking walk to The Point:1385753_10155359586890363_5279414980777031197_n

This moment with these lovely ladies:
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This gal’s birthday that even crutches couldn’t stop:
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This cotton candy sky over good beer and great company on my company’s rooftop: FullSizeRender (17)

These unreal beignets at the world famous Cafe du Monde:11202839_10155477467180363_5158844299027154739_o

This long overdue brother-sister picture from my visit to New Orleans:
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This R&R session post Virginia wine tour for a friend’s 26th:
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This best dressed award at the Virginia Cup Gold Cup: IMG_4769

This shameless NYC tourist photo from one of my trips:
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This view driving home on the prettiest street in Baltimore (totally unbiased opinion):FullSizeRender (10)

This stove from our (finally!) newly renovated kitchen:
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This view from my first ever National’s game:11169520_10155477467605363_6348030108714784477_o

 

And the least favorite moment of Spring 2015? Probably fracturing my hip.