the long weekend

my weekend was amazing.   the sequence of events was so random until i couldn’t recreate it if i tried.  brunch, dc rooftops, cookouts, a block party and good company made for pure perfection.

p.s. thanks to my right eyebrow and vscocam (photography app) for putting in so much work.  oh and to that random girl who photo bombed my second picture — priceless.
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we ou’chere

while jay-z and kanye boast about being in paris, me and danedra were in rural virgina.  however, for two friends caught in the dc rat race, it felt like paris:  mountains, hot springs, fantastic food (including homemade strawberry sorbet), a lovely bed and breakfast and fireworks that seemed to fall from the sky served as the backdrop for the most relaxing vacation i’ve ever had.  this place is heaven on earth.


life according to instagram

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thank the creator for vacations! over the past few weeks, i took a short trip to florida to hang out with my mom and younger sister, wore my favorite jumpsuit and was excited when the designer, corey lynn calter, commented on my instagram photo, visited the dentist (turns out i need a wisdom tooth extracted), and continued my love affair with polka dots.

ride the waves

york surf started as a surf lifestyle blog in 2011, and grew to include handcrafted jewelry inspired by surfing and fashion trends.  the line’s clean aesthetic is no doubt due to its creator’s, adlin deliz’s, artistic vision. she studied studio painting at the university of miami, and says her need to create has shifted from the paint brush to handcrafted jewelry.  i’m excited for york surf’s line of small handbags and their future plans to collaborate with designers and global retailers!

visit york surf’s etsy shop

summer staycation

my little sister spent a week in dc, and her stay was the most fun i’ve had in a very long time.  it’s amazing to have a sibling who you watch grow into your best friend.  she’s undoubtedly the coolest 10 year old on the east coast–i won’t bother to brag about how smart she is–the most important thing is her compassion, maturity, and loving nature.  i cried like the 10 year old when she boarded the plane; her response: “bye shi-shi!  see you next year!”

in case you’re looking for kid-friendly activities in washington, dc, we loved the natural history museum, dr. king monument, national zoo, and kayaking in georgetown.  oh, and don’t forget trips to pinkberry for frozen yogurt.

what turning 30 looked like

i turned 30 last week and celebrated by treating myself to a stay at the berryville inn, a bed and breakfast in berryville, va.  this was my first stay at a b&b and it definitely won’t be my last.  when i arrived, honey bee greeted me at the car and we quickly became friends.  we sat on the back porch contemplating life while drinking pinot grigio.   actually, he was chewing on a bone, but i digress.  this place was fabulous and is the cutest getaway you can imagine.   janet (pictured above) made a delicious breakfast, topped off with a homemade cinnamon bun with peanut butter icing.  oh my gahhhh it was so good!  before leaving the area i stopped by the veramar vineyards for a wine-tasting-induced-mid-day buzz.

just what i needed for my dirty 30.