Sep 262014
 

Helloooo, friends! I am in a fantastic mood today because tomorrow is my 25th birthday, and I have so many fun plans on the agenda! Tonight I will be having a nice birthday dinner with my family, and then tomorrow Fabio has some sort of surprise adventure planned for us! I have no idea what to expect, but it should be a lot of fun!

There were a lot of other fun things happening this week, and I thought I’d share them with you today in another edition of Favorite Things Friday. Here are some things that made me smile this week!

Favorite Impulse Buy

Earlier this week I was browsing through Rue La La (<– affiliate link!) without any real plans to buy anything, which is always a bad idea. It was then that I spotted these cute black riding boots from Sperry that were initially $197 and on sale for $99 (note: they’re on sale at Sperry.com too, but just not as cheap! Link is included above!).

My current favorite black boots from J. Crew are getting a little worn out, and I love that these ones from Sperry are also waterproof. I don’t have any rain boots at the moment, and I do a lot of walking to and from the metro which can be really annoying in inclement weather. I thought these boots would be a perfect compromise – new black boots to kick off the fall season (get it? kick off?), and waterproof boots that I can wear in the rain. It’s a win win, right?

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Even though I really liked these boots and thought I could totally use them, I’m sort of cautious when it comes to making expensive purchases like this, and I normally wouldn’t have just jumped into buying them.

Then that blasted Rue La La site totally got me by having the little icon that says “Only 2 Left!” next to the boots, and after clicking on the link, I saw that one of those two pairs just happened to be in my size. Then as I was looking at the sizes, the icon changed to “Only 1 Left!” and there was another button next to it that said “Quick! Buy Now!” so I clicked it and the rest was history.

Apparently Rue La La had all my credit card and shipping info saved, so once I clicked the button it was a done deal! I am pretty happy with my purchase, but sort of in shock about how quickly I got suckered in, haha. Oh well, now I just can’t wait for them to arrive! And I will be a little more careful when “browsing” on Rue La La haha. That site is dangerous!

Favorite Office Surprise

In celebration of my birthday, my boss left me a sweet surprise on my desk! She’s out of the office today, so when I came into work yesterday I saw a sweet card, a Starbucks gift card, and the most amazing Starbucks cake pop on my desk. Seriously, have you guys tried their cake pops yet? I don’t know how the rest of them taste but this chocolate one was phe-nomenal. Now I’m going to be tempted to buy one every single time I go in there. So good!!!

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Favorite Weather

Well guys, it officially feels like fall in my neck of the woods! The other day I wore my favorite Burberry jacket to work, and I forgot how much I love this weather. It’s not freezing cold but not super hot either, and I love having the windows open in my apartment at night and snuggling up in a blanket. Fall is awesome!

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Also, this coat was one of the best purchases I ever made. Yes it’s super expensive, but I bought it years ago and it still brings me so much joy when I put it on. If you’ve been wanting a coat like this but have been putting off buying it because of the price, I say just do it!

Favorite Mail

Have I ever mentioned before that I have the greatest aunt in the whole world? If you guys have been reading for a little while then you’ve probably heard about how fun my aunt CC is, but it’s been a while since I’ve mentioned how truly sweet and thoughtful she is. Last night when I got home I saw a FedEx package waiting for me, and when I opened it up I saw a beautiful card from her, along with a lululemon bag. Who wouldn’t get excited about a lululemon bag???

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Inside I found a red running headband and two pairs of red and white striped socks, which will be SO PERFECT for my upcoming holiday half marathon in December. There was also a really, really nice gift card (like, way too much money) that I am so excited to take to the store.

Thank you, CC, for being the best aunt in the world!!!!

Now….what should I go buy? :-D

Favorite Celebration

Last night a bunch of my local DC friends met me at the new Sauf Haus beer garden in DuPont Circle for another birthday celebration.

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Although I celebrated my birthday with a lot of my girlfriends last weekend in NYC, I wanted to do something casual with my DC friends too, so a happy hour seemed like a perfect choice. (After having 30+ of my friends come into town for my birthday last year for a huge concert and tailgate, I knew I couldn’t top that this year, so I didn’t even try. Happy hour and dinner is good enough for me!!)

A bunch of my good friends came for the celebration, including my old coworkers, high school friends, and new DC friends.

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The new beer garden was awesome, and everyone agreed that the outdoorsy atmosphere in the middle of crowded DC was really nice. The beer was delicious, and they sell giant pretzels the size of my torso which fed our whole table of about 10 people easily as an appetizer.

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After the beer garden a few of us headed back to Arlington to watch the Redskins/Giants game and eat a real dinner, which was a fun way to end the evening (by the way, this game is always a nail biter for me since I’m a Redskins fan and Fabio roots for the Giants!).

It was such a fun night and I am so glad I had so many friends there to celebrate my special day.

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Writing posts like this just makes me realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends, and I feel so incredibly blessed. Thank you, everyone!

Before I go, I just have to give a shout out to my birthday twin Emily, who will also be celebrating her birthday tomorrow. Happy early birthday, Emily!

Question of the day: How do you usually celebrate your birthday?

 Posted by on September 26, 2014
Aug 272014
 

Hey friends! Happy huuuuump day! I don’t know about you, but this week is just dragging by for me. Yesterday when I woke up I had to remind myself that it was Tuesday, and then I was like, how can it only be Tuesday? Sigh. Oh well, at least Wednesday brings one of my favorite blogging traditions, what I ate Wednesday, of course!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the fun linkup each week :) Let’s take a look at my eats from Monday.

Breakfast

Breakfasts lately have featured two-ingredient (egg + banana) pancakes, oatmeal with a banana, or Greek yogurt with granola, a banana, and fresh berries when we have them. Obviously there’s a lot of banana going on here, which I don’t mind one bit!

Monday’s breakfast was another two ingredient pancake, which I slathered with peanut butter post-picture. Clearly I had some trouble getting this guy out of the pan, but it still tasted great!

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Lunch

It’s pretty much all salads, all the time over here lately. I’ve been buying big bags of both spinach and “power greens” from Costco, and I’ve been eating a ton of huge salads in order to use up all the greens before they go bad. It’s sort of like a game for myself- can I eat all the greens before they go bad? Haha. This week I think I will succeed, but that’s not always the case ;) Stupid spinach.

Monday’s salad included the greens mentioned above, plus a kale/brussels sprouts mix, shredded carrots, chicken, feta, and craisins. Plus a homemade dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and some herbs. It’s random, but it works!

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I’ll also usually throw in some leftovers from the night before when I have them, which either makes a totally delicious salad or a really awkward combination of flavors. Oh well, you gotta’ do what you can!

Snack

On the way back from my grandparents’ house over the weekend, we stopped by a produce stand where I loaded up on fruits and veggies for the week. While we were there I picked up a container of peaches, which are SO ripe and delicious right now. Yum. This one made a perfect snack on Monday.

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Pre-dinner beverage

After work on Monday, Fabio and I met up with our friend James at Cantina Marina for “yappy hour.” Each Monday in summer, dogs are invited to Cantina Marina to enjoy the “bottomless milkbone bar” while their human owners get awesome drink specials.

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We aren’t sure if Cantina Marina is going to continue holding their yappy hours after Labor Day (depends on when they consider summer officially over, I suppose) so we didn’t want to miss this fun opportunity.

Although Jack had fun sniffing a few of the other dogs, and he certainly enjoyed the free treats, I think it’s safe to say the humans had more fun.

I ordered a margarita, which was delicious.

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I enjoyed it alongside this lovely lady, who we seem to stand next to every time we go to Cantina. I think she needs a name. Shall we call her Veronica? She looks like a Veronica to me.

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Since Fabio and I are trying to save money and make smarter food choices after our big trip out west, we only stayed at the bar for one drink, and then headed home. What responsible adults we’ve become!

Dinner

As soon as we got home I immediately got started on dinner, which was a veggie pasta skillet with cherry tomatoes, yellow & green squash, and corn on the cob, loosely based on this Iowa Girl Eats recipe (I wound up using Laughing Cow cheese and skim milk for the sauce, along with some pasta water, and it turned out great).

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The pasta came out salty, sweet, and spicy, which is definitely my favorite combination. It was another winning recipe from Kristin!

Workout

On Monday morning I completed one of the arms & abs workouts in the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Program, and it was another killer. My triceps are still sore, two days later. Ouch.

The best part is that I made Fabio do the workout with me, and he was like “man, this is tough!” Haha! He’s sore too, FYI ;) I think he’s going to get back into working out with me in the morning, which I’ve really missed. I’m always so much more motivated to get out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am when I know someone else will be working out with me. Hooray!

Alright folks, that’s all I have for you today. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Questions of the day: Have you ever been to a yappy hour? Who do you work out with?

 Posted by on August 27, 2014
Jun 282013
 

Hello! I am currently enjoying my first full day in Italy! Of course, I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging, so here are a few of my favorite things from the last two weeks! I didn’t have much time to write descriptions, so you may have to use your imagination for some of them ;) Enjoy!

Date night with Fabio at Sushi Rock

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Festive glasses for us to wear in Rome on July 4…

shadesAwesome veggie flatbread from Arlington Rooftop…

rooftop2Not a bad view either…

rooftop1New pink jeans (bought on sale! Woohoo!)

pantsMy snuggle buddy early in the morning

jack2And goofing around before bed.

jackMy new favorite road trip beverage. Best iced tea EVER!

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Happy hours with coworkers :)

happyhourPretty flowers in my neighborhood

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Wild Monday nights when friends visit from Argentinabar

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Question of the day: What are you loving this week?

 Posted by on June 28, 2013
May 172013
 

Hey there friends! Happy Friday!!! [Insert Chelsea doing the Friday dance here].

Edited to add this awesome Friday BuzzFeed article.

I had a lot of fun things going on this week, so let’s get to today’s Favorite Things Friday post!

Favorite Viral

One of my male coworkers is going to a wedding this weekend, and his fellow groomsmen’s date bailed on him at the last minute. Instead of flying solo or going with a girl he already knew, he decided to take to the internet to find a new date. Check out his Craigslist post, below.

One Man Needs Date to a Wedding – 28 (Northwest DC)

For your reference (and in case you didn’t click over to the real post), his attached pictures included a photo of him “tearing it up” on the dance floor, jumping into the water (i.e., “flying”), and riding a lion that is riding a horse (photoshopped, obviously). It’s a pretty funny post, and I had a good laugh when I saw it earlier this week.

However instead of just being a quick laugh and then disappearing into the internet archives forever, it sorta went viral. We’re talking DCist, Reddit, and then Gawker. It was also on Elliot in the Morning (a local DC/Baltimore radio morning show) and NPR. Crazy, right?!? I felt pretty cool that I got to see it happen from the beginning ;) I think he’s already chosen a date, but I heard he did get a ton of responses! I would have loved to see who sent him selfies haha.

Favorite Free (part I)

Earlier this week, my favorite coffee shop by my office was offering free coffee and coupons to King’s Dominion (random, I know). They had Charlie Brown stuff everywhere (I guess there is a Charlie Brown/Snoopy exhibit at King’s Dominion?) and all of the workers were sporting yellow shirts with black chevron, à la Charlie Brown.

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Ah yes, there he is ;)

Anyway, it was fun to see our favorite coffee guys dressed as good ole’ Charlie Brown (I love those coffee guys; they always remember my order) and it was even better to get a free coffee out of it. Woohoo!

Favorite Free (part II)

On Tuesday I received a text from Fabio saying it was free ice cream day at Häagen-Dazs. Free ice cream? Sign me up! Luckily there is a Häagen-Dazs right in Georgetown, which we were planning to run to on Tuesday anyway. We wound up running 1.5 miles to Häagen-Dazs, grabbing a free cone (dulce de leche for Fabio, cookie dough for me) and then running back home :) It felt weird to be eating ice cream before dinner, but it was really fun. What a great weekday treat!

Favorite Happy Hour

Two of Fabio’s coworkers are moving on to work at other places (Yay! So happy for them!) and there was a going away happy hour for them on Wednesday evening. They are two of my favorite people at Fabio’s company (Hi Keith! Hi Rebecca!) and I’m going to miss them so much when they’re gone. Even though I don’t actually work with either of them, I join Fabio for enough of his work happy hours that I’ve become great friends with all of them (from playing kickball with some of them on Wednesdays, to attending double dates, to even going to a wedding!). They’ve been great friends to me and I’ll be sad to see them go. Hopefully they won’t roam too far and we can all keep in touch!!

Favorite Food Truck

On my walk to the metro on Thursday morning, I happened to see this lovely donut food truck parked on the side of the road. I had seen it there a few times before (apparently it comes every Thursday morning) but after an evening of too many drinks at happy hour (see above), I was feeling like it was donut day.

I really didn’t know what to expect from the truck, but when I approached it I saw you could buy a dozen “donut bites” for only $5. I planned to share the treats with my coworkers, so a dozen bites sounded perfect! The flavor of the day was dutch chocolate (apparently the flavor of the bites changes daily) and they were made fresh to order.

The donut bites were piping hot when I got them, and I couldn’t wait to dig in! Eventually I arrived at work and enjoyed the donut bites with a couple friends. Man, were they good!! It’s going to be hard not to stop by the donut food truck every Thursday now that I know how good they are ;) YUMM!

Favorite Beauty Product

A couple of weekends ago, I mentioned that I stopped by a professional nail store to pick up a few discounted Essie nail polishes (for $4 each! Woot!!). It’s a weird little place, and I’m pretty sure it’s only supposed to be for people who actually work at nail salons, since they have all the stuff you would see in a salon (e.g., fake nails, scrubbers, nail-drying machines, gel polishes, and every color of Essie and OPI nail polish you would ever want). In short: it’s awesome for people like me who love having the newest nail colors, but don’t feel like paying out the wazoo to get them.

Anyway, last time I was there I bought a professional base coat and top coat, and let me just say, it has made such a difference! I painted my nails this fun coral color more than a week ago, and there’s still not a single chip to be seen.

Awesome, right? With this top coat, my nails look and feel like I got them done professionally. Plus it dried really  quickly. Awesome. I totally recommend buying this stuff if you can! (Looks like you can get it for only about $3 here). Woohoo!! BUY IT! Haha.

Favorite Event

Days until my half marathon: zero.

Ahhhh!! (Note: this ticker is a little off; my half marathon starts at 7:30 am tomorrow, not at midnight, so I have a few more hours to prepare). But seriously, my half marathon is tomorrow. AHHH!! Excuse me while I go freak out. Who did I think I was? I can’t really run 13.1 miles, can I? CAN I? Omg. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time. Please keep Fabio and me in your thoughts tomorrow morning!!

And don’t worry- he started “carbo building” three days ago.

Yep. That’s my guy.

Question of the day: Do you get nervous before a big race? What should I eat for dinner tonight/tomorrow morning before the run? Any last minute tips for me?????

AHHH!!

 Posted by on May 17, 2013
May 182012
 

Gooooooood morning people!! How is everyone today? I am one happy camper because it’s a beautiful day, it’s Friday, and I have some fun plans in my future! Woohoo! Anyway, let’s get right into the Fashion Friday!

Today’s ensemble is fun and springy in recognition of this beautiful May weather!

Floral skirt: Urban Outfitters

Ruffled tank: J. Crew

Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack

Flats: Nordstrom Rack

Obviously I have an obsession with Nordstrom Rack. It’s probably my favorite store ever. Where else can you find your favorite name brands at a discounted price? Oh yeah, TJ Maxx, Loehmann’s, and Ross? I like those too :)

For breakfast this morning I had my Friday usual- a scooped out whole wheat bagel with veggie cream cheese. It was delicious, as always!

While I was walking to work this morning and dreaming about my bagel, I spotted this little guy.

Well, technically, it’s a girl. And she was making her nest right in the middle of a flower bed in DC. When I first saw her I was thinking what the heck is a duck doing in downtown DC? Then I looked and saw her nest! The poor thing is at least a mile (maybe two) from any water source, and I just couldn’t figure out how she got herself stuck downtown. I mean we are talking Farragut Square area, which is a huge working district with taxis and cars rumbling by and a million pedestrians milling around….and a duck. I felt bad for her, especially once I saw the landscaping guy spraying all the flower beds a few feet away. I have a feeling yours is next, little duck! Hopefully he had a heart and avoided her nest. Poor thing!

In other news…I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about the fun I’ve been having recently with my friends! Last night we went to a rooftop bar for happy hour and enjoyed sipping on cheap blue moons while basking in the gorgeous sunshine. Then once it got chilly out, we headed to another bar where a live band was playing 90’s music. It was great! Tonight we are going to Top Golf, which is a bar/driving range. The boys are pretty excited, and I actually am too. I’m sure I’ll be terrible at golf, but it will be fun to try!

Tomorrow is supposed to be nice as well and I think Fabio and I are going on a hike. Then on Sunday we are going to the Nationals baseball game against the Oriole’s. It should be a fun weekend so I’ll provide a full recap on Sunday! Yayyyyy HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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