A Weekend in DC

 A Weekend in DC

I know I haven’t lived here very long (so there are definitely more things I would add to this list), but Kate came to visit me this weekend and we had a fabulous time and I wanted to share some of our finds with you! 

A Weekend in DC

On Friday for dinner, we went to Hen Quarter. Let me tell you this was all of my Southern girl food dreams! I would highly recommend the biscuits, fried chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, and Brussel sprouts! It was all so good and the vibe was very cool. The food was so good, we didn’t even order dessert…I know, shocking. 

A Weekend in DC
Some of the best grits I’ve ever had

Saturday was our museum day. We started with a big breakfast at Bus Boys and Poets. I love this place because it is a restaurant and bookstore combined. They also have some of the best grits I have ever had. Of course the first museum we went to was the National Gallery (one of my favorites) and then we went to the Spy Museum. I hadn’t been to the Spy Museum since I was a kid, but it was so fun! We ended the day at a Mexican restaurant called Mission that has a wonderful happy hour and is conveniently right across the street from my favorite bookstore, Kramerbooks and Afterwords so of course we stoped in! 

A Weekend in DC
Morning options at Firehook

Sunday started off slow with a yummy breakfast at Firehook. I highly recommend the seven layer bars and the chai latte! We then wandered around 14th St. This area is not too far from my apartment, but I had yet to explore it. It is a wonderful area to wander around and has some great shops and food options that I can’t wait to explore further! We ended the day at a fun sports bar called Nellie’s. Different than your typical sports bar, but so fun! 

A Weekend in DC

I had such a wonderful time this weekend hanging out with Kate and getting to explore a little bit more in my new city! Until next time, XO 

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Food Vacation…Kansas City Edition

Food Vacation...Kansas City Edition

Hello! I have been so MIA these past weeks not only because of the move, but I also went on my first vacation in what seems like forever to visit my best friend in Kansas City! Now of course, I did the typical sight seeing things…but this vacation mostly revolved around food! 

Our main sight seeing adventures involved art museums (no surprise there) and also to see the only WW I memorial in the US. The memorial was very nice, but the views from on top of the hill were also amazing. 

Food Vacation...Kansas City Edition

We also went to my first NFL game, which was beyond exciting! Ok, but now on to the yummy baked goods we ate! 

On our first day, we went to this adorable local bakery called Heirloom. They had all kinds of goodies that were delicious! Plus, they had homemade pop tarts, which are definitely going to be next baking experiment! 

On another day, we went to an Australian bakery called Banksia. It was filled with croissants and even though I couldn’t eat it, the cinnamon roll that Kate had smelled absolutely amazing! 

Food Vacation...Kansas City Edition

I was so excited to finally try Insomnia Cookies because I’ve heard so many good things! I made the terrible mistake of only getting some cookies, not an ice cream cookie sandwich. A must do next time! But even just the cookies were yummy.

On one of our last days, we went to this super swanky cocktail bar and had these delicious and beautiful cocktails plus some yummy caramel corn. There is nothing more fun then dressing up and going out on the town with your best friend! Until next time XO

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20 Hours in Greenville, SC

For the past four years, my sister has lived in Greenville, South Carolina for school and I have gotten to visit a fair amount and get to know Greenville a little bit. Greenville is a decent sized city, not too big, not too small. In the past 10-15 years, they have revitalized their downtown area so it is food friendly, encourages interactions with the local business, and is centered around a beautiful river.

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Art in Rome

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As I mentioned during my Rome recap, the main reason I wanted to visit Rome this time was to see an art exhibition. I have glossed over my passion for art in the past, but I think it’s about time I really talked about it. In May, when I graduated from Wake, I graduated with a degree in art history after writing my thesis on two artists from the 16th and 17th century. I now work in an auction house with aspiration of working in the art world in the future- more to come about this on Friday! To say I love art would be an understatement to say the least. 
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Outside my favorite art museum, the Borghese Gallery
But what doest this have to do with an art exhibition in Rome? Because that is a long flight for one art exhibition! Well, this particular art exhibition was looking in depth at one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! Her name is Artemisia Gentileschi and she was an amazing artist. In my thesis, I was looking at four of her works in particular and I was able to see all four in this exhibition in Rome! 
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Seeing a work from my thesis by Caravaggio
While in Rome, I was able to see one of my other favorite artists, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a multitude of paintings that influenced my thesis. All in all, the whole trip was one of those moments where your school world and the real world collide and all of your studies and hard work make sense. Definitely more on Artemisia and art in general in the future! Until next time, XO 

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Sparkles and Neon

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For me, spring and summer clothes are all about neons and sparkles. An outfit just doesn’t seem complete without one or the other, or in this case, both! 
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My general rule for both of these is to keep it under control. I love using neon as a statement pop of color against an otherwise neutral outfit. This bag and belt are perfect to throw on and give an otherwise cute, but boring outfit that extra oomph. I also try and keep my neon to one color. Two hot pink accent items are ok, but you don’t want to add neon yellow in the mix too. It’s too much and you’ll end up looking like an 80s highlighter.
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As difficult as it is, moderation is also key for sparkles. I like to keep it to one section. If my necklace or jewelry in general is sparkly, no need to have a sparkly bag too. Same goes for if my shirt is sparkly. I will still wear jewelry, but it might be more subdued.
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Well, now that we’ve talked about fashion a little, let’s talk more about Rome. Our second day, Sunday, might have been our busiest day of the whole trip. We walked so much and saw so many amazing sites. We started at the Colosseum and did all of that, the Forum (which is right beside the Colosseum and there is only one ticket for both), and the Palatine Hill (you have to walk through the Forum to get to the top of the Hill). A definite must see if you’ve never been to Rome.
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After lunch, we went to an art exhibition. This might sound crazy for the non-art obsessed readers out there, but the main reason I wanted to go to Rome last week was to see this particular art exhibition. It featured an artist named Artemisia Gentileschi, who happens to be one of the artists I wrote my thesis on! I had only seen one of her works previously and all of her works I discussed in my thesis were in this show! To say it was incredible would be an understatement and I ended up going to see it twice! It was one of those moments where life seems to align for just a second and everything all seemed to work out perfectly. It made me want to write another thesis too! 
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We finished up the day visiting the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain is awesome during the day, but I would recommend you visit at least once after dark because it is lit up and looks magical at night. We didn’t stop moving all day it seemed, but it was a fabulous day. Until next time, XO 

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Home Again Home Again

Hello all! I am writing this somewhere over the Atlantic as we fly back to the US from Rome. I can’t believe it’s already Thursday and we are already heading home. It has been a whirlwind week, but so amazing. It was so nice to be back in Rome, I had missed the city after living there for a month! 
One of our first full days, we visited almost all of the sites of ancient Rome. We were exhausted, but had so much fun! 
Kate and I had so much fun, as you might have seen from my instagram, but man, we did not stop for a second. Kate had never been to Rome, so I wan’t to make sure she saw all of the sights, plus I had quite a few art exhibition I wanted to see before coming home. To make sure we squeezed everything in, we really had to be efficient with our time, which was easy after planning our days in advance. Here is how we managed to see almost every major tourist attraction in Rome in five days without killing ourselves.
Pizza was a huge part of this experience as I ate it almost everyday. All of the ingredients are always so fresh and even the simplest pizza is delicious
The real key to our success was our location. We booked an Air BnB, which I highly recommend in Rome because you can get a great deal, in the heart of the city, almost spitting distance from the Pantheon. This put our home base in the middle of the city center, so most things were only a 15 minute or less walk away. 
The highlight of this trip for me was the art. This statue is one of my favorite pieces and it was amazing being able to finally see it in person! 
With our home base figured out, we basically picked a direction or a neighborhood to go in each day. This way, our activities throughout the day were fairly close together and we weren’t crisscrossing the city between sites. 
This was my face a lot of days, whenever I got to see a new piece of art. The art history nerd in me was fan-girling the entire time to say the least. 
To make this neighborhood plan work, it is really important to create a basic itinerary ahead of time so that you determine what you want to see in each neighborhood. Then, you don’t have to backtrack and you can see everything you want. This is pretty easy to do in Rome as a lot of sites are clustered together. For example, the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo are very close to each other and easy to do in one day. On the other hand, the Colosseum, Palantine Hill, and the Forum are also all close together and you can buy a ticket for all three for one rate. You don’t necessarily have to plan every day down to the hour, but having a general idea of what you want to do on each day can be extremely helpful.
Another highlight of this trip was the gelato. It always made the perfect afternoon snack and it is so fun experimenting with new flavor combinations! 
In addition to the planning what day you want to visit sites, a lot of the main sites have odd hours, random days they are closed, or really long lines for tickets. With the hours, simply looking things up ahead of time can save you a big headache and make your days move smoother. For the lines, the only place we really noticed this was the Vatican museums. However, if you payed five extra euros, you could buy your tickets online beforehand and virtually skip all of the lines. I would highly recommend this as the line to buy tickets looked to take a couple of hours and we walked right in. Definitely worth the five extra euros! 

After living in Rome, this city will always be near and dear to me. There is just something about a city with that much history and art that is overwhelming and magical. Our trip was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner. If you have any questions about visiting Rome or about our trip, please comment or email me! I would love to answer all of your questions. Until next time, XO 
This trip was absolutely amazing, but it would not have been the same without my best friend Kate. Thank you for letting me drag you around to all of my art exhibitions! You were the best travel companion! 

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And Off We Go!

travel, personal, 2017, Hello all! As I mentioned yesterday, I have some very exciting pieces of news that I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks, and the first one we are talking about today! On Friday, I will be setting off for an adventure in Rome with my best friend, Kate! I am so excited to be going back to Italy where I am just going to look at art and eat pizza and gelato all day! Not to worry, I will be posting all about my activities and there will be lots of pictures of food! 
In the meantime, I wanted to talk a little about packing. Packing can be very hard and there is no secret tip on the perfect way to pack because it is all dependent on your style and the trip itself. But, I wanted to share some of my tips that always work for me.
1. The key to bringing the most stuff, but not the most bags is making use of your space. For me, that first means rolling my clothes. This saves space and also prevents creases. Secondly, make use of your shoes and purses. I always store socks, scarves, jewelry, and other small items in my packed shoes and purses. This prevents wasting that space and helps keep me organized once I arrive.
2. Really, if you aren’t traveling somewhere you know it will be hot, layering is key. To layer successfully, there are 2 main aspects: 
– Make sure most of the things you are bringing match. This doesn’t mean you can only wear neutrals, just make sure the color palettes mesh well. That way, if it is freezing, you can easily add another layer.
– The second piece of this is outerwear. In Rome, the highs are in the low 60s, but at night it’ll be in the low 50s. So I am bringing a warmer coat that is water-proof to help with wind and potential rain, my fuzzy vest to keep me cozy, a blanket scarf, and then light layers and sweaters. That way, if it gets warmer during the day, I can take off layers, but I also won’t freeze.
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I am so excited about this trip as I am long overdue for a vacation. If you have any suggestions for things we should do in Rome, make sure to comment below. Until next time, XO 

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Exploring D.C.

Homemade poptarts! 
The awesome bookstore
Julia’s Kitchen

Hello from D.C.! It has been a crazy fun adventure so far filled with museums, good food, and lots of walking. Some of my favorite things so far have been exploring Eastern Market, visiting the National Gallery of Art, and seeing Julia Child’s kitchen. I had never been to Eastern Market before and outdoor markets are one of my favorite things so I had a ball. Plus we went to this incredible book store that was a total fire hazard but was such a quirky hole in the wall. The National Gallery was obviously amazing. There were so many incredible works and I fan girled over art the entire time. A dream day for me! Finally, today we went to the Museum of American History where they have Julia Child’s kitchen. Julia was obviously an awesome cook, but she also personalized her kitchen. She was very tall so she had everything raised to make things easier for her, which I thing is one of the coolest things. I have always loved Julia and my mom and her are the main reasons I wanted to be a chef for so long. I also love that she personalized her kitchen. The kitchen is one of the main places that I notice my left-handedness and I would love to personalize my kitchen so it is left-handed. Maybe one day! XO

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Met Gala 2016…Manus x Machina

The Met Gala always has incredible red carpets and this year was no exception. The theme, Manus x Machina, looks at the relationship between handmade and mechanized fashion and attendees all had creative outfits to fit with the theme. Here are a couple of my favorites! 

Blake Lively is always someone I look out for on red carpets and the Met Gala was no exception. With her newly reveled baby bump covered in Burberry, her look was classic and flawless. 

Claire Danes looked like Cinderella and then revealed that her dress also glowed. I was speechless! Such an incredible dress that fit perfectly with the theme. 

I think Emma Watson is one of the best dressed people out there and her dress was not only stunning but also made entirely of recycled or sustainable materials!  

I loved Gigi and Zayn’s futuristic/ robotic look. 
Today I arrived in Washington D.C. with two of my best friends for a pre- graduation girls week! Get ready for lots of pictures and updates on all of our adventures! XO 

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