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Weekend Winery Visit(s)

Weekends (when free) in Virginia mean visiting wineries.  Lots of them.  Weekends when you have the plague and go stir crazy?  Wineries that won’t be crowded so you don’t annoy people with your not at all contagious plague cough.  (Seriously, it was just a dry cough, no need to be alarmed).

A few weeks ago- mid plague- the Mr. and I were so sick and tired of being holed up in our apartment, wishing the plague would go away.  His thought was to get some fresh air.  So we drove all the way out to the Virginia countryside, in the hopes that the fresh air would do me well.  (Turns out it didn’t.  I just got some air, and felt a little better, but the plague did not go away).

Let’s start with lunch.  What better lunch than homemade lasanga, garlic bread, and a bottle of red?  Seriously.  Naked Mountain does it right.

Winery Weekends in VAI am in love with this meal.  It may be the best thing I have ever consumed at a winery.  Then again, I think it was because I was hungry.  Or was it the sauce had a little bit of their red wine in it?  Was it the plague?  The world will never know.  But seriously, throughout the winter, get to Naked Mountain and have their lasanga.  To.  Die.  For.

And when you’re on your 2nd glass of the bottle each, what better way to end the visit than with…

winery weekend in VASeriously, can it get any better?  One of the wines on their tasting is a port, and one woman who was doing our tasting told me that she uses her port in brownies instead of water.  Hmm.  I may have to try it.  Unfortunately, this brownie did not have Port.

Oh and kudos to the staff at Naked.  They know us all too well.  (we go at least once a month!) They knew to cut the brownie in half for us.  (We are children when it comes down to it.  I swear).

Off to our next and favorite stop.  We’ve become friends with the owners, Mr. Louis and Miss Katie.  Our favorite older Greek couple in all of Virginia.  They welcomed us on a tour last summer, she fed us more than enough cheese, crackers, spinach pie to get us overly infatuated, and then bam!  Next thing we know, we were signed up for the wine club, and attending the Winemaker’s Holiday dinner.

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This is one of my favorite places to escape the city noise.  Look!  It even looks quiet.  It’s even more pretty and serene during the Spring/Summer season when the grapes are growing.  It’s really a little hideaway for the Mr. and I to enjoy amazing wine.

…speaking of amazing.  Mr. Louis was so excited, he had just finished a barrel of wine, and was sampling it for us.  This man can make wine- no questions asked.

IMG_2945I’m no expert, but it was like drinking grown up grape juice.  So delicious.  You must get to Mediterranean Cellars when you come to the DC area.  It may be an hour from city limits, but oh my goodness- it’s a slice of delicious and heaven on earth.  So beautiful.  Their patio is amazing, the interior always has soothing background music, the tastings are fantastic, and the service is incredible.  You cannot NOT have a good relaxing time- it’s like you came home to bottles upon bottles of wine.

Now you know what I do on the weekends.  Relax with good company, good food, fun, family and friends.  To me and my non-glamorous lifestyle, this can’t get any better.  I look for the small smiles in everyday, and always thank God that life is good.

What are your plans this weekend?  

How do you plan on finding the good in the weekend?  

Can I offer a suggestion?

Smile.

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Spring Closet Cleaning Out

“I really like that color combo”

All day.  That’s all I’ve heard.  “That’s a nice color combo.”  Or “Why are you so dressed up?”  Wait, correct me if I’m wrong, I’m just an ordinary person trying to wear clothes everyday.  How is experimenting with what’s already in my closet a huge endeavor?

Closet Experimentation

A few days ago, I was overwhelmed by my closet.  I took a mental inventory of what I wear versus how much I have.  I at that moment, deemed an ultimate “Spring Clean Out/Overhaul.”  I’ve been working with the Mr. to really be patient and share a closet.  (We went from our own to a shared…*gasp*) It’s not working in my favor.  I’m constantly overwhelmed and can’t find anything.

Enter the idea.  Develop a significantly success “Capsule Wardrobe” for now.  I am going to go back to basics here.  Start with the foundation pieces, wear them over and over in many different ways, and keep building from there.  I’ve been seeking out pins on Pinterest, and well, quite honestly, I believe I can do it.  I know I can do it.  How hard can it be?  Honestly.

Closet Clean Out Begins

Enter this black swing skirt.  I just know I’ll be wearing this over and over again.  And this black cardigan.  Another staple.  See, look, how hard is this? I have 2 pieces already!  And this shirt?  Three pieces.  I can do this. I can do this.  Plus, I’ll end up having more room in my closet…less clutter, less stress, happy girl.

Closet Clean out begins

Cardigan:  Gap (similar)  |  Tee: LOFT outlet (similar)  |  Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (similar)  |  Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

Have you tried minimizing your closet?  Was it successful?  Are there tips you could recommend? 

Seriously.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I’m basically starting from scratch.  Don’t worry, I’ll be documenting along the way… This could get interesting.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe?  Would you recommend a capsule wardrobe?  Pros?  Cons?  

 

 

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What I Wore Wednesday

Quick snapshot of what I wore- as this whole Yo-Yo of weather has taken a toll on me.  I am quickly re-learning the importance of layers.  It gets so cold or so hot.  And with the rain, goodness only knows what will happen.

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Scarf: gift (similar)  |  Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)  |  Dress: Ann Taylor (similar)  | Tights: DKNY (similar)  |  Flats: gift (similar)

Happy What I Wore Wednesday.  

The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So // Pump & Pushups //  My Girlish Whims  // Tucker Up // Book of Leisure // Cappuccino and Fashion  //  For the Love of Leopard

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drink the district

#drinkthedistrict

I seriously do not live the glamorous lifestyle that everyone thinks I do.  It’s not often I get the chance on a weekend to really enjoy the time away from work.  Especially at this point in the semester.  So when I do have the time available to me, you bet your butt I take full advantage.  As you may have seen on Instagram, I had a little too much fun at the Cherry Blossom “Drink the District” event.

Since the event was near Nationals Park, the Mr. and I knew our first stop was to fuel up with brunch before walking over.  We hit up our favorite “pre-game” (no pun intended) spot.  Notice, the bar was empty, but there were tons of beer on tap.  Knowing we were going to something called “Drink the District” drinking at brunch was not a good idea.  But the bottomless mimosas are a good idea for our next visit…
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The longest line ever to get into the event.  Seriously.  It wrapped around an entire block, and then went down some back alley, and looped around.  Oh well.  But once we got in, surprisingly, it was as though everyone disappeared!  The space held more that enough people without being crowded.  Thank goodness, cause I hate masses of people.  For realz.

drink the districtTo make sure we all behaved ourselves, and to sample every possible craft brew, they provided us with these little taster glasses.  I was an idiot and wore lipstick earlier in the day, and ended up sharing some sips with the hubs, who, in turn, ended up with some lipstick rub off.  That, my friends, was hysterical.  He hates when I wear lipstick…

As if the glasses were not small enough, I felt the need to pose like a giant.  Didn’t work out as well, I just look cheesy.

Drink the district

One of my absolute favorite things about Washington DC is the abundance of foodies.  And the accessibility of good quality food at all times.  The Drink the District coordinators were smart to have Food Trucks line the perimeter of the event grounds.  Boy, did the Mr and I have a fun time… My personal favorites?  The CapMac truck (buffalo chicken mac and cheese- buffalo chicken meatballs, hot sauce, gorgonzola), and well, the Captain Cookie truck, where the Mr. and I devoured a “Build Your Own Ice Cream Sandwich.”

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I have always and will continue to always love macaroni and cheese. And combinations of macaroni and cheese. And this truck does it right, every time. Oodles of elbow macaroni, just elbow macaroni. All the time, elbow macaroni. That’s the way to do mac and cheese.

There are times when you know your relationship has hit a new level.  For me, it was Saturday.  I knew the the Mr. and I were on the same page with WITHOUT ASKING, he says “We are totally splitting one- a two nutella cookie with vanilla ice cream”  Without even considering, I agreed.  Here’s a man who knows my love for chocolate, nutella and ice cream.  And the little bit of tipsy-ness, come on.  This is one happy girl.  Mac and cheese and later on with the ice cream sandwich?  Can this day get any better?!

Drink the district

Yes, the day could get better.  I went home, and saw my favorite tree had finally bloomed.  Spring is officially here in DC!

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Happy Springtime, friends!  And for those who are still in snow, I am sorry, but believe me when I say, Spring is coming, I promise! Just have faith that this spring and summer will be amazing, and sure enough, Spring has Sprung!
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The Seasonal Farewell to my beloved DC

Cherry Blossoms

Every year around this time, I get super sick.  Like “plague” status.  Well now that I have finally recovered (thanks to a bacterial infection and some super amounts of antibiotics and cough medications) I get hit with allergy season.  But not without some beautiful Cherry Blossoms to boot.

Cherry Blossoms are absolutely beautiful.  However, for us DC residents, it begins the dreaded tourist season.  DC becomes a crowded, photographer ridden mess, with BUS LOADS UPON BUS LOADS of tourists.  I’m not really a fan.  So we seek out places to have fun without the tourists really crowding the place up.

If you can find a quiet spot on the Tidal Basin, or just a beautiful midday sunshine to snap some pictures, you are in luck.  Thankfully for us, we know a great little quiet stop to really get some pictures in…

Cherry Blossoms and Drink the DistrictScarf: gift from students (similar)  |  Blazer: LOFT Outlet (similar)  |  Tee: LOFT (similar)  |  Jeans: LOFT (similar)  |  Shoes:  Nordstrom Rack (similar)

Cherry Blossom Drink the DistrictThe Mr. had snapped a picture of me on the phone and managed to send it to my girl Eva.  She commented that I’m getting good at this outfit putting-together-thing.  If that’s even a thing.  I attribute it to blogging, figuring out what my “style” is, what’s comfortable, and what staples will work for me.  Sure enough, the following outfit was born.

Now if only I can keep this whole “getting dressed thing” up.  That’d be fantastic.

The Seasonal Farewell to my beloved DC

I got myself a glitter tattoo the other day. It’s supposed to wash off. So far I’m on day 4 and it hasn’t budged. I’m trying to show it off, but the Mr. and his new awesome photography skillz didn’t get it right. Then again, he told me this shouldn’t be up on the blog- this should be in the bloopers on Facebook…

Cherry Blossom Drink the District

Cherry Blossoms and Drink the DistrictScarf: gift from students (similar)  |  Blazer: LOFT Outlet (similar)  |  Tee: LOFT (similar)  |  Jeans: LOFT (similar)  |  Shoes:  Nordstrom Rack (similar)

I was trying to be artistic.  I felt the cherry blossoms were so beautiful, I felt like I looked GOOD (like Beyonce good), and well, the sun was out, my plague had disappeared and everything was just wonderful…

…But the Mr. and his recent development in photography has been incredible.  I think he signed up for classes or something – he’s definitely more patient and definitely understands that he should give me cues when he takes pictures.  (In the beginning he’d just snap away with the iPhone, never telling me.  Now he’s with an actual camera)

Wow it feels so good to be back. I really missed you all.  Sorry I’ve been so missing lately, the plague really made for a rough few weeks.  But man, it’s good to be back in the swing of things.  The Mr. even was worried that I’d lose you all.  But thankfully for Instagram and Twitter, I’ve been managing to stay somewhat connected.  I’m back and here to stay!

What have I missed?  Tell me everything!

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