• Washington D.C

    A week ago I had the opportunity to visit Washington DC.

    I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from this trip and how much I’m grateful for the history in  our nation’s capital.  There were so many amazing historical sites and museums to visit, so it was really difficult to tailor it down in one blog post.

    The weather in D.C was a bit chilly at…42 degrees. I’m glad I brought my down winter coat with me because it would later snow in the week. On the day I arrived it was actually very beautiful and sunny. I spent a week there, and had approximately three days before the snow would arrive. That meant I needed to plan ahead and take advantage of the warmer weather and visit as much of the outdoor sites as I could. I’m a big cold weather chicken.

    My first stop was the Vietnam Memorial. I went there early in the morning where it was less crowded. At the Vietnam Memorial, it was a sad moment, mixed with a reverent and peaceful feeling. The names on the wall…were those who sacrificed their life.  I was so grateful to have the opportunity to  pay my respects to them. It was a very humbling experience for me.

    The Lincoln Memorial.

    Walking up the steps towards a beautiful Greek style temple gave me a sense of historical nostalgia. Inside was the statue of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The first thing I noticed was the expansive space that surrounds Lincoln. It’s an incredible site to see the massive stone sculpture up close.

    On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you face the Washington Monument, which would be an even more beautiful site had the Cherry Blossoms bloomed. I can only imagine.

    I also managed to visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The architecture design was breathtaking as well.


    A visit to the Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Just as I got to the top steps for this photo,  I managed to witness the changing of the guards.

    I spent my last few days visiting the Smithsonian and of course, my favorite…the National  Gallery of Art.

    Sketches by Pablo Picasso.

    There are so many museums in the city, and they are all free. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C, be sure to also check out the African-American Museum, The Holocaust Memorial Museum,  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the United States Capitol.


    Before I left D.C though, I managed to get one more final glimpse of the Washington Monument…this time with snow falling. Beautiful!

  • An Update

    I’m going to miss this place. It was a week of whirlwind museum and historical outings.

    Here’s a photo of the Washington Monument the day before it snowed for me. The cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom, and then the next day-GONE! The snow was beautiful to look at, but then again -I thought about the cherry blossoms!

    The museums were my ultimate favorite. I could literally just stay there all day and night long. I walked the galleries and took in beautiful art and then walked to the Thomas Jefferson monument and admired the stone architectural designs. I’ll share more of my visit throughout the next few weeks. Right now, there’s so much goodies I have to unpack from my trip.

    Until next time…

     

     

  • Architecture Inspiration

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    “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” -Jack Kerouac.

    📷 credit:  @katieorse

     

  • Anthropologie Store Opening in Destin, Florida

     

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    I was invited by Anthropologie to attend one of their exclusive store opening events this past weekend. It was exciting to get the first glimpse of what the new store would look like. So glad that I arrived early to take these photos because as soon as the event began, the store was packed with guests.

    As usual, Anthropologie did not disappoint!

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    I had to ask their employee about this beautiful and very creative display. I was told this was created using purple balloons and pink cupcake liners. Amazing! And the incredible patience it must have taken to create the piece.

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    Much of their products in this area were kitchen items. I love thumbing through their cookbooks and purchased one of them titled The Farmhouse cook book. I can’t wait to try out the recipes.

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    The new store is located at the Grand Boulevard Town Center in Sandestin. Perfect location and easy store access for all shoppers. For those who are familiar with Anthropologie know that  the store curates chic home decor, women’s fashion, books, and gifts.

    If you are in the area or visiting, be sure to check out Anthropologie in Destin!

  • Packing for Travel

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    As a traveler I’m constantly on the look out for anything that will simplify my TSA check in process as well as keeping me comfortable.

    So what do I pack in my carry-on bag? Here are a few list of my must-haves:

    • I carry all my stuff in this Miss Gusto bag I picked up from my TJMAXX. It was purchased 3 years ago and I love it! My carry-on items fit nicely inside, including my laptop perfectly! It has an important feature which I feel is really handy, and that’s the zipper to close off everything. The last thing you need is your stuff falling out of your bag on the airplane. One other thing I love about this bag is the generous shoulder straps, along with it’s adjustable cross body style strap. Both come in handy when you’re walking (or running) from gate to gate. Love it!
    • Bose ear phones (the noise cancelling is amazing and well worth the expense)
    • Zippered pouch/Black Fur (for carrying my cell phone charger, small back up ear buds, computer charger, and bluetooth camera remote control)
    • TSA approved 6×6 zippered pouch for liquid items (Clarins hand lotion, Clarins eye gel, Chanel Le Lift facial lotion, Visine contact lens eye drops, Murad acne fast spot fix, perfume atomizers, antibacterial hand sanitizer, pain reliever)
    • Chanel lipstick: currently my favorite color in SCRIPT
    • Lip balm (Dior’s Creme Rose)
    • Wallet
    • Laptop
    • Writer’s Notebook
    • What is not shown is my personal hygiene kit. It’s in a small zippered pouch (pink) so I can easily differentiate what’s inside without having to unzip the bag.
    • Not pictured: Magazine or book

    That’s pretty much it. I’d love to hear what you travel with!

     

  • San Destin Seaside

    Hey guys! This past weekend I had a chance to visit the San Destin area, just outside the city limits of Destin, Florida. We visited a few areas of interest,  sampled some great dining venues and did some shopping.

    I was mostly intrigued by the coastal living lifestyle. It’s been my dream to live right on the waterfront and I had an opportunity to visit a few new model homes. I was impressed that the housing industry is evolving with so much use of technology, downright to the security features and to the home entertainment. There was so much to understand about this technology as well as exciting to be living in this time to experience it. Everything was controlled right at the touch of your fingertips and your keyboard!

    One of the best features of living on the coast is the view. I managed to take a few photos for inspiration. Most of what inspired me was the sunset. I can positively imagine myself sitting in my back patio, taking in all the waterfront scenery. Beautiful! The weather was perfect and comfortable at just 70 degrees! No humidity, and no pesky mosquitoes. If you’re in Florida, you know about the humidity and the mosquitoes that live here.

    Waterfront living is  my goal. It was so peaceful and quiet in this seaside community. Perfect for a writer to find inspiration with no distractions. There were limited cars in the area because most of the residents living in this coastal community rode their bikes. There were dozens of organized bike racks at every location, from the local eatery cafe to the shopping district. I loved it!

    And if you’re not into biking, every thing was also within walking distance. Driving into Destin was a breeze as well. Residents can drive anywhere between ten to fifteen minutes into Destin for some shopping and fine dining.

    The fact that this quiet seaside community is still growing is what makes this all the more exciting. I love visiting and experiencing a brand new area before it gets developed. The change from before to after is amazing. I was sure to take lots of photos to document this experience!

    So there you go. If you ever get a chance to visit Florida, San Destin is the place to go!

  • Camping Inspo

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    It’s that time of year that I love…Fall. This is the time I love to go camping. There’s something about the cool Fall air and snuggling in warm cozy blankets inside a tent.

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    When the sun begins to set, you become grateful for the day that was spent.

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    And in the evening, you can enjoy scoping out the constellations for some cool discoveries.

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