7.22.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Public Access



It's here y'all! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public! Anyone can shop the sale, whether you have a Nordstrom card or not. I've done a few posts so far for the early access folks, like this wish list roundup and this home decor post. Now that the sale is open to everyone, I wanted to update my picks and share some pieces that y'all should definitely look into adding to your closet for the fall. Just click on any of the pictures below to shop that item directly, or head on over to Nordstrom to shop for yourself! Sale ends August 7th, and items sell out fast. So don't delay on purchasing some of your must have pieces! Happy shopping :)

Oh, and some of y'all have asked what are the top items on my wish list:





7.20.2016

Nordstrom Sale Home Decor

Nordstrom Home



I'm sure by now many of you are over hearing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It has clogged up your feeds, overwhelmed your bank account and filled your closet with pieces you can't wear for several more months. Am I right? I'm in the same boat as y'all. Seriously counting down the days till I can wear my new Bordeaux lace up flats.

I don't mean to demean the sale. It's a great one. I love it. You love it. We all love it. But at this point it can become too much and overwhelming. New items added daily, and yet you're still shoving all your new goodies into the back of your closet. However, a lot of people forget about the items you can utilize now, like the home decor. Yes, the Nordstrom sale offers hundreds of home items as well! So I wanted to throw together a quick post featuring a few items on my home wish list. All of these pieces could work well in your own home, make for the perfect hostess or wedding gift, or can be customized as a unique engagement present.

I also want to point out the "goodnight kiss" canvas print. It's the same one I have above my bed in my apartment. I've had it for a few years and paid almost twice the current price for it. So this is a great deal. I love this canvas piece in the bedroom, or added to a large gallery wall. And if you're looking for a decently priced bar cart, this one is less than $200! I'm also obsessed with this piece of art for my apartment, and this set of glasses to add to my own bar cart.



7.18.2016

DC Restaurant Week

One of my favorite weeks of the year is coming up next month, and not just because it's my birthday! If you live in the DC area, you have the opportunity to dine at some of Washington's best restaurants for a fraction of the cost (in most cases). Restaurant Week is twice a year, August and January, and usually lasts seven days. The dates for the August Restaurant Week are August 15th - the 21st.



Since many of my readers live in the area, I thought it'd be nice to put together a quick roundup of some of my favorite places to dine in the District. I broke it down by places I've actually eaten at, as well as places I hope to try this August. But before I share my roundup, I want to first offer a few tips for dining during Restaurant Week:

  • Make reservations now. Don't wait till things get closer. You can easily book all reservations via Opentable. This way you get an email confirmation, and can easily cancel should something come up. 
    • Do note though that you cannot make more than one reservation per time slot, on the same day. 
  • Dine at places you normally couldn't afford, or usually save for special occasions. There are quite a few restaurants participating that I haven't tried before, simply because I cannot afford to pay $100 for a steak dinner. Well, now you can get that steak dinner for FAR LESS of a cost.
  • Tip your servers fairly. Yes you're saving a lot of money on the actual cost of your meal, but that doesn't mean the servers should feel the effect too. I was a server for four years, so I can attest to the fact that while food prices are cheaper, the service is the same! So I suggest tipping based on what the meal actually would have cost, or in the very least leaving 20%. 
  • Try places out of your comfort zone! While I probably wouldn't choose to spend money on Indian food, I may be more apt to try something out of my norm during restaurant week.
  • Restaurant Week makes going on a date easier!! The menu prices are set. So you don't have to feel guilty for ordering the steak or seafood dish. Everything is the same price!



Now, here are the places I have dined at during Restaurant Week, and my thoughts:

  • Ambar: great selection of food. Convenient for Hill staffers during recess. 
  • Agua 301: located in the Navy Yard. Generally not pricey, so I would save this for another week. Service has always been super slow every time I've dined here. But, they do have some of the best steak tacos! 
  • Belga Cafe: a delicious option for brunch!
  • District Chophouse: food was delicious, and location in Chinatown is very convenient. While I enjoyed the food, it wasn't anything that was truly special for the week.
  • Filomena: one of my favorite Italian restaurants in DC. They have an amazing deal for RW where you can snag full portion entrees. I have dined here several times, and have never left hungry. At certain times of day you can watch them make homemade pasta from the front window. 
  • Floriana: another one of my favorite Italian restaurants. In my opinion they have the best brussels sprouts in DC. Also, I believe Wednesdays are 1/2 price wine night, and they will honor that during restaurant week. So if you choose to dine here, try to go then.
  • Jaleo: they have multiple locations, so dining here is very convenient. It's small plates. If you go, I highly recommend the croquettes. 
  • Lincoln DC: this place gets my vote for best Southern fare. The restaurant is designed in honor of President Lincoln, and boasts a floor made entirely out of pennies. Very cool atmosphere and a delicious seasonal small plate menu. Note that large parties are very hard to accommodate here, so I recommend dining with a smaller group. Fewer people also means less sharing, ha!
  • Policy: most people know this U Street hotspot for it's nightlife scene. But, did you know they offer a delicious menu? It's one of my favorite places to eat, and they offer a great bang for your buck during RW. My favorite items are the hand cut fries and scallops (if they have them).
  • The Hamilton: by far one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The menu is massive, so it wont be hard to find at least one thing you like. Their drink specials are wonderful too. After dinner, you can head upstairs or downstairs for live music as well!
  • Zaytina: if you love fresh Mediterranean food, this is a must visit! Made famous by Jose Andres, Zaytina boasts a modern atmosphere offering Greek and Turkish cuisine. 



These are the places I hope to try this August... I will say though, I was quite unhappy to see hardly any Navy Yard area restaurants on the list this year. Not sure why they aren't participating, as my neighborhood has some amazing places to eat! Nonetheless there are still plenty of places to try:

  • Capital Grille: a favorite among many politicians, I'm eager to try this place out on my birthday! Between now and September 4th they have a special running called generous pour. You can sample their featured wines, and then choose one to drink the rest of the night. They do honor this during Restaurant Week, so make your reservations now!
  • District Commons: I hear they have a very, very delicious menu. I don't know too much about their restaurant week deals, but I look forward to finding out their dinner menu options soon.
  • Epic Smokehouse: my one pick for outside of DC. Located in Arlington, the menu looks like it would be well worth the trip. The Southerner in me cannot wait to give their BBQ a try!
  • Fig and Olive: this is a chain restaurant, and I usually would say to avoid chains during this weeklong event. But it's a very expensive place to eat normally, so trying it out at a cheaper price would be great. The location, and decor of the place is open and airy. I have had brunch here before, and the atmosphere alone is worth the visit. 
  • Fiola: another restaurant that I normally wouldn't try because of price. But many have named it one of the best restaurants in DC, so I would love to give it a try at a lower cost. 
  • Rasika: I have never really tried authentic Indian food. But Rasika has been named one of the top restaurants in the country, so it's definitely worth a try. 

Have you dined at any of these places? Tell me, is there a place I should definitely try that you loved? Let me know in the comments below!


This post is in no way sponsored. I just love dining out in DC, trying new food and sharing my thoughts. All opinions are my own. 

7.15.2016

The Weekender, Vol. 3



Top: H&M (comes in 2 other colors) | White Denim: Old Navy | Wedges: Nordstrom | Clutch: GiGi NY (c/o) | Necklace: Julie Vos (c/o) | Bangle: Old, Ann Taylor

I fully intended to post this edition of The Weekender last Friday. But in light of everything that occurred throughout our country towards the end of last week, I decided to save this post for another time. I don't want to delve too much into my feelings on everything that happened, but just know that I'm very heartbroken about all the tragedies that occurred last week. My heart goes out to all the families!

**Update: I had scheduled this post prior to the unfortunate attacks in Nice, France. It's just so sad we keep ending our weeks with such terrible news. I'm keeping everyone in France in my thoughts and prayers!**

Now, onto a lighter note... let's get into this week's volume of The Weekender! Lots of awesome links + some photos from one of our nights out in Key West.







Highlight of the week: there were so many fun things this week. Tuesday I met the author of Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin. She held a book signing at one of DC's newest apartment communities, The Hepburn. She spoke for a few minutes, and then met with attendees to sign their copy of her newest book, First Comes Love. If you're a lover of her books, or just the movie Something Borrowed, you'll be happy to know they are definitely making Something Blue into a movie. Emily confirmed Tuesday that the script has been sent to Kate Hudson, EEKKK!!!

Lowlight of the week: it was a very, very busy week at work. Combined with lots of activities and after work festivities, I'm exhausted y'all. On the bright side, work will be slowing down for awhile and provide the opportunity to get caught up on my to do list.



7.14.2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Early Access



It's here!! Early Access for cardholders to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It's their biggest sale of the year, and one of the best sales of the year! You can snag NEW arrivals for the fall, all at a discount. I explained more about how to shop the sale, here, but wanted to throw together a quick roundup of a few items I have my eye on. Shop by clicking any of the photos below. You'll be automatically directed to that item to purchase. Easy enough, right?! Happy shopping loves!