Afternoon Tealight

This past weekend proved to be fun, a bit active and ended on an almost too relaxing note (I got nothing done Sunday, instead I binged Netflix and napped… this is what happens if I think I can get through the day without caffeine).

 

The activity of the weekend was most definitely the highlight: Afternoon tea at the Willard Continental Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This is something my Mom has wanted to check off her list for awhile, and we finally got together with some friends and made it happen.  While everyone else was off at breweries and vineyards, we were enjoying some of the finer things in life: tea, scones, sandwiches and miniature desserts all while listening to a live, talented and well humored harpist (At one point she played the Game of Thrones theme song and my sister and I just about died).



As an alcohol appreciator but an absolutely terrible day drinker, it was nice to have a social meal that left me feeling ready for the Saturday night ahead, instead of falling asleep at 7 p.m.  The focus was great friends, in a beautiful setting, enjoying fantastic food and tea (Earl Grey is always the way to go).  In a world where restaurants and bars aim to turn tables and everything can be delivered to your house, it was great to sit and socialize at slower pace.  There was no pressure to wrap it up and get out so they could seat more people and the staff took their time taking us on our tea adventure.  We ended up staying for almost 3 hours and enjoyed it so much we decided to make it a bi-monthly activity.  I’m already looking forward to April and another afternoon of tea-light.

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Facebook Freedom

It’s day 2 after deactivating my Facebook account and I won’t lie… it feels good.  In the past I’ve taken breaks from social media, usually because I needed to focus on school or just to see if I could.  This is the first time that I’ve rid myself of it because I felt like it was a burden or something somewhat negative in my life.  Maybe it’s the political climate, maybe it’s all the information I’ve read and listened to online regarding using your time wisely, the benefits of unplugging and the wildly popular idea of creating a hygge inspired home, but Facebook just hasn’t been a great way for me to connect to people as of late.

One of the biggest things I’ve realized is that I’ve posted so many articles, recipes, ideas, blogs, you name it on Facebook and I’d say that I’ve tried or used that information to actually do something or create something 10% of the time.  So I’m circulating all of this great stuff, that I know I could do but don’t have the time or drive to actually accomplish.  So where’s my time going?  Where’s it being wasted?  Where can I cut back?

Facebook.

Now Facebook isn’t my only time eater, Netflix is right up there as well.  It’s not something I want to completely give up though, as my love for film and television is a great pleasure in my life.  What I am trying to limit is the amount of times I re-watch things like Friends: I have the whole series on DVD, I’ve probably seen it 10 times through, I can ace any Friends quiz out there… why am I staying up and throwing away time to watch something I could probably act out single handily?  It’s familiar and I still find it hilarious, but I shouldn’t be wasting my time on it as much as I am. Especially when there’s all sorts of great new content out there.  Right now I’ve been watching Netflix’s original series Abstract if I have the urge to turn on the television.  It’s something new, inspiring and fresh, and it makes me want to DO instead of OBSERVE.

So.

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Leaving the world of Facebook and binge watching will give me more time and honestly some very welcome boredom in which I hope to fill my time taking more pictures (I’ve decided to stay on Instagram), creating more blog posts, working on video content, reading, cooking and really getting out into the world.  We all are given 24 hours in a day, that’s something that everyone is given equally so we are the only ones who can change the way we use it.  Time is finite and I want to use mine better.

Holiday Party 2017

We finally got our house together enough to have people over for a holiday party and what a time it was.  I was able to release a decent amount of control and let the roomies make some choices/decisions/contributions, which as my roomie A put it: “a pretty big accomplishment“.

We made tons of food, some of which I didn’t even get to try, it got eaten up so fast!  (Which I think can be translated into quite a culinary success.)

There’s not a lot that beats getting together with friends and family at the holidays and as everyone continues to grow, making plans to see everyone gets more and more difficult.  SO glad we decided to plan a get-together, maybe next year I’ll feature a recipe or something but for now I just have a couple photos of the food layouts before it all disappeared.

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Happy Holidays!

DC During the Holidays

There’s nothing like DC after it’s been completely transformed in preparation for the holidays, although I think everything looks better with Christmas lights and evergreens.  Living so close to DC you’d think I’d be taking advantage of all the things it has to offer every weekend… Anyone who’s had to battle DC traffic will tell you that for natives, it’s just not appealing most of the time.  However, for the holidays it’s definitely worth the hassle.

This past weekend I spent the day in the city visiting art museums, seeing the National Christmas Trees and seeing Camerata (a men’s chorus) sing some fantastic and goose-bump inspiring holiday music.  All in all it was the perfect, festive Saturday.

Probably the best part of the day was a piece of art I saw, it was a video installation by Ragnar Kjartansson at the Hirshhorn.  There were multiple screens showing life sized musicians, playing instruments and singing in unison in separate rooms of an old mansion.  It’s hard to describe the comfort and peace you felt while watching them in a dark room with a bunch of strangers.  I could’ve laid on the floor and watched it all day and appreciate the connection I felt with the art and those who were also captivated by the melancholy tune.  Here’s a clip that definitely doesn’t do it justice.

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Although it’s a pain in the ass to get into DC and find parking (I used spothub and found all day parking for $10 which made all the difference), it’s nice to appreciate the city I’ve grown to under appreciate.  It was a great way to kick of this holiday season instead of sitting in bed watching Christmas movies on Netflix… which will probably end up happening anyway.

 

Food blogging… maybe.

So, I’ve started eating healthier and think that might be a new form of content I can put up on here. I love to cook and a few weeks before my 25th birthday, I decided to do the Whole 30 diet. I’d tried it with my Mom for awhile last year and we both really liked it, but we didn’t fully commit, still eating some grains and having a couple glasses of wine here and there. So this time I REALLY committed… and it made me feel awesome.

Of course the weekend of my birthday I celebrated with all my favorite foods and drinks, afterward I decided to try and make it a lifestyle change. So now in my bullet journal (yes, I’ve made one… and love it.) I am keeping track of the days that I eat according to the Whole 30 perimeters.

fullsizerenderMy lovely roommate gave me a fantastically healthy cookbook for my birthday, it’s called “Thug Kitchen” and it’s not only full of amazing recipes, it’s written with humor and lots of cursing, it’s awesome. This week I’ve been trying some recipes from the book, most of them are vegan which is close to Whole 30 but allows for grains. Below is my little video process of making their Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, which was delish! There was no dairy whatsoever, it was my first time using nutritional yeast (hunted all of Whole Foods for it, and of course it was overpriced) but the sauce truly had a creamy texture and taste. (And it had directions for fire roasting your own peppers, I didn’t come up with that on my own.)

Anyway, the video was easy and fun to make, so I figured I’d make a small post about it as well. Once I move (my life is currently in boxes, I can’t wait!), I’m hoping to make more consistent posts, maybe some how-to videos. Our new kitchen will be a much nicer place to cook, our current one is super small and barely has enough space on the counter for me to fit a cutting board.

p.s. I was going to insert the video here, buuuuut my account doesn’t support that unless I pay more (did I mention I’m moving aka broke)… so click hereto watch it via my IG.

 

 

 

 

September is coming…

And I’m even more excited about that than Game of Thrones.  I made this site months ago and have had a serious lack of motivation to write, maybe it’s the fact that my apartment is at a humid 90 degrees everyday when I get home from work.  Maybe it’s that my computer is as slow as the breaths I have to take to survive said hot apartment, either way, September is coming and that has always proved to be the most productive time of year for me.

I’ve always felt that the real New Year starts in September.  There’s a tangible change in season, school starts (for those that are still enjoying the non-adult life), fashion changes, menus change.  It’s a time of metamorphosis and preparation for the festivities to come.  Once we get into fall it’s one holiday right after another, it’s getting together with friends, it’s seeing family and taking vacation time.  It’s all the things that I love, and that I love to plan for.

So as the air starts to cool in my apartment, I’m hoping that will leave space for my inspiration and creative juices to start heating up.  I just purchased some fall issues and will have most likely have a lot of opinions on the content, so I already have a running start.  September is coming… and hopefully so are some more posts…

Tiffany’s

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When I saw the first image of Tiffany & Co.‘s fall marketing campaign in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar I didn’t think I could be more delighted.  That is until I saw the second and third image…

After having recently watched the documentary on Tiffany & Co. (Crazy About Tiffany’s), I grew a new appreciation for the history of the Tiffany & Co. brand.  I had no clue how many projects they have contributed to over the years and how many different ideas and lines had come out of each team’s inspiration.  Also, who knew they made so many National trophies?! (They produce the Vince Lombardi trophy for the Super Bowl every year!)

Besides my most recent appreciation for the art and beauty that Tiffany & Co. have shown us throughout the years, I’m so pleased to see that they have chosen to diversify their marketing.  In a crucial time when more and more people are bombarded by media and having a hard time relating to the images, they’ve chosen to take an iconic brand and promote it in a way that only furthers the value of each unique piece they create.  Each piece can be as exclusively unique as the person that wears it, there is no longer a certain type of individual you expect to see in Tiffany’s jewelry.  Anyone can be a part of the art and history behind these designs.  Tattoos and Tiffany are now in the same sentence, and the image that paints in itself is a beautiful piece of art.