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November 6, 2017

easy like (november)

Welcome to November, friends! This weekend was nice and cozy and rainy – I came down with a runny nose and sore throat on Friday but with lots of honey-tea and rest and sleep, I think I kicked out whatever baby cold was settling in for the season. I also worked out this weekend, and that seemed to help as well. Who knew the cure for a runny nose was some squats?

This coming week is going to be a bit of a doozy for me – I hope yours is a little bit calmer.

Here’s what I’m reading this month:

Loved this piece from Harling at Man Repeller about your selfies not really matching how you feel on the inside – and how that’s perfectly okay.

What we already knew: the Earth is hotter, and it’s our fault.

This piece about female cooking memoirs, and what they mean, how important they are.

Conde Nast is shutting down the print edition of Teen Vogue, so naturally, myself and all my friends who used the mag to inspire us into creative careers, are in mourning. The magazine has breathed new, fierce, deeply aware life into the teen magazine scene, asking “Why can’t teenagers by activists/innovators too?” (Additionally, if you’re not following their EIC, Elaine Welteroth, on Instagram, you are missing out.)

I still deal with anxiety, and maybe one day I’ll write a blog post about coping with it, but for now, this: 3 Actions to Take When You Feel Anxiety Coming On.

Roxane Gay wrote 13 rules for female friendships and I am *praise hands* here for them. 

I loved this: “Are you eating Instagram for breakfast?

Very curious about this coworking space in D.C.!

Omfg there’s a new matcha place WHO WANTS TO GO?

Okay, stay warm pals – it’ll get chilly this week on the East Coast.


In Style on
November 4, 2017

count your sweaters

I don’t usually post on Saturdays, and especially not when I’m fighting off a cold (essentially, I’m guzzling water and Vitamin C and guarding my bedtime like a maniac), but I’ve loved Old Navy recently, and they’re doing a really fun deal on sweaters! Take 30% off at checkout. Click on the name of each sweater to go to the site. Here are my faves:

Rib-Knit Bell-Sleeve Sweater

I love the color and how you subtly get the biggest trend this fall (bell sleeves) (where have you been).

Brushed Knit Turtleneck for Women

You cannot go wrong with a classic turtleneck, and this is a fact.

Classic Cable-Knit Sweater

This is such an affordable version of a closet staple. I love the jewel tones available as well, but this golden color is my favorite.

Classic Fair Isle Sweater

Fair Isle is such a cute seasonal tradition for me – I don’t think I actually own any at the moment, and this sweater caught my eye and inspired this post. I love the non-traditional colors, y’all.

What are some of your favorite fall sweaters? Are you getting to wear them? It’s still oscillating between 40 degrees and 70 degrees here in D.C. – send me snow, Midwestern brothers and sisters. Send me snow.

(*all photos from!)

In Link Roundups on
October 30, 2017

easy like (halloweekend)

Good evening! Today was lazy and rainy and wonderful, so I left this post until later, when I was catching up on my work emails and figuring out if I could afford to procrastinate a little bit longer.

This weekend began with a spooky shabbat hosted by my boyfriend and his friend – vegan (except for the candy corn I brought – oops!), fall-oriented, and really, really fun. Last night we headed to a Halloween/birthday party combo for a friend who I’m praying will stay in D.C. longer than December. I woke up this morning and was desperate for the weekend not to end – but there will be more great, cozy weekends in the future.

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In Life on
October 23, 2017

the wharf

“Okay, but it’s so nice!

This was the refrain that my boyfriend and I uttered over and over again as we explored the newly developed Wharf area on D.C.’s Anacostia waterfront. We had both seen the projected drawings and read about the development with mild curiosity, but when the time came to actually explore around the area, I’m not sure we knew what to expect.

Of course, construction was still finishing up, and it’s clear that the interiors of some buildings need to be finished, but all in all, it’s a beautiful addition to the D.C. waterfront.

There are two or three piers that jut out into the Anacostia River, and here you can see the floating water gardens (so cool!) next to the pier.

We caught the Wharf at sunset, and it was a perfect way to spend a balmy fall Friday night.

Pearl Street Warehouse is one of two music venues in the new development, and has a gorgeous bar next to an intimate stage setting – it would be perfect for a smaller show. The other is The Anthem, owned and operating by the same people as legendary D.C. venue the 9:30 Club. There was a show the night we were walking by, and the environment was fun and electric.

Of the new restaurants in the area, there’s so much to pick from, especially by D.C. heavy hitters: Blue Bottle Coffee (still trying to get to the Georgetown location – it’s so far from my new place! If anyone wants to go, please let me know, maybe I need an accountability friend), Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi (Mallorcan food, so help me God), Dolcezza Gelato, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Kith and Kin (Carribbean), Kirwan’s Irish Pub, Lupo Marino (Italian), Potomac Distilling, Rappahannock Oyster Company, The Brighton (from Brixton founders), and more. There’s something for everyone, and every price point.

All in all, if you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, check out the Wharf, especially in a few months, or in the spring, as more shops open and the weather warms. You won’t want to miss it.

In Link Roundups on
October 23, 2017

easy like (exploring)

Good evening friends

I spent today doing a lot of stuff I like with people I like, and also found time to clean my apartment and go grocery shopping and check my budget. I like weekends like these, where you kind-of-sort-of have plans, but mostly lay around and cuddle.

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In Life on
October 17, 2017

fall bucket list

In honor of (one of) the greatest seasons with one of the shortest shelf lives, here’s what I plan to get up to this fall:

  • Watch playoff baseball at a local bar (Go Cubbies!)
  • Make spiked apple cider
  • Frolic in one of D.C.’s many public lands
  • Finally grab a cup of coffee at the new Blue Bottle in Georgetown
  • Get out of the city on a fall hike
  • Start my own sourdough starter*
  • Buy some cute fall booties
  • Hand out candy on Halloween + watch spooky movies (Hocus Pocus anyone?)

What are you going to do this fall? Let me know in the comments, and if you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, send me some ideas!

*Look, I started this, and it’s really not going well. It smells weird. It’s really goopy. I don’t know guys. I may not be a good sourdough starter mom.

In Link Roundups on
October 15, 2017

easy like (humidity)

Happy slow, humid morning, pals. D.C. has enjoyed a few too many days of near-100% humidity, which has been distinctly unfall-like. This weekend was full of friends who came in from out of town and a little bit of work and some birthdays. Yes, I’m still looking for a winter coat, but with weather like this, I may not need one. I also need to get better about texting back. It really helps to own up to your imperfections (that is by far one of the smaller ones).

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In Life on
October 10, 2017

health = happiness (??)

Several weeks ago, after a routine ear infection, I started feeling off. Something wasn’t right. I was dealing with routine infections I don’t normally get, along with some awesome fatigue. After a trip or two to my doctor, I left with the knowledge that something I thought would be a quick fix would end up taking a month or more of treatment, testing, appointments, and medication.

I hate being on medication – I dislike timing my pills, remembering to keep especially sensitive pills at the right temperature, and I especially dislike the side effects. I couldn’t drink alcohol, which was hard to explain at parties and nights out. Often, I was nauseous, unfocused, and just tired. I was tired of feeling crappy as the weeks and doctor’s appointments dragged on, and tired of having to take it easy, take it slow, especially as summer wound down and I was trying to squeeze every last sunset out on a rooftop.

I’m now at (I think) the end of this saga, and if you’re like me, dealing with medical issues that can be a little all-consuming, there are some things you can do to protect your mental health while you tend to your physical health:

  1. Do all of your favorite things (that you can): For me, this is bubble baths, and lingering giant cups of coffee in the morning, and yoga. I bought a giant bag of Starbursts that lives on my kitchen counter for bad days. This is just something you do.
  2. Eat well: For a while, I just wanted to hole up in bed and eat chicken nuggets and pretend like this wasn’t happening. But it was, and the best way to feel good about myself was to buy some healthy groceries (to be balanced, remember, by the Starburst) and meal-prep some easy meals for the week. That way, when I was exhausted post-work and taking more pills, I could just pop something in the microwave.
  3. (Try) to exercise: Okay, I did not do this every day. Far from it. Aside from being barred from “strenuous activity” I was usually uncomfortable most of the time anyway, so running did not appeal to me. Yoga became my savior, as it often is. Body weight exercises did, too. But, man, you can’t beat endorphins for a mood boost. Staying active also keeps your body in tip-top shape, even when you feel like you’re not.
  4. Stay present: Worrying about the outcome of the next test, or if this prescription will finally work, or if you’re doing something wrong, can take the happiness out of a moment. Yes, you should pay attention to your symptoms (I kept a little symptom log in the Notes app on my phone), but don’t let it consume you. As long as you’re staying on top of it, you’re doing your best. This is the hardest advice for me to take, but it’s definitely saved weekends and nights where I would otherwise have obsessed about my heath.

I hope these help if you’re dealing with an illness or issue, too. Hopefully we’ll all get through this together! I’m certainly rooting for you.


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October 8, 2017

easy like (rain)

Good morning, good morning! It is very rainy here in the nation’s capitol, and we’re squeezing up every ounce of fall-ness the weekend has to offer. Last night I got to see a college friend who was back in town for one night only, and the night before that I watched the USA Men’s National Soccer Team beat Panama; if you’re keeping score at home, yes, I do think the Women’s National Team is way more badass than the men’s team – these are the facts, people.

I got a surprise day off on Monday, so I’m going to relish it for all it’s worth. Maybe I’ll bake some cookies, maybe I’ll bake some bread – speaking of bread, I’ve also created my very own little sourdough starter. I’ll let you know in a week if I can make it work!

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

What if platforms like Facebook are too big to regulate?

From your cheerful neighborhood girl (me): A first-person account of the recent Yosemite rockfall.

What’s up with the essential oil fad? Is it just a fad? I’m so perplexed by it, guys.

Sorry for all the seriousness today, but: 52 environmental rules on the way out under Trump.

I’m saving for a Casper mattress, which I’ve heard great things about.

Really psyched to dig into this new Netflix doc Ice Guardians about hockey “enforcers” – players who start the fights on the ice, often as a result of an obscure “code,” as a girl raised on hockey, this will be really interesting to parse out.

Yo, if nobody invites me to their cookbook club, I may just start my own.

Here’s a guide to exactly where the leaves are going to change (I don’t usually believe in guides like this – I can just feel it in my veins).

Really loving the winding career of The Cut’s Stella Bugbee.

My acne has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older (read more about it here) but this post made me feel much less alone.

Man Repeller as always droppin’ some serious knowledge: When Did Work Stress Become Sexy? 

I’m off to enjoy this rainy Sunday and hopefully the rainy Monday to follow. It’ll be a hectic week, and I’m not too sure about my 5-year plan this weekend, but I believe if you set goals, you’ll figure out a way to achieve them – at least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

In Life on
October 2, 2017

Seattle, pt. 2

My second and third days in Seattle were much different than the first. I spent most of Friday walking around Queen Anne Hill and then down by Lake Union to see the houseboats and seaplanes there. Since I really want to discuss the hike (that was the best part of the trip by far), I’ll just link you to the custom Google map I made of my travels, embedded below- that way, you can see where I ambled throughout Queen Anne Hill on the second day! Don’t forget to zoom in and scroll around, and hover over the little pin-points – I left some recommendations for you!

Sarah was kind enough to take me on a trail at Mt. Ranier National Park that she had done previously and deal with my huffing and puffing up the mountain. Altitude change is no joke! We hiked the Summerland Trail toward the Panhandle Gap and it had, aside from a great lower body workout, amazing views of Little Tahoma, Mt. Ranier, and Fryingpan Creek.

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