a is for aesthetic | Seriously considering asking for these pretty rad earrings for my birthday. The designer has my name after all… that’s enough of an excuse, right?
b is for beat | For some reason, lately, I’ve had an oh so terrible time sleeping. Apparently, my brain can turn off, which has resulted in sleepless nights and an, overall, beat me.
c is for captivating | Ever since I visited my sister, I have been obsessed with candles and I’ve always been a book fanatic, so when I fond bibliophile-inspired candles, I just couldn’t resist. I purchased the Oscar Wilde library one from Paddywax.
WOW. It’s been more than awhile since I’ve posted; let’s blame it on the holiday season, and I vow to get back into the swing of things for 2014. Back to the ABC grind.
a is for amazing | As someone who was originally pro-NYC, almost each day I’m surprised by all the amazing activities DC has to offer. This weekend I’m particularly looking forward to attending SpeakeasyDC’s Top Shelf: The Best Stories of 2013. Boy, am I glad they’re putting on an encore performance!
b is for bliss | Color me an old lady, but my favorite Christmas present had to be the Brookstone Sound Therapy System my mom bought me. Not only are there four separate sleep options, but the system has settings for relaxing and rejuvenating, as well — aka, pure bliss.
Unwind: You don’t have to tell me twice.
c is for cold |Word to the wise, don’t go running outside during the middle of a Polar Vortex. I was smart enough not to yesterday, but I caved this morning and have been paying the price ever since. Only an hour ago did my toes finally thaw and even now I’m still a wee bit cold, and I’m even wearing long underwear! [Yes, I did just admit to wearing obnoxious long underwear].
Howdy, hi, hey. My week’s felt just about as long as that greeting, which (in case you didn’t realize) is a long greeting. I suspect it’s because on Sunday I spent the greater part of my day sitting in a train station, praying for my train to arrive. And you probably can guess how that turned out. I decided to leave before it ever came because they expected further delays once it actually arrived. But, alas, I finally did make it back to DC, so I really shouldn’t be complaining. Plus, the weekend is looking like it’ll shape up quite nicely.
a is for alluring | I already admitted I’m a huge Christmas/holiday fanatic, so it really should come as no surprise that I’ve already decked out my nails in red & green, complete with some alluring glitter. Yeah, I’m clearly original.
b is for beguiling | So a last minute change in plans this past weekend has left me still on the hunt for some holiday gifts. Fortunately, there’s this totally beguiling Yelp’s Totally Bazaar at Monroe St. Market Christmas pop-up shop happening this Saturday. Hopefully I’ll be able to score some good finds!
c is for cerebral | This cerebral event, Nerd Nite, reminds me somewhat of Thirst events, which honestly makes me want to check it out even more. Here’s a solid equation for you: drinks + nerds = winning combination.
You may have seen on our various social media sites the Tapestry question of the month: Who is/was your Norgay in your life? Are you still climbing your Everest? … but who exactly is Norgay?
Courtesy of adventure.nationalgeographic.com
Named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century, Tenzing Norgay was the Nepalese Sherpa who helped Sir Edmund Hillary climb Mount Everest. As avid mountaineer, Norgay saved Hillary from a fall into a crevice. Like the triumph of Hillary, most success is not achieved single handedly; most successful people have their Norgay. This thus brings us to our Tapestry question of the month.
Side note, did you catch the movie reference inherent in the Tapestry question? Who else is a fan of Intolerable Cruelty?
Finally, a quick note about the Tapestry questions: through providing a question each month, we hope to offer guidance in self submitting to Tapestry. Nonetheless, we still encourage everyone to submit any story they wish to share. We envision Tapestry as a virtual live commenting board, where people can become curators by sharing their own story, thereby starting their own thread — or they can respond to existing threads (perhaps the question of the month) by uploading a video. This way, Tapestry becomes a place where people interact and engage in dialogue and conversation.
Welcome, December: the month of hot chocolate, holiday cheer & everything frosted. I’ll be the first to admit my inner child really comes out during this season, as I’m a huge fan of festivities. So, if you see someone dressed in head-to-toe red and green as Christmas draws near, it’s probably me. And, because I’m such an avid proponent, you’ve probably already guessed that some of the ABCs naturally have to do with the holidays.
a is for angelic | I’ll let these angelic voices speak for themselves: Pentatonix’s ‘Little Drummer Boy.’ (Really, though, please click the link; you won’t be disappointed). Also, super psyched to hear the group’s making its way to the District in March.
b is for brackish | (…but not in a negative way). This Sunday, after I finished checking out Thread, I perused the usual shops at Union Market and ended up buying Smoked Chili Salt from Bazaar Spices. I’ve been adding it to my egg scramble each morning for a brackish, flavorful kick. For those who like a little zing, I highly recommend it.
c is for convivial | I’m looking forward to a convivial weekend, complete with brunch with a dear friend who’s about to move away from DC (sad). But before she departs, we’re determined to make the most of the few days we have left. One festivity on our list this weekend is to go to Grump, an “alternative holiday craft show” at Artisphere, according to BYT.
Yesterday, while I was waiting for my favorite pilates class to start, the instructor asked if anyone was traveling for Thanksgiving. I eagerly responded that, yes, I am — to Virginia. She immediately laughed. I’m still getting used to the fact that, when you live in DC, going to Virginia isn’t exactly traveling. But, in all fairness, I am headed to Charlottesville, so it’s a little bit of a hike. Regardless of your definition of travel, I think we can all agree that good times are upon us because tomorrow’s Thanksgiving.
a is for abnormal | So, as you now know, I’m headed to Charlottesville for the holidays, but this is a somewhat abnormal destination for me. Yes, I’m headed to my parents’ house, but they actually just moved there, so I’ve never seen the place before. Though I’m incredibly excited to lounge around with the family, cook awesome food with my mom, and cuddle with my dog and cat, truth be told, it’s kind of weird not to be headed back to the sweetest place on Earth (aka Hershey, Pa). But, alas, I’m sure eventually it will no longer feel strange.
b is for bewitching | The first snowfall has to be marked as one the most magical times of the year. Though DC’s ground has yet to be covered in snow, did anyone else catch the glistening snowflakes Saturday night? Maybe it’s just because they’re exactly what I needed to be pulled out of the doldrums, but I found them utterly bewitching that night.
c is for charmed | One thing I’m certainly thankful for is the rather charmed life I lead. Sure, it has it’s ups and downs, but I’m incredibly fortunate. Now, my point here is not to brag by telling people how great my life is, but rather to thank everyone in it. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Alright, so my Wednesday has been a little less than winsome. In fact, it’s been kind of a roller coaster — okay, maybe not a roller coaster cause it’s not like anything terribly tragic happened, but there have been some up and downs…
a is for abysmal | Soon after I arrived at work, I learned some abysmal news. Apparently I had lost one of my earrings on my walk there. This may not seem like a big deal, but they’re the earrings that my sister recently gave me for graduation — and I LOVE them. So, fellow Washingtonians, if you stumble upon a random glistening gold dangle, please let me know.
b is for bubbly | I told you there had been some up and downs, right? Well, my morning actually started off quite well, as I went to an awesome yoga class and was then greeted by a fantastic food edition of the Post. As y’all know, next week’s Thanksgiving, so it’s somewhat predictable that the Post would publish a Thanksgiving-themed section. BUT the traditionally Turkey-filled day received a twist with an entire article and multiple published recipes on a vegetarian feast. Personally, I’m eyeing up the Sweet Potato Pie with Ethiopian spices.
Courtesy of The Kennedy Center’s website
c is for celestial | Though today’s been slightly erratic, this past weekend was absolutely lovely. I’d almost even call it celestial. My sister came to visit me in the District for the first time, and we did all things girly. On Saturday, we saw Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center, which was stunning. Ever the ballerina, my sister wasn’t totally sold on the modern production, but I adored the set, scenery, and costumes. For me, it really was quite enchanting. On Sunday, we hit it up Yuppie style by going on a major shopping spree in Georgetown, followed by a scrumptious brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Ohhh, and we also got to check out the coffee at Baked & Wired, which I’ve been dying to try ever since it won first place by readers. I’m not sure if I totally agree with the ruling, but my latte was certainly good. However, my allegiance goes to Vigilante, which my sister and I were able to try at District Flea on Saturday.
Just wanted to share some good news!! Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden was featured in Curve Magazine’s recent issue! Titled “Fresh Squeeze,” the article was written by the amazing Dina F. Gilmore. We can’t wait to raid Barnes & Noble and pick up multiple issues.
This week has clearly ushered in the first days of weather that makes you feel like you’re going to turn into an icicle. Yesterday, while walking to work, I literally thought I was going to be blown away. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad, but boy am I glad that I asked my mom to bring my winter coat with her when we both met up in NYC this past weekend!
a is for abundant | Guys, remember when I said I had a bountiful of apples? Whelp, I think they’re multiplying! No matter how many things I bake or cook or eat, it seems like there is still an abundant amount of apples in my fridge. So, I need your help. Got any stellar vegetarian recipes for me? Ones I’m considering: Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria, Apple Chips & a version of this Apple & Onion Tart.
b is for baffling | Last night I braved the cold, windy weather and made the trek to Trader Joe’s. I went for the food obviously, but lately I’ve been feeling domestic, so I also purchased some beautiful fall flowers. I figured they’d look spectacular in my cute moon-shaped vase. It’s still baffling to me how in the world I could have thought they would fit in the vase. Fortunately, I was able to get a little creative and placed the remaining flowers into my Collegian beer mug. Don’t they just look lovely?
c is for clued in | Thanks to a Tapestry interview with Kate Warren, who ranks 99% extrovert on the Myers-Briggs personality test, the test itself became a conversation point in 20/20′s office. Because I hadn’t taken the test, I was naturally intrigued and promptly decided to find my results. Maybe it’d be able to see into the depth of my soul?! And, truth be told, it kind of did. It may seem wacky, but I now feel clued in to my slightly divergent personality. Weird that a test could tell me this, but I guess it offered some reassurance to what I presumed might be strange. Turns out my letters are INFJ — and, because we’re already being nutty, that means I’m a wolf.
This morning I spent some quality time collecting analytics and found out via Bitly that people in Canada are clicking on my Whimsical, Winsome Wednesday links, so, HELLO, Canadians! Thanks so much for reading!! And now for the ABCs.
a is for ashamed | So I’m totally ashamed to admit this — and honestly, I’m not quite sure why I even am saying anything — but I have lately been on a Gossip Girl Netflix binge. Ever since I instagramed this photo
with the caption “New frilly socks, courtesy of the District’s new Topshop. Kinda feel like Jenny Humphrey, circa before she went crazy,” I’ve been on a GG kick. Now, it’s slightly absurd to spend your time watching the addicting yet pointless show once, but to re-watch it all over again is insane. Somebody help me, please.
b is for brilliant | The first time I heard about Thirst D.C., I immediately thought it was such a brilliant idea for an organization or group — and since then, I have been itching to attend one of its events. And now I think I finally have the chance! When I first heard about thirst.ROMP! at AAAS’ new art exhibit, “Beauty and the Brain Revealed,” I knew it was an event I should attend with my lovely, brainiac psych friend. To quote her, we’re going to “find our people.”
c is for choice | Aside from Sundays, Wednesday mornings are my favorite because they’re when the Post’s food section comes to my doorstep. I’m not really sure why, perhaps it’s because I love to cook, but I absolutely love reading about food. So, when Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide was published a few weeks back, I ate it up. Last night, I had the chance to dine at one of the choice restaurants he recommends: Oyamel. [LOOK below for photos] I was initially stunned by the decor, but the food didn’t disappoint either. The intriguing flavor combinations, fresh ingredients and tasty drinks made for a delightful meal. This experience, coupled with amazing food I had at Zaytina, makes me incredibly excited for the group’s planned opening of a Chinese-Peruvian fusion restaurant in 2014. And, yes, I learned this fact in today’s Washington Post!