Happy Wednesday! Before I left for my trip to Montana, I knew I needed a camera bag insert that I could fit in my Lo & Sons Catalina bag. The ONA Roma was perfect — it was surprisingly spacious, and I managed to fit my camera body and two favorite lenses, plus a plethora of smaller gear pieces that I needed for the trip. Check out more photos, and read the lovely write up on my gear!
And if you’re a fan of beautiful photos and stylish photography bags, follow ONA on Instagram and Twitter. Fact — I’m saving up for this bag. How gorgeous is that cognac leather?
Well, thank god this week finally ended. Am I right? I woke up on Monday legitimately thinking I had an easy week ahead of me, and by 11 am at the office, I was ready to burst into tears. Days like those are the worst.
But luckily after coming home, relaxing (and wallowing, I will admit) a bit, I was back in shape to tackle my work head-on. I’m prepping myself for a couple of trips — one, to visit my dear friend for a few days near Glacier National Park, and two, to visit the family in California. Cue a playlist filled with lots of Rilo Kiley.
In the meantime, here are a few things I’m pining for over the internet.
Maps, maps maps (links above). I’ve always been slightly obsessed with maps in decor, and someday, I’m going to score a beautiful vintage school map to hang in my living room or kitchen. To be fair, I was into this trend before it was hipster. I fantasized taking the ones from my elementary school when I was in the fifth grade… no joke.
Speaking of Anna Rifle Bond, I’m pretty obsessed with these note cards (I’m a big fan of sending note cards in the mail), and this print about life giving you lemons. California girls out there? She makes prints on Yosemite, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. A little piece of home, wherever I end up living.
I’ve slowly been switching all of my accents and furniture from black to white, so this white lacquered desk set caught my eye.
Also, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Ebates for the past year, and have converted a good portion of my friends into believers. Basically, if you do a lot of online shopping, you should check Ebates first, and use their links to online retailers like Nordstrom and Sephora — they’ll deposit an extra percentage of your bill into a Paypal account every three months. As someone who does almost all of her shopping online, I can tell you that it’s really nice to get some money back every few months! Sign up here.
And these days, our mild, mild summer seems to be gradually dwindling into fall, so I’ve felt myself itching to break out the boots and scarves! This black and white swing dress would be a perfect fall transition, and this scarf (albeit vastly overpriced) is definitely the delicate, botanical design that could tone down summer and brighten up the winter ahead.
Have you guys heard of Diner en Blanc? It’s basically a giant flashmob dinner where everyone brings their own table and chairs, and everyone wears all white. The event started in Paris (obviously, it’s all very French) and has since spread to a whole bunch of other major cities around the world. It really looks like quite the spectacle!
Anyway, some friends of mine have been working on starting the tradition in DC (this is three years in the making) and I got looped into leading a group of Washingtonians from our meeting point to the dinner location, which won’t be revealed until the day of. In case any of you are going, or live in another city and are lucky enough to get a coveted ticket to these events, I’ve been planning with friends and colleagues — what to wear, what tables to buy, and what to have on our menu!
If you do end up heading to whatever iconic location the dinner will be at, get in touch! Would love to meet some of you — and I’ll be doing some photography and video during the event. Xo!
First things first — I’ve been looking for a basic white dress that I could reuse for work or for parties. This v-neck will do the trick… and it’s under $100! At a splurge price point, this dress has a beautiful trim. And on the opposite end, Forever 21 has a great option — yolo.
Bag — the event calls for a “white picnic basket,” but in the videos, you see people with their neutral or multicolored carts. I’m not sure where the hell to find a white picnic basket, nor am I sure I’d use it more than once, but I already own and swear by this tote. I’m a fan of white bags for a polished look (as long as you put in the work to keep ’em clean!) so the MK will be carrying my camera, and our dinner.
Accessories — the party’s supposed to be elegant, so naturally, I envisioned a big, white, Audrey-style hat. This neutral wide brim would be perfect! Here’s an all-white version for just $10 more. As far as jewelry, I’ve been switching from my high school and college obsession with bold silver pieces to delicate yellow gold pieces, so the Satya necklace might make an appearance. I’ve been pining over that gold flower ring, which I imagine would complete the look. Two of my favorite jewelry designers are Gabriela Artigas and Gorjana — check them both out! They make gorgeous gold pieces.
Table and chairs — this table rolls up into a carry-on bag, and these white chairs are just perfect. Looking for another option? This table would go perfectly with these little stools (and you could reuse them as side tables on your patio after the event).
The darling family that takes us sailing got a new boat and started docking at a different marina (good bye, my sweet, sweet dream home — see you in ten years, when I build one of my own). The wind wasn’t around, for the most part, but the day was still gorgeous, and the water was unbelievably glassy. It reminded me of my morning swims in Tanzania — the morning water always looked like it was generated by a computer. Mesmerizing, tranquil, and shockingly beautiful.
Anyway, here are a few shots from my weekend. I need to remember to take my camera with me more often, because this baby is a winner.
This weekend, Shaeda and I took the scenic route to Winchester, Virginia. It’s pretty much our favorite place to go thrift shopping (thank you, Sydney Liann). We took the toll-infused, beautiful Route 50 west through Virginia, aiming for a church thrift store in Upperville. The church was closed, but we stumbled upon an estate sale, where I purchased a couple of gorgeous stainless steel knives with wooden handles — for FOUR dollars. The real gem of the day was our brunch, also recommended by Sydney, and executed perfectly by Bonnie Blue.
The ladies were so warm and welcoming when we walked in, and literally everything on the menu sounded delicious, so it took a lot of effort to not order everything that was listed on the wall. Also, you know how much I love a good chalk wall. It was also just the perfect opportunity to take my new camera out for a drive!
They had a cute little coffee bar, and while I was far too caffeinated to purchase some at that moment, I did buy this bag of coffee beans below for the office — we swap many things, and coffee is one of them.
Shaeda ordered the pulled pork, cucumber salad, and mac and cheese (always her fave!) and I had a jumbo lump crab cake with eggs and grits. The crab cake was pretty amazing — and I loooooved that it wasn’t mostly bread crumbs. Just lumps and lumps of lump crab.
It didn’t last long. Naturally.
They also swore by their Turkish tea, which is another form of black tea, but just a tad bit stronger. Perfect for a mild (or hot) summer day.
Also, we ran into this cutie as we were leaving the estate sale. Isn’t Buster the cutest?
My favorite purchase of the day was this 1949 manual typewriter. I’m well on my way to having a shelf filled with typewriters for my next apartment.
Happy Friday! Since I haven’t had much time to cook this week (thanks a LOT, WINSTON), I thought I’d compile some of my favorite blogs as of late. Enjoy!
My Scandinavian Home — You probably already know I’m obsessed with all things Scandinavian because of my travels in Norway last summer (and because, well, Norwegians are all just so pleasant and beautiful). Scandinavian design being the best of the best doesn’t ease my obsession.
Meg Fee— loooooooove her whimsy yet real writing style. My former roommate once tweeted at her to hang out on a trip to New York. And she did. Besties! Anyway, that’s how I found her blog, and I’ve been smitten ever since.
Souvlaki for the Soul — amazing food photos, and a minimalist design. I haven’t actually tried any of the recipes, but I have spent hours salivating over them.
Dreams + Jeans — graphic designer for Madewell, has impeccable taste and visual style. And her blog rocks. Basically, I’d like to be her, in the classiest of sense (and not the creepiest).
One of my favorite spots in DC is Union Market — a perfectly collection of artisan food vendors, ranging from cheese and charcuterie to knife specialty shops to Salt & Sundry, which happens to be my own personal heaven. The market site itself dates back over a hundred years, but Union Market as we know it today opened in 2012. Back then, I happened to be living just three blocks away from it, so I was able to check it out before vendors really started to occupy it. Even then, we knew that the empty tables wouldn’t be empty for long.
I don’t make it out there as often as I would like to these days, but it’s still a great spot for a photo shoot, with its warm interior and long wall of windows. These photos are actually from a Good Food Awards morning event last weekend, so while I struggled from one too many drinks the night before, I had a spicy bloody Mary from Gina Chersevani to nurse me back to life. And, if you’re there in the summer for Crafty Bastards, well, it’s DC’s once-a-year version of Artists & Fleas, and the source of almost all of my jewelry.
Read a bit about my five favorite Union Market spots below. And if you have some favorites, feel free to leave a note in the comments!
Takorean — Korean barbeque style tacos; the brick-and-mortar shop for my favorite DC food truck (and one of the few truck-to-shop success stories in DC). My usual order? Three tacos. One bulgogi beef, one chicken, one tofu, all with the romaine slaw, lime crema, and sriracha. To die for.
Buffalo & Bergen — one hell of a bagel. If I’m there in the evening, you’ll find me at the bar with a beer.
Peregrine Espresso — a favorite DC coffee shop. Open counters, so you can see exactly what they’re doing when they make your caffeine order. Very photogenic.
DC Mediterranean — I used to come here, purchase za’atar, fresh labneh, and homemade pita bread… and, to practice my broken Arabic. It’s so fresh, it brings me back to my days being the adopted child in UCSB’s Lebanese Club, when all of my Lebanese friends would bring giant bags of mana’eesh for me, straight from their mothers’ kitchens. Swoon.
Salt & Sundry — think Anthropologie-style kitchen collections, but all with a personal, artisan, local touch. When I first moved to DC, one of the first food blogs I found was written by Amanda McClements, so naturally, I was smitten when her shop opened. It’s hard for me to leave that store without a new addition to my kitchen, be it a cook book, Guatemalan table linens, or porcelain salt and pepper bowls shaped like skillets.