Monday, October 31, 2011

my instagram weekend {12}.

i'm linking up this week with a {little} dash of ash to show you all my florida weekend in instagram! our time in tampa was so much fun. we caught a super early flight on thursday to orlando, where we had to wait 3 hours for our other friends to get in (we rented a car to tampa). our friends' flight was actually delayed 3 extra hours so we had 6 hours to kill in the airport. talk about quality time with boyfriend.

so to pass time i did some reading, eating and drinking.

once we arrived in tampa we went to a delicious mexican restaurant, indulged in margaritas and enchiladas, and walked around the square. there was even a small wine and jazz festival going on! it was a beautiful night and we were all glad to be away from the pending snow!

the rest of the weekend was spent prepping for a halloween party, watching re-runs of friends (a college past time), lounging in sweatpants and going for walks around the neighborhood.

it was such a fun mini vacay and i'm so happy we got a chance to see eachother. i can't wait until the next time we all get together!
how was your halloween weekend?!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

mini vacay.

i'm currently en route to florida right now.

tampa to be exact.


boyfriend and i are visitng friends for a long weekend and i'm so excited to escape to the sunshine state! i've never been to tampa! i'll be back on monday so i hope you all have a spooky halloween weekend!

i'll give you a hint as to what we're dressing up as this year....
(other hints given here)


are you getting into the halloween spirit this weekend?
if so, what are you dressing up as?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

what i'm wearing.

i wore this to the engagement party on saturday. i wanted to wear a skirt but didn't want to be overdressed as it was an afternoon indoor/outdoor party. and i still wanted to be comfortable. that's key. comfort is everything to me. so i opted for this little outfit.

what do you think?
what do you normally go after for an afternoon party in the fall?

sweater {jcrew}
wool skirt {jcrew}
tights {express}
riding boots {liz claiborne}
watch {michael kors}

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

bundle up.

i have 38 scarves. yup, you read that right. 38.
you can say i have an obsession. i say they are a necessity.

the other weekend i was organizing my closet for autumn - swapping out skirts and shorts for sweaters and pants. in the corner of my closet i pulled out my container of scarves. i was ready to put this container on my top shelf (what i normally do), when i realized the horror that was in front of me. my scarves could no longer live like this. the poor things were wrinkled, and packed in there like sardines. i needed a solution. and fast.

boyfriend and i don't have a lot of space to work with in our apartment. but we're fine with it. we don't need want a lot of space. i had trouble rearranging space on our shelves for my scarves, until i remembered a trip to ikea during our first month of living together. i had picked up two storage boxes, each for like $10, and thought they would be great for under our bed. 10 months later and they were under our bed, but still in its packaging (ha, so much for that!).

as soon as i unwrapped them i knew they would be the perfect fit.
(why didn't i think of this sooner!)

i'm so proud.

Monday, October 24, 2011

instagram weekend {11}.

cowl scarf - seams to be

this past weekend was jam packed with plans that i completely forgot to take instagram pictures! the ones above are actually from thursday night.

we spent friday night at my college alumni bar watching our team embarrasingly lose.

i woke up saturday morning to breakfast in bed! boyfriend is just the best and the pouched eggs with potatoes were a great way to start our busy day. the rest of the day was spent at a lovely engagement party for our dear friends. how can you beat an afternoon celebrating love? you just can't.

i slept in on sunday, cleaned the apartment, and met up with my bestie for some dinner. afterwards we researched hotels for our european vacay in january and now i'm SO excited! i just want it to be january so we can leave already. these next few months better fly by!


like i said earlier, the pictures above are from thursday night. i came home to a lovely package from lyndsay of seams to be. she has such a sweet etsy shop full of hand-knitted scarves, hats, and vintage dresses. i've been looking for a chunky cowl scarf for a while now, and when i stumbled across this post on what would a nerd wear i knew i had to have it. i instantly fell in love with the cowl and threw it on for the rest of the night. it's soft, comfortable, and so warm! make sure to check out her shop!

 we desperately needed to get out of the apartment and decided to go for a walk. it was a beautiful fall evening and we found a wine/coffee bar that was too lovely to not stop at. it's the cutest little shop ever, and i loved their outdoor patio with twinkle lights and benches. i got a black tea with honey, while boyfriend opted for a beer. my tea was brought out in the cutest and most authentic tea pot. i need one for the apartment! (hint hint, boyfriend :D)

i love stumbling upon hidden gems in our neighborhood. it's one of my favorite things to do with boyfriend. i love exploring this city!

so how was your weekend?
did you get into any random adventures?

p.s. be sure to check out a {little} dash of ash today to see all the other instagram link-ups!

Friday, October 21, 2011

friday cheer.


heard this quote via boyfriend. then found it via pinterest.

have an awesome weekend!

p.s. if you're not following me on pinterest, feel free to do so by clicking here (or click the link on my right sidebar). i'm one of the new gals , but i'm becoming helplessly addicted. just like everyone else...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

what i was wearing when i met ben franklin.

this is what i was wearing when i met ben franklin.

you never know who you're going to run into when out to dinnner in DC.

shirt {urban outfitters}
scarf {flea market in charleston, sc}
skinny jeans {levi's outlet}
oxford shoes {target}

ben franklin:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

what we did with the pesto.

remember this?

we put it on a sandwich. and it was delicious.
{toasted french bread with homemade pesto, roasted red pepper, grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella}

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

what i need for the kitchen.

alfresco cheese grater box

mason jar drink dispenser

pie maker

electric salt and pepper mills

i realize that half of these things are more ideal for summer, but i still need them. i mean, c'mon. a mason jar drink dispenser? i can fill it with apple cider for fall, right?

and how cute is that pie maker?

pottery barn and williams-sonoma. i love you.
(how bad is it that both of these stores are two blocks from my apartment)

Monday, October 17, 2011

instagram weekend {10}.

admiring the falling leaves during an evening stroll



happy monday!

hope you all had a lovely weekend. mine was spent relaxing on friday night with my bestie and watching old comedy clips on tv. it was a much needed get-together. saturday we woke up early to go pumpkin picking at butler's orchard! it was a gorgeous fall day and we picked up some gords and pumpkins for our balcony (which we are debating on whether to carve it or not..), along with the most delicious apple cider donuts. they remind me of my childhood in jersey. as a kid we would always go to this little hut on the side of the road that sold amazing cider donuts during autumn. they closed down when i got older, but we still talk about that place as if it were yesterday. the donuts are heavenly. we wrapped up saturday with a quick game of flag football (we lost), a dinner of bacon cheeseburgers, and a movie. on sunday we woke up early and headed to the leesburg outlets to pick up a few essentials for winter. i love me some outlets. i snatched up 2 shirts (old navy), 1 sweater (jcrew), 1 skirt (jcrew) and 2 new pairs of jeans (levis). i then ran over to michael's to pick up a few items for future craft projects (can't wait to share!). while we were there i also found two frames for the pictures above. the frames were 50% off! not only do i love me some outlets, but i love me a good bargain.

both prints were bought last year on etsy and they are the perfect addition to our shelves in the living room. i'm a huge collector of elephants. i've always been this way and i'm drawn to them in every way. when i saw this "in groveland" print by valentina, i knew i had to have it. her drawings are so fun and the bright colors and intricate detail is awesome. and when i saw the "hello. also i love you" print i just thought it was so cute and lovely for our living room.

p.s. be sure to check out a {little} dash of ash and check out other instagram weekends.

ciao for now!

Friday, October 14, 2011

i hope this sweet, sweet video brings you some friday cheer.

hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

stuffed chicken.

chicken stuffed with ricotta, gorgonzola, spinach, & roasted red pepper.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

what i'm wearing.

{glass stud earrings from flea market in north carolina}
{scarf from forever 21}

like my new bangs?

my staple outfit for fall:

skinny jeans {macy's}
leather jacket {a market in london}
scarf {forever 21}
sweater {forever 21}
riding boots {macy's}

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

pesto in pictures.

this was definitely a summer of firsts.

first summer living with boyfriend.

first ride.

first earthquake.

and our first garden.

our little city garden has been a mini oasis of sorts. since august we have added some mums and our beanstalk even has a mind of its own, wrapping its stalk around our railing. with the season coming to an end we want to scoop up as much of our basil as we can. we have so many ideas about how to use it all, but one of our new favorite things is making fresh pesto.

it's so, so easy. and so, so fresh.

we plan on freezing the rest of our basil so we can make some more during winter :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

my instagram weekend {9}.

belated birthday dinner at paper moon in georgetown.
{lobster ravioli and calamari}

a morning walk in my neighborhood.
i love how the leaves are starting to change colors!

a trip to the apple store.
RIP steve jobs.

homemade chili nachos.
love football sundays.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

rockstar love.

boyfriend serenades me on a weekly basis.

on his ukulele.

he's a rockstar in the making.


in other news, i was recently given a little bloggie award by the lovely emma of missih.
here are 7 random facts about me which i know you are all dying to know...

1. i tap danced for 13 years and ocasionally find myself tap dancing at my work cube
2. i am an all-american in track and field, but can barely run a 5k.
3. i am obsessed with dogs. obsessed.
4. i lived in madrid, spain for a summer but i don't speak spanish.
5. i am 100% italian. and yes, i tan very easily.
6. i'm scared of the dark. but i can't sleep with a light on.
7. i dream of owning three houses. a log cabin in the mountains. a farmhouse. and an italian villa in tuscany. a girl can dream, right?


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