Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HI KEY BRIDGE

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 photo DSC_1622-6_zps74333982.jpgBanana Republic coat | H&M dress | H&M belt | J.Crew necklace | Ralph Lauren boots | Michael Kors watch | James Avery & Diament Jewelry rings

Sooooo I don't think I have any other choice in naming this post considering this outfit is already synonymous with that phrase (hah).

Anyhow, wishing y'all a fabulous and blessed holiday week(end) filled with genuine thanksgiving and uplifting community! I'll be visiting relatives in the glorious land where sunny days and Asian treats abound (Los Angeles), so please do inform me if you have any recommendations on places to go :)

And last but not least, remember calories don't count over Thanksgiving break!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

DARK CLASSICS & LIGHT ACCENTS

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China shirt | Club Monaco pants | Banana Republic trench | J.Crew flats | Forever 21 necklace (thanks Erin!) | Michael Kors watch

Just a short post today, but haaaappy Friday!

Falling leaves and breezy afternoons always excite me becauseguesswhatthatmeans trench weather. Combine that with a flowy blouse and matching pale pink hues of my necklace and shirt lining, and bam, casual outfit for city exploring. Or maybe more like working on a marketing case, but at least venturing off campus always makes homeworking a little more enjoyable.

Monday, November 10, 2014

FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS

(By the way, I've created a visual compilation/guide of my cafe adventures aka the new "Where I Coffee" link on the right sidebar wheeee)

I love discovering hidden gems in the Georgetown area. Usually they're places that most people are familiar with but don't think of venturing out to for reasons other than the typical weekend dinner (seriously, that was so last month) - like weekday morning coffee + breakfast bites at Farmers Fishers Bakers!

I guess that also requires you being the type of person to wake up early on a Friday morning for a short trek out to breakfast, but it's so worth it - we're talking a quiet, beautiful morning stroll along the Potomac River waterfront when it feels like there's no one else in the world except you and the other kindred souls out for a casual breakfast (or run...lol DC). (Plus they have free wifi so it's laptop friendly too! Only downside is no outlets, so come charged up and ready to go.)

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When I first saw the prices...like what are we still in DC?? And in Georgetown to boot?
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Love. this. girl. Not sure where she got that magnifying glass, but here is Meredith lookin' beautiful and as quirky as always. So glad we can talk about anything from our addictions to carrot cake to promotion of the arts to convictions of social justice.
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Masterpiece assembled! I don't know what it is about almonds, but they're my new nut of choice when it comes to toppings. There's something about the subtle crunch and light, nutty flavor that perfectly complements anything from oatmeal to froyo to salads.
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Hopefully one day I'll get around to dinner here - love how they reflect the farm-to-table theme in the decor.
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Also love this girl! Eunice, you have such a beautiful heart, and I'm so glad we met this year. I'm definitely looking forward more life adventures and discoveries in Christ together - ain't no school boundaries gon keep us apart hehe.
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Yes, that's a (very unnecessary?) bathtub + showerhead ensemble right outside the bathroom. I hope they reuse that water.
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Andddd a picture of the bar. Just because the colors are pretty.

Farmers Fishers Bakers
American (New), $$
3000 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
www.farmersfishersbakers.com

Sunday, November 9, 2014

THE GOSPEL | A PERSONAL MANIFESTO ON JOY

Considering my bout of pre-8am class inspiration to write this for the weekly prayer meeting email, I figured I might as well post it (I still continually surprise myself by how much of a morning person I am lol). (And for y'all that get the email, I edited it! So feel free to read version 2.0 haha.)

Question of the day:

What does the gospel mean to you?


One of the first words that personally comes to mind is JOY - that's something that every human being can experience and relate to, regardless of knowing Christ.

We can all experience happiness and joy; moreover, we all want it. As the saying goes, you can always find joy in the little things, right? In the way that random stranger tells you your smile looks beautiful or there's just enough toilet paper in the roll for you to finish off. Or maybe those don't it cut for you and you look to the "big" things for joy - lasting, meaningful relationships, fulfilling careers and such.

But in the end, nothing quite lives up to what you expect it to be; there's no sense of joy that we could ever take away from this earth to satisfy our soul's longing for wholeness and fulfillment. In the end, no matter how much you've experienced without Christ, what we have and know in Christ is so much more - for our idea of fullness and joy is not the world's idea. When we realize that we live in the light of a sacrifice so deep, a salvation so undeserved, a cross so meaningful, how could we not rejoice in the truth of it all? This newfound joy we have through rebirth in Christ is indescribable, it's uncontainable, it's incomparable to anything we could ever know on this earth.

That's the difference; that's what we should naturally radiate - a joy that knows no bounds even in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 7:4). Just like how we gravitate towards Him and His love, when we likewise overflow outwards with what He's filled our hearts with, others will gravitate towards His joy manifest in us!

We're called to genuinely live life with everyone God surrounds us with here on this earth. What should set us apart is when we love in such a conspicuous way that people see there's something special consistently drives you, and this something keeps drawing them towards you. Maybe they'll see that they gotta have it too, and maybe they'll even ask you what it is.
"It's God. Call me crazy, but it's God. It's knowing Him and living the life that He wants me to live." (Pastor Pete Chung you da best)
This is joy that transcends cultural and ethnic boundaries, love that mends brokenness and suffering, passion carried out through action and service, and true satisfaction and security from knowing that we live life to serve Him.

That's what the gospel should inspire: the gospel and the cross are what should naturally compel us to live conspicuously in the light of a radical new hope.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

SALT



Designed a logo for our church's college ministry!! (Website updated too!) Broadly speaking, I drew inspiration from the holy trinity, cycles of students, completion through Christ, and the expansiveness of God. (Also, SALT stands for Seekers After Living Truth.)

Friday, November 7, 2014

DAS ETHIOPIAN

This place is hella classy for finger food. 

I always learn a lot about people when I eat Ethiopian - from discovering if they have trypophobia to seeing how unattractively they can eat droopy African burritos. The mystery meat Monday experience is always interesting too; I don't think I ever know what's going into my mouth (at least it tastes good?). 

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We got the chicken and beef sampler and veggie sampler! The food was fine and the flavors characteristically spicy and pungent, but you're moreso paying for the ambiance here. Go to Dukem (or any other casual Ethiopian place) and you'll get food just as good for a price waaay more good. I personally don't think there's much reason to pay such a premium when you're leaving with the same full stomach and stanky fingers.

Das Ethiopian
Ethiopian, $$
1201 28th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Monday, November 3, 2014

SUMMER REMNANTS

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Express shirt | Forever 21 tank + shorts | Chocolate Schubar shoes | Unbranded necklace | Michael Kors watch

Alas, fall is coming. I figured this day was probably the last warm day of the season, so I had originally planned to wear a dress....until realizing I had plans to study out in the city that night, and let's be real you gotta be as comfy + cozy as you can get when facing a brutal night out of accounting.

And yes, pictured is DC's Chinatown! It's sadly not very characteristic of Chinese culture - largely due to unfavorable rent rates, safety issues, and business environments over the past few decades (much of the original Chinese population has moved to the Maryland/Virginia suburbs). Though saturated with national food and retail chains, it's a vibrant and interesting area nonetheless. It's funny how there's still a lot of Chinese everywhere due to a city requirement to post all identifying signage in Chinese characters...well, I'm glad I can at least take pride in knowing I can unnecessarily read 星巴克 to track down Starbucks.

Also, if y'all are interested in holiday bazaars, I would recommend the annual Downtown Holiday Market (11/28-12/23) that's put on right outside the National Portrait Gallery (like a block down from the Chinatown metro stop)! Rows of white tents and specialty arts + crafts / food exhibits - I'm definitely counting down until holiday festivities begin.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

THE COFFEE BAR

U Street serves up some solid coffee bars. (And since TCB also borders Logan Circle, it's perfect if you're into hipsta art galleries coughmichelle.)

The only downer here is the rather minimalist food/pastry selection, but then again simplicity over variety is also a nice refresher at times. Tables, couches, sofa chairs, and outdoor seating (plus ample outlets yas!!) - from essay toiling to solo book dates to casual catchups, you're covered for every occasion.

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Almond croissants and iced coffee will always make philosophy paper writing a little more enjoyable.
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Love the rustic touch of the pastry window (don't love how it makes all the pastries even more tempting...). Also love the graphic detailing on the back wall (betcha never seen a coffee flowchart before!). 
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The Coffee Bar
Café, $
1201 S St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Friday, October 24, 2014

BRIGHT BLUE & OVERCAST HUES

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Uniqlo shirt | Stradivarius skirt | Sperry shoes | J. Crew necklace | Kate Spade purse | Michael Kors watch

I feel like each yearly advent of the fall rainy season necessitates that I lose my umbrella, buy a new one, and then find my original one. That, and always wearing white on rainy days...but it's all gooood because now I have a cute umbrella whadupp.

Anyhow, my search for the essential closet staple shirt has also ended: an effortless slim fit, silky soft texture, and a variety of basic colors and patterns - all culminating in ultimate styling versatility.

That was just a fancy way to say this shirt is my jam. Uniqlo, come to DC please.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CBD PROVISIONS: BIG D BREAKFASTING

The trick with nice restaurants is to go for breakfast.

It's like a 3 for 1: quality food, reasonable prices, and a wondrously uncrowded restaurant (and thus readily available waitstaff).

...Yah just kidding; the only time we'll ever have that luxury is during holiday breaks while we're still in school. But I am sooo glad I took advantage of it, because CBD Provisions seriously lived up to the hype (especially being the only Dallas nominee for Bon Appétit's 50 nominees for America's Best New Restaurant 2014 whaddup!!).

Presented to be a "modern Texas brasserie in the heart of historic downtown Dallas adjacent to The Joule Hotel" and aptly phrased by the Dallas Observer to have a "lavish yet laid-back" feel, CBD exceeds expectations upon experience (#intensealliteration).

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The details! Surrounded by suspended cylindrical lights, muted brick walls, and industrial-rustic chairs + tables, I could sit and contemplate life with my best friend all day long (with that pleasantly attentive service yes please). Actually we did stay for most of the morning, so I guess we were halfway there already.
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Egg White Frittata with toast (mushrooms, tx goat cheese, comeback creek greens) and the House Made Sausage and Egg Sandwich (chilies, sunny farm egg, skillet potatoes) 

This picture really understates our portion sizes. My frittata was chock-full of mushroomy goodness and beautifully complemented by creamy goat cheese for a flavor punch. As for the toast + jam, CBD proved its ability in giving classics an elevated twist - the well-crisped skinny toast and light housemade blueberry jam were great side additions.
"CBD’s kitchen is dedicated to making everything from scratch and sourcing ingredients from regional farmers and ranchers who produce small quantities, an impressive goal for a hotel restaurant that must offer three meals a day, seven days a week, to guests while also functioning as a destination for Dallas diners."
D Magazine 
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I very much respect places with open kitchens.
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In light of its downtown location, the complimentary valet sealed the deal (that, and the bathrooms that were almost too fancy for me to handle).

Favorite restaurant in Dallas status? Check.

CBD Provisions
Brasserie, American (Trad'l), $$
1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201