Thursday, May 21, 2015

7 MUST READS FOR SUMMER

It's summer!! Aka the perfect time to make good on that "read more" resolution you made at the beginning of every the year.

I'm all about variety in allll things in life (my one exception would be all them fancy bubble tea flavors, will order classic black tea till the day I die), so I hope this summer reading list covers a good assortment of genres - all have also been bestsellers at some point in time (if they're not still) so I'm not pitching any of that obscure-indie-book jazz. But they've got to be bestsellers for a reason right?

Anddd my answer is a resounding yes - presenting my 7 must read books for summer:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BUT ACTUALLY, WHAT IS COLLEGE | ROUND II


College is a funny little thing. You think you're getting the hang of it, and then up comes a curveball (or several) and then like what just happened who am I how does one carry on. Presenting the second annual (& very condensed) installment of what I've learned from college...here goes.

Monday, April 27, 2015

MINT POPS & SPRING PALETTES

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Forever 21 shirt + jacket | Madewell pants | Sam Edelman sandals | Kate Spade necklace | Michael Kors watch

But first can I get a holla for our school's infallible yearly flower budget??

You know it's spring when once-bare dirtbeds suddenly blossom with spectrums of color and campus landscape pictures take over social media - honestly, campus during springtime is one of the most beautiful places in the city in my opinion. Walks to class this time of year always lead to spontaneous reflections on the incredible fortune I have to be here...like really, who am I that I've been granted the blessing to go to school here?

Sometimes there's really nothing more appropriate to think or say than #blessed. Here's to the little things in life and a sunny, uplifting season to enjoy them in.

(On a side note, these are straight legit the softest and most fabulous pants I have ever owned - and don't forget Madewell has a student discount! Like I said, the little things.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SPRING NEUTRALS & DARK FLORALS

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Mimi Chica dress | Banana Republic cardigan (thanks 舅妈!) | Everlane sandals (only one color left and apparently they also upped the price) | Kate Spade necklace (thanks 姐姐!)

I'm usually all about the comfort + mobility of pants/shorts, but this day was a total dress day. So naturally, I throw it on while still sweaty from running, breaking in new sandals, and making a trek to the grocery store. (Oh you say you don't dress up to go grocery shopping?)

I've also been gradually accumulating pieces from Everlane (love this tote as well) -  it's refreshing to see an up-and-coming company with principles solidly grounded in product quality and ethical business conduct. They cover a range of price points, and I'm also a total sucker for their minimal and clean cut designs (anddd you get $25 every time you refer a friend).

Sandal season, get ready cause here. I. come.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NO RECIPE BREAKFAST SKILLET HASH

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Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are born from spontaneity. Like from a need to rid my refrigerator of any and allll the foods before winter break combined with yet another college instinct to minimize any and allll the dishes. (Resourcefulness at its finest, folks.)

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So I just realized I ended up outlining a procedure even though this was supposed to be a "no recipe" kind of dealwhoops? No matter though cause nothin's stopping you from inviting a few friends over (like me please?) and have a yummies and healthies best meal of the day together! Seriously, it doesn't get much easier.
Ingredients
Eggs: 1-2 per person
Starches: a couple good sized sweet potatoes or potatoes
Greens: a bunch of spinach, mesclun or kale
Mushrooms, sliced
Salt & pepper, to taste (or cinnamon for sweet potatoes!)
1. Heat oven to 400°F and bake sweet potato (pierce a few times with a fork) for about 15-20 minutes (basically just enough to soften it because I am a weakling at cutting raw potato).
2. Set aside a large skillet to hold errythang.
3. In a smaller pan, scramble eggs and pour into big mama skillet.
4. Stir fry mushrooms, add in greens, and add to mama skillet.
5. Dice sweet potato, stir fry until soft enough to chew, and add to the skillet of wealth.
6. Gather 'round like it's a campfire and dig in (like we said, we're all for plate minimization).

Monday, March 16, 2015

LA COLOMBE

Guys, our food scene is upping its game (!!)...slowly but surely. With multiple outposts in Philly, NY, and Chicago, La Colombe has finally made its way to its first DC dig whaddup. You'd definitely have to be looking for it to find it though - true to hip café fashion, it's tucked away in a hidden alleyway in a conspicuously gentrifying area of town.

Though La Colombe crowds up easily, I like how the no-wifi deal solidifies the sense of retreat from the city. (And lesbireal, we could also always be a little less attached to our technological devices.)

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Seriously, who straight up paints their storefront name banner into a brick wall? It's like they already know they'll be staying a while.

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Like chemistry class but better since there are no lab reports involved. Just pour over contraptions that I always consider ordering from but never do because I always opt for the cheaper alternatives (perhaps a sign that I will never attain true coffee snob self-actualization).

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Apparently La Colombe is too hip for a menu, but you can never go wrong with lattes and hot chocolate - the flavors run deep and the mugs run artsy here. (Extra holla for coffee art even on the hot chocolate!!)

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And what would a hipster coffee shop be without sleek industrial decor and instas bein' grammed left and right? (Or rather, left in this case...har har har)

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All in all, La Colombe wasn't a mind blower for me, but I respect what they're going for. Take a morning, leave the work at home, and join the cool kids in casually sippin' on their single origin blends. Forget the need to constantly be "doing something" (of which I am most definitely guilty of) and just unwind.

La Colombe
Café, $
924 Rear N St. NW (Blagden Alley)
Washington, DC 20001

Monday, February 23, 2015

EXCITEMENT

GUESS WHAT, GUYS?!


Huge shoutout to everyone who voted for me! (I didn't rank into any of the People's Choice Awards, but I won an Editor's Pick Award, soooo it's all good haha.)

Honestly, I'm still awed and humbled at seeing my work being sold online. I may have fantasized about it before, but I never really imagined it could come to fruition. So to all those who are so fabulously uplifting and always ready to bless me with genuine encouragements - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FOR THE HUNGRY

Presenting the true mark of snow day productivity: I'm also constantly bombarded with countless restaurant & café recommendation requests, so hopefully these will help out with that. I'll be (hopefully) continually updating links/places/categories, but in the meantime, enjoy!

where to caffeinate

For the curious ones/if you want the full comprehensive list:
my personal restaurant log