So I did something crazy (and very grown up) and I bought myself a car! I felt like a real adult as I signed all the paperwork for my new Jetta. I have been saving money all year for my first grown up purchase and a car seemed to make sense. It feels really good to know that it is mine and that I bought with my hard earned money. Anyhoo, since I will be making a car payment for the next five years I should probably scale back on the shopping. However, I still have my eye on a few items for spring and let's be honest I probably won't be able to stop myself from buying at least a couple of them. Enjoy my spring picks loves! Links at the bottom.
So on our final full day in Charleston I was able to talk D into renting bicycles and riding around the city. I have to admit, I haven't actually ridden a bike in at least 8 years so this was quite the undertaking. While D and I spent much of the day actually walking our bikes down the busy streets of Charleston, we did get some good riding time in along the Battery. I felt like a kid again with the wind in my hair! We took a break midday and parked the bikes to do some shopping along King Street. We had so much fun popping in and out of the shops and boutiques. A couple of my favorites were Simply J Boutique and Moon and Lola. Naturally we ended the day with another stop at Jeni's Ice Cream (we couldn't get enough AND I'm going through Jeni's withdrawals as I write this).
Even though it wasn't exactly practical for riding bikes all day, this dress was perfect for Charleston. I picked it up on a whim at Anthro naturally. I loved the color-blocking and silk bottom. The dress itself makes a statement so I kept it simple when it came to accessories. I am definitely looking forward to wearing it many times this coming spring and summer!
After spending the weekend in DC, D (my partner in crime for the week) and I road tripped down to Charleston, SC. I had never been to Charleston either and was just awed by how beautiful everything was there. The weather was fantastic (we're talking mid 70's), the homes and buildings were so colorful and gorgeous, and the flowers were all starting to bloom! Our first night we had dinner at Magnolia's, which had been recommended to us by many people. It definitely lived up to the hype too! Best fried chicken I have even had (a little pricey, but worth it). Plan on going home with a very full belly!
On our first full day in Charleston we took the free trolly system to the infamous Rainbow Row and walked along the harbor just taking in the views. We walked through the streets admiring all the old architecture and brightly colored homes. I seriously don't think I have ever been anywhere so beautiful before! We got to shoot this brightly colored outfit in front of the Historic Little Pink House on Chalmers Street. It was the perfect spot for a pink outfit. We finally made it to the Historic Charleston City Market where we got our shopping fix for the day. Many local artists and merchants have shops set up there and it was fun to walk through and purchase some souvenirs to take home. Lunch at Caviar & Bananas gave us the energy to keep going all afternoon. After some more strolling we ended the afternoon with Jeni's Ice Cream, one of my personal fave ice cream places!
So one of the many perks of being a teacher is that unlike the rest of the real world, I still get a Spring Break. It came at the perfect time too because I was really needing some 'me' time. I had planned a week of travels and road trips with one of my best friends from college. It was so much fun hanging out and traveling along the east coast together.
First Stop: Washington DC! I had never been to DC before and I was really excited to check out the monuments, the boozy brunches, and all the hidden gems the city has to offer. We started off the trip with a yummy dinner at El Centro in Georgetown. It was a fun atmosphere for dinner that turned into a great place to stay for Margs afterwards. I had the BBQ Chicken Tacos, definitely recommend them!
The next morning we woke up and met another friend from college for brunch in Capitol Hill at Medium Rare. It was so much fun catching up on old times and reminiscing on the "good 'ole days". Medium Rare was super yummy! The bottomless mimosa breakfast is definitely the way to go! (and believe me we certainly got our money's worth in mimosas). Make sure you make a reservation for brunch because it was packed the whole time we were there!
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the the monument and of course shopping in Georgetown. Even though it rained all afternoon and we got soaked, it was still a blast seeing the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument! After getting dropped off by the taxi at Georgetown Cupcakes we decided the line was too long to stand in the rain so we opted for Sprinkles Cupcakes instead (still very tasty!) I would go for the Banana Cupcake!
Finally to end the day we grabbed a casual dinner in Arlington, VA where we were staying at Tazza Kitchen. They are very conscious about making food in a clean healthful way, which was good to know after eating quite the brunch earlier. The goat cheese and marinara was to die for! After dinner we met up with an old friend of mine for drinks at their place and got to see a magical view of the city from the rooftop terrace on his building. All in all, it was a fabulous time in DC! Can't wait to come back soon!
Shop the Look: Everlane Pocket Tee, Old Navy Army Jacket, Gap Legging jeans, Target Espadrilles, Michael Kors Cross Body old (similar here), Cherrypick Necklace
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