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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a dinner to celebrate the opening of West Elm’s newest DC outpost on 14th street. West Elm is always one of my go-to retail resources–especially for clients that need to be cost conscious without sacrificing style–so I couldn’t be more excited about the new location.

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The dinner was hosted at Table, one of the newer restaurants to hit the scene in the rapidly revitalizing Shaw neighborhood. This was my second time to Table and revisiting the inventive menu above has me thinking about making a reservation this weekend–DC friends, add it to your restaurant list!

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We were seated in the upstairs loft, which opens out to a really fantastic rooftop (unfortunately it was pouring the night of the dinner). I loved the juxtaposition of modern white walls with textural pendants and rough hewn wooden beams.

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Styling was handled by Kruse & Vieira Events who incorporated mercury glass hurricanes, and sculptural brass objects throughout the tablescapes.

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Place settings featured whimsical dinnerware designed by Rachel Kozlowski set atop hand painted place mats. The beautiful white flower arrangements were designed by Sweet Root Village–I chatted with co-owner, Lauren, during dinner who couldn’t be sweeter. Check out their portfolio to be inspired!

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 No social media dinner would be complete without iPhones in hand. Billy and I are likely strategizing Instagram captions. It appears as though I approve.

If you haven’t visited the new location, head on over, it’s worth a visit. I’ve been really impressed with some of the new arrivals: this inlaid coffee table, Faribault Woolen Mills throws (we purchased one in Maine a few years ago and they are SO cozy), candy colored side tables perfect for apartment living, and a sculptural dining table that looks way more expensive than its price tag!

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The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley

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We passed these cheerful potted geraniums on an Easter stroll with the pup and I couldn’t help but stop to snap a quick photo. Aren’t the colors gorgeous? Suddenly everything is in bloom and color is all around after what seemed like an endless winter of gray skies.

The past two weeks have been nothing short of a roller coaster with lots of life changes happening at once, but in a completely cliché way seeing the neighborhood come alive reminded me that the future is bright. Sometimes, it really is the little things.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

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DOORS OF DC

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This row home I recently passed in the neighborhood got all of the details just right. Don’t you love the ornamentation on the transom?

I also have a weakness for homes with double doors–bonus points for brass letter slots and house numbers.

Have a great weekend!