This weekend was a bit of a roller coaster. I was in a hit and run–thankfully was minor and my car only suffered some superficial scrapes and I wasn’t hurt. Then I scored a beautiful blue and white ginger jar lamp at my favorite antique store… which I shattered into a million pieces less than 24 hours later. I won’t even pretend to say I handled things well.
Taking my mom’s advice and resisting the urge to pull the covers high and just stay in bed, I got out of the house for some fresh air and was greeted with a beautiful spring day and DC in full bloom. The city really is at its best in the spring and my mood was instantly lifted. It’s like the late great Lilly Pulitzer said: “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”
Yesterday we had a “snow day” in DC. The government closed for the day and many businesses followed suit in anticipation of the storm. We waited and waited for the snow but disappointingly it never came–at least not to Capitol Hill.
A snow day without snow is already pretty indulgent, but when I saw via twitter that District Doughnut had an extra dozen up for grabs I knew I could up the ante. One re-tweet and a half hour later co-founder Greg delivered a dozen sinfully delicious doughnuts to my door. Let me repeat that: doughnuts to my door. Could there be anything better?!
Bitches Who Brunch said it first, but I’m going to chime in with a strong second: doughnuts are the new cupcakes. These doughnuts are better than any cupcake I’ve ever tasted. Of the four flavors that came in our dozen (yes, I’ve tried them all judge away) the brown butter is my favorite. The combination of fluffy pastry, cinnamon sugar, and brown butter icing is nothing short of dangerous. Thank god my boyfriend is sharing the extras with his coworkers tomorrow!
To my readers outside of DC: I apologize for taunting you with images of doughnuts. You’ll just have to try them if you come visit! To my DC readers: place an order ASAP. You won’t be disappointed!
At the advice of quite a few of you (thanks for the tip!), I made a visit to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town, VA last weekend. It was so much fun to meander through all of the artists’ studios, but Tory Cowles studio was by far my favorite. I was immediately taken with her colorful abstracts. The first painting above was on display when we we visited and is so stunning in person. It’s huge!
Remember my goal of shopping local? Well, this weekend I did just that. I filled my neon Baggu bags with fresh produce at Eastern Market and found the perfect panzanella recipe care of Ina Garten. Maybe it had something to do with dining al fresco, but this simple summer salad was absolutely delicious.
Now I need to find a way to tackle the mountain of string beans we bought. Any and all recipe suggestions are welcome!
Dress: H&M; Necklace: Modcloth (similar); Clutch: J.Crew; Shoes: Jack Rogers
As much as I love fashion, I would hardly consider myself to be a fashionista. My wardrobe mainly consists of classic pieces punctuated with statement accessories and playful patterns. Imagine my surprise when a sweet fellow DC blogger stopped me on the street and asked to snap my photo for his style blog, The New Classics. I couldn’t have picked a better way to describe my aesthetic. Thanks to The New Classics for making my night!