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Link Love #106

Happy, happy Friday friends!

I thought summer was super busy, but fall has definitely outpaced my summer in terms of commitments and things going on. Luckily, this week was a bit more balanced this week for me than the weeks prior—I made it back to Orangetheory after an accidental three week hiatus and made it to my favorite Monday spin class.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to go to the fall 2018 Calvert Woodley staff selections tasting with Laura and a few of her friends. For those of you that are unfamiliar, Calvert Woodley is a great wine and spirits store here in DC that is known for its ability to source unique and high quality wines. The first wine we tasted was my all time favorite rosé, Bleu de Mer, so I knew it was going to be a great night. We had so much fun tasting the best Calvert Woodley had to offer, and capped our night off with a meal at Duke’s Grocery in Dupont. Duke’s has been on my DC to-do list for years, and now that it’s in my neighborhood, it was great to cross it off the list—it certainly didn’t disappoint! The night was also nice enough that we could eat outside, which was a real treat considering it is probably one of our last al fresco meals for a while.

On Wednesday, I caught up with one of my college roommates at Baba Bar in Clarendon. For you local gals, definitely check Baba Bar out if you haven’t yet—it’s the cocktail club underneath Ambar and it’s got such a cool vibe that is unlike any place in Clarendon. They also have a great happy hour with $5 wines/beers/cocktails and a range of food for $5—we had hand-cut chips with a delicious dipping sauce, prosciutto croquettes, and beef skewers.

This weekend should be a fun one since I am headed to Charlottesville to hang out with my best friend, Molly! (You can see my full Charlottesville guide here and a few more restaurant recommendations are in this post.) It’s always a treat to spend time in a place that will always be home in a way!

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An Easy Way to Protect Vintage Furniture

I’ve lived in my apartment for over a month now, and I can say it finally feels like home! I didn’t stress that much before this move, mostly because I’ve got packing down to a science at this point—but it took me a bit to get settled in my new place. I had the boxes out of my apartment within a couple of days, but didn’t get the art hung for a couple of weeks, and my TV wasn’t mounted for a week or so after that. (If you follow me on Instagram, you know the ~drama, but I’ll be sharing some lessons learned here soon!) On top of that, I had two trips planned right after I moved in, which I’m definitely not complaining about, it was just a hectic month!

Now that everything is in its rightful place and I’ve spent a few weekends at home enjoying my new abode, I really feel settled and it’s amazing how much stress has been relieved because of it! I don’t think I realized how much the change was weighing on me until I got over the hump, and I’ve definitely made note to consider the emotional toll when pondering if I should stay or move when my lease is up next September. I said I was going to stay in my Arlington apartment for more than a year, but am glad I allowed myself the freedom to change my mind and moved to DC. I want to stay in this apartment for as long as possible because I absolutely love the space (more than my last apartment, even though it is about half the size!), the neighborhood, and moving is the worst—but I know a lot can change in a year, so we will see!

One thing I did after I moved in was add up all the money I spent moving—on movers, on cleaning the old place, on transferring utilities, on all the random Target runs, and on anything new I bought for the space (when you’re renting, it’s inevitable certain things won’t work space to space—for instance, I had to buy a new trash can because my old one was too large here). All in, it was around $1,500. So, if/when they raise my rent next year, I know that if the rent increases are less than $1,500 total ($125/mo), it’s probably more cost effective to stay put.

I’m definitely planning on sharing more about this apartment soon, including the aforementioned TV mount tips, my thoughts on downsizing about 400SF, more thoughts on living alone, lessons I learned from an interior designer about hanging art, and pretty much anything else you want to see—just drop me a note at katie@atouchofteal.com and I’ll add it to the editorial calendar!

Now onto today’s topic—an easy way to protect vintage furniture!

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Fall Menu Tasting at City Winery DC

Last Tuesday, I had the unique opportunity to head over to City Winery DC and try their fall menu! (You may be familiar with City Winery from other cities—they also have locations in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Nashville, Boston, and Philadelphia.) We were given a sneak peek of some of their upcoming seasonal dishes. Everything we tasted should be available to the public around the middle of the month—I’ll be sure to keep y’all posted when they are added to the menu.

Located in NOMA, City Winery DC is one of the coolest places I’ve been to lately. In addition to being a restaurant, City Winery also offers a rooftop bar and a music venue. The latter is amazing—when you book your ticket, you select your exact seat, and then during the concert, it’s full-service, meaning you don’t even have to get up for food or drink—a waiter comes to you.

One of the goals of the City Winery DC location is to offer as many local varietals of wine as possible—they buy as many grapes from the DMV area as possible, and their winemaker went to William & Mary. Since they are a new location in the City Winery family, their current wines are from other locations, but as of spring 2019, they expect to produce their own labels—including rosé and sauvignon blanc, my two favorites—using local grapes.

After we were given a tour of the nearly 40,000 square foot space—which, yes, is a very popular wedding venue!—we sat down to a wonderful six-course dinner. One of the coolest things about blogging is that I’ve been able to attend experiences like this one and share them with you all—this privilege is certainly not lost on me!

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