12.17.18

The Willard Hotel at Christmastime

You guys, I’m back!!! Lots to report around here—I was offered a new day job, so I’ve spent the last few weeks closing out my first job ever, saying goodbye to some of the best coworkers ever, and then enjoying a week off work between jobs. I had grand plans to get a few blog posts up while I was funemployed, but chose to enjoy my downtime instead.

During my week off, my Mom and I went on a four day trip to San Antonio (a full recap of our amazing trip is coming soon!), I was home for two days, and then I went to New York City this past weekend to visit one of my best friends and enjoy the city at Christmas. It was a great way to decompress before starting my new role—my first day was today! It’s been a whirlwind, but I am excited to settle into a new routine. Thanks for bearing with me!

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In other news, I can’t believe Christmas Eve is a week from today! I kept most of my after-work plans this week to a minimum so I can navigate my new schedule and make sure I get enough sleep, but I have several holiday festivities and parties this weekend I am so excited about. I also need to wrap all of my Christmas gifts and squeeze in a couple more viewings of my favorite holiday movies.

In all of this holiday season / travel / new job bustle, I am really clinging to the meaning of the season since it’s been such a nerve-wracking time with so much change! I came across this quote on Instagram the other day and it was too good not to share here:

 

“In retrospect, I can see that ‘wait’
is the most precious answer God can give us.
It makes us cling to Him
rather than cling to an outcome.”

 

Some years ask questions, and some years answer them—this year was one of questions for me, which meant there was a lot of waiting. Throughout my job search, searching for a new place to live in DC, accepting lots of rejection, and in many other instances, my patience was tested and outcomes were uncertain—but one thing was still certain: the love of our unfailing God.

And now, in this season of Advent, I find myself waiting again to celebrate the birth of His only begotten Son. And this year of waiting has given new life to my spiritual preparation for the big day next week.

The wait is worth it.

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Now, for the ~actual topic of today’s post—the best Christmas decorations at The Willard Hotel here in Washington, DC!

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12.6.18 2

Pomegranate Spritzer for the Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Total Wine & More for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means there’s plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry. I’m not one to say no to festive libations, so today I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite holiday drinks: the pomegranate spritzer.

My December is especially busy this year, so I headed straight to Total Wine & More to grab everything I needed for this pomegranate spritzer. Total Wine & More has been one of my favorite stores for years because of how easy they make holiday entertaining. They have the most carefully curated selection of wine and craft beers, all sorts of cute drinkware and cocktail napkins, and a variety of cheeses, meats, and crackers. I’m lucky that my Total & Wine and More is right across the street from my office, but you can find your local store here.

When it comes to in-home holiday entertaining, I opt for drinks that are easy to make, but taste great—and this pomegranate spritzer checks both boxes. As an added bonus, when garnished with fresh rosemary, it looks extremely festive!  Read more “Pomegranate Spritzer for the Holidays”

12.5.18 3

The Best Desk-to-Drinks LBD

We’re only in week one of December, and I already feel like the holidays are in full swing! I’ve been running errands after work like mad this week—picking up bottles of wine for holiday parties, buying presents for those on my nice list, returning a few Black Friday buys.

This weekend as I was out picking up a few gifts for people, I stumbled into my new favorite store on 14th Street here in DC—Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot. It’s a vintage home furnishings store and they have a little something for everyone—furniture, drink ware, place settings, art, matchbooks, books. They get a new delivery every Thursday and pretty much everything in the store is one-of-a-kind. I was in heaven, and it’s gong to be my new go-to spot for sourcing gifts for others and finding unique pieces for my apartment. I’ve been reading A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life, and it’s really made my think about my habits as a consumer—so I love the idea of buying vintage and giving an old object new life.

Next week, I’m heading to San Antonio for a few days with my mom—it’s a city that’s been on our lists for a long time now and I am excited we can check it off together! I’ve been doing some research this week ahead of our trip, but if you have any must sees/dos/eats in San Antone, let me know! After I return from that trip, I’m heading up to NYC for the weekend to hang with my friend Emma—it’ll be so good to see her! I’ve also never been to New York City during Christmastime  and am so excited to see all the decorations and store windows!
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