Paint Night with Inslee

Last week, Monica and I had the opportunity to check something off our bucket list—take a watercolor class with Inslee! Because we had such a fun time at the event, I wanted to write a quick recap post of the class in case you’re considering enrolling in one in the future.

For those of you unfamiliar, Inslee is an artist I’ve loved following for years, known for her fun and flirty style. She painted the flamingos I have in my bedroom and does all sorts of custom work for weddings and large brands, like Kate Spade and Beyonce. My colleague told me Inslee announced on Instagram she was hosting a water color class at Tuckernuck, and I immediately DM’d the post to Monica on Instagram since she’s also a big Inslee fan. Since Inslee is based in New York, most of her watercolor paint classes are hosted there and not in DC—so we decided to splurge and pay the $150 to take her class hosted at Tuckernuck in Georgetown since we knew it might be a while until she hosts another one here.

Admittedly, $150 is a lot to pay on a one-off, two-hour art class, but it was worth every penny. Inslee took us step-by-step in the watercolor process, Tuckernuck provided complimentary wine and snacks, and everyone who took the class was so much fun to mix and mingle with. The class officially went from 6-8pm, but Inslee was so gracious with her time, and Monica and I ended up leaving around 8:45pm. While I’m definitely not quitting my day job anytime soon to become an artist, I thought it’d be fun to show you the process we took to get from concept to completion!

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48 Hours in St. Michaels, Maryland

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! My weekend was awesome—I had a fun girls weekend in Maryland with Monica and her college friend Kim, who I’ve gotten to know over the last few months. We all hit it off at a happy hour a couple months ago and decided to get a weekend trip on the calendar. After tossing around a few locations, we settled on St. Michaels, Maryland, since it was on the water and easy to get to from the DC area. Even though I’ve spent some time on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before, I’d never been to St. Michaels, so was excited to explore this coastal town on the Chesapeake Bay.

I’ll be honest that on Friday, I was feeling super tired and stressed and not necessarily in the mood to head out of town. However, those sentiments quickly dissipated and I realized a fun girls weekend full of eating and drinking our way through town was just what the doctor ordered. We spent Friday night in Annapolis since Kim’s parents live there. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know Monica and I went to Annapolis together a few years ago—I hadn’t been back since, so I was very excited to get back there, too. We split pizzas and wine at Vin 909, a winécafe—aka my kind of caféin the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. After, we had a nightcap at Pusser’s, which is one of my favorite bars in town since it’s back patio is on the water.

After a delicious brunch at Iron Rooster in Annapolis on Saturday morning, we hit the road for St. Michaels! It’s about an hour drive from DC to Annapolis and an hour drive from Annapolis to St. Michaels, making St. Michaels about a two hour drive from DC assuming you don’t hit any traffic. I thought it was the perfect distance for a weekend trip and although we snuck out of town a bit early on Friday to miss some traffic, you could easily head up Saturday morning and come back Sunday afternoon and still cover a lot of ground / not feel rushed / only pay for one night in a hotel.

Before I break down where to stay, where to eat, and what to do, a note that there isn’t really an Uber or cab company presence in St. Michaels, so having a car is a necessity in order to get to town and then for getting around once you’re there—unless you have a boat, hah!

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Link Love #105

TGIF! I am so excited for the weekend—and glad to be spending it in DC! Tomorrow I am having my TV mounted and some art hung in my apartment, so I am excited to get that crossed off the list because then I think I’ll officially be all set up in the new place. Then, tomorrow evening, Monica, Laura, Sarah, and I are seeing Reese Witherspoon on her Whiskey in a Teacup book tour! We’re grabbing drinks at Mi Vida at the Wharf before, which has been on my DC bucket list for a while, so I am excited to check it off the list.

Other than that, I am keeping things pretty low key since I’ve had a busy week at my day job—I actually went up and back to Boston yesterday for a presentation at HBS, which was so much fun, but also very exhausting! I plan to do a little bit of meal prep, work on the blog, and read on my couch. I picked up The Happiness Advantage on the advice of a friend, and it’s all about how if you’re happy, the success and rewards will follow—not the other way around. It’s findings are based in real empirical research and have been used at Fortune 500 companies across the globe. I started it on the plane yesterday, and am excited to pick it back up tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to drop post ideas / constructive feedback in Monday’s post! If you haven’t yet, I’d love any feedback on what you want to see moving forward on A Touch of Teal and if you have any suggestions for improvement. You can let me know anonymously here > https://atouchofteal.typeform.com/to/e0EHnR

Have a great weekend!

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