8.13.22 2

Life Lately

Hi there! Last month, I wrote my first life lately post in almost a year. It was so fun to pull together—and based on anecdotal feedback and page views, it seems like you all enjoyed reading it, too. As such, I’m going to bring back publishing these life lately posts on a monthly cadence. They’re a great format to round up all the things going on in my life that I want to share, especially the types of updates or recaps that don’t necessarily fit into a standalone post of their own.

Weekend after next, I am heading up to New York City to visit Emma, and we have such a fun itinerary planned. (Emma came down to DC in July, so it will be nice to see her in back-to-back months, especially since we aren’t taking a trip together this summer. Those flight prices, man!) A highlight of the trip I’m looking forward to is that we’re going to spend time with Monica on Friday night. If you’ve been reading A Touch of Teal for a long time, you’ll know that Monica is one of my oldest and best friends I’ve made through blogging, and we were next door neighbors in Dupont for a couple of years before she and her husband moved to NYC. I have seen her once since she moved, but it was for a quick drink while she was in DC—so it will be nice to see her for a longer period of time and really catch up on life! I’ll be share to share a full recap of my trip.

Other than this quick jaunt to NYC, I am home for the entire month of August and Labor Day Weekend—a first in many years. It is HOT and humid here in DC, but, I am soaking up summer before the cooler temps roll in. And, as I’ve mentioned before, I am really enjoying my routine, but also enjoying having the freedom in my schedule to say yes to last-minute plans and catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. Overall, I feel like my life is pretty balanced right now—work is keeping me busy, but I still have time to do all the things I want to do. It’s been a nice change of pace, especially compared to this time last year.

This summer has brought some really fun times my way—here’s a look at what’s been going on in my life lately this month:

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8.8.22

The Dress I’m Loving This Summer

Other than a quick trip, one-night trip to NYC last month, I’ve been at home in Arlington and absolutely loving it. I’ve been able to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, say yes to spontaneous plans, and finally feel like I’m all caught up on the life admin that being an adult requires—my returns are done, my house is clean, and I’m on top of my personal email inbox. One of the silver linings of the pandemic, for me, was realizing just how much I do like to be at home, in my routine. I still have a huge passion for travel, but next year, I’d love to space out my travel more—that way I can really enjoy each trip and then also have some downtime at home in between. Champagne problems for sure, but keeping it real for you!

Since I’ve been spending more time at home—and haven’t had as many travel expenses as I did from March through June—I’ve picked up some home projects that I’m excited to share with you soon. I recently purchased a new bookshelf for my living room, am working on curating a gallery wall for my bedroom, and am on the hunt for another vintage dresser to add to my collection.

But, speaking of home, a few weekends ago, my sister Lindsey and I went to Old Town Alexandria for brunch—we had the best time and I’ll be sharing more about our wonderful day in an upcoming ‘Life Lately‘ post soon. Before we headed out to the restaurant, I asked her to snap a few pictures of me around my apartment because I wanted to talk about this Hunter Bell Jenkins Dress, a recent splurge of mine that’s quickly become my favorite dress of the summer.  Read more “The Dress I’m Loving This Summer”

8.1.22 2

A Week in Waikiki: Where to Eat

Aloha! I’m back with another post in my three-part series recapping my trip to Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii earlier this year. As a reminder, you can also read my posts about where to stay in Waikiki and what to do in Waikiki (coming soon!).

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many places and eat many great meals along the way, but trust me when I say, I have never been somewhere that has food as amazing as what I ate in Hawaii. Everything was so fresh—from the fish to the juices—and so many of our Hawaiian waiters and waitresses were excited to share their culture with us. Food really brings people together in a way nothing else can, no matter what walk of life you’re from.

Since we were only in town for a week, and Waikiki has so many wonderful restaurants, we couldn’t get to them all. I did most of the research for our meals for this trip—which was so much fun, and got me even more excited for our trip, especially in the midst of an East Coast February—so I’ll also share some of the other places that looked like great options we just didn’t have time to get to at the end of this post. And, a huge shout out to all my friends who have been to Waikiki and gave us awesome recommendations for the best of where to eat and drink.

One of the nice things about this trip to Waikiki was that Emma and I got on a great routine when it came to our days. We’d usually wake up around 8am, and grab breakfast from the bakery at the hotel or the nearby smoothie shack. For lunch, we’d eat at a restaurant right off the beach. And then for dinner, we’d usually grab a drink somewhere before or after our main meal.  Most nights, we were in bed by 10pm, and so I felt like this was one of the rare vacations where you actually leave feeling rested. We didn’t have a kitchenette in our room, so we ate out for every meal—but since we were only in town for a week, and we knew we wouldn’t be back to Hawaii anytime soon, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Read more “A Week in Waikiki: Where to Eat”