Life Lately

Hi! It’s been a while since I have done a life lately post — almost three months! — so I wanted to check in and talk about what’s been going on in my life. Earlier this month, I was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a girls’ ski trip. It was such a cute, historic town, and really captured the spirit of the Old West. (I am working on a complete recap of our trip that should be up in the next couple of weeks!) When I returned from visiting my 40th state, the weather here in DC was incredible — it was warm enough to walk after work without a huge jacket, and because of “spring forward,” it stayed light enough to make this possible. While the temperatures have since dipped back down, this brief respite from the 30s and 40s gave me a new lease on life, and I am ready for consistently warm weather.

After two back-to-back trips — Cancun and Jackson Hole — and a last minute work trip to Denver in January (my first time — but I spent my time visiting urgent care and in my hotel room feeling awful; turns out, I had the flu), I am really excited to be home for nearly two months straight. We are heading to Rosemary Beach in 30A over Cinco de Mayo weekend for my friend Julie’s bachelorette party, but between then and now, I am really enjoying my life here in Arlington and being in my routine. I consistently go to the office on Tuesdays + Wednesdays, and while I definitely like working from home, it is fun to see my coworkers in person, gossip about the latest pop culture news, and have a reason to shop for workwear again. (These pants from Express have been a go-to this winter, as have these from Old Navy — both are structured + professional, but comfortable enough to wear all day.) On Mondays after work, I go to Soul Cycle and on Thursdays, I take a weight lifting class with Jennifer. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, since I am going into the office, I give myself more flexibility with my schedule, either going to happy hour with friends or getting in another workout. Weekends, as always, are filled with a mix of trying new restaurants around DC, running errands, chores around the apartment, and relaxing ahead of the work week ahead. I used to live my life on the go, but now I really value being home and delighting in my daily life.
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A Moment for the Laura Ashley Toaster

Recently, I was scrolling TikTok before bed, as one does, and a toaster — yes, a toaster — stopped me in my tracks. It was a super cute blue + white floral patterned toaster that I would come to learn is by beloved 80s + 90s brand, Laura Ashley. Talk about a renaissance!

I am not speaking in hyperbole here — I don’t think I’ve ever added something to my cart so quickly. Did I need a new toaster? Not in the slightest. Do I have regrets? Absolutely not.

What I loved about this toaster the most is that it is cute enough to keep on a kitchen counter — form and function, you know? My old toaster was a stainless steel number from big box brand Hamilton Beach, and while it did the job, I kept in the cabinet with most of my other appliances, pulling it out only when I had the need to toast something. (At this stage of my life, I have the privilege of having a kitchen that looks like no one lives there.) But no more — I now have a toaster out on my counter 24/7. And, I am pleased to report, it works as well as it looks.
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Five Days in Cancun, Mexico

In late February, my sisters escaped the chilly Mid-Atlantic winter and headed down to Cancun, Mexico, for a five-day, four night beach vacation. Last year, we took a similar trip to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, which is truly one of the best vacations I’ve ever had, so needless to say we were very excited. While we definitely enjoyed our trip — I mean, it’s hard to complain when you’re drinking a margarita overlooking the Caribbean — we were not thrilled with where we stayed, Hyatt Zilara Cancun, and would not recommend staying there. Because of that, I am going to keep this recap of our time south of the border short and sweet — but one thing I do want to underscore is that despite our ‘meh’ accommodations, I absolutely love going to Mexico. I was lucky enough to go to Oaxaca, Mexico last fall, and was excited to return less than six months later. It’s beautiful, with delicious food and gracious, welcoming people; so, I do not want my review of our all-inclusive hotel to be representative of my thoughts of the country.

Originally, we were going to go to Jamaica, but because the US State Department raised the country’s warning level to Level Three, we pivoted our plans to Cancun, Mexico, given it was free to change our flights on Southwest and we could still cancel and change our hotel. Because we shifted plans about six weeks before the trip, we were somewhat limited in where we could stay given some places and/or room types were sold out — but that being said, we still had very high hopes for the Hyatt Zilara given the reviews online were very positive. And, there definitely were some great parts about the resort — we were greeted with a cold towel and glass of champagne upon arrival, our room had a stunning view of the ocean that we could enjoy from a spacious balcony, the pool and the beach were gorgeous and very clean (no seaweed, either!), the hibachi experience was delicious + the chef was the most talented I’ve ever seen, and the staff truly went above and beyond to ensure we had an incredible trip, especially our bartenders at the swim up bar. Read more “Five Days in Cancun, Mexico”