1.20.20

Life Lately

Hello + happy Monday! I am lucky enough to have the day off work today, and while we aren’t too far removed from that nice holiday break, I was really grateful for a three day-weekend! I worked 12 days straight because of the College Football National Championship (more on that below!), and while it was really fun work, it’s nice to have a few days just to relax and catch up on my personal life.

This weekend has been a fun one—on Saturday, my friend Diana was in town, so her, Monica, and me went to Le Diplomate for brunch. Diana used to report on the royal family at People and is an expert on the Windsor family, so it was perfect timing that Queen Elizabeth dropped her most recent statement on Meghan and Harry right before we went to brunch. After brunch, it was so rainy and cold, I settled in on my couch for a marathon of classics on Disney+, including Jungle 2 JungleThe Lizzie McGuire Movie, and Remember the Titans. Then on Sunday, I went to my oldest friend’s baby shower and out to BBQ with the family to celebrate my day’s birthday!

Today I am just hanging out and heading to Soul Cycle a little bit later—so I thought it’d be fun to check-in and share a little bit about what’s going on in my life lately.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP /

At my day job, I do PR across some really fun sports, dining, and entertainment events, and was lucky enough to staff the College Football National Championship this year. The game was played on Monday, January 13 in New Orleans, and I headed down the Saturday before to do some prep work on the ground and settle in before game day. This was my third trip to New Orleans—you can read about my past trips here and here!—and I was really glad it was not my first time in the Big Easy. Unsurprisingly, big sporting events like National Championship Games bring a lot of people into town, and had it been my first time to New Orleans, I think I would have been overwhelmed/turned off by the crowds and extreme partying. I’d wager a bet Mardi Gras is way crazier, but I am glad I had gotten to experience New Orleans on a “normal” weekend before walking into what was essentially a three-day tailgate.

On Saturday and Sunday, I had a work obligations, but was still able to enjoy Bourbon Street with my coworkers, enjoy my favorite gumbo at Kingfish, and try one of the hottest new restaurants in town, Sofia. I also caught the most amazing golden hour over the mighty Mississippi and Jackson Square, which is anchored by the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral. And, of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without beignets. This time, I tried Cafe Beignet instead of my usual Cafe du Monde, and was really impressed! Cake for breakfast? Sign me up!

Monday was truly a work day for me, but it was fun work—and one of my assignments was going to the Championship Tailgate concert, which was a free concert for anyone in New Orleans ahead of the game. Judah & the Lion opened, and then Tim McGraw played an incredible hour-long set riddled with all his hits. Being a Louisiana native, he had on this wild LSU bomber jacket. This was my second time seeing Tim McGraw live (the first time was when he was on tour with Faith Hill!), and he is an incredible performer—I would highly recommend hitting one of his concerts this summer! After Championship Tailgate wrapped up, we headed to the game, which was held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. An iconic stadium, I was excited to attend a game there—but something that weighed heavily on me when I was there was how many people suffered in the building during Hurricane Katrina. I am definitely praying for their peace.

The game itself was really fun—and the stadium was so, so loud! I could barely hear my coworkers next to me, so I have no idea how the teams communicate on the field. My sister Lindsey goes to Clemson so I was #AllIn on Dabo’s Tigers, but since Baton Rouge is about an hour away from NOLA, there were definitely way more LSU Tigers in the city and at the game. The atmosphere was really lively, and everyone was really cordial—”go Tigers!” was a popular phrase since it applied to both teams, and a lot of storefronts and restaurants made really cute signs with this battle cry. I, of course, was bummed Clemson didn’t win—but it was really LSU’s year. They played an incredible game with a legendary QB and had the home team advantage—one of their team hype songs is Calling Baton Rouge, and I don’t hate that, either!

I am really lucky that my career has brought me some incredible opportunities—things that I would have never imagined when I graduated college or even just a couple of years ago. My life is nothing like I imagined it would be ten years ago, but it is a lot better than anything I could have dreamed up. I work really hard and push my comfort zone when I can, and it’s nice when those things pay off.

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1.10.20 1

My Favorite Spots in Dupont Circle

This post is a long, long, long time coming—like over a year! My bad, y’all! Whenever I travel, I am so good about snapping pictures and sharing a guide about what I ate, saw, and did. But when I am here in DC living my day-to-day life, I often don’t think about bringing my DSLR camera with me places or snapping “blog worthy” photos. I really love having great photos to accompany my posts, so I dragged my feet on writing this post until I had the perfect photos—but then the other week, I went through my Dropbox and found photos I’ve snapped of Dupont over the last year. While I might not have as many photos or as much diversity in the photos as I would like (I’d love to include more food photos like I do on travel posts!), I had enough to paint a picture of Dupont so decided to go ahead and press publish on this post. Maybe when it’s warmer out, I’ll take my DSLR camera out in Dupont and do a little photoshoot!

Dupont has always been my favorite neighborhood in DC—and I am so glad I was lucky enough to move here. What I love about this neighborhood is that it really feels like a neighborhood—it’s pretty residential, but then also has a great mix of shops, restaurants, and bars, meaning everything I could want is in walking distance. There are streets and streets of beautiful row homes and embassies, and with mature trees, it is such a dream to walk around and take in the beauty.

For those of you less familiar, Dupont Circle is in the area of DC planned by the city’s original architect, L’Enfant, but didn’t become a fashionable residential neighborhood until after the Civil War when the US Army Corps of Engineers began construction on the traffic circle. In L’Enfant’s plan, the circle was named Pacific Circle, but Congress renamed it to Dupont Circle after Samuel Francis Du Pont, in recognition of his service in the Civil War. In the middle of the circle today, fountain constructed in the 1920s stands in his honor. The neighborhood had a decline after World War II, but then in the 1970s, experienced new life as the heart of the gay and lesbian movement in DC. In the following decades, gentrification really excelled, and now it’s one of DC’s most desirable neighborhoods. 

Just a housekeeping note before we dive in—for the sake of this guide, I defined Dupont Circle by this map and only included recommendations that fall within this radius. Let’s explore Dupont, shall we?!

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1.10.20

Link Love #130

TGIF! First workweek of 2020 in the books! So far, the new year has kind of knocked me down—on Tuesday, I woke up feeling fine, but by the middle of the day, my throat was so sore and I felt really groggy. It started snowing during the middle of the day, so we went home to finish the day from there. After my calls wrapped, I went to urgent care to get swabbed for strep. Luckily, I didn’t have strep, but that meant I’d just have to ride out whatever virus I caught. I stayed home from work Wednesday and took it easy, and luckily, yesterday, I was starting to feel on the upswing.

I was extra stressed about getting sick this week because I don’t really get a weekend—but for a really fun reason because on Saturday, I am heading to New Orleans to work the College Football National Championship Game with my day job. This will be my third time in New Orleans and I am excited to get back to the Big Easy, eat some amazing gumbo, hear some amazing jazz music, and watch a great football game. I’ll be cheering for Clemson—go Tigers! #AllIn

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