Summer is usually the time when I spend my weekends by a salty shore or bopping up and down I-95 with friends. This is the time when our society is conditioned to travel—the weather is nice, school is out, and it’s what we’ve always done.
As a gainfully employed adult without children or a mortgage, my calendar is now pretty much open for travel at my will. I’ve done a better job of traveling year round—like when I went to Philadelphia last fall or Nashville last May, which is where I picked up this dress at a boutique in downtown Franklin.
But sometimes, whether it be because of finances or a busy week at work ahead, it’s just not as feasible to skip down for a few days.
Even when it’s harder to go somewhere new, you can still explore new corners of your own city—which is something I hope to be better at come spring.
For instance, I live about two miles from Georgetown, where these photos were shot last summer, and I almost never go.
Not only does this charming DC neighborhood have a myriad of places for outfit shoots—which never get less awkward, by the way—and places to practice my own photography, but cute shops and restaurants to pop into for an afternoon treat (or two, if we’re keepin’ it real), like Dean and DeLuca shown above.
Most of you probably know the neighborhoods in your city that you could explore more. We’re creatures of habit, and there’s definitely some comfort in frequenting the same places repeatedly. But in case you’re looking for some tips on how to explore your own city, this is what I recommend:
- ASK your friends or coworkers if they’ve been anywhere off the beaten path lately. Most of the time, the best places aren’t written up in tourist books.
- READ up on up-and-coming neighborhoods and the best ‘hidden gem’ restaurants in a trusted, local publication. Newspapers tend to do a good job covering these types of places, as do magazines. My go-to source for exploring DC better is Washingtonian.
- JUST GO! Pick a place you want to try, whether it be for a drink or for a meal, and explore the neighborhood from there. Waiters and waitresses often have the best tips, so be sure to talk them up for information.
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J Crew Factory Statement Necklace—similar here
Navy + White Dress with Bow (old, purchased in Nashville)
J Crew Envelope Clutch
Michael Kors Watch
Gold and Crystal Link Bracelet
Glitter Strap Sandals