Over Labor Day weekend, Kenny and I decided to head off to Washington, D.C. I forgot just how beautiful (and clean!), the city was. I’ve rounded up a few of my fave places to see, things to do and where to eat from the trip for a perfect weekend getaway in D.C. Next time we go back, we’re planning around cherry blossom season. Scroll down for our picks on what to do on a weekend getaway to Washington D.C.
Where we stayed: Since Kenny had some Mariott points, we had a decent pick of hotels around the city but ultimately ended up at the Mayflower Hotel right in downtown, super close to Dupont Circle. The location was perfect – close to restaurants and historic sites but an easy ride (Uber or Metro) to museums and Georgetown. Fun fact: we didn’t find out until we arrived that the hotel used to host inaugural balls and high profile politicians. If you love history and glam, I highly recommend this hotel! Next time, I would love to stay in Georgetown.
Where to eat: If you’re a foodie (guilty), you have to visit D.C. We were so surprised at how good the food was at every restaurant we went to and not to mention, how many other places looked/sounded equally as delicious. We got so many great recommendations on where to eat in the city and unfortunately, didn’t get to check them all off of our list. But here are the places we tried, and loved:
All Purpose. No surprise here on this choice since we’re pizza-obsessed. We split a chili-honey pizza + caesar salad (and a spritz for me!) and loved all of it. I also loved the aesthetic – brick walls, rustic beams, colorful tile floor.
Bareburger. Went here for a quick bite for dinner our first night. This place has endless options if you’re vegetarian or vegan!
Founding Farmers. This one is a bit of a D.C. staple for breakfast. I got the veggie scramble and it was yum. What I love most about this place? It gets its supplies from hundreds of family farms.
Old Ebbitt Grill. Another D.C. staple/must-eat-at. It’s close to the White House so definitely a bit of a tourist trap but the food does not disappoint! Think pub food with an upscale feel.
Filomina. This was probably one of my fave restaurants that we went to. Filomena is located in Georgetown which is charming to begin with but basically, you walk downstairs and step back in time to old school Italy or maybe, just your grandma’s home. It’s real authentic Italian food (there are “pasta mamas” who make the pasta fresh). Although it is a bit on the pricier side – it’s also more elegant side so totally worth it for a special occasion or just because! Plus, at the end of your meal – you get a complimentary drink of Sambuca or Amaretto.
Farmers Fishers Bakers. Also owned by the same sustainable, farm-inspired Farmers Restaurant Group who own the Founding Farmer. It’s located right on the waterfront in Georgetown and I highly recommend the tacos!
Other recommendations we received but didn’t have a chance to try: Le Diplomat (another D.C. staple), The Dabney, ANXO for local ciders and tapas, Chez Billy Sud, Jaleo for fun tapas, drinks on the rooftop of the Graham Hotel in Georgetown, The Salt Line, Fiola Mare, Iron Gate, Ted’s Bulletin, Chaia Tacos (vegetarian and vegan) and Martin’s Tavern (where JFK proposed!)
What to do:
Monuments and memorials. This one pretty much goes without saying. They’re gorgeous during the day but even more spectacular at night (and calmer). I couldn’t get over the view from the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument.
Museums. We stopped into the Holocaust Memorial Museum (which is a Smithsonian so it’s free) and it was so touching and somber. I highly recommend if you’re a history buff. If pop culture is more your thing, be sure to check out the Newseum which gives voice to free expression and covers the evolution of news and media. Plus, the views from the terrace of the Newseum are killer.
Botanic Garden. If you’re a wannabe green thumb, this is the place for you. One of the sections of the garden even has an elevated walkaway so you literally feel like you’re floating among plants.
Georgetown. To say I’m in love is an understatement. It has a very London-esque vibe so obviously I love it. From colorful row houses to Georgian-style homes to classic brick facades. Just take your time and stroll around down by the canal, pop in and out of the numerous stores and eat lots.
National Cathedral. A must visit if you’re into architecture! It reminds me so much of Notre Dame.
Arlington National Cemetery. Another iconic (and mind-blowing) D.C. site.
What we’d love to do next time: Grab donuts from District Doughnuts or Astro Doughnuts, visit the Air and Space Museum, visit Archives of American Art and the African American Museum (which is brand new and has a long waiting list), rent bikes and bike around D.C., take a cruise around the Potomac, get drinks at the top of POV at the W, visit during Cherry Blossom season and try more of the restaurants, obviously.
What would you love to check off on your weekend getaway in D.C.?!
You guys, this salad has been on my mind 24/7. The late summer heirloom tomato salad so easy to make, with such minimal prep and just a few ingredients, most of which you can find at your local farmers market though the end of September.
I know, I know, you’re thinking this is missing protein, and yes Sarah would agree. If you’re craving protein add grilled chicken or buratta on top, or if you’re vegan an you’d like to get some, I’d slice up a veggie burger (sans soy) and let it cool to room temp before topping the salad.
Late Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad x Little Leaf Farms
- Basil bunch
- 1/2 Avocado
- Heirloom tomatos
- Little Leafs Lettuce
- Slice all of the ingredients, sans lettuce
- Top lettuce with sliced ingredients
- Drizzle pesto on top
Easy, breezy, and I’m drooling just thinking about it!
I have to admit, I put salad on my pizza. I know I’m not the only one who does this? Right guys? There’s something I really love about the crunch the lettuce adds, and (maybe) it makes me feel less guilty about having four slices of pizza, if it’s topped with salad.
Here’s the next recipe in partnership with Little Leaf Farms, vegan gluten free pizza. It does exist! And it’s really, really good. AND, it’s easy to make, with just five ingredients and 20 minutes, depending on what crust you use.
So speaking of crusts, the most recent way I have been making this is with Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Crust (because cauliflower can be anything now you guys–rice, gnocchi, pizza…). This one does take about ten minutes on each side to cook, but you can find pre-made vegan gluten free pizza crusts that require less cook time. A local, Rhode Island brand is “Top This” pizza crusts, recommended by Sarah, our resident Registered Dietician. They come in whole wheat and gluten free varieties and all are vegan.
And speaking of sauces, I used an Italian blend as my base, because I wanted this to be a little lighter, but you could absolutely do a traditional red sauce with toppings of your choice.
Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Recipe
- Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Crust
- Home-made Italian dressing
- Vegan cheese: I was lazy here and chose a packaged kind, but you can make your own nut-based cheese for spreading on top
- Veggie toppings of choice: I choose roasted peppers, fresh basil
- Little Leafs Lettuce
- Cook crust according to package
- While hot, spread Italian dressing on top
- Add veggie toppings and cheese
- Pop vegan gluten free pizza back into the oven on broil for 2-3 mins
- Let cool for 2-3 mins, add basil and slice
- Add Little Leaf Farms lettuce blend on top
This recipe is so customizable and fun, depending on what you’re craving and what produce is in season. I’m going to be making an heirloom tomato tart-esque version of this for lunch today!
They always say fashion trends will always come back again someday. This floral wrap dress totally reminds me of a dress I had in elementary school, the pattern is almost exactly the same. (I wish I could find a photo of it to prove it to you but that would expose my bowl cut days and I don’t think I’m ready to do that to you/myself yet!)
I also recently took a trip to Clarks on Newbury Street and realized I had been missing out on some great, comfortable, yet on-trend footwear from a heritage brand with headquarters right here in Massachusetts. I paired my new Clark’s navy blue wedge sandals with this navy floral wrap dress for some pattern mixing, perfect to take you from day to night for the rest of summer.
J. Crew Mercantile Faux Wrap Mini Dress – $59 (TODAY WITH AN EXTA 60% off!)
Clarks Akilah Eden Sandales – Sold Out (c/o)
Other Clarks styles I’m loving right now:
Pure Iris Silver Loafers – $130
Maypearl Booties – $140
Poise Freya Booties – $170
Clarks is located at 171 Newbury Street, closer to The Public Garden end. Pop in to see the fall arrivals!
Dresses are the easiest way to get out the door in the summer and this red midi dress works very hard, easily going from day to night and everywhere in between. I’ve worn this dress to a wedding shower, during the day vacation and on a work trip all by just swapping in and out the right accessories. Even better, it’s made from sustainable materials.
The sweetheart neckline and slightly puffed shoulders add some fun to his flowy red midi dress. AND IT HAS POCKETS! (I had to put that in caps, because pockets on dresses are a have to have.) Right now it’s on a waitlist, apparently everyone had the same idea I did, but you can sign up to get alerts when it’s back in stock in red or black.
I picked this up earlier this summer at Reformation Boston. Reformation is located at 342 Newbury Street (near Mass Ave) and open Monday through Saturday: 11am – 7pm and Sundays: 11am – 6pm.
Linking to some cute red midi dresses and similar accessories here:
The next collaboration post and recipe with Little Leaf Farms is a twist on the best avocado dip. I actually discovered this one down the cape with Sarah when we were in college and it’s been a hit ever since. Her step mom made it for us and we’ve been hooked and making it ever since. Literally, every time, and I mean every time I make it, I get asked for the recipe. It’s so easy and just so, so good. And, of course, I’m on a huge avocado kick lately, although, when am I not?!
Typically I use this dip with a big bowl of gluten free chips, but a healthier twist is having it as a salad! Just make the best avocado dip as instructed below and add a few scoops on top of little leaf farms lettuce! A perfect, easy peasy, healthy, filling meal!
The Best Avocado Dip Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 can black beans
- 1 cup cherry tomato
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 brunch cilantro
- 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon EVOO
- 1/2 cup corn
- 1/4 cup red onion
- little leaf farms salad
- Rinse and drain black beans, set aside to dry
- Dice avocado, add to mixing bowl
- Chop tomatoes, pepper, onion, add to mixing bowl
- Chop cilantro finely, enough to your liking, add to bowl
- Add corn to mixing bowl (I like using fresh corn and heating in the microwave for 1 min wrapped in a wet paper towel, let cool before cutting and adding to mixing bowl)
- Add black beans to mixing bowl
- Roll lime and then cut in half and squeeze as much juice into the mixing bowl as possible
- Add EVOO & mix
- Top on your fave Little Leaf Blend
- (Optional: add a splash of hot sauce!)
I’ve got some of my tried and true vegan recipes for you guys in partnership with one of my favorite, local food brands, first up–the best vegan avocado toast.
Let me back up a bit. I haven’t shared food related content on here in quite some time. When I first started my blog I occasionally shared recipes that I was loving but as my jobs got more demanding my cooking and food shopping fell into more of a habit vs. something I enjoyed doing. You know, when you get home from work the last thing you want to do is prep and dive into creating a two hour recipe. Or head to the store to find an ingredient you didn’t realize you needed. So, I started making things that were super simple, 1/2 hour long to prep and cook max, over and over again, except on an occasional Sunday when I have a whole afternoon to prep and go to the market and actually be inspired.
Recently, Little Leaf Farms reached out to me to partner on some recipes. It was honestly the most easy “yes” I’ve had since my engagement, LOL! I exclusively buy Little Leaf Lettuce every week (at least two packs) since I toured the farm two years ago at a blogger event with one of my best friends, Sarah, a Registered Dietitian. It’s grown indoors in Massachusetts, in a state of the art facility that was mesmerizing to watch. It’s seriously just so fresh, the lettuce crunches in your mouth!
So let’s kick things off with a recipe for vegan avocado toast that won’t leave you starving two hours later and a giveaway for a month’s worth of lettuce blends from Little Leaf Farms!
I could eat this vegan avocado toast EVERY morning, and believe me, I sometimes go on kicks where I do, usually until I run out of the ingredients. It’s so crunchy, creamy and filling, I literally cannot get enough.
The Best Vegan Avocado Toast Recipe
- 1 slice bread (Try local: When Pigs Fly Six Grain & Pumpkin Seed)
- Vegan nut cheese (home made is preferred)
- 1 ripe avocado
- Dill pickles
- 1 local, ripe, heirloom tomato
- Organic sprouts (I like alfalfa)
- Little Leaf Farms lettuce (I like the Baby Crispy Green Leaf for this one, extra crunch!)
- Toast bread to your liking
- Cut avocado around the middle (not long ways–this will keep the other half good for longer!), cube out the fruit and mash with a fork, sprinkle with crushed red pepper
- Spread vegan cheese to the toast (linking to this in a new post!)
- Spread mashed avocado on top of vegan cheese
- Layer sliced heirloom tomatoes
- Layer pickles
- Layer alfalfa sprouts
- Top with Little Leaf Farms lettuce
And yes, you can easily add meats or egg if you aren’t vegan.
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Stay tuned for more dietitian approved (yes, Sarah has helped me make sure these recipes are not only great tasting but good for you!) recipes in my stories and here, on the blog!
I found the perfect shirt dress, thanks to Kim and Proper. This blue and white striped shirt dress has the most flattering cut and comes with a girly bow belt that you throw on or off. Being short, most shirt dresses don’t quite hit me where they should to be appropriate for both day and night and weekend or workweek, but the Casey dress works for just about any occasion.
Most shirt dresses are straight cotton too, which can wrinkle easily and not feel very secure. This perfect shirt dress has a bit of spandex in it so it feels more substantial on and hugs all of the right places.
I sized down in this one to an XS.
Kim and Proper is a women-owned, San Fransisco based clothing line focusing on classic design, attention to details and their commitment to the community–all of the designs are made right in San Fransisco where their HQ is. You know I’m a fan of shopping local, but being made local/in the USA is a whole new level!
The Audrey dress is similar, without summer stripes, in Oxford pink or blue.
I’m also really loving the Poppy dress in bright red for late summer days and evenings.
This summer we’ve been all about straw bags. This pineapple bag is favorite from Talbots a few seasons’ ago, but we linked to a few others on major sale right now here.
Shop the accessories from this post:
This Sunday, July 29th is National Lipstick Day which is the perfect excuse to stock up on pretty lip colors that you can wear over and over again. From that LBD special occasion to weekends on-the-go, THAT perfect shade of lipstick can make you feel so put together. We love the boost of confidence a bold, bright lip gives or the femininity a swipe of nude color can give you.
Here are our tried-and-true lip colors that are a must in your beauty bag (for any and every occasion):
This RMS BEAUTY Lip2Cheek in Beloved – it’s a true red with a hint of poppy. Plus, it can be worn as lip or cheek color! And it’s certified as clean beauty! Win, win. This CARGO lipcolor in Napa is one of my oldie but a goodie faves. It’s so pretty for fall and winter lips with a deep, deep, berry hue. Also loving: BUXOM’s Powerplump Lip Balm. It’s an utterly hydrating lip plumping balm that applies like silk and envelops lips to bring them to their ultimate suppleness. A unique reactor works with your individual pH level to transform your lips into their most flattering custom shade of pink!
This Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Color in Happy Pop is an instant reach if I’m looking for a super bold (and shiny) lip. The color is a bright, bright red. For a more subtle, feminine look, I’m always reaching for my NARS lipstick in Catfight or for a more purple-ish, fall hue, I go for the Kat Von D lipstick in Lovecraft. I also always carry this Revlon Matte Lipcolor in my bag. It’s seriously one of my fave drugstore beauty finds (that price?!) And it actually stays on. All. day. long. This Stila Liquid Lipstick in Bellisima is a go-to of mine for an easy, on-the-go nude lip.
1. RMS BEAUTY Lip2Cheek in Beloved – $36
2. Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Color + Primer in Happy Pop – $18.50
3. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Love – $7
4. CARGO Essential Lipcolor in Napa – $22
5. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft – $19
6. NARS Lipstick in Catfight – $28
7. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellisima – $22
8. LORAC Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Minimalist – $17
What are your go-to lip colors for National Lipstick Day?!
S & T
Even though it seems like summer literally just started, retailers are starting to make the transition to cool-weather gear and fall essentials. Lucky for you, all those must-have summer items you’ve been eyeing since early spring (but didn’t want to pull the trigger on), are on major sale right now. One of our fave trends this season? Straw bags. And we’ve rounded up a the best summer straw bags that are currently on major, major sale. Hurry up and grab them so you can enjoy while summer is still here!
1. Urban Outfitters Palm Leaf Straw Clutch – $15 (from $20)
2. Urban Outfitters Colorblocked Tote Bag – $19.99 (from $34)
3. ASOS Circular Straw Bag – $33.50 (from $48)
4. Mark & Graham Circle Rattan Handbag – $37.99 (from $49)
5. Mark & Graham Rio Tote – $38.99 (from $49)
6. Nordstrom Rack Round Straw Bag – $39.97 (from $88.50)
7. Nordstrom Rack Straw Tote Bag – $39.97 (from $90)
8. Anthropologie Tasseled Crossbody – $39.95 (from $78)
9. Anthropologie Woven Clutch – $39.95 (from $68)
10. Anthropologie Fringed Tote Bag – $59.95 (from $118)
11. Nordstrom Rack Scarf Straw Tote Bag – $64.97 (from $160)
12. Nordstrom Rack Silver Straw Tote Bag – $94.97 (from $192.50)
At these price points (under $100!), you can totally feed into the straw bag addiction. Be sure to grab a tote for daytime and a crossbody for those summer nights.
S & T