Monthly Archives: May 2012

Going to the Chapel Adventures to D.C.

I happened to mention last week that I was going on an adventure to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. I was so excited for my trip for a couple of reasons, but one of them was because I hadn’t been to D.C. in over two years. It’s one of my favorite places to visit for a couple of reasons: there is so much to do and see…for free (!!!); the Metro is awesome; D.C. is a quick drive from Philly, which allows you to get to doing rather than driving; no matter how many times I visit, I always end up doing something unexpected and new.

I was visiting my friend who lives in Silver Spring, MD, and right when I drove into town, I was greeted by the Discovery Communications building. As a former communications major and journalism degree holder, I was completely excited. As in saying, “WHOA!” out loud to myself in my car. My weekend only got better when we happened to visit Bethesda for lunch and shopping. I have been dreaming of visiting Georgetown Cupcake for SO long, and guess what’s in Bethesda? The best, most decadent cupcake I have ever had in my life. This sounds like a complete exaggeration, but it’s not. My Chocolate^3 cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake Bethesda was heaven.

After completing my life goal of visiting Georgetown Cupcake (again, not joking), I was off to check another goal off of my list: attend my first Phillies game. I was a little bummed that I wasn’t seeing my first game at Citizens Bank Park, but I was stoked nonetheless. And I realized that Phillies games are fun, y’all! I loved cheering on awesome plays and watching homeruns being hit up into the stands. However, when the opposing team ties the game in the eighth inning, I get slightly completely stressed. I plan to attend more games in the future where hopefully my hometown team will win.

Before I headed home on Saturday, my friend and I had planned to take part in the Around the World Embassy Tour. I had never seen Embassy Row before, so viewing the architecture of the buildings, let alone being able to walk inside, was awesome. The embassies we were able to visit were fairly spread out, and the ones we didn’t get to were even further away (read: taking the Metro = completely necessary). We decided beforehand that we wanted to start our day at the Embassy of Australia and work our way around from there. Each embassy had their culture on display with many offering food and drink tastings as well as examples of their country’s art and music. My favorite embassy was Botswana because the Ambassador actually spoke to us about her country, and she spoke with such passion! Oh, and this tour goes back to one of my favorite aspects about D.C: it was completely free. (Here is additional info about the Passport to DC program, which continues for the entire month of May.)

{Embassies from top to bottom: Australia, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Rwanda, Botswana, & the Bahamas}

I had a whirlwind of a weekend, and I truly enjoyed everything that I was able to experience in such a short amount of time. If you are thinking about going on a quick getaway with your family, friends, or your beau, consider making the trip to D.C. Have you ever been? Let me know in the comments!

*all photos courtesy of Going to the Chapel

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

I have to say this has been one of my favorite weeks in a while. I realized that there are certain things that I just love doing, and that I should go after them with all.that.I.have. That certain thing? It’s writing. I really love it, and hearing that other people like and enjoy what I have to say brings me pure joy. A few of my favorite reasons why this week has been awesome…

Favorite Guest Post:

To start off the week, I was the guest blogger on Dodeline Design’s blog! I had a blast writing my post, which was all about Philadelphia. I named my top five things to do in the city (which proved to be difficult!), and I included many personal photos snapped during a couple of my adventures. Check it out right here.

Favorite Registry Finds: 

I love wandering through Anthropologie’s Philly flagship store, or any of the brand’s stores for that matter. I am always able to pick out a couple of favorite decor items when I visit, so I thought I would pull together items to add to your registry or purchase as a surprise add-on to a gift for the bride and groom. One of my favorite items that I happened upon is this book  because it would be the perfect gift for a bride who has just announced that she’s engaged.

Favorite Detail:

I had to look closely at this detail when I saw it on Style Me Pretty’s Pinterest page. Those pages are folded to form “I Do.” That takes my folding down the pages of my calendar to count down to summer school activity to a completely different (and way awesome) level. I would love to see something like this on a welcome table at a wedding. See more of the details from the couple’s wedding on Style Me Pretty here.

Favorite Activity: 

Although dancing and mingling with guests will keep many completely occupied and having fun for hours, if you happen to be hosting an outdoor wedding, I love the idea of adding in a couple of outdoor games. Ping pong is one of my top picks because it’s fun for kids to play and equally as enjoyable for adults. I love how this couple even added some flair to the table with bunting flags in their wedding’s colors.

Favorite Late Night Snack: 

Although I talked all about delicious hometown foods to serve your guests as a late night snack last week (here + here), I just had to include this one from Southern Weddings. S’mores are one of my favorite summertime treats (or anytime really. when there’s chocolate, I’m in), and these look…dare I say…decadent. The couple who served them even went so far as to make homemade marshmellows. With that said, I’ll be right there with you purchasing a bag from the grocery store. : )

I’m going adventuring this weekend, and one of the activities I will be doing is going to my first Phillies game. I’m.SO.excited. Have a great weekend!

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Wedding Registry Inspiration: Anthropologie

Every time I see an Anthropologie, I always insist on wandering through the store. Because the brand calls Philadelphia it’s hometown, I was especially excited to adventure to the flagship store. The two photos above are from my adventure. There’s stained glass on the ceiling and part of the store has a beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square. I didn’t snap a photo of the chandelier, but I died!

I have always loved interior design and the details that one can use to fill a room or an entire home. I fall for so many of Anthropologie’s items, especially those for the kitchen, even if I don’t necessarily purchase them. I love the home items that they carry because each has a uniqueness to it that makes it feel as if it’s not something you are going to come across in a traditional department store. And the bright colors don’t hurt either! With these facts in mind, below are some of my favorite Anthropologie finds for your registry or as an added surprise to give to the bride and groom.

{Clockwise from left: Window Pane Lanterns, Handmade Weddings, Desert Rose Frame, Twinkling Luz Vase}

{Clockwise from left: Paisleys Spoon Rest, Monogrammed Mug, Just Picked Recipe Cards, Coloring Tab Measuring Spoons}

Do you have any recent Anthropologie finds that you are loving? Comment below and let me know!

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