Coffee Date With My Love: Washington DC

    October 18, 2017
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    If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot for a D.C. patio coffee date and happen to be near Dupont Circle, be sure to check out Lil’B Coffee & Eatery.

    This little café this reminded me of one Sven and I visited while we were in Copenhagen. It’s set on a broad street lined with clean, mostly white buildings. Little black bistro tables are scattered around the fence-enclosed patio, and there are a few plants growing near by. To me, there is something calming about such an uncomplicated aesthetic. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your eyes.

    Our taste buds liked the coffee too! Sven and I are both (mostly) lactose free, so we opted for cappuccino made with almond milk – sehr gut!

    Lil’B Coffee & Eatery

    1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

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    Washington DC Brunch Club: Le Diplomate

    October 16, 2017
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    Brunch is perhaps my favorite meal of the day. And Sunday brunch is hands-down my favorite meal of the week. No matter if we’re brunching out or at home, Sven and I always take weekend brunch as a serious matter 😉

    I spent the weekend with Sven again in DC. Every trip I’ve made so far to see him has felt like proper holidays even though they’ve all been short.

    On Sunday morning, we walked through the Dupont Circle Farmers Market (which is held every Sunday) before heading to our favorite Washington DC brunch spot, Le Diplomate. The walk to the restaurant is nice and I enjoy strolling by the rows of pretty houses which line Q and R street. There’s something about the slightly unkept patio gardens and shady sidewalks that make these streets so charming.

    Anyways, Le Diplomate might be one of DC’s finest brunch options (if you’re into French food). But really. Who isn’t into French food?

    We decided to go for one of our tried and true favorites – Duck Sarladaises, along with something entirely new – Salmon Carpaccio. Both were delicious. However, Sven wanted me to tell you all that the Duck Sarladaises we had on this particular Sunday didn’t quite live up to his memory of the Sarladaises we had during our previous visit. I’m only including this details so I can tease him for his pedanticness later 😛 

    So if you’re ever in Washington DC, be sure to stop by Le Diplomate

    1601 Fourteenth Street Washington DC

    I’ll share my outfit details in a later post – goodnight!
    Rebecca

    Four Thoughts On Mindfulness

    October 11, 2017
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    Most of the time, the content I share on this blog doesn’t go far beyond what you can gain from face-value. But lately, I’ve been focusing a lot less on painting a pretty picture of my life. The season of life I’m in right now is full of change, and even though it’s all positive and exciting change, it’s still emotionally draining. In order to stay afloat, I’ve tried to shift my focus in ways that will help me better navigate the wild mix of events we have on our horizon.

    Today, I wanted to share these four thoughts on mindfulness with you guys. Hopefully this little list of reminders will bring some calmness to your life if you’re feeling spread thin. These are just a few things I’ve tried to remember in times when I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, or anxious.


    M I N D F U L N E S S

    None of these statements are revolutionary by any means, and perhaps that’s what makes them so easy to forget.

    O N E

    There’s nothing wrong with saying “no”.

    Saying “no” sounds so simple; after all, it’s only two letters. But actually saying “no” can be quite difficult – especially if it’s to someone really important to you. If you’re feeling overloaded, don’t forget that it’s ok to dish out a few “no’s”. It won’t always be easy, and sure, there’s always going to be that one friend/family member who will try to guilt-trip you into changing your mind. Simply ask for a little extra understanding and hopefully the people in your life will be able to adjust their expectations. 

    T W O

    Accomplishing “everything” doesn’t always create a sense of accomplishment.

    I think that it’s human nature to try to accomplish as much as we possibly can in a single day. And even if it’s possible to cross off every nagging item on your “to-do list” in the span of 12 hours, the feeling of sheer exhaustion you might experience after all is finished could completely overshadow any sense of accomplishment you might experience. The reality is that there will always be more “to-do’s” to add to the list. Don’t forget to relax a little while enjoying what you’ve already accomplished before moving on to the next thing. 

    T H R E E

    Expressing how you feel does not make you weak or demanding.

    Of all the items on this list, this might be the hardest one to remember. So I’ll say it again. Expressing how you feel does not make you weak or demanding. I think we live in a time where we are expected to be easy-going and breezy about everything, including our feelings. But the truth is that everyone has feelings that need to be vocalized and understood. Another truth is that we often make mistakes without even realizing it. I know this is true because I myself do it all the time. Sometimes, the unintentional mistakes we make lead to the hurt feelings of the people around us. And sometimes, we’re on the other side of that equation. Misunderstandings can create a lot of relational stress, but open communication is the easiest way to prevent this from happening. So go ahead. Speak about your feelings. They don’t make you weak or demanding – they make you relatable. They make you human.

    F O U R

    It’s ok to have nothing to show.

    We live in a time when it seems as if every single day should be orchestrated as a picture-perfect event. Don’t believe me? Hop onto Instagram and you’ll quickly see what I’m taking about. I of all people would know considering my involvement in the perfectly curated world of social media and “lifestyle blogging”. But some days, I have absolutely nothing to show (at least with the rest of the world) and I’m completely ok with that. In fact, I’ve learned to embrace those day. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending an entire Saturday stretched out on the sofa in your most unbecoming sweats – dirty dishes in the sink, laundry in the hallway still waiting to be washed, Netflix streaming in the background, and absolutely no one to impress. 

     

    Love,
    Rebecca

    Dreaming About Cozy Weather, Sweaters, Cafés

    October 11, 2017
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    Not even this mid-October heat wave can keep me from dreaming about cozy weather.

    It still doesn’t quite feel like fall yet thanks to this miserably hot and humid weather we’ve been experiencing. But I’ve still had sweaters, layers, all black outfits, and coffee dates on my mind.

    Above are a few of my favorite pins from Pinterest. If you haven’t already, check out some of my Pinterest boards. I’ve been trying to keep them better organized since Pinterest got rid of the “like” feature. This has helped me a lot when searching for inspiration, and I like the fact that I’ve become more intentional with the information I collect. Like most bloggers/designers, Pinterest is one of my main sources for inspiration. Lately I’ve been spending a lot more time “dreaming about” stuff than I have been creating content. And that’s ok. For me, creativity and motivation seems to come and go in waves.

    To be completely honest, life has been so jam-packed that I haven’t been dedicating much time to my personal creative development. But that’s ok too. At some point or another, when things calm down a little, I’ll circle back around and find myself in a whole new creative space. But until then, this blog (and my personal creative time) will be the first department to take a cut as I adjust the way I budget my time.

    Pretty soon, I’ll be sharing some very exciting updates. Sven and I have some news to announce which is the main reason why my focus hasn’t really been much on the blog. But until then, you guys will just have to wait!

    That’s all I have to share for tonight.
    xx
    Rebecca

    Avocado Toast, Fig Salad, And Girl Time

    October 1, 2017
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    Avocado toast has been seriously popular these day for obvious reasons. It’s easy to make, healthy, and oh-so-delicious!

    I’ve been trying to eat a super plant based diet lately. So when my mom and sisters came for a visit today, I made us the biggest, most delicious fig salads and my favorite avocado toast!


    Sun Gold Avocado Toast Recipe

    Toasted Organic 7-Grain Bread
    Sliced Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes
    Sliced Hass Avocados
    Raw Sunflower Seeds

    I love topping my avocado toast with these sweet little Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. They are so juicy, a little bit tangy, and add such a nice color to the table. I also like the added crunch from the raw sunflower seeds. These small seeds are very high in vitamin E and rich in antioxidants too!


    After lunch, we had some homemade sorbet. It was a recipe that I whipped together last night and was so easy to make. I still have a little bit left over so I will try to snap some photos so that I can share the full details in a later post. After food, we walked around downtown and enjoyed the fresh autumn air for a few hours before going for dinner.

    I’ve been so happy to spend time with my family lately. Having the girls here (minus my oldest sister, Jessica) makes my heart feel so full! With life as busy as it is and a quite a few miles between us, it’s not always easy to be together. But I’m grateful that we make time for each other to relax and laugh together.

    Now I’m off for bed. A new work week starts bight an early tomorrow!

    XX

    RG

    Denim Jacket Weather in Washiongton D.C.

    September 30, 2017
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    Denim jacket weather is here to stay! At least for the next month or so. After that, we’ll be onto the next best thing – cozy winter coats!

    Here’s an outfit I wore during my last trip to D.C. I paired this casual denim jacket with a cute beige lace mini dress, bright white sneakers, and my le boy.

    Photo credits go to Sven… He takes 95% of my outfit photos. Talk about a patient and kind boyfriend! I couldn’t be more lucky to have a man by my side who supports my hobbies and is always so willing to help me in all the little ways 🙂

    Jacket – from Francesca’s | Dress – old from Forever21 | Sneakers – from Puma

    Layered Up – Fall SheIn Favorites

    September 28, 2017
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    This summer was defiantly the year of florals and ruffles. Thankfully, I think that trend will stick around long after the warm weather is gone. Above are a few of my fall SheIn favorites. I think that these pieces would layer together oh-so-nicely!

    The striped long-sleeved top (three) would look darling underneath the blush knit sweater (five). I would cuff the sleeves so that the ruffles showed and pair it with a faux leather mini and white sneakers for a more casual look.

    The floral blouse (four) would layer beautifully under a biker-style jacket (two). This combo would work great with some Levis 501s or a black midi pencil skirt and embellished slippers.

    And finally, I just love the textured details of the burgundy and grey sweaters (one and six). Either would be perfect with jeans, or a high-wasted skirt and booties.

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    Blue Ridge Mountains Adventure

    September 25, 2017
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    The first week of fall is officially upon us so to mark the occasion, Sven and I decided to make an impromptu trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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    The blue ridge mountains will always have a special place in my heart. After all, they were my home for more than three years while I was in college. It felt like I was long over due for a visit. Sven has never seen the fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkways so I was excited to share this special place with him. I was hopeful we would see some vibrate fall foliage in transition too.

    Sadly, the colors weren’t as vibrant as I had hoped. Regardless..
    die Berge und Wasser sind wunderschön
    (wunderschön – my current favorite German word 😛 )

    We pack our standard picnic – fresh fruit and avocado sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes. One with brie and apples, the other with chèvre and tomatoes. Sehr gut!

    We also had a four-legged friend along for the adventure! Ashley was out of town for the weekend, so Sven and I looked after her sweet pup, Dallas. It’s always nice to have a trial run with a dog. We would love to have a dog of our own, but we don’t have the time for one right now with work and travel!


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    We spent a few hours walking around Julian Price Lake. I think this is one of the most peaceful spots in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I wanted to take a canoe onto the water, but Dallas didn’t seem up for that adventure. We walked the full loop instead and found a little spot with a view of the water where we snacked away our lunch.


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    At Moses Cone Manor, I finally found some fall colors in the trees. You can see how happy that made me. What you can’t see, however, is how bad my allergies were by this point. Honestly, I have no idea how I survived three years of the hay fever! 


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    We ended the day with a trip into Blowing Rock in search of fresh apple cider before heading to my favorite vegan restaurant in Boone. I’ve spent so many weekends in these mountains. It was nice to add one more weekend to my collection of beautiful memories.

    Outfit Details

    Top – H&M | Skirt – Boho Blu | Sneakers – Adidas | Leather Bag – Self made!
    Now, it’s bedtime for me.
    ♥ ♥ ♥
    RG

    Autumn Is In The Air And So Is Fall Fashion

    September 10, 2017
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    Right now, the air is becoming crisp and I’m starting to feel the promise of autumn. This is a very exciting feeling to me because it means that it’s finally time to get ready for fall fashion!

    While it’s not full-blown “jacket season” yet, the coolness makes it perfect for darker color combinations and welcomes an increase in layers. While I love my summer wardrobe, I’m ready for fall fashion!

    I paired the look above with a denim jacket later in the evening after the warmth of the afternoon sun wore off. This outfit was great for a weekend with the girls – a little flirty but still soft and casual.

    The other lovely ladies are my sisters (my youngest sister and my sister-in-law). They were in town for the weekend, so we spent some time strolling around the Greensboro Folk Festival which was happening right outside my flat.

    Outfit Details

    Sheer Top from Free People | Lace Barletta from H&M | Skirt from Boho Blue | Bag from Genuine People | Glasses from Ray Ban | Silk handkerchief from Vintage to Vogue 

    Sisters Weekend – Snacking With The Girls

    September 10, 2017
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    This sisters weekend has been one of the sweetest weekends I’ve had in a long time. It was a little bitter sweet now that everyone is gone.

    The Emily and Maedchen came in town on Friday night, but we were missing Jessica! Sadly she couldn’t make it because she has been sick and was under close watch in the hospital. I haven’t written about this yet, but I’m so excited to say that I’m going to be an aunt! Jessica and Will are due in December and I’m really thrilled for them. It will be here before we know it! She came down with a fever so her doctor thought it would be good for her to stay in the hospital so that they could monitor her and the baby. I’m so happy to say they she was able to go home together 🙂

    Anyways, us three girls had such a nice time snacking away for brunch and lunch on Saturday. In the morning, we had a nice brunch of coffee, fresh figs, juicy strawberries, pastries, and mango smoothie bowls with coconut and chia seeds. Yum! For lunch, we ate yummy Israeli salad with a side of bread, cheese, avocado, and delicious French red wine. So good!

    I really want to plan another sisters weekend soon. Family is so important to me and the time we get to spend together is always so much fun. For anyone who has sisters, you know how there is no one else like a sister. We spent so much time laugh and talking and my heart just feels so full! I really hate that Jessica and baby couldn’t make it!

    XOXO