Events, Food, Shopping

Emporiyum comes to D.C.

The Emporiyum is a food-extravaganza and this past summer, it was in Baltimore and much to my sadness, I didn’t make it (mind you cider was had and dinner at Woodberry Kitchen so it wasn’t really a loss). But, when it was announced that Emporiyum was coming to D.C. I was in! So with my V.I.P. ticket in hand, and a partner in crime to explore I ventured off to Union Market and ate and drank and was joyful.

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The vendor line up includes tons of great D.C. foodies that I love: Toki Underground, Neopol Smokery, and Astro Doughnuts. But I really was excited by the out-of-towners and there were a lot of them. Charleston, S.C. natives Bittermilk and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. showed what small-batch mixers can do for a cocktail. Between Bittermilk’s Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour mixer and Jack Rudy’s Small Batch Tonic, I knew my bag was about to get a bit heavier and my wallet a little lighter.

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Kirby

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Woodberry Kitchen came down from Baltimore with lechon tacos in tow and this gluten-free girl did a little dance of joy (well, as much of a dance as is possible with a lot of people around). That dance of joy continued all the way to Brooklyn Slate. Funny story there, I love me some Brooklyn Slate, not shocking based on my love of cheese boards. Once upon a time on a trip to NYC, I acquired a couple as Christmas gifts on a trip to Brooklyn Flea. Nothing sounds bad about that, right? Wrong. It was at the start of the day and apparently I was going to schlep those slate boards (and a cake stand) all over the city for the rest of the day, which included shoving them into a locker to not have to balance them on my back while ice skating. It was really nice to be able to make a purchase and then put it straight into my car. It’s the little victories.

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Of course, I had to end with my favorites, D.C.’s own Typecase Industries. If you are looking for fun letterpress cards, prints, and coaster…Emily, Alessandra and Stephanie are your girls. They regularly take all my money with their amazingly hysterical cards and their D.C. centric prints and coasters. Also, if you need a koozie reminding you that you’re a “Grown Ass Woman”…they can help you out. They’re good like that.

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Jenis

Just because, why not end the day with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

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Shopping

shopping // of a kind

Every time I try and get into a regular rhythm of blogging, my life goes crazy. So here it is, I’m going to try harder, I will fail less, and I still won’t have a regular posting schedule. So there’s that. And without further ado…shopping.


Of a Kind, it is pretty safe to say that I’m obsessed. If you have no idea of what I refer to, here is a bit about them per their website:

“We select designers whose work we love and feature them on the site, one at a time. We share a series of stories about each designer—inspirations, personal life, taste, training, you name it—along with a limited-edition piece designed exclusively for Of a Kind.”

I love the products, I love the designers I find through them, and I love the weekly emails from the founders Claire and Erica (I’ve been known to forward them to many people and use them, in meetings with my boss, as examples about the proper use of email newsletters). I also really love that right now everything is on sale and with that, I’m sharing my current “I Want” list with the world.

**If you were not recently reminded by your mother that you are on a budget, you can take 35% off everything with code UPINYOURGRILL through 07/08/2014 (so exciting!)

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Fashion, Life, Shopping

wish list: here we go, Turkey.

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I have discovered a problem I didn’t know I had. Going on vacation makes me want to shop more. I have visions of great outfits, amazing jewelry, and the bags…oh the bags. It can probably be blamed on the fact that I have started to think of life in photographic snapshots so the vision of a flowy skirt blowing in the breeze while on a cliff overlooking the sea while wearing super cool jewelry and holding an awesome bag, I mean that can totally happen, right? With Turkey quickly approaching, I thought I would share what has tempted me most recently, i.e. my vacation wish list. However, I will say that what is actually going into my bag will be a lot what I currently own and love quite a bit.  From my amazing lightweight colorblock scarf from scarf shop, perfect for darting in and out of locations that require head-coverings, a few pairs of well loved (and broken in) sandals care of Aldo, Rainbow & Madewell, a plethora of skirts below my knee, and of course my camera and a lot of camera cards to go with it.

1. camera case 2. random dye scarf 3. stack ring 4. gem ring 5. sandals 6. tote 7. guides

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Shopping

wantful. i want.

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Sometimes you find something that is so perfect, brilliant and amazing that you want to:

a. share it with everyone
b. give it to everyone
c. hide it away for yourself and tell no one (but be the super awesome gift giver)

Because I blog, I felt like I needed to go with option a, however, my aunt and mom wanted me to go with option c so that they could utilize the greatness that is Wantful before news of it’s wonder got out to people they know (and give gifts to).

Here is how simple it really is (per the website):

How it works:

  1. PersonTell us a bit about the person you’re buying a gift for.
  2. GiftWe’ll help you curate a set of 16 perfect gift ideas.
  3. BookYour collection is delivered in a custom printed gift book.
  4. ShipThey choose the item they love the most and we deliver it.

I have taken the quiz based on different people and curated a variety of different collections to get a feel for the site and I love it. The items are wonderful with a vast amount of option at varying price points, so it is pretty easy to stay within your budget. You can select 16 items per collection and options range anywhere from decor, jewelry, hammocks, electronics, totes, bar ware, food, and art, so you will always find items to, well, fill a whole book. You may now become everyone’s favorite gift giver.

Wantful can be found online at wantful.com

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Shopping

camera strap search

bloom theory straps

The week before last my camera was stolen, or as a co-worker put it, a piece of my soul was taken. So while renter’s insurance is great and dandy (and is cutting me a check for my camera) there are just some things it can’t replace. One of those this is the strap I got at Feet First + Blogshop.

The previous strap was made by Natalie, a friend of Bri from designlovefest, it was the cute pop of color to my not so colorful Canon. Now I guess it’s time to find a new pop of color for my camera and just savor my LA memories the old fashioned way, via photograph.

So I guess it’s time to start the hunt for something new, through this strap from Bloom Theory may be the winner. And by may, I mean it is.

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DIY, Inspiration, Shopping

etsy find: knot & bow

There are days when you want something pretty to just appear on your doorstep, and then there are those other days. The days when you wished you owned a sewing machine and had every possible crafting item known to man-kind. At the immediate moment in my world, that has come out in the form of packaging. Then I found Knot & Bow on Etsy.

 

So for all those who love browsing through real weddings or sees awesome glitter twine on a design blog and wonders where they can get something like that, you’re welcome.

the Knot and Bow shop can be found here: www.etsy.com/shop/knotandbow

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Parties, Shopping, Wedding

must have monday: geronimo! (balloons)

 

Balloons. Who doesn’t love them? How can you not smile when you see one? Doesn’t everyone dream of a giant balloon with fringe? Okay, that may have been pushing it a bit far. Moving on.

Geronimo balloons has been creating what can only be called balloon art for less then a year now, but is already much loved. Especially for the fun element it brings to photos. It also can’t help but bring a smile to your face when you see it.

Have I mentioned they are giant?

More information can be found online at geronimoballoons.com

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Food, Shopping

foodie friday: brooklyn slate company

I have been waiting a pretty long time (read: a month) to regale the blog-world with my love of the Brooklyn Slate Company (instead of just little snippets). Also read: I had to wait that whole long month because well, you can’t talk about how great something is when you family reads the blog and you bought a cheeseboard form BSC for your aunt for Christmas.

Long and complicated I know.

I know it seems kinda nuts to be this excited about a thin slab of slate, but just imagine the endless possibilities in the land of “making one’s food pretty on the table for guests”…or we could just call it plating.

And it comes in a great burlap bag, which, is pretty great for storage.

Really, is there anything that doesn’t look awesome plated on a piece of slate. These Brooklyn Slate folks are on to something.

To purchase your very own visit: www.brooklynslate.com

Oh, and all the fun stuff:
Photos care of the BSC website
I am not affiliated with BSC nor do they even know who I am (but in case they were wondering, I am a girl that really really loves their product but can’t decided what to buy first. But I’m leaning toward the slate placemats)

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