The Cheapest Date

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. This one is especially for those of you who are looking for a fun, affordable time with a special someone. It’s the cheapest date I know, and one of my favorites. It’s going to the park with your boo. I know. It’s completely revoluntionary.

But in all honesty, going to a park to walk around, explore and talk to your loved one can be a simply amazing time. So often I think the simple things in life can be underated, overlooked or taken for granted. People are so quick to talk about the amazing things they do on their social media platforms, but I think it’s just as important to share the simple, day-to-day things we do with the people we love.


I had this realization last weekend as I walked for miles around Fort Washington park with Will and Maddie (my doggie). We decided to do something outside that afternoon. Fort Washington seemed like a fun place to check out, since neither of has have been there, despite it’s close proximity to D.C.

Well it was such a good idea. It was absolutely beautfiul, and the hours we spent there flew by. Moments like that are my favorite. There is something about being outside that is so good for our souls.

I had this moment of realization as we walked around. I now it’s a cliche that is passed around so often — the tangible things in our lives are not important. It’s the special people we share our lives with and the moments with them that give our life value. The fact that, we can go and have that experience with someone special and it doesn’t cost anything, is what makes it invaluable.

So yes, it was the cheapest date. And it is something I’d reccomend everyone do on a regular basis. Pack a lunch. Have a picnic. Bring your dog. Do it your way, but just spend sometime outside with someone you love.

Cheers!

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Get the Look: Initials, Monograms & All Things Personalized

Personalized jewelry and accessories, in the form of monograms and initials, have continued to be a popular trend this year, and it doesn’t show any changing in the year to come. In fact, supermodel Gigi Hadid is putting her name and initials on practically everything she wears. This new look of custom, branded clothing shows how the monogramming trend has grown in popularity. Literally adding your name to your outfit of the day can further brand your personal style.

If this is a trend you have been eyeing and wanting to try, I’d suggest starting with jewelry and accessories before following Gigi’s footsteps and embroidering your name on all your clothes. Or you can just go BIG right from the start! 😉

One of my favorite monogrammed pieces is this acrylic block monogram necklace from Bauble Bar. I got the medium sized monogram in antique gold with the 18″ chain. I’ve had this piece for over a year and it has held up very well. I have experienced lots of cheap jewlrey, especially in gold, becoming tarnished over time. This necklace, however, has not had that issue. So, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.


I also decided to be slightly unconventional and just include my first and middle initials in my monogram. So don’t feel like you need to go the traditional route if you are getting soemthing monogrammed — you do you! And if an acrylic block necklace is not your style, here are some other mongrammed jewelry pieces you may like.

Turquoise Evil Eye Initial Bracelet            Monogrammed Keychain

Asymmetrical Initial Necklace     Monogrammed Ring     Pave Initial Earrings

 

I’d love to know if you have any other stylish finds that can be personalized.

Happy Monday & have a great work week!

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Trip Tips: Portland, San Francisco & in between

Yesterday I shared an overview and photos of my road trip from Portland to San Francisco. There were a few things and places that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone planning a similar trip. Here are those details.

PORTLAND – If you can travel around the city by bike, do it! It’s such an easy way to see the city and the traffic/cars were not overwhelming like it can be in some cities. We lucked out in booking a hotel that had bikes for their guests to use for free, but Cycle Portland has great reviews on their rentals and tours if you are looking for a recommendation. One of my favorite meals on our whole road trip was brunch at Tasty n Alder. It WOW’d all of us! The family style food was delicious and every dish we tried had such a lovely combination flavors. It’s obvious the chefs really care about the food they serve. On top of that, the prices were not bad and the restaurant had a great Portland vibe!


OREGON WINERIES – The Stoller winery was easily my favorite of the two we visited in Oregon. One thing to keep in mind — some wineries in Oregon and California cater more towards their wine club members. The first winery we went to, Bergstrom, was like this. At that winery only members could bring food, and what was available to visitors was limited. I was not expecting some wineries to be like that, but thankfully the second winery we went to, Stoller, was not like this. It was a stunning haven for travelers and visitors. Their wine tasting was great quality and included several wines that have high ratings. They also had a assortment of cheese and meats which helped hold us over until dinner.


CALIFORNIA WINERIES – Hands down, my favorite winery of the whole trip was Chateau Montelena. We had a fabulous time from the moment we got there and our wine tasting was everything I hoped a wine tasting would be (seriously)! The staff was very knowledgable and told us the story of how the winery’s Chardonnay beat out French wines in a historic blind tasting that changed how the world viewed California’s wine.

SAN FRANCISCO – This city has a lot to offer and so much to take in. Our dinner at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar was my favorite of our road trip. Everything we ordered at this French restaurant was fabulous. They also served absinthe and several creative cocktails, which were both pretty and delicious. San Francisco has tons of our tours to choose from as well, but I’d reccomend booking those in advance. Some of the bay cruises and popular Alcatraz tours were selling tickets two weeks out. We ended up doing a bay cruise that was nice, but not something I’d recommend as a must-do. The best tour we had on this trip was the San Francisco Love Tour. This tour took us all over the city in a decked out VW van that played 60s music the whole time. One thing that made this tour so nice was that it was a more personal experience than a tour in a giant bus with 70 people. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the city as well–none of our questions were left unanswered!

In addition to these places, the Oregon coastline and Redwood forests should be must-dos on your list if you are visiting the Pacific Northwest. The scenery was truly stunning, so get outside and explore if you are visiting the area.

I’d love to hear about your experiences traveling to the same area. Do you have additional recommendations or tips?

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