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Most people create a resolution list after News Year day, but I find doing one after celebrating a birthday way more effective. So last night I sat down and brainstormed ideas of ; goals, behaviors I want to change and things I want to learn before my next birthday. Having just celebrated my 24th birthday 2 weeks ago I thought having 24 items on my “inspiration list” would be fitting.  Now sharing all 24 would be extremely boring for you so I will share my top 7 .

1. Start making moves to move aboard

2. Travel to 1 new place this year (domestically or internationally)

3. Learn 1 new thing in my job industry a month and find a way to apply it.

4. Take more risks (romantically)

5. Be more consistent about my blog posting

6. Stop saying “yes”  all the time to people at work

7. Be more spontaneous ( I love to plan and one of my favorite mottos is ; “preventive measures”

8. Take advantage of the tourist attractions of D.C. ( As a Washingtonian you tend to forget how much your city has to offer)

Thank you to my friends & family for helping me celebrate!

Thank you to my friends & family for helping me celebrate!

Leave me a comment and let me know what is on your inspiration list?

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Crème de la crème

Last Wednesday, my friends and I celebrated Washington’s top restaurants at Washingtonian’s Best of Washington party. We were joined by about 2,000 other guests and spent the evening enjoying delicious morsels and Patron loaded signature cocktails. We were transported to another world inspired by vintage travel; the decor was a mixture of “Around The World in 80 Days” and “Oriental Express.”

Come Fly with Me

We were greeted by Pan Am style flight attendants who immediately directed us towards the “ticket station” (more commonly known as the bar.)

flight attendant

Photo courtesy of Revamp

After knocking back our first cocktail we made our way through the food maze. There were so many delicious items I cannot pick a favorite but Brasserie Beck, Haute Dog & Fries, Bourbon Steak and Menomale were out of this world. At every turn there was a new sight to take in (they really nailed the travelling atmosphere) from caricatures, photos booths, specialty alcohol booths and even a Good Humor ice cream trolley.

Hello, Hello!

Molly’s dress is from Pieces and Mine is from Karen Millen

One stand-out booth was the vodka-infused lemonade stand that served 4 different  flavors; watermelon rosemary, strawberry basil, traditional lemonade and mint. The mint and strawberry basil were incredible.

Best of girls

We continuously ate and drank the night away, but managed to take a long enough break for some silly photos.

Say Cheese

The party continued at Graffito afterwards. We were still hungry after Best of (not sure how that is possible) so we ordered a Jersey Shore and an American Pie; the Jersey Shore was amazing (I inhaled it).

After Party

I highly recommend going next year, we had a ball! As you can see there was so much to experience; I don’t think this post can do it justice You will have to go experience it for yourself next year! Congratulations to all the restaurants and the Washingontian team on a fantastic job.

photo cred: Revamp

Photo courtesy of Revamp

PS My friends and I managed to make it on a couple of blogs’ coverage of the event. If you get a chance you should check them out, because their 200+ photos do the event more justice!

Happy Birthday America!

Hopefully you all enjoyed the Fourth of July festivities as much as my friends and I did yesterday. We spent the whole day celebrating our nation’s birthday and being O so ‘Murician.

Abe

At every Nats  game after the 4th inning there is a thing called the “President’s Race.” Abe, George, Teddy and FDR all race each other around the baseball diamond. This is definitely  one of my favorite parts of  the game. Luckily we were able to snag a quick picture with Abe before his big race. Fittingly,  George Washington, won yesterday’s President’s race, better luck next time Abe!

Natitude

Our view from the behind homeplate at the Nats game. Winning the game was an extra bonus!

The Gang

The whole gang hanging out in the diamond club trying to escape the 90 degree heat.

'Murica

We baked our girl, America, a very special birthday cake!

We ended the night by watching the fireworks exploding over the memorials. Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

P.S.- This PBR commercial is hilarious it makes me laugh every time I watch it, enjoy!

It’s FestaTime

For my mom’s 60th birthday, we decided to throw a big shindig to celebrate the 6 decades of her wonderful life.

Mother & Daughter

We asked guests to write down their favorite memory of my mom from the past 60 years.  On the sign-in table, I included one of my favorite photos of my mother and grandmother, which was actually featured in a DC magazine over 40 years ago.

My Dress: old DVF and Mom's Dress: DKNY

My Dress: old DVF and Mom’s Dress: DKNY

We decided on a peacock theme for the party. We bought a bunch of peacock feathers from z gallery, (also available from your local Micheal’s craft store). We placed the feathers in guests’ napkins to add to the peacock decor. Also from z gallery we picked up some glittered peacock napkin rings to use as a decorative touch for the centerpieces.  We kept the linens simple and used a combination of solid white and olive  green tablecloths. On top of the white tablecloths we placed peacock themed runners to add an extra pop.

Lucky for me my professional-event-planner- cousin made all of the center pieces for the party. She used purple and violet carnations and blue hydrangeas to create these little beauties. We perched the peacock napkin rings within the arrangements to give them a little extra sparkle.

To many more years!

Singing our heart out.

Again I was very lucky because my mom’s family helped by making a lot of the desserts featured above. For the most part, we served traditional Portuguese dishes and desserts such as flan.

Love Birds

The love birds

All in all the party was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time!

Gatsby Darling

great-gatsby-movie-poster

I can’t wait for the  “Great Gatsby” premiere, I’m weirdly obsessed with the 20’s and I feel like there is such a correlations between today’s generation and the 20’s. So I was very excited when a co-worker passed along to me that Brooks Brother’s did a Great Gatsby inspired collection.

1. Z : A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler 

2. Midnight in Paris 

3.  Dress : Alice and Olivia (old) 

4. Oxford Shoes: Steve Madden ( old, similar here

P.S. listen to the soundtrack here, my favorite tracks are All We Got and Crazy in Love.

Girls

So I was a little slow to learn about this new phenomenon that’s apparently defining the 20something generation, known to the trendy population as “Girls.” I tried to get on board with this show, but seriously I can’t. I am one of those girls who doesn’t get “Girls”.

wait I don’t get it

Not to rag on the show, but I find it kind of whiny. Maybe it’s because I don’t really know anyone who is like those girls (I know they’re suppose to be a hyperbole of people like them) ,but for some reason I can’t connect. After watching a few episodes (4 to be exact) I just found the show weird, sad and dear god it has a ton of feelings.

I just have a lot of feelings

Of course I thought there were some clever one-liners and think it has an interesting voice, but its not for me. I guess I will always be more of a Cher Horowitz kind of girl.

How do you feel about “Girls”? 

Can’t take it with you

“Hoarders” is such a  popular and thats because we all have trouble with parting with our possessions, as I transitioned my closet from winter to spring I decided to do some spring cleaning and donate some of my clothing, shoes and purses. Someone once told me that a good rule of thumb is “every time you buy something new you should remove something you no longer use” that way your wardrobe is always current and there isn’t a chance that will become barricaded in your home. Now you can either to donate your clothing to charity or so resell it at a consignment shop either way you shouldn’t ever throw anything away. Sometimes your wardrobe can seem utterly exhausted and all your clothes seem out of date, but that isn’ always the case you just need a fresh pair of eyes. 

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Dream Girl

life in plastic

Commemorative 50th Anniversary Barbie

In today’s day and age most little girls look to celebrities as their “role models”, which is a scary thought considering how popular Kim Kardashian is right now. (please dear God one of her is enough). Last week the versatile career woman, fashionista and  the most reinvented woman turned 53, yes you guessed it’s BARBIE. Now originally Ruth Handler envisioned Barbie as toy that would allow little girls everywhere to act out their deepest fantasies and their hopes for the future. Ruth had the genius idea to dress Barbie in haute couture inspired gowns and frocks (gold mine). This dream girl is the ideal role model (minus the whole measurements not found in nature thing, but seriously she’s a doll she’s not suppose to be realistic) she is everything “you” want to be/ dreams/goals (alright im done with the whole motivational speach). Not only has Barbie been an inspiration for me, but so has her maker, Ruth. Take a second to view this video about Ruth and what inspired her to create this “dream girl”.

Oh, I’m having so much fun!

Well Barbie, we’re just getting started

Oh, I love you Ken!