Christmas Cupcakes

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I started hyperventilating when I saw this year’s Christmas bag from Georgetown Cupcake. They really stepped it up this year. The handles are ribbons and the bag itself is much thicker, not to mention it’s PINK!!! It’s seriously so adorable and makes getting cupcakes even more exciting! My favorite day to get cupcakes all year round is Sunday because that’s the only day you can get mocha fudge. December makes cupcake days even better because of their Christmas flavors. Mrs. Claus Cocoa and Chocolate Peppermint are especially good!

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Christmastime in Georgetown would not be complete without the wreaths that top every lamppost. They look especially cute going down the waterfront.

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Sitting with Santa

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The other night, Hannah and I went to take photos with Santa at Pentagon City Mall. On Black Friday, we’d ordered matching (child size) Christmas Sweaters from Vineyard Vines and were so excited to wear them! While pictured more red online, the sweaters were a pretty goji berry color and have the cutest whale fair isle print! While waiting in line for Santa, and again in a store, we were mistaken from 15 year olds which was hilarious! The Pentagon City Santa was incredible and had a great real beard!

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Sweaters

 

Christmas at the White House

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This is going to be the most photo heavy post ever. Back in early October, I requested a Christmas White House tour through my senator. I wish I did it earlier, because almost every date was completely full! Fortunately, we were able to get a tour this year.

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When we first entered, it was so crowded, and as we approached the presidential seal at the end, there was an actual line. So many people rushed through and out the door, but we took our time looked at every single decoration. At the end, my mom decided she wanted to go see a painting that was way back at the beginning, so she snuck back. After it became apparent she wouldn’t be returning anytime soon, Jason and I decided to go find her, and she was walking around empty rooms since everyone was gone! We went through the whole thing again, this time with no people, since the next tour hadn’t started yet. Nobody minded us being there since they had to stand there anyway!

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We even took our time walking out of the White House. The wreaths outside were just so cute! I totally didn’t realize until after that I was wearing the unfortunate combination of plaid on plaid, but I don’t even care, it was fine.

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Last year, I got these red tartan pants from Vineyard Vines and have worn them so many times since. They’re so festive and I just love them! My mom has the cutest tartan skirt to go with them so we can twin!

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Pants // Sweater // Skirt // Booties // Earrings

Christmas Bedroom

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My dorm room is finally decorated for Christmas! I hung the cutest cookie cutter fairy lights over my bed, added a silver tinsel Christmas tree and some Christmas pillows to my bed. The reindeer pillow even has little bells on it! I even wrapped the frames on my wall in tartan wrapping paper and added some bows to look like little presents. It’s been an extremely motivating environment to study in with the right lighting, cozy feel, and enough reminder that Christmas vacation is right around the corner!

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‘Tis The Season

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I love starting the Christmas season with a trip to Union Station. The wreaths out front and the bow garlands hung in the walkways are so festive and cute. While last year’s trip happened to coincide with the first snow, the sunshine was equally as welcome. I also wore almost the exact outfit as last year: a red tartan top with the same jacket. This has to be one of my favorite seasonal outfits. The tartan bows on my earrings match with the top and the gold of the hoops pairs perfectly with the gold buttons and gold details on my boots! 

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Winter Earrings

I’ve been so obsessed with earrings lately. After making this collage and putting the post together, I ended up ordering some adorable snowflake ones which are so sparkly and some beautiful gold hoop earrings with the cutest tartan bows! They will definitely be featured in upcoming posts. There are so many cute earrings out right now (these little bows!) that I couldn’t help but compile a few favorites, especially since many are currently on great sales.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Last night, my roommate Hannah and I finally got around to making butternut risotto. We’d planned to since the beginning of the month, and all the ingredients were in the fridge, so we decided to go for it. I can’t believe how good this stuff is… I was actually blown away. This is the perfect dinner for when you have about a half hour to spend in the kitchen, standing over the stove. Unfortunately, this is not a quick dinner that you can just let sit, but all the time and effort is definitely worth it. Obviously, a bowl of orange colored risotto isn’t going to be the most photogenic, especially in the horrible lighting I’m stuck with after dark. Nonetheless, the taste makes up for it and this is one of the best recipes I’ve tried in awhile (because I never try new things)!

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To serve 2 you will need:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • LOTS of garlic (at least 2 cloves)
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/8 cup parmesan
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • LOTS of black pepper

Start by slicing butternut into small cubes, dicing a small onion and chopping up the garlic. Add the olive oil, butternut, and onion to a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until everything starts to cook down and the onions start to brown. Next, add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. The recipe calls for 2 cloves but I added two extra tablespoons, maybe more, when Hannah wasn’t looking. There’s no such thing as too much garlic. Add the rice to the pan and allow it to toast for a couple of minutes.

Now for the long part. Add the wine and stir until it is fully absorbed. Then, 1/2 cup at a time, add the broth and stir it in until it is absorbed. This process is going to take about 20-24 minutes. Make sure that the rice is creamy and soft before continuing to the next step.

Add the cheese (we definitely added extra), a lot of freshly ground black pepper and butter. Stir until it’s all melted and together. Then put the lid on and let it simmer for a couple minutes, but watch it carefully. Then stir it again and serve with more pepper.

Original recipe