The Great Falls

Although it wasnt that long ago, my trip to Great Falls Park in Virginia feels like it happened eons ago. I can’t believe it’s just about time to head home for Thanksgiving!  While I uploaded a post about the fun weekend I had directly following it (read it here) I’ll talk more about our trip to the falls. Surprisingly, parking here was a pain in the butt but the little walk from the parking lot to the Potomac and then to the falls was pleasant and eventful. I ended up going with three friends: Hannah, Zac and Jack. Hannah and I are both comfortable in the outdoors but our two counterparts were very much not. It was so funny to watch two city slickers attempt to do the simple tasks such as step from stone to stone and deal with absolute horrors such as mud.  It’s always fun to retreat from the city with friends and I’m definitely going to start doing it more often. In under a half hour, I can be driving down a suburban country road, feeling like I’m hundreds of miles away from the city. Going here made me really want to drive over to western Virginia and get some hiking in!

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Sweatshirt (on sale!) // Jeans // Boots

Fall in Georgetown

Earlier this morning, I had some time to kill so I decided to go for a walk around Georgetown, collect some fallen leaves, drool over the houses and pick up some cupcakes. As I was taking photos of the first house that caught my eye, an older gentleman came up to me and started a conversation. It was funny; he thought I was twelve and expressed confusion that I could drive. I soon learned that he was the caretaker for many of the homes in Georgetown and had recently painted many of the homes that I was photographing. It was cool to be able to meet and talk to someone who maintains such beautiful homes that make up such a well known part of D.C. We chatted for awhile longer before we parted ways and I continued to aimlessly wander around Georgetown for about a half hour. Here are some of my favorite houses that were decked out for fall!

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Leafing Through Washington

Fall has arrived in the District, bringing with it temperatures in the high thirties. While I’m happy to see the leaves finally change, the frigid temperatures are a slightly less welcome addition to the season. Since the temperatures dipped, I have essentially become a walking L.L. Bean advertisement. For the next 4-5 months, you will rarely catch me wearing anything but my bean boots! Because I didn’t get my coat mailed down to me until a couple of days ago, I’ve found myself layering as much as possible to stay warm. This means a flannel (L.L. Bean’s are the warmest), a sweater and a down vest, all paired with jeans and accented with lace socks. The outfit was perfect for a frigid walk to work and a fun (but freezing) day out frolicking in leaves by the Tidal Basin.

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Flannel // Sweater // Vest // Jeans // Bean Boots // Socks

The White House Garden

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On Sunday, October 22, I went for a tour of the White House garden with my friend Zac. That morning, I had a previous commitment and was upset that I wouldn’t be able to go. Fortunately, Zac woke up bright and early, walked all the way to the White House, and was able to get us tickets for that afternoon.

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It was so cool to be that close to the White House. The sun was super harsh and the crowds were insane, but we waited both out and were able to get some cute photos. The White House was the perfect backdrop! My favorite photo is the one where three of the security are watching me strut and spin to get just the right shot! The funniest part is we were one of the last ones out and only left because they were casually following us out trying to get us to leave. Being able to do things like tour the White House garden is a huge reason that I came to school in D.C. so outings like these are a welcome addition to my itinerary!

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What A Weekend

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Sometimes I forget that one of the main reasons I came to school in D.C. was to tourist! While I haven’t been completely off my game, realizing that there are several things I still want to do in the serves as a definite reminder that I need to get out and explore my area. So, this weekend, I enjoyed three consecutive days of (semi)hardcore touristing!

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My weekend started on Friday where I mainly sat around all day before realizing that Melania Trump had just donated her Inaugural ball gown to the National Museum of American History that morning so naturally, I had to go. With Nancy Reagan’s dress coming in a close second, Melania’s was my favorite; simple yet elegant. I thought she was very short until I googled her height and realized that she only looked short because her mannequin didn’t have a head. I even snapped a family photo with Donald and Melania, such a good-looking couple!

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My Saturday morning started at the barn and that afternoon, I decided to rent a car and go to Great Falls Park in Virginia with some friends. While I reserved a normal car, something must have happened because I was forcibly reassigned to a minivan. I felt like a soccer mom driving around in her big, ugly, black minivan with her children in the backseat.  Bad things always come in threes, which makes sense because the first inconvenience of the minivan was followed up by two other minor disasters. First, I accidentally put the town of Great Falls, Virginia instead of the park into my google maps and didn’t realize it until we pulled up to a busy intersection just as Siri announced “you have arrived.” The second minor disaster happened moments after as the gas light dinged and we realized that whoever had rented the car before us hadn’t filled it up as they were supposed to, so we pulled into a gas station. I made one of my friends pump the gas because, fun fact: I’ve never pumped gas before in my almost four years of driving and hopefully never will. Because it was a rental, there was a gas card in the glove box along with directions. As I pulled out the direction card and handed it to my friend saying “here are the directions,” an older man pulled up to the pump next to us and got out of his car. He must’ve thought we were idiots, four young kids in an ugly black minivan, needing directions to pump gas. His initial impression of us was followed by another fantastic one. My personal gas pumper asked me to check the odometer for whatever reason and I don’t know about you, but I did not know what an odometer was so I asked. Two of the three people with me answered and I started to check, just as the cranky old coot looked at me and screamed, I kid you not, “IT’S THE THING THAT COUNTS YOUR MILES!” Um, 1. I didn’t ask you and 2. Manners much? He was so angry! Gotta love cranky old men!!

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We finally gassed up and made it to the park where we climbed on logs and rocks and got some amazing photos. While I’m sharing some here now, keep your eyes peeled for a post with even more of them coming soon!

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After, we had fully intended to go to Costco but wouldn’t have made it in time because it closed relatively early so instead went to get dinner at Noodles and Company. It was so good, fast and cheap! I’m definitely going back sometime in the near future.

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Sunday came and I was sure my weekend of touristing had ended. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Zac woke up bright and early and high tailed it to the Whitehouse to get himself a ticket for the garden tour while I stayed home and got ready for an RHA event. As I was walking over, he called me and said he got me a ticket for later that afternoon so I could go! With some sweet-talking and a fun little sob story, he even got himself a second ticket so we could go together. It was so fun to get that close to the Whitehouse and see the area surrounding it. I had no idea the garden was that big!

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We went through so slow, taking our time taking in every detail and taking as many photos as we possibly could to the point that the secret service followed us out as we left since we were nearly the last ones there!

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Again, another post with the highlights of our thousands of photos is coming extremely soon! I had such a fun weekend enjoying D.C. and the company of my friends. It was nice to have a few days off from studying and midterms, especially since next weekend is forecasted to be absolute madness!IMG_1295-1

 

Checks, Pumps and Pillars

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With less than a week left living in D.C. until the Fall, I’m starting to think that I actually might miss it. Although I’m beyond excited to go home, it’s going to be strange not to be able to visit the Jefferson Memorial on a whim or be able to go visit Georgetown, a Smithsonian or even the White House at the drop of a hat. D.C. has given me a good first year. I’m excited to come back but am by no means counting down the days; summer cannot last long enough.

On this particular evening, I styled a light pink gingham blazer with a white eyelet top, white jeans, and white point toed pumps. The blazer paired with the white ensemble popped against the white marble as well as the sky as it faded from blue to pink to black. It was fun to explore the interior and exterior of the Jefferson, watch people take their prom photos and marvel in awe at the baby geese and their mothers, too precious!