Friday Things

TGIF, friends! I’m so happy it’s the weekend…this week was a little rough in that I slept poorly every single night, which is just an automatic seat in the front of the struggle bus by day. I take the GRE in 10 days so am focusing on that this weekend–which should hopefully be made easier by the rain that’s forecasted–but do have a catch-up coffee date with Ashlee tomorrow morning, as well as Serena’s watercolor heraldry workshop on Sunday (there are still a couple of spots left!). Leaving you with a few good buys and a few good links…happy weekend, and stay cool (and dry, if you’re one of the ones getting these summer showers!).

EATING: We made these Greek chicken meatballs with yogurt dill sauce after I saw Jess post about them and spoiler alert: they are DELISH. I’d recommend baking them or making them into small patties to expedite cooking time. Also, sit this one out if you don’t like dill or parsley.

SHOPPING: As a long time Everlane fan (see some posts from over three years ago!), I’ve been reallllly into their new arrivals lately. If I wasn’t actively trying not to shop as much right now, a few of them would be on their way to me, but I do have some store credit with them and am strongly considering these shorts (only $22!) and this easy dress (only $35!)…or maybe this one?!

OF NOTE…

– Have you ever had agua fresca? I’ve started periodically ordering it at restaurants (particularly in the summer) and this frozen watermelon version looks soooo good and refreshing.

– I’ve been reading Mackenzie’s blog for years, and this may be one of my favorite posts of hers yet…she shares what Nantucket means to her, and talks about her family’s history on the island. It’s so sweet and a great read–kind of like a really sweet story, regardless if you have connections to her or the island.

How to update your kitchen on a budget: a fun before and after read!

– Creamed spinach is one of my favorite sides but I don’t end up eating it often–definitely pinning this recipe where it’s the star of the show!

– Meditating is one of those things that I’ve been wanting to get into (how can you say no to all the benefits it’s supposed to have?) but haven’t fully committed to. I tried the free version of headspace a couple of times but stupidly did it before bed and it put me to sleep within five minutes. Carly wrote a great post following 100 days of meditation, and it’s a good read/motivator if you’ve been considering the practice yourself.

ON C&L:

This week’s outfit post: navy eyelet is the BEST!

– Finally sharing a look into our apartment! The living room + plans

Image via my Instagram

Friday Things

Friday Things

TGIF! Hope you all had a nice week–mine included catching up with some friends over dinner on Monday and Thursday, and relaxing + studying after work the other nights. I made it to the gym once–not great, but better than nothing?–and we’re trying our first Orange Theory class tomorrow! Has anyone else done it? A few friends have said nothing but good things, so I’m optimistic. Other than that, we’re getting dinner with friends and just doing some housekeeping things around the apartment (redoing some caulking and finding more creative storage solutions, to name a few). It should be a nice and productive weekend–the best kind. Hope you all have a great one!

EATING: The zucchini turkey burgers from Skinny Taste are one of her more popular recipes–if you’ve tried them, you know why! We made a double batch on Sunday night and ate them for dinner throughout most of this week…they do take a little extra time to make, but are so, so worth it in the end! Also I’ve had a bag of Trader Joe’s Garlic Fries in the freezer for awhile and while we didn’t add the garlic (it comes in one of those annoying packets you have to deal with which makes smaller batches tough, ugh), the fries are delicious and actually quite crispy–a feat in the frozen potato market!

SHOPPING:
I want these gingham linen shorts SO BADLY.

OF NOTE…

Light on links, but some goodies!

– I’ve been trying to up my Pinterest game lately, and would love it if you followed along!

– If you live in DC or are planning a visit, here are three of the best happy hours with food. Mintwood is one of my favorites, and I had no idea their HH was so good!

– The most popular questions bloggers receive: should I start a blog? Danielle’s post on the topic pretty much echoes my own sentiments.

– This small home–the size of many apartments–is pared down living goals to the max. Dare I say I’d live in a place like this? As someone who has always been drawn to smaller homes > larger ones, this is kind of #goals (okay, maybe add 1000 square feet), particularly the porch and décor. I’ll take two of the moulding and fire place, please!

– For anyone afraid of fruit-infused water, this combination will change your mind! Because there has to be another drink that speaks to summer in the same way as rosé.

– Super cool event alert! If you’re in DC, my friend Serena, an incredibly talented artist (remember her from Instagram? February girl–swoon!), is hosting a DIY water color workshop at West Elm on 14th Street next weekend! You’ll get to learn watercolor techniques to create your own personalized heraldry, and learn how to hand letter your name along with the pretty accents that seem to me are only a trick of the trade if you’re an illustrator (so basically, lots of artist secrets…yay!). There will also be mimosas + treats, a swag bag, and 15% off your purchase at West Elm all day. How stunning is the crest she made me?! Obsessed is an understatement. More peeks on her Instagram! Hope to see you guys there :)

ON C&L:

Where I’m heading this summer (and how I booked “cheap” flights for popular seasonal destinations)

5 Instagram accounts to follow this summer–they’re going to simultaneously make you want to go on vacation, find all the pretty houses in your neighborhood, and redo your home.

Image via Sequins & Stripes

Friday Things

Happy weekend, friends! How were your weeks? The highlight of mine was booking the last (I think) of my summer travel–more on that coming next week! I’m taking the GRE in less than a month and am pretty behind on studying, so am trying to cut down on fun things to stay focused on that till it’s over. Mehhh. But this weekend, plans are to squeeze in a brunch with a friend, hang our living room gallery wall (there are no words for how excited I am to get all these damn frames off the floor),  celebrate my bestie’s birthday, and help one of my oldest friends move into the city!

EATING: We’ve been having a decent amount of baked chicken with veggies lately, and an easy, yummy combo we’ve tried is marinating the chicken in this Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce and eating it alongside cauliflower rice and this mushroom medley. The was designed to eat with Italian food but actually tastes great with this! I like adding garlic roasted broccoli or asparagus on the side for a little something extra.

SHOPPING: L.L. Bean has 20% off a bunch of great summer items–a few of my favs are below! This shirt is really light and is great year-round (see it in action)!

OF NOTE:

– Liz shared her tips for staying motivated when it comes to fitness. They’re probably the words that have resonated with me most when it comes to motivation to exercise–realistic, honest, and to the point. (Also if you don’t read Liz’s blog, you are really missing out. She’s been one of my favorites since 2012!)

Loving this pink look from Mackenzie–can someone give me a reason to buy those shoes?

– My friend Reema has the best eye (have you seen her Instagram?) and I loved her DC travel guide on OKL. I hadn’t even heard of every place and have lived here for over four years! Time to break out the Google doc of restaurants (please tell me you have one of those, too)

– I really love the cookie + mint combo, so definitely want to make this shake soon…it’s also so simple, which is always a plus!

– Is anyone else stupidly intimidated by making poached eggs at home? Pretty sure I have mentioned my aversion before, but I really need to get over it and give it a shot. Obviously we’ll trust the experts at Bon Appétit!

– Katie’s post on how to make friends in your 20s is great, especially for those of you who may be moving to a new city or are looking to expand your current circle. She and I met post-grad and have become such good friends, so I’d say it’s worth stepping a few feet out of your comfort zone to get out there meet new people :)

ON C&L:

10 great summer buys under $100–you’re welcome!

A few snaps from our ~26 hours in Philly last weekend, where in hindsight it seems like we did a decent amount!