Growing up, I was super close with one of my older cousins. Our age gap was just big enough for me to absolutely idolize her, but not so big that she was irrelevant. Now she has kids of her own and it’s super important to me to be a great role model to them. So this weekend, L and I flew up to Washington, D.C. for a visit. I hadn’t been to our nation’s capital since I was in middle school and L had never been so it was great exploring the city!
We flew in early on Saturday and caught up with one of L’s college roommates. He brought us to his favorite edgy Mexican restaurant where we quickly ate ourselves into a food coma. Following lunch, we met up with my cousin, her husband, and their two kids. We headed over to their house to meet their pups and hang a bit before dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant (that’s how you can tell we’re related!).
We visited lots of local landmarks – including the National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum, US Capitol Building, Union Station, and the World War II and Vietnam War Memorial. It was an incredible experience – sometimes living off in a relatively new city like Atlanta it’s easy to forget the magnitude and extensive history of our great nation!
Monday came far too quick – after dropping the kids off at school, L and I adventured through public transportation to make our way to Washington Dulles for the ride home. It was great to see my family and explore a new city – I can’t wait for our next adventure!
Also, shout out to LB for watching our precious Stormy!
Coat: ThredUp (Marc Jacobs) purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Jacket: Charlotte Russe purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: Purchased at a boutique one year ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Leggings: Victoria Secret PINK purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Adidas) purchased six months for $70 (similar, similar)
Dress: J. Crew Factory purchased second-hand two years ago for $25 (similar, similar)
Top: LOFT gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Today I received the absolute cutest text from my little sister. Apparently her new thing is podcasts (just for a frame of reference, before podcasts, it was ballet – she changes quickly). Recently she heard a podcast about a scientific phenomenon called CRISPR. Basically the SparkNotes version (or at least the non-sciencey version) is that there are these sequences of repeating DNA that are snippets of viruses that certain bacteria carry. The idea is that the bacteria keep these little pieces of the virus after they kill them off so it will be easier to fight them next time. Scientists believe that they can start to insert these ‘fighter police cells’ into organisms, they can help fight certain diseases. Including autoimmune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis. While I’m not going to be fixed overnight, I’m so hopeful. Hopeful that I can be ‘normal’ – that I can not be in pain. I won’t have to fight to convince people that I’m fighting my own physical battles.
Since today was a work-from-home day due to my AS shot, so I stayed comfortable. After all, why wear pants when I knew I wasn’t going to leave the house?!
Sound off: what’s your favorite podcast?
Top: J. Crew Factory purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: Marika purchased two years ago for $15 (similar, similar)
My parents and best friend get in today and I am SO EXCITED! It doesn’t hurt that I’m getting out of work at 4:30 to pick my mom up at Marta either. Today I actually have a ton to work on and a ton of meetings, so it will fly by!
This weekend I going to pick out my wedding dress. It’s starting to feel real.
Casual Friday for the win here – I paired these light wash jeans (L calls them my ‘mom jeans’) with a plain white t and a drapey blazer. The lighting is a bit off, but I was wearing a gold pendent necklace too, which is quickly becoming my favorite.
Sound off: Any advice for wedding dress shopping?
Blazer: LeTote (AVA Striped Lining Blazer) retails for $72 (exact, similar)
Top: Gap purchased second-hand for $16 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap purchased six months ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Necklace: Rocksbox (Sophie Harper Pave Pendant Necklace in Gold) retails for $41 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased eight months ago for $60 (similar, similar)
There should be a special place in hell for the people who use those personal lights on a 5am flight. Thanks for lighting up the whole hanger for us.
Today I’m traveling to Massachusetts for my aunt’s funeral. I kicked off the day at 3:30am. L initially offered to drive me to the airport, but when he realized how early his wake-up call would be, he suggested Uber. Since it was so early, I made it all the way to Massachusetts before I realized I forgot to pack underwear….
So my dad’s side of our family is pretty massive. He had four sisters, and his oldest two sisters already had kids when he was born, so our family is a little lopsided. There’s a group of us that are all around the same age. We grew up together – starting with matching Tinkerbell bathing suits that were not cute, then moving on to taking our first shots of alcohol together.
When I heard about my oldest cousin’s mother passing away, I knew I had to make it up to Massachusetts. I wish I was seeing every one under better circumstances but it was amazing to see everyone!
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Heels:ThredUp (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $22 (similar, similar)
Death is a horrible thing and I’m going to keep this short. There was a death in my family and my heart absolutely breaks for my older cousin.
I remember when my dad died, I was super annoyed that hordes of people were reaching out because I felt like it was more self-serving. I didn’t need to hear from people who said “I’m here for you” when I knew that it would be super awkward if I ever even asked to hang out.
The only thing I can ever say is that it does get easier, but it never ever stops hurting.
Top: Marshall’s purchased eight years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Cardigan: J. Crew purchased four years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (Halogen) purchased six years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Vince Camuto) purchased four months ago for $50 (similar, similar)