Who’s up for a weekend trip? I’d love to road trip down to the Carolinas or finally make it to Philly for even just a day trip. Pack up your car, buy a train/plane ticket and get out of town for some breathing room when you need it and don’t have any PTO. If you pack light, all you need is one of these weekenders and you don’t even have to check anything in [who likes to do that anyway?].
Grab a friend and one of these beauts and hit the road:
1 / Baggu duffel bag in chestnut
2 / cuyana canvas and leather overnight bag
3 / Everlane reverse denim weekender
4 / Muji water repellant polyester bag
5 / Herschel Supply Co. packable duffel bag
6 / Kate Spade Saturday weekender in steel blue signature zig zag
I’m so ready for warmer weather. Every week has been snowy and windy [rinse and repeat] and I’m just ready for Spring! Thank goodness the sun’s out today to melt away the snow that’s piled up from the past week. Anyone else over it, too? Love these gorgeous shots that make me want to escape to Cabo or Bali right about now. This winter has been brutal for my Southern + Singaporean self. I could go for a good dose of humidity and weather above 30 degrees. Get me outta here!
[ photos by Vicki Grafton ]
Pardon my iPhone photos, but I’ve got to share these new DC restaurants with you! The first restaurant has a mouthful of a name – Menu / MBK [market/bistrobar/kitchen] and is brand new as of a week or two ago in Penn Quarter. The multi-level space is a comfortable mid-century modern, and there is in fact a reason for the lengthy name. The bottom floor is the market, where you can buy meat, cheese, bread, imported and local munchies, and deli sandwiches. The second floor is the bistrobar – great for drinks and mingling. The half-floor is limited seating for 6 for a fixed price menu, and the top floor is for normal seated dinners. The food is as amazing as the ambiance!
Blue Jacket DC has been open for a few months now and is a great industrial space in an old manufacturing warehouse. This bar and restaurant is chock full of local drinks and foods presented well and brewed to perfection on site. The seating on the upper level overlooks the whole space and was a real treat on a freezing night! It’s definitely worth the trek out to Navy Yard even if you don’t live nearby.
As I go through the rush of my days, I find myself taking for granted all that I have. Saturday was National Freedom Day and the premiere of #standwithme the documentary which captures the story of Vivienne, a 9-year-old girl, who dreams of freeing child slaves with lemons. Lemons. Incredible. She started a lemonade stand, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Not For Sale and doesn’t stop there. Watch the trailer + read more about her story here. It’s so encouraging to see such a young girl doing small things to change the world in a big way.
And so in support of Vivienne’s story and this documentary a bunch of us gathered in DC at Freedom Plaza for an ‘instameet’ like so many others around the world. I met many new faces and as we walked around the city to the Lincoln Memorial we instagrammed and photographed like crazy to create a little buzz. Modern day slavery is so real and heartbreaking – it happens everywhere, all the time and unfortunately especially during the Super Bowl. We all have different stories and struggles, but when stop to look at the grand scheme of things I can’t help but bite my tongue before I start complaining about the struggles I face. Attend a #standwithme premiere near you. I’ll be at the DC one!
Here’s a little video of the afternoon:
STAND WITH ME // DC INSTAMEET from Angela Wu on Vimeo.
[ instagram photo by jen_eun ]
I got to try a few new places these weekend in DC and they’re too good to keep to myself! I finally got to try Le Diplomate which has been on my list for a while. The space is so bright and sectioned off into 3 spaces for dining with different decor. I had their french toast + turkey sausage while nibbling on the bread basket which was phenomenal.
As if I wasn’t full enough, I had coffee over at Big Bear Cafe and also fell in love with that space. Check out that brick wall with flowers hung + dried! The exterior is covered with overgrown branches and ivy…I love it all!
Stay tuned for more new-to-me / favorite DC spots!
[ all iPhone photos by me]
This chalkboard globe from C.S. Post & Co. is such a great idea, though I can imagine it’d be hard to write on a curved surface. Many of my friends have traveled a lot this year [I suppose I have too!], but I’d love to know where your favorite place is in the world? What’s on your visit list, where do you dream of traveling to?
A few of mine in the States include Portland, San Francisco, and Charleston. On my abroad list, I’ve dreamed of Santorini, Greece [the mediterranean in general], London, Spain, Amalfi Coast or Venice, Italy, Australia, the list goes on…but what makes the top of your list? Would love to add some to mine!