Smithsonian Museum | Washington D.C.

March 31, 2015

Hello! I'm back today to tell you all about my second day in our nation's capital. Today was another day of walking around the Smithsonian museums. 

We woke up around 8am and went back to Old Ebbitt Grill (where I forgot to take a picture of my breakfast, again). Today I ordered the Buttermilk pancakes, which where delicious! Old Ebbitt Grill is a great spot to go for breakfast/brunch; they have a variety of breakfast foods and the service is excellent!

My family then walked a few blocks down to the National Galley of Art. I only had 45 minutes in the museum, but it was fantastic! I saw a lot of my favorite artists including Renoir, Monet, and Mary Cassatt.  I even got a photo in front of Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies, which was super special, because about two years ago I stood on the same bridge in Claude Monet's garden.

Around the corner was the Air and Space museum, not my first choice, but my little brother was super excited. We stayed in the Air and Space museum for about an hour and a half, and  to be completely honest it wasn't that bad. The museum has a lot of interactive activities that can be entertaining for all ages. Then we headed to the Natural History Museum, also not my first choice, but I did get to see the Hope Diamond, which was pretty incredible. There were people crowded all around it, but I was able to squeeze in to get a photo.  We also went to the museum gift shop, where I got a hot pink spirit jersey, with the Smithsonian in cheetah print letters (high fashion, right?).

After the Natural History Museum, we walked around the corner to the American History Museum, where we briefly walked in and saw Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers.  It was a bit disappointing that a large section of that museum was undergoing renovations, so we did not spend much time there. We crossed the street to the Washington Monument where we snapped a few pictures, and then went on a mission to find a Starbucks. I had to try the birthday cake frapp on its last day, and although it wasn't the best drink ever, it was pretty good!

For a late dinner my Dad and I headed into Georgetown and went to Clyde's. I didn't have much of an appetite, so I ordered the blackened fish tacos, which were delicious. I definitely recommend them as an appetizer! We couldn't pass up Georgetown Cupcakes for our last night in the city, so we anxiously waited in line. The line was about 20 minutes, but definitely worth it. I ordered the salted caramel cupcake, and it was so good! If you have never been to Georgetown Cupcakes, you need to go!

Todays outfit was a little less casual than yesterday!

Sweater: Old Navy     Blazer: H&M     Skirt: J.Crew Factory     Boots: Sam Edelman     Crossbody: Coach

*This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own*

American Art Museum and Shopping | Washington D.C.

March 30, 2015

This year for spring break my family (minus my sister, she's in Europe!!) decided to drive up to Washington D.C. We left at about 1 pm on Saturday and arrived in D.C. at about 6:30pm! 
We woke up at about 7:30am on Sunday, and got ready for breakfast. We ended up having brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill which was only about a minute walking from out hotel.  I ordered the Apple French toast, and it was delicious (sorry, I forgot to snap a picture before I ate it)!  

It was super cold when we finished eating, so we drove by the White House. We found a place to park (which took about 30 minutes) and walked up to the fence to see it up close.
You may have seen this pic I snapped on Instagram:

After the White House, we parked our car back at the hotel and walked a few blocks to the museums.  My brother wanted to go to the Spy Museum, so we spent a couple hours there learning about the history of espionage! I was super excited for the American Art Museum, as I've been taking art history at school. The American Art museum is connected to the National Portrait Gallery, which houses portraits of the U.S. presidents.  Currently, they have an amazing collection by Elaine de Kooning; I'm in love with her JFK portraits! If you find yourself in Washington D.C., definitely check out this collection; it will be in the portrait gallery until January 2016!

(not my photo)
We stopped at a few shops on the way back to our hotel. I got a navy blazer, and a super cute blue and white top that I saw Danielle Marie wearing. I also tried on a few pieces from Zara, Forever 21, and H&M. I've been shopping for pieces in my spring wardrobe, and noticed that I'm gravitating towards navy and white; what colors are you girls into this season?

When we were finished shopping, we walked back up to the hotel and caught the end of the Duke game, GO BLUE DEVILS!! We then headed to dinner at Matchbox, and had an amazing pizza. My family of four shared a large Matchbox Meat, and had the trio sampler for dessert. We definitely were not disappointed with our meal! We came back to the hotel, and went to sleep at about 10:30pm!

Above is the outfit I wore yesterday!

Jacket: Patagonia     Jeans: American Eagle     Boots: Sam Edelman     Crossbody: Coach     Sweater: Old Navy

*This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

Everyday Jewelry + Spring Jewelry Wish List

March 8, 2015
Spring Jewelry Wish List
Hello! I love reading everyday jewelry posts, because I think the jewelry someone wears daily says a lot about them! Today I'm sharing with you all my everyday jewelry as well as a pieces I'm lusting over for spring.
To accessorize any outfit, I always wear my rose gold monogram necklace. Unless I'm wearing a statement necklace, my monogram necklace is always around my neck. I received this necklace in Christmas of 2013, from ILoveJewelry, and it is the 1.25 inch in rose gold with a 16" chain. I switch up my earrings pretty regularly, but the most often I wear simple pearl studs or my Kendra Scott Elle Earrings.

I found these super cute bracelets a while ago on Etsy, and they've stayed in the back of my mind. They can easily be paired with any casual spring/summer look, and add a pop of color to an otherwise simple look.

This Lulu's bracelet is super edgy, and the perfect way to toughen up a more feminine look. It isn't super flashy, so it's the perfect bracelet to throw around your wrist on your way out the door!

Pearls are a year-round must-have, and this pearl ring is no exception. This dainty ring, adds a little extra class to any outfit, and I'm yearning for one this season!

I saw many girls on the BloggersWhoBeach trip wearing these earrings, and new that I needed them in my collection! These turquoise earrings just scream SPRING BREAK to me, and get me excited for warmer weather.

After receiving my Kendra Scott Elle earrings for Christmas, I've been itching to get my hands on a new piece from KS. The 'Rayne' necklace can be worn with so many different outfits from casual to dressy, which puts it at the top of my wish list!

You may have noticed, but I've been getting more into bracelets lately. A good stack on your wrist can turn any outfit from boring to chic, and this cuff is a basic that can be worn with anything. My favorite part about this cuff is that the majority of the bracelet is simple, so the thick 'T' cuff stands out!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, leave a comment down below letting me know what jewelry you have your eye on for spring!

*This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

Find the Perfect Skinny Jean

March 3, 2015

Finding the "perfect jean" can be hard.  Unless you're a character in 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' I'm sure you don't share jeans with your friends, because you have different body types. Even if you have the same body type, you may be different sizes or just have a different preference in pants. I've been on the hunt for the "perfect jean" pretty much for the past 3 years, and I've been through more pairs than you can believe. Today, I wanted to share with you my adventure finding the perfect jean!
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