Monday, April 26, 2010

I ♥ DC

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Washington DC.  What a great city!    From the little attached brick homes to the expanses of lovelyl parks, it's such a beautiful and inspiring city! We stayed in the Adams Morgan district which is quite an amalgamation of different people and cultures. This was evident in the different culinary experiences we shared: american diner fare, lebanese, italian gelato (couldn't resist), sushi, falafel in a super cool joint modeled after a falafel house in Amsterdam - yes. Amsterdam. Really! 

Washington DC on recycled wood by cherielester

And all of in just one week-end. Yes, we're crazy, considering we live on the west coast. One long red eye dotted with short bursts of sleep left us craving some rest as soon as we arrived, but that really wasn't what we were in DC for now, were we?

So after dropping off our baggage, donning some comfortable tennis shoes and grabbing some much needed coffee, we headed off to use the nearest metro station a few blocks away and started our whirlwind visit. The Capitol building, the Library of Congress (me surrounded by books = me in heaven), Union Station, then walking along the national mall to the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial then headed back to the Adams Morgan via a nice little stroll through the George Washington University campus and back down to the metro.  Our feet hurt.

Washington Monument Through The Trees by raceytay

We woke up on day 2 as early as our west coast circadian rhythms would allow, but could our feet really handle another day of this? Well...yes...I mean, there was way too much to see and so little time.  Our shoes were back on for visits to the Sculpture Garden and the National Art Gallery which I really couldn't tear myself away from but when they kick you out because they're closing I guess you don't have much a choice. Then, to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (we still had 2 1/2 hours before they closed so of course we were going to "fit" it in!). After a nice dinner, we topped off the day with a nice cup of coffee and chocolate cake at Tryst. Our feet really hurt.

The National Archives photo by charmingmittens

We were also going to make the most of day 3 considering it would be our last day there.  Our feet couldn't handle much more walking but the zoo was only about 1 1/2 miles away so why not walk it? Lions, tigers, bears (the sloth kind - they're so cute!), monkeys, pandas, meerkats (cute, cute, cute!)  But ugh...our feet really really hurt. Oh, but it was all so worth it!

Elephant Love by artzyfartzyd

*note to self* please train your feet before your next whirlwind, week-end escape, please!

Polaroid 31 by friction

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Boy scout fashion

If you haven't yet visited seesaw's blog, you should check it out here.  It is a constant source of inspiration to me.  Some of the latest J Crew fashion was posted and I was intrigued in particular by this model's hat:

Don't you just love the boy scout look with the flower embellishments on the cap? I think it's so cute.  I have the perfect little boy scout cap up for sale in my etsy shop to make your own with too! 

Ingenious design

via dezeen design magazine

This is ingenious design by Oscar Diaz.  Not everyone agrees with me (see comments on dezeen), but who needs a spaceship made of toast anyways?  I can always use a calendar even if it doesn't "work" and  is to be used as a beautiful piece of art.