This weekend I’m going to a wedding in Philly. We’re staying at the Sofitel in the City Center. I already know I’m making a pilgrimage to Reading Terminal Market. I’m also visiting with cousins and I can’t wait. They’re taking us to Kanella, their favorite BYOB restaurant, on Friday night. While part of me feels guilty for going out of town again, the other part of me is thrilled. It can’t be all work and no play or else I’m an unhappy girl.
What are you doing this weekend?
On Sunday, my husband smashed my iPhone. It was an accident and shit happens but it is wreaking havoc with my week. On Sunday morning, I called AT&T and filed a claim about the phone. I had a bad experience with AT&T phone insurance a couple of years ago. I dropped my phone and had to get it replaced. The whole point of having phone insurance is so you can get a.brand.new.phone. Not a refurbished piece of crap. New phone. After a big fight with AT&T, I prevailed and they sent me a new phone. When I bought the insurance again (I’m clearly a sucker), I was promised I would receive a new phone if damage to my phone occurred. I cited my previous experience and they swore I’d get a new phone. When I made the claim this time, I said “I’m only making a claim if I get a brand new phone.” The lady on the phone assured me a new one was available and I’d get it lickety split. SO what did I get yesterday? A refurbished phone. Which led to an hour on the phone, talking to 2 supervisors and in general, being really pissed off. Phone insurance is a scam. They are never, ever, ever giving you a brand new phone to replace the one you damaged. They will also straight up LIE to your face about it and then give you some mumbo jumbo about an “equal type of phone” which means “nope. you ain’t getting a new phone.” GOOD GOOGLYMOOGLY, there’s nothing more frustrating. I could have skipped all of this and purchased a new phone on Sunday. Sigh.
So today, I bought a new iPhone 6. It better be amazing.
On the bright side, I also got to buy a new iPhone case. Here’s a few of my favorites. How’s your day going?
links: Classy, Sassy and a bit smart assy $35 (fitting. o so fitting) a lot of cats $35 (this is so hysterical) electrifying ice blue $35 (guaranteed not to lose it in your purse) malachite $35 (sometimes you need something pretty)
all from society 6 which is one of my favorite places for iPhone cases. also a good source for cool prints.
As I start the hunt for furniture, I’ve been checking out online resources for unique items. It helps me price things, it gives me great ideas and it’s a great source for vintage furniture. I’m definitely leaning towards buying a vintage chair and having it reupholstered.
I know people love ebay but lately, I’ve been loving Chairish. Chairish is a website that allows you to buy and sell your vintage furniture, decor and jewelry without having to figure out shipping and payment. The chairs pictured are for sale on Chairish and they’re so cute. Plus I like the wide variety of styles and accessories.
I’m also obsessed with One Kings Lane. It’s a flash sale sites which means you can’t hem and haw about items. I’ve purchased art, sheets, and jewelry from One Kings Lane. Their blog is pretty fancy too.
What are your favorite online resources?
5 bedrooms | 5.2 baths
5,114 square feet | $25,722 yearly taxes
list price | $5,250,000
sold price | $4,864,000
The largest sale in February 2015 was a renovated Colonial in the Kalorama neighborhood. It’s four levels, has three fire places, wide plank hardwood floors throughout, a formal living and dining room, eat in kitchen with Viking appliances and Waterworks marble countertops, and each bedroom has a bathroom en suite. Additional features are an elevator, a garage and a lovely landscaped backyard with a terrace. Click the address for the full virtual tour.
Listing courtesy of Nancy Taylor Bubes, Washington Fine Properties.
It was a quick trip. My husband and I spent 3 days in London and 1 day in Manchester. On our first day, we were exhausted. I never sleep on overnight flights and this one was no different. I arrived in London starving and sleepy but I was determined to push through. We checked into our hotel, the Arch in Marylebone. Our room was available within thirty minutes even though it was 9am which was lovely. The Arch is a wonderful, boutique hotel. It was close to a Tube station, Hyde Park was across the street and the bed was super comfy. I would definitely stay there again. Once we showered and ate breakfast, we decided to head to Borough Market, a huge food market in Southwark. Since I’m a food geek, this was heaven. We wandered the stalls, bought some tea and I lamented I wasn’t hungry (poor planning on my part!) My husband couldn’t resist a chorizo sandwich from the Brandisa stand. Afterwards, we walked along the Thames, checked out the Globe Theatre and went to the Tate Modern.
The next day, we shopped. We went to Selfridges and Liberty then wandered the surrounding shops. We had lunch at the Wolseley, which is a beautiful old school European restaurant. Next we walked through Green Park, took a peek at Buckingham Palace then strolled over to Westminister Abbey.
On Saturday, we headed to Notting Hill and it was charming. The homes were fabulous and I gawked like the tourist I am. We also went Portabello Market and poked around the antique stores. Afterwards, we stopped for lunch at Granger & Co. While lunch was fantastic, the wait was not and we were done. The weather turned chilly and the thought of walking anywhere else held no appeal. We hopped a taxi and went to the Wallace Collection, which is a national museum in a historic town house. It was unbelievable and I’m still thinking about the green flocked wallpaper in one of the rooms.
On Sunday, we took the train to Manchester for the main event of the trip: watching a Manchester United game at Old Trafford. My husband is an ardent Manchester United fan and going to a game in Manchester has been on his bucket list forever. He had a big birthday this year and I wanted to give him something unforgettable. So I did! Not only was the game a good one, Manchester United won 3-0 against Tottenham. If you follow English league, you know this was big stuff and he was thrilled. While we didn’t do much in Manchester, it was really cute and I enjoyed seeing another part of England.
Overall, London and Manchester was an experience I won’t forget. I can’t wait till we go back!
What great news about the additions to the ‘hood! I’m especially excited about the addition of a ramen joint from the Daikaya people at Atlantic Plumbing.
This weekend, I had a dinner party on Saturday night. I made an amazing pork ragù and polenta recipe from Bon Appétit. While the main course was delicious, the pièce de résistance was the cookies I made for dessert.
flourless salted chocolate cookies
2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt + sprinkle of sea salt
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup cocoa powder
3 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets. Whisk together the dry ingredients, then stir in the egg whites and vanilla. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and stir again until smooth. Dough will be very sticky. Drop the soft, batter-like dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. (I used my tablespoon measuring spoon to portion out the cookies). Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. They should spread slightly, become somewhat shiny, and develop faintly crackly tops. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool right on the pan. When they’re nearly cool, carefully loosen them from the pan with a spatula. Enjoy!
recipe adapted from kingarthurflour.com
The Spring selling season has started with a bang! My first listing of the year sold for $15,000 over list price and had multiple offers. Congratulations to my client!
(breakin’ out the happy dance around the living room…woot!)
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I love a well curated home store, don’t you? Hudson & Crane in Adams Morgan is a fabulous addition to the decor options in DC. The store opened in November 2014 and is full of great furniture, art and gifts.
The backstory via their website:
“Hudson & Crane (opened in late November 2014) was conceived by business partners, Lyric Turner and Jaye Langmaid, in an effort to bring accessible and affordable design to the NW DC neighborhood of Adams Morgan. Turner and Langmaid bring their own aesthetic of rustic modern and industrial chic to everything in the store, from the furniture, rugs, decor, art, and lighting to the varied and eclectic gift options”.
The store is cash and carry, which means you can buy anything off the floor and take it home immediately. Or the store can order a piece for you in a different color/fabric. They also offer interior design services. I stopped by yesterday and spent about thirty minutes sitting on sofas and chairs. I definitely have furniture on the brain!
Hudson & Crane 1781 Florida Ave, NW Washington, DC 20009 202-436-1223
It’s actually a birthday trip for my Mr. The man is obsessed with English soccer and I’m taking him to see his favorite team play. This involves a trip to Manchester because he’s a Manchester United fan. On Sunday, we’re heading to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United vs. Tottenham. It promises to be an amazing game.
While we have an itinerary, I’d love any recommendations. What are your favorite London and Manchester activities?