Weekend in DC

So guess what I’m doing right now?

I texted Chelsie (the woman who not only convinced me to take a pregnancy test back in December cause she knows what’s up, but who has been an absolute guru throughout this process), and I asked her if she knew of a way to make something more loafy, and less cakey.  She gave me an answer before she was like, “wait…what are you doing…” and I confessed that I really wanted to eat Funfetti.  She encouraged me to just make funfetti, but we did find a recipe for fufetti banana bread, which is either going to be really disgusting or awesome.  I will let you know.

I spent last weekend (kinda a gross weekend, weather-wise) in DC.  I’m still working on convincing Austin that we need to move there.  Lately, I’ve been thinking that it may be a cool place to raise an interracial child.  Not that Raleigh is a bad place, Raleigh is actually pretty progressive, but I think a big move one of these years may be in the cards for us.

On Friday, I drove up and went straight to the Rent the Runway storefront, which they have in DC, and New York City.  I had to pick something up for a gala I was attending since all of my stuff fits pretty snug.  The girl was very sweet – I told her that I just needed something in my size.  She brought out a few choices and I think I went with something I found already in the dressing room from the shopper before.

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The store was cool – you pick something, and they run back and grab it in your size for you to rent, similarly to the website.  It was a godsend for me.

After that, I drove to my friend Jeff’s, and we Uber-ed over to the gala.  I met Katie Couric, and I really wanted to stick around and chat with her longer, but suffice it to say that she was a lovely, lovely woman with a really sharp sense of humor.  I hope our paths cross again, because she was just that fantastic.  And little!  Everyone is so much shorter in person than you think!

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I hate hate hate flats on fancy occasions, but felt good in them since my feet were kind of exhausted.  If I could live in workout clothes, I totally would!

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Leading up to the weekend, Jeff and I had planned to go to Soul Cycle on Saturday morning with friends. The first time I’d gone, I was a little mehhh on it. The class itself was really good, but I’d gone in Georgetown, and it was a very homogeneous crowd, which made me really uncomfortable, almost as if there was some purposeful reason that there were no people of color there.  This time, I went to the Mt. Vernon location, technically Chinatown, and it was FULL of people of color.  We actually went to a Beyonce vs. Rihanna class on Sunday, and it was probably about half black people, Asians, and Indians.  It was so, SO cool to be in a place where black women are working out, and I was right in the thick of it!

By the way, check out the way that Soul tricks you into leaving your phone in your locker.

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We need this at the Y. There was a woman sipping a coffee and checking her phone the entire class again this morning until I really turned the heat up. The rest of the class can thank that woman for how much I beat up on them today.

Saturday evening, I met up with Scott (who’s been mentioned a few times here), and he took me to the coolest little party, a bourbon tasting party.  I sipped on water with the other pregnant girl, and we actually had a blast.  And Sunday, we met up with even more friends for brunch at some amazing bread and cheese place.  DC has zero shortage of good places to eat.

Sunday evening, after another Soul class (the Beyonce vs Rihanna class), my check engine light came on, despite the fact I had just taken the car in for maintenance on Tuesday.  After a few calls to my poor husband (who probably was panicking with his pregnant wife wandering around the city with a broken car), we decided to get the car towed to the dealership in Alexandria.

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The tow truck driver was really kind, and I rode down with him to the dealership, and then caught an Uber to a nearby hotel. Long long story short, the car had some sort of valve issues that made it not super drive-able, and on Monday, instead of working from work, I worked from Centerline Digital, where I’d met a friend for lunch.

Side note about that – the people from Centerline were ridiculously nice to me, and they had no reason to be.  In addition to my friend, Andrew, multiple people, after hearing what had happened with my car, offered for me to sit in a conference room or an office to work there, instead of finding my way to another coffee shop with all of my bags.  I am so thankful for that.  That’s kinda southern hospitality, right?

So how was your weekend?  

Wedding Weekend in Asheville

Honestly, middle of the week last week, I thought I wasn’t going to make it to the weekend.

Tuesday evening, I was at work, and attempting a quick dinner.  It was one of those evenings when I couldn’t seem to get a second to myself at work, and I got a call over the walkie for like the 700th time.  I pushed myself back from my desk, maybe a little too hard, and my laptop cord got caught in the wheels of my desk chair.  Before I realized what was happening, the computer crashed to the floor, and I knew it was bad.

I screamed a word that is not considered appropriate to God-fearing people, and the computer worked for about 20 more minutes before it completely crapped out.  I immediately contacted IT, but was pretty computerless for the better part of two days, save for an old laptop I was able to dig out of a drawer at work.

So after that, I cried to my husband that I did think I could make a wedding we were planning to attend with the pile of emails that were sure to await me.

But, before long, and with me making a trip or two back to our corporate headquarters to drop off my laptop and beg our IT specialist for mercy, I had a fix – the fall destroyed the hard drive, and sweet Jim replaced it for me.  Thankfully, Google Chrome saved a lot of the bookmarks I needed for work, and all was not completely lost, and after a few meltdowns, I was comfy to head to the wedding of Kim and Nate on Saturday.

Wedding Weekend!

So, this time on our trip to Asheville, instead of getting a hotel, we did an Air BnB.  Because we left early enough, we had time to get into the place, a cute basement apartment hanging off the side of a mountain, and I had time to go for a short run while Austin took a little nap.  By the time I got back, he showered, and I was in full swing, getting my hair pinned up before I hopped into the shower to make my face look decent.

**Side note** I once read something that Jamie Chung said, something along the lines of the fact that her pre-pretty dress routine is to run, and that always stuck with me.  So before a fancy event, before getting into a dress, I like to go for a run as a little routine for myself!

12038128_10100658246815083_5370832722895189715_nRentallll!  Funny enough, I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be crazy about this one – the inner part of the dress was just tight enough around my getting-bigger butt, and I wasn’t sure if I would look like the dress was riding up.  But I think it turned out perfectly!

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12109245_10100658853913453_2601969357904391935_nAdele, pictured here, also rented the runway.  She and a friend actually picked this dress out for me when I found myself getting overwhelmed by the options.

Not pictured: this rad cape I got since the ceremony was outside and just a little bit chilly.  But it was awesome. and really high fashion.  If you saw me in it, you might even think I was a fancy classy lady!

So the wedding of Kim and Nate was really fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the break.  The wine was flowing, and I really enjoyed dancing with friends, as well as this cute little girl we met on the dance floor.

The next day, after I woke up really early and took Aleve and vitamins before the storm hit (praise you Lord for that insight), and prepped to push off and hit brunch with some folks from the wedding, as well as an old friend from Elon.

We were missing part of our crew, and the mystery was solved when Adele told us that they got a text at like 3am from some of the boys, telling us they’d just gotten back and they weren’t going to make it back.  Oh well!

After we gobbled up brunch, I sort of rudely invited myself to join Wayne (Elon bud) on his quest to find his sister’s booth at a local flea market.

Can we talk about this flea market for a second?  K.  Tiny plants.  Vintage clothing.  Someone told me I had a nice voice.  Like speaking wise.  Which is hysterical because when I speak I sound like Hilary Banks, but that’s beside the point.  I find some old silverware, which is like ME THING, and got to walk around drinking alcohol next to the French Broad River.

And then…

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WE MET THIS TINY CAT AND THEN WE PUT IT IN A MUG.

I’m not really in the market for any more pets because we’re psychotic and already have like two too many, but don’t let that fool you. I briefly considered stealing this kitten and raising him as my own.

Enough about me…what did you do this weekend?

Weekend Update!

Full disclosure.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Cause mama needs to pay these student loans down, times is hard!

The next few weekends are going to be banana-rama, so you should definitely be reading along nonstop because it’s all good interesting stuff.  Plus I finally did my eyebrows so I don’t look as werewolfy as usual, so you may have some pretty things to look at!

So moving right along.  This weekend was really really jammed, but all with good stuff!

On Friday, I worked for the first part of the day – sent emails, and sent the September scheduling requests out to my team.  I started getting the warm fuzzies on Friday.  I really truly love my job.  I waited for such a long time for a job like this one, and I was so upset during the time when I was job searching, but I think it was worth the wait, and the big guy upstairs and the universe knew when I would be ready to take on this team.  And what an incredible team it is.

^^ all that to say, I looked up on Friday from my work, and realized that I was running behind what I was supposed to be, and I had to quickly rush home and rush into the shower so I could get ready for my father-in-law’s retirement party (which they combined with my stepmother’s birthday party).  After my dress didn’t show up for the event, I just threw something together, and we drove the two hours down to Albermarle to party.

Dan, my FIL, flew for 41, count ’em, forty-one years!  It was pretty cool to see.  One observation I did make, however, is that there aren’t a lot of black pilots.  I was the only black person in a room of 175, and it got me thinking – perhaps this is the next place we need to encourage folks of color to go – just a thought!

So Saturday, I rushed to get a run together and busted open my Rent the Runway (RTR) just in time for the wedding of someone I have known since I started school at Elon University.  That’s a solid 10 years of friendship!

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So I rented this dress, and funny enough, a friend of mine wore the same dress at my wedding last year! The dress was comfy, really forgiving, and I was not at all expecting the sheer volume of compliments I received on the dress. I think mostly, people were just in shock because I wasn’t wearing dirty workout tights and I actually fixed my face for once.

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Austin and I have had a pretty calm wedding season, and this was the first wedding of the year we went to. The ceremony was at a church that was close to Elon, and then we all hopped on buses and limos to head the reception, where we enjoyed food, dancing, and fireworks under a tent.

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We partied, then headed home where my brother was still up packing some things. I quickly hit some push-ups…

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And hit the sack where Austin and I actually got the chance to sleep in for the first time in a million years.  It felt so so good!

I finished off the weekend by helping my brother set up his apartment which is literally like 3 or 4 miles from here.  We helped him pick out the best tv for the value, and while I was there, I found a stack of some familiar HD antennas…

IMG_2939The associate saw me looking at them and told me that they were the “best”.  Duh fool, I know!  And it sounded like their Leaf-30 was all gone – I couldn’t find any on the shelves, and another associate walked up and told me that they were flying off the shelves with all the college kids moving in.  Yay! (Can you tell that I’m sort of a big fan of the Leaf?  May have something to do with my husband’s engineering skills…)

Whew!  Okay what did you do this weekend?  

Rent the Runway!

This is not a sponsored post, however, this post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are completely my own!

Approximately two weeks before my sister’s wedding, I realized that I didn’t have anything to wear, and I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to purchase anything.  Everything I saw didn’t quite grab me.  I remembered that a friend of ours, for our wedding, had doing something called Rent the Runway, a neat merchant who allows you to browse designer collections and have them shipped to you the day before a big a event.  You get to go to your fancy event in your dress, ship it back (in a container that RtR sends you), and you’re not stuck with an expensive dress that you can’t wear again.

So for Debbie’s wedding, because she was having her wedding at a pretty nice museum, I went with something that was longer, and appropriate for a black or white-tie event.  For some reason, I had the idea that sequins would be fun, especially with the event being so close to Christmas.  I was able to sort dresses by size, by color, by length, and by the fanciness of event.  Once I found the dress that I had my heart set on, I picked a pair of earrings for them to throw in, and I picked the dresses in two sizes, that way, if one didn’t fit, I would have a backup.

The dress showed up the day before the event, and I immediately tried it on to make sure it fit!  I sort of forgot that designer clothing is really true to size, so I ordered a 4 and 6 Long.  I tried on the 6 first, sure that it would fit like a glove, and since I’d ordered the 4, I had the backup to wear to the wedding!  The finished product was here…

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The dress was a Badgley Mischka, and normally retails for $700 – I was able to get a dress and earrings all for about $100. I did not stop getting compliments on the dress, which I promptly shipped back, easy peazy, the day after the wedding.

Once again, my experience was so good I rented again for some holiday parties I had last week…

Rent the Runway 2The second rental was a Slate and Willow romper, the Jessica.  This one was really fun. It allowed for me to show off some leg, and still be holiday-esque without going full-on Beyoncé.  This one, I rented along with some earrings as well.  This beauty retails for about $470.  Once again, I was able to get the outfit for about $100, and this time, I rented for about 8 days, so I could be super cheap and wear it to multiple parties.

As a girl who mostly live in workout clothes, it’s so nice to splurge, even a little, and look like a million bucks, even if for a night, all to the tune of a benny.

So if you’re interested, the holidays are an awesome time to try this out. Use promo code HAPPY2015 to receive 20% off your order’s subtotal of $50 or more here.  If you’re down for a free backup size, head over here.  And for $40 off of an order, $100 or more, head here!

What’s your favorite way to do a fancy outfit on a budget?

Wedding Weekend!

Not mine of course. I tied the knot with my honey-bear in July.  But Deb, who sort of eloped in June of this year, celebrated her wedding with a reception in Charlotte.

A few things about it.

I made it through the weekend.  If you’ll remember from my ranty post last week, I was completely overwhelmed, and not 100% sure that I was going to be able to successfully make it through the weekend.

I made it, and we all survived.  As far as my brother’s hair, I borrowed some clippers from a friend and managed to cut his and Austin’s hair before the wedding popped off.  This really provides me little to no insight as to why the girl from the barber shop could not figure out how to cut black hair, because with relatively little experience, I was able to give him a decent  haircut.  It really wasn’t so challenging.  I learned my lesson, and will never, ever, EVER take my brother to a place that can’t handle black hair because everyone is making fun of me for screwing my brother’s hair up.

But moving right along, Deb held her wedding at the Levine Museum of the New South on Saturday.  Instead of doing some sort of ceremony or something, we started the reception out with a short cocktail hour, and then Deb and Luigi came down the staircase for an entrance.  They danced their first dance to Luther Vandross’ cover of Knocks Me Off My Feet, which was really cute and fun because Stevie Wonder was a focal point for the music at my wedding as well, so my father trained us well.

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We ate, danced, and after the wedding is when the real fun began.  The wedding itself was awesomely fun, by the way 🙂  We headed to Ri Ra, an Irish pub downtown, where my cousin forced, yes forced me to drink shots against my will.  Absolutely needless to say, I will be taking a little breaky from the drank this week as I let my liver heal.

So one really cool thing?

I didn’t have a dress, and I’ve been on a budget.  So for Deb’s wedding, I tried out Rent the Runway, something I’d heard of, but never had the guts to try.  So essentially, I rented a $700 Badgley Mischka and earring for $70.  Dress turned out to be a hit, so I may do the same for a few holiday parties.

Rent the RunwayIt’s kinda cool just shipping it back, and not having to worry about getting stuck with a dress that I won’t be wearing again.

Anyhoo, what did you do this weekend?