Spring Stripes

H&M Striped Dress

The one item that I overlooked when packing for Washington, D.C. was a simple t-shirt dress for the warm (read: hot) weather that was forecast. I thought I could rough it, but my white jeans, tank top, and Sperry’s were no match for a humid D.C. day.

H&M Striped Dress 3

So, what’s a girl to do when on the go and in need of an outfit? Buy it in Georgetown, of course.

While mentally scanning my wardrobe and going from store-to-store, I realized that I am light in the stripe department. Sure, I may have one or two pieces for spring and summer, but nothing that resembled an effortless t-shirt dress.

H&M Striped Dress 4

With those criteria in mind—and not wanting to break the bank—I knew I was in the right place when I walked through the door at H&M. Soon I spotted a rack full of casual t-shirt dresses—for $12.95, no less! With a price tag like that, it was a no-brainer.

H&M Striped Dress 2

As I strolled out of the store, I couldn’t wait to ditch the pants and throw the dress on—which is just what I did the next time I ventured out on another hot D.C. day.

48 Hours in Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument

{The Washington Monument…at midnight}

While venturing to Washington, D.C. last week for work, I learned some lessons. First, anyone who spends considerable time traveling these days deserves a medal. I experienced a four-hour delay getting down to D.C., which resulted in an airline change (mind you, the flight is only one hour from New York City gate-to-gate). On the return leg, I endured a two-hour delay (where we sat parked on the runway awaiting further instructions from the destination airport regarding our departure). After these tribulations, I have no burning desire to head anywhere—unless Amtrak takes me there. But on a positive note, the trip made me realize how much I miss living in D.C. and all that the city has to offer.

Georgetown Waterfront

{The view from Georgetown Waterfront Park}

Now that I am home, I thought I would share some of the highlights from my trip. While I was able to make it to American University for a walk down memory lane, Georgetown for some shopping, and Dolcezza for two scoops of their delicious gelato, I was unable to stop in at Crumbs & Whiskers (perhaps I’ll have to book another trip to D.C….with Amtrak!).

The weather during my 48-hour stay was ideal. It felt almost summer-like, which was a welcome relief from the rainy conditions I experienced when I departed New York. Thanks to the warm weather, everything was in full bloom in D.C., which made for great photo ops.

Washington DC 1

Georgetown 2

Washington DC 4

Despite the travel snags, my time in the District was much needed, and I feel like I came home to New York with a renewed perspective.

Here’s a quick recap:

Hotel Room Views

{The view from my hotel room}

Daniel Webster

{Statue of Daniel Webster—Dupont Circle}

American University 2

{Welcome to The American University!}

American University 1

{My old study buddy at AU—right outside my dorm}

American University 3

{McKinley Building—one of my favorites at AU}

Washington DC 3

{Even the doors get in on the political action in D.C. LOL!}

Dean & Deluca

{Capitol Cookie at Dean & DeLuca}

Dolcezza - Georgetown

{Dolcezza—home of the best gelato in Georgetown}

Lunch - Georgetown

{Final meal in D.C. at &pizza}

Wandering in Washington, D.C.

American University, Washington, D.C.

Whenever I go back to D.C I feel very nostalgic. I remember being a young student, living on my own for the first time and departing as a college graduate who had had my own apartment, made some great friends and learned a lot about myself. I am so grateful for those years in D.C.!

My first stop is always The American University campus and visiting all of my favorite spots.

American University, Washington, D.C.

American University, Washington, D.C.

School of Public Affairs - American University

American University, Washington, D.C.

American University - Washington, D.C.

American University - Washington, D.C.

I lived at McDowell Hall my first semester and spent time reading and studying on the deck behind the dorm. It was the perfect place to get some sun and take in the beautiful D.C. weather.

McDowell Hall - American University

McDowell Hall - American University

McDowell Hall - American University

Walking around the Tenleytown area and stopping at my first apartment on Wisconsin Ave brings back good memories.

Wisconsin Ave - Washington, D.C.

No trip to D.C. would be complete without a meal at Z-Burger

ZBurger - Tenleytown

And Chef Geoff’s!

Chef Geoff's - Washington, D.C.

What’s a shop-a-holic to do on a beautiful day in D.C.? Head to Georgetown, of course!


Then have a leisurely lunch at Martin’s Tavern. Order the Fish & Chips…you won’t regret it! This Georgetown staple has been around since the Great Depression and has seen the likes of presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush.

Martin's Tavern - Georgetown

Follow it up with the best gelato in town! Head to Dolcezza and sample some of their indulgent flavors. I’m partial to the Valrohna dark chocolate. If you really want to splurge, order the Dulce de Leche latte and people-watch over coffee.

Dolcezza - Georgetown

Dolcezza - Georgetown

Dolcezza - Georgetown

Saving the best for last — catching up with my former roommate and friend, Steph, so we can tour AU and reminisce together!

American University Roomies