Sunday, October 30, 2011

City of Magnificent Distances

As promised, here are some of the D.C. pictures. My favorite part of the trip was when we visited the Smithsonian Institution. I love spending hours browsing museums, and the Smithsonian centers are the cream of the crop!
We decided it's necessary for our future kids to experience all the museums and now I can't wait to go back to do all the fun hands-on things, without looking like a creep. :)
The Capitol Building

Zach posing in front of... a man strangling his horse?

The US Botanic Garden

This is the face I make when I don't want to pose in front of a squid.

The famous Hope Diamond in its temporary "Embracing Hope" setting by Harry Winston. The blue diamond is 45.52 carats and is surrounded by 340 baguette diamonds. Holy. Cow. I couldn't stop staring at it!

So Zach decided to be a creeper and take pictures of the skeletons on display. The reflection on the right is freaky.

The Washington Monument

The ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy. Apparently the shoes were originally silver, but the film directors decided to take advantage of Technicolor and dyed the shoes red.
Sadly, it's back to the real world for us. On a happy note, I made some fun clothes purchases, so I'll have outfit posts up soon.

xo Beth

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Empire State of Mind

I'm back! I can't believe vacation is over, but at the same time I'm glad to be back in my own home. Zach and I went on a road trip to New York and Washington D.C. There's so much to say about each city, so I'll save D.C. for later and focus on NY.

New York was amazing in that overwhelming I-don't-know-where-to-look-first kind of way. Seriously. It was insane. Here are a few (obvious) things I learned the hard way while visiting the city:

1. It's really difficult to find parking. And also driving in general (NY taxi drivers live up to their stereotype – they are lunatics!). We spent more than an hour trying to find parking to visit Central Park. Then later that day we found out turning on a red light is prohibited at all times, after we received a $270 ticket from a not-so-understanding cop.

2. Wear comfortable shoes, because you will walk everywhere. I developed a slight fear of the subway after my first ride, so we walked a million blocks until I was limping and sitting down at every bench we passed.

3. Be aware of your belongings. Zach and I had almost made it to where our car was parked, when he turned to me in a panic, realizing the camera bag wasn't on his shoulder anymore. The camera bag holding not only the camera, but also my wallet! Thankfully we tracked it down at Barnes and Noble and everything was untouched. Relief!

Despite those small setbacks, we had a great time. We only visited for two and a half days, which we crammed with as much sight-seeing as possible.

The night we arrived!

Times Square

The red stairs in Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind music video

Zach posing in front of a protest

Giant rock in Central Park

Soaking up the sun in Central Park

9/11 memorial



I'll update soon with D.C. pictures! Hope you all have a great weekend.

xo Beth

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How soon is now?

Oh my GOSH I am so excited about the rest of this month, I can barely contain it! This Saturday Zach and I will be on our way to NYC and D.C. for a week! Obviously I'll have a billion pictures when I get back, so you can look forward to lots of touristy voyeurism. :) 

Anyway, here's what I wore for a lazy, comfy Sunday afternoon:




Headband – $2.50 Urban Outfitters
Sweater – Borrowed from the husband
Jeans – $5 Gabriel Brothers
Boots – $50 Nectar Clothing
Bag – $50 Betsey Johnson (from TJMaxx)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Changes

Do you ever experience an urge to change things up in your life? This happens to me every once in a while, and I just can't rest until I do one of the following:
1. Drastically change my hair color/cut:

Can you believe I chopped all my hair off and got platinum highlights? Never again.

2. Get a tattoo or piercing:
Actually, this picture is making me (sort of) miss my snake bites!

3. Adopt an animal:
This adorable face grew into my 95 lb Luigi. 

4. Do a frenzied deep-clean of the apartment. Thankfully, I don't have a photo to illustrate.

I hope option number 4 will do the trick this time, but I'm considering a different hair cut.

Do you ever feel like a change needs to be made? Maybe I'm just crazy. :)

Anyway, here's what I wore yesterday:



Dress – Forever 21 $22.80
Tights – Urban Outfitters sale $.99
Leg warmers – H&M $3.99
Boots – Forever 21 sale $12
Bag – Thrifted $2.99

xo Beth

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October

Remember how I'm obsessed with fall? Well now that it's October, my craze is full-blown. I happily ushered in my favorite month with chunky sweaters, a fall festival, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes and traipsing about in the cool weather.



Sweater – Borrowed from Zach's closet. The comfiest sweater in the world.
Jeans – Gabriel Brothers $12.99
Hat – Urban Outfitters $4.99
Shoes – Thrifted $3.99
Rings – Urban Outfitters $3.99

Although the weekend is coming to a close, I'm excited because it's only three weeks until vacation! Then we're off for one full week of New York and D.C. Well, we think that's what we're doing, but unfortunately the husband and I are terrible at planning things, so we'll see what we actually do!

xo Beth