Monday, April 30, 2012

And we're back.

Whew. What a whirlwind of a weekend that was. It was one of those weekends jam packed full of awesomeness. Yay. Warning, this is a photo heavy post.

Friday night I hit up Target/Old Navy for a few things to get me ready for Puerto Rico!

I was SOOOO excited to try the BB Cream, and y'all let me tell you I LOVE it. However, I've looked for it in 4 different places now, and cannot find it in "light" so I bought the medium/dark tone. I'm still a little too pale for it, but whatever. I worked it. What do you think?

with the bb cream and LOTS of powder to balance. What do you think? I went on a super fun day date to taste of 8th. It went well... obviously due to my flawless foundation. haha

Saturday night I embraced my hipster side, to the best of my ability and hit up Sticky Rice which was AMAZING as always. For real, if you're in DC trek over to H St for some $3 PBR's and a SUPER FUN dancing. They play EVERYTHING from the 70's to now. Ugh. I love that place. 

Nails of the week are sparkly thanks to inspiration from Blushing Basics, cute right? 

Sunday I went on my first blogger brunch meet up at Scion in Dupont. Somehow we forgot to take a picture, but we had a great time! Thanks again for inviting me Meaghan

Then I ran a few errands around town, and finally got home around 4. But the weather was just too wonderful to spend the waning hours of the weekend doing laundry. I went on an exploratory walk around the neighborhood, and was pleasantly surprised. I found a great park, saw some beautiful flowers, and met some very friendly neighbors. Sorry if you follow me on instagram, follow me @EmPri88, you've seen all of these and then some, but for the rest of you enjoy :)

Did y'all do anything fun this weekend?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Friday

I am seriously doing a happy dance right now because it's almost the weekend. I am so ready to put this horrible week behind me. Instead of a Friday cocktail (I've officially gone on a pre-Puerto Rico diet so no alcohol for me) I'm going to do a quick Friday five instead. I'm already dreaming of a frothy cocktail on a beautiful beach.

Here are a few items on my shopping list for PUERTO RICOOOOO!!!

Old Navy
old navy



Have a great weekend y'all!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Birthday to Remember

So remember when I talked about how I didn't really like birthdays?

Yah. This one was probably the worst ever. Actually it could quite possibly be one of the worst birthday's ANYONE has every had.

Let me tell you the story.

I woke up. went to work. my lovely boss surprised me with a beautiful cake, and a co-worker brought me cupcakes. So nice.

Went to my favorite sandwich place, Taylor's, for lunch (PS about to become the mayor of Taylor's on four square, I'm beyond excited). It was great.

Dad sent me a very sweet, but embarrassingly large assortment of balloons to my office.

Boss told me to enjoy the rest of my day and take off early.

Go home. do my hair and makeup. Get ready to go to Cava Mezze with my 2 wonderful roommies.

6:37. Someone knocks on the door. Me assuming its flowers or something being delivered for my birthday answer. It's a random neighborhood teenager who has the wrong house.

6:42. I exit the house through the back door. As I'm locking up I see the same teenager + 3 others ride by in the alley on bikes.

6:44. KJ and I install my new Obama Biden sticker on my car, and joke about how it helps us "blend" into the neighborhood a little bit better.

6:45 leave for the restaurant.

Dinner was great. Grabbed drinks after at Lola's. also great.

10:25 Head home to end a solidly good 24th birthday.

HOWEVER. When I arrive at home our neighbor informs us he thinks our house was broken in to. He saw a couple of teenage kids running out of our house and riding away on bikes. One would think this would prompt him to call the police, but not so much.

So. Our door was completely kicked in. I call the police. They say they'll send someone out right away. I remember our kitty Oliver, and completely freak out, thinking they've hurt him and taken all my stuff. My roommates run around to the front door, I enter through the back. alone (not smart, but I was tipsy and was freaking out). Walk through the house completely un-armed. Discover that 2 of our 3 laptops were stolen, but other than a little rummaging the house is mostly intact.

BW has a full on panic attack. KJ gets a nose bleed. We are all on the phone with banks and credit unions and family trying to get our passwords changed, credit secured. Call the landlord, etc.

12:00 the police FINALLY show up. They stay until almost 1 I think. I've lost all track of time by this point. I try to stay awake until the locksmith comes, but I'm too emotionally drained.

I go to bed around 2:30, but don't sleep at all. Run crazy scenarios in my head all night.

Happy Freaking Birthday.

*I would like to say thank you for all the birthday love, it really means a lot to me. I am fine. My roommates are fine. Our cat is fine. Nothing of real value was taken, and we are very thankful for that. We will continue to remain vigilant. But please, let this be a reminder to not get complacent. Lock your doors. Don't answer it if you don't know who it is. and GET an ALARM SYSTEM.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to me

At 3:16 pm today I turn 24. 

I am officially in my mid twenties. 

true story. 

Here's to hoping for a great year.

Monday, April 23, 2012

April Birchbox

It's that time again!

I'm linking up with Tara and Katie for another round of...

My April Birchbox arrived early this month woohoo!! After an AWESOME box in March I was pumped. Then I opened it and saw this...
Dropps: laundry detergent
These small squares pack a big punch: each is filled with a fabric-friendly detergent that keeps colors bright while respecting the environment. Fresh Scent has a light, spring-inspired fragrance, the packs are great for those who want to go the odor-neutral route.

hmm... laundry detergent. okay. I tried them, but I'm not really sure they would be worth the cost. I actually make my own laundry detergent, I'll do a post on that another time, but I personally think mine is better.

WONDERSTRUCK: by Taylor Swift
Wonderstruck is that awe-inspiring feeling that comes from experiencing something magical. Eclectic and traditional with whimsical flair, every element of the brand is authentically Taylor.

Okay.... this might be worse than the laundry detergent. Don't get me wrong. Love me some T Swift. But I'm generally not a fan of super sweet floral perfumes (especially if they're made by a celebrity). Not good friends. not good.

willa Lavender Facial Towelettes 
Sometimes you want to wash your face when there’s no sink in sight. Since it’s not always a good idea to stop what you’re doing and run to the nearest bathroom, keep these super cool towelettes by your side. Perfect for girls on the go, they’re made to cleanse and refresh skin. Each 30-pack comes with a month’s supply of sweetly scented lavender wipes. Store them in your backpack, your locker, or your purse, and take them out whenever you want to remove all signs of oil and debris. Even the packaging is as cute as a button.

The Willa towelettes are awesome. They smell super fresh, are really soft, and they're natural! What's not to love?

ZOYA: TRUE Spring Collection in BEVIN
Zoya’s latest collection of polishes has us even more excited to brighten up our wardrobe and show off fun mani-pedis this spring. If you’re looking for a subdued shade, check out Bevin, a sage green with faint teal undertones. 

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE this Zoya polish. It's a beautiful muted mint green color.

J.R. Watkins: Hand & Cuticle Salve
From hangnails to dry knuckles, your hands are subject to a whole slew of issues. Luckily, this intense salve provides long-lasting relief to delicate, over-worked hands. Formulated with over ten natural oils and plant extracts, it penetrates deep beneath your skin’s surface, revealing softer skin and revitalized cuticles. Plus, we love how all its ingredients are ethically sourced.

My thoughts on the J.R. Watkins salve: ehh. I could take it or leave it. smells good. moisturizes well, but I'm not drawn back to it.

Not the best box I've ever gotten... but as always I will continue on with the Birchboxes.

PS I heard from Krista that next month will be a Gossip Girl themed box. So excited.

Friday, April 20, 2012

{Friday Cocktail} Cucumber Mint Gimlet

There are a few reasons I'm featuring this yummy cocktail on the blog this week. #1. I love Gin. It is my favorite liquor. I've read a few articles lately about how gin has come back in vogue in recent years. I would like to take this opportunity to take full responsibly for that. I am clearly quite the trendsetter. Ha ha. I kid. I am sure one influential factor is the rising popularity of my favorite show Mad Men. That brings me to #2. Betty Draper Francis loves her some gimlets, and who am I to knock the fabulous Mrs. Draper's drink of choice. #3. It's horse racing season. I'm not a huge mint julep fan, if it has enough sugar sure, but I'm still working on learning to love bourbon and other whiskeys. I feel that this is a gin lovers response to the mint julep. Plus who doesn't love a cucumber mint combo.
  • 2 oz Cucumber Gin 
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Mint Simple Syrup
  • Cucumber peels, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • crushed ice 

Cucumber Gin
  • Steep 2.5 cups of diced peeled cucumber in 4.5 cups of gin
  • Cover and chill at least 8 hours, up to four days
  • Strain and Store

Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • combine over medium heat until sugar dissolves
  • Add 1 cup mint leaves and remove from heat
  • Cover, steep for 30 minutes -1 hour, then strain and discard mint. 
  • Store up to 2 months
Enjoy! I know I'm looking forward to sipping on one of these this rainy spring weekend.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

There's something about a birthday

Do you love your birthday? do you dread it? Why is it that people don't seem to feel neutral about celebrating "themselves."

I am turning 24 on Tuesday. 24. Woah. When did that happen. I swear I just turned 20 like a week ago. Last year was the first time where I didn't have a great birthday. That was mostly my own doing, but it also wasn't the happiest time in my life. This year I'm trying to be more pro-active. Celebrate me! I'm having a cinco de mayo/silver and gold birthday party with my roommate (its my golden birthday and her silver anniversary of being alive) But pulling all of this together makes me realize what I don't have.

I don't have my dream job yet. In fact I'm incredibly bored with my job/career, but for some reason I still haven't gotten that kick in the ass to go do something about it.

I don't really have a lot of friends here. I have friends. Don't get me wrong. But so many of them are work friends, or friends of convenience. They are the kind of people you pour your heart out to over a glass of wine, or call 27 times a day, or gchat with non stop.

I still struggling with a broken heart, two years later.

I've been in DC for over two years now, and I know less about what I want to do with my life than when I moved here as a college senior.

But why am I wasting time worrying about all that. I have so many great things in my life, yet I continue to focus on what I don't have.

I do have some wonderful crazy friends.

BW. Roommate. Best Friend since the sixth grade. She knows everything about me.

LoPro aka Lawfully Wedded Wife. Bestie since the seventh grade.

Kat. Part Soulmate part therapist. College Bestie. I talk to her every single day. She's brilliant, tough and not afraid to tell it like it is. She balances me in every way. I love her to death.

KJ.  Roommie. We've been friends for EVER. 5th grade maybe? Became BFF in high school. and reconnected when we both moved to DC two years ago.

CC. DC bestie. She recently moved to New Zealand. She has no idea how much I miss her.
I live in an awesome city. I have a well paying, well connected, and very cushy job. I have my health. I have my family. I have a great house. I love my neigborhood. I have my wonderful blog friends. What else do I really need?

PS Have you seen this video? So funny. And true.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Travel Challenge

I've been dreaming of a vacation. A BIG vacation, but I've been at a loss of where to go, who to go with, where will I get the money, etc. I saw this challenge circulating around the blogosphere and I had to jump on the bandwagon.
1. Alamo San Antonio, Texas, USA

2. Alhambra Granada, Spain

3. Andros Island Bahamas

4. Angel Falls Venezuela

5. Angkor Wat Angkor, Cambodia

6. Atlantic City Boardwalk Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

7. Ayers Rock Australia

8. Big Ben London, England

9. Bora Bora Polynesia

10. British Museum London, England

11. Canals of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands

12. Cathedral of Seville Seville, Spain

13. Cave of Crystals Mexico

14. Christ the Redeemer Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

15. Cinque Terre National Park Italy

16. Colloseum Rome, Italy

17. Crater Lake National Park Oregon, USA

18. Dead Sea Israel/Jordan

19. Death Valley National Park California, USA

20. Devil's Tower Wyoming, USA

21. Dome of the Rock Jerusalem, Israel

22. Easter Island Statues Polynesia

23. Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh, Scotland

24. Eiffel Tower Paris, France

25. Empire State Building New York City, New York, USA

26. Forbidden City Beijing, China

27. French Quarter New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

28. Galapagos Islands Ecuador

29. Gateway Arch St. Louis, Missouri, USA

30. Gettysburg Battlefield Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

31. Glacier Bay Basin Alaska, USA

32. Glacier National Park Montana, USA

33. Glowworm Cave New Zealand

34. Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California, USA

35. Grand Canal Venice, Italy

36. Grand Canyon Arizona, USA

37. Grand Mosque in Mecca Saudi Arabia

38. Great Barrier Reef Queensland, Australia

39. Great Mosque of Córdoba Córdoba, Spain

40. Great Wall of China China

41. Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey

42. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii, USA

43. Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, Califonia, USA

44. Iguazu Falls Argentina and Brazil

45. Kiyomizu-dera Kyoto, Japan

46. Kremlin Moscow, Russia

47. Lake Titicaca Peru

48. Las Ramblas Barcelona, Spain

49. Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, Nevada

50. Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa, Italy

51. Louvre Museum Paris, France
52. Macchu Picchu Peru

53. Matterhorn Switzerland

54. Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

55. Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York, USA

56. Mount Everest Nepal

57. Mount Fuji Japan

58. Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania

59. Mount Rushmore Keystone, South Dakota, USA

60. Napa Valley California, USA

61. Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

62. Niagara Falls New York, USA

63. Notre Dame Cathedral Paris, France

64. Pacific Rim National Park British Columbia, Canada

65. Pebble Beaches of Nice Nice, France

66. Petra Jordan

67. Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

68. Portland Head Lighthouse Portland, Maine, USA

69. Puerta Del Sol Madrid, Spain

70. Pyramids of Giza Egypt

71. Redwood National Park California, USA

72. Rock of Gibraltar Gibraltar

73. Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

74. Ruins of Athens Athens, Greece

75. Ruins of Pompeii Pompei, Italy

76. Sagrada Famila Barcelona, Spain

77. Sears Tower Chicago, Illlinois, USA

78. Sedlec Ossuary Czech Republic

79. Sistine Chapel Vatican City, Italy

80. Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C., USA

81. Space Needle Seattle, Washington, USA

82. St. Peter's Basilica Vatican City, Italy

83. Statue of Liberty New York City, New York, USA

84. Stonehenge Wiltshire County, England

85. Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia

86. Taj Mahal Agra, India

87. Temple of the Golden Pavilion Kyoto, Japan

88. Teotihuacan Mexico

89. Tian Tan Buddha Hong Kong, China

90. Times Square New York City, New York, USA

91. Varanasi Uttar Pradesh, India

92. Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

93. Wailing Wall Jerusalem, Israel

94. Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida

95. Washington Monument Washington, D.C., USA

96. White Cliffs of Dover Dover, England

97. White House Washington, D.C., USA

98. Winchester Cathedral Hampshire, England

99. Yosemite National Park California, USA

100. Zion National Park Utah, USA

Woohooo! I've done 27/100. Not bad for 23 years of being alive! Where do you think I should go this August? I'd love to cross a few more off the list. Maybe Napa Valley? and it up Yosemite? and See the Red Woods? Golden Gate bridge? That would knock off quite a few. I also have an Atlantic City trip in the works. and my best friend lives in New Orleans, so there that too...

In other exciting news, I AM going on vacation in only 4 short weeks. I just found out last night (this post has been in my drafts for a few days now) but Cancun here I come!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life Lately

So, I feel really out of it lately. I haven't really blogged since Thursday. The weekend was a blur, work has been busy. I am applying to a fellowship so I've been running around getting letters of recommendation, writing essays, etc. AND I've been in full on HUNGER GAMES addiction. I read the last book yesterday. The whole thing. In one day. And I had a 10 hour work day. And I went on a 30 minute run walk. AND I went to the grocery store. Needless to say I  was up until 1:30 am. Then stayed awake for another 2 hours due to a combination of factors including my constant battle with insomnia, how FREAKING HOT it is in my house and traces of caffeine in my blood stream. I finally gave up, went downstairs and slept on the couch where it was cooler. I was out of the house by 7:15, and thank god for no traffic and my free starbucks birthday beverage (this is my last week as a 23 year old AHHH!!!).

Here are a few pictures of life lately. If you don't already follow me on Instagram @EmPri88

National's Game Saturday (we didn't make it inside the stadium because I refuse to spend $50 for a ticket to see the Nats)

I love this city

First frozen Marg of the Season. It was YUMMY.

Testing out curly hair with my new hair cut/ YAY for being Blondey blonde again!

Starbucks is a godsend.

New haircut

I just got back from the roof of my building watching the shuttle fly over the mall. It was quite a sight. Let me tell you that thing is HUGE!!!! Very cool.

Also, I seriously think I'm suffering from post-hunger game depression. I need a fix. Slash. I AM NOT HAPPY with how it all ended. UGH. I won't say enought to ruin the end for any of you who haven't read it but 1. Katniss picked the right guy, but I hated how they got there. 2. WTF happened at the end? Who was really telling the truth President Coin or President Snow? I'm so confused!!! I need the movie to come out already (movie # 3 I mean). I can't wait however many years it's going to take. UGH.

okay. rant over. Hope y'all have a great Tuesday!

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