Friday, May 22, 2015

Birthday Wishlist

It's Birthday Month up in here and I couldn't be more excited. Birthdays are the best, and this year I'm going to be doing something extra special fun. In my oh so old age, I think I've reached the point where I want fun experiences more than things. But let's be honest, things are pretty fun too. Mostly it's fun to visit all my favorite websites and see what the new trends are, and what I fall in love with; so I put together a list of fun little items I'd love to celebrate my birthday with.

Fun Shoes
Skipping Through the City Flat in Lemon by Bait Footwear - Flat, Faux Leather, Yellow, Tan / Cream, Solid, Daytime Party, Menswear Inspired, Vintage Inspired, 20s, 30s, Colorblocking, Good, Lace Up, Variation, Pastel
Via Modcloth
I've been on such an oxford kick lately. My favorite pair of shoes I own are some Steve Madden oxfords and I think it's time to add some more to my collection. And the mustard yellow will be perfect for spring and summer. I love having a little pop of color on my feet.

Designer Swimming Suit
Via Canyon Beachwear
I love a good swimming suit and I always tend to go for classic vintage styles with my swimming suits. I was recently introduced to Canyon Beachwear and loved a lot of the suits, but as soon as I saw this poka dotted ruched number I knew it had to go on my wish list.

Dainty / Geometric Jewelry 
Opal ring, feather ring, Sterling silver ring, stacking ring, midi ring, stackable ring
Children of Flowers via Etsy

via Amazon
I know I'm kind of late to this bandwagon, and I'm usually not one to ask for jewelry ever, but I've totally been digging really minimal, dainty geometric jewelry lately. That ring is so beautiful I'd want to wear it all the time. 

Via Modcloth
I love sunglasses. Just like my shoes, I want my sunglasses to be a pop of color, and a statement piece, but I refuse to spend a lot on something that will probably break and or give me a headache. When I saw that these little numbers were 30% off at modcloth, they called my name a little louder.

Via Shop Rouche
This is the first year there's not something I'm dying to ask for, for my birthday, but I feel like every girl needs a beautiful flattering dress in her closet that can be worn pretty much anywhere, and this dress is it. Super cute, can be worn to work, or a nice event, and has an interesting neckline in the back for a little surprise.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Belated Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year was exactly one month ago. I love that there are some Cambodian Buddhist temples in the DC area we can visit and have a place to celebrate that little country we love so much.
It was the first hot day of the year, so we hung out inside the wat with fellow Peace Corps volunteers we served with. And I got to see the little guy in the picture below who's birth I was able to be a part of.
We're so lucky that we have such a good group of former volunteers in the area that we can see and hang out with.

We found some of our favorite treats for sale from the booths. Bong Moan Ang is my favorite favorite Cambodian treat, it's like deliciously spiced grilled eggs; and I'm so sad to say that in the craziness of our move, we forgot to eat these. We also found some Nom Jake, which was a staple in our diet in Cambodia. We'd get them freshly fried and oozing deliciousness.  This Nom Jake wasn't as good as what we ate all over Cambodia, but talking with the woman selling it in Khmer for a minute made it all worth it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We Moved & Other Stuff

Lets start with the good news first. I'm a fan of good news first.
This guy in all of his good luck beardy glory just found out he passed his THIRD CPA exam. Holla!! That means there's only one left. He's grown out his beard while he's studied for each test, and apparently it's worked. Next one up July 1st, so send beardy good luck vibes his way.
Hal also finished up another ultimate frisbee season. We didn't make it to too many games this season, but we love it when we do. I'm the official cheering section for the team, and Hal is always referred to as "shorts" by the other team. Now softball season is starting. Hopefully it's as fun as frisbee is.

Aaaaand we moved....again. For what feels like the millionth time. We reallllly didn't want to move.
We're going to miss that apartment. It was tiny tiny, but we're going to miss these big beautiful windows with wonderful views.

But we're looking to buy in 6 months or so, and they wanted to charge us over $1,500 a month for a 6 month lease, on our studio. Poo.
Luckily, our friends needed a bigger place and were looking for someone to take over their lease, which happens to have 7 months left on it. And happens to be about 5 minutes away from our old apartment.

So it was kind of a no brainer, and we packed up our apartment and moved for something like the 10th time in our marriage. And now it feels like we're living in a disaster zone.
We'll miss the pool and the view and our cute, comfortable, tiny apartment and enjoy having an actual bedroom for the first time in almost 2 years. Here's to hoping this is our last apartment!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Feel Good Friday

We all deserve a day away from negativity and being mean to ourselves. Especially as women, we're constantly comparing ourselves to one another. We're surrounded by a culture that places so much weight on how we look as a factor in who we are.

And that's really lame.

So let's take a minute today to feel good about ourselves and celebrate what amazing people we are, faults included.

Here are some amazing feel good videos I've watched recently, and hopefully we can all feel good about ourselves today, if even just for right now. And get some tissues ready for the last one.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival

As if we didn't do enough walking while we were in New York, we headed directly to the Cherry Blossom Festival as soon as we got into DC. Hal had never seen them before and I knew he would love them, so we braved the Sunday crowds around the tidal basin.

I'm pretty sure DC was more crowded than New York was just from people wanting to see the blossoms. But if you're ever in town when they're blooming, I promise they're worth it.
I didn't get a really good picture of it, but 2,000 cherry trees line the tidal basin, and they all bloom at the same time and it creates the most magical sight you've ever seen. It's just pink and white blossoms as far as you can see.
As much as it may have made me complain about the surge of tourists on the metro, it was so worth going to see. It was such a fabulous way to end a long exciting weekend. 
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