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My mom is in town for a week so I'm expecting to do a lot of sightseeing and eating (clearly two of my favorite things). Because we're going to save the majority of the sightseeing for tomorrow, today is the day for gluttony! I haven't decided if we're going to brave the infamous multi-hour wait that Barcelona is known for--we'll probably end up eating dinner at another 14th street establishment within walking distance to my apartment--but a girl can dream. Barcelona is one of my favorites.


I got tickets through work for a tour of the East Wing of the White House, so my mom and I will wake up at the crack of dawn (aka 9am) to see if we can spot Michelle in her element. It's funny, one of the things on my DC wishlist was to go inside of the White House, but after this weekend I will have been twice already. I guess I had no idea how often I would be able to go. Exciting stuff! After the WH tour, we're planning on stopping at Founding Farmers (my 4th time since moving here, oops!) for brunch, and then heading over to the National Mall for all of your classic tourism and photo ops.


My good friend Shannon hooked me up with some tickets to see a matinee performance of part one of Henry IV at the Shakespeare Theatre on Sunday afternoon. I actually don't know how into Shakespeare my mom is--what better time to find out than by going to a 2+ hour Shakespeare production! The rest of the day will likely be pretty chill. I'm hoping my mom will take me grocery shopping and cook for me. I spout frequent soliloquies on being self sufficient, but I can just as quickly revert to my college mindset. AKA I'll take any free food I can get.

Shop the post below! Also, I bought that Rebecca Minkoff bag during the Shopbop friends and family sale. I'll let you know how it is, once it gets here!



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What Makes You Beautiful?

They say "Beauty comes from within," but then, why are we constantly trying to perfect our outsides? Beauty issues have been making waves on the internet the past few weeks. What makes us beautiful? What is beautiful? Well, those are some pretty heavy questions and perhaps the answer cliche as it is, you know, coming from within... That "within" also encompasses self-care and self love. This week we have some wonderful beauty posts, along with posts that share the love.  

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I promise this review will be much shorter than the last--again, I just want to keep track of everything I read to hold myself accountable to my 25 Before 25 challenge. That being said, Mindy Kaling's book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" was a quick and dirty read (finished it in one day while lounging in the park across the street from my apartment), but it was definitely worthy of my time. I have loved Mindy Kaling for a while. Her voice is pervasive throughout the story, making every chapter that much more enjoyable. I do want to share one quote with you all, since I recently watched The Office in its entirety (I'm ashamed to admit how quickly I got through all nine seasons....).

In this section she's playfully hypothesizing what new television shows could absolutely kill The Office in the ratings game and decides maybe she should create one of these hypothetical tv shows herself. "I actually think I might create Interspecies Friendships. A smart, small observational show about two animals who are friends against all odds. It'll be a tough sell at first, but by season two it'll really come into its own. But it'll never be as good as the original British version, Interspecies Chums."

I love the not so subtle shade she's throwing at everyone who has said something similar about The Office.

All hail Mindy.


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Last Thursday was my final Arabic 1 class and it was actually a pretty bittersweet evening. As a class we gave our teacher (who is a 20-something professional that works at USAID) a cute gift (a mug that we all signed in Arabic) and afterward we all went to Board Room for drinks and to play cards against humanity until we passed out. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised at how well everyone got along and how close we grew throughout the ten weeks. We have similar interests and are close in age, but I can't help but feel as though connecting inside of large groups is getting more and more difficult the older I get. I'm super surprised and ecstatic that I was proven wrong. Meeting new people still makes me happy! (yay I'm not the grinch after all).

Not so subtle segue into makeup....I pretty much swooned when I saw this image of Elizabeth Olsen pop up on my pinterest page. Though I'm skeptical that spring is here to stay, the temperatures are undeniably rising outside. It's time to switch up my makeup routine for the new season. Though I naturally lean toward berry colors with my makeup, I've recently been super into peach and coral. The orangey-pink shades are flattering on all skin tones and scream happiness and sunshine. NARS orgasm is a staple in my makeup bag and I have the YSL glossy stains in a few other colors. I'm very curious about the Too Faced melted, though. Has anyone tried it?

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