If you follow me on Instagram or have been a longtime reader, you probably know by now that I’m a big foodie and love checking out restaurants both in my city and when I’m traveling. There are so many things I love about living in DC but having what feels like thousands of legitimately good places to eat at my disposal is hands down one of my favorite parts! The culinary scene here has grown tremendously over the past five or ten years (and so much even in just the past two or three) and I love nothing more than discovering a great new—or old—spot and sharing the goodness with my friends and network!
That being said, it won’t come as a surprise that building out more DC food-centric content for the blog has been on my mind for awhile and I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to do it. Katie has a great Dinner Club series and I love how Grace has this amazing section built out on her site. I also used to have this “Bakery Tour of DC” series back in the day but let it fizzle. I’m a little limited given that my site is templated so some of the fancy custom options aren’t on the table, but stay tuned for some kind of development in this area! For now, I have this page of favorite Washington, DC restaurants that I’ve built on over time! I’ve teased this on Instagram before, but most are tried and true favorites and some are places I’ve been once or twice but yielded an incredibly notable experience. If you live in the DMV or are planning a trip here (or know someone who is!), I hope it’s helpful! I’ve sent it to people via DM on Instagram before but it kind of gets overlooked on the blog since it lives under the Travel tab in my nav bar.
If you have any preferences on how this content is displayed or any restaurant recommendations yourself, please send them my way in the comments or via email! While this will never solely be a food or DC-specific blog, spreading the word about memorable meals is something I’ve always enjoyed doing and I can’t wait to do more of it!
P.S. The “DC Things” highlight on my Instagram Stories features some places I’ve been more recently! And unsurprisingly, the image above is a snap from my dinner at Le Diplomate, which is my favorite restaurant has the best burger I’ve ever had!
It’s time for the sale everyone loves to hate: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Nordstrom marks down fall items for a few weeks and then prices go back up on August 5. The pre-sale for cardholders opened today so if you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop now vs. wait until the general sale opens up next Friday. Some things sell out quickly, some don’t–but keep an eye on stock because there are tons of returns being made throughout the sale.
This sale is good but it’s gotten to the point where I buy less and less each year and end up searching for the diamonds in the rough. When you’re shopping, be sure to read the product reviews and fabric compositions, check the care instructions, and look at the actual percentage off before you buy! The best part is Nordstrom’s free shipping and free returns policy so I recommend ordering things you’re considering (or going into a store, if you’re near one) but not getting carried away about what you ultimately keep. It’s not worth spending hundreds of dollars on impulse purchases–do an inventory of what you own and just hold onto what you need because we still have the whole season ahead of us and that means lots of other (often better) sales! I also don’t cut the tags off things so in case I haven’t used it by mid-fall, that may be a sign it needs to go back.
Also, to address the elephant in the room: If you read multiple blogs, you’ve probably seen every possible way this sale could be covered…it’s a huge money-making opportunity for bloggers due to its longstanding popularity. It’s great being able to shop for fall items on sale vs. waiting till items have been out for a bit before they get marked down, ya know? The markdowns used to be pretty noteworthy but now there are many cases where you can get the same item on a discount by October…which means the Anniversary Sale prices aren’t always the best deal. That being said, shopping the sale is a way of guaranteeing you’ll get some kind of sale if it’s an item you have your heart set on. If you don’t cut the tags and it goes on further sale before you wear it, just return the one you have and buy it again, or ask for a price adjustment!
We’re in the thick of summer and my sandal collection is working in overdrive! While I love a good (low) heeled pair, I wear my flats styles the most and have had to be really picky about what I reach for lately given some foot and leg pain that developed over the past year. None of these are that supportive (though the Sarah Flint pair has been praised for it’s comfort when walking long distances) so I usually reach for sneakers when I’m walking around two miles or more. That being said, I’ve been impressed by the comfort on all of them–hence why they’re the four pairs of sandals I wear regularly!