Friday Things

This week simultaneously moved by so quickly and so slowly…I’ve been trying to keep post-work plans to a minimum since, like everyone else, I overstretched myself towards the end of last year, and other than a dinner with some girlfriends at Mexicue (SO good, and great service) last night, have spent every evening at home. Millie has been getting longer walks, we’re finally making a larger dent in Downton, and we’re eating at home…all great things! This weekend will also be low key with a few fun plans…I have a session with the personal trainer I’m trying out at our gym, and Diana is in town so she, Katie and I are grabbing brunch at our beloved Le Diplomate tomorrow, and J and I are trying Punjab Grill’s Restaurant Week brunch on Sunday. Whatever you’re up to, hope it’s a great one–TGIF!


+ This post from Diana makes me want to take a bus tour (something I never thought I’d say) through the Irish Countryside!

+ 60 lunch ideas.

+ Grace raved about Zalto wine glasses and while I was intrigued, wasn’t ready to drop $60/glass (ours are $3.99 Ikea, from when J moved into his first apartment post-college and they serve us very well!). If you’re looking to up your glass game, it looks like CB2 has a compelling Zalto dupe…I’m bookmarking for when we’re ready to “upgrade”!

+ Sarah doesn’t blog often but when she does, it’s a must-read! I immediately bookmarked this to refer back.

+ Needlepointing became one of my all-time favorite hobbies as soon as I began–Carly shared some tips on how to get started.

+ Emmy Squared just opened in DC and we’re going next weekend!

+ Persifor is having an amazing sale with some of their classics up to 70% off! I’ve been debating this dress for awhile and finally ordered it (I’m typically a small in their stretchier dresses), and I have this in another pattern and it’s stunning in person (I sized up to a medium for my shoulders and chest). Anything made with “ponte” is amazing for travel! P.S. You can read my interview with Alex, the founder of Persifor, here!

+ Added this to my list of homemade dinner recipe ideas–Claire is so good at recreating restaurant meals at home!

+ Obsessed with this easy DIY shelving.

+ I’m a huge fan of vintage and antique decor, and there’s a reason people say they don’t make ’em like they used to. Heather’s has some great tips on how to shop for vintage furniture and home goods–so helpful if you’re interested in getting a deal.

+ Grace is always chock full of book ideas–there’s something for everyone on this list!


+ 10 highlights from last year.

+ The best things I bought in 2019.

+ And on that note, how my outlook on shopping has changed.

+ My second Wedding Wednesday post.

+ Life lately (including a great deal on some vino!)

+ Committing to this series in 2020! If you’re into cooking at home (or aspire to do it more often), this one’s for you.

Photo by Dex Ezekiel on Unsplash

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  1. first off, so excited to talk to you about downton and so excited to see you guys tomorrow!! and thank you for sharing my post!!

    Posted 1.17.20 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      So, so good to see you on such an epic news weekend!!

      Posted 1.20.20 Reply