A Day In DC

Back when I had just arrived on the East Coast, I met up with one of my best friends in the entire world- Leslie, for a day in DC. First- I just need to say how incredibly grateful I am that she lives "close by"! It's been years since we've lived near each other and I couldn't be happier with how things have worked out in that aspect. I was spending the night at her house, so I packed my day bag and headed out the door. Of course, I forgot to pack my camera, but thank goodness for my phone.

hat- target (similar) // rings- vintage // necklace- the red envelope // bag- lulus

We met up for lunch then walked down to the United States Botanical Gardens, which were stunning! The theme was "Orchid Orchestra", and it did not disappoint. There were beautiful arrangements and flowers from all over the world.

I had a great time putting Leslie in ridiculous poses, just like the old days. I'm so happy to have someone who will oblige my sill requests, again.

I wouldn't sit there if I were you!

Next we headed to The Capitol to rest our feet. We enjoyed the sun and some people watching.

And of course, we took a hundred pictures, at least! We tried so hard to get some decent selfies of us together...

But it was that cloudy kind of bright, the kind where you can barely keep your eyes open. So most of our photos ended up a squinty mess, although it made for some great laughs!

We finally asked a nice bystander if he would mind snapping one for us. We told him that we would close our eyes and open them on three if he would just count for us. So we get ready, close our eyes, and wait... When nothing happens we open our eyes to see him handing back the phone... We had a nice new collection of us standing in front of the capitol with our eyes closed... We kindly re-explained what we meant and he was able to snap a great one. He then told us how lice is becoming an epidemic in schools because of all the kids taking selfies together, then he walked away... I guess we asked for it by making him retake the photo.

Next we headed down to The National Portrait Gallery. Along the way we stopped to admire the Newseum's display of that day's front page newspapers from around the country. Of course, I had to stop and catch up on what has been happening back in Utah. (why can't good news make the front page?!)

We spent a good two hours in The Portrait Gallery (but could have stayed all day) then headed to Shake Shack for some strawberry-chocolate shakes. This was my first time ever trying Shake Shack and it did not disappoint; yum!

We ended the day by seeing Divergent- which I loved, then we hit the sack as soon as was possible. We were definitely exhausted from our fun-filled day. I may have discouraged her from ever wanting to explore DC with me again as I made her walk the entire day instead of driving the car to a closer parking space... whoops... Goodness knows I love to walk!

The next morning Leslie made cinnamon french toast with coconut syrup and berries... Which was probably the best breakfast I've had in a long time; so delicious!

I had an absolute blast and loved every bit of our day. I had been craving a day like that- desperately and can't wait to do it again, soon! Until next time, DC!


L A Chhay said...

I was lucky enough to live and work about 15 minutes outside DC when I was 21. Isn't it a great place to visit? My favorite thing to do was visit the Smithsonian museums. Looks like you had a great time. Pics look great, despite having forgotten your camera!

Night Chayde said...

Ahh I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to see DC. You guys look fabulous and that French toast needs to be in my belly :)


Emily Baker said...

gah!!! i love shake shack!!! the best!! and funny story about the selfies :) haha ew lice!!

Laura - Relatively Offbeat said...

These photos are so adorable and heartwarming. Looks like a wonderful time! I love how many smiles are featured in this post.

Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

great photos! looks like an amazing time!


Alisha @ The Alisha Nicole said...

I love DC! Hoping I can make a trip there this summer..you guys look like you had a great time!

nicole s. said...

the photos of you with the capitol are GORGEOUS. like, make that your new profile pic asap, bb. we're about to get a shake shack in austin--was it as good as everyone says it is? also, i'm dying over the story about the guy taking your photo with your eyes closed. how funny!

xo nicole

Amy said...

oh my gosh, those gardens = swoon!
looks like y'all had a fantastic time!

Beverly Houpt said...

I love your outfit!
And now I really want french toast and milkshakes.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

It looks like you're having so much fun! I've never been to DC but I hear it's beautiful right now!

Lisa | c/oMKE

Head to Toe Chic said...

I LOVE DC! My best friend lives there so it's always so fun to visit her :)


Jessi said...

Ah so fun!! Looks like an awesome day & you look so cute! I love those gardens, that harp is so cool! Someday I'll venture to see the white house! Haha


Because of Jackie said...

I've never been to D.C., but I really want to go! I love American history and what better place to learn more and experience that than our capital? Also, Divergent! LOVE that series and loved the movie!

Jessica McGill Lindstrom said...

Miss youuuuuu!!!!!

MacKensie said...

Looks like an amazing day! That botanical garden looks incredible.. I need to see it in person!

Hallie Oceanside said...

I am so jealous, I have never been there but it looks SO fun!
You look gorgeous as always, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Utah necklace!

Jewelz said...

So happy I've stumbled across your blog. Your pictures are beautiful!


aka Bailey said...

Looks like a great day of tourism!! I've never been to DC before - I need to get there. The botanical gardens look like they were beautiful!

aka Bailey

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