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Guys…OMG you guys… I found a really cool place. DC has it’s very own restaurant devoted to…wait for it…. POPSICLES. Ten year old me is freaking out. I mean seriously.
Pleasant Pops is located off of Florida & 18th NW and has the yummiest ice pops. According to their site…
“Pleasant Pops was born in 2009, because we really liked traditional Mexican ice pops called paletas and couldn’t find any in Washington, D.C. When we created Pleasant Pops we wanted to combine the Mexican tradition of fresh fruit ice pops with local and sustainable agriculture from the greater D.C. area.”
The experience does not disappoint. With over 100 flavors and super fresh ingredients their ice pops are the perfect cure for even DC’s most humid days. My beautiful friend, Caroline, of a Different Story, and I checked it out a few weeks ago and it was the perfect setting for our catch up sesh.
Isn’t she just adorbs? I mean, really!
On top of great popsicles, Pleasant Pops also has a number of other fresh, locally-sourced food options. Their sandwiches were also great.
If trecking it to Florida Ave is just too much for you, you can also find them at a number of the local farmer’s markets and around town in their food truck “Big Poppa”. Check them out on twitter for location and other fun updates @pleasantpops .
I loved everything about this weekend. My wonderful friend Ella and I have been planning a staycation together for quite awhile. It definitely lived up to all our excited planning. On Friday afternoon I headed out to the mysterious and alluring land beyond the Potomac (aka Virginia) and met up with Ella. What followed were endless hours of girl talk… yummy gelato… window shopping… chick flicks… trashy magazines… totally cute and snuggly pups… pool time (and WATER SLIDES… first time since I was a kid)… cooking lessons… homemade margaritas…fresh flowers… the farmer’s market…hat shopping (I mean everyone needs a visor for their cruise…right?)…exploring in the woods.
Speaking of the woods, this weekend we also shot our next #YouSparkle shoot with our beautiful friends Lauren and Ashlynn. It was amazing. Ashlynn was our fierce warrior princess in the midst of an enchanted forest. (Doesn’t everyone do this kind of stuff with their friends on the weekend?). The pictures included above are just a little sneak peek. I can’t wait to show you what Lauren captured. I saw a few shots on her camera and let me tell you… THEY ARE FREAKIN AMAZING!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to tune into the Jesus Culture Conference in LA and it was AMAZING. Actually saying it was amazing really doesn’t do it justice. One of my heroes, Christa Black, spoke and honestly, her message messed me up… but in a good way.
I’ve followed her for the past few years as she started an amazing blog, wrote an incredible song “God Loves Ugly” made famous by Jordin Sparks and launched a book by the same title that details the heart behind the song. I would absolutely encourage you to go buy it right now… actually if you want it and can’t afford it, message me and I’ll buy it for you. I believe in the message that much.
Recently, Christa and her family went through the most tragic situation. Her newborn baby daughter, Goldie, died in her arms just 40 minutes after being born. I remember the day she put out a message on her blog about the loss. I remember where I was sitting and I remember bursting into tears as I read her words. I had followed along and seen her joy and expectation at the eminent birth of such a beautiful girl. Devastating.
I could not and still cannot wrap my mind around such a loss and yet, in the days that followed Christa has continued to be a voice of hope. She has been a champion of joy and a steadfast believer that God is good… in every season.
I say all this because, I want you to hear her speak. She’s one of my heroes. She’s faced fear, faced tragedy and continues to stand firm. Set aside some time to listen to her. You’ll be so glad that you did. You can listen to her message here.
Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?
You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing
Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you
- Colbie Caillat
This weekend was absolutely lovely. My plans were all canceled last-minute and I found myself with the gift of time and spontaneity. Neither of which are easy to come by in DC.
I spent quite a bit of quality time at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market. They have great wi-fi which is wonderful for getting work done and a million and one fun options for distraction when you need a break. One of my favorite things to do is get an empanada from DC Empanadas and peruse the beautifully curated items in Salt & Sundry. Truly wonderful.
On top of that, a few of my wonderful friends decided to join me that evening for a delicious dinner at Bidwell (try the Lobster Taco)and a drive-in movie on the side of the market. Seriously the perfect Summer evening.
I rounded out my weekend of wi-fi hunting with an afternoon at Buzz. Buzz is a wonderful bakery; chock-full of quirky goodness and delicious baked goods. They have created a space that is welcoming to the young family and the laptop toting introvert (like me!) alike. It provided the perfect backdrop to my brainstorming and organizing. There’s lots of fun things on the horizon but it takes making time. Grateful for a weekend where time was on my side.
There are few things I love more than black & white & pink & sparkle. This is pretty much my inspiration ever week. The combo just makes me happy.
I know I’ve hinted at it, but there are some seriously fun things on the horizon for my event styling & coordination business, Piccadilly. It has been a season of God moments and seeing new life breathed into long-held dreams. Needless to say, it’s been very exciting.
Part of this season includes a re-brand and re-launch of the business. There’s lots of details included in something like that and I’m currently in the thick of it. There’s no where I’d rather be though. It’s honestly thrilling to be taking steps towards really seeing my dreams take flight.
It’s also scary… but whatever. Totally worth it!
One super fun part of this process was a recent photo shoot that I had the opportunity to do with Erica of Erica Baker Photography and Bakers Tell Stories. She’s incredibly gifted and on top of that a TOTAL BLAST to work with. Who else will teach you how to dinosaur dance mid photo shoot?
Her wonderful friend AND my new friend, Sarah, of Fashion and Philosophers and Kicheko, came to help as well and took these incredible behind-the-scenes shots. You can see more and read her recap on her site here. I’ve been obsessed with her blog for awhile now and I had more than one fan girl moment having her at my shoot. She’s pretty much the best!
We had the shoot at the uber-chic, too cool for school, Ulysses Room located at the 52 O St. Studios (ahem, it’s a great spot for events!). I felt like my cool factor rocketed just by walking through the door. The space belongs to the wonderful Virginia Arrisueño who is the master mind behind DeNada Designs and other creative endeavors like DC MEETMarket and Topaz&Arrow. She is amazing and truly a joy to work with. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to work with her again soon.
If that wasn’t enough to make it the BEST.DAY.EVER. My beautiful friends Janelle and Ashlynn came along to make sure everything went smoothly, looked pretty and was overall just wonderful. Also, they lent their super cool dance moves to the mix. I mean, what more could you ask for?
I can’t wait to share more with you as it unfolds! I’m very much looking forward to the future. The BEST most definitely is still to come!