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Rosa Loves… Mimosas, brunch bites, and jewelry at She’s Unique Boutique.

Before the snow arrived on Sunday afternoon, the fabulous Katya of Spicy Candy DC celebrated the second anniversary of her jewelry store She’s Unique Boutique with a brunch party. There was a mimosa bar and delicious brunch bites prepared by Jessica of Adventures of the Repatriate. The jewelry selection at the store is amazing and the pieces are just gorgeous. Some of my friends were at the party too so we all did a little shopping. I took home a pair of very sparkly earrings to add my jewelry collection. 

Thanks Katya, Carlis, and everyone at She’s Unique Boutique for such a great time. 

If you’re ever in DC, She’s Unique Boutique is only a metro ride away in Alexandria, VA. Jennifer Zeuner, Phyllis + Rosie, Julie Voss, and Kris Nations are among the brands found at the store. It’s totally worth the trip!

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… Red Roses & Waterlogue.

A few weeks ago, Ashley introduced me to a new iPhone app via her pretty Instagram feed. Waterlogue is so awesome, I just can’t get enough. I used Waterlogue to make a watercolor image of a photo I recently took of some red roses and I love how it turned out. Inspired by my dear friend Apollina (who used the app to make watercolors of her beautiful fashion cakes), I am thinking about printing the before and after Waterlogue photos above and hang them in the living room. 

Have you played around with Waterlogue? Do you love it too?

{Photo by RosaLovesDC. First image taken with iPhone/Second image processed with Waterlogue}

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Rosa Loves… Fabulous friends, beautiful weather, and yummy macarons.

The weather on Saturday was gorgeous and because of it, my friend Katie and I decided to spend some time in Georgetown. We hadn’t seen each other in a while so it was a great opportunity to catch up and meet my friend’s super cute baby girl for the very first time. But before meeting with Katie, I made a quick stop at Billy Reid to say hello to my friend Liza. Then, Katie, baby and I did a little shopping at J.Crew and Madewell followed by a delicious brunch and bottomless bubbly at Bistro Francais. We also visited a relatively new macaron shop in Georgetown, Olivia Macaron, and we fell in love with the red velvet and rose flavors. Katie also got vanilla and she said it was divine. While in Georgetown, I got a totally random text about the weather from Cathy only to realize that we were right next door to each other so I got to briefly say hello to her as well. Overall, it was nice to be out and about, meet fabulous friends and eat some yummy macarons. Lola also enjoyed the weather on Saturday. After I got home that afternoon, we went for a long walk and she spent about an hour outside in the balcony working on her tan. 

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. 

Macaron flavors in the photo above (from top to bottom): Almond, Red Velvet, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, and Lemon.

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… Dupont Circle Metro Station (and a very slow comeback to blogging).
And we’re back. Sort of. 
First, hello everyone! Yes, miss Lola and I are still alive. We are not big fans of the cold so we have been mostly indoors this winter but we hope that as the warmer temperatures arrive, we’ll get to do some fun stuff outdoors. 
Second, blogging about our adventures in the city and other pretty things will resume shortly. There are still lots of work projects to complete and some personal stuff to take care of, so the process of coming back to blogging will be a bit slow. I will start posting a few photos here and there and hopefully by the time Spring gets here I will be back to a more regular schedule.
Third, thank you so much for your kind notes on the last post. Those comments truly mean a lot to me. 
And lastly, I love the DC metro. I know, it’s probably a controversial statement to make here in DC. Yes, there are always delays and customer service issues, but on the positive side, I think the stations are really beautiful. Since I am always riding the metro, I usually spend my time snapping random photos when waiting on the platform for the next train to arrive. So for today’s post, I want to share this photo I took at Dupont Circle Metro station not long ago. Beautiful, don’t you think?
Have a fabulous weekend!
{Photo by RosaLovesDC, taken with her iPhone and processed with PicTapGo}

Rosa Loves… Dupont Circle Metro Station (and a very slow comeback to blogging).

And we’re back. Sort of. 

First, hello everyone! Yes, miss Lola and I are still alive. We are not big fans of the cold so we have been mostly indoors this winter but we hope that as the warmer temperatures arrive, we’ll get to do some fun stuff outdoors. 

Second, blogging about our adventures in the city and other pretty things will resume shortly. There are still lots of work projects to complete and some personal stuff to take care of, so the process of coming back to blogging will be a bit slow. I will start posting a few photos here and there and hopefully by the time Spring gets here I will be back to a more regular schedule.

Third, thank you so much for your kind notes on the last post. Those comments truly mean a lot to me. 

And lastly, I love the DC metro. I know, it’s probably a controversial statement to make here in DC. Yes, there are always delays and customer service issues, but on the positive side, I think the stations are really beautiful. Since I am always riding the metro, I usually spend my time snapping random photos when waiting on the platform for the next train to arrive. So for today’s post, I want to share this photo I took at Dupont Circle Metro station not long ago. Beautiful, don’t you think?

Have a fabulous weekend!

{Photo by RosaLovesDC, taken with her iPhone and processed with PicTapGo}

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Rosa Loves… Taking an extended blog break.

I want to be honest with you, my life feels a little bit out of focus right now. While life is good overall, I’ve been struggling to balance personal stuff and work projects in the past few months. I truly enjoy sharing some of my adventures in the city as well as Lola photo shoots with you, but it has become more and more difficult to find the time to sit down and write a blog post. I’d love to go back and post more regularly but for the time being it’s not possible. Rather than stop blogging completely, I’ve decided to take an extended blog break. I think this break will give me the opportunity to find the focus that is lacking in my life and it will allow me to become inspired again in terms of blogging and photography. I’m not sure how long this break will be, but Lola and I will be back soon enough. So please bear with us for the next few weeks until it all gets sorted out. Thank you so much for reading my blog, it really means a lot.

XO,

RosaLovesDC & Lola

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… An interview with Komal Kushal Raj, co-founder of the fashion brand NUMARI.

A few months ago, Komal contacted me to let me know about her then upcoming fashion brand NUMARI. We had a lovely chat over the phone and Komal explained the concept behind NUMARI: custom fit women’s apparel. I know I am not the only woman looking for the perfect fit when it comes to clothes so I was intrigued. I also loved the fact that NUMARI would be a DC-based brand. Fast forward a few months later. Last month, NUMARI had a fashion show at the Graham Hotel in Georgetown. Komal and I finally met in person that day and I was able to snap a few photos for the blog. I asked Komal for an interview to learn more about NUMARI and the woman behind the brand. 

Komal’s career in fashion and NUMARI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA. She worked in Management consulting for a while but she knew she was an entrepreneur at heart. Komal: “I have no formal background in fashion but have always had a deep emotional connection to it. After some soul searching I decided to combine my love for fashion and business and eventually started my journey toward building NUMARI.” Komal and NUMARI’s co-founder Arti Anand, decided to focus on custom fit women’s apparel due to their own struggles of finding the perfect fit. Komal and Arti wanted to make custom tailored clothing easily available and through NUMARI, women can have access to pieces made to fit their individual body measurements.

NUMARI’s preview collection. The first collection offered by NUMARI focuses on day-to-night dresses. Komal: “Professional women are always looking for great go-to pieces with just the right amount of edge to them. Pieces that are not only stylish but also comfortable and fit perfectly.”

Komal’s favorite NUMARI dress. While she loves all the pieces in the collection, her favorite would be the Diagonal Drape Sheath (second photo above). Komal: “It’s a fantastic single tone sheath dress that works for most body types and can be easily dressed up or down. With a boat neck and ruched diagonal draping across the bust and alongside the sleeves this elegant piece is definitely an eye catcher.”

Komal’s future plans for the brand. Besides offering great fitting clothes and expanding their portfolio, Komal wants to provide clients with great customer experience. Komal: “We are working very hard to make sure our customers have an amazing experience engaging with us both offline and online. We are slowly moving toward a bigger digital presence to help us expand our geographic footprint.”

Komal’s must-have accessories. Besides a great dress, Komal believes that the right shoes and bag are essential to complete a look. Komal: ” A pair of great looking versatile heels and a smart looking tote or shoulder bag are my must-have accessories.”

Thank you Komal and the team behind NUMARI for accommodating my request for this interview.

Make sure to check out NUMARI’s preview collection here. You can also follow them on twitter for updates at @NumariStyle.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… Impromptu brunch and shopping.

I had made several plans for the weekend but on Friday afternoon, it all changed. My husband got sick so he had to stay in bed most of the weekend. We also trying to decide about moving apartments in the same building so I spent most of my Saturday morning dealing with that. While my husband got some much deserved rest, I arranged a quick meeting with Ashlyn for a photo shoot and a chat. When I met Ashlyn, she was hanging out with Cathy and we all went for a little shopping at Zara and Forever 21. Let me just say that we all have similar taste and purchased the same perfect fall weather accessory. We were also getting a little hungry so we headed over to Poste and over mimosas, eggs benedict, and truffle frites we had a great chat about pretty much everything. I think we spent close to 3 hours at Poste but it didn’t feel like it at all because we were having such an awesome time. I truly enjoyed my impromptu brunch and shopping with these fabulous ladies.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… A photo shoot with my favorite DC ladies.

A few weeks ago, Apollina, Katalina, Sara and I went to brunch to Ted’s Bulletin. I love these ladies; they are fun, sweet, and caring. While I was snapping some photos of Sara’s outfit for her blog, Apollina and Katalina decided to share their professional photo bomber skills. I then took some photos of all these ladies together and as always, it was so much fun. However, it was also bittersweet. We realized that it would be our last impromptu photo shoot together as Apollina is moving to Texas. I am incredibly excited for Apollina and her super cute family and I know they will love their new city and home. She’s going to be missed but we know that she’s only a plane ride away. 

We love you Apollina! 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}