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Rosa Loves…Vintage Jewelry.

Sunday afternoon was fabulous and filled with beautiful vintage jewelry. After brunch, Arlita, Erica, and I attended a ‘Spark Party’ featuring jewelry from Sweet & Spark and hosted by the lovely Brittney of Hosting and Toasting. I certainly have a weakness for accessories and Sweet & Spark is one of my favorite online places to find unique vintage pieces. The story behind this shop is really special: Jillian, the founder, and her dad started the business in 2012, and together, they travel around the country and visit local flea markets searching for vintage treasures. While sipping on champagne and eating cupcakes with my friends, we tried on the gorgeous pieces that Jillian and her dad have carefully curated for the shop. Just like everyone else at the party, I found the perfect sparkle to take home: a bracelet for me and a gorgeous pair of earrings for my sister.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… The perfect weather for a day in Georgetown.

After a few days of rain and incredibly high levels of humidity, which were responsible for my ‘crazy hair’ last week, we finally had gorgeous weather this weekend. I got up early on Sunday morning and after watching a couple of episodes of ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ with my husband, I was on my way to Georgetown to meet Arlita of Rock and Sole for brunch. Since the metro is kind of unpredictable on the weekends, I ended up arriving earlier than expected to my destination. Luckily, Olivia Macaron was open so I stopped by to say hello to Ana Claudia, the owner of the shop, and to get some tasty macarons for a birthday gift. Once I met Arlita, we decided that since the weather was just perfect, a table outside at Peacock Cafe was a fabulous idea. Over cocktails and eggs Benedict, we had such a great conversation and we were able to learn a little more about each other. We then walked around Georgetown for a bit on our way to a Sweet & Spark Party and admired the beautiful houses in the neighborhood. 

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend too!

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… Wine tasting with the girls. 

I love wine and my Sunday outing to some local wineries couldn’t be more perfect. Ashley, Julien, Maria, and Natalie planned an awesome wine tasting tour in Virginia for a fabulous group of ladies which included Alicia, Amanda, a second Amanda, Carmen, JoAnn, Katya, Kendall, Kristin, Marissa, Morgan, and Tammy

Our first stop was Stone Tower Winery. Mike Huber, the owner, was incredibly kind and gave us a private tour of the facilities and explained their wine making process. He also showed us the vineyards and I was able to snap a picture of the tiny baby grapes (second photo). The wine tasting at this place was also lovely. My favorite wine was their 2009 Wild Boar Blanc de Blancs. Yes, kind of predictable, I went for the sparkling wine. After spending a couple of hours at Stone Tower, we got on the bus and headed to Hillsborough Vineyards. Some of the ladies participated in the wine tastings while others, including myself, decided to get a couple of bottles of wine and enjoyed some of the snacks we all brought to share. I truly enjoyed their 2011 Chardonnay and it was perfect with the strawberries I had bought at the farmers market the day before. It was hard to go back home to be honest; we were just having such an amazing time. We all decided we need to go back soon. 

Thank you Ashley, Julien, Maria, and Natalie for organizing such a fun wine tasting outing. And make sure to check out the blogs of some of the ladies who came to the tour; there were a lot of ‘outfit of the day’ photos taken that day.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC. Photos 1-8 taken at Stone Tower Winery; photos 9-12 taken at Hillsborough Vineyards}

Rosa Loves… Saturday morning flowers.

I had made plans to spend time with friends on Sunday, so Saturday was a day to run errands. I had a doctor’s appointment in Rockville in the morning and since there’s a farmers market nearby, I decided to stop after I was done. I was able to pick up some yummy snacks for the outing we were planning on Sunday and a few veggies for myself. As I was paying for tomatoes at one of the vendor stands, I couldn’t stop looking at the pretty bouquets of flowers they had. While I wasn’t planning on buying flowers that morning, I couldn’t resist and I took a bouquet home.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC, taken with her iPhone and processed with Instagram}

Rosa Loves… New strategies to manage work projects and to order tapas at dinner.

And we’re back.

My vacation was awesome. The main goal was to relax. I truly enjoy my work, but the last couple of months have felt a bit unfocused. We have several projects going on and even though I love to multi-task, I was a little overwhelmed. The time away from the lab allowed me to rethink my strategy at work. As soon as I came back to the office on Monday, I outlined my new plan to prioritize projects and running experiments in the lab. So far so good. Interestingly, I am also rethinking my strategy when ordering tapas at dinner. I usually go for something that I am craving or that catches my eye while browsing the menu. However, the process can sometimes take a little time. When my husband and I went to dinner at MAS in Charlottesville during our vacation, he did some research online and figured out ahead of time the best dishes based on people’s recommendations. Armed with this knowledge, we were able to pick some really tasty new food to enjoy along with some of our favorites. I have to say that I kind of like his strategy. 

In case you were wondering what we ate at MAS, here’s the list from top to bottom:

  • baby arugula salad with tomatoes, sherry vinegar, olive oil, and Manchego cheese
  • sliced, aged raw-milk Manchego and local apples on a slice of hearth-baked bread
  • duck confit and goat cheese empanada with crema
  • beef brisket pastrami with Manchego cheese
  • marinated hanging tenderloin with smoked tomato alioli
  • olive oil chocolate mousse

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… Vacation Time. 
As you read this post today, miss Lola and I will be getting ready to pack our bags for a little vacation. We’re not going far, but we decided to go visit some friends and spend time with family in Charlottesville, VA. I plan to enjoy time relaxing with my little family, visiting some of my favorite restaurants, and meeting my friends’ new baby. Lola has a lot of plans as well and these include sunbathing, chasing the neighbors’ chickens, and maybe another encounter with her nemesis the rooster. We’ll be taking a blog break during our vacation, but we will be back in about a week or so. 
Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. 
DC Event Alert: If you are interested in learning about throwing the perfect dinner party, Chelsea of The Gathering Project will be hosting a workshop on June 14 at The Loft at 600 F. One of my favorite food bloggers in DC, Carlene of Healthfully Ever After will be teaching one of the classes. Chelsea is also offering a 10% discount; just enter the code rosalovesdc when you register. For more information about the event, click on this link or on the button on the right column for more details. Registration closes June 7.
{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

Rosa Loves… Vacation Time. 

As you read this post today, miss Lola and I will be getting ready to pack our bags for a little vacation. We’re not going far, but we decided to go visit some friends and spend time with family in Charlottesville, VA. I plan to enjoy time relaxing with my little family, visiting some of my favorite restaurants, and meeting my friends’ new baby. Lola has a lot of plans as well and these include sunbathing, chasing the neighbors’ chickens, and maybe another encounter with her nemesis the rooster. We’ll be taking a blog break during our vacation, but we will be back in about a week or so. 

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. 

DC Event Alert: If you are interested in learning about throwing the perfect dinner party, Chelsea of The Gathering Project will be hosting a workshop on June 14 at The Loft at 600 F. One of my favorite food bloggers in DC, Carlene of Healthfully Ever After will be teaching one of the classes. Chelsea is also offering a 10% discount; just enter the code rosalovesdc when you register. For more information about the event, click on this link or on the button on the right column for more details. Registration closes June 7.

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}