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Rosa Loves… A morning in Georgetown.

I recently spent a wonderful morning in Georgetown. My friend Jenn was in town and it was a great opportunity to go to brunch at Bistro Francais and to catch up. Our friend Rhea also joined us and it was so good to see them both. Rhea ordered a delicious almond tart for dessert and we ended up sharing it over an extra cup of coffee. I met these ladies a few years ago and it was all because of our J.Crew love. Of course, after our brunch we visited our Mothership to do some holiday shopping. Since I was in Georgetown, I decided to stop by Baked & Wired to pick up some cupcakes that I could eat while watching some TV shows at home later. The weather was beautiful, I got to see some friends, and I ate some great food. So yes, my morning in Georgetown was a fabulous one. 

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

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Rosa Loves… A cupcake on the weekend. 

On Saturday morning I woke up with a strong craving for a cupcake. And you know what? I went and got one! I jumped on the metro and after running a few errands, my friend Rebecca and I went for coffee and a strawberry cupcake at Frosting in Friendship Heights. Honestly, it was a great decision because sometimes all you need is a cupcake to make the weekend even better. 

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… Cupcakes and an afternoon at UVA.

A friend was scheduled to give a talk at the University of VA during my stay in Charlottesville. I know, I was on vacation, but her Parasitology research is quite fascinating so I decided to spend the afternoon around campus. My first stop before heading to UVA was Sweethaus, a charming cupcake place. I had three of their mini cupcakes: strawberry, red velvet, and vanilla. All were equally delicious. I then walked to the Downtown Mall to explore Charlottesville a bit more. As the time for my friend’s talk got closer, I jumped on a shuttle to campus but I got lost. Luckily, a friend who teaches at UVA came to my rescue and I was able to make it to the talk. It was a very close call. My friend did an amazing job with her presentation and after I was able to spend time on campus visiting my other friend and meeting some of his students. 

By the way, I wanted to get some really good shots of the cupcakes to show you how awesome they were and the lovely people at Sweethaus were super nice and allowed me get behind the counter to snap these photos. So thank you Sweethaus! 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}


Rosa Loves… Running errands in 60 minutes and eating cupcakes afterwards.

Work has been a little crazy and I even had to do some report writing at home over the weekend. Thus, when running errands in Georgetown the other day, I set myself a time limit of 60 minutes. You see, my problem is that I always loose track of time when I’m in Georgetown, but I needed to stay focused so I could get back work. Here’s how it all took place as soon as I got off the bus (all times are approximate and include walking between locations):

  • Stationery store (10 min; so many birthdays this month!)
  • Pet store (10 min; picked up Lola supplies)
  • Tailor (10 min; my mint skirt needed a few adjustments)
  • Apple store (15 min; it should have been a 5 min visit but got distracted by the pretty computers and toys)
  • Sephora (5 min; shortest time I’ve ever spent there)
  • Since I was doing such great time, I made a quick stop to pick up cupcakes for me and Lola at Sprinkles (5 min)
  • And luckily, I only had to wait for the bus for about 5 min

Mission accomplished!

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… Spending a few days in Charlottesville.

On Thursday morning, we went on a little trip. My graduate school advisor was giving a talk in Charlottesville, VA so we packed our bags and got on the road. We were able to catch up over several meals and yes, he showed a couple of embarrassing photos at the end of his presentation (what was I thinking with that hairdo?).

Here are some snapshots of our time away:

  • Lola was a great assistant when I was packing and planning outfits for the trip.
  • For about a week, I’ve been experiencing a strong craving for a strawberry donut with sprinkles so we stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for a mid-morning coffee break.
  • I had a few hours to myself on Friday afternoon before dinner at Zinc so I went to Sweethaus and had a delicious strawberry mini-cupcake. 
  • I also did a little shopping at one of my favorite shops in town, Rock Paper Scissors and picked up the cutest mustache eraser and a sparkly pen among other things. 
  • Of course a trip to Charlottesville wouldn’t be complete without a quick lunch at Revolutionary Soup. I could honestly eat there every day. It’s so good. 
  • We had drinks and dessert at Positively 4th St on Saturday evening. The French martini was the perfect drink for my last night in this charming town. 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC and taken with Camera Awesome for iPhone}






Rosa Loves… Cupcakes from Baked & Wired.

When I asked a friend what I should bring to a casual dinner at her place she said to just bring something sweet. Since I was spending time in Georgetown earlier in the day, the choice was clear: cupcakes from Baked & Wired.

I discovered this delightful bakery a few years back while exploring Georgetown and it has become one of my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee and of course, a cupcake. The strawberry cupcake is to die for and my friend Shari agrees with me. She’s a bit of a dessert connoisseur and still talks about this magnificent baked good two years after her visit to DC. Other fabulous flavors include the Texas Sheet Cake (always puts me in a sugar coma), Red Velvet, and Carrot Cake. The bakery even offers a gluten-free option.

And while their cupcakes are incredible, Baked & Wired also has a great variety of pies, bars, dog treats, and their amazing Hippie Crack, the most addictive granola you’ll ever taste.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

NOTE: I want to thank the staff of Baked & Wired for being super nice and patient with me when I was taking these photos as the place is always packed for obvious reasons (the awesome baked goods). Thank you so much.