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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}

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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}

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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.

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Rosa Loves… Cupcakes, Lucky Magazine and DC.

After running errands in Bethesda one afternoon last week, I sat in my couch and read the latest issue of Lucky magazine while snacking on mini cupcakes from Fancy Cakes by Leslie. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw the City Guide section featuring Washington, DC (thanks Lacey S for the heads-up!). Going through the amazing list of stores selected by Lucky made think about my own shopping experiences in DC and I figured it might be fun to share with you.

One of my favorite experiences took place on the day that my ‘Sex and the City’ obsessed friend C (her words, not mine) drove from Baltimore to meet me at Muléh. The store was presenting the Spring 2009 Anglomania trunk show featuring the wedding dress that SJP wore in the movie. Not only it was a unique opportunity for my friend C, who was in ‘Sex and the City’ heaven all night, but it marked the time I fell in love with the store’s concept: furniture and high end clothing.

Sassanova became my favorite shoe store after I had a bit of a footwear emergency. My search for the perfect pair of shoes for a job interview had been unsuccessful and Sassanova came to my rescue (and I got the job too!). Oh, and remember those fabulous shoes I scored at the Fall 2011 District Sample Sale? They came from this store.

One Spring afternoon, my friend K and I had just finished lunch at Ben’s Chili Bowl when we happened to walk by Legendary Beast and a little impromptu shopping seemed like a good idea. That was the day that I found my favorite vintage necklace which eventually became a staple in my wardrobe.

And of course, I still remember how patient the owner of Green and Blue boutique was with me when I was trying to decide on the alterations needed for a new pair trouser jeans I was buying. The owner, who does all the alterations at the store, listened to my concerns and fears (I had bad tailor experiences before) and to this day, that pair of jeans is the best tailored item in my closet.

I could go on and on forever. I love to support local owned businesses and the stores in DC have not disappointed me.

So, who wants to come to DC and do some serious shopping?

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

NOTE: After I finished writing this post, I found out that Green and Blue closed the retail part of the business at the beginning of this month. However, alterations services are still being offered.

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Rosa Loves… The Holidays!

Hope all of you are having a fantastic holiday season. I will be indulging on cupcakes, bubbly, and good food, but most importantly, I will be spending time with my favorite canine and people in the world: Lola and my husband.

Happy Holidays!

Peppermint Patty Cupcake source: Cappellino’s Crazy Cakes in Charlottesville, VA.

{Photo by RosaLovesDC}