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Rosa Loves… Fried Chicken, Bacon & Donuts.

My husband and I met some friends for a post-Thanksgiving brunch this past weekend at Tabard Inn (Hi Kata, Sara and Sam!). As I was going over the menu, I couldn’t resist and I went with the buttermilk fried chicken on a biscuit which also came with bacon and a sunny side-up egg. Just one word: AMAZING. We also had some fresh donuts which are a must when visiting Tabard Inn. Luckily, I didn’t go into a food coma and that was kind of important because we had some shopping to do after. I had such a great time and I am seriously thinking about starting a new tradition: post-Thanksgiving brunch at Tabard Inn followed by holiday shopping with fabulous friends.

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Rosa Loves… A very busy Saturday.

My Saturday was indeed busy. I had been struggling with a mild cold during the week but I was feeling much better by Saturday morning so I picked a comfortable outfit for all the activities I had planned.

I met my friend Sara for a quick lunch and to catch up after running a few errands in the morning. Kata joined us later for a styling session. We had so much fun putting outfits together and I must say that Carrie Bradshaw would be incredibly jealous of Sara’s closet. On our way to the Drewdrop DC clothing swap later that afternoon, Sara and I stopped to take some outfit photos in Dupont Circle. While we waited for the event to begin, I was able to briefly chat with other lovely blogger friends including Carmen, Ashley, and Erica. After the swap, we went to the Ulysses Room launch party which was hosted by The President Wears Prada, DeNada Design, and Kelly Towles. I just fell in love with the space, the art, and the beautiful DeNada scarves.

On the metro ride home, I thought about how wonderful it was to spend time with friends and to meet great people during my Saturday activities. It was a busy day but I loved it.

On the other hand, Lola had a very relaxing day at home. I snapped this photo of her while she was looking at a sock she had stolen from my fresh laundry earlier that morning. I think she was trying to decide between playing with that sock or taking a nap. She went with the nap and it was a very long one.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

In case you are interested in the J.Crew items featured in my outfit, both sweater and necklace are still available online.

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… To share a few snapshots of her week. 

As a new week starts, I thought I would tell you a few things that I’ve been up to:

1. Yep, I voted. I still remember the very first time I went to the polls to vote, I couldn’t sleep the night before and I think my grandmother was more excited than me. You see, voting was extremely important to her. As kids we would sometimes go with her and she would always tell us how we had to do the same when we grew up. She never missed an election. So every time I vote, I think of her. 

2. Rebecca and I went for a little shopping in Friendship Heights. She was on a mission: getting a new glittery nail polish and doing some research before buying a new pair of booties for the winter. I spotted these beautiful roses while we were at Neiman Marcus.

3. Friday night, I went to see Skyfall with Apollina and her husband Brad. If you haven’t seen it, run to the movie theater as soon as you possibly can. It’s so good, I might have to go see it again and again. After the movie, we went to Palena for some food and cocktails. And of course, I added a little sparkle to my outfit before our Friday night activities.

4. On Saturday morning, I decided to go to the Phillips Collection to check out the Per Kirkeby exhibit. His work caught my attention because he’s not only a talented artist, but also a geologist. After admiring the interesting bronze sculptures and striking paintings, I took a coffee break at the museum before heading out to continue with my day. 

And that was my week. Hope you all have a fabulous week and can you believe Thanksgiving time is almost here?

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

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Rosa Loves… To share a few random thoughts.

Without a doubt, we had a scary couple of days this past week as Sandy made landfall on the East Coast. To be honest, I was worried. Yes, I tried to keep my sense of humor. I joked about how my Sandy preparedness kit included macarons and champagne and how I hoped the power would stay on Sunday night so I wouldn’t miss my favorite show. However, I was very worried for my family and friends not only in DC, but in NYC and New Jersey. When the storm was over, I was incredibly thankful that all my loved ones were safe.

As I watch the news and see footage of the damage caused by Sandy, I can’t help to think about DC. The photos of the NYC subway stations under water and the destroyed neighborhoods in NJ really hit home. We had minimal damage and our lights stayed on for most of the storm. My beloved DC was indeed very lucky and I am thankful.

I sincerely hope that all of you in the path of Sandy stayed safe and dry. If you were affected by the storm, my thoughts are with you at this time and I am sending you a big hug all the way from DC.

The photo in this post was taken not long ago as I was riding the brand new escalators at the Dupont Circle metro station. Interestingly, the escalators in the metro stations constantly break down. We complain about it. Some of my friends believe that the reason why DC is among the fittest cities in America is because we have to go up and down the broken escalators all the time. And you know what? After this week, I don’t care anymore. I love DC even with all its broken metro escalators.

If you want to help people affected by hurricane Sandy, my friend Coley posted a few links on her blog. Check out her post here.

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

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Rosa Loves… Brunch and the City.

On Saturday morning I decided to go for a walk around Dupont Circle. It was a little chilly and breezy but I loved it. I truly enjoy walking around the different neighborhoods in DC in the fall. After my lovely walk, I met some blogger friends at Urbana for a brunch organized by the fabulous Ashley of Ashley in DC. While indulging on yummy food (I had the egg white frittata) and the Bellini bar, I was able to chat and catch up with some of my favorite bloggers in the area. And of course a blogger brunch wouldn’t be complete without a few Outfit of the Day photo shoots.

Thank you Ashley for such a great time and the super cute party favors!

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… A morning at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market. 

Though this morning was a bit hotter than expected, I had a great time at the farmers market in Dupont Circle with DC Celine and her adorable kids. We went around the different tables and vendors and the kids had so much fun helping their mom shop for produce and other items for some tasty meals to be prepared at home. I always love visiting my local farmers markets especially in the company of such fabulous people.

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

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Rosa Loves… Waffles, Mimosas & Fashion.

The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful on Sunday and it was a good thing because I had plans. After a quick stop at the Dupont Circle farmers market, I went to brunch at Café Dupont with new blogger friends Carmen of That Carmen and Sankalpa of Fashion Pastiche. Over mimosas we got to know each other a bit more: we talked about fashion, careers, and pets. It is always nice to meet such fabulous people like these ladies through blogging. Great chatting with you ladies.

Oh and before I forget, I had the caramel waffle with bacon bits, nuts, and vanilla ice cream. Diagnosis: Delicious! 

{Photos by RosaLovesDC}

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Rosa Loves… Sharing a few snapshots of her weekend. 

The weekend went pretty fast and despite the rain on Friday and Saturday, I kept myself pretty busy:

  • I began my weekend by meeting my friend Anna for dinner and bubbly at Poste in Penn Quarter. 
  • I got up very early on Saturday and went for a long walk. Then, I spent most of the morning working on a couple of writing projects while snacking on fresh strawberries and chocolate from Co Co. Sala.
  • My friend Anne and I love to be tourists in the city so we decided to visit the Hillwood Museum and Gardens on Saturday afternoon. We also were able to see the Prêt-à-Papier exhibit by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.  
  • On Sunday morning, I made a quick stop by the farmers market in Dupont Circle to get some Dolcezza gelato before an OOTD photo shoot with Sara. After, we had brunch at Urbana with blogger friends Erin of Currently Coveting and Melissa of Cupcakes OMG! Such lovely ladies!

So that was my weekend and I would love to hear about yours!

{Photos by RosaLovesDC and taken/processed with Instagram and Camera+ for iPhone}