Peace out, summer! I spent the last week of August trying to squeeze in all of my favorite summer outfits before their retirement. I succeeded in wearing my rainbow dress to an event on the very last day! I’m going to miss all of the bright colors of the season, but I’m excited to retire some of my pieces. It sounds weird, but I found joy in discovering the pieces the following year. I get to remember why I loved them in the first place! Of course, there are plenty of clothing items that I wear year-round, but this is one of the best parts of season change in my opinion. I can’t wait to dig into my fall items!
Here are my other reflections for the month of August:
I’m still not over how great my weekend in Tennessee was! I plan on going into full detail on an upcoming post, but it was so wonderful to see my friend Sarah. She was an amazing host and made sure that my trip was filled with new experiences. So thankful to have a friend like her. Honestly shout out to her whole family because I am def trying to secure my spot as the 8th sister haha.
I’M ON A BOAT! Well, not presently, but if you assumed that I requested DJ duties when I was on a boat specifically so that I could play that song first, then you would be correct. My gym crew and I rented out a boat from The Potomac Paddle Pub DC, which is a BYOB cycle boat. It was such a fun experience! We boarded the boat at Georgetown with drinks and snacks in tow. Ten friends were tasked with pedaling tandem at the bar (that’s how the boat was powered!), while the rest of us enjoyed the views. Halfway through the 1.5hr boat tour, we stopped at the Columbia Island Marina for a bathroom break and group picture (above). As the dedication to pedal began to wane, the boat’s motor kicked in to help get us back to the dock. While it’s always great to see gym peeps in “normal clothes,” the boat trip was definitely a bonding experience that I won’t forget! I highly recommend the Potomac Paddle Pub for any of your own upcoming adventures.
I mentioned in my August Bucket List post that I was amazed to discover that I won an Instagram giveaway! This giveaway gave me to have a girl’s night at the Dacha restaurant in Navy Yard. When we arrived, I was surprised at how great the location was. It’s right outside of the ballpark and on the river! There is both a beer garden and restaurant (with indoor and outdoor seating), so it would be a perfect hangout location for before or after a Nat’s game.
I was literally blown away by the VIP experience! We were allowed to order anything we wanted so, of course, we took full advantage. We tried most of the sharables (the Nashville hot cauliflower was my favorite!) and I got the Dacha burger as my main course. DELICIOUS. We ended the night by sharing a gigantic slice of chocolate cake. Thanks so much to the Dacha team for allowing my girls and I to have such a great night!
In an effort to look into more sustainable clothing options, I decided to go thrifting! I have been wanting to go thrifting for a while, but I am always intimidated by the prospect. I was thrilled when I learned that my friend Danielle (@thread.lift) was going to be hosting an event at a local Goodwill in celebration of National Thrift Shop Day. The event featured curated racks from local thrifty bloggers as well as a discount on already discounted items. Thought the frenzy was still a little overwhelming (I had to escape the racks because everyone was attacking to get items first), I was able to grab an item off of both Danielle’s and my girl Kelly-Lynne’s (@thelowlowstyle) rack. I walked out with 4 items for just $20! It was also fun to see so many of my favorite area bloggers. Successful thrifting adventure.
Yall, I made it through an entire month without using any heat on my hair! While this isn’t the first time that I have done it, this time is a little different because I don’t plan on reintroducing heat anytime soon. I think that I have finally come to terms with my hair decision and I feel really good about it…but that is a story for another time. Besides eliminating heat, I made sure to incorporate more scarves, scrunchies, twists, and twist-outs into my hair routine. I even employed a whole new wash day routine that I feel great about. I’m glad that I decided to do this challenge at this point in my journey because it has really helped me see my hair situation in a new light.
This month I completed ALL of the items on my August Bucket List! For those of you keeping track, August is the first month in 2019 that I was able to do so! Let’s hope that I can keep the momentum going into next month.