I cannot believe we are already a week away from the fourth of July! June has been such a busy month for me both at home and at work. It all really feels like a blur.
The one thing I have noticed is that being so busy lately has made it hard to recall everything that I have accomplished over the past month. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it if wasn't for my daily Instagram postings, I probably wouldn't have been able to recall all of my favorite finds and fun moments from this past month. So I guess what I am trying to say is- thank goodness for Instagram!
To give you a short recap, here are a few of my favorite moments over this past month:
- Attended a Nationals vs. Cubs baseball game with my husband (see photo above).
- After 8 years of service, I finally achieved Sustainer Status with the Junior League of Washington. The Junior League is a non profit organization with branches around the country. It's a great way to get involved in community service work and meet new friends.
- Learned how to install my own lighting fixtures in my home (blog post coming soon).
- I've been busier than ever with my day job and really excited with all of the work I have been doing lately.
- Discovered and became slightly obsessed with these fab finds detailed in today's blog post.
CB2's Rona Wine Glasses
CB2's new Rona Wine Glasses are a current obsession of mine at the moment. From their stately size to the modern silhouette, I am currently all about this updated look when it comes to my stemware. The rona wine glass is offered in two sizes (22oz and 12oz), are dishwasher safe and cost $5.95/glass. Love love love!!! Definitely a chic and affordable way to update your stemware this season.
If you have had a chance to take a look at my Instagram over the past month, I am guessing that you are not surprised to see this on my list. June is their in-season period and I literally cannot get enough of this gorgeous flower! They are voluminous, fragrant and come in the most most fabulous array of pinks, purples and whites. So far, the best deal I can find on peonies is at Trader Joe's (about $7.89/5 stems), but oh how I wish that I had my own bit of land to grow these gorgeous blooms myself. Seriously so envious of my friends and family who have their own peony plants growing in their backyard. My big tips when purchasing and arranging peonies that I did want to share-- make sure to thoroughly inspect your blooms before buying. The cut stems should be wet from sitting in water and there shouldn't be any signs of brown on the bulb petals. When arranging, make sure to avoid over-crowding your peonies. They need sufficient space to open and if they are crowded in a vase, you won't see maximum "bloomage."
The silicone whisk is a kitchen essential for anyone who has ever made a recipe that involved whisking in a pot or pan. Metal whisks will scratch the surface and can ultimately damage your cookware over time. In order to keep your pots and pans looking their best, use a silicone whisk when stirring or mixing ingredients in your cookware.
Cotton Shoulder Covers
Recently I have been spending a lot of time helping my little brother move into his new townhouse. Not so much the manual labor but more with the decor and organization. Last weekend we focused on organizing his closet using hangers I've featured in this post and getting rid of clothes he no longer wore. While on one of my many trips to the container store, I came across these most fabulous cotton shoulder covers. Dust on coats and pants is no longer an issue thanks to these most ingenious shoulder covers. Each cover can fit a couple of bulky garments and all shoulder covers are machine washable! Not only did I buy a few for my brother, but I also went ahead and bought covers for both my coats and my husband's suits. This is a simple and inexpensive solution that will help protect your clothes from dust and keep your garments looking sharp.
While I do love a good cupcake, I have to say that gourmet doughnuts are on the rise and even quite possibly the new cupcake. This past month, District Doughnut opened a pop-up shop in Georgetown and I have to say that after trying one of their delicious doughnuts I was immediately hooked! Their store offers flavors like Baklava, Brown Butter, Sea Salted Dulce de Leche, Fluffernutter and Chocolate Creme Brûlée (which they will brûlée right in front of you!). The store is a total experience and I have even taken to serving their gourmet doughnuts for dessert at my latest dinner parties along with a scoop of ice cream. If you are visiting DC, I highly recommend trying District Doughnut and if you live in DC, great news- District Doughnut offers delivery!