Archive for the ‘DC’ Category

Legally Blond, Two
July 11, 2009

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Funemployment has ended.  I  have  a job…a new old job. I worked in Congress a few years ago, and when my old boss called asking if I’d like to return….after 10 months of living the lazy life, how could I say no?  I’m back to doing the people’s work on Capitol Hill. Cafeteria lunches. High heels. Tourists.  I am, admittedly, red, white and blue over all the free time I will lose now that I’ve become a working girl, but I’m tickled pink at the thought of income…health insureance, retirement, and all the benefits that come with the 9 to 5. My first week went really well….but I am exhausted!!!! Tracking legislation is SO much more tiring than tracking the lives of the One Tree Hill cast!

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Black Ankle Winery
May 4, 2009

Nope, it’s not named for my  right foot, still in a brace after my clumsy fall….but Black Ankle Vineyards is a charming, eco-friendy winery hidden in Fredrick County, MD.  The drive on a rough, windy backroad is SO worth it when, once inside,  a rustic tasting room reveals  natural, creative architechture and design, along with unique, award-winning  wines .  

Hand-made tables in the tasting room

Hand-made tables in the tasting room

Black Ankle bottles dry and bold wines,  not the typical sweet labels found at most Maryland wineries.  They offer tasty chocolates flights and cheese trays,  but you can take your own snackage if you dine outside,  or in the back courtyard in a rocking chair.

Kim & Ben

Kim & Ben

The building that houses the tasting rooms, and nearly everything inside, is made from resources found on the land where the grapes are grown.  The insulation?? Hay!! Check out the website for the interesting story on the winery, and all of its fun events!
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The boys, especially Ben, were fascinated with the natural gutter system. I can’t begin to explain how it works, but it has something to do with a chain and a big barrell.

More exciting than sipping wine OR sippy cups!

More exciting than sipping wine OR sippy cups!

I have a feeling this won’t be the only visit I make to Black Ankle. The staff is so friendly and I especially loved the white wine selections! The relaxing Maryland countryside on which it sits makes it a really unqiue place to waste a day….which is just what we did!!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Pick Me (and Julia!) Eddie!
April 22, 2009

I have a mother and a fiance who are going to say WHAT? when they find out that the Saturday before the wedding  I’ve RSVPed to go shopping with Eddie Ross at the DC Big Flea.  The timing  is not perfect, but Eddie’s style is, and I think it a bigger risk to not spend the weekend before the nupts combing for treasures with someone like Eddie.   I just know that if he chooses Julia (mom-to-be and super savy decorator) and me that he could help us find accessories to stage the biggest events in our respective worlds to date …a wedding and a nursey.  Not to mention….we’re a pretty good time!

Dear Eddie,

Would it help if I told you that my wedding dress can be found in the Spring 2009 Martha Stewart Weddings??  Would you be more inclined to choose me if I told you that for my wedding breakfast, to be held in the dining room of an old Virginia  manor house, my mother is driving up from Tennessee  iron stone pitchers from her collection to place, filled with flowers, inside  built-in cabinets, circa 1814???  During the reception, I’m serving grilled veggies atop an antique window!  And, I didn’t want it to come to this, but….you did promise.

See you 9.19!

Love,

I Do Declare

P.S.

May I register at your Etsy store?

Miley & Me
April 19, 2009

Hannah Bling lipgloss rings!

Hannah Bling lipgloss rings!

My friend Jenni has always hoped her destiny would be fame. She never dreamed it would come as a Miley clone. Countless times she has been asked, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Miley Cyrus?”.  I never saw it, ’til we were face to face-ish with Hannah Montanna on opening night of the movie (yes, we really did pay to see it, and it was adorable). So if Jenni is Miley/Hannah…I guess that makes me Lilly/Lola?

Natty Napkins!
April 7, 2009

I can’t wait to use these!!!!  I got a Birthday Happy in the mail yesterday from Virginia, and included in the packet of goodies were these cocktail napkins:

This napkins showcases a softer, gentler version of another message  I’ve been known to offer, along with a drink, but can’t really use as much now that I call Maryland home (even though the company that designs them is in Federalsburg) :

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit

Cheers,….Y’all!

Christmas at the White House
December 16, 2008

You know how the saying goes…Never refuse an invitation to the White House!  I’m pretty sure the etiquette folks were talking about the formal, engraved and calligraphied ones. Still, when Jenni B. offered to take me as her guest for a walk-through tour to see this year’s decorations, I was quick to say yes.  I’ve been several times in the last few years, but this year’s Red, White & Blue Christmas  theme is by far the pretttiest. Here are just a few shots:
Silver & Gold - I LOVE that mirror

Silver & Gold - I LOVE that mirror

In the Green Room with Jenni & Julia

In the Green Room with Jenni & Julia

The White House Christmas Tree

The White House Christmas Tree

One of the Tennessee ornaments

One of the Tennessee ornaments

Some people build a peppermint tree, the White House opts for cranberries in the Red Room

Some people build a peppermint tree, the White House opts for cranberries in the Red Room

Serving table in the State Dining Room - how'd you like to polish that silver?

Serving table in the State Dining Room - how'd you like to polish that silver?

You won't find this at Costco...

You won't find this at Costco...

The stairs leading to The Residence are my favorite place in the White House, I always think about all the people who've gone up and down them through the years, and wonder what it looks like beyond the rope...

The stairs leading to The Residence are my favorite place in the White House, I always think about all the people who've gone up and down them through the years, and wonder what it looks like beyond the rope...

I took some pictures of the White House china, and will share that in a later post!