DC Events: C Wonder Spring Fling & Gilt Warehouse Sale

I received this little invite in my inbox yesterday for C Wonder’s Spring Fling:

Drinks, eats, a raffle and a sale – sounds like a good time, and more incentive to indulge my craving for their Cork Pointed Ballet flats (the spring shoe that seems goes with everything).

Also, Gilt City is having a Warehouse sale in Dupont on March 22-23:

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This looks like a great event, and tickets range from $10-$20. Discounted fashion from Gilt brands (think DVF, Milly, Tahari, Valentino, and everything in between), and drinks and snacks to keep your shopping spree fueled.

DC Weekend: Eastern Market

This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous, and this princess didn’t waste a minute of it. My Saturday was filled with all things outdoors; starting with late morning walk through Capitol Hill to meet a friend at Good Stuff Eatery where we engorged ourselves with their cheesy-saucy-awesome burgers. Pure Bliss.

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We also couldn’t resist splitting the Samoa Shake – a trifecta of perfection: chocolate, caramel, & coconut.

When we got to Eastern Market, the place was buzzing with people, happy dogs, and booths bursting with produce, jewelry and everything else in between. Here are some of the highlights:

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Framed obscure and silly albums would make for great wall art.

rugsThese pillow cases were organically Turkish rugs. Beautiful mix and match patterns had me longing for gray couch for them to stand out against.

necklaceGorgeous jade-colored necklaces (pic does not do justice here).

Owl Earrings

Riding the owl trend, there were tons of these cute studs in almost every color imaginable. The earthy brown ones were one of my favorites (because let’s be real, they were all my favorite).

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Sorry for the sub-par pic here, but these were from a woman’s stationary booth. Grab bags featuring retired designs were only $10! And remember retired does not mean passe – I love the bright colors, funny inscriptions, and clean design.

On my way back from Eastern Market, I stopped into Chinatown Coffee Co., one of my favorite spots. The handpours may be expensive, but I think they’re totally worth it on occasion. I had been out of my go-to Illy, or Lavazza espresso for my Moka and had been using a course ground caramel flavored coffee (yes, I am lazy sometimes), and it just was not cutting it (shocking). I picked up some Black Cat Espresso by Intelligentsia , and have been head over heels in love. Sweet, deep, and rich – this is what every morning should start with.

So tell me, do you have a favorite market or coffee shop in DC?

Princess Picks: Spring Edition

Can you feel it? The lighter, warmer, air blowing through town, the pitiful excuse for Wednesday’s Snowsquesterpocalypse? Spring is (finally) on its way to the District! I’m excited, and have been ready for it – are you? Lately, I’ve been inspired by spring related things to embrace more time outdoors, and less time bundled up:

Sparkling Champagne with Strawberries Jello Shots

This weekend I indulged in the infamous jello shots at Millie & Al’s – how can you resist when that lightbulb lights up? This is a more sophisticated version of the traditional orange and red plus vodka variety. I’d puree the strawberries and layer them at the bottom for faster consumption (priorities). Find the recipe here.

Art Deco Jewelry 

This art deco necklace has got me in the mood for all things Great Gatsby (the movie comes out in May).

Denim + Leopard Print + Gold + Black Leggings

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Essentially my default weekend uniform for when I’m hungover and need to go to the P Street Whole Foods (for the Hot Bar, of course).

Lilly Pulitzer Acrylic Wine Glasses

Gorgeous colorful prints on (nearly) indestructible acrylic – I can almost feel the afternoon sun basking my face thinking about enjoying a drink from these. See all the great colors and prints at the LP website.

Adorably Chic DIY Cat Flats

I’ve not-so-secretly wanted the Marc Jacobs mouse flats for years – especially this jelly version. Upgrade yourself on the food chain, and save some many dollars in your wallet with these cute DIY cat flats found at KITTENHOOD.

Travel: Weekend in New York

New York is one of my favorite places to visit to get out of the District. It’s so large, and immense, and one of my favorite things is getting lost in the mix of The City – and of course, falling in love with a new stumbled-upon boutique.

What I had imagined to be a light, and leisurely long weekend in NYC for my friend’s Birthday turned out to start out as the trip from Hell, but eventually evened out to an enjoyable time.

Trip from Hell, you say? Oh yes. Oh.Yes.

I actually was able to get my shit together early enough to snag a great deal on the Amtrak. It’s $49 one-way to NYC if you book at least a month in advance. I’m obsessed with the train, but I also grew up reading the Polar Express every Christmas, so that might have something to do with it. The only thing bad about taking the train in the morning from Union Station? The fact  that I still haven’t figured out How can can I  board an above platform train when you’ve got a Grande coffee in one hand, and the handle of your roller, and your ticket clutched in the other, without face planting? I usually end up walking up the steps, gazing up at the climb like it’s Mt. Everest, until the conductor, or someone else volunteers to help launch my bag up and into the train. For a second, I feel embarrassed to be that girl.  But then I realize, that I’m the District Princess and get over it.

But I’m rambling – for this trip, I had organized everything for a perfect day in The City solo before I planned to meet up with friends for dinner, and then the subsequent Birthday crowd the next day. The agenda included getting in early, checking into the hotel, grabbing a bite and a cappuccino at Eataly, window shopping, and if time permitted, a late afternoon Hot Yoga class at Yoga to the People.

When I got to Union Station that morning, around 7am to catch my 8am train, the waiting area was crowded with annoyed passengers and the situation got worse as the arms on the clock crept to 8:30am. At this time, an Amtrak conductor relayed to everyone that the electrical lines were down at BWI and all trains going North weren’t moving until the situation was resolved.

This is when I thanked God for technology – or more so, my iPhone. After getting a refund from Amtrak, I quickly bought a ticket for the Bolt Bus leaving at 9am. The bus left on time, but as it rumbled outside of Baltimore, it momentarily broke down due to engine trouble. At this point, I wanted to bang my head on side of the bus and give up. Thankfully, the replacement bus came 20 minutes later, and we were back on the road.

I arrived in NYC around 2pm, which was a lot better than the 4pm train arrival if I had stuck with Amtrak (FYI, the train was scheduled to arrive at 11:30am). The first night I stayed at the Marriott Ren 57 Hotel – one of my favorites:

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Taking off my shoes after checking into my hotel was euphoric. I also got an upgrade to an adorable Junior Suite, check out the cute sitting area:

photo (3)I ordered some wine, Brie and crackers to start the evening off before we headed to dinner.

However, before my crew even assembled at my hotel, I did a glorious job of locking myself in the bathroom. The pocket door to the bathroom fell off its track as I closed it.  I was completely stuck inside and began to freak out – I realized quickly this is why there are phones in the bathrooms of older hotels. To bust out, I literally had to smash the door open at it’s weakest point near the door joins. I had never felt so free afterward, but I noticed that I had definitely broken the door, leaving splintered wood everywhere.

At this point my friends showed up, and I called maintenance about the door. Lucky for me, they saw that the door had been completely stuck, and my crew and I hurried off to dinner at Abe & Arthur’s in Meatpacking for Restaurant Week while the door was being fixed.

Dinner was uneventful, and on the pretentious side. The food was good, no doubt, but not inventive or spectacular. Also, they had a strict ‘No Photography’ policy, which is why there are no photos to share with you. Although rude, I kind of wished I could have snapped a photo of the midriff barring hostess (it was snowing outside).

The night was capped off with red wine by the amazing fireplace back in the lounge at my hotel. No judging, we had to conserve our energy for the next day’s festivities.

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The next day, I met my friends at Grand Central Station who were coming off one of the local trains. Grand Central is such a great building, I did the tourist thing and snapped some pics while I waited:

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Since Eataly was out yesterday, we decided to lunch there. Having studied abroad in Rome during college, I was super excited to stock up on all of my favorite Italian groceries. We started off in the Piazza, sharing a meat and cheeseboard and some wine. I was starving by the time we got there, so I didn’t remember to take a pic of the food, or the stand-up marble tables. But here’s what they look like:

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The groceries weren’t what I was imagining. They were, of course, the best of the best from Italy, while I just wanted to snag my fave Passata con Basilico for .99 euro cents. My advice for future Eataly visits? Go early (gets crazy crowded), and not on a day when the high is 20 degrees F. Since so many people are constantly coming and going, the place gets drafty. We also snagged some drinks from the espresso bar which is near one of the main entrances, making the entire area around the bar freezing.

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The rest of the day and night went on without a hitch. We had dinner at Joe’s Shanghai (tradition), followed by drinks/getting ready, and then going out to Penny Farthing. The next morning we went to Peels in Soho for Brunch:

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The feel? Cozy, chic and sweet. The menu? To-Go Bakery, Bar, and Brunch entrees. What you order? The biscuits.

Unfortunately, there was a logistics situation that caused me and my crew to wait 2 hours for our table. At which point, this Princess almost needed her fainting couch for well…fainting from lack of brunch foods. Luckily, the Manager was awesome; apologizing for the whole ordeal, and keeping us company with free “champs” (love this slang for champagne). No pic of my own to share, but there was a lot of this action going on:

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After (finally) eating, and ironically, never wanting to eat again afterward, those of us heading back to The District rented a car, and drove back home. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but it was so much fun.

Next on my NYC agenda for my next trip:

DC Event & C Wonder Flash Sale

Opened my inbox this morning to find this gem from C Wonder:

C Wonder’s bold colors and crisp patterns are fit for a princess (duh). Although, I do feel like I’m cheating one of my fashion loves – Tory Burch- since the store has been criticized as TB  style at a much lower (affordable) price Right now, their already low prices are slashed even more for their 2 day Flash Sale. I’m guilty of snatching up the $1.99 floral sachets, and a calf hair iPad tote that I can’t wait to share with you when they arrive in the mail. Hit the sale here.

Also – Ginger Boutique in Fairfax is hosting a trunk sale for the spring Joie collection:

Cupcakes, champagne, and fashion – what more could you ask for? I’ll admit, I’ve never traveled the great distance that is beyond the Potomac River to this store, but the website makes this place look appealing.

Princess Picks

So as part of my New Years Resolution (people are still doing those in February, right?), I wanted to try to take more pictures. Even Princesses need goals and hobbies – I can’t just be lolly-gagging around the palace that is my rent-controlled apartment all the time.

Anyway – I went to the Columbia Heights Target, which is that odd place in the Universe that is planted firmly in both Heaven and Hell. My fellow DC subjects – you know what I’m talking about. We have the amazing Target items and discounts at our fingertips – even groceries! But how many times have I gone to Target for paper towels to find an entire isle of empty shelves – not a single roll of paper towels to be found.

I’m bottling the rest of this rant up until a friend brings up the issue again during Happy Hour (or mentions the P Street “Whorefoods”). Now to the photos:

Beautiful Springy decor with Tibi vibes. The two end tables would look beautiful pushed together as a single coffee table, and the poppy colored tray would be perfect way to transport morning coffee to the balcony/roofdeck. Find the rest of Target’s Modern Cottage collection here.

Great candle packaging (and price!). Capri Olive one was my favorite – it smelled earthy and complex.

Snagged these Adidas Supernova running shoes from DSW around the corner. They look like they may have come from Outerspace, but that’s part of the appeal.

First Post – Royal Style, Pauper Price

Original: Atlantic-Pacific. Dress: $69 Macys, Shoes: $60 Style Tread, Bag: $32 Asos, Sunglasses: $12 80’s Purple (this site has a ton of cute and cheap sunglasses).

First post – here we go!

So, what might end up as a recurring theme on this site is my slight stalker-like obsession with the girl who runs the site Atlantic-Pacific. I love her style, and sometimes even daydream about being her friend – but really just for the closest sharing privileges.

Many of her outfits are from pretty budget conscious stores such as Asos, Zara, H&M, and (occasionally) Forever21. But many times I’ll fall in love with one of her ensembles, eyes bulging as I hungrily scroll down the page, only to find out that that gorgeous dress/skirt/top was a treat from a designer that not even a princess can afford. So, in my effort to spread (affordable) style throughout the land (or at least just throughout DC), I’m going to feature my version of “The Look for Less”.