high five for friday

1. making apple crisp with some fresh-picked apples. fall has officially invaded my kitchen. 
2. we had a fall-like day this week that allowed for me to wear my favorite madewell baseball tee.
3. a picnic lunch at a park with my roommate and the little munchkin she nannies for.
4. some planning for a November trip to DC with my sister. (p.s. thanks to everyone who's offered suggestions/advice - we SO appreciate it!)
5. my new kate spade goods that i got at the outlet store last weekend. i have a problem.

how was your week? link up below and tell me about it!

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  1. some of the parks around here are just gorgeous! it sounds like you had a great week!! happy friday, lauren!

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  2. Love that clutch and the ring is adorable! I lived in DC until I was 10 - I loved that city so much! Have fun!

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  3. Apple crisp.....YUM! My dad lives in D.C. and went there this summer. You will have a great time. There is so much to see and do!

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  4. I live in DC! There are so many fun things to do and see here - let me know if you need restaurant recommendations (and just remember, baked and wired is a million times better than georgetown cupcake and it's just a few blocks down without the massive tourist trap line!)

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    1. I came here to say the same thing! I moved to DC 3 months ago and made it a point and top priority to find the best cupcakes. Georgetown was totall underwhelming, and I really do believe what I bake is better (totally modest). Baked and and Wired is where it's at! Plus, you can walk down the hill and enjoy it by the water. Then, walk back UP the hill to do some shopping, which totally eliminates the calories of said cupcake.

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    2. thanks, ladies! i'm open to any and all suggestions you have for food, places to see, etc.!

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    3. I visit DC this summer during the heat wave ....ugh. Our travel rule is to only eat at unique local restaurants (besides Starbucks) and anything goes on the menu. We ask the waiter to order our complete meal- appetizer, entree, dessert - as a surprise! They always bring the best, even items from off the menu. My friend and I swap plates with each other if it isn't something we love. Try it sometime ;)
      The best ( by best, I mean that we could both eat this dish for every meal for a very long time, years maybe) was at an Indian restaurant, Rasika, on D street NW in DC. It's rated 28/30 from Zagat. You might need reservations-- try opentable.com as it is easy to use- or ask to order from the bar right by the grill ( no reservation needed and you get to see the chefs work) . You must order the Palak Chaat. Crispy baby spinach, sweet yogurt tamarind, with date chutney. It just melts in your mouth! Pretty sure awards have been won on this dish alone.
      Another fun spot is Ping Pong Dim Sum on 7th st. Fun little bite sized packages of dim sum and really unique iced teas and lemonade.
      Lots of amazing restaurants, just a couple to consider.
      Love all of your fabulous ideas that you share;)

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  5. Love that baseball tee! Happy Friday! Thanks for posting such a fun blog hop!

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  6. The Kate Spade goodies are GREAT finds. haha, I don't see that as a problem at all :-)

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  7. That baseball tee is adorable, love it!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  8. Seeing your DC list makes me miss home! I am from Maryland and haven't been to DC probably in about 8 years since I moved to Alabama. I took my, then boyfriend, now husband there to sight see when we were first dating 8 years ago. It was such fun to see it through someone else's eyes. When you grow up somewhere and visit it EVERY year sometimes twice a year from age 7 - middle school you get a bit burnt out on American History etc. Now when I go there I soak it all in. It's really moving.

    I hope you get to visit some fun museums there - please blog about all the great places you've eaten! And bring lots of layers to wear. When we went in November it was very very cold - however lately I guess it's been more mild!

    Happy Friday!!!

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  9. No Milo & Otis this week?! I'm shocked. Flabbergasted. Baffled. ;)

    Happy Friday, Lauren! Thanks again for the fashion inspiration this week (and really, all the time). I still love that you were IN Kohl's when I tweeted to you about the LC blazer!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. i KNOW! as i was writing this post last night i was kind of shocked that they didn't make it in. i figured i'd give them a week off :)

      happy friday!

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  10. I definitely recommend stopping by Good Stuff Eatery. It has the best burgers, fries & milkshakes and is owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike. If you're looking for a good brunch spot check out Founding Farmers but be sure to make a reservation!

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  11. I see someone is a Kate Spade fan! Love that bow ring!! It's way too adorbs!!

    Happy weekend girlie! xo, Bev

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  12. Love DC! Don't miss out on some of the restaurants if you go to Eastern Market. Peregrine Espresso has the best coffee I've ever tasted (they use Chemex type systems) and Le Pain Quotidien is fantastic for breakfast in Eastern Market.

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  13. Hi, first time playing along. Great blog!

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  14. I have always wanted to go to DC...can't wait to see all the places you go!

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  15. I love everything apple and fall! and totally loving that new kate spade wallet/clutch! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  16. I have that Kate Spade wallet and I love it! It's my favorite wallet by far. Super cute!

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  17. I spy a kitty in photo 2.

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  18. All your Kate Spade stuff is so darn cute!

    http://frompariswithlove-holli.blogspot.com

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  19. A Kate Spade Outlet?! I had no idea one existed!

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  20. Great favorite things! I've been to D.C. twice and loved it! Make sure and take comfortable shoes! Oh! And if you're going to take a tour in the Capital building, don't carry perfume, they'll make you throw it away before you get in the door. :( I'm speaking from experience. So, I sprayed all I could on my friends and me so it wouldn't be a complete waste!
    Thanks for the link up! Happy weekend! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  21. OOhhh.... I miss D.C. Lived in Alexandria for a year.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Cheers Gee

    Come on over and take a peek at my Blog.
    www.simplymedesignsbygee.blogspot.com

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  22. Love that bow ring! I have a similar one from Henri Bendel. I'm going to have to try those apple crisps! Sounds so good for this time of year!

    Mallory

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  23. OMG- obsessed with your Kate Spade goodies!! And your nails look fabulous.. love that color! Happy Friday!

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  24. I live in the Dc area....Georgetown Cupcakes is definetly a MUST!

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  25. The problem here is you are missing one very important 1/5 of the High Five. FIESTA FRIDAY!

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  26. Founding Farmers is a delicious restaurant! I also highly recommend going to the Newseum!

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  27. I noticed your list for DC. My husband and a couple of our friends went there for a couple of days over the summer and we had a great time. In fact, we ate at the same places you had listed! I don't know if you're still taking suggestions, but if you are here's one: Peacock Cafe. It's a couple of blocks (maybe a 5 minute or less walk) to Georgetown Cupcakes and they have some really yummy brunch--their egg's bennedict are the best!

    Hope you enjoy trip!

    MJ
    -Papersidewalks.blogspot.com

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  28. I'm from Baltimore and am now a Goldsboro. NC transplant _(thank you USAF!). We went home this summer and made the 45 minute drive to Georgetown Cupcake on July 3 rd for our anniversary. SOOO WORTH IT. I would say their red velvet was disappointing, but the chocolate, salted caramel and maple cupcakes were to die for.

    if you are looking for inexpensive hotels, I would consider looking in MD close to the light rail and metros. easy for travel and if you want to jump up to Baltimore (also worth it!) You're able to do so.

    also, I would suggest that if you are driving, leave early and avoid rush hour Northern VA/ DC traffic is awful. If you're flying, its cheap ($75 one way to BWI) and only 50 minutes gate to gate.

    Driving from Goldsboro to Baltimore is six hours , so from Raleigh to DC it should probably be the same. good places for gas are: along I 95, exits 58, and 104. Food: exit 92.

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  29. Arlington is a great place to stay! If you like chili go to Uncle Ben's Chili bowl!!

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  30. When are you going to DC?

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  31. The Sheraton in Crystal City is great!!

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  32. Trust the Bake & Wired recommendations for cupcakes. They truly have the best cupcakes I have ever tasted - try the strawberry! Plus...no lines, and awesome coffee!

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  33. Aw man! I want a Kate Spade outlet close by! Or not, cause I think I'd go broke. :/

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  34. Go to Alexandria, VA,- Old Town. It is a cute street next to the water, tons of stores and places to eat. Visit 3 Sisters, and their other store The Luck Knot!! Love it there!

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  36. where is your pretty iphone case from?

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