Sooo, I wanted Sensible Stylista to be all about bargain deals and the like, but honestly I don’t like being impersonal. I love sharing my life with you guys, and since I’m only posting twice a week, I’m gonna write about highlights as often as possible! I’ve been working on my doctoral document hardcore so my life hasn’t been AS exciting, but there’s still lots of good stuffs to cover. I really enjoy exploring the DMV, and I want you guys to go on adventures with me so each post will be more personal going forward – let me know how you feel about this by emailing me (info@sensiblestylista) or commenting below!
Some highlights were…
- Checking out the new Luke’s Lobster location in Farragut: Not gonna lie, I had the HARDEST time finding this restaurant. I’m not sure why though, ha. I’m directionally challenged, but I’m usually good at finding places with GPS *shrugs* I legit walked around for a good 20 minutes, but it was totally worth it. If you’re big into lobster (or even if you’re not), it’s a must-try. I got to sample a bunch of their menu options with my gorg mom, and we were SUPER into the food. We loved that that they were an environmentally conscious company on top of having bomb @$$ food. The prices weren’t super cheap, but the LGC (lobster gruyere cheese), lobster roll + crab roll, and lobster bisque were all on point. Also grab a ginger water while you’re there! So good.
- Getting fresh pumpkin spaghetti at Whole Foods: I don’t come here nearly as much as I should. I usually go to Costco or Walmart for groceries (closer to me + cheaper), but my recent trip to WF reminded me how much I loved it there. I spent a good 30 minutes just studying cheeses, and it was time well spent DAMMIT! Ha. In all seriousness though, they have such good food! I don’t know when they started offering fresh pasta (also gnocchi and different kinds of ravioli), but I’m a fan. One of my friends actually gave me a pasta maker as a birthday gift so I could totally make my own, but whatever! Once I graduate, I’ll be ALL about that machine, but until then, Whole Foods you my number 1 bae. Anywho, I was torn between the portobello mushroom ravioli and pumpkin noodz, but I ended up going with the latter because I’m a basic betch apparently =P Also, get their cinnamon crumble cake (or maybe it was just crumble cake) while you’re there because it’s SO ridiculously nom. I am definitely getting it again when I go back…will share a pic of it when I do next time.
- Checking out Pamplona’s bottomless brunch: I don’t know about you guys, but I love, love, LOVE tapas so I was beyond excited to cover them for Nomtastic Foods – in case you don’t know about my secondary food account, click here. $35 def. isn’t cheap, but you get unlimited tapas and mimosas for 2 hours so it’s actually a pretty sweet deal – especially if you can handle your liquor. There were 28 menu items available so I didn’t get to try everything but standouts were the serrano benedict, steak con hueve, churros and toffee cake. If you’re looking for a new place to try in Arlington, I highly recommend heading over! Parking’s a b*tch though so go early if you can.
- Shooting with a fabulous new photographer: I was excited to finally connect with Icy in person – she recently moved to the DMV from Boston, and I’m so glad she’s here. We met up in Fairfax at a random park but had to improvise because it was SO crowded. We drove around and decided to shoot at a high school, ha. We broke into a bus (not really but kind of) and did an impromptu there! It was nostalgic and creepy at the same time =P I couldn’t stop thinking about Jeepers Creepers!!!!! Anywho, I really enjoyed working with her, and I can’t WAIT to share shots with you guys.
- Celebrating my cousin’s pregnancy at Peking Gourmet Inn: Soooo, mixed feelings about this place. Their food was and is always freaking bomb, but service was realllllly bad this time around. The waiter kept forgetting about us, and we had to ask for basic things like tea & water several – and I mean SEVERAL – times. They sat us next to their bar (very tiny), which is totally fine, but it was way too crowded. There were about 50-60 people waiting for tables, and they were like standing on top of us. Yep, super uncomfortable and awkward. People kept knocking into us, grabbing our chairs, dropping food + utensils (a dirty chopstick hit my PREGNANT cousin -_-;;;;;), and staring at us as we ate. I’m not mad at the customers, but I’m annoyed that management didn’t ask them to stand elsewhere? Ugh. They have really delish food, but they’re a no-go in my book now. If you plan on going, ask to be seated in a booth in advance so you don’t have to deal with craziness. PS. I had another SUPER questionable experience there. My grandma bit into a rock (…in their RICE) and nearly broke her tooth, and when we told the manager on duty, he didn’t apologize and just said it happens, and it wasn’t uncommon. Really bro? You regularly serve customers rocks in your rice? Ummmmm. That was a few years back so we forgave them, but this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ll definitely be taking my business elsewhere from here on out!
- I got to review LB Bakery’s new brunch menu – read deets HERE!
- My students have been kicking butt in their lessons!
- My doctoral document is coming along, slowly but surely.
- I hit up White Envelope at R House for some delish arepas.
- Um, I had squab for the first time, and it was…interesting, ha! Click to see more of what I ate at Luk Fu.
- Andddd I found a delish boba place in Vienna (!!!!!) – click for more info!
- Published my Disney recap – make sure you click to check it out if you missed it.
- Andddd posted a giveaway with Halal Guys on my food blog – click here to win a $100 gift card.
Now, let’s move onto today’s OOTD! I centered my latest look around my new shirt dress from ASOS. I got this baby for $22, and it’s still available online for those of you interested – y’all know how much I love finding deals. I really like this top because it can be worn so many different ways. For today’s look, I wore it as a tunic and paired it with dark skinnies and a long chunky cardi c/o amiclubwear.
I know amiclubwear doesn’t have the best rep when it comes to “regular” clothes, but I actually really like a lot of their sweaters and cardigans. This one was $9.99, and it’s SUPER comfy and cute – I’d link you guys, but it’s currently sold out. Keep an eye out for other similar pieces below though! Anywho, to finish my latest off, I threw on animal print pumps and carried a quilted crossbody. What do you guys think of today’s casual ensemble – is it a do or a don’t?
Other fab chunky cardigans for your shopping pleasure (all under $25):
Photography by the wonderful Sung Shin.