Date Night: Momofuku and City Center DC

Monday, Monday! Did anyone else have a rough start today?! I was dragging and no amount of coffee seemed to help with my productivity, so I’m currently listening to Robyn’s new single to put some pep in my step. But, we had an awesome weekend, so I guess that’s the trade off for how tired I am today.

My boyfriend works in hospitality, so when our opposite schedules allow, we make it a point to go out and do something new or tried & true for our date nights. As you might have already seen on your Insta feed, the new umbrella installation is now up at City Center DC. We saw it too, and decided check out the display and grab a bite at Momofuku afterwards.

City Center DC

City Center consistently ranks at the top of lists highlighting DC’s best Instagram spots, thanks to their quirky seasonal installations in the shopping center’s main corridor, Palmer Alley.  My all-time favorite has been the pink kites, which debuted Spring 2018. But I never saw those in person, so I was dead-set on snapping some looks with the multi-colored umbrellas. The weather was perfect, so posing beneath a colorful display of umbrellas without having to worry about any precipitation was delightful.

About 500 photos later…. he’s so patient! 😂

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Momofuku CCDC

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After CCDC, we headed over for a late night bite and drink at Momofuku, a restaurant that has evolved quite a bit since its opening in 2015. When I first came to Momofuku, people were lining up for the ramen, buns and the adjacent Milk Bar. Flash forward almost three years, Momofuku has a new chef that’s shaking things up a bit.

We didn’t photograph everything, but check out some of the small plates and drinks we tried:

Dranks

Foreign Affair – mezcal, yellow chartreuse, DC aperitivo, lemon (his)
Tokyo –London gin, salt plum, cherry cordial, lime, soda (mine)

Food

Bing Bread with Maryland Blue Crab Dip

Bing Bread with Path Valley Farms cultured butter, honey, gochugaru

Hamachi Crudo– green apple dashi, horseradish chili oil (bottom)

Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings– scallion oil, dried chili (top left)

Smoked Carolina Trout Dip– Momofuku roe, furikake (top right)

About The Outfit

I’ve found that late September/early October is a tricky time of year for planning a look. Now, this could be because I was born and raised in Florida…but do you find yourself jumping the gun on wearing your new Fall clothes only to be sweating by 12pm? Just me? OK! 😂 So here’s my formula I’ve developed for what I call ‘Septober’:

STATEMENT JACKET + GRAPHIC TEE + SLIM CUT DENIM (Good American: ‘Good Waist’ High Waisted Jeans in Blue161) + TALL BOOTS (Just Fab: Nava Heeled Boot – Wide Calf) = YAS.

This works for me because 1) You can remove your jacket if you’re feeling warm and still look bomb. 2) It works for both day and night. 3) It’s versatile because you can switch up the type of tee or wear colored denim. This night, I did a longer tee, but a fun crop top can also work for bar-hopping or dancing.

Not bad for a random Friday night, huh?! If you’re downtown, definitely go take a picture with the umbrellas (and tag #CCDCFall!), and then stop in to Momofuku for drinks & bites. Tell them I sent you 😉

xoxo,

Jaclyn

Photos by Michael Schaefer: @thephilthyprofessor

 

 

Mi Bonita Punta Mita

Hi Babes! Today I wanted to backtrack a little bit to late last month, when my boyfriend Michael and I went on an epic 5-day vacation to Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita, Mexico. We spent one day in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the mountain views and a dolphin swim. Then, we took a 45 minute ride up the West coast of Mexico into Nayarit state to stay at the GORGEOUS Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita to #RELAX and #RECHARGE!

From the minute we arrived at FS Punta Mita, it felt like our lifestyle had instantly changed, which is exactly what I wanted out of an R&R vacay! We were greeted everywhere with cold towels and the most delicious passion fruit margaritas and coconut mojitos a girl could imagine. I mean, this place is like Disney World for adults! The resort is huge, but one of the coolest things is that the staff is available 24/7 to whisk you around wherever you want to go. From the accommodations to the many amenities available on the property, it was an unforgettable vacation. The people of Mexico are so welcoming and full of life. Certainly one of the most beautiful, relaxing, and paradisiacal experiences we’ve had in our lives!

Check out some brief highlights from our trip below. I’ll link outfit and excursion details where I can!

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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Linen dress by Forever 21+ (Sold out. Similar skirt here.)

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Panorama from our room in at the Hilton in Puerto Vallarta.

Studded bikini by GabiFresh for Swimsuits For All.

(Shop the clearance of this beautiful collection here.)

Swimming with the dolphins at Puerto Vallarta Adventures!

Punta Mita, Nayarit

Tie Dye Maxi by Fashion Nova.

Black High-Waisted Bikini by Fashion Nova.

Horseback Riding Mountain and Beach Tour by Vista Paraiso.

“Salty Hair. Coconut Oil.” Graphic Tee on Amazon Fashion.

Yellow Floral Off-The-Shoulder Romper by Fashion Nova.

Sayulita Day Trip

Polka Dot Wrap Dress by Forever 21 (now just $16.99!)

Our Last Night

Polka Dot Maxi Dress with Side Cutouts by Fashion Nova.

Black Ruffled Maxi Dress by Fashion Nova.

Goodbye, Mexico!

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A quick hello…

Hi, friends! I’ve got to say that this blog is a long time coming. I’ve tossed around in my head the idea of starting a blog for years. The truth? I’ve been so nervous just by the thought of it. Will people find me interesting? Will I find enough time in my day to maintain a presence? Ultimately, and many thanks to encouragement from my amazing friends, family and even followers I’ve never met, I’ve decided to throw all of the negative thoughts out the window. So, here I am, just saying hello. Stay tuned this week for my first ‘real’ post!

With love and gratitude,

Jaclyn
@kweenofDC

📷: Kamaria Roberts (@kamarialeyla)